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  • 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 >>

  • SWEET JANE

    published July 2, 2014

    Jazz’s need to create on the spot never really goes away—testing moves in front of an audience is always a consideration for... More >>

  • Ryan Keberle & Catharsis

    published July 2, 2014

    There's a mess of bobbing and weaving in the trombonist's foursome, and at its most aggressive, it can have an edge-of-your-seat vibe. The jabs... More >>

  • THE FAMILY STONE

    published June 25, 2014

    There are jazz fans and then there are jazz fans. The Stones — he Irving, she Stephanie — were the latter. Together, the husband and... More >>

  • Matt Pavolka's Horns Band

    published June 25, 2014

    Local jazz fans know Pavolka as an agile bassist who buoys many an ensemble while injecting his lines with a hefty thrust. With the arrival of his... More >>

  • Kris Davis

    published June 25, 2014

    One of New York's most inventive ensemble players, the pianist can be startling in an array of contexts. That means there should be numerous... More >>

  • Danilo Pérez+John Patitucci+Brian Blade Trio

    published June 18, 2014

    As the acclaimed rhythm section for the Wayne Shorter Quartet, this trio generates a sonic psychodrama each time the living legend hits the stage.... More >>

  • 'Vision Festival'

    published June 11, 2014

    The breadth of free improv never fails to amaze at the annual jazz festival, which touts a vibe of committed inquiry in the name of experimental... More >>

  • Billy Hart Quartet

    published June 4, 2014

    As the veteran drummer’s foursome develops, the grace they broker becomes more essential to its personality. Can’t say if it’s... More >>

  • David Torn+Tim Berne & Matt Mitchell

    published May 28, 2014

    Three nights of precision and excursion. Torn, the intrepid string experimentalist, seldom plays unaccompanied, so this solo shot is a treat.... More >>

  • 'Joe Lovano's Village Rhythms Band'

    published May 28, 2014

    A chance meeting with Fela back in the '80s planted a seed in the saxophonist's head. Fans know he's got big ears, and the opportunity to dance... More >>

  • Randy Weston African Rhythms Quintet

    published May 21, 2014

    Dude turned 88 a month ago, and his power only seems to grow. Last year’s Roots of the Blues told us that his touch could still make... More >>

  • Adam Kolker Quartet

    published May 21, 2014

    The BK tenor player is one of those improvisers who makes you wonder “how did he choose to play that line just now?” That’s... More >>

  • 'The Gil Evans Project'

    published May 14, 2014

    The bandleader earned massive props from fans, critics and Grammy voters when his first edition of Evans tunes dropped a couple years ago. God is... More >>

  • Enrico Pieranunzi

    published April 30, 2014

    Whether he’s tipping the hat to Morricone or pin-balling around Monk, there’s a devilish attitude at work in the Italian... More >>

  • Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors

    published April 23, 2014

    It’s been a minute since we've heard from the bassist-composer's mid-sized ensemble. But he's been spending his time wisely. Chamber Music... More >>

  • The Bad Plus

    published April 23, 2014

    The trio is known for messing with jewels like “Heart of Glass” and “Iron Man” but their new disc is dedicated to a... More >>

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