It’s easy to think of the past as being a golden age. There are some jazzers out there who will only listen fifties be-bop or trad or some other ancient genre. This does an injustice to the current crop of players. Sure, those fifties guys laid out a template which is still in current use, but there are many modern players who are using and subverting that template. With that in mind my latest mix on Mixlr gives proper respects to some players who are carrying the torch forward. Some of these new players are breaking new ground, some are merely keeping the tradition alive, but they all deserve a listen. I have tried to highlight some of the lesser known players. It was tempting to drop some Robert Glasper, but he is ubiquitous at the moment. This mix is around two hours and the track selection is pretty arbitrary. I originally had about seven hours, but whittled it down to a more manageable size. Some you might dig, some you might hate. But be sure to give it a listen.
Angá Diaz A Love Supreme 5:52
Alon Nechushtan Muppet Shock 5:22
Austin Mcmahon Platone 6:12
Backlash Jazz Quintet Let it Rip, Albert 5:20
Avishai Cohen Feediop 5:54
Alex Janz Play The Game 5:55
Atomic Cleaning The Dome 5:31
Alex Sipiagin Returning 11:02
Adam De Lucia’s Tektonics The Far Groove 4:20
The Accidental Big Band The Stinger’s Apprentice (feat. Kim May) 6:30
Adam Czerwinski Band Sounds and Colors 7:30
Andrea Pozza Trio Nebulosa 5:55
Andre Zimma Vs YE:SOLAR Cosmic Tree 4:23
Aaron Parks Karma 8:06
Baaba 1126 7:19
Afro Bop Alliance Afro Green 8:17
Andy Milne I Shot the Sheriff 5:48
Alex Machacek D-Lite 7:18
Anders Larson Quartet Unborn 8:20
PS. I pinched the picture above from the John Beasley album: MONK’estra, a BIG modern jazz BAND. Can I suggest you check out the source and Beasley’s other project 3 Brave Souls.
PPS. Just noticed there really is a DJ called “the Accidental DJ” in fact more than one. Apologies to all accidental DJs wherever you may be.