• Greg Ward

In a preview I wrote back in September for a live gig by alto saxophonist Greg Ward and his group Fitted Shards, I praised his skill as a reedist and improviser but criticized the quartet’s debut album, South Side Stories (19/8), as too fussy and fusiony. The Chicago native moved to New York more than a year ago, but he’s maintained a regular presence here—Fitted Shards is a Chicago-based group, with bassist Jeff Greene, drummer Quin Kirchner, and keyboardist Rob Clearfield, and a few weeks ago Ward gave an excellent performance with Mike Reed’s Loose Assembly at Pritzker Pavilion. Of course he’s also been forming new partnerships out east, and yesterday the Newark all-jazz radio station WBGO posted a new interview and session recorded for the Checkout, a program hosted by DJ Josh Jackson, that offers a glimpse of what Ward is putting down in his new home.