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The Jazz All Stars - Vol. 2 (Le Coq)/Chicago Soul Jazz Collective - On the Way to Be Free (JMarq)

16 May 2022

In the jazz world, it’s not unusual for players of a certain caliber and renown to assemble for supersessions. Minus the hype it would bring in the rock and pop worlds, these kinds of sessions can often be relaxed affairs featuring old and new friends, united by love of the music and mutual respect.

Roxy Music - Stranded/Country Life vinyl reissues (Virgin)

13 May 2022

Roxy Music’s groundbreaking first two albums would be hard to follow up by anyone, let alone the band that created them.

Jacob Garchik - Assembly (Yestereve)

12 May 2022

Outside of some fusion groups, there aren’t that many jazz artists that use the studio and its gear as an instrument. On Assembly, his seventh album, trombonist Jacob Garchik and his band of trusty sidekicks aim to change that.

Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead - Poetic (self-released)

11 May 2022

A veteran of ensembles led by trombonist Steve Davis, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and saxophonists Julieta Eugenio and JD Allen, drummer Jonathan Barber also leads his own band, Vision Ahead.

Oded Tzur - Isabela (ECM)

11 May 2022

Born in Tel Aviv, reborn through the sonic mantra of Indian ragas, and born again in New York City, saxophonist Oded Tzur explores the cosmopolitan nature of spiritual jazz on his fourth album Isabela.

Eucalyptus - Moves (Telephone Explosion)

10 May 2022

Armed with eight players, a widescreen compositional vision and a propensity toward musical freedom, Toronto ensemble Eucalyptus gets busy the moment “Infinity Bananas,” the first track on the band’s sixth album Moves, begins its spin.

Chase Elodia - Portrait Imperfect (Biophilia)

10 May 2022

Drummer and composer Chase Elodia spent the pandemic reading books on media theory, which lead to his debut album Portrait Imperfect.

Chris Church - Darling Please (Big Stir)

9 May 2022

Church made Darling Please alone in his basement following the death of his beloved brother and bandmate Mike, a terrible occurrence that drenches the songs in bruised emotion, whether or not they directly address the situation.

Ches Smith - Interpret It Well (Pyroclastic)

6 May 2022
If COVID broke the eggs, Interpret It Well is the omelet made from the results.

Kalia Vandever - Regrowth (New Amsterdam)

5 May 2022

Joined by guitarist/producer Lee Meadvin, bassist Nick Dunston, pianist Paul Cornish and drummer Connor Parks, Vandever unfolds her pieces at a deliberate pace, never jumping straight in, but never letting lanquidity take over.

John Scofield - s/t (ECM)

4 May 2022

Though he’s been recording albums under his own name since 1978 (and as a sideman since 1974), guitarist John Scofield, astonishingly, has never recorded an album of unaccompanied guitar.

Whit Dickey Quartet - Astral Long Form: Staircase in Space (TAO Forms)

3 May 2022

The loosely linked quintet of songs explore space, as indicated by the title, but it’s not just the cosmic variety.

Bluedive - Kario Mart (self-released)

2 May 2022

Continuing their quest to re-imagine and re-brand classic pop-punk for a new generation, Bluedive drop the latest single “Kario Mart” which perfectly keeps the musical momentum flowing.

Benji Kaplan - Something Here Inside (Wise Cat)

2 May 2022

Something Here Inside is a warm love letter to the Great American Songbook.

Whitbeck - January 22 (Self-Released)

1 May 2022

January 22 has all of the theatrics of a U2 with more grit, and for an album self-recorded (at least partly on the artist’s sailboat), it is a stunningly ambitious achievement.

Rodney Cromwell - Opus Three (Happy Robots)

29 April 2022

Opus Three, the second single taken from the recently-released _Memory Box’_album by London’s Rodney Cromwell gets an enhanced version with a new 5-track maxi-single, released on April 20 via Happy Robots Records.

Miles Okazaki’s Trickster Quartet - Thisness (Pi Recordings)

29 April 2022

Faced with only the loosest of structures, the musicians used their improvisatory skills and deep understanding of their partnership to create songs that ebb and flow like water over the ocean bed, seemingly shifting at random, but in reality following an internal logic.

Othered - Othered Vol 1 (self-released)

28 April 2022

Oakland*-based duo *Othered present their hard-hitting debut album Othered Vol, 1 on limited edition vinyl and digitally, following up the single “Journey To The Edge”, a heavy rock / metal anthem replete with signs of our times.

Detective - s/t (ORG Music)

28 April 2022

One of the many journeyman supergroups populating the arena rock circuit in the 1970s, Detective never quite found the success it deserved.

Bill Evans - Morning Glory/Inner Spirit (Resonance)

28 April 2022

Presented in Resonance’s usual sterling packages, with extensively researched booklets in each, both Morning Glory and Inner Spirit are musts for any Bill Evans fan.

Yuval Ron feat Úyanga Bold - Sacred Spiral (Metta Mindfulness Music)

27 April 2022

What the artists attempt to achieve on Sacred Spiral is a lot, but listen to any of the songs and it’s clear they come extremely close to the sublime.

Friendmaker - Weird (House of Strange Vinyl)

27 April 2022

Irish indie alt-rock band Friendmaker presents “Weird”, the second single from their forthcoming debut album. Musically, this deliberately repetitive ear worm subtly changes on each refrain, reflecting the abstractions of dreamlike repetition. With audio samples of psychoanalyst Carl Jung’s dream theory bookending the piece, this is three minutes of rhythmic indie rock with hooky melodies and pounding choruses.

Erik Friedlander - A Queens' Firefly (Skipstone)

27 April 2022

Cellist Erik Friedlander has been out front of the vanguard of his instrument’s potential for decades.

Mental Fracture - Disaccord (Self-Released)

26 April 2022

Overall, the album leaves the listener with a sensation that can only be described as awestruck.

Westrock - Welcome to the River (Self-Released)

26 April 2022

The five-piece band puts their own spin on the Red Dirt country genre with a Heartland sensibility that focuses on honest vignettes of individual lives to which their audience can immediately relate.

Paris Music Corp. - Paris Music Corp. (Self Released)

26 April 2022

Texan electronic and ambient composer Paris Music Corp. a.k.a. John Andrew Paris a full-length self-titled album. With 14 tracks on offer, this is his first record in half a decade, the previous release being the Rewind LP in 2017.

Eri Yamamoto/William Parker/Steve Hirsh/Chad Fowler - Sparks (Mahakala Music)

26 April 2022

Pianist Eri Yamamoto, bassist William Parker, drummer Steve Hirsh and woodwindist Chad Fowler congregated to cut loose and see what happened, and what happened was remarkable.

Kaapstaad - Night (Filter Label)

25 April 2022

Kaapstaad presents a chill and immersive debut single, titled “Night”, bringing distinct lo-fi chamber beats from the Baltic and beyond, influenced by such notable artists as Neils Frahm, Olafur Arnalds, Ludovico Enaudi, BVG, Agnes Obel and Grouper.

Kind Folk - Head Towards the Center (Fresh Sound New Talent)

25 April 2022

Named in tribute to late trumpeter Kenny Wheeler (after a Wheeler tune from the album Angel Song), Kind Folk has grown into a formidable force.

Sons of Silver - Ordinary Sex Appeal (self-released)

24 April 2022

Following on from the critically well recieved Doomsday Noises, LA quartet, Sons of Silver are back with a new blistering five song EP Ordinary Sex Appeal. Remember when rock and roll rulled the roost? Sons of Silver certaily does!

Telefis - Archbishop Beardmouth at The ChemOlympics (Dimple Discs)

22 April 2022

The final salvo from the recently released and much applauded Telefís album a hAon is the “Archbishop Beardmouth At The ChemOlympics” EP, which finds band members Garret ‘Jacknife’ Lee (U2, REM, Modest Mouse, The Wombats) and Cathal Coughlan (Microdisney, Fatima Mansions) collaborating with revered electro-pop pioneer Thomas Leer, in addition to creating different versions of four key album tracks.

Bleeding Hearts - Riches to Rags (Bar/None/Fiasco)

22 April 2022

Unsurprisingly, Riches to Rags sounds a lot like mid-eighties Replacements, with melodic songs, bar band energy, Leonard’s whiskey-toned rasp and Stinson’s distinctive hard pop flash guitar.

London Plane - Francesco/Watch That Madman Go (Declared Goods)

21 April 2022

NYC post-punk collective have released two electrifying singles to pave the way for their latest album Bright Black.

Michael Leonhardt Orchestra - The Normyn Suites (Sunnyside)

21 April 2022

We can’t say for sure how multi-instrumentalist, composer and bandleader Michael Leonhardt felt when his fifteen-year-old dachshund Normyn passed away. But on his latest album The Normyn Suites, he’s trying to tell us.

Parabola West - Hannah (self-released)

20 April 2022

Parabola West is back with new music with the album Stars Will Light the Way to be released on April 29. Ahead of this, she shares the lead track “Hannah”, an ethereal tale of the thin veil between the physical and spiritual worlds, heightened by the use of the medieval hurdy-gurdy and the haunting Swedish folk instrument Nyckelharpa. ·

Pepper Adams with the Tommy Banks Trio - Live at Room at the Top (Reel to Real)

20 April 2022

Recorded in 1972 and in the vaults until now, the two-disk Live at Room at the Top features Adams at the titular Edmonton club backed by the Tommy Banks Trio, with Banks on piano, Bobby Cairns on bass and Tom Doran on drums.

Stevie Cornell - Stevie Cornell (Sonoma-Sonic Records)

19 April 2022

Cornell’s trajectory somewhat echoes that of Nick Lowe, whose raucous beginnings gradually gave way to a gentler croon subtly influenced by pop of the 50s and early 60s.

Amoeba Teen - s/t (Big Stir)

19 April 2022

Since the arrival of the Beatles and the Kinks sixty years ago, the UK seems just stuffed to the shores with guitar-led pop bands with a batch of cool tunes. Add Stourbridge’s Amoeba Teen to the list.

E - Any Information (Silver Rocket)

18 April 2022

The half-dozen songs on Any Information, the band’s fourth release, celebrate classic rock power and subvert it with a sensibility that avoids machismo.

Marvin Gaye - What’s Going On: 50th Anniversary (Tamla/UMe)

15 April 2022

Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On is pretty much unassailable.

Jas Kayser - Jas 5ive (Jazz re:freshed)

15 April 2022

Part of the diverse and electrifying twenty-first century London jazz scene, drummer/composer Jas Kayser makes her leader debut with Jas 5ive.

Unfortunately Steven - Groovy Avocado Disco (Self-Released)

14 April 2022

It goes without saying that it is brave to be this honest and transparent about a subject that many still struggle to talk about openly, but this is also nothing short of a fantastic record.

Ava Vox - Immortalised (self-released album)

14 April 2022

Dublin alt-rock/postpunk artist Ava Vox presents her debut album ‘Immortalised’, a collection of eight powerful and lush tracks. The pseudonym of Elaine Hannon, formerly of 1980s gothic rock / post-punk band The Seventh Veil, this is the first long-player since launching this project in 2020.

Panjoma - Sun and Moon EP (GRID Discs)

14 April 2022

Austin-based electronic outfit Panjoma present their new Sun and Moon EP marking the band’s return to the music scene, back after eight years with what they feel is their best work ever.

James Singleton - Malabar (Sinking City)

14 April 2022

Singleton doesn’t walk the fine line between post bop and free jazz – he gleefully, gracefully dances atop it.

Sickpay - Pureocracy (Alien Body Music)

13 April 2022

Pureocracy thrives and succeeds because of its production, and although modest, it’s a definite contender for one of the year’s strongest debuts.

Richard Evans - Sentinel (Cold Star Media)

13 April 2022

Manchester*-based electronic artist *Richard Evans presents his debut album Sentinel via Cold Star Media, an eight-track collection that tells the story of humanity at a tipping point and a world trapped in a climate crisis.