September 27, 2019

Mary Halvorson Receives the 2019 MacArthur “Genius” Award

The MacArthur Fellows Program, MacArthur Fellowship, commonly but unofficially known as a “Genius Grant“, is a prize awarded annually by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation typically to between 20 and 30 individuals, working in any field, who have shown “extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction” and are citizens… Read more »

February 1, 2018

Matthew Shipp Trio Sells Out Carnegie Hall

Thirsty Ear Recordings congratulates The Matthew Shipp Trio with Michael Bisio and Newman T. Baker and special guest Roscoe Mitchell for their sold out show at the storied venue Carnegie Hall on January 27, 2018. The NY Times heralded this performance by saying, “Matthew Shipp… is one of the more influential members of the New York jazz… Read more »

May 2, 2017

The Jazz Passengers ” Still Life with Trouble” Heralded In The Press

Do not take our word for it, see what Downbeat Magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker and more are saying about The Jazz Passengers musical feast ” Still Life with Trouble”  

May 1, 2017

Matthew Shipp “Piano Song” Creates Critical Storm

It is rare for a recording to receive such universal praise and rarer still that the nature of the praise elevates a release to a status of unequal parallel.  We, at Thirsty Ear Recordings, would like to congratulate Matthew Shipp for his new trio cd “Piano Song’ whose critical consensus proclaims it is one of… Read more »

December 1, 2016

The Jazz Passengers 30th Anniversary Release

The JAZZ PASSENGERS are a fantastical fusion of post-bop and musical comedy, once called a perverse mainstream hard-bop group as imagined by Frank Zappa. (Bob Blumenthal, Boston Globe, 1989). Their name, a take-off on Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, reveals the musicians wild ride along the eccentric currents in modern American music.   The Jazz Passengers… Read more »

December 1, 2016

Matthew Shipp Trio “Piano Song”

Piano Song is to be released Jan 27 2017 and is the work of a man at the centre of a great and shifting constellation of relationships, some of them actively present in the sound, some of them more indirectly responsible for its safe registration and preservation, some of them implicit in its language, but all… Read more »

November 30, 2016

Hello world!

Welcome to the new Thirsty Ear website!  Its been a long time coming. We hope you enjoy browsing and discovering the fantastic artists who grace our label with their extraordinary talents and musical revelations. We deeply appreciate your continued support and look forward climbing new musical heights with you in the years to come.