• Starlicker: Double Demon

    Starlicker: Double Demon

    Starlicker features an unusual lineup for a trio—trumpet, vibes, and drums—but Double Demon blends the instruments together nicely, making music that’s both adventurous and accessible. This has partly to do with rhythm: two percussionists playing ...
  • Michael Brecker: Pilgrimage

    Michael Brecker: Pilgrimage

    Because only a small fraction of contemporary jazz is released on vinyl, recently-recorded LPs should matter, and fortunately Mobile Fidelity has lent its talents to Michael Brecker’s Pilgrimage. Recorded months before Brecker succumbed to leukemia, ...
  • Satako Fujii Min-Yoh Ensemble: Watershed

    Satako Fujii Min-Yoh Ensemble: Watershed

    If the prolific Satoko Fujii had an audience proportionate to her growing critical acclaim, the Japanese composer/ pianist might rival Esperanza Spalding as a popular jazz phenomenon. But Watershed’s prickly textures and dissonances signal that ...
  • Alex Hoffman: Dark Lights

    Alex Hoffman: Dark Lights

    As the liner notes point out, tenor saxophonist Alex Hoffman is a perfect fit for the hard-swinging, no-nonsense style of modern jazz that Smalls Records has been presenting over the past eight years. If I ...
  • Anthony Wilson: Campo Belo

    Anthony Wilson: Campo Belo

    Composer and guitarist Anthony Wilson has a probing musical curiosity. He’s a longtime cornerstone of Diana Krall’s quartet; his composition Virgo was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and debuted in 2008; and we named ...
  • Miles Davis Quintet: Live in Europe 1967

    Miles Davis Quintet: Live in Europe 1967

    Miles completists may already have these recordings, which have been circulated in bootleg form for years. Culled from original state-owned television and radio sources documenting festival appearances in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, and Sweden, this ...
  • Personal Fave Lists (Recordings)

    Personal Fave Lists (Recordings)

    Let’s get this out of the way right now. Terrific as they are, this list won’t include Hendrix’s extraordinary retooling of “All Along The Watchtower,” The Byrds’ jingle-jangly “Mr. Tambourine Man,” or Joan Baez’s sublime ...
  • Bill Evans: Live at Art D’Lugoff’s

    Bill Evans: Live at Art D’Lugoff’s

    Earlier this year Resonance released a previously unheard collection by Wes Montgomery, which this reviewer noted might be the “rediscovered” jazz record of the year. This new Bill Evans release may provide the strongest competition. ...

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