Source: The Quietus.
More than most musical traditions, jazz has been hit particularly hard by the ongoing Corona virus crisis. There are the obvious fatalities caused by the virus: reedists Lee Konitz and Giuseppe Logan, trumpeter Wallace Roney, bassist Henry Grimes, pianist Ellis Marsalis, and producer Hal Willner, among others.
But the music itself has always fed upon intense social interaction. At once a cliché and a deep truth, jazz performance relies on the feedback and energy of an audience—to say nothing of the charged interplay between band members—and that crucial element of the music has been silenced over the last couple of months, and it certainly looks to continue that way long into the future.
The following ten albums are terrific, and were made well before our new reality descended. I’m sure lots of worthwhile albums are on the near horizon, too, but if any musical tradition can weather these difficult times and devise a new way to move forward, I’d put my money on jazz and improvised music, which has a century of experience adapting, mutating, and surviving.