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The Best Jazz of 2019

Our jazz critics create four quartets of great creative music, demonstrating four trends that keep "jazz" relevant in a new century.

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The Best Jazz of 2018

Justin Cober-Lake and Will Layman
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Matt Penman's Compositions Are Works of Art on 'Good Question'

Ingenious compositions by journeyman bassist Matt Penman are shaded and interpreted by a wonderful band, especially pianist Aaron Parks, whose playing is textured and includes Rhodes, organ, and vibraphone work.

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Emma Frank's Jazz Negotiates Dark and Light

Emma Frank's third recording, Ocean Av, is a brilliant collection of literary jazz that defies categories and features pianist Aaron Parks and drummer Jim Black. PopMatters talks with Frank about the challenges of finding a new voice in jazz.

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Nir Felder - "Ernest /Protector" (stream) (Premiere)

PopMatters premieres "Ernest / Protector", one of the flashier tracks from jazz guitarist Nir Felder's forthcoming debut album Golden Age.

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Kurt Rosenwinkel: Star of Jupiter

It may not sound like it at first, but guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel is reahcing up and out in our solar system.

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The Best Jazz of 2008

More than ever, the best jazz is coming from small labels, and more than ever the best draws a decent slice from the dynamics of rock and pop music without itself being a commercial venture.

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Aaron Parks: Invisible Cinema

The Blue Note debut of a prodigious pianist -- more proof that jazz is consuming contemporary popular music in the best possible way.

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Christian Scott: Anthem

A modern kind of emo-fusion from a young trumpeter -- and not at all a bad thing.

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The Best Jazz of 2007

In spite of the perception of jazz as an increasingly niche market, the year's best show a style of music that remains ever youthful in its exploration of new territories, expanding its diversity and range of expression.

Will Layman
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Terence Blanchard: A Tale of Gods Will

The New Orleans trumpeter's lyrical meditation on disaster.

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