Jul 7 2018
My June recommendations just posted on the The Bandcamp Daily, but let’s revisit some of the recordings that made previous recommendations so special.
First up is Joe Lovano & Sound Prints performing my favorite Wayne Shorter tune, “Juju,” from a recent show at the Parisian nightclub New Morning. It also appears on the ensemble’s new release Scandal.
The Anteloper duo of Jaimie Branch and Jason Nazary are a hell of thing to witness live. Their hyperactivity has a hypnotic quality all its own, but when they suddenly infuse some thick melodicism into the chaotic turbulence, that effect is amplified exponentially. Their debut Kudu captures that energy to a remarkable degree. But definitely go see them live if they stop in a zip code near you.
Next up is a promo video for Murmuration, the newest from Bernhard Meyer. The bassist has created one of the more compelling post-jazz recordings I’ve heard in a while. It’s the kind of music that will as easily appeal to fans of Radiohead as it will those of Claudia Quintet. Meyer has had his handprints on a number of excellent recordings this year, including albums by Wanja Slavin Lotus Eaters and Other Animal.
And let’s wrap up with a promo video for Laura Schuler’s Kronikor. The violinist deftly manipulates the currents of dissonance and tranquility into something quite mesmerizing. I’m a sucker for videos with airports/airplanes in them, so that’s why I embedded the video I did. But also check out the in-studio video performance of an album track, too.
And follow this link to check out the archives of my Best Jazz on Bandcamp recommendations on The Bandcamp Daily.