Three exceptional vinyl reissues trace early, adventurous directions in “free jazz.” Cecil Taylor, Art Ensemble of Chicago, and Albert Ayler and Don Cherry show us how it’s done.
Jay Bolotin’s songs caught the attention of Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, and Dan Fogelberg (which somehow worked against him).
Willie Nelson and the Louvin Brothers as well as outliers like Suzanne Ciani and Nathan Bowles made our “must hear” list for 2018.
When Roy Hargrove’s sounds were stilled unexpectedly at the tragically early age of 49 by cardiac arrest, it left a huge hole in jazz.
For coal-black humor, there’s Ward White’s “Diminish”; for garage-band rock n’ roll, Sarah Borges’ “Love’s Middle Name.” Music by the greatest living guitar stylist? Richard Thompson’s “13 Rivers.” Plus four more killer albums.