• Wes Montgomery: The NDR Hamburg Studio Recordings
    by Chris May on March 5, 2021 at 7:01 am

    Recorded in spring 1965, during Wes Montgomery’s sole European tour, The NDR Hamburg Studio Recordings presents the guitarist as part of an all-star international octet assembled by German television station NDR specially for the occasion. The programme was part of a series presenting musicians who did not regularly work together in informal “rehearsal” performances… [ read more ]

  • See Through 4: Permanent Moving Parts
    by Troy Dostert on March 5, 2021 at 7:01 am

    Canadian bassist Pete Johnston is something of a jack-of-all-trades composer, working in contexts ranging from abstract chamber music to the headier fringes of prog-rock. His various See Through groupings allow him to pursue his muse wherever it leads: See Through Two’s Slow Bend (All- Set!, 2016) has him teamed up with fellow bassist Rob Clutton for some low-key dialogues, while See Through 5 enables him to repay his debt to electronic rock forbears from the 70s and 80s, as on Margins (All-Set!, 2016)… [ read more ]

  • Yohan Guiame: Whisper of a Shadow
    by Jim Worsley on March 5, 2021 at 7:01 am

    Collaborations are quite common projects in the jazz world, and in most forms of music, for that matter. Collaborations, however, are slightly more rare when a modern day composer’s album is in conjunction with a composer from the nineteenth century. Such is the case with the works of Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869) melding with composer and trumpeter Yohan Giaume… [ read more ]

  • Samir Bodhi: Stairway To Nirvana
    by Robin B James on March 5, 2021 at 7:01 am

    Traditional Indian instruments and vocals blended with synthesizers, studio effects and electric guitar in an amazing cinematic sounding production. Strong, resonant sounds encourage directed attention on a journey through the stages of life, moving from the mournful to joyful, and eventually ascending to reach enlightenment, engaging with naturally restorative influences… [ read more ]

  • Craig Taborn: Compass Confusion
    by Mike Jurkovic on March 4, 2021 at 7:01 am

    Compass Confusion, the long hoped for return of Craig Taborn’s depth defying, solo-gone-quintet from Junk Magic (Thirsty Ear, 2004), climaxes early and often and, however you like to be lured, It pulls you along with a lush velvet hook in your mouth… [ read more ]