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  • The Bad Plus

    published December 25, 2013

    There has always been a dollop of ceremony in the esteemed trio the Bad Plus's rerouted pop tunes and noble-nasty originals, so when they spend... More >>

  • Mike McGinnis + 9

    published December 18, 2013

    The respected local reed player calls Bill Smith’s “Concerto for Clarinet and Combo” a roller coaster ride, and the new update... More >>

  • Ted Rosenthal Trio

    published December 18, 2013

    ‘Tis the season and all, so the clever pianist has dropped a holiday disc that puts craft and heart in a neck and neck race. I like the... More >>

  • Smokey's Secret Family

    published December 4, 2013

    The guitarist has shelved the Western Swing he holds dear and jumped into a mélange of Cuba and Africa that has an earthy strut and plenty... More >>

  • Rez Abbasi Quartet

    published December 4, 2013

    Lyricism threads through the wily guitarist's work, even when he's in slash-and-burn mode. It's a duality that gives his music depth, especially... More >>

  • JB4

    published December 4, 2013

    Even though he's a groove master, things can be a bit unsettled in drummer Johnathan Blake's music — he messes with polyrhythms and turns the... More >>

  • Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O

    published December 4, 2013

    The whimsical drummer always has a blast with the holiday stuff, and this Jazz Standard hit is now an ongoing tradition. His threesome has no... More >>

  • Kirk Knuffke & Mike Pride

    published November 27, 2013

    The bassist’s latest endeavor is an oft aggressive and occasionally florid romp through a smart-guy’s slant on fusion with Kevin... More >>

  • Mostly Other People Do the Killing

    published October 30, 2013

    The boys head to New Orleans on the impressive new Red Hot, thinking up ways to boot King Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton into a world where... More >>

  • Marty Ehrlich

    published October 30, 2013

    From the variety of bands he builds to the number of horns he plays, versatility is everywhere in this saxophonist’s art. The current... More >>

  • Joe Lovano's Us Five

    published October 23, 2013

    The maestro’s two-drummer outfit is one of his most overtly swinging groups. As it searches for the sweet spots, it makes a swirl of sound... More >>

  • Vijay Iyer Trio

    published October 23, 2013

    Jazz, for the most part, is about connection, and the chemistry the recent MacArthur Grant recipient generates with his appropriately applauded... More >>

  • Tim Berne's Snakeoil

    published October 16, 2013

    In the last couple years, this Brooklyn quartet has brought its keenly designed tumult to plenty of stages, scrutinizing their music's nooks and... More >>

  • Aaron Parks

    published October 16, 2013

    Fans of the pianist’s vivid imagination have been waiting for his solo move, and the impressionistic vibe of the new Arborescence is... More >>

  • Kris Davis

    published October 16, 2013

    Whether it’s calm or agitation they’re generating, the quartet of pianist Kris Davis, trumpeter Ralph Alessi, saxophonist Ingrid... More >>

  • Christian McBride Trio

    published October 16, 2013

    The soul slant that the virtuoso bassist gives his playing on the new Out Here has a mighty sense of seduction. McBride adores the blues,... More >>

  • Peter Evans Zebulon Trio

    published September 25, 2013

    Tumult reigns supreme in the Mostly Other People Do The Killing trumpeter’s threesome. The extended vocabulary he speaks with his horn is... More >>

  • 'Bud Powell Birthday Tribute'

    published September 25, 2013

    The unsullied bop of Powell’s “Wail” and “Dance of the Infidels” is always afforded the glory it earned over... More >>

  • Sun Ra Arkestra

    published September 25, 2013

    Yep, the great one arrived in Alabama a century or so ago, and though he left the planet in ’93, his spectacular music is still getting much... More >>


    published September 25, 2013

    Allen Toussaint’s songs were once defined by the kind of slippery funk that could only be found in New Orleans—50 variations of... More >>

  • Brandon Seabrook & Mary Halvorson

    published September 25, 2013

    Gonna be a big one. Two of town’s most inspired guitarists bring their leftie POVs to a room that breeds experimentation. Seabrook can be... More >>

  • Tom Harrell

    published September 25, 2013

    The “dream” reference in the trumpeter’s new Colors Of A Dream harks to his take on Dali’s esthetic, and at its... More >>


    published September 18, 2013

    A sobbing long tone on the fiddle and a tender strum of the guitar are all Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill need to woo anyone with a modicum of... More >>

  • Evan Parker

    published September 11, 2013

    The whirlwind British saxophonist has dazzled jazz’s freedom contingent for decades now, his virtuosity making abstraction seem like an... More >>

  • Dave Douglas Sextet

    published September 11, 2013

    The Festival Of New Trumpet Music has been taking place this week, giving some shine to visionary veterans and rising talents alike. One of our... More >>

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