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Ali Jackson/Aaron Goldberg/Omer Avital: Yes!

This deeply satisfying collaboration of drummer Ali Jackson, pianist Aaron Goldberg and bassist Omer Avital was a long time coming. They’ve known and worked with one another for a couple of decades, having crossed paths in school, in assorted bands, on the road and at Manhattan’s Smalls, where Avital anchored bands for years. All three … Read More “Ali Jackson/Aaron Goldberg/Omer Avital: Yes!”

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Dave Douglas: Three Views

Dave Douglas is relentlessly innovative. In 2005, the trumpeter launched his Greenleaf Music label to keep pace with his huge compositional output and to get his music to listeners more efficiently. This summer came the cloud-based Greenleaf Portable Series, the first three volumes of which-each featuring Douglas with a wildly different ensemble-have now been released … Read More “Dave Douglas: Three Views”

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Brian Lynch and Spheres of Influence: ConClave Vol. 2

Trumpeter Brian Lynch’s latest release with his Spheres of Influence band demonstrates the state of jazz bilingualism. The jazz spheres that influenced Lynch most heavily-straight-ahead hard bop and Latin-are personified in two heroes who employed him early on, Art Blakey and Eddie Palmieri. Lynch and his sometime collaborator, trombonist Conrad Herwig, were among the first … Read More “Brian Lynch and Spheres of Influence: ConClave Vol. 2”

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Dave King Trucking Company: Good Old Light

Dave King’s career sounds as ferociously energized as his playing. Best known for his high-octane drumming with the Bad Plus, King also belongs to eight other bands, according to his website. If that weren’t enough, last year he released a solo album of himself on drums and piano. His latest release, Good Old Light, features … Read More “Dave King Trucking Company: Good Old Light”

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Stefon Harris/David Sánchez/Christian Scott: Ninety Miles

Bring three of jazz’s brightest stars to Havana and pair them with two of Cuba’s best young pianists and their quartets. It took a year to make it happen, but that was the drill for Ninety Miles, the multimedia brainchild of Concord Music Group’s John Burk. The result: a sizzling nine-track CD of clave-accented modern … Read More “Stefon Harris/David Sánchez/Christian Scott: Ninety Miles”

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Gerald Wilson Orchestra: Legacy

Gerald Wilson’s new album, Legacy, is aptly titled. His son Anthony Wilson and grandson Eric Otis each contribute a composition to the project, which is anchored by Wilson’s own seven-part suite Yes Chicago Is…, a celebration of his home through much of the 1940s. Wilson, who turns 93 in September, conducted a standout band of … Read More “Gerald Wilson Orchestra: Legacy”

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Benny Green: Source

Pianist Benny Green explains in the notes accompanying his new album that it’s his first trio recording as a leader in 10 years. “I just wasn’t motivated to have a band,” he writes, and it’s tempting to think he spent the time sulking, Achilles-like, because so many young people “know nothing of what jazz is. … Read More “Benny Green: Source”

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Julian Lage: Gladwell

There was a time not so long ago when merging jazz with other genres tended to involve either fusing it with rock rhythms or going a more European-classical route (à la artists associated with the ECM label). These days, though, musicians are casting wider nets in their search for new combinations of sounds. A case … Read More “Julian Lage: Gladwell”

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Lee Konitz/Brad Mehldau/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian: Live at Birdland

An early favorite for best live release of 2011, Live at Birdland documents extended improvisations on a half-dozen jazz and pop standards over two nights in December 2009. Lee Konitz, Charlie Haden and Brad Mehldau had done something similar in Los Angeles more than a decade ago, resulting in a pair of albums. This time … Read More “Lee Konitz/Brad Mehldau/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian: Live at Birdland”

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The Dave Liebman Group: Turnaround

Newly minted NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman has been releasing a lot of albums lately. Now here’s another one too good to let pass without mention, on which Liebman and his longstanding quartet successfully take on the music of Ornette Coleman. Liebman’s album notes confess that Coleman’s influence on him was less pronounced than it … Read More “The Dave Liebman Group: Turnaround”

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Conrad Herwig: The Latin Side of Herbie Hancock

Trombonist Conrad Herwig has collected three Grammy nominations by Latinizing the music of important jazz modernists, beginning with John Coltrane and following with Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter. No surprise, then, that he’s at it again with The Latin Side of Herbie Hancock. Recorded live at New York’s Blue Note, his septet is joined here … Read More “Conrad Herwig: The Latin Side of Herbie Hancock”

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