composer Patricia Brennan
blurs the line between progressive jazz and contemporary classical music on her new quartet album, More Touch.
Our playlist this week kicks off with the title track from the record. Molly Ryan
pays tribute to the famous 1930s jazz and blues singer Maxine Sullivan on “Get Yourself a New Broom (and Sweep Your Blues Away),” from her new album, Sweepin’ the Blues Away,
recently released on Turtle Bay Records. “Homer the Roamer/Sabana Blanca” is the lead track from the collaborative full-length duo collaboration between Jorge Glem
and Sam Reider
. Together, on Brooklyn Cumaná,
they intertwine folk music traditions of their respective countries.
Pianist John Paul McGee
offers a unique fusion of jazz, gospel and classical music on GOSPELJAZZICAL, VOL. 1
, featuring a take on the breezy classic hymn “Amazing Grace” with saxophonist Michael Walton. “Mixed Metaphor” is a track from Ches Smith
‘s latest album, Interpret It Well,
featuring a high-lonesome intro by Bill Frisell
. The six-string icon also recently released a new album, Four,
via Blue Note Records, which includes the cheerful and uptempo, “Holiday.” “Dust Ball Fantasy” is a cosmic track addressing environmental issues by Marcus Strickland
, featuring West African guitar phenom Lionel Loueke.Tawanda
showcases her talents on “I’m All Smiles,” a buoyant waltz from her debut full-length album, Smile.
Slovenian saxophonist/composer Jan Kus presents his extraordinary new seven-piece band, Slavo Rican Assembly
, which unites his extensive experience from the New York City Latin jazz scene with his traditional South Slavic roots on Intercosmic.
The group delivers a sublime reinterpretation of the traditional Slovenian harvesting song, “Zrejlo je žito.” Songwriter/producer/multi-
further embraces the analog approach of his breakout Abroad
EP, creating lush and cinematic landscapes on “Better Days.”