2019 Jazz Releases, Vol. VIII

őíesides Deezer and Spotify, this last playlist of the year also plays on Tidal, which offers CD quality, hi-fi sound. (Blame it on Black Friday and on other Christmas offers from music streaming services ūüôā )
Quality sound really matters! It is all about the quality of vibration that stimulates the brain cells, generates emotional reaction and makes¬†the body to dance, as it levels with low frequencies. It’s one of the reasons why musicians pay an arm and a leg for expensive instruments and practice endless hours to enrich their sound-color palette.
So, how will you dig the luscious sounds of clarinets, bass clarinet and contrabass clarinet, as they played by four different clarinetists on this playlist, if you don’t feed your worthy sound system with a decent digital signal?¬† Or, how can you enjoy that velvet voice, recorded with vintage microphones, singing, somehow like Cecile McLorin Salvant, “Mad About The Boy” with the Phonotone Orchestra?
And then, you can go and get the vinyls, if they are available, to enjoy awesome, “state of the art” arrangements by modern big bands and orchestras, such as Miho Hazama’s, De-Phazz’s or Remy Le Boeuf’s that are winking at you, I¬†mean tickling your ear, through this amazing,¬†full of new names playlist, that you can immediately listen to, from the following links:

Unluckily, platforms are not identical. Tidal misses the Rookies’ album, there is no Todd Marcus – Trio+ on Spotify and the so friendly Deezer does not collaborate with the remarkable Sunnyside Records that released Miho Hazama’s third. Will they ever coordinate to let us do our job properly?
Ending up with all available information about the 20 albums contributing to the playlist, plus some brief comments. Happy Listening!

Amari Ansari – Voices
Genre: Soul-funk jazz, new jazz
Label: Bubble Bath Records
Country:  New Orleans, USA
Reviews: (About)
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal

Groovy, entertaining jazz on a debut album by dynamic saxophonist and producer Amari Ansari, an acclaimed member of New Orleans scene (Delfeayo Marsalis, New Orleans Jazz Orchestra)

Miho őóazama – Dancer in Nowhere
Genre: Contemporary jazz, Big band
Label: Sunnyside
Country: New York
Reviews: JazzTimes, DownBeat
Listen: Spotify, Tidal, Bandcamp

Grammy nominated composer and bandleader¬†Miho őóazama¬†seems to follow¬†Maria Schneider’s steps.¬†Featuring¬†Steve Wilson (as),¬†Jason Rigby¬†(ts),¬†Lionel Loueke¬†(g),¬†Nate Wood¬†(dr) and more

The Rookies – Stay Weird
Genre: Contemporary jazz
Label: The Rookies
Country: Melbourne, AU
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Bandcamp

A “cult” jazz quintet with a stylish approach to the blues form

De-Phazz & ST√úBAphilharmonie – De Capo
Genre: Lounge jazz
Label: Phazz-a-delic
Country: DE
Reviews: (About)
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal

An easy listening project with splendid orchestrations, by the legendary De-Phazz band and STÜBAphilharmonie

Jean-Paul Estiévenart Quintet РStrange Bird
Genre: Contemporary jazz, modern jazz
Label: Outnote Records
Country: Belgium
Reviews: (About)
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal

Not just dreamy jazz moods, by “subtle” trumpeter Jean-Paul Esti√©venart’s¬†quintet, featuring¬†Logan Richardson (as)

Mark de Clive-Lowe – CHURCH Sessions
Genre: Beats, electronic, jazz, soul
Label: World Galaxy / Alpha Pup Records
Country: Los Angeles, California
Reviews: BeatCaffeine, 48hills
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, Bandcamp

Favorite artist of modernjazz.gr Mark de Clive-Lowe mixes successfully jazz and DJ culture

Brian Charette – Beyond Borderline
Genre: Straight-ahead jazz
Label: SteepleChase
Country:  New York
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal

Solo Hammond organ by Brian Charette and you need nothing more..

Dream Shanti – Music in Our Dreams
Genre: East/West fusion
Label: Ear Up Records
Reviews: JazzTimes, LydiaLiebman
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal

Multi-reedman Jeff Coffin’s¬†East/West fusion

Guillaume Nouaux – Guillaume Nouaux & the Clarinet Kings
Genre: Swing, classic Jazz
Label: iMD-Guillaume Nouaux
Country: FR
Reviews: SyncopatedTimes
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, Bandcamp

Enjoy eleven different clarinet sounds & players on drummer Guillaume Nouaux’s¬†album

Todd Marcus – Trio+
Genre: Free-bop, post-bop
Label: Stricker Street Records
Country: Baltimore, Maryland
Reviews: CapitalBop, JazzTimes
Listen: Deezer, Tidal, Bandcamp

Bass clarinetist¬†Todd Marcus’s¬†trios with renown collaborators,¬†Ralph Peterson or Eric Kennedy (dr) and¬†Jeff Reed or Ameen Saleem (b). Featuring¬†Sean Jones (tp)

Joe Armon-Jones – Turn to Clear View
Genre: Hip-hop, dub,  jazz, R&B/soul
Label: Brownswood Recordings
Country: London, UK
Reviews: AllaboutJazz
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, Bandcamp

A “cornerstone of London’s underground jazz scene” where DJ culture is prominent, keyboardist¬†Joe Armon-Jones¬†is on his second, sold out album, featuring¬†Nubya Garcia

Frank Glover -Tones for the Boatman, spiritum viventum Claude David Sifferlen
Genre: Modern jazz, neoclassical
Label: Frank Glover
Country: Indiana, USA
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal

Clarinetist, saxophonist, composer and arranger¬†Frank Glover¬†released this album in memory of his mentor and collaborator, pianist Claude Sifferlen. As he says, it’s “a 30 year collection of my time with a master musician. Duo, trio, quartet and string orchestra settings. Only original compositions”

Symphonia Phonotone Dance Orchestra, Phonotone Quartet – Hello Beautiful
Genre: Retro swing, vocal jazz
Label: Phonotone Orchestra
Country: Sacramento, USA
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal

Phonotone Orchestra¬†plays “syncopated dance music, swing and jazz from the¬†1920s, 1930s and early 1940s, in the¬†style of the of the great dance orchestras of the era”. For a more convincing sound, they used vintage microphones for this recording!

Matterlightblooming –¬†Not Lovely
Genre: alt. rap/hip-hop, jazz, soul
Label: Not Labely
Country: Chicago, Illinois
Reviews: ChicagoCrowdSurfer (find: Matterlightblooming)
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, Bandcamp

An “experimental hip-hop jazz odyssey”

Remy Le Boeuf – Assembly of Shadows
Genre: Modern jazz, big band
Label: Soundspore Records
Country: Brooklyn, New York
Reviews: AllAboutJazz
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, Bandcamp

Advanced orchestral work by awarded composer, saxophonist and flutist Remy Le Boeuf, ft. Philip Dizack (tp), Natalie Cressman (trb)

LIUN and The Science Fiction Band – Time Rewind
Genre: Psychedelic pop
Label: Enja/Yellowbird Records
Country: Berlin, Germany
Reviews: BeatsInternational
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, Bandcamp (single)

Jazz infused psychedelic pop by vocalist Lucia Cadotsch, multi-instrumentalist Wanja Slavin and guests

Rinky Tinky Jazz Orchestra – Dreamers
Genre: Jazz-funk
Label: Jsm S.r.l.s.
Country: Italy
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal

Saxophonist Giuseppe Russo’s¬†Rinky Tinky Jazz Orchestra¬†is hot and interesting,¬†aiming at “a fun and enjoyable experience”

Sefi Zisling – Expanse
Genre: Jazz-funk, afro-beat, spiritual jazz
Label: Tru Thoughts
Country: Tel Aviv Yafo, Israel
Reviews: (About)
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, Bandcamp

Trumpeter Sefi Zisling and his group play groovy jazz, inspired from the styles of 1970s

Greyheads – Homes
Genre: Jazz hip-hop
Label: Super-Sonic Jazz Records
Country: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Reviews: DeeJay
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, Bandcamp

Greyheads is a 6-piece band, on the new, easy going jazz path

Pierre-Louis Garcia – 5 / Solo
Genre: Free/avant-garde
Label: Palestro
Country: France
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal

Amazing solo contrabass clarinet and more by Pierre-Louis Garcia

Funky DL – Life After Dennison
Genre: Jazz rap/hip-hop
Label: Washington Classics
Country: London, UK
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, Bandcamp

Funky DL¬†is regarded as one of the best UK’s producers and MCs (Masters of Ceremonies), dealing with political and social issues

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Hope you enjoy it!