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Get to know the BRIC JazzFest artists who have released new albums this year, before you come see them live. These artists are busy creating music that inspires, encourages, and motivates their audience, and we can't wait to hear these albums in person.

Artist: Ravi Coltrane
Album: Ralph Alessi: Imaginary Friends with Ravi Coltrane, Andy Milne, Drew Gress, and Mark Ferber
Release Date: Jan 2, 2019
“The musical bond between trumpeter Ralph Alessi and saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is arguably developing into a rapport on par with the highest echelon of trumpet/tenor combinations. Not merely a strong frontline, they’re a unit that creates something greater than the sum of its parts.” – JazzTimes

See Ravi Coltrane at BRIC JazzFest Marathon Night 1.

Artist: Kassa Overall
Album name:  Go Get Ice Cream and Listen to Jazz
Release date:  Jan 11, 2019
“Go Get Ice Cream and Listen to Jazz gives a look into Kassa Overall’s incredible feel for imaginative production and arrangement. Revolving around a laid back but engaging approach to MCing let loose within a maze of compositional twists and turns, the record is not really a Hip Hop-Jazz record or even Jazz inflected Hip Hop. The whole is something else altogether, different than the parts that live within it.” – Jazz Right Now

See Kassa Overall at BRIC JazzFest Marathon Night 3.

Artist: Antonio Sanchez
Album name:  Lines in the Sand
Release date:  Jan 25, 2019
“He uses these spoken word passages to frame sprawling, sometimes epic original compositions meant to honor the journeys and the dreams of immigrants.” - NPR

See Antonio Sanchez at BRIC JazzFest Marathon Night 3.

Artist: Claudia Acuña
Album name: Turning Pages
Release date:  Feb 1, 2019
“Acuña’s elemental lyrics evoke a life-affirming message, and their musical settings, though rooted in jazz, lean here toward folk-rock and nueva canción, guitarist Juancho Herrera having succeeded pianist Jason Lindner as producer.” - DownBeat

See Claudia Acuña at BRIC JazzFest Marathon Night 3.

Artist: Louis Cole
Album name:  Live Sesh and Xtra Songs
Release date:  April 5, 2019
“It features nine new tracks, including three recorded live in a two-story home where Cole stuffed a 12-piece wind section in the dining room, a drum kit on the stairs, a synth player in the kitchen, and three vocalists on the patio.” - SPIN

See Louis Cole at BRIC JazzFest Marathon Night 3.

Artist: Joel Ross
Album name:  KingMaker
Release date:  May 3, 2019
“Though KingMaker is in Ross’ name, he is already mature enough as a leader to know that jazz albums work best when the band operates as a single organism. The group interplay here is the key to the record’s success. It’s clear that he is a maestro at the vibraphone, malleting out repeated patterns and complex phrases that work as melodic statements as well as percussive shapes.” - Pitchfork

See Joel Ross at BRIC JazzFest Marathon Night 2.

Artist: Kneebody
Album name:  By Fire
Release date:  May 9, 2019
“Their selections range from the recent to the modern classic, including Hiatus Kaiyote’s ‘By Fire’, which the EP is named after, through to Soundgarden’s ‘Black Hole Sun’ – a track which has had a few Jazz remakes but finds a fresh take here. The Hiatus Kaiyote cover enjoys some rich vocal harmonies, whilst the bands’ fascination with effects creatively trickles throughout the record.” – Supreme Standards

See Kneebody at BRIC JazzFest Marathon Night 2.

Artist: Georgia Anne Muldrow
Album name:  VWETO II
Release date:  June 21, 2019
Vweto II sits firmly outside of what’s trending: if you’re looking for a way to escape the present moment, it’s the perfect time warp to get lost inside.” – The Guardian

See Georgia Anne Muldrow at BRIC JazzFest Marathon Night 2.

Artist: Aaron Whitby
Album name:  Cousin from Another Planet
Release date: June 21, 2019
“It’s a mash-up of funk, fusion, and prog, sure to please fusion and jam-band aficionados. His bold piano playing is often front and center as he draws from classic jazz and fusion with echoes from his many years of working in R&B, Pop, Folk, and World. Whitby composed seven of the eight selections, the other from Herbie Hancock’s ‘The Eye of the Hurricane 2.0.’” – Glide Magazine

See Aaron Whitby and Cousin from Another Planet at BRIC JazzFest Marathon Night 1.

Artist: Roxy Coss
Album name:  Quintet
Release date: Aug 23, 2019
“Roxy Coss is truly passionate in every endeavor she undertakes. This is an energetic, imaginative, and emotional session. Her work with guitarist Wintz creates a dynamic that’s rarely heard. One can also easily envision Yamanaka grinning from ear to ear from the sheer joy of playing. This quintet brings the full gamut from blazing fire to subtle restraint.” – Glide Magazine

See Roxy Coss at BRIC JazzFest Marathon Night 1. 

Artist: Salami Rose Joe Louis
Album name:  Zdenka 2080
Release date: Aug 30, 2019
“Zdenka 2080 is an intricate amalgam of music and fiction inspirations, from artists like Shuggie Otis, Stereolab, Octavia Butler, and Gene Wolf. Yet, [Salami Rose Joe Louis'] ability to create her own defining aesthetic and social critique is clear as side B progresses, making Zdenka 2080 a unique experience.” - PopMatters

See Salami Rose Joe Louis at BRIC JazzFest Marathon Night 1.

We hope to see you October 19 - 26 at BRIC JazzFest enjoying all of these artists and more!