TOP 10 JAZZ RELEASES AND PRE-ORDERS

Last updated: Monday 13th May

1

JJ Whitefield – “Brother All Alone”

German guitarist, bandleader and producer JJ Whitefield with his 3rd solo album (but first under this moniker). JJ is known for his work in Poets of Rhythm, Whitefield Brothers and Karl Hector & The Malcouns and has released albums on Ninja Tune, Mo’Wax, Daptone, Strut, Stones Throw and Now-Again. Recorded in Berlin, Munich and Nairobi with some of the most interesting heads of the German Neo-Jazz-Kraut scene and mixed by Malcolm Catto of The Heliocentrics.

 

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2

Miles Davis – “Rubberband”

In 1985, Miles Davis left the Columbia label after 30 years to join Warner Bros. In October of that year, he began recording the album Rubberband” in Los Angeles at Ameraycan Studios with producers Randy Hall and Zane Giles. The musical direction Davis was taking during the sessions marked a radical departure, with the inclusion of funk and soul grooves; with plans to feature guest vocalists Al Jarreau and Chaka Khan. Eventually, the album was shelved and Davis went on to record “Tutu”, leaving the “Rubberband” songs unheard and untouched for over 30 years. Now the album has been finished by the original producers Hall and Giles; with Davis’ nephew, Vince Wilburn, Jr., who played drums on the original sessions for the album in 1985-86. The final version includes several guest artists including singers Ledisi (a 12-time Grammy nominee) and Lalah Hathaway (daughter of soul legend Donny Hathaway).

 

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3

Sarathy Korwar – “More Arriving”

New album from the U.S.-born, India-raised, U.K.-residing jazz vocalist.
Korwar’s debut “Day To Day”, combined the folk rhythms of India’s Sidi community with contemporary electronics and jazz textures, earning praise from the likes of Four Tet, Gilles Peterson and Floating Points. In 2018, he followed up with the live album in collaboration with Upaj Collective, “My East Is Your West”, a critically-acclaimed take on the cultural appropriation of ‘spiritual’ Indo-jazz. This 2nd solo album was recorded over two and a half years in India and the UK, drawing on the nascent rap scenes of Mumbai and New Delhi, incorporating spoken word and Korwar’s own Indian classical and jazz instrumentation.

 

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4

Archie Shepp – “Attica Blues”

Official Mr Bongo re-issue of a previously Japan-only 7” featuring two tracks originally released on Shepp’s 1972 classic soul-jazz LP, ‘Attica Blues’. A powerful mix of psychedelic soul & jazz that retains Shepp’s political sentiment of his earlier works.

 

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5

Alfa Mist – “Structuralism”

2nd album from the East London jazz artist, following the excellent “Antiphon”. Named after the theoretical breakdown of the basic elements of conscious experience and based around a conversation between Mist and his sister, discussing themes of debate culture and personal growth and is an intricate and profound glimpse into the East London artist’s battles with self and the societal pressures that inform our own conscious experience.

 

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6

Nérija – “Blume”

The debut album from jazz septet Nérija comprising of  Nubya Garcia (tenor saxophone), Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet), Cassie Kinoshi (alto saxophone), Rosie Turton (trombone), Shirley Tetteh (guitar), Lizy Exell (drums) and Rio Kai (bass). Recorded in the boat-shaped confines of London’s legendary Soup Studios and produced by Kwes, the overarching goal with Blume was to simply capture the rawness, warmth, joy and the spirit of their relationship and performance. One of the recording aims was to channel the feel of Teo Macero and Stanley Tonkel’s records with Miles Davis during his Columbia years, thinking “forward” as they did but for this band, capturing the controlled chaos and frame it with a timeless elegance.

 

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7

Joe Armon-Jones – “Icy Roads (Stacked)”

Keys player Joe Armon-Jones is back with new single ‘Icy Roads (Stacked)’, a head-spinning blend of luminous jazz-funk synths, off-kilter drums and a languorous, ear-worm bassline. Featuring in-demand kit man KwAkE bAsS (who’s worked with Kate Tempest, Sampha and Joey Bada$$) and bassist Mutale Chashi (part of KOKOROKO), this is a tight trio hitting all the right notes.

 

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8

Ezra Collective – “You Can’t Steal My Joy”

First full-length from the London jazz five-piece with guest spots from Loyle Carner, Jorja Smith and Kokoroko. They played at Quincy Jones’ birthday party recently….. I bet that was fun.

 

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9

“Sunny Side Up”

New compilation on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label highlighting the underground musical scene in Melbourne. Featuring nine different groups, many of them sharing members and studios, the record surveys the musical contours of this bubbling scene, nodding to house, broken beat, samba, p-funk and soul. Recorded over a week at The Grove, a fabled house-cum-studio in the North Melbourne suburb of Coburg, it’s home to the record’s engineer, Nick Herrera, and two members of Hiatus Kaiyote, the city’s breakout gangster-soul dons with whom many of the record’s personnel have collaborated. Silentjay was musical director, the Rhythm Section- affiliated multi-instrumentalist and producer (who’s played with Joey Bada$$ and Flying Lotus) marshalling together the album’s different players, many of them part of influential collectives 30/70 and Mandarin Dreams.

 

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10

Tenesha The Wordsmith – “Peacocks & Other Savage Beasts”

Tenesha the Wordsmith, who came to the fore on On The Corner’s 2018 release ‘Black Noise 2084’, has delivered a hard-cutting, gut-wrenching, and extremely moving spoken word album produced by Khalab that brings together different lines of black music – folkloric, jazz, and electronic dance – into an afro-futurist narrative with thunderous results. Originally from Oakland, California, “a place where revolutionaries are born,” Tenesha the Wordsmith originally began to fuse hip hop and poetry while living in Albany, New York, where she created her first collection ‘Body Of Work’. Her early influences have returned with features from beatboxers and vocalists that give the album a distinctly urban hip hop vibe.

 

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