New releases from Bartosz Hadala, Luke Norris and Manteca

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There are three featured albums this week...

Bartosz Hadala moved from New York City to Toronto in 2010 and began writing music for his next album. In time, new compositions took shape, and Hadala started to assemble his first electric band. It had been a decades-long dream to pay tribute to his idol, Chick Corea, and in Toronto Hadala found players who helped him in realizing his dream. Together with a remarkable group of talented artists, Hadala entered the studio to record "Three Short Stories," an album which contributing musician Michael Manring called "true 21st-century creative improvised music."

In 2020, the Juno Award-winning jazz world collective Manteca celebrates its forty-first year with the release of their thirteenth recording. Drawing on musical influences throughout the Americas, this nine member artists collective has been an international musical innovator, creating original music influenced by world, jazz, and orchestral music.

The debut album from Eastman School of Music and Berklee graduate Luke Norris blends jazz and post-rock in a seamless way creating a fresh and invigorating sound. The album represents the end of his experience living upstate in Rochester, NY, the end of an intense period of learning, personal independence, and solitude, as well as one of the first times he felt confident that the people he was playing with at Eastman (specifically Dan Sunshine and Tyrone Allen) were augmenting his compositions. The addition of guitarist Mike Baggetta completes a great new quartet.

In between the featured albums there is a selection of other new releases.


  • Bartosz Hadala "Three Short Stories" from Three Short Stories (Self Released) 00:00
  • Manteca "Miss Météo" from Augmented Indifference (Manteca Music) 07:05
  • Luke Norris "Sketch in C" from Northernsong (ears&eyes) 13:58
  • Torben Snekkestad "Both Directions" from The Swiftest Traveller (Trost Records) 21:24
  • Details in the Air "Frame Missing" from Totaal (Kilogram Records) 29:43
  • Juan Vinuesa Jazz Quartet "Ghost Town Studio" from Blue Shots from Chicago (NoBusiness Records) 35:58
  • Maciej Sadowski Kwadrat "Szeptuchy" from Jazz DIa Zwierzat (Maciej Sadowski / Eastrings) 43:27
  • Bartosz Hadala "Epilogue—Once Upon a Time" from Three Short Stories (Self Released) 49:40
  • Bartosz Hadala "The Itsy-Bitzy Spider Blues" from Three Short Stories (Self Released) 55:44
  • Manteca "Busking in Deadwood" from Augmented Indifference (Manteca Music) 1:00:00
  • Luke Norris "Loss of Color" from Northernsong (ears&eyes) 1:04:58
  • Torben Snekkestad "Slip, Slide & Rattle" from The Swiftest Traveller (Trost Records) 1:11:10
  • Details in the Air "Tunnel to the Sea" from Totaal (Kilogram Records) 1:19:21
  • Juan Vinuesa Jazz Quartet "Afro Asiatic Beat Poem" from Blue Shots from Chicago (NoBusiness Records) 1:23:06
  • Maciej Sadowski Kwadrat "Dziewiaty" from Jazz DIa Zwierzat (Maciej Sadowski / Eastrings) 1:30:05
  • Nathan Clevenger Group "Lesser Roses" from Stateless (Slow & Steady Records) 1:36:43
  • Nathan Clevenger Group "Nash Hotel 2046" from Stateless (Slow & Steady Records) 1:46:16

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