Exclusive Interview: Sonic Fiction Pianist Matthew Shipp & Saxophonist/Clarinetist Mat Walerian

Matthew Shipp Mat Walerian Sonic Fiction Zero Ivo Perelman Oneness

Having recorded as a duo (2015’s Live At Okuden), a trio with drummer Hamid Drake  (2016’s Live At Okuden), and a trio with bassist William Parker (2017’s This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People), you’d expect ...CONTINUE

Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette: After The Fall Review

Keith Jarrett Gary Peacock Jack DeJohnette After The Fall

In 2014, the iconic jazz trio of pianist Keith Jarrett, double bassist Gary Peacock, and drummer Jack DeJohnette announced that their association was coming to an end nearly forty years after they first worked together on Peacock’s 1977 album Tales ...CONTINUE

Sonny Rollins: Way Out West Deluxe Edition Review

Sonny Rollins Way Out West Deluxe Edition

Between its cover shot of the iconic jazz saxophonist in a cowboy outfit, and songs titled “I’m An Old Cowhand,” “Wagon Wheels,” and “Way Out West,” Sonny Rollins’ album Way Out West probably seemed a bit odd when it came ...CONTINUE

R.E.M. Automatic For The People 25th Anniversary Edition Review

Depending on your perspective, R.E.M.’s 1992 album Automatic For The People is either one of their best, or their most uneven and inconsistent. But whether you adore it or just think it’s okay, you’ll find something to enjoy in the ...CONTINUE

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