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Various Artists – Relief – a Benefit for the Jazz Foundation of America’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Various Artists – Relief – a Benefit for the Jazz Foundation of America’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 00:50:52 minutes | 906 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Mack Avenue Records

A consortium of major jazz labels – Blue Note Records, Concord Music Group, Mack Avenue Music Group, Nonesuch Records, Universal Music Group, Verve Label Group and Warner Music Group – has taken the unprecedented step of joining hands for Relief, an all-star compilation of previously unreleased music to be released, continuing the non-profit Jazz Foundation of America’s (JFA) ongoing efforts to aid musicians affected by the international shutdown of venues and other performance opportunities in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

All net proceeds from the package – comprising studio and live tracks by top-flight jazz artists – will benefit the JFA’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund, established in the spring of 2020 after the pandemic ground the music industry to a sudden, catastrophic halt.

JFA executive director Joe Petrucelli says, “The Jazz Foundation of America deeply appreciates the artists, songwriters and label teams who contributed to this project with such compassion and generosity. As pandemic restrictions continue to lift, we recognize that musicians will face a particularly lengthy recovery. They were among the first to be hit by the effects of the crisis and will be among the last to achieve a true sense of normalcy or stability. We and our partners are here for the long haul.”

Relief commences with a recording that exemplifies the extreme challenges faced by musicians in the depths of the 2020 health emergency: “back to who,” a track by vocalist Esperanza Spalding and pianist Leo Genovese, recording as IRMA and LEO, was created remotely at home studios in Hillsboro, OR and Brooklyn, NY.

The compilation concludes with a live quintet performance captured at the JFA’s 2014 “A Great Night in Harlem” benefit show at New York’s historic Apollo Theater. It features pianist Herbie Hancock, trumpeter Wallace Roney, who died after contracting the coronavirus, bassist Buster Williams, drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath and tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath, the composer of the number, who died at the age of 93 in January 2020, in a poignant version of “Gingerbread Boy.”

“I’m honored to be part of this meaningful project that supports the important work of the Jazz Foundation, who has always been there for musicians going through tough times. They have been an especially critical resource for the community during the pandemic, helping those in need of medical care, putting food on the table and paying their rent,” says Hancock.

1. IRMA and LEO – back to who
2. Christian McBride – Brother Malcolm
3. Cécile McLorin Salvant – Easy Come, Easy Go Blues
4. Kenny Garrett – Joe Hen’s Waltz
5. Jon Batiste – Sweet Lorraine
6. Hiromi – Green Tea Farm (2020 Version)
7. Joshua Redman – Facts
8. Charles Lloyd – Lift Every Voice and Sing (Live)
9. Herbie Hancock – Gingerbread Boy (Live)


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