Dec 14 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 an October 2017 performance at Manchester, London’s Band on the Wall by Arun Ghosh. His particular style of Indo-jazz is hypnotic, tuneful and, well, pretty badass. His new album But Where Are You Really From? (read about it at The Bandcamp Daily) keeps those qualities while adding some extra edge.
This is Irreversible Entanglements. It’s an April 2016 show at Philly’s The Rotunda. Their self-titled debut is some seriously powerful shit. Protest music can take many forms. And, really, it probably should. But there’s something special about the visceral raw effect of the convergence of angry shouts and furious music, where every cell in the body and every note poured out feels like it can obliterate the sky and, through sheer force of will, give us an entirely new horizon that changes everything. That’s this band and their 2017 release (read about it at The Bandcamp Daily).
Next up is a video from Marta Sanchez. It’s different personnel and a bit of a departure from her 2017 release Danza Impossible (read about it at The Bandcamp Daily), but how cool is this living room performance? Spoiler: Tons. I’ll always feature a video like this. Also, it’s a beautiful song.
And let’s wrap up with a video from Daniel Herskedal. This live performance at London’s King’s Place has the tubist performing the song “Kurd Bayat Nahawand to Kurd,” a track from his 2017 release The Roc (read about it at The Bandcamp Daily).