The Bad Plus – The Bad Plus (Edition Records, 2022) ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Sammy Stein American quartet, The Bad Plus comprises bass player Reid Anderson, drummer David King, guitarist Ben Monder and tenor saxophonist Chris Speed. Relaunching as a quartet (previously a trio with several changes in personnel around the founders Anderson and King), The Bad Plus is still delivering dynamic, ever-evolving music. Twenty-one years after their … Read more

Want Jazz? Candid Records Has You Covered – American Blues Scene

Candid Records is doing it again. The legendary label was first launched in 1960 by American bandleader and songwriter Archie Bleyer as a subsidiary of his Cadence Records. The label produced an impressive catalog in its short existence. Not surprising, given the impressive list of artists who recorded for the label. The label was re-launched … Read more

David Forman (New album ‘Like A Rainbow’ on Basho Records) – London Jazz News

At 91 years of age, David Forman has enjoyed an illustrious life. The former dentist and intrepid travel photographer is known on the UK jazz scene for his photographs of jazz musicians. He has now collaborated with the pianist and arranger Mark Edwards on a new project that combines a lifetime’s worth of compositions with … Read more

Thomas Heberer – The Day That Is (Sunnyside Records, 2021)/The Nu Band – In Memory Of Marc Whitecage

By Steve Gijssels German trumpeter and New York resident Thomas Heberer stands with one foot in jazz tradition and one foot in avant-garde music. On this album he is joined by another German expat in the US, Ingrid Laubrock, on tenor and soprano, with John Hébert on bass and Michael Sarin on drums. Two elements … Read more

Torf Records (Poland) ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Nick Ostrum Torf is a download-only label founded just this year in Poznań, a city that lies along the Warta River in western Poland. So far, the label has three releases, which generally revolve around a core of reedist Michał Giżycki and percussionist Michał Joniec. The music is understood but buzzing with figurative, acoustic … Read more

Samo Salamon – Dolphyology: Complete Eric Dolphy for Solo Guitar (Samo Records, 2022) ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Paul Acquaro Slovenian guitarist Samo Salamon is having a busy 2022, just half-way into the year and there are at least four recordings that he has released, two of which my colleague Matt Banash reviewed this week: Joy and Sorrow and Pure and Simple. Going back to the start of the year, Salamon released … Read more

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Stax Records – American Blues Scene

From the late 1950s until the mid-1970s, Stax Records were responsible for giving us artists like Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, The Staples Singers, and Isaac Hayes. The label and their groundbreaking artists started a soul revolution and produced some of the greatest hits in music history. While all of that may be common knowledge, … Read more

Alligator Records Artists To Perform At 2022 Chicago Blues Festival

Photo: Alligator Records Artists: Shemekia Copeland, Toronzo Cannon, Billy Branch, Lil’Ed & The Blue Imperials Shemekia Copeland, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Billy Branch and Toronzo Cannon Perform Live At World Renowned Free Event On Wednesday, May 11, The City Of Chicago announced the lineup for the 2022 Chicago Blues Festivaltaking place Thursday, June … Read more

Matchbox Bluesmaster Series – set 7: Songsters & Saints – Vocal Traditions on Race Records

Matchbox Bluesmaster Series – set 7: Songsters & Saints – Vocal Traditions on Race Records Nimbus Records 6 discs The Matchbox Bluesmaster series was originally released from November 1982 to June 1988 by Saydisc Records. Rare 78 rpm records were loaned to supplement the ones on hand to create what was called … Read more

Charles Mingus – The Lost Album from Ronnie Scott’s (Resonance Records, 2022) ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Lee Rice Epstein Arguably more than any other label, Resonance Records—and particularly producer and co-president Zev Feldman—understands that, despite the middling quality of recordings circulating on the bootleg market, nothing beats a properly mastered archival release. And for a recording like this one of Charles Mingus playing live at London’s Ronnie Scott’s, from August … Read more