Category Jazz

Cochemea (Daptone) Vol. II Baca Sewa

The wonderful sequel to the All My Relations album. Organic percussion is center stage and connects us to the roots of African and Latin music, but shares the stage well with a soulful and smooth sax that acts as the voice of every song. It’s a wonderful dance between drum and sax that sounds both […]

Various Artists (Tru Thoughts) Tru Thoughts Covers 3

Awesome compilation from an amazing label that always delivers! This time it’s all cover songs done in many ways, jazzy upbeat versions dominate. Lots of great tracks from some great artists interpreting classics in new ways. Try: 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 15, 17  RIYL: Jazzy World Music, Great Cover Songs  FCC: […]

Azymuth, Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge (Jazz Is Dead) Azymuth Jazz Is Dead 4

40+ years of Brazilian influenced jazz and funk team up with legendary hip hop producers and make some gold. Smooth funk laden tracks around every turn makes smooth jazz cool again. Definitely some porn grooves making this a very fun and sexy album. Try: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, ALL RIYL: Samba, Smooth jazz, Passport, […]

Avishai Cohen–Two Roses

Recognized for his jazz works, this album is an exploration with symphony–jazz + smooth vocals + symphony. Definitely hybrid.

Cotatcha Orchestra–Bigbandova Elektrnika

A collection from various composers of classical/jazz or solely jazz electronics, varied rhythmically

Scott Lee–Through the Mangrove Tunnels

Mixing jazz, avant/classical, contemporary works inspired by the swamps in Florida. Nice!

Kari Ikonen–Impressions, Improvisations & Compositions

Pure improvisations or some compositions inspired by art, blues and Japanese music. Play!

Alan Braufman – The Fire Still Burns [Valley of Search]

After the alto saxophonist recorded his debut record in 1975, he went into a period of sideman work and eventually reemerged with this 2020 effort including original pianist Cooper-Moore. Out of the world, fiery barn burners are juxtaposed with sweet melodies. Well rounded and a beautiful work!

New Life Trio – Visions of the Third Eye [Early Future]

Reissue of a monumental trio date, recorded in 1978 in Putney, VT. The synergy and soundscapes that these 3 musicians make is absolutely staggering. Recommend the tune “Sculpture” or the beautiful “Empty Streets”. One of my favorite records ever!

Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger – Force Majeure[Int’l Anthem]

Killer bass-harp duo that was recorded over a series of livestreams throughout the COVID-19 Lockdown. The empathy both players have is awe inspiring.

Peggy Lee – Decca Rarities (UMG)

If you know Peggy Lee, you know what you’re getting, even if these are rarities: super soft, crooning light jazz from the 1950s, heavy on the harp glissandos. Think Perry Como and you’re halfway there. As a bonus, this collection avoids all nine (9) of Lee’s songs that have appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 […]

Patricia Brennan – Maquishti [Valley of Search]

Gorgeous solo vibraphone with effects brought forth by Nabil Ayers and Alan Braufman’s new label Valley of Search. Indeed there is a searching element here and what that is so dreamy. Not a dull moment.

Micah Graves – Med Nama: Not for the Ordinary [Self-Released]

Philadelphia-based musician and Temple University senior released this album at the beginning of the year. Intense, highly melodic and beautifully lyrical tunes that have a “pop sensibility”. I believe that everyone can find something they enjoy from this record. Recommended.

Scott Lee–Through the Mangrove Tunnels

Inspired by his childhood in the swamps in FL, really interesting, ambient string quartet pieces, with piano and drums, mixing jazz and classical/avant-garde elements. Play!

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.