In this episode of Rhythm Lab Radio, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite jazz songs of 2019. These songs have pushed the boundaries of jazz by incorporating other styles of music, from hip-hop to afrobeat on the go. through electronic music and soul.
We’ve featured music from Abstract Orchestra, The Comet is Coming, Brandee Younger, KOKOROKO, Kassa Overall, Nerija, Moses Boyd, Erik Truffaz, Sarah Tandy, Angel Bat Dawid and more.
Listen to the show below.
It has been an exciting year for jazz. A new generation of musicians and artists from all corners of the globe are pushing the genre into new territories like the astonishing stages of London and Chicago.
For example, London sextet Nerija signed to Domino Records, which is best known for releasing records from artists like Animal Collective, Blood Orange, Cat Power and Middle Kids. The band released their genre-defying debut album “Blume” in August. The album exemplifies this new era of jazz coming from London with its ability to effortlessly merge the sounds of Afrobeat and hip-hop and invite a new generation of fans into the fold.
In addition to Nerija, a slew of other London artists topped our best of 2019, including The Comet Is Coming, high-energy and electronically infused. They made jazz for dance clubs. Songs like “Summon The Fire” and “Timewave Zero” are as much club songs as they are amazing jazz songs.
In the USA then, Chicago took up the torch thanks to the label International anthem who released “The Oracle” from future legend Angel Bat Dawid, who embodies the spirit of Sun Ra. Then there’s the multi-talented Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble. Their song “The Colors That You Bring” gives me goosebumps.
Check out the full show and track list below.
Abstract orchestra – “Meat Grinder”
Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble – “The Colors You Bring”
Emma-Jean Thackray – “Too shy (version 12”) “
Ronin Arkestra – “Tempestuous Temperaments”
The comet is coming – “Timewave Zero”
Dwight Trible – “Standing in Need of Prayer”
Brandee Young – “Games”
Hackney Colliery Band – Netsanet »feat. Mulatu astatke
KOKOROKO – “Uman”
Ashley Henry – “COLORS”
Theo Croker – “Just Let It Roll”
Kassa overall – “What’s up with you”
Angel Bat Dawid – “We Are Starzz”
Marquis Hill – feat “Wednesday Love”. Christie Dashiell
Shafiq Husayn – “Cycles” feat. Hiatus Kaiyote
Nerija – “Fast”
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah - feat “Forevergirl”. Chris Turner and Mike Larry in the draw
Cochemée – “Mitote”
Jaimie Branch – “Simple Silver Surfer”
Joshua Redman Quartet – “How We Do It”
Moses Boyd – “Stranger than fiction
Nate Mercereau – “You are there”
Sarah Tandy – “Bradbury Street”
Erik Truffaz – feat “Réflexions”. Jose james