Brad Mehldau’s new album Finding Gabriel which will be released on his long time label Nonesuch in May has nine thematically related songs by Mehldau and features performances by him on piano, synthesizers, percussion, and Fender Rhodes, as well as vocals. Guest musicians include Ambrose Akinmusire, Sara Caswell, Kurt Elling, Joel Frahm, Mark Guiliana, Gabriel Kahane, and Becca Stevens, among others. Check ‘The Garden’ from the album above.
Have a listen to the impressive title track of new Frida Kahlo-inspired quartet album Visions by saxophonist Melissa Aldana which is out in May on the Motéma label. With her are pianist Sam Harris, bassist Pablo Menares, drummer Tommy Crane, plus new Blue Note signing Joel Ross on vibes.
A new name gets a big break on Blue Note with the singing of Chicago-born New York-based vibraphonist Joel Ross.
With playing credits already gained with the likes of Makaya McCraven and as a member of Marquis Hill’s band Ross will debut for Blue Note with his album KingMaker, a track of which is above, in early-May.
Ross began on drums as a young child later switching to vibes. He has completed a two-year fellowship with the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet in California.
Listen above to pre-order tracks from Cables, Snarky Puppy multi-instrumentalist Bill Laurance’s latest album, an entirely solo recording with Bill playing every instrument. Dates coming up include: 28 March The Stables, Milton Keynes; 29 March Queen Elizabeth Hall, London; 30 March Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden; 3 April Music Room, Philharmonic Hall Liverpool; 4 April Leeds College of Music; 5 April The Stoller Hall, Manchester; and 6 April Sage, Gateshead.
Taken from the album Bloom to be released by Whirlwind next month featuring drummer Jeff Williams with pianist Carmen Staaf and double bassist Michael Formanek Williams is quoted by his label as saying: “I grew up listening to many piano trios, especially Ahmad Jamal’s from around 1958–1962 – so that influenced my playing. But there’s no fixed concept, and this was simply a case of ‘Let’s see what we can do with it’. I’ve always played with people who inspire me, enjoying the conversation, going into some depth; and often thinking about the musicians, rather than the instrumentation. So I hope Bloom will allow us to flourish in pursuing this trio further.”
1/ Circuits by Chris Potter
2/ Gold by Human Feel
3/ Love Hurts by Julian Lage
4/ Reflections and Odysseys by Rymden
5/ Imaginary Friends by Ralph Alessi
6/ The Transitory Poems by Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn
7/ Fyah by Theon Cross
8/ Avec le Temps by Giovanni Guidi
9/ Infinity by Tom Harrell
10/ Ninety Degrees Gravity by Trish Clowes