Jazz Consumer Guide: Play Louder, and Pray for Peace

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NYNDK
The Hunting of the Snark
Jazzheads
Too rowdy for chamber jazz even if the touchstones are classical, if that's what you call Ives, Grieg, Perle, et al.

Scott DuBois
Black Hawk Dance
Sunnyside
Supple guitarist leads an edgy quartet where Gebhard Ullman makes most of the noise.

Jason Adasiewicz's Rolldown
Varmint
Cuneiform
Underground Chicago with a colorful swish of vibes.

Ben Goldberg
Go Home
BAG
Charlie Hunter fusion grooves with clarinet dressing in lieu of synth and Ron Miles's cornet for occasional bite.

Gabriel Johnson
Fra_ctured
Electrofone
Bold swathes of soundtrack electronica, burnished with bolts of trumpet.

Kirk Knuffke
Amnesia Brown
Clean Feed
Free trumpet trio, with Doug Wieselman a double threat on clarinet and engagingly primitive guitar.

Soren Moller & Dick Oatts
The Clouds Above
Audial
Another NY-DK connection, piano-sax duets that remain bracing until the flute comes out.

Wolter Wierbos
3 Trombone Solos
Dolfjin
A limited instrument, seldom given such range of expression.

Tord Gustavsen Ensemble
Restored, Returned
ECM
Piano ambience elevated by Tore Brunborg sax; W.H. Auden poetry warmed by Kristin Asbjørnson.

Roberto Rodriguez
The First Basket
Tzadik
Soundtrack for a David Vyorst film on early Jewish basketballers; a pastiche of klezmerish pieces con salsa.

Babatunde Lea
Umbo Weti: A Tribute to Leon Thomas
Motéma
Dwight Trible channels the avant-garde's preacher man, Ernie Watts waxes eloquent where Pharoah Sanders turned shrill.

Satoko Fujii Ma-Do
Desert Ship
Not Two
Bass and drums present, but only to heighten the piano-trumpet intercourse.

Matt Lavelle and Morcilla
The Manifestation Drama
KMB Jazz
Somehow manages to get his bass clarinet in your face as much as his trumpet.

Dan Tepfer/Lee Konitz
Duos With Lee
Sunnyside
Young pianist, ancient genius, no drama, nothing rushed—just pick a key and improvise.

Rempis/Rosaly
Cyrillic
482 Music
Sax-drums improvs, like Vandermark/Nilssen-Love but more together.

Minamo
Kuroi Kawa–Black River
Tzadik
Crashing Satoko Fujii piano and soothing Carla Kihlstedt violin, evened out into two discs of intricate serenade.

Luis Lopes/Adam Lane/Igal Foni
What Is When
Clean Feed
Starts with a dissonant guitar nod to Sonny Sharrock, ends with badass bass solo.

Edward Ratliff
Those Moments Before
Strudelmedia
Nods to Johnny Hodges and Henry Threadgill, with soundtrack locales from Spain to the Orient.

Will Sellenraad
Balance
Beeswax
Long, sinuous guitar lines intertwined with Abraham Burton's earthy sax.

Gary Peacock/Marc Copland
Insight
Pirouet
Famous bassist and not nearly famous enough pianist snuggle up for discreet pleasures.

David Crowell Ensemble
Spectrum
Innova
Philip Glass saxophonist builds on minimalist rhythmic vamps, tightly boxed but tougher than chamber jazz.

Dave Douglas
Spirit Moves
Greenleaf Music
The spirit of Lester Bowie returns, trademarked by wit and funk, with a brass band "Mr. Pitiful" that is anything but.

John Hollenbeck
Rainbow Jimmies
GPE
A résumé stuffer, with two Claudia Quintet cuts, some chamber music, and percussion collectives.

Cynthia Sayer
Attractions Plunk
Banjo picker who sings too much fronts a retro dream band featuring guitar picker Bucky Pizzarelli.

Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo
Zakopane
Libra
Big band, no piano, lots of Kelly Churko guitar, more horns.

Fight the Big Bull
All Is Gladness in the Kingdom
Clean Feed
Bigger (and louder) than ever, with Steven Bernstein joining the fray.

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension
To the One
Abstract Logix
Forty years of meditation on the one true fusion.

Pat Metheny
Orchestrion
Nonesuch
The fancy technology just lets him be himself, more mellifluous than ever.

Ralph Towner/Paolo Fresu
Chiaroscuro
ECM
Lushly resonant guitar and stately trumpet—a masterful match of color and texture.

Led Bib
Sensible Shoes
Cuneiform
Double-sax fusion group, drawing from rock the concept that you find the path to the next by paying louder.

Jones Jones
We All Feel the Same Way
SoLyd
Veteran Russian avant-garde drummer Vladimir Tarasov hooks up with Larry Ochs and Mark Dresser for twisting free improv.

Duds

Herbie Hancock
The Imagine Project
Hancock
As long as Wayne Shorter answers his calls, he'd do the world more good playing jazz than indulging Dave Matthews, Pink, the Chieftains, et al. B

Esperanza Spalding
Chamber Music Society
Heads Up
Soft, shapeless strings, layered in all sorts of scat. B-

Jamie Cullum
The Pursuit
Verve
Fewer tics, lamer songs. C

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