Frequent Four on the Floor correspondent Tim Mah returns today, this time offering his list of notable, recent album released by jazz drummers in 2020 (so far...) from around the world.
Tim's radio program Jazz Today can be heard on CJSW Radio 90.9 fm (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on Thursday mornings at 530am. It is also available as a podcast on the CJSW website and through Apple Podcasts.
Tim Mah's Notable 2020 Album Releases from Drummers (so far!)
Since the Four on the Floor blog is dedicated to jazz drumming, here’s a list of international (non-Canadian) drummers who have released new music through April 2020. This list (in alphabetical order) is not exhaustive. Please refer to my previous post about new releases from Canadian artists for Canadian drummers.
Chad Taylor released an album called “The Daily Biological” featuring Brian Settles and Neil Podgurski. He and saxophonist James Brandon Lewis also released “Live in Willisau.” He is a member of the Chicago Underground Quartet that released a new album called “Good Days.”
This is the audio for “Untethered” from “The Daily Biological” recorded by the Chad Taylor Trio:
Ferenc Nemeth released an album called “Freedom” with Gregory Tardy and Tzumo Arpad. He’s also a member of the trio Gilfema which released a new album called “Three.” Gilfema includes guitarist Lionel Loueke and bassist Massimo Biolcati. His album received the Independent Music Award in the Jazz Instrumental category.
Below is the audio for Ferenc Nemeth’s “Freedom”:
Jeremy Cunningham released his debut album called “The Weather Up There,” which was co-produced by Jeff Parker and Paul Bryan. The album features several guests from the Chicago jazz music scene.
Below is the video for “The Weather Up There”:
Jim Black released “Reckon,” which is his fourth album with his trio (with Elias Stemeseder and Thomas Morgan).
Here is the audio for “Tripped Overhue”:
Kassa Overall’s new album, called “I Think I’m Good,” combines his jazz and hip-hop sensibilities. It features several guests, including Joel Ross, Theo Croker, Aaron Parks, Sullivan Fortner and Vijay Iyer, to name a few.
Below is the audio for “Show Me a Prison (featuring J Hoard & Angela Davis)”:
Lada Obradovic and pianist David Tixier (of the Obradovic-Tixier Duo) released a new album called “The Boiling Stories of a Smoking Kettle.” Lada Obradovic appears in the Netflix series “The Eddy,” where she plays the drummer in the band.
Below is the official video for “Dear You”:
Makaya McCraven transforms Gil Scott-Heron’s last album (2010’s “I’m New Here”) with his lastest album called “We’re New Again – A Reimagining by Makaya McCraven”.
This is the audio for “I’m New Here”, off the new album:
London drummer and producer Moses Boyd released his first full-length album called “Dark Matter.” His previous work includes albums with saxophonist Binker Golding (the duo called Binker and Moses).
Below is the video for “Shades of You" (featuring Poppy Ajudah):
While we wait for his next Kinfolk album, Nate Smith released an EP called “Light and Shadow.”
Below is the video for “Start Over” (featuring Jermaine Holmes and James Francies; written by Amma Whatt):
Ted Poor released “You Already Know,” featuring saxophonist Andrew D’Angelo:
Jochen Rueckert released “Stars and Garters,” featuring Brian Charette, Chris Cheek, Yotam Silberstein and Jeff Miles: https://jochenrueckert.bandcamp.com/album/stars-and-garters
Instead of the drums, Gerald Cleaver plays electronics on his new album called “Signs”: https://577records.bandcamp.com/album/signs
Tyshawn Sorey collaborates with violinist Jennifer Curtis (International Contemporary Ensemble) on the freely improvised album called “Invisible Ritual”: https://newfocusrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/jennifer-curtis-tyshawn-sorey-invisible-ritual
Here is a sample entitled “Invisible Ritual: II.”:
Bobby Previte offers "Music from the Early 21st Century" featuring Jamie Saft and Nels Cline:
WC Anderson (aka Chad Anderson) offers "Wait & See: Currents from Spirits", a powerful sonic solo drum adventure: https://wcanderson.bandcamp.com/releases