Jim Black, Mario Santos, William Parker, Dave Sewelson and More

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Is it too early to choose a "best-of" for 2020. I know it's only January, but drummer Jim Black has released an absolute killer of an album with pianist Elias Stemeseder and bassist Thomas Morgan that is an outstanding piece of work. Reckon came out on the Intakt label from Switzerland in January, so be on the lookout for it. Black is as unpredictable and unique as ever, Stemeseder shows why he's one of the most interesting younger pianists, and Morgan plays with ferocious energy. Also new this week, Portugal's Quarteto Mário Santos with Núvem, William Parker and Dave Sewelson and friends, the very avant SLD Trio from Argentina, and German drummer Nathan Ott with a very cool version of Ornette's "Lonely Woman." There's a lot more great tunes too, including Jim Hobbs & The Fully Celebrated Orchestra, Tomasz Stanko, the Australian Art Orchestra and Ben Goldberg.


  • Torbjorn Zetterberg "Song from The End Of The World" from The Great Question (Corbett vs. Dempsey) 00:00
  • Host speaks 13:04
  • Jim Black Trio "Tripped Overhue" from Reckon (Intakt) 15:36
  • Alexandra Grimal & Heliopolis "Khamsin II" from Dragons (Ovni)20:54
  • Olie Brice's Somersaults "Numerology Of Birdsong" from Numerology Of Birdsong (Westhill) 26:58
  • Host speaks 38:13
  • Australian Art Orchestra "Here Comes The Wave" from Water Pushes Sand (Jazzhead) 39:50
  • Maisemat "Tundra" from Maisemat (Eclipse Music) 46:15
  • Host speaks 52:47
  • Jim Hobbs & The Fully Celebrated Orch. "Ol' Lady Who?" from Lapilis Exilis (Skycap) 53:36
  • Devin Gray's GPS Trio "Internet Explorer" from Blast Beat Blues (Dirigo Rataplan) 59:55
  • Devin Gray's GPS Trio "Nevins All The Way" from Blast Beat Blues (Dirigo Rataplan) 1:03:10
  • Host speaks 1:05:2
  • Mario Santos Quarteto "Núvem" from Núvem (Self-released) 1:06:27
  • Gordon Grdina's Nomad Trio "Benbow" from Nomad (Skirl) 1:18:54
  • Jim Black Trio "This One And This Too" from Reckon (Intakt) 1:27:15
  • Host speaks 1:33:22
  • SLD Trio "El Contorno Del Espacio" from El Contorno Del Espacio (Fundacja Slucaj) 1:34:42
  • Colin Hinton "Synesthopy" from Simulacra (Panoramic) 1:40:10
  • Host speaks 1:46:39
  • Ben Goldberg " Phantom Pains" from Good Day For Cloud Fishing (Pyroclastic) 1:48:24
  • Ben Goldberg " Subclub Punch Card" from Good Day For Cloud Fishing (Pyroclastic) 1:53:20
  • Daniel Bernardes "Ostinato, Interludio e Cancao" from Liturgy Of The Birds: In Memoriam Olivier Messieaen (Clean Feed) 1:59:45
  • Host speaks 2:08:13
  • William Parker, Dave Sewelson, Kaelen Ghandhi & Kevin Murray "Sample Track" from Live At The Bushwick Series (Gaucimusic) 2:09:48
  • Ville Herrala "Pu #12" from Pu (We Jazz) 2:17:25
  • Tomasz Stanko Quartet "Twet" from Twet (Warner Poland) 2:20:36
  • Host speaks 2:27:44
  • Tomeka Reid Quartet "Old New" from Old New (Cuneiform) 2:28:46
  • Steve Lehman "Beyond All Limits" from The People I Love (Pi) 2:32:52
  • Tim Stine Quartet "Fred Waltzing" from Knots (Clean Feed) 2:40:39
  • Host speaks 2:49:11
  • Nathan Ott "Lonely Woman" from Shades Of Red (Unit Records) 2:50:41

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