on the tender spot of every calloused moment
It feels trite to suggest that a jazz album—or any album, for that matter—was “made for these times” but Ambrose Akinmusire’s sixth LP comes at a relevant time. His jazz has always been about speaking to the Black experience, and this album specifically is a set of blues compositions that addresses death, inspiration, brutality, sorrow, and paying honor to people killed for the crime of a different skin color. A quiet, devastating record, on the tender spot can make you mad and take your breath away, often in the same song.—Andrew Winistorfer
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