The second album from the fantastic Moss Project, featuring BGM columnist Ruth Goller, is on its way. What Do You See When You Close Your Eyes? (Babel Records) is a jazz album at its core, but enriched with a multitude of influences from rock to prog to classic fusion. There’s a strong literary element to the album, with bandleader Moss Freed pulling in contributions from well-known writers, and Ruth delivers her usual subtle-but-powerful grooves on upright and electric.
Also keep an eye out for The Cooker, the new album from some-time BGM writer Stefan Redtenbacher and his Funkestra. The Austrian bassist, who describes himself as “an anomaly, anachronism and a defiant demolisher of the pigeonhole”, offers his own take on the jazz-funk genre with two horn sections and guests including Lenny Pickett (Tower of Power, Saturday Night Live), and Michael B. Nelson (Prince).