Preview of Early to Mid New Jazz Releases for 2022 by Braithwaite & Katz

January 2022
Tony Malaby’s Sabino – The Cave of Winds – Jan. 7, 2022  – Pyroclastic
Fred Hersch  Breath by Breath – January 7, 2022 – PalmettoCrosby Street String Quartet and Hersch with Drew Gress & Jochen Reuchert
Pete Malinverni – On the Town, Pete Malinverni Plays Leonard Bernstein  –January 14, 2022 – Planet Arts
OGJB – Ode to O – January 21, 2022 – TUMOliver Lake, Graham Haynes, Joe Fonda, Barry Altschul
Andrew Cyrille, William Parker & Enrico Rava – 2 Blues for Cecil – January 21, 2022 – TUM
Satoko Fujjii / Joe Fonda – Thread of LIght  – January 28, 2021 – FSR Fujii’s 99th album as a leader/co-leader.

February 2022

Natsuki Tamura – Summer Tree – Libra – February 11, 2022 Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Hero Trio – Animal Crossing (EP) – February 4, 2022 – WhirlwindDigital only – EP with four tracks. MOPDtK – Disasters Vol. 1 – February 18, 2022 – Hot Cup RecordsTrio album with both Kevin Shea and Ron Stabinsky playing Nord electronics in addition to drums and piano. All the tunes are named after Pennsylvania towns where disasters occurred.  Gordon Grdina’s Haram w. special guest Marc Ribot – Night’s Quietest Hour  – February 18, 2022 – Attaboygirl RecordsGrdina’s Arabic music ensemble Haram with special guest Marc Ribot.Just before the Pandemic hit Marc joined our ensemble for two concerts in Vancouver Feb 28 and Seattle on March 1st, with a recording session on the leap year Feb 29th. This was an incredible experience and Marc blended into the ensemble from the beginning. He played almost our entire repertoire with us and these tracks are the previously unreleased pieces. This album reflects our continued exploration of the Classic Arabic repertoire and new exploration of Sudanese music from the ’60s and ’70s. This was an already incredibly dynamic group, and Marc’s presence pushed the group’s delicacy, intensity, and explosive nature to new heights. An already incredibly dynamic group Marc’s presence pushed the group’s delicacy, intensity, and explosive nature to new heights. The process of creating this album has realigned the trajectory of the ensemble. Gordon Grdina – Oddly Enough – February 18, 2022 – Screwgun (digital) + AttaboyGirl Records (physical)Solo album featuring the music of Tim Berne.Near the beginning of the pandemic, Tim Berne had mentioned that he was writing a piece for solo guitar and sent it over. I sent him back a short recording of it and he sent me another piece. We went on like this for about a year or so. The pieces were incredibly challenging yet beautiful and aligned with what I had been exploring in my own writing on my last two solo albums.  I started getting the idea to record a predominantly electric solo album of his music. I wanted to explore the use of midi to create a sonic world that wasn’t completely unrecognizable but was connected in a different way than an ensemble or typical solo album would be. I designed a new guitar that could simultaneously record midi data, acoustic and electric. I recorded all of the pieces that Tim had sent me. This album is about half of that material with a combination of acoustic, electric, and midi sampler instruments. There are a couple pieces with overdubs but most of the music is live solo guitar. The compositions are incredibly complex, personal, and harmonically unique.Martin Wind –  Air – February 25, 2022  – Laika Records Rare bass quartet album featuring bassist Wind, Gregg August, Jordan Frazier, and Sam Suggs along with special guests Matt Wilson, Gary Versace, and Lenny White.Javon Jackson – The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni  – February 18, 2022 – Solid JacksonGospel music and spirituals are curated by Nikki Giovanni with Giovanni singing on one track.

MARCH 2022

Tomas Fujiwara’s Triple Double – March  – March 4, 2022 – Firehouse 12 Wadada Leo Smith –  String Quartets No. 1 – 12 – March 18 – TUM RecordsMajor box set with 7 CDs featuring RedKoral Quartet plus featured soloists including Smith, Anthony Davis, Alison Bjorkedal, Thomas Buckner and more. Wadada Leo Smith – Emerald Duets – March 18 – TUM RecordsBox set with 4 CDs, one each with Pheeroan akLaff, Han Bennink, Andrew Cyrille and Jack DeJohnette.  This set adds to Smith’s long history of duo recordings with some of the greatest drummers in the history of creative music.

APRIL 2022

Lynne Arriale – The Lights are Always On  – April 8, 2022 – Challenge Live from Summit Rock in Seneca Village  – April 8, 2022  – Giant Step Arts (Date may be pushed back)Three albums – from groups led by Abraham Burton, Sarah Hanahan, and Jason Palmer – all recorded during Jimmy Katz’s outdoor concert series.Manel Fortià – Despertar – April 21, 2022 – Segell Microscopi Stunning young Barcelona-born bassist.April 23, 2022 – Special Project for Record Store Day.Info is embargoed, so please ask me about this.
May 2022
Ches Smith Interpret It Well – May 6, 2022– PyroclasticQuartet album with Bill Frisell, Craig Taborn, and Mat Maneri   Project conceived by Henry Threadgill – Baker’s Dozen – May 2022Baker’s Dozen is a project conceived by Henry Threadgill during the lockdown to try to do something for musicians by releasing music without using the normal business model. Baker’s Dozen is a set of 13 albums by 13 individual artists — some quite well known, others not — and at the moment there will be 3 “digital box sets” of these (it’ll be a digital-only release on Bandcamp).
Gordon Grdina’s Nomad Trio – Boiling Point May 2022 – Astral SpiritsThis is the second album for the group. We recorded this after our last North American tour in January 2020 just before the pandemic hit. The group had really come together over the course of the tour and the pieces took on a life of their own. It is some of the most challenging music I’ve ever written but through the tour, it reached that great state of still revealing new avenues to explore while becoming comfortable and second nature. Matt’s playing is always incredible and this record is no exception. He expresses a raw sense of abandonment while continuing to be completely in control at all times. Jim is astonishing throughout the album building a massive sonic world while making every note groove. We have delayed releasing the album until we can tour again which will be at the end of June.

June 2022

Josh Sinton – Title TBA – June 3, 2022 – Form is Possibility RecordingsReedist Josh Sinton (Ideal Bread, Nate Wooley quintet) and longtime friends Jed Wilson (pianist with Dominique Eade and Heather Masse), and Tony Falco (drummer with Tsiziji Munoz) reunited musically in the wake of Covid-19’s impact on the world. Affirming the invaluable ties of friendship and human closeness, they spent an afternoon playing free, lyrical, and inspired music that will provide a much-needed balm for everyone.Brian Landrus – The Red List – June 17, 2022 – Palmetto Records2022 Releases from Pyroclastic – Dates TBA
Nate Wooley – Columbia Icefield 2 – Date TBA – PyroclasticKris Davis – Diatom Ribbons –  Live at the Village Vanguard  – Date TBA – Pyroclastic
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