So much good music and so much to choose from. Every day provides the opportunity to hear something new or rediscover the magic in old tunes. The records on this list don't have much in common, except they all sound completely fresh and open and have their own take on what it means to create jazz today. Here are thoughtful nods to tradition, genre-bending experiments, soliloquies and group efforts.
In the age of streaming and digitalization, it has been a special joy to witness the care that still goes into the packaging of physical product. At best, a record isn't just a thing to listen to, but also an artwork to contemplate. This was especially evident in the releases from Moss Project and Kolonihaven Unikum, which synthesized words, music and images into complex and beautiful artworks.
No matter what, jazz continues to thrill. There's simply so much good stuff out there and this is just a tiny tip of the iceberg.
I love jazz because it's sophisticated, international, atmospheric yet free, cool and warm.
I was first exposed to jazz through the sultry voice and flawless swing of my mother.
I met Mark Murphy, David Linx, Kurt Elling, and Youn Sun Nah.
The best show I ever attended was Youn Sun Nah in Paris.
The first jazz record I bought was Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento
My advice to new listeners: open your mind and your ears, forget about structure, feel the textures.
Go see live music and keep buying CDs!