My Albums of the Week #1: Jessie Ware and Ambrose Akinmusire

I would consider myself an “albums guy” and my taste in music is very varied. In this new feature, I list the albums that I listened to most intensely during the week. The list will include albums old and new, and the number of albums listened to every week will most likely vary on a week-to-week basis.

Jessie Ware, What’s Your Pleasure (2020, Universal Music)

TRACKLIST (favourite tracks in bold): 1 – Spotlight; 2 – What’s Your Pleasure?; 3 – Ooh La La; 4 – Soul Control; 5 – Save a Kiss; 6 – Adore You; 7 – In Your Eyes; 8 – Step Into My Life; 9 – Read My Lips; 10 – Mirage (Don’t Stop); 11 – The Kill; 12 – Remember Where You Are.

By far, one of the best albums of 2020. Sensual, dreamy music that is as romantic as it is funky. The type of music that is as well-suited for the dance floor as it is for the bedroom.

Ambrose Akinmusire, on the tender spot of every calloused moment (2020, Blue Note)

TRACKLIST (favorite tracks in bold): 1 – Tide of Hyacinth; 2 – Yessss; 3 – Cynical Sideliners; 4 – Mr. Roscoe (consider the simultaneous); 5 – An Interlude (that get’ more intense); 6 – reset (quiet victories&celebrates defeats); 7 – Moon (the return amplifies the unity); 8 – 4623; 9 – Roy; 10 – Blues (we measure the heart with a fist); 11 – Hooded procession (read the names outloud).

Ambrose Akinmusire renews his status as one of the biggest names in expressive jazz. Offering a portrayal of modern Black life in America, the trumpeter/composer uses avant-garde aesthetics, mixed with occasional swinging moments that provide an otherwise sombre vision with a semblance of hope.

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