Shai Maestro, Human (ECM); Vijay Iyer Trio, Uneasy (ECM); Hafez Modirzadeh, Facets (Pi)
As with earlier works, the music today continues to inculcate the avant garde but it’s also grounded in the innovations of the great modern jazz pioneers like Mr. Charlie “Bird” Parker. Jazz Artistry Now presents our “Best of …” list for 2020 recordings that reflect the positive evolution of the music and the premium state of the art in our times. Listen.
It’s no mystery why the year 2020 would prompt a good number of solo albums. And yet 2020 isn’t unique in that regard: jazz has a legacy of unaccompanied performance stretching back to Jelly Roll Morton, the stride pianists, Art Tatum and so many others.