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Jazz May 2021

What to expect in Jazz during this month? You will find here our selection “Jazz May 2021” of albums already released or to be released this month (What to Wait For?). 10 albums – or EPs, or Singles – that got our full attention and should be worth your time.

A playlist with one track per selected album is available at the end of the post.

New Jazz Releases May 2021

Jazz May 2021 – Selection

James Brandon Lewis, Red Lily Quintet

James Brandon Lewis, Red Lily Quintet - Jesup Wagon
James Brandon Lewis, Red Lily Quintet
Jesup Wagon
(TAO Forms)

What James Brandon Lewis is offering here, is poetry. Nothing less. As poetic as A Love Supreme? without a doubt. As major? let’s hope.

Read the full review here: James Brandon Lewis, Red Lily QuintetJesup Wagon

James Brandon Lewis: tenor saxophone; Kirk Knuffke: cornet; William Parker: bass, gimbri (#2 & #7); Chris Hoffman: cello; Chad Taylor: drums, mbira (#6)
Release date: 2021 May 7

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Sons of Kemet

Sons-of-Kemet-Black-to-the-Future
Sons of Kemet
Black to the Future
(Impulse! Records)

Read our full here: Sons of KemetBlack to the Future

Sons of Kemet returns in 2021 with their new album Black To The Future. This release finds the UK-based quartet at their most dynamic – showcasing harmonically elegant arrangements and compositions, coupled with fierce, driving material that will be familiar to initiated fans. This album features prominent UK vocalists and a strong emphasis on lush compositions and arrangements. Guest artists include Kojey Radical, Moor Mother, & more.”
— Impulse!

Shabaka Hutchings: saxophone, clarinet; Tom Skinner: drum; Theon Cross: tuba; Eddie Hick; drum
Release date: 2021 May 14

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María Grand

María Grand - Reciprocity
María Grand
Reciprocity
(Biophilia Records)

The track “Creation: Interlude” says it all: “J’ai remarqué que c’était toujours dans les actes que la clé des problèmes se trouvait, alors qu’on essaie trop souvent d’analyser” (I noticed it was always in the actions the key to problems was to be found, while we too often try to analyze).
This album is sublime, just play it here on Spotify or play/purchase it here on Bandcamp. The act of listening will be a perfect key.

María Grand: tenor saxophone and voice; Kanoa Mendenhall: acoustic bass and voice; Savannah Harris: drums and voice
Release date: 2021 May 14

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Martin Archer, Charlotte Keeffe, Martin Pyne

Archer, Keeffe, Pyne - Hi Res Heart
Martin Archer, Charlotte Keeffe, Martin Pyne
Hi Res Heart
(Discus Music)

It will captivate and hypnotize your brain for hours, as even the abstruse can be comfortable.
“Nevertheless, that feeling that even at its most abstract, the blues is never too far away from this music, pervades the current work.”
– Martin Archer

Read the dedicated post: Martin Archer, Charlotte Keeffe, Martin PyneHi Res Heart

Martin Archer: sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone saxophones, Bb and bass clarinets, flute, bass harmonica, electronics; Charlotte Keeffe: trumpet, flugelhorn, electronics; Martin Pyne: drums, percussion, vibraphone, toy piano.
Release date: 2021 May 14

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Chris Potter Circuits Trio

Chris-Potter-Circuits-Trio-Sunrise-Reprise
Chris Potter Circuits Trio
Sunrise Reprise
(Edition Records)

“One of the most prolific improvisers of his generation returns with the follow up to his 2019 Circuits album: a powerful and cathartic record featuring keyboardist James Francies and drummer Eric Harland.”
— Edition Records

Chris Potter: tenor and soprano saxophones, clarinets, flutes, sampler/keyboard; James Francies: piano, keyboards; Eric Harland: drums
Release date: 2021 May 14

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Jaimie Branch

Jaimie-Branch-FLY-or-DIE-LIVE
Jaimie Branch
FLY or DIE LIVE
(International Anthem)

“Full flight capture of the full Fly or Die suite, parts 1 & 2 compounded & flawlessly communicated in a singular epic of raw cosmic brilliance.”

Jaimie Branch: trumpet, vocals, vibraslap; Lester St. Louis: cello, vocals, tiny cymbal; Jason Ajemian: bass, vocals, egg shakers; Chad Taylor: drums, vocals, mbira
Release date: 2021 May 21

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Ralph Peterson

Ralph Peterson - Raise Up Off Me
Ralph Peterson
Raise Up Off Me
(Onyx Music)

“I meant what I played … did you?”
— Ralph Peterson

Read our album review: Ralph PetersonRaise Up Off Me

Ralph Peterson: drums, trumpet, percussion; Zaccai Curtis: piano, keyboard; Luques Curtis: bass; Jazzmeia Horn: vocals (7, 8, 13 on digital/LP); Eguie Castrillo: percussion
Release date: 2021 May 21

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Anna Webber

Anna Webber - Idiom
Anna Webber
Idiom
(Pi Recordings)

Read our full review: Anna WebberIdiom

“Idiom is a series of six pieces, each of which is based on a specific woodwind extended technique — a broad term meaning any non-traditional way of producing sound on an instrument, including the use of multiphonics, alternate fingerings, key clicks, overblown notes, and the like — that she has taken from her own improvisational language.”
— Pi Recordings

Disc One
Anna Webber: tenor saxophone, flute; Matt Mitchell: piano; John Hollenbeck: drums
Disc Two
Anna Webber: tenor saxophone, flute, bass flute; Nathaniel Morgan: alto saxophone; Yuma Uesaka: tenor saxophone, clarinet, contra-alto clarinet; Adam O’Farrill: trumpet; David Byrd-Marrow: horn; Jacob Garchik: trombone; Erica Dicker: violin; Joanna Mattrey: viola; Mariel Roberts: cello; Liz Kosack: synthesizer; Nick Dunston: bass; Satoshi Takeishi: drums
Release date: 2021 May 28

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Guido Spannocchi 

Guido Spannocchi - Perihelion
Guido Spannocchi
Perihelion
(Not on Label)

Guido Spannocchi’s aim is to “sonically accompany any part of your day & night”; well, we all wish our days & nights to feel like that forever. Read the dedicated post: Guido Spannocchi Perihelion

Guido Spannocchi: alto sax; Jay Phelps: trumpet; Sylvie Leys: tenor sax; Robert Mitchell: Wurlitzer and piano; Michelangelo Scandroglio: double bass; Tristan Banks: drums.
Release date: 2021 May 28

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Dave Holland

Dave-Holland-Another-Land
Dave Holland
Another Land
(Edition Records)

Listen to Another Land on Spotify

Another Land is the new album from the all-star trio featuring Dave Holland, Kevin Eubanks, and Obed Calvaire and a power-packed set of originals. This is a potent studio set of fluid themes developed by the band and forged in the furnace of live performance.”
— Edition Records

Dave Holland: bass and bass guitar; Kevin Eubanks: guitar; Obed Calvaire: drums
Release date: 2021 May 28

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Playlist

Listen to those tracks on our Spotify playlist “2021 (so far”).

Jazz May 2021 – Albums’ List:

+ 3 extra reviews

2021

Discover the Best of Jazz – Year 2021 (so far) full post.

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