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

Coming soon, new music “Life Lessons” by prolific pianist/keyboardist/composer Marc Cary

Making music for me has always been part of my healing process. Music has provided a place in this world for me to express myself in ways that words could not help me articulate. The journey to being the best person I can possibly have always had this musical component. It has opened up countless opportunities for me to explore cultures and learn from many people around the world. Through music, I have made relationships that have been life-changing in positive ways and have been documented by many recordings.

Life Lessons is a testament to these lessons and is a culmination of three years of developing a sound and concept with Dan and Diego through our weekly performances at The Harlem Sessions. We wanted to document our time together and the sound we had developed together by recording and releasing this collection of compositions. We recorded in January 2020, only weeks before life as we knew it changed, as we moved into a Pandemic and lockdown, making this document and its title even more relevant to me. The timeliness of this album and when we recorded becomes more profound, especially as we are nearing 1 year of not being able to play each week together, at the same time as taking on board how many people from our community have departed from this earth because of the pandemic. It also really magnifies the love and joy that the 3 of us have for each other.

The songs that have come together on this album serve to describe how we feel about life, the lessons we have gained, and the types of emotions and situations we navigate through as we remain on our journey. It’s a road map of the different textures and complexities of living the life that we face. ~Marc Cary | Read more@BandCamp

Produced by Marc Cary
Co-Produced by Tinku Bhattacharyya
Executive Producer – Tinku Bhattacharyya
Mastered by Marc Cary
Photography-Rebecca Meek
CD Design- Rebecca Meek

Personnel: Marc Cary, Diego Joaquin Ramirez, Dan Chmielinski
Marc Cary plays – Piano; Fender Rhodes; Dave Smith Prophet 12; Dave Smith Mopho; Octatrak; Genome Sequencer(IoS); Lemur Mapping (IOs); UAD processing

Diego Joaquin Ramirez plays Canopus Neo Vintage drums, Vic Firth sticks, Remo heads, Zildjian Cymbals. Endorsed by Canopus

Dan Chmielinski plays a 1920s Juzek Master Art Acoustic Bass; Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass, 60th Anniversary Edition; Moog Grandmother. Endorsed by Pirastro Eudoxa Strings

Expected Release: Digital album releases September 14, 2021

Listen to “TRUST” the new single from “LIFE LESSONS” by Marc Cary

 

REFLECTION: At 22, trumpeter Roy Hargrove’s vibrant voice on The Vibe supersedes expectations

Back in early 1992, trumpeter Roy Hargrove arrived with his 5th album on Novus Records aptly named “THE VIBE” featuring among many gifted artists his long-time friend and altoist Antonio Hart anchored to a stellar cast of likeminded and talented young musician’s pianist Marc Cary, bassist Rodney Whitaker, drummer Gregory Hutchinson. Also, with guests’ appearances by luminaries saxophonist Branford Marsalis, DavidFatheadNewman plus trombonist Frank Lacy and phenomenal organist Jack McDuff.

With his previous recordings behind, Hargrove had established himself as a powerful voice on trumpet and  rising star on the jazz scene giving him the cred to beckon not only gifted musicians to play originals and tackle songs by James Williams “Alter Ego” and Wayne Shorter’sPinocchio, Milestones and The Things We did last summer.” As a result, with this variety of gems on hand, they opened the door and the opportunity for great things to manifest his presence and launch his voice into a new dimension artistically.

After revisiting this gem, I hear once again his appointed sound soar with authentic and anointed tones and memorable phrases to embrace through the conduit of hardbop, traditional, swing, and blues resonates vibrantly from the outset through the end of “The Vibe.” As I hear it, this gem paved a solid path and widened the lane for Hargrove’s unmatched swagger and attractive sound to illuminate as a worthy talent to keep pace with at the time and into the future. I miss you brother, gone too soon… yet we all are pleased that your music lives on. ~Reviewed by Rob Young (Monkjaz)

At your leisure, check out “THE VIBE” by Roy Hargrove

 

 

Be sure and check this week’s “RELEASE RADAR” on Spotify

This playlist is updated each Friday, here you’ll discover the latest single recommendations and album releases. Enjoy!

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