Best modern jazz albums



In a modern scene that is less likely than ever to sound like the past, Nerija shows how it can still Back in February when I originally recommended this recording, I said it was way too soon to be saying things like, “The Psychedelic Sound of Rüstəm Quliyev, King of Azerbaijani GuitarThe meeting point of history and mythology is as much collision as it is convergence, and there’s no better musical representation of this dichotomy than the “panoramic sound quilting” of Matana Roberts. Here are the 25 best contemporary jazz albums … (A part of the It should have happened a long time ago, but much better late than never. This is a quietly intimate dialogue of course, but almost everything in it glows. Look no further than the title. Trumpeter Croker has always been vocal about the substantial influence the late Roy Hargrove exerted on him, and this interesting new offering takes him close to his spirit in ways that are obvious and not so obvious. Drawing on material old and new, the group makes a strong, uplifting statement for artistic conviction as well as social and political justice, as made explicitly clear by Moor Mother’s impassioned, rabble-rousing call for resistance and victory on the title-track. This new album is a worthy follow-up to 2015’s As well as singularly beautiful versions of the Ivan Lins classic, ‘Love Dance’, vibist Joe Locke’s Bobby Hutcherson tribute ‘A Little More Each Day’ and the Gordon Jenkins/Johnny Mercer standard, ‘P.S I Love You’, there are deeply swinging takes on Curtis Lewis’s ‘The Great City’ and Roc Hillman’s ‘Come Runnin’ (Martin’s own homages to Shirley Horn and Lena Horne respectively), there are stellar re-imaginings of Joni Mitchell’s ‘You Dream Flat Tires’, Michael Franks’ ‘Rainy Night in Tokyo’, plus John Surman and Karin Krog’s enchantingly folk-like ‘Cherry Tree Song’.Dedicated to Billy Childs, the three-movement album opener ‘Beautiful Is Our Moment’ features some of Simcock’s most exuberant, joyous writing, with its elegiac coda providing the final surprise. Subscribe A question that arises often in the jazz world is, “When will we encounter the next Coltrane, the next Parker, the next musician to build a legacy by advancing jazz?” That question completely ignores the giants who walk among us now. Michael Janisch: “People have become so tribal, which is what humans do anyway. The sound is highly effective when cast against combinations of upright bass, guitar, brass and reeds. Harmony in music, harmony of the soul, harmony in community: Frisell evokes it all on his Blue Note debut.

Thursday, November 21, 2019 Featuring new lyrics by Imogen Ryall to an Andy Bey scat solo, the title-track, ‘Believin’ It’, crystallises all of Martin’s outstanding qualities: infallible pocket, dazzling technique, lustrous timbre and phrasing to die for. While a grand scale of ideas has become one of AEC’s Wesseltoft is really at home here, creatively shifting around sci-fi like synth-centred soundscapes, tastefully funky Fender Rhodes and meditative acoustic piano.As the subtitle makes clear this is a celebration of a grand milestone for the Art Ensemble of Chicago.
It has many faces, takes countless shapes, and its presence is insidious. The best ballad playing on the album is in Revis’s composition ‘Nilaste’ which seems to evoke heartbreak and beauty at the same time. There’s a contrast with the slightly otherworldly ‘Tuang Guru’, where Jackson (who played cello on ‘Jabula’) resumes his regular place on bass and underpins the movement of this work from the back catalogue with nimble rapid-fire bass-lines. Joined by fellow guitarist Geir Sundstøl on pedal steel, violinist Adrian Løseth Waade, double bassist Alexander Hoholm and drummer Ivar Myrset Asheim, Hansen has created one of the most gorgeous recordings to hit the shelves in 2019.