Pitchfork's Best Jazz and Experimental Music of 2021

Pitchfork's Best Jazz and Experimental Music of 2021

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Arooj Aftab - Vulture Prince
April 23, 2021
Critic Score
84
3 reviews
The Pakistan-born, Brooklyn-based composer draws from jazz, Hindustani classical, and folk to create a heartbreaking, exquisite document of the journey from grief to acceptance.

Dean Blunt - Black Metal 2
June 11, 2021
Critic Score
81
12 reviews

The sequel to 2014’s beloved Black Metal is a brief but thrilling project from the mercurial artist, featuring the most approachable music of his career.

Eli Keszler - Icons
June 25, 2021
Critic Score
75
1 review

Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra - Promises
March 26, 2021
Critic Score
88
25 reviews

The all-star collaboration between a producer, a saxophonist, and a symphony is a celestial event. But it’s Pharaoh Sanders’ playing that holds it all together, a clear late-career masterpiece.

Grouper - Shade
October 22, 2021
Critic Score
79
16 reviews
The chain reaction these nine songs generate together produces enough fog and smoke to keep the spell going strong—and to keep whatever secret she’s trying to tell us just on the other side of the speakers.

L'Rain - Fatigue
June 25, 2021
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
The Brooklyn songwriter and sound artist’s second album is a kind of spiritual accounting, a swirling blend of orchestral groans and human whispers that evokes subconscious drift.

Lingua Ignota - Sinner Get Ready
August 6, 2021
Critic Score
87
14 reviews
Kristin Hayter’s latest is an intense and frightening religious inquiry, incorporating traditional Appalachian instruments and samples from televangelist sermons.

Model Home - Both Feet en th Infinite
November 5, 2021
Critic Score
78
2 reviews

Isolating the rhythm at the center of their work and tapping into a new physicality, the Washington, D.C. experimental duo find joy in improvisation and liberation in the body.

Moor Mother - Black Encyclopedia of the Air
September 17, 2021
Critic Score
80
9 reviews
Though she’s found a way to make the pill a little easier to swallow, Moor Mother re-emerges from her DIY time machine offering nothing but the bitter truth: Everything must change.

Nala Sinephro - Space 1.8
September 3, 2021
Critic Score
86
6 reviews

Rosie Lowe & Duval Timothy - Son
November 12, 2021
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

Shubh Saran - inglish
October 29, 2021
Critic Score
73
1 review

Tirzah - Colourgrade
October 1, 2021
Critic Score
72
17 reviews
The London songwriter’s mesmerizing second album turns towards porous, avant-garde love songs that celebrate kinship, change, and the wonder of quotidian experience.

Tomu DJ - FEMINISTA
August 6, 2021
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

Vijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh & Tyshawn Sorey - Uneasy
April 9, 2021
Critic Score
83
6 reviews

Even as they negotiate complex parameters of rhythm and harmony, the trio’s expertly attuned playing evokes the openness of improvisation and the urgency of justice.

Original Source: https://pitchfork.com/features/lists-and-guides/best-jazz-experimental-music-2021/
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