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The Best Jazz of 2018

The definition of "jazz" has never been broader, and the music has never been brighter. Two PopMatters critics pick their favorites in four modern jazz categories.

Justin Cober-Lake and Will Layman
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The Gap: Charles Lloyd

Saxophonist Charles Lloyd enjoyed periods of critical acclaim, popular celebration, eccentric withdrawal, and general trivialization. He was easy to ignore if you came of jazz fan age after 1970, and that's a shame.

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Charles Lloyd with Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland: Sangam

The last of the great cosmic jazzmen takes a trip way out east with this exhilarating live recording.

Daniel Spicer
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Charles Lloyd: Jumping the Creek

Mostly one session too many, this session doesn't take itself lightly. As music, rather than an aid to meditation, it's short on original substance and long on repetition, stretching, exquisitely played padding. Inessential.

Robert R. Calder
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