Complete Communion: Jazz For June Reviewed 

Source: The Quietus.

Because jazz is usually an instrumental art form its role as protest music has often felt subtle, expressed through song titles and album art, or evinced through creative practice — although there have been plenty of pointed exceptions, like Billie Holiday’s ‘Strange Fruit’, Archie Shepp’s Attica Blues or Max Roach’s We Insist!. I started assembling this latest rundown of new recordings before Floyd’s death, and in the last couple of weeks the sense of socio-political righteousness in many of these selections leapt out — from Ambrose Akinmusire writing yet another homage to Black lives snuffed out by police violence or the anti-colonial inspiration for Sara Serpa’s latest project. That political intent is actually present in jazz much of the time, it’s just that our current moment is providing the illumination we need to see it.

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