So here it is… the second edition of ‘The Record Pool’. Just a little late this month as the end of February caught us a bit by surprise and short on time, but let’s finally close out the month here at The Jazz Meet and take a fresh look back at a few of the records that caught our attention over the course of the past 30 days. Unearthing three more albums that run the full gamut of current jazz flavours, we present a lost début recording from saxophonist Nat Birchall, an electronic jazz project from Mark de Clive-Lowe and a digital only project from pianist Eddie Moore and his quartet The Outer Circle. Read below for our thoughts on each recording and peep the samples to get a much fuller picture of each project. ———- ———- For the Hard Bop Enthusiast Nat Birchall – The Sixth Sense Available on Sound Soul
Lance Ferguson talks spiritual jazz, Roy Ayers and recording the album ‘They Shall Inherit’ from his brand new Menagerie project.
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
A release that made it into many end of year roundups as 2010 drew to a close was the Skeletons’ album “Smile”, a Benedic Lamdin AKA Nostalgia 77 produced side project modeled from studio outtakes and scraps of previously recorded session material, and later released on his own Impossible Ark imprint. Although following in the footsteps of his earlier jazz flavoured releases, the tone of this album was much more experimental, drawing on a range of influences including blues, dub and even a little Mulatuesque Ethio-jazz. A year later and following his last studio album “Everything Under The Sun” in 2009, Mr Lamdin continues the trend and returns to Tru Thoughts ready to unleash his fourth solo project, “The Sleepwalking Society”, due to go on sale 21 March 2011. In keeping with his Skeletons project, the mood on this latest work is far more than just jazz. Working with a