Harrison Bankhead's second release for Engine is a quartet hit that in turn burns, swings, and grooves in a classic AACM way

Brian Settles' second effort for Engine is an intimate trio record that evokes family and memory with drummer Jeremy Carlstedt and Corcoran Holt on bass.

A remixed/remastered digital only release where Warren Smith plays representations of places and states in solo, duo and quartet sttings. The quartet piece, Pyramid, is undeniably beautiful and out.

Kidd Jordan returns with the second chapter of free jazz/fire blues from his June 2011 session. Kidd Jordan is a national treasure for those who celebrate the free part of free jazz.

Griot Mamady Kouyate celebrates the Guinea's post-independence electric music tradition with a clinic on melodic guitar playing and a tight New York City band.

Mike Gamble's takes what he calls 'jazz school' knowledge that takes the concepts of improvisation to make something that is very accessible to non-jazz listeners. With his guitar and his emerging drummer, it's something funky and dubby and indie rockin'.

Eugene Chadbourne tears it up in a duo set with Warren Smith, a musical mentor from the 1970's downtown New York City loft scene. All American, all banjo and drums and vibes and marimba and great lyrics.

DC based saxophonist Brian Settles is an inside/outside composer with an inviting, classic tone. His connection to his sidemen stretches back over an extensive period of time and that makes this debut stronger and more cohesive

You've no doubt heard Harrison Bankhead as a sideman with Fred Anderson, Roscoe Mitchell etc. Harrison steps out and drops a blast of melody and rhythm with a sextet of excellent local Chicago sidemen. 


Cassorla's Stay Stay Go combines indie rock energy with the sophisticated arrangements of the jazz and R&B musical traditions. Digging soul but not looking to copy, and feeling rock without obsessing over rocking.

Cinematic chunks of post-hardcore improvised sound. Living in a dangerous musical neighborhood, warding off the jazz fusion evil spirits and the post hippie just jammin' borefest -- this is Matta Gawa.

What is most impressive about the improvisation on Stephen Haynes' debut disc is the musicians' ability to give what is unique to themselves while creating music tightly interwoven with others.

Calling the three members of Yuganaut "multi-instrumentalists" is a little too easy. What is needed is some kind of word that would connote being multiple bands. Between them they could be a small brass group, an electric chamber ensemble or a straight-ahead jazz trio.


William Hooker, David Soldier, and Roy Campbell deliver a blazing live set full of great interplay and dynamics. Roy Campbell's last recorded appearance and his trumpet playing is phenomenal here.

James Ilgenfritz and the Curators drop a fresh sax/bass/drums record full of punk blues. Guttural, loose, and high on a dookie vibe. Support new jazz cats, you won't be disappointed with this trio.


Another remixed/remastered digital only release where Andrew Lamb's freight train tenor sax meets with veteran drummer/percussionist Warren Smith. Classic free jazz duo action in a spacious cathedral setting.


Triptet's second Engine Studios release is about technology, and isolation and alienation. The perfect soundtrack for the emerging surveillance state.

Giant Dwarf's guitar/drums duo record addresses on of the biggest problems with indie music -- lack of playing ability. Carlstedt and Philadelphy mix improvisation and stoner rock with freak punk and textured ambient work.

Sylvain Leroux’s debut Quatuor Creole is a blend of West Indian/African beats, jazz,  and Western conservatory music. The idea of fusing two Creole cultures is reflected in the lineup of this record French Canadian Leroux and Haitian percussionist Sergo Decius.

On this split CD Trio Caveat's Introspective Athletics is about collective sound making. There is no drummer and no swinging, but there is a lot of high end blurping and bleeping. On the second recording, Josh Sinton delivers a personal, nostalgic horn/clarinet suite called Pine Barren.

Kidd Jordan is an uncompromising musician who plays completely free with no regard for anything except listening and doing something fresh. He is joined on this session by Chicago bassist powerhouse Harrison Bankhead and drummer/vibes Warren Smith.

Seattle based guitar/sax/drums trio Triptet layer slow moving guitar and sax long tones over percolating drums and junk percussion. Their music floats and floats between genres -- Bill Dixon style free jazz, avant classical, and ambient downtempo.

 Whoarfrost traffics in both beauty and ugliness. These Balti-morons' fire music energy winds listeners up and the relentless, manic pounding reflects the darkness and pressure of these times. The dark 19 minute finale Concious Without function is not to be missed.

Many Arms are a power trio in the truest sense of the term. The band's music is loud and aggressive and they work together as a solid unit, pushing and pulling improvisations and heavy shredding to and from strong unison melodies and vamps.

Remixed and remastered for the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Andrew Lamb's New Orleans Suite is a testament to the continued power and relevance of jazz, pouring out a wide range of emotions for listeners: shock, anger, sadness, and hope.

Iconic free jazz drummer/poet William Hooker joins with multi-instrumentalists Sabir Mateen and David Soldier on a live date from Roulette that runs the gamut from contemplative to blowing the roof off the sucker.