Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist and MacArthur Fellow Cécile McLorin Salvant is the guest artist for this year’s Grow Your Art: A Music and Business Residency, taking place Tuesday, November 30 through Thursday, December 2 at New England Conservatory. Presented by NEC’s Jazz & Entrepreneurial Musicianship departments, the residency features a master class,
release date: 26.11.2021 via Pyroclastic Records
release date: 19.11.2021 on JCA Recordings
Composer-arranger Darrell Katz’s New OddSong CD Features Original Songs, Pop Classics, and Jazz Standards. The Unique ensemble features four saxophones, violin, marimba, and voice.
release date: 19.11.2021 via Libra Records
Pianist-composer Satoko Fujii and mallet virtuoso Taiko Saito delve deeper into their duo project with the help of the Internet to make “real, free art”
“The always adventurous pianist-composer teams with vibraphonist Taiko Saito . . . for a beautifully surreal journey.”—Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz
“Saito and Fujii are one-of-their-kind adventurous and highly imaginative improvisers. It is clear that Fujii found in Saito a musical partner that can navigate her into uncharted sonic territories.”—Eyal Hareumeni, Salt Peanuts
release date: 19.11.2021 via Libra Records
Pianist-composer Satoko Fujii records live via the internet for the first time with her trio “This Is It!”
“…can’t get much closer to improvisational music perfection” — Victor Aaron, Something Else!
“This project…has lifted her artistry to a new level…. Always fresh, always adventurous.” — Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz
release date: 19.11.2021
TUM Records continuous celebrating Wadada Leo Smith’s 80th Birthday Year!
TUM Records releases another two stunning new projects on November 19, 2021 from iconic trumpeter and composer Wadada Leo Smith as he approaches his 80th birthday. They include his Great Lakes Quartet (Smith, Threadgill, Lindberg, DeJohnette) in The Chicago Symphonies (4 CDs), and Smith, Iyer and DeJohnette in A Love Sonnet for Billie Holiday. These are the second batch of TUM releases celebrating Smith’s birthday. All together there are six projects totaling 22 CDs.
The swinging album showcases Hamilton‘s favorite Christmas tunes selected from his memories growing up in a family where everyone gathered around the piano at holiday time to sing in four-part harmony.
release date: 19.11.2021 via Rune Grammofon
Hedvig Mollestad must surely be one of the hardest working musicians on the Norwegian music scene at the moment, with “Tempest Revisited” being her third album in a mere 18 months, all at a consistently high artistic level. Her first solo album, “Ekhidna” (2020), received a Spellemannpris (Norwegian Grammy), appeared on several jazz and rock best of the year lists and got her into Downbeat´s “25 for the future” selection.
release date: 12.11.2021 via Laika Records
Martin Wind is one of a few German jazz musicians that have been able to establish themselves and remain on the New York jazz scene. My Astorian Queen is a heartfelt thank you note to “this city and its welcoming artistic community in general, and some very special human beings in particular, that have guided and formed me over the last quarter of a century.” With this album he celebrates a 25 years in NYC, with his trusted quartet featuring Scott Robinson, Bill Mays and Matt Wilson.
release date: 29.10.2021 via Pyroclastic Records
Searching for the Disappeared Hour, due out October 29, 2021 via Pyroclastic Records, finds the two acclaimed artists exploring notions of time through evocative original compositions and thrilling improvisations
“[Courvoisier and Halvorson are] two of New York’s most idiosyncratic and distinctive improvisers… [Their debut recording] Crop Circles is deeply chamber-like in its deft, interactive intimacy.” – Peter Margasak, Downbeat
“This meeting of two of the brightest minds on the edgier side of jazz today produces music that’s astonishing both in its fluency and ceaseless ingenuity.” – S. Victor Aaron, Something Else!
To paraphrase the late Douglas Adams, “Time is an illusion. Pandemic time doubly so.” On their brilliant new duo album, Searching for the Disappeared Hour, pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and guitarist Mary Halvorson make up for lost time with an hour’s worth of kaleidoscopic beauty and startling invention.