• Giya Kancheli: Themes from the Songbook

    Giya Kancheli: Themes from the Songbook

    Outside Europe, Giya Kancheli is likely familiar only to classical music followers of conductor Dennis Russel Davies, the Kronos Quartet, violist Kim Kashkashian, and Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer. But closer to his birthplace in Tblisi, ...
  • Scott Amendola Trio: Lift

    Scott Amendola Trio: Lift

    Like many great drummers, Scott Amendola puts his percussion at the service of the music first, in support of his fellow players second, and in the spotlight third. The Bay Area-based Amendola, known for his ...
  • Andrew Hill: Point Of Departure

    Andrew Hill: Point Of Departure

    Andrew Hill’s funky yet lyrical piano playing and intricately beautiful compositions seized the attentions of Blue Note’s Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff. The pair recorded material for four LPs before the first, Black Fire, was ...
  • Gyan Riley: Stream of Gratitude

    Gyan Riley: Stream of Gratitude

    Given Gyan Riley’s pedigree and past collaborations, no one should expect him to pick up a classical nylon-string guitar and emulate Andrés Segovia. The 33-year-old son of new-music icon and minimalism innovator Terry Riley (In ...
  • Dave Liebman Group: Turnaround

    Dave Liebman Group: Turnaround

    Re-imagining the music of free jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman, saxophonist Dave Liebman and his longstanding group explore Coleman classics from 50 years ago like “The Blessing,” “Lonely Woman,” and “Beauty is a Rare Thing” with ...
  • Jim Hall and Joey Baron: Conversations

    Jim Hall and Joey Baron: Conversations

    between two kindred spirits from different generations. The 80-year-old guitar legend is well known for his beautiful chord voicings, dramatic use of space, and delicate, walking-on-eggshells aesthetic (perhaps best exemplified on Undercurrent, his classic 1962 ...
  • Ella and Duke at The Cote D'Azur

    Ella and Duke at The Cote D'Azur

    In 1966 Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington travelled to Antibes for a four-night stint that was recorded and released as two separate titles: Ella & Duke at The Cote D’Azur, which juxtaposes tunes between them—with ...
  • Bill Evans at Town Hall

    Bill Evans at Town Hall

    This is a state-of-the-art, 180-gram vinyl reissue of one of the most significant records by one the most influential of all jazz pianists. That really should be enough, but in the case of Bill Evans ...
  • Hiromi: Voice

    Hiromi: Voice

    In the 1960s, the term “energy music” was sometimes used as an alternative description of “free jazz.” In the following decade, it could be applied to the approach of the most intense jazz- rock groups. ...
  • Matthew Shipp: Art of the Improviser

    Matthew Shipp: Art of the Improviser

    During his long tenure in David Ware’s quartet, Matthew Shipp forged an oceanic, hurricane-force piano sound as personal and authoritative as that of McCoy Tyner, Cecil Taylor, or any other thunderous post-bop and free-jazz pianist ...
  • City Champs: The Set-Up

    City Champs: The Set-Up

    Combine the grease of a Hammond B-3 organ with some chanka-chank electric guitar and crisp backbeats and what do you have? Well, Booker T & The MGs or maybe the Meters, to be sure. But ...

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