Jazz Column: The single returns to online jazz culture

Every once in a while, the internet gets pretty old-fashioned. The comeback of the jazz single is such a phenomenon, even if it now plays a completely different role than it did in the musician’s years. If musicians have ever recorded ideas for just one piece or just two or three numbers from a particularly successful live concert, that’s a break from the album format. But with one song like that, you also have a better chance of ending up in one of the playlists curated by streaming services. “State of Jazz” from Spotify is a water heater that has become very important for new music.

younger brandy, The most sought-after guitarist of our time has released a two-part single featuring “Unrest I” and “Unrest II” inspired by the Summer 2020 protests against police brutality. The first is a solo, the second a trio with drummer Alan Midnard and guitarist Dezron Douglas. She once again showed that she not only plays like talented people, but can also compose wonderfully.

After his album “Blue to Red” (2020) full of wonderfully changing soul grooves, one would actually hope to be a saxophonist and flute player. Chip Wickham Will follow soon. And now came a piece called “Sais (Egypt)”. The Congas and Rhodes piano and the highly reserved wind section offer a soothing spiritual groove on which the Wickham flute can be carried comfortably through the rhythms.

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Head of the collective “West Coast Get Down”, Kamassi Washington, He is otherwise more of a man of huge work. It’s been four years since the last album of the trio, so the single “The Garden Path” is a good look at progress. Everything as usual. Brilliant arcs of suspense, Miles Mosley hits the double bass with excessive force, drummers push big waves in front of them and the Washington saxophone shines above all else. It also works in a small format.

The Indonesian piano miracle (or can you skip the addition now that you’re 18?) Joey Alexander He releases “The Promise of Spring” just in time for the start of the season. In the cultured trio, he gets the maximum joy of life from the amiable trait, the prowess of which one notices only if one listens closely. but after that.

keyboard player Daniel Heine He belongs to the school of new musicians in the band weather report Found the dominant idea. Which shoots well nowadays when the drummer belongs to the generation that managed to catch the high speeds of drum machines. Then Joseph Zawinol and Wayne Shorter’s jazz work from the 1970s is certainly a legacy that needs to be developed further.

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British drummer is another step forward Alexander Flood, who instills his superior ingenuity in an often deceptive calm. With his single “Pathways”, he wants to draw attention to his new compact album “The Space Between”. And because the trumpet is the beginning Christian Scott Playing on the solo, the algorithms can bite. Nothing is said against that, because the album is really good.

Also a pianist Alan Pasqua He released a song with Gary Bartz, Michael Breaker, Dave Holland and Paul Motien prior to the release of his album. ‘Sha ‘la ko’ is the ultimate in post bob, and it’s as radiant and gorgeous as you’d expect from this dream team.

Gregory Porter He uses the orchestration to make a remix of his piece “Dry Bones”, which was produced for him by the electric duo in Berlin. In doing so, he distances himself as much as possible from spiritual jazz. But with frenetic sound lanes above monster buses and trap mounting, it should have sent the crowds all into ravings. You also have to be able to be a jazz singer.

The bass player has three pieces Christian McBride It was recorded live in the studio with saxophonist Marcus Strickland, guitarist Mike Stern and drummer Eric Harland as “Q Sessions”. It was originally intended to demonstrate the great sound quality of Quobuz hi-fi streaming service. In the meantime, fortunately, Session is also available on other platforms, because of course, when four of the caliber meet, the jam session becomes an experience.

This is the trumpet player Theo Crocker He has such a luxurious live band, something is always lost in studio productions. Reason enough to listen to “Live in Paris.” Three pieces, duration less than 20 minutes. Wonderful.

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Then there’s the Melodies Record Club series, which unleashes obscure soul and jazz tunes for Maxi bachelors that have become a hidden hit in the nightlife. For example, “De I Comahlee Ah”, a very strange duet from 1974 that featured a saxophonist Jackie McClain and drummer Michael Carven. It’s more of a ritual than a piece of music, but you can guess why it made it to the clubs that way.

A playlist with all these singles can be found on Spotify here.

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