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Jazz June 2021

What to expect in Jazz this month? This is our June 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.

New Jazz Releases June 2021

Selection June 2021

Devin Gray

Devin Gray - Melt All The Guns
Devin Gray
Melt All The Guns
(Rataplan Records)

Strangely evocative and strongly recommended. Read our full review: Devin GrayMelt All The Guns

Devin Gray: drums; Ralph Alessi: trumpet; Angelica Sanchez: piano.
Release date: 2021 June 4

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Jalen Baker 

Jalen Baker - This is Me, This is Us
Jalen Baker
This is Me, This is Us.
(Outside In Music)

“What Jalen is doing today is bringing the vibraphone to new heights and bringing new compositions to the world. The promising young vibist will continue to emerge; with experience comes wisdom. Watch out for Jalen Baker.”
Warren Wolf

Read the full review here: Jalen BakerThis is Me, This is Us.

Jalen Baker: vibraphone; Paul Cornish: piano; Giveton Gelin: trumpet; Gavin Moolchan: drums; Gabriel Godoy: bass; Jessica McJunkins: violin; Orlando Wells: violin; Andrew Griffin: viola; Susan Mandel: cello
Release date: 2021 June 4


James Brandon Lewis, Patrick Holmes, Ches Smith, Josh Werner

James Brandon Lewis, Patrick Holmes, Ches Smith, Josh Werner - Resilient Vessels Live at The Cell
James Brandon Lewis, Patrick Holmes, Ches Smith, Josh Werner
Resilient Vessels Live at The Cell
(RRGEMS Records)

From groovy as hell when the woodwinds are playing free jazz on top of a jazz fusion bass and drums rhythm, to full spiritual jazz, Resilient Vessels Live at The Cell offers a wide range of atmospheres and feelings, thanks to both its incredible music and these amazing musicians.

A video is already available on YouTube: “EMBODY“, opening track of the album

James Brandon Lewis: saxophone; Patrick Holmes: clarinet; Ches Smith: drums; Josh Werner: bass
Release date: 2021 June 10


Julian Lage

Julian Lage - Squint
Julian Lage
(Blue Note)

“the dynamic 11-song set featuring 9 originals showcases both Lage’s remarkable songcraft and adventurous sense of improvisation which takes flight in the company of his trusted trio”
— Blue Note

Julian Lage: guitar; Jorge Roeder: bass; Dave King: drum.
Release date: 2021 June 11

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Bright Dog Red

Bright Dog Red - In Vivo
Bright Dog Red
In Vivo
(Ropeadope Records)

Improvised music captured live of experimental jazz mixed with hip-hop, electronica, and a touch of krautrock: a refreshing discovery.

Joe Pignato: drums, concepts; Eric Person: soprano and alto saxophones, flute; Tyreek Jackson: guitar; Cody Davies: sounds; Anthony Berman: acoustic bass; Matt Coonan: poetry, freestyling.
Release date: 2021 June 11

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Charlotte Keeffe

Charlotte Keeffe - Right Here, Right Now
Charlotte Keeffe
Right Here, Right Now
(Discus Music)

“It’s always been a necessity for me to make music, but it feels like only recently that I’m truly allowing myself to just play, just be, in the right here, right now… When I’m improvising freely I feel the most connected to everything, the most creative, the most musical. I feel the most freedom.”
— Charlotte Keeffe

So many different atmospheres and structures to mindfully explore: Right Here, Right Now is just beautiful and captivating!

Charlotte Keeffe: trumpet, flugelhorn, electronics | Solo, duo, quartet, and with members of the London Improvisers Orchestra (Full details on sleeve notes).
Release date: 2021 June 11

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Tomoko Omura

Tomoko Omura - Branches Vol. 2
Tomoko Omura
Branches Vol. 2
(Outside in Music)

New York-based Japanese jazz violinist Tomoko Omura comes with Branches Vol. 2, the second volume of her compositions and arrangements based on Japanese folklore and traditional music.  You can check Branches Vol 1 here and read our review here: Tomoko OmuraBranches Vol. 2

Tomoko Omura: violin, composition; Jeff Miles: guitar; Glenn Zaleski: piano; Pablo Menares: bass; Jay Sawyer: drums.
Release date: 2021 June 18

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Amaro Freitas

Amaro Freitas - Sankofa
Amaro Freitas
(Far Out Records)

As fundamental as a Jazz piano trio could be, Amaro Freitas manages to refresh the form without any revolution, only pure dedication to his instrument, compositions, and band, looking both back and front, for a genuine yet rooted perfect album.

Sankofa – a spiritual quest into the forgotten stories, ancient philosophies and inspirational figures of Black Brazil – is his most stunning and sincere work to date”
— Far Out Records

Amaro Freitas: piano; Hugo Medeiros: drums & percussion; Jean Elton: double bass.
Release date: 2021 June 25

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Jason Nazary

Jason Nazary - Spring Collection
Jason Nazary
Spring Collection
(We Jazz Records)

Spring Collection is a mesmerizing solo album by drummer Jason Nazary. For the fans of Anteloper, this world will be familiar as Jaimie Branch appears on the track “Dust Moths”. For the other ones, be ready to discover a parallel universe where rhythms, percussions, and beats are no longer the ground but the whole purpose, where acoustic and electronic are just one, and where somehow movement becomes static.

“With Spring Collection, my aim was to capture the spirit of spontaneity & collaboration lost in the absence of live music.”
— Jason Nazary

Jason Nazary: drums, percussion, synths, double knot, keyed mosstone, softpop, space drum & microkorg | With guests: David Leon: piccolo, c flute & alto flute on “Pulses Of Wind, Real Or Imagined”; Ramon Landolt: kurzweill k2600 & piano on “Slow Bell Jawn B”; Jaimie Branch: trumpet & Juno-106 on “Dust Moths”; Matt Mitchell: Arturia MicroFreak synthesizer on “Dust Moths”; Michael Coleman: Roland JX-03 on “Rain On Cape”; Grey McMurray: voice & guitar on “Days & Nights, For Em”.
Release date: 2021 June 25

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Aki Rissanen

Aki Rissane - Divided Horizon
Aki Rissanen
Divided Horizon
(Edition Records)

Divided Horizon is an exceptional album, maybe his best so far. The compositions are tense and vivid, inspired and certainly shaped by his wild Finnish nature, and what definitely makes the difference is the overall perfect entangled balance and progression of all the tracks. Read our full review Aki RissanenDivided Horizon

Aki Rissanen: piano, omniwerk.
Release date: 2021 June 25

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

New Releases – June 2021 – Albums’ List:

Best of Jazz – 2021

Discover the Best of Jazz – Year 2021 full post.

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