I play a track from eight different jazz albums—seven of them from 2018.
They include five recordings that Downbeat Magazine, in their January 2019 issue, claim are the “Masterpiece Albums of 2018”. They may or may not coincide with your tastes (or mine). But part of the ‘discovery’ process is to hear out the ‘experts’—–and Downbeat reviewers listen to a lot of jazz. So they must know something, eh?
At least one of those ‘masterpieces’ resonate with me—-I’m thinking of the Polish bassist/composer, Wojtek Mazolewski, and I hope to hear more from him.
Also on the program is an album that received a four star review (from all four reviewers) in that same issue of Downbeat. Canadian trumpeter Ingrid Jensen (originally from Nanaimo), with saxophonist Steve Treseler, playing music of Canadian icon, Kenny Wheeler.
One selection from Stingray music’s top 10 jazz albums of 2018 is also featured.
Lastly, I go backwards and forwards. Backward to 2017. And forward to later this year…. a six piece group featuring five Cuban women who just might (as the rumour goes) be playing in Peterborough for International Jazz Day.
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-Larry Saidman, aka Larry the Radio Guy.