Blue Note Records, Concord Music Group, Mack Avenue Music Group, Nonesuch Records, the Verve Label Group and Warner Music Group have joined together to release 'Relief' - an all-star compilation of previously unreleased music from Jon Batiste, Kenny Garrett, Herbie Hancock, Hiromi, IRMA and LEO (Esperanza Spalding and Leo Genovese), Charles Lloyd, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman and CÃ©cile McLorin Salvant.
All net proceeds from the the album will benefit the Jazz Foundation of America's COVID-19 Musicians' Emergency Fund, which provides direct financial support to musicians in need during a time of uncertainty. Available as 180-gram 2-LP vinyl set, CD and digital release.
"What emerged was a snapshot of the state of the art of nine leading American jazz musicians...There are only two pieces that could be described as 'straight ahead': Kenny Garrett's 'Joe Hen's Waltz' and Herbie Hancock's live version of 'Gingerbread Boy' with Wallace Roney and Jimmy Heath, and both are pulled off with suave accomplishment." - **** Jazzwise