What a month! Here is the list of releases that grabbed our attention in November. Qwest TV's favourites in the loop.
Makaya McCraven, Universal Beings (International Anthem)
2018 is Makaya’s year. Following the release of the mixtape Where We Come From, Makaya McCraven gave us Universal Beings, a 21-track album-epic with several sought-after guests: Brandee Younger, Shabaka Hutchings, Jeff Parker, and Nubya Garcia.
Richard Spaven, Real Time
For years, the soulful London-based drummer, Richard Spaven, has played alongside greats like José James, Guru, Flying Lotus, Gregory Porter, and Bill Laurance. Now he’s releasing Real Time, his second album as a leader.
Radars had been buzzing since the discovery of Los Ángeles (2017), a debut album produced by Raül Refree, which featured flamenco and R&B imagery from the CANADA collective’s videos. Then, the single “Malamente” and a first electric concert at Sonár in Barcelona, her home city, propelled the hype before the summer.
Ambrose Akinmusire, Origami Harvest (Blue Note)
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.
Maisha, There is a Place (Brownswood)
Of all the bands that have been recently lauded under the banner of bright young things in British jazz, Maisha is arguably the most interesting. That they have been finding their way at a relatively safe distance far from the hype machine is a good thing, and there is a pleasing sense of focus on this debut.
REISSUESDanyel Waro, Aou Amwin (Buda Musique)
Danyèl Waro is an emblematic, militant and still very active voice of the maloya genre. The first vinyl reissue of his visceral volcano of an album, Aou Amwin, is available now.
Eric Dolphy, Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions (Resonance Records)
The new 3-CD/3-LP release, Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions, which primarily focuses on two July 1963 recordings for Douglas Records titled Iron Man and Conversations, is a comprehensive deep-dive into the first commercial documentation of Dolphy’s evolving sonic vision. Both formats contain 85 minutes of previously unissued material transferred from the original reel-to-reel mono session tapes that generated the LPs, and are packaged with a beautifully-produced, well-researched 96-page booklet.
Don Rendell/ Ian Carr Quintet, The Complete Lansdowne Recordings 1965-1969 (Jazzman records)
This five-vinyl reissue package including Don Rendell & Ian Carr’s Shades Of Blue, Dusk Fire, Phase 111, Live! and Change Is represents a treasure trove, even in today’s crowded marketplace of box sets.