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The Best Jazz on Bandcamp: February 2019


It’s not unusual for February to signal the true start of the new year of releases. In terms of quality, it’s typically a deep month. But this year, it’s out of control. I could pretty much copy-paste this column into my Best of 2019 submission, word for word, and have a list that is as strong as anybody’s out there. Every single one of these recordings is special. 2019 is off to a great start.

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Getting to Know Clarinetist and Spiritual Jazz Soothsayer Angel Bat Dawid

Angel Bat Dawid

Photo by Alejandro Ayala

When Angel Bat Dawid feels the calling to write a song, she’ll walk over to her collection of 300 spiritual jazz albums that she keeps in the attic of the Radcliffe Hunter mansion in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, where she lives as part of an artist residency program. She’ll pick out a record by Albert Ayler or Ornette Coleman, or maybe something by John Coltrane or Henry Threadgill, or perhaps a rarer release on the Black Jazz or Strata East labels. She’ll cue the record up and play along on clarinet or piano, improvising and navigating around the song. After a while, she’ll lock into an idea and retreat to write out some chords. Then she’ll leave the fertile thought alone for a day or so, while she retires to read one of Yusef Lateef’s little known science fiction novels, or study up on spiritual jazz theory. That’s usually when inspiration hits. Continue reading

This Week’s Essential Releases: Sadcore, Futurist Hip-Hop, Free Jazz and More

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Welcome to Seven Essential Releases, our weekly roundup of the best music on Bandcamp. Each week, we’ll recommend six new albums that were released between last Friday and this Friday, plus pick an older LP from the stacks that you may have missed.
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