The Editor’s pick of the best new albums reviewed in the March 2021 issue of Jazzwise, featuring Branford Marsalis, Veronica Swift, Pat Metheny, Susanna Aleksandra, Gary Bartz, Shai Maestro and more

Susanna Aleksandra

Eclipse Music

Here’s something to warm the heart in these dark, sad times. A new CD from a self-taught Estonian singer I’d never previously heard of (apologies to Ms Aleksandra – that really demonstrates the shameful gaps in my musical knowledge, rather than saying anything about her reputation or talents) falls through my letterbox one gloomy January morning and… guess what? It’s an absolute corker! Kevin Whitlock

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Gary Bartz

Jazz Is Dead JID006 

Much excitement surrounds JID 006, another new studio album (following on from last year’s acclaimed Night Dreamer Direct-to-Disc Sessions with Maisha) by octogenarian saxophonist Gary Bartz, whose late-life career has morphed and flourished thanks to such UK-based champions as Gilles Peterson and the production duo of A Tribe Called Quest DJ/producer Adrian Younge and the hip hop composer/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammed. It’s on their Jazz Is Dead label that the much-sampled Bartz releases this new eight-track collection, having featured on last year’s inaugural Jazz Is Dead 001 alongside other living legends including Roy Ayers and Marcos Valle, all of whom subsequently released studio albums in collaboration with Muhammed and Younge. But while JID006 showcases

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