Jazzmeia Horn - Dear Love - Empress Legacy Records

Dear Love, the brand-new project by US jazz luminary, vocalist and composer Jazzmeia Horn addresses three specific aspects of Jazzmeia’s existence, her community, her lover and herself. Dear Love is also one of the first times that a black female vocalist has written and fronted a big band album in its entirety (this having historically always been a male preoccupation) and the addition of strings elevates the album to that of a major orchestral project.
“Her singing is exuberant, her original songs reveal a sturdy intellect, and her message is nothing less than everything the title implies” NPR
“Without a doubt among the jazz world’s most exciting young vocalists… her sound is explosive and bright and rich, catnip for audiences looking for boldness that’s still traditional.” BILLBOARD 

Dee Bell - Love For Sailin' Over Seas: Then & Now - Laser Records

Love for Sailin’ Over Seas: Then & Now begins with two songs recorded on 5 July 2021 at the 1332 Recording Studio, in Berkeley, CA. Abbey Lincoln’s I Got Thunder [and it Rings] features Romero Lubambo on a masterfully energetic guitar solo. I’ll String Along with You begins with graceful counterpoint harmonies, again featuring the mellifluous Romero on guitar. Marcos Silva fashioned these arrangements based on Dee’s ideas and put together a crew of Brazilian music experts. To complete the sound, Marcos plays electric piano/ synthesizer, Scott Thompson plays electric bass, and Celso Alberti plays drums to back Dee Bell’s vocals. This is the “Now“ part of the CD. It was a joyfully inspired session engineered by Alberto Hernandez. “Then” is a compilation from three previous Laser Records albums. Harvest Moon, Beijo Partido [Broken Kiss], and The Face I Love were released on Silva.Bell.Elation in 2014, By Chance [Dee’s translated prose] and Bosa Nova were part of the Lins, Lennox, & Life release in 2018; You’re My Thrill, You Can’t Go Home Again [Dee’s lyrics], and Watch What Happens were part of the Sagacious Grace historic release, recorded in 1990, with misplaced microphone issues resolved in 2011 by the late Bud Spangler and Dan Feiszli.

Bill Mays, Tom Garvin, Marc Devine - Ivory Jazz - ITI Music

Produced by Mike Dion with three GREAT pianists. The recordings are a compilation from the following ITI Records albums: Bill Mays & Red Mitchell -“Two of a Mind”. Tom Garvin – “Alone”. Marc Devine Trio – “Inspiration” and Art Johnson & Marc Devine – “Blue Sud”.

Charnett Moffett Trio - Live - Motema Music

Following up his internationally acclaimed June 21 trio/quartet album NEW LOVE, renowned bass virtuoso Charnett Moffett returns with a tour-de-force concert EP of his power trio featuring acclaimed vocalist/guitarist Jana Herzen and the creative, hard-swinging drummer Corey Garcia. From their striking improvisations on Gershwin’s “Summertime” to the free and thrilling jazz of Moffett’s “Higher Dimensions” and “Inside Outside”, the trio innovates and expands upon the legacies of Moffett employers Ornette Coleman, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Sharrock, and Tony Williams, and Herzen influencers Miles Davis, Cream, Jerry Garcia, and Ella Fitzgerald.

Ron Burris - Shades Of Jazz - Ron Burris Music

Vallejo CA born saxophonist Ron Burris started playing sax at an early age. With a solid background in R&B and sprinkles of gospel, Burris went on to college to major in music at U.C Davis. He graduated with a B.A. in music and followed up with a teaching credential from Sonoma State University. That passion culminates in a very cool fashion with the release of his debut self-produced CD, Mr. Cool!  A 9-tune set with 7 originals Mr. Cool display Ron’s excellent writing, arranging and production skills as well as his on defining sound, and playing tenor, alto and soprano saxophones his musical virtuosity!

Soul Café - Step Aside - Autumn Hill Records

Led by guitarist/composer Ed “Mr. Ed” Starrett, the vibrant fusion ensemble known as Soul Café has been thrilling audiences in the St. Louis area for more than 20 years with their blend of complex jazz and funk, Latin accents and driving grooves. Now, with their new album Step Aside, the soulful six-piece band urges listeners to clear a path for their exhilarating, infectious sound. Step Aside also serves as both reintroduction and rebirth for Starrett and Soul Café. It’s the band’s first album wholly composed of original material since their 2003 debut, Unspoken Request; the first studio session for the band’s stellar current line-up, which has honed its sound over a dozen years together; and the first outing for the band following Starrett’s nearly decade-long battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. The title Step Aside has a couple of meanings for me,” Starrett explains. “We as a band are stepping aside from what we’ve done in the past a way and bringing our own identity to the forefront. On a more personal level, I was able to walk through a very dark, challenging and difficult time while keeping this band together and moving forward. So for me, Step Aside means that I can finally put that chapter behind me.”

Shawnn Monteiro - You Are There - Whaling City Sound

It’s been some time since we’ve heard from Shawnn Monteiro, jazz chanteuse extraordinaire. You Are There, her sixth release is the gorgeous sound of a veteran vocalist whose artistry is crafted in the mold of Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McCrae, and Nancy Wilson. For the ride, she enjoys the company and support of two distinguished trios. The first half of the recording are with her regular working trio, which includes Michael Renzi on piano, Dave Zinno on bass and Steve Langone on drums. The second half is an earlier session at Brooklyn’s revered Systems Two studio, and features Kenny Barron on piano, Nat Reeves on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums. Trombonist Steve Davis and trumpeters John Allmark and Joshua Bruneau also make important contributions. Monteiro handles her material the way a painter decorates a canvas with color. Her uber-talent lies in her ability to crush a ballad. Her voice finds the loveliness between the notes, the subtleties of a lyric, the sincerity and passion of a song or a couplet or a simple line that comes straight from the soul, with a warm embrace.

Dino Govoni - Hiding In Plain Sight - Whaling City Sound

Listening to the opening bars of “Stories Passed,” the kick-off track on Dino Govoni’s new recording, Hiding in Plain Sight, is like rolling the window down on a long empty stretch of highway, with nothing but a cool breeze in your face and open road ahead. Govoni’s first few clear, clarion notes, in that typically bold Govoni style, feels like what freedom might sound like. As the notes wash over you, you can sense the tension melting away as the joy of bebop takes the spotlight. And that’s just the first few notes. There’s more where that came from, much more. Govoni’s new recording, his first in nearly a decade, reflects a broad and beautiful understanding of jazz expression. The recordings here are immensely satisfying, hefty, hearty compositions that run long, and give his listeners a chance to sink into them, and his band members a chance to lean into them. They are comfortable in straight up tradition, but zesty and endlessly interesting as well, with great accompanying performances. His band—including Henry Hey (piano), Mike Pope (bass), Jeff “Tain” Watts (drums), and Alex Sipiagin (trumpet)—clearly appreciate the chance to explore and enhance the arrangements. If you’re new to Govoni’s sax gifts, Hiding in Plain Sight is all you need for proof.

Graham Dechter - Major Influence - Capri Records

One of the most original and tasteful straight ahead jazz guitarists to emerge in recent years, Graham Dechter has distilled his myriad musical inspirations into Major Influence, his third release as a leader. The album reunites Dechter with his dream team rhythm section from his earlier recordings: Tamir Hendelman on piano, John Clayton on bass and Jeff Hamilton on drums. The album was recorded prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the release was delayed until the group could return to touring and live performances. The guitarist wrote and arranged all but one of the tunes. “After completing seven originals and co-arranging the classic ‘Pure Imagination’ with Mr. Hamilton, I came to the realization that every song on this recording, whether consciously or subconsciously, was dedicated to and/or directly influenced by one or more of my musical heroes.” The album is reflective of his journey through jazz from an early age with some of the most influential musicians to play the music. “I consider myself to be an eternal student of the music. And as long as my ears can detect sound and my mind is able to comprehend it, I’ll always have an appetite!”