Angel Bat Dawid has shared a new album titled Requiem For Jazz, a 24-track double LP out today (March 24) via International Anthem. The Chicago singer, songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist created her latest project partly in dialogue with Edward O. Bland’s 1959 film The Cry of Jazz, which documented the parallels and intersections of the genre with Black life at large in Dawid’s hometown, featuring performance performances from Sun Ra, John Gilmore, and Julian Priester.
With contributions from Sun Ra Arkestra’s Marshall Allen and Knoel Scott, Requiem for Jazz is a bridge from the past to the future. “I want us to have this very wonderful conversation that Ed Bland started over 50 years ago, and I want to continue the conversation; because this is a loving conversation that we need to have with each other,” Dawid explains. Listen to the full album below.