Author Archives: Ben Fischer

Lianne La Havas – Self Titled [Warner Records UK]

Five years since her last release, Lianne La Havas’ Self Titled release shows remarkable artistic growth with solid, earthy grooves and direct lyrics. “Sour Flower” is recommended.

Immanuel Wilkins – Warriors [Blue Note]

The first single off of Immanuel Wilkins’ upcoming release for Blue Note records, Omega. This album is going to be amazing as this track clearly shows.

Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher [Dead Oceans]

The second full length record from indie icon Phoebe Bridgers is harmonically strong, tonally muted, and derives much of its aura from that of Elliott Smith. Highly recommended for fans of any genre.

R.A.P Ferreira – Purple Moonlight Pages [Ruby Yacht]

A resident of Biddeford, ME, R.A.P Ferreira evokes the feelings of isolated suburban living in the Pine State. His lyrics are hard to pin down at times, but what is evident is how incredible a rhymer Ferreira is. The sense of realism is very appealing. Check the tracks for profanity before airplay.

The Mark Harvey Group – A Rite Four All Souls [Americas Musicworks]

From Promoter: “Trumpeter, composer and bandleaderHarvey has been an uncompromising explorer of new sonic territories for decades. He has performed in David Douglas’s Festival of New Trumpet Music; appeared at the Knitting Factory, the Village Gate, the Public Theater, Roulette, and the Berlin Jazz Festival among others; shared the stage with Jaki Byard, Geri Allen, Ricky […]

Gato Libre – Koneko [Libra]

From Promoter: “The group draws listeners in with its lyricism and simple melodies. But it is a deceptive simplicity. The trio develop their solos to sustain a meditative atmosphere as they play, blending improvisation and composition into an integrated whole. It all sounds effortless and relaxed, but it is the product of great musical discipline, close […]

MY TAM (Tammy Huynh) – Philly Pop [Self Released]

Tammy Huynh, a graduate from Temple University has been playing in and around Philly for the past few years and garnered attention as a pretty damn amazing vocalist. Huynh released Philly Pop, her first EP during the COVID-19 quarantine. “‘PHILLY POP’ (play on “City Pop”) is a mock radio station set in a dystopian future.” […]

Georgia Anne Muldrow, Jyoti – This Walk [eOne Music/SomeOthaShip Connect]

Hard to categorize, polyrhythmic, syncopated goodness from Georgia Anne Muldrow. Play for sure!

Jaimie Branch – FLY or DIE II: bird dogs of paradise [International Anthem Recording Co.]

Trumpeter Jaimie Branch released this powerful collection of politically charged songs in October of 2019. The tone of this album is moody and percussive; Branch is the only non-rhythm section player on the date. Fans of Bill Dixon and the Art Ensemble of Chicago will find a friend in these tunes.

Freddie Gibbs – Alfredo [ESGN/ALC/EMPIRE]

Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs released “Alfredo” with The Alchemist in late May to widespread acclaim. Gibbs’ muscular flow is juxtaposed by some killer, sensuous strings and synthesized open harmonies. Recommended. Check lyrics before playing.

Zach Fischer Quintet – Due North [Self Released]

The second recording and first official release by Montreal guitarist Zach Fischer showcases the writing talents of the leader and melodic inventiveness of a sympathetic group. The music is narrative of life and the feeling of being in a foreign environment at home; in its movements and contours, one’s listening conjures up these feelings and […]

Harish Raghavan – Calls For Action [Whirlwind Recordings]

Veteran bassist Harish Raghavan makes his debut as a leader for the UK’s Whirlwind Recordings label. Raghavan is joined by up and coming stars Joel Ross and Immanuel Wilkins more a melodically stunning and rhythmically dense set of 15 tunes. One wishes there were more.

Junius Paul – Ism [Internation Anthem Recording Co.]

International Anthem Recording Co., a Chicago-based label, has been releasing the new wave of, what this writer thinks to be, seminal jazz recordings. Of these recordings, bassist Junius Paul’s “Ism” is among the top creating a tapestry of ever changing sound courtesy of such luminaries as Tomeka Reid, Makaya McCraven, and Marquis Hill. Highly recommended […]

Pinegrove – Marigold [Rough Trade Records]

Montclair, New Jersey natives, Pinegrove, find themselves partnered up with Rough Trade Records for their fourth release, Marigold. Unlike their previous recordings, Marigold is quite positive with less adolescent angst and more early adult content. The Country/Americana influences that garnered them attention at conception takes a front row seat as indicated by the simpler harmonic […]

Frances Quinlan – Likewise [Saddle Creek]

The debut release from Hop Along lead singer Frances Quinlan is an oddly-structured, poppy confessional that combines elements of Indie and Electronic genres for a unique listen. Quinlan’s voice certainly steals the show here; it ranges from a whispery sweetness to a raging rasp complimented perfectly by dynamic instrumentals. Not to miss.