2021/2022 Jazz Releases, Vol. I

The recipe for a delicious, digestible, and healthy playlist is as follows: As a basis, we put fresh jazz-hop with handmade beats from small producers. This will give us the required modern groove. For the filling we need nice solos, so we choose from excellent post-bop and adventurous modern jazz. We add vintage melodies and beautiful voices for a touch of emotion, we spice it up with some avant-garde/free, we elevate the flavor with hot Latin jazz, we garnish with ingenious new music/contemporary classical and we serve on digital platforms. Let’s dig in!

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Read details about the albums that take part in the playlist


FUTURENOT – Greatest Hits (2021)
Genre: Jazz-hop, soul/funk
Label: Color Red
Place: Seattle, USA
Reviews: SoulAndJazzAndFunk
Listen: Bandcamp, Deezer, Spotify, Youtube

Funky and hip-hop beats and riffs by FUTURENOT, a collective  led by Jason Cressey (trb) and Peter Daniel (sax)

Baschnagel Group – Timeline Promenade (2021)
Genre: Post-bop, jazz fusion
Label: Mons Records
Place: Zürich, Switzerland
Reviews: JazzJournal
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Youtube

Drummer/composer Pius Baschnagel (Zurich Jazz Orchestra), with his rich, energetic drumming, leads his quintet on safe waters

Loophole – Royal Sessions (2021)
Genre: Jazz-hop, downtempo, electronic
Label: Rare Alpine
Place: Switzerland
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Youtube

Loophole  is a very cool collective, gathered by Dave Krähenbühl (dr), Michel Spahr (b), and Claude Stucki (g)

Lajos Dudas – On the Third Stream Path (2022)
Genre: Avand-garde jazz, third stream
Label: JazzSick Records
Place: Germany
Reviews: JazzThing.de
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Youtube

Previously unreleased “third stream” recordings from 1986 – 2003, featuring the 81 y.o. today, Hungarian-born clarinetist Lajos Dudas, in an album nominated for the “German Critics Award”

Isabel – De Isabel para Manuel Alejandro (2021)
Genre: Flamenco, pop
Label: Isabel
Place: Mexico
Reviews: ExclusivasPuebla
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Youtube

Isabel’s warm and passionate voice on renown Spanish composer Manuel Alejandro’s love songs

Imajin – Imajin (2021)
Genre: Nu jazz, electronic
Label: Raw Tapes Records
Place: New York / Tel Aviv
Reviews: TwistedSoul
Listen: Bandcamp, Deezer, Spotify, Youtube

Stylish combination of organic and electronic sounds, by pianist/producer Nitai Hershkovits (aka Imajin) and his guests

Luca Mannutza – The Uneven Shorter (2021)
Genre: Post-bop, modern jazz
Label: Raw Tapes Records
Place: Italy
Reviews: Birdbox, OffTopicMagazine
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Youtube

Inventive renditions of Wayne Shorter compositions, using odd time signatures by pianist Luca Mannutza and his skillful partners: Paolo Recchia (as), Daniele Sorrentino (b), Lorenzo Tucci (dr)

Smokey Joe & The Kid – War Is Over (2021)
Genre: Electro-jazz, soul/funk, rap/hip-hop
Label: Banzaï Lab
Place: Bordeaux, FR
Reviews: DeeJay, Ulele
Listen: Bandcamp, Deezer, Spotify, Youtube

Producers Smokey Joe and The Kid mix rap/hip-hop with classic Black Music grooves

Juan Felipe Pulido – Así Vivió Pepe Riveros (2021)
Genre: Latin jazz
Label: Redpmusic
Place: Vienna, Austria
Reviews: Hjck
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Youtube

A nice Latin jazz band based on the rhythms of Colombia, by pianist and composer Juan Felipe Pulido

Salomão Soares, Vanessa Moreno – Yatra-Tá (2021)
Genre: Vocal jazz
Label: Salomão Soares e Vanessa Moreno [dist. Tratore]
Place: Brazil
Reviews: NewsWep
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Youtube

A fresh look at the unparalleled musical treasure of Brazil, with Vanessa Moreno (voc) and  Salomão Soares (p, voc)

Michael Mayo – Bones (2021)
Genre: Neo-soul, hip-hop, new jazz
Label: Artistry Music/Mack Avenue
Place: NYC
Reviews: JazzWise, JazzIz
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Youtube

Known for his collaboration with Herbie Hancock, singer and composer Michael Mayo, on a debut album that received very good reviews

SGJAZZ – SGJAZZ, Vol.2 (2021)
Genre: Jazz-hop
Label: Melting Pot Music
Place: Louisville, Kentacky
Reviews: ScratchedVinyl, JazzIz
Listen: Bandcamp, Deezer, Spotify, Youtube

Fundamental Jazz-hop by SGJAZZ, a “Super Group” featuring Dr. Dundiff (dr, producer), Idris Frederick (keys), Patrick Denney (b), Anthony Keenan (g), Noah Reed (as, ts)

Silvana Estrada – Marchita (2022)
Genre: World
Label: Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC
Place: Mexico
Reviews: NPR, RollingStone, NYTimes, Billboard
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Youtube

The extraordinary, quirky voice and passion of 24 y.o. singer/songwriter Silvana Estrada  has aroused plenty of interest for this, second, solo album of hers

Jim McNeely, Frankfurt Radio Big Band, Chris Potter – Rituals (2022)
Genre: Modern jazz, big band
Label: Double Moon Records
Place: DE
Reviews: ProperMusic, MarlBank
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Youtube

Frankfurt Radio Big Band in a modern program, including a rendition of Igor Stravinski’s Rite of Spring by conductor Jim McNeely, and famous saxophonist Chris Potter as guest soloist

Hiatus Kaiyote – Mood Valiant (2021)
Genre: Neo-soul, R&B, “Future Beats”
Label: Brainfeeder
Place: Melbourne, AU
Reviews: PitchFork, TheGuardian, MetaCritic
Listen: Bandcamp, Deezer, Spotify, Youtube

Etherial and sophisticated is the sound of Hiatus Kaiyote, a group with many credentials and collaborations with pop celebrities. Featuring Naomi “Nai Palm” Saalfield (g. voc), Paul Bender (b), Simon Mavin (keys), Perrin Moss (dr)

Misha Tsiganov Quintet – Misha’s Wishes (2022)
Genre: Post-bop
Label: Criss Cross Jazz
Place: NYC
Reviews: ChallengeRecords
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Youtube

The connoisseurs strike again: Misha Tsiganov (p), Alex Sipiagin (tp), Seamus Blake (ts), Boris Kozlov (b), Donald Edwards (dr)

Ayanda Sikade – Umakhulu (2021)
Genre: Contemporary jazz
Label: Afrosynth Records
Place: South Africa
Reviews: Daily.Bandcamp, News24/Arts, SisgwenJazz
Listen: Bandcamp, Deezer, Spotify, Youtube

Talented drummer Ayanda Sikade flies high, along with Nduduzo Makhathini (p), Simon Manana (as), Nhlanhla Radebe (b)

Carl Wittigs Aurora Oktett – Perspective Suite (2021)
Genre: Contemporary classical, modern jazz
Label: NWOG Records
Place: Germany
Reviews: Peter.E.Rytz
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Youtube

Advanced contemporary chamber music, also including improvisation moments, by composer and bassist Carl Wittigs and Aurora Oktett, an ensemble of strings, horns, bass, and drums

Truyols Music – Alive! (2021)
Genre: Contemporary jazz, soul, rap/hip-hop
Label: Truyols Music
Place: Washington, DC
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Youtube

Pleasant, diverse program by groups featuring pianist Antonio Truyols

George Kontrafouris Trio – Tribute to Bill Evans (2022)
Genre: Contemporary jazz, mainstream
Label: Irida Jazz
Place: Athens, GR
Reviews: GreekMusicShop, KeepJazzinGR
Listen: Deezer, Spotify, Youtube

Pianist and educator George Kontrafouris is a mature performer that highlights, in an impressionistic mood, the timeless charm of Bill Evans’ style. Featuring Kimonas Karoutzos (b), Jason Wastor (dr)

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