Jazzwise Editor's Choice Albums: October 2019

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Our pick of the best new releases and reissues reviewed in the October 2019 issue of Jazzwise. Featuring O’Higgins & Luft, Matana Roberts, Rebecca Nash/Atlas, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt and Enrico Rava

O’Higgins & Luft

Play Monk & Trane

Ubuntu Music 

'Here’s a frontline to savour, with edgesome youth and deep jazz experience, two musicians with a sense of the out-there while remaining grounded in making music accessible and, shh, whisper it gently, fun. O’Higgins and Luft offer no deferential forelock tugging as they dig deep into the music of two jazz grandmasters.'

Read the full review in the October issue

Matana Roberts

Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis

Constellation

'The fourth installment in Matana Roberts’ ambitious meditation on African-American history and folklore focuses on the city of Memphis “unlike a place I have yet 2 know”, according to the artist. Regardless of the inspiration that Roberts has drawn from the location, her treatment of the subject maintains the high standards set by the previous work.'

Read the full review in the October issue

Rebecca Nash/Atlas

Peaceful King

Whirlwind Recordings

'Drawing on players from Entropi, Paradox Ensemble and other projects she plays in, pianist Rebecca Nash has assembled a likeminded collective whose strengths she knows well. Thus armed, she has created a debut album of distinctively written pieces that allows her band plenty of individuality, while her subtly persuasive keyboards keep things moving in her chosen direction.'

Read the full review in the October issue

Stan Getz/Dizzy Gillespie/Sonny Stitt

For Musicians Only

Essential Jazz Classics

'OK, here it is; the ultimate speed-demon slug-out between two of bebop’s leading lights and the then king of the cool school. Taped over a single session in 1956, For Musicians Only (its title a nod to those who might best appreciate the album’s cutting contest vibe) has long been the stuff of legend – the final, definitive on-record proof that pretty boy Getz could hold his own against the toughest of horn playing competitors.'

Read the full review in the October issue

Enrico Rava

Easy Living

ECM

'There’s no downside to being a Miles Davis disciple, if you can do something as personal with that sound as Miles did himself. Enrico Rava, the great Italian trumpeter who has brought as intimately intense a Mediterranean perspective to the Miles legacy as his fellow ECM brassman Tomasz Stańko did from a more introverted East European one, apparently regarded this 2003 session – a return to ECM in Rava’s early sixties after a 17-year gap – as his best work.'

Read the full review in the October issue

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