Making tracks - progressive sounds from upcoming albums to usher in 2023

Recover from Christmas by detoxing to these choice tracks coming up in our 5-step new year look ahead 1 'Op' Beats and Pieces Big Band - from Good Days (Efpi - 27 January) Non-orthodox tux free UK big band sounds with a north of England brassy …

Published: 31 Dec 2022. Updated: 28 days.

Recover from Christmas by detoxing to these choice tracks coming up in our 5-step new year look ahead

1 'Op' Beats and Pieces Big Band - from Good Days (Efpi - 27 January)

Non-orthodox tux free UK big band sounds with a north of England brassy dimension to it

2 'The Peace Inside' Wolfgang Haffner - from Silent World (ACT - 27 Jan)

German drummer Haffner is one of Europe's top big band drummers here in a more intimate flavoured reverie conjured by the great Till Brönner on flugelhorn

3 'Corser Hill,' Alec Schulman - from Light That Slips Away (Ropeadope - 3 February)

Touching vocals with a poignant Americana twist to the Schulman sound plus brilliant pedal steel from Greg Leiz

4 'Acrobats' Jo Lawry - from Acrobats (Whirlwind - 10 Feb)

Wonderful bass touch here in the ensemble sound and soloing later from Linda May Han Oh guided experimentally in the serpentine verse line by the poised alertness of Australian singer Jo Lawry

5 'The Call,' Lukas Traxel - from One​-​Eyed Daruma (WeJazz - March)

Bass, tenor sax, drums all add up to free-ish sounds that make complete sense. Swiss bassist Traxel was on Ydivide's well aimed Lumumba this year

Jo Lawry, photo: Bandcamp

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Track of the day - Even Now I Think of Her, Sebastian Rochford and Kit Downes ****

The second of the pre-release singles following the equally memorable 'Silver Light' from drummer composer Sebastian Rochford (Polar Bear, Sons of Kemet, Andy Sheppard) and pianist Kit Downes (Enemy, Troyka, Golden, Empirical) to introduce A Short …

Published: 31 Dec 2022. Updated: 29 days.

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The second of the pre-release singles following the equally memorable 'Silver Light' from drummer composer Sebastian Rochford (Polar Bear, Sons of Kemet, Andy Sheppard) and pianist Kit Downes (Enemy, Troyka, Golden, Empirical) to introduce A Short Diary out on 20 January. Touchingly elegiac - this piece which comes right at the end of the album was written by Seb's father, Aberdeen poet Gerard Rochford (1932-2019). Sebastian Rochford, above. Photo: Wikiwand