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The story of jazz in 2022: A year-end listening party
Saturday, December 17, 2022
After a year defined by emergence and creative combination, our critics zoom in on their own listening to choose one inescapable album and song each.
Julius Rodriguez, a young pianist fusing (all) the music from inside-out
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Marcus J. Moore reflects on the studio debut of pianist Julius Rodriguez, an artist seamlessly commingling jazz with more pop forms.
'Revival' captures drummer Elvin Jones as a nascent bandleader finding his voice
Thursday, November 17, 2022
A previously unreleased live recording from 1967 finds the iconic jazz drummer experimenting outside the spotlight in a small New York club, assessing his next steps at a pivotal moment in his career.
Kendrick Lamar is ready to talk. Is he ready to listen?
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
The long-dormant, era-defining rapper makes one thing clear from the start of Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers: He's not the hero you're looking for.
In 2021, jazz went back in time to see the future
Monday, December 20, 2021
Nostalgia tends to dominate our respective listening habits. This year saw the excavation of various titles from the annals of time.
Armand Hammer Raps From Another Dimension. It's On Us To Catch Up
Thursday, March 25, 2021
For nearly two decades, billy woods and ELUCID have established themselves as cult figures in hip-hop. The duo's new album, Haram, is their most approachable, even if the rhymes are still intricate.
Dinner Party 'Freeze Tag' Is A Reminder Of Life's Fragility
Tuesday, November 03, 2020
This video, part of our 'We Insist' timeline of 2020's noteworthy protest music, was released Oct. 29.
Beauty Pill's 'Instant Night' Sets A Dreadful Moment In Motion
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
This song, part of our 'We Insist' timeline of 2020's noteworthy protest music, was released Oct. 26.
SAULT's 'Little Boy' Is A Tribute To Fragile Childhood Innocence
Thursday, September 24, 2020
This song, part of our 'We Insist' timeline of 2020's noteworthy protest music, was released Sept. 18.
Asher Gamedze's Astral Jazz Will Carry Your Soul To Utopia
Monday, July 20, 2020
Dialectic Soul, the South African drummer's debut as a bandleader, is a stunning protest album meant to soundtrack resistance anywhere in the world.
SAULT's 'UNTITLED' Lights Up The Full Spectrum Of Blackness
Friday, June 19, 2020
SAULT's latest and best album is a capital-B Black record that funnels rage and sorrow into contemplative streams of thought, over equally brooding music meant to slow your heart rate.
Kendrick Lamar Thinks Like A Jazz Musician
Tuesday, April 07, 2020
The rapper behind the Pulitzer Prize-winning album DAMN. helps hip-hop evolve by tapping into the restless spirit of jazz, a trait on display in the shifting song "DUCKWORTH.," produced by 9th Wonder.
First Listen: Angelique Kidjo, 'Remain In Light'
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Talking Heads' classic Afrobeat-inspired album gets the cover treatment by the Beninese star.
Songs We Love: Anna Wise, 'Coconuts'
Friday, February 03, 2017
Wise, known for her collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, says the idea for the purple-lit video came to her during an "incredible" pedicure.
Songs We Love: Childish Gambino, 'Me And Your Mama'
Monday, November 14, 2016
Donald Glover easily combines Southern rap and psychedelic soul in a desperate rant of love-fueled angst.