Sons Of Kemet – Inner Babylon (2013)

A super-group of sorts led by clarinetist, saxophonist and composer Shabaka Hutchings with Oren Marshall on tuba and both Tom Skinner and Seb Rochford on drums, Sons Of Kemet offer a unique take on jazz, Caribbean folk music and African Diasporan history. [Source]



Michał Wróblewski Trio – Jarretude (2011)

This is the debut album by the young Polish Jazz pianist / composer Michal Wroblewski, recorded with his trio with bassist Michal Jaros and drummers Michal Bryndal and Wojciech Romanowski. The first version of this album was recorded by the trio with Bryndal and released as a promo. This, the final version of the album adds four more tracks recorded by the trio with Romanowski. Since both trios recorded the title track, the album’s nine tracks are in fact only eight distinct compositions, of which five were composed by Wroblewski, one by Jaros, one is an interpretation of a John Coltrane tune and the title track is a contemporary house composition, which proves that Wroblewski listens to other music than Jazz as well. Both trio sessions were recorded at the legendary Studio Tokarnia, with Jan Smoczynski behind the knobs, which is always a guarantee of superb sonic quality. [Source]


Don Byron – I Found a New Baby (2004)

Clarinetist Don Byron is known for his musical experimentation — playing classical compositions, Latin dance grooves, hip-hop, klezmer and pop songs. For his latest project, Byron returns to his first love — jazz, with a CD largely dedicated to legendary saxophonist Lester Young. With the CD Ivey-Divey, Byron reinterprets music from the 1946 recording Lester Young Trio, in which Young was accompanied by Nat King Cole on piano and Buddy Rich on drums. “With Lester Young, I think there’s a discipline suggested that at the moment I reheard him seemed very tangible to me,” Byron tells NPR’s Michele Norris. “He’s an incredibly disciplined person that kind of wants to sound like he has no discipline at all, like he’s just walking in the park.” Ivey-Divey includes a pair of Miles Davis tunes as well. And ironically it’s on Davis’ “In a Silent Way” that Byron says he hears himself sound the most like Young. It doesn’t hurt that Byron is accompanied on the new CD by drummer Jack DeJohnette, who was on the original Davis sessions of “In a Silent Way.” [Source]