• 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 ...
  • Bill Frisell: Sign of Life

    Bill Frisell: Sign of Life

    Known primarily as a jazz-fusion innovator, guitarist Frisell imparts his unique palette of timbres, textures, and colors to a chamber setting with his 858 Quartet (Jenny Scheinman, violin; Eyvind Kang, viola; Hank Roberts, cello), founded ...
  • Marilyn Crispell, David Rothenberg

    Marilyn Crispell, David Rothenberg

    Pianist Marilyn Crispell attracted an initial following with a full-fisted attack, dense tone clusters, and bold dissonances inspired by Cecil Taylor, later refining her style during a ten-year stint with Anthony Braxton. She brought her ...
  • 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 ...
  • Spectrum Road

    Spectrum Road

    Jack Bruce knows something about being in a supergroup, having been a member of what many consider the original: Cream. Now, more than four decades after the supergroup dawn of Blind Faith, Crosby, Stills, Nash ...
  • Jenny Scheinman: Mischief & Mayhem

    Jenny Scheinman: Mischief & Mayhem

    We have guitarist Bill Frisell to thank for bringing violinist Jenny Scheinman to the attention of listeners who might have overlooked her various other collaborations, as well her half-dozen solo albums. Scheinman, a northern-California native ...
  • Dirty Three: Toward the Low Sun

    Dirty Three: Toward the Low Sun

    If the seven-year gap since the release of Dirty Three’s last studio album, Cinder, has had any noticeable effect, it’s been to strengthen this Australian instrumental trio’s improvisational empathy. Violinist Warren Ellis, guitarist Mick Turner, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...

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