Beginning in the early 1990s, pianist Matthew Shipp began charting a new course in jazz with numerous ensembles, and has since helped elevate the notion of blending free improvisation and composition with contemporary classical music and electronica. We'll explore Shipp's music this week from a wide swath of his recordings.
Dec 10 - 14:
The Legacy of Drummer Tony Williams
Drummer and composer Tony Williams is perhaps best known for his mid 1960s stint performing with the Miles Davis quintet, but his explosive dynamics and innovative rhythmic development on the drum set adorns and enhances numerous recordings from many artists including Jackie McLean, Eric Dolphy, Herbie Hancock, and John McLaughlin, to name a few. From hard bop to fusion and beyond, the music of Tony Williams this week.
Dec 17 - 21:
Top 2018 Releases in Modern Jazz and Improvised Music
We begin our countdown this week of the top releases in 2018 from many of the leading instrumentalists, vocalists, composers and bandleaders in jazz and improvised music.
Dec 24 - 28:
Top 2018 Releases in Modern Jazz and Improvised Music (cont'd)
We'll say Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year while continuing to countdown the top jazz releases of the year, featuring a few new surprises.