Who says Jazz is dead? Well if it is, the guys over at Label Love today might have just proven the naysayers wrong. After previously compiling 4 volumes of free new music from some of the world’s greatest labels, for the fifth they’ve concentrated their efforts on the jazz genre to unleash 15 nostalgic jazz classics, unreleased gems, and exclusive selections from the vaults. And what a collection it is. Featuring brand new music from the likes of Jazz Meet favourites The Greg Foat Group, Matthew Halsall, Nostalgia 77, Kit Downes Trio and Troyka, as well as other stellar contributions from Impossible Ark Records, Tru Thoughts, Katalyst Entertainment, Basho Records and Revive Music stables, the compilation truly does round-up some of the most exciting jazz doing the rounds at the moment.
Highlights include the cosmic wonders of Matthew Halsall’s ‘Fletcher Moss Park’ (taken from the recently released album of the same name), while contributions from Greg Foat and Nostalgia 77 (both to appear on new albums due to be released later this year) showcase two very different sides of the jazz spectrum. Elsewhere, the album opener from Menagerie entitled ‘The Chosen’ is a gorgeous slice of deep vocal soul jazz from long time Tru Thoughts recording artist Lance Ferguson (best known for his other recording aliases Lanu and The Bamboos), which would not sound too out of place on a New Sector Movements album of old, while Gizmo supplies an awesome low slung jazz and hip hop hybrid on ‘Red Balloon’.
Peep the full tracklist below and then get your download on. It’s guaranteed to partially brighten up those Monday morning blues!
1. Menagerie – The Chosen (Tru Thoughts Recordings)
2. Sara Mitra – April Song (Impossible Ark Records)
3. Matthew Halsall – Fletcher Moss Park (Gondwana Records)
4. Greg Foat – Girl and Robot with Flowers Pt 5 (Jazzman Records)
5. Ivo Neame – American Jesus (Edition Records)
6. Nostalgia 77 & The Monster – The Taxidermist (Tru Thoughts Recordings)
7. Kahil El’Zabar’s Ethnics – It’s Time (feat Nona Hendryx) (Katalyst Entertainment)
8. Troyka – Rarebit (Edition Records)
9. Dwight Trible – Hyku For Peace / Come Ye (Katalyst Entertainment)
10. Gizmo – Red Balloon (Revive Music Group)
11. Allsopp, Vosloo, Stanley, Giles – Like Someone In Love (Impossible Ark Records)
12. That’s Why – Udoyeleg (Jazzman Records)
13. The Golden Age Of Steam – Waffle Throne (Basho Records)
14. Examples Of Twelves – Please Hold (Part 2) (Impossible Ark Records)
15. Kit Downes – Skip James (Basho Records)