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Steve Lehman & Sélébéyone: Sélébéyone

Steve Lehman has emerged over the past decade as one of music’s most dynamic and forward-looking composers, building to his Mise en Abîme winning the NPR jazz critics’ poll as the best album of 2014. That supercharged disc found the alto saxophonist and his stellar octet mixing jazz improvisation with hip-hop, French spectralism, live electronics, … Read More “Steve Lehman & Sélébéyone: Sélébéyone”

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SFJAZZ Collective: Live: SFJAZZ Collective 2015 The Music of Michael Jackson and Original Compositions

The SFJAZZ Collective’s m.o. is to each year focus on the music of a featured composer. Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Horace Silver, Joe Henderson and Stevie Wonder are among those tackled in years past. The Collective’s new album, recorded live last year, explores tunes associated with (but not always written by) pop icon … Read More “SFJAZZ Collective: Live: SFJAZZ Collective 2015 The Music of Michael Jackson and Original Compositions”

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Wadada Leo Smith & John Lindberg: Celestial Weather

Wadada Leo Smith and John Lindberg have performed as a duo over the years, since connecting in the ’70s in Anthony Braxton’s Creative Orchestra, but it wasn’t until June of 2012 that they got around to recording an album as such. The result, though less extravagant than Smith’s Pulitzer-nominated, four-CD Ten Freedom Summers and subsequent … Read More “Wadada Leo Smith & John Lindberg: Celestial Weather”

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Sullivan Fortner: Aria

Pianist Sullivan Fortner’s dazzling debut album is the sort of tradition-steeped modernism that so many Young Lions following Wynton Marsalis rode to stardom in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Its opener, “Aria,” is followed in quick succession by two more Fortner originals: “Ballade,” dedicated to his mother; and “Parade,” a nod to the 28-year-old’s … Read More “Sullivan Fortner: Aria”

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Jason Palmer: Wondaland: Jason Palmer Plays Janelle Monae

Trumpeter Jason Palmer’s intriguing new release is the second in his planned “series of homages to singers who have produced powerful music,” which began three years ago with his Minnie Riperton tribute, Take a Little Trip. Wondaland is more contemporary, celebrating the artistry of Janelle Monáe via jazzed-up arrangements of her songs, all but one … Read More “Jason Palmer: Wondaland: Jason Palmer Plays Janelle Monae

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Noah Preminger: Pivot: Live at the 55 Bar

Noah Preminger is nothing if not bold. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the tenor saxophonist, who skydives and boxes for kicks, would follow the likes of Ornette Coleman and Sonny Rollins in taking a freewheeling pianoless (and guitarless) band through extended explorations. Joining Preminger on the adventure, recorded live over three nights this past … Read More “Noah Preminger: Pivot: Live at the 55 Bar”

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Tom Harrell: First Impressions: Debussy and Ravel Project

Tom Harrell is in a classical mood on his genre-blending First Impressions. This isn’t new for the brilliant trumpeter-composer. The six-part suite The Adventures of a Quixotic Character, off Harrell’s 2014 album Trip, had a classical feel to it, and this new album’s liner notes, by Robert Baird, trace Harrell’s blending of classical music and … Read More “Tom Harrell: First Impressions: Debussy and Ravel Project”

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Lionel Loueke: GAIA

Gaïa, Lionel Loueke’s fourth album since signing with Blue Note Records, is jazz that’s also “world music,” in more ways than one. The new album is stellar despite being devoid of the big-name guest stars who popped up on its three predecessors, mentors Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter and colleagues Robert Glasper and Esperanza Spalding … Read More “Lionel Loueke: GAIA”

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Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra: Cuba: The Conversation Continues

Talk about timing. Pianist, composer and bandleader Arturo O’Farrill was in Havana with his orchestra this past December, preparing to record this glorious two-CD continuation of jazz’s dialogue with Cuba, when President Obama announced plans to normalize diplomatic relations with the island nation. O’Farrill assembled a binational cast of composers to contribute to the project. … Read More “Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra: Cuba: The Conversation Continues”

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Amir ElSaffar: Crisis

The music on Crisis, the third album from the conceptually driven, multitalented Iraqi-American trumpeter Amir ElSaffar and his Two Rivers Ensemble, was commissioned for and debuted at the Newport Jazz Festival two summers ago. Its viscerally haunting mix of jazz and Middle Eastern music earned a standing ovation that afternoon. Now the studio album, recorded … Read More “Amir ElSaffar: Crisis”

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Luis Perdomo & Controlling Ear Unit: Twenty-Two

Luis Perdomo comes to Twenty-Two in a mood for a look back. After more than a decade as a founding member of Miguel Zenón’s longstanding quartet, a concurrent lengthy run with Ravi Coltrane and a half-dozen strong releases of his own, the pianist has built his intriguing new trio album on compositions inspired by memories … Read More “Luis Perdomo & Controlling Ear Unit: Twenty-Two”

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Robert Glasper: Covered: The Robert Glasper Trio Recorded Live at Capitol Studios

Robert Glasper’s plunge into the world of R&B and hip-hop widened his fan base and earned him a pair of Grammy Awards, but he found himself missing the piano. So he reconvened his original acoustic trio with bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Damion Reid and cut Covered: The Robert Glasper Trio Recorded Live at Capitol … Read More “Robert Glasper: Covered: The Robert Glasper Trio Recorded Live at Capitol Studios”

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George Garzone: Crescent

George Garzone is a musician’s musician, renowned as both a tenor saxophonist and an educator. But he remains relatively little known to the wider listening public. Perhaps his new album with two of his former Berklee students, much-celebrated bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding and her frequent keyboardist Leo Genovese, will help change that. The emphasis … Read More “George Garzone: Crescent”

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Terence Blanchard: Breathless

The riotously danceable cover of Les McCann’s classic “Compared to What” that opens Terence Blanchard’s Breathless sets up the counterintuitive mix of groove-oriented partying and protest to follow brilliantly. It also serves as fair warning to bop purists that Blanchard and his new band, the E-Collective, are exploring something different here. The protest can be … Read More “Terence Blanchard: Breathless”

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Omer Avital: New Song

Omer Avital’s New Song picks up where his marvelous Suite of the East left off two years ago, with more of the rich mix of modern jazz and the music of his multicultural roots that the bassist-composer thrives on. The core quintet has changed slightly, with Yonathan Avishai taking over for Omer Klein on piano … Read More “Omer Avital: New Song”

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Steve Wilson/Lewis Nash: Duologue

Duo albums featuring sax and drums aren’t unheard of, but earlier pairings-John Coltrane and Rashied Ali, Max Roach on one each with Anthony Braxton and Archie Shepp, David Murray and Kahil El’Zabar, to name a few-have usually leaned toward the avant-garde. Duologue, the new disc from talented veterans Steve Wilson (alto saxophone) and Lewis Nash … Read More “Steve Wilson/Lewis Nash: Duologue”

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The Bad Plus: Inevitable Western

This has been a productive year for the Bad Plus. After releasing nothing as a unit in 2013, the “avant-garde populists” have brought out two albums in 2014, their Inevitable Western arriving just five months after their ambitious trio arrangement of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. The new disc eschews covers, both the highbrow variety … Read More “The Bad Plus: Inevitable Western”

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The Bad Plus: Inevitable Western

This has been a productive year for the Bad Plus. After releasing nothing as a unit in 2013, the “avant-garde populists” have brought out two albums in 2014, their Inevitable Western arriving just five months after their ambitious trio arrangement of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. The new disc eschews covers, both the highbrow variety … Read More “The Bad Plus: Inevitable Western”

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JD Allen: Bloom

JD Allen writes in his album notes that “Technically Bloom draws from three sources, 20th-century classical music, the American songbook and jazz improvisation.” But two of Allen’s tenor sax predecessors-John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins-are much in evidence as well. Allen has a big tone that at different times calls to mind each of them (listeners … Read More “JD Allen: Bloom”

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John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension: The Boston Record

Guitarist and composer John McLaughlin made his name in fusion and carries its torch decades later. Last year he and his current band the 4th Dimension-Gary Husband on keyboards and drums, Étienne M’Bappé on electric bass, Ranjit Barot on drums and vocals-wrapped up a summer U.S. tour with a show at Boston’s Berklee Performance Center. … Read More “John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension: The Boston Record”

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