Tracks from a selection of new albums to look forward to coming in 2024

'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 …

Published: 9 Dec 2023. Updated: 2 months.

'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

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Micah Thomas, Reveal, Artwork ****

A belated note on a recording that I have only just become aware of. Reveal came out in September but certainly late or not it's worth catching up on what proves a very superior trio record led by a pianist in Micah Thomas that we have long since …

Published: 8 Dec 2023. Updated: 2 months.

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A belated note on a recording that I have only just become aware of. Reveal came out in September but certainly late or not it's worth catching up on what proves a very superior trio record led by a pianist in Micah Thomas that we have long since admired in the last few years, especially on records of his like Tide and for his work with Billy Drummond. Here with bassist Dean Torrey who was on Tide and drummer Kayvon Gordon on an album of original composition, there are strong affinities at times with the sound of Keith Jarrett and like Jarrett Thomas is able to tease out tiny subtleties and rhapsodic flourishes in the arc of his soloing to magnify their impact. Torrey combines brilliantly with Thomas on stand-out track 'Sacred Memory' but there are pleasures to be found throughout this fine album which often has a turn the light down low quality to it. SG