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The Darkseid Recital - Matthew Shipp, Darius Jones

The intergenerational partnership of alto saxophonist Darius Jones and pianist Matthew Shipp seamlessly meshes the talents of two of the most restlessly inventive and gifted instrumentalists-composers-improvisers-leaders working today. This singular duo p

For The Blue Notes - Louis Moholo-Moholo Unit

The original drummer for The Blue Notes, and sadly now the only surviving original member, Louis Moholo-Moholo here pays tribute to what was not only a great band but one that, on arrival from apartheid South Africa, grew to have a profound and lasting im

Settle - Ken Thomson &Slow/Fast

Settle, the new recording from Ken Thomson and Slow/Fast, exhibits the kind of stylistic breadth and alert experimentation that one would expect from a leader famed for his work in both the worlds of new jazz and contemporary classical music. Alto saxopho

Lifestories review Jim Mullen's thumb-plucking continues to seduce

What is it that makes Jim Mullen's guitar playing so endlessly attractive?

Dr. John – Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch - Dr. John

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and six-time GRAMMY® winner Dr. John is New Orleans' most prominent living musical icon. The embodiment of his hometown's freewheeling creative spirit and multiple musical traditions, he's built a visionary, idiosyncra

Interlude Live - Ronnie Scott's

With a Grammy, two Golden Globes, two BRITs, GQ Music Man of the Year, Gold at the Radio Academy Awards and numerous other award nominations under his belt, Cullum is a success story around the globe; the most successful UK jazz artist ever, selling over

Louis Moholo-Moholo Unit: For the Blue Notes review fiery jazz tribute

(Cadillac)Septuagenarian South African drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo is the last survivor of the mixed-race Blue Notes group, who were exiled to Europe by apartheid in the 1960s; true to his improv instincts and openness, he continues to celebrate their las

Darius Jones/Matthew Shipp: The Darkseid Recital review affecting and occasionally scary

(AUM Fidelity)The American pianist Matthew Shipp regularly forges good relationships with players of comparably implacable robustness, despite an approach that's combative as often as it's cordial. The other half of this duo is young New York alto saxopho

Al Jarreau: My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke review a classy tribute

Long before he became an R&B, soul, disco and jazz virtuoso respected by all sides, Al Jarreau was a San Francisco social worker who sang jazz as a sideline but a 1965 jam with rising young pianist George Duke at the Half Note club changed his life, and

Andy Biskin's Ibid: Act Necessary (2014)

A working jazz musician in New York City and environs since 1991, clarinetist, composer, and filmmaker Andy Biskin is a modern-day Renaissance Man.