Battling for a place on our monthly playlist, the following 24 albums emerged as unbeaten winners; we did well! Wait a minute, just a few words about the jury, which consisted of 1) Imitonios, in a crazy mood, you know him, the one who loves hard groove, 2) the impartial critic Semitonian, who is obliged to suggest what it is worthy and must be heard, 3) the snob e-Mitoniac, who finds them all banal and 4) Hymettonious in despair, whose ears suffer from the incredible volume of new jazz releases!
By the way, do you listen to music with your left or right ear? They say it matters, google it!
Okay, it’s enough, let’s start listenin’ now!
(the two playlists are not identical, as Spotify is short of one album, though significant!
Don’ t worry, the flow is unaffected)
In case you like to know more about the albums appearing in the playlist:
Matt Dusk – JetSetJazz
(vocal jazz, big band)
Jørgen Mathisen´s Instant Light – Mayhall´s Object
(modal jazz, free jazz) [Clean Feed Rec]
What a masterpiece! Find it on a prominent position, here!
A new album from the popular band that upsets the crowds and therefore we can not ignore it!
Contemporary Big Band Project – Nine Yards
(modern jazz, big band) – DE
Contemporary Big Band Project! The name of this German band is more than enough and no further explanation is needed! You will be quite pleased! (Stefan Merkl, conductor)
Kenneth Gill – The Good News
(smooth jazz/soul/funk) – Detroit
Trombonist Kenneth Gill’s super band is “swingin’ hard, funkin’ hard, groovin’ hard”!
Seamus Blake appears once more in our playlists, this time with an album under his name. He is one of the top contemporary tenor (and soprano) sax players! His playing may be too dense, but it keeps it quite melodic and completely rational!
With French partners: Tony Tixier (p), Florent Nisse (b), Gautier Garrigue (dr)
University of St. Thomas Symphonic Wind Ensemble – The Other Side
(contemporary classical) – Minnesota [Innova Rec.]
Here things are getting pleasantly serious! Modern, yet easy going compositions, commissioned by this outstanding classical wind ensemble
Celso Pixinga – Slap Mania
(funk, fusion) – BR
Brazilian Celso Pixinga is known as one of the world’s fastest bassists in slap technique
Tom Harrell – Infinity
72 y.o. legendary trumpeter Tom Harrell is again on fire, with ten new compositions and renown collaborators: Mark Turner (ts), Charles Altura (g), Ben Street (b), Johnathan Blake (dr)
RC “Rceeezy” Williams & The Gritz had also kept us busy with their first album. Here they “employ” some more collaborators, for an “analog” and mostly lounge mood
A remarkable youthful quintet, with strong rhythmical and melodic attitude
Versatile Norwegian composer Øyvind Torvund achieves an interesting mix of modern classical sounds and electronics
Gino Sitson is a virtuoso Cameroonian vocalist with a four-octave vocal range. On his 8th album, we can listen mostly to his African tunes, arranged for voices and classical instruments (violin, cello, clarinet).
Featuring Sarah Caswell (vl) and famous Manu Dibango, Maria João (voc)
Pete Coco – Lined with a Groove
(contemporary jazz) – NY
Double-bass singing and lyricism by Pete Coco, introduced by Sullivan Fortner (Cecile McLorin Salvant) and Matt Wilson (Bad Plus)
David Paul Mesler – Kromaticlysm 6
(avant-garde) – Seattle
Pianist and composer David Paul Mesler elaborately portrays the colorful sound spectrum of a contemporary symphonic ensemble
Etienne Charles – Carnival: The Sound of a People, Vol. 1
(modern jazz, afro-latin) – [Review]
The Album of the Month comes from trumpeter Etienne Charles (Juilliard School), who, at 35, is now a real killer! Read a praising review on Latin Jazz Net and indulge in the polyphonies and polyrhythms of black music!
Etienne Charles: trumpet, congas, djembé, percussion; Brian Hogans, Godwin Louis: alto saxophone; David Sanchez, Jacques Schwarz-Bart: tenor saxophone; Corey Wilcox: trombone; James Francies, Sullivan Fortner, Christian Sands: piano, Fender Rhodes, Hammond B3 organ; Alex Wintz: guitar; Ben Williams, Luques Curtis, Jonathan Michel, Russell Hall: bass; Obed Calvaire: drums and more than 50 participants!
(Unfortunately, this album is not available on Spotify, so we have a tune of it only on Deezer’s playlist)
New salsa generation is here!
At age 42, Nicolas Folmer proved to be mature enough to impress “Prince’s of Darkness” style and feel, at the same time sounding as fresh and fashionable, as Miles himself at his times, when expanding the jazz idiom.
His large group features Félix Roth (horn), Rick Margitza (ts), Stéphane Guillaume (ss,ts,cl, fl), Antoine Favennec (as)
“Passionate storyteller” Paul Jost, with his deep voice and an interesting program cannot be ignored!
Pianist and composer from Azerbaijan, Amina Figarova celebrates 20 years of creative presence on the international jazz scene, as always together with a host of named collaborators, such as Bart Platteau (fl), Alex Pope Norris (tp), Wayne Escoffery (ts), Sara Caswell (vl), Luques Curtis (b), Jason Brown (dr)
Our party choice comes from multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Samuel Prather, “the man of 1,000 riffs, grooves and tunes” and his powerful Groove Οrchestra!
Yannick Bovy – Celebrates Nat King Cole
(vocal jazz, big band)
There are reasonable hopes that this style will never be outdated and the healthy romanticism will survive in modern times! Let’s rely on Belgian Yannick Bovy
Influenced by the vibrant era of 90’s R&B, Louam helps us to keep contact with reality
In case you lost it, the playlist is here again:
So we finish, adding some more new releases, for everyone who may be interested in :
- Branford Marsalis Quartet – The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul
Joshua Redman Quartet – Come What May
- David Liebman – On the Corner Live! The Music of Miles Davis
(Jeff Coffin, Victor Wooten, Chester Thompson, Chris Walters & James DaSilva)
Trevor Watts – Life & Music
Jim Snidero – Waves of Calm
Danny Janklow – Worlds Collide
- Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe – Gnomes & Badgers
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah – Ancestral Recall
Paul Tynan – Quartet
Jason Palmer – Rhyme and Reason
(Mark Turner, Matt Brewer, Kendrick Scott)
Josh Lawrence – Happiest Together
- Steve Davis – Correlations
(Wayne Escoffery, Joshua Bruneau, Xavier Davis, Dezron Douglas, Jonathan Barber)
- Nils Landgren (trb), Michael Wollny, Lars Danielsson & Wolfgang Haffner – 4 Wheel Drive
Joey DeFrancesco – In the Key of the Universe
(Pharoah Sanders, Troy Roberts, Sammy Figueroa, Billy Hart)
- Vijay Iyer, Craig Taborn – The Transitory Poems (Live At Liszt Academy, Budapest / 2018)
Bill Laurance – Cables
- Fred Nardin Trio – Look Ahead
Omer Klein Trio – Radio Mediteran
Marko Churnchetz – Place to Live(Harish Raghavan, Justin Brown, Jonathan Hoard)
Ai Kuwabara – Live At Blue Note Tokyo (Live)
(Will Lee, Steve Gadd)
- Marilyn Mazur – Shamania
Catherine Russell – Alone Together
- Dwight Trible – Mothership
(ft. Mark de Clive-Lowe, Kamasi Washington)
Michael Bublé – bublé! (Original Soundtrack from his NBC TV Special)
Claire Martin – Bumpin’ – Celebrating Wes Montgomery
(ft. Jim Mullen)
Sarah McKenzie – Secrets of My Heart
- Andrea Motis – Do Outro Lado Do Azul
Zara McFarlane – East of the River Nile
Carolyn Fitzhugh – Living In Peace
(Amina Figarova Band)
- Dan McCarthy – Epoch
(Ben Monder, Mark Feldman, Steve Swallow)
Adam Bałdych – Sacrum Profanum
The Rippingtons – Open Road
- The Cinematic Orchestra – To Believe
The Comet Is Coming – Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery
Roscoe Mitchell Orchestra – Littlefield Concert Hall Mills College
Finefones Saxophone Quartet – Sonority
(ft. Jim Snidero)
Grencsó Collective Special 5 – Do Not Slam the Door!
(ft. Ken Vandermark)
The Italian Sax Ensemble feat. Dusko Gojkovic & Franco Cerri – Groovin’ at the Olympics
- Theo Kapilidis Neoplatonic Trio – To En
Billy Pod – Drums to Heal Society
- Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet – Metamodal
- Yoel Soto – Con Pocas Palabras
Melina Paxinos – Athens
Antoine Karacostas Trio – Insulary Tales