This is Part II of the Jazz Times critic's poll continued from a podcast of 2 weeks ago. While these tracks are down the list of the Top 40 new albums of 2014, they show the creative directions of modern jazz music today. From the freedom of Trio 3, the latin influences of Miguel Zenon, and the energetic jazz fusion of Hiromi, jazz is continues to be a vibrant forward moving art form.
Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Suite for Trayvon I. Slimm ~ Trio 3 & Vijay Iyer ~ Wiring
Suite for Trayvon II. Fallacies ~ Trio 3 & Vijay Iyer ~ Wiring
Through Culture and Tradition ~ Miguel Zenon ~ Identities are Changeable
Dear Joe ~ Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio
Ode ~ Frank Kimbrough ~ Quartet
Spirit ~ Hiromi ~ Spirit