• Krakauer: The Big Picture

    Krakauer: The Big Picture

    Clarinet virtuoso David Krakauer was an acclaimed Juilliard-trained classical performer before he went on a journey of self-discovery in the 80s, immersing himself in music from the Eastern European shtetls and later interpreting Jewish music ...
  • Hiromi: Move

    Hiromi: Move

    Since emigrating from Japan in 1999, pianist Hiromi Uehara has explored everything from acoustic piano trio to high-powered fusion to intimate solo and duet projects, each highlighting her abundant chops and good taste. Lately she’s ...
  • Jakob Bro: Balladeering

    Jakob Bro: Balladeering

    The atmospheric and darkly beautiful playing of Danish guitarist Jakob Bro in the Paul Motian Band and in Polish trumpeter Tomaz Stanko’s current quartet has brought him to the attention of adventurous jazz fans and ...
  • Bill Laswell: Means of Deliverance

    Bill Laswell: Means of Deliverance

    Brooding and darkly beautiful, deeply resonant and revealing, Bill Laswell’s solo bass meditations on the fretless acoustic bass guitar are as powerful, yet more intimate, than anything in his large discography. While Laswell fans are ...
  • Mose Allison: The Way of the World

    Mose Allison: The Way of the World

    A wily scribe once dubbed Mose “the William Faulkner of jazz,” an allusion to his Deep South literary roots. But though Allison’s a proud son of Mississippi, the comparison isn’t quite accurate. Mose himself feels ...
  • Scott LaFaro: Pieces of Jade

    Scott LaFaro: Pieces of Jade

    LaFaro’s freewheeling, harmonically advanced bass style with the Bill Evans Trio (1959-1961) opened a door to a wholly new approach to the instrument that influenced a generation of players who followed in his wake—Eddie Gomez, ...
  • Ron Miles: Quiver

    Ron Miles: Quiver

    The adventurous Denver-based trumpeter established an intimate rapport with guitarist Bill Frisell on their stirring 2002 duet project, Heaven. Add drummer Brian Blade and you’ve got an intense, intuitive, risk-taking session. More relaxed than usual, ...
  • Wayne Shorter: Without a Net

    Wayne Shorter: Without a Net

    After 43 years, the enigmatic saxophonist-composer returns to the label where he recorded a string of classic albums during the 1960s. Now 80, Shorter has led the same band (pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci, ...
  • Kurt Elling: 1619 Broadway

    Kurt Elling: 1619 Broadway

    The most consistently adventurous, self-assuredly swinging, unabashedly romantic and audaciously hip singer of his generation, Chicago native Kurt Elling pays tribute to the tune factory in midtown Manhattan that produced so many American popular songs ...
  • Kevin Eubanks: Zen Food

    Kevin Eubanks: Zen Food

    His remarkably facile fingerstyle-and-thumb six-string approach caused Eubanks to be touted in the early 80s as “the next Wes Mongtomery.” Several impressive albums over the next two decades showed promise, notably 1982’s The Guitarist and ...

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