Friday, April 02, 2021

A quick 2021 1st quarter round-up: Bandcamp friday is a Good Friday

Three elder statesmen of jazz and improvised music, one resolutely productive "mayor", the continued emergence of a singular talent of the alto saxophone, fascinating takes on solo albums and latin associated musicans takes on Ornette Coleman all feature among my fave recordings of 2021 so far (adding one album released today). Below, a quick and easy list of 20 of those favorite releases, and since it's Bandcamp Friday, I've added links to the relevant Bandcamp pages where such are available. I'll be posting a round-up of my published writing from January through March, many featuring some of the music mentioned below, later this week.

  • Butcher/Weston/Storesund/Knedal Andersen: Mapless Quiet (Motvind Records)
  • Gary Bartz, Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge: Jazz Is Dead 6 (Jazz Is Dead)
  • Calle Neumann / Ketil Gutvik / Ingebrigt Håker Flaten / Paal Nilssen-Love: New Dance (PNL)
  • Sana Nagano: Smashing Humans (577 Records)
  • Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra: Promises (Luaka Bop)
  • Paul Dunmall / Percy Pursglove / Olie Brice / Jeff Williams: Palindromes (West Hill)
  • Archie Shepp & Jason Moran: Let My People Go (Archieball)
  • Johan Lindström Septett: On the Asylum (Moserobie Music Productions)
  • Frode Haltli: Avant Folk II (Hubro)
  • Patricia Brennan: Maquishti (Valley Of Search)

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