The editors of JAZZIZ have the good fortune of being able to listen to new music before it’s officially released in stores and streaming platforms. And because we’re always listening to new tunes, we always know just what to recommend. That’s why we’ll bring you a roundup of ten songs each week, featuring music from our favorite new albums, singles and other tunes that may have flown under your radar.
This week’s playlist opens with Keyon Harrold’s collaboration with Robert Glasper and Common on “Find Your Peace” from his upcoming album, Foreverland, due out on January 19. DJ Harrison has shared his soulful cover of Donald Fagen’s “IGY.” Vocalist and bassist Janet Evra celebrates the unique allure of the French capital on her new album, Meet Me in Paris, featuring the original composition, “Paris.” “Floating with an Intimate Stranger” is a sleek mid-tempo groover from Mike Reed’s new album, The Separatist Party.
“Wanted” is the opening track from Hiromi’s Sonicwonderland, described as her heaviest and funkiest album to date. “Be Normal” is Jennifer Wharton’s first composition for her brass-forward ensemble Bonegasm and is included on the new album, Grit & Grace. Lizz Wright offers the first taste of her new album, Shadow, which will be released next year, by sharing its first single, “Sweet Feeling.”
Vocalist Vuyo Sotashe and pianist Chris Pattishall have released a haunting rendition of Dave and Iola Brubeck’s “They Say I Look Like God.” Singer and songwriter Defne Şahin based “Hope Is the Thing With Feathers,” the first single from her new album HOPE, on one of Emily Dickinson’s most famous poems. Our playlist’s closing track is “Curupira Modernista,” the opening track from Movement, the second album by guitarists Daniel Santiago and Pedro Martins.
Listen to this week’s JAZZIZ Editors’ Choice Playlist via the player below.
Featured photo by Eric Coleman.