1. Lento by Youn Sun Nah
Youn Sun Nah is a really interesting vocalist who blurs the lines between jazz, folk, and pop. I just bought her last album, Same Girl, and I was blown away by her poise and sure-footed delivery right from the first track. Lento is already receiving wide-spread praise. The physical CD is slated to come out June 11 and it can be pre-ordered on amazon here. The digital version is available now.
2. For The Love Of Abbey by Marc Cary
In 1994 Marc Cary began his 12-year tenure as Abbey Lincoln’s pianist. Since then he gone on to gain a reputation as a band leader and an exceptionally creative pianist. On June 11 he will be releasing his first solo recording honouring the late Abbey Lincoln and her remarkable songwriting abilities. This album is not yet available for pre-order.
3. WomanChild by Cécile McLorin Salvant
In 2010 Cécile McLorin Salvant was the youngest finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. The vocal TMIJC is my Olympics so I always watch with bated breath. I was really thrilled when I first heard Cécile McLorin Salvant because she brought so much depth and personality to jazz standards. I have greatly enjoyed her only other release and I’m excited to hear her next one when it comes out on May 28th. You can pre-order it in amazon here.
So that’s it for Three upcoming jazz releases that I am very excited about. If you want to stay abreast of upcoming jazz releases then you should be definitely go follow Donna’s blog, Elements of Jazz. She’s is on top of things over there.