2023 Jazz Releases, Vol. 5

Small but charming, this collection ranges from this year’s Grammy nominations to rare discoveries. It is all about how many times the tracks taking part in our unified music program can be listened to with interest, while also creating a joyful and energetic mood. We move forward with quality as our ally. Enjoy!

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All about the albums contributing to the playlist

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Mingus Big Band – The Charles Mingus Centennial Sessions (2022) Genre: Big band jazz
Label: Jazz Workshop, Inc. / Many Hats Distribution
Place: New York
Reviews: CharlesMingus, NoTremble
Listen: BandcampDeezer, SpotifyYoutube

These Mingus Big Band recordings, honouring Charles Mingus’ 100th anniversary, are back in the spotlight, as they’ve earned a nomination for this year’s Grammy Awards

Sullivan Fortner – Solo Game
Genre: Piano jazz
Label: Artwork Records
Place: USA
Reviews: MakingASceneAllAboutJazz, JazzDesk
Listen: Deezer, SpotifyYoutube

Mentored by Fred Hersh and Jason Moran, having also featured in Roy Hargrove’s and Cecile McLorin Salvant’s lineups, Sullivan Fortner, at  37, is already considered a great pianist who stands out for his clear, dexterous playing and his distinctive, polyphonic style. This 4th, solo album of him, is among the best of 2023

Sandunes – The Ground Beneath Her Feet
Genre: Vocal, electronic
Label: Tru Thoughts
Place: Los Angeles
Reviews: RollingStoneIndiaMintLounge
Listen: BandcampDeezer, SpotifyYoutube

On her third “transcendental” album, Indian producer, composer and performer Sanaya Ardeshir (aka Sandunes) exposes her social sensibilities

Ron Horton – A Prayer for Andrew
Genre: Modern jazz
Label: Newvelle Records
Place: Paris
Reviews: NewvelleRecords, LondonJazzNewsBroadwayWorld
Listen: BandcampDeezer, SpotifyYoutube

Pianist Andrew Hill’s (1931-2007) compositions, reworked by his admirer and collaborator, trumpeter Ron Horton, featuring competent masters of the style, Marty Ehrlich (as), John O’Gallagher (as), Marc Mommaas (ts), Frank Kimbrough (p), Dean Johnson (b) and Tim Horner (dr)

SAI – YELLOW
Genre: Contemporary jazz, fusion, jazz-hop
Label: SAIKORO Records
Place: Japan (?)
Reviews: Ototoy
Listen: Deezer, SpotifyYoutube

Contemporary jazz grooves by TAIHEI (keys), Yusuke Sase (tp), Keigo Iwami (b), and Chino Matsuura (dr)

Orbiting Human Circus – Quartet Plus Two
Genre: Mainstream jazz, chill
Label: Merge Records
Place: Athens, Georgia
Reviews: MergeRecords, StereoGum
Listen: BandcampDeezer, SpotifyYoutube

Classic jazz takes on another dimension, with the addition of the “angelic” sound of musical saws by the duo North and Romika, and the lo-fi voice of the group’s originator, Julian Koster

Cécile McLorin Salvant – Mélusine
Genre:
Vocal jazz
Label: Nonesuch
Place: New York
Reviews: AllMusic, AllAboutJazz, JazzWise
Listen: Bandcamp, Deezer, SpotifyYoutube

The top voice of jazz today is again nominated for a fourth Grammy Award, singing to us in French the folkloric legend of Mélusine. Featuring Sullivan Fortner, or Aaron Diehl (p), Paul Sikivie, or Luques Curtis (b), Kyle Pool, or Obed Calvaire (dr), Godwin Louis (as)

Adam Blackstone – Legacy: The Instrumental Jawn
Genre:
Contemporary jazz, fusion, r&b
Label: Bassic Black Ent.
Place: New York
Reviews: TheBassMagazine
Listen: Deezer, SpotifyYoutube

The 41 y.o. bassist Adam Blackstone is one of the most successful musical directors for the music industry’s star concerts, as well as for major television shows. Here, along with a series of famous collaborators and guests (Terrace Martin, John Scofield, Cory Henry, Dontae Winslow, Robert Glasper and others) he sets up a tasteful program and earns a Grammy Award nomination.

Grace Maffucci – Grace Maffucci’s Senior Jazz Recital
Genre:
Vocal jazz
Label: Mermaid Milk
Place: New York
Reviews:
Listen: Deezer, SpotifyYoutube

Searching for information about the talented Grace Maffucci who excels in her graduation jazz concert, we discover that she is also a skilled classical singer, and perhaps that explains everything

Yazmin Lacey – Voice Notes
Genre:
r&b/soul, beats
Label: Own Your Own Records/Believe
Place: Nottingham, UK
Reviews: TheGuardian, ClashMusic
Listen: Bandcamp, Deezer, SpotifyYoutube

Yazmin Lacey’s pleasant songs rely on relaxing beats and seem to resonate with a primarily youthful audience

Tin Men and the Telephone – Greatest
Genre: Modern jazz
Label: RoeM Records
Place: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Reviews: 
Listen: BandcampDeezer, SpotifyYoutube

Modern jazz that carries messages, from Tin Men and the Telephone, an innovating trio by Tony Roe (p, synths), Pat Cleaver (b), Jamie Peet (dr), and their guests


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