The Baylor Project - The Evening: Live At Apparatus - Be A Light

The Evening: Live at APPARATUS is a new live album from 4x GRAMMY® nominee and NAACP Image Award Winning duo The Baylor Project. This immersive, soul-stirring set was recorded in front of an engaged live audience at APPARATUS – an interdisciplinary design studio in New York City. For three magical nights, the indomitable couple and their exceptional band graced the stage at MUMS, an ephemeral jazz club created within APPARATUS’ gallery. The Evening: Live at APPARATUS displays the transformative power of performance, in a presentation of both style and substance. Their commanding performance captured the attention of Gabriel Hendifar, the Artistic Director of APPARATUS, whose design practice explores the relationship of lighting, furniture and objects in their environment. Hendifar’s latest collection, titled Act Four, took inspiration from cultural touchpoints of the 1960s and jazz music of the era. He knew he wanted to design a jazz club to celebrate the collection launch during New York Design Week, but he needed the final piece: the musical muse to bring the entire concept together. When Hendifar’s team stumbled upon a video of The Baylor Project’s vibrant “We Swing” he knew he had met his match.

Carmen Lundy - Fade To Black - Afrasia Production

Fade To Black, the 16th album from the multi-talented and multi-faceted Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Carmen Lundy, is a stunning and provocative song cycle created during the turbulent and often isolating times of the Covid-19 pandemic. Featuring 11 tracks all written by Carmen, Fade To Black explores such themes as the rethinking of our personal values, loss, a woman’s right to vote and choice, the invasive culture of modern technology, commitment – both to oneself and to one’s partner, and police brutality. Jazzy, passionate, introspective, thoughtful, smart, kind, honoring and loving, Carmen has crafted an album without borders that transfixes its listeners.

Mike Clement - Unfinished Business – Independent

Sought after for his brazen, exuberant sound and impassioned improvisations, this September, emerging talent, guitarist Mike Clement is poised to launch his debut album: Unfinished Business. Clement’s soulful, blazing bebop style is complimented by legendary New Orleans drum master Shannon Powell, and organ virtuoso Joe Ashlar. Unfinished Business reimagines the classic sound of the 60’s jazz organ trio into catchy, feel-good originals and flavorful renditions of swingin’ standards.

Terri Lyne Carrington - New Standards vol 1 - Candid Records

For the 2018 opening celebration of the Berklee Institute for Jazz and Gender Justice, Terri Lyne Carrington asked her students to select and perform songs from the famed jazz Real Book – a compilation of lead sheets or scores of jazz standards – written by women composers.  When she realized there was only one in the entire book, Carrington, an NEA Jazz Master, Grammy Award winning virtuoso jazz drummer, composer, inter-disciplinary artist, activist and educator, who has worked tirelessly over the last decade to advocate for inclusivity and raise the voice of women, trans and non-binary people in jazz, set out to shift the narrative. Over the next several years, Carrington assembled New Standards (Hal Leonard Sept 2022) a book of the 101 jazz compositions written by women. New Standards Vol. 1 captures 11 of these compositions. This star-studded recording features special guests Ambrose Akinmusire, Melanie Charles, Ravi Coltrane, Val Jeanty, Samara Joy, Julian Lage, Michael Mayo, Elena Pinderhughes, Dianne Reeves, Negah Santos and Somi, backed by a core section comprised of Carrington (drums), Kris Davis (piano), Linda May Han Oh (bass), Nicholas Payton (trumpet), and Matthew Stevens (guitar.) The record gives listeners a sense of this project’s vast range, with contemporary composers like harpist Brandee Younger’s “Respected Destroyer,” clarinetist Anat Cohen’s “Ima,” vocalist Abbey Lincoln’s “Throw It Away” as well as pieces by Gretchen Parlato, Carla Bley and more.  The recordings – which range from vocal ballads to contemporary creative music – are inspired and adventurous and explore the limitless universe of jazz.

4te! – “Tantalizing” - Evolution Music Group

4te! “Tantalizing”, the City Jazz Quartet reinterpreting 80’s City Pop with pop jazz elements. The modern jazz quartet 4te! reinterprets the 80’s famous Japanese and Cantonese pop song into an instrumental city jazz track. “Tantalizing” is a melodic track that has a strong groove which gives a sexy and fun vibe that makes you want to swing along and chill, perfect for driving, background music for restaurant or lounge. This is one of the tracks included in the City Jazz album which will be released on 16th Sep, 2022. Personnel: Piano – Kriz Bobbyda, Drums – Huang Tzu Yu (Fish), Guitar – Alan Kwan, Bass – Tsang Tak Hong (Hong).

Craig Davis - Tone Paintings - MCG Jazz

Pittsburgh pianist Craig Davis pays tribute to fellow Steel City native and bebop pioneer Michael “Dodo” Marmarosa on stunning new album. Tone Paintings: The Music of Dodo Marmarosa features bassist John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton. Davis is on a mission to raise Dodo’s profile in the jazz consciousness. Part of that stems from hometown pride; a fellow native of Pittsburgh, Davis has spent most of his career as an active and in-demand member of the Steel City jazz scene. He also recognizes parallels to his own approach to the piano in Marmarosa’s, as both men blend classical influences with a taste for progressive jazz and a spirited lyricism. On his new album, Tone Paintings: The Music of Dodo Marmarosa, Davis offers gorgeous new interpretations of ten classic Marmarosa tunes as well as a new song penned in dedication to Dodo.

Anne Walsh - The Astrud Project - A to Zinc Music

The seeds for “The Astrud Project” were sewn on jazz vocalist Anne Walsh’s previous album, Brand New. On that 2016 set, Walsh penned biographical lyrics to Brazilian jazz singer Astrud Gilberto’s lyric-less scat on “Nao Bate O Coracao,” retitling the song “The Writing’s on the Wall.” Walsh did a similar thing with Gilberto’s scatted “Beach Samba,” which led to recording an entire album that pays tribute to Gilberto’s seminal bossa nova catalogue. Produced and orchestrated by Grammy nominated arranger Tom Zink, On the The Astrud Project, released on the A to Zink Music label, Walsh skillfully plies her exquisite voice and passion for Brazilian jazz to the lavishly produced and orchestrated tracks meticulously crafted by Zink. Zink plays piano throughout “The Astrud Project” and is joined by Mitchell Long (guitar, cavaquinho), Kevin Winard (drums, percussion), Chris Wabich (drums), Mike Vacarro (flutes, clarinet, bass clarinet), Gary Meek (flute solos), Tony Guerrero (trumpets, flugelhorns), Andy Martin (trombone), Charlie Bisharat (violin), Tom Lea (viola) and Irina Chirkova (cello).

Lynn Riley & The World Mix - Head To The Sky - Ru Ba Groov

Philadelphia homegrown Jazz meets World-Music to inspire this collection of original compositions and distinctive classics. Lynn Riley and her band The World-Mix are known for melding captivating melodies with driving funk and world rhythms and their third release does not disappoint. The lyrics of “Keep Your Head Up To The Sky” encourage us to embrace hope amid current circumstances of COVID, polarization or other forces. “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” lauds the call and response of gospel, the healing of the blues, and connects us with the similarly tumultuous 1960’s. “Mango Tango” promises romance, then entices us to get up and dance. “Resistance Matters” is a tribute to all willing to stand up for what is right, inspired by the 2018 Women’s March. World-Mix Musicians: Lynn Riley – alto/soprano sax, flute, Rubin Edwards – bass, Adam Faulk – piano, Harry “Butch” Reed – drums. Guest Musicians: Juan “Cuco” Castellanos – percussion, Rene Ginett – vocals.

Grant Geissman - Blooz – Mesa/Blue Moon

Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings announces the release of veteran guitarist and composer Grant Geissman’s new album Blooz. The twelve instrumental tracks are a collection of original blues and jazz songs, performed by a stellar supporting cast of musicians. Geissman comments: “On Blooz, with the help of great friends and incredible musicians, I had some of the most fun and made some of the best music of my career. It’s the album I have always wanted to make.” The gospel-oriented “Preach” (featuring Randy Brecker), the Latin-influenced, Santana-inspired “Carlos En Siete” (featuring David Garfield), the funky “Robben’s Hood” (featuring Robben Ford), the blues shuffle “This and That” (featuring Tom Scott), the mournfully bluesy “Sorry Not Sorry” (featuring Russell Ferrante), the rockabilly-styled “Whitewalls and Big Fins” (featuring John Jorgenson), and the Bo Diddley-inspired, three-guitar shootout “One G and Two J’s” (featuring Josh Smith and Joe Bonamassa) come together to form a project that might just surprise listeners who think they had a handle on Geissman both as a player and a composer. Blooz showcases Geissman’s new creative directions and limitless musical prowess.

Geoffrey Keezer - Playdate - MarKeez Records

On this eclectic new release, the GRAMMY-nominated musician continues to augment and refine his distinctive style. The album’s lighthearted namesake is an homage to the concept of planning a playdate for a group of kids. Rallying a group of distinguished collaborators, Keezer calls this virtuosic cast “Geoffrey Keezer and Friends.” On Playdate, an idiomatic mastery of funk, hard bop, gospel, heavenly strings and the blues is externalized by an all-star musical roster. “I’m trying to dig deeper and deeper into what is my style, my personality as a pianist, and how I can develop it more,” the bandleader adds, commenting on his new offering. On PlaydateGeoffrey Keezer upholds his old friend Christian McBride’s observation that he “never repeats himself.” Expanding beyond the straight ahead and into a vigorous enterprise, Playdate is anchored by decades of rich influences, emanating the mastery of an artist who continues to surprise himself. “I want there to be moments on this record that make you do a double take. I want it to be unpredictable and exciting and fun to listen to.”