Anouar Brahem: Blue Maqams Review

Anouar Brahem Blue Maqams

Like a lot of jazz fans, I first heard oud player Anouar Brahem when he teamed with soprano saxophonist, bass clarinetist John Surman and double bassist Dave Holland for their 1997 album Thimar, a hauntingly beautiful and moody collection ...CONTINUE

Matthew Shipp, Mat Walerian, William Parker: This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People Review

Matthew Shipp Mat Walerian William Parker This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People

Having recorded one live album on their own (2015’s excellent Live At Okuden) and a second live album as a trio with drummer Hamid Drake (2016’s also excellent Live At Okuden), the jazz duo of pianist, organist Matthew ...CONTINUE

Ambrose Akinmusire: A Rift In Decorum: Live At The Village Vanguard Review

When it comes to jazz, the oeuvres of John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Dexter Gordon guarantee that there’s more than enough albums by sax-led quartets to go around. And when it comes to sax- and trumpet-led quintets, well, once you ...CONTINUE

Exclusive Interview: Justin Pierre & Andrew Reiner Of The Rapture Twins

With a name like The Rapture Twins, a first single titled “Would You Kindly” [which you can listen to here], and one of two members having a day job at a video game magazine, you might think the rock ...CONTINUE

Matthew Shipp Trio Piano Song Review

On 2015’s The Conduct Of Jazz, jazz pianist Matthew Shipp inaugurated his new trio — of himself, bassist Michael Bisio, and drummer Newman Taylor Baker — with a collection that seamlessly mixed the frantic energy of free jazz piano ...CONTINUE

R.E.M. Out Of Time 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Review

Like a lot of bands who’ve issued expanded versions of their old albums, the Deluxe Editions that R.E.M. have released have been great for people who want the album to sound better, but a mixed bag for hardcore fans hoping ...CONTINUE