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.

Full of delicate impressionism the Chromatic Trio offer up plenty of subtlety and nuance as pianist Mélusine Chappuis’ compositions weave a delicate spell while bassist Fabian Kraus and drummer Xavier Almeida do their best to inject some muscle. There is a lot to like here as the Swiss trio find their own way of navigating well worn paths and manage to avoid sounding like other piano trios which they in the main do. The quality of the writing allows them to do this most of all and there is a deft mobility that allows the trio to offer plenty of variety and ideas. Worth discovering. 

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.

Georgia Mancio
Singer Georgia Mancio has a new album out called Finding Home co-produced with pianist and composer Kate Williams to be released by KW Jazz on 1 June.
This the singer’s seventh album features Kate’s group Four Plus Three (a string quartet + piano trio) plus guest guitarist John Williams, and features co-written originals plus reworked standards from Chile, Brazil and the Great American Songbook.
Tour dates coming up are: 5 April Foundling Museum, London 3 May Underground Theatre, Northampton 14 May Watermill Jazz 15 May 606 Club, London 31 May Isle Of Wight Jazz Weekend 7 June Calstock Arts Centre 8 June Owermoigne Village Hall, Dorchester 9 June Colchester Arts Centre 29 June Salvation Army, Thornton Heath 7 July Frome Festival 13 July Bolton Abbey, Skipton.

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