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.

Act Necessary - Andy Biskin

All About Jazz feels that: "Andy Biskin's music seems improbable and ungainly but ultimately tickles and teases the brain by actually being deeply elegant and well thought-out". Tracks on the album include 'Annie's Day' and 'The Titans'.

Rigmor Gustafsson: When You Make Me Smile (2014)

Rigmor Gustaffson's extensive discography, stretching back to 1997, has seen the Swedish vocalist working with major jazz musicians such as Jacky Terrasson and Eric Harland.

When You Make Me Smile - Rigmor Gustafsson

Rigmor Gustafsson has always known that her personality comes out best when singing melodious jazz. To do that realisation justice, she seeks out special music-making constellations and fascinating combinations. On When You Make me Smile , she now takes t

Ira B. Liss: It's About Time

So are there any first-rate big bands worth hearing in California outside of the Los Angeles area?

It's About Time - Ira B Liss Big Band Jazz Machine

All About Jazz called this album from the band as "spectacular". It includes the tracks 'American Gothic' and 'The Salt Shaker'.

Tierney Sutton: Paris Sessions (2014)

Think you know every aspect of Tierney Sutton's artistic persona? Think again.