With his new album, Origami Harvest, Ambrose Akinmusire once again demonstrates the sheer creative freedom that runs through his compositions. Here is the Blue Note-signed American trumpeter discussing Origami Harvest in his own words.
On January 1st, the Thelonious Monk Institute will change names, following a request put in by the Monk Estate.
From being a major musician in swinging Addis Ababa to a taxi driver in Washington DC, Hailu Mergia has seen many changes after settling in American in 1981. Reissued by the label Awesome Tapes From Africa, Hailu Mergia has this year released a new album, Lala Belu, 30 years after his first ethio-jazz adventures.
The French saxophonist Jérôme Sabbagh and the Australian guitarist Greg Tuohey seem built to complement each other. It is easy to misinterpret No Filter at first; there is a sense of familiarity – of a certain strain of perfectionism that is rooted in jazz tradition. But that fades quickly, giving way to delightful finesse as the writing unfolds with more subtlety than it first seemed to contain.
For The Seasons, the American saxophonist Ben Wendel has chosen to play in a quintet. This is his fourth album in a solo career that runs alongside his jazz-fusion outfit Kneebody. It takes us through the seasonal calendar in a musical journey inspired by Tchaikovsky’s piano suite and a painting by Lee Krasner.