I'm Dave Sumner. I’m obsessively focused on jazz in the present tense. Every week, I scour the jazz new releases listings for anything that sounds interesting. I’m all over the self-produced and small-label releases. There is nothing that’s too obscure for me.
It’s strange how the lingering impression of peacefulness hangs over die Beobachtung, even as it devolves into dissonance. The quartet Tauchgang instills a chamber jazz atmosphere about things, and so when they attain an unmanageable velocity and the melody starts to come apart at the seams, there’s a contemplative sense about things that is […]
Here is some very good new music. Kuba Płużek Quartet – Froots (For-Tune Records) This session from pianist Kuba Płużek goes through some changes between first note and last, and yet somehow maintains a cohesive vision throughout. The most appealing state of existence for his quartet is when they run with a soul […]
There’s a new Ivo Neame album on the horizon. The London-based pianist is releasing Moksha on March 23rd, 2018 on Edition Records. If you’re in the mood to spend the day exploring great new music, you only need to perform a search on the name Ivo Neame right here on this site to get […]
One of the nice things about artists and labels discovering the Bandcamp site is the opportunity to revisit some of the older albums in a musician’s discography as they upload them at the same time as a recording of a more recent vintage. Case in point: Angelo Mastronardi. The pianist released a new album […]
Here is some very good new music. Marius Neset – Circle of Chimes (ACT Music) There’s a number of reasons the new one from Marius Neset is so compelling. First, he’s got an amazing line-up with guitarist Lionel Loueke, pianist Ivo Neame, drummer Anton Eger, vibraphonist Jim Hart, double bassist Petter Eldh, cellist […]
Now up, the latest Best of Bandcamp Jazz recommendations for The Bandcamp Daily. The newest monthly installment covers albums for January 2018. There’s ten primary recommendations in total, plus some side recommendations to boot. Because, really, ten is not enough. Follow this LINK to read those recommendations and listen to music from each album. […]
It would be a pretty good idea to be in Lexington, KY tonight. JD Allen is gonna be in town for a February 3rd show at Tee Dee’s Lounge. The tenor saxophonist is one of the best on the scene, and his ability to switch between an old-school bop and something with some edge […]
Today’s featured Name Your Price recording is from Paul Jones. The saxophonist’s 2017 release Clean was one of the very best things to come out that year. It earned the #11 slot on the Best of 2017 list with its intoxicating blend of modern jazz and chamber music that incorporated subtle influences of minimalism, […]
The presence of the accordion is such that it almost dictates a direction toward folk music. The instrument’s voice is practically an assertion of intent. But that’s not how the enchanting 2017 release from Stefanie Kunckler Ymonos plays out. The double bassist infuses the music with a deep melodicism that speaks more of the […]
Here is some very good new music. Slivovitz – Liver (MoonJune Records) It’s pretty easy to imagine this band being a whole bunch of fun to see perform live. The septet Slivovitz kicks up a party-hard tempo that is all but a command to dance. They keep the melodies simple and unfussy, and […]
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