For one or other reason the music year almost always starts slow for me. The albums I find interesting mostly start releasing from early spring on. That does not mean there is nothing brought out at the moment that matches my standards. Luckily Nils Frahm released his seventh solo album, All Melody, last month and it’s full of signature compositions that serve as an excellent backdrop to those first grey weeks of the year.
When I was a toddler I often wondered what it would be like to be inside our washing machine. The spinning cycle was pretty hypnotizing to watch, so at the time I thought being inside a drum with all that warm soapy clothing would be a gentle experience. Of course my parents never allowed me to give it a try and I forgot all about it. Until I heard Anna Meredith that is.
The tree of life of jazz grew strong from blues, swing, bebop to cool and branched out into various directions like funk, fusion and free jazz. Today it still stands tall. Adding something fresh to this one-hundred-year-plus history isn’t quite an easy task. However what is fresh? Something truly new and innovating or finding your place within this history by means of your own creative terms? Kamasi Washington chose the latter path and released a three-hour sprawl called The Epic which takes you deep into the heart of jazz.