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Jon Irabagon

Ken Shimamoto
As the new millennium approaches the end of its first decade and folks who habitually worry about such things ponder the death of jazz yet again, young alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon’s latest, The Observer, arrives like a ...


Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things

Ken Shimamoto
The jazz myth of Chicago is powerful, dating back to 1922, when King Oliver summoned Louis Armstrong from New Orleans to change the world. It continued in the ’60s and ’70s, when players who’d germinated in th...



Age of Disinformation

Ken Shimamoto
Since coaxing their trumpeter-father Dennis Gonzalez out of musical retirement a decade ago and forming Yells at Eels, brothers Aaron (bass) and Stefan Gonzalez (drums) have been performing ever more impressively. (YAE’s ...


Eaton Lake Tonics

Ken Shimamoto
Prolific indeed is Eaton Lake Tonics frontman Domenic “Tony” Ferraro, who’s already released two of this year’s most intriguing local discs under his literary-inspired alias Bob Fante: Rancho Folly V and...



Snowbyrd

Ken Shimamoto
Loyalty to home and love for departed friends are themes that resonate at my house, which is what motivated me to repeatedly spin this disc by a San Antonio outfit I’d never heard before.


Linda Oh Trio

Ken Shimamoto
On the cover of her debut CD, Malaysian-born, Australian-bred bassist Linda Oh appears as a graphic novel heroine, silhouetted against a full moon, gazing out over the rooftops of her adopted home, New York City. Her performanc...



Ben Perowsky

Ken Shimamoto
Ben Perowsky is a New York-based jazz drummer who’s worked with underground godfather John Zorn, film noir-inspired indie rockers Elysian Fields, and the experimental/soul hybrid group Joan As Police Woman. His early-R...


Steven Wilson

Justin Press
    As if being Porcupine Tree’s mastermind wasn’t heady enough, vocalist and guitarist Steven Wilson sets out to go even deeper into the underground with his solo debut. For his day job, he appropriates the progr...



Tyshawn Sorey

Ken Shimamoto
    Tyshawn Sorey’s a drummer best known for his work with pianist Vijay Iyer. He’s a trap-kicker of force and intelligence who effortlessly dominates the cooperative trio Fieldwork’s last album, Door. But t...


NOFX

Steve Steward
What were you doing 25 years ago? Most people who listen to NOFX today were probably A.) sitting in the corner in preschool, B.) giving their moms stretchmarks, or C.) showing up as a + on their dad’s girlfriend’s p...