The London label Gearbox is releasing the EP I Am Chiminyo on 29 March. The drummer percussionist Chiminyo, Tim to his mum, fuses jazz, drum and bass, and electronic dance music. Each of the three tracks is performed on live drums, which then trigger synth sounds but there are no loops or backing tracks. 

Jacques Loussier has died aged 84. The pianist composer was best known for his jazz interpretations of the music of J. S. Bach. In 1959, he formed his first Play Bach Trio and sold millions of records with his various Play Bach records. More via Libération.

The Japanese pianist has entered the Billboard jazz chart at no. 3 with Echo. The album includes guest appearances by Kyle Eastwood, Marcus Miller, Robben Ford, Gretchen Parlato and more.

Good to see them back.

Ilmiliekki Quartet return next month with Land of Real Men. 

The Finnish four piece of trumpeter, Verneri Pohjola, pianist Tuomo Prättälä, bassist Antti Lötjönen and drummer Olavi Louhivuori have not had a new album in more than a dozen years.

They return in style with a double vinyl/CD/digital WeJazz Records release. Check a taste of the release above.