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. 

Jacques Loussier has died aged 84. The pianist composer was best known for his jazz interpretations of the music of J. S. Bach. In 1959, he formed his first Play Bach Trio and sold millions of records with his various Play Bach records. More via Libération.

The Japanese pianist has entered the Billboard jazz chart at no. 3 with Echo. The album includes guest appearances by Kyle Eastwood, Marcus Miller, Robben Ford, Gretchen Parlato and more.

Good to see them back.

Ilmiliekki Quartet return next month with Land of Real Men. 

The Finnish four piece of trumpeter, Verneri Pohjola, pianist Tuomo Prättälä, bassist Antti Lötjönen and drummer Olavi Louhivuori have not had a new album in more than a dozen years.

They return in style with a double vinyl/CD/digital WeJazz Records release. Check a taste of the release above.

Remarkably Both Sides is legendary Scottish singer Carol Kidd’s first studio album in a decade. Carol is quoted as saying: “This new album marks my hopes for the future, it’s my way of telling everyone what has been going on in my life. I have come through a period of adversity and the last ten years have been tough but Both Sides Now is marking a big positive step forward. I love Scotland, I love singing. Everything I have ever done singing-wise has always brought me happiness, it has never been a hardship and the fact my audiences have always been 150 per cent behind me has really helped me through these troubling times. Now I want to say thank you in the form of this new body of work, I want to share songs that are close to my heart with them.”