Editor’s Choice: October 2022 | The best new jazz albums

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Great new albums from Joshua Redman Quartet, Michael Wollny Trio, Samara Joy, Anteloper and more


Pink Dolphins 

International Anthem

Jaimie Branch (t, elec, perc, v), Jason Nazry (d, syn), Jeff Parker (el g, el b, perc, syn) and Chad Taylor (mbira)

Now, especially, Pink Dolphins is a disconcerting experience, difficult to describe, as it constantly moves in unexpected directions (sometimes unexpectedly catchy, as on the single ‘Earthlings’). One can't help thinking how much more this force of nature had to give. Judging from this compelling album, a whole lot more. Kevin Whitlock

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Chris Byars 

Rhythm and Blues of the 20s 


Chris Byars (ts), John Mosca (tb), Zaid Nasser (as), Stefano Doglioni (bcl), Ari Roland (b) and Phil Stewart (d)

New Yorker Byars says this isn’t old style R&B that he is offering here, rather it’s a series of his distinctive originals which happen to use ‘Rhythm’ changes or which echo the blues. And by ‘the 20s’, he means the 2020s. Peter Vacher

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Alina Bzhezhinska & HipHarp Collective 



Alina Bzhezhinska (h), Jay Phelps (t), Tony Kofi (ts), Michele Montolli, Julie Walkington (db), Ying Xue (v, vla), Joel Prime (perc), Adam Teixeira (d), Vimala Rowe, Sanity and Tom theythem (v)

On this, her muchanticipated sophomore album, Ukrainian born, London-based harp player and composer Alina Bzhezhinska forges ahead with a mission to re-imagine the harp in a jazz context and develop her own language in the process. Jane Cornwell

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John Escreet 

Seismic Shift 

Whirlwind Recordings 

John Escreet (p), Eric Revis (b) and Damion Reid (d)

Escreet has a strikingly unique approach to jazz that’s largely both highly percussive, dense harmonically and full of tension, and Seismic Shift is no exception. Selwyn Harris

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Samara Joy 

Linger Awhile 

Verve Records 

Samara Joy McLendon (v), Pasquale Grasso (g), Ben Paterson (p), David Wong (b) and Kenny Washington (d)

The singer’s incredibly beautiful timbre is heard to best effect in the Gershwins’ ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’, which brings this staggeringly fine album to a close. Peter Quinn

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Enrico Rava/Fred Hersch 

The Song Is You 


Enrico Rava (t) and Fred Hersch (p)

The album they have created plays brilliantly to the strengths of both musicians. The opening ‘Retrato Em Banca E Preto’ takes the Jobim composition and probes at it sensitively and co-operatively, so that Rava’s stabbing phrases are countered by Hersch’s sense of texture. Alyn Shipton

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Joshua Redman Quartet 

Long Gone 


Joshua Redman (ts, ss), Brad Mehldau (p), Christian McBride (b) and Brian Blade (d)

It's the closing 12-minute live take, 'Rejoice', that steals the show in its cryptically telling tenor blurts, hustling Mehldau-shadowed countermelodies, one-touch call-and-response and hurtling time-playing. John Fordham

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Michael Wollny Trio 


ACT Music 

Michael Wollny (p), Tim Lefebvre (b) and Eric Schaefer (d)

For Wollny, songs are like ghosts, and over a period of months he has assembled a selection of music that regularly haunts him – from Franz Schubert’s ‘Erlkönig’ to jazz standards. Stuart Nicholson

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