Summer is always a quieter period for new album releases, but boy did we make up for it in September!
With so many great new jazz records out this month, we’ve rounded up a mixture of campaigns we worked on, alongside others that we discovered through reviews published on other great jazz websites, blogs & magazines around the world.
If you’re a fan, I hope you’ll discover something you like (and consider buying over on Bandcamp)
If you’re a musician, aside from checking some great music from your colleagues around the world, maybe you can also pick up some tips for how to promote your next release…
And if you want a reminder of some other great records that were released this year, you can find our Spring 2022 round up here.
Luboš Soukup & Christian Pabst Levitas (Animal Music)
Connected by more than 10 years of musical history and companionship, renowned German pianist Christian Pabst and prolific Czech saxophonist Luboš Soukup finally realised their longstanding goal of exploring the intimate and challenging duo format with Levitas (Sept 2nd, Animal Music).
“A fully-fledged musical dialogue and improvisation… rich in rhythmic and melodic techniques” – SK Jazz
Secrets of Inanna – Connie Han (Mack Avenue)
Rising star pianist & composer Connie Han brought the ancient Sumerian culture to the present day by channeling Inanna — the ancient Sumerian goddess of love, beauty and war – on her third release for Mack Avenue Records.
Note: the legendary John Patitucci on bass!
“Dressing and posing on her album covers like something from a graphic comic, but playing like Blue Note period Herbie Hancock, Connie Han brings vintage sounds with modern ideas to the fore” – Jazzweekly
Julian Lage, View With a Room (Blue Note)
Guitarist Julian Lage returned with new album View With A Room, the follow-up to his acclaimed 2021 Blue Note debut Squint, which the Associated Press called “an exuberant, engaging, endlessly inventive exploration of styles.”
This time Lage expands his trio with bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Dave King into a quartet with the addition of fellow guitarist and Blue Note label-mate Bill Frisell.
“Guitar virtuoso Julian Lage explores the marriage between lush orchestration with organic improvisation and the agility of a small ensemble over ten new original compositions on his latest album, View With a Room.
Here, his deeply attuned trio with bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Dave King is augmented by the addition of six-string icon Bill Frisell.” – Jazziz
Morten Schantz Trio – Passenger (April Records)
Energetic contemporary jazz and intricate compositions cloaked in pop-like simplicity led the way in the latest release from Danish pianist Morten Schantz and his trio, out 16th Sept on April Records.
‘Passenger’ – their third studio album – revels in exploring both the familiar and the unexpected, offering a modern jazz extension to the iconic Scandinavian piano trio sound.
“Schantz has a gift for melody and rhythm which comes across as much in an acoustic setting as in his electronic projects” – London Jazz News
Owls – Wendolin’s Monocle (Intersections)
Building on the metaphor of a mesocosm, a space in which the boundaries between large and small are distorted, Austrian piano trio Owls’ upcoming work explores the concept of altering the spaces around us to change our perceptions.
Their interdisciplinary, programmatic work ‘Wendolin’s Monocle’ released September 18th on Intersections.
Their 10-track album tells the story of a young man who dares to cross the boundaries of observational spaces. The view through a monocle makes time stand still and gives him the ability to immerse himself in the world of the micro and the macro.
“A revelation!” Jazz Magazine (FR)
John Aram & The United Underground Orchestra
Following over two decades of collaboration with artists from both the UK and Switzerland, British trombonist John Aram leads an all-star ensemble of some of the finest musicians in both nations and beyond in an exploration of jazz aesthetics.
‘Rhapsody in Red’ came out on September 2nd and, amongst the stellar cast, showcases two giants of the modern scene in British saxophonist Tim Garland and virtuosic vibraphone master Joe Locke (USA).
Along with vocalist Amy Keys, they provide the glittering focal point to a high-energy journey into contemporary large-ensemble playing.
“There is something for everyone on this creative project. These arrangements and compositions will keep you engaged, and the musicianship is outstanding.” – Dee Dee McNeil, Musical Memoirs
Terri Lyne Carrington – New Standards Vol. 1 (Candid)
This year Terri Lyne Carrington released New Standards, a book of 101 jazz compositions written by women.
Her release Standards Vol. 1 captures 11 of these compositions, performed with a star-studded band including special guests Ambrose Akinmusire, Melanie Charles, Ravi Coltrane, Val Jeanty, Samara Joy, Julian Lage, Michael Mayo, Elena Pinderhughes, Dianne Reeves, Negah Santos and Somi, backed by a rhythm section comprised of Carrington, Kris Davis, Linda May Han Oh, Nicholas Payton, and Matthew Stevens.
“Carrington’s New Standards, Vol 1. ushers in a new important chapter in jazz. It has Grammy written all over it.” – Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine
Wojtek Justyna TreeOh! – Thrice
“Funk on the bottom, Worldjazz on top” is how Polish magazine Jazzpress billed guitarist Wojtek Justyna whose album THRICE came out September 15th.
Following the group’s well-received first two studio albums and extensive festival touring, the Wojtek Justyna TreeOh! returns with their brand of guitar-led jazz, fusion and funk.
“The album is an upbeat and playful celebration of groove, drawing from a wide range of styles including blues, fusion, gospel, world music, rock and more.” – Jazz-Fun (DE)
Teemu Kekkonen Here / There
Finland’s position on the European jazz scene may sometimes be overshadowed by its prolific neighbour Denmark, but rising star pianist Teemu Kekkonen’s debut album Here/There (September 16th) showcases just the sort of hidden gems are prime for discovering.
Fresh from his studies at the famed Conservatorium Van Amsterdam, he leads his piano trio through a set of original music drenched with charm, sensitivity and the style of melodic interplay which put Scandinavian Jazz on the map.
“A number of highly skilled trios are starting to emerge in the Nordics, and the Teemu Kekkonen Trio is certainly one of those to check out. And as an added bonus, I think the sound on the recording is excellent!” – Salt Peanuts
Something in the Water by Jennifer Hartswick (Mack Avenue)
On her sophomore release, Something in the Water (Mack Avenue), singer-songwriter Jennifer Hartswick writes and sings about life, love and music that inspires the listener to feel deeply.
Something in the Water features 8x Grammy Award-winner Christian McBride on bass, alongside Hartswick’s longtime collaborators Nicholas Cassarino (producer, guitar, vocals) and Shira Elias (vocals).
“Paints the most complete picture of Hartswick’s talents to date. An artfully layered, arrangement-forward outing that showcases her work as a sophisticated songwriter, powerhouse vocalist, and stirring trumpeter.” – Jazz Times
Avishai Cohen Trio: Shifting Sands (Naïve / Believe)
For the last twenty five years, legendary bassist, singer and composer Avishai Cohen has grown to be one of the heavyweights of contemporary jazz, with a catalogue to rival those of even the most legendary in the field of jazz… and beyond.
Shifting Sands – his brand-new album – sees him return to the tried-and-tested trio format to display just what he does best.
“Following the orchestral manoeuvres of 2021’s epic Two Roses, shape-shifting Israeli bassist Cohen returns to the trio format – and the result might just be his best album since Gently Disturbed 14 years ago… What’s not to like? One of 2022’s best, without doubt.” – Jazzwise
Orange Sea – Matthias Bublath Trio (Enja)
After almost a decade as a freelancer in New York, various solo and sideman projects, a Hammond trio and his celebrated and award-winning Eight Cylinder Big Band, Munich pianist Matthias Bublath is now exploring the traditional piano trio format.
With influences ranging from gospel, latin, funk, and the socio-political movements of the 20th Century , ‘Orange Sea’ released on the 30th of September on Enja records.
At the forefront of the record are bluesy, soulful, melodic compositions that serve as a playful springboard for the ensemble to explore and push each other to their limits.
“Syncopated rhythmic unison lines at breakneck speeds, deep-swinging groove, and emotive harmony emphasize musicality and virtuosity in equal measure.” – Jazz In Europe
Medusae – Nicole Mitchell & Fabio Paolizzo (Don Giovanni Records)
Medusae is a symbol for a multitude of concepts which are brought together with the latest release of electroacoustic improvisation by Nicole Mitchell & Fabio Paolizzo.
Merging modern creative music and computer music, Medusae explores the intersection of human and machine musical creativity. Like medusae, this interaction can be both frightening and fascinating.
“It’s an aural hall of mirrors, delightful in its disorientation.” – Chicago Reader
Samara Joy, Linger Awhile (Verve)
Rising-star vocalist Samara Joy released her Verve Records debut, Linger Awhile, in September.
The 10-song collection by the Bronx native is comprised of classic songs by greats such as George Gershwin (“Someone To Watch Over Me”) and Thelonious Monk (“Round Midnight”), with original lyrics on Fats Navarro’s “Nostalgia (The Day I knew).”
“a landmark step in her rising career as one of today’s top jazz vocalists” – Jazziz
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