Category Jazz

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.

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.

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 […]

Wolfgang Muthspiel–Angular Blues

For guitar, double bass and drums, mostly abstract, smooth jazz with 2 works vaguely classical. Play!

Albaster dePlume–To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1

Multi-genre pieces for wavering sax with a wide variety of instruments–varied rhythms. Play!

Francois Couture – My Little Book-Tome 2 [BOGHEI Records]

New instrumental album from Quebec musicians Francois Couture (guitar), Daniel Marcoux-base, Sylvian Neault- violin, and Steve Normandin- piano accordion with a definite French flavor. Some cuts folk influenced, some jazzy. A quartet to give a listen to. Play: all FCC: clean Similar to: Lord Bubba’s Nu Jazz Project, Greta Panettieri, Mister Dumont

Rez Abbasi & Isabelle Olivier–OASIS

A mix of classical/jazz and world sounds with harp, guitar and tabla, most pieces by Abbasi or Olivier, a few transcriptions. Play!

Brickdrop – Change the Channel (Self-released) [LOCAL]

The latest release from Burlington jazz-funk instrumentalists Brickdrop is perfect for fans of music with hefty grooves, pristine playing, and lots of horns.  Track picks: 1, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Lettuce, Snarky Puppy, Galactic

Spot On!

Music for euphonium by composers from various countries, combining classical and jazz elements, including ney. Interesting!

Mathias Levy–Unis Vers

A mix of classical and jazz and gypsy violin. Nice!

Tapereba

Transcriptions for marimba, strings and percussion of some well-known contemporary and classic jazz–with works by Pat Methany, Chick Corea, Mongo Santamaria and others. Play!

MEOW MEOW AND THOMAS LAUDERDALE – Hotel Amour // Heinz Records

If you’ve heard classic jazz/full band pieces from the 20th century, you will find this album quite reminiscent of the era. Every violin, cello, horn, drum, etc. at the very least sounds like it was played by a human, an impressive feat in this age of virtual instrumentation. A large portion of the album’s vocals […]

David Haney–Birth of a City

Meandering mix of avant, jazz, trombone blurts, strings and improvisations for quartets.

Will Healy & Shouthouse–Cityscapes

A mix of pieces with classical/avant/jazz/electronic and rap voice, inspired by New York City.

Jeff Adler–A Path of Light

Hevreh Ensemble performs these classical/jazz/world pieces with Native American flutes, clarinet, piano, percussion, strings (Ethel) some electronics. Nice!

Michele Rabbia, Gianluca Petrella, Eivind Aarset–Lost River

Meandering, improvised pieces for drums, electronics, trombone, guitar. Pieces are varied, some more electronic/avant than others. Play!

The Budos Band (Daptone)V

Reminds me of the great psychedelic music from around the world in the 60s-70s. Funky fuzzed out guitar and great horns really make this an amazing album. TRY: 1,3,4,5, ALL!! RIYL: Soweto, Funky Lagos, World Psyheledic, Jazz FCC:Clean          *TB Favs

Cochemea (Daptone) All My Relations

Dap Kings Saxman blends Jazz with ancestral percussion and even throws in some indigenous vocals at times. The result is a funky eclectic album that grooves. The percussion definitely takes on Latin flavors and really ties the whole thing together, with his Sax floating in and out of the whole record. Try: ALL FCC:Clean     […]

NORAH JONES – Begin Again // Capitol

Begin Again is a new album that plays with different styles of music including jazz and contemporary. Norah Jones has found a way to not pigeonhole herself into one particular genre which allows her to showcase her musicality. This album is a mix of lovely, heartfelt songwriting and smooth, hypnotic, jazz beats that make the […]

Dominic Miller–Absinthe

For guitar and bandoneon with other instruments, these are a mix of classical and jazz, quiet, meandering. Nice!

Larry Grenadier–The Gleaners

A collection  of pieces for solo double bass, mostly by Grenadier with versions of Gershwin, Coltrane and Muthspiel. Mostly slow, quiet. Play!

We Belong To The Music- Crazy Flute

Newest CD from Crazy Flute with spoken word tracks Unity and Unbroken Chain. Some guitar riffs from Brandon WhetBruk  add depth and beauty (Reflection). For instumental background and music to contemplate with play We Belong To the Music CD.  Check out interview with founder Jack here: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/communityradiowithdeb/episodes/2019-01-19T05_41_04-08_00 and check out website at http://www.crazyflute.com