Lisa Hilton - More Than Another Day - Ruby Slipper Productions

More Than Another Day, the latest release from composer/pianist/producer Lisa Hilton opens up with the title track showcasing the creative range of Hilton and her trio. Seamlessly moving through diverse rhythmic ideas, genres and eras, Rudy Royston (drums) and Luques Curtis (bass) provide stellar additions to Hilton’s nine compositions and one cover tune. The trio powers through the upbeat and swinging “Retro Road Trip”. With its groovy riffs, this might just be the feel good track you’ve been waiting for. “Secret Beach”, “Karma Chaos” and Cole Porter’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, all exude refreshing Latin ideas. “Blues & Beauty” captures the moods we’ve been encountering this year with Hilton’s expressive and bluesy piano, but also surprises the listener with serenity and beauty as well. The ballads, “No Sleep Until…”, “Today I Looked At Love” and “So This Is Love” give the album a rich balance of emotions and harmonic colors as well. This is music for today, for this year, and of course, for More Than Another Day.

Justin-Lee Schultz - Gruv Kid - Shanachie Entertainment

The future of jazz is here! The buzz on 13 year old multi-instrumentalist, prodigy Justin-Lee Schultz is off the charts! Gruv Kid, his scintillating debut album on the Shanachie label is overflowing with Justin’s jubilant spirit and his pure love of making music. Appealing to a broad spectrum of the jazz audience and beyond, with guest appearances by Bob James, Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, Najee, Pieces Of A Dream and more, Gruv Kid marks the emergence of a once in a generation talent!
“This kid is something special!” –Quincy Jones
“He sounds amazing, and he’s only getting better!” –Robert Glasper
“He really is something special! –Harry Connick Jr.

Till Brönner & Bob James - On Vacation - Sony Masterworks

Together with jazz legend and Grammy winner Bob James, Till Brönner has recorded his long-awaited new studio album. The two met in the autumn of 2019 at the legendary La Fabrique studio in the south of France “Initially, we had very different ideas about how our shared session should unfold. However, we immediately knew that we wanted all theory to yield to a basic feeling,” said Grammy-nominated Brönner about how their collaboration worked in the studio. Of all pieces, it was the well-known jazz standard Basin Street Blues that ultimately delivered the breakthrough. A song from New Orleans – the cradle of freedom so bitterly fought for – gave them a clear view of their collaborative space. The result is at once profound and ambiguous in meaning: “To me, On Vacation is the soundtrack to dwell on and reflect.” Technically brilliant, brimming over with a creative love for refined detail, and also exuding the greatest possible nonchalance, Brönner and James create richly imaginative music to ponder and dwell on, smile about and even cry over. In collaboration with fantastic musicians, including jazz drummer legends Harvey Mason and Wolfgang Haffner, they combine famous hits with mysteriously iridescent textures, weaving together colorful new interpretations and performing their own compositions too, all of which has the stuff of eternity. “These recordings definitely feel different from anything I’ve ever done before,” says Brönner.

Chip Shelton - MENTORS - CCM Records

Chip Shelton is back with his 10th release, MENTORS. Paying homage to music mentors, past & present, singling out Jimmy Heath’s “Heritage Hum” & “Angel Man”, Frank Foster’s “Simone”, and Frank Wess’ “Half Moon Street”; plus 5 Shelton originals, & his vocal flavorings on Willie Dixon’s “I Love The Life I Live”, & Richie Cole’s “DC Farewell”. CD Personnel: Marcus McLaurine- bass, Jon Davis- piano, Lou Volpe- guitars, Dwayne Cook Broadnax- drums, Daoud David Williams- percussion, Chip Shelton- C tenor & soprano sax, end blown flute, percussion, and vocals.

Alex Wintz Trio - Live to Tape - Outside in Music

Acclaimed guitarist Alex Wintz is pleased to announce the release of Live to Tape, a follow-up to his lauded debut LifeCycle. The album juxtaposes a modern musical approach with the recording techniques of the Blue Note era. Tracked in one session directly to tape, the resulting seven pieces display Wintz’s approach to the quintessential guitar trio format. Accompanying him on this record is the steadfast rhythm section of drummer Jimmy Macbride and bassist Dave BaronLive to Tape documents a trio with years of familiarity at its most relaxed and spontaneous. On Live to Tape, Wintz and his trio explore some of the most exciting sounds of the past and present; a modern celebration of the hallmark recordings that had a large impact on the guitarist’s musical upbringing. Among the tracks on this new recording are an acoustic reframing of a Herbie Hancock electronic classic, a new take on a Great American Songbook standard, and four new original works by Wintz highlighting his evolution as a composer.

The Royal Bopsters - Party of Four - Motéma Music

The Royal Bopsters to Release Party of Four, their sophomore album, out on Motéma, November 13th with very special guests Sheila Jordan, Bob Dorough & Christian McBride. A master class in the art of vocal jazz and vocalese, Party of Four demonstrates the dazzling possibilities of four voices coming together as one. Bopsters Amy LondonDylan PramukPete McGuinness, and the late Holli Ross (to whom the album is dedicated) are joined by guest lead vocalists, NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan (91 years young) who delivers a delightful rendition of “Lucky to Be Me” and NEA Jazz Master, the late Bob DoroughParty of Four displays the group’s stunning facility to swing deeply and sing passionately while navigating incredibly precise four-part harmonies.

JACELYN- Dovetailing - JACELYN Inc.

Canadian singer-songwriter, actor and entrepreneur, Jacelyn is best known for her sultry jazz vocals and music that is a melange of the classic and elemental sounds of jazz, blue-eyed soul, and pop, which offers a dynamic and refreshing contemporary twist. A versatile artist and actor, Jacelyn has spent the last decade taking chances which has led her to successes one after another. Her Kickstarter campaign for Dovetailing reached its goal of $30, 000 in just 16 hours and became #1 in the world out of close to 60, 000 music campaigns. It was also featured in the top 5 Jazz campaigns ever to exist on the crowdfunding site alongside Quincy Jones and Paula Cole. Jacelyn was able to bring in some amazing musical minds to support the creation of Dovetailing. She brought in internationally recognized and critically acclaimed pianist and composer Amina Figarova to co-produce the album and worked with two-time Grammy-award winning audio engineer Max Ross from Systems Two in New York City. Dovetailing is out now.

Javon Jackson - Déjà Vu - Solid Jackson Records

A true keeper of the flame, tenor saxophonist and former Jazz Messenger Javon Jackson continues to champion the tradition with his spirited interpretations of some well-known standards on Deja Vu. Fronting the same band of pianist Jeremy Manasia, drummer McClenty Hunter and venerable bassist David Williams, Jackson delivers in the same self-assured manner that has marked his playing with icons like Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, Charlie Haden and Elvin Jones. While putting a highly personal take on such timeless and essential vehicles as “Autumn in New York,” “Limehouse Blues” and “My Shining Hour,” Jackson and his accomplished crew also deliver fresh takes on tunes by Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton, Thelonious Monk and the late Jimmy Heath, who passed away just before the official release of Deja Vu. The lone Jackson original composition on the project is “T.J.”, a dedication to his father.

Jana Herzen and Charnett Moffett - 'Round The World - Motéma Music

Singer, songwriter, guitarist and Motéma label founder Jana Herzen and renowned bassist Charnett Moffett are true jazz legends in their own right. Yet their latest collaboration ‘Round The World so artfully blends soul sensitivity and originality in its acoustic arrangements, it could just as easily be considered alt-pop or modern folk. The collection is a spirited, twist and turn filled extension of the duo’s 12-year creative partnership that includes an initial duo project in 2012 and touring together. Intuitive in their breezy yet sometimes off the beaten path arrangements, they blend graceful and jaunty re-imaginings of classics by The Beatles, Men at Work, Kermit the Frog, Roberta Flack and Maria Muldaur with heartfelt, easy grooving originals that fit snugly and seamlessly amidst the more familiar fare. Quirky, smart, and sophisticated, the virtuosic duo finishes each other’s musical sentences, setting a dreamy vibe evoking Saturday nights around a warm fireplace with a glass of wine and an old friend.

Terri Lyne Carrington & Social Science - Waiting Game - Motéma Music

Galvanized by seismic changes in the social and political landscape, Grammy® Award-winning drummer, producer, and activist Terri Lyne Carrington formed the multi-ethnic, multi-generation Social Science group, to confront a wide-spectrum of crucial social justice issues. Released in November 2019, this powerful soundtrack for a movement includes Bells (Ring Loudly) ft. Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Trapped In The American Dream ft. Kassa Overall which powerfully expressed the underlying cauldron of public emotion and outrage that soon led to the international BLM uprising after of the brutal killing of George Floyd. Waiting Game is one of the most talked-about and culturally trenchant jazz albums of the year.