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Joey Alexander 'Warna' makes JAZZIZ '10 albums you need to know for January 2020'

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A guitar hero's new crosscultural project; the music of a jazz legend reimagined; a piano prodigy's major-label debut. All this and more on this month's list of ten albums you need to know about.

Piano prodigy Joey Alexander released his debut album five years ago, at the age of 11, shortly after moving to the United States from Indonesia. Since then, he has grown in confidence and developed his own sound, his progression documented via three successive albums released via Motéma. Warna, his latest studio project, marks his debut for the legendary Verve label and it is a collection of reflective, moving new and original material. Translating as "color" from Alexander's native language of Bahasa, Warna features his all-star trio, made up of bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Kendrick Scott and, on select track, guest appearances by Venezuelan-born percussionist Luisito Quintero and flutist Anne Drummond.

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