The Comet Is Coming is doing its part to bring jazz into the next decade.
Though it occasionally suffers from overambition, the jazzy I Also Want to Die in New Orleans is another helping of admirable personal and social commentary from Mark Kozelek.
Marquis Hill and his band come through with a vibrant blend of dynamic jazz and conscious hip hop on Modern Flows, Vol. 2.
Avant-garde jazz outfit Onyx Collective continues to embody the highs and lows of NYC with Lower East Suite Part Three, their most polished and straightforward set of tracks yet.
By adhering so much to its grand formula, Heaven and Earth comes off as even more cumbersome than The Epic.
As a Mother’s Day surprise, André 3000 made his return to music with two songs that pay tribute to the life of his parents. Surprisingly, neither song features a rap verse.
“Me&My (To Bury Your Parents)” is a heartfelt ballad that finds André singing and reminiscing about the time he spent with his parents. André joined Instagram recently to announce the tracks and posted the handwritten lyrics to “Me&My” along with the caption, “Happy Mother’s Day I’m sure all the cards, dinners, flowers and last minute gifts are appreciated but I’ve learned the best gift a mother could get is to simply know their child is ok.” André also shared text messages from his mom from the day before she died in 2013.
While both songs feature André on the bass clarinet, the instrument plays a larger role in the 17-minute jazz instrumental “Look Ma No Hands.” The track is a duet, with James Blake on piano.
Death in Haiti is the most intriguing and affecting field recording project I've heard in some time.
Your Queen Is a Reptile should go down as one of the most exhilarating and revolutionary jazz records of 2018.