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January 2021

You will find here our Jazz January 2021 selection, with 10 albums (and tracks) released this month that clearly got our attention.

New Jazz Releases January 2021

Jazz January 2021

Dell, Lillinger, Westergaard

Dell, Lillinger, Westergaard - Beats
Dell, Lillinger, Westergaard
Beats
(Plaist)

“The musical research exercised in BEATS fragments a larger superstructure into minimal entities that are then worked through in processes of iteration and reconfiguration”
— Christopher Dell

Christopher Dell: vibraphone; Christian Lillinger: drums; Jonas Westergaard: double bass.
Release date: 2021 Jan 29

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Charles Lloyd & The Marvels

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels - Tone Poem
Charles Lloyd & The Marvels
Tone Poem
(Blue Note)

“That is why moments such as Coleman’s large scale “Ramblin” throw a smile on your face the whole time, while the Marvels […] chug chug along on a groove so rock n roll it’s hard to balance the two, but a hell of a lot of fun trying”
— Mike Jukovik @AllAboutJazz

Charles Lloyd: saxophone; Bill Frisell: guitar, electric; Greg Leisz: guitar, steel; Eric Harland: drums; Rueben Rogers: bass.
Release date: 2021 Jan 29

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Shai Maestro

Shai Maestro - Human
Shai Maestro
Human
(ECM Records)

“Yet, it’s the mid-tempo waltz “Mystery and Illusions” that instantly grabs my attention with its amiable musical temperament and organic constitution. The dynamics are intensified, and the emotions flow naturally with the stirring piano and the lofty trumpet conjugating their sounds with tasteful poise. “
JazzTrail

Shai Maestro: piano; Jorge Roeder: bass, acoustic; Ofri Nehemya: drums; Philip Dizack: trumpet
Release date: 2021 Jan 29

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Brandon Seabrook, Simon Nabatov - Voluptuaries

Brandon Seabrook, Simon Nabatov

Brandon Seabrook, Simon Nabatov
Voluptuaries
(Leo Records)

“With a sheer joy of the shared sensibilities, they traverse diverse landscapes, opulent and glowing, or brooding and suspenseful at times. Both are capable of quirky actions, often offset by the equally unexpected lyricism.”
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Brandon Seabrook: guitar; Simon Nabatov: piano
Release date: 2021 Jan 23

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Alexander Hawkins

jazz january 2021 - Alexander-Hawkins-Togetherness-Music
Alexander Hawkins
Togetherness Music
(Intakt Records)

“With Togetherness Music, British pianist and composer Alexander Hawkins presents a fascinating musical panorama, a distillation and synthesis of different traditions and influences, reflecting the broad spectrum of an extraordinary musical spirit.”
Intakt Records

Alexander Hawkins: piano; Evan Parker: soprano saxophone; Aaron Holloway-Nahum: conductor; Rachel Musson: flute, tenor saxophone; Percy Pursglove: trumpet; James Arben: flute, bass clarinet; Neil Charles: double bass; Mark Sanders: drums, percussion; Matthew Wright: electronics; Benedict Taylor: viola; Hannah Marshall: cello
Release date: 2021 Jan 15

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William Parker

William Parker - Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World
William Parker
Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World – [Volumes 1–10]
(AUM Fidelity)

“Migration of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World (Volumes 1–10) is a 10-album collection of vocal and instrumental suites all recorded expressly for this set between late 2018 and early 2020, with women’s voices at its core. [READ MORE on Bandcamp]”

Read our full review (10 albums!) here: William ParkerMigration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World – [Volumes 1–10]

William Parker: compositions, bass & additional instruments | Featuring: an international, inter-generational array of singers & musicians, drawn from both long-standing colleagues and a new generation of devoted artists.
Release date: 2021 Jan 29

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Will Glaser, Matthew Herd, Liam Noble

jazz january 2021 - Will-Glaser-Matthew-Herd-Liam-Noble-Climbing-In-Circles
Will Glaser, Matthew Herd, Liam Noble
Climbing In Circles
(Ubuntu)

Third instalment of the Climbing In Circles project after its Pt. 1 (2019) and Pt. 2 (2019). Discover the entire album on Bandcamp.

Liam Noble: piano; Matthew Herd: saxes; Will Glaser: drums
Release date: 2021 Jan 22

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Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
I Told You So
(Colemine)

” with even heavier grooves and more confidence” says it all.

Delvon Lamarr: organ; Jimmy James: guitar; Dan Weiss: drums.
Release date: 2021 Jan 29

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Menagerie

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Menagerie
Many Worlds
(Freestyle Records)

Menagerie is the Melbourne-based Jazz ensemble founded by producer, songwriter, guitarist, DJ and recording artist Lance Ferguson, also the driving force behind The Bamboos, Lanu, Rare Groove Spectrum and Machines Always Win”
Bandcamp

Release date: 2021 Jan 15

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Patricia Brennan

Patricia Brennan - Maquishti
Patricia Brennan
Maquishti
(Valley of Search)

“This album is a personal statement not only as a vibraphonist but also as an improviser and composer. From bowing and bending pitch, to the use of extended effects via guitar pedals, this album reflects my vision for the vibraphone and the potential of all the possible ways it can be played. I wanted to not only incorporate all those techniques in the compositions but also wanted them to become part of my general improvisatory language”
Patricia Brennan

Patricia Brennan: vibraphone, marimba
Release date: 2021 Jan 15

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Jazz January 2021 Playlist

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

Albums’ List:

  • Dell, Lillinger, Westergaard – Beats
  • Charles Lloyd & The Marvels – Tone Poem
  • Shai Maestro – Human
  • Brandon Seabrook, Simon Nabatov – Voluptuaries
  • Alexander Hawkins – Togetherness Music
  • William Parker – Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World
  • Will Glaser, Matthew Herd, Liam Noble – Climbing In Circles
  • Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio – I Told You So
  • Menagerie – Many Worlds
  • Patricia Brennan – Maquishti

2021

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

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