Here are 10 of David R. Adler’s favorite album releases of 2021 along with his review commentary. Albums are not ranked in any particular order and are embedded into the article as a reference for listening.
“Even during the pandemic, thousands of worthwhile jazz recordings were released in 2021. Some are cutting edge and seek to move the music ahead while others are creative within the context of established styles. Here are ten that remained in my memory long after I played them. Next month I will list ten equally rewarding recordings that are reissues or historical recordings from earlier times.” ~ Scott Yanow, JAN
Conversationally, he was most engaging and charismatic – a baby-faced authentic New York character who drew me into what became an ongoing sphere of influence, within a few seconds.
By Christopher Burnett It was dark when we crossed the blue bridge over the Missouri River and pulled into the City of Leavenworth, officially known as “The First City of Kansas” and also hometown to such music industry luminaries as Melissa Etheridge and the phenomenal LA-based woodwind artist Gary Foster. I am a native of […]
The Lighthouse Café in Hermosa Beach, California, still in existence, practically rivals New York’s Village Vanguard in terms of historic live jazz albums to have issued from its bandstand.
Tom Guarna’s penchant for sonic exploration is closer to Mr. Loueke than to Mr. Pinheiro, though his warm, overdriven guitar tone is nothing like either of theirs.
I already know what I want for Christmas, “Charlie Parker: The Mercury & Clef 10-Inch LP Collection.”
It’s no mystery why the year 2020 would prompt a good number of solo albums. And yet 2020 isn’t unique in that regard: jazz has a legacy of unaccompanied performance stretching back to Jelly Roll Morton, the stride pianists, Art Tatum and so many others.
Here are several 2020 releases that should be on everyone’s playlists. Featuring the new works of Logan Richardson, Patrick Cornelius, Arthur White and MERGE, and Marcus Lewis Big Band our Editor’s Picks cover a relatively broad modern spectrum.
In his work there was a certain adamant refusal to sign on with and regurgitate what everyone else was saying. For better or worse.
Artist: Fernando Huergo Big Band Album: The Possibility Of Change © Copyright 2020 – Fernando HuergoLabel – Outside In Music Reviewed By Scott Yanow THE POSSIBILITY OF CHANGE Jazz Artistry Now – In his career so far, bassist-composer Fernando Huergo has appeared on over 160 albums as a sideman and previously led 11 albums. Born in Cordoba, Argentina […]
“Jesup Wagon is filled with invigorating music that is well worth several listens.” — Jazz Artistry Now
Shai Maestro, Human (ECM); Vijay Iyer Trio, Uneasy (ECM); Hafez Modirzadeh, Facets (Pi)
“Rather play earlier standards from the Great American Songbook, Arcamone mostly plays jazz tunes from the 1960s including numbers from Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, and McCoy Tyner, along with a later song apiece by Pat Metheny and Allan Holdsworth.” — Jazz Artistry Now