Mal Waldron – Searching In Grenoble: The 1978 Solo Piano Concert

Tompkins Square has gifted the jazz world with a true gem: a smokin’ previously unreleased Mal Waldron solo piano concert from the height of his powers. Waldron, a New York City-born pianist and composer, was known for playing with the likes of John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy and Charles Mingus, as well as being the lastContinue reading “Mal Waldron – Searching In Grenoble: The 1978 Solo Piano Concert”

Aaron Dooley – Trapped in Purgatory

All kosmische and jazz fusion fans need to check out Aaron Dooley’s first official album on Island House Recordings, Trapped in Purgatory. Dooley, of whom RCU regulars may also know from being a member of Osmium House, gathered together a crack team of ace improvisers, armed with a disparate collection of instruments. Then he allowedContinue reading “Aaron Dooley – Trapped in Purgatory”

Jimetta Rose & The Voices of Creation – How Good It Is

Do you need some soul-to-soul resuscitation? Then you HAVE to hear the jazz-funk gospel of Jimetta Rose and The Voices of Creation’s How Good It Is. Available today through London’s Night Dreamer Records, this album is as cathartic as it gets. Rose, a former collaborator with the likes of Angel Bat Dawid and Georgia AnneContinue reading “Jimetta Rose & The Voices of Creation – How Good It Is”

Seventh Shadow of the Sun – s/t

Every free jazz head out there should get to know the stellar new self-titled album by Seventh Shadow of the Sun. Seventh Shadow of the Sun is a western Maryland-based astral jazz project that defies categorization at every turn. On this record, they combine the mystical presence of spiritual jazz with the cosmic freedom ofContinue reading “Seventh Shadow of the Sun – s/t”

Single Premiere: “George the Revelator,” by Revelators Sound System

“George the Revelator,” the debut single by Revelators Sound System, a new experimental jazz project by MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger and Cameron Ralston from Spacebomb, is officially out today. Just announced this morning, this new collaborative effort was captured between 2020 and 2021, at Taylor’s Durham, NC home and Spacebomb studio in Richmond,Continue reading “Single Premiere: “George the Revelator,” by Revelators Sound System”

The Bogie Band featuring Joe Russo – The Prophets In The City

Let the vivacious grooves of The Bogie Band and Joe Russo shake any last remaining bits of winter blues out of your body and soul with their new collaboration, The Prophets in The City. Available tomorrow through Royal Potato Family, this album features Russo and Stuart Bogie leading a collective of only percussion and windContinue reading “The Bogie Band featuring Joe Russo – The Prophets In The City”

Alabaster DePlume – “I’m Good at Not Crying” Music Video

Alabaster DePlume continues to show that he’s one of the most unique voices in modern jazz today with his subtly campy video for “I’m Good at Not Crying,” from his upcoming album, Gold, which drops April 1 on International Anthem. While resting on a tiny scrap of land surrounded by water and ancient ruins underContinue reading “Alabaster DePlume – “I’m Good at Not Crying” Music Video”

W.BI – III

For a jazz record that is as shadowy as it is mystical, you must seek out III by W.BI. Available now through the wondrous Ramble Records, III is Riccardo Canta (tenor saxophone), Daniele Veronese (drums and percussion) and Alessandro Denti (12 string guitar) blending the ethereal qualities of spiritual jazz with the murky and moreContinue reading “W.BI – III”

Heikki Ruokangas and Simo Laihonen – Joulupuu on rakennettu: Finnish Christmas Songs

For those who want to feel festive, but are tired of hearing the same old Christmas songs that jam the air waves every December, may I suggest the ethereal folk-jazz stylings of Heikki Ruokangas and Sio Laihonen’s Joulupuu on rakennettu: Finnish Christmas Songs. While there are no vocals on this EP, guitarist Ruokangasand percussionist LaihonenContinue reading “Heikki Ruokangas and Simo Laihonen – Joulupuu on rakennettu: Finnish Christmas Songs”

Devin Hoff – Voices From the Empty Moor (Songs of Anne Briggs)

Bassist Devin Hoff’s loving tribute to Anne Briggs explores the depth and the versatility of the British folk legend’s classic songbook. Most readers here would agree that Anne Briggs, along with Shirley Collins, is one of the foundational pillars of the English folk music revival of the 1960s and 1970s. She unquestionably inspired an entireContinue reading “Devin Hoff – Voices From the Empty Moor (Songs of Anne Briggs)”