A previously unreleased live recording of Stan Getz at New York’s Village Gate is to be released in June in a 2-CD, 3-LP treatment. GETZ AT THE GATE: THE STAN GETZ QUARTET LIVE AT THE VILLAGE GATE, NOV. 26, 1961 features Getz with pianist Steve Kuhn, bassist John Neves, and drummer Roy Haynes. The show was professionally recorded, possibly for eventual release, but was extraordinarily forgotten about for oh a mere 57-plus years. 

One of the most imaginative jazz trombonists around, Ryan Keberle has a new album The Hope I Hold on Dave Douglas’ label Greenleaf out next month, the Maria Schneider Orchestra member with his own seasoned band, Catharsis. The title relates to the album’s theme of optimism in the face of political and cultural corruption and features lyrics drawn from a 1935 Langston Hughes poem. Listen from the album to ‘Despite the Dream’, which has the spirit of Carla Bley and Charlie Haden hovering somewhere in the ether about it.

New Day cover

Very little publicity, actually scratch that, none at all for this nevertheless exquisite sounding duo album out today from Welsh pianist Huw Warren and his former Perfect Houseplants colleague saxophonist Mark Lockheart

New Day — Live at Livio Felluga Winery is released on the Italian CAM Jazz label and was recorded last year.

“Playing original material, mostly by Warren, but also a couple of compositions by the English master John Taylor, their improvisations bespeak deep understanding of each others’ musical personality. Nothing forced or overstated, but precisely the kind of creative conversation you might expect from two friends who’ve just opened a fine bottle of wine. This is music to savour in repose and thoughtfully. It is also music that will continue to develop with age,” says Brian Morton in the notes. Cover above. You will find listening samples here.

New in June the above opening track is from the fine, powerfully expressive, Cuban themed release by pianist Fabian Almazan This Land Abounds With Life, with Linda May Han Oh (acoustic/electric bass) and Henry Cole (drums), + a string quartet on one track, Almazan says: “I didn’t want to make an overtly political album but there are things that are wrong both in the U.S. and in Cuba. By no means do I have the answers. But everyone’s caught up with their power struggle. I’m being allusive because my main focus is the environment and nature, and being able to look beyond today, beyond politics and ideologies to the basic foundation of life, which if we continue to overlook, the consequences are going to be catastrophic.” Listen to ‘Benjamin’ from the album to be released on the Biophilia label above.

Django Bates

Django Bates has won the jazz category at the Ivor Novello Awards. “I’m very pleased to announce,” he said via Twitter today, “that I have just received The Ivors Jazz Award. I love being part of the huge British jazz vista which stretches from Acker Bilk to Dudu Pukwana’s Zila, via Bex Burch’s Vula Viel. This is a serious moment for me and I'm genuinely touched.” The full list of winners is:

Best Song Musically And Lyrically – Ben Howard's Nica Libres At Dusk
Best Contemporary Song – The 1975's Love It If We Made
Album Award – Idles' Joy As An Act Of Resistance
Best Original Film Score – Jonny Greenwood's Phantom Thread
Best Television Soundtrack – Bat For Lashes and Dominik Scherrer's  Requiem
Songwriter of the Year – The 1975
PRS For Music Most Performed Work – Rudimental's These Days (ft. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen)
Best Original Video Game Score – Robin Beanland's Sea Of Thieves
The Ivors Jazz Award – Django Bates
Inspiration Award – Wiley
Outstanding Song Collection – Dido
PRS For Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music – Richard Ashcroft
PRS For Music Special International Award – Mariah Carey
International Achievement – Deep Purple

 

Gods of Apollo is the debut album of saxophonist Rob Cope, now set for release in July by the Ubuntu label. The album uses archival NASA audio and travels from the first man made satellites. Check out Cope introducing his project, above.