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Wadada Leo Smith and Ed Blackwell The Blue Mountains Sun Drummer | 
Kabell Blackwell was famous as Ornette Colemans drummer, carrying on with Don Cherry in Old and New Dreams. Smith is the more rigorous trumpet player, and nearly as Catholic. Hes done lots of solo and duo albums, but Blackwell patiently brings out his bestmesmerizing trumpet, good-natured flute, mbira, and voice. A MINUS
Anthony Braxton 19 Standards (Quartet) 2003 | Leo
The third four-CD helping from the tour, with no signs yet that the barrel even has a bottom.
Profound Sound Trio Opus de Life | Porter
Credit Andrew Cyrille and Henry Grimes for holding this together; Paul Dunmall even gets his bagpipes to behave.
Rob Wagner/Hamid Drake/Nobu Ozaki Trio | Valid
Uneasy in post-Katrina New Orleans, meditating on shock, awe, sham, and shame.
Marcin & Bartlomiej Brat Oles Duo | Fenomedia
Twins, bass and drums respectively, instant rhythm section for anyone passing through Poland, but complete together.
Ben Syversen Cracked Vessel | Self-released
Avant-trumpet trio forgoes bass support for guitar interference.
Billy Foxs Blackbirds & Bullets Dulces | Clean Feed
Crazy like a maracas player, shuffling three horns, keys, and violin.
Vijay Iyer Tirtha | ACT
With tabla for a taste of India, but Prasannas guitar leans west even when Iyers piano glances east.
Ernestine Anderson Nightlife | High Note
Two sets straddle her 80th birthdaynot a celebration, just working, fortunately with Houston Person.
Sun Ra Arkestra, Under the Direction of Marshall Allen Live at the Paradox | In+Out
The secret to a ghost band that never gets trapped in its past is a past so far in the future we dont know its coming.
John McNeil/Bill McHenry Chill Morn He Climb Jenny | Sunnyside
Fun and games with obscure bebop gems, with some of that Latin tinge.
Stephan Crump/James Carney Echo Run Pry | Clean Feed
Bass and piano, the former in the lead, the latter dark and percussive.
Lean Left The Ex Guitars Meet Nilssen-Love/Vandermark Duo, Volume 2 | Smalltown Superjazz
Another Chunk of Lung hits the floor, but Vandermark leaves the guitarist alone for their Knuckle Cracking Party.
Hugo Antunes Roll Call | Clean Feed
Bassist-composer, double drums, lots of deep rumble and fleeting, flaring reeds.
Harold ONeal Whirling Mantis | Smalls
Pianist son of Black Panthers in exile goes back to his rootsbebop.
Mike Mainieri Crescent | NYC
Last call for Charlie Mariano, playing a lot of Coltrane tarted up with vibes.
Rich Halley Quartet Live at the Penofin Jazz Festival | Pine Eagle
Haleys tenor sax and Bobby Bradfords cornet, blowing free in the wild wild west.
David Smith Quintet Anticipation| Bjuecords
Postbop quintet, the shape of jazz du jour, with Nate Radleys guitar anchoring the leaders crackling trumpet.
Kenny Burrell Be Yourself | High Note
Good advice when youre 78, as is Let the band help you out.
Pablo Aslan Tango Grill | Zoho
Roughing up the formalism of old tango chestnuts.
Rafi Malkiel Water | Tzadik
Latin beats, Jewish horns, refreshing when the tide comes in.
Woweeee, I'm thrilled and honored! When I was studying in NYC with Dick Oatts about twenty years ago I always checked the VV for gigs and reviews. Thanks for the props! Cheers from Amsterdam, Benjamin Herman.