Greetings’ fellow jazz enthusiasts, May arrives just in time with the distinctive and insinuating sounds, melodies, rhythms & dexterous flavors of jazz to quench your ongoing thirst for new music. As always, it’s an honor to compile an extraordinary complex yet diverse mix of New Jazz Releases for you each week. The multi-facet saxophonist Azar Lawrence is here with his stellar new offering titled: “Mystic Journey” which is our Featured Album of the Week! Vocal stylists Robin McKelle & Nikki Yanofsky are in the mix with their latest projects “Mess Around” and “Nikki.” If that’s not enough, check out the Dutch Nu-Jazz Movement’s latest “What’s Nu?” along with trombonist Alan Ferber’s experimental project “Music for Nonet & Strings: Chamber Songs” … all these titles and more are just a click away to discover fresh and stimulating music!
Azar Lawrence ::|:: Mystic Journey – [Furthermore Recordings, 2010]
The re-emergence of saxophonist Azar Lawrence has been one of the most exciting things and perhaps one of the best-kept secrets of the past five years on the Los Angeles jazz scene. Those who have experienced Azar live in the past year can bear witness to a real life prodigal son story. No doubt remains that he is here to reclaim his title as heir to the throne of the John Coltrane legacy.
A child prodigy, Azar played in the shadows and under the watchful eyes of giants. At 21, he was hired by Miles Davis to perform and record at Carnegie Hall in what would become the 1974 underground classic, Dark Magus. In his twenties, he was taken in by Coltrane acolytes McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones and absorbed all they had to teach. He appeared on several of Tyner’s classic ’70s recordings and was signed by the Prestige label, where he recorded three albums as a leader.
Below we have list of this weeks latest jazz releases, also while you’re here check out Amazon.com for and extended lists of imports, vinyl and re-issues. Continue reading