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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COMPARED TO WHAT?: Accomplished pianist Kenny Drew’s definitive 1960 Blue Note release Undercurrents

Kenny Drew was a brilliant pianist who worked with the likes of Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Buddy DeFranco, Dinah Washington, and Art Blakey. By 1960 when he recorded Undercurrent for Blue Note, Drew had already recorded ten albums of his own, mostly with duos and trios. Oddly enough he only had the opportunity to only record two albums in his life for Blue Note, an early effort from 1953 and the classic Undercurrent. Matched in a quintet with the young firebrand trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and the always-stimulating tenor-saxophonist Hank Mobley, the 32-year old pianist was ready to truly make his mark.

All six songs on this album are his, and in his accompaniment of the passionate horn men and in his soulful solos, Drew shows that he was one of the major hard bop stylists. Kenny Drew’s playing on Undercurrent, a superb and very well-recorded Blue Note album that is arguably his finest work, is timeless. The definitive versions of Blue Note are on XRCD24 – the optimization of CD mastering and manufacturing. Plays on all standard CD players. ~Editorial Reviews | Amazon

Spin this classic, “UNDERCURRENTS” by Kenny Drew

COMPARED TO WHAT? Miles Davis, Milt Jackson Quintet/Sextet

As jazz enthusiasts, we are generally overly critical of this beloved music and anyone who doesn’t partake in it. True enough, classic jazz recordings encompass a unique and rare montage of original recordings by one-of-a-kind and exceptional artists. Let’s face it, no one can or should for that matter “compare” or attempt to “overshadow” what’s already been played and recorded. That’s why I say, “COMPARED TO WHAT?” because this generation’s voice was authentically supreme. Let’s cherish and savor each spin with gratitude as if was the last time we listened to it.

Although they were both seminal figures in the development of modern and cool jazz (and although both played together a lot at Birdland in the early fifties), Miles Davis and Milt Jackson only recorded together on a few occasions. As to be expected, their conjunct recordings produced splendid music. Their studio works originally appeared divided into three different albums. While their 1955 session (included here) was issued in its complete form on the LP Miles Davis All-Star Sextet/Quintet, the results from the famous Miles/Milt/Monk encounter were divided onto two different albums, one titled Bags’ Groove (containing only the two takes of the title track plus a quintet session with Sonny Rollins recorded on June 29, 1954) and Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants (which had the rest of the music from that session plus a version of “Round Midnight” recorded at the same sessions as the music from the celebrated Cookin’, Relaxin’, Workin’… series with John Coltrane).

The only other preserved encounter by Miles and Milt took place in Germany, during a tour that featured the members of the Modern Jazz Quartet (Milt included, of course) with Miles and a weak, sick Lester Young. ~Editorial Review | Amazon

At your leisure, spin this “SELF-TITLED” masterpiece by Miles & Milt.

An Unprecedented, Star-Studded Collection from America’s Top Jazz Labels in Support of Musicians Affected by the Pandemic, Arrives September 24

2-LP Set, CD, and Digital Album Features
Herbie Hancock, Wallace Roney, Buster Williams, Jimmy Heath,
Albert “Tootie” Heath, Joshua Redman, Christian McBride,
IRMA and LEO (Esperanza Spalding & Leo Genovese),
Cécile McLorin Salvant, Charles Lloyd, Hiromi,
Kenny Garrett, Jon Batiste, and Other Jazz Greats

 

A consortium of major jazz labels – Blue Note Records, Concord Music Group, Mack Avenue Music Group, Nonesuch Records, Universal Music Group, Verve Label Group and Warner Music Group – has taken the unprecedented step of joining hands for Relief, an all-star compilation of previously unreleased music to be issued on LP, CD and digitally September 24, continuing the non-profit Jazz Foundation of America’s (JFA) ongoing efforts to aid musicians affected by the international shutdown of venues and other performance opportunities in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

All net proceeds from the package – comprising studio and live tracks by top-flight jazz artists – will benefit the JFA’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund, established in the spring of 2020 after the pandemic ground the music industry to a sudden, catastrophic halt.

 

More information coming soon.
  1. IRMA and LEO | “back to who” feat. Esperanza Spalding and Leo Genovese | 4:41
  2. Christian McBride | “Brother Malcolm” | 4:47
  3. Cécile McLorin Salvant | “Easy Come, Easy Go Blues” | 2:32
  4. Kenny Garrett | “Joe Hen’s Waltz” | 8:07
  5. Jon Batiste | “Sweet Lorraine” | 3:52
  6. Hiromi | “Green Tea Farm” [2020 version] | 7:52
  7. Joshua Redman | “Facts” feat. Ron Miles, Scott Colley, Brian Blade | 3:39
  8. Charles Lloyd & Kindred Spirits | “Lift Every Voice and Sing” [live] | 8:26
  9. Herbie Hancock, Wallace Roney, Jimmy Heath, Buster Williams, Albert TootieHeath | “Gingerbread Boy” [live] | 6:54
Various Artists · Relief
Release DateSeptember 24, 2021
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REFLECTION: Rendering classic jazz INFINITY by an amazing artist, pianist/composer McCoy Tyner

McCoy Tyner Trio, INFINITY (ORIGINALLY RELEASED: Jan. 1995)

When I think about great piano players, it is appropriate to say not just because of familiarity McCoy Tyner’s name rises among the top as significant, vibrant, and soulful players on the jazz scene regardless of era. Perhaps, it is easy to come to this conclusion because of his musical virtuosity undoubtedly speaks volumes. Case in point, in front of me is his brilliant 1995 recording “INFINITY” qualifies as a defining moment and a supreme choice for jazz collectors to embrace and listen to repeatedly.

Tyner paired his voice with some of the best to record INFINITY, bassist Avery Sharpe, drummer Aaron Scott, and saxophonist Michael Brecker appeared to combine their formidable gifts and presence to amplify originals such as “FLYING HIGH” to Monk’s bouncy “I MEAN YOU” featuring Brecker’s solo places firm exclamation point on it! Penned by Tyner, the palpable funk meets jazz sound is underscored on “HAPPY DAYS” and a pellucid rendition of Coltrane’s “IMPRESSIONS” features Brecker’s recognizable tone to this delectable palette of music.

As a player and composer, it is Tyner’s complex, bold, and soul-stirring vocabulary that integrates naturally. “MELLOW MINOR” an original yet vigorous piece at the number eight spot title does not match the tempo and far removed from being remotely relaxed (jamming). Moreover, this gem is solidified by saxophonist Michael Brecker’s rich vibrato and stimulating voice is undeniably icing on the cake. Tyner closes the session with his muscularly fluent touch (solo) and distinct stride is utterly amazing on the classic “GOOD MORNING HEARTACHE.” When an artist approaches timeless pieces like this is an opportunity to excel and make it your own or not and he met this challenge without breaking a sweat. ~Reviewed by Rob Young

At your leisure, listen to “INFINITY” a timeless classic by the legendary McCoy Tyner.

REFLECTION: the bopulicous “Night Dreamer” is considered the prodigious Blue Note Records debut by saxophonist/composer Wayne Shorter

Wayne Shorter, NIGHT DREAMER (RELEASED: April 29, 1964)

With four projects behind him, it was Shorter’s Blue Note debut “NIGHT DREAMER,” he came armed with a decisive strategy, poised and determined spirit with not only strands of wisdom from prior records but maximum smoke to six original compositions as a statement, footprint, and artistic voice to emerge as a beacon of light with a bright future in jazz waiting to envelop him. Influenced by Trane, he not only mirrored his style but it’s Shorter’s approach, and his writing skills showed unexpected maturity earned him a spot among the best. Therefore, to make this project manifest with unprecedented glory he called on the finest talent in the game, Lee Morgan, McCoy Tyner, Reggie Workman, and Art Blakey to record this impressive head bopper titled “NIGHT DREAMER.”

As I listened intently, I’ve discovered Shorter’s voice and talent were sharpened and developed during his tenure with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. The opening selection “NIGHT DREAMER,” and title track set the tone of what was yet to be unveiled throughout this thoughtful and mesmerizing collection of tunes. Even today, “ORIENTAL FOLK SONG” a favorite is a boss jam with each spin it draws me to the core of his stimulating tonality and solace that comes with his smoldering timbre. By now, any serious jazz aficionado is aware that Mr. Shorter has ascended beyond the shadows of expectation, great players and composers alike to become one of the most revered, and accomplished musicians and composers in jazz today.

At a glance, on “VIRGOShorter’s moaning bravado shimmers quietly yet he convincingly engages in harmonic nuances with a softly spoken zeal, thirst, and hunger. Next up, Shorter‘s bop-infectious “BLACK NILE” erupts with unmatched interplay provided by the stellar cast of musicians also shines a light on his unmatched valor as a seasoned player. On the hip-swaying “CHARCOAL BLUES,” Shorter makes his mark as a contender, one to reckon with as a certified bluesologist. He closes the session with the ambitious “ARMAGEDDON,” once more he demonstrates why he’s the new player in town with serious skills. As a student of jazz, Shorter showed critics right or wrong he met the challenge he learned to adapt these tools of the trade and mastered these gifts as an emerging voice landed with perfect-timing on Blue Note Records to give jazz enthusiast worldwide an earth-shaking masterpiece called “NIGHT DREAMER.”

Listen and discover why music lovers deem “NIGHT DREAMER” one of the best by Wayne Shorter.