• Joel Harrison 7: Search

    Joel Harrison 7: Search

    In the 1920s, European classical composers—including Debussy, Stravinsky, Ravel, and Milhaud— incorporated jazz elements, some in the spirit of exploration, some in pursuit of fashion. In the 1950s, such American jazz musicians as John Lewis ...
  • Getz/Gilberto

    Getz/Gilberto

    Stan Getz is at least partially responsible for the Bossa Nova craze that hit the U.S. in the early-to-mid-Sixties. For 1963’s Getz/ Gilberto the tenor saxophonist teamed with two of Brazil’s leading practitioners, the singer/songwriter/guitarist ...
  • Vijay Iyer Trio: Accelerando

    Vijay Iyer Trio: Accelerando

    Pianist Vijay Iyer, bassist Stephan Crump, and drummer Marcus Gilmore trade intricate rhythms like The Flying Karamazov Brothers toss juggling pins back and forth across the stage. The action seems effortless, nearly telepathic, and relies ...
  • George Russell

    George Russell

    George Russell’s contribution to jazz theory is so formidable that his own recordings seem to lag behind in recognition, which makes this nine-CD set of mid-career material from 1968 to 1982 all the more welcome. ...
  • Steve Lacy: The Sun and Avignon and After

    Steve Lacy: The Sun and Avignon and After

    The UK-based Emanem label has gathered recordings from 1969-74 by soprano saxophonist supreme Steve Lacy, from various group and solo sessions, on two well organized CDs of exceedingly generous length (74 and 79 minutes). Some ...
  • Dave Douglas: Three Views

    Dave Douglas: Three Views

    Trumpeter Dave Douglas, who outpaces most of his contemporaries as a prolific bandleader, project developer, and composer, is now at the vanguard of independent music distribution. While hardly the first prominent jazz figure to form ...
  • Chick Corea: Further Explorations

    Chick Corea: Further Explorations

    Celebrating the great pianist Bill Evans last year at New York’s Blue Note nightclub, Chick Corea recruited two former members of the Evans trio—drummer Paul Motian and bassist Eddie Gomez. Those recorded-live performances are now ...
  • Wayne Shorter: The Soothsayer

    Wayne Shorter: The Soothsayer

    Blue Note recorded this terrific Wayne Shorter session in 1965 but delayed its release for 14 long years—go figure. Unlike most Shorter dates from the 60s, Soothsayer breaks the quartet mold with the addition of ...
  • Milt Jackson Sextet: Invitation

    Milt Jackson Sextet: Invitation

    Once in while, an audiophile reissue can make the listener realize that what seemed like a good, solid record is better than that. If I had been asked to evaluate Invitation before hearing this release, ...

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