• 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...

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