With an Ella compilation still in the top spot the highest new entry in the Official Jazz & Blues Albums Chart, the UK's top sales chart for jazz, at no.2 is We Are (Verve) from Jon Batiste on a roll for Soul. A piece of the action livelier and not at all a purist jazz album although suffused in the rear view mirror with that joyful noise a panoply of styles jostle for position and cross-fertilise.
Partly about Batiste's southern roots partly about his burning desire to communicate with all the skills the pianist bandleader and composer has at his considerable disposal there's plenty of star power and a two-way flow of reflection and celebration in the crossover traffic where soul, pop and a certain groove crackle in the night air no matter what you call it. With Mavis Staples, Quincy Jones, Zadie Smith, PJ Morton, Trombone Shorty, St Augustine Marching 100, Jon's dad Michael Batiste, granda David Gauthier and many more. Photo: Louie Brown/Universal