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  • Matt Brewer Returns With Quintet Effort

    Matt Brewer Returns With Quintet Effort

    Jazz bassist Matt Brewer (Greg Osby, Steve Coleman, Vijay Iyer) leads a quintet on his latest recording, Unspoken. All the members of the quintet are top-notch players and improvisers younger than 40: tenor saxophonist Ben Wendel, pianist Aaron Parks, guitarist Charles Altura and drummer Tyshawn Sorey. Together, they bring to life seven original Brewer compositions,... »

  • Robert Glasper Experiment’s Latest Is A Product of Equals

    Robert Glasper Experiment’s Latest Is A Product of Equals

    The Robert Glasper Experiment’s exploration of jazz and hip-hop continues on the group’s latest, ArtScience. The band’s bassist, Derrick Hodge, whose sophomore solo album The Second dropped in August (check out the No Treble interview), not only holds down the low end, but also sings one of the record’s first singles, “Find You,” according to... »

  • Nenad Vasilic’s Latest Is a Trio Effort

    Nenad Vasilic’s Latest Is a Trio Effort

    Serbian bassist Nenad Vasilic, known for his blend of jazz and Balkan styles, has released his first trio recording, Wet Paint. Vasilic, who previously recorded in slightly larger groups, focused on walking the line between vintage and modern sounds with his trio and even reached into his own past in the attempt. The album includes... »

  • Etienne Mbappe Releases Fourth Solo Album

    Etienne Mbappe Releases Fourth Solo Album

    Etienne Mbappe handles both bass and lead vocals on his fourth solo effort, How Near How Far, released under the name, Etienne Mbappe & the Prophets. Mbappe (John McLaughlin’s 4th Dimension, Joe Zawinul, Robben Ford, Slif Keita, Ray Charles, Steps Ahead, Bill Evans) has focused more on instrumentation than vocals on this record. “The concept... »

  • Led Zeppelin’s BBC Sessions Expands in Revised Release

    Led Zeppelin’s BBC Sessions Expands in Revised Release

    Led Zeppelin has re-released its 1997 BBC sessions collection as the The Complete BBC Sessions, featuring eight previously unreleased sessions from BBC radio. All the recordings of the band, featuring bassist John Paul Jones, were captured during BBC radio performances between 1969 and 1971. The previously unreleased recordings include three performances from a 1969 session... »

  • Shirley Horn’s Trio Featured on Newly Released 1988 Live Set

    Shirley Horn’s Trio Featured on Newly Released 1988 Live Set

    A live performance from the late, great jazz vocalist and pianist Shirley Horn has been remastered and released as Live at the 4 Queens. The May 2, 1988 show at the 4 Queens Hotel & Casino featured Horn in her longstanding trio of bassist Charles Ables (d. 2001, and who switched from guitar to bass... »

  • Devin Townsend Project Offers “Transcendence”

    Devin Townsend Project Offers “Transcendence”

    The Devin Townsend Project has released its seventh studio album, Transcendence. The record, from the progressive metal group led by Townsend (Strapping Young Lad, Steve Vai) features the huge, epic sound for which Townsend is known, as well as his take on the Ween song, “Transdermal Celebration.” The band has double bass cred this time... »

  • Saltman Knowles Releases First Album in Five Years

    Saltman Knowles Releases First Album in Five Years

    The story of baseball’s longest game, and the book written about it – Dan Barry’s Bottom of the 33rd, inspired jazz outfit Saltman Knowles’ latest effort, Almost. The book reflects the players’ commitment and dedication to the game, even if they weren’t destined to make it in the major league (the game was a minor... »

  • Ron Carter Quartet Explores Bossa

    Ron Carter Quartet Explores Bossa

    The Ron Carter Quartet, led by the inimitable and prolific jazz bassist/cellist/composer, Ron Carter, has collaborated with vocalist Vitoria Meldonado to create the record, Brasil L.I.K.E. (short for Love, Inspiration, Knowledge and Energy). The Grammy-winning Carter is working with American and Brazilian standards in bossa nova on the album, and creating excerpts of jazz within... »

  • St. Paul & The Broken Bones Stay Soulful on Second Album

    St. Paul & The Broken Bones Stay Soulful on Second Album

    Alabama’s St. Paul & The Broken Bones is back with a sophomore slab of retro-soul on Sea of Noise. The eight-piece band says the album is more reflective of its tastes than its debut, Half the City, and depends less on belting from lead singer Paul Janeway and more on incorporating his voice into the... »