• Scott Amendola: Fade to Orange

    Scott Amendola: Fade to Orange

    Fade to Orange began as a commission performed in 2011 by the composer, Scott Amendola (drums and electronics), Nels Cline (Wilco’s lead guitarist), Trevor Dunn (electric and acoustic basses), and the Oakland East Bay Symphony. ...
  • “Bird” Takes Flight

    “Bird” Takes Flight

    Listeners with a casual interest in Charlie Parker and the birth of bebop might neither require nor tolerate the plethora of alternate and incomplete takes and false starts that occupy valuable audio real estate on ...
  • Keith Jarrett: Creation

    Keith Jarrett: Creation

    With its Biblical connotations, the title Creation could come off as grandiose. But if you think of the Bible as epic storytelling, then the latest live album by pianist Keith Jarrett assuredly earns its name. ...
  • Matthew Shipp Trio: To Duke

    Matthew Shipp Trio: To Duke

    You’d have to work insanely hard to make a Duke Ellington (or Billy Strayhorn) tune unrecognizable. Pianist Shipp, double bassist Michael Bisio, and drummer Whit Dickey work madly (as in “Love You Madly”) on seven ...
  • Clean Feed Records

    Clean Feed Records

    About five years ago, I received the first of what would become a steady stream of small packages of compact discs sent from Lisbon, Portugal. The CDs were sleeved in slightly undersize cardboard foldout cases, ...
  • Charlie Haden—Jim Hall

    Charlie Haden—Jim Hall

    When Charlie Haden died on July 11, 2014, at age 76, the jazz world lost one of its most pivotal acoustic bassists. The same, in relationship to the electric guitar, should be said for Jim ...
  • Matthew Shipp Trio: Root of Things

    Matthew Shipp Trio: Root of Things

    Earlier this year, the prolific jazz pianist Matthew Shipp announced his intention to cut back on his domestic releases, noting how difficult it has become to get independent-label recordings, especially those categorized as avant-garde, to ...
  • Sarah Cahill: A Sweeter Music

    Sarah Cahill: A Sweeter Music

    Everything Sarah Cahill has done as a champion of 20th-and 21st-century classical music in the San Francisco Bay Area—as a music journalist, radio programmer, and concert producer—pales in comparison to her solo piano recordings. A ...
  • Nels Cline Singers: Macroscope

    Nels Cline Singers: Macroscope

    As lead guitarist of Wilco, Nels Cline helps liberate Jeff Tweedy’s inner skronkmeister. In his Singers, with drummer Scott Amendola and bassist Trevor Dunn, Cline works his sorcery amid fewer preset structures. Although he calls ...
  • Beth Orton: Sugaring Season

    Beth Orton: Sugaring Season

    On the delicate “Mystery,” the final track of her first album in six years, Beth Orton calls to mind early Joni Mitchell. Up to that point, the most obvious vocal reference is the same as ...

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