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03/28/16    Albums

The First Quartet
John Abercrombie

With the release of The First Quartet , John Abercrombie’s entire ECM catalog is finally on CD. This box set collects Arcade, Abercrombie Quartet and M , the three albums the guitarist recorded with pianist Richie Beirach, bassist George Mraz and drummer...

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03/27/16    Albums

Live at Fat Tuesday's
Art Pepper

The newly discovered recording that constitutes Live at Fat Tuesday’s is exhilarating, if imperfect soundwise. Nowhere in the 40 pages of liner notes is the source of the tape disclosed, but the quality of the audio suggests it was a fan recording. (“Collector’s...

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02/23/16    Albums

The Complete Bee Hive Sessions
Various Artists

By 1977, jazz had turned its back on tradition, its biggest stars playing varieties that sounded more like pop, disco and prog-rock. Weather Report’s easy-on-the-ears sound took the jazz world by storm, and Chick Corea was making jazz versions of Tales From...

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01/25/16    Albums

Great Spirit
William Parker/Raining on the Moon

When bassist William Parker’s group Raining on the Moon released its 2007 album Corn Meal Dance , the sextet left another album’s worth of material on the table. Parker had considered issuing a two-disc album at the time but ultimately went with one. Eight...

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01/19/16    Albums

Evolution
Dr. Lonnie Smith

Dr. Lonnie Smith, one of the godfathers of the jazz organ, returns to the record label that cemented his status as a B-3 king in the 1960s. Now, 45 years after his previous session for Blue Note, Smith has issued not only what might be his own greatest album...

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01/11/16    Albums

Birth of a Being
David S. Ware/Apogee

The late David S. Ware was a fully formed musician by the time he made his first recording as a leader, Birth of a Being , in 1977. He was already blowing gale-force winds through his tenor saxophone on that recording, and his ideas were every bit as forceful...

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12/31/15    Albums

This Is Not a Miracle
Food

Food has altered its recipe again, and the results are delicious. The experimental jazz group has been a quartet and a duo with guests, and now it’s sort of a trio. The two leaders and founding members—British saxophonist Iain Ballamy and Norwegian drummer...

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12/25/15    Albums

Press Enter
Romain Collin

Romain Collin’s music is cinematic. Each of the 10 songs on his third album, Press Enter , could be used at a key moment or climactic scene in a film. Given the French-born pianist’s background composing music for movies, this makes sense. His songs build...

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12/08/15    Albums

The Conduct of Jazz
Matthew Shipp

As Matthew Shipp albums go, this is almost mainstream jazz. The forcefully individualistic pianist’s new disc, The Conduct of Jazz , is the first by his new trio with bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Newman Taylor Baker. It’s a reset for Shipp, who has...

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12/04/15    Albums

Le Bebe de Brigitte (Lost in Translation)
Darius Jones Quartet Featuring Emilie Lesbros

Obvious parallels exist between William Parker’s Raining on the Moon group with vocalist Leena Conquest and Darius Jones’ new album, which features French singer Emilie Lesbros. Hallmarks of both: accessible avant-garde jazz, lyrical compositions and a seamless...

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12/01/15    Albums

Yamiyo Ni Karasu
Satoko Fujii Tobira

Satoko Fujii’s oeuvre is monstrous. The Japanese pianist issues several CDs a year, often in batches of two or three, and in totality they represent nothing if not the very definition of an iconoclastic artist. Her style is free, rough and aggressive, her...

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10/14/15    Albums

For Those Who Are, Still
William Parker

Bassist, composer and bandleader William Parker is a bottomless well of creativity, and his endless run of superb recordings continues with For Those Who Are, Still , a three-disc box of four previously unissued long-form works, one of them dating back 15...

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10/04/15    Albums

The Complete Concert by the Sea
Erroll Garner

Concert by the Sea , the recording of Erroll Garner’s Sept. 19, 1955, performance in Carmel, Calif., immediately became and remains one of the best-selling albums in jazz. But one always suspected that Garner’s trio played more music that day than the 41...

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09/29/15    Albums

Songs We Like a Lot
John Hollenbeck

Songs I Like a Lot was one of 2013’s best records and one of the most majestic albums of the 21st century. Arranger and bandleader John Hollenbeck nearly created an entirely new genre by blending big-band music and pop songs with modern classical sensibilities...

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09/11/15    Movies

Coltrane's A Love Supreme: Live in Amsterdam
Branford Marsalis Quartet

Branford Marsalis’ 2002 album, Footsteps of Our Fathers , which included his quartet’s recitation of John Coltrane’s four-part suite A Love Supreme , drew mostly favorable reviews, though at least one critic ( ahem ) found it stiff, emotionless and unnecessary...

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07/02/15    Albums

Hot Town
Ghost Train Orchestra

The only downside to listening to old jazz recordings from the 1920s is that they sound as though they were made in the 1920s. Brian Carpenter is making a career out of remedying that, and he continues his winning formula on Hot Town , the third album from...

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