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  • Spanish Fly

    published December 26, 2012

    Drummer Ben Perowsky curates a night of "reunions" that spotlights the always inventive guitar playing of Dave Tronzo, who helped make the local... More >>

  • Tom Rainey Trio

    published December 26, 2012

    It's hard not to get a kick out of Rainey’s latest, Camino Cielo Echo, a disc that makes crossed swords generate the clangs of... More >>


    published December 26, 2012

    Jazz fans rarely think of the Bad Plus as traditionalists, but the most celebrated and scrutinized piano trio of the past decade certainly seems... More >>

  • David Berkman Quartet

    published December 26, 2012

    The pianist’s Live At Smoke floated by during our recent Sandy flood, so I dried it off and spun it again: mainstream jazz with just... More >>

  • New Zion Trio

    published December 26, 2012

    The way Jamie Saft funnels his piano visions through a dub filter is one of the most arresting variations on the trad trio sound that has come... More >>

  • George Schuller's Circle Wide

    published December 19, 2012

    There’s a track on the newish Listen Both Ways called “A Map Would Help,” but the drummer’s sextet always seems to... More >>

  • Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O

    published December 19, 2012

    His whimsical holiday album decked every hall in town last year—nice to see it has become an ongoing tradition. Helping with the fa la la las... More >>

  • Jane Ira Bloom Trio

    published December 19, 2012

    It’s one of those ongoing joys the way Bloom’s lithe soprano sax parkours through the ever-shifting architecture of bassist Mark... More >>

  • Roy Haynes

    published December 12, 2012

    You always figure he's going to start to wind down, but the eve-virile drummer's sense of attack is relentless. Of course, perpetual oomph could... More >>

  • Medeski, Martin, & Wood

    published December 12, 2012

    Pliability has been their cornerstone since forever, and restlessness helps drive all their aesthetic shifts. So connecting with a series of... More >>

  • Kenny Barron & Dave Holland

    published December 12, 2012

    Evidently they played their first duo date last summer, and have booked gigs intermittently since. That's a boon for anyone smitten with intimacy:... More >>

  • Billy Drummond Group

    published December 5, 2012

    It’s all about feel with this drummer: He makes sure that his mainstream fare takes chances, considers the textural, and proffers pleasure.... More >>

  • Miguel Zenón+Laurent Coq

    published December 5, 2012

    On the new Rayuela the saxophonist and pianist take their cues from the characters of Julio Cortazar’s novel of the same name, a tome... More >>

  • Anat Cohen, Matt Wilson, & Martin Wood

    published November 28, 2012

    Between clarinet and tenor, Anat Cohen's got a full palette of sound covered, and her natural charisma was made for bringing an unmistakable... More >>

  • Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas

    published November 28, 2012

    On stage, these two hunker down, focused on making the most out of the chemistry at hand, but they’re also glib—terrifically so—as... More >>

  • Darcy James Argue's Secret Society

    published November 14, 2012

    The most discussed big band of the last five years is a coordination machine that blends ethereal with earth-shaking for a result that’s... More >>

  • Russ Lossing

    published October 24, 2012

    If part of repertory's job is to cast a new look on established works, the pianist’s nod to the late drummer Paul Motian warrants kudos.... More >>

  • Steve Kuhn Trio

    published October 24, 2012

    Recorded 30 years ago at the Vanguard, the recently released Life’s Magic captures all the aggressive swing that Kuhn has made his... More >>

  • Jazz Composers Collective Festival

    published October 24, 2012

    Pooling ideas around shared interests worked wonderfully for a clique of young improvisers a couple of decades ago. Now this extended family,... More >>

  • Bill McHenry

    published October 17, 2012

    The new La Peur Du Vide was recorded last spring at the royal basement, and it shows the tenor saxophonist’s yen for both measured... More >>

  • Jacky Terrasson

    published October 3, 2012

    The pianist’s version of “mercurial” is guilty of very few contrivances, so as he connects the dots between Justin Bieber and... More >>

  • Mike Baggetta & Jeremy Udden

    published October 3, 2012

    There’s every reason to expect the to-and-fro of this duo exchange to be ultra-lyrical. Both guitarist Baggetta and saxophonist Udden adore... More >>

  • Jeff Davis Trio

    published September 26, 2012

    There’s lots of slipping n' sliding on the drummer’s new Leaf House. Davis’s tunes give pianist Russ Lossing and bassist... More >>

  • Rob Garcia Group

    published September 12, 2012

    If you’re on the prowl for dangerous-looking bands, this new amalgamation might do. Garcia is a drummer with a yen for nuance, and... More >>

  • Dave Douglas Quintet

    published September 12, 2012

    The trumpeter/bandleader gets noticed with every move, but the fact that the new Be Still features Crooked Still’s Aoife... More >>

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