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Moderne jazz - Verschenen op 5 april 2019 | SFJAZZ Records

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Moderne jazz - Verschenen op 5 april 2019 | Blue Note Records

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When trumpet player Terence Blanchard calls you the Art Blakey, Elvin Jones and Tony Williams of your generation, crowds will inevitably gather. Four albums later (The Source in 2006, Reverance in 2010, Conviction in 2013 and We Are the Drum in 2015), Kendrick Scott had not yet made a name for himself like the three aforementioned artists. However, many considered the Texan graduate of Berklee College, Boston as one of the most exciting drummers of his generation. This is confirmed with A Wall Becomes a Bridge, his second record for Blue Note. This time, Oracle, his four-piece group is composed of Taylor Eigsti on keys, Mike Moreno on guitar, John Ellis on saxophone and bass clarinet, Joe Sanders on bass, and even a DJ, Jahi Sundance. A supplementary touch of soul’n’groove mixed with exquisite post-bop highlights in particular the harmony between these two styles. Once again, Kendrick Scott has had the foresight not to be tempted to direct his sole attention to his instrument of preference. Much like “We Are the Drum”, this 2019 work is not the great work of a drummer. But simply a great work of music. © Clotilde Maréchal/Qobuz
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Moderne jazz - Verschenen op 17 mei 2019 | Nonesuch

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It would not be fair to say that Brad Mehldau rests only on his laurels and sticks to what he knows. With Finding Gabriel, the American pianist delivers an ambitious and multifaceted record that blows open the conventions of jazz. Mehldau had previously co-released a very special album with drummer Mark Guiliana, Mehliana: Taming the Dragon in 2014, long before this more compact 2019 release. Above all, Finding Gabriel is the product of the pianists’ intense study of the Bible (it is the angel Gabriel’s name that is referenced in the title…). “I built up many of the tracks beginning with synths and Mark Guiliana on drums, in a process similar to our previous collaboration, Taming the Dragon. Layers were added, and the human voice became an important element—not with text, but as a pure expression of harmony and emotion.” From the offset, the record is an immediate shock. The result is a mystical and fascinating fusion of ideas. Behind his piano are the synths of engineers Dave Smith and Tom Oberheim Ob-6, his Fender Rhodes, percussion parts and, for the first time, a microphone. Mehldau unfolds a symphony of wind instruments, strings and electronica while dabbling in jazz fusion (one sometimes thinks of Metheny Group or Weather Report) in which the human voice takes on an essential role. The American pianist is however not the only one to sing on this record as singers Kurt Elling, Becca Stevens and Gabriel Kahane are all invited to join. Finally, in terms of guests, the record is joined by the violinist Sara Caswell, the trumpetist Ambrose Akinmusire, the saxophonists Joel Frahm, Charles Pillow and Christ Cheek and the flutist Michel Thomas. From start to finish, Brad Mehldau’s Finding Gabriel is a unique and spiritual odyssey that differs very much from his other piano trios. © Max Dembo/Qobuz
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Moderne jazz - Verschenen op 26 april 2019 | O-tone

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Moderne jazz - Verschenen op 17 mei 2019 | Masterworks

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Trumpetist Theo Croker was born in 1985. Like most of his peers, it is not likely he grew up knowing only jazz. Rock, funk, hip-hop, soul and electro all had a role in his musical education and personal creations. The grandson of the great trumpetist Doc Cheatham and protégé to singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, Croker often switches it up with his albums. And Star People Nation doesn’t break with this trend. “It’s taken me thirty years of analyzing my own identity as an artistic black man to finally fit all of this into my interpretation of Black American Music,” explains Croker. “We have been positioned to receive creative transmissions. We are grounded in the now in order to shape the vision of our future. Star people nation is now in motion.” Star Nation People is thus a translation of his personal experiences, spiritual and creative, but also an introspective collection of provocative, passionate and open-minded compositions that discuss everyday human values. Theo Croker translates this musically into a funky jazz rich in African percussions, American brass, and Caribbean flair. Croker is not limited to his trumpet and plays key, drum, synthesizer and percussion parts on this record as well as taking part in choral sections. Nevertheless, the essence of his groovy compositions remains inherently jazz. Croker abides to the traditions of his instrument through which he confirms, album after album, that he is one of the trumpet’s most adventurous ambassadors. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Moderne jazz - Verschenen op 26 april 2019 | O-tone

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Moderne jazz - Verschenen op 5 april 2019 | 22a Music

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Moderne jazz - Verschenen op 17 mei 2019 | Sunnyside

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At 37 years old, Dan Tepfer is one of his generation’s most adventurous jazz pianists. Record after record, whether he’s dealing with Bach or Natural Machines, he confirms his unique approach. “With this project”, explains the Franco-American, “It’s a project where I explore the intersection, in music, between natural and mechanical processes. I do free improvisation at the piano, and programs I’ve written on my computer interact with me in real time as I’m playing, both musically and visually. I love it because it feels like very new territory, and it’s exciting to be exploring it.” The interest is not all in this complex and original writing process but also in what Tepfer creates. He delivers a free and stateless music, as well anchored in jazz as it is in contemporary music to the point that we quickly forget the algorithms with which the album was created. A fascinating record. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Moderne jazz - Verschenen op 12 april 2019 | Signature - Radio France

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Moderne jazz - Verschenen op 3 mei 2019 | jazz family

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Moderne jazz - Verschenen op 9 mei 2019 | RevOla

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Moderne jazz - Verschenen op 17 april 2019 | SW Records

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Moderne jazz - Verschenen op 9 mei 2019 | RevOla

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Moderne jazz - Verschenen op 24 mei 2019 | Songlines Recordings

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Moderne jazz - Verschenen op 9 mei 2019 | RevOla

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Moderne jazz - Verschenen op 3 mei 2019 | u n i t

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Moderne jazz - Verschenen op 17 mei 2019 | u n i t

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Moderne jazz - Verschenen op 26 maart 2019 | Orange Juice Records Vintage

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Moderne jazz - Verschenen op 9 mei 2019 | RevOla

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Moderne jazz - Verschenen op 24 mei 2019 | Jazzland Recordings

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