With new ideas continuing to burst at the seams connecting genres and artists, jazz enjoyed a fertile, far-reaching renaissance in In these recordings, familiar instruments extended their capacity for taking listeners to unexpected places while providing a timeless reminder that the boldest creative expression sounds like freedom — and, as such, resistance.
Again teamed with her ideal foil in the slippery, shape-shifting guitar tone of recent MacArthur fellow Mary Halvorson, Reid alternately spirals, saws and tiptoes through a sweeping array of arresting solos and inviting compositions. Here, he proves himself as a singular voice in his own right, teaming with a nimble quartet on a lushly drawn record full of empathetic interplay that carries echoes of vibes master Bobby Hutcherson while still reaching toward new ground.
Come to hear a celebration of a timeless, genre-defying legacy that has shaped many of the musicians listed here and elsewhere ; stay to hear that legacy in vibrant motion. Here, on his first album as a leader, Cross delivers a standout showcase for his often-overlooked instrument, rumbling through elements of New Orleans funk, soul-jazz and Afrobeat with the help of two more essential U. But the real stars remain Almazan and a rhythm section of Linda May Han Oh and Henry Cole, who shift through styles and standout turns with grace.
Delivering a feverish mix of jazz, gospel and hip-hop that at various points evokes Pharaoh Sanders and Public Enemy, Locks clearly has his eye on the future but in harnessing a swirling sound of uplift and activism has created an album that feels engineered for this moment. Get the day's top stories on Hollywood, film, television, music, arts, culture and more. Hot Property. About Us.
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Raydio made a bold promise to fans : She would release a new EP every month. The UK artist tackles social inequities, inner-city life, and domestic violence, all with the same sense of urgency. Her warm, soulful voice and unflinching perspective made each track a powerful listen.
UK singer Majja has a penchant for unpredictability. The end result feels like Erykah Badu gone rogue. Her short but potent EP ushers the listener into her mind, as well as her courageous heart.
On Birdie, Chantal uses her music to highlight the importance of mental health, and to help others feel less alone. Love Me With Me a title inspired by a quote from Eartha Kittwas recorded live, and its six tracks radiate a sparkling warmth. Bryony Jarman-Pinto has an assured voice that is both world-wide and ultra-modern. Explore music. Bandcamp Daily. Emily King. Scenery Emily King. Consider This Amahla. Concrete Roses EP Majja.
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2019 in Latin music
Anais Chantal. Birdie Anais Chantal. Starts Again Tawiah. Bryony Jarman-Pinto. Madison McFerrin.And there was a clear No. Billie Eilish performing in Austin, Texas in October.
Eilish, who will turn 18 in December, broke through in with songs that embody the demons of her time, but with confidence and a healing sense of humor. It's a sprawling and deeply personal selection of albums to celebrate and send off The clear message in ? Love rules. But for us — and for the purposes of this list — it means one thing: Guitars.
Big Thief released two of Bob Boilen's favorite albums in U. Michael Buishas hide caption. Diatom Ribbonsby Kris Davis center was selected as the No. Davis' album includes contributions from a wide range of musicians, including Terri Lyne Carrington left and Val Jeanty right.
For her album Diatom Ribbonspianist Kris Davis assembled a group of musicians who, taken together, represent just about everything happening at the edges of jazz right now. Jane Bunnett and Maqueque were a musical highlight of Courtesy of the artist hide caption. She's on our playlist of best songs of the year, too. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. NPR Shop. Best Music Of A collection of lists, essays and features on the best recordings of All Songs Considered.
World Cafe. More from Best Music Of Browse archive or search npr.InLatin music of the twenty-teens came full circle. In Oceanher most soul-baring work yet, Karol finally lets her heart guide her flow. Like a pod of benevolent sirens, they share beguiling harmonies over electronic, hip-hop and Andean rhythms to manifest a Venusian safe haven for the divine feminine to thrive. Across it all, Garcia works to balance classic song-form with contemporary instrumentation, subtly augmenting hand percussion with programmed s and trading out traditional keyboards for whizzing synthesizers.
Mexican-American singer Becky G emerged this decade as a fledgling pop star, abiding for years on the cusp of stardom. The guys took the classic corridos from the ranchos of Mexico to the streets of the States. For the better part of the decade, Dominican singer-songwriter Natti Natasha has thrown down in the Latin urban circuit almost exclusively through singles — yet in her debut album, she shows that she is a woman untethered to its conventions.
In his Latin Grammy-winning album Ahorathe young Sonora star continues to innovate ranchera music within its confines. What does it feel like to be held by a song? Or in the case of Mujeresan entire album? The second half of has seen the flames of revolution burn across Latin America, and no artist this year articulated the turning socio-political tides as eloquently, ferociously and compassionately as the Puerto Rican force of nature, iLe.
A Colombian pop singer who strayed from the safe storytelling common among stars on the brink of fame, he chose instead to unspool his beautiful inner world on the colorful and endlessly danceable Amor Libre.
As each new day seems to bring more harrowing and demoralizing news for Latinx people up and down the Western Hemisphere, This is How You Smile dares to provide comfort for all. That, no matter how oppressive the outside world may be, even a community of one can thrive by remembering what makes it special in the first place. Over the years, Latin indie fusion masters like Gepe and Chancha via Circuito have gradually eroded the myth that roots music exists in a traditionalist vacuum. Drawing inspiration from an ancestral warrior force known as Ahomale, which the band claims to channel in each of their riveting, trance-like performances, the album innovates on tradition at every turn.
Equipped with a heady flow that brims with trap bravado, Cano rhymes defiantly about sipping on lean and rolling with border-crossing smugglers, stirring the pot with just a guitar, a twelve-string, and the occasional bass. From features with Frank Reyes to Kiko Rodriguez, each song is a collaboration with a classic bachata great that highlights their particular stylistic legacy.
Plus, Santos finagled a highly anticipated reunion with his band of origin, Aventura. Utopia became an instant hit, and it was no small feat — even if only for brokering peace between Monchy y Alexandra for their feature, Santos deserves a Nobel Prize, and possibly a position at the U. Department of State.The following is a list of events and releases that happened in in Latin music. The list covers events and releases from Latin regions from the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking areas of Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula.
Ina total of 20 Spanish-language songs have debuted in the Billboard Hot and other four charted from the previous year. From the Latin songs released in"Con Calma" by Daddy Yankee and Katy Perry featuring Snow was the highest-peaking of the year, having reached number The following is a list of the 10 best-performing Latin albums in the United States in the tracking period of November 24, through November 16,according to Billboard and Nielsen SoundScanwhich compiles data from traditional sales and album-equivalent units.
The following is a list of the 10 best-performing Latin songs in the United States in the tracking period of November 24, through November 16,according to Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan, which compiles data from streaming activity, digital sales and radio airplay.
The following is a list of the 10 most-played radio songs in Latin America in the tracking period of December 17, through December 1,according to Monitor Latino. The following is a list of the most-played radio songs in Latin America in the tracking period of December 17, through December 1, by country, according to Monitor Latino. The following is a list of the five most-played artists in Latin America among the top songs from the tracking period of December 17, through December 1,according to Monitor Latino.
The following is a list of the best-performing Latin songs in non-Spanish-speaking countries in by nation. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Overview of the events of in Latin music. List of Billboard Argentina Hot number-one singles of List of number-one songs of Bolivia List of Hot number-one singles of Brazil List of number-one songs of Colombia List of number-one songs of Guatemala List of number-one albums of Mexico List of number-one songs of Mexico List of number-one albums of Portugal List of number-one albums of Spain List of number-one singles of Spain List of number-one Billboard Latin Albums from the s List of number-one Billboard Hot Latin Songs of List of number-one Billboard Regional Mexican Songs of List of number-one songs of Venezuela.
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May 9, Retrieved March 6, Retrieved July 23, Broadcast Music, Inc.We look back at the prevailing currents that shaped jazz inand survey the standout albums — by Joel Ross, Angel Bat Dawid, Branford Marsalis, and many more — that exemplified them.
Jazz continued to explode inshooting off in countless directions. Here, from the perspective of one curious listener, are a few of the releases that stood out this year, arranged according to certain key features. The Oracle was one of a slew of jazz-adjacent albums that utilized voices without really touching on anything resembling conventional jazz singing.
New Fusions Are the Messthetics a jazz band? Whatever you call their music, any fan of high-level, real-time instrumental interplay one of the central features of jazz by any reasonable definition needs to hear this album. Julian Lage, Nick Millevoi, and Mike Baggetta — the latter working with a rhythmic dream team of bassist Mike Watt and drummer Jim Keltner — deployed vintage twang in service of Americana-meets—Ornette Coleman lilt, surreally deconstructed retro pop, and exploratory jazz-psych, respectively, on the albums Love Hurts, Twilight Time, and Wall of Flowers.
And the ever-brilliant Marc Ribot plied his incendiary avant-shred on Diatom Ribbons — a wild, style-hopping, remarkably ambitious album from pianist Kris Davis that also featured everyone from Nels Cline to Esperanza Spalding — and Testamenta tough, gutsy set by saxist Avram Fefer, powered by free-jazz abandon and burly rhythmic rumble. Elsewhere, bassist Chris Lightcap combined two smaller ensembles, Superette and Bigmouth, to create the extra-potent SuperBigmouth.
The Many Sounds of Jazz in 2019: A Listener’s Guide
Barrett Martin, drummer for Screaming Trees, Mad Season, and others, explored a similarly liminal zone — with help from fellow Seattle heavies like Kim Thayil — on Songs of the Firebird, a vibrant, beat-driven odyssey that touches on jazz, rock, classical, and Afro-Cuban music without sounding disjointed. While artists known for jazz pushed into rock and beyond, members of art-pop iconoclasts Deerhoof furthered their intergenre adventures: drummer Greg Saunier in a sprawling and often inspired improv summit with Nels Cline, cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, and unclassifiable legend Anthony Braxton; and John Dieterich on A Tangle of Starsa duo release with fellow guitarist Mary Halvorson that ran the gamut from achingly pretty to perversely prickly, sometimes in the same piece.
Tenor Madness The greatest solo this writer heard on record in came courtesy of a familiar name, Branford Marsalis, who in the past two decades has built up one of the most versatile and volatile working bands in jazz. On the other tracks, the band touches on poetic balladry, turbulent free jazz, and more, making for a well-rounded program that never feels like a mere showcase for its accomplished leader.
Chris Speed also summoned old-school elegance, and a marvelously velvety tone, on his trio album Respect for Your Toughnesswhile James Carter dug in with his earthy organ trio on Live From Newport Jazz, flaunting his raucously soulful attack and staggering chops.
And JD Allen, a longtime devotee of the trio format, debuted a crackling new lineup with bassist Ian Kenselaar and Nic Cacioppo on the muscular, radically unadorned Barracoon. Travis Laplante full disclosure: a friend mined a series of intimate fully improvised solo concerts to create Humanan album where head-spinning flights of circular breathing share space with sparse, prayerful lyricism.
And Mark Shim, a force on the horn who should be better known than he is, displayed his knotty, hard-edged flow on Ganymedea strong effort led by bassist Matt Brewer and released on the Dutch label Criss Cross, whose founder Gerry Teekens died in November after releasing more than titles in roughly four decades.
Meanwhile, pianist Fabian Almazan led his trio through breathtaking feats of high-speed rhythmic choreography on This Land Abounds With Lifea nature-themed album that left plenty of room for more placid moods. Sonic Palettes Other bands featuring unusual instrumentation bent ears in all kinds of novel ways. Miller and Scheinman also teamed up on the more stripped-down but equally charming Parlour Game.
Stephan Crump fashioned a warm, full sound out of a group, Rosetta Trio, featuring only his own bass and two guitars on Outliers. Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn made for a formidable two-piano duo on searching, highly attuned live set The Transitory Poems. And Jaimie Branch also worked cello — played by Lester St. Brass instruments that sometimes take a back seat in jazz could be heard in starring roles this year.
And on his album Fyahtuba luminary Theon Cross provided the body-moving bounce for a lean and kinetic trio hang with fellow London jazz stars Nubya Garcia and Moses Boyd.
The aforementioned Dave Douglas is no stranger to the frontline, but on Devotion, he opted for the outside-the-box configuration of brass, piano, and drums — rounded out by keyboard ace Uri Caine and octogenarian percussion master Andrew Cyrille — and achieved an appealing off-the-cuff exuberance. Compositional Gifts and Textural Riches KingMakerthe debut from young vibraphone marvel Joel Ross, featured thrilling back-and-forth improv from the leader and his collaborators: alto saxist Immanuel Wilkins, pianist Jeremy Corren, bassist Benjamin Tiberio, and drummer Jeremy Dutton.
Not just brief launchpads, his pieces billowed out like lavish tapestries, both ingeniously involved and warmly inviting. The compositions were also the focus on Polyhymniaan album from trumpeter Yazz Ahmed, who paid tribute to her female heroes with epic large-ensemble works that blended orchestral grandeur with Arabic scales and trippy funk.
Snarky Puppy continued to dazzle with their worldly modern fusion on Immigrancean album where high-wire daredevilry flowed smoothly into crisp, party-friendly bounce. And Brad Mehldau put forth an admirably personal vision, reminiscent in spots of both Radiohead and the Pat Metheny Group but ultimately totally its own thing, on his long-form electro-jazz-pop opus Finding Gabriel.
Bad Plus bassist and drummer Reid Anderson and Dave King showed how adaptable their aesthetic was on Golden Valley Is Nowwhere they joined up with old friend and collaborator Craig Taborn — playing synths and electric piano in addition to the acoustic — for an enchanting album that sounded like their main band filtered through Eighties synth-pop and Nineties electronica. Sometimes starting from scratch and sometimes branching out from brief themes, the group worked its unhurried way through moods ranging from somber to mischievous.
At the other end of the spectrum — handily demonstrating how no jazz approach in was absolute — were a pair of releases by Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, who aligned with musicians from Brazil and Japan on New Brazilian Funk and New Japanese Noiserespectively for hyperactive out-jazz exorcisms that each reached heights of vigorous mania but ultimately sounded nothing alike.
Newswire Powered by. Close the menu. Rolling Stone. Arrow Created with Sketch.Pianist Anat Fort and her trio mates, German drummer Roland Schneider and bassist Gary Wang, have been making music together for 20 years. New York City-born guitarist-composer Ben Monder has long been admired for his personal sound, versatility and command of his instrument. The first LP finds him playing solo, while for the second one he convenes his favored trio, including bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Ted Poor.
Epistrophy captures the spellbinding chemistry shared by guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan in an intimate setting. To help him on this quest, the pianist assembled a top-class group, including saxophonist Tim Green, drummer McClenty Hunter and bassist Mike Gurrola. That helps me to answer the questions that I have in life right now. Begin Again is a new collection gathering seven eclectic songs that Norah Jones began releasing last summer.
It is produced by Jones and features her on vocals, piano and organ, along with drummer Brian Blade, bassist Christopher Thomas, trumpeter Dave Guy and saxophonist Leon Michels. The process offered her a chance to experiment and try out new things with a little help from talented friends, and each session was largely improvised.
Blue Engine Records will release the original soundtrack for Boldena new film imagining the life of cornetist Buddy Bolden, one of the most obscure yet influential figures in the pantheon of American music. Bolden is often credited as the first true legend of jazz, despite the fact that he reached his peak before recording music became a common practice.
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