The best new jazz albums: February 2022

Jazzwise’s February issue Editor’s Choice albums, featuring Mark Lockheart, Evan Parker, Georgia Cecile, Jane Ira Bloom and Allison Miller

James Beckwith


Bridging the gap

James Beckwith (p, syn, prod), Joe Downard (b), Harry Pope (d), Todd Speakman (perc) with Chelsea Carmichael (bcl, ts), Sheila Maurice-Grey (t, flhn), Sam Rapley (cl , ts), Joe Bristow (tb) and James Copus (flhn)

If the name of James Beckwith is not at the forefront of current media coverage of “the new thing in jazz“, a look at the credits of the interpreter of this second solo album shows how deeply he is rooted in the young London scene. However, Beckwith digs her own furrow: the album’s title checks her London postcode, but the sound owes more to the dense, bright sounds of LA and New York during the heyday of studio fusion in the late 1980s. 1970… Eddie Myer

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Brigitte Berah

Through the paved path

let me out

Brigitte Beraha (v, elect, p)

No one would recognize the horrors of the pandemic faster than Brigitte Beraha. But she also made the most of her possibilities. His response was Through the paved path, one of the most beautiful works of art to emerge from the wounds of the past two years… Andy Robson

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Jane Ira Bloom / Allison Miller

Tuesday Days

To present

Jane Ira Bloom (ss) and Allison Miller (d, perc)

The fact that she plays a supposedly non-melodic instrument does not prevent her from providing varied textures and grooves; indeed, one of the joys of the album is that, despite the totally free and unrehearsed joint improvisations, Miller’s pulse is still engaging and inspiring… Brian Priestley

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Georgia Cecile

Only the lover sings


Georgia Cécile (v) plus various staff including: Ryan Quigley

With 10 superbly crafted original songs, exceptional arrangements courtesy of Cécile’s longtime partner, pianist and composer Euan Stevenson, and a central vocal performance that blends passion, power and playfulness, this debut album is a stunning achievement. . Pierre Quinn

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Charged Particles with Tod Dickow

Live at Baked Potato! Charged Particles with Tod Dickow Play Music by Michael Brecker

Summit files

Tod Dickow (ts), Murray Low (ky), Aaron Germain (b), Jon Krosnick (d), plus Omar Ledezma (cga)

This is a very dynamic and ambitious live tribute to legendary saxophonist Michael Brecker, who sadly passed away at the age of 57 in 2007. The Bay Area jazzmen Charged Particle left as little chance as possible to prepare it: “We rehearse a lot,” frontman Jon Krosnick confirms. The core trio recruited tenor saxophonist Tod Dickow when the idea of ​​a Brecker tribute was floated a few years ago, and here it turns out to be a revelation. … Robert Shore

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Sinne Eeg & Thomas Fonnesbaek

To stay in contact

To delay

Sinne Eeg (v), Thomas Fonnesbæk (b), with Livestrings: Andrea Gyarfas Brahe, Karen Johanne Pedersen (vn), Deanna Said (vla), Live Johansson (clo) and Jesper Riis (string arr)

Eeg is a genuine jazz vocalist, quite capable of bold shifts and surefootedness in her vocal adventures. His control and intonation are perfect, his sound varying from quite melancholic on ‘The Long and Winding Road’, taken slowly, to resolutely upbeat on ‘Too Close For Comfort’, exultant and lively, his voice marked by a ‘coolly lustrous tone’ in the words of our own John Fordham… Pierre Vacher

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Marc Lockheart



Mark Lockheart (s), Elliot Galvin (p), (synth), (ky), Tom Herbert (b) and Dave Smith (b)

The statement is clear from the opening, the eponymous title track. Elliot creates an almost retro Kraftwerk vibe, but when complemented by Lockheart’s measured, resonant tenor, it gains a romantic ‘English’ filter, stirring memories of Bowie in Berlin. Smith and Herbert hold the line even as everything threatens to fall apart as we wait downwind of a dark, rain-soaked highway… Andy Robson

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Evan Parker

win win

Byrd out

Evan Parker (saxophone)

Recorded in the Walthamstow home where Victorian designer and socialist activist William Morris lived and worked – and dedicated to the memory of his friend and fellow improviser, guitarist John Russell – this latest solo recording by Evan Parker pays a personal tribute to the two artists. . Edwin Pouncey

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Emmanuel Wilkins

The 7th hand

blue note

Immanuel Wilkins (as), Micah Thomas (p, Mellotron), Daryl Johns (b), Kweku Sumbry (d, djembe), Farafina Kan Percussion ensemble: Agyei Keita Edwards (Djembe), Adrian Somerville Jr. (Sangban), Jamal Dickerson (Doundunba), Yao Akoto (Kenkeni) plus Elena Pinderhughes (f)

Following the buzz around his 2020 debut Omega released on Blue Note, 24-year-old Philadelphia-born and raised alto saxophonist-composer Immanuel Wilkins is raising the bar even higher with the same quartet for his latest release. The 7th hand. Much like his greatest hero Kenny Garrett, Wilkins on The 7th hand plays the alto with a deceptively wispy but soulful tone. Among other achievements, he delivers intricate solos with eloquent narrative development that remains consistently succinct and melody-driven… Selwyn Harris

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