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February 2021

You will find here a selection of jazz albums (and tracks) released in February 2021 that got our full attention.

February 2021 – Jazz Selection:

New Jazz Releases February 2021

St. Barbe

Best Jazz February 2021 - St. Barbe - Shapeless
St. Barbe
Shapeless
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“London-based trio, St. Barbe, takes the harmonic and rhythmic language of jazz and melds it with a visceral rock energy”

James Maltby: guitar; Edwin Ireland: bass guitar; Floyer Sydenham: drums.
Release date: 2021 Feb 5

Bandcamp

FIRE!

Best Jazz February 2021 - Fire - Defeat
Fire!
Defeat
(Rune Grammofon)

“imagine all the shadows of the art cover starting moving, enlightened by the fire dancing around”. Read our review: FIRE!defeat

Mats Gustafsson: saxophone; Johan Berthling: bass; Andreas Werliin: drums.
Release date: 2021 Feb 12

Website Website

Joe Chambers

Jazz February 2021 - Joe Chambers - Samba De Maracatu
Joe Chambers
Samba De Maracatu
(Blue Note)

“Now the venerated drummer, percussionist, vibraphonist, and composer returns with Samba de Maracatu, a sterling set of original compositions, standards, and pieces by Shorter, Hutcherson, and Horace Silver”
Blue Note

Joe Chambers: drums; Brad Merritt: piano; Steve Haines: bass, acoustic; Stephanie Jordan: voice/vocals; MC Parrain: voice/vocals.
Release date: 2021 Feb 26

Website Wikipedia

Arnan Raz

Jazz February 2021 - Arnan Raz - 7 Days
Arnan Raz
7 Days
(Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit)

“This album is Jazzy, it’s Latin and it’s Cuban, it’s beautifully melodic and at the same time irresistibly energetic. Most importantly, It is sure to touch anybody with a bit of fire in their hearts.” … yes!

Arnan Raz: tenor saxophone; Eyal Hai: alto saxophone; Hillel Salem: trumpet; Scott Colberg: bass; Joel Mateo: drums; Kofi Hunter: percussion; Daniel Meron: piano (#5).
Release date: 2021 Feb 19

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Archie Shepp & Jason Moran

Archie Shepp & Jason Moran - Let My People Go
Archie Shepp & Jason Moran
Let My People Go
(Archie Ball)

“The highlight here may be Coltrane’s “Wise One,” where the two stretch out a bit on the thirteen-minute rendition. Shepp’s tenor is robust yet delicate, and Moran’s approach gets roisterous in support. “
— Mark Corroto @AllAboutJazz

Archie Shepp: saxophone, tenor; Jason Moran: piano
Release date: 2021 Feb 5

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Jakob Bro, Arve Henriksen, Jorge Rossy

Jakob Bro, Arve Henriksen, Jorge Rossy - Uma Elmo
Jakob Bro, Arve Henriksen, Jorge Rossy
Uma Elmo
(ECM)

““To Stanko” is Bro’s hushed tribute to the late, great Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko, who featured the guitarist in his quintet for the ECM album Dark Eyes.”
ECM

Jakob Bro: guitar; Arve Henriksen: trumpet, piccolo trumpet; Jorge Rossy: drums.
Release date: 2021 Feb 12

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Joachim Kühn

Joachim Kühn
Touch the Light
(ACT)

“A late work of a revolutionary musician. And a celebration of simplicity and the sheer delight in melody, love, and joy.”
ACT

Joachim Kühn: piano
Release date: 2021 Feb 26

Bandcamp

Yoni Mayraz

Yoni Mayraz
The Rat
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“‘The Rat’ is an intense contemporary jazz tune featuring sought-after Israeli trumpeter Itamar Borochov (Yemen Blues), and mixed by Grammy-winning engineer Qmillion, known for his work on Robert Glasper’s ‘Black Radio’.” [read here]

Itamar Borochov: trumpet; Shay Hazan: bass; Noam Cherchie: drums
Release date: 2021 Feb 10

Website Bandcamp

Benoît Delbecq

Benoît Delbecq - The Weight Of Light
Benoît Delbecq
The Weight Of Light
(Pyroclastic Records)

“Delbecq is a multi-awarded Parisian pianist and composer, a trendsetter who persists in developing his ideas in a very rhythmic and multi-layered approach, bringing the soul of jazz to John Cage’s prepared piano.”

Benoît Delbecq: piano
Release date: 2021 Feb 12

Bandcamp Website

Jeremy Pelt

Jeremy Pelt
Griot – This Is Important!
(High Note)

“Storytelling trumpeter Pelt boldly crosses genres and ages with agile contemporary bop, ballads and spoken word passages”
John Fordham

Jeremy Pelt: Trumpet; Chien Chien Lu: vibraphone; Victor Gould: piano; Vicente Archer: bass; Allan Mednard: drums; Ismel Wignall: percussion; Brandee Younger: harp.
Release date: 2021 Feb 12

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Playlist

Listen to those tracks on our Best of Jazz – year 2021 (so far) here.

Jazz February 2021 – Albums’ List:

  • St. Barbe – Shapeless
  • Fire! – Defeat
  • Joe Chambers – Samba De Maracatu
  • Arnan Raz – 7 Days
  • Archie Shepp & Jason Moran – Let My People Go
  • Jakob Bro, Arve Henriksen, Jorge Rossy – Uma Elmo
  • Joachim Kühn – Touch the Light
  • Yoni Mayraz – The Rat
  • Benoît Delbecq – The Weight Of Light
  • Jeremy Pelt – Griot – This Is Important!

2021

The entire year is sum up on the Best Jazz 2021 post.

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