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The Best Jazz on Bandcamp: July 2019

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This is the best year for jazz ever. Do I say that every year? Maybe I do—but every year I mean it. Nevertheless, 2019 is sizing up to be something special for modern jazz and improvised music. How can you not toss around the phrase “golden age” when month after month, there are an outstanding array of new releases? This month’s selections—just a small part of a larger whole—provide heartening proof that jazz is not the sole province of just one generation or just one city. London to Brisbane to Johannesburg to Chicago to Barcelona to New York City to La Plata, Argentina… it’s the best year ever for jazz, everywhere.

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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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