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Tour D’Horizon

David Helbock’s 18 albums as a leader position the 34-year-old pianist as a creative thinker unafraid to put his stamp on the works of jazz masters past, while furthering his…


  • Kudu

    Anteloper—a duo project of trumpeter Jaimie Branch and drummer Jason Nazary, both doubling on synthesizers—explores…

  • Cerulean Canvas

    Alto saxophonist Sherman Irby has been an important force in modern straightahead jazz for some time. On Cerulean…

  • El Maquech

    Adam O’Farrill’s Stranger Days jump into the fire on “Siiva Moiiva,” the opening track of El Maquech. After a…

  • Channels Of Energy

    Longtime Pat Metheny drummer Antonio Sanchez, who wrote the all-percussion soundtrack for the 2014 film Birdman, teams…

  • Beautiful Liar

    On the front cover of 2012’s Portraits, Shamie Royston peers through a sheer curtain, as if watching an event from…

  • The Message

    With the recent prominence of artists from the West Coast Get Down, it’s fascinating to hear bassist Stanley Clarke…

  • Music Is Life

    Versatile, veteran saxophonist Dave McMurray’s opening, open-bored gambit on Music Is Life, “Naked Walk,”…

  • Cinque

    Pianist/composer Elio Villafranca is the latest in a decades-long line of Cuban musicians who has integrated African,…

  • Idiomatic

    When free improvisation first flowered in the latter half of the 20th century, it was often characterized as…

  • Light Blue

    Bassist Martin Wind summons many colors on his 12th album as a leader, with an all-star cast that clearly enjoys the…

  • Plays Dom Salvador

    Outside of Brazilian jazz circles, the name Dom Salvador is unlikely to ring bells. But in the mid-1960s, he was at the…

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