What I’ve been listening to lately

  • Mary Halvorson – Away With You. The new album from guitar goddess Halvorson does not disappoint, featuring more of her knotty, exploratory compositions for an ever-growing ensemble. Her group is now augmented by another guitarist, Susan Alcorn on pedal steel, and the interplay between the two guitars is a real highlight.
  • Lester Bowie – I Only Have Eyes For You. The first and probably best album by Bowie’s Brass Fantasy group, lively, fresh and inventive.
  • Steve Lacy – Morning Joy. A crackling 1986 live recording from the late, great Lacy, whose quartet was one of the best working jazz bands of the 1980s and 1990s.
  • Maria Schneider Orchestra – Evanescence. Lovely large ensemble work from the present-day heir of Gil Evans.
  • Art Farmer & Benny Golson – Meet The Jazztet. One of the greatest hard bop recordings ever, from a group that is often and unfairly overlooked.

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