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The Seed
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Thomas Mitrousis Quartet – The Seed

The Seed is guitarist Thomas Mitrousis’ debut album, featuring Kostas Yaxoglou on the piano, Paraskevas Kitsos on the double bass, and Dimitris Klonis on the drums. The Seed was recorded in May 2021 at Antart Studios, in Greece, by Nikos Kollias and Yannis Damianos, and it was self-released on March 21, 2022.

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Dave Douglas - Secular Psalms
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Dave Douglas – Secular Psalms

Secular Psalms is an album by trumpeter Dave Douglas, featuring Tomeka Reid, Berlinde Deman, Marta Warelis, Frederik Leroux, and Lander Gyselinck. The compositions are inspired by Jan van Eyck’s “Ghent Altarpiece,” as well as music by 15th-century Flemish composer Guillaume Dufay. Secular Psalms was recorded separately by each musician between May 2020—August 2021, and it was released on April 1, 2022, by Greenleaf Music.

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Natsuki Tamura - Summer Tree
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Natsuki Tamura – Summer Tree

Summer Tree is a solo album by trumpeter and composer Natsuki Tamura. For the first time, Tamura overdubbed himself on this album, thereby creating “dense, richly textured pieces.” The album was recorded by Natsuki Tamura at his home in Kobe City, Japan in August 2021, and it was released on February 11, 2022, by Libra Records.

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Sylvain Cathala Quintet - Poetry of Storms
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Sylvain Cathala Quintet – Poetry of Storms

Poetry of Storms is an album by tenor saxophonist Sylvain Cathala’s new quintet, with trumpeter Olivier Laisney, pianist Benjamin Moussay, bassist Fred Chiffoleau, and drummer Maxime Zampieri. It was recorded by Stéphane Seddoh at Le Triton in Les Lilas, France, on December 4, 2022, and it was released on January 28, 2022, by Le Triton.

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Lisa Ullén, Elsa Bergman, Anna Lund - Space
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Lisa Ullén, Elsa Bergman, Anna Lund – Space

Space is the first release by the trio of Lisa Ullén, Elsa Bergman, and Anna Lund, after they met as part of the Anna Högberg Attack’s sextet and released the excellent Anna Högberg Attack (2016), followed by the fabulous Lena (2020), which was indisputably a must-have album of 2020. It was recorded by Mats Äleklint on January 13, 2021, at Fylkingen, in Stockholm, Sweden, and was released by Relative Pitch Records.

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Rob Mazurek Quartet – Father’s Wing
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Rob Mazurek Quartet – Father’s Wing

Father’s Wing is an album by the Rob Mazurek Quartet, with Rob Mazurek on the piccolo trumpet, electronics, and bells, Kris Davis on the piano, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten on the double-bass, and Chad Taylor on the drums. The album was recorded on August 4, 2019, by Ken Christianson, at Pro Musica, in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States, and it was released on February 4, 2022, by Rogue Art.

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Stefan Pasborg - Ritual Dances
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Stefan Pasborg – Ritual Dances

Ritual Dances is an album by drummer and composer Stefan Pasborg, based on the works of Igor Stravinsky. The pieces are performed by two large ensembles: the UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra and Blood Sweat Drum+Bass, and are augmented by a number of impressive guests. It was released on February 11, 2022, by Sunnyside Records.

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Best Jazz 2022 Immanuel Wilkins - The 7th Hand
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Immanuel Wilkins – The 7th Hand

The 7th Hand is the second album by saxophonist and composer Immanuel Wilkins, after the impressive and magnificent Omega (2020). For this release, Immanuel Wilkins kept the same quartet, with Micah Thomas on piano, Daryl Johns on bass, and Kweku Sumbry on drums. The 7th Hand was released on January 28, 2022, by Blue Note Records..

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