The Needle Drop

Matana Roberts- "vanhorne park midnight"

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Jazz experimentalist Matana Roberts drops a 10-minute solo sax piece that's as moving as it is winding. Despite a lack of boundaries due to a lack of other instruments on the track, Roberts stays incredibly sharp and focused in her playing; not letting a single moment here pass by without being given purpose. She transitions from impressive melodies to free and spastic playing fluidly, and nearly every bit of it comes through with a strong sense of emotion.

Check out Roberts' 2011 album Coin Coin Chapter One if you're yet to.