New releases, early summer 2021, C-D

    A list of new releases notified to JJ early summer 2021. The descriptive texts are as supplied by promoters or musicians, except where edited for length. Search JJ, top right, for possible review of any title


    Cables, George: Too Close for Comfort (HighNote Records HCD7335) Many will recall George Cables stalwart service with Freddie Hubbard, Art Pepper and others. As a musician, he possesses endless creativity, clearly in evidence on “Too Close for Comfort” where George’s prowess as composer is also to the fore. Recorded September 2020, the pianist is joined by bassist Essiet Essiet and drummer Victor Lewis.

    Callaway, Ann Hampton: Revelation (Ann Hampton Callaway Music) No details given.

    Calvaire, Obed; Franceschini, Bob; Hays, Kevin; Le Fleming, Orlando: Whole Lotta Love: The Music of Led Zeppelin (Chesky Records JD467) Obed Calvaire, Bob Franceschini, Kevin Hays, and Orlando Le Fleming will be releasing their album, Whole Lotta Love: The Music of Led Zeppelin with Chesky Records this summer. The album features the quartet playing jazz arrangements of some of Led Zeppelin’s most famous tracks like “Immigrant Song,” “Kashmir,” and “Whole Lotta Love.”

    Capitol Bones, The: The Beat Goes On (Summit Records DCD 778) JAZZTIMES: “…Whether playing bop, ballads, funk, or Latin jazz, this sensational D.C.-area band generates ensemble and solo work that brings the oft-ignored trombone to glorious prominence…”

    Carr, Helen: Why Do I Love You? (Fresh Sound Records (FSRCD 1103) Her complete 1955 Bethlehem Sessions, plus big band bonus tracks from her early days.

    Cavanagh-Brierley, Joshua: Joy In Bewilderment (Ubuntu Music – UBU0084) Joy In Bewilderment is bassist and composer Joshua Cavanagh-Brierley’s third album featuring special guests Chris Potter and Caoilfhionn Rose and a versatile ensemble in different formats – from a string quartet to a 13-piece horn-led ensemble with three drummers, to solo piano and vocal-led storytelling.

    Charles, Ray: The Best Of Ray Charles (Waxtime In Color 950700) No details given.

    Christy, June: Five Classic Albums (June’s Got Rhythm / This Is June Christy / The Song Is June / Those Kenton Days / Off Beat) (AVID Jazz) No description.

    Cid, Esaie: The Kay Swift Songbook, Vol. 2 (Swing Alley Records (SA 044) The follow-up second volume made of unpublished and obscure Kay Swift 1930-1970 compositions.

    Clark, Mike; Zilber, Michael: Mike Drop (Sunnyside Records) Mike Drop is the culmination of a decade-long musical relationship, featuring these two consummate players alongside two top Bay Area stalwarts bassist Peter Barshay and pianist Matt Clark. Recorded at Oakland’s 25th Street Studio in 2018, the tight-locked group created a buoyant celebration of time and place that is both significant and swinging.

    Cole, Steve: Smoke + Mirrors (Artistry Music ART7073) Saxophonist Steve Cole’s “Smoke  + Mirrors” brings together an all-star band including producer /multi-instrumentalist David Mann, guitarist Bernd Schoenhart, organist Ricky Peterson, bassist Mark Egan and others. Musically the album yields a wide spectrum of emotion from quiet contemplation to celebration with Cole cutting loose on the Bootsy Collins inspired “It’s a House Party”.

    Collective Thinking: Collective Thinking (Self Released) A timeless blending of modern jazz musicians for Los Angeles creating in an unrestful covid age. A debut recording for a new era, 8 enlightening original tracks of great depth, beauty & complexity with LA finest: Alan Pasqua, Jimmy Haslip, Clayton Cameron, Mick Rossi, Will Artope & Johnnie Valentino.

    Collins, Alex, Ryan Berg, Karl Latham: Together (Dropzonejazz Records DZJ202101) An album emerging from diverse musical and generational backgrounds, “Together” is an inviting release from renowned drummer Karl Latham and fast rising New York area musicians pianist Alex Collins and bassist Ryan Berg. “Together” created from live streaming events, presents spirited explorations with creative soaring solos, stunning introductions and constant interplay.

    Colombo, Paul : Rio Crystal (Vectordisc Records) Guitarist Paul Colombo Group is a contemporary jazz group consisting of four of the most accomplished and busiest musicians based outside of Philadelphia, PA.

    Colón, Willie & Blades, Rubén: Siembra (Craft Latino CR00406) Craft Latino presents an all-analog remastered vinyl reissue of ‘Siembra,’ the transcendental album that caused a revolution in Latin music. Out August 6th, the new edition was remastered from its original analog master tapes by Phil Rodriguez at Elysian Masters and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Memphis Record Pressing.

    Coltrane, John: Another Side of John Coltrane (Craft Recordings) Craft Recordings’ forthcoming collection features some of Coltrane’s best recordings as a side artist with such jazz greats as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Tadd Dameron, and Art Taylor.

    Conde, Alex: Descarga For Bud (Sedajazz) Descarga for Bud is the exhilarating new album from Spanish pianist and bandleader Alex Conde. A bold reimagining of compositions by one of jazz’s most enigmatic figures, Bud Powell, this illuminating 9-track set uses these bebop landmarks as blueprints for an exciting fusion of Caribbean and Iberoamerican musical lore.

    Coniglio, Wayne & Scott Whitfield: Faster Friends (Summit Records DCD 783) Follow up to “Fast Friends”, powerhouse trombone players with great rhythm section.  Originals & tunes by Dexter Gordon, Neal Hefti, Rodgers & Hart, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson and more!

    Coryell, Larry: Last Swing in Ireland (Angel Air Records Cat. No. SJPCD641) ‘Last Swing In Ireland’, a previously unreleased studio album from the late great American Jazz Guitarist Larry Coryell, is issued on CD through Angel Air Worldwide, 2021.

    Coughlin, Joe: Debut 40th Anniversary Digital Remastered Edition (JCJAZZ 010) Joe’s 40-year-old vinyl album was digitally remastered by Simon Gibson at Abbey Road Studios. Features the late Ed Bickert on guitar, Don Thompson on bass, Terry Clarke on drums, Marty Morrel on percussion and Les Sabina on alto.

    Cronholm, Josefine, Kirk Knuffe, Thommy Andersson: Near The Pond (Stunt) American cornetist Kirk Knuffke, Swedish bassist/cellist Thommy Andersson, and Swedish vocalist Josefine Cronholm explores a project inspired by the writing of Swedish-American author Carl Sandburg. Subtle improvisation: mesmerising, other-worldly yet soulful, bluesy, traditional, thoughtful & poetic.

    Crosland, Ben: Solway Stories (Jazz Cat – JCCD 118) Twelve original compositions by bassist and composer Ben Crosland, inspired by a visit to South West Scotland, bordering the Solway Firth and featuring Steve Waterman on trumpet and flugelhorn and Steve Lodder on piano and keyboards, Chris Allard on guitar and Dylan Howe on drums.

    Crothers, Scatman: Groovin’ with…Scatman (Panda Digital) Benjamin Sherman ‘Scatman’ Crothers (1910-1986) was a true star of the stage, film, and television. He first started performing in clubs as a singer and drummer in his teens, and wound up performing on Chicago’s speak-easy circuit in the latter part of the ‘Roaring 20’s.’  In 1975, after thirty years of recording for labels like RCA, Capitol, Decca, and Motown,  Crothers met record producer/composer Andrew A. Melzer. Together, they recorded a collection of songs that are finally being released today by Panda Digital.

    Dahl, Carsten: Sagn (Storyville Records) ’Sagn’ in English means ‘saga’, and is a narrative or legend founded in the oral tradition. Many sagas were written down much later than they first originated, then finally published in collections of folklore. Here you will hear a kind of music that Carsten Dahl ‘downloads’ in the moment, with no agenda or deliberation involved in the creative process. In a timeless state where he lets his own, inner soundboard resonate to the sound of the universal language that flows as energy, continuously offering information about the eternal. Using only his right hand, the music was recorded in one, long take (or flow), with no post-editing. Carsten Dahl is today considered one of the most innovative and genius improvising musicians. His substantial talent seems to be unlimited. Freely expressions within the jazz tradition and an almost scary level of originality and narrative ability, he composes orchestral works and plays as a multiinstrumentalist in his own productions. Through time, he has appeared on more than 300 CD’s and received a countless number of prizes and praises by critics all over the world. In December 2019 a documentary called “The damned talent” about the life of Carsten Dahl was shown on Danish Television DR K. In his film, director Andreas Bøggild Monies portrays the man himself behind the musician gifted with a highly-inspired talent.

    Daversa, John & Justin Morell: All Without Words: Variations Inspired by Loren (Tiger Turn (no CAT) 3-time Grammy-winner John Daversa teams with composer Justin Morell for 3rd stream jazz meets classical concerto for trumpet with John Daversa Jazz Orchestra, inspired by Morell’s 16-year-old nonverbal autistic son.

    Davis, Miles: Ascenseur Pour L’Echafaud (20th Century Masterworks 350228) No details given.

    Davis, Miles: Kind Of Blue (Glamourama Records 660161) No details given.

    Davis, Maxwell: A Tribute to the Big Bands. Duke Ellington and Count Basie (Fresh Sound Records (FSRCD 1051) Tribute album. Orchestras arranged and conducted by Maxwell Davis with members from the Duke Ellington and Count Basie ensembles.

    Davis, Maxwell: A Tribute to the Big Bands. Lionel Hampton and Woody Herman (Fresh Sound Records (FSRCD 1052) Tribute album. Orchestras arranged and conducted by Maxwell Davis with members from the Lionel Hampton and Woody Herman ensembles.

    Davis, Maxwell: A Tribute to the Big Bands. Charlie Barnet and Stan Kenton (Fresh Sound Records (FSRCD 1053) Tribute album. Orchestras arranged and conducted by Maxwell Davis with members from the Charlie barnet and Stan Kenton ensembles.

    Dearie, Blossom: The Hits (New Continent 648067) No details given.

    de Pourquery, Thomas: Drôles de Dames (BMC Records / BMCCD287) French saxophonist, singer, and composer Thomas de Pourquery has recorded a CD with two of his friends, Fabrice Martinez on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Laurent Bardainne on analogue synthesizer and tenor sax. Entitled Drôles de Dames (the French name for Charlie’s Angels), is a monumental, visionary musical material, bursting with energy.

    De Waal, Emil: Vente (April Records) A free-spirited and somehow nostalgic collection of songs, Vente is the sixth album from the long-running collaboration between drummer Emil de Waal, veteran clarinetist Elith “Nulle” Nykjær, multi-instrumentalist Gustaf  Ljunggren and hammond organist Dan Hemmer. At times reminiscent of trad jazz, with wailing clarinet; at others paying tribute to guitar-led country music and bubbling organ-led grooves.

    Dell, Christopher : Alterity Stream (enw 013) Alterity Stream presents a unique composition cycle by Christopher Dell, the internationally acclaimed composer and vibraphonist, who is known and highly respected for his experimental music. Taking the confrontation of the jazz quartett and classical wind ensemble as point of departure, Dell transforms this hybrid into an ecstatic montage of forms.

    Dennis, Tanya: White Sails Blue Skies (PaLoma Records 0321) Nashville’s renowned vocalist, violinist, guitarist Dennis’ new CD blends jazz, samba, tango, and blues in an original set, all gorgeously sung, Featuring Hendrik Meurkens.

    Dube, Deelee: Trying Times (Concord / Spinnup) “A very starry cast of top US players including the quondam Diana Krall guitarist Russell Malone, Gonzalez and a horn section who include the Abdullah Ibrahim Ekaya player trombonist Andrae Murchison join the singer. Yet all recede as the singer seizes the day to formidable effect.” – S.G of Marlbank Jazz.

    Dunlop, Mac: Somewhere Nearby (Off Record Label OUC031) Mac’s style is interpreted by some as ‘transgressive’ because it can drift between classical, jazz, ambient – even experimental improvisation.