February 8, 2024 #1346

Manna from the new release heaven this week: Looty Trio from Switzerland; Bulliphant from Belgium; three from Norwegian groups (Emmeluth’s Amoeba, Friends & Neighbours and Scheen Jazzorkerster); Portugal’s Old Mountain with Tony Malaby; drummer Vinnie Sperrazza’s Apocryphal; an excerpt from Paul Dunmall Quartet’s performance at a tribute to Keith Tippett; Continue Reading

February 1, 2024 #1345

He’s back! Actually, it seems music by saxophonist James Brandon Lewis is always around. This time it’s his quartet with a new release on Intakt Records that continues JBL’s magical run. Perhaps young saxophonist Fall Raye will be find a similar path to acclaim and demand. Their new “Fall” is Continue Reading

January 25, 2024 #1344

Genre-stretching albums dot this episode’s playlist that should evoke some deep thinking. Vocalist Amirtha Kidambi and her Elder Ones band espouse protest and change in their music, heightened by the George Floyd murder in 2020. The Ewart/Asplin/Ricks Trio, featuring AACM master reedist and sometimes poet, Douglas Ewart, combine free improvisation, Continue Reading