New Music Monday: Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, Ron Miles, Horizons Jazz Orchestra and more


Looking for Monday motivation? We have what you need! From a track inspired by Sufi poet Rumi to a composition influenced by Ethiopian pop, here are five new songs you can listen to right now to start your week off right.

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & Whatsnext?, “A Vicious Murder”

“A Vicious Murder”, inspired by Sufi poet Rumi and accompanied by a video mixing animation and live action, is a new piece by visionary composer Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol’s new album, THE HIGH, out now. The music is performed by its dynamic Whatsnext? Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Ken Schaphorst and featuring Dave Liebman. Combining jazz with influences from the musical traditions of Turkey and the Middle East, THE HIGH is divided into three stories, respectively inspired by Rumi, Sephardic traditions and the story of Sinan.

Horizons Jazz Orchestra, “Fourth Dimension”

Horizons Jazz Orchestra is a contemporary South Florida swing big band led by Michael Balogh. On July 27, they released their first CD, The British side, a tribute to Lee Harris with five of his originals and five of his arrangements of jazz standards. “Fourth Dimension”, one of the originals, is crowned here by a solo by trumpeter Carl Saunders. Balogh defines it as his favorite track on the album, as well as “an up-and-coming song that will transport you to higher levels of consciousness”.

Joshua Crumbly, “Reflection”

Bassist/songwriter/bandleader Joshua Crumbly has released his new single, “Reflection”, and accompanying video, directed by Alan Be and filmed by Drew Robinson. “I was in a very pensive mood with everything going on in the world and wrote this song while the news was playing in the background,” Crumbly said via a press release. Earlier this year he released his first full album, To augmentthrough Open Book Records.

My David and John Nelson (DNA), “Devil May Care”

DNA (David-Nelson Agreement) is a new duo project by singer Mon David with pianist Josh Nelson. Together they released a new album on August 7, consisting mostly of standards and covers, including Bob Dorough’s “Devil May Care”, reimagined as a free-form samba with plenty of room for both musicians to improvise on the other’s ideas. “Nothing can beat the joy one feels when spontaneous surprises occur during a five-minute journey,” says David.

Ron Miles, “Queen of the South”

Cornetist/composer Ron Miles will release his new album, rainbow signOctober 9. Much of it was written as his father passed away in the summer of 2018. The album marks his Blue Note debut and reunites his band from his acclaimed 2017 LP, I am a man, with Jason Moran, Bill Frisell, Thomas Morgan and Brian Blade. Together they perform a program of Miles originals, including the lead single, “Queen of the South”, inspired by Ethiopian pop.

Featured photo by Elliot Ross.

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Henry R. Wright