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Attarian’s Dozen: Twelve Superb Releases That Made 2021 Tolerable

The year 2021 started full of hope yet it did not live up to its promises. Musically, however, it saw the release of several outstanding recordings. Below are a dozen that helped kept me sane and grounded throughout the year. Featured are the two mammoth and stimulating boxsets from saxophonist and improviser par excellence Ivo Perelman and ingenious composer and bassist William Parker, the late organ giant Dr Lonnie Smith‘s swan song, and drummer Gustavo Cortinas‘s musical exploration of Eduardo Galeano’s “Open Veins of Latin America.” In addition, from the United Kingdom, Sons of Kemet‘s provocative and timely album made the list as well as saxophonist Jon Raskin‘s socially conscious collaboration with Flatland Quartet… [ read more ]

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