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"Jazz-ish et al for 2021"


          

Post your jazz-ish, instrumental, and adjacent finds for the year here.

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RE: Jazz-ish et al for 2021
Feb 11th 2021
1
emmet cohen - future stride
Jun 02nd 2021
11
Archie Shepp & Jason Moran - Let My People Go
Feb 11th 2021
2
RE: Archie Shepp & Jason Moran - Let My People Go
Feb 12th 2021
4
*sets up chair*
Feb 11th 2021
3
Vijay Iyer/Linda May Han Oh/Tyshawn Sorey - Uneasy
Apr 17th 2021
5
Gary Bartz - JID006
Apr 17th 2021
6
such a good record
Jun 02nd 2021
10
carlos nino & friends - more energy fields, current
Jun 02nd 2021
7
black nile - the further side
Jun 02nd 2021
8
menagerie - many worlds
Jun 02nd 2021
9
the brazil scene
Jun 02nd 2021
12
RE: the brazil scene
Jun 16th 2021
15
Koma Saxo - Live
Jun 11th 2021
13
looking forward to checking this out - thanks! nm
Jun 16th 2021
14
RE: Jazz-ish et al for 2021
Jun 16th 2021
16
Pino Palladino/Blake Mills tiny desk concert
Jun 18th 2021
17
WHOA... Kraig Kilby
Sep 14th 2021
18
nice - thanks for the rec
Sep 16th 2021
19
RE: Jazz-ish et al for 2021
Sep 16th 2021
20

thebigfunk
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1. "RE: Jazz-ish et al for 2021"
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I've marked a lot of stuff for my own listening since the start of the year but haven't actually listened to much yet. I'll go back in a bit and pick some highlights from what has caught my attention, but here's the Bandcamp jazz roundup for January which might be of interest.

https://daily.bandcamp.com/best-jazz/the-best-jazz-on-bandcamp-january-2021


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thebigfunk
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11. "emmet cohen - future stride"
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A bit more traditional in feel (for what we tend to share here, anyway) but this is a really great set! Cohen dusted off some older forgotten material here and added a few compositions of his own. I don't know if the album does anything for stride as a technique but Cohen's performance is just killer throughout (not to mention the ensemble as a whole).

Emmet Cohen - piano
Russell Hall - bass
Kyle Poole - drums

Mostly piano trio w/Melissa Aldana (sax) and Marquis Hill (trumpet) showing up for a few tunes.

Favorite track I think is Dardanella. Simple, immediately memorable melody (kind of reminds me of "Poinciana", the Ahmad Jamal tune) but Cohen just runs it through a host of variations and a range of feeling and style --- from fun to tender/sweet, simple to virtuosic. They let loose for about the last third of the tune, too, and remind you how full a piano trio can sound. It might be a bit kitschy but it's undeniably effective and I keep going back for more.

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2. "Archie Shepp & Jason Moran - Let My People Go"
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not really a jazz head but since raw poetic did the album with archie last year im curious to check out more work.

only three tracks in but im feeling it.

  

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4. "RE: Archie Shepp & Jason Moran - Let My People Go"
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Fri Feb-12-21 12:00 PM by thebigfunk

          

Really eager to listen to this one!

If you're new to Shepp, there's a lot of brilliant and diverse terrain to cover, especially from about '68 to '72. I'd probably start with the Impulse recordings. Attica Blues and Cry of My People are kind of unique in his catalog but are real standouts and pretty accessible.

Moran has a new album out too but I don't think it's on streaming yet.

edit: now I think I might just listen to old Shepp record's all day, lol

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3. "*sets up chair*"
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5. "Vijay Iyer/Linda May Han Oh/Tyshawn Sorey - Uneasy"
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Literally three of my absolute favorite musicians/composers working right now -- haven't listened to the whole thing yet but really enjoyed the first half. Looking forward to spending more time with it.

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6. "Gary Bartz - JID006"
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Forgot this came out last week. The first of Younge/Muhammad's Jazz is Dead releases this year -- which is actually a little surprising, considering they released five last year and here we're getting the first one in April.

Haven't listened yet but the singles were solid... and it's Gary Bartz, so it should be engaging no matter what. That said, Younge's penchant for turning everything into a movie soundtrack is starting to wear on me a bit, so we'll see...

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10. "such a good record"
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it's hard to say because Iyer has such a great discography, but this is one of his best

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7. "carlos nino & friends - more energy fields, current"
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since this thread has been sorely neglected, going to go on a spree over the next few minutes and just throw out stuff that's been released this year that has interested or is interesting to me. I won't give extensive comments; I'll come back t oadd thoughts later.

https://intlanthem.bandcamp.com/album/more-energy-fields-current

A lot of the normal collaborators are here: Jamael Dean is on almost every track (!); Aaron Shaw, Nate Mercereau, and Sam Gendel are all on at least two tracks; a number of other folks show up once.

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8. "black nile - the further side"
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https://worldgalaxyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-further-side

Project of Aaron and Lawrence Shaw, who float in the same LA-based circle as Carlos Nino's network.

There's a nice mix of stuff on this record - I've come back to it a number of times this year.

Lawrence Shaw - guitar, bass, vocals
Aaron Shaw - tenor sax, flute, ewi , vocals
Mahal - vocals
Mekala Session - drums
Paul Cornish - piano
Diego Gaeta - keys
Chrystopherson Mitchell - vocals
Alonzo Dimitrius - trumpet
Malakai Harvey - drums
Avila Santo - congas
Harrison Hawkins - keys
John Conti - guitar
Branden Akinyele - drums

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9. "menagerie - many worlds"
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https://freestylerecords.bandcamp.com/album/many-worlds

Perhaps the most definitive proof that Kamasi Washington's "The Epic" will have an outsized influence on at least a certain soul-jazzish strain of improvisational music for a while. At times, this Australian (!) group almost seems to be straight-up biting. (Compare the head of the opening track, "Hope," to the head of the The Epic's opening track, "Change of the Guard"!)

Besides that, though, this record's worth some listening. There's a lot of good musicianship and it might scratch that souljazz itch for some.

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12. "the brazil scene"
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A number of folks from Brazil have released amazing stuff this year. This network is really eclectic in style and can vary quite a bit in sound from track to track. Almost all of these folks appear on each other's stuff in one way or another making for a fun game of connect the dots. There are a few other records but here are a few for starters:

Antonio Neves - A Pegada Agora E Essa - only 35 minutes long but this thing comes out of the gate swinging "Simba," whose complicated rhythms and strange vocals can rightfully be called "Zappa-esque", I think... and seriously, the album just doesn't quit. One of my favorites of the year, easily -- check out the afrobeat-laced title track.

Antonio Neves & Jules Hiero - Nove Miden. Jules Hiero is a producer with a really beautiful approach to mashing up jazz and hip hop, as evidenced here by his collaborating with Neves. This feels like a mixtape in the best way; fans of that Jazz Spastiks album from earlier this year would probably like this a lot.

Jules Hiero - Bento Box (Hiero's not from Brazil but including here bc of the collabs; similar to above)

Jadsa - Olho de Vidro


Bonus mention:

Sophia Chablau e Uma Enorme Perda de Tempo - s/t (produced by Ana Frango Eletrico -- probably the least "jazz" of the bunch, definitely on the freak rock end of the spectrum but in a really vital and vibrant way)




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15. "RE: the brazil scene"
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Really big fan of that Jadsa record and checked out the Sophia Chablau e Uma Enorme Perda de Tempo just now on your recommendation. Loved it. Had to cop.

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13. "Koma Saxo - Live"
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Have to promote my buddy.

https://wejazzrecords.bandcamp.com/album/live

  

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14. "looking forward to checking this out - thanks! nm"
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16. "RE: Jazz-ish et al for 2021"
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Wed Jun-16-21 10:54 PM by ProgressiveSound

          

Yussef Dayes Trio - Welcome To The Hills (Live Album)

It came out last December but I heard it this year. The track “For My Ladies” is on repeat.

https://youtu.be/TLWygV_OGc0

“Yussef Dayes has released new live album 'Welcome To The Hills'.
The jazz percussionist duelled with Tom Misch on a full length studio project earlier this year, a superb album that ranks as one of 2020's best.

Ending the year on a high, Yussef Dayes has shared a full live album, recorded in Copenhagen last year.

Uniting with long-time collaborators Rocco Palladino and Charlie Stacey, 'Welcome To The Hills' documents the final show the three played together before the pandemic.
Out now digitally, it's pure fire, and highlights the telepathic interplay between these three musicians.

Yussef Dayes explains...
“There was something special about this performance... The raw energy, focus, determination & freedom to take our music to the next level. It feels more right than ever to release this live recording, as there have been no shows this year... So we want to give you, the listener, the chance to participate and enter the Yussef Dayes trio live experience. These songs are the spirituals I swam against the waves with."

- Taken from Clash Magazine (writer Robin Murray)
https://www.clashmusic.com/news/yussef-dayes-releases-live-album-welcome-to-the-hills

  

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17. "Pino Palladino/Blake Mills tiny desk concert"
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Nice set!

https://youtu.be/a-V77_moZYw

I keep going back to this record and discovering new things. Ekute is just ridiculous and probably one of my favorite songs of the year. It's here but with some fun twists and turns.

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18. "WHOA... Kraig Kilby"
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Saw this featured on the bandcamp homepage. Synth jazz from the 70s that sounds like it could have came out yesterday on Brainfeeder or something. Do not miss:

https://justusrecords.bandcamp.com/album/satori

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19. "nice - thanks for the rec"
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Will check this out for sure.

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20. "RE: Jazz-ish et al for 2021"
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Have been listening to a *ton* of stuff in this category lately but haven't had a lot of time to process and write about it. Still, a few quick recs (I'll start with one and add over the next day or two):

* Elusive - NU NU
Sort of a beat-tape meets synth-heavy cosmic jazz thing that moves unexpectedly between easy grooves and out-on-the-edge flashes of noise. *Very* bass-forward courtesy of Bubby Lewis, probably what keeps drawing me back to the record, tbh. A number of folks from the LA/west coast scene, too.

Other contributors include:
- lots of sax from Ian Roller
- Josh Koslow, trumpet
- Jimetta Rose pops in once or twice for some vocals (yup!)
- Chris Keys is on a track
- Aaron Shaw (LA scene, one part of Black Nile - same label, too)

Time Just Stops ft Jimetta Rose - https://youtu.be/HfrDBih-aO0
Illuminate - https://youtu.be/TsKJ1fWM9IU

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