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1 Avant-Garde Jazz 269 3.66
2 Post Bop 89 3.56
3 Fusion 77 3.41
4 Eclectic Fusion 63 3.66
5 21st Century Modern 49 3.76
6 Nu Jazz 40 3.65
7 World Fusion 32 3.19
8 Jazz Related Rock 32 3.30
9 RnB 26 3.38
10 Jazz Related Improv/Composition 25 3.58
11 Hard Bop 22 3.45
12 Progressive Big Band 16 3.72
13 Third Stream 15 3.53
14 Post-Fusion Contemporary 15 3.30
15 African Fusion 12 3.67
16 Pop/Art Song/Folk 11 2.91
17 Vocal Jazz 11 3.18
18 Funk 10 3.35
19 Jazz Related Electronica/Hip-Hop 8 3.31
20 Funk Jazz 4 3.38
21 Jazz Related Soundtracks 4 3.25
22 Soul Jazz 4 3.50
23 Cool Jazz 2 3.50
24 Exotica 2 3.00
25 Big Band 2 2.75
26 Blues 1 2.00
27 Afro-Cuban Jazz 1 3.50
28 Acid Jazz 1 3.00
29 Jump Blues 1 3.50
30 Latin Jazz 1 3.50

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SEED ENSEMBLE Driftglass

Album · 2019 · Fusion
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England-born composer, band leader and sax player Cassie Kinoshi is on the top now writing music for orchestras, theater, dance and visual-arts. Just a few weeks ago she released the second album of her popular SEED band, recorded mostly live with an orchestra. Still, everything started five years ago, with the debut release of Cassie Kinoshi's initial project, the ten-piece SEED Ensemble's "Driftglass".

"Driftglass" combines some lesser known London scene artists and already popular ones (such as Ezra Collective keyboardist Joe Armon-Jones and Sons of Kemet's tuba player Theon Cross among others). Cassie's band released an excellent soundtrack of the time - richly orchestrated Afro-Caribbean based spiritual jazz album with sweetly-sour tunes, knotty danceable rhythms and in general a relaxed and exhilarating feel.

Some songs contain spoken word poetry or vocals, others are just moody instrumentals, but they all vary enough in mood and arrangements making the whole album versatile and non-monotonous at all. Unrepentant atmosphere of early 70s r'n'b and fusion organically mixes with the more contemporary Caribbean rhythms and tunes of nowadays London. It is a great start. Not really a prolific recording artist, Cassie Kinoshi still has more than enough to say.

NUBIYAN TWIST Find Your Flame

Album · 2024 · RnB
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Finally they did it! This London-based nine-piece band just released the album, which with no doubt will become one of the upcoming summer's soundtrack. Danceable, tuneful and radiating positive energy, this music somehow catches the vibe of the moment transferring it to a brilliant sound.

Nubiyan Twist are a significant act on the British scene for the last decade, partially with the very strong 2021 "Freedom Fables" release. Still, they somehow were not really essential, with sporadic releases and snippets of ideas and sounds. "Find Your Flame" puts everything in the right place though. Recorded in freshly-fashionable 70s retro r'n'b key, under the skin the album contains much more.

From the opener "Lights Out ", a groovy r'n'b piece with guest veteran Nile Rodger's guitar licks, the listener finds himself participating in a moody r'n'b fiesta, Tower of Power style. "All The Same", contains guest rising artist Ria Moran and offers more contemporary electronic sound plus dreamy vocals and the regular Nubiyan Twist's brass. Still very danceable.

On "Woman", the band switches all power mixing African rhythms and multilayered vocals and rap. "You Don’t Know Me" is another richly arranged r'n'b piece with powerful vocals and a touch of electronics near the brass soloing. "Carry Me", a true Afro-beat song, features Seun Kuti as guest. Side A closer, "Battle Isn’t Over" is a beautiful neo r'n'b song with tasteful arrangements.

"So Mi Stay", initially a single, released to advertise the whole upcoming album, is quite comfortable but far non-boring song with a touch of electronics and vocals/rap. "Pray For Me Part 1" moves towards soul tradition and contains marching brass on the back (in a Shabaka Hutchings fashion) and rap vocals as well. "Pray For Me Part 2" is, oppositely, an African fiesta.

"Reach My Soul" is a tuneful and soulful richly orchestrated ballad with African rhythms. "Find Your Flame" starts from electronica infected rhythms but develops towards an African danceable song very soon. "Slow Breath", the closer, fits here very well being a mid-tempo soulful Afro-Caribbean piece.

All songs are very diverse, well-written and perfectly executed. As a result, the whole album sounds as one big piece of beautiful music, by it's vibe and atmosphere recalling very much best r'n'b releases, coming from early 70s.

SHABAKA Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace

Album · 2024 · Nu Jazz
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I spent last week almost locked in by cold windy and rainy weather in a small apartment in "Dear old Stockholm" (which didn't look all that dear under occasional snowflakes falling around in the second half of April). Under lead-heavy clouds, the only things that brightened my mood there were seagulls' screams flying over the town and a few CDs I took with me for the trip. Shabaka's "Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace" was one of them.

Band leader and reeds player Shabaka Hutchings is with no doubt the most significant figure of a new generation of the London jazz scene. For a decade he dictates musical fashions with his projects, Sons of Kemet, The Comet is Coming and Shabaka & the Ancestors covering the wide range of genres from space-jazz to Afro-beat and avant-garde jazz. Still, till now his music was always very rhythmic, energetic and often explosive.

On "Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace", Shabaka's first real solo album, he plays predominantly flute (not saxophones or bass clarinet, as he usually did before). As a result, we got a very much flute-jazz album, which can be an acquired taste.

Shabaka, quite predictably for such kind of music, starts somewhere between new age and world fusion here on his new album, fortunately he develops it towards more sophisticated and tasteful contemporary jazz with melodic songs and touch of electronics. There is a list of renown musicians participating here, but still it is obvious that Shabaka is an obvious leader. Even playing the music which doesn't associates with him a lot (predominantly Far Eastern, Eastern European and Latin American flutes), Shabaka sounds a bit like Shabaka from Comet... or Shabaka from Sons of Kemet.

Among the guests, there are participating pianist Jason Moran (on two songs) and rising South African star Nduduzo Makhathini, Floating Points on Rhodes electric piano, renown bassist Esperanza Spalding (on two songs), respectable New York drummer Nasheet Waits and even freshly established flutist André 3000. Still there are vocalists/rapers who's participation is probably most influential.

Differently from all of Shabaka's previous music, "Perceive Its Beauty..." is a heavily meditative and quite relaxed work, fortunately it doesn't slip into esoteric sleepy listening. Arrangements are all tasteful and quite original, rhythm changes are presented too, each of the songs included has it own face.

Never a big jazz flute fan, I chose this album because of my interest in Shabaka's music. Still, this music really made my day brighter, more comfortable and harmonic, even under dark Nordic sky. I believe those appreciating flute in jazz will find much more to enjoy.

PHAROAH SANDERS Pharoah Sanders Quartet ‎: Crescent With Love

Album · 1993 · Post Bop
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"Crescent With Love" is a Pharoah Sanders album released on the Japanese Venus label, a label well known for its specialization in "late night jazz" (or predominantly hard bop ballads) - original recordings of renown artists, released on albums with erotic-art covers. This album is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Coltrane's death. Even if Sanders played in Coltrane's band during his avant-garde (post-1965) times, "Crescent With Love" contains material strictly from the mainstream jazz category. Which perfectly fits under Venus label philosophy for sure.

There are five Coltrane hard bop-period songs included, plus Duke Ellington's "In A Sentimental Mood", Erroll Garner's "Misty" and other jazz standards. Sanders leads a competent acoustic quartet with double bassist Charles Fambrough, drummer Sherman Ferguson and pianist William Henderson - his regular quartet of the early 90s.

Sanders doesn't try to imitate Coltrane's sound here, he plays his own warm, a bit sentimental, soulful jazz deeply rooted in the r'n'b and blues of Sanders' youth. The trio on support do their job well, building an unpretentious background for Sanders' slow to mid-tempo soloing. The musical material is of excellent quality, so fans of regular Venus releases will find this album really attractive. Not much is offered for freer and more explosive Sanders music fans though. The album has been released in US in 1994 (with alternate cover art), and reissued a few times after, so everyone interested can find it without big problems.

KRZESIMIR DĘBSKI Krzesimir Dębski & Tadeusz Sudnik : Borello

Live album · 2023 · Jazz Related Electronica/Hip-Hop
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My interest to music comes from my early teens, and Polish music was a huge influence during my formative period. Two years of accordion private lessons didn't impress me a lot, later I tried to become a drummer in a school band, without a significant success. My hometown, Vilnius, in Russia's occupied Lithuania wasn't a very inspiring place, with a lot of people in gray military uniforms, dark blue militiamen and civilians, wearing same gray clothes, usually silent. There was quite a lot of music on state TV and radio stations (private stations didn't exist at all at that time), but it was predominantly kitsch versions of (mostly Russian) folklore and hyper-enthusiastic Soviet propaganda-pop. Plus some classics – classics sounded especially boring for my ears.

And there was Polish Radio – one of two foreign radio stations I could listen to regularly. The other was a BBC Russian services, banned in the Soviet Union. Its signal was usually weak, but time to time it was possible to listen to their excellent Friday night radio shows, dedicated to rock music.

Differently, Polish Radio had a strong and high quality radio signal. There was lot of short talks in a language I didn't really understand, and a lot of music between the talks too. I learned my basic Polish trying to understand what the voices on the radio were talking about, and my musical aesthetics were formed under the heavy influence of music I listened to regularly on Polish Radio.

That music was similar to what I already knew, but different at the same time. Doesn't matter, what genre it was – pop, rock or even r'n'b and reggae, it sounded richer, more full-bodied, brighter, much more colorful. As a teenager, I had no idea, where this difference came from. Only later I find out, that this difference in sound (and in general aesthetics too) was the result of different arrangements. It was quite often JAZZY ARRANGEMENTS, making almost any music sound fabulous.

Some years and decades later I found the genius of Tomasz Stanko trumpet, jazz, Polish fusion and many more. But even now, from almost half-a-century time distance, Poland for me is a land where all music sounds jazzy. Crossing the country by car, every time I impatiently wait for the moment when my car's radio is able to catch the first possible Polish radio station – almost always I get that very specific soulful, sometimes slightly melancholic jazzy sound of Poland, doesn't matter who plays.

It's a shame on me. I didn't know before who Krzesimir Dębski and Tadeusz Sudnik are. True, I knew Polish fusion stars from the 80s, The String Connection, and I knew Stanko's Freelectronic project, but I never knew the names of both band's members. As a foreigner, I knew even less about Krzesimir Dębski's films soundtracks and classical works. Then, two Polish jazz seasoned artists' new work comes for me as a discovery of sort.

Listening to a lot of jazz (hundreds of albums annually) for a few decades, it's not a regular situation when you start listening to a new album of seasoned artists without expectations, you are not familiar with their music and simply don't know what to expect. It's quite a good thing, history teaches us that expectations often lead to disappointments.

So, Krzesimir Dębski and Tadeusz Sudnik Borello, present a comeback album after long pause. Four longish (between 9+ and almost 15 minutes long) free form compositions, recorded by a duo of violinist/keyboardist and a live electronics wizard. The music which could be formally tagged as “jazz-electronica” has nothing in common with New Millennium jazz related electronica, like played by Squarepusher or Flying Lotus. With an absolute dominance of analog sound, this album's electronics are much closer to American composer and early Moog player Richard Teitelbaum's music.

Album's opener, “Borro”, dedicated to Tomasz Stanko, sounds very much as a variation of early Miles abstract fusion, with Dębski's violin soloing instead of trumpet. Warm and tuneful, this song sounds very much as if had been composed, not fully improvised. “Rebo”, the album's longest piece, is of a more amorphous nature, centered around vintage electronic rhythms. Quite relaxed though.

“Lerro” is a mid-tempo song with violin soloing over the (warm) synth loops and bubbles, in moments quite unpolished and almost nervous. “Rero”, the closer, same way as a previous piece, sounds more improvised, freer than the first two album's songs. Still, there are lot of tuneful snippets and emotively colored violin.

Not really a revolutionary album, still it's a very impressive standing alone work of two masters. Maturity, knowledge of the past world without even traces of sentimental melancholy, and that soulful jazzy feel so important for Polish jazz. Bravo!

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