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KBCO's Bret Saunders has new jazz you should introduce into your rotation / The Know

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Even though it's relatively early in the year, there's a lot of invigorating new music to pique the interest of anyone open to the newest developments in jazz. Expect a couple of the following releases to be listed among the best of 2019. This is an exciting time to be a follower of the music, so you might want to invite some of these sounds into your life.

James Brandon Lewis is on a hot streak of releasing exhilarating albums. The tenor saxophonist delivers "An UnRuly Manifesto" (Relative Pitch) which he dedicates to "Surrealism & Ornette Coleman & Charlie Haden." Any music fan who enjoys those topics will find a lot to take pleasure in here. There are moments of twisting funk, sophisticated melodies, jumping free jazz, and an abundance of Lewis' terrific tenor, which seems to split the difference between Sonny Rollins and Pharoah Sanders. Trumpeter Jamie Branch adds intelligent power to the proceedings, and this quintet sounds like a keeper.

And more: The Bad Plus (with new pianist Orrin Evans) plays Dazzle Feb. 24. … It's the Uptown Jazz Orchestra at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 26. … Chicago's high-energy Lowdown Brass Band hits Dazzle March 5 for Fat Tuesday. … Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedrito Martinez team up at the Lakewood Cultural Center on March 9.

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