Tobias Frohnhöfer • Informal
The crackling debut by the Tobias Frohnhöfer Adventure highlights the young German drummer in a program of his original compositions with an American quartet of close associates from a year spent studying in America. Informal displays his well-honed straight-ahead jazz credentials, while also touching on elements of blues, funk, and hip-hop. Available digitally, or pick up the CD, which features liner notes by jazz piano great Richie Beirach.
George Colligan • Write Them Down
RMI Records is proud to be home to jazz giant George Colligan’s first album as a singer-songwriter and “one man band,” playing and singing all of the parts. While there are plenty of moments on this remarkable and eclectic collection that showcase his signature keyboard work, Colligan’s multi-instrumental virtuosity is not here for show, instead serving the emotional weight of these nine heartfelt, memorable songs.
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Dave Kopperman • Island off the Coast of America
RMI’s first vinyl release, dodging between the twin poles of jangly folk rock and taut new wave – with a hint of lush art pop thrown in – the ten tuneful and literate songs that make up this solo debut by New York based singer-songwriter Dave Kopperman loosely trace how to find and hold onto oneself in the wake of disasters both large and small.
Jess Best • Gone Baby
Exciting debut from a talented New York-based vocalist and songwriter. Funky R&B grooves, jazz-inflected harmonies and intimate storytelling create an irresistible musical landscape.
Noah Baerman • Ripples
Pianist/Composer Noah Baerman’s most ambitious and emotionally potent release to date. Featuring an all-star cast of jazz musicians (including a guest appearance by his mentor, Kenny Barron), the all-original program is a mission statement for Noah’s devotion to social justice and personal growth.
Sean Clapis • The Unseen River
Sophomore effort (and RMI Records debut) by an authoritative young jazz guitarist with a distinctive compositional voice. This album features his working quartet in a program of hip, emotionally compelling new compositions.