It's a good month when Bill Frisell deals out some Americana jazz (on Big Sur), Kermit Ruffins brings us a New Orleans "Treme Second Line" party (the kind you might have heard on the HBO show he appears in), and a newcomer to the vocal scene -- Cecile McLorin Salvant -- turns in a funky version of "John Henry."
But that's not all the new jazz we've identified as the best to enjoy this month. We've also got saxophonist David Binney's new album, Lifted Land, which features pianist Craig Taborn and drummer Tyshawn Sorey (see "Fanfare for Basu" and "The Blue Whale"), as well as trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson's first record as a bandleader, and a new one from promising young guitarist Lage Lund.
From the vaults, we have More: a newly reissued ESP-Disk free jazz classic from 1963, nominally led by reed-man Giuseppi Logan. But the real draw is his backing band, which included the immortal duo of Don Pullen on piano and Milford Graves on drums (hear their work on the track "Mantu"). Combine that with a trio of new releases on the experimental side -- from Harris Eisenstadt's trio, Comanda Barabba and a band that includes bassist William Parker -- and you've got all you can digest until the next jazz roundup. Until then (to adapt Ruffins' title), we partyin' improvisational style. Hear crucial cuts from all these albums in the appended playlist.