February 4, 2021 #1190

This week is another of those episodes where the geographical and musical compasses take the playlist in many different directions. From the near-world of the AACM, there’s a terrific release by Wadada Leo Smith, Douglas R. Ewart and Mike Reed out on Astral Spirits. Contrasting with that are a pair Continue Reading

January 28, 2021 #1189

It has been written that Thelonious Monk was both simultaneously constructing and deconstructing his music. So taking that a step further, two Italians – trombonist Giancarlo Schiaffini and percussionist Sergio Armaroli – decided to deconstruct the deconstructor. Their new “Deconstructing Monk In Africa” is a most unusual and unique album. Continue Reading

January 21, 2021 #1188

This episode introduces some likely heretofore little known artists, but they’re talented and their music is very interesting. You’ll hear music from California guitarist Nathan Clevenger and his band, Polish pianist Paulina Porszke’s Enemble (nominated for best Polish jazz release in 2020 for “Adaptacja’), English duo Gus Garside & Hervé Continue Reading