Remarkable Jazz 2021

We lost greats, we saw legendary recordings come to light, and we heard a brave new world of pioneers coming from all corners of the reawakening post 2020-world.

Nov 26th 2021 by Moodagent

Nubya Garcia (Credit: Music Story)

2021 was a huge year for bringing us back to the originators that keep jazz so freeing and so enveloping.

How can we mention the greats of today and tomorrow without mourning the death of Chick Corea. A pianist and innovator within the free jazz and jazz fusion spheres, the Italian-American played with the likes of Miles Davis and Stan Getz before founding his own mega-successful groups.

Alice Coltrane’s famous dreamy ashram tape-tracked record Turiya Sings was finally digitized. Londoner Nubya Garcia continued to wow in 2021 with her saxy prowess and an endless stream of releases including a reworked version of Source. Noise, math rock and prog jazz was the young band black midi’s debut album Schlagenheim - and in 2021, their formula went happily off piste from that, in a great way that counteracts the idea of improvisation with deep structure. Listen to Calvacade in the app.

Jazz lovers praised the heavens when Floating Points/Pharoah Sanders/London Symphony Orchestra released an almighty collaborative project Promises, and French-Belgian pedal harpist Nala Sinephro and John Carroll Kirby challenged the status quo on what jazz can sound like, with their respective releases Space 2.0 and Septet... Watch out for The Heliocentrics’ 2022, too: unadulterated Afro-fusion brilliance.

Words by Alexandra Pereira.

Listen to our playlist of remarkable Jazz highlights from 2021

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