More Favorites of 2014: Peter Brendler and Captain Black Big Band

Ok folks, a couple more of my favorite albums from the last year (and as always, the whole list can be found here).... Peter Brendler, Outside the Line (Posi-tone) - What a sizzling, fun, and adventurous date. Bassist Brendler, joined by the unbeatable front line of tenor saxist Rich Perry and trumpeter Peter Evans, and …

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Jon Irabagon’s Foxy and “Jazz Masculinity”

Jon Irabagon, Foxy (Hot Cup 102) The cover of Foxy, the scintillating new disc from saxophonist Jon Irabagon, immediately forces its viewer to think of Sonny Rollins. ...Ok, check that, only if the viewer is previously aware of Way Out West, but let's hold a discussion of semiotics, the responsibility of the reader and constellations …

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