Incredible music has always made the fall season that much better. Here are four new albums that we believe merit all of your attention. Scroll down, read through our picks and make sure you cop one or all of these new amazing releases by Lionel Loueke, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Gilad Hekselman and Romain Collin.

Lionel Loueke – Gaia

PrintThe Beninese guitarist Lionel Loueke will be releasing a new album, GAÏA, on October 30 on Blue Note Records. GAÏA is the fruit of his reuniting with his original trio featuring the bassist Massimo Biolcati and the drummer Ferenc Nemeth and an incredible live performance that ensued. It is also the product of Loueke’s concern about the environment; GAÏA in greek mythology is a personification of the earth and according to Lionel Loueke “She is mad at us humans”. The album of 11 original songs was recorded in a studio with a small audience in attendance.  All 11 songs were composed by Loueke, with this specific trio in mind, and, in keeping with Loueke’s history of masterful jazz fusion, several of the tracks are very rock tinged. Loueke met Biolcati and Nemeth while students at the Berklee College of Music and their friendship and history together, they’ve recorded before as Gifelma and The Lionel Loueke Trio, adds to both GAÏA’s intimacy and personality. Loueke’s 6th album as a leader should be congratulated as both a great moment in culture and an incredible work of art. Pre-Order GAIA here. 

Cecile McLorin Salvant – For One to Love

CecilMcLorinSalvantThere is something about vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant’s music that makes a temporary hopeless romantic out of any listener. It might be because the way that she articulates love in our modern world, or maybe it’s because she more than just reminds us about past great jazz vocalists, she is a great jazz singer. Her albums have been time well spent. Her third, For One To Love, was released on September 4th on Mack Avenue Records and by the end of the first track of 12, it, once again, sounds as if a promise kept to fill life with the most pleasing song all the while staying true to jazz. Again we find ourselves listening to beautiful French lyrics while in an english speaking society with all of the momentary love in the world felt for a language that most of us do not know well. On For One to Love, McLorin Salvant has personally written five of the songs and the rest are standards that she succeeds at making thrilling for modern mentality. Her last album, Womanchild, featured a song by the 19th century Haitian writer Ida Faubert and any effort of that sort in the future, for example a future song with the elegant Prix Femina winner Yanick Lahens or with soulful Edwidge Danticat, two contemporary Haitian writers, would only add to our love of this phenomenal vocalist’s music. Bravo Cecile, as both english speakers and french speakers say to mean job well done. Order For One To Love here. 

Gilad Hekselman – Homes


“There may not be any stronger melodies in jazz today than the lines flowing out of Gilad Hekselman’s guitar. Hekselman’s new album, Homes, displays his melodicism and songwriting as well as the continued growth of his trio with Joe Martin on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums.” – Ben Gray,

Gilad Hekselman’s Homes fills you with quiet enthusiasm.  You listen to it – or rather experience it as a contemplative contrast to the artist’s complex identity in a globalized world: identification with his origins, the variety of places he has lived and worked, his musical models and influences, his place among family and friends, and his place within the history of his art.  This recording reflects Gilad’s relationships with his many homes; physical, geographic, musical and spiritual.

With this opus 5 (on JazzVillage, distributed by harmonia mundi) the six-string prince is celebrating a dozen years since his arrival in New York City, and also a decade of making music with his bandmates, double-bass player Joe Martin, and drummer Marcus Gilmore.  The triumvirate is featured on Gilad’s Words Unspoken, Hearts Wide Open and This Just InOn these essential recordings, and now with Homes, one could find abundant evidence that these formidable musicians form the ideal trio.  Pre-Order Homes Here

Romain Collin – Press Enter

614427958327-cover-zoomPress Enter. It is the name of Romain Collin’s newest album on ACT Records, and it is being released on October 2nd. The album’s title comes out of a wisdom that Wayne Shorter himself offered to Collin about taking action instead of just talking about plans. Shorter bursted out with a prophetic ‘Press Enter’ to the french-born pianist and out from their exchange has come a 12 track release that will please, thrill, excite, jazz lives. Collin has written 10 out of the 12 tracks. The album’s line up is Romain Collin on piano, Luques Curtis on double bass and Kendrick Scott on drums with several other guests on specific tracks. The name Mino Cinelu always stands out and he is featured in track 9, The Line. Collin, Curtis, and Scott met while at the Berklee College of Music and it makes for a great trio where each understands the talent of the other in depth. Storytelling seems to be at the core of Collin’s musical ambition and his visuals enchant. We recommend that you Press Enter.  Pre-Order Press Enter Here.


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