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2024

The editors of JAZZIZ have the good fortune of being able to listen to new music before it’s officially released in stores and streaming platforms. And because we’re listening to new tunes all the time, we know just what to recommend. That’s why, each week, we’ll be bringing you a roundup of ten songs, featuring music from our favorite new albums, singles and other tunes that may have flown under your radar.
This week’s playlist opens with “Whiskey,” an atmospheric and playful single from Arooj Aftab’s latest album, Night ReignMilton Nascimento and esperanza spalding share a beautiful interpretation of the former’s 1969 classic, “Outubro,” on their forthcoming collaborative album, Milton + esperanza, due out on August 9. Kenny Barron introduces a new quintet on Beyond This Place, featuring a program of original works and covers, including the post-bop original “Tragic Magic” that pays homage to Barron’s hero, Tommy Flanagan.
“Chasing a Melody” is a track from Alan Braufman’s latest album, Infinite Love Infinite Tears, described via a press release as a continuation of the form of “optimistic free jazz” he has become known for over the years. Drummer and composer Sunny Jain fuses Punjabi folk, drum & bass and jazz to create the groove-driven “Ujala.” “What Good Is Summer?” is the first-ever English-language single from Delia Fischer and a preview of her forthcoming album, Beyond Bossa. Nitai Hershkovits, Yuvi Havkin, Amir Bresler and Yonatan Albalak bring a melting pot of influences and experience to their second album as ApiferaKeep the Outside Open, including the track “The Curious Wild,” exploring childhood fear of the dark.

“Sea of Love” is an original composition by Sergio Pereira from BOSSA+, testifying to his rich musical heritage and continuous exploration of new sonic landscapes. Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin offer their brilliant reinterpretation of the Jobim classic “Stone Flower” on Brasil. Composer and arranger Mike Holober collaborates with the Gotham Jazz Orchestra on This Rock We’re On: Imaginary Letters, an ambitious multi-movement suite uniting his passions for music and the natural world, including “Skywoman Falling,” closing our playlist for the week.
JAZZIZ Discovery… During the pandemic, Doug Richards took a deep dive into the Jobim songbook. He became so captivated by the maestro’s music that he determined to write orchestral arrangements, to “construct a framework that would complement its beautiful design.” The 14 tracks on the Doug Richards Orchestra’s Through a Sonic Prism: The Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim (self-released) are the result. Richards interpreted well-loved Jobim standards such as “Samba de Uma Nota Só” and “Insensatez,” as well as some lesser known (at least outside Brazil) gems, his intriguing harmonies and textures lending additional color to the compositions.

The album kicks off on an exciting note, with an acoustic bass riff setting a buoyant tone that’s picked up by the ensemble on the opening “Chovendo Na Roseira.” Bluesy piano underlines the light-filled vocals of Laura Ann Singh, who delivers the Portuguese lyric with gusto. A confluence of reeds and woodwinds maintains the essential bounce of the piece, punctuated by Rick Rieger’s baritone saxophone. Richards’ orchestra comprises top players from his home base of Richmond, Virginia, where he founded the jazz studies program at Virginia Commonwealth University. During his 40-plus-year tenure, students such as Steve Wilson, James Genus and Clarence Penn have benefited from his guidance.

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Vinyl is back! Each month on “Vinyl Watch,” we list some of the most noteworthy new vinyl releases — including new albums, reissues, special-edition box sets and more. At JAZZIZ, we share the vinyl community’s appreciation of the experience of collecting and playing vinyl records. As an increasing number of music fans discover the joy of vinyl, we hope these lists will serve as a starting point for new musical discoveries.

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Adam Rudolph and Tyshawn Sorey, Archaisms I and Archaisms II (Meta/Yeros7/Defkaz)
Visionary composers, percussionists and drummers Adam Rudolph and Tyshawn Sorey convene for a pair of captivating performances with Archaisms I and Archaisms II. Release date: June 7.
Atlas Maior, Hadal Deluxe Edition (Dead Red Queen)
Atlas Maior presents a culmination of their creative work from 2020 to 2024 with their first-ever vinyl release, Hadal Deluxe Edition. Release date: June 7.
Margo Guryan, Words and Music (Numero Group)
Numero Group has released Words and Music, a 3-LP set spanning the entirety of the late singer/songwriter Margo Guryan, from her 1968 album Take a Picture and the collected Demos to 16 previously unreleased tracks. Release date: June 7.
Aaron Parks, Invisible Cinema (Blue Note)
Aaron Parks’ visionary 2008 album, Invisible Cinema, receives its first-ever vinyl release as part of Blue Note’s Classic Vinyl Reissue series. Release date: June 21.
Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention, Whisky A Go Go (Zappa/UMe)
Zappa Records/UMe release a new 5-LP set compiling recordings from all three sets performed by Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention at a historic all-nighter at L.A.’s Whisky A Go Go on July 23, 1968. Release date: June 21.
In 1993, Chick Corea unveiled the second incarnation of his Elektric Band with Paint the World, released by Candid for the first time ever as a 2-LP set. Release date: June 28.
In case you missed it…
Inside the Light World unveils previously unreleased recordings showcasing Sun Ra performing with the Outer Space Visual Communicator (OVC) from 1986. Release date: May 31.
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Strut to Reissue Landmark Mulatu Astatke Album: On May 10, Strut is set to reissue Mulatu Astatke’s Mulatu of Ethiopia as a special 2-LP set pressed on opaque white vinyl. The album was originally recorded in 1972 and marked a juncture in Astatke’s musical journey, which found him fusing various styles to craft the distinctive genre known as Ethio-jazz. Mulatu of Ethiopia’s reissue coincides with Strut’s celebration of its 25th anniversary.

Melissa Aldana Shares Live Performance Video: Melissa Aldana has shared a video of a live performance of her band performing “Unconscious Whispers” at ‘musig im pflegidach’ in Muri, Switzerland. Watch it via the player below. “Unconscious Whispers” is one of the tracks from the saxophonist’s latest Blue Note album, Echoes of the Inner Prophet, which we included in our list of ten new albums released in April 2024 that you need to know about.

Secretly Distribution Partners with Jazz Is Dead and Linear Labs: Secretly Distribution has announced new deals with Jazz Is Dead and Linear Labs, the two labels co-founded by producer and composer Adrian Younge, and A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad. The partnership encompasses past and future releases from Roy Ayers, Lonnie Liston Smith, Azymuth, Gary Bartz, Tony Allen and many more, that will now be distributed and supported by Secretly Distribution.

New Margo Guryan Box Set: Numero Group have announced the June 7 release of Words and Music, a 3xLP box set spanning the entirety of singer/songwriter Margo Guryan’s career and including 16 previously unreleased tracks. Among them, is 1956’s “Moon Ride,” her first known recording, which you can listen to via the player below. The box set is co-produced by Guryan’s stepson, Jonathan Rosner. All of its tracks have been remastered and the set comes with a 32-page booklet telling the late artist’s whole story.
The editors of JAZZIZ have the good fortune of being able to listen to new music before it’s officially released in stores and streaming platforms. And because we’re listening to new tunes all the time, we know just what to recommend. That’s why, each week, we’ll be bringing you a roundup of ten songs, featuring music from our favorite new albums, singles and other tunes that may have flown under your radar.
We open this week’s playlist with “Where’s Danny,” a new funk anthem by Ghost-Note from their new album, Mustard n’Onions, mentioned in our list of ten new albums released in April 2024 that you need to know about. Guitarist Yotam Silberstein is joined by George Coleman, John Patitucci and Billy Hart on his new recording, Standards, where he offers his take on six classic compositions, including “Serenata,” composed in 1947 by Leroy Anderson and popularized by Nat King Cole. Jahari Massamba Unit, the duo of producers and multi-instrumentalists Madlib and Karriem Riggins, have shared “Otis’ Tambourine” from their new collaborative full-length, YHWH Is Love.
“Throughout” is a track from Bill Frisell’s Orchestras, an expansive double album presenting the guitarist’s trio with Thomas Morgan and Rudy Royston in collaboration with the Brussels Philharmonic and the Umbria Jazz Orchestra performing arrangements by Michael Gibb. In her new album, Stealing Moments, vocalist Viktoria Tolstoy offers her rendition of the late Esbjörn Svensson’s composition “Hands Off,” featuring new lyrics by the pianist’s widow, Eva. “Please Be Good” is the first single from PJ Morton’s upcoming album, written and recorded in Africa this past fall. “Faiset” is a track from Finesse, the ninth album by trumpeter and composer Jim Rotondi, comprising an orchestra of virtuosi conducted and arranged by Jakob Helling, all of whom are steeped in the historically and musically rich tradition of Austria, where Rotondi currently resides and teaches.

Danielle Nicole has shared “Love on My Brain,” a potent hybrid of vintage R&B and driving blues with booming drums that is included in her new album, The Love You Bleed. Jazz-pop artist Halie Loren has shared her take on the Mose Allison classic “Stop the World,” defining the song via an official statement as the “friend I can always turn to for some cathartic commiseration.” Closing this week’s playlist is Charles Lloyd’s enchanting homage to Booker Little on “Booker’s Garden” from his new double album, The Sky Will Still Be There Tomorrow.
JAZZIZ Discovery… On Meu Brasil (Cornell House), saxophonist Scott Mayo pays homage to the rhythmic allure and energy of Brazil, drawing upon his experience and collaborations with iconic artists such as Sérgio Mendes, Dori Caymmi and Guingas. The standout track, “Samba Gringo,” is a testament to his seamless fusion of contemporary cultures and influences. Included here, the song features vocals by Mayo’s son Michael (a Mack Avenue recording artist), who penned the track, and adds a delightful layer of familial connection and musical synergy.

Vinyl fans! Record Store Day returns to local independent stores worldwide on April 20, 2024. This year’s cheat sheet features an extensive list of exclusive releases and reissues, as well as special and limited edition vinyl. Below are ten of the most noteworthy, including music by Art Tatum, Chet Baker, Cannonball Adderley, Sun Ra, Nat King Cole and more. And if you love jazz and vinyl, be sure to check out our carefully-curated series of vinyl compilations, JAZZIZ Vinyl Club!
Jewels in the Treasure Box is a previously unissued 3-LP collection of recordings of iconic jazz pianist Art Tatum and his longtime trio with guitarist Everett Barksdale and bassist Slam Stewart, captured live at the Blue Note jazz club in Chicago, Illinois, in March 1953. Containing nearly three hours of Tatum in an intimate setting at the height of his powers with his longtime trio, the 3-LP gatefold set includes rare photos and memorabilia from Herman Leonard, Bob Parent and the Holzfeind family archives, plus extensive liner notes and statements.
Lee Mendelson Film Productions presents the first-ever release of Vince Guaraldi’s complete soundtrack to It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown, the timeless sixth animated Peanuts special that originally aired on September 27, 1967, and celebrating its 55th anniversary. The album includes the original recordings that comprise the song cues of the Special, plus another six bonus or alternative tracks that have never been released or heard before. The LP in Camp Green comes with liner notes by Derrick Bang that give a track-by-track analysis, plus notes from Sean Mendelson, son of Peanuts producer Lee Mendelson and co-producer of the record.
Quantity: 4000 [RSD Exclusive Release]
Live at the Blue Note Chicago is a curated historic collection featuring previously unheard recordings of performances from pianist and vocalist Nat King Cole’s 1953 residency at the Blue Note Chicago. Recorded by club owner Frank Holzfeind, who fatefully taped shows each night at the nation’s premier jazz venue for his enjoyment, the 2-LP set documents Cole’ performing timeless American songbook classics and the unbridled raw energy of Cole’s group with guitarist John Collins, bassist Charlie Harris and drummer Lee Young.
Quantity: 1500 [RSD First Release]

In Perfect Harmony is a previously unissued studio album from 1972, featuring West Coast trumpet icons Chet Baker and Jack Sheldon alongside pianist David Frishberg, bassist Joe Mondragon, drummer Nick Ceroli and guitarist Jack Marshall. Originally recorded in 1972, the recordings were produced by Jack Marshall and Hank Quinn, and stored in the personal archives of film producer Frank Marshall. The limited-edition 180-gram LP edition includes an extensive insert with rare photographs, newly commissioned liner notes, interviews and testimonials.
Quantity: 4500 [RSD First Release]

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Blue Note Announces 2024 Classic Vinyl Series Titles: Blue Note Records has announced a new run of titles for its Classic Vinyl Reissue Series, curated by Don Was and Cem Kurosman, and continuing its exploration of the extensive Blue Note catalog with titles spanning the many eras and styles of the legendary label’s 85-year history. Releases will include classic albums by Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon and many more. The newly-announced titles begin on May 17 with two early 1960s hard bop classics: Workout by Hank Mobley and Blue Hour by Stanley Turrentine with The Three Sounds.

New Pat Metheny Single and Album Release Announcement: Pat Metheny has shared “MoonDial,” the first single and title track from his forthcoming solo album, which will be released on July 26. Listen to it via the player below. MoonDial features the 20-time GRAMMY-winning artist on solo baritone guitar with no overdubs. It finds Metheny performing a combination of standards and originals inspired by the distinct sounds of the baritone guitar and will be released during the artist’s major worldwide tour. Check out Metheny’s tour schedule.

New Digital Series of Peggy Lee Rarities: Capitol Records and UMe have released Peggy Lee From the Vaults (Vol. 1) in conjunction with Peggy Lee Associates, the first in a digital series collecting Peggy Lee’s performances and master recordings from the Universal family of labels not yet available on streaming platforms. The volume includes twelve of her earliest tracks recorded between 1944 and 1948 for Capitol Records, including three songs written by Lee and her first husband, guitarist Dave Barbour: “What More Can a Woman Do?,” “Don’t Be So Mean to Baby” and “Just an Old Love of Mine.” Future volumes in the From the Vaults series will move chronologically from 1949 to 1972, Peggy Lee’s last year under contract with Capitol Records.

George Benson Returns to Warner Music Group: A previously unreleased video featuring George Benson in a live performance of the track “Lady Blue” from the late 1970s has been released to mark the great vocalist and guitarist’s return to Warner Music Group’s Rhino roster. Watch it via the player below. Benson is also planning to release new music later this year.
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New SML Animated Video: International Anthem shared the animated video for “Three Over Steel,” the new single by SML, a new quintet composed of luminaries from Los Angeles’ thriving jazz, improvised and indie music scene, including bassist Anna Buttress, synthesist Jeremiah Chiu, saxophonist Josh Johnson, percussionist Booker Stardrum and guitarist Gregory Uhlmann. The video is by animator Miranda Javid and you can watch it via the player below. “Three Over Steel” is a track from SML’s upcoming debut album, Small Medium Large, which will be released on June 28.

South Arts Announces Recipients of Latest Grantmaking: South Arts has announced the newest recipient of three grantmaking programs, Presentation Grants, Traditional Arts Touring Grants and Jazz Road Tours. These programs support the presenting and touring of artists, either assisting organizations with artists’ fees or directly supporting the artists themselves. Among the newest cohort of recipients, a total of $533,505 has been awarded to 103 organizations or artists. More here.

Candid Chick Corea Elektric Band II Reissue: On June 28, Candid Records will reissue Paint the World, Chick Corea’s first album with the second incarnation of his Elektric Band, featuring guitarist Mike Miller, bassist Jimmy Earl, drummer Gary Novak and saxophonist Eric Marienthal. The 13-track album, originally released in 1993, will be available on CD, all streaming outlets and for the first time ever as a 2-LP set. The announcement coincides with the release of “Final Frontier,” the lone tune on the recording where Corea plays synthesizer, marking this track’s debut outside of Japan and Europe. Listen to it via the player below.

 

The editors of JAZZIZ have the good fortune of being able to listen to new music before it’s officially released in stores and streaming platforms. And because we’re listening to new tunes all the time, we know just what to recommend. That’s why, each week, we’ll be bringing you a roundup of ten songs, featuring music from our favorite new albums, singles and other tunes that may have flown under your radar.
Our playlist opens with “Izinkonjana,” the second single from Nduduzo Makhathini‘s third Blue Note album, uNomkhubulwane, featuring his trio with bassist Zwelakhe-Duma Bell le Pere and drummer Francisco Mela. Trumpeter and composer Jack Walrath fuses African sounds and rhythms with contemporary jazz harmony to create a fresh sound on “A Bite in Tunisia” from his new album, Live at Smalls. “Ijo” is a single from Olatuja, the self-titled by the new project from bassist Michael Olatuja and vocalist Alicia Olatuja, fusing the rich heritage of Michael’s Yoruba culture, the evolving popular music of West Africa, the gospel and jazz traditions that inform Alicia’s musicality and the strong links that tie these threads together.

Saxophonist Alex Madeline blends American jazz with French flair on his debut album, Unexpected Direction, featuring the lead single, “Balance.” “Chasing Shadows” is a new sultry single by Kandace Springs, co-written with Evan Rogers and Carl Strurken, and included in her latest album, Run Your RaceZacchae’us Paul dedicates “Better Dayz” from his new album, Jazz Money, to the extraordinary Black women who have shaped his life. Arooj Aftab collaborates with James Francies on an interpretation of “Autumn Leaves” from Night Reign.

Bassist and composer Bruno Råberg returns to a large ensemble format for the first time in 22 years on Evolver, featuring a special guest appearance by pianist Kris Davis on “Erebus.” “Rumba Pa’ Ti” is a track from Spanish flute virtuoso Fernando Brox‘s fourth album, From Within, which reflects his desire to capture human energies and ways of being and living. We close our playlist with Wadada Leo Smith and Amina Claudine Myers, painting scenes and conjuring landscapes on Central Park’s Mosaics of Reservoir, Lake, Paths and Gardens, which marks their first recorded meeting and opens with “Conservatory Gardens.”

JAZZIZ Discovery… On “A Little Bit of Englishness,” a cut from his recent album Private Parlour (Bossa Nova Vibes) (Freaksville), Ryan DeHues celebrates the joys of a jaunt to jolly old London. A breezy bossa nova rhythm conjures the image of a couple — namely, DeHues and his singing partner Elisabeth Jutel — driving through the English countryside, excitingly discussing all the things they plan to do when they get to the city. Of course, Piccadilly and Camden are on the itinerary, as are a few pubs, and the pair contemplates scarfing fish and chips and watching a snooker match; perhaps later they’ll take in a show in the theater district.

DeHues, who was raised in a small town in Michigan, fell in love with jazz and big band as a kid — unsurprisingly, as his parents both sang with Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians in the 1970s. Previous albums found him crooning songbook standards, while his new album detours into the world of Brazilian jazz and pop and features original material. Private Parlour, a collaboration between the singer and the French pop duo Double Françoise (Elisabeth Jutel and keyboardist Maxence Jutel), presents a hip bossa nova update.

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Carnegie Hall Announces Teen Musicians Selected for NYO Jazz in Summer 2024: Carnegie Hall announced the names of the 22 young musicians chosen from across the United States for NYO Jazz, an intensive summer program that nurtures and showcases the talents of exceptional young American jazz instrumentalists aged 16-19. Led by artistic director Sean Jones, NYO Jazz players have the opportunity to train with some of America’s most celebrated jazz artists who will lead in-depth training workshops and master classes. A highlight of the residency will be NYO Jazz’s Carnegie Hall performance on July 20, led by Jones and featuring vocalist Alicia Olatuja as a special guest. More here.

New Shabaka Video: Shabaka has shared a video for “Insecurities,” a new track featuring Moses Sumney from his debut solo album, Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace, available now on Impulse! Records. Watch it via the player below. This new release finds Shabaka turning his energies towards a softer sound with woodwinds and flutes at the forefront, and we included it in our list of ten new albums released in April 2024 that you need to know about.

Kai Spatzier Wins 2024 BMI Future Jazz Masters Award: The BMI Foundation, Inc., recently announced LA-based jazz musician Kai Spatzier as the winner of the 2024 BMI Future Jazz Masters Award. The announcement was made on April 12, at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Annual Jazz Masters Awards Dinner, held in celebration of the NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. More here.

New Madeleine Peyroux Video: Singer/songwriter has released a touching video for her new track, “Showman Dan,” written in honor of her longtime friend and mentor Daniel William Fitzgerald, also known as Showman Dan, who passed away in 2017. The video features performance footage, joyful home movies and personal photos honoring the charismatic and giving entertainer. Watch it via the player below. The song appears on Peyroux’s forthcoming album,
Vinyl is back! Each month on “Vinyl Watch,” we list some of the most noteworthy new vinyl releases — including new albums, reissues, special-edition box sets and more. At JAZZIZ, we share the vinyl community’s appreciation of the experience of collecting and playing vinyl records. As an increasing number of music fans discover the joy of vinyl, we hope these lists will serve as a starting point for new musical discoveries.

Want even more vinyl? Become a member of our Vinyl Club today and receive premium jazz vinyl albums, curated by JAZZIZ editors, sent directly to your home every quarter! Sign up now.

Willie Colón and Héctor Lavoe, La Gran Fuga (The Big Break) (Craft Latino)
Craft Latino has reissued 1970’s La Gran Fuga (The Big Break), the sixth collaboration between salsa pioneers Willie Colón and Héctor Lavoe. Release date: April 12.
Gerry Mulligan, Night Lights (Verve/UMe)
Saxophonist Gerry Mulligan’s nocturnal delight, 1963’s Night Lights, is being reissued as part of Verve/UMe’s renowned audiophile-grade vinyl reissues series, Acoustic Sounds. Release date: April 26.
Harold Land, The Fox (Craft/Acoustic Sounds)
Craft and Acoustic Sounds have reissued saxophonist and composer Harold Land’s The Fox, originally released in 1960 and showcasing his fondly-remembered collaboration with trumpeter Dupree Bolton. Release date: April 12.
Sonny Rollins, A Night at the Village Vanguard: The Complete Masters (Blue Note)
Blue Note is releasing an expanded 3-LP Tone Poet vinyl edition of Sonny Rollins’ tour-de-force 1957 live trio album, A Night at the Village Vanguard. Release date: April 26.
In case you missed it…
Pete Jolly, Seasons (Light in the Attic)
The editors of JAZZIZ have the good fortune of being able to listen to new music before it’s officially released in stores and streaming platforms. And because we’re listening to new tunes all the time, we know just what to recommend. That’s why, each week, we’ll be bringing you a roundup of ten songs, featuring music from our favorite new albums, singles and other tunes that may have flown under your radar.
This week’s playlist opens with “Fandango,” the first single from Al Di Meola’s forthcoming album, Twentyfour, which finds him fusing traditional elements of flamenco music with modern jazz sensibilities. Pianist Larry Goldings and trumpeter John Sneider breathe new life into the classic “Laugh Clown Laugh” on Chinwag, their three-decades-in-the-making debut album as a duo. Contemporary jazz guitarist Chris Standring shares his joy and optimism on his new album, As We Think, featuring the track “Chocolate Shake.” Multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Zacchae’us Paul crafts a youthful yet profound exploration of Black music and the African diaspora in his upcoming album, Jazz Money, which includes the lead single “Mama Said.”

Acclaimed hard-bop supergroup One for All, featuring Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, Steve Davis, David Hazeltine, John Webber and Joe Farnsworth, is joined by special guest George Coleman on their first release in seven years, Big George, featuring a take on the Hank Mobley favorite, “This I Dig of You.” “Smoothie” is an uptempo, tambourine-driven soul-jazz groover from Old School, the new album by The New Mastersounds. “Root of Mercy” is one of five original compositions from singer/songwriter Lizz Wright‘s new album, Shadow, her debut studio album released on her label, Blues & Greens. You can also click here to listen to our recent JAZZIZ Podcast conversation with Wright.

“Soy Yo” is the opening Latin jazz track from La Vida Misma, the debut album by Cuban-American percussionist and vocalist Ivan LlanesNigel Hall and DJ Harrison for a tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire on their collaborative album The Burning Bush: A Journey Through the Music of Earth, Wind & Fire, due out on May 10 and featuring the lead single, a rendition of the iconic band’s eponymous namesake track. Our playlist’s closing track is “Strange Meeting,” a new single from OrchestrasBill Frisell‘s expansive double album, presenting the guitarist’s trio with Thomas Morgan and Rudy Royston in collaboration with The Brussels Philharmonic and the Umbria Jazz Orchestra, performing arrangements by Michael Gibbs.

JAZZIZ Discovery… A masterful interpreter of the classic Brazilian songbook, Eliane Elias took a bit of a detour on her Grammy-winning 2021 recording Mirror Mirror. Teaming up with Chick Corea and Chucho Valdés, respectively, she engaged in a series of piano duets that focused on the participants’ dazzling virtuosity. With her latest release, 2023’s Quietude (Candid), Elias returns to her roots with an album of bossa nova standards on which her warm, intimate vocals (in Portuguese) are more prominent than her subtle yet expert piano playing. Hewing to the early days of the music, Elias is accompanied by a rotating roster of guitarists — Marcus Texeira, Lula Galvão and the late Oscar Castro-Neves.

A São Paulo native, Elias interprets music that she’s played or listened to most of her life, including songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Carlos Lyra, Vinicius de Moraes (with whom she toured at the age of 17), Dorival Cayymi and Roberto Carlos. Elias’ sprightly piano kicks off and concludes her gently swinging read of Jobim’s “Só Tinhah Que Ser Com Você” (This Love That I Found), with accompaniment from guitarist Teixeira, bassist/co-producer Marc Johnson and drummer Celso de Almeida. Quietude, like its predecessor, was nominated for a Grammy.

Welcome to our new monthly digital edition! Each month, we’ll be bringing you a carefully curated collection of exclusive JAZZIZ articles, including recent highlights and content from our archive, that we think you’re really going to love.

For our latest digital monthly edition, we have assembled a series of articles from our archives spotlighting Billie Holiday’s profound influence on jazz and culture.

These articles explore the stories behind some of the legendary vocalist’s essential recordings, enduring collaborations and other insights. Among them is an excerpt from Johann Hari’s book, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs (2016), about how Lady Day found herself in the middle of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics’ early fight for survival.

From his first day in office in 1930, Harry Anslinger had a problem, and everybody knew it. He had just been appointed head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics — a tiny agency, buried in the gray bowels of the Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. — and it seemed to be on the brink of being abolished. This was the old Department of Prohibition, but prohibition had been abolished and his men needed a new role, fast. As he looked over his new staff — just a few years before his pursuit of Billie Holiday began — he saw a sunken army who had spent 14 years waging war on alcohol only to see alcohol win, and win big. These men were notoriously corrupt and crooked — but now Harry was supposed to whip them into a force capable of wiping drugs from the United States forever.

Click here to read the full article.

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Aaron Parks Returns to Blue Note: Pianist and composer Aaron Parks has returned to the Blue Note Records label. The news coincides with the announcement of the first-ever release of his visionary 2008 album, Invisible Cinema, due out on June 21 as part of Blue Note’s Classic Vinyl Reissue Series. Parks has also announced a European tour with his band Little Big, featuring guitarist Greg Tuohey, bassist David Ginyard Jr., and drummer Jongkuk Kim in celebration of their new Blue Note album due out this Fall. Check out all upcoming tour dates here.

Final Chick Corea and Béla Fleck Duo Project: Remembrance is the recently-released final duo project by Chick Corea and Béla Fleck, serving as a moving final document of the profound creative and personal rapport shared by the two artists. Recorded both live in concert and via traded sound files, Remembrance includes previously unheard tracks. Among them are three previously unreleased Corea compositions and five short free improvisations that Fleck has infused with written music.

Sly Stone Autobiography Wins Los Angeles Times Audiobook Award: Sly Stone’s autobiography, Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) won the 2023 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Achievement in Audiobook production. The audiobook is voiced by narrator Dior Graham, and features an introduction written and read by Questlove. It also includes three never-before-heard songs and jingles from when Sly Stone was a DJ on KSOL.
Welcome to our new monthly digital edition! Each month, we’ll be bringing you a carefully curated collection of exclusive JAZZIZ articles, including recent highlights and content from our archive, that we think you’re really going to love.
For our latest digital monthly edition, we have assembled a series of articles from our archives spotlighting Sun Ra’s profound influence on jazz and culture, in honor of his 110th birthday!

During his time here on Earth — nearly 80 years — the man who called himself Sun Ra accrued more than his share of believers. Of course, believing in Sun Ra’s extraterrestrial origins or his aspirational philosophy of better worlds beyond our own is hardly prerequisite to enjoying his music. Comprising some of the happiest, trippiest sounds ever recorded, his discography is vast and diverse, encompassing bebop, doo-wop, swing, electronica, exotica and avant-garde experimentalism.

Some of that music is lighthearted and joyful, loaded with otherworldly sounds and lyrics, or simply reveling in the swirl and propulsion of a topflight jazz band. Some of it is as serious as prophecy, weighted with the esoteric knowledge that Sun Ra had gleaned from the arcane texts over which he pored. But, as unlikely as it seems, his music and DIY (do-it-yourself) ethos have echoed sonically, visually and philosophically through jazz, punk, funk, electronica and hip-hop. Groups as diverse as the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), the MC5, NRBQ, Earth Wind and Fire and Parliament/Funkadelic all bear Sun Ra’s imprint.

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Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin: Brasil

Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin – BRASIL


Two legends reunite in São Paulo with an all-star group of Brazilian jazz masters

In some ways, BRASIL is the long-awaited follow-up to the duo’s Grammy-winning album, Harlequin. For that album, Grusin and Ritenour brought the cream of Brazil’s jazz scene to LA to create a fresh fusion of contemporary American and Brazilian jazz. This time, Ritenour and Grusin went straight to the source, recording in São Paulo and hand-picking a group of the finest legends and young-guns in the Brazilian jazz scene, plus appearances from Ivan Linz, Celso Fonseca, Tatiana Parra, Chico Pinheiro, and Grégoire Maret.

The tropical grooves supplied by some of the best players in Brazil inspire Lee and Dave’s most joyous interplay. The result is an exquisitely crafted album that continues a 50-year conversation between two masters.

Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin: Brasil
The editors of JAZZIZ have the good fortune of being able to listen to new music before it’s officially released in stores and streaming platforms. And because we’re listening to new tunes all the time, we know just what to recommend. That’s why, each week, we’ll be bringing you a roundup of ten songs, featuring music from our favorite new albums, singles and other tunes that may have flown under your radar.
This week’s playlist opens with vocalist Andy James offering a funky twist on the Dave Brubeck classic, “Take Five,” penned with Paul Desmond and with lyrics by Carmen McRae, from James’ new album, Let Me See Your HeartMatthew Whitaker honors organ greats on his LP, On Their Shoulders, including a version of Jimmy Smith’s “The Organ Grinder’s Swing.” Norwegian singer/songwriter Susanna blends jazz and art-pop on “Everyone Knows” from Meditations on Love. “Bazooka Zoo” is a dynamic composition by Apifera, featuring Nitai Hershkovits, Yuvi Havkin (Rejoicer), Amir Bresler and Yonatan Albalak, who meld their different musical backgrounds into an ever-evolving style that fits between genres.

Celebrated family gospel trio Staples Jr. Singers announced the June 14 release of Searching, their first album in almost 50 years, by sharing its lead single, “Living in a World of Sin.” Saxophonist Scott Mayo pays homage to the rhythmic allure and energy of Brazil with Meu Brasil, featuring the standout track, “Samba Gringo,” which testifies to his seamless fusion of contemporary cultures and influences. “The Worst Is Yet To Come” is a hauntingly beautiful ballad from Nefeli Fasouli’s self-released Phases.

“Skyline” is the opening track from guitarist Phil Sargent’s new album, A New Day, which you can find out more about by listening to our recent JAZZIZ Podcast conversation with the artist. PJ Morton collaborates with the Soweto Spiritual Singers on “Simunye (We Are One),” a track from his forthcoming album, Cape Town to Cairo, fully written and recorded in a 30-day journey through South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and Egypt. Canadian saxophonist and composer Christine Jensen closes our playlist with “Fantasy on Blue,” featuring her Jazz Orchestra and her sister Ingrid Jensen on trumpet. The track was a commission to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Miles Davis’ seminal work, Kind of Blue, and is included in her forthcoming album, Harbour.

JAZZIZ Discovery… Born in Athens, Greece, and based in New York, bassist and bandleader Nikos Chatzitsakos recently released his sophomore recording with his superb nonet (plus two vocalists). The self-produced album,Tiny Big Band 2, features a program of well-loved standards, all arranged by Chatzitsakos, as well as classic numbers by Donald Byrd and Duke Pearson.

The group dips into the Antonio Carlos Jobim songbook for a read of “Fotografia,” included here, the arrangement of which teases out the saudade, or melancholy, of the sensual tune. Twinkling Fender Rhodes, acoustic bass and trombone establish the mood early on, which is expertly echoed in solos by trumpeter Joey Curreri, pianist Wilfie Williams and Chatzitsakos. Having graduated with honors from Berklee College of Music, where he studied with Linda May Han Oh, John Patitucci and Ben Street among others, and played with Ralph Peterson’s lauded GenNext Big Band, Chatzitsakos evinces a gorgeous tone that anchors the session throughout.

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Vinyl is back! Each month on “Vinyl Watch,” we list some of the most noteworthy new vinyl releases — including new albums, reissues, special-edition box sets and more. At JAZZIZ, we share the vinyl community’s appreciation of the experience of collecting and playing vinyl records. As an increasing number of music fans discover the joy of vinyl, we hope these lists will serve as a starting point for new musical discoveries.

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Luke Stewart Silt Trio, Unknown Rivers (Pi)
Bassist Luke Stewart pushes greater emphasis on rhythmic acuity on his Pi Recordings debut album, Unknown Rivers, also available on vinyl. Release date: May 5.
Joe Cuba Sextet, Vagabundeando! (Hangin’ Out!) (Craft Latino)
Craft celebrates the 60th anniversary of Joe Cuba Sextet’s classic Tico Records debut, Vagabundeando! (Hangin’ Out!), with the album’s first vinyl release in nearly 50 years. Release date: May 10.
Mulatu Astatke, Mulatu of Ethiopia (Strut)
Strut has released a special edition vinyl of Ethio Jazz giant Mulatu Astatke’s Mulatu of Ethiopia, recorded in New York in 1972, as part of its 25th-anniversary celebrations. Release date: May 10.
Hampton Hawes, For Real! (Craft/Acoustic Records)
For Real!, the latest reissue in the Contemporary Records Acoustic Sounds series, was released just four days after what would have been the 95th birthday of Hampton Hawes, widely regarded as one of the most influential pianists of his time. Release date: May 17.
Pepe de Lucía and Paco de Lucía, Pepito y Paquito (BMG)
BMG has joined forces with the Paco de Lucía Foundation to rescue and release a treasure trove of previously unreleased recordings featuring Paco de Lucíá and his older brother, Pepe, harkening back to when they were 13 and 11 years old. Release date: May 17.
The editors of JAZZIZ have the good fortune of being able to listen to new music before it’s officially released in stores and streaming platforms. And because we’re listening to new tunes all the time, we know just what to recommend. That’s why, each week, we’ll be bringing you a roundup of ten songs, featuring music from our favorite new albums, singles and other tunes that may have flown under your radar.
This week’s playlist opens with “Raat Ki Rani,” the lead single from Arooj Aftab’s new album, Night Reign, the follow-up to her acclaimed and award-winning album, Vulture Prince. “Pillow Talk” is a dramatically sultry tune from Kirk Whalum’s new album, Epic Cool, his first new studio full-length in five years. “Things Will Fall Apart” is the lead single from nothingLouis Cole’s full-length collaboration with the Dutch Metropole Orkest conducted by Jules Buckley, which will be released on August 9 via Brainfeeder. Donny McCaslin continues his journey of musical exploration and innovations, the foundations of which he laid down with 2023’s I Want More, with his latest single, “KID.”

Fred Hersch offers his take on Billy Strayhorn’s “Star-Crossed Lovers” in his latest solo piano album, Silent, Listening, which we included in our list of ten new albums released in April 2024 that you need to know about. “Ups and Downs” is the opening track from Following the Sun, the new album by French vibraphonist Alexis Valet, recorded in New York City with a quintet featuring Dayna Stephens, Aaron Parks, Joe Martin and Kush Abadey. Vocalist and composer Alyssa Allgood offers a homage to Betty Carter in her original composition “Burn (For Betty)” from her latest album, From Here.

“Wheels Up” is one of the original compositions from singer/songwriter John Korbel’s new album, Falling Feels Like Flying. Pianist John Escreet opens his new album, the epicenter of your dreams, with “call it what it is,” which showcases the versatility of his exceptional quartet with saxophonist Mark Turner, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Damion Reid. TRIAD, comprising Dominick Farinacci on trumpet, Michael Ward-Bergeman on accordion and Christian Tamburr on marimba, share their take on the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ classic, “I Put a Spell on You,” featuring special guests Shenel Johns on vocals and Jamey Haddad on percussions, to close this week’s playlist.

JAZZIZ Discovery… After a promising start, Ari Joshua suffered some setbacks. The South African-born, Seattle-raised guitarist had received a scholarship to The New School in New York City, and afterwards became an in-demand Big Apple session player. But the pressures of the profession caught up with him and he moved back to Seattle. During the past few years, Joshua has been releasing music from his “vaults,” sharing tracks he made with the likes of Robert Glasper, Marco Benevento, Skerik and members of Trey Anastasio’s band. He’s also recorded in recent years with keyboardist John Medeski and drummer-percussionist Billy Martin, of Medeski, Martin and Wood fame.

Among the trio’s releases is the slow-rolling, funky single “Elephant Walk,” a whimsical tune that conjures the lumbering motion of a young pachyderm making its way in the world, or at least down Bourbon Street. Joshua elicits a swampy sound from his custom-made Languedoc guitar, his textured lines plodding along to the deliberate second-line rhythms set by Martin’s cow bell and enlivened by Medeski’s New Orleans honky-tonk piano and atmospheric Hammond B-3.

From captivating compositions to virtuosic performances, these releases encompass a wide range of styles and showcase the creativity and artistry of today’s jazz musicians. Here is our curated selection of ten new jazz albums released this month (May 2024) that you need to know about!
Trumpeter, composer and arranger Jack Walrath has garnered acclaim for his collaborations with iconic figures like Ray Charles, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis and Quincy Jones. His latest album, Live at Smalls, reflects the culmination of his five-decade-long career, drawing upon a rich tapestry of musical experiences and demonstrating his versatility and breadth of influences, ranging from innovative explorations of blues traditions to the incorporation of diverse African sounds and concepts.
Kamasi Washington turns his attention to dance, as he resumes his ongoing study of music as a means of connection with his latest album, Fearless Movement, his first since 2018’s Heaven and Earth. Offering a distinct blend of jazz, Latin, funk, classical, hip-hop and soul, Fearless Movement also includes contributions by Thundercat, Taj Austin, Ras Austin, Patrice Quinn, George Clinton, Andre 3000 and many more.
Release date: May 3
Bassist Luke Stewart, known for leading and co-leading acclaimed ensembles like Irreversible Entanglements and Blacks’ Myths, introduces his Pi Recordings debut, Unknown Rivers. Showcasing his Silt Trio with Brian Settles on tenor saxophone, the album finds the groups pushing greater emphasis on rhythmic acuity, drawing on the different approaches of its alternating drummers, Chad Taylor on four studio tracks and Trae Crudup on three live ones.
Release date: May 3

 

Nine-piece powerhouse Nubiyan Twist weave together global grooves, soul and jazz, intertwining electronic elements, horn-led melodies and spontaneous improvisation on their vibrant fourth album. Find Your Flame, which finds the group welcoming vocalist Aziza Jaye to the forefront, is also peppered with impressive collaborations, including Nile Rodgers, Seun Kuti, corto.alto, Ria Moran and more.
The editors of JAZZIZ have the good fortune of being able to listen to new music before it’s officially released in stores and streaming platforms. And because we’re listening to new tunes all the time, we know just what to recommend. That’s why, each week, we’ll be bringing you a roundup of ten songs, featuring music from our favorite new albums, singles and other tunes that may have flown under your radar.
This week’s playlist begins with Andrew Bird immersing himself in his love of the Great American Songbook with his trio on his latest album, Sunday Morning Put-On, which includes a take on “I Fall in Love Too Easily.” Kenny Barron reinterprets his composition “Scratch,” which the composer introduced as the title track to a 1985 trio record, with a new intergenerational quintet featuring Immanuel Wilkins, Steve Nelson, Kiyoshi Kitagawa and Johnathan Blake on his new album, Beyond This PlaceLee Ritenour and Dave Grusin continue their famed collaboration with Brasil, including a take on Milton Nascimento’s “Cravo e Canela.”

“Insecurities,” featuring Moses Sumney, is a track from Shabaka’s debut solo album, Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace, which finds him turning his energies towards a softer sound with woodwinds and flutes at the forefront. “Happy Feelin’” is the second single from Nigel Hall and DJ Harrison’s tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire, The Burning Bush: A Journey Through the Music of Earth, Wind & Fire. Dean De Benedictis continues to explore the margin between electronic soundscapes and full-band sensibilities on the first album of his improvisational jazz outfit Stratos Ensemble since 2016, Freeing Form, kicking off with “Together in Flames.”

Pianist Fergus McCreadie reunites with his trio of David Bowden and Stephen Henderson for Stream, an album weaving Scottish folklore with contemporary jazz, opening with “Storm.” Saxophonist Owen Broder kicks off Hodges: Front and Center, Vol. 2, the second volume of his tribute to alto great Johnny Hodges, with a take on “Used to Be Duke,” the title track from Hodges’ 1956 album. “Bloom” is the title track from Bill Laurance’s new album, featuring an 18-piece string orchestra and finding him blending his powerful classical background with jazz and pop sensibilities. Closing our playlist is “Omnyama,” the lead track from uNomkhubulwane, the upcoming third Blue Note album by Nduduzo Makhathini that pays homage to the Zulu Goddess uNomkhubulwane and explores Africa’s tragic history of oppression.

JAZZIZ Discovery… Antonio Adolfo was just 17 when he started working with bossa nova pioneer Carlos Lyra in 1963. Adolfo had been making a name for himself as a pianist working the clubs of Beco das Garrafas (Bottles Alley) in Copacabana Beach when he came to the attention of Lyra, already an established figure in the burgeoning bossa nova field. Lyra hired Adolfo and his trio as backing musicians for Pobre Menina Rica (Poor Rich Girl), a play for which he and lyricist Vinicius de Moraes had written songs. The engagement was an important milestone for the pianist, who continued to work with Lyra as a valued sideman, producer and arranger, and with whom he maintained a friendship until Lyra passed away in December 2023.

Fortunately, Adolfo was able to pay tribute to his friend and mentor while he was still living, with his 2023 release Bossa 65: Celebrating Carlos Lyra and Roberto Menescal (AAM Music) — Menescal, too, was a significant figure in Adolfo’s life, one with whom he’d tour and record. The album begins with the bossa ballad “Coisa Mais Linda” (The Most Beautiful Thing), a winsome track penned by Lyra and De Moraes and featuring Adolfo’s sparkling piano and wordless vocals, an easy-going rhythm and sterling contributions from trombonist Rafael Rocha and guitarist Lula Galvão.

 

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