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2015's must-hear jazz albums carve new paths and communicate eloquently

2015's must-hear jazz albums carve new paths and communicate eloquently

In a complex, often tragic year, jazz again proved itself an adept reflector and communicator, delivering messages of outrage, solace and hope while giving a voice to what lies beyond words. Below, a few recordings offering just that.

Kamasi Washington, "The Epic" (Brainfeeder)

On a long-anticipated debut from a protégé of the late Gerald Wilson released on a label run by local beat visionary Flying Lotus, saxophonist Kamasi Washington hunkered down with a tightknit group of friends and fellow bandleaders to create ecstatic jazz richly shaped by a proud local tradition but committed to pushing it forward. Sprawling and immersive,...

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