Stereogum’s Best New Jazz for July

Source: Stereogum.

I also read a really interesting book this month. Harald Kisiedu’s European Echoes: Jazz Experimentalism In Germany 1950-1975 is a concise but fascinating study of how avant-garde jazz blossomed in Germany, focused on four artists in particular: saxophonist Peter Brötzmann, trombonist Manfred Schoof, pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach, and East German saxophonist Ernst-Ludwig Perowsky, with whom I was not familiar. The book delves not only into the biographies of these artists and how they worked together and separately, but also provides broader political and cultural context and examines how German jazz sought specifically to acknowledge and engage with the music’s American, and specifically Black, roots.