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.

Jazz March 2021 – Selection:

Punkt.Vrt.Plastik

Jazz March 2021 - PUNKT.VRT.PLASTIK-Somit
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
Released the 2021.03.19

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Throttle Elevator Music

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
Released the 2021.03.12

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Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra

Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra
Promises
(Luaka Bop)

“🌠🌠🌠🌠🌠”

Sam Shepherd: Piano, Harpsichord, Celesta, Solo Vocal, Arranged By, Written By | Pharoah Sanders: Tenor Saxophone, Voice | Orchestrated By The London Symphony Orchestra
Released the 2021.03.26

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Timothée Robert

Timothée Robert - Quarks
Timothée Robert
Quarks
(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
Released the 2021.03.05

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Nik Bartsch

Nik Bartsch - Entendre
Nik Bartsch
Entendre
(ECM)

“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.”
ECM

Nik Bärtsch: Piano
Released the 2021.03.19

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Echoes of Zoo

Echoes-of-Zoo-Breakout
Echoes of Zoo
Breakout
(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 and nyahbingi drum
Released the 2021.03.05

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Pavel Milyakov, Bendik Giske

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
Released the 2021.03.26

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The Locals

The Locals
Play The Music Of Anthony Braxton
(Discus)

“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
Released the 2021.03.05

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Dr. Lonnie Smith

Dr. Lonnie Smith
Breathe
(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
Released the 2021.03.26

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Behn Gillece

Behn Gillece - Still Doing Our Thing
Behn Gillece
Still Doing Our Thing
(Posi-Tone)

“We are Still Doing Our Thing”
Posi-Tone

Behn Gillece: vibraphone | Art Hirahara: piano | Boris Kozlov: bass | Rudy Royston: drums
Released the 2021.03.19

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Playlist

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

Jazz March 2021 – Albums’ List:

  • Punkt.Vrt.Plastik – Somit
  • Throttle Elevator Music – Final Floor
  • Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra – Promises
  • Timothée Robert – Quarks
  • Nik Bartsch – Entendre
  • Echoes of Zoo – Breakout
  • Pavel Milyakov, Bendik Giske – Pavel Milyakov & Bendik Giske
  • The Locals – Play The Music Of Anthony Braxton
  • Dr. Lonnie Smith – Breathe
  • Behn Gillece – Still Doing Our Thing

2021

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

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