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    published December 3, 2014

    Some fans followed Art Blakey just to hear those seismic press rolls — sticks and snare meeting in a tension-building tsunami. There are a... More >>


    published October 22, 2014

    It hasn’t been all Blondie, Sabbath and Nirvana. Because they dig sophisticated blends of eloquent jitter-swing and stormy rumination, The... More >>

  • Ethan Iverson & Ron Carter

    published October 8, 2014

    The Bad Plus pianist knows the value of living history - he's made a point of interacting with elders during the last few years, and to a one,... More >>

  • Mary Halvorson's Reverse Blue

    published October 1, 2014

    Thanks to constant work, the guitarist's ideas are boundless these days. She's built this quartet around reed player Chris Speed, bassist Eivind... More >>


    published October 1, 2014

    Pundits often celebrate how usually-discrete jazz camps sometimes morph, POVs and aesthetic attitudes melding to form a unique sound or test a... More >>

  • Aaron Parks & Dayna Stephens

    published September 24, 2014

    Duets demand a bit more intimacy and a bit more coziness than large ensemble gigs, and this new West Village cellar, a cousin of its nearby... More >>


    published September 24, 2014

    From piano rags fractured by the reed ’n’ rhythm trio Air to the swag-centric groove of the mammoth Society Situation Band, Henry... More >>

  • Steve Coleman & 5 Elements

    published September 24, 2014

    One of improvisation's most dazzling minds, the saxophonist continues to till new soil with his latest album -- the fetching interplay on... More >>

  • Evan Parker+Joe Morris+Nate Wooley

    published September 17, 2014

    UK whirlwind Evan Parker has completed his residency at the Stone, but there are still more local characters to connect with. Two are as intrepid... More >>

  • Bill Frisell's Big Sur Quintet

    published September 17, 2014

    He's brought his famous lilt to tunes by Stephen Foster, Bob Dylan and John Lennon, but there's something truly enticing about Frisell burrowing... More >>

  • Ches Smith Trio

    published September 3, 2014

    A percussionist who creates music with the architectural sense of a designer, Smith is usually in the process of fulfilling on elaborate notions.... More >>

  • Michael Blake Group

    published September 3, 2014

    Warmth and invention spills from the saxophonist’s horn on a regular basis. That makes him part of a lineage that begins with tenor maestro... More >>


    published September 3, 2014

    Evan Parker has hit New York for shows before — Gotham will always open its doors to revered global kingpins of free improvisation —... More >>

  • David Ullmann 8

    published August 27, 2014

    There's a jaunty vibe to the music on the guitarist's new Corduroy, and it's fetching. It's also a bit of a surprise. It's not often that... More >>

  • Jon Irabagon Festival

    published August 27, 2014

    Agility is the forte of this increasingly intriguing saxophonist - one of the wiliest in town. Irabagon has no prob opening a can whoop ass during... More >>


    published August 27, 2014

    John Zorn was beaming at the Newport Jazz Festival in August. The far-flung ensembles of his Masada family were together for a two and a half ... More >>

  • Dave Douglas Quintet

    published August 20, 2014

    They mess with polyphony now and again, and those sections of their hard-swinging book are some of the joyous in modern jazz. Douglas does a... More >>

  • Matt Mitchell Quartet

    published August 20, 2014

    The pianist is playing with everyone these days, perhaps one reason why he becomes more authoritative. Some of his music has a tendency to be... More >>

  • Swallow/Talmor/Nussbaum

    published August 13, 2014

    Sometimes agility is everything. This new trio of old friends carries the day with an intuitive sense of back 'n' forth. On the just-out... More >>

  • Nels Cline

    published August 6, 2014

    Don’t expect “Jesus, Etc” or “Handshake Drugs” during the Wilco guitarist’s residency this week – he has... More >>

  • Henry Threadgill's Zooid

    published July 30, 2014

    If you hear some heavy percolation in the West Village this week, fear not - it will be the esteemed composer's strings-brass-rhythm-reeds outfit... More >>

  • Billy Martin's Drummingbirds

    published July 23, 2014

    Scrutinizing percussion possibilities is the Medeski, Martin & Wood drummer's passion, and this week's six-night residency (22-27) finds him... More >>

  • Ben Allison Group

    published July 16, 2014

    One of the most intriguing bandleaders in town, the bassist is always recalibrating his ensembles to fit whatever he's hearing in his head. Often... More >>

  • Taylor Ho Bynum+Tomas Fujiwara

    published July 9, 2014

    The new Through Foundation is the third album of duets by the cornetist and drummer, who first started playing together in high school. The... More >>

  • Seamus Blake Quintet

    published July 9, 2014

    Sleep on the tenor saxophonist at your own risk - dude kills on a regular basis. From his Opus 5 work to his Reeds Ramble excursions to this... More >>

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