Dec 16 2017
Today’s videos feature ensembles that were among my monthly selections for Best of Bandcamp Jazz. 2017 saw a minimum of 120 recommendations, so it’s understandable that some might have fallen off the radar over the course of the year. Here’s a chance to reverse that trend and remind everyone how much great music came out this year.
First up is a live performance from Nate Smith as part of the NPR Tiny Desk Concert series. The three songs featured in this set source from the drummer’s excellent 2017 release Kinfolk: Postcards from Everywhere (read about it at The Bandcamp Daily).
Next up is a video from Albert Cirera & Tres Tambors. The October 2016 performance at Hot Club Portugal is a nice refresher of why you should be sure to check out his excellent 2017 release Suite Salada (read about it at The Bandcamp Daily).
And here’s a neat promo for Biophilia Records, a relatively new label to the music landscape. They were responsible for releasing a number of solid recordings in 2017… one of which was Fabian Almazan‘s Alcanza (read about it at The Bandcamp Daily). Almazan is featured in this video, both as actor and with music from his album. It’s a nice opportunity to be reminded of some other 2017 recordings, too.
And let’s wrap up with a video from Boštjan Simon. This live performance at the 2013 Brda Contemporary Music Festival in Šmartno features his project There Be Monsters. That project resulted in the excellent 2017 release of the same name (read about There Be Monsters at The Bandcamp Daily). The quartet has expanded into a quintet for the new release, and the accordion has been switched out for vibraphone and trombone. It’s a captivating album.
If you want to skip the write-up, you can go listen to the album (and purchase it) at the artist’s Bandcamp page.