Jan 26 2020
Best of 2019 #37: Muriel Grossmann – “Golden Rule”
John Coltrane’s “India.” I could live in that moment forever when Coltrane returns to the melody after a wild divergence. The way in which meditative drones and chaotic upheaval live in a state of unison within the same piece, and often expressed at the same time, is the kind of miracle that exemplifies humanity at its best. The spiritual jazz phase of Coltrane’s creative trajectory is a personal favorite, and I am not nearly alone in that regard. It was a time when an addictive melody could exist in harmony with dissonance and a driving tempo, and despite Coltrane’s prodigious recorded output, the saxophonist still didn’t leave us with enough of it. Thank god there are musicians who seek to capture that sound and exist in a similar place.
On Golden Rule, Muriel Grossman captures it about as well as anyone I’ve ever heard. She gives it her own voice and imbues it with a life that speaks to the present day, but it fills an emptiness in the soul that’s existed since Coltrane moved onto more avant-garde territories and, eventually, moved on to another plane. But, truly, Coltrane never dies, because music like this is timeless, and the way Grossman creates it, the manifestation is the stuff of life.
Your album personnel: Muriel Grossmann (soprano & tenor saxophones), Gina Schwarz (bass), Uros Stamenkovic (drums), and Radomir Milojkovic (guitar).
The album is Self-Produced.
Music from Ibiza, Spain.
Feb 10 2020
Now up: January’s Best Jazz on Bandcamp recommendations
And here we go. Okay, so before entering the homestretch of the #Bird2019 Best of 2019 countdown, lets take a brief interlude and put the spotlight on some excellent recordings that made their mark in the first month of the new year. Just now, my latest Best Jazz on Bandcamp recommendations posted on The Bandcamp Daily. This monthly installment covers albums for January 2020. There’s ten primary recommendations in total, plus some bonus recommendations, to boot. The new year is off to a great start, so don’t go thinking that all of your budget is going to be obliterated by my Best of 2019 list. You’re just getting started on a whole new year of great music.
On that note, let’s begin.
Follow this LINK to read those recommendations and listen to music from each album.
Check out past recommendations by running through my contributor archives.
Have fun going through the list!
By davesumner • Jazz Recommendations - 2020 releases • 0 • Tags: Antoine Berjeaut, Auand Records, Brian Shankar Adler, Chant Records, Dan Rosenboom, Discos ICM, Ears and Eyes Records, Fabian M. Mueller, Gearbox Records, I See Colors, International Anthem, Jeff Parker, John Tchicai, Kaspar von Grünigen, Luke Norris, Makaya McCraven, Marcos Basso Grupo, Mike Baggetta, Minus Zero Records, Muriel Grossmann, Oyvind Hegg-Lunde, Samuele Strufaldi, Self-Produced, The Westerlies, Tommaso Rosati