Rhapsody Streamnotes: Year 2015 Index

December 15

  1. Juhani Aaltonen & Iro Haarla: Kirkastus (2013 [2015], TUM) B+(***)
  2. Alaska Thunderfuck: Anus (2015, Sidecar) A-
  3. Algiers: Algiers (2015, Matador) B
  4. Harry Allen: Something About Jobim (2015, Stunt) B+(***)
  5. Stephen Anderson/360° Jazz Initiative: Distracted Society (2015, Summit) B+(**)
  6. Asleep at the Wheel: Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2015, Bismeaux) A-
  7. Asylum Street Spankers: The Last Laugh (2014, Yellow Dog) A-
  8. Erykah Badu: But You Caint Use My Phone (2015, Control Freaq) A-
  9. Dan Ballou: Solo Trumpet (2015, Clean Feed) B+(**)
  10. Justin Bieber: Purpose (2015, Def Jam) B
  11. Big K.R.I.T.: It's Better This Way (2015, self-released) B+(*)
  12. June Bisantz: It's Always You: June Bisantz Sings Chet Baker Vol. 2 (2015, self-released) B+(*)
  13. Raoul Björkenheim Ecstasy: Out of the Blue (2014 [2015], Cuneiform) B+(***)
  14. Bomba Estéreo: Amanecer (2015, Sony Music Latin) B+(***)
  15. Boytoy: Grackle (2015, Papercup Music) B+(***)
  16. Geof Bradfield Quintet: Our Roots (2014 [2015], Origin) B+(**)
  17. Breakfast in Fur: Flyaway Garden (2015, Bar/None) B+(*)
  18. Peter Brötzmann/Peeter Uuskyla: Red Cloud on Silver (2014 [2015], Omlott, 2LP) B+(**)
  19. The Katie Bull Group Project: All Hot Bodies Radiate (2013 [2015], Ashokan Indie) B+(***)
  20. Ann Hampton Callaway: The Hope of Christmas (2015, MCG Jazz) B-
  21. Chaise Lounge: A Very Chaise Lounge Christmas (2015, Modern Songbook) B+(*)
  22. The Chemical Brothers: Born in the Echoes (2015, Virgin EMI) B+(**)
  23. Childbirth: Women's Rights (2015, Suicide Squeeze) B+(***)
  24. Eric Church: Mr. Misunderstood (2015, EMI Nashville) B+(**)
  25. Chvrches: Every Open Eye (2015, Glassnote) B+(**)
  26. Scott Clark 4tet: Bury My Heart (2015, Clean Feed) B+(**)
  27. The Claudettes: No Hotel (2015, Yellow Dog) B
  28. Tom Collier: Across the Bridge (2015, Origin) B+(*)
  29. Adegoke Steve Colson: Tones for Harriet Tubman/Sojourner Truth/Frederick Douglass (2015, Silver Sphinx, 2CD) B+(**)
  30. Gaz Coombes: Matador (2015, Hot Fruit) B+(*)
  31. Bram De Looze: Septych (2014 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  32. Desaparecidos: Payola (2015, Saddle Creek) A-
  33. Kristin Diable: Create Your Own Mythology (2015, Speakeasy) B
  34. Jorrit Dijkstra: Neither Odd nor Even (2014-15 [2015], Driff) B+(***)
  35. Jorrit Dijkstra/Pandelis Karayorgis/Nate McBride/Curt Newton: Matchbox (2014 [2015], Driff) B+(**)
  36. Drake/Future: What a Time to Be Alive (2015, Cash Money) B+(*)
  37. Kaja Draksler/Susana Santos Silva: This Love (2015, Clean Feed) B+(*)
  38. Joe Ely: Panhandle Rambler (2015, Rack 'Em) B+(**)
  39. The Fall: Sub-Lingual Tablet (2015, Cherry Red) B+(***)
  40. Lorraine Feather: Flirting With Disaster (2013-15 [2015], Jazzed Media) B
  41. Brian Fielding: An Appropriate Response: Volume One (2015 [2016], Broken Symmetries Music) B+(**)
  42. Craig Finn: Faith in the Future (2015, Partisan) A-
  43. The Fireworks: Switch Me On (2015, Shelflife) B+(**)
  44. Flako: Natureboy (2015, Five Easy Pieces) B+(**)
  45. Floating Points: Elaenia (2015, Luaka Bop) B+(***)
  46. Föllakzoid: III (2015, Sacred Bones) B+(**)
  47. Food: This Is Not a Miracle (2013 [2015], ECM) A-
  48. Erik Friedlander: Oscalypso: Tribute to Oscar Pettiford (2015, Skipstone) A-
  49. Kinky Friedman: The Loneliest Man I Ever Met (2015, Avenue A) B+(**)
  50. David Friesen & Glen Moore: Bactrian (2015, Origin) B+(***)
  51. Jacob Garchik: Ye Olde (2014 [2015], Yestereve) B+(**)
  52. Georgia: Georgia (2015, Domino) B+(**)
  53. Ghostface Killah/Adrian Younge: Twelve Reasons to Die II (2015, Linear Labs) B+(**)
  54. Clark Gibson + Orchestra: Bird With Strings: The Lost Arrangements (2015, BluJazz) B+(**)
  55. Girl Band: Holding Hands With Jamie (2015, Rough Trade) B+(**)
  56. GLOSS: Demo (2015, self-released, EP) B+(***)
  57. Cee Lo Green: Heart Blanche (2015, Atlantic) B+(*)
  58. Grimes: Art Angels (2015, 4AD) B+(**)
  59. Gwenno: Y Dydd Olaf (2014 [2015], Heavenly) A-
  60. Brian Harnetty: Rawhead & Bloodybones (2015, Dust-to-Digital) B+(**)
  61. Brian Harnetty: The Star-Faced One: From the Sun Ra/El Saturn Archives (2013, Atavistic) B+(*)
  62. Heroes Are Gang Leaders: The Avant Age Garde I AMs of the Gal Luxury (2015, Flat Langton's Arkeyes) B+(***)
  63. Holychild: The Shape of Brat Pop to Come (2015, Glassnote) B+(**)
  64. Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet: Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet (2012 [2013], Epigraph) A-
  65. Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet: 2 (2014 [2015], Trouble in Mind) B+(***)
  66. Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Big Band Holidays (2012-14 [2015], Blue Engine) C-
  67. JME: Integrity (2015, Boy Better Know) B+(***)
  68. Per Texas Johansson: De Långa Rulltrapporna I Flemingsberg (2014 [2015], Moserobie) B+(**)
  69. Kammerflimmer Kollektief: Désarroi (2015, Staubgold) B+(***)
  70. Elle King: Love Stuff (2015, RCA) B+(*)
  71. Ernie Krivda: Requiem for a Jazz Lady (2014 [2015], Capri) B+(***)
  72. Daniel Levin/Mat Maneri: The Transcendent Function (2015, Clean Feed) B+(**)
  73. Mundell Lowe/Lloyd Wells/Jim Ferguson: Poor Butterfly (2015, Two Helpins' of Collards) B+(*)
  74. Doug MacDonald: Solo Plus (2014 [2015], BluJazz) B+(*)
  75. Melanie Martinez: Cry Baby (2015, Atlantic) B+(***)
  76. Tobias Meinhart: Natural Perception (2015, Enja/Yellowbird) B+(**)
  77. Danny Mixon: Pass It On (2015, self-released) B+(**)
  78. John Moreland: High on Tulsa Heat (2015, Old Omens) A-
  79. Gunnar Mossblad & Cross Currents: R.S.V.P. (2015, Summit) B+(**)
  80. The Nightingales: Mind Over Matter (2015, Louder Than War) B+(*)
  81. Niyaz: Fourth Light (2015, Six Degrees) B+(***)
  82. Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: Cuba: The Conversation Continues (2014 [2015], Motema Music, 2CD) B+(***)
  83. Eric Olsen ReVision Quartet: Sea Changes (2014 [2015], BluJazz) B+(*)
  84. Oneohtrix Point Never: Garden of Delete (2015, Warp) B+(**)
  85. William Parker/Raining on the Moon: Great Spirit (2007 [2015], AUM Fidelity) A-
  86. Tess Parks and Anton Newcombe: I Declare Nothing (2015, 'a' Records) B+(**)
  87. Parquet Courts: Monastic Living (2015, Rough Trade, EP) B+(**)
  88. Nicki Parrott: Sentimental Journey (2015, Venus) B+(**)
  89. Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra: Joyful Jazz (2015, MCG Jazz) C
  90. Powertrio: Di Lontan (2015, Clean Feed) B
  91. Rabit: Communion (2015, Tri Angle) B+(**)
  92. The Ragpicker String Band: The Ragpicker String Band (2015, Yellow Dog) A-
  93. Fred Randolph: Song Without Singing (2015, Creative Spirit) B+(*)
  94. The Resonance Ensemble: Double Arc (2013 [2015], Not Two) B+(***)
  95. RMaster: New Anime Nation, Vol. 10 (2015, Anime) B+(*)
  96. Rocket From the Tombs: Black Record (2015, Fire) B+(*)
  97. Charles Rumback: In the New Year (2015, Ears & Eyes) B+(***)
  98. Richard Sears Trio: Skyline (2014 [2015], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(***)
  99. Wadada Leo Smith & John Lindberg: Celestial Weather (2012 [2015], TUM) B+(***)
  100. Sons of Kemet: Lest We Forget What We Came Here to Do (2015, Naim Jazz) A-
  101. Mike Sopko/Bill Laswell/Thomas Pridgen: Sopko Laswell Pridgen (2015, self-released) B+(**)
  102. Ben Stapp & the Zozimos: Myrrha's Red Book: Act II (2014 [2015], Evolver) B
  103. Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line: Wake (2015, Blue Pig Music) B
  104. Sun Kil Moon: Universal Themes (2015, Caldo Verde) B+(***)
  105. Svenska Kaputt: Suomi (2015, Moserobie) A-
  106. Curt Sydnor: Materials and Their Destiny (2015, Ears & Eyes) B+(**)
  107. Terakaft: Alone (Ténéré) (2015, Out Here) B+(***)
  108. Pat Thomas: Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band (2015, Strut) B+(***)
  109. Richard Thompson: Acoustic Classics (2014, Beeswing) B+(***)
  110. Richard Thompson: Still (2015, Fantasy) B+(***)
  111. Tinariwen: Live in Paris (2015, Anti-) A-
  112. Tin/Bag: The Stars Would Be Different (2013 [2015], Epigraph, EP) B
  113. Tiny People Having a Meeting: Tiny People Having a Meeting (2015, Fast Speaking Music) B+(***)
  114. Titus Andronicus: The Most Lamentable Tragedy (2015, Merge) B+(*)
  115. Torres: Sprinter (2015, Partisan) B+(*)
  116. The Dan Trudell Trio: Dan Trudell Plays the Piano (2015, self-released) B+(*)
  117. Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Multi-Love (2015, Jagjaguwar) B-
  118. Ken Vandermark/Paal Nilssen-Love: The Lions Have Eaten One of the Guards (2013 [2015], Audiographic) B+(***)
  119. Ramana Vieira: Fado Da Vida (2015, Fate of Life) B
  120. Kurt Vile: B'lieve I'm Goin Down . . . (2015, Matador) B
  121. Waco Brothers: Cabaret Showtime (2015, Bloodshot) B+(**)
  122. Ryley Walker: All Kinds of You (2014, Tompkins Square) B+(*)
  123. Ryley Walker: Primrose Green (2015, Dead Oceans) B+(**)
  124. Fetty Wap: Fetty Wap (2015, RGF 300/Atlantic) B-
  125. White Out With Nels Cline: Accidental Sky (2015, Northern Spy) B+(**)
  126. Nate Wooley Quintet: (Dance to) The Early Music (2015, Clean Feed) A-
  127. Wreckless Eric: America (2015, Fire) B+(***)
  128. Wussy: Public Domain Volume 1 (2015, Shake It, EP) B+(**)
  129. X__X: Albert Ayler's Ghosts Live at the Yellow Ghetto (2014-15 [2015], Smog Veil, EP) B+(***)
  130. Torbjörn Zetterberg & Den Stora Frågan: Om Liv Död (2015, Moserobie) B+(**)
  131. The Stan Getz Quartet: The Steamer (1956 [2015], Classic Standard) B+(***)
  132. George Lewis: The George Lewis Solo Trombone Album ((1976 [2015], Delmark/Sackville) A-
  133. Youssou N'Dour Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar: Fatteliku: Live in Athens 1987 (1987 [2015], Real World) A-
  134. Ork Records: New York, New York (1975-79 [2015], Numero Group, 2CD) B+(***)
  135. Sonny Sharrock: Ask the Ages (1991 [2015], MOD Technologies) A-
  136. David S. Ware/Apogee: Birth of a Being (1977 [2015], AUM Fidelity, 2CD) B+(***)
  137. The Chemical Brothers: Brotherhood (1995-2008 [2008], Virgin) A-
  138. The Chemical Brothers: Brotherhood + Electronic Battle Weapons (1992-2008 [2008], Virgin, 2CD) A-
  139. Loren Connors & Jim O'Rourke: Are You Going to Stop . . . in Bern? (1997 [2010], Hatology) B+(*)
  140. Tony Fruscella: Tony Fruscella (1955, Atlantic) B+(***)
  141. Brew Moore: The Brew Moore Quintet (1956, Fantasy) B+(**)
  142. Powerhouse Sound: Overlap (2007-08 [2010], Laurence Family) A-
  143. Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby: Two-Way Family Favourites (2010, Southern Domestic) B
  144. Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby: A Working Museum (2012, Southern Domestic) A-
  145. Beach House: Depression Cherry (2015, Sub Pop) B

November 18

  1. The 14 Jazz Orchestra: Nothing Hard Is Ever Easy (2015 [2016], self-released) B
  2. Laurie Anderson: Heart of a Dog (2015, Nonesuch) A-
  3. Dennis Angel: On Track (2014 [2015], Timeless Grooves) B-
  4. ASAP Rocky: At.Long.Last.ASAP (2015, Polo Grounds/RCA) B+(**)
  5. Bathysphere: Bathysphere (2015, Driff) B+(**)
  6. Beach House: Depression Cherry (2015, Sub Pop) B+(*)
  7. Beach House: Thank Your Lucky Stars (2015, Sub Pop) B+(***)
  8. Beach Slang: The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us (2015, Polyvinyl) B
  9. Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap: The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern (2015, Columbia) B+(*)
  10. Josh Berman Trio: A Dance and a Hop (2015, Delmark) A-
  11. Randy Bernsen: Grace Notes (2015, Jericho Jams) B
  12. Nat Birchall: Invocations (2015, Jazzman) A-
  13. Bizingas: Eggs Up High (2015, NCM East) B+(**)
  14. Björk: Vulnicura (2015, One Little Indian) B
  15. Blackalicious: Amani, Vol. 1 (2015, OGM) A-
  16. Bobby Bradford-Frode Gjerstad Quartet: The Delaware River (2014 [2015], NoBusiness) B+(**)
  17. Leon Bridges: Coming Home (2015, Columbia) B+(*)
  18. Sarah Buechi: Shadow Garden (2015, Intakt) B+(***)
  19. Sarah Buechi: Flying Letters (2013 [2014], Intakt) B+(*)
  20. João Camões/Jean-Marc Foussat/Claude Parle: Bien Mental (2015, Fou) B+(***)
  21. João Camões/Rodrigo Pinheiro/Miguel Mira: Earnear (2015, Tour de Bras) B+(**)
  22. The Chills: Silver Bullets (2015, Fire) A-
  23. Romain Collin: Press Enter (2013 [2015], ACT) B+(**)
  24. Dani Comas: Epokhé (2014 [2015], UnderPool) B+(**)
  25. Caroline Davis Quartet: Doors: Chicago Storylines (2013 [2015], Ears & Eyes) B+(***)
  26. Guy Davis: Kokomo Kidd (2015, M.C.) B+(*)
  27. Deerhunter: Fading Frontier (2015, 4AD) B+(***)
  28. Destroyer: Poison Season (2015, Merge) B+(*)
  29. Giovanni Di Domenico/Peter Jacquemyn/Chris Corsano: A Little Off the Top (2013 [2015], NoBusiness) B+(***)
  30. John Dikeman/William Parker/Hamid Drake: Live at La Resistenza (2014 [2015], El Negocito) B+(***)
  31. Marcelo Dos Reis/Luis Vicente/Théo Ceccaldi/Valentin Ceccaldi: Chamber 4 (2013 [2015], FMR) B+(**)
  32. Marcelo Dos Reis/Angélica V. Salvi: Concentric Rinds (2013 [2015], Cipsela) B+(*)
  33. Kirsten Edkins: Art & Soul (2013 [2015], self-released) B+(*)
  34. Empress Of: Me (2015, Terrible/XL) B+(*)
  35. Robin Eubanks Mass Line Big Band: More Than Meets the Ear (2015, ArtistShare) B+(*)
  36. Carlos Falanga: Gran Coral (2014 [2015], UnderPool) B+(**)
  37. Sergi Felipe: Whisper Songs (2011, UnderPool) B+(*)
  38. Sergi Felipe/Whisper Songs: Bombú Es Libre En El Espacio (2013, UnderPool) B+(*)
  39. Garrison Fewell: Invisible Resonance Trio (2013 [2015], Creative Nation Music) B+(***)
  40. Amina Figarova: Blue Whisper (2015, In + Out) B
  41. Clare Fischer: Out of the Blue (2015, Clavo) B+(*)
  42. Florence + the Machine: How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (2015, Island/Republic) B
  43. Brandon Flowers: The Desired Effect (2015, Virgin EMI) B+(**)
  44. Robert Forster: Songs to Play (2015, Tapete) B+(**)
  45. Rich Halley 4: Eleven (2014 [2015], Pine Eagle) B+(***)
  46. Tigran Hamasyan: Luys I Luso (2014 [2015], ECM) B-
  47. Alfred 23 Harth/Jörg Fischer/Marcel Daemgen: Confucius Tarif Reduit (2014 [2015], Spore Point) B+(**)
  48. Angel Haze: Back to the Woods (2015, self-released) B+(***)
  49. Carlos Henriquez: The Bronx Pyramid (2015, Blue Engine) B+(**)
  50. Holly Herndon: Platform (2015, 4AD) B+(**)
  51. Hiatus Kaiyote: Choose Your Weapon (2015, Flying Buddha) B-
  52. Keigo Hirakawa: And Then There Were Three (2014 [2015], self-released) B+(*)
  53. Mike Holober: Balancing Act (2015, Palmetto) B+(**)
  54. Hot Jazz Jumpers: The Very Next Thing (2015, On the Bol) B
  55. Sam Hunt: Between the Pines: Acoustic Mixtape (2015, MCA Nashville) B
  56. Aaron Irwin Quartet: A Room Forever (2015, self-released) B+(*)
  57. Janet Jackson: Unbreakable (2015, Rhythm Nation) B+(*)
  58. Guus Janssen: Meeting Points (1989-2014 [2015], Bimhuis) B+(***)
  59. Jeff Jenkins Organization: The Arrival (2014 [2015], OA2) B+(*)
  60. Khat Thaleth [Third Line]: Initiative for the Elevation of Public Awareness (2013, Stronghold Sound) A-
  61. Martin Küchen/Johan Berthling/Steve Noble: Night in Europe (2014 [2015], NoBusiness) B+(***)
  62. Martin Küchen/Jon Rune Strøm/Tollef Østvang: Melted Snow (2014 [2015], NoBusiness) B+(***)
  63. Nancy Lane: Let Me Love You (2015, self-released) B+(***)
  64. Adam Larson: Selective Amnesia (2015, Inner Circle Music) B+(*)
  65. Emma Larsson: Sing to the Sky (2014 [2015], Origin) B
  66. Ingrid Laubrock: Ubatuba (2014 [2015], Firehouse 12) B+(**)
  67. Martin Leiton: Poetry of Sound (2014 [2015], UnderPool) B+(**)
  68. Daniel Levin/Rob Brown: Divergent Paths (2012 [2015, Cipsela) B+(*)
  69. Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts: Manhattan (2015, Rough Trade) A-
  70. John Lindberg/Anil Eraslan: Juggling Kukla (2011 [2015], NoBusiness) B+(**)
  71. Luis Lopes/Jean-Luc Guionnet: Live at Culturgest (2011 [2015], Clean Feed) B-
  72. Lyrics Born: Real People (2015, Mobile Home) A
  73. Roy McGrath Quartet: Martha (2014 [2015], JL Music) B+(**)
  74. Marco Mezquida Mateos: Live in Terrassa (2015, UnderPool) B+(***)
  75. Kristine Mills: Bossa Too (2015, InkWell Publishing) B
  76. Matt Mitchell: Vista Accumulation (2015, Pi, 2CD) B+(**)
  77. The Monash Art Ensemble/George Lewis: Hexis (2013 [2014], Jazzhead) B+(**)
  78. Àlvar Montfort/Lucas Martinez/Jordi Matas/Abel Boquera/Pep Mula: Underpool 4 (2014 [2015], UnderPool) B+(*)
  79. Jack Mouse & Scott Robinson with Janice Borla: Three Story Sandbox (2015 [2016], Tall Grass) B+(*)
  80. Larry Ochs/Don Robinson Duo: The Throne (2011 [2015], Not Two) A-
  81. Paris: Pistol Politics (2015, Guerrilla Funk, 2CD) A-
  82. Peaceful Solutions: Barter 7 (2015, self-released) A-
  83. Pol Pedrós/Noè Escolà/Albert Cirera/Rai Paz/Paco Weht/Ildefons Alonso: Underpool 3 (2014, UnderPool) B+(*)
  84. Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: Complementary Colors (2015, Leo) B+(***)
  85. Ivo Perelman/Mat Maneri/Tanya Kalmanovitch: Villa Lobos Suite (2015, Leo) B+(**)
  86. Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp/Whit Dickey: Butterfly Whispers (2015, Leo) A-
  87. Oscar Perez: Prepare a Place for Me (2015, Myna) B+(**)
  88. Roots Manuva: Bleeds (2015, Big Dada) B
  89. Michael Sarian & the Chabones: The Escape Suite (2014-15 [2015], self-released) B+(**)
  90. Maria Schneider Orchestra: The Thompson Fields (2014 [2015], ArtistShare) B+(**)
  91. Matthew Shipp Trio: The Conduct of Jazz (2015, Thirsty Ear) A-
  92. Herb Silverstein: Younger Next Year (2015, self-released) B
  93. Slobber Pup: Pole Axe (2015, Rare Noise) B+(**)
  94. Spanglish Fly: New York Boogaloo (2015, Caco World Music) B+(*)
  95. Speedy Ortiz: Foil Deer (2015, Carpark) B+(*)
  96. Martin Speicher/Peter Geisselbrecht/Jörg Fischer: Spicy Unit (2014 [2015], Spore Print) A-
  97. Spinifex: Veiled (2015, Trytone) B+(**)
  98. The Spook School: Try to Be Hopeful (2015, Fortuna Pop) B+(**)
  99. Chris Stapleton: Traveller (2015, Mercury Nashville) B+(**)
  100. Statik Selektah: Lucky 7 (2015, Showoff/Duck Down Music) B+(**)
  101. Ike Sturm + Evergreen: Shelter of Trees (2014 [2015], Kilde) B-
  102. Sun Ra Arkestra Under the Direction of Marshall Allen: Babylon Live (2014 [2015], In+Out) B+(**)
  103. Survival Unit III: Game Theory (2010 [2013], Not Two) B+(**)
  104. Survival Unit III: Straylight (2014 [2015], Pink Palace) B+(***)
  105. Total Babes: Heydays (2015, Wichita) B+(**)
  106. U.S. Girls: Half Free (2015, 4AD) B
  107. Manuel Valera & Groove Square: Urban Landscape (2015, Destiny) B+(**)
  108. Jacob Varmus Septet: Aegean: For Three Generations of Jazz Lovers (2013 [2015], Crows' Kin) B+(**)
  109. Luke Vibert: Bizarster (2015, Planet Mu) B+(***)
  110. Lou Volpe: Remembering Ol' Blue Eyes (Songs of Sinatra) (2015, Jazz Guitar) B+(**)
  111. Doug Webb: Triple Play (2014 [2015], Posi-Tone) B-
  112. Carrie Wicks: Maybe (2015, OA2) B+(**)
  113. Webb Wilder: Mississippi Moderne (2015, Landslide) B+(*)
  114. Patrick Williams: Home Suite Home (2015, BFM) B+(*)
  115. Dave Wilson Quartet: There Was Never (2015, Zoho) B+(*)
  116. Michael Zerang & the Blue Lights: Songs From the Big Book of Love (2014 [2015], Pink Palace) A-
  117. Michael Zerang & the Blue Lights: Hash Eaters and Peacekeepers (2014 [2015], Pink Palace, EP) B+(***)
  118. John Carter: Echoes From Rudolph's (1976-77 [2015], NoBusiness, 2CD) B+(**)
  119. Hamid Drake/Michael Zerang: For Ed Blackwell (1995 [2015], Pink Palace) B+(***)
  120. Free Jazz Group Wiesbaden: Frictions/Frictions Now (1969-71 [2015], NoBusiness) B+(***)
  121. Erroll Garner: The Complete Concert by the Sea (1955 [2015], Columbia/Legacy, 3CD) A-
  122. Sun Ra: The Magic City (1965 [2015], Enterplanetary Koncepts) B+(**)
  123. The Chills: Kaleidoscope World (1982-84 [1989], Homestead) B+(*)
  124. Guy Davis: Juba Dance (2013, M.C.) B+(**)
  125. Robert Forster: Intermission: The Best of the Solo Recordings 1990-1997 (1990-97 [2007], Beggars Banquet) A-
  126. Erroll Garner: Body & Soul (1951-52 [1991], Columbia) B+(***)
  127. Erroll Garner: The Erroll Garner Collection, Vol. 2: Dancing on the Ceiling (1961-65 [1989], Emarcy) B+(**)
  128. Marty Grosz and His Honoris Causa Jazz Band: Hooray for Bix! (1957 [1958], Good Time Jazz) A-
  129. Marty Grosz with Destiny's Tots: Sings of Love and Other Matters (1986, Jazzology) A-
  130. Marty Grosz: Songs I Learned at My Mother's Knee & Other Low Joints (1992 [1994], Jazzology) B+(**)
  131. Marty Grosz and the Collectors Items Cats: Thanks (1993, Jazzology) B+(**)
  132. Marty Grosz: Keep a Song in Your Soul (1994, Jazzology) B+(***)
  133. Marty Grosz and His Sugar Daddies: On Revival Day: Live at the Atlanta Jazz Party! (1995, Jazzology) B+(**)
  134. Marty Grosz Quartet: Just for Fun! (1996, Nagel Heyer) B+(*)
  135. Marty Grosz: Left to His Own Devices (2000 [2001], Jazzology) B+(*)
  136. Marty Grosz & His Hot Puppies: Rhythm Is Our Business (2000-01 [2003], Sackville) B+(***)
  137. Last Exit: Last Exit (1986, Enemy) A-
  138. Last Exit: Köln (1986 [2005], Atavistic) B+(***)
  139. Last Exit: The Noise of Trouble: Live in Tokyo (1986, Enemy) B+(**)
  140. John Law Quartet: Exploded on Impact (1992 [1993], Slam) B+(***)
  141. John Law: Extremely Quartet (1996 [1997], Hat Art) A-
  142. John Law Quartet: Abacus (2000 [2001], Hatology) B+(***)
  143. Grant McLennan: In Your Bright Ray (1997, Beggars Banquet) B+(*)
  144. Grant McLennan: Intermission: The Best of the Solo Recordings 1990-1997 (1990-97 [2007], Beggars Banquet) A-
  145. John Tchicai: Cadentia Nova Danica (1968, Freedom) A-
  146. John Tchicai and Cadentia Nova Danica: Afrodisiaca (1969, MPS) B+(**)
  147. John Tchicai-Irene Schweizer-Group: Willi the Pig: Live at the Willisau Jazz Festival (1975 [2000], Atavistic) A-
  148. John Tchicai & Strange Brothers: Darktown Highlights (1977, Storyville) B+(***)
  149. John Tchicai: Put Up the Fight (1987, Storyville) B+(*)
  150. John Tchicai: Darktown Highlights/Put Up the Fight (1977-87 [2012], Storyville, 2CD) B+(**)

October 23

  1. Bob Albanese: Time Remembered (2012 [2015], Mayimba) B+(*)
  2. The Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet: 10 (2015, Zoho) B+(***)
  3. Gonçalo Almeida/Martin van Duynhoven/Tobias Klein: Vibrate in Sympathy (2015, Clean Feed) B+(***)
  4. Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin: Lost Time (2015, Yep Roc) B+(*)
  5. Rodrigo Amado: This Is Our Language (2012 [2015], Not Two) A-
  6. Laurie Antonioli & Richie Beirach: Varuna (2006-15 [2015], Origin) B-
  7. The Bottle Rockets: South Broadway Athletic Club (2015, Bloodshot) B+(***)
  8. Randy Brecker: Randy Pop: Live (2015, Piloo) B
  9. A Bu Trio: 88 Tones of Black and White (2014 [2015], Blujazz, CD+DVD) B+(*)
  10. Art "Turk" Burton and Congo Square: Spirits: Then & Now (1983-2015 [2015], ATB) B+(**)
  11. Marnix Busstra: Firm Fragile Fun (2015, Buzz Music) B+(*)
  12. De Beren Gieren: One Mirrors Many (2015, Clean Feed) B+(**)
  13. Benoit Delbecq/Miles Perkin/Emile Biayenda: Ink (2014 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(***)
  14. East West Quintet: Anthem (2011 [2015], self-released) B-
  15. Eskmo: Sol (2015, Apollo) B+(**)
  16. EZTV: Calling Out (2015, Captured Tracks) B
  17. John Fedchock New York Big Band: Like It Is (2014 [2015], MAMA) B+(**)
  18. Ezra Furman: Perpetual Motion People (2015, Bella Union) A-
  19. Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio: Live in Studio (2015, Whaling City Sound) B+(**)
  20. Ulrich Gumpert Quartett: A New One (2014 [2015], Intakt) A-
  21. Scott Hamilton & Jeff Hamilton Trio: Live in Bern (2014 [2015], Capri) B+(***)
  22. Miho Hazama: Time River (2015, Sunnyside) B+(**)
  23. Dale Head: Swing Straight Up (2015, Blujazz) B
  24. Julia Holter: Have You in My Wilderness (2015, Domino) B
  25. Innerroute: Fourmation (2011 [2015], self-released) B+(**)
  26. Jason Isbell: Something More Than Free (2015, Southeastern) B+(*)
  27. Ivan & Alyosha: It's All Just Pretend (2015, Dualtone) B
  28. Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Live in Cuba (2010 [2015], Blue Engine, 2CD) B+(**)
  29. Ochion Jewell Quartet: Volk (2015, self-released) A-
  30. Bill Kirchner: An Evening of Indigos (2014 [2015], Jazzheads, 2CD) B+(**)
  31. Frank Kohl Quartet: Invisible Man (2013 [2015], Pony Boy) B+(*)
  32. John Kruth: The Drunken Wind of Life: The Poem/Songs of Tin Ujevic (2015, Smiling Fez) A-
  33. Amy LaVere and Will Sexton: Hallelujah I'm a Dreamer (2015, Archer) A-
  34. Left Exit Mr K: Featuring Michael Duch & Klaus Holm (2013 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  35. The Liberation Music Collective: Siglo XXI (2015, self-released) B+(**)
  36. Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group: The Puzzle (2015, Whaling City Sound) B+(***)
  37. Russ Lossing: Eclipse (2012 [2015], Aqua Piazza) B+(**)
  38. Hans Luchs: Time Never Pauses (2015, OA2) B+(*)
  39. Maddie & Tae: Start Here (2015, Dot) B+(*)
  40. Whitney Marchelle: Dig Dis (2015, Blujazz) B+(*)
  41. Josh Maxey: Celebration of Soul (2015, Miles High) B
  42. Joe McPhee/Jamie Saft/Joe Morris/Charles Downs: Ticonderoga (2014 [2015], Clean Feed) A-
  43. Bob Merrill: Cheerin' Up the Universe (2013 [2015], Accurate) B+(**)
  44. Metric: Pagans in Vegas (2015, Metric) A-
  45. Mark Christian Miller: Crazy Moon (2015, Sliding Jazz Door Productions) B+(*)
  46. Ben Monder: Amorphae (2010-13 [2015], ECM) B
  47. Giorgio Moroder: Deja-Vu (2015, RCA) A-
  48. Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Mauch Chunk (2015, Hot Cup) A-
  49. New Order: Music Complete (2015, Mute) A-
  50. Oddisee: The Good Fight (2015, Mello Music Group) B+(*)
  51. Caili O'Doherty: Padme (2015, Odo) B+(**)
  52. Ought: Sun Coming Down (2015, Constellation) B+(*)
  53. Charlie Parr: Stumpjumper (2015, Red House) B+(**)
  54. Ben Patterson: For Once in My Life (2015, Origin) B+(*)
  55. Pere Ubu: Carnival of Souls (2014, Fire) B+(***)
  56. The Pop Group: Citizen Zombie (2015, Freaks R Us) B+(*)
  57. Noah Preminger: Pivot: Live at the 55 Bar (2015, self-released) A-
  58. Tom Rainey Trio: Motel Grief (2015, Intakt) B+(**)
  59. Keith Richards: Crosseyed Heart (2015, Mindless/Virgin) B
  60. Daniel Romano: If I've Only One Time Askin' (2015, New West) B+(*)
  61. Cecile McLorin Salvant: For One to Love (2015, Mack Avenue) B+(*)
  62. Jill Scott: Woman (2015, Atlantic) B+(***)
  63. Scottish National Jazz Orchestra/Makoto Ozone: Jeunehomme: Mozart Piano Concerto No 9 K-271 (2014 [2015], Spartacus) B+(*)
  64. Aram Shelton/Fred Lonberg-Holm/Frank Rosaly: Resounder (2014 [2015], Singlespeed Music) B+(***)
  65. Jen Shyu & Jade Tongue: Sounds and Cries of the World (2015, Pi) B-
  66. Susana Santos Silva/Torbjörn Zetterberg/Hampus Lindwall: If Nothing Else (2014 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  67. Rotem Sivan Trio: A New Dance (2015, Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(*)
  68. Snik: Metasediment Rock (2014 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  69. Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment: Surf (2015, self-released) A-
  70. Voicehandler: Song Cycle (2013-14 [2015], Humbler) B+(*)
  71. The Weeknd: Beauty Behind the Madness (2015, Republic) B+(*)
  72. Bastian Weinhold: Cityscape (2014 [2015], Frame Music) B
  73. Galen Weston: Plugged In (2015, Blujazz) B-
  74. Ben Winkelman Trio: The Knife (2014 [2015], OA2) B+(**)
  75. John Wojciechowski: Focus (2015, Origin) B+(**)
  76. Willem Breuker Kollektief: Angoulême 18 Mai 1980 (1980 [2015], Fou, 2CD) A-
  77. Amara Touré: 1973-1980 (1973-80 [2015], Analog Africa) B+(***)
  78. Louis Armstrong: From the Big Band to the All Stars (1946-1956) (1932-56 [1992], RCA, 2CD) A-
  79. Sidney Bechet: The Complete Sidney Bechet Volumes 3/4 (1941) (1941 [1986], RCA, 2CD) A-
  80. The Bottle Rockets: 24 Hours a Day (1997, Atlantic) B+(***)
  81. Bottle Rockets: Leftovers (1998, Doolittle) B+(**)
  82. The Bottle Rockets: Brand New Year (1999, Dolittle) B+(*)
  83. The Bottle Rockets: Zoysia (2006, Bloodshot) B+(**)
  84. Can: Tago Mago (1971, United Artists) B+(***)
  85. Nick Drake: Pink Moon (1972, Island) B+(*)
  86. Faust: Faust IV (1973, Virgin) B+(**)
  87. Faust: Something Dirty (2011, Bureau B) B+(**)
  88. Ulrich Gumpert: Workshop Band (1978-79 [2008], Jazzwerkstatt, 2CD) B+(**)
  89. Ulrich Gumpert: Erik Satie: Danses Gothiques/Quatre Preludes/Petite Ouverture a Danser (1989 [2013], Phil.Harmonie) B+(*)
  90. Ulrich Gumpert Workshop Band: Smell a Rat (1995 [2007], Jazzwerkstatt) B+(***)
  91. Ulrich Gumpert: Quartette (2006 [2007], Intakt) B+(**)
  92. Ulrich Gumpert Workshop Band: Suites (2008, Jazzwerkstatt) A-
  93. Ulrich Gumpert/Günter Baby Sommer: La Paloma (2011 [2012], Intakt) B+(**)
  94. John Lee Hooker: John Lee Hooker on Vee-Jay 1955-1958 (1955-58 [1993], Vee-Jay) A-
  95. John Lee Hooker: Don't Turn Me From Your Door: John Lee Hooker Sings His Blues (1953-61 [1992], Atco) A-
  96. John Lee Hooker: Never Get Out of These Blues Alive (1971 [1972], ABC) B+(***)
  97. The Pandelis Karayorgis Trio: Heart and Sack (1998, Leo Lab) A-
  98. Pandelis Karayorgis: Seventeen Pieces: Solo Piano (2004, Leo) B+(***)
  99. The Bill Kirchner Nonet: One Starry Night (1987 [2011], Jazzheads) B+(**)
  100. John Kruth: Banshee Mandolin (1992, Flying Fish) B+(***)
  101. John Kruth: Eva Destruction (2006, Crustacean) B+(**)
  102. John Kruth: Splitsville (2008, Smiling Fez) A-
  103. Madness: One Step Beyond . . . (1979, Stiff) B+(**)
  104. Madness: Absolutely (1980, Stiff) B
  105. Madness: Complete Madness: 16 Hit Tracks (1979-82 [1982], Stiff) B+(***)
  106. Giorgio Moroder: Knights in White Satin (1976, Oasis) B+(*)
  107. Giorgio Moroder: From Here to Eternity (1977, Casablanca) B
  108. Neu!: Neu! (1972, Brain) A-
  109. Harry Nilsson: Nilsson Sings Newman (1970, Buddha) B-
  110. Harry Nilsson: Nilsson Schmilsson (1971, RCA) B+(**)
  111. Harry Nilsson: Pussy Cats (1974, RCA) B
  112. The Pop Group: Y (1979 [2007], Radar) B+(***)
  113. The Pop Group: For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder? (1980, Rough Trade) B+(**)
  114. Saturday Night Fever [The Original Movie Sound Track] (1977, Polydor) B+(*)
  115. Jill Scott: Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds, Vol. 1 (2000, Hidden Beach/Epic) B+(**)
  116. The Specials: The Specials (1979, Chrysalis) B+(***)
  117. The Specials: More Specials (1980, Chrysalis) B+(*)
  118. The Specials: The Singles Collection (1979-84 [1991], Chrysalis) A-
  119. Suicide: Suicide (1977, Red Star) B
  120. Suicide: Suicide (1980, Antilles/ZE) B+(**)
  121. T. Rex: Electric Warrior (1971, Reprise) B+(**)
  122. T. Rex: The Slider (1972, Reprise) B+(*)
  123. This Are Two Tone (1979-82 [1983], Chrysalis) A-
  124. Van Halen: Van Halen (1978, Warner Brothers) C+

September 16

  1. John Adams/San Francisco Symphony/Michael Tilson Thomas: Absolute Jest/Grand Pianola Music (2013 [2015], SFS) B+(**)
  2. JD Allen: Graffiti (2015, Savant) A-
  3. Barry Altschul & 3Dom Factor: Tales of the Unforeseen (2014 [2015], TUM) A-
  4. Animation: Machine Language (2014 [2015], Rare Noise) B
  5. Bobby Bare Jr.: Don't Follow Me (I'm Lost) [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (2015, Bloodshot) B+(***)
  6. Stefano Battaglia Trio: In the Morning: Music of Alec Wilder (2014 [2015], ECM) B+(***)
  7. Beat Funktion: Olympus (2015, DO Music) B
  8. Jerry Bergonzi: Rigamaroll (2012 [2015], Savant) A-
  9. Dee Dee Bridgewater: Dee Dee's Feathers (2014 [2015], Okeh) B+(**)
  10. Dheepa Chari: Patchwork (2015, self-released) B-
  11. Darts & Arrows: Altamira (2015, Ears & Eyes) B+(*)
  12. Dave Douglas Quintet: Brazen Heart (2015, Greenleaf Music) B+(**)
  13. Elina Duni Quartet: Dallëndyshe (2014 [2015], ECM) B+(***)
  14. Mathias Eick: Midwest (2014 [2015], ECM) B+(**)
  15. Electric Squeezebox Orchestra: Cheap Rent (2014 [2015], OA2) B+(*)
  16. Liberty Ellman: Radiate (2014 [2015], Pi) A-
  17. Ellery Eskelin: Solo Live at Snugs (2013 [2015], Hatology) B+(**)
  18. Daniel Fortin: Brinks (2015, Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(**)
  19. Funkadelic: First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate (2014, The C Kunspyruzhy, 3CD) B+(*)
  20. Michael Gallant Trio: Live Plus One (2014 [2015], Gallant Music) B+(*)
  21. Clay Giberson: Minga Minga (2013 [2015], Origin) B+(*)
  22. Girlpool: Before the World Was Big (2015, Wichita) B+(**)
  23. Girlpool: Girlpool (2014, Wichita, EP) B+(**)
  24. Chris Golinski/Tim McNally/Boaz Roberts: Rodeo (2015, Edgetone) B+(*)
  25. Giovanni Guidi Trio: This Is the Day (2014 [2015], ECM) B+(**)
  26. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell: The Traveling Kind (2015, Nonesuch) B+(*)
  27. Will Herrington: Solace (2015, self-released) B+(*)
  28. Hommage à Eberhard Weber (2015, ECM) B+(*)
  29. Hop Along: Painted Shut (2015, Saddle Creek) B+(*)
  30. Jon Irabagon: Behind the Sky (2014 [2015], Irabbagast) B+(**)
  31. Jon Irabagon: Inaction Is an Action (2015, Irabbagast) B
  32. Keith Jarrett: Creation (2014 [2015], ECM) B+(**)
  33. Carly Rae Jepsen: E-MO-TION (2015, Interscope/Schoolboy/Silent) B+(***)
  34. Joanna Gruesome: Peanut Butter (2015, Slumberland) B+(*)
  35. Darius Jones Quartet: Le Bébé de Brigitte (Lost in Translation) (2015, AUM Fidelity) B+(**)
  36. Anders Jormin/Lena Willemark/Karin Nakagawa: Trees of Light (2013 [2015], ECM) B+(*)
  37. Keith Kelly Ask Not: A Grand Apparatus, Discarded (2014 [2015], Edgetone) B+(**)
  38. Michael Kocour: Wherever You Go, There You Are (2014 [2015], OA2) B+(*)
  39. Lona Kozik/Chris Golinski: Spelaeology (2015, Edgetone) B+(*)
  40. Shelby Lynne: I Can't Imagine (2015, New Rounder) B
  41. Roberto Magris: Enigmatix (2013 [2015], JMood) B+(**)
  42. Dave McDonnell Group: The Time Inside a Year (2014 [2015], Delmark) B+(*)
  43. Merzbow/Balasz Pandi/Mats Gustafsson/Thurston Moore: Cuts of Guilt/Cuts Deeper (2014 [2015], Rare Noise, 2CD) B+(***)
  44. Stephan Micus: Nomad Songs (2012-14 [2015], ECM) B+(*)
  45. Nicole Mitchell/Tomeka Reid/Mike Reed: Artifacts (2015, 482 Music) A-
  46. The Montgomery Hermann Quinlan Sextet: Hear, Here (2015, Summit) B
  47. Richard Nelson/Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: Deep River (2015, Heliotrope) B+(*)
  48. Olavi Trio: Oh, La Vie! (2013 [2015], TUM) B+(**)
  49. Lindi Ortega: Faded Gloryville (2015, Last Gang) B+(***)
  50. Gary Peacock Trio: Now This (2014 [2015], ECM) B+(***)
  51. Rod Picott: Fortune (2015, Welding Rod) B+(***)
  52. Enrico Rava Quartet/Gianluca Petrella: Wild Dance (2015, ECM) B+(**)
  53. Mike Reed's People Places & Things: A New Kind of Dance (2015, 482 Music) A-
  54. Andy Sheppard Quartet: Surrounded by Sea (2014 [2015], ECM) B+(**)
  55. Sleaford Mods: Key Markets (2015, Harbinger Sound) A-
  56. David Torn: Only Sky (2014 [2015], ECM) B+(**)
  57. Mort Weiss: Mort Weiss Is a Jazz Reality Show (2015, SMS Jazz) A-
  58. Juli Wood Quartet: Synnkä Metsä (Dark Forest) (2015, OA2) B+(**)
  59. Savina Yannatou/Primavera en Salonico: Songs of Thessaloniki (2014 [2015], ECM) B+(**)
  60. Yo La Tengo: Stuff Like That There (2015, Matador) B+(***)
  61. Tad Britton: Cicada (1992-93 [2015], Origin) B+(*)
  62. Peter Brötzmann/Joe McPhee/Kent Kessler/Michael Zerang: Tales Out of Time (2002 [2015], Hatology) A-
  63. The Continental Drifters: Drifted: In the Beginning & Beyond (1992-2001 [2015], Omnivore, 2CD) B+(*)
  64. Diplo: Random White Dude Be Everywhere (2012-14 [2014], Mad Decent) B+(***)
  65. Keith Jarrett: Barber/Bartók (1984-85 [2015], ECM New Series) B-
  66. Manu Katché: Touchstone for Manu (2004-12 [2015], ECM) B+(**)
  67. Steve Lacy: Shots (1977 [2015], Hatology) B+(**)
  68. Joe McPhee: As Serious as Your Life (1996 [2014], Hatology) A-
  69. Horace Tapscott: The Dark Tree (1989 [2014], Hatology, 2CD) A
  70. Cecil Taylor: Garden 1st Set (1981 [2015], Hatology) B+(***)
  71. Albert Ayler: Lörrach, Paris 1966 (1966 [2013], Hatology) B+(**)
  72. Billy Bang & Dennis Charles: Bangception, Willisau 1982 (1982 [1998], Hatology) B+(**)
  73. Burkhard Beins, Martin Pfleiderer & Peter Niklas Wilson: Yarbles (1996 [1997], Hatology) B+(*)
  74. Ran Blake: Plays Solo Piano (1965 [2013], ESP-Disk) B
  75. Ran Blake: Painted Rhythms: The Compleat Ran Blake Volume II (1985 [1988], GM) B
  76. Ran Blake & Anthony Braxton: A Memory of Vienna (1988 [2009], Hatology) B+(**)
  77. Ran Blake: Something to Live For (1998 [1999], Hatology) B+(*)
  78. Ran Blake: Horace Is Blue: A Silver Noir (1999 [2000], Hatology) B+(*)
  79. Paul Bley/Gary Peacock: Partners (1989 [1991], Owl) B+(***)
  80. Paul Bley/Jimmy Giuffre/Steve Swallow: The Life of a Trio: Sunday (1989 [1990], Owl) B+(***)
  81. Paul Bley: 12 (+6) in a Row (1990 [2008], Hatology) B+(***)
  82. Bobby Bradford-John Carter Quintet: Comin' On (1988 [2011], Hatology) A-
  83. Anthony Braxton: Quintet (Basel) 1977 (1977 [2000], Hatology) B+(***)
  84. Anthony Braxton: Performance (Quartet) 1979 (1979 [2007], Hatology) A-
  85. Anthony Braxton: Open Aspects (Duo) 1982 (1982 [1993], Hat Art) B+(**)
  86. Anthony Braxton: Seven Compositions (Trio) 1989 (1989 [2008], Hatology) A-
  87. Anthony Braxton: Wesleyan (12 Alto Solos) 1992 (1992 [1995], Hat Art) B+(*)
  88. Anthony Braxton: Quartet (Santa Cruz) 1993 (1993 [1997], Hat Art, 2CD) A-
  89. Dee Dee Bridgewater: Dee Dee Bridgewater (1976, Atlantic) B
  90. Dee Dee Bridgewater: Dee Dee Bridgewater (1980, Elektra) B-
  91. Dee Dee Bridgewater: Live in Paris (1986 [1987], Impulse) B+(*)
  92. Dee Dee Bridgewater: In Montreux (1990 [1991], Verve) B
  93. Dee Dee Bridgewater: Love and Peace: A Tribute to Horace Silver (1994 [1995], Verve) A-
  94. Clusone 3: An Hour With . . . (1998 [2000], Hatology) B+(***)
  95. Tony Coe: Some Other Autumn (1971 [1983], Hep) A-
  96. Ornette Coleman: The Empty Foxhole (1966 [1967], Blue Note) B+(***)
  97. Marc Copland Trio: Haunted Heart (2001 [2010], Hatology) B+(**)
  98. Marc Copland/David Liebman Quartet: Lunar (2001 [2002], Hatology) B+(**)
  99. Marc Copland/David Liebman Duo: Impressions (2002 [2011], Hatology) B+(**)
  100. Marc Copland: Marc Copland And . . . (2002 [2003], Hatology) B+(***)
  101. Marc Copland: Solo: Time Within Time (2004 [2005], Hatology) B+(**)
  102. Daniele D'Agaro/Ernst Glerum/Han Bennink: Strandjutters (2002 [2003], Hatology) B+(***)
  103. Daniele D'Agaro/Jeb Bishop/Kent Kessler/Robert Barry: Chicago Overtones (2004 [2005], Hatology) B+(***)
  104. Paul Dunmall/John Adams/Mark Sanders: Ghostly Thoughts (1996 [1997], Hatology) A-
  105. Ellery Eskelin/Andrea Parkins/Jim Black: Kulak 29 & 30 (1997 [1998], Hatology) B+(***)
  106. Ellery Eskelin & Han Bennink: Dissonant Characters (1998 [1999], Hatology) A-
  107. Ellery Eskelin/Andrea Parkins/Jim Black: The Secret Museum (1999 [2000], Hatology) B+(**)
  108. Ellery Eskelin: Forms (1990 [2004], Hatology) A-
  109. Ellery Eskelin With Andrea Parkins and Jim Black: One Great Night . . . Live (2007 [2009], Hatology) B+(***)
  110. Pierre Favre Singing Drums: Souffles (1997 [1998], Intakt) B+(***)
  111. Pierre Favre: European Chamber Ensemble (1999 [2000], Intakt) B+(***)
  112. Jimmy Giuffre 3: Emphasis, Stuttgart 1961 (1961 [1993], Hat Art) B+(***)
  113. Jimmy Giuffre 3: Flight, Bremen 1961 (1961 [1993], Hat Art) B+(**)
  114. Jimmy Giuffre/Paul Bley/Steve Swallow: Emphasis & Flight 1961 (1961 [2003], Hatology, 2CD) B+(***)
  115. Jimmy Giuffre/André Jaume: Momentum, Willisau 1988 (1988 [1997], Hatology) B+(*)
  116. Guillermo Gregorio: Ellipsis (1997, Hatology) B+(**)
  117. Guillermo Gregorio/Mats Gustafsson/Kjell Nordeson: Background Music (1998, Hatology) B+(**)
  118. Guillermo Gregorio Trio: Red Cube(d) (1998 [1999], Hatology) B+(*)
  119. Richard Grossman Trio: Even Your Ears (1990-92 [1998], Hatology) B+(**)
  120. Richard Grossman Trio: Where the Sky Ended (1989-92 [2000], Hatology) B+(***)
  121. Mary Halvorson/Reuben Radding/Nate Wooley: Crackleknob (2006 [2009], Hatology) B+(**)
  122. ICP Orchestra: Jubilee Varia (1997 [1999], Hatology) B+(***)
  123. Isotope 217: Utonian_Automatic (1999, Thrill Jockey) B+(***)
  124. Isotope 217: The Unstable Molecule (1997, Thrill Jockey) B+(*)
  125. Pandelis Karayorgis/Nate McBride/Curt Newton: Betwixt (2007 [2008], Hatology) B+(**)
  126. Pandelis Karayorgis Quintet: System of 5 (2008 [2011], Hatology) B+(***)
  127. Franz Koglmann: Orte Der Geometrie (1989 [1990], Hat Art) B
  128. Franz Koglmann: O Moon My Pin-Up (1997 [2001], Hatology) B
  129. Franz Koglmann: An Affair With Strauss (1999, Between the Lines) B+(**)
  130. Franz Koglmann: Venus in Transit (2001, Between the Lines) B+(**)
  131. Franz Koglmann: Fear Death by Water (2003, Between the Lines) B
  132. Lee Konitz/Martial Solal: Star Eyes 1983 (1983 [2009], Hatology) A-
  133. Lee Konitz/Don Friedman/Attila Zoller: Thingin' (1995 [2010], Hatology) B+(***)
  134. Steve Lacy: Clinkers (1977 [2000], Hatology) B+(***)
  135. Steve Lacy Three: N.Y. Capers & Quirks (1979 [2000], Hatology) A-
  136. Steve Lacy: New Jazz Meeting Baden-Baden 2002 (2002 [2006], Hatology) B+(*)
  137. Jeanne Lee/Ran Blake: The Newest Sound Around (1961 [1962], RCA Victor) B+(**)
  138. Urs Leimgruber: Statement of an Antirider (1988 [1989], Hat Art) B+(***)
  139. Urs Leimgruber/Adelhard Roidinger/Fritz Hauser: Lines (1990 [1994], Hat Art) B+(*)
  140. Urs Leimgruber/Joëlle Léandre/Fritz Hauser: No Try No Fail (1996 [1997], Hatology) B+(*)
  141. David Liebman: Colors (2002 [2003], Hatology) B-
  142. David Liebman: The Distance Runner (2004 [2005], Hatology) B+(**)
  143. David Liebman/Ellery Eskelin/Tony Marino/Jim Black: Different but the Same (2004 [2005], Hatology) B+(*)
  144. David Liebman/Ellery Eskelin/Tony Marino/Jim Black: Renewal (2007 [2008], Hatology) A-
  145. David Liebman/Ellery Eskelin/Tony Marino/Jim Black: Non Sequiturs (2011, Hatology) B+(**)
  146. Jimmy Lyons & Sunny Murray Trio: Jump Up (1980 [2012], Hatology) A-
  147. Joe Maneri Quartet: Coming Down the Mountain (1993 [1997], Hatology) B+(**)
  148. Joe Maneri Quartet: Tenderly (1993 [1999], Hatology) B+(*)
  149. Joe McPhee: Tenor & Fallen Angels (1976-77 [2000], Hatology) B-
  150. Myra Melford Trio: Alive in the House of Saints (1993, Hat Art) A-
  151. Myra Melford Trio: Alive in the House of Saints (1993 [2001], Hatology, 2CD) A-
  152. Myra Melford & Han Bennink: Eleven Ghosts (1994 [1996], Hatology) A-
  153. Misha Mengelberg: The Root of the Problem (1996 [1997], Hatology) B+(***)
  154. Manuel Mengis Gruppe 6: The Pond (2007 [2008], Hatology) B+(**)
  155. Manuel Mengis Gruppe 6: Dulcet Crush (2008 [2010], Hatology) B+(*)
  156. Max Nagl: Daily Bullet (1996 [1998], Leo Lab) B+(*)
  157. Max Nagl Ensemble: Ramasuri (2000 [2001], Hatology) B+(***)
  158. Max Nagl/Steven Bernstein/Noël Akchoté/Bradley Jones: Big Four (2001 [2002], Hatology) B+(***)
  159. Max Nagl/Otto Lechner/Bradley Jones: Flamingos (2003 [2004], Hatology) B+(***)
  160. Max Nagl Ensemble: Quartier Du Faisan (2004 [2005], Hatology) A-
  161. Max Nagl/Steven Bernstein/Noël Akchoté/Bradley Jones: Big Four Live (2005 [2007], Hatology) B+(**)
  162. Lauren Newton: Filigree (1982 [1998], Hatology) B+(*)
  163. Anthony Ortega: New Dance (1966-67 [2003], Hatology) A-
  164. Anthony Ortega: Earth Dance (1955-56 [2004], Fresh Sound) B
  165. Anthony Ortega: Afternoon in Paris (1966-2005 [2007], Hatology) B+(**)
  166. Michel Portal/Léon Francioli/Pierre Favre: Arrivederci Le Chouartse (1980 [2002], Hatology) A-
  167. Max Roach/Anthony Braxton: One in Two -- Two in One (1979 [2004], Hatology) B+(***)
  168. Matthew Shipp Trio: Prism (1993 [2000], Hatology) B+(**)
  169. Matthew Shipp String Trio: By the Law of Music (1996 [2002], Hatology) B+(***)
  170. Sleaford Mods: Wank (2012, Deadly Beefburger) B+(**)
  171. Sun Ra Arkestra: Sunrise in Different Dimensions (1980 [2010], Hatology) B+(**)
  172. Horace Tapscott Quintet: The Giant Is Awakened (1969, Flying Dutchman)
  173. Horace Tapscott/Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra: The Call (1978 [2012], Nimbus West) B+(**)
  174. Horace Tapscott with the Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra: Live at I.U.C.C. (1979 [2006], Nimbus West, 2CD) A-
  175. Horace Tapscott: Lighthouse 79, Vol. 1 (1979 [2009], Nimbus West) B+(**)
  176. Horace Tapscott: Lighthouse 79, Vol. 2 (1979 [2009], Nimbus West) B+(**)
  177. Horace Tapscott: The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 8 (1984 [1997], Nimbus West) B+(***)
  178. Cecil Taylor Unit: The Eighth (1981 [2006], Hatology) A-
  179. Mal Waldron & Steve Lacy: Live at Dreher Paris 1981 (1981 [2003], Hatology, 4CD)

August 18

  1. 79rs Gang: Fire on the Bayou (2015, Sinking City/Urban Unrest) A-
  2. Beegie Adair/Don Aliquo: Too Marvelous for Words (2015, Adair Music Group) A-
  3. Alessio Alberghini/Garrison Fewell: Inverso (2014 [2015], Floating Forest) B+(**)
  4. Gregg Allman: Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA (2014 [2015], Rounder) B+(***)
  5. Takeshi Asai: French Trio Vol. 2 (2014 [2015], De Trois Cités) B+(**)
  6. Baltazanis: End of Seas (2015, self-released) B+(*)
  7. Bastet: Eye of Ra (2015, self-released) B
  8. Louie Belogenis: Blue Buddha (2015, Tzadik) B+(***)
  9. Karl Berger/Kirk Knuffke: Moon (2013-14 [2015], NoBusiness, 2CD) B+(**)
  10. Luciano Biondini: Senza Fine (2014 [2015], Intakt) B+(*)
  11. Michael Blum/Jim Stinnett: Commitment (2015, self-released) B+(*)
  12. Don Braden: Luminosity (2010-14 [2015], Creative Perspective Music) B+(*)
  13. The Dan Brubeck Quartet: Celebrating the Music and Lyrics of Dave & Iola Brubeck (2013 [2015], Blue Forest, 2CD) B+(***)
  14. Casa: Futuro (2012 [2015], Clean Feed) B
  15. Kasey Chambers: Bittersweet (2015, Sugar Hill) B
  16. Greg Cohen: Golden State (2014, Relative Pitch) B+(**)
  17. Jay Collins and the Kings County Band: Rivers Blues and Other People (2012, Sundown) B+(***)
  18. The Coneheads: L.P. 1 (2015, Erste Theke Tonträger, EP) B+(***)
  19. The Convergence Quartet: Owl Jacket (2013 [2015], NoBusiness) B+(**)
  20. Easton Corbin: About to Get Real (2015, Mercury Nashville) B
  21. Linda Dachtyl: A Late One (2015, Chicken Coup/Summit) B+(**)
  22. Doomtree: All Hands (2015, Doomtree) B+(***)
  23. Benjamin Duboc/Jean-Luc Petit: Double-Basse: This Is Not Art (2013 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(*)
  24. Kurt Elling: Passion World (2015, Concord) C
  25. Amir ElSaffar: Crisis (2015, Pi) A-
  26. Field Music: Music for Drifters (2015, Memphis Industries) B+(**)
  27. Nick Finzer: The Chase (2014 [2015], Origin) B+(*)
  28. Future: DS2 (2015, Epic) B+(***)
  29. Laszlo Gardony: Life in Real Time (2014 [2015], Sunnyside) B+(***)
  30. Mary Halvorson: Meltframe (2014 [2015], Firehouse 12) B+(***)
  31. Lafayette Harris, Jr. Trio: Bend to the Light (2011 [2015], Airmen) B+(**)
  32. Albert "Tootie" Heath/Ethan Iverson/Ben Street: Philadelphia Beat (2014 [2015], Sunnyside) B+(**)
  33. Bret Higgins: Bret Higgins' Atlas Revolt (2015, Tzadik) B+(**)
  34. Paul Hubweber/Frank Paul Schubert/Alexander von Schlippenbach/Clayton Thomas/Willi Kellers: Intricacies (2014 [2015], NoBusiness, 2CD) B+(***)
  35. Alan Jackson: Angels and Alcohol (2015, Capitol Nashville) A-
  36. Jar-e: Chicas Malas (2009, Exotic) B-
  37. Stefan Keune/Dominic Lash/Steve Noble: Fractions (2013 [2015], NoBusiness) B+(***)
  38. Lama + Joachim Badenhorst: The Elephant's Journey (2015, Clean Feed) B+(*)
  39. Gaetano Letizia/Mike Clark/Wilbur Krebs: Froggy & the Toads (2015, self-released) B+(**)
  40. Daniel Levin Quartet: Friction (2015, Clean Feed) B
  41. James Brandon Lewis: Days of FreeMan (2015, Okeh) A-
  42. Lil Wayne: The Free Weezy Album (2015, Young Money/Republic) B+(*)
  43. Frantz Loriot/Manuel Perovic Notebook Large Ensemble: Urban Furrow (2014 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  44. Shai Maestro Trio: Untold Stories (2014 [2015], Motema) B+(*)
  45. Nick Mazzarella Trio: Ultraviolet (2015, International Anthem) B+(***)
  46. Miguel: Wildheart (2015, RCA) B+(***)
  47. Mdou Moctar: Afelan (2013, Sahel Sounds) B+(*)
  48. Mdou Moctar: Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai [Original Soundtrack Recording] (2015, Sahel Sounds) A-
  49. Mount Eerie: Sauna (2015, PW Elverum & Sun) B-
  50. Larry Newcomb Quartet: Live Intentionally! (2015, Essential Messenger) B+(*)
  51. Nots: We Are Nots (2014, Goner) A-
  52. Obnox: Know America (2015, Ever/Never) B+(*)
  53. Oceaán: The Grip (2014, B3SCI, EP) B+(*)
  54. César Orozco & Kamarata Jazz: No Limits for Tumbao (2015, Alfi) B+(**)
  55. Matt Panayides: Conduits (2014 [2015], Pacific Coast Jazz) B+(*)
  56. Evan Parker/Joe Morris/Nate Wooley: Ninth Square (2014 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  57. Simon Phillips: Protocol III (2015, Phantom) B
  58. Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique: Love Is Free (2015, Konichiwa/Cherrytree/Interscope, EP) A-
  59. Jason Roebke: Every Sunday (2014 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  60. Robert Sabin: Humanity Part II (2014 [2015], Ranula Music) B+(***)
  61. Irène Schweizer/Han Bennink: Welcome Back (2015, Intakt) A
  62. Songhoy Blues: Music in Exile (2015, Atlantic) A-
  63. The Sonics: This Is the Sonics (2015, Revox) B+(***)
  64. Vince Staples: Summertime '06 (2015, Def Jam, 2CD) B+(***)
  65. Grant Stewart: Trio (2014 [2015], Cellar Live) B+(**)
  66. Swervedriver: I Wasn't Born to Lose You (2015, Cobraside) B
  67. Tamikrest: Taksera (2015, Glitterbeat) B+(**)
  68. Brianna Thomas: You Must Believe in Love (2013 [2015], Sound on Purpose) B+(*)
  69. Helen Tzatzimakis: Soulfully (2014 [2015], Cobalt Music) B+(*)
  70. Bill Warfield and the Hell's Kitchen Funk Orchestra: Mercy Mercy Mercy (2015, Blujazz) B+(*)
  71. Brad Allen Williams: Lamar (2012-13 [2015], Sojourn) B+(*)
  72. Mark Winkler: Jazz and Other Four Letter Words (2015, Cafe Pacific) B+(***)
  73. Wire: Wire (2015, Pink Flag) B+(***)
  74. The Miles Davis Quintet: All of You: The Last Tour 1960 (1960 [2014], Acrobat, 4CD) B+(***)
  75. Miles Davis: Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975 [The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4] (1955-75 [2015], Columbia/Legacy, 4CD) A-
  76. Dead Moon: Live at Satyricon (1993 [2015], Voodoo Doughnut) A-
  77. Charlie Haden/Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Tokyo Adagio (2005 [2015], Impulse) B+(*)
  78. Phil Haynes: Sanctuary (1999 [2015], Corner Store Jazz) B+(*)
  79. Nu Yorica! Culture Clash in New York City: Experiments in Latin Music 1970-77 (1970-77 [2015], Soul Jazz, 2CD) B+(***)
  80. Mammane Sani et Son Orgue: La Musique Electronique du Niger (1978 [2013], Sahel Sounds) B+(***)
  81. Mamman Sani: Taaritt (1985-88 [2014], Sahel Sounds) B+(**)
  82. Daniel Smith: Jazz Suite for Bassoon (1995-97 [2015], Summit) B
  83. Huey "Piano" Smith: Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu (1956-62 [2012], Hallmark) A-
  84. J.B. Smith: No More Good Time in the World for Me (1965-66 [2015], Dust-to-Digital, 2CD) B+(**)
  85. 2Pac: 2Pacalypse Now (1991, Interscope) B+(*)
  86. 2Pac: Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z... (1993, Interscope) B
  87. 2Pac: Me Against the World (1995, Interscope) B-
  88. 2Pac: All Eyez on Me (1996, Death Row, 2CD) B+(*)
  89. Aerosmith: Aerosmith's Greatest Hits (1972-79 [1980], Columbia) B+(**)
  90. Aerosmith: Pump (1989, Geffen) B-
  91. Tori Amos: Little Earthquakes (1991, Atlantic) B
  92. Animal Collective: Sung Tongs (2004, Fat Cat) C+
  93. Animal Collective: Feels (2005, Fat Cat) B+(*)
  94. Birdman & Lil Wayne: Like Father, Like Son (2006, Cash Money/Universal) B+(***)
  95. Neko Case: Blacklisted (2002, Bloodshot) B+(*)
  96. Cursive: Domestica (2000, Saddle Creek) B
  97. Cursive: The Ugly Organ (2003, Saddle Creek) B-
  98. The Deftones: White Pony (2000, Maverick) B+(*)
  99. Kurt Elling: Close Your Eyes (1994 [1995], Blue Note) B
  100. Kurt Elling: The Messenger (1994-96 [1997], Blue Note) B+(*)
  101. Kurt Elling: This Time It's Love (1997-98 [1998], Blue Note) B
  102. Kurt Elling: Flirting With Twilight (2001, Blue Note) B-
  103. Kurt Elling: Man in the Air (2003, Blue Note) B-
  104. Green Day: Kerplunk (1992, Lookout) B+(*)
  105. Green Day: Nimrod (1997, Reprise) B+(**)
  106. Green Day: Warning (2000, Reprise) A-
  107. Green Day: American Idiot (2004, Reprise) B+(*)
  108. Alan Jackson: Here in the Real World (1989, Arista) B+(***)
  109. Alan Jackson: Don't Rock the Jukebox (1991, Arista) A-
  110. Alan Jackson: A Lot About Livin' (and a Little 'Bout Love) (1992, Arista) B+(**)
  111. Alan Jackson: Everything I Love (1996, Arista) B+(**)
  112. Alan Jackson: High Mileage (1998, Arista) B+(***)
  113. Alan Jackson: Under the Influence (1999, Arista) B
  114. Alan Jackson: When Somebody Loves You (2000, Arista) B
  115. Alan Jackson: Like Red on a Rose (2006, Arista Nashville) B+(*)
  116. Killers: Hot Fuss (2004, Island/Universal) B
  117. Frankie Knuckles: Beyond the Mix (1991, Virgin) B+(**)
  118. Frankie Knuckles: Best of Frankie Knuckles (1986-87 [1998], Mirakkle) B+(**)
  119. Lil Wayne: Tha Block Is Hot (1999, Cash Money/Universal) B+(**)
  120. Lil Wayne: 500 Degreez (2002, Cash Money/Universal) B+(***)
  121. Lil Wayne: Tha Carter (2004, Cash Money/Universal) A-
  122. Lil Wayne: Tha Carter II (2005, Cash Money/Universal) A-
  123. Lil Wayne: The Leak (2007, Cash Money, EP) B+(**)
  124. M83: Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts (2003, Gooom Disques) B-
  125. M83: Saturdays = Youth (2008, Mute) B
  126. Maxwell: Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite (1996, Columbia) B
  127. The Microphones: The Glow, Pt. 2 (2002, K) B+(**)
  128. Miguel: All I Want Is You (2010, Jive) B+(**)
  129. My Chemical Romance: Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge (2004, Reprise) B-
  130. Ride: Nowhere (1990, Sire) B+(***)
  131. Slint: Spiderland (1991, Touch & Go) B
  132. The Sonics: Here Are the Sonics (1965, Etiquette) A-
  133. The Sonics: Boom (1967, Etiquette) B+(**)
  134. Swervedriver: Mezcal Head (1993, A&M) B+(**)
  135. System of a Down: Toxicity (2001, American) B+(*)
  136. Tamikrest: Adagh (2010, Glitterbeat) B+(**)
  137. Tamikrest: Toumastin (2011, Glitterbeat) A-
  138. The Unicorns: Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? (2003, Alien8) B+(*)
  139. Miguel: Kaleidoscope Dream (2012, RCA) B+(*)

July 29

  1. Harry Allen's All-Star Brazilian Band: Flying Over Rio (2015, Arbors) A-
  2. Tiffany Austin: Nothing but Soul (2015, Con Alma) B
  3. Kevin Bachelder/Jason Lee Bruns: Cherry Avenue (2015, Panout Music Group) B-
  4. The Bad Plus/Joshua Redman: The Bad Plus Joshua Redman (2015, Nonesuch) B+(**)
  5. John Basile: Penny Lane (2015, StringTime Jazz) B
  6. Bilal: In Another Life (2015, E1) B+(**)
  7. Terence Blanchard: Breathless (2015, Blue Note) B+(**)
  8. Kenny Carr: Idle Talk (2014 [2015], self-released) B+(**)
  9. Brett Carson: Quattuor Elephantis (2014 [2015], Edgetone) B
  10. Leoanrd Cohen: Can't Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour (2012-13 [2015], Columbia) B+(***)
  11. Kris Davis Infrasound: Save Your Breath (2014 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  12. Steve Davis: Say When (2014 [2015], Smoke Sessions) B+(*)
  13. Charlie Dennard: 5 O'Clock Charlie (2015, self-released) B+(*)
  14. Jeff Denson/Lee Konitz: Jeff Denson Trio + Lee Konitz (2015, Ridgeway) B+(*)
  15. Aaron Diehl: Space Time Continuum (2015, Mack Avenue) B+(**)
  16. Four Tet: Pink (2011-12 [2012], Text) A-
  17. Four Tet: Beautiful Rewind (2013, Text) B+(***)
  18. Four Tet: Morning/Evening (2015, Text) B+(*)
  19. Nick Fraser: Too Many Continents (2015, Clean Feed) B+(***)
  20. Chico Freeman/Heiri Känzig: The Arrival (2014 [2015], Intakt) A-
  21. Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin: Ichigo Ichie (2014 [2015], Libra) A-
  22. Satoko Fujii Tobira: Yamiyo Ni Karasu (2014 [2015], Libra) B+(***)
  23. George Garzone/Jerry Bergonzi/Carl Winther/Johnny Aman/Anders Mogensen: Quintonic (2013 [2014], Stunt) B+(***)
  24. Giant Sand: Heartbreak Pass (2015, New West) B+(*)
  25. Vance Gilbert: Nearness of You (2015, Disismye Music) B
  26. Robert Glasper: Covered: The Robert Glasper Trio Recorded Live at Capitol Studios (2014 [2015], Blue Note) B+(**)
  27. Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress (2015, Constellation) B-
  28. Jerry Granelli Trio + 3: What I Hear Now (2014 [2015], Addo) B+(***)
  29. Devin Gray: RelativE ResonancE (2014 [2015], Skirl) B+(***)
  30. David Hazeltine: I Remember Cedar (2013 [2014], Sharp Nine) B+(***)
  31. Vincent Herring: Night and Day (2014 [2015], Smoke Sessions) B+(*)
  32. Dre Hocevar Trio: Coding of Evidentiality (2014 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  33. John Hollenbeck: Songs We Like a Lot (2015, Sunnyside) B
  34. Charlie Hunter Trio: Let the Bells Ring On (2015, CHT Publishing) B+(**)
  35. Ahmad Jamal: Live in Marciac: August 5th 2014 (2014 [2015], Jazz Village) B+(*)
  36. Max Johnson Trio: Something Familiar (2014 [2015], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(***)
  37. Joyfultalk: Muuixx (2015, Drip Audio) B+(**)
  38. Ku-Umba Frank Lacy & Mingus Big Band: Mingus Sings (2014 [2015], Sunnyside) B
  39. Marsa Fouty: Concerts (2015, Fou) B
  40. Michael McNeill Trio: Flight (2014 [2015], self-released) A-
  41. Bob Mintzer Big Band: Get Up! (2015, MCG Jazz) B+(*)
  42. Ashley Monroe: The Blade (2015, Warner Music) A-
  43. Kacey Musgraves: Pageant Material (2015, Mercury Nashville) B+(***)
  44. Simon Nabatov/Mark Dresser: Projections (2014 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(***)
  45. Gard Nilssen's Acoustic Unity: Firehouse (2014 [2015], Clean Feed) A-
  46. OZO: A Kind of Zo (2015, Shhpuma/Clean Feed) A-
  47. Ivo Perelman/Whit Dickey: Tenorhood (2014 [2015], Leo) B+(***)
  48. Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: Callas (2015, Leo, 2CD) A-
  49. Ivo Perelman/Mat Maneri/Joe Morris: Counterpoint (2015, Leo) B+(**)
  50. Jack Perla: Enormous Changes (2013 [2015], Origin) B
  51. R5: Sometime Last Night (2015, Hollywood) B+(*)
  52. Mason Razavi/Bennett Roth-Newell: After You (2015, First Orbit Sounds Music) B+(*)
  53. Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble: The Otherworld Cycle (2014 [2015], Edgetone) A-
  54. Roots Magic: Hoodoo Blues & Roots Magic (2014 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(***)
  55. Boz Scaggs: A Fool to Care (2015, 429 Records) A-
  56. Skydive Trio: Sun Moee (2014 [2015], Hubro) B+(***)
  57. Omar Souleyman: Bahdeni Nami (2015, Monkeytown) A-
  58. Terell Stafford: Brotherlee Love: Celebrating Lee Morgan (2014 [2015], Capri) B+(**)
  59. Ben Stapp & the Zozimos: Myrrha's Red Book: Act 1 (2014 [2015], Evolver) B+(**)
  60. Tame Impala: Currents (2015, Caroline) B+(*)
  61. The Warren Vaché Quintet: Remembers Benny Carter (2014 [2015], Arbors) B+(***)
  62. Veruca Salt: Ghost Notes (2015, El Camino) A-
  63. Eyal Vilner Big Band: Almost Sunrise (2014 [2015], Gut String) B+(**)
  64. Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet: Intercambio (2014-15 [2015], Patois) B+(*)
  65. Johannes Wallmann: The Town Musicians (2013 [2015], Fresh Sounds New Talent) B+(***)
  66. Wilco: Star Wars (2015, dBpm) B+(***)
  67. Tony Wilson 6Tet: A Day's Life (2012 [2015], Drip Audio) B+(**)
  68. Florian Wittenburg: Aleatoric Inspiration (2009-14 [2015], NurNichtNur) B+(*)
  69. Jamie XX: In Colour (2015, XL/Young Turks) B+(***)
  70. John Yao and His 17-Piece Instrument: Flip-Flop (2014 [2015], See Tao) B+(***)
  71. Omri Ziegele Billiger Bauer: So Viel Schon Hin: 15 Herbstlieder (2014 [2015], Intakt) B+(*)
  72. Alex Chilton: Ocean Club '77 (1977 [2015], Norton) B+(**)
  73. Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: The Conny Plank Session (1970 [2015], Grönland, EP) B+(**)
  74. Percussions: 2011 Until 2014 (2011-14 [2015], Text) B+(**)
  75. Boredoms: Super AE (1998, Birdman) B+(**)
  76. Billy Bragg & Wilco: Mermaid Avenue, Vol. III (1998-2000 [2012], Nonesuch) B+(**)
  77. Billy Bragg & Wilco: Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions (1998-2000 [2012], Nonesuch, 3CD) A-
  78. C86 [Compact Digital Edition] (1986 [2014], Cherry Red) B+(*)
  79. The Close Readers: Group Hug (2010 [2011], Austin) B+(***)
  80. The Close Readers: New Spirit (2012, Austin) B+(***)
  81. Godspeed You! Black Emperor: F# A# ∞ (1997 [1998], Kranky) B+(**)
  82. Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven (2000, Kranky, 2CD) B+(*)
  83. Janet Jackson: Control (1986, A&M) B+(*)
  84. Jimmy Eat World: Bleed American (2001, Grand Royal) B-
  85. Mastodon: Blood Mountain (2006, Reprise) B-
  86. Mobb Deep: The Infamous (1995, Loud) B+(**)
  87. Nine Inch Nails: Pretty Hate Machine (1989, TVT) A-
  88. Nine Inch Nails: The Fragile (1999, Interscope, 2CD) B+(*)
  89. Nine Inch Nails: With Teeth (2005, Nothing) B+(**)
  90. Nine Inch Nails: The Slip (2008, The Null Corporation) B+(**)
  91. Oasis: Definitely Maybe (1994, Epic) B+(*)
  92. Oasis: Be Here Now (1997, Epic) B+(*)
  93. Orbital: In Sides (1966 [1997], FFRR, 2CD) B+(**)
  94. Raekwon: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (1995, Loud) A-
  95. Boz Scaggs: Silk Degrees (1976 [2007], Columbia/Legacy) B+(***)
  96. Snoop Doggy Dogg: Doggystyle (1993, Death Row) B
  97. Sunny Day Real Estate: Diary (1994, Sub Pop) B
  98. Teenage Fanclub: Bandwagonesque (1991, DGC) B+(*)
  99. Uncle Tupelo: Anodyne (1993 [2003], Rhino/Sire) B+(*)
  100. Wilco: A.M. (1995, Sire) A-
  101. Wilco: Summer Teeth (1999, Warner Brothers) B+(**)
  102. Yo La Tengo: Ride the Tiger (1986 [1996], Matador) A-
  103. Yo La Tengo: New Wave Hot Dogs (1987, Coyote) B+(**)
  104. Yo La Tengo: President Yo La Tengo (1989, Twin/Tone) A-
  105. Yo La Tengo: Fakebook (1990, Bar/None) B+(*)
  106. Yo La Tengo: May I Sing With Me (1992, Alias) A-
  107. Yo La Tengo: Painful (1993, Matador) B+(***)
  108. Yo La Tengo: Genius + Love = Yo La Tengo (1988-95 [1996], Matador, 2CD) B+(**)
  109. Yo La Tengo: And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out (2000, Matador) B+(***)
  110. Yo La Tengo: Electr-O-Pura (1995, Matador) A-

June 13

  1. Aguankö: Invisible (2015, Aguankö Music) B+(**)
  2. All Included: Satan in Plain Clothes (2014 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(***)
  3. Aimée Allen: Matter of Time (2013-14 [2015], Azuline) B+(**)
  4. American Wrestlers: American Wrestlers (2014 [2015], Fat Possum) B
  5. Priscilla Badhwar: Mademoiselle (2014 [2015], self-released, EP) B+(**)
  6. Blur: The Magic Whip (2015, Parlophone) B+(**)
  7. Randy Brecker/Bobby Shew/Jan Hasenöhrl: Trumpet Summit Prague (2012 [2015], Summit) B
  8. Built to Spill: Untethered Moon (2015, Warner Brothers) B+(*)
  9. Cannibal Ox: Blade of the Ronin (2015, iHipHop) B+(***)
  10. François Carrier/Michel Lambert: Io (2013 [2015], FMR) B+(***)
  11. François Carrier/Michel Lambert/Rafal Mazur: Unknowable (2014 [2015], Not Two) A-
  12. Hugo Carvalhais: Grand Valis (2014 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  13. Joan Chamorro & Andrea Motis: Feeling Good (2012 [2015], Whaling City Sound) B+(***)
  14. Lorin Cohen: Home (2014 [2015], Origin) B
  15. Colours Jazz Orchestra: Home Away From Home: Plays the Music of Ayn Inserto (2013 [2015], Neu Klang) B+(*)
  16. Cracker: Berkeley to Bakersfield (2014, 429 Records, 2CD) B+(***)
  17. Cuir: Chez Ackenbush (2014 [2015], Fou) B+(*)
  18. Dan Deacon: Gliss Rifter (2015, Domino) B+(*)
  19. Jason Derulo: Everything Is 4 (2015, Warner Brothers) B+(*)
  20. Deux Maisons: For Sale (2013 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  21. Chris Dingman: The Subliminal & the Sublime (2013 [2015], Inner Arts Initiative) B+(*)
  22. The Eye: The Future Will Be Repeated (2015, Ba Da Bing) B+(**)
  23. Scott Hamilton: Scott Hamilton Plays Jule Styne (2015, Blue Duchess) A-
  24. Fred Hersch Trio: Floating (2014, Palmetto) A-
  25. Joe Hertenstein/Pascal Niggenkemper/Thomas Heberer: HNH2 (2013 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  26. I Love Makonnen: Drink More Water 5 (2015, OVO Sound) B+(**)
  27. Christoph Irniger Trio: Gowanus Canal (2012 [2013], Intakt) B+(***)
  28. Christoph Irniger Pilgrim: Italian Circus Story (2014, Intakt) B+(**)
  29. Christoph Irniger Trio: Octopus (2014 [2015], Intakt) A-
  30. Eugenie Jones: Come Out Swingin' (2015, Open Mic) B
  31. The Knocks: So Classic (2015, Big Beat, EP) B+(*)
  32. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Ba Power (2015, Glitterbeat) A-
  33. Brian Landrus Trio: The Deep Below (2014 [2015], BlueLand/Palmetto) B+(***)
  34. Deborah Latz: Sur L'Instant (2013 [2015], June Moon) B+(**)
  35. Ingrid Laubrock Anti-House: Roulette of the Cradle (2014 [2015], Intakt) B+(***)
  36. Major Lazer: Peace Is the Mission (2015, Mad Decent) B+(*)
  37. Mbongwana Star: From Kinshasa (2015, World Circuit) A-
  38. The Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble: Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland (2015, Planet Arts) A-
  39. Monster Rally & Jay Stone: Foreign Pedestrians (2014 [2015], Gold Robot) B+(*)
  40. Murs: Have a Nice Life (2015, Strange Music) A-
  41. Willie Nelson/Merle Haggard: Django and Jimmie (2015, Legacy) A-
  42. Pixies: Indie Cindy (2014, Pixiesmusic) B
  43. Jeff Richman: Hotwire (2015, Nefer) B+(*)
  44. Shamir: Ratchet (2015, XL) A-
  45. Slutever: Almost Famous (2015, self-released, EP) B+(**)
  46. Enoch Smith Jr.: Misfits II: Pop (2013 [2015], Misfitme Music) B
  47. Colin Stetson/Sarah Neufeld: Never Were the Way She Was (2015, Constellation) A-
  48. Davide Tammaro: Ghosts (2014 [2015], self-released) B
  49. Henry Threadgill Zooid: In for a Penny, In for a Pound (2014 [2015], Pi, 2CD) A-
  50. U2: Songs of Innocence (2014, Interscope) B
  51. Universal Indians w/Joe McPhee: Skullduggery (2014 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(***)
  52. Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo: Swing Zing! (2015, FV) B+(**)
  53. Kamasi Washington: The Epic (2015, Brainfeeder, 3CD) B+(**)
  54. Juan Wauters: Who Me? (2015, Captured Tracks) B+(*)
  55. Young Thug: Barter 6 (2015, 300/Atlantic) B+(**)
  56. The Ornette Coleman Quartet: The 1987 Hamburg Concert (1987 [2011], Domino, 2CD) A-
  57. The Red Line Comp: A DCHC Compilation ([2015], self-released) B+(*)
  58. Willi Williams: Unification: From Channel One to King Tubby's (1979 [2014], Shanachie) A-
  59. Yabby You: Dread Prophecy: The Strange and Wonderful Story of Yabby You (1972-85 [2015], Shanachie, 3CD) B+(***)
  60. Aphex Twin: Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (1992, R&S) B+(***)
  61. Aphex Twin: I Care Because You Do (1990-94 [1995], Sire) A-
  62. Aphex Twin: Richard D. James Album (1996, Elektra) B+(***)
  63. Beyoncé: B'Day (2006, Columbia) B+(*)
  64. Beyoncé: I Am . . . Sasha Fierce (2008, Music World/Columbia, 2CD) C+
  65. Björk: Debut (1993, Elektra) B+(*)
  66. Björk: Post (1995, Elektra) B
  67. Björk: Greatest Hits (1993-2001 [2002], Elektra) B+(***)
  68. Mary J. Blige: What's the 411? (1992, Uptown/MCA) B+(**)
  69. Mary J. Blige: No More Drama (2001, MCA) B+(**)
  70. Blur: Leisure (1991, SBK) B
  71. Blur: Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993, SBK) B-
  72. Blur: 13 (1999, Virgin) B+(**)
  73. Bright Eyes: A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997 (1995-97 [1998], Saddle Creek) B+(*)
  74. Bright Eyes: Letting Off the Happiness (1997-98 [1998], Saddle Creek) B
  75. Bright Eyes: Fevers and Mirrors (1999 [2000], Saddle Creek) B+(*)
  76. Bright Eyes: Lifted or the Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground (2002, Saddle Creek) B+(**)
  77. Bright Eyes: I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning (2005, Saddle Creek) B+(***)
  78. Broken Social Scene: You Forgot It in People (2002, Arts & Crafts) B+(***)
  79. Broken Social Scene: Broken Social Scene (2005, Arts & Crafts) B+(**)
  80. Built to Spill: Ultimate Alternative Wavers (1992, C/Z) B+(***)
  81. Built to Spill: There's Nothing Wrong With Love (1994, Up) A-
  82. Built to Spill: Keep It Like a Secret (1999, Warner Brothers) A-
  83. Built to Spill: Ancient Melodies of the Future (2001, Warner Brothers) B
  84. Built to Spill: You in Reverse (2006, Warner Brothers) B+(**)
  85. Built to Spill: There Is No Enemy (2009, Warner Brothers) B+(*)
  86. Kate Bush: The Kick Inside (1978, EMI America) B+(**)
  87. Kate Bush: Lionheart (1978, EMI America) B+(**)
  88. Kate Bush: Never for Ever (1980, EMI America) B+(*)
  89. Kate Bush: The Dreaming (1982, EMI America) B
  90. Ornette Coleman: Twins (1959-61 [1971], Atlantic) A-
  91. The Cure: Three Imaginary Boys (1979, Fiction) B+(*)
  92. The Cure: The Head on the Door (1985, Elektra) B+(*)
  93. The Cure: Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me (1987, Elektra) B
  94. The Cure: Disintegration (1989, Elektra) B
  95. Daft Punk: Homework (1993-96 [1997], Virgin) B
  96. Depeche Mode: Speak & Spell (1981, Sire) B
  97. Depeche Mode: A Broken Frame (1982, Sire) B-
  98. Depeche Mode: Construction Time Again (1983, Sire) B
  99. Depeche Mode: Some Great Reward (1984, Sire) B+(*)
  100. Depeche Mode: Catching Up With Depeche Mode (1980-85 [1985], Sire) B+(**)
  101. Depeche Mode: Black Celebration (1986, Sire) B
  102. Depeche Mode: Violator (1990, Sire/Reprise) B
  103. Depeche Mode: Songs of Faith and Devotion (1993, Sire/Reprise) B-
  104. Destiny's Child: Destiny's Child (1998, Columbia) B+(*)
  105. Destiny's Child: The Writing's on the Wall (1999, Columbia) B+(**)
  106. Destiny's Child: Survivor (2001, Columbia) B+(**)
  107. J Dilla: Donuts (2006, Stones Throw) B
  108. Dinosaur Jr.: You're Living All Over Me (1987, SST) B+(**)
  109. The Flaming Lips: The Soft Bulletin (1999, Warner Brothers) B
  110. The Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002, Warner Brothers) B+(***)
  111. Rolf Kühn & Friends: Affairs (1997 [1998], Intuition) A-
  112. John Lewis: Jazz Abstractions (1960, Atlantic) A-
  113. Nas: Illmatic (1994, Columbia) A-
  114. Neutral Milk Hotel: On Avery Island (1995 [1996], Merge) B
  115. Neutral Milk Hotel: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (1998, Merge) B+(**)
  116. Pixies: Come On Pilgrim (1987, 4AD, EP) B+(*)
  117. Pixies: Surfer Rosa (1988, 4AD/Elektra) B+(*)
  118. Primal Scream: XTRMNTR (2000, Astralwerks) A-
  119. Radiohead: Pablo Honey (1993, Capitol) B+(**)
  120. Radiohead: The Bends (1995, Capitol) B
  121. Radiohead: Hail to the Thief (2003, Capitol) B+(*)
  122. Slayer: Reign in Blood (1986, Def American) B
  123. Slutever: Sorry I'm Not Sorry (2010, self-released, EP) B
  124. Slutever: Slutever Demos (2013, self-released, EP) B+(*)
  125. Smashing Pumpkins: Gish (1991, Caroline) B
  126. Smashing Pumpkins: Siamese Dream (1993, Virgin) B
  127. Smashing Pumpkins: Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1993, Virgin, 2CD) B
  128. Elliott Smith: Either/Or (1997, Kill Rock Stars) B
  129. The Smiths: The Smiths (1984, Sire) B+(*)
  130. The Smiths: Hatful of Hollow (1983-84 [1993], Sire) B+(***)
  131. The Smiths: Meat Is Murder (1985, Sire) B
  132. The Smiths: The Queen Is Dead (1986, Sire) B+(**)
  133. The Smiths: The World Won't Listen (1984-86 [1993], Sire) B
  134. The Smiths: Strangeways, Here We Come (1987, Sire) B
  135. The Smiths: Rank (1986 [1988], Sire) B+(*)
  136. The Smiths: Singles (1983-87 [1995], Reprise) A-
  137. The Smiths: The Sound of the Smiths (1983-87 [2008], Reprise, 2CD) A-
  138. The Stone Roses: The Stone Roses (1989, Silvertone) B+(*)
  139. Jamaaladeen Tacuma: Jamaaladeen Tacuma's Coltrane Configurations (2008 [2009], Jazzwerkstatt) B+(***)
  140. Tears for Fears: The Hurting (1983, Mercury) B+(*)
  141. Tears for Fears: Songs From the Big Chair (1985, Mercury) B
  142. Tears for Fears: The Seeds of Love (1989, Mercury) B-
  143. TLC: CrazySexyCool (1994, La Face) B+(**)
  144. TLC: Fanmail (1999, La Face) B+(***)
  145. A Tribe Called Quest: Midnight Marauders (1993, Jive) A-
  146. A Tribe Called Quest: Beats, Rhymes and Life (1996, Jive) A-
  147. A Tribe Called Quest: The Love Movement (1998, Jive) B+(**)
  148. U2: Achtung Baby (1991, Island) B+(*)
  149. U2: Zooropa (1993, Island) B+(**)
  150. U2: Pop (1997, Island) B+(*)
  151. Weezer: Weezer (1994, DGC) B
  152. Weezer: Pinkerton (1996, Geffen) B+(*)
  153. Ornette Coleman: Beauty Is a Rare Thing: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1959-61 [1993], Rhino/Atlantic, 6CD) A

May 12

  1. Tony Adamo: Tony Adamo & the New York Crew (2015, Urban Zone) B+(***)
  2. Alabama Shakes: Sound & Color (2015, ATO) B+(*)
  3. Harry Allen: For George, Cole and Duke (2015, Blue Heron) B+(***)
  4. Dmitry Baevsky: Over and Out (2014 [2015], Jazz Family) A-
  5. Juan Pablo Balcazar: Reversible (2013 [2015], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(**)
  6. Perry Beekman: S'Wonderful: Perry Beekman Sings and Plays Gershwin (2015, self-released) B
  7. Thomas Bergeron: Sacred Feast (2015, self-released) C+
  8. David Berkman: Old Friends and New Friends (2014 [2015], Palmetto) B+(**)
  9. Best Coast: California Nights (2015, Harvest) B+(*)
  10. Pat Bianchi Trio: A Higher Standard (2015, 21-H) B+(*)
  11. Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers: Loved Wild Lost (2015, Little Sur) B+(**)
  12. Joshua Breakstone: 2nd Avenue (2014 [2015], Capri) B+(*)
  13. Chicago Reed Quartet: Western Automatic (2014 [2015], Aerophonic) B+(**)
  14. Christine and the Queens: Saint Claude (2015, Neon Gold, EP) B+(**)
  15. Ciara: Jackie (2015, Epic) B+(***)
  16. Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance: Synovial Joints (2014 [2015], Pi) B+(***)
  17. Marilyn Crispell/Gerry Hemingway: Table of Changes (2013 [2015], Intakt) A-
  18. Dead Sara: Pleasure to Meet You (2015, Pocket Kid) B+(*)
  19. Death Grips: The Powers That B (2014-15 [2015], Electro Magnetic/Harvest, 2CD) B+(*)
  20. Michael Dees: The Dream I Dreamed (2014 [2015], Jazzed Media) B+(***)
  21. Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition Mob Band: Bathtub Gin (2015, Motéma Music) B+(*)
  22. Dave Douglas: High Risk (2014 [2015], Greenleaf Music) B+(**)
  23. Harris Eisenstadt: Golden State II (2014 [2015], Songlines) B+(***)
  24. Lorenzo Feliciati: Koi (2015, Rare Noise) B+(***)
  25. Hugo Fernandez: Cosmogram (2014 [2015], Origin) B+(**)
  26. Oleg Frish: Duets With My American Idols (2014 [2015], Time Out Media) B+(***)
  27. Ghost Train Orchestra: Hot Town (2013 [2015], Accurate) B+(***)
  28. Ben Goldberg: Orphic Machine (2015, BAG) B+(***)
  29. Ayelet Rose Gottlieb: Roadsides (2014, Arogole Music) B+(***)
  30. Rich Halley 4: Creating Structure (2014 [2015], Pine Eagle) A-
  31. Lauren Henderson: A La Madrugada (2015, self-released) B+(**)
  32. Hu Vibrational: Presents the Epic Botanical Beat Suite (2014 [2015], MOD Technologies) B+(***)
  33. José James: Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday (2015, Blue Note) B+(*)
  34. Tyler Kaneshiro & the Highlands: Amber of the Moment (2013 [2015], self-released) B+(**)
  35. Kirk Knuffke: Arms & Hands (2015, Royal Potato Family) B+(***)
  36. Heikki Koskinen/Teppo Hauta-Aho/Mikko Innanen: Kellari Trio (2011 [2015], Edgetone) B+(*)
  37. Urs Leimgruber/Jacques Demierre/Barre Phillips: 1 - 3 - 2 - 1 (2012 [2015], Jazzwerkstatt) B
  38. Charles Lloyd: Wild Man Dance (2013 [2015], Blue Note) B+(**)
  39. Joe Locke: Love Is a Pendulum (2014 [2015], Motéma Music) B+(***)
  40. LoneLady: Hinterland (2015, Warp) B+(***)
  41. Lord Huron: Strange Trails (2015, Iamsound) B+(**)
  42. Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas: Sound Prints: Live at Monterey Jazz Festival (2013 [2015], Blue Note) A-
  43. Low Cut Connie: Hi Honey (2015, Ardent Music/Contender) A-
  44. Harold Mabern: Afro Blue (2015, Smoke Sessions) B
  45. The Magic Words: The Day We Ran Away (Magic Words Demos) (2015, self-released) B+(*)
  46. Phil Maturano: At Home Everywhere (2015, self-released) B+(*)
  47. Donny McCaslin: Fast Future (2014 [2015], Greenleaf Music) B+(*)
  48. Barney McClure: Show Me! (2014 [2015], OA2) B+(*)
  49. Metallic Taste of Blood: Doctoring the Dead (2015, Rare Noise) B+(**)
  50. Marcus Miller: Afrodeezia (2015, Blue Note) B+(*)
  51. Rhett Miller: The Traveler (2015, ATO) B+(**)
  52. Allison Moorer: Down to Believing (2015, E1) B+(**)
  53. The Mowgli's: Kids in Love (2015, Republic) A-
  54. Brad Myers: Prime Numbers (2014-15 [2015], Colloquy) B+(*)
  55. Pascal Niggenkemper: Look With Thine Ears: Solo (2014 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  56. Michael Oien: And Now (2014 [2015], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(***)
  57. Opus: Definition (2014 [2015], BluJazz) B
  58. Mario Pavone: Blue Dialect (2014 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(***)
  59. Peach Kelli Pop: Peach Kelli Pop III (2015, Burger, EP) B+(*)
  60. Plunge: In for the Out (2014 [2015], Immersion) B+(*)
  61. Protoje: Ancient Future (2015, Indiggnation Collective/Overstand) A-
  62. Jure Pukl: The Life Sound Pictures of Jure Pukl (2014, Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(**)
  63. Billie Rainbird: Deep Blue (2015, Phantom) B+(*)
  64. The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Cash and Carry (2014 [2015], Aerophonic) A-
  65. Gloria Reuben: Perchance to Dream (2014 [2015], MCG Jazz) B+(**)
  66. Eve Risser: Des Pas Sur La Neige (2013 [2015], Clean Feed) B
  67. Claire Ritter: Soho Solo (2014 [2015], Zoning) B+(***)
  68. Harvie S/Sheryl Bailey: Plucky Strum (2014 [2015], Whaling City Sound) B+(*)
  69. Marta Sánchez Quintet: Partenika (2014 [2015], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(**)
  70. Nisse Sandström Quintet: Live at Crescendo (2014 [2015], Moserobie) B+(***)
  71. Elliott Sharp: Octal: Book Three (2013 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(***)
  72. Shlohmo: Dark Red (2015, True Panther Sounds) B+(***)
  73. Adam Shulman Sextet: Here/There (2014 [2015], OA2) B
  74. Skrillex/Diplo: Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü (2015, Mad Decent/OWSLA) B+(***)
  75. Steve Smith and Vital Information NYC Edition: Viewpoint (2011 [2015], BFM Jazz) B+(*)
  76. Mavis Staples: Your Good Fortune (2015, Anti, EP) B+(***)
  77. Sult: Svimmelhed (2014, Humbler/Conrad Sound) B+(**)
  78. Tal National: Zoy Zoy (2015, Fat Cat) B+(***)
  79. Toro y Moi: What For? (2015, Carpark) B+(*)
  80. Boubacar Traoré: Mbalimaou (2014 [2015], Lusafrica) B+(**)
  81. John Tropea: Gotcha Rhythm Right Here (2014 [2015], STP) B-
  82. Tyler, the Creator: Cherry Bomb (2015, Odd Future) B+(*)
  83. Viet Cong: Viet Cong (2015, Jagjaguwar) B+(**)
  84. Eli Wallace/Jon Arkin/Karl Evangelista: Cabbages, Captain, & King (2014 [2015], Edgetone) B+(***)
  85. Katharina Weber/Fred Frith/Fredy Studer: It Rolls (2014 [2015], Intakt) B+(**)
  86. Daniel Weltlinger: Koblenz (2012-13 [2015], Rectify) B+(**)
  87. Ben Williams: Coming of Age (2014 [2015], Concord Jazz) B-
  88. Dwight Yoakam: Second Hand Heart (2015, Warner Brothers) B
  89. Young Fathers: White Men Are Black Men Too (2015, Big Dada) B+(**)
  90. Young Guv: Ripe 4 Luv (2015, Slumberland) B+(***)
  91. Zubatto Syndicate: Zubatto Syndicate 2 (2015, Boscology) C+
  92. Zun Zun Egui: Shackles' Gift (2015, Bella Union) B+(*)
  93. Art-i-facts: Great Performances From 40 Years of Jazz at NEC (1973-2008 [2010], New England Conservatory) B+(***)
  94. James Booker: Gonzo: Live 1976 (1976 [2014], Rockbeat, 2CD) A-
  95. Wild Bill Davison: The Jazz Giants (1968 [2015], Delmark/Sackville) A-
  96. Dion: Recorded Live at the Bitter End August 1971 (1971 [2015], Omnivore) B
  97. The Kingbees: The Kingbees (1980 [2015], Omnivore) B+(**)
  98. Bob Marley & the Wailers: Easy Skanking in Boston '78 (1978 [2015], Island/Tuff Gong) A-
  99. Next Stop Soweto, Vol. 4: Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco and Mbaqanga 1975-1985 (1975-85 [2015], Strut) A-
  100. PC Music Volume 1 (2013-15 [2015], PC Music) B+(**)
  101. Punk 45: Burn Rubber City, Burn! Akron, Ohio: Punk and the Decline of the Mid West 1975-80 (1975-80 [2015], Soul Jazz) B+(***)
  102. Punk 45: Extermination Nights in the Sixth City: Cleveland, Ohio: Punk and the Decline of the Mid West 1975-82 (1975-82 [2015], Soul Jazz) A-
  103. Leroy Smart: The Don Tells It Like It Is . . . (1972-77 [2013], Kingston Sounds) B+(***)
  104. James Booker: Junco Partner (1976, Rounder) B+(**)
  105. Jaki Byard and the Apollo Stompers: Phantasies II (1988 [1991], Soul Note) B+(**)
  106. King Curtis & Champion Jack Dupree: Blues at Montreux (1971 [2005], Atlantic/Rhino) A-
  107. Ben Goldberg: Eight Phrases for Jefferson Rubin (1996 [1998], Victo) B+(**)
  108. Coleman Hawkins/Henry "Red" Allen: Reunion in Hi-Fi: The Complete Classic Sessions (1957-58 [2009], Lone Hill Jazz, 2CD) A-
  109. Charles Lloyd: Discovery! (1964, Columbia) B+(**)
  110. Charles Lloyd: Nirvana (1962-65 [1968], Columbia) B+(**)
  111. The Charles Lloyd Quartet: Dream Weaver (1966, Atlantic) B+(***)
  112. Charles Lloyd: Forest Flower: Charles Lloyd at Monterey (1966 [1968], Atlantic) A-
  113. The Charles Lloyd Quartet: The Flowering of the Original Charles Lloyd Quartet (1966 [1971], Atlantic) B+(**)
  114. The Charles Lloyd Quartet: Charles Lloyd in Europe (1966 [1968], Atlantic) B+(**)
  115. The Charles Lloyd Quartet: Love-In (1967, Atlantic) B+(***)
  116. The Charles Lloyd Quartet: Journey Within (1967, Atlantic) B+(*)
  117. The Charles Lloyd Quartet: Charles Lloyd in the Soviet Union (1967 [1970], Atlantic) B+(***)
  118. Charles Lloyd: Soundtrack (1968 [1969], Atlantic) B+(***)
  119. Paul Motian: The Story of Maryam (1983 [1984], Soul Note) B+(**)
  120. Paul Motian Quintet: Jack of Clubs (1984 [1985], Soul Note) B+(**)
  121. Manfred Schulze Bläser Quintett: Nummer 12 (1985 [1986], FMP) B+(**)
  122. Leroy Smart: Superstar (1977, Justice) B+(**)
  123. Stooges Brass Band: It's About Time (2003, The Gruve Label) B+(**)
  124. Cecil Taylor Workshop Ensemble: Legba Crossing (1988 [1989], FMP) B+(***)

April 14

  1. Action Bronson: Mr. Wonderful (2014 [2015], Atlantic/Vice) B+(***)
  2. Albare: Only Human (2014 [2015], Alfi) B+(**)
  3. Gabriel Amargant Quintet: And Now for Something Completely Different (2014 [2015], Fresh Sound New Talent) A-
  4. Oren Ambarchi: Quixotism (2014, Editions Mego) B+(**)
  5. Christian Artmann: Fields of Pannonia (2014 [2015], self-released) B+(*)
  6. Joey Bada$$: B4.DA.$$ (2015, Cinematic Music Group) B+(***)
  7. Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (2015, Mom + Pop Music) A-
  8. Antoine Berjeaut: Wasteland (2013 [2014], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(*)
  9. Tim Berne's Snakeoil: You've Been Watching Me (2014 [2015], ECM) B+(***)
  10. Andrew Bishop: De Profundis (2015, Envoi) B+(***)
  11. Bossa Brasil and Maurício de Souza Group: Here. There . . . (2010, Pulsa Music) B+(*)
  12. Jakob Bro Trio: Gefion (2013 [2015], ECM) B+(**)
  13. Dewa Budjana: Hasta Karma (2014 [2015], Moonjune) B+(*)
  14. Will Butler: Policy (2015, Merge) B+(**)
  15. Chastity Belt: Time to Go Home (2015, Hardly Art) B+(*)
  16. The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra: The Symphonic Celtic Album (2011, Silva Screen) C-
  17. Clem Snide: Girls Come First (2015, Zaphwee) B+(**)
  18. The Close Readers: The Lines Are Open (2014, Austin) A-
  19. Tom Collier: Alone in the Studio (2014 [2015], Origin) B
  20. Bruce Cox Core-Tet: Status Cymbals (2012, self-released) B+(*)
  21. Stephan Crump/Mary Halvorson: Secret Keeper (2013 [2015], Intakt) B+(**)
  22. Isaac Darche: Team & Variations (2014 [2015], Challenge) B+(**)
  23. Ernest Dawkins: Live the Spirit Residency Big Band: Memory in the Center: An Afro Opera: Homage to Nelson Mandela (2014 [2015], Dawk) A-
  24. Andrew DiRuzza Quintet: Shapes and Analogies (2015, self-released) B+(**)
  25. Fabiano do Nascimento: Dança Dos Tempos (2015, Now-Again) A-
  26. Lila Downs: Balas y Chocolate (2015, RCA) B+(*)
  27. Drake: If You're Reading This It's Too Late (2015, Cash Money/Motown) B
  28. DRKWAV: The Purge (2015, Royal Potato Family) B+(***)
  29. Eliane Elias: Made in Brazil (2015, Concord) B+(*)
  30. Charles Evans: On Beauty (2014 [2015], More Is More) B
  31. John Fedchock Quartet: Live: Fluidity (2013 [2015], Summit) B+(***)
  32. Joe Fiedler Trio: I'm In (2015, Multiphonics Music) A-
  33. Tomas Fujiwara & the Hook Up: After All Is Said (2014 [2015], 482 Music) A-
  34. The Go! Team: The Scene Between (2015, Memphis Industries) B
  35. Colleen Green: I Want to Grow Up (2015, Hardly Art) B
  36. Marty Grosz Meets the Fat Babies: Diga Diga Doo (2013-14 [2015], Delmark) A-
  37. Susie Hansen: Representante de la Salsa (2010, Jazz Caliente) B
  38. Heems: Eat Pray Thug (2015, Megaforce) A-
  39. Ray Wylie Hubbard: The Ruffian's Misfortune (2015, Bordello) A-
  40. Vijay Iyer Trio: Break Stuff (2014 [2015], ECM) B+(***)
  41. Tobias Jesso, Jr.: Goon (2015, True Panther Sounds) B+(**)
  42. Steve Johns: Family (2014 [2015], Strikezone) B+(**)
  43. The Kandinsky Effect: Somnambulist (2014 [2015], Cuneiform) A-
  44. Kaze: Uminari (2014 [2015], Circum-Libra) B+(***)
  45. Robert Kennedy Trio: Big Shoes (2014 [2015], self-released) B+(*)
  46. Oded Lev-Ari: Threading (2014 [2015], Anzic) B+(**)
  47. Earl MacDonald: Re: Visions (2008 [2010], Death Defying) B+(**)
  48. Ethan Mann With Chip Crawford & Greg Bandy: It's All About a Groove (2009 [2010], Petunia) B-
  49. Laura Marling: Short Movie (2015, Ribbon Music) A-
  50. Chris Massey's "Nue Jazz Project": Vibrainium (2010, Chris Massey Music) B+(*)
  51. The Mavericks: Mono (2015, Valory) B+(**)
  52. Makaya McCraven: In the Moment (2014 [2015], International Anthem) B+(***)
  53. Nellie McKay: My Weekly Reader (2015, 429 Records) B+(*)
  54. Levon Mikaelian: United Shades of Artistry (2014 [2015], self-released) B
  55. Jason Miles/Ingrid Jensen: Kind of New (2014 [2015], Whaling City Sound) B
  56. Moonbound: Confession and Release (2005-07 [2008], Unsung) C
  57. Van Morrison: Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue (2015, RCA) B+(*)
  58. The Mountain Goats: Beats the Champ (2015, Merge) A-
  59. Curtis Nowosad: Dialectics (2014 [2015], Cellar Live) B+(***)
  60. Old Time Musketry: Drifter (2013 [2015], NCM East) A-
  61. Panda Bear: Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper (2015, Domino) B
  62. The Paranoid Style: The Purposes of Music in General (2013, Bar/None, EP) A-
  63. The Paranoid Style: Rock and Roll Just Can't Recall (2015, Worldwide Battle, EP) B+(***)
  64. Sarah Partridge: I Never Thought I'd Be Here (2014 [2015], Origin) B+(*)
  65. Kim Pensyl: Foreign Love Affair (2014 [2015], Summit) B
  66. Luis Perdomo & Controlling Ear Unit: Twenty-Two (2014-15 [2015], Hot Tone Music) B+(**)
  67. Natalie Prass: Natalie Prass (2015, Spacebomb) B+(*)
  68. Project Trio: Project Trio (2010, Project Trio) B+(*)
  69. Rae Sremmurd: Sremm Life (2015, Eardrum/Interscope) B+(***)
  70. Raoul: The Spanish Donkey (2014 [2015], Rare Noise) B
  71. Mark Rapp: Token Tales (2008 [2009], Paved Earth) B+(*)
  72. Sachal: Slow Motion Miracles (2014 [2015], Okeh) B
  73. Phil Sargent: A New Day (2010, Sargent Jazz) B-
  74. Lalo Schifrin: Invocations: Jazz Meets the Symphony #7 (2010 [2011], Aleph) B
  75. Alex Sipiagin: Balance 38-58 (2014 [2015], Criss Cross) B+(***)
  76. Bjørn Solli: Aglow: The Lyngør Project Vol. 1 (2013 [2015], Lyngør) B+(**)
  77. Soulive: Rubber Soulive (2010, Royal Family) C+
  78. Sufjan Stevens: Carrie & Lowell (2015, Asthmatic Kitty) B+(***)
  79. Dave Stryker: Messin' With Mister T (2014 [2015], Strikezone) B+(***)
  80. Earl Sweatshirt: I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside (2015, Columbia/Tan Cressida) B+(*)
  81. Jacky Terrasson: Take That (2014 [2015], Impulse) B+(**)
  82. Times 4: Eclipse (2010, Groove Tonic Media) B+(*)
  83. TRP (The Reese Project): Eastern Standard Time (2008 [2009], In the Groove) B
  84. TRP (The Reese Project): Evening in Vermont (2011, Rhombus) B-
  85. Steve Turre: Spiritman (2014 [2015], Smoke Sessions) B+(**)
  86. Unexpected: Munchies (2013 [2014], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(***)
  87. Unhinged Sextet: Clarity (2014 [2015], OA2) B
  88. Javier Vercher: Wish You Were Here (2014 [2015], Musikoz) B+(***)
  89. The Michael Waldrop Big Band: Time Within Itself (2014 [2015], Origin) B
  90. Waxahatchee: Ivy Tripp (2015, Wichita) B+(**)
  91. Leo Welch: I Don't Prefer No Blues (2015, Big Legal Mess) B+(***)
  92. Lenny White: Anomaly (2010, Abstract Logix) C+
  93. Bradley Williams: Investigation (2014 [2015], 21st Century Entertainment, 2CD) B+(***)
  94. Cassandra Wilson: Coming Forth by Day (2015, Legacy) B+(**)
  95. Mark Wingfield: Proof of Light (2014 [2015], Moonjune) B
  96. David Borden: Music for Amplified Keyboard Instruments (1981 [2015], Spectrum Spools) B+(***)
  97. James Clay: The Kid From Dallas: Tenorman (1956-57 [2015], Fresh Sound) B+(***)
  98. Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness (1989-98 [2015], Strut) B+(**)
  99. Highlife on the Move: Selected Nigerian & Ghanaian Recordings From London & Lagos 1954-66 (1954-66 [2015], Soundway, 2CD) B+(***)
  100. Humphrey Lyttelton: Humphrey Lyttelton in Canada (1983 [2015], Sackville/Delmark) B+(***)
  101. LeAnn Rimes: All-Time Greatest Hits (1996-2007 [2015], Curb) C+
  102. Big Satan: I Think They Liked It Honey (1996 [1997], Winter & Winter) B+(***)
  103. John Carter & Bobby Bradford Quartet: Flight for Four (1969, Flying Dutchman) A-
  104. John Carter/Bobby Bradford: Self Determination Music (1970, Flying Dutchman) B+(***)
  105. Chris Farlowe: The R&B Years [Charly R&B Masters Vol. 5] (1962-67 [1994], Charly) B
  106. Milford Graves: Percussion Ensemble With Sunny Morgan (1965 [2003], ESP-Disk) B+(*)
  107. Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd: Keep on Keepin' On: 1968-1970 (1968-70 [1998], Chess/GRP) B+(*)
  108. Eddie Higgins Quartet: My Funny Valentine (2004 [2006], Venus) A-
  109. Louis Jordan: Five Guys Named Moe (1943-46 [1993], Charly) B+(**)
  110. Larry Levan Live at the Paradise Garage (1975-79 [2000], Strut/West End, 2CD) A-
  111. The Mendoza Line: Lost in Revelry (2002, Absolutely Kosher) B+(*)
  112. Tomasz Stanko: Bluish (1991 [1992], Power Bros.) B+(***)
  113. Randy Weston: Blues to Africa (1974, Arista/Freedom) B+(**)
  114. Randy Weston/The Gnawa Master Musicians of Morocco: Spirit: The Power of Music (1999 [2003], Sunnyside) B+(***)
  115. Duke Ellington: The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse (1971 [1991], Fantasy/OJC) A-

March 18

  1. Nancy Ajram: Nancy 8 (2014, In2musica) A-
  2. Béatrice Alunni/Marc Peillon: Dance With Me (2014 [2015], ITI) B+(*)
  3. Aphex Twin: Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments, Pt. 2 (2015, Warp, EP) B+(**)
  4. Gene Argel: Luminescent (2014 [2015], Origin) B+(**)
  5. Atomic: Lucidity (2014 [2015], Jazzland) B+(***)
  6. Ab Baars Trio: Slate Blue (2014 [2015], Wig) B+(***)
  7. Ab Baars Trio & NY Guests: Invisible Blow (2012 [2015], Wig) B
  8. BadBadNotGood & Ghostface Killah: Sour Soul (2015, Lex) A-
  9. Belle and Sebastian: Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance (2015, Matador) B+(*)
  10. Daniel Bennett Group: The Mystery at Clown Castle (2014 [2015], Manhattan Daylight) B+(*)
  11. Phil Bowler: Phil Bowler & Pocket Jungle (2013 [2014], Zoho Music) B+(*)
  12. Andy Brown: Soloist (2014 [2015], Delmark) B+(*)
  13. Maureen Budway: Sweet Candor (2014 [2015], MCG Jazz) B+(**)
  14. Mike Campbell: Close Enough for Love (2014 [2015], ITI) B+(*)
  15. Harley Card: Hedgerow (2012 [2015], self-released) B
  16. Ernesto Cervini: Turboprop (2014 [2015], Anzic) B+(**)
  17. Chamber 3: Grassroots (2013 [2015], OA2) B+(*)
  18. Anat Cohen: Luminosa (2014 [2015], Anzic) B+(***)
  19. Lainie Cooke: The Music Is the Magic (2014 [2015], Onyx Music) B
  20. Dena DeRose: Travelin' Light: Live in Antwerp, Belgium (2010 [2012], MaxJazz) B+(*)
  21. Laura Dickinson: One for My Baby: To Frank Sinatra With Love (2013 [2014], Blujazz) B+(**)
  22. Dahi Divine: The Element (2013 [2015], Right Direction) B+(**)
  23. Justin Townes Earle: Absent Fathers (2015, Vagrant) B+(*)
  24. Steve Earle & the Dukes: Terraplane (2015, New West) B+(**)
  25. Silke Eberhard/Dave Burrell: Darlingtonia (2010 [2012], Jazzwerkstatt) B+(***)
  26. Silke Eberhard/Ulrich Gumpert: Peanuts & Vanities (2011 [2012], Jazzwerkstart) B+(**)
  27. Paul Elwood: Nice Folks (2011 [2015], Innova) B+(***)
  28. George Ezra: Wanted on Voyage (2014, Columbia) B-
  29. Father John Misty: I Love You, Honeybear (2015, Sub Pop) B
  30. Lupe Fiasco: Tetsuo & Youth (2015, Atlantic) B+(*)
  31. Free Nelson Mandoomjazz: Awakening of a Capital (2014 [2015], RareNoise) B+(***)
  32. Janice Friedman Trio: Live at Kitano (2011 [2015], CAP) B+(*)
  33. Gang of Four: What Happens Next (2015, Metropolis) B+(*)
  34. Maxfield Gast: Ogo Pogo (2014 [2015], Militia Hill) B+(**)
  35. Otzir Godot: In- (2014 [2015], Epatto) B+(**)
  36. Gramatik: The Age of Reason (2014, Lowtemp) B+(**)
  37. Milford Graves & Bill Laswell: Space/Time · Redemption (2013 [2015], TUM) A-
  38. The H2 Big Band: It Could Happen (2013 [2015], Origin) B+(**)
  39. Ross Hammond: Flight (2014 [2015], Prescott) B+(**)
  40. Mark Helias Open Loose: The Signal Maker (2014 [2015], Intakt) B+(***)
  41. Eddie Henderson: Collective Portrait (2014 [2015], Smoke Sessions) B+(**)
  42. Scott Hesse Trio: The Stillness of Motion (2014 [2015], Origin) B+(*)
  43. The Ted Howe Jazz Orchestra: Pinnacle (2013 [2015], Hot Stove) B
  44. I Never Meta Guitar Three (2011-13 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  45. Ibeyi: Ibeyi (2015, XL) B
  46. Mikko Innanen: Song for a New Decade (2010-12 [2015], TUM, 2CD) A-
  47. Kitten: Kitten (2014, Elektra) B+(**)
  48. The Susan Krebs Chamber Band: Simple Gifts (2014 [2015], GreenGig Music) B+(***)
  49. Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Always With Us (2010-12 [2014], self-released) A-
  50. Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp a Butterfly (2015, Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope) A-
  51. Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth: Epicenter (2013 [2015], Clean Feed) A-
  52. Madonna: Rebel Heart (2015, Interscope) B+(***)
  53. Jenna Mammina & Rolf Sturm: Spark (2014 [2015], Water Street Music) B+(**)
  54. Nilson Matta: East Side Rio Drive (2014 [2015], World Blue) B+(*)
  55. Chad McCullough & Bram Weijters: Abstract Quantities (2014 [2015], Origin) B+(*)
  56. James McMurtry: Complicated Game (2013-14 [2015], Complicated Game) A-
  57. Chris McNulty: Eternal (2013 [2015], Palmetto) B+(*)
  58. J.D. McPherson: Let the Good Times Roll (2015, New Rounder) B+(**)
  59. Myra Melford: Snowy Egret (2013 [2015], Enja/Yellowbird) B+(***)
  60. Billy Mintz: The 2 Bass Band . . . Live (2014 [2015], Thirteenth Note) B+(**)
  61. Modest Mouse: Strangers to Ourselves (2015, Columbia) B+(**)
  62. Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Hannover (2014 [2015], Jazzwerkstatt) B+(***)
  63. Tisziji Muñoz & Marilyn Crispell: The Paradox of Independence (2014 [2015], MRI) B+(**)
  64. Tatsuya Nakatani/Kris Tiner/Jeremy Drake: Ritual Inscription (2012, Epigraph, LP) B+(**)
  65. Kyle Nasser: Restive Soul (2013 [2015], AISA) B+(*)
  66. Hailey Niswanger: PDX Soul (2013-14 [2015], Calmit Productions) B+(***)
  67. Not Twice: Flight Plans (2012 [2014], Epigraph, EP) B
  68. John O'Gallagher Trio: The Honeycomb (2014 [2015], Fresh Sound New Talent) A-
  69. Open Field + Burton Greene: Flower Stalk (2012 [2015], Cipsela) B+(***)
  70. Ahmet Özhan: Gülmira (2014, Esen Muzik) B+(***)
  71. Lisa Parrott: Round Tripper (2014 [2015], Serious Niceness) B+(**)
  72. Renaud Penant Trio: Want to Be Happy (2014 [2015], ITI Music) B+(**)
  73. Gretchen Peters: Blackbirds (2015, Scarlet Letter) B+(*)
  74. John Petrucelli Quintet: The Way (2014 [2015], self-released, 2CD) B+(*)
  75. Kate Pierson: Guitars and Microphones (2015, Lazy Meadow Music) B+(**)
  76. Roberta Piket: Emanation (Solo: Volume 2) (2014 [2015], Thirteenth Note) B+(*)
  77. Lucas Pino: No Net Nonet (2013 [2015], Origin) B+(**)
  78. A Place to Bury Strangers: Transfixiation (2015, Dead Oceans) B+(***)
  79. Potsa Lotsa Plus: Plays Love Suite by Eric Dolphy (2014 [2015], Jazzwerkstatt) B+(**)
  80. Chris Potter Underground Orchestra: Imaginary Cities (2013 [2015], ECM) B+(**)
  81. Prism Quartet: Heritage/Evolution, Volume 1 (2014 [2015], Innova, 2CD) B+(**)
  82. Reggie Quinerly: Invictus (2014 [2015], Redefinition Music) B+(*)
  83. Nate Radley: Morphoses (2013 [2014], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(*)
  84. John Raymond: Foreign Territory (2014 [2015], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(**)
  85. Dawn Richard: Blackheart (2015, Our Dawn) B
  86. Denia Ridley & the Marc Devine Trio: Afterglow (2014 [2015], ITI Music) B+(***)
  87. Schlippenbach Trio: Features (2013 [2015], Intakt) A-
  88. Benny Sharoni: Slant Signature (2014 [2015], Papaya) B+(**)
  89. Songsmith Collective: Songsmith Collective (2014 [2015], Blujazz) B
  90. Spin Marvel: Infolding (2014 [2015], RareNoise) B+(***)
  91. Pops Staples: Don't Lose This (1999 [2015], dBpm) B+(**)
  92. Story City: Time and Materials (2012, self-released) B
  93. John Stowell/Michael Zilber Quartet: Live Beauty (2012 [2015], Origin) B+(***)
  94. Jazmine Sullivan: Reality Show (2015, RCA) B+(***)
  95. Tanya Tagaq: Animism (2014 [2015], Six Shooter) B+(***)
  96. Katie Thiroux: Introducing Katie Thiroux (2014 [2015], BassKat) A-
  97. Tradisyon Ka: Gwo Ka: Music of Guadeloupe, West Indies (2014, Soul Jazz) B+(**)
  98. Ryan Truesdell: Lines of Color (2014 [2015], Blue Note/ArtistShare) A-
  99. Tuxedo: Tuxedo (2015, Stones Throw) A-
  100. Typefighter: The End of Everything (2014, Huge Witch) B+(**)
  101. Gebhard Ullmann/Johannes Fink/Jan Leipnitz/Gebhard Gschlößl: Gulf of Berlin (2012 [2014], Jazzwerkstatt) B+(***)
  102. Wormburner: Pleasant Living in Planned Communities (2014, Dive) A-
  103. Jack Wright/Ben Wright/Kris Tiner: For Instance (2014, Epigraph) B+(*)
  104. Carlos "Zíngaro": Live at Mosteiro de Santa Clara a Velha (2012 [2015], Cipsela) B+(**)
  105. Ata Kak: Obaa Sima (1994 [2015], Awesome Tapes From Africa) A-
  106. Anthony Braxton: Trio and Duet (1974 [2014], Delmark/Sackville) A-
  107. Connie Converse: How Sad, How Lovely (1954 [2015], Squirrel Thing) B+(**)
  108. Coleman Hawkins/Clark Terry: Back in Bean's Bag (1962 [2014], Essential Jazz Classics) A-
  109. Next Stop . . . Soweto, Vol. 2: Soul, Funk and Organ Grooves From the Townships 1969-1976 (1969-76 [2010], Strut) B+(*)
  110. Next Stop . . . Soweto: Vol. 3: Giants, Ministers and Makers: Jazz in South Africa 1963-1978 (1963-78 [2010], Strut, 2CD) B+(**)
  111. No Seattle: Forgotten Sounds of the North-West Grunge Era 1986-97 (1986-97 [2014], Soul Jazz, 2CD) B
  112. The Rough Guide to African Rare Groove: Volume 1 ([2015], World Music Network) B+(**)
  113. The Rough Guide to the Best African Music You've Never Heard ([2014], World Music Network) B+(**)
  114. Lennie Tristano: Chicago April 1951 (1951 [2014], Uptown, 2CD) A-
  115. Moppa Elliott: Moppa Elliott's Mostly Other People Do the Killing (2004 [2005], Hot Cup) B+(***)
  116. Chico Hamilton and Euphoria: Arroyo (1990 [1993], Soul Note) B+(**)
  117. Chico Hamilton and Euphoria: My Panamanian Friend (1992 [1994], Soul Note) B+(**)
  118. James McMurtry and the Heartless Bastards: Live in Aught-Three (2004, Compadre) A-
  119. Tangerine Dream: Phaedra (1974, Virgin) B+(**)
  120. Buddy Tate Quartet & Quintet: Tate a Tete: At La Fontaine, Copenhagen (1975 [1999], Storyville) B+(**)
  121. Dinah Washington: Dinah Jams (1954 [1997], Verve) A-
  122. Dinah Washington: Sings Fats Waller (1957 [2010], Fresh Sound) B+(**)
  123. Dinah Washington: Sings Bessie Smith (1957-58 [2010], Fresh Sound) B+(***)

February 13

  1. Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet [RAAQ]: Intents and Purposes (2014 [2015], Enja) B+(*)
  2. Cyrille Aimée: It's a Good Day (2014, Mack Avenue) B+(*)
  3. Jovan Alexandre: Collective Consciousness (2014 [2015], Xippi) B+(**)
  4. Tony Allen: Film of Life (2014, Jazz Village) B+(**)
  5. Lotte Anker/Fred Frith: Edge of the Light (2010 [2015], Intakt) B+(*)
  6. Ballister: Worse for the Wear (2014 [2015], Aerophonic) B+(***)
  7. Andrew Barker/Paul Dunmall/Tim Dahl: Luddite (2012 [2014], New Atlantis) B+(**)
  8. Dave Bass: NYC Sessions (2012 [2015], Whaling City Sound) B+(*)
  9. Steven Bernstein/Paolo Fresu/Gianluca Petrella/Marcus Rojas: Brass Bang! (2014 [2015], Bonsaï Music) B+(*)
  10. Big Lazy: Don't Cross Myrtle (2014, Tasankee) B+(***)
  11. Nat Birchall Quintet: Live in Larissa (2013 [2014], Sound Soul and Spirit) A-
  12. Blu: Good to Be Home (2014, Nature Sounds, 2CD) B+(***)
  13. Boozoo Bajou: 4 (2014, Apollo) A-
  14. Wade Bowen: Wade Bowen (2014, Amp) B+(*)
  15. Buzzcocks: The Way (2014, 1-2-3-4 Go) B
  16. Joey Calderazzo: Going Home (2014 [2015], Sunnyside) B+(**)
  17. Cherub: Year of the Caprese (2014, Columbia) B+(*)
  18. Clark: Clark (2014, Warp) B
  19. George Colligan & Theoretical Planets: Risky Notion (2014 [2015], Origin) B+(**)
  20. Cornershop: Hold On It's Easy (2015, Ample Play) B
  21. Jamie Cullum: Interlude (2014 [2015], Blue Note) B
  22. The Cunninlynguists: Strange Journey, Volume Three (2014, Bad Taste) B+(***)
  23. Disappears: Irreal (2015, Kranky) B+(***)
  24. Akua Dixon: Akua Dixon (2014 [2015], Akua's Music) B+(***)
  25. Andrew Drury: The Drum (2014 [2015], Soup & Sound) B-
  26. Andrew Drury: Content Provider (2014 [2015], Soup & Sound) B
  27. Bob Dylan: Shadows in the Night (2015, Columbia) C
  28. Echoes of Swing [Colin T. Dawson/Chris Hopkins/Bernd Lhotzky/Oliver Mewes]: Blue Pepper (2013, ACT) B+(*)
  29. Emika: Klavirni (2015, Emika) B+(*)
  30. Fantasma: Eye of the Sun (2014, Soundway, EP) B+(*)
  31. Dom Flemons: Prospect Hill (2014, Fat Possum) B+(**)
  32. Chantale Gagné: The Left Side of the Moon (2014 [2015], self-relased) B+(***)
  33. Polly Gibbons: Many Faces of Love (2014 [2015], Resonance, CD+DVD) B+(*)
  34. Rhiannon Giddens: Tomorrow Is My Turn (2015, Nonesuch) B+(**)
  35. Aaron Goldberg: The Now (2009-14 [2015], Sunnyside) B+(*)
  36. Richie Goods & Nuclear Fusion: Three Rivers (2014 [2015], Richman) B
  37. Mary Halvorson: Reverse Blue (2014, Relative Pitch) B+(***)
  38. Alexander Hawkins: Song Singular (2012 [2014], Babel) B+(*)
  39. The Hot Sardines: The Hot Sardines (2014, Decca) A-
  40. Hypercolor: Hypercolor (2014 [2015], Tzadik) B+(**)
  41. Iceage: Plowing Into the Field of Love (2014, Matador) B
  42. Ja, Panik: Libertatia (2014, Staatsakt) B+(*)
  43. Wilko Johnson/Roger Daltrey: Going Back Home (2014, Chess) B+(***)
  44. Nick Jonas: Nick Jonas (2014, Island/Safehouse) B
  45. Manu Katché: Live in Concert (2014 [2015], ACT) B+(**)
  46. Justin Kauflin: Dedication (2014 [2015], Qwest/Jazz Village) B+(**)
  47. Kenosha Kid: Inside Voices (2014 [2015], self-released) B
  48. Ted Kooshian: Clowns Will Be Arriving (2014 [2015], Summit) B+(***)
  49. Diana Krall: Wallflower (2014 [2015], Verve) B-
  50. Oliver Lake/William Parker: To Roy (2014 [2015], Intakt) A-
  51. Jon Lundbom and Big Five Chord: Jeremiah (2014 [2015], Hot Cup) B+(***)
  52. Machinedrum: Vapor City Archives (2014, Ninja Tune) B+(***)
  53. Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bird Calls (2014 [2015], ACT) B+(*)
  54. Eugene Marlow's Heritage Ensemble: Mosaica (2014, MEII Enterprises) B+(**)
  55. Charles McPherson: The Journey (2014 [2015], Capri) A-
  56. Meridian Brothers: Salvadora Robot (2014, Soundway) B+(**)
  57. John Mills: Invisible Designs (2014 [2015], Fable) B-
  58. Pharoahe Monch: P.T.S.D.: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (2014, W.A.R. Media) B+(**)
  59. Moody Good: Moody Good (2014, Owsla) B
  60. Gurf Morlix: Eatin' at Me (2015, Rootball) B+(**)
  61. Kassem Mosse: Workshop 19 (2014, Workshop) A-
  62. Mr Twin Sister: Mr Twin Sister (2014, Twin Group/Infinite Best) B-
  63. Mario Pavone: Street Songs (2013 [2014], Playscape) B+(**)
  64. Pitbull: Globalization (2014, Polo Grounds/RCA) B+(**)
  65. Steve Reich: Radio Rewrite (2014, Nonesuch) B+(***)
  66. Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee (2014 [2015], Constellation) B-
  67. Samo Salamon Bassless Trio: Little River (2013 [2015], Sazas) B+(**)
  68. Irène Schweizer/Jürg Wickihalder: Spring (2014, Intakt) B+(*)
  69. Marc Seales: American Songs Volume 3: Place & Time (2012 [2015], Origin) B+(*)
  70. Derek Senn: The Technological Breakthrough (2014, self-released) B+(**)
  71. Ed Sheeran: X (2014, Atlantic) B+(**)
  72. Matthew Shipp Trio: Root of Things (2014, Relative Pitch) B+(***)
  73. Judy Silvano with Michael Abene: My Dance (2014 [2015], JSL) B-
  74. Sylvie Simmons: Sylvie (2014, Light in the Attic) B+(*)
  75. Sleater-Kinney: No Cities to Love (2015, Sub Pop) B+(*)
  76. Jim Snidero: Main Street (2014 [2015], Savant) A-
  77. Harry Sokal Groove: Where Sparks Start to Fly (2013, Cracked Anegg) B+(***)
  78. Harry Sokal/Heiri Känzig/Martin Valihora: Depart Refire (2013 [2014], Intakt) B+(***)
  79. Swamp Dogg: The White Man Made Me Do It (2014, SDEG) B+(*)
  80. Jamie T: Carry On the Grudge (2014, Virgin) B+(**)
  81. Aki Takase/Ayumi Paul: Hotel Zauberberg (2014 [2015], Intakt) B+(***)
  82. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra: Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything (2014, Constellation) B
  83. Vance Thompson's Five Plus Six: Such Sweet Thunder (2014 [2015], Shade Street) B+(**)
  84. Paul Thorn: Too Blessed to Be Stressed (2014, Perpetual Obscurity) B+(**)
  85. Meghan Trainor: Title (2015, Epic) B+(***)
  86. Gebhard Ullmann Basement Research: Hat and Shoes (2013 [2015], Between the Lines) B+(***)
  87. Mark Wade Trio: Event Horizon (2014 [2015], self-released) B+(**)
  88. Joanna Wallfisch with Dan Tepfer: The Origin of Adjustable Things (2014 [2015], Sunnyside) B+(*)
  89. Chuck E. Weiss: Red Beans & Weiss (2014, Anti) B+(*)
  90. Wolff & Clark: Expedition 2 (2014 [2015], Random Act) B+(***)
  91. Nate Wooley/Dave Rempis/Pascal Niggenkemper/Chris Corsano: From Wolves to Whales (2014 [2015], Aerophonic) B+(**)
  92. XY Quartet: XY (2013 [2014], Nusica) A-
  93. The Falcons: The Definitive Falcons Collection: The Complete Recordings (1956-63 [2014], History of Soul, 4CD) A-
  94. Red Garland Trio: Swingin' on the Korner (1977 [2015], Elemental Music, 2CD) A-
  95. The Jazz Couriers [Tubby Hayes/Ronnie Scott]: England's Greatest Combo . . . The Message From Britain (1958-59 [2014], Fresh Sound) B+(**)
  96. Muwei Power: Sierra Leone in 1970s USA (1975-76 [2014], Soundway) B+(***)
  97. Bud Powell: Birdland 1953 (1953 [2014], ESP-Disk, 3CD) B+(***)
  98. Cornershop: Hold On It Hurts (1993, Merge) B+(***)
  99. Natty Dominique: Natty Dominique's Creole Jazz Band (1953 [1994], American Music) B+(**)
  100. Bunk Johnson: In San Francisco (1943-44 [1994], American Music) B+(*)
  101. Bunk Johnson: 1944 (1944 [1991], American Music) A-
  102. Bunk Johnson: 1944 Second Masters (1944 [1992], American Music) B+(***)
  103. Bunk Johnson: 1944/45 (1944-45 [1994], American Music) B+(***)
  104. Bunk Johnson: Bunk's Brass Band and Dance Band 1945 (1945 [1992], American Music) A-
  105. The George Lewis Band: With Elmer Talbert 1949/1950 (1949-50 [2007], American Music) B+(**)
  106. Herb Morand: 1949 (1949 [1994], American Music) B+(***)
  107. Wooden Joe Nicholas: Wooden Joe Nicholas (1945-49 [1992], American Music) B+(**)
  108. Kid Ory: '44-'46 (1944-46 [1994], American Music) B+(***)
  109. Ed Sheeran: + (2011, Atlantic) B
  110. Swamp Dogg: Cuffed, Collared & Tagged (1972 [2013], Fat Possum) B+(*)
  111. Swamp Dogg: Gag a Maggot (1973 [2008], SDEG) A-
  112. Swamp Dogg: ??? Greatest Hits ??? (1976, Stone Dogg) B+(***)
  113. Swamp Dogg: The Best of Swamp Dogg: 13 Prime Weiners, Everything on It (1970-76 [1982], War Bride) A-
  114. Swamp Dogg: I'm Not Selling Out/I'm Buying In (1981, Takoma) B+(*)
  115. Swamp Dogg: I Called for a Rope and They Threw Me a Rock (1989, SDEG) B+(***)
  116. Cornershop: Woman's Gotta Have It (1995, Warner Brothers) B+(***)

January 24

  1. 2NE1: Crush (2014, YG Entertainment) B+(**)
  2. African Express: African Express Presents . . . Terry Riley's In C Mali (2014, Transgressive) B+(***)
  3. Alt-J: This Is All Yours (2014, Canvasback/Atlantic) B
  4. Grazyna Auguscik Orchestar: Inspired by Lutoslawski (2013 [2014], Fortune) B+(*)
  5. Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires: Dereconstructed (2014, Sub Pop) B
  6. Courtney Barnett: The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas (2012-13 [2014], Mom + Pop Music) B+(*)
  7. Basement Jaxx: Junto (2014, Atlantic Jaxx) B+(**)
  8. Jon Batiste/Chad Smith/Bill Laswell: The Process (2014, MOD Technologies) B+(***)
  9. Gorka Benitez: Gasteiz (2012 [2014], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(**)
  10. Beverly: Careers (2014, Kanine) B+(*)
  11. Elvin Bishop: Can't Even Do Wrong Right (2014, Alligator) B+(**)
  12. The Michael Blum Quartet: Initiation (2014, self-released) B+(*)
  13. Lukasz Borowicki Trio: People, Cats & Obstacles (2014, Fortune) B+(**)
  14. Peter Brendler: Outside the Line (2014, Posi-Tone) B+(***)
  15. Jonatha Brooke: My Mother Has 4 Noses (2014, Bad Dog) A-
  16. Bushwick Gospel Singers: Songs of Worship Vol. 2 (2014, The Church of Universal Knowing) B+(***)
  17. Caleb Caudle: Paint Another Layer on My Heart (2014, This Is American Music) B+(***)
  18. Billy Childs: Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro (2014, Masterworks) B-
  19. Terri Clark: Some Songs (2014, Bare Track) B+(**)
  20. Clipping: CLPPNG (2014, Sub Pop) B+(**)
  21. Hollie Cook: Twice (2014, Mr. Bongo) B+(*)
  22. Theo Croker: AfroPhysicist (2011 [2014], Okeh) B+(*)
  23. Richard Dawson: Nothing Important (2014, Weird World) B
  24. Dej Loaf: Sell Sole (2014, World) B+(*)
  25. DJ Quik: The Midnight Life (2014, Mad Science) B+(*)
  26. Peter Evans Quintet: Destination: Void (2013 [2014], More Is More) B+(*)
  27. First Aid Kit: Stay Gold (2014, Columbia) B
  28. The Flaming Lips: With a Little Help From My Fwends (2014, Warner Brothers) B+(**)
  29. Fred Frith and John Butcher: The Natural Order (2009 [2014], Northern Spy) B+(**)
  30. Alex G: DSU (2014, Orchid Tapes, EP) B+(*)
  31. Lee Gamble: Koch (2014, Pan, 2CD) B+(*)
  32. Bunji Garlin: Differentology (2014, RCA/VP) B+(**)
  33. Herb Geller/Roberto Magris: An Evening With Herb Geller & the Roberto Magris Trio: Live in Europe 2009 (2009 [2014], JMood) B+(***)
  34. GOAT: Commune (2014, Sub Pop) A-
  35. Gold-Bears: Dalliance (2014, Slumberland) B+(**)
  36. Tom Guarna: Rush (2014, BJU) B
  37. Steve Gunn: Way Out Weather (2014, Paradise of Bachelors) B+(*)
  38. Barry Guy New Orchestra: Amphi/Radio Rondo (2013 [2014], Intakt) B+(*)
  39. The Heliocentrics & Melvin Van Peebles: The Last Transmission (2014, Now-Again) B+(***)
  40. Arve Henriksen: The Nature of Connections (2014, Rune Grammofon) B
  41. Honeyblood: Honeyblood (2014, Fat Cat) B
  42. The Hotelier: Home, Like Noplace Is There (2014, Tiny Engines) B+(*)
  43. Jachna Tarwid Karch: Sundial (2013-14 [2014], Fortune) B+(*)
  44. Ali Jackson: Amalgamations (2013 [2014], Sunnyside) B+(**)
  45. Leela James: Fall for You (2014, J&T) B+(***)
  46. Luke James: Luke James (2014, Island) B+(**)
  47. Lucien Johnson/Alan Silva/Makoto Soto: Stinging Nettles (2006 [2014], Improvising Beings) A-
  48. Karen Jonas: Oklahoma Lottery (2014, self-released) B+(***)
  49. The Juan MacLean: In a Dream (2014, DFA) B+(***)
  50. Amira Kheir: Alsahraa (2014, Sterns) B+(*)
  51. Khun Narin: Electric Phin Band (2014, Innovative Leisure) B+(**)
  52. Kiasmos: Kiasmos (2014, Erased Tapes) B+(*)
  53. Nikola Kolodziejczyk Orchestra: Chord Nation (2011 [2014], Fortune) B+(**)
  54. Leszek Kulakowski Ensemble: Looking Ahead (2014, Fortune) B+(**)
  55. The Lawrence Arms: Metropole (2014, Epitaph) B+(**)
  56. Little Big Town: Pain Killer (2014, Capitol Nashville) C+
  57. Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited (2014, Masterworks) B+(**)
  58. Jan Lundgren: All By Myself (2014, Fresh Sound) B+(**)
  59. Magnolia Acoustic Quartet: Cinderella (2012 [2014], Fortune) B+(**)
  60. Microwaves: Regurgitant Phenomena (2014, New Atlantis) B
  61. Migos: Rich Ni**a Timeline (2014, Quality Control Music) B+(*)
  62. Mindtroll: EP #4 (2014, self-released) B+(***)
  63. Mindtroll: And That's Just Some of the Good Ones (2013, self-released) B+(**)
  64. Myrczek & Tomaszewski: Love Revisited (2013 [2014], Fortune) B+(*)
  65. Tami Neilson: Dynamite! (2014, self-released) A-
  66. Stevie Nicks: 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault (2014, Reprise) B+(*)
  67. Charlie Parr: Hollandale (2014, Chaperone) B+(*)
  68. PC Worship: Social Rust (2014, Northern Spy) B-
  69. Perfect Pussy: Say Yes to Love (2014, Captured Tracks) B-
  70. Lee Scratch Perry: Back on the Controls (2011-13 [2014], Upsetter Music, 2CD) A-
  71. Adam Pieronczyk Quartet: El Buscador (2008 [2010], Jazzwerkstatt) B+(***)
  72. Adam Pieronczyk Quartet: A-Trane Nights (2008-09 [2014], Fortune) B+(***)
  73. Adam Pieronczyk: The Planet of Eternal Life (2013 [2014], Jazzwerkstatt) B+(**)
  74. Pinch & Mumdance: Pinch B2B Mumdance (2014, Tectonic) B+(***)
  75. Ariel Pink: Pom Pom (2014, 4AD) C-
  76. PRhyme: PRhyme (2014, Universal Music) B+(**)
  77. Protomartyr: Under Color of Official Right (2014, Hardly Art) B+(**)
  78. Eric Reed: Groovewise (2014, Smoke Sessions) B+(***)
  79. Porter Robinson: Worlds (2014, Astralwerks) B
  80. Royal Blood: Royal Blood (2014, Warner Brothers) B
  81. Ruby: Waiting for Light (2014, Fireweed) B+(**)
  82. SBTRKT: Wonder Where We Land (2014, Young Turks) B
  83. Schizophonia: Cantorial Recordings Reimagined (2014, Blue Thread Music) B+(*)
  84. John Schooley: The Man Who Rode the Mule Around the World (2014, Voodoo Rhythm) B+(**)
  85. Reg Schwager: Delphinus (2014, Jazz From Rant) B+(**)
  86. Jacques Schwarz-Bart: Jazz Racine Haïti (2012 [2014], Motema Music) B+(*)
  87. Brian Settles Trio: Folk (2013, Engine Studios) A-
  88. Linda Sharrock: No Is No: Don't Fuck Around With Your Women (2014, Improvising Beings, 2CD) B+(***)
  89. Sonny Simmons & Moksha Samnyasin: Nomadic (2011 [2014], Svart) B+(***)
  90. Skyzoo & Torae: The Barrel Brothers (2014, E1/Empire) B+(**)
  91. Sly & Robbie: Dubrising (2014, Taxi) A-
  92. Sly & Robbie: Underwater Dub (2014, Groove Attack) B+(***)
  93. Emilio Solla y La Inestable de Brooklyn: Second Half (2013 [2014], self-released) B+(**)
  94. St. Paul & the Broken Bones: Half the City (2014, Single Lock) B+(*)
  95. Sylvan Esso: Sylvan Esso (2014, Partisan) B+(*)
  96. Throttle Elevator Music: Area J (2013 [2014], Wide Hive) B+(**)
  97. Tom Trio: Radical Moves (2013 [2014], Fortune) B+(***)
  98. Trzy Dni Pozniej: Pokoj Jej Cieniom (2014, Fortune) B+(**)
  99. François Tusques/Mirtha Pozzi/Pablo Cueco: Le Fond de L'Air (2014, Improvising Beings) B+(***)
  100. François Tusques/François Toullec/Eric Zinman: Laiser L'Exprit Divaguer (2014, Improvising Beings, 2CD) B+(**)
  101. Viet Cong: Cassette (2014, Mexican Summer) B
  102. Mirel Wagner: When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day (2014, Sub Pop) B+(**)
  103. Kelsey Waldon: The Gold Mine (2014, self-released) A-
  104. Scott Walker + Sunn O))): Soused (2014, 4AD) C
  105. Warpaint: Warpaint (2014, Rough Trade) B
  106. Watsky: All You Can Do (2014, Steel Wool Media/Welk Music Group) B+(**)
  107. Bob Wayne: Back to the Camper (2014, self-released) A-
  108. Anna Webber's Percussive Mechanics: Refraction (2014, Pirouet) B+(*)
  109. Whiskey Myers: Early Morning Shakes (2014, Wiggy Thump) B+(*)
  110. White Lung: Deep Fantasy (2014, Domino) B+(**)
  111. Betty Who: Take Me When You Go (2014, RCA) B+(*)
  112. Don Williams: Reflections (2014, Sugar Hill) B+(**)
  113. Hank Williams III: Ramblin' Man (1999-2010 [2014], Curb, EP) B+(*)
  114. A Winged Victory for the Sullen: Atomos (2014, Kranky) B+(**)
  115. Ksawery Wojcinski: The Soul (2013 [2014], Fortune) B+(***)
  116. Matt Woods: With Love From Brushy Mountain (2014, Lonely Ones) B+(***)
  117. Waclaw Zimpel To Tu Orchestra: Nature Moves (2014, Fortune) A-
  118. Angola Soundtrack: The Unique Sound of Luanda 1968-1976 (1968-76 [2010], Analog Africa) B+(**)
  119. Angola Soundtrack 2: Hypnosis, Distorsions & Other Sonic Innovations 1969-1978 (1969-78 [2014], Analog Africa) B+(***)
  120. Arkansas at 78 RPM: Corn Dodgers & Hoss Hair Pullers (1928-37 [2014], Dust-to-Digital) A-
  121. Keb Darge & Little Edith's Legendary Wild Rockers 3 (1957-66 [2013], BBE) B+(***)
  122. Keb Darge & Little Edith's Legendary Wild Rockers (1958-64 [2011], BBE) B+(**)
  123. I'm Just Like You: Sly's Stone Flower 1969-70 (1969-70 [2014], Light in the Attic) B+(***)
  124. Chubby Jackson Big Band: New York City 1949: Ooh, What an Outfit! (1949 [2014], Uptown, 2CD) B+(***)
  125. Bill Jennings: Architect of Soul Jazz: The Complete Early Recordings 1951-1957 (1951-57 [2014], Fresh Sound, 2CD) B+(**)
  126. Les Ambassadeurs: Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako (1975-77 [2014], Sterns Africa, 2CD) A-
  127. Native North America, Vol. 1: Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966-1985 (1966-85 [2014], Light in the Attic, 2CD) B+(*)
  128. The Sound of Siam Volume 2: Molam and Luk Thung From Northeast Thailand 1970-1982 (1970-82 [2014], Soundway) B+(*)
  129. Sun Ra and His Blue Universe Arkestra: Universe in Blue (1971-72 [2013], El Saturn) C+
  130. Junior Wells: Southside Blues Jam (1969-70 [2014], Delmark) B+(***)
  131. Wilco: What's Your 20? Essential Tracks 1994-2014 (1994-2014 [2014], Nonesuch, 2CD) A-
  132. X__X: X Sticky Fingers X (1978-80 [2014], Smog Veil) B+(**)
  133. Elvin Bishop: Raisin' Hell: Live! (1976 [1977], Capricorn) A-
  134. The Kinks: Face to Face (1966 [2004], Sanctuary) B+(**)
  135. The Kinks: Something Else by the Kinks (1967 [2004], Sanctuary) B+(**)
  136. The Kinks: The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1968, Sanctuary) B+(***)
  137. The Kinks: Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One (1970 [2004], Sanctuary) B
  138. Tami Neilson: Red Dirt Angel (2008, self-released) B+(**)
  139. Raiders of the Lost Dub (1981, Mango) B+(**)
  140. Brian Settles and Central Station: Secret Handshake (2010 [2011], Engine Studios) B+(**)