Prepare for a big change in the super talented bass guitarist here. Maybe it is John Patitucci producing, maybe it is a new much more mature sound but for whatever reason there is a lot less bombast, a lot more expressiveness and some great tunes all factored in.

Gwizdala has gathered a fine band around him on The Union [****] (issued on his own label Gwizmon Productions) with Clarence Penn on drums, Philip Dizack on trumpet, and Ruslan Sirota (who appeared with Gwizdala on the excellent Bob Reynolds album Quartet) on pianoOn ‘The End of the Story’ there is a pared back almost-Steve Rodby Metheny-esque feel to the tender ballad and this track is at the heart of the album which relies for a lot of its best effects on a thoughtful, more meditative and less-is-more mentality. In a sea of music this is the kind of message in a bottle we all need that defies the odds to reach out and communicate. SG

Alice Zawadzki

Alice Zawadzki will have a new album called Within You Is A World Of Spring released this autumn, it has been announced. Five years since her debut China Lane, this new album according to issuing label Whirlwind “is about the tiny seed within every person that promises realisation, change, and rebirth.” Her band is completely different this time around, with Fred Thomas – piano, drums, Hammond, percussion, cello, double bass; Rob Luft – guitar; Misha Mullov-Abbado – double bass; Hyelim Kim – taegum; Simmy Singh – violin; Laura Senior – violin; Lucy Nolan – viola; and Peggy Nolan – cello joining the vocalist/violinist. Look for the album in October.

It is not often hip-hop spills into the pages of marlbank but hey this is just great, superstar rapper Nas on his previously unreleased track, ‘Jarreau of Rap (Skatt Attack),’ featuring Al Jarreau and trumpeter Keyon Harrold, best known for his work with Robert Glasper, which will be on Nas’ upcoming compilation, The Lost Tapes 2, to be released on 19 July via Mass Appeal and Def Jam. Jarreau’s treatment of Dave Brubeck’s ‘(Round, Round, Round) Blue Rondo à la Turk’ is the core sample on the song. 

More from Nérija on the promo trail. Nubya Garcia (tenor saxophone), Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet), Cassie Kinoshi (alto saxophone), Rosie Turton (trombone), Shirley Tetteh (guitar), Lizy Exell (drums) and Rio Kai (bass) release Blume on 2 August, having signed to Domino. Check out the hard blowing ‘Last Straw’, above.