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Music, Hear This Mos Def gets jazzy at Yoshi's

Mos Def gets jazzy at Yoshi's

While waiting (and waiting) for Mos Def's upcoming album, The Ecstatic, to drop, take the opportunity to hear the rapper's jazzier side. His three-night, small-combo stint at Yoshi's will be close in spirit to the work of the Mos Def…
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Music, Hear This Restless Spirit

Restless Spirit

Meshell Ndegeocello has packed plenty of stylistic hairpin turns into a two-decade career, from her hip-hop debut to her more recent forays into quiet-storm-jazz-meets-avant-funk instrumentals. Though fusion heavyweights like Pat Metheny appear on her latest effort, The World Has Made…
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Calendar, Night&Day So Smooth

So Smooth

Pat Metheny is a complex figure in contemporary jazz. Throughout his extensive recording and touring career of more than three decades, the guitarist has explored a stylistic range as compelling as it is confounding. He seems to pretty much play…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Though far from a household name, jazz guitarist John Abercrombie has built a respectable fan base and garnered critical honors by going his own way since his mid-'70s jazz fusion start. On his stunning new album, Cat 'n' Mouse, the…
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Hear This

Pat Metheny Pat Metheny is so annoying. With an ear for modern harmony and a talent for catchy melodic improv second only to maybe Bill Frisell's, he's one of the slickest guitarists in contemporary jazz. But the two dozen albums…
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