My favorite jazz releases of 2020

Ron Miles, Rainbow Sign (Blue Note)

The Nels Cline Singers, Share the Wealth (Blue Note)

Rudresh Mahanthappa, Hero Trio (Whirlwind)

Rez Abbasi, Django-shift (Whirlwind)

Gordon Grdina’s Nomad Trio, Nomad (Skirl) & Gordon Grdina Septet, Resist (Irabagast)

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York, Entity (Libra)

Aruán Ortiz, Inside Rhythmic Falls (Intakt)

Max Bessesen, Trouble (Ropeadope)

Alex Ward and Sean Noonan, Noonward (Copepod)

Wolfgang Muthspiel, Angular Blues (ECM)


Review: ‘Banda de los Muertos’

bandadelosmuertosIt is common practice among groups that play Sinaloan banda music—a style that emerged from small village brass bands in Northwestern Mexico after the Revolution, typically featuring a few clarinets, trumpets, trombones and saxhorns, plus a tuba, snare drum and tambora—to link their name to their place of origin. Thus we get Banda El Recodo and La Arrolladora Banda El Limón, two of the music’s most popular groups. This village association, and the broader regional identity of the music, is likewise a source of pride for the fans who live or have roots in the area.

Read complete review at All About Jazz.