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The Best Jazz on Bandcamp: April 2019

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The way things are going in 2019, I might as well just copy-paste my introductions from each month’s column into the next. Every month, I’ve been talking about the avalanche of excellent new releases in the jazz aisle of the Bandcamp store. Usually there’s an ebb to the tide, but here we are covering April’s offerings, and nothing’s changed—there’s still too much great music to get to everything, and more than enough to keep you satisfied until we meet again this time next month.

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The Best Jazz on Bandcamp: March 2019

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Well, hell. February’s deluge of excellent new music has carried right on into March, which means your wishlist is just gonna keep getting longer. That’s not a complaint; there’s no such thing as too much good stuff. If there’s one quality that all of this month’s selections have in common, it’s the idea of statement—saying something sonically that transcends the music theory behind it.

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The Best Jazz on Bandcamp: February 2019

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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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The Best Jazz on Bandcamp: January 2019

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What, you thought you’d get a break? Yes, I know—you saw this column and immediately responded, “Hold on, I’m not yet done going through the Best Of 2018 lists!” Well, sorry; a new year brings new music, which means you’re gonna have to get your second wind before the new year is even 40 days old. The good news is that the new year is starting out strong, and to accomplish your new task, all you’ve got to do is sit back and listen.

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The Best Jazz Albums of 2018

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Jazz was far from dead in 2018, but the usefulness of the word “jazz” is on life support. Over the last 12 months, the array of sounds contained on albums that could loosely be described as “jazz” was so vast, it practically rendered the term meaningless. That diversity is a sign of the scene’s strength; it reflects the visions of musicians who have been brought up in the jazz tradition, learning the languages and standards of the past to help them create the future. Almost across the board, the albums in this year’s list find inspiration in old compositions and composers, but give them new life in the sound and spirit of today.

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The Best Jazz on Bandcamp: November 2018

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The year is drawing to a close, which means many of you are in the midst of frantically wrapping up your holiday season tasks. I feel for you. And it’s in that spirit of compassion that I bring to you one more thing for your to-do list: Ten jazz albums you definitely need to hear. Some of this music is the best you’ll hear all year. So put gift buying off just a little longer; sit down and listen to all of this beautiful music.

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The Best Jazz on Bandcamp: October 2018

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This is when it starts: The year is coming to a close, Best Of lists are beginning to take shape, and definitive statements on the year start to coalesce. And then, inevitably, a number of releases hit the shelves in December, and all plans developed to that point become irrelevant. This is not a complaint—but it does mean you have a lot of listening ahead of you.

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The Best Jazz on Bandcamp: September 2018

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Two is a lucky number in this month’s column. If that elicits a sense of deja vu, well, that’s just proof you haven’t been skipping my intros and heading straight for the music. This month, however, it’s a different kind of two. In addition to being a celebration of excellent new music, these new releases are an opportunity to recommend a previous, equally excellent recording from the musicians’ catalogs. You have a lot of listening ahead of you.

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