The end of the year is the time when we usually look back and take stock. To celebrate the continuous growth and expansion of the music we love, we've decided to look back at the music that, for a reason or another, has surprised us the most this year. It features mostly young musicians, artists we were not familiar with, unexpected reissues or new projects by players we love.
Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
Michael Leonhart Orchestra "Music Your Grandparents Would Like" from The Painted Lady Suite (Sunnyside) 0:17
Host talk 5:52
Rachelle Garniez "Swimming Pool Blue" from Swimming Pool Blue (Stand Clear) 7:51
Reinier Baas, Ben van Gelder & Metropole Orkest "Introduction to 2nd Coming, 2nd Coming of Homunculus, Do You Know Ben van Gelder" from Smash Hits (Basta) 12:18
Mopo "Niin Aikasin" from Mopocalypse (We Jazz) 23:02
World music pioneer Adam Rudolph and his groundbreaking Go: Organic Orchestra join forces with Brooklyn Raga Massive to create the monumental new album, Ragmala – A Garland of Ragas (Meta Records). Ragmala bridges generations, cultures and traditions in a deep-rooted, forward-looking sound born of 21st-century innovation and hybrid voices. Epic in scale and ambition, the project features 40 world-class musicians including Gnawa master musician Hassan Hakmoun, legendary drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake, forward-thinking cornetist Graham Haynes, and tradition-blurring flutist...
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