Jazz Releases October 2021
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Jazz October 2021

What should you expect in Jazz this month? This is our October 2021 Selection of albums that have already been released or have yet to be released this month (What to Wait For?). These albums got our full attention and should be worth your time.

After a month packed with amazing releases, October already seems to be as promising, maybe even better!

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

New Jazz Releases October 2021

Selection September 2021

The Liquor Store – Colossus

The Liquor Store - Colossus
The Liquor Store
Colossus
(InTempo)

The Liquor Store is a septet, based in Montreal, Canada. These seven musicians have been playing together since 2014. Colossus’ most convincing feature is the palpable pleasure with which these musicians create music together. It clearly satisfies them as much as it surprises and rejoices us. It is jazz, but at the same time, there is a lot more to it. Just like their sound, it is a mix of several, but it really combines well, simply, and modestly into a great album.

Rémi Cormier: trumpet, flugel, trombone; Alex Francoeur: tenor sax, flute; Jules Payette: alto sax, flute; Félix Blackburn: guitar; Félix Le Blanc: keys; Émile Farley: bass; Jean-Daniel Thibeault-Desbiens: drums
Release date October 1st, 2021

Paula Shocron, William Parker, Pablo Díaz – El Templo

Paula Shocron, William Parker, Pablo Díaz - El Templo
Paula Shocron, William Parker, Pablo Díaz
El Templo
(Astral Spirits)

“The document you hold in your hands is a very special and beautiful document and for many reasons. There is a balance, an equilibrium to this trio that comes from an honesty of intent and from all 3 members being truly in the moment. This is something that can not be faked or if there is a small bit of excess it would show. There is zero pretense in this music —all 3 members operate on a level of musical honesty that is really refreshing— no one is trying to prove anything and there is zero academic calculation here —just a reverence for the act of music-making.”
— Matthew Shipp

Paula Shocron: piano; William Parker: bass; Pablo Díaz: drums
Release date October 1, 2021

Evan Parker – Winns Win

Evan Parker - Winns Win
Evan Parker
Winns Win
(Byrd Out)

Winns Win is a solo album, inspired by the designer and activist William Morris.

Read the full review Evan Parker – Winns Win

Evan Parker: saxophone
Release date October 1, 2021

James Brandon Lewis Quartet – Code Of Being

James Brandon Lewsi Quartet - Code Of Being
James Brandon Lewis Quartet
Code Of Being
(Intakt Records)

“Beautiful melodies are responsible for the magic of the songs. The four exceptional musicians, each with personalities of their own, create an urgent ensem­ble sound, moving through a broad palette of sound-colours, rhythms and moods, charged with energy. With a profound sense for lyrical melodies, tonal concision, and dynamics, the quartet develops a spirited interplay, reacting to the tiniest atmospheric oscillations on the sound and groove level.”
— Intakt Records

James Brandon Lewis: tenor Sax; Aruán Ortiz: piano; Brad Jones: bass; Chad Taylor: drums
Release date October 15, 2021

Whit Dickey, William Parker, Matthew Shipp – Village Mothership

Whit Dickey, William Parker, Matthew Shipp - Village Mothership
Whit Dickey, William Parker, Matthew Shipp
Village Mothership
(TAO Forms)

Just looking at the musicians and knowing that “mystical stuff was happening,” one can only be impatient to listen to this album!

“We created this album in the moment as a trio. The atmosphere of this session was warm and fun, and it was a deep, wondrous experience with the three of us. To me, everything is melody. And the melodies manifest out of the mantra of our playing, the rhythms radiating multi-directionally out of those melodic vibrations. Mystical stuff was happening.”
— Whit Dickey

Whit Dickey: drums; William Parker: bass; Matthew Shipp: piano
Release date October 15, 2021

Sten Sandell, Lisa Ullén – Double Music

Sten Sandell, Lisa Ullén - Double Music
Sten Sandell, Lisa Ullén
Double Music
(Clean Feed Records)

Two humble charcoals, but big as rocks, stable and present as ever, and ready to sketch the most beautiful music.

Read the full review here: Sten Sandell, Lisa Ullén Double Music

Sten Sandell: piano; Lisa Ullén: piano
Release date October 20, 2021

Pan Project – Pan Project

Pan Project - Pan Project
Pan Project
Pan Project
(Neuma Records)

The PAN Project has five founding members representing Chinese, Korean, and Japanese traditions, and forms music rooted in East Asian folk melody. It’s as close as jazz as Seoul is to New Orleans, but it still connects with us through improvisation. This is as captivating as Asia can be for a non-Asian, mysterious and beautiful.

gamin: piri, saenghwang, taepyeongso; Jeff Roberts: guqin; Ned Rothenberg: shakuhachi, bass clarinet; Woonjung Sim: Korean percussion; Sae-Yeon Jeong: vocals; Ying-Chiech Wang: erhu
Release date October 15, 2021

Anat Cohen, Marcello Gonçalves – Reconvexo

Anat Cohen, Marcello Gonçalves - Reconvexo
Anat Cohen, Marcello Gonçalves
Reconvexo
(Anzic Records)

Anat Cohen (clarinet) and Marcello Gonçalves (seven-string guitar) will release their second duo album, created while they were quarantined in Rio and focusing on the Música Popular Brasileira (MPB) songbook.

“MPB is a trend in post-bossa nova urban popular music in Brazil that revisits typical Brazilian styles such as samba, samba-canção and baião and other Brazilian regional music, combining them with foreign influences, such as jazz and rock.”
— Wikipedia

It is a sunny, brilliant album, a shining light in the midst of COVID-19.

Anat Cohen: clarinet; Marcello Gonçalves: guitar
Release date October 15, 2021

Yuma Uesaka, Marilyn Crispell – Streams

Yuma Uesaka, Marilyn Crispell - Streams
Yuma Uesaka, Marilyn Crispell
Streams
(Not Two Records, Polyfold Music)

“Yuma is special, I think, and we connected musically, intellectually and spiritually. Playing duo creates the possibility for an intimate and very exposed kind of communication. There is no one and nothing to hide behind, so it’s both challenging and exciting.”
— Marilyn Crispell

Yuma Uesaka: tenor saxophone, Bb clarinet, contra-alto clarinet; Marilyn Crispell: piano; Chatori Shimizu: Shō (track 6)
Release date October 15, 2021

What to Wait For

Thomas Heberer – The Day That Is

Thomas Heberer - The Day That Is
Thomas Heberer
The Day That Is
(Sunnyside Records)

“Thomas Heberer aimed to provide art that was the opposite of the “ideals” trumpeted during these times. The Day That Is presents music concerned with sharing and creating together, fighting the ideals of those who decided to attack the Capitol Building on that day in January 2021.”
— Sunnyside Records

Thomas Heberer: trumpet; Ingrid Laubrock: tenor & soprano saxophones; John Hébert: bass; Michael Sarin: drums
Release date October 22, 2021

Artifacts – …and then there’s this

Artifacts - …and then there's this
Artifacts
…and then there’s this
(Astral Spirits)

and then there’s this is at once playful, provocative, and unique; in other words, it is fundamentally essential.

Nicole Mitchell: flute, electronics; Tomeka Reid: cello; Mike Reed: drums, percussion
Release date October 29, 2021

Hofbauer, Jack, Leva, Sabatini – Period Pieces

Eric Hofbauer, Dylan Jack - Period Pieces
Hofbauer, Jack, Leva, Sabatini
Period Pieces
(Creative Nation Music)

“It’s an album of dialogue between listeners, as we pit space against density to create drama and momentum through the album”
— Eric Hofbauer

Eric Hofbauer: guitars; Dylan Jack: drums; Tony Leva: bass and electronics; Jerry Sabatini: trumpet
Release date October 22, 2021

New Releases – September 2021 – Albums’ List:

  • The Liquor Store – Colossus
  • Paula Shocron, William Parker, Pablo Díaz – El Templo
  • Evan Parker – Winns Win
  • James Brandon Lewsi Quartet – Code Of Being
  • Whit Dickey, William Parker, Matthew Shipp – Village Mothership
  • Sten Sandell, Lisa Ullén – Double Music
  • Pan Project – Pan Project
  • Anat Cohen, Marcello Gonçalves – Reconvexo
  • Yuma Uesaka, Marilyn Crispell – Streams
  • Thomas Heberer – The Day That Is
  • Artifacts – …and then there’s this
  • Hofbauer, Jack, Leva, Sabatini – Period Pieces

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

Playlist

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

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