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Thursday June 03, 2021

From JAZZIZ

10 Albums You Need to Know: June 2021
By: Matt Micucci

Michael Mayo, Bones (Mack Avenue)
Release date: June 4
Classically trained NYC-based rising star vocalist/instrumentalist/songwriter Michael Mayo has developed his own seamless and lush sound and on his solo debut full-length, Bones, he showcases this idiosyncratic blend of alternative and neo-soul. Bones is also his most personal release yet, where he shares his experience of embracing his bisexuality and where its songs represent the building blocks that made him the person he is today.

Brad Mehldau and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Variations on a Melancholy Theme (Nonesuch)
Release date: June 11
Brad Mehldau combines the classical form with jazz harmonies to represent melancholy on his new major work, commissioned by and performed with the GRAMMY-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Variations on a Melancholy Theme includes the theme and its eleven variations, plus a cadenza and a postlude. “I imagine it as if Brahms woke up one day and had the blues,” explains the acclaimed pianist/composer via a statement.

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