My favorite musical discoveries for 2023
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I’m back again with another top-half dozen of
What my eclectic musical tastes ran into in this year. As usual, my musical tastes.
Journeys focus on the interaction between jazz and world music and include
I include links to material that you won’t find on most popular lists. I include links to
Pages on BandcampSo you can listen to
Check out if these appeal to you as well
Badinyaa KumooYou can also read about how to get in touch with us. Sona Jobarteh
Sample track Musolou
The kora is an instrument that is unique to West Africa. It has a sound that is both evocative and enchanting.
Sona Jobarteh’s music reminds me of a harp and lute. Sona Jobarteh’s music isn’t just for the lute.
She is also a talented singer and the first female griot.
Composer combining the ethereal sounds of the kora and the ever-inventive
The rhythms of West Africa
The New Day Bends LightYou can also read about how to get in touch with us. Erica Seguine with Shon Baker Ensemble
Sample track States
I’ve been researching more about the world of modern jazz big bands.
Discovering more bands discovering ways to exploit the traditional
large-scale jazz orchestra. The New Day Bends Light also includes a
The British folk song and dance tradition has inspired many of the songs.
Erica Seguine’s and Shon’s collaborative work, “Tango”, is a collaboration between the two artists.
Baker. Darcy James Argue is the producer of this album, a highly regarded musician.
Bandleader whose new album is, Dynamic Maximum
TensionIf the dice had rolled evenly, I would have chosen.
Kinva is a piano-trio that combines a modern jazz trio approach and a classical piano trio.
Ukrainian folk music Anastasia Litvinyuk on piano and Igor Gnydyn on drums
Jazz pioneers in Lviv, before they fled to Poland.
Their daughter was present during the invasion. The way their music has been interpreted in light of these events is quite appropriate.
Combining these styles adds an extra touch of poignancy.
Flower on FireYou can also read about how to get in touch with us. Afro-Andean Funk
Sample track Wake up
The music is a mix of African funk, traditional Andean music and plenty of other things.
Inspiration and collaboration can be drawn from the wider world of music. The band
The collaboration between Araceli Poma from Peru and the American bassist, Michael Araceli, is the driving force behind the project.
Matt Geraghty. Another album is available if you like these foot-tapping beats.
Look at it VaporBixiga 70.
Cloud HorizonsYou can also read about how to get in touch with us. Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening
Sample track Caelestis
I’ve been listening Kathryn Tickell’s music since the 1990’s.
The Northumbrian dialect is rarely heard in music.
smallpipes. What’s kept me listening over the years to her is more
It’s not just the sound that makes her stand out, but also the way in which she constantly pushes herself to the limit.
British folk music is pushing the boundaries. Her latest band is no different.
This album is a wonderful mix of traditional styles with modern developments.
I am a jazz fan who enjoys music that is rich in texture.
Ambient is not my main focus, although I do occasionally explore it.
music. Andrew Tuttle is the exception this year.
Describe as an ambient bluegrass. It’s an ambient bluegrass soundscape.
I never would have guessed that the source of this music was a slide guitar
When I write my annual posts, it is more important to me that I suggest music I like.
Most readers probably won’t know what I am talking about. This fits my listening.
As I don’t listen to much mainstream music. But
This year I must mention a new mainstream album I’ve heard.
I’ve been listening to music for as long as i can remember. Peter Gabriel – i/o. He released the album in stages
I’m glad that his age doesn’t seem to have affected his ability.
Compose and perform some great musical pieces. It’s now been 20 years since he
This is the first time that I have heard of a British artist who has released an album. This gives me hope for another British
The composer/performer will also be breaking through, as he had a duet in a previous album.
Her too long silence.
As usual, Dave Sumner’s monthly magazine has been my main source for this music.
Columns on the best jazz on Bandcamp
DailyJames Catchpole’s OK Jazz
podcasts. But recently, a source that is either new or old has emerged
for me. Back in the 2000s when I went to Britain on vacation, I always hunted.
Songlines has a great deal of information on world music.
Included CD. I stopped buying CDs, but this year I finally got back into it.
You can also find out more about the following: Songlines online presence. and purchased a
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