Imitonios – 2018 Jazz Releases, Vol. II

Following¬† the well known, successful recipe, the spicy playlist of the month is made exclusively with fresh, 2018’s jazz tunes ūüôā It was a “lucky so and so” February!

But, before playlist, check out this¬†“Kosmima”!¬†(means jewel, in Greek)

Augusto Pirodda – Kosmima (modern jazz)
Located in Brussels, Italian 48 y.o. pianist  Augusto Pirodda plays solo his own modern, meaningful compositions with an abstractive, contrapuntal way. Short, prelude-type forms, large intervals and compact improvising can create a positive vibe that awakes mind


And here follows the festive monthly playlist(s) of ! (as the two versions slightly defer, due to Spotify’s luck of an album) Listen to the links below:


and let me explain what is happening here:

Saxit! – Systeme Diabolique (modern jazz)

South African saxophone quartet, plus vocals, poets and other guests!
On Bandcamp, also.

Chris Dave And The Drumhedz (rnb/soul/rap/hip-hop, new jazz)

Already reviewed as a stand-alone post on


SKYGGE – Hello World, Composed with Artificial Intelligence (pop, rnb, jazz)

SKYGGE is an artist of artificial intelligence!
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Herve Samb –¬†Teranga (contemporary jazz, world, vocal)

Herve Samb is a guitarist from Dakar, who skillfully mixes jazz with traditional Senegal’s musical rhythms¬†¬†(On Deezer only – Spotify’s playlist includes another tune¬† from the already reviewed¬†David Murray’s, Blues for Memo”)

Colette Magny – Blues (vocal jazz, blues, pop)

Digital re-issue of a 1999 collection of Colette Magny’s¬†(1926 – 1997) songs, who was a distinguished¬†French singer/songwriter

Joe Haider Jazz Orchestra, The Sparklettes – Back to the Roots (contemporary jazz, vocal)
Joe Haider, an 82 y.o. German pianist/Swiss national, sets up a fine band to interpret classic jazz songs and originals (Album press release)

 GoGo Penguin РA Humdrum Star (fusion, ambient jazz)

This famous Manchester-based leftfield piano trio draws equally on rock, jazz and minimalism

Sophie Alour РTime for Love (contemporary jazz)

French saxophonist/composer Sophie Alour arranges for a smart ensemble and she wonderfully plays the ballads

Walter Smith III – TWIO (contemporary jazz)
Well known 37 y.o. sax player Walter Smith III goes straight ahead in trio form, unleashing quiet power, together with famous partners and guests (Allaboutjazz review)

Julia Biel РJulia Biel (alternative, rnb/soul, vocal jazz)

One more album by the praised British singer/pianist/songwriter; come enjoy such an intriguing voice!

Jeff Hamilton Trio РLive from San Pedro (mainstrem jazz)

Mostly known as Diana Krall’s partner, drummer Jeff Hamilton preserves tradition with impressive mastery and excellent collaborators!

Thiefs РGraft (la Greffe)  (modern jazz, rap/hip-hop)

A unique collaboration of four¬†New York¬†based¬†modern jazz musicians with five poets/vocalists/rappers, French speaking as well, on a delicate¬†today’s music¬†performance (Bandcamp)

The Brit Funk Association – Full Circle (rnb, soul, funk, disco, acid jazz)

An Association to keep that “Brit Funk” idiom alive


Southside Johnny – Detour Ahead the Music of Billie Holiday (vocal jazz)

Respectable vocalist Southside Johnny (John Lyon, 69, New Jersey) together with a strong, juicy combo on nice arrangements of beloved Billie’s tunes

Electric Squeezebox Orchestra – The Falling Dream (contemporary jazz, big band)

Another impeccable big band from San Francisco on a typical assortment of styles


Jamison Ross РAll For One (blues, gospel, soul, vocal jazz )

Who says no to a soulful, talented vocalist/drummer? (Review)




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