'Again Again' from singer Cyrille Aimée drawn from à Fleur de Peau is due on Whirlwind on 8 February. Cyrille says: “I’ve been writing forever, but this album is my real birth as a songwriter.''
'Prelude: Orison' from the Vijay Iyer trio's upcoming album Compassion (ECM) due on 2 February. The album includes a version of Stevie Wonder's 'Overjoyed' and Roscoe Mitchell's 'Nonaah' Iyer uniting once again with Linda May Han Oh and Tyshawn Sorey.
'The Gate' from Cloudward is out on 19 January from Brooklyn-based guitarist and composer Mary Halvorson. The Nonesuch release has 8 new compositions by Halvorson appearing with her sextet Amaryllis. The cool twists and turns of 'The Gate' do not in any way disappoint.
'And So It Goes' from At Pizza Express Live - in London (PX) out on 16 February follows on from an appearance at Harold Sanditen's open mic night at Crazy Coqs in London to an invitation for the Swiss born singer to perform across Soho at the PizzaExpress Jazz Club with the idea of recording this live album.
And last but not least Elan Mehler's fine version of Ellington's 'In a Sentimental Mood' is a great way in to the prospect of his upcoming solo piano album for Sunnyside, Trouble in Mind, recorded in New Orleans. out on 12 January.
Cyrille Aimée, photo: publicity shot