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8 Jazz labels leading the way: March 2021

Last time marlbank compiled a top labels selection, the ''Labels completely on fire at the moment'' snapshot was February. My, how things change. And yet amid the reshuffling two venerable labels (33 from the UK and ECM from Germany) from that list …

Published: 24 Mar 2021. Updated: 29 days.

Last time marlbank compiled a top labels selection, the ''Labels completely on fire at the moment'' snapshot was February. My, how things change. And yet amid the reshuffling two venerable labels (33 from the UK and ECM from Germany) from that list make it into our latest. Here are 8 ''on fire'' outfits based only on recent/upcoming output that we rate particularly highly

1 Red Hook, from County Cork, Ireland. Note first release is not even out but augurs extremely well. 2 Cadillac, from London mainly for the upcoming, magnum opus, Evan Parker release All Knavery and Collusion. 3 577 from New York Mainly for the superb The Secret Handshake with Danger, Vol. One. 4 ECM. For Entendre. 5 Whirlwind from London. For Afrofuturism. 6 Sunnyside from New York For the new Michael Wolff. It has taken a decade for the live in LA gem to emerge. 7 33 Jazz For Stormy Emotions, the Luton label has had a few good records already in 2021, best of which is this from Sarah Moule. 8 CAM Jazz, from Italy. For piano trio album, Sly, from which a track image appears top.

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OTOOTO, This Love is For You ****

Ideally if your label invokes thoughts of a month, every release not to break the spell would come out during the very same. In this case April. This Love Is For You doesn't. To complicate matters further and then stop being overly literal the …

Published: 24 Mar 2021. Updated: 29 days.

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Ideally if your label invokes thoughts of a month, every release not to break the spell would come out during the very same. In this case April. This Love Is For You doesn't. To complicate matters further and then stop being overly literal the album is out on 21 May but the lead-off track is streaming and we're only in March.

Other applicable playfulness arises, however. The band name is a palindrome. But let's not read backwards to avoid queasiness, eh. The sound (''oto'' in Japanese means ''sound'') however does travel, doubles down even, to retroland. “Vær dog god, ræv!” (Or 'be good now, fox!' Other Danish palindromes are mystifyingly also available.)

'Sunfish' is horn section-led accessible late night soulful jazz-funk. A trumpeter and saxophonist's band, perhaps unsurprisingly given this aspect to the track, are at work. Containing a catchy, not too naive, melody involving incidental ''intake of breath'' vocalisation for filler within the instrumental blend, 'Sunfish' is certainly intuitively arranged.

The players in question include trumpeter Jonas Due (respect is…) knocking on the door of being a millennial and from a similiar generation saxophonist Oilly Wallace. It's not slick (… geddit? Enough, ed). But it is feelgood and actually works pretty well. The sound splashed with an old Juno 106, Bricking it only in a puntastic sense (is there any other?), tastefully finessed by Calle Brickman, you got it, the whole effect sits with what Nicola Conte in Italy or 'Teddy Rok' Mäkynen in Finland trot out so winningly. A lot of new names, let's hope they trip off the tongue soon because their track here, recorded in Copenhagen last autumn, containing a lot of skill, certainly does the equivalent.