Saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh has spent the better part of 30 years forging connections among jazz, Persian artistic concepts, and free music. This has resulted in a clutch of albums that ping-pong between gutsy postbop and meditative duets, the latter of which come into focus on his new album, Facets (Pi). Modirzadeh has frequently worked with […]
Like so many other musicians based in New York, saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and pianist Kris Davis migrated there. Davis moved from Canada in 2001; Laubrock was born and raised in Germany, then spent nearly a decade in England before moving to the U.S. in 2009. For as long as they’ve lived in the same neck […]
Veteran Reader critic Peter Margasak counts down his 40 favorite records of the year—this installment includes music by Björk, Jaimie Branch, and Jürg Frey.
The Reader‘s resident jazz expert publishes his ballot from the annual NPR Jazz Critics Poll.
The musician recently started his assistant professorship at Wesleyan University, filling the chair previously occupied by Anthony Braxton.
Craig Taborn, Christian McBride, and Tyshawn Sorey find common purpose interpreting compositions from John Zorn’s library of Masada material.
This year’s best jazz records include a large-ensemble concept album about conspiracy theories, a tug-of-war between loops and live-band grooves, and an amazing hybrid of jazz and hip-hop.
Drummer Tyshawn Sorey—who’s also one of jazz’s most promising composers—plays tonight at Constellation with pianist Vijay Iyer.
On the terrific new NYC Five, saxophonist Angelika Niescier and German pianist Florian Weber team up with three strong players from the Big Apple.
The current Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition “The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now,” in part explores the history and legacy of Chicago’s massively influential Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Reedist and composer Roscoe Mitchell was a founding member of the organization and became internationally recognized for his membership […]
Reviews of 16 new albums, including Arca’s uncanny electronic mutations and T.I.’s unshakable street rap
Vijay Iyer’s mutant style should make him one of the most interesting draws at this year’s Chicago Humanities Festival.
This month’s stack of record reviews will get you better acquainted with Ben Frost’s defibrillating body music, Dawn Golden’s alchemical electro-pop, and lots more.
Current musical obsessions of saxophonist Nick Mazzarella and drummer Frank Rosaly
Carla Kihlstedt combines avant-garde pop, contemporary classical, and dreams.