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best albums of 2020

Nubya Garcia : Source

The UK saxophonist’s highly anticipated debut arrives with an eclectic and joyously grooving set of material.

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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers : Just Coolin’

Blue Note unearths an archival session from the Jazz Messengers, and it cooks, as expected.

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Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids : Shaman!

The legendary spiritual jazz collective returns with a more somber, yet still groove-heavy set of music.

Jaga Jazzist : Pyramid

The Norwegian progressive jazz fusion group deliver a warmly exciting permutation of their consistent, yet constantly changing sound.

John Coltrane’s Giant Steps to get 60th anniversary reissue

Expanded reissue includes 28 bonus tracks.

Laurence Pike : Prophecy

A gentle and meditative improvisational response to the Australian wildfires from earlier this year.

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Kamaal Williams : Wu Hen

The London musician and producer downplays his ability on the keys on this nonetheless solid set of groove.

Bonus Tracks: 10 More Essential Jazz-Fusion Albums

10 more additions to our list of fusion’s historical greats.

Nubya Garcia announces new album Source

Hear new single “Pace.”

Dinner Party : Dinner Party

A meeting of four brilliant minds that feels too short for what it could be.

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Sun Ra Arkestra announce details of new album, Swirling

Hear a new interpretation of “Angels and Demons at Play.”

Makaya McCraven announces Universal Beings E & F Sides

Plus a new documentary is on the way, documenting the making of ‘Universal Beings’.

R.I.P. jazz trumpeter Eddie Gale

The jazz legend has died at 78.

Hedvig Mollestad Ekhidna review

Hedvig Mollestad : Ekhidna

A powerful set of jazz rock that carries the heaviness of Sabbath with the innovation of Scandinavian jazz.

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Neptunian Maximalism : Éons

A volcanic drone-jazz eruption into a new era of sound.

Sun Ra Arkestra new album

Sun Ra Arkestra announce first album in 20 years

Hear their new version of 1979’s “Seductive Fantasy.”

Thelonious Monk unheard live album Palo Alto

Impulse! Records to release previously unheard Thelonious Monk live recording, Palo Alto

Hear a live recording of “Epistrophy” from the 1968 performance.

Thelonious Monk unheard live album Palo Alto

Impulse! Records to release previously unheard Thelonious Monk live recording, Palo Alto

Hear a live recording of “Epistrophy” from the 1968 performance.