New releases, early summer 2021, G-H

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

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Galper, Hal: Live at the Berlin Philharmonic 1977 (Origin Records ORIGIN82810) Captured during a pivotal period of his five decade career, “Live at the Berlin Philharmonic 1977” finds pianist Hal Galper with Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone), Randy Brecker (trumpet), Wayne Dockery (bass) and Bob Moses (drums). From the outset their mission is defined – jazz giants pushed to the limits by Galper’s facility and fertile imagination.

Ganelin – Kruglov – Yudanov: Access Point (Losen Records LOS 258-2) The Russian keyboard master Slava Ganelin who was in the forefront of Russian Jazz in the 60´s and 70´s (The Ganelin Trio) and the bass player Oleg Yudanov that played with The Jazz Group Arkhangelsk that were big in the 60´s and the 70´s as well, and the younger sax player Alexey Kruglov.  This rather free blowing music has received a lot of great reviews allready in many places.

Garcia, Nubya: Source = Our Dance (6/21, remixes) No details given.

Garner, Erroll: One More Time (Essential Jazz Classics 11448) No details given.

Garrison, Arv: Wizard of the Six String (Fresh Sound Records (FSRCD 1104) Classic and Rare Recordings 1945-1948 in a comprehensive 3-CD box set

Geminiani, Francesco: Red Sky, Blue Water (Fresh Sound New Talent (FSNT-614) Francesco Geminiani (ts), Manuel Schmiedel (p), Rick Rosato (b), Daniel Dor (d). The Italian sax player second album, an urban mix of flexible rhythms recorded in New York City.

Getz, Stan: Reflections + Voices (Jazz Up! 55004) No details given.

Gibbs, Mike: Revisiting Tanglewood 63: The Early Tapes (Jazz In Britain JIB-24-S-CD) Strictly limited to 500 copies. Digipak with extensive liner notes by Duncan Heining and bonus track ‘Country Roads’.

Gibbs, Terry: Plays Terry Gibbs Feat. Alice McLeod (Fresh Sound Records (FSRCD 1102) Reissue of two albums by vibraphone giant Terry Gibbs featuring Alice McLeod (future Alice Coltrane)

Goletz, Eric: Into the Night (CAP Records, 1069) Trombonist Goletz has been conceptualizing this project for 30 years, mixing funk, rock, and jazz into a unique sonic blend.

Gordon, Dexter: Dexter Gordon Quartet Willisau 1978 (TCB The Montreux Jazz Label TCB02452) Tenor giant Dexter Gordon’s return to the United States in 1976 was famously documented on the album Homecoming. This previously unreleased recording is from the triumphant period that followed and also features pianist George Cables, bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Eddie Gladden –  a band exquisitely road tight and brimming with a desire to play. 

Gourley, Jimmy: The Cool Guitar of Jimmy Gourley (Fresh Sound Records (FSRCD 1101) A retrospective of his Quartet & Trio French recordings from 1953-1961.

Gray, Devin: Melt All the Guns (Rataplan Records NYC (RR 008) Melt All the Guns – Ralph Alessi, Angelica Sanchez, Devin Gray

Green Jenny : Always and Forever  (Self Released) Beautifully produced by Claire Martin and accompanied by the cream of British jazz. Jenny’s voice soars across a gorgeous collection of well-chosen songs effortlessly.

Green, Grant: Gooden’s Corner (American Jazz Classics 90301) No details given.

Hagans, Tim and the NDR Bigband: A Conversation (Waiting Moon Records ) 3x GRAMMY-nominated composer and trumpeter Tim Hagans is pleased to announce the release of A Conversation, an all-new, original multi-movement concerto performed by the NDR Bigband. On A Conversation, Hagans introduces a musical narrative that is meant to explore, to illuminate, and perhaps, to resolve an exchange of ideas. Hagans’ latest addition to his canon of inventive large ensemble albums will be released on June 4, 2021 via the artist’s own Waiting Moon Records label. A Conversation is Hagans’ 17th recording as a leader, and his fourth recorded collaboration with the NDR Bigband.

Haidu, Noah: SLOWLY: A Song for Keith Jarrett (Sunnyside Records) Slowly: Song for Keith Jarrett is a trio album from rising star pianist/composer Noah Haidu with bassist Buster Williams and drummer Billy Hart.

Hammerman, Al: Just A Dance (Whistlewind Records) Just A Dance – the 5th album by St. Louis based lyricist and composer Al Hammerman – is a welcome addition to the pantheon of great pop and jazz records. Hammerman’s songs enchant the ears with jazz harmonies and memorable melodies tinged with pop, blues and Latin influences.

Hanlon, Sherlock: Stravinsky (https://www.facebook.com/jamessherlockguitar) ‘Stravinsky’ is the second album by Sherlock Hanlon, jazz guitarist James Sherlock and MSO bassist Ben Hanlon’s Melbourne based duo project. With shared backgrounds in classical music and jazz, the duo is focused on the potential of arranging orchestral works for improvising, and here they take on iconoclastic Russian composer Igor Stravinsky’s canonical works The Rite Of Spring and Petrushka alongside compositions by Gershwin and Debussy.

Hargrove, Roy & Mulgrew Miller: In Harmony (Resonance Records) The album, comprised of previously unreleased live recordings from 2006 and 2007, features Hargrove on trumpet and Mulgrew Miller on piano and provides a rare glimpse of these two now departed and dearly missed greats, united in song and improvisational mastery in front of audiences at Merkin Hall in New York City (January 15, 2006) and Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania (November 9, 2007).

Harris, Bruce: Soundview (Cellar Music Group) Created with indomitable spirit, Bruce Harris’ sophomore release is the first in a series of recordings celebrating Black bandleaders produced by Jeremy Pelt. On Soundview, Harris draws inspiration from his hometown to take us on a musical journey reflective of his roots in the South Bronx. 

Harrison, Joel: Guitar Talk (AGS Recordings/ AGSR-001) One of AGS [Alternative Guitar Summit] Recordings’ two debut releases. Joel Harris’s Guitar Talk is a collection of intimate guitar duet recordings featuring some of the finest jazz players on the planet. Ben Monder, Steve Cardenas, Pete McCann, David Gilmore, and bassist Steve Swallow join Harrison on his original compositions. 

Hauman, Constance: Tropical Thunderstorm  (Isotopia Records / ISOTOPIA023) Constance Hauman, (keys and vox) and Ross Pederson (drums) collaborate yet again, this time on a 10 track album reminiscent of Bob James, Fourplay, the late Joe Sample with hints of Radiohead, Massive Attack and their own unique cool jazz sound that highlights Hauman’s skill as a songwriter and songstress both with and without lyrics. After a difficult 2020 it is time now to wash it all away with taking steps ahead in Hauman’s passionate and mystical Tropical Thunderstorm. Experience the exhilaration which is Tropical Thunderstorm, the 3rd solo album by singer/musician Constance Hauman, Available Digitally March 5, 2021 on Isotopia Records; North American Gallery Book Package CD release March 19, 2021 (NaxosofAmerica) and UK/Ireland/Europe Gallery Book Package CD release April 2, 2021 (Propermusicgroup).

Hayes, Tubby Sextet: Tubby The Tenor (Waxtime 772288) No details given.

Henderson, Lauren: Musa (Brontosaurus) Acclaimed vocalist-composer and lyricist Lauren Henderson returns with her most personal gesture to date. A multilingual rumination on themes of love and longing, Musa explores existing connections — and creates new relationships — among Henderson’s mingling lineages. Toward the beginning of the pandemic, the New York artist sought to record an album  braiding together traditions that influence her sound. “I wanted my next record to blend  jazz, flamenco and Afro-Latinx music” says Henderson, “kind of melding all that makes me me, culturally and musical identity-wise.”  

Hodges, Johnny: Live in Paris 18 mars 1961 (Frémeaux & Associés FA5790) With Johnny Hodges, the alto saxophone found itself in the hands of a goldsmith. As a member honoris causa of the Duke Ellington Orchestra from 1928 to 1970, Hodges’ delicate phrasing and incomparable talents as an improviser made him one of the most remarkable musicians in jazz history. In this previously unreleased live recording dating from 1961 he plays the great classics in Ellington’s material, titles he always incarnated with an incandescent grace. – Patrick FRÉMEAUX. The Live in Paris collection by Michel Brillié allows listeners to hear previously-unreleased recordings (made at concerts and private- or radio-sessions) by the great 20th stars in jazz, rock & roll and song. These “live” takes, and the artists’ rapport with their audiences, gives these performances an additional soul and sensibility in counterpoint to the rigorous demands of studio recordings. Particular care was taken when restoring the sound of these tapes in order to meet CD standards while preserving the original colours of the period. – Patrick FRÉMEAUX & Gilles PÉTARD

Horellou, Gael: Organ Power! (Fresh Sound Records (FSRCD 5113) Gael Horellou (as), Pierre Drevet (tp), Simon Girard (tb), Fred Nardin (org), Antoine Paganotti (d).

Horizons Quartet: Horizons Quartet (PM Records PMR-051) Producers Dan Wilkins, James Collins, and Jeff Hiatt, along with Gene Perla and PM Records, are proud to announce the self-titled debut release from Horizons Quartet, coming June 25, 2021.Co-founded by saxophonist Wilkins and pianist Collins, the quartet’s youngest members, and anchored by a pair of their jazz heroes, drummer Byron Landham and bassist Gene Perla, Horizons Quartet is the consummate endorsement of multigenerational collaboration. 

Horn, Shirley: At the Gaslight Square 1961 (American Jazz Classics 90300) No details given.

Hub Roots: Heritage (Da Vinci Jazz) Hub Roots intended as convergence, a connection point, a real fulcrum that joins arrivals and departures from and to everywhere of one’s own cultural and genetic “roots” that ideally start from a small region of central Italy, and opens towards sound and cultural fields belonging to other times and places.

HumanBeing: HumanBeing (RNR127) Italian composer Rossano Baldini records electronic leaning album under the name HumanBeing.