We are done with the awful year of 2021, which had followed the even worse 2020. So that means things are improving, right? Let’s hope so. As we begin 2022, we may not be filled with as much hope as we were at the beginning of 2021 (that hope and optimism were dashed by the sixth day of that year), but there is still the sense that things could turn around. They certainly should! And we have plenty of good music to help us in that direction. Here are some brief notes on a few new jazz releases you might want to check out.
bright energy from the moment it begins, Dave Wilson’s saxophone a strong voice. And I love Kirk Reese’s lead on piano here, the way it moves and flows, and then just takes charge at one point. Fantastic stuff. And that section of saxophone and drums is also exciting. That’s followed by an original composition by Dave Wilson, “On The Prairie,” the first of the two tracks from 2018, featuring Dan Monaghan on drums. This one was included on Dave Wilson Quartet’s 2015 release, There Was Never. This new version gets to its looser, more unhinged place more quickly, then eases into that sweet tone. There is something beautiful about this piece, and in its quieter moments it really grabs us. The other track from 2018 is a wonderful cover of Henry Mancini’s “Days Of Wine And Roses” that has a great warmth while being totally cool, and features a good bass solo. Then we return to the show from 2017 for the album’s final two tracks, two more written by John Coltrane. The first is a moving and thoughtful rendition of “Dear Lord,” the second a passionate version of “Naima.” This album was released on January 7, 2022.