how to score a sunset - a meditative mix of mostly modern jazz

how to score a sunset – a meditative mix of mostly modern jazz

The conventional wisdom that jazz essentially died around the same time John Coltrane did isn’t completely unfounded. The 1960s saw the artform being constructed and reinvented to a point that by the time the 70s hit, there seemed to be nowhere left to go, to a point where even Miles Davis’ explorations began to feel desperate if not futile. By the 1980s, soft rock radio did to jazz what Ibiza would eventually do with house music, offering a false allure of sophistication in favor of the artistism and grit that originally forged the genre. The 1990s saw something of a resurgence as new york hip hop resurrected the genre through use of sampling and a handful of crossover projects like Guru’s Jazzmatazz and Blue Note Records’s woefully misguided signature act, Us3. These endeavors sounded fresh at the time, but ended up aging about as well as a carton of milk. I won’t call it a comeback, but there does seem to be resurgence in experimental jazz percolating in contemporary music. How To Score a Sunset features some of the best modern jazz alongside some undersung selections from yesteryear.

Stanton Davis and the Ghetto Mysticism Band – Nida
Myself 69 – Maima Jam
Joseph Shabason – Long Swim
Kamall Williams – Medina
Onyx Collective – Fruit Stand
Yusse Kamaal – Ayla
Arp – Ozu
Leon Vynehall – It Breaks (Chapter IX)
The Tempress – You Made the Sunshine
Axel Kryglier – Taxi Nocutno
E Ruscha V – Who Are You
June11 – The Luckiest Man
Kamasi Washington – Testify

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