January has started of well jazz wise. A handful of quality album were released and even more albums are planned for release in the upcoming months that I’m excited about. So without further ado let’s get into the best album of January.
Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau- Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau
I don’t know what’s been happening to me, but I’ve listened to more Brad Mehldau in the last 6 months than I have my entire life. Not really sure why, but either way Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau is another great one. This album is a unique combination of jazz and Americana blended together by Chris Thile. To me he really makes this album special. His playing on “The Watcher is inspiring and his vocals on “Scarlet Town” really capture the essence of the album. This is my favorite album from January and I hope there will be more collaborations from this duo in the future.
Jorge Rossy & Javier Vercher – Filantropia
This late January release is another collaboration between two jazz veterans. This album has everything from swing to latin music to ballads. The diversity of music makes this feel more like an experience and an experiment than a standard jazz album. A couple noteworthy highlights are “Cleptocracia” and “Linear Distance”.
Jacopo Ferrazza Trio- Rebirth
Rebirth definitely has more of a traditional jazz feel to it than the other top albums of January. This becomes apparent with tracks like “Blind Painter” and “Pirandello Madness” fantastic original tunes that are captivating. Rebirth is a short and sweet record that is a pleasure to listen to, maintains jazz traditions while still creating original music, and doesn’t overstay it’s welcome. I have a feeling I’ll be listening to Rebirth for months and years to come.
John abercrombie: Up and Coming
Theo Bleckmann: Elegy