Music News – 2024


Sarah Hanahan – Among Giants (ENG review)

Blue Engine Records – Available

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Matthew Whitaker – On Their Shoulders: An Organ Tribute

MOCAT Records – Available

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Ileana Mottola (feat. Joel Holmes) – Cool Life
Alfa Music – Available

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Todd Mosby – Land of Enchantement (ENG review)

Available

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Gabriel Genest – As it is (ENG review)

Available

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David Murray Quartet – Francesca (ENG review)

Intakt Records – Available

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Brian Landrus – Plays Ellington & Strayhorn (ENG review)

Palmetto Records – Street Date July 12th 2024

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지혜 리 (Jihye Lee Orchestra) – Infinite Connections

Available

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Katarina Kochetova – Beyond Motion (ENG review)

A.MA records – Street date June 21th 2024

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Tevet Sela – Sweet Tears (ENG review)
Available

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Brasstactics – Tribute to the Groove (ENG review)

Available

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Ken Peplowski – Live at Mezzrow (ENG review)

Cellar Music Group / Fondation SmallsLIVE – Street date July 5th 2024

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Paul Tobey – It’s Time (ENG review)

Street date – June 28th 2024

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April by April Varner (ENG review)

Cellar Music – Street Date June 28

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Jake Leckie – Planter Of Seeds (ENG review)
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Jubu Smith – Jubu (ENG review)

Little Village – Street date July 30th 2024

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Billy Price – Person Of Interest (ENG review)

Little Village – street date August 2nd 2024

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Anthony Branker & Imagine – Songs My Mom Liked (ENG review)

Origin Records – Street date June 21th 2024

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Eyal Vilner Big Band – Singin Uptown (ENG review)

Street Date June 14th 2024

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Buffalo Monroe meets Willie Waldman

Metacognitive Records – Street date June 4th 2024

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Gabriel Evan Orchestra – Island Hoping (ENG review)

Gabriel Evan Music – Street date June 7th 2024

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Alex Sipiagin – Horizons (ENG review)

Blue Room Music – Street Date June 24th 2024

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Avery Sharpe / Double Quartet – I Am My Neighbors Keeper

JKNM Records – Street Date June 10th 2024

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Nduduzo Makhathini – uNomkhubulwane (ENG Review)

Blue Note – Street Date June 7th 2024

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Christie Dashiell – Journey In Black (ENG review)

Available

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Nils Landgren Funk Unit – RAW (ENG review)

ACT music – Street Date June 28th 2024

 

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Eduardo Nordio – Last One (ENG review)

AlfaMusic Label&Publishing – Available

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Eduardo Nordio – Last One (Italian review)

AlfaMusic Label&Publishing – Available

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Chick Corea & Béla Fleck – Remembrance (ENG review)

Available

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Brenda Earle Stokes – Motherhood (ENG review)

Street date May 16th 2024

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Angus & Julia Stone – Cape Forestier (ENG review)

Pias – Available

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Magnus Öström & Dan Berglund – e.s.t. 30 (ENG review)

ACT music – Street date May 31th 2024

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Tony Romano – Three Chord Monte (ENG review)

Tonyromanomusic – Street date May 27th 2024

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Stacey Kent – Summer Me, Winter Me (ENG review)

Naïve – Available

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Matt Wilson – Matt Wilson’s Good Trouble (ENG review)

Palmetto Records – Street Date June 14th 2024

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Sergio Pamies – Time to Say (ENG review)

Newtrad – Street June 24th 2024

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Olivia Foschi – A Window Within (ENG review)

Street Date : June 8th 2024

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Lauren Henderson – Sombras (ENG review)

Brontosaurus Records – Street Date May 31th 2024

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Sergio Perreira – Bossa+ (ENG review)

Tiger turn – Available

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David Bixler – Beatitude (ENG review)

Tiger Turn -Available

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Yuko Ito – Seduzir (ENG review)

Funny Baby Face Records – Street Date May 13th 2024

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Stuart Mack – Vibrations (ENG review)

Street date May 17th 2024

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Street date May 17th 2024 Winter, Anderson, Watts – WAW! (ENG review)

Street date June 7th 2024

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Jason Robinson – Ancestral Numbers 1 (ENG review)

Playscape Recordings – Street Date May 14th 2024

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Mariah Parker – Windows Through Time (ENG review)

Ancient-future.com records – Street Date June 14th2024

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Shljuka Quintet – Octave Up (ENG review)

A.MA records – Street date May 3th 2024

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Shljuka Quintet – Octave Up (Italian review)

A.MA records – Street date May 3th 2024

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Carl Clements – A Different Light (ENG review)

Greydisc Records – Street date May 23th 2024

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Radam Schwartz – Saxophone Quartet (ENG review)

Arabesque Recordings – Street Date May 1st 2024

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David Benoit – Timeless (ENG review)

SRG JAZZ – Street date May 10th 2024

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Ron Miles – Old Main Chapel (ENG review)

Blue Note – Street date May 10th 2024

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Randy Weinstein – Harmonimonk (ENG review)

Random Chance Records – Street date May 15th 2024

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Roger Kellaway – Live At Mezzrow (ENG review)
Cellar Music Group and SmallsLIVE Foundation – Street Date May 5th 2024

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Wadada Leo Smith & Amina Claudine Myers (ENG review)

Central Park‘s mosaics of reservoir, lake, pathways and gardens // Red Hock Records – Street date, My 10th 2024

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Kenny Barron – Beyond This Place (ENG review)

Artwork Records/Pias – Street date May 10th 2024

If, like me, you think you’ve known the name Kenny Barron since your earliest childhood, it’s perfectly normal, continue to read, here!


Yelena Eckemoff – Romance Of The Moon (ENG review)

L&H productions – Street Date May 10th 2024

Yelena Eckemoff is one of the most interesting composers currently, with a classical background, continue to read, here!


Edy / Forey – Culture Today (ENG review)

All tracks composed by Guilhem Forey – All tracks produced by Edy Szewy // Soul records

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Christopher Zuar Orchestra – Exuberance (ENG review)

CJZ Music – Street date May 10th 2024

Often considered a gifted composer, which is indeed the reality, Christopher Zuar presents us with his second album, continue to read, here!


John Minnock – A Different Riff: Minnock Sings Shire (ENG review)

Dot Time Records – April 26th 2024

This is the fourth and final album by John Minnock, who passed away last February, so it carries a special significance. Continue to read, here!


Aimee-Jo Benoit – Horns of Hope (ENG review)

Chronograph Records – Available

This album took forever to reach us, it only arrived at the editorial office two days ago, and it was released at the end of last month. Continue to read, here!


Bill Laurance & The Untold Orchestra – Bloom (ENG review)

ACT music – Street date: April 26th 2024

This is an album you won’t hear on Bayou Blue Radio, and the reason is simple: it’s a contemporary classical music, continue to read, here!


Avishai Darash – Hope and Despair (ENG review)

ConCreate productions – Available

One day, an email arrives at the editorial office from Avishai Darash. Over the years, true contacts are formed, continue to read, here!


Dan Loomis – Revolutions (ENG review)

Street Date: May 3rd 2024

Dan Loomis delivers here an intellectual work with which I completely agree from the outset. Continue to read, here!


Anthony D’Alessandro – Searchin’ (ENG review)

Street Date: April 26th 2024

Thanks to all our friends in the jazz album distribution network, we discover little geniuses every day, continue to read, here!


 

Kari Van Der Kloot – Window (ENG review)

Tpr records – Street date May 3rd 2024

10 original compositions. A text by Pablo Neruda, as you may have guessed, this album is aimed at the well-read minds, continue to read, here!


Kirk Whalum – Epic Cool (ENG review)

Mack Avenue records – Street date May 17th 2024

As you know, we don’t put boundaries between different styles of jazz; we strive to focus on the best artists, continue to read, here!


Daniel Janke Winter Trio – Available Light (ENG review)

Chronograph – Street date April 19th 2024

An album by a pianist seems to be the trend of the year 2024, where the world’s best pianists and composers, continue to read, here!


Ian Wardenski Quintet – Unfoldings (ENG review)

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Ian Wardenski is a composer who defies classification and is utterly fascinating due to the quality of his compositions. Continue to read, here!


Andy Ezrin – I Was Here (ENG review)

Ez It Iz Music – Street date April 22th 2024

If the name of this composer and keyboardist rings a bell, you’re on the right track; he will release his album, continue to read, here!


Brother Jack McDuff – Aint No Sunshine (Live in Seattle)

Reel To Real records

Attention Hammond organ enthusiasts, you’re in for a treat! Let’s take a dive back into the early 1970s. Continue to Read, here!


Shelly Manne – Jazz From The Pacific Northwest (ENG review)

2 LP-SET RECORD STORE DAY EXCLUSIVE, OUT APRIL 20, 2024
Deluxe CD & Digital out on May 10, 2024

What we know about this album is that it’s a tribute to the jazz drumming giant, Shelly Manne. Continue to read, here!


Cannonball Adderley – “Poppin’ in Paris: Live at L’Olympia” (1972)

Label: Elemental – Vinyl Release Dates: April 20, 2024 / CD + Digital: April 26, 2024

This album is very different from the previous one recorded in Bordeaux, France, for several reasons. Continue to read. here!


Shawn Maxwell – J Town Suite (ENG review)

Cora Streets Records – Street Date May 1st 2024

Shawn Maxwell is an extremely talented composer. His style began to take shape in the music programs of Joliet, Continue to read, here!


Cannonball Adderley – Burnin’ in Bordeaux: Live in France (1969)

Elemental – Street date Vinyl Release Dates: April 20, 2024 / CD + Digital: April 26, 2024

“Burnin’ in Bordeaux: Live in France” (1969), the subject of discussion here. Continue to read, here!


Charles McPherson – Reverence (ENG review)

Smoke Sessions Records – Street date April 26th 2024

It’s the album of a jazz monument that will be released on April 26th, the name of this CD is “Reverence” – Continue to read, here!


Troy Roberts – Green Lights (ENG review)

Troy Roberts Music – Street Date May 10th 2024

I cannot stress this enough, in our line of work, we cannot know everyone, and it is all the more… Continue to read, here!


Adam Forkelid – Turning Point (ENG review)

Prophone / Naxos – Street Date: Nay 3st 2024

It’s very surprising that this excellent pianist and composer is not yet on the German label Act, Continue to read, here!


Eric Frazier – Return of The Panther Woman (ENG review)

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Sometimes we receive albums that straddle several musical genres, as is the case here with this singer, Continue to read, here!


Zaccai Curtis – Cubop Lives! (ENG review)

Truth Revolution Recording Collective – Street date May 10th 2024

Those of you who have a good sense of humor will instinctively understand the name of this album, continue to read, here!


Amina Figarova & The Matsiko World Orphan Choir – Suite for Africa

AmFi Records – Street date May, 3st 2024

This is the 18th album offered by Amina Figarova, and if you find influences from Eastern countries, continue to read, here!


Sun Ra – At The Showcase Live in Chicago 1976-1977 (2 CDS) or (2 LPS)

Jazz detective – Street date April 22th 2024

Sun Ra, truly mythical, a leading figure in a form of jazz with African influences and completely experimental, Continue to read, here!


Melissa Aldana – Echoes of the Inner Prophet For Wayne Shorter (ENG review)

Blue Note – Street Date April 5th 2024

Composer and saxophonist, here is the second album of this very great artist who once again offers us a complex work, continue to read, here!


Katarina Pejak – Pearls On A String (ENG review)

Ruf records – Street date April 19th 2024

In the mailbox of Bayou Blue radio, there was a cardboard envelope bearing the emblem of Ruf Records. Continue to read, here!


Texas & Spooner Oldham – The Muscle Shoals Sessions

PIAS recordings – Available

In 2023, the band Texas honored us with a very nice Best of album that attempted to synthesize many years of… Continue to read, here!


Leyla McCalla – Sun Without the Heat (ENG review)

ANTI records – Street date April 12th 2024

For years, I’ve been talking to you about Leyla McCalla, for various reasons, primarily her authenticity and the growing quality, continue to read, here!



Chet Baker & Jack Sheldon – In Perfect Harmony – The Lost Album

Jazz Detective – Street Date April 26th 2024

As you now know, the Jazz Detective label is a true curator of jazz history, successfully bringing to light recordings, continue to read, here!


Nancy Erickson Lamont – Through The Passages (ENG review)

Street date May 10th 2024

Here is an album quite different from those we usually talk about, reminiscent of a jazz album flirting with Irish folkloric, continue to read, here!


Art Tatum – The 1953 Chicago Blue Note Jazz Recordings

Jewels In the Treasure Box // Resonnance Records – Street date April 20th2024

We are in 1953, in the evening, you push the door of the Blue Note Jazz Club in Chicago, Continue to read, here!


Ghost-Note – Mustard n’ Onions (ENG review)

Mack avenue – Street date April 19th 2024

At a time when the world of funk music often tends to lose itself in rock/ electro trends, which in my view completely… Continue to read, here!


Bruno Montrone – Unaware Beauty (ENG review)

A.M.A records – Street date March 29 2024

Pianist Bruno Montrone is releasing his new album with our friends at A.M.A Records, a highly respectable label, continue to read, here!


Bruno Montrone – Unaware Beauty (Italian review)

A.M.A records – Street date March 29 2024

Il pianista Bruno Montrone pubblica il suo nuovo album con i nostri amici di A.M.A. Records, Continuare a leggere qui!


Raul Midón – Lost & Found (ENG review)

Street date April 26th 2024

Raul Midón is an artist who defies classification, with his Latin culture, jazz, and a certain form of pop culture – Continue to read, here!


Sarah Jerrom – Magpie (ENG review)

Tprrecords – Street date April 1st 2024

Here is an album that, although very aesthetic, will not be aired on Bayou Blue Radio due to a style… Continue to read, here!


Kenny Garret – Who Killed AI? (ENG review)

Mack Avenue – Street date April 12th 2024

I presume it is unnecessary to introduce to you this illustrious saxophonist, for those who may not be familiar wit… Continue to read, here!


Dave Schumacher – Smoke In The Sky (ENG review)

Cellar music group – Street date April 12th 2024

The saxophonists and baritone composer are not so numerous that we should pause for a moment, continue to read, here!


Raul Midón – Eclectic Adventurist (ENG review)

ReKondite rekords – Available

The production of Raul Midón has delivered to us this beautiful album dating back to 2022, continue to read, here!


Mathias Landæus – Path (ENG review)

Street date April 12th 2024

This album is aimed at a discerning audience. Indeed, Swedish pianist Mathias Landæus draws… Continue to read, here!


Allen Dennard – Flashback (ENG review)

Allen Dennard Music LCC – Street Date March 22th 2024

With a few trumpet notes, a bass, a drum, the album opens with “Oasis,” there’s a sense of depth, continue to read, here!


Liz Wright – Shadow (ENG review)

Blue & Green Records – Street date April 4th 2024

What Liz Wright shares with our friend Candice Ivory is nothing other than authenticity, an album that royally opens – Continue to read, here!


Brent Birckhead – CACAO (ENG review)

Birckhead Music Group Street date April 1st 2024

Being a great lover of beautiful compositions and melodies as well as a big fan of cocoa, I eagerly listened to this album, continue to read, here!


Electro Deluxe – Next (ENG review)

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For twenty years, the Electro Deluxe group has considered itself indefinable, but over the years, continue to read, here!


Natalie Cressman & Ian Faquini – Guinga (ENG review)

GroundUP – Street Date April 12th 2024

Here’s an album just as I like them, which urges us to take an interest in others and their culture. Continue to read, here!


Bobby Selvaggio – Stories, Dreams, Inspirations: For My Boy

Hidden Cinema Records – Street Date April 12th 2024

Bobby Selvaggio is a saxophonist and composer who invites you to his new album, which is aimed at an, continue to read, here!


Kandace Springs – Run Your Race (ENG review)

SRP records – Street date April 5th 2024

We already knew it, Kandace Springs possesses one of the most beautiful voices today, navigating through… Continue to read, here!


Quadro Nuevo – Happy Deluxe (ENG review)

GLM/Edel Distribution – Street Date: April 12th 2024

Between jazz and world music, Quadro Nuevo was founded in 1996 at the initiative of two school friends, Continue to read. Continue to read, here!


Touching – I Can Be Two People At Once (ENG review)
Head In The Sand Records – Available

Europeans listening to the first track of this album will have the sensation of hearing an artist like Dick Annegarn, Continue to read, here!


Magnus Lindgren & John Beasley – Butterfly Effect (ENG review)

Act music – Street Date March 20th 2024

A beautiful collaboration between Swedish composer and multi-instrumentalist Magnus Lindgren an, continue to read, here!


Taylor Eigsti – Plot Armor (ENG review)

GroundUP – Available

 

Here is the ninth album from pianist-composer-conductor Taylor Eigsti and the first album on the GroundUP, continue to read, here!


Brandon Goldberg – Live at Dizzy’s (ENG review)

Cellar Music Group – Street Date March 22th 2024

Just at the age of 18, Brandon Goldberg, a gifted pianist, keeps the tradition of jazz alive with “Live at Dizzy’s,” Continue to read, here!


Brian Bromberg – LaFaro (ENG review)

By constantly hearing him ‘slap’ on his electric basses, one could almost forget that Brian Bromberg is also… Contiinue to read, here!


Dayna Stephens – Closer Than We Think (ENG review)

Cellar Music Group – Street date April 5th 2024

Dayna Stephens is an extraordinary saxophonist, composer, and monumental educator, enjoying well-deserved recognition, continue to read, here!


Nick Finzer – Legacy (ENG review)

Outside in Music – Street Date, April 5th 2024

Here’s an album that I find particularly endearing for several reasons. Nick Finzer is a trombonist of incredible elegance, continue to read, here!


Jamie Baum Septet – What Times Are These (ENG review)

Sunnyside – Street Date April 5th 2024

At the peak of her artistry, flutist and composer Jamie Baum delivers her new album, “What Times Are These.” Continue to read, here!


Rose Mallet – Dreams Realized (ENG review)

Carrie-On Productions – Available

As a radio programmer, one sometimes develops biases towards album covers, but if one knows their job,continue to read, here!


Tony Jones & Jessica Jones – Hearing Into The Future (ENG review)

Reva Records – Available

There are albums where, from the very first listen, one imagines oneself seeing the musicians on a sunny day, Continue to read, here!


Mercer Hassy – Duke’s Place (ENG review)

Mercer Hassy records – Street Date April, 15 2024

There are albums that defy classification, mainly valued for the good dose of humor they bring. Continue to read, here!


Rachel Z – Sensual (ENG review)

Ozmosys Media Group/ Dot Time Records March 29th 2024

March seems to be the month when all pianists from around the world have decided to release their albums; Continue to read, here!


Queen Esther – Things Are Looking Up (ENG review)
EL recordings – Street Date April 9th 2024
Oh! A gem exclaimed within me as I listened to the first track of this album “Blow, Blossom, Continue to read here!


Dave Stryker – Groove Street (ENG review)

Strikazone Records – Street Date April 9th 2024

With the excellent saxophonist Bob Mintzer as a guest, Groove Street is somewhat like a long vessel, Continue To Read, here!


Ronny Smith – Struttin (ENG review)

Pacific Coast Jazz – Street Date April 19th 2024

Upon first listen, what strikes you are the similarities with George Benson; evidently, Continue to read, here!


Rob Dixon / Steve Allee Quintet Ft. Amanda King & Derrick Gardner

“Standards Deluxe” // Self-produced – Available

he whole interest of this album lies in Rob Dixon’s perspective on jazz standards and the poetry he brings to each track, Continue to read, here!


Scott Marshall – Solitude Suite (ENG review)

Street date March 22th 2024

Solitude Suite is a composition inspired during the Covid-19 period, undoubtedly fueled by the need for air, Continue to read, here!


Eulie Lee – Escape (ENG review)

Street date 05/24/2024

Here is a well-crafted album that, however, will hold no surprises for fans of this genre of jazz. Indeed, Continue to read, here!


Lukas Sestak – Lighter Notes (ENG review)

Sony Music – March 8th 2024

This jazz album releasing on March 8th is quite fun beforehand; Lucas Sestak’s humor permeates every note, Continue to read, here!


One Fo All – Big George (ENG review)

Street date March 15th 2024

One Fo All, a dazzling sextet lineup composed of Jim Rotondi – trumpet, Eric Alexander – tenor & alto saxophones, Continue to read, here!


Michael Arbenz – Classicism – A Point of View (ENG review)

Street date March 15th 2024

Michael Arbenz is the pianist and keyboardist you may have seen and/or heard alongside Greg Osby,Continue to read, here!


Christian McBride – Edgar Meyer: But Who’s Gonna Play The Melody?

Mack Avenue Records – Street Date March 22th 2024

With Christian McBride, humor is always somewhere, here in the title itself, But Who’s Gonna Play The Melody? Continue to read, here!


Rodrigo Recabarren, Yago Vazquez and Pablo Menares – La Familia

Greenleaf Music – Available

It is certainly important to know the journey taken by these musicians, in jazz, as elsewhere, Continue to read, here!


Remy Le Boeuf’s Assembly of Shadows – Heartland Radio (ENG review)

On SoundSpore Records – Street Date March 15th 2024

From the very first track, it’s clear why Remy Le Bœuf and his Assembly of Shadows were nominated for the Grammys. Continue to read, here!

 


Louise Jallu – Jeu (ENG review)

Klarthe records – Street Date March 8th 2024

As the worthy heir of Astor Piazzolla, French bandoneonist Louise Jallu dazzles us with each new album, Continue to read, here!


Curtis Taylor – Taylor Made (ENG review)

Curtis Taylor Music – Street Date April 12th 2024

Here is a magnificent jazz album offered by trumpeter Curtis Taylor. Taylor has performed and recorded with Patrice Rushen, Continue to read, here!


Monty Alexander – D-Day (ENG review)

Peewee music – Street date March 29th 2024

Monty Alexander celebrates his 80th birthday, coinciding with the 80th anniversary of World War II. Continue to read, here!


Julian Lage – Speak to Me (ENG review)

Blue Note – Street Date March 1 2024

Julian Lage is a surprising composer and guitarist. In the opening of this album, Continue to read, here!


Wollf, Clark and Dorsey – A letter to Bill Evans (ENG review)

Jazz Avenue 1 – Street Date March 8th 2024

“A Letter to Bill Evans” features pianist Michael Wolff, bassist Leon Lee Dorsey, and drummer Mike Clark on a generous and vibrant tribute album. Continue to read, here!


Jean-Jacques Milteau – Key to The Highway (ENG review)

Street date March 29th 2024

I wouldn’t presume to retell the entire story of this harmonica player who, throughout his career, Continue to read, here!


Ernesto Cervini Turboprop – A Canadian Songbook (ENG review)

TPR records – Street date March 8th 2024

When our friend, the composer and drummer, releases a new album, inevitably it draws special attention, Continue to read, here!


Kelly Green – Seems (ENG review)

Green Soul Studios – Street Date March 29th, 2024

There are albums that barely out of their sleeve start speaking to you, such is the case with the new album by composer and pianist Kelly Green, Continue to read, here!


Malted Milk – 1975 (ENG review)

Mojo Hand Records / L’Autre Distribution – Street Date February 23th 2024

Two dates to remember, February 23, which will be the release day of the album “1975”… Continue to read, here!


Chris Rottmayer – Being (ENG review)

Shifting Paradigm Records – Street date March 8th 2024

Here is a composer, pianist, and vibraphonist from Wisconsin who had the distinction of working at Disney from 1999 to 2020. Continue to read, here!


Gregory Privat Trio – Phoenix (ENG review)

Buddham Jazz – Available

Let’s be clear, this album is a true musical gem, unfortunately spoiled by Gregory Privat’s voice, Continue to read, here!


Moppa Elliott – Advancing On A Wild Pitch – Disasters Vol II

Hot Cup Record – Available

On a rather classic setup, Moppa Elliott on bass, Charles Evans on baritone saxophone, Sam Kulik on trombone, Continue to read, here!


Moppa Elliott – Acceleration due to Gravity (ENG review)

Hot Cup Record – Available

Another album by bassist and composer Moppa Elliott is being released today. Continue to read, here!


DAGGERBOARD – ESCAPEMENT (ENG review)

Wide Hive Records – Street Date March 1st 2024

Barely out of its sleeve and placed in the CD player, filled with joy and happiness, the heart twirling to the sounds… Continue to read, here!


Lynne Arriale Trio – Being Human (ENG review)

Challenge Records – Street date March 1st 2024

The composer and pianist Lynne Arriale will release her new album (the 17th) with the arrival of spring.Continue to read, here!


Delgres – Promis le Ciel (ENG review)

Discograph – Street Date February 16th 2024

What we love about Delgres is that almost Cajun aspect of their music, although the band’s story differs from the Cajun story except for, continue to read, here!


Yosef Gutman Feat. Lionel Loueke – Soul Song (ENG review)

Street date February 19th 2024

It is impossible to know all jazz artists, as there are so many that we would have to travel the oceans day and night to meet them all.Continue to read, here!


Térez Montcalm – Step Out (ENG review)

Street Date February 16th 2024

We eagerly awaited Terez Montcalm’s new album, which will be released on February 16th. Continue to read, here!


Jim Rotondi – Finesse (ENG review)

Cellar – Street Date February 9th 2024

Here is an album of orchestral jazz that will inevitably make you think of film music, as it was still being made in the 80s. Continue to read, here!


Mike Downes – The Way in (ENG review)

Street Date – March 1st 2024

There are albums that leave a mark on you from the very first track, leaving a familiar imprint, Continue to read, here!


Mike LeDonne Groover Quartet with Gospel Choir – Wonderful (ENG review)

Cellar music group – Street Date February 16th 2024

Here is an album that truly lives up to its title and brings a certain joy from the very first listen. Continue to read, here!


David Larsen – Cohesion (Eng review)

Self-released – Street date March 1st 2024

The art of composition is a solitary and little-known art to the general public. It is like being an author of a novel, Continue to read, here!


Pernille Bevort – Bevort 3 “Northbound” (ENG review)

Jazzfuel – Street date February 9th 2024

This new CD by Pernille Bevort is, in my opinion, a somewhat mixed album, with musicians who play wonderfully well but sometimes with compositions that are a bit boringThis new CD by Pernille Bevort is, Continue to read, here!


Randy Washington – The Door is Open: The Music of Gregg Hill

OA2 records – Street date February 19th 2024

Guitarist Randy Washington, originally from Michigan, who migrated to New York in 1999, Continue to read, here!


James Zollar – The Ways in (ENG review)

JZAZ Records – Available

This album is released under the New York label JZAZ Records. When I saw the cover of this album, Continue to read, here!


John Korbel – Falling Feels Like Flying (ENG review)

Self-released – Available

At first listen, this album seems familiar, possibly reminiscent of the 80s. It only lacks the excellent voice of Michael McDonald in… Continue to read, here!


Jo Lawry – Acrobats (ENG review)

Whirlwind Recordings – Available

With our partners who promote artists, we manage to make impressive discoveries, and for them, Continue to read, Here!


Cliff Beach – You Showed Me The Way (ENG review)

California Soul Music – Street date March 15th 2024

Sometimes we receive an album, we play it, and we start dancing. Is this normal, doctor?  Continue to read, here!


Ruben Caban – Kangana (ENG review)

Self-Released – Street Date February 12th 2024

Here is a spicy album that jazz/funk and Afro-Cuban-inspired music lovers will enjoy. It offers a journey beyond borders and a delightful experience. Continue to read, here!


Will Régnier – Traces (ENG review)

Street date February 16th 2024

This is the debut album by drummer and composer Will Régnier. The album explores numerous paths, Continue to read, here!


Willy Rodriguez – Seeing Sounds (ENG review)

Street Date March 29th 2024

There are albums that have a greater impact than others, and for various reasons. Seeing Sounds, and the work of composer and drummer Willy Rodriguez, Continue to read, here!


Grace Kelly – At The Movie (ENG review)

Pazz productions – Street Date March 1st 2024

Do not be fooled by the appearance of the album cover, as Grace Kelly, who borrowed the name of the famous actress, has a deep connection to it. Continue to read, here!


Jean-Paul Raffit & Paamath – Mburu (ENG review)

Home Records – Available

Guitarist Jean-Paul Raffit, well-known in French jazz, is quite hard to classify and always in search of different cultures to draw from for his inner sources. Continue to read, here!


Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra – Tidal Currents: East Meets West (ENG review)

Chronograph Records – Street Date February 2nd 2024

What we know about this music group: Founded in 1997 (registered as a charity organization in 2000), the WJO has evolved to become an important part of Winnipeg’s cultural landscape, Continue to read, here!


Andy Watts – The Way Back From Here (ENG review)

Andy Watts productions / Jazzfuel – Street Date February 23th 2024

Here is an album as we like them, urban, infused with world music and with a distinctive sound and a danceable beat, making this work unclassifiable. Continue to read, here!


Gianluca Vigliar – Eclipse (ENG review)

A.MA records – Street Date January 26th 2024

Gianluca Vigliar presents here his third album, which is actually the second one released by our friends at A.MA Records, whose productions are known to be among the finest in Europe, Continue to read, here!


Gianluca Vigliar – Eclipse (Italian review)

A.MA records – Street Date January 26th 2024

Gianluca Vigliar presenta qui il suo terzo album, che in realtà è il secondo pubblicato dai nostri amici di A.MA Records, le cui produzioni sono conosciute per essere tra le migliori in Europa, Continuare a leggere qui!


Ulysses Owens Jr. and Generation Y – A New Beat (ENG review)

Cellar Music Group – Available

This album was released on January 19, but the number of albums currently being released has caused us to fall behind a bit… Continue to read, here!


Garry Dial & Rich DeRosa – Keep Swingin’ (ENG review)

The music of Charlie Banacos // Outside In Music – Available

It is truly a magnificent idea to pay tribute to Charlie Banacos, who sadly passed away but created over 100 programs for improvisation since the 1950s and whose compositional work remains prominent in 20th-century music. Continue to read, here!


Gustavo Cortiñas – Live in Chicago (ENG review)

Desafío Candente – Street date : February 9th 2024

A new album by a composer, and not just any composer, but Gustavo Cortiñas, performing live with the musicians from his sextet, all based in Chicago. The sextet includes trumpeter Drew Hansen, renowned saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, and educator Artie Black, trombonist Matthew Davis, bassist and composer Kitt Lyles, and pianist Joaquin Garcia.Continue to read, here!


Myles Wright – Gamer (ENG review)

Street date : February 5th 2024

Myles Wrigt is an Australian composer who has been passionate about video games since his pre-adolescence. – Continue to read, here!


Jason Anick and Matt De Champlain – Reverence (ENG review)

A tribute to Stephane Grapelli and Oscar Peterson // Street Date: February 2nd 2024

For stylistic reasons, you won’t hear this album on Bayou Blue Radio; however, the editorial teams of Bayou Blue Radio and Paris-Move consider it one of their favorites. Continue to read, here!


The Afro Caribbean Jazz Collective – Fiesta At Caroga (ENG review)

Street Date: January 26th 2024

The Afro Caribbean Jazz Collective was initiated by guitarist José Guzmán from Puerto Rico, who skillfully blends jazz with Puertorican spices. Continue to read, here!


Andrew Binder – Conspiracy Deliracy (ENG review)

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Andrew Binder is a young composer, double bassist, and educator. It’s good to start with how Andrew presents his creation: Continue to read, here!


Last Ark Out – Lift (ENG review)

Street date: February 23st 2024

The Canadian-European collective of musicians,Last Ark Out, is actively preparing for the release of their new album “Lift.” LAO was initially formed during their music studies at Vancouver Community College and Capilano University. Continue to resd, here!


Ethan Iverson – Technically Acceptable (ENG review)

Blue Note – Street Date January 19th 2024

What we know about this album: This new eclectic project, rich in twists and turns, features Iverson leading two different trios, with the bass/drums teams of Thomas Morgan/Kush Abadey and Simón Willson/Vinnie Sperrazza. Continue to read, here!


Scott Petito – Many Words (ENG review)

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The bassist Scott Petito presents his new album, Many Words, a gathering of stars contributing to a magnificent album that deserved a more explicit cover. The group includes Bob Mintzer, vibraphonist Mike Mainieri, trumpeter Randy Brecker, drummers Steve Gadd, Peter Erskine, and Omar Hakim, percussionists Mino Cinelu and Bashiri Johnson, pianists Rachel Z Hakim and Kevin Hays, bassist Larry Grenadier, and singer Anna Maria Jopek. Continue to read, here!


Nadia Washington – Hope Resurgence (ENG review)

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“Hope Resurgence” is the debut album by Nadia Washington, and what an album it is! A vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Nadia made her first performance in a church that could accommodate five thousand people at the age of 5. Continue to read, here!


Danette McMahon – No More Excuses (ENG review)

Street Date: January 26th 2024

If we refer to her biography, Danette McMahon started her career behind a microphone at the age of 7, but to truly understand what makes this album a beautiful vocal masterpiece, one probably needs to look at another part of her biography: “Over the years, Continue to read, here!


Kristen R. Bromley – Muagsician (ENG review)

Kristen R Bromley Music, LLC – Available

This is an album that you won’t have the pleasure of discovering on Bayou Blue Radio, a matter of style that doesn’t align with our programming.However, it is an excellent album worth sharing with all of you who are interested in jazz guitar, as Kristen’s quality of interpretation shines through. Here, you’ll find various modes of jazz guitar playing executed to perfection, along with particularly intelligent and clever arrangement of the titles. Continue to read, here!


Andrea Superstein – Oh Mother (ENG review)

Celar Live – Street Date February 2024

Firstly, the pretext of this album is particularly interesting, as much as the musical compositions or the voice of Andrea Superstein. “Oh Mother” was inspired by the personal experience as a mother of the Vancouverite singer and composer Andrea Superstein. Continue to read, here!


The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Live From The Northwest, 1959 (ENG review)

Brubeck Editions – Available

This is the third release from Brubeck Editions, the official label of the Brubeck family. Previous releases include “Time OutTakes” (2020) and “Live From Vienna 1967” (2022). Each release is proudly and meticulously edited, mixed, and remastered, available on 180-gram vinyl, CD, and digital formats. Continue to read, here!


Markus Rutz – Storybook (ENG review)

MARQ Records – Available

This album by trumpeter Markus Rutz is primarily a concept that is listened to like reading a book; certain added atmospheres are there to bridge the chapters (the tracks of this album). The saxophonist is surrounded by saxophonist Sharel Cassity, pianist Adrian Ruiz, bassists Kurt Schweitz and Samuel Peters, drummer Kyle Swan, and guitarist Kyle Asche.Continue to read, here!


Sanah Koudara – Duality (ENG review)

Sanah has produced, recorded, or shared the stage with the legendary Kirk Lightsey (Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt, Chet Baker), Philip Harper (Art Blakey), Ed Cherry (Dizzy Gillespie), Mark Whitfield (Herbie Hancock).  Continue to read, here!


Marlon Simon & The Nagual Spirits – On Different Paths (ENG review)

Truth Revolution Records – Street date January 26th 2024

The journey of this composer and drummer extends from Venezuela, his native country, to the city of New York, and finally, he is now a neighbor in Katy, Texas. Despite being close, we haven’t had the opportunity to meet him at Bayou Blue Radio. Continue to read, here!


Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets – Pan Africa (ENG review)

Impact Jazz – Available

About Derrick Gardner: For over thirty years, Derrick Gardner has been an unmatched force in the world of jazz, boasting an extensive list of collaborations with personalities such as Frank Foster, Dizzy Gillespie, Nancy Wilson, and Clark Terry. Gardner has been recognized as a prominent bandleader since his debut in 2005 with Slim Goodie. Continue to read, here!


Allan Harris – Live at Blue LLama (ENG review)

Love Productions Records in association with Live at the Blue LLama Records – Available

Singer and guitarist Allan Harris presents his new album “Live At Blue Llama,” a brilliant, tender, and friendly live performance that kicks off with a cover of Sony. We particularly love his way of appropriating the songs, all of which are hits, injecting his soulful touch. As we progress through this live recording, the tracks become more deconstructed in a very soulful jazz, featuring pianist and keyboardist Arcoiris Sandoval – piano; Marty Kenney – bass; Norman Edwards – drums; Irwin Hall – saxophone/flute. Continue to read, here!


Dave Liebman – Live At Smalls (ENG review)

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Although I have been programming jazz on the radio for years and years, I have always been fascinated by the composer and saxophonist Dave Liebman, who is also a friend of a friend, pianist Andy Emler. Continue to read, here!


Lakecia Benjamin – Phoenix (ENG review)

Whirlwind Recordings – Available

There are artists who have things to say, and those are the ones we prioritize on Bayou Blue Radio. The saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin is unquestionably one of these artists, and the announcement of this album is living proof. “Phoenix” is the highly anticipated and expansive album in the musical evolution of alto saxophonist and composer Lakecia Benjamin. Continue to read, here!


Viktoria Tolstoy – Stealing Moments

ACT – Street Date – March 1st, 2024

For me, the album that stands out and allowed me to discover the music of Viktoria Tolstoy was her beautiful album “Letters to Herbie“, released in 2011. Her previous album “Stations” from 2019 only added to Viktoria’s musical excellence over time. Continue to read, here!


Hot Club of Los Angeles – Nova

Street Date January 29th 2024

Formed in 2011, the group brought together local musicians with diverse backgrounds in country, jazz, pop, folk, rock, blues, and world music. The current lineup, which includes founding members drummer Jim Doyle and accordionist/ pianist Carl Byron, as well as bassist Paul Eckman and acoustic guitar masters Josh Workman and Jake Bluenote, draws from eclectic experience and taste, offering a unique and modern approach to the iconic “Hot Club” sound. Continue to read, here!


Marshall Gilkes and the WDR Big Band – Live Songs

Alternate Side Records – Street Date January 26th2024

The trombonist Marshall Gilkes, in collaboration with the renowned WDR Big Band, offers us a rich musical journey inspired by life itself. “LifeSongs” represents a remarkable achievement for the two-time GRAMMY-nominated artist, internationally known for his virtuoso mastery of the trombone and widely recognized as one of the great big band composers of our time. Continue to read here!


Kirsten Edkins – Shapes and Soud (ENG review)

Cohearent Records – Street Date January 22th 2024

For her second album, saxophonist Kirsten Edkins enlisted the mastering engineer Kevin Gray. This album was recorded using all the analog and tube equipment that Gray meticulously built over the past 17 years. The group recorded live in a room designed by Gray with the same attention to detail as Rudy Van Gelder’s Blue Note Hackensack studio.
Clearly, this is what gives this album its “live” quality, and the roundness of the sounds that are reminiscent of certain recordings from the 1960s made with Studer mixing consoles – Continue to read, here!


Youn Sun Nah – Elles

Warner – Street Date January 26th 2024

We were excited to discover Youn Sun Nah’s new album, but the result is rather disappointing. Indeed, her previous album, ‘Immersion,’ marked an innovative, inventive, and joyful turning point, with a genuine reimagining of tracks and a musical shift towards a new, fitting ‘Pop’ direction. This new album, ‘Elles,’ while showcasing tracks originally interpreted by female artists, makes us long for the period when she was accompanied by the extraordinary guitarist Ulf Wakenius, who captivated us both with ‘Momento Magico.’ Continue to read, here!


Max Beesley’s High Vibes – Zeus (ENG review)

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Max Beesley is both an actor and a comedian. To explore his career, you can visit this page. In addition to his work in the entertainment industry, Max Beesley is a musician, and his compositions are heavily influenced by funk. Given that funk is arguably the musical genre closest to jazz, his album “Zeus” straddles both genres. “Zeus” is the debut full-length album from Max Beesley’s ensemble, High Vibes. The group had previously released two classics in 12-inch format on the Boogie Back Records label during the height of the Acid Jazz movement in 1993/1994. Continue to read, here!


Menagerie – The Shores Of Infinity (ENG review)

Free Style – Available

 

Menagerie, an Australian jazz group with a purely conceptual approach, comprised of nine members, enthusiastically announces the release of its fourth album titled “The Shores Of Infinity.” This marks the third album to be published by Freestyle Records for this Melbourne-based jazz ensemble, founded by producer, lyricist, guitarist, DJ, and recording artist Lance Ferguson (known for his work with The Bamboos, Lanu, Rare Groove Spectrum, Machines Always Win). Continue to read, here!


Marius Van Den Brink – New York Knock (ENG review)

Highline Music NYC – Street date January 15th 2024

It is not uncommon for European musicians to split their lives between Europe and the USA, usually in the urban jazz cauldron of New York. The result is always music with a complex architecture, to the point that in this case, Marius Van Den Brink is compared by the trumpeter and composer Sean Jones to the writing of Horace Silver. Continue to read, here!


Jun Lida – Evergreen (ENG review)

Origin Records – Street Date January 19th 2024

For a debut album, Jun Lida reaches the summit! Indeed, Evergreen is all about balance—nothing excessive, whether in compositions or arrangements; everything is perfectly calibrated, beautiful, intelligent, and one simply allows oneself to be carried away, thinking that with this musician, we are certainly only at the beginning of delightful surprises. There is a bit of the soul of a Ryuichi Sakamoto. Continue to read, here!


Jacob Manz – The Answer (ENG review)

ACT – Street date January 26th 2024

Jacob Manz is a young German saxophonist and composer, who arrives here with his fourth album on the ACT label. His music sometimes flirts with funk, world music, and other influences that are often hallmarks of contemporary jazz, particularly in Europe. The new album, “The Answer,” is something different. It marks a return to his original foundation, the Jakob Manz Project. He reunites with a group of loyal and supportive friends and kindred spirits. “The Answer” is a rediscovery of the fearless enthusiasm of youth that originally brought them together. It’s the group where it all began, a lineup that engages with all their heart and mind – and yet continues to evolve. Continue to read, here!


Gerald Cannon – Live at Dizzy’s Club (ENG review)

Live at Dizzy’s Club : The Music of Elvin & McCoy // Woodneck records – Street Date January 19th 2024

What we know about this album: Recorded at the famous Jazz at Lincoln Center, Cannon’s latest musical project pays tribute to two giants of music: McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones, with whom Cannon proudly played for 14 and nine years, respectively. Evoking the true essence of McCoy and Elvin, Cannon’s vehicle features an exceptional ensemble of musicians who also shared the stage with these giants: pianist Dave Kikoski, drummer Lenny White, tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, alto saxophonist Sherman Irby, trumpeter Eddie Henderson, and trombonist Steve Turre. Continue to read, here!


Francesco Crosara – Circular Motion (ENG review)

Origin Records – Street date January 19th 2024

is red cover is far from living up to the project it contains. If you love the piano, you’re in for a treat! Indeed, according to DownBeat, ‘An Italian-born pianist, Crosara is well-versed in the tradition of bop, and his delicate flow could suggest a debt to Bill Evans.’ For Jazz Times, ‘… precious insights into his fertile imagination and harmonic boldness. Continue to read, here!


Andrea Sabatino feat. Vince Abbracciante – Melodico (Italian review)

Dodicilune – Available

Questa uscita dell’album, intrisa di dolcezza e poesia, è l’opera di due musicisti italiani, il trombettista Andrea Sabatino e l’organettista Vince Abbracciante. Il duo propone una reinterpretazione di otto brani che hanno segnato la storia della musica italiana: “Cos’hai trovato in lui” di Bruno Martino, due grandi successi cantati da Mina come “Noi due. Da leggere qui! 


Andrea Sabatino feat. Vince Abbracciante – Melodico (ENG review)

Dodicilune – Available

This album release, characterized by its gentleness and poetry, is the work of two Italian musicians, trumpeter Andrea Sabatino and accordionist Vince Abbracciante. The duo offers a reinterpretation of eight songs that have marked the history of Italian music: “Cos’hai trovato in lui” by Bruno Martino, two big hits sung by Mina such as “Noi due,” written by Alberto Testa and Augusto Martelli, and “Brava” by conductor, composer, arranger, and lyricist Bruno Canfora, Continue to read, here!


Christopher Grab’s Reflections – Oneness (ENG review)

Lamento Records – Street date: January 26th 2024

The pitch: While contemporary jazz often seeks to modernize the genre by leaving tradition in the past, Swiss saxophonist Christoph Grab aims to prove that creative music can be rooted in history while remaining fresh and vibrant. His new album, titled “Oneness,” will be released on January 26th on Lamento Records. Continue to read, here!


David Bixler – The Langston Hughes Project Vol. 1 (ENG review)

Tiger Turn – Available January 12th 2024

Here is a very elitist, fascinating album that oscillates between contemporary music and jazz. It’s the kind of album that, like a good play, nourishes your brain, questions you, and leaves a lasting mark. It’s also a very urban jazz that, for some strange reason, brought me back to reading Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy. Continue to read, here!