What’s new in the world of jazz albums this November 2022?
From debut releases to relative veterans of the scene, we’ve picked out a selection of releases both from our own album release campaigns and others highlighted by some great jazz magazines, websites and tastemakers around the world.
So read on for some killer new jazz releases that came out in November 2022.
And, if you missed it, it’s not too late to review our October album release round up here.
Iago Fernández – Luzada (Nov 25th, Fresh Sound New Talent)
Galician drum-poet Iago Fernández returns with his deeply personal fourth album ‘Luzada’ which brings together a highly sensitive cast of musicians including American saxophone master Mark Turner.
“this is beautiful music that sounds completely original” – Jazz Views
Jakob Bro & Joe Lovano – Once Around The Room: A Tribute to Paul Motian (ECM, November 4th)
On Once Around The Room ECM recording artists and key jazz musicians from several generations unite in a small ensemble to celebrate the musical legacy of drum icon Paul Motian in a big way.
“ a compelling sense of vibrant celebration as well as solemn recognition of greatness.” – Jazzwise
Anthony Strong – Easy Sailing (November 11th)
Bringing together a lush string orchestra, timeless repertoire and a serious jazz sensibility, British singer-pianist Anthony Strong returned with his fifth studio offering ‘Easy Sailing‘ this November.
With more than a decade of touring under his belt – from the Hollywood Bowl in the West, to tours and festivals across Asia in the East – this new record captures the dynamism of his live show, in glorious technicolour.
“Disque du Jour!!” – TSF Jazz
BTTRFLY Quintet – Coast (Mocean Records, November 11th)
Bringing together instrumentalists from well-known touring groups Big Gigantic, Break Science and Boston funk band Lettuce, BTTRFLY Quintet’s debut album ‘Coast’ (Nov 4th, Mocean Records) satisfies a collective love for adventurous, improvisational, futuristic soul-jazz.
“The BTTRFLY Quintet present five wholly distinct and unique voices in their own right to fuel this exciting musical concoction and it’s a thrilling concept to consider.” – UK Vibe
Billy Pod – Quintessence (Puzzlemusik, November 4th)
Greek drummer Billy Pod brings together a cast of London musicians and fellow expats for his sophomore album ‘Quintessence’ which was released on November 4th.
The record follows his 2019 release ‘Drums to Heal Society’ which saw him named by the French Magazine ‘Batterie’ as one of the ‘Top 10 New and Upcoming Drummers’ and facilitated a move from Athens to the UK capital.
“This is an end of the day, late night listening type album full of beautifully lyrical harmonies in which to lose oneself.” – Simply Jazz Talk
Hedvig Mollestad – Maternity Beat (November 18th, Rune Grammofon)
Mollestad has been known as one of Norway’s most adventurous and hardest-working musicians since the Molde International Jazz Festival named her the Young Jazz Talent of the Year in 2009.
Recorded with the 12-piece Trondheim Jazz Orchestra (who have previously worked with legends like Chick Corea and Joshua Redman), Maternity Beat is a sprawling double album for Rune Grammofon.
“Maternity Beat is a labour of love which deserves to be loved in return. Its concerns are real, but its construction is magical.” – All About Jazz
Anne Efternøler & Lige Børn (Hobby Horse Records, November 11th)
As a composer, Efternøler is inspired by defiance of the impossible; her quartet features a one-of-a-kind lineup of trumpet and three double basses.
“There is a lyrical tone to everything she plays that is fascinating, while at the same time she is an exceptionally creative musician.” – Salt Peanuts
Moreira Chonguiça – Sounds of Peace (Morestar Entertainment, November 4th)
With influences including Miles Davis, Fela Kuti, Percy Sledge and long-time colleague Manu Dibango, the saxophonist’s music mixes flavours from his Mozambican heritage with a sensibility that spans groove, soul, world music, smooth and contemporary jazz.
“Sounds of Peace is a powerful call to peace and harmony between cultures, and between generations” – Pan African Music
The Headhunters – Speakers in the House (Ropeadope, November 4th)
Few bands can boast a history as fortuitous and storied as The Headhunters who initially formed back in 1973 by Herbie Hancock.
Their blend of jazz with funk and rock reached millions of fans of jazz, rock, funk, and R&B alike and they return this year – albeit with a slightly different line up, for their latest release.
In addition to original members Clark and Summers, the line up of the band consists of Chris Severin on bass, Donald Harrison on saxophone and Kyle Roussel on piano.
“a mostly infectious tour of various shades of funk and jazz” – Jazz Times
Bill Frisell – Four (November 11th, Blue Note)
Bill Frisell convenes a new line-up of musical friends on his third Blue Note album, Four, which features the acclaimed guitarist with Greg Tardy on saxophone and clarinet, Gerald Clayton on piano, and Johnathan Blake on drums.
“Four reaffirms the depth of Frisell’s musical vision” – Jazz Trail
Sun-Mi Hong – Third Page: Resonance (Edition, November 18th)
Resonance is the third album for Korean born, Amsterdam-based drummer Sun-Mi Hong, and it marks her debut for the prestigious UK Edition label.
“there’s no denying Sun-Mi’s drumming prowess or her compositional strengths” – Making A Scene
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