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March 2021

You will find here a selection of jazz albums and singles (and tracks) released in March 2021 that got our full attention.
Listen to and follow our Spotify playlistBest of Jazz – year 2021 (so far)‘ to discover all the following sounds.

New Jazz Releases March 2021

Jazz March 2021

Jazz March 2021 - PUNKT.VRT.PLASTIK-Somit


(Intakt Records)

“With Somit they take their urgent ensemble playing to new heights, creating a highly individual sound aesthetic with unusual instrumentation (Kaja Draksler plays two different upright pianos) and sophisticated post-production, culminating in a deceptive puzzle of acoustic and manipulated sounds.”
Intakt Records

Kaja Draksler: piano; Petter Eldh: bass; Christian Lillinger: drums.
Release date March 19, 2021

Jazz March 2021 - Throttle-Elevator-Music-Final-Floor

Throttle Elevator Music

Final Floor
(Wide Hive Records)

“Final Floor has an upscale energy with elements of rock and punk that fuel the overall sound and dynamically bring an edge back to jazz.”
Wide Hive

Kamasi Washington: saxophone; Erik Jekabson: trumpet; Matt Montgomery: bass, piano; Mike Hughes: drums; Kasey Knudsen: alto saxophone; Ross Howe: Guitar; Mike Blankenship: organ
Release date March 12, 2021

Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra

(Luaka Bop)


Sam Shepherd: piano, harpsichord, celesta, solo vocal; Pharoah Sanders: tenor saxophone, voice; Orchestrated by The London Symphony Orchestra
Release date March 26, 2021

Timothée Robert - Quarks

Timothée Robert

(La Pluie Chante)

“This quintet seems invincible, armed with simple and melodic themes, a writing with mastered dramaturgy and served by a careful production of the leader himself. As soon as the disc is finished, we have only one desire: listening to it again.”
— Jazz Magazine

Timothée Robert: bass; Paul Berne: drums; Baptiste Ferrandis, Manu Codjia: guitar; Armel Dupas, Nicolas Derand: keyboards; Charly Sy: scratches; Maciek Lasserre: soprano saxophone; Melvin Marquez: tenor saxophone; Robinson Khoury: trombone; Olivier Laisney: trumpet; David Linx: vocals.
Release date March 5, 2021

Nik Bartsch - Entendre

Nik Bärtsch

(ECM Records)

“A fascinating solo album from the Swiss pianist, composer and conceptualist best known as leader of the bands Ronin and Mobile, Entendre offers deeper insight into Nik Bärtch’s musical thinking.”

Nik Bärtsch: piano
RRelease date March 19, 2021


Echoes of Zoo

(W.E.R.F. Records)

“The gates of the cages fell open and won’t ever be shut again”

Falk Schrauwen: drums; Lieven Van Pée: double bass; Bart Vervaeck: electric guitar; Nathan Daems: tenor sax, nyahbingi drum.
Release date March 5, 2021


Pavel Milyakov, Bendik Giske

Pavel Milyakov & Bendik Giske
(Smalltown Supersound)

“A collaborative marvel from two of modern experimental music’s most fascinating artists, who together have created a total symbiosis of their respective worlds”
— Smalltown Supersound

Pavel Milyakov: mixed by; Bendik Giske: tenor saxophone
Release date March 26, 2021


The Locals

Play The Music Of Anthony Braxton

“An exciting live performance recorded at the Konfrontation Festival, Ulrichsberg in 2006, featuring six early compositions by Anthony Braxton arranged for the band by Pat Thomas.”

Pat Thomas: piano, melodica; Alex Ward: clarinet; Evan Thomas: electric guitar; Dominic Lash: electric bass; Darren Hasson-Davis: drums.
Release date March 5, 2021


Dr. Lonnie Smith

(Blue Note)

Two studio tracks that open and close this live album – captured during his 75th birthday run at the Jazz Standard in NYC in 2017 – present the unique collaboration between Dr. Lonnie Smith and Iggy Pop.

Dr. Lonnie Smith: organ, Hammond B3; Jonathan Kreisberg: guitar; Johnathan Blake: drums; Sean Jones: trumpet; Robin Eubanks: trombone; John Ellis: saxophone, tenor; Jason W. Marshall: saxophone, baritone; Alicia Olatuja: voice/vocals; Iggy Pop: voice/vocals.
Release date March 26, 2021

Behn Gillece - Still Doing Our Thing

Behn Gillece

Still Doing Our Thing

“We are Still Doing Our Thing”

Behn Gillece: vibraphone; Art Hirahara: piano; Boris Kozlov: bass; Rudy Royston: drums
Release date March 19, 2021

Jazz March 2021 – Albums List

  • Punkt.Vrt.PlastikSomit (Intakt Records)
  • Throttle Elevator MusicFinal Floor (Wide Hive Records)
  • Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony OrchestraPromises (Luaka Bop)
  • Timothée RobertQuarks (La Pluie Chante)
  • Nik BärtschEntendre (ECM Records)
  • Echoes of ZooBreakout (W.E.R.F. Records)
  • Pavel Milyakov, Bendik Giske Pavel Milyakov & Bendik Giske (Smalltown Supersound)
  • The LocalsPlay The Music Of Anthony Braxton (Discus)
  • Dr. Lonnie SmithBreathe (Blue Note)
  • Behn GilleceStill Doing Our Thing (Posi-Tone)

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The entire year is summed up in the Best Jazz 2021 post.

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