Music is there for us as we face our struggles, personal and universal, during these strange times. Here are notes on a few new jazz albums you might want to check out.
ón,” a track with a good, Cuban rhythm. I also love the piano on this track. Leonice Shinneman plays tabla on “Ruby’s Dream,” the disc’s final track, and another one with the ability to transport us. This album is scheduled to be released on March 24, 2023.
(Josh Skinner and Brendan McMurphy both played on that earlier version too.) There is a good lead on bass on this track. Larsen and Peplowski then mellow things a bit at the beginning of their sweet and beautiful rendition of Duke Ellington’s “In A Sentimental Mood,” a track I want to just drift away upon. “Into The Mild” is the second of the three David Larsen compositions, and it is another that he previously included on Deviate From Standards. It features some really nice work on piano. Plus, I love those brief drum solos in the second half. “Jazz Line Blues” also contains some good stuff on piano. This album also contains a wonderful rendition of “Love Me Or Leave Me” that swings, and a delightful version of “On The Sunny Side Of The Street.” The final original composition is “Tenor For Dinner,” and as you might guess, it contains plenty of enjoyable work on saxophone. That is followed by Al Cohn’s “Two Funky People” to close out the disc. And this is yet another complete delight, featuring excellent work on both clarinet and saxophone. This album is scheduled to be released on May 19, 2023.