Am I thinking too much about what jazz is? Possibly. But I’ve had a lot of time to think lately, and I suspect a lot of musicians have these same thoughts. This is one of the reasons I admire Tyshawn Sorey so much: It takes a lot of courage to create music without thinking about what it is, or where it “fits” into the “cultural landscape,” and just offer it to people, for them to listen to or not, outside of all preconceptions.
And now, with that said, here are the best new jazz albums of the month!