Unsigned Bands

Tchiya Amet – Celestial Folk Music (2012)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mZKY3R1MIQ&w=500&h=305] Tchiya Amet creates this interesting subtext, weaving a mystical tapestry of stories, myths, legends and spells through a varied rhythmic landscape. But even if you aren’t familiar with the source material, Celestial Folk Music charms.

The Mickey Finns – Prayers and Idle Chatter (2012)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_OJTMD20OI&w=500&h=305] It’s easy to pigeon-hole the Mickey Finns as a New York City-based Celtic band. You’ve got the fiddle, the drinking songs, a reel and a jig on Prayers and Idle Chatter. But there is a lot more going on here.

Kalen – Falling from the Sun (2012)

Even as so many singers today seem to be reluctant to give themselves over to the lyric, more concerned with histrionics than connecting on an emotional level, Kalen’s new EP cuts a different path.

Serapicos – Serapicos is a Town (2012)

Gabriel Serapicos sounds like what would happen if the Magnetic Fields starred in a film by Wes Anderson. But even that’s not completely right.

Philipp Gropper’s Philm – Licht (2012)

Many are the jazz adventurers who have run aground on the rocky shoals of the Thelonious Monk sound. They either come off as gimmicky impersonators, the portrait of studied eccentricity, or as well-meaning but genuinely confused – unsure of what to do with all of that dissonance.

Leon Foster Thomas – Brand New Mischief (2012)

The story of Leon Foster Thomas (not to be confused with the late jazz vocalist Leon Thomas) starts on the Caribbean island of Trinidad and continues in Miami.

Stephen Richard – Bread ‘N Water, Vol. 2 and An Evening of Happenstance, Live In New Orleans (2012)

Stephen Richard – Bread ‘N Water, Vol. 2 and An Evening of Happenstance, Live In New Orleans (2012)

Houston has been a major center for urban jazz ever since native Houstonians the Jazz Crusaders started going electric in the late ’60s.

Sean Wayland – Click Track Jazz: Slave to The Machine, Vols. 1 & 2 (2012)

Sean Wayland – Click Track Jazz: Slave to The Machine, Vols. 1 & 2 (2012)

When Sean Wayland gets inspiration, he holds nothing back.

Tim Bedner – Of Light And Shadow (2012)

Tim Bedner – Of Light And Shadow (2012)

Some guys play the guitar extremely well and some guys who play the guitar just have great feel. Ottawa, Ontario-based plectrist Tim Bedner is in a special class of guitarists who excel at both.

Ross Hammond  – Revival Trio (2012)

Ross Hammond – Revival Trio (2012)

Earlier this year, “Sacramento’s secret weapon” (quoting myself) made a wonderful out-jazz quintet record featuring saxophonist Vinny Golia.

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