Mr. Adler returns with the second part of his “Favorite Albums of 2021” list. Please note that albums are not listed in any particular ranking order.
Here are 10 of David R. Adler’s favorite album releases of 2021 along with his review commentary. Albums are not ranked in any particular order and are embedded into the article as a reference for listening.
“Even during the pandemic, thousands of worthwhile jazz recordings were released in 2021. Some are cutting edge and seek to move the music ahead while others are creative within the context of established styles. Here are ten that remained in my memory long after I played them. Next month I will list ten equally rewarding recordings that are reissues or historical recordings from earlier times.” ~ Scott Yanow, JAN
Conversationally, he was most engaging and charismatic – a baby-faced authentic New York character who drew me into what became an ongoing sphere of influence, within a few seconds.
Shai Maestro, Human (ECM); Vijay Iyer Trio, Uneasy (ECM); Hafez Modirzadeh, Facets (Pi)
Tom Guarna’s penchant for sonic exploration is closer to Mr. Loueke than to Mr. Pinheiro, though his warm, overdriven guitar tone is nothing like either of theirs.
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.
Here are several 2020 releases that should be on everyone’s playlists. Featuring the new works of Logan Richardson, Patrick Cornelius, Arthur White and MERGE, and Marcus Lewis Big Band our Editor’s Picks cover a relatively broad modern spectrum.
These creatively conceived jazz variations on the well-known classic movements by Holst are artfully done and listening fun. Outstanding indeed.
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