If you’re looking for some great new music to discover this weekend, look no further than our weekly New Release Cheat Sheet.
New Songs and Videos
David Myles, “New 80” [Song Premiere]
Musician/composer and sonic stylist extraordinaire David Myles will release his instrumental full-length, That Tall Distance, on August 27. The album features contributions from friends and collaborators and was recorded piece by piece in isolation. “New 80,” the premiere of which you can hear via the player below, is a track from the LP and apparently the one that started it all. “I’ve always had a dream to make an instrumental record, and this was the tune that really opened up the possibility in my mind,” says Myles via an official statement. “The fun part about doing all this stuff was creating something that was open enough for the other players to really dig into. That’s why I think of this project as fundamentally a jazz project.” Pre-save That Tall Distance here.
Andy Farber & His Orchestra, “How Am I To Know” feat. Catherine Russell [Song Premiere]
Saxophonist Andy Farber will release Early Blue Evening, his second album with his 17-piece big band, on August 27 and ArtistShare. This is a swing and blues showcase featuring nine originals and two Farber-arranged standards, including a take on the Parker and King standard, “How Am I To Know” with Catherine Russell on vocals. “I really dig working with Catherine Russell,” says Farber. “She’s laid back, soulful and sophisticated, all at the same time. She’s a ‘musician’s musician’ because she is always listening, and is acutely aware of her musical environment, and is adept at contributing the tastiest morsels of melody.”
Alea, “No Me Apaga Nadie” [Video Premiere]
Colombian-born/Bronx-based singer/songwriter Alea released her new album, Alborotà, on August 19. Its ten tracks break with the traditional Latin music mold and are rooted in female and Latinx empowerment. Alea described one of its lead tracks, “No Me Apaga Nadie” as “a call to be rebellious and free in a society where you have to claw your way in to be part of the conversation.” You can watch the premiere of its accompanying video, directed by María del Mar Rosario, via the player below. Order Alborotà here.
Swindle, “Darkest Hour” feat. Poppy Ajudha and Daley
London-born musician/producer Swindle will release The New World on October 29 via BMG. This will be his first solo album since 2019’s No More Normal and his fourth album overall. The New World explores such themes as love, grief, fatherhood, life, race in Britain and more. The announcement coincides with the release of a new single, “Darkest Hour,” featuring Poppy Ajudha and Daley. This is a funk-laden and soulful track telling an emotional story of being in a dark, lonely place before emerging together. Pre-order The New World here.
Jim Yanda, A Silent Way: Exploratory Improvisations featuring Herb Robertson and Phil Haynes (Cornerstone Jazz)
Guitarist Jim Yanda will release A Silent Way, an adventurous free improv outing featuring longtime collaborators, trumpeter Herb Robertson and drummer Phil Haynes, on August 20 via Cornerstone Jazz. The album finds the three musicians venturing into often stark, spacious, richly textured territories and marks the first time they have convened as a trio. Order A Silent Way here.
Haeun Joo, We Will Find (Next Level/Outside In)
New York-based, South Korean-born pianist/composer Heaun Joo releases today We Will Find via Next Level, an imprint of Outside In Music. This debut full-length is a unique showcase and contemplative program of eight emotionally-driven original compositions recorded in two sessions with Matt Holman on trumpet and flugelhorn, Doug Weiss on bass and Ronen Itzik on drums. “I want this album to be part of people’s life journey,” says Joo via an official statement.
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