Posts By Seth Colter Walls

Ambrose Akinmusire: Origami Harvest

Joining the Mivos Quartet’s strings with rapper Kool A.D. and a traditional jazz ensemble, the Oakland trumpeter crafts suite-like compositions that grapple with structural racism and state violence.

Mary Halvorson: Code Girl

Writing for a five-person group with vocalist Amirtha Kidambi at its center, the composer-guitarist finds fresh inspiration slipping between diverse genres and songwriting modes.

Sylvie Courvoisier Trio: D’Agala

The Swiss-born jazz pianist’s second album with this group is animated by a spirit of playful experimentation.

Jen Shyu: Song of Silver Geese

The experimental jazz and classical composer’s newest work uses wildly divergent sounds to conjure a subtle, mournful mood.

Jen Shyu: Song of Silver Geese

The experimental jazz and classical composer’s newest work uses wildly divergent sounds to conjure a subtle, mournful mood.

Esperanza Spalding: Exposure

Written and recorded in just 77 hours, the bassist and singer’s limited-release album is a heady, jazzy range of intricacy and improvisation, a monument to her skills as a composer and performer.

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: The Centennial Trilogy

On the three albums that compose The Centennial Trilogy, the New Orleans horn player and composer pays tribute to the American jazz tradition by tapping into the legacy of fusion.

Roscoe Mitchell: Discussions

Five decades since co-founding the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the pioneering saxophonist offers innovative fusions of composition and improvisation on a rare album for large ensemble.