New releases, early summer 2021, K-L

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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Kalnein, Lopez, Schwarz: A Night In Vienna (FMR CD610) No details given.

Kearsey-Lawson, Roan: Mostly Me (144Records008) Every instrument performed by Roan. The late Duncan Lamont composed ‘Roan’s Groove’, all other tracks composed by Roan. BBC Radio has featured album in 50 min programme ahead of release. Vibes led quartet (with Roan performing all instruments), recorded and produced by Roan at home during Covid-19 Lockdown.

Keeffe, Charlotte: Right Here, Right Now (Discus 107CD) The debut CD from this dynamic young trumpet player features Charlotte in a variety of live settings – quartet, solo, duo and conducting the London Improvisers Orchestra.

Kerkhoff, Nick: Here And Now (www.nickkerkhoff.com / NK210012) Dutch-based contemporary jazz bassist Nick Kerkhoff will release his debut album featuring nine original tracks, all written and arranged by Kerkhoff. The individual stylistic approach of Jesse Schilderink (sax), Emanuele Pellegrini (piano) and George Panaite (drums) give Nick’s well thought-out compositions a surprising twist. www.nickkerkhoff.com/press.

Kirk, Snorre Quartet – with Stephen Riley: Going Up (Stunt) Sixth album as leader by celebrated Danish drummer/composer who seamlessly blends contemporary jazz with that of past decades – with major saxophonists: American Stephen Riley and Denmark’s Jan Harbeck, plus Magnus Hjorth, piano, Anders Fjeldsted, bass, and Snorre’s own creative drumming.

Kyao, Rão : Gandhi (Galileo Music, GMC093) Gandhi is the beautiful new album from jazz musician and Portuguese bamboo flute master, Rão Kyao, honouring one of greatest spiritual and political leaders of the 20th century, Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948).  A fitting tribute for a man who changed the world peacefully. Released by Galileo Music May 14, 2021.

La Sorsa, Germana Stella: Vapour (33 Jazz Records) Ethereal vocalist Germana Stella La Sorsa presents her debut album ‘Vapour’. The music is very eclectic, steeped in modern sounds and avant-garde/free experimentation, with an open and sophisticated atmosphere tuned in to the current wave of contemporary UK jazz. Featuring: Sam Leak (Hammond), Nick Costley-White (guitar), Jay Davis (drums).

Lafertin, Fapy New Quartet: Atlantico (Frémeaux & Associés) New album by the Belgian gypsy jazz guitar maestro, recorded in 2017, in Tintigny in Southern Belgium, with a brand-new quartet of exceptional, young musicians, and a repertoire of gypsy swing, jazz classics, Brazilian choro, Portuguese guittara pieces and their own original compositions.  It was due for UK release in 2020, but delayed by the pandemic until now.

Lamb, Clifford: New Orleans (Weber Works Entertainment) No details given.

Lassy, Timo: Trio (We Jazz Records WJLP36) Tenor saxophonist Timo Lassy, one of Finland’s leading jazz artists, is back with new album Trio. The album introduces Lassy’s new combo with bassist Ville Herrala and drummer Jaska Lukkarinen – both We Jazz Records roster artists on their own right.

Laupsa Lokomotiv: Reach (AMP Music & Records, AT088) Laupsa Lokomotiv is a sextet that operates within the acoustic jazz-landscape; improvised, rhythmic, sonorous and seeking – led by Norwegian bassist Vetle Aakre Laupsa. Reach is the debut album of Laupsa Lokomotiv. An album that showcases a broad range of musicality, inspiration, compositional depth, and has the aim to find place among the best of modern, acoustic jazz from Norway.

League, Michael: So Many Me (GroundUP Music) Pop-centric album that incorporates instruments from around the world. Entirely written, performed and produced by League, a 4-time GRAMMY award-winning artist. Mastered by GRAMMY award-winning engineer, Emily Lazar

LeDonne, Mike: It’s All Your Fault (Savant Records SCD 2183) On It’s All Your Fault, Mike LeDonne lays down some of his hippest organ licks, both as part of his Groover Quartet, and also an all-star big band with his preferred arranger, Dennis Mackrel. Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Mike uses the original Hammond C-3 played by Jimmy Smith et al.

Linsley, Adam: Locking Down (Adam Linsley Music 001) UK trumpet player’s album, Locking Down features Dave O’Higgins on tenor sax, Trevor Mires on trombone, Alison Jiear on vocals and many more leading UK musicians. Featuring all original compositions.

Lorber, Jeff: Space-Time (Shanachie Entertainment) Grammy-winning Jeff Lorber Fusion serves up intergalactic jazz on Space-TIme. New CD features Hubert Laws, Bob Mintzer, Paul Jackson Jr. & Gerald Albright. All originals plus new tune for Chick Corea.

Lossius, Thomas Septet: Seven Words for Ekstasia (AMP Music & Records, AT090) The Thomas Lossius Septet is an ambitious acoustic jazz band founded in 2018, with a vision of ecstatic, yet meticulous music in extension of the hard bop-tradition. Their debut album, Seven Words for Ekstasia is characterised by afrocentric rhythms, sophisticated harmony, memorable melodies, uncompromising compositions and textual themes from Christian mysticism.

Lovell-Smith, Jasmine & Baxendale, Jake: Sanctuary (self-released) Original music by two of New Zealand’s leading saxophonist-composers writing for 11-piece ensemble including bass clarinet and flute alongside conventional wind, brass and rhythm instruments and developed in a weekly residency.

Lucia, Elaine: Twist Run Road (https://elaineluciamusic.com/) Elaine is a longtime member of the San Francisco jazz scene. Here she plays “Bossa-Americana” or “Jazz Folk” as she tells stories of her own difficult rural childhood. Elaine’s finger-picking guitar supports lush Brazilian chords, melodies and crystal clear voice. Jobim meet Joni Mitchell meets Melody Gardot.

Lyft Trio: Weit (Sulane, LC96410) Lyft Trio (guitar-trio) put their ideas into their own personal take on modern jazz. The music sustains a balance between dissonance and consonance, clear melodies and spherical noises, simplicity and complexity. You will find the freedom of jazz, the atmosphere of the Americana and the song-conducive catchiness of pop.