2015 Best of Lists from Around the Web: Part V

It’s that time again. We gather best-of-2015 lists from around the web and provide links here. See Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV.

Pitchfork‘s best experimental albums of 2015.

Derek Taylor’s best of 2015.

Pop Mattersbest avant-garde and experimental music of 2015.

John Sharpe’s best of 2015.


Free Jazz / Black Power Book Reviewed

Source: All About Jazz.

Forty four years after its publication in French, Philippe Carles and Jean-Louis Comolli‘s thought-provoking, fiercely intellectual book Free Jazz/Black Power finally finds its way into English, thanks to Grégory Pierrot’s translation and the good folk at University Press of Mississippi. The four words of the title reference four histories that “in the 1930s or 1950s, did not seem like they could converge or interact.” Essentially then, Free Jazz/Black Power is a treatise on the confluence of avant-garde jazz and radical African American politics, with a piercing eye cast on the ideological discourse of (white) jazz criticism, which in the main panned free-jazz as so much jarring noise.