EP. 14 – Nu Jazz & beyond from USA, Italy, Brazil, Norway, UK, Armenia-Australia & Sweden:

Courtney’s playing refreshingly cool new jazzy vibes for you to work, rest and play to!  Jam-packed full of new releases and plenty of fun, including many of the artists introducing their own tracks!  This week we’ve got the perfect Sundowner playlist for you! Classic jazz trio, piano with strings, Italian bop, Brazilian samba, Norwegian chill out & Australian-Armenian melodies.  Saúde!

1 Cyrus Chestnut: Nippon Soul Connection 7’24
My Father’s Hands HIGHNOTE Tr1
Cyrus Chestnut pno Peter Washington bs Lewis Nash dr
(Chestnut)

Cyrus remembers his dad with this joyous bluesy Bossa swing to get us started! “What makes Chestnut the best jazz pianist of his generation is a willingness to abandon notes and play space”.

2 Bill Laurance: Balm 4’21
Zeal EP FLINT MUSIC Tr2
Bill Laurance keys Jonathan Harvey bs Marius Aleksi dr Untold Orchestra str
(Laurance)

Snarky Puppy’s Bill L floating us down the river with lush rolling piano & strings – beautiful

3 Marco Tranchina/Smat Five: Axioma 6’23
More Than Ever UBUNTU Tr4
Marcho Tranchina pno Mikele Montolli bs Alan Short alto
(Tranchina)

Hot Bebop with Latin European flavours!  Marco’s bringing the warm sounds and sensibilities of his Mediterranean musical heritage to London!

4 Dende & Band: Epe Baba 3’48
Ago ROPEADOPE Tr2
Feat Frances Mbappe bs Daniel Peniazek gtr Daniel Belquer pno Benhur Oliveira dr Leslie Macedo perc Dende Macedo perc/vc
(Macedo)

Ecstatic percussive incantations with Dende from Bahia, Brazil!  His music is a conversation between matter and spirit, and a life-enriching communion with the divine that he strives to share with his audiences.

5 Action & Tension & Space: Chromosomes 6’11
Tellus RUNE GRAMMOFON Tr1
Per Steinar Lie gar Oystein Braut gtr org mtron Julis Lind bs Orjan Haaland dr Sigbjorn Apeland keys, harm Stale Liavik Solberg perc 
(Lie,Braut,Lind,Haaland)

ATS head into the Hardangervidda terrain of wide open spaces and unruly weather conditions.  They recorded in a small studio during 2 days of heavy rain & stormy winds rumbling outside the windows.

6 The Smudges: The Gigue is Up 5’20
Song and Call CRYPTOGRAMOPHONE Tr3
Jeff Gauthier vln Maggie Parkins cl
(Gauthier)

Birdsong reimagined in beautiful folk-jazz on violin and cello from The Smudges!

7 Maridalen: Pa nye eventyr 5’22
Bortenfor JAZZLAND Tr1
Anders Hefre sx Jonas Kilmork Vemoy tot Andreas Rodland Haga bs
(Hefre)

Quirky finger-clickin chamber jazz from Norway!  Maridalen takes its name from a scenic called just north of Oslo.   “The listener is invited to new adventures: through pictures from a movie to a ride on a moon bike in dreamland”.

8 Ebi Soda: Pseudocreme 5”05
Honk If You’re Sad TRU THOUGHTS Tr3
V Vilhelm tb Conor Knight gtr Hari-Lee Evans bs
Louis Jenkins keys Sam Schlich Davies dr
Vilhelm/Knight/Jenkins/Evans/Davies

Ebi Soda have been marinating in a digital soup of trap, drill, dub, post-punk and new wave, all underscored by the intersection of jazz, hiphop and electronic music!

9 Zela Margossian Quintet – Forecast 7’40
The Road ROPEADOPE Tr2
Zela Margossian pno Stuart Vandegraaff sx Adem Yilmaz perc Jacques Emery bs Alexander Inman-Hislop dr
(Margossian)

Armenian traditional music feeds this incredible ethno-jazz band from Sydney Australia.  Dancing piano from Zela and whirling sax from Stuart Vadegraaff conjure electric Armenian nights!

10 Joel Lyssarides: Gowns of Dark 3’12
Stay Now ACT Tr5
Joel Lyssarides pno Niklas Fernqvist bs Rasmus Svensson Blixt dr
(Lyssarides)

Lyssarides lives in a remote house in the woods, a good half an hour outside Stockholm.  He prefers to compose at night, in silence, without distraction.  We hear soaring Liszt & Schumann amidst plucked Debussy strings!

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