AJE’S BEST JAZZ RELEASES, 2021

AJE’S BEST JAZZ RELEASES, 2021 in alphabetical order…

Aakash Mittal, NOCTURNE

Adam O’Farrill, VISIONS OF YOUR OTHER

Adi Meyerson, I WANT TO SING MY HEART OUT IN PRAISE OF LIFE

Amaro Freita, BAQUAQUA

Amir ElSaffar, RIVERS OF SOUND

Andrew Cyrille Quartet, THE NEWS

Archie Shepp, Jason Moran, LEY MY PEOPLE GO

Arnan Raz, 7 DAYS

Artifacts, PLEASURE PALACE

Arturo O’Farrill, …DREAMING IN LIONS…

Belmondo Quintet, BROTHERHOOD

Ben Tiberio, RARE PEACE

Benoît Delbecq, ANAMORPHOSES

Brandee Younger, SOMEWHERE DIFFERENT

Brian Lynch, SONGBOOK VOL. 1 BUS STOP SERENADE

Cassie Kinoshi SEED Ensemble, BALLETBOYZ: BRADLEY 4:18

Charles Lloyd, TONE POEM BLUE NOTE POET SERIES

Chelsea Carmichael, THE RIVER DOESN’T LIKE STRANGERS

Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble, NOW

Dave Holland, ANOTHER LAND

Dave Meder, UNAMUNO SONGS AND STORIES

David Tixier Trio, BECAUSE I CARE

DeAndre Lettsome, IMPETUS

Dr. Lonnie Smith, BREATHE

Edward Simon, SOLO LIVE

Elephant9, ARRIVAL OF THE NEW ELDERS

Enrico Rava, ROMA

Florian Arbenz, CONVERSATION #1

Gabriel Gosse, CHILDHOOD MEMORIES

Gregory Porter, STILL RISING – THE COLLECTION

Gretchen Parlato, FLOR

Hiromi, SILVER LINING SUITE

Irreversible Entanglements, OPEN THE GATES

Jaimie Branch, FLY OR DIE LIVE

Jalen Baker, THIS IS ME, THIS IS US

James Francies, PUREST FORM

James Brandon Lewis, CODE OF BEING

Jazztronik, UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE

Jeremy Pelt, GRIOT: THIS IS IMPORTANT

Jihye Lee, DARING MIND

Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints, OTHER WORLDS

Joe Lovano, GARDEN OF EXPRESSION

John Pope Quintet, THE RIGHT-HAND PATH

Jonas Sorgenfrei, ELEPHANTS MARCHING ON

Kazemde George, I INSIST

Keith Brown Trio, African RIPPLES

Kenny Garrett, SOUND FROM THE ANCESTORS

Kurt Elling w/guitarist Charlie Hunter, SUPERBLUE

Lewis Wright, THE COLOUR OF INTENTION

Lionel Loueke, CLOSE YOUR EYES

Magnus Lindgren, BIRD LIVES

Makaya McCraven, DECIPHERING THE MESSAGE

Malcolm Jiyane Tree-O, UMDALI

Marc Cary, LIFE LESSONS

Mareike Wiening, FUTURE MEMORIES

Marques Carroll, THE ANCESTOR’S CALL

Matt Ridley, THE ANTIDOTE

Matthew Shipp, CODEBREAKER

Menagerie, MANY WORLDS

Michael Mayo, BONES

Milho Hazama, IMAGINARY VISIONS

Nate Smith, KINFOLK 2: SEE THE BIRDS

Nick Mazzarella Trio, WHAT YOU SEEK IS SEEKING YOU

Obed Calvaire, WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: THE MUSIC OF LED ZEPPELIN

Orrin Evans, THE MAGIC OF NOW

Pat Metheny, SIDE-EYE NYC (V1. IV)

Prism Quartet, HERITAGE/REVOLUTION, VOL. 2

Remy Le Boeuf’s Assembly of Shadows, ARCHITECTURE OF STORMS

Roberto Olzer Trio, NOTTURNO

Sebastian Noelle, SYSTEM ONE

Shai Maestro, HUMAN

Simone Blasioli, CONVERSATION

Sons of Kemet, BLACK TO THE FUTURE

Tamill Rogeon, SON OF NYX

Terence Blanchard, ABSENCE

The Baylor Project, GENERATIONS

Theo Croker, BLK2LIFE || A FUTURE PAST

Thommy Andersson, WOOD CIRCLES

Timothee Robert, QUARKS

Victor Gould, In Our Time

Vijay Iyer, UNEASY

Will Glaser, CLIMBING IN CIRCLES

William Parker, TABASCO

*Playlist coming soon to Spotify

NOTEWORTHY: Moving Cities is an authentic blend of aesthetic grooves without boundaries featuring Antoine Berjeaut & Makaya McCraven

Bridging the spaces between the Paris and Chicago scenes, Moving Cities brings together the best of both worlds and is emblematic of a new, utterly modern jazz going through a true aesthetic revolution. Moving Cities started as a live laboratory set up by Berjeaut and McCraven; it echoes the recent evolution of international metropolises constantly torn between individualism and collective endeavors, in disrupted geography.

In today’s musical landscape, there is a strong push to reassess and redefine musical genres. Incorporating all kinds of influences has become a driving force, and jazz, like other genres, is now experiencing an explosion of its aesthetic boundaries. It has moved away from its ponderous legacy and now fully channels the spirit of the times – as it once used to. ~Editoral Reviews | Amazon

Original Release Date: December 6, 2019

At your leisure, check out this explosive gumbo of genre-bending grooves “MOVING CITIES” by Antoine Berjeaut and Makaya McCraven 

 

Makaya McCraven Puts A Modern Bounce on Blue Note Classics with “Deciphering The Message”

With his new remix album, Deciphering The Message, the Chicago-based drummer, producer, and beat scientist Makaya McCraven digs through the vaults of the legendary jazz label Blue Note Records to put a modern bounce on classics by Art BlakeyHorace SilverHank MobleyKenny Burrell, and Eddie Gale, among others. The album’s lead single Frank’s Tune” (AKA “De’Jeff’s Tune”) is available to stream or download today. Deciphering The Message will be released November 19 and can be pre-ordered now on vinyl, CD, and digital download.

Across numerous albums and mixtapes, McCraven has proven his mastery of the loop akin to hip-hop’s most celebrated beatmakers like J Dilla and Madlib, both of whom also found inspiration in the Blue Note catalog. With acclaimed releases like In The Moment (2015) and Universal Beings (2018), McCraven created his own lane in jazz by sampling his band playing improvised sessions throughout the world, then molding the audio several times to pull contrasting moods from it. For his most recent project McCraven remixed Gil Scott-Heron’s final album I’m New Here into the equally emotive LP We’re New Again (2020).

McCraven has always been a collaborative artist and Deciphering The Message features newly recorded elements from vibraphonist Joel Ross, trumpeter Marquis Hill, alto saxophonist Greg Ward, guitarists Matt Gold and Jeff Parker, bassist Junius Paul, and De’Sean Jones on tenor saxophone and flute. In that way, Deciphering The Message connects the past and present, proving that musicians become legends by trekking the same roads with like-minded creators all moving toward the same goal.

That throughline is evident on the lead single in which Jack Wilsons hard bop cut Frank’s Tune—from the pianist’s little-known 1967 album Easterly Winds—is remade into De’Jeff’s Tune, an ‘80s R&B-inspired arrangement with a two-stepping dance groove, wafting guitar chords courtesy of Parker, and delicate flute from Jones. The track opens and closes with the voice of Blue Note legend Art Blakey, the irrepressible bandleader of The Jazz Messengers, addressing his audience: “We want you to leave your worldly troubles outside and come in here and swing… So as the message is being delivered, ladies and gentlemen, you may pat your feet and have a ball.”

While Deciphering The Message collects songs from several years of Blue Note history, it plays like a continuous set taking place in one show at one venue. “When piecing everything together, I wanted to create a narrative that made the listener feel like they were falling into this space or a movement,” McCraven says. “I was really trying to make a record out of it, not just a series of tracks.”

McCraven hopes the album is both educational and an outright good listen. “I always want to make music that will connect with people in one way, where it makes them nod or feel something or transport them somewhere,” he says. “I also hope this makes them check out the source of this music if they have it. The music that we’re making now is part of the same route and is connected, so I want to honor tradition and release something that people can vibe to.”

The tracklisting for Deciphering The Message is as follows:

  1. A Slice Of The Top (AKA “Sliced Off The Top”)

[from A Slice Of The Top by Hank Mobley]

  1. Sunset (AKA “Son Set”)

[from Whistle Stop by Kenny Dorham]

  1. When Your Lover Has Gone (AKA “When You’ve Left Your Lover”)

[from A Night In Tunisia by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers]

  1. Ecaroh (AKA “Revlis”)

[from Horace Silver Trio by Horace Silver]

  1. Tranquillity (AKA “Corner Of The World”)

[from Components by Bobby Hutcherson]

  1. Wail Bait (AKA “Wait Bail”)

[from The Memorial Album by Clifford Brown]

  1. Coppin’ The Haven (AKA “At The Haven Coppin’”)

[from One Flight Up by Dexter Gordon]

  1. Frank’s Tune (AKA “De’Jeff’s Tune”)

[from Easterly Winds by Jack Wilson]

  1. Autumn In New York (AKA “Spring In Chicago”)

[from Blue Lights, Vol.1 by Kenny Burrell]

  1. Monaco (AKA “Monte Negro”)

[from ‘Round About Midnight At The Cafe Bohemia by Kenny Dorham]

  1. Mr. Jin (AKA “Mr. Gin”)

[from Indestructible by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers]

  1. C.F.D. (AKA “D.F.C.”)

[from Something Personal by Jack Wilson]

  1. Black Rhythm Happening

[from Black Rhythm Happening by Eddie Gale]

Stream our playlist Deciphering The Message: The Originals