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.
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.