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The Best New Jazz on Bandcamp

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Nothing quite signals the start of a new year than those couple of excellent January releases that already have you thinking ahead to end-of-year lists. January of 2017 is no different. And in a year when it seems like the worst of us is taking center stage, it’s a helpful reminder of the beauty humanity is capable of.

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The Best New Jazz on Bandcamp: December 2016

Best New Jazz

Last month, the new arrivals section was flooded with holiday-themed albums, but even amidst that avalanche of seasonal records, there were some jazz gems to be found.

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The Best New Jazz on Bandcamp: November 2016

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You might expect that, as the year winds to a close, the deluge of excellent new jazz recordings might subside. Not so: there were more worthy releases than could fit into one column. The releases highlighted here focus on some unconventional aesthetics—for instance, there are a number of options for the bass clarinet fan, as well as anyone looking for inventive vocal styles and arrangements. Jazz has always had an open door policy on unusual instrumentation, but it’s still a nice surprise to encounter music where bass clarinet takes a lyrical turn, and when wordless singing reveals how the voice can become its own instrument when not tied down to standard phonics.

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Best of Bandcamp Jazz: October 2016

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If there’s one quality that unites this month’s recommendations from the Jazz aisle, it’s their philosophical (and stylistic) balancing between looking forward to the next step in the music’s evolution and an adherence to the roots of the music’s past. When a musician embraces the changing perspectives of jazz across the genre’s timeline, it opens lines of communication between the influences of music today and yesterday. It’s an aspirational quality that isn’t always achieved. To encounter so many albums in a single month that achieve this particular plateau is more than a little amazing.

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Best of Bandcamp Jazz: September 2016

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Nothing in this list is straight-ahead. Of the 18 recommended September releases, not one mirrors the classic jazz sound of the 1960s, but they are part of a lineage. The deep lines of blues and bop are noticeable in these works, their motions graceful and improvised. These records follow their own creative paths, holding true to the genre’s roots.

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