The Elements

The collective Madre Vaca (which in English means “Mother Cow”) never plays the expected. Their previous project, 2020’s Winterreise, recast Franz Schubert’s song cycle as modern jazz performed by a dynamic and creative octet. For their fourth album, The Elements, Madre Vaca transforms the four elements of the earth into music that is often quite … Continue reading The Elements

Samba de Maracatu

On February 26, the venerated multi-instrumentalist and composer Joe Chambers releases Samba de Maracatu, a notable Blue Note Records return for a significant figure in the label’s history. The album is a nine-song set of original compositions, standards, and pieces by Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson, and Horace Silver. In the mid-to-late 1960s, Chambers played drums … Continue reading Samba de Maracatu

Know, Say or See

Benny Rubin, Jr, a talented tenor and alto-saxophonist, made a strong impression with his debut release What’s Next. His second set as a leader, Know Say Or See, covers a lot of ground and features the saxophonist at his best at the head of a talented young quartet comprised of pianist Lex Korten, bassist Adam … Continue reading Know, Say or See

Baker’s Circle

After last year’s successful big band outing, Blue Soul, guitarist Dave Stryker is back with his hard-driving, deep grooving B3 organ group on his new recording—Baker’s Circle. With the addition of cutting-edge tenor player Walter Smith III, Baker’s Circle features Stryker’s originals as well as a couple Eight Track gems and a tip of the … Continue reading Baker’s Circle

Fifth Season

Currently based in Chicago, Ben Zucker’s music draws upon a varied practice combining experimental forms and styles, the product of studies and collaborations across North America and the UK. Ultimately, his concerns as a music maker are about experience, and how we come to understand the world as it unfolds in real time and place … Continue reading Fifth Season

Moment of Clarity

Paul Shaw has been best-known as a supportive and swinging drummer who adds rhythmic excitement to large ensembles and small combos alike. While his drumming is excellent throughout Moment Of Clarity, his debut recording as a leader, it is also apparent that he is a very skilled composer. Shaw contributed all seven diverse originals for … Continue reading Moment of Clarity