Category Jazz

Asher Gamedze – Dialectic Soul [On The Corner]

A powerful show of compositional abilities and musical poetry with the deep, research-oriented ethnomusicology that would make the most booky academic blush. Asher Gamedze recorded Dialectic Soul to be submitted in conjunction with his doctoral thesis in South African music, specifically jazz in the age of apartheid. The juxtaposition between the percussive freedom of African […]

Selene Saint-Aime – Mare Unadrum [Komos]

Foreboding, dark music from Saint-Aime and a chamber jazz-like lineup. Obvious comparisons to Esperanza Spaulding could be made, but the bassist has so much more of her own sound and style. Classically informed, as well as the m-base movement of saxophonists. Incredible and requires a multitude of listens.

Butcher Brown – #Kingbutch [Concord Jazz]

Funky, borderline lofi vibes that shade in tight beats with loose jazz harmonies. Definitely something to play.

Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra (PAPA) – Little Africa [The Village]

Jamael Dean’s piano and Sharada Shashidar’s vocals open this beautiful burner that introduces the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra’s new label, The Village, to audiences for the first time. PAPA has been a breeding ground for the West Coast’s most daring and creative Black American Musicians. Infectious melodies and incredible collective improvisation.

John Fedchock NY Sextet – Into The Shadows [Summit Records]

From promoter: It’s the trombonist’s tenth album as leader, this time with an all-star group featuring trumpeter Scott Wendholt, tenor saxophonist Walt Weiskopf, pianist Allen Farnham, bassist David Finck, and drummer Eric Halvorson.

Matt Wilson – Hug [Palmetto]

From promoter: “Featuring Wilson’s long-running quartet with saxophonist Jeff Lederer, cornetist Kirk Knuffke and bassist Chris Lightcap, Hug documents one of jazz’s most potent and expressive working bands exploring a typically far-flung Wilsonian program.”

May Erlewine – Anyway [Sapsucker]

A mellow, groovy album co-led by Woody Goss of Vulfpeck fame. Everything about this album is silky smooth though and cohesive. Recommended track is ‘Palm of My Hand’.

Immanuel Wilkins – Omega [Blue Note]

Highly anticipated debut album from alto saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins. Very much of the zeitgeist with titles alluding to recent Civil Rights struggles (such as Ferguson, MO). The quartet presented here is energetic and powerful.

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.