Best of 2021 in music

Plenty of great and intriguing new music for this year, folks, our favorites, in no particular order plus two historical recordings which popped out this year.

So, here they are:

Isaiah Collier & The Chosen Few – Cosmic Transitions

Musical journeys represent a sense of duality, with the music defining a moment in time and also music being influenced by moments in time.
Isaiah Collier & The Chosen Few fully explore moments of the past, present, and yes the future.
Cosmic Transitions, is a Five-part suite, that addresses interpersonal relationships during a Retrograde period. The recording of this project took place on September 23rd, 2020 at Rudy Van Gelder’s legendary studio where greats like John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, and many other great musicians expressed what they felt in those moments. Isaiah Collier a brilliant talent from Chicago leads the way on Soprano and Tenor Saxophone, with the support of the other members Jeremiah Hunt, Michael Shewoaga Ode, and Mike King. A release filled with a wide range of human emotions and musical possibility. Cosmic Transitions was crafted with the full intention to awaken those who hear it. Each part of the Suite weaves into the next. Not for the faint of heart, the album sets out to be a timestamp for before and after. Enjoy the journey.