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Best of jazz – year 2021

Listen to the Spotify playlist “Best of jazz – year 2021 (so far)” with tracks updated every week helping to spot and discover what could be the best jazz tracks and albums of the year.

In the meantime, we select every month 10 new releases you can discover hereafter:

What’s New

  • January 2021 (feat. Charles Lloyd & The Marvels, Shai Maestro…)
  • February 2021 (feat. Fire!, St. Barbe, The Locals/Pat Thomas, Arnan Raz…)
  • March 2021 (feat. Punkt.Vrt.Plastik, Throttle Elevator Music…)
  • April 2021 (feat. Myele Manzanza, Vijay Iyer, Damon Locks, Koma Saxo….)
  • May 2021 (feat. Sons of Kemet, Dave Holland, Chris Potter… )
  • June 2021 (feat.)

Best Jazz 2021 (so far)

Of course, it is a bit early to say, but already, here is a short list of albums you should really dig:

William Parker

William Parker - Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World
William Parker
Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World – [Volumes 1–10]
(AUM Fidelity)

“Migration of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World (Volumes 1–10) is a 10-album collection of vocal and instrumental suites all recorded expressly for this set between late 2018 and early 2020, with women’s voices at its core. [READ MORE on Bandcamp]”

Read our full review (10 albums!) here: William ParkerMigration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World – [Volumes 1–10]

On the January 2021 Selection

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels - Tone Poem
Charles Lloyd & The Marvels
Tone Poem
(Blue Note)

Just perfectly perfect. A pure moment of pleasure for the ears and the brain.

Part of the Jazz January 2021 Selection

Fire!

Best Jazz February 2021 - Fire - Defeat
Fire!
Defeat
(Rune Grammofon)

One of´the best Fire!!

Part of Jazz February 2021 selection

Benoît Delbecq

Benoît Delbecq - The Weight Of Light
Benoît Delbecq
The Weight Of Light
(Pyroclastic Records)

“Delbecq is a multi-awarded Parisian pianist and composer, a trendsetter who persists in developing his ideas in a very rhythmic and multi-layered approach, bringing the soul of jazz to John Cage’s prepared piano.”

Part of Jazz February 2021 selection

The Locals

The Locals
Play The Music Of Anthony Braxton
(Discus)

Recorded live in 2006 – released only now – those reinterpretations of early Anthony Braxton pieces by Pat Thomas and his band are so unexpected and amazingly unique, we can’t stop spinning it.

Part of the Jazz March 2021 selection

Punkt.Vrt.Plastik

Jazz March 2021 - PUNKT.VRT.PLASTIK-Somit
Punkt.Vrt.Plastik
Somit
(Intakt Records)

Their first album released in 2018 was awe-inspiring; this second one is amazingly awe-inspiring, individually and collectively.

Part of the Jazz March 2021 selection

Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra

Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra
Promises
(Luaka Bop)

“🌠🌠🌠🌠🌠”

Part of the Jazz March 2021 selection

Vijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh, Tyshawn Sorey

Vijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh, Tyshawn Sorey
Uneasy
(ECM)

A new trio with new intensity.
Full album review here: Vijay Iyer – Uneasy

Part of the Jazz April 2021 selection.

Natural Information Society with Evan Parker – descension

Natural-Information-Society-with-Evan-Parker-descension
Natural Information Society with Evan Parker
descension (Out of Our Constrictions)
(Eremite Records)

Full album review here: Natural Information Society with Evan Parkerdescension

Part of the Jazz April 2021 selection.

Joshua Abrams: guimbri; Lisa Alvarado: harmonium & effects; Mikel Patrick Avery: drums; Evan Parker: soprano saxophone; Jason Stein bass: clarinet
Released the 2021.04.16

James Brandon Lewis, Red Lily Quintet

James Brandon Lewis, Red Lily Quintet - Jesup Wagon
James Brandon Lewis, Red Lily Quintet
Jesup Wagon
(TAO Forms)

What James Brandon Lewis is offering here, is poetry. Nothing less. As poetic as A Love Supreme? without a doubt. As major? let’s hope. Read the full review here: James Brandon Lewis, Red Lily QuintetJesup Wagon

James Brandon Lewis: tenor saxophone; Kirk Knuffke: cornet; William Parker: bass, gimbri (#2 & #7); Chris Hoffman: cello; Chad Taylor: drums, mbira (#6)
Release date: 2021.05.07

Month by Month

Investigate further 2021 here: JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMay – June – July – August – September – October – November – December

Best Jazz 2021 Playlist

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