What is a Qobuzissime? It’s an award presented by Qobuz for a first or second album.
Pop or Reggae, Metal or Classical, Jazz or Blues, no genre is excluded. More often than not the award is presented to a newly discovered artist.
Sometimes it might be a particularly quirky or a crossover album from a discography.
The important aspects are uniqueness, sincerity and quality. We look for these things in the recording, the project and the sound identity.
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Contemporary Jazz - Released October 29, 2021 | We Jazz
Jazz - Released April 30, 2021 | WM Germany
Jazz - Released September 11, 2020 | Blue Note Records
Jazz - Released August 21, 2020 | Concord Jazz
Jazz - Released February 14, 2020 | Exodus Records
Jazz - Released September 6, 2019 | Sony Classical
Contemporary Jazz - Released April 26, 2019 | Sekito
Jazz - Released April 26, 2019 | Enter The Jungle
In early 2018, the compilation We Out Here released on Gilles Peterson's label burst onto the young British jazz scene, revealing his dynamism, his energy and above all, his eclecticism. Many attribute saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings (Sons of Kemet, The Comet is Coming, Melt Yourself Down...) as the leader of this trend: a role he has always refused to embody. The boundaries of this jazz, as with musicians of this generation, are deliberately blurred, and the five members of Ezra Collective were all present on this Qobuzissime compilation. With You Can't Steal My Joy, the London group led by drummer Femi Koleoso finally signed their first album. In 2017, their EP Juan Pablo: The Philosopher (which closed with a beautiful cover of Sun Ra's Space is the Place) was a sensation, winning numerous awards and offering a very Afrobeat vision of jazz. These unique qualities can be found on this ultra-funky opus. With Joe Armon Jones on keyboards, TJ Koleoso on double bass, Dylan Jones on trumpet and James Mollison on saxophone, Koleoso orchestrates a refreshingly festive symphony focusing on brass and rhythms: a hybrid made of afrobeat, jazz, hip hop, reggae, Caribbean music and soul. And to better reflect this panoramic vision, Ezra Collective goes on this multi-colored journey with soul sister Jorja Smith (Reason in Disguise), rapper Loyle Carner (What Am I to Do?) and the afrobeat group Kokoroko (Shakara). All that's left is to enjoy this beautiful, eclectic parade of groovy landscapes. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
Jazz - Released May 25, 2018 | Edition Records
Vocal Jazz - Released May 4, 2017 | Masterworks
Jazz - Released April 6, 2018 | Sony Music - OKEH
Jazz - Released May 13, 2016 | naïve
Jazz - Released May 11, 2015 | Brainfeeder
Jazz - Released October 21, 2013 | Play It Again Sam