Each week, Vulture highlights the best new music. Listen to them all. As the days grow dark and short and long drawn-out baths are the reward for a year of toil, the warmth of an acoustic paean to a dream of everlasting togetherness can fill a cold space with hope and the desire to recuperate for another trip around the sun.
15. Jaime by Brittany Howard
Pianist Anat Fort and her trio mates, German drummer Roland Schneider and bassist Gary Wang, have been making music together for 20 years. New York City-born guitarist-composer Ben Monder has long been admired for his personal sound, versatility and command of his instrument. The first LP finds him playing solo, while for the second one he convenes his favored trio, including bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Ted Poor. Epistrophy captures the spellbinding chemistry shared by guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan in an intimate setting. To help him on this quest, the pianist assembled a top-class group, including saxophonist Tim Green, drummer McClenty Hunter and bassist Mike Gurrola. That helps me to answer the questions that I have in life right now. Begin Again is a new collection gathering seven eclectic songs that Norah Jones began releasing last summer. It is produced by Jones and features her on vocals, piano and organ, along with drummer Brian Blade, bassist Christopher Thomas, trumpeter Dave Guy and saxophonist Leon Michels.
The album won't go down without a fight. As the algorithmic thinking of the streaming music era tightens its grip on the record industry and consumer listening habits, artists are still writing and recording collections of new material, releasing them as cohesive units on specific dates, and suggesting that you listen to them in a pre-established order. As a format for enjoying multiple songs and a way of thinking about creative development, it remains essential. Even with all its tumult, didn't change that. There's always good new music out there, providing the soundtrack to the highs and lows of daily life. Sometimes it comes from a new artist you've never heard of before; sometimes it comes from a reliable veteran you perhaps stopped listening to consistently. Either way, great albums make an impression.
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