At a time when the Supreme Court has lost all claims to legitimacy and respect, and the Republican Party has essentially become a criminal organization, it feels like we have lost our way. But musicians still provide us with that needed and desired dose of humanity. Here are brief notes on a few new jazz releases you might want to check out.
The quartet wraps things up with “Positive Energy,” a fast-paced gem delivered with strength and joy, each of the musicians shining here. We could all use some positive energy these days, right? This album was released on July 7, 2023.
Then at the beginning of “Narcissism,” there is a strong sense of movement, thanks to the rhythm section, a sense of being on the go, while the horns then give the track a more reflective vibe, creating an interesting overall effect. Alan Ferber is on trombone, and Remy Le Boeuf is on saxophone. Eunmi Lee’s lead on piano begins gently, then seems to become more engaged in the dance with the bass and drums. And the track’s final section, where all the elements play together, is delightful. Then “Mr. Weird” has more of a big band sound, with Tony Kadleck on trumpet and Jon Gordon on saxophone joining the other horn players. “Wavelength” begins with some cool, thoughtful work on bass, and is performed by just the core quartet, featuring some good work on guitar. This track is soothing, easing the tension that now seems unnecessary. The album concludes with “Azure,” which has an uplifting, hopeful vibe, which is encouraging. This album was released on July 14, 2023.