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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.