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Five new albums of atypical jazz compositions

Jazz is like Bulgakov Woland: timeless. Forgive such an association, but the truth is: it seems to develop in time … or in several times. While unknown recordings of jazz classics are discovered (and in unique compositions), middle-generation musicians find their “third way” in author / improvisational music.

Christian McBride’s “Christian McBride’s New Jawn” The productivity of the contrabass player Christian McBride is surprising: the sideman is all cool, and the bandlider … The new project is the New Jawn quartet, in the name of which “jawn” is translated from slang native to the musician of Philadelphia something like “dude” and “point” at the same time. The chip is the lack of a chord instrument. No guitar, no piano. But – Marcus Strickland on a tenor saxophone and Joshua Ivens on the trumpet. Together with the killer rhythm section (drummer – Stit Waits) – they sound wide and whimsical. Bright vigorous compositions in the style from post-bop to free pieces.
Music by Andrew Cyrille, Wadada Leo Smith, Bill Frisell “Lebroba” Nontrivial composition – electric guitar, trumpet and drums. It’s hard to imagine what kind of salad these ingredients can be mixed into. But geniuses are geniuses to be unpredictable. You can expect anything from such people. No one needs to introduce guitarist Bill Friselle; trumpeter Wadad Leo Smith – also widely known in the underground circles; Andrew Cyril, the drummer, who is conditionally the main one here, is probably entirely for amateur connoisseurs, but so much the better. By the way, Cyril has an interesting collaboration in the project of Matthew Shipp / Ivo Perelman. All three are completely different, all three have one thing in common: the love of freedom and psychedelia in music. All three at different times – immemorial – were recorded on ECM, which also released this album (in the title – Leland, Brooklyn and Baltimore, the homeland of musicians). In the ECM catalog, “Lebroba” is a very bright album, an uncommon product. And it sounds not like an archetypical ECM sound (thank God!). Frizell brings out the recognizable slow passages of his otherworldly guitar. Smith sounds chilly-detached (not to say illusively). Cyril does not creep forward and plays more melodies than rhythms: there is almost no ostinat rhythm anywhere – the drums can even be taken for decoration. Amount – more than three terms. Smith’s composition “Turiya” is a touching dedication to Alice Coltrane, which, however, is not very similar to the composition of the widow of Coltrane.
Music by Charles Mingus “Jazz in Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden” Another bass player? Yes! The spiritual father of all creative four-string heroes, McBride as well. The passions around John Coltrane’s album released in the spring did not have time to calm down – like the latest archival research: a large and luxurious “live” Charlie Mingus in February 1973 in Detroit. The band is unique: John Stubblefield (saxophone), pianist Don Pullen, trumpeter Joe Gardner and drummer Roy Brooks. The composition did not last long, and there were no records of it until today. The music here is, in general, purely Mingus: all these compositions of it are of complex shape, wide sound, instrument roll. But with the “trick” of all these wonderful musicians. In “Orange was the Color of her Dress” – Gardner’s poignant optimistic solo (for Mingus, this is rare). More traditionally, the long, long-swinging beast “Pitecantropous Erectus”. But in general, 12 long songs in a good record.
Music by Makaya McCraven “Universal Beings” A real wonder-yudo, a stylistic chimera from Chicago drummer Makayi McCraven, who lives and works in Chicago. His last album “In the Moment” was good, with a fresh look at all these jazz. Not avant-garde and not electronics. Some new third way. This one went even further. Giant composition, including violinists and vibraphonists. Original compositions – groove and moderately fancy. “Jazz should return, and it should be done powerfully, abruptly, and not just reinterpret what was done in the past,” so McCraven designates his credo. You can’t say better. AppleMusicMarcus Strickland’s Twi-Life “People of the Sun” There is nothing unusual in this line-up at first glance. In addition, this is a new team of renowned tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland. As in the aforementioned release, an attempt to find your own jazz today. It turned out just a pleasant diverse album – groove and melodic. Broken rhythms of drums plus blissful arenabi-atmosphere. La Stevie Wonder breaks through in the song “Marvelous” (the Brooklyn vocalist / keyboardist / songwriter Aki Bermiss sang in a powerful voice with a funky tear). One of the pearls is the brightest sparkling solo of the electric organ in “Build”. And “Black Love” is like smooth jazz with recitatives. And of course, the juicy tenor-sax of Marcus Strickland, which he plays aggressively and delicately at the same time.

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