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 New Release Round-up, Jazz New Releases 10th May 2019

Who can resist footage of Monk at the piano? Certainly not me, so this rare film of a concert at the Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussles in 1963 is one of my highlights the week. Charlie Rouse is on fine form here, making it difficult to understand why he was so derided at the time. EuroArts also have a Modern Jazz Quartet DVD out this week. As for new recordings there are several interesting albums from Rich Pellegrin, Ulysses Owens, Jr. and bassist/vocalist/maverick Esperanza Spalding, and my Recording of the Week from Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen.

Who can resist watching Monk at work? This DVD features the classic quartet of Charlie Rouse (saxophone), John Ore (double bass), and Frankie Dunlop (drums).

Available Format: DVD Video

John Lewis, Milt Jackson, Percy Heath and Connie Kay play all of their classics, including Django.

Available Format: DVD Video

Rich Pellegrin

Pianist Rich Pellegrin is an interesting figure in the contemporary jazz world, composing elusive yet memorable pieces. Here he is with his quintet, together for over ten years, performing five enigmatic compositions including the raw intensity of Trial, the mystical, inscrutable hues of the title cut Down and an extended alternate version of Down recorded with the contemporary classical Mizzou New Music Ensemble.

Available Format: CD

Ulysses Owens, Jr.

‘Songs Of Freedom’: The music of Nina Simone, Abbey Lincoln & Joni Mitchell is Ulysses Owens, Jr’s tribute to three of the strongest female voices. As one of today’s premier drummers and a rapidly evolving producer, composer, educator, and entrepreneur, Owens has established himself as a leader in his generation of jazz artists. Featuring Rene Marie, Theo Bleckmann, Alicia Olatuja & Joanna Majoko.

Available Format: CD

Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding always comes up with interesting concepts for her albums, and 12 Little Spells was penned by the bassist and vocalist while on a writing retreat at a castle in Italy - inspired by the healing properties of art, how music and the body interact, and her interest in Reiki. Each spell is based on a different body part, exploring the way the hip moves and bares weight, the feeling of blood pumping through veins and beyond.

Available Format: CD

Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen

My Recording of the Week is this quirky album from Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen Red Lips, Knuckles and Bones See my full review here.

Available Format: CD