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Rewinding 2019 | The Coolest Jazz

The best and the rest of the year's swingingest offerings.

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Jazz is another one of those genres that I wish I had more time for. Thankfully, I found enough of it to listen to these albums in 2019:


TINNITIST’S PICK

The Comet is Coming
Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery

Space may be the final frontier, if you’re a Trekker. Or the place, if you believe Sun Ra. But really, it’s just the starting point for The Comet is Coming. On their acclaimed 2016 debut Channel the Spirits, the London instrumental trio of saxophone titan (and Sons of Kemet / Arkestra member) King Shabaka, keyboardist Danalogue and drummer Betamax launched their otherworldly hybrid of cosmic jazz, electronica, psychedelic rock and acid-funk. Their intergalactic, multi-dimensional journey continues on the magnificently titled high-flying followup Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery, as King Shabaka’s fluttering, flowing lines and majestic melodies swoop and soar over Danalogue’s pulsating, dark-matter bass synths and Betamax’s clattery, intricately propulsive rhythms.

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HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Big Band of Brothers | A Jazz Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band
Davina & The Vagabonds | Sugar Drops
Miles Davis | Rubberband
Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra | I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This
Hearing Things | Here’s Hearing Things
Chrissie Hynde With The Valve Bone Woe Ensemble | Valve Bone Woe
Wynton Marsalis | Bolden: Original Soundtrack
Van Morrison | Three Chords & The Truth
Joel Paterson | Let It Be Guitar! Joel Paterson Plays The Beatles
Skarbø Skulekorps | Skarbø Skulekorps
Chris Stamey & The ModRec Orchestra | New Songs For The 20th Century
Various Artists | Jazz Fest: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

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