We’ll never stop loving the classics, but great jazz records keep on coming. Here are three essential jazz albums from 2019 so far.
Snarky Puppy – Immigrance
This is the 13th release from the 19-member rotating cast led by bassist and composer Michael League. Immigrance follows the group’s 2016 effort Culcha Vulcha, which won the Grammy Award for best contemporary instrumental album. The influences on this record are too many to name, but in short, the genre-busting band delivers a sophisticated groove that is all their own.
Released on March 15, 2019
JV’s Boogaloo Squad – Going to Market
Led by organist Joel Visentin, this is Toronto’s grooviest three-piece band. Going to Market captures a sound from the past that sounds like the future. It’s the group’s second album; they debuted with Squad Goals in 2017.
Released on Feb. 15, 2019
Randy Brecker – Rocks
After Randy Brecker’s two successful tours with the NDR Bigband (The Hamberg Radio Jazz Orchestra), Germany’s public broadcaster gave the green light for the collaborators to get in the studio and record some of these works. Rocks features tunes from different parts of Brecker’s career, arranged by Jörg Achim Keller. In essence, it’s a big band fronted by the Brecker Brothers.