September is well underway, but before we completely forget August I’d like to go over the best albums that were released. There were some spectacular albums released this month. I found a handful to really be worth listening to and some may even be up for the best album of the year. I’ve also added a new section “Best of the Rest” which will just be a list of other notable albums from the month.
Competition was high, but this is the best album of the month. I’m usually not the biggest fan of big band music, but this album is phenomenal. The solos, the selections of Thelonious Monk’s music, the arrangements, all of it helps create a high energy and captivating album. I was never bored. Always yearning for more and never knowing what to expect. This wasn’t just a bunch of covers of Monk tunes. These were pieces I loved reimagined.
This album was very close to being my favorite of the month. The emotion and composition really set this album apart, just fantastic writing. THE BED WE MADE is a clear example of this. Just a short and sweet song. I wasn’t the biggest fan of every solo, but the arrangements and the overall balance of the album impressed me. With some slower pieces I tend to wander and lose interest, but on this album I found myself hanging on to every note. This is a must own.
Steve Turre came to play on this album and he brought a phenomenal cast of musicians to assist him. With Kenny Baron on Keys, Ron Carter on bass, Jimmy Cobb on drums, Javon Jackson on tenor, and Cyro Baptista on percussion how could this album fail? It didn’t. This album swings like hell and has a wonderful classic jazz sound. This is arguably Steve Turre’s best work to date and would have been the best album of the month in many other months this year.
BEST OF THE REST
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Now we head into the final quarter of the year with plenty of new music on the horizon. What albums coming up are you looking forward to? What albums from this month do you feel were left out? Comment below or reach out to me via email or your preferred social media website.