GRID – Decomposing Force

In my quest to appreciate and understand as many genres as possible, one lingering question reigns supreme: what is jazz? That probably sounds overly Socratic, until you start trying to provide an answer. Is it the presence of brass and woodwinds? That’s hardly unique to jazz, and ignores great bandleaders…

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Inhumankind – Self-Extinction

More than perhaps in any other genre of music, the potential for exploration, innovation, and experimentation in metal is limitless. Whether it’s a focus on the seamless melding of metal subgenres into new and exciting forms or the constant push of metal’s thematic heart and soul into bold horizons, this…

Live at the Jazz Factory – The Latest and Greatest in Free Improvisation & Solo Performance

Free improvisation—and relatedly, solo performance—is one of those genres that’s both self-explanatory and defies classification. As you can imagine, the setup is pretty simple: one or more musicians performing improvised or composed music, to varying degrees. Yet, our understanding of most genres is defined by multiple musical motifs and instrumentation…