October had some really strong releases. Below I briefly discuss a few of my personal favorites.
Blue Maqams : Anouar Brahem
This album is a monster. Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Django Bates, and Anouar Brahem this is a super group of musicians. Some beautiful originals are found on here. The music is truly challenging and inspiring. Check out tracks like “Bahia” and “Bom Dia Rio” to see what I mean. Another fantastic release from the ECM label and my favorite album of the month.
Gregory Porter: Nate King Cole and Me
I’ve been a of Gregory Porter for a few years now. I also had the pleasure of listening to him live at the CSO a couple years back. He has a powerful voice, and some great gospels influenced jazz music.I really enjoyed listening to this album. Check out “Quizas, Quizas, Quizas”, “When Love was King”, and “Nature Boy”.
Dave Douglas: Little Giant Still Life
Fantastic album from the jazz trumpeter. It’s a very high energy and cheerful record. Fantastic grooves, and it never bores. This is some of the best rhythmic interaction within a group that I’ve heard all year. My only issue/ thing you need to consider is that you can’t stream the album anywhere. You gotta pay for this one, but trust me you’ll be glad you did.
That concludes the month of October. What albums do you think should’ve made the list? What albums are you looking forward to before 2017 comes to a close? Comment below and let me know.