Episode 482: Jazz Odyssey with new music from Ambrose Akinmusire, Nduduzo Makhathini, and Daniel Carter

Season 10, Ep. 482

Welcome back fellow music lovers

Jazz is American culture’s greatest gift to the world. More succinctly, it is one of African-American culture’s greatest gifts to the world.

On this episode of Discologist we’ll be discussing the art form’s importance, sometimes daunting legacy, and helping you ease into a new life of jazz appreciation through the lens of three spectacular 2020 releases: Nduduzo Makhathini’s Modes of Communication Letters From The Underworlds, Ambrose Akinmusire’s On The Tender Spot of Every Calloused Moment, and Daniel Carter’s collaboration with Matthew Ship, William Parker, and Gerald Cleaver, Welcome Adventure! Vol 1.

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