Paul Motian

Jack of Clubs

1984

Post-Bop

Late-drummer Paul Motian's work still sounds strikingly contemporary and 1984's Jack of Clubs is no exception. Along with a sparring double tenor front line of Joe Lovano and Jim Pepper, Motian's group also featured kinetic interplay between guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Ed Schuller. This is an album of boldly nuanced post-bop, weaving together elements of atmospheric space jazz, atonal noise-rock, and moments of jarringly beautiful lyricism.

- Matt Collar

Your Old Droog

Time

June 11, 2021

East Coast Rap

TIME is one of prolific rapper Your Old Droog's definitive releases, mixing captivating storytelling and deeply autobiographical verses with dark humor. MF DOOM, Aesop Rock, Wiki, and Mick Jenkins all provide key guest verses, Edan and Quelle Chris contribute to the album's psychedelic production, and final song "No Time" drives home the album's all-important "love 'em while they're here" message.

- Paul Simpson