Angel Bat Dawid, Brahja, International Anthem, Jazz & Milk, Ill Considered, Tamil Rogeon, Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Orchestra – LISTEN (WTM winter jazzlights)

Here’s a mix covering the best of jazz that came out towards the back end of 2020. One of the best live albums of last year was from Angel Bat Dawid. International Anthem remained one of the leading labels in the world – there were other magical moments from a range of artists. It was also Jazz and Milk Recordings’ 15th anniversary – since 2005 the label, founded by Dusty, offers an experimental playground for international artists that share a passion for organic and soulful dance music and for the occasion, the label presented six exclusive tracks by Steve Spacek, Àbáse, Sam Irl, Feater, Bongani GiveThanks and Moe Fabrik (the club focused collaborative moniker of Wayne Snow, Ziggy Zeitgeist and StyleBoi 92).

Ill Considered reissues showed them to be the real deal in UK spiritual jazz, speaking of which, Matthew Tavares (with or without Leland Whitty) was taking the music to sonic heights, the releases with Mr Bongo are essential listening. The Brahja reissue was much needed. Afrosynth Records compiled an exciting overview of the best new South African jazz – more to come! Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger stole the lockdown stream show, with their essential renditions at home – their cover of The Creator Has A Master Plan was heavenly, and Tamil Rogeon returned. Klaus Schønning’s masterpiece (Ed. – jazz…? It was apt for this mix, this reissue is a very deep listen, with the solo artist channeling inspiration from his natural surroundings), via Frederiksberg Records and like the music of the Danish new age pioneer – Chicago’s Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Orchestra was an unbeliveably cosmic trip for International Anthem.

Here’s to looking ahead in 2021, more amazing music will no doubt arrive again soon.

Playlist

Matty – Portrait of Amanda

Matty – SelfPortrait

Brahja – Ineffable Intro

Bokani Dyer Trio – Fezile

Aquiles Navarro & Tcheser Holmes – M.O.N.K.

Brahja – Keepers

Roland Haynes – Second Wave

Ill Considered – Mediation

Angel Bat Dawid & Tha Brothahood – The Wicked Will Not Prevail

Matthew Tavares & Leland Whitty – Blue

Mabuta – Slipstream

Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Orchestra – Autumn Pleiades

Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Orchestra – Parable 3000

Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Orchestra – Galaxy 1000

Matthew Tavares & Leland Whitty – Woah

Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger – The Creator Has A Master Plan

Angel Bat Dawid & Tha Brothahood – We are Starz

Klaus Schønning – Klittåge

Klaus Schønning – Natskyger

Tamil Rogeon – House No Wheels

Bongani GiveThanks – Indoda (African Repraise – Take One)

Bongani GiveThanks – Indoda (African Repraise)

Tha Brothahood

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