Kohsuke Mine, First (BBE): BBE Music will reissue saxophonist Kohsuke Mine's debut album, First, for the first time since its original 1970 release on April 30 as part of its acclaimed J Jazz Masterclass Series. Mine is known as one of the leading artists in the new wave of modern jazz that swept Japan in the late '60s and early '70s, and this album epitomizes the shifting sound of the Japanese modern jazz scene of the time, featuring him alongside keyboardist Masabumi Kikuchi and two American players - bassist Larry Ridley and drummer Lenny McBrowne. Order First here.Rubén Blades y Roberto Delgado & Orquesta, SALSWING! (Rubén Blades Productions): Rubén Blades melds salsa and jazz on his new genre-defying album, SALSWING!, featuring the Robert Delgado Orquesta and released on April 16. Order it here. The project was partly driven, Blades says via an official statement, by his wish to "eliminate the stereotype that affirms we are conditioned to only exist artistically within specific boundaries, according to our nationality." The album will also be released in separate editions: SALSA PLUS! on April 23 and SWING! on April 30. https://youtu.be/yAFgDTnB-qk
Bill Evans, Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans:A Career Retrospective (1956-1980 (Craft): Craft celebrated the legacy of Bill Evans with a 5-CD set spotlighting the legendary pianist's work as a leader and co-leader. The set, Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans, will feature over 60 choice cuts and an entire previously unreleased live concert from 1975, captured at Oil Can Harry's in Vancouver, B.C. This concert recording will also be issued as a standalone album, On a Friday Evening, on 2-LP, CD and digital formats. Both titles will be released on June 25. https://youtu.be/LPkZfXj66c4
Dee Daniels, The Promise: Deluxe Edition (Cellar Music): Vocalist Dee Daniels will release the Deluxe Edition of her landmark 2019 album, The Promise, which marked her debut and features 12 original compositions inspired by her recent journey with breast cancer. The new edition is out on May 7 and features three bonus tracks, including an alternate version of "One Moment in Time" with guitarist Felton Offard, and stirring renditions of "I Want Jesus to Walk With Me" and "Let Freedom Ring." Pre-order it here. https://youtu.be/w_O02oItFKk
Live Music and Festival News
DC Jazz Festival Launches Podcast Series: The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) has launched a podcast series, We Get to Talk. This bi-weekly series will feature DCJF Executive Director Sunny Sumter engaging jazz artists in captivating conversations that revolve around relevant topics, people and places. The first episode launched last week and features piano prodigy, Matthew Whitaker. Listen to it here.Jazzfest Berlin Wins 10th EJN Award for Adventurous Programming: Europe Jazz Network (EJN) has announced Jazzfest Berlin as the winner of its 10th EJN Award for Adventurous Programming, bestowed each year by EJN to a European promoter who succeeds in creating visionary and fascinating musical programs for the audience. A comment from the Award Jury 2021 states that “Jazzfest Berlin is the perfect choice for the 10th EJN Award for Adventurous Programming. It is one of the oldest jazz festivals in Europe and yet it has been able to innovate itself, striving to break musical and cultural boundaries. This included engaging with a younger generation of organizers and artists, experimenting with new fruition spaces and commissioning innovative musical projects."Like this article? Get more when you subscribe.