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Jazz Albums released in 2021
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Rouge-Derrière Les Paupières

Rouge(France)-Derrière Les Paupières
Disponible le 16/04/2021 chez Laborie Jazz

Joined by Sylvain Didou (double bass) and Boris Louvet (drums), pianist Madeleine Cazenave deploys her sound palette in an album of amazing beauty. One of the great successes of the trio is this unique way of weaving a melodic mesh to stretch bass lines in it and capture the percussive squeak. Based on Madeleine Cazenave’s compositions, the three alchemists of Rouge work together to perfect the collective vibration

Rouge, le nouveau projet de la pianiste Madeleine Cazenave, est à découvrir dès le 16 avril 2021 avec l’album Derrière Les Paupières qui sort sur le label Laborie Jazz. (Continued)
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Roberto Magris(Italy) & Eric Hochberg(USA)-Shuffling Ivories
Album: Shuffling Ivories
Label: JMood Records
A heartfelt, intimate tribute paid by two seasoned musicians, pianist Roberto Magris and bassist Eric Hochberg to African American jazz musicians and especially to Eubie Blake, a jazz pioneer whose contribution to the American jazz and culture is undeniable. Roberto Magris has never shied away from sharing his personal vision and talent as a composer and performer when paying homage to the past, and this album is no exception. The flawless interplay between the two musicians is a definite asset to this enchanting album, which creatively mixes tradition and contemporary without losing the original spirit of these timeless classics. Besides two compositions signed by Blake, the album includes pieces by Trudy Pitts, Andrew Hill, Jack Palmer and Spencer Williams, Billy Gault, Cal Massey and by Roberto Magris himself. His composition “Shuffling Ivories” sets the tone referencing Blake’s Broadway musical “Shuffle Along”. He also signs two other works that are wonderfully related to the theme. On “Italy,” he creates a melodic connection between European and American jazz, while “Clef Club Club,” an intense display of impressive virtuosity with a cinematic edge, is an eruption of impressive virtuosity. The elegant and romantic Andrew Hill’s La Verne, one of the album’s most stunning pieces, transforms into a ballad of unique beauty that defies classification; it’s pure music, and both musicians excel at performing it.
JMood Records

ZhanXG - Jazzy With Your Coffee

ZhanXG(Malaysia) – Jazzy With Your Coffee
Composer: ZhanXG
Album: Jazzy With Your Coffee

Stefano Di Battista_Morricone Stories
Stefano Di Battista(Italy) – Morricone Stories
Stefano Di Battista revient sur le devant de la scène, avec cette fois-ci un projet dédié au compositeur émérite Ennio Morricone. L’ambition est donc de taille pour ce nouvel album Morricone Stories qui sort le 02 avril 2021 chez Warner Music. (continued)

Igor Willcox Quartet 2020

Igor Willcox Quartet feat Wagner Barbosa, Vini Morales, Glecio Nascimento(Brazil) – 2020
Fresh single from the explosive jazz-fusion Igor Willcox Quartet starting the new year with an effervescent composition fueled with impetuous drumming and imaginative interactions.
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Composer: António Silva

Sallaberry-Reflections-A Soundtrack From a Movie Never Made

Sallaberry & Friends(Brazil/USA)-Risca Faca/Latin Nights
Composer: Sallaberry/Marcos Romera-Sallaberry/ David Frederick
Album: Reflections. A Soundtrack From a Movie Never Made
Label: Sallaberry Music
Sallaberry plays drums, keyboards, percussion and voices.
Guest musicians:
Azeitona Trompete, Abraham Ferreira, Camilo Carrara, Cassio Poletto, Claudio Rocha, Corciolli, David Frederick, Fabio Valois, Flavio Medeiros, Fúlvio Oliveira, Jean Trompete, Jorge Pescara, Luciano Magno, Márcia Sallaberry, Marcos Romera, Marcus Cesar, Maurício Marques, Michel Freidenson, Ricardo Vignini, Samuel Pompeo, Victor Colmenero, Vlamir Abbud
Produced and mixed by Sallaberry. eMastering by Cassio Centurion.
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Russell Ferrante Trio - Inflexion

Russell Ferrante Trio(USA) – Inflexion D
Composer: Russell Ferrante
Album: Inflexion
Label: Blue Canoe Records
Russell Ferrante (YellowJackets founding and current member) releases a beautiful jazz trio album titled, “Inflexion”. Inflexion or inflection comes from the Latin root inflexionem meaning to bend in, to change direction. This music is indeed very personal and intimate and one could say it bends in. Featuring the beautiful interplay from Russell Ferrante, Michael Valerio (bass), and Steve Schaeffer (drums).
Album Promo Video | Blue Canoe Records

Kari Ikonen -Impressions, Improvisations and Compositions

Kari Ikonen(Finland)-Trance Oriental
Composer: Kari Ikonen
Album: Impressions, Improvisations and Compositions
Label: Ozella Music
Kari Ikonen recorded Impressions, Improvisations and Compositions on his historic Steinway in his living room in Helsinki, using fine microphones and audiophile equipment. The Mastering was done by our friends from Pauler Acoustics (Engineer: Hans-Jörg Maucksch) in Northeim/Germany. This music is nothing to listen to on the side, the album demands full concentration from the listener! But whoever brings it up will be very rewarded. The album title refers to the working method of Wassily Kandinsky, who is a great inspiration for Kari Ikonen. We were very lucky to be able to use a work by Kandinsky for our artwork. Doesn’t the album look great? Above all, the 180 gram vinyl pressing in gatefold cover is a haptic experience and an acoustic revelation. Read Review. Like all our releases, the album is also available on iTunes, Spotify and all other important digital platforms. We have distributors around the world for our physical releases, so please check out your local record store and say hello. Or say: “Kari Ikonen – Impressions, Improvisations and Compositions”
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Marc Hoffman(USA)-I Love the Way
Composer: Marc Hoffman
Album: Always Wanting
Label: Virillion Music, BMI
The timing is finally right for the release of Marc Hoffman’s, Always Waiting, an album of 10 new originals. “There was a lot of stop and start with this project, thanks to pauses for a couple of film projects and a deadline for a concert piece, but I’m delighted to be releasing the album at last,” Marc said. This is a personal record, with songs that cover the search for meaning in the universe, the affirmation of love, the regret of lost love, dreams of now and what comes next, and of love for the moon. With roots in jazz, classical and pop, there’s something for every listener on the album.
Featuring: Marc Hoffman – vocals/piano/percussion; Zack Page -bass, Justin Watt – drums, Chris Garges – drums/percussion .
Marc Hoffman