This is promising to be another insane year with regards to politics and the twisted way half the country has decided that democracy just isn’t for them (and so shouldn’t be for anyone). I know I’ll be turning to music for sanity, for warmth, for humanity. Here are notes on a few new jazz releases you might want to check out to help you through these strange times.
éo Chauliac and Charles Trenet, the English lyrics by Albert Askew Beach. It’s a sweet and soothing and beautiful rendition, the French and English sections divided by a wonderful instrumental part that features Vitor Goncalves on accordion. Then “Little Miracle,” an original composition, establishes an interesting rhythm as it starts, even before guest Ben Silashi enters on drums. She follows that with a delightful cover of “La Bohème,” this track also featuring wonderful work by Vitor Goncalves on accordion. But what really stands out is Margot Sergent’s fantastic vocal performance. There is a haunting beauty to “Dans Tes Bras Mon Ange,” an original track that features some really nice work on both bass and guitar. The bass then begins “La Rua Madureira,” another of the disc’s highlights. It features a passionate and seductive vocal performance and some excellent work on guitar in addition to that great stuff on bass. The album concludes with “Saudade,” a beautiful and dramatic original harp piece. This album was released on December 8, 2023.