What to expect in Jazz this month? This is our July 2021 Selection of albums already released or to be released this month (What to Wait For?). 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.
Selection July 2021
Dramatic, relaxing, and beautiful as a Norwegian fjord.
Daniel Herskedal: tuba and bass trumpet; Eyolf Dale: piano and celesta; Helge Andreas Norbakken: drums and marimba
Release date: 2021 Jul 2
Binaries in Cycle
“The way temporality functions in Hindustani music has greatly shaped how I approach adorning time with rhythm,”
Binaries in Cycle is a digest of new proposals, ideas, and intentions, yet it is deeply rooted in modern jazz. Read our full post review here: Keshav Batish – Binaries in Cycle
Keshav Batish: drum set; Shay Salhov: alto saxophone; Lucas Hahn: piano; Aron Caceres: double bass.
Release date: 2021 Jul 9
Ojos de Gato
The 11 tracks—all originals by Giovanni Guidi—are so clearly evoking all the facets of Gato Barbieri’s music, you may wonder if it is not ultimately covers. A beautiful tribute.
Giovanni Guidi: piano and Fender Rhodes; James Brandon Lewis: tenor sax; Gianluca Petrella: trombone; Brandon Lopez: double bass; Chad Taylor: drums & percussions; Francisco Mela: drums & percussions
Released date: 2021 Jul 9
Dave McMurray “returns with Grateful Deadication, a cover album that turns one of the most celebrated catalogs in rock songwriting into a vehicle for his own jazz expression.”
Dave McMurray: tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, flute, keyboards, percussion; Ibrahim Jones: bass; Don Was: bass (3); Jeff Canady: drums; Jay Lane: drums (3); Wayne Gerard: guitar; Bob Weir: guitar (3); Greg Leisz: guitar (3); Larry Fratangelo; percussion; Sowande Keita: percussion (2); Maurice O’Neal: keyboards & organ; Jeff Chimenti: keyboards (3); Luis Resto: piano (1, 5); Bettye LaVette: vocals (3); Herschel Boone: vocals (7)
Release date: 2021 Jul 16
Mayan Space Station
“Mayan Space Station is William’s first electric guitar trio album. The unparalleled rhythmic firmament created by Parker & Cleaver is matched by Mendoza in full flight. This is cosmic multi-hued blues, perfect for space and time travel.”
— AUM Fidelity
Read our dedicated post: William Parker – Mayan Space Station
William Parker: bass, compositions; Ava Mendoza: electric guitar; Gerald Cleaver: drums
Release date: 2021 Jul 23
“The music on this album is a tribute to the flow of rhythm as melody and pulsation. Laced with the joy and the bounce, the dance and the heartbeat. Giving a nod to all the music that has ever passed through us..”
— William Parker
William Parker: bass, trombonium, shakuhachi, compositions; Daniel Carter: trumpet, alto & tenor saxophones, clarinet, flute; Hamid Drake: drums
Release date: 2021 Jul 23
What to Wait For:
Matt Mitchell & Kate Gentile
“6 discs of one-bar compositions by pianist-composer Matt Mitchell and percussionist-composer Kate Gentile, designed to incite inventive, multi-directional improvisation.” It will be sure intense and we are so impatient to discover the entire release!
Kate Gentile: compositions, drums & percussion; Matt Mitchell: compositions, piano, modular synthesizer, Prophet-6, MicroFreak & electronics; Kim Cass: acoustic & electroacoustic bass; Ben Gerstein: trombone; Jon Irabagon: tenor, mezzo-soprano, sopranino, soprillo, mezzo-soprano saxophones, alto clarinet; Davy Lazar: trumpet, piccolo trumpet & cornet; Mat Maneri: viola; Ava Mendoza: guitar; Matt Nelson: tenor & alto saxophones; Brandon Seabrook: guitar & tenor banjo.
Release date: 2021 Jul 30
New Releases – July 2021 – Albums’ List:
- Daniel Herskedal – Harbour
- Keshav Batish – Binaries in Cycle
- Giovanni Guidi – Ojos de Gato
- Dave McMurray – Grateful Deadication
- William Parker – Mayan Space Station
- William Parker – Painters Winter
- Matt Mitchell & Kate Gentile – Snark Horse
Discover the Best of Jazz – Year 2021 (so far) full post.
Listen to those tracks on our Spotify playlist “2021 (so far”).