RECORDING OF THE MONTH
NEWVELLE RECORDS SEASON FIVE
Pablo Ablanedo, Dave Douglas, Sullivan Fortner, Elan Mehler, OWL Trio, Rufus Reid, Carmen Staaf, Patrick Zimmierli Newvelle Records NV025–30 (6 LP) 2020. Reviewed from 16/44 AIFF files. Elan Mehler, prod.; Marc Urselli, eng.
If Newvelle Records is any indication, jazz’s future looks bright. Since 2015, the New York label has produced four series of artist-curated, all-analog, subscription-only box sets of vinyl records with superb fidelity and top-tier musicians performing original material. Highlights included pianist (!) Jack DeJohnette’s Return, guitarist Gilad Hekselman’s Eyes of the World, bassist John Patitucci’s Irmãos de Fé, tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger’s Preminger Plays Preminger, and guitarist Lionel Loueke’s Close Your Eyes.
Newvelle co-founder, producer, and house pianist Elan Mehler describes the label’s house sound as “honest, warm, straightforward.” Like classic labels…