May 27, 2021 #1205

Some great music this week! Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis is back with a stunning recording – Jesup Wagon – with a new band he calls the Red Lily Quintet. This is sure to make some best-of lists. Lewis continues to march steadily to increasing respect and acclaim. Iconic trumpeter Jaimie Continue Reading

May 20, 2021 #1204

Although Master trumpeter and improviser Wadada Leo Smith turns 80 in December of this year, there seems to be no limit to his creativity and activity. Wadada continues to be one of the most vital artists in any artistic genre or discipline. In recent times he’s been premiering his works Continue Reading

May 13, 2021 #1203

I love this playlist – for its variety, its depth and its challenge. From the opening tracks from the latest Dave Holland release to the closing tribute to saxophonist Sonny Simmons, it offers improvised music of the highest calibre. There’s a deep dive into the catalogue of Belgium-based El Negocito Continue Reading