A gorgeously arranged latinate opening track from Triple Helix new from the Anat Cohen tentet next month, a co-commission for the Symphony Center Presents Jazz Series to celebrate its 25th anniversary and Carnegie Hall where it was premiered earlier this year amounting to a three-movement concerto. Musical director Oded Lev-Ari says: “Anat and I have always shared a musical connection that has been effortless and unspoken. As we have each developed as musicians and become proficient in various styles, genres and disciplines, that fundamental musical understanding has remained unchanged.”

To be released by Anzic records on 14 June.

Route to the roots: Robert Randolph & The Family Band’s ‘Have Mercy’ from the band’s forthcoming studio album, Brighter Days is a bit of a must, a heartfelt gospel vocal on top of a laidback groove to die for. The sacred steel specialist and his band worked with producer Dave Cobb on Brighter Days. The Family Band features Robert’s cousins bassist Danyel Morgan and drummer Marcus Randolph along with his sister, vocalist Lenesha Randolph. The album also includes a cover of Pops Staples & the Staples Singers’ ‘Simple Man.’

Well this is a surprise bittersweet treat from Laura Zakian: a very late night kind of record brief as it is contained in a five song EP. With Steve Lodder, bassist Simon Thorpe, drummer Nic France and Laura’s husband baritone saxophonist Paul Bartholomew and percussionist/composer Martin Pyne whose tunes Laura writes lyrics for, the pervasive style lands somewhere between the atmosphere of an Anthony Newley or Fran Landesman song, thoughtful and melancholic and above all full of a certain regret. Well worth your time. 

As a big band singer Doris Day, who has died aged 97, was happiest she once said when she was travelling with Les Brown and his band. Inspired by Ella Fitzgerald she impressed the now forgotten jazz band leader Barney Rapp with the way she sang Day After Day and she moved on to sing with Bob Crosby and with Brown. In the movies a 1955 role saw her play a jazz singer Ruth Etting and she excelled performing with Harry James and his Orchestra. RIP.

• Obituary in The Guardian

 

Not much around at the moment release-wise but fear not Phalanx Ambassadors changes that... new from pianist/keyboardist/composer Matt Mitchell leading a great band of avant explorers in a pulsating set. Mitchell’s fourth release as a leader for the Pi label, the pianist has appeared on Pi releases by Steve Coleman, Dan Weiss, Jonathan Finlayson and Anna Webber, and is possibly best known for his work with Tim Berne.

Ah, Pigfoot are back with new album The Pigfoot Shuffle some five years on from their debut, a slight tweak in the personnel notwithstanding... check a slice of it above.  
Apparently this is what is in store... re-workings of a range of classic material; Led Zeppelin’s Black Dog, Curtis Mayfield’s Pusherman, the South African township transformation of a Mozart aria from The Marriage of Figaro and, “typically, a medley of Elvis Presley and Wagner material.” Look for it in June.