Jazz singer Dwight Trible’s moves label on this his latest record just out to London jazz indie Gearbox (who have just signed Abdullah Ibrahim). Quite a gathering of musicians here including Kamasi Washington, Mark de Clive-Lowe and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson the sound is very much within the AfroFuturist mood at the moment and could sit just as easily as an Impulse record released in the 1970s because it has such a Pharoah Sanders/Leon Thomas vibe. The set includes a treatment of ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ one of The Beatles’ most groundbreaking releases. There is plenty of power throughout not least because Trible, which another UK label Gondwana has done much to champion, is a very powerful singer. Trible is also a very involved singer who values tenderness, and he gives songs like ‘Brother Where Are You’ his all. And there is also something very reverent about the way he approaches his material, again part of the spiritual jazz sound he develops so effortlessly. The presence of Kamasi Washington is a big plus but by no means is this just a collection of star names. Think of it instead as easily one of the best jazz albums to date in 2019.
Pianist composer Andrew McCormack switches labels to UK jazz indie Ubuntu, the label has announced. His album Graviton: The Calling will be released this summer. McCormack’s group for the project has Noemi Nuti on vocals, Josh Arcoleo on tenor saxophone, Tom Herbert on electric bass and Josh Blackmore on drums. Check the video above.
Drummer Kendrick Scott’s band Oracle have a new record out next month with the release of Blue Note album A Wall Becomes A Bridge.
Scott beefs up his core band of guitarist Mike Moreno, pianist Taylor Eigsti, reedist John Ellis, and bassist Joe Sanders adding turntablist Jahi Sundance.
Check the absorbing ‘Mocean’ from the album, due on 5 April, above.
This is a must for hard bop fans, Harrell has come up with the goods on two counts: a fine band (Mark Turner on tenor sax, Charles Altura on guitar, Ben Street on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums) who run hard with the trumpeter; and a bunch of compositions that make sense and provide both a heat and plenty of depth kept taut and true by the great rhythm section. Harrell is an inspiration to many trumpeters out there including the UK talent Reuben Fowler and it is easy to see why. Harrell keeps the formula the same on most of his albums so no one is smashing up the rule book but that formula is one that continues to remain true to his vision and there is a clarity on Infinity that you won’t find on too many records out there. Out now on Highnote records.
Ayanna Witter-Johnson releases Road Runner next month. Check ‘Nothing Less’ from the album above. The cellist/singer says: ‘‘Road Runner’ is my hustle as an artist. An expression of my road, my journey — physically, emotionally and historically. Each song is a memory of what has given me strength to become who I am today, and I hope that the music will ignite something in your soul and encourage you to rise up within yourself and live the life you want to live.”
Look out for Fragments this coming week new from pianist Adam Fairhall, bassist Seth Bennett and drummer Johnny Hunter. The improv trio began in 2013 as a workshop band in their words: “Rather than incorporating improvisation into composed frameworks, the trio start by improvising freely, and then may, at any point, begin playing a ‘fragment’; one of a series of pre-composed fragments of musical material.”
One of the event releases of the year so far... Italian pianist Giovanni Guidi’s elegant trio with bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer João Lobo goes further to expand to a quintet on some tracks. The album includes a tribute to the much missed Tomasz Stańko. Look for the album on 22 March.
The London label Gearbox is releasing the EP I Am Chiminyo on 29 March. The drummer percussionist Chiminyo, Tim to his mum, fuses jazz, drum and bass, and electronic dance music. Each of the three tracks is performed on live drums, which then trigger synth sounds but there are no loops or backing tracks.