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2021 in Jazz: Intimacy and Conversation

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, jazz’s flexibility has become an asset. It informed how 2021 played out in the jazz world — the return of Pharoah Sanders with a new, unlikely collaborator, the electronic musician Floating Points; interesting intersections with hip-hop that call back to earlier jazz fusion; duet recordings that emphasize call and response, two artists communicating across the empty transom.

On this week’s Popcast, a conversation about how the pandemic is continuing to shape the world of jazz recordings, how the genre revives its heroes and also some promising new artists.

Guests:

  • Giovanni Russonello, who covers jazz for The New York Times

  • Marcus J. Moore, who writes about music for The New York Times and others

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