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"Jazz et al, 2020"


          

Better late than never. Post new releases for 2020 and stuff you're looking forward to. Category is broad; do what you will with it.

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Subject Author Message Date ID
'Lagos Pepper Soup' by Michael Olatuja
Apr 21st 2020
1
RE: 'Lagos Pepper Soup' by Michael Olatuja
Apr 21st 2020
2
upcoming release: Orrin Evans
Apr 21st 2020
3
upcoming release: Ambrose Akinmusire
Apr 21st 2020
4
I can’t wait for this!!!!!
Apr 22nd 2020
9
Bon appetit
Jun 12th 2020
39
this is his best work yet
Jun 24th 2020
52
What I’ve checked out thus far.
Apr 21st 2020
5
Jamael Dean count?
Apr 21st 2020
6
absolutely!
Apr 22nd 2020
8
This is definitely better than the last release.
Apr 25th 2020
10
so i'd somehow missed this Oblivion release
May 12th 2020
17
what I've heard so far
Apr 21st 2020
7
Another Stones Throw release...
Apr 25th 2020
11
The Heliocentrics - Infinty of Now
Apr 25th 2020
12
Nduduzo Makhathini - Modes of Communication: Letters from the Underworld...
Apr 30th 2020
13
'Reign STOMP' by Uncivilized
Apr 30th 2020
14
Dave Douglas - Dizzy Atmosphere
May 02nd 2020
15
Tomeka Reid & Alexander Hawkins - Shards and Constellations
May 02nd 2020
16
really good stuff
May 27th 2020
19
      Yes it’s a very good record...
May 27th 2020
20
Damu the Fudgemunk, Archie Shepp & Raw Poetic - Ocean Bridges
May 27th 2020
18
Kamaal Williams (aka Henry Wu) - 'Wu Hen' drops July 24
May 27th 2020
21
yeah, i'm excited about this
May 29th 2020
23
Gary Bartz & Maisha - Night Dreamer Direct​-​To​-​Disc Sessions
May 29th 2020
22
Hailu Mergia - Yene Mircha
Jun 01st 2020
24
esperanza spalding and fred hersch - Live at The Village Vanguard - Roug...
Jun 02nd 2020
25
RE: esperanza spalding and fred hersch - Live at The Village Vanguard - ...
Jun 02nd 2020
26
taste of honey - ulf wakenius
Jun 02nd 2020
27
are folks familiar with this label btw? ACT
Jun 02nd 2020
28
      RE: are folks familiar with this label btw? ACT
Jun 03rd 2020
31
           thats just what i did with "honey"
Jun 03rd 2020
32
                RE: thats just what i did with "honey"
Jun 08th 2020
37
Nicole Mitchell and Moor Mother - Offering - Live at Le Guess Who
Jun 03rd 2020
29
n’sawa saraca - another town
Jun 03rd 2020
30
Sounds excellent...
Jun 17th 2020
42
      I thought it was okay.
Jun 18th 2020
45
'Jazz is Dead 2' - Roy Ayers, Ali Shaheed & Younge
Jun 05th 2020
33
Can’t wait...
Jun 05th 2020
34
RE: 'Jazz is Dead 2' - Roy Ayers, Ali Shaheed & Younge
Jun 08th 2020
36
Haha
Jun 08th 2020
38
RE: 'Jazz is Dead 2' - Roy Ayers, Ali Shaheed & Younge
Jun 23rd 2020
50
      RE: 'Jazz is Dead 2' - Roy Ayers, Ali Shaheed & Younge
Jun 24th 2020
51
new Gogo Penguin dropped friday
Jun 08th 2020
35
I've really missed the boat of GoGo so far...
Jun 16th 2020
41
      man made object and v2.0
Jun 18th 2020
44
           Noted. Thanks for the tip.
Jun 21st 2020
48
cory wong and jon batiste - meditations
Jun 16th 2020
40
Vibration Black Finger (Jazzman Records)
Jun 18th 2020
43
ramakhandra - ramakhandra
Jun 20th 2020
46
RE: ramakhandra - ramakhandra
Jun 22nd 2020
49
brad mehldau - suite: april 2020
Jun 20th 2020
47
Thumbscrew - The Anthony Braxton Project (7/24/2020)
Jun 24th 2020
53

Af-1
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1. "'Lagos Pepper Soup' by Michael Olatuja"
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Olatuja's a bassist who's spent time in London and the US. He's had past releases but his new one is really something special. Very cinematic in scope and with an awesome guest list including Laura Mvula, Dianne Reeves, Brandee Younger, Becca Stevens and more.

https://michaelolatuja.bandcamp.com/album/lagos-pepper-soup

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2. "RE: 'Lagos Pepper Soup' by Michael Olatuja"
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>Olatuja's a bassist who's spent time in London and the US.
>He's had past releases but his new one is really something
>special. Very cinematic in scope and with an awesome guest
>list including Laura Mvula, Dianne Reeves, Brandee Younger,
>Becca Stevens and more.

Nice guest list for sure - can't wait to check this out, thanks!

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3. "upcoming release: Orrin Evans"
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Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band - The Intangible Between

Out May 1st. Evans is one of my favorite pianists working today and the Captain Black Big Band recordings have been really great. It sounds like he went for a very spontaneous approach to recording this one - should be great.

http://dlmediamusic.com/press-releases/orrin-evans-and-the-captain-black-big-band-the-intangible-between-available-may-1-via-smoke-session-records/

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4. "upcoming release: Ambrose Akinmusire"
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Just announced for June 1 via Instagram.

"On the Tender Spot of Every Calloused Moment"

No details yet. His last record, Origami Harvest, wasn't a favorite at first but really got under my skin over time, which might be how I feel about every one of his records actually...

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9. "I can’t wait for this!!!!!"
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>Just announced for June 1 via Instagram.
>
>"On the Tender Spot of Every Calloused Moment"
>
>No details yet. His last record, Origami Harvest, wasn't a
>favorite at first but really got under my skin over time,
>which might be how I feel about every one of his records
>actually...
>
>-thebigfunk
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>~ i could still snort you under the table ~

Definitely a different view regarding Origami Harvest, having that as a top-tier release in 2018. I haven’t heard anything new yet, but I’m wondering what he will come with this time.

  

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39. "Bon appetit"
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On the Tender Spot of Every Calloused Moment

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_lq5fLsTglwxfeJiSazEcm4fAfiIrSJ9tQ

This is absolutely wonderful!!!!

  

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52. "this is his best work yet"
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I have heard all of his studio albums as a bandleader - this is his best one so far probably. While it isn't as out there in terms of "non-jazz" influence like his past two albums were (chamber influence, hip-hop influence, etc.), this band is ridiculously talented and the playing is really adventurous. Can't even choose my favorite track right now, because the whole album is great, but I'm really feeling "Yessss", "Tide of Hyacinth", "An interlude (that get' more intense)" and "Roy".

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5. "What I’ve checked out thus far."
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Mark Lomax, II - The 400 Years Suite
Moses Boyd - Dark Matter
Gil Scott-Heron - We’re New Again (a Reimagining by Makaya McCraven)
Alfa Mist - On My Ones
Shabaka and the Ancestors - We Are Sent Here By History
Jeff Parker - Suite for Max Brown
Kamaal Williams - Live at Dekmantel Festival
Roscoe Mitchell - Distant Radio Transmission
Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Jazz is Dead 001
Irreversible Entanglements - Who Sent You?
Tony Allen & Hugh Masekela - Rejoice
Schlippenbach/Narvesen Duo - Liminal Field
Svetlost - Jazz (to the working class)
Sam Gendel - Satin Doll
Chicago Underground Quartet - Good Days
Kim Myhr & Australian Art Orchestra - Vesper

  

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6. "Jamael Dean count? "
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https://www.stonesthrow.com/artist/jamaeldean/

IG: amadu_me

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8. "absolutely!"
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It's one of favorites of the year so far, too.

The second track - Adawa - is one of the most beautiful things I've heard in recent memory and really reminds me (strangely but not so strangely) of Charles Ives's Concord Sonata. I like that a shadow of that melody recurs again on a later track, too.

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10. "This is definitely better than the last release."
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Hopefully he’ll drop something full length and stretch the music a bit more. He’s only 20 and should only get better.

  

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17. "so i'd somehow missed this Oblivion release"
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Released in April - 3 tracks, 30 minutes.

https://www.stonesthrow.com/store/oblivion/

This guy's only a release and half in and he's already threatening to reorder my current faves list, lol - I am absolutely loving his approach to composition.

I've been reading Ben Okri's The Famished Road - the book has this very roundabout, winding approach to storytelling, where things come and go, events big and small happen and pass, but it's very hard to tell where it is all going, what is significant and what is not -- what the story is, in short. But as it all accumulates, the larger picture takes shape - still not in a definite way, but all the detours and winding start to make a holistic sense - the ambiguity, too, starts to make a certain intuitive sense.

Dean's compositions feel like this - the rising to the surface and then the falling away -- there's just something total about it that is really satisfying.

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7. "what I've heard so far "
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Aaron Diehl -The Vagabond: Solid piano trio record that could do with some more adventure, but his playing is very pretty.

Jeff Parker - Suite for Max Brown: Good, but honestly a disappointment coming off the back of his last record, The New Breed. I love "After The Rain" and "3 for L". If anyone likes this they should DEFINITELY check out The New Bred.

Makaya McCraven / Gil Scott-Heron - We're New Again: A Reimagining by Makaya McCraven: Fantastic stuff. Gil Scott Heron and McCraven's jazz fits together so well. Tbh I haven't heard all of the original recording and now, no disrespect to Scott-Heron, but this is so beautiful that I'm not sure if I need to.

Shabaka and the Ancestors - We Are Sent Here by History: This guy can't miss lately and this record continues his great run. Awesome jazz strongly influenced by African music/afrobeat. Not many crazy solos, but I didn't care.

Irreversible Entanglements - Who Sent You?: The poet is featured a bit less than before and feels less aggressive, but this is another great album by this free jazz poetry band. The rhythm section in particular is top notch.

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11. "Another Stones Throw release..."
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John Carroll Kirby (Conflict, My Garden)

Conflict is a free release and a must listen.
https://www.stonesthrow.com/news/john-carroll-kirby-conflict

My Garden
https://johncarrollkirby.bandcamp.com/album/my-garden

Halfway through My Garden and this is amazing as well. I stumbled across this last night while checking out Jamael Dean.

  

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12. "The Heliocentrics - Infinty of Now"
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https://theheliocentrics.bandcamp.com/

Stones Throw could end up being label of the year.

  

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13. "Nduduzo Makhathini - Modes of Communication: Letters from the Underworld..."
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New name to me - south african pianist (which de facto means I'm on board, lol - once Abdullah Ibrahim got into my brain some time ago, I will stop time to hear piano- or horn-forward South African jazz).

After a few listen, really good stuff! "Isithunywa" has a melody and cadence that reminds me of Coltrane's "Naima" but a bit noisier. "Saziwa Nguwe" has that classic Capetown gospel-ish sound (part of what I fell in love with w/Ibrahim - and I should say, gospel sounding to me, not necessarily within the culture itself -- it just reminds me of a certain type of hymn...).

There's some subtle build-up stuff here too - Umlotha opens with a long gradual intro, then shifts into something that puts me in mind of McCoy Tyner's more modal stuff in the early '70s.

Good stuff all around - and worth some listening.

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14. "'Reign STOMP' by Uncivilized"
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New single by eclectic jazz collective Uncivilized:

https://music.unciv.org/album/reign-stomp-single

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15. "Dave Douglas - Dizzy Atmosphere "
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https://davedouglas.bandcamp.com/album/dizzy-atmosphere

Those that like harp bop with some improvisation, then this record is for you!!!!!

  

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16. "Tomeka Reid & Alexander Hawkins - Shards and Constellations "
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https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_nWunxFXYa0yhbfdhg7rLge-03SZbimg68

  

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19. "really good stuff"
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20. "Yes it’s a very good record..."
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I listened to it a few times, but I will revisit it later in the year. It’s some good records coming out this summer.

  

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18. "Damu the Fudgemunk, Archie Shepp & Raw Poetic - Ocean Bridges"
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https://damuthefudgemunk.bandcamp.com/album/ocean-bridges

  

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21. "Kamaal Williams (aka Henry Wu) - 'Wu Hen' drops July 24"
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https://kamaalwilliams.bandcamp.com/album/wu-hen

  

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23. "yeah, i'm excited about this"
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i like this guy especially with yussef. i remember he came out bashing tom misch
on instagram, lol. i completely understand now.

  

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22. "Gary Bartz & Maisha - Night Dreamer Direct​-​To​-​Disc Sessions"
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https://nightdreamer.bandcamp.com/album/gary-bartz-maisha-night-dreamer-direct-to-disc-sessions

  

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24. "Hailu Mergia - Yene Mircha "
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https://hailumergia.bandcamp.com/album/yene-mircha

  

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25. "esperanza spalding and fred hersch - Live at The Village Vanguard - Roug..."
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Limited time availability, proceeds go to Jazz Foundation of America to support folks and institutions right now.

https://esperanzaspaldingfredhersch.bandcamp.com/

Haven't listened yet but may make the rare choice of buying a digital only release to support - besides, can't go wrong with either one of them...


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26. "RE: esperanza spalding and fred hersch - Live at The Village Vanguard - ..."
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This is a really great listen - Hersch is such a great and varied player, and Spalding's voice and vocal improv really shines here. Don't be fooled - it's an "EP" but each track is minimum 7 minutes, up to 12 - it's closer to about 45 minutes of music (at least).

"Loro" is super hot - might need to go back to Junjo soon, haven't listened to it in a while.

Great set.

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27. "taste of honey - ulf wakenius"
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i picked this up because its the same label as Tonbruket, who im super into
this is suuuper duper chilled out jazz

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGtyBpFQ5g8

  

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28. "are folks familiar with this label btw? ACT"
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i dont really know anything about it

  

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31. "RE: are folks familiar with this label btw? ACT"
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ACT has been around for a while now - they've had some pretty big names over the years but honestly they're one of those labels you can pick a random name you don't know from the roster and hear something that is quality. Their cover art is almost always like this, too, kind of fuzzy image/impressionistic art over a white background.



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32. "thats just what i did with "honey""
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>honestly they're one of those
>labels you can pick a random name you don't know from the
>roster and hear something that is quality. Their cover art is
>almost always like this, too, kind of fuzzy
>image/impressionistic art over a white background.

i love the consistent cover art - easy to spot on my music blogs.
Reminds of the BBE producer series a while back.

  

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37. "RE: thats just what i did with "honey""
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>Reminds of the BBE producer series a while back.

I wish someone would resurrect that series in some way, the spirit of it at least. The releases were solid, the aesthetic was tight... I can't think of too many series like that for *new* music today that are executed at that level. (Lots for old music/re-releases, though.)

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29. "Nicole Mitchell and Moor Mother - Offering - Live at Le Guess Who"
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https://moormother.bandcamp.com/album/offering-live-at-le-guess-who

  

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30. "n’sawa saraca - another town"
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https://nsawa-saraca.bandcamp.com/album/another-town

  

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42. "Sounds excellent..."
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definitely going to pick this one up!

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45. "I thought it was okay."
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I know there are some on here that would find this to be a good project. It will probably get lost in the shuffle with what I currently play from this calendar year already.

  

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33. "'Jazz is Dead 2' - Roy Ayers, Ali Shaheed & Younge"
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How exciting is this!?

https://royayers.bandcamp.com/album/roy-ayers-jid002

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34. "Can’t wait..."
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Only two more weeks.

  

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36. "RE: 'Jazz is Dead 2' - Roy Ayers, Ali Shaheed & Younge"
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A few tracks are out on Spotify - pretty solid so far.

It's one of my favorite records of the year so far (the first one) -- I just wish it had a different name, lol.


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38. "Haha"
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50. "RE: 'Jazz is Dead 2' - Roy Ayers, Ali Shaheed & Younge"
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Have only given it one spin so far... I like it, but...

where's Roy?

This P-fork review hits the nail on the head too hard, imo, but still makes a good point and something that was already lurking in my brain since the first album.

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/roy-ayers-adrian-younge-ali-shaheed-roy-ayers-jid-002/

If anything, it feels more like a featuring Roy album than a Roy album. I'm not entirely convinced that's even a bad thing, but it is a bit confusing to me. I'm 100% in favor of producers acting as a prism for an artist's sound, and what comes out the other end may be totally different, refracted in unexpected ways. But ideally you'd still have the artist's feel -- and I'm not getting that here.

But like I said, first listen and overall I liked it, so maybe my mind will shift. It's also got me wanting to go listen to some old Ayers favorites and discover some stuff I haven't heard, too.

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51. "RE: 'Jazz is Dead 2' - Roy Ayers, Ali Shaheed & Younge"
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I really enjoyed it. Last night I gave Jazz Is Dead 1 and 2 a listen for the first time and preferred Jazz Is Dead 2. I think both are great, really accessible brief listens.

I think the main thing I feel in terms of criticism is that it's a shame that aside from the Azymuth song, nothing is really stretched out here. There is an emphasis, on groove and repetition, which is great, but at times I wanted some more extended soloing, which could definitely fit in somewhere. But I get it, this music isn't for that.

In regard to the second one, I think the influence of Ayers is apparent, especially in how the vocalists are used, but you are right in that it's never to the point where it could be called an "Ayers record" and instrumentally he could definitely be more present. While he did co-write these tunes, he never seems to be the focus.

Based on what's been recorded so far, I don't think this series will be one to push any boundaries or anything, but it looks like it will be reliable to provide a nice vintage, psychedelic at times, chill 70s influenced aesthetic with groovy instrumentation. The drumming is really good in particular. And that seems to be enough for me to think these albums are a great, fun listen.

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35. "new Gogo Penguin dropped friday"
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self titled
its good - but this and their last one kinda feel like retreads of Man Made Object - there are some standouts on both of them, but overall albums 3 and 4 just feel like not as good versions of albums 1 and 2

that said, i LOVE their sound, so it will still get a lot of burn from me

but those 3 musicians are so talented (their live show is mesmerizing), i feel like they could push their sound forward more than they are at this point

  

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41. "I've really missed the boat of GoGo so far..."
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I did get their Ocean in a Drop EP from last year which was fantastic so really need to get more from them.

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44. "man made object and v2.0"
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are really classic modern jazz records IMO - def worth a listen

  

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48. "Noted. Thanks for the tip."
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40. "cory wong and jon batiste - meditations"
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wong - guitar
batiste - piano
nate smith - drums
sam yahel - organ/keys

This is a really quiet, expansive record -- if RTJ4 fits the time in a certain way right now, this fits the time in the opposite way if that makes any sense ... these feel like spaces intentionally carved out for refuge and contemplation.

Hushed drums, slow and elongated piano and guitar lines. Yahel shows really thoughtful use of the organ as an almost ambient part of the music, so that you often don't notice that it is there in the background until it shifts, and in that shift you recognize that it has been there all along and is almost driving a lot of the sound scene in a way. The cuts themselves are fully developed and full in sound despite the fact that there's a minimalism about them. It actually reminded me of some of the Brian Blade Fellowship records in that way.

I enjoyed it a lot.

edit: another point of reference would be Bill Frisell's quieter records

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43. "Vibration Black Finger (Jazzman Records)"
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Really excited about this release - 'Can You See What I'm Trying to Say'...

https://jazzmanalbums.bandcamp.com/album/can-you-see-what-i-m-trying-to-say

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46. "ramakhandra - ramakhandra"
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Maybe on the edge of belonging here in terms of sound. Almost a prog-jazz-hip hop hybrid with a harp at the front and a killer drummer in the back. Reminds me a lot of Hiatus Kaiyote at times but leaning into the instrumentals more. Lots of beat change-ups and musical detours.

Yes, I said harp at the front --- your ears should be like, yes, why aren't there more harps doing their thing out there? let me listen and support on this basis alone!

Vocals are good and fit the sound really well even if the lyrics are a bit cringe at times (for my taste, anyway).

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49. "RE: ramakhandra - ramakhandra"
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>Yes, I said harp at the front --- your ears should be like,
>yes, why aren't there more harps doing their thing out there?
>let me listen and support on this basis alone!

Need more harp?

(Yes I'm responding to myself.)

Note two other jazz-ish or jazz-adjacent releases with prominent harp so far:
Okkyung Lee, Yeo-Neun (cello/harp/bass/piano ensemble)
Only just getting around to a full listen on this one but have been enjoying several tracks over the last month. I was unfamiliar with her but am eager to dive into her prior work which apparently changes in style/approach pretty frequently. Nice incorporation of Korean (folk?) melodies. Really love the title track as well as "Another Story."

Marcus Printup and Riza Printup, Gentle Rain (trumpet and harp,
respectively). Only listened to one song so far (title track) but enjoyed it enough to mark the album for a full listen.

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47. "brad mehldau - suite: april 2020"
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Sort of a covid-themed record - mostly original but 3 interpretations, Neil Young's "Don't Let It Bring You Down," Joel's "New York State of Mind" and the standard "Look for the silver lining."

read more in this NPR interview:
https://www.npr.org/2020/06/12/875102958/brad-mehldau-and-his-piano-outline-the-resolve-and-yes-the-anxiety-of-our-moment

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53. "Thumbscrew - The Anthony Braxton Project (7/24/2020)"
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Really looking forward to this, Mary Halvorson is my favorite jazz musician at the moment and I really enjoy this trio, especially their last two records. She has an extremely unique guitar style and it will be interesting to see what she does to Braxton's already quite knotty/complex compositions.

https://cuneiformrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-anthony-braxton-project-2?from=embed

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