Ichiro Fujiya & Takeshi Kurihara | Elephant And A Barbar

Musilogue has released its 1st album “Elephant and a barbar” by Bass player Ichiro Fujiya and Sax player Takeshi Kurihara.

This album was originally made for selling at venues where they would play. Due to popular demand Musilogue decided to release it more widely. Ichiro Fujiya is an amazing bass player who has supported Jazztronik for 10 years and also other Japanese pop music artists. Takeshi Kurihara started off in the underground scene and since then he has supported many artists like Soil&Pimp Sessions, Kyoto Jazz Sextet and Jazztronik.Ryota Nozaki (Jazztronik) plays piano and Rhodes and has composed 2 tunes (8)(9) on this album. Effective guitar is played by Arata Inoue who is active in the underground music scene in Tokyo. Musilogue has chosen young creator Ryo Kawahara as a remixer for a bonus track.

Available on Bandcamp.

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emanative | Earth

Led by drummer and producer Nick Woodmansey, Emanative have created a cosmic strand of multi-cultural UK jazz with African, Indian and Middle Eastern influences unlike any other act on the UK scene. Following on from their previous record on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label back in 2015, Earth celebrates the diverse backgrounds of it’s galaxy of contributors, which includes Idris Ackamoor of US spiritual jazz legends The Pyramids, Afrobeat legend Dele Sosimi (previously of Fela Kuti’s Africa 80), key protagonist from Manchester’s jazz scene Nat Birchall, India-raised Ninja Tune artist and Shabaka Hutchings-collaborator Sarathy Korwar, Ibibio Sound Machine player Ben Hadwen, Benjamin Page from RocketNumberNine, The Heliocentrics’ Malcolm Catto and Flying Lotus collaborator Ahu.

Initially Emanative was an output for Woodmansey’s more beat-led productions which he began releasing in 2008. Over the course of a decade and a multitude of singles and three full-length albums, the project has morphed – emanated – into a collaborative, jazz-influenced, outward-facing globally-inspired collective. 2015’s The Light Years of the Darkness album release was a key turning point and a record that saw Woodmansey work with a stellar cast of contributors featuring amongst others Keiran Hebden aka Four Tet and trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah. All profits went to the Steve Reid Foundation, a charity which Gilles Peterson set up of which Woodmansey is a trustee – all in the name of the legendary jazz-drummer to help musicians in crisis as well as to support new talent.

Available on Bandcamp.

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favourite things | 5.18

favourite things 5.18 – The Mouse Outfit feat. IAMDDB, Louis VI feat. Jelani Blackman, Mac Miller, Curren$y & Harry Fraud feat. Action Bronson, Conway X Sonnyjim feat. Budgie, Pusha T, Blvck Spvde, Your Old Droog, Jonwayne, Azizi Gibson, Audio Push, Lou Phelps feat. Kaytranada, Rome Fortune, Tane feat. Boyce Griffith, Bastien Keb, Patrick Paige II, R+R=NOW, Bobby Earth feat. Adam DeWalt, Radius Etc, Mecca:83 feat. Brothermartino, Thundercat, James Blue, Omas Sextet, Kamaal Williams, The Expansions, Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids, Takumi Moriya, Masayoshi Fujita.

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Otis Sandsjö | Y​-​OTIS

Helsinki’s We Jazz Records presents “Y-OTIS”, the debut album from Berlin-based Swedish saxophonist/composer Otis Sandsjö, joining forces with keyboardist Elias Stemeseder, bassist Petter Eldh and drummer Tilo Weber. The album is a forward-reaching, multilayered collection of eight originals penned by Sandsjö and produced by Sandsjö and Eldh.

Otis Sandsjö hails from Gothenburg, Sweden. He is known previously for example for his inspired work on singer Lucia Cadotsch’s globe-trotting trio formation “Speak Low”, also featuring “Y-OTIS” co-producer and bassist Petter Eldh. Elias Stemeseder was dubbed one of the top 15 young European musicians to watch by All About Jazz in 2017. Tilo Weber ranks among the most creative young drummers in the scene. Stemeseder is currently based in New York, while the remaining three musicians here live in Berlin. Live on stage, the band performing the material on the new release is called Y-OTIS.

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Aqueduct Ensemble | Improvisations On An Apricot

Aqueduct Ensemble is a collaboration between Ohio (USA) based artist Keith Freund and his neighbour Stu, who is a piano tuner and professional pianist. Their debut album together, “Improvisations On An Apricot” is the second release from label Last Resort.

“It’s been a couple years, but I’ve put together a new record, this time with my neighbor Stu and a few other friends. Stu’s been tuning the piano Linda and I were using for our Lejsovka & Freund and Trouble Books recordings, and I’ve always enjoyed the test scales and vignettes he would run through checking his work. I floated the idea to collaborate on a sortof 70s/80s ECM kinda vibe, and soon started bringing my laptop and a couple microphones over to his house to collect his improvisations and have him add to pieces I had started. Other friends from the neighborhood dropped by to add parts here and there as well.” – 

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Kamaal Williams | The Return

The Return is a natural evolution from the Yussef Kamaal project, mining the influence of visionary jazz but blended with all kinds of texture, sounds and signals from the over-saturated London streets. The Return will be the debut album released on Wu’s new label Black Focus Records, releases May 25, 2018.

Kamaal Williams – Keys, Pete Martin – Bass, MckNasty – Drums, Richard Samuels – Engineer

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favourite things | 4.18

favourite things 4.18 – James Creole Thomas, Tenderlonious, Louis VI feat. Mick Jenkins, Eric Biddines, Emune & Sensi, Knxwledge feat. Traffic, The Internet, Horatio Luna, Mo Kolours, Bastien Keb, Lionmilk, Winters, Emma-Jean Thackray, Elusive, Otis Sandsjö, Portico Quartet, Waaju, Jon Hassell, Wilma Archer, Leon Vynehall, Sam Gendel, WVR BVBY, James Blue, Yellow Days, Cleo Sol.

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DJM Trio | Cave Art Two

DJM trio breathes fierce artistry into grooved out renditions of Solange, Patrice Rushen, Slum Village, Madvillain, Ohbliv and more. It’s upon this precipice that Dominic James Marshall makes his mark, at the helm and on the keys of Cave Art Two – a slate of scintillating digital sounds, spontaneously arranged, etched in wax. The project is a thoughtful and inventive response to a long tradition of musical sampling.

The DJM Trio is led by Dominic James Marshall, an Amsterdam native who is a current member of renowned British nu-jazz and electronic outfit The Cinematic Orchestra. A rising jazz piano star, Marshall was nominated for the Edison International Jazz Award, and the trio earned a coveted set at BBC’s Manchester Jazz Festival, as unanimously selected by a jury including Gilles Peterson, Jamie Cullum and Jez Nelson.

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