2023 Jazz Releases, Vol. 3

To be honest, a large amount of today’s countless jazz recordings are not particularly interesting, nor do they have any artistic value. This does not only concern self-released albums, but also releases coming from well known names and labels.
However, digging in this relatively limited summer production, one can discover jazz qualified modern beats, more complex compositions and creative playing addressed to a demanding audience, as well as mainstream jazz with some character.
So, here is our new playlist, that you are invited to enjoy, shouldering your own part of responsibility 🙂


Basic Information & links:

Richard Pavlidis – Iconography
Genre: Contemporary jazz
Label: Self-Released
Place: Melbourne, AU
Reviews: AllAboutJazzABCJazzWeekly
Listen: BandcampDeezer, SpotifyYoutube

Richard Pavlidis (ts), James Bowers (p), Owen Downie (b), Darryn Farrugia (dr)

Stik Figa, The Expert – Ritual
Genre: Jazz-hop, hip-hop/rap, psychedelic
Label: Rucksack Records
Place: Dublin, Ireland
Reviews: TodaysHiphopScratchedVinyl
Listen: BandcampDeezer, SpotifyYoutube

The Expert : music, producer, Stik Figa : lyrics, vocals

Daniel Hersog Jazz Orchestra – Open Spaces (Folk Songs Reimagined)
Genre: Contemporary jazz, big-band
Label: La Reserve Records
Place: Vancouver, CA
Reviews: JazzSensibilities JazzpressGpointAudio
Listen: BandcampDeezer, SpotifyYoutube

Daniel Hersog (conductor), Scott Robinson (bs, bcl, fl), Kurt Rosenwinkel (q), Noah Preminger (ts), Brad Turner (tp), Dan Weiss (dr), …

Dean Saghafi – Wastelands Groove
Genre: Latin jazz
Label: Self Released
Place: New York

Listen: Deezer, SpotifyYoutube

Dean Saghafi (reeds)

Mama Terra – The Summoned
Genre: Acid jazz
Label: Acid Jazz Acquisitions Ltd.
Place: UK

Listen: BandcampDeezer, SpotifyYoutube

Marco Cafolla, (pianist, composer), …

Denny Zeitlin – Crazy Rhythm: Exploring George Gershwin
Genre: Piano jazz
Label: Sunnyside
Place: California
Reviews: AllAboutJazz, Marlbank, SomethingElseReviews
Listen: BandcampDeezer, SpotifyYoutube

Denny Zeitlin 

Eunmi Lee – Introspection
Genre: Modern jazz, classical, big band
Label: You&Me Music
Place: New York
Reviews: AllAboutJazz, JazzTrail, ParisMove
Listen: BandcampDeezer, SpotifyYoutube

Eunmi Lee (p. comp), Alan Ferber (trb), Remy Le Boeuf (as), John Ellis (ts), Ari Hoenig (dr), ..

Kurt Rosenwinkel – Undercover (Live at the Village Vanguard)
Genre: Modern jazz
Label: Heartcore Records
Place: Berlin, DE
Reviews: AllAboutJazz, JazzWise
Listen: BandcampDeezer, SpotifyYoutube

Kurt Rosenwinkel (q), Aaron Parks (p), Eric Revis (b), Greg Hutchinson (dr)

Sophia Tomelleri – This is Smooth Sax Jazz
Genre: Mainstream jazz
Label: Playaudio
Place: Milan, IT

Listen: Deezer, SpotifyYoutube

Sophia Tomelleri (ts), Massimo Faraò Trio

Matt Wilde – Hello World
Genre: Beats, contemporary jazz, hip-hop
Label: Band on the Wall Recordings
Place: Manchester, UK
Reviews: UkVibe
Listen: BandcampDeezer, SpotifyYoutube

Matt Wilde (keys), …

Frode Gjerstad & Matthew Shipp – We Speak
Genre: Avant-garde/free
Label: Relative Pitch Records
Place: Berlin, DE

Listen: BandcampDeezer, SpotifyYoutube

Frode Gjerstad (alto sax, Bb clarinet), Matt Shipp (piano)

Monika Kabasele – Grecofuturisme
Genre: Vocal jazz, world
Label: Art District Music
Place: Paris, FR
Reviews: ArtDistrictMusic, ParisJazzClub
Listen: Deezer, SpotifyYoutube

Monika Kabasele (voc, comp.), …

Darren Johnston – Wild Awake
Modern jazz
Label: Diskonife
Place: Brooklyn, New York
Reviews: JazzTrail
Listen: BandcampDeezer, SpotifyYoutube

Darren Johnston (tr, voc), Dayna Stephens (ss, ts, bs), Jacob Sacks (p), Sean Conly (b), Ches Smith (dr)

Genre: Hip-hop, neo-soul, jazz-hop
Place: Austin, Texas
Reviews: Guap, AustinChronicle
Listen: Deezer, SpotifyYoutube

BLK ODYSSY, ft. Cory Henry, Bootsy Collins, …

Maïlys Maronne – Geometriks
Genre: Modern jazz
Label: Onze Heures Onze
Place: Paris, FR
Reviews: OnzeHeuresOnze
Listen: Bandcamp, Deezer, SpotifyYoutube

Maïlys Maronne (p, voc, comp), …

Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge – Run The World: Season 2 (Music from the STARZ Original Series)
Genre: Soundtrack, new jazz, r&b/hip-hop/neo-soul
Label: Loma Vista Recordings
Place: USA 
Listen: Deezer, SpotifyYoutube

Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge, …

Wet Ink Ensemble – Missing Scenes
Genre: Electronic, avant-garde jazz, modern classical
Label: Carrier Records
Place: New York
Reviews: MusicalAmerica
Listen: Bandcamp, Deezer, SpotifyYoutube

Wet Ink Ensemble 

Gerry Gibbs & Thrasher People – Family
Genre: Contemporary jazz, soul-jazz
Label: Whaling City Sound
Place: San Antonio, Texas
Reviews: WhalingCitySound, MakingAScene
Listen: Deezer, SpotifyYoutube

Gerry Gibbs (dr, keys, comp.), …

Reginald Chapman – Accretion
Genre: New jazz, alt. r&b/hip-hop/neo-soul, big band
Label: Fresh Selects
Place: Brooklyn, NY
Reviews: InspiredSoundBlog
Listen: Bandcamp, Deezer, SpotifyYoutube

Reginald Chapman (bass trb, bass tr, flh, synths), …

Terrace Martin & Curly – Curly
Genre: New jazz, jazz-hop, soul/funk
Label: Sounds of Crenshaw/BMG
Place: LA, California
Reviews: Soulbounce, RockTheBells
Listen: Deezer, SpotifyYoutube

Terrace Martin, ft. Kamasi Washington, Larry Goldings, Cory Henry, Robert “Sput” Searight, ..

Peter Herbert, Peter Madsen – Puppet’s Dance
Genre: Contemporary jazz
Label: Newton Records / PAO Records

Listen: Deezer, SpotifyYoutube

Peter Herbert (b), Peter Madsen (p)

Knoel Scott, Marshall Allen – Celestial
Genre: Free-bop
Label: Night Dreamer
Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Reviews: MarlBank
Listen: Bandcamp, Deezer, SpotifyYoutube

Knoel Scott (as, fl, voc), Marshall Allen (as, EWI), …

Dave Liebman – Live at Smalls
Genre: Free jazz
Label: Cellar Live
Place: New York
Reviews: AllAboutJazz, JazzFM
Listen: Bandcamp, Deezer, SpotifyYoutube

Dave Liebman (ss), Peter Evans (tp), Leo Genovese (p), John Hébert (b) and Tyshawn Sorey (dr)

Terrace Martin – Fine Tune
Genre: Free jazz
Label: Sounds of Crenshaw/BMG
Place: New York
Reviews: BMG, PassionWeiss
Listen: Deezer, SpotifyYoutube

Terrace Martin, ft. Elena Pinderhughes, Ben Wendel, Robert Glasper, Kamashi Washington, Brandee Younger, Derrick Hodge, Cory Henry, ..

M O R E   N E W   R E L E A S E S
(that you may be interested in)







  • Enrico Pieranunzi, Bert Joris, Frankfurt Radio Bigband – Chet Remembered (Challenge)
  • Brad Mehldau, Ian Bostridge – The Folly of Desire
  • Orrin Evans – The Red Door (Smoke Sessions)
    (ft. Nicholas Payton, Gary Thomas, Robert Hurst, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, ..)
  • Jean-Michel Pilc, Francois Moutin, Ari Hoenig YOU are the Song (Justin Time)
  • Manuel Valera Quintet – Vessel (Criss Cross)
    (ft. John Ellis, Alex Norris, ..)
  • Helen Sung, Marquis Hill Everybody’s Waltz (Outside in Music)
  • Bill O’Connell – Live in Montauk (Savant)
    (Craig Handy, Santi Debriano, Billy Hart)
  • Joachim Kühn – Komeda (ACT)
    (ft. Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic, ATOM String Quartet, Chris Jennings, Eric Schaefer)
  • Jacques Loussier, Pierre Michelot, Christian Garros  – Trio Loussier • Play Bach (Ermitage)
  • Will Bonness Is This a Dream?
    (ft. Virginia MacDonald, Allison Au, ..)
  • Mike Nock – Hearing (ABC)
  • Art Lande, Sam Williams – Portals





  • Vincent Courtois, Daniel Erdmann, Robin Fincker – Nothing Else





FEATURING GREEK ARTISTS (visit keepjazzin.gr)

  • Christos Rafalides (vbr)Home
    (ft. Thana Alexa, Antonio Sanchez, Petros Klampanis, ..)
  • Tania Giannouli (p) – Solo
  • Nassia Gofa (voc) & The Jazz Tales – Herkyna
  • Valia Calda – Homeland
  • Los Tre – Free Spirit
  • Dimitris Klonis (dr)Trace
    (ft. Thodoris Kotsifas, Haris Haralabous, Dimitris Tsakas, Dimitris Angelakis, Periklis Trivolis, ..)