Rhapsody Streamnotes: Year 2017 Index

September 30

  1. Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet: Diablo en Brooklyn (2017, Saponegro) A-
  2. Alfjors: Demons 1 (2015 [2017], Shhpuma, EP) B+(**)
  3. Chino Amobi: Paradiso (2017, Non) B
  4. Atomic: Six Easy Pieces (2016 [2017], Odin) B+(**)
  5. Michaël Attias Quartet: Nerve Dance (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(***)
  6. João Barradas: Directions (2017, Inner Circle Music) B+(**)
  7. Django Bates: Saluting Sgt. Pepper (2016 [2017], Edition) B
  8. Richard X Bennett: Experiments With Truth (2017, Ropeadope) B+(**)
  9. Richard X Bennett: What Is Now (2017, Ropeadope) B+(**)
  10. Black Lips: Satan's Graffiti or God's Art? (2017, Vice) B+(*)
  11. Lena Bloch & Feathery: Heart Knows (2017, Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(*)
  12. Bomba Estéreo: Ayo (2017, Sony Music Latin) B+(**)
  13. Jean-François Bonnel and His Swinging Jazz Cats: With Thanks to Benny Carter (2017, Arbors) B+(**)
  14. Action Bronson: Blue Chips 7000 (2017, Vice/Atlantic) B+(**)
  15. Don Bryant: Don't Give Up on Love (2017, Fat Possum) B+(*)
  16. Chamber 4: City of Light (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  17. Brian Charette Circuit Bent Organ Trio: Kürrent (2017, Dim Mak) B+(*)
  18. Zack Clarke: Random Acts of Order (2017, Clean Feed) B+(*)
  19. Collective Order: Vol. 2 (2017, self-released) B+(*)
  20. Stanley Cowell: No Illusions (2015 [2017], SteepleChase) B+(**)
  21. Damaged Bug: Bunker Funk (2017, Castle Face) B
  22. DEK Trio: Construct 1: Stone (2016 [2017], Audiographic) A-
  23. DEK Trio: Construct 2: Artfacts (2017, Audiographic) B+(***)
  24. DEK Trio: Construct 3: Ovadlo 29 (2017, Audiographic) B+(***)
  25. Dave Douglas With the Westerlies and Anwar Marshall: Little Giant Still Life (2016 [2017], Greenleaf Music) B+(**)
  26. Mike Downes: Root Structure (2016 [2017], Addo) B+(*)
  27. Chet Doxas: Rich in Symbols (2017, Ropeadope) B+(*)
  28. Kaja Draksler Octet: Gledalec (2016 [2017], Clean Feed, 2CD) B
  29. Bob Dylan: Fallen Angels (2016, Columbia) C+
  30. Bob Dylan: Triplicate (2017, Columbia, 3CD) C+
  31. Harris Eisenstadt Canada Day Quartet: On Parade in Parede (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  32. John Escreet: The Unknown: Live in Concert (2016, Sunnyside) A-
  33. Adam Fairhall: Friendly Ghosts (2017, Efpi) B+(***)
  34. Erica Falls: Home Grown (2017, self-released) B+(**)
  35. Fat Tony: MacGregor Park (2017, First One Up, EP) A-
  36. George Freeman: 90 Going on Amazing (2005 [2017], Blujazz) B+(*)
  37. Tomas Fujiwara: Triple Double (2017, Firehouse 12) A-
  38. Gato Preto: Tempo (2017, Unique) A-
  39. Philipp Gerschlauer/David Fiuczynski: Mikrojazz: Neue Expressionistische Musik (2016 [2017], Rare Noise) B+(*)
  40. Mats Gustafsson & Craig Taborn: Ljubljana (2015 [2017], Clean Feed) B
  41. João Hasselberg & Pedro Branco: From Order to Chaos (2017, Clean Feed) B+(*)
  42. Florian Hoefner: Coldwater Stories (2016 [2017], Origin) B+(**)
  43. Eric Hofbauer: Ghost Frets (2016 [2017], Creative Nation Music) B+(***)
  44. Eric Hofbauer: Prehistoric Jazz Volume 4: Reminiscing in Tempo (2017, Creative Nation Music) B+(***)
  45. Honest John: International Breakthrough (2015-16 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  46. Humcrush: Enter Humcrush (2014-15 [2017], Shhpuma) B+(**)
  47. Garland Jeffreys: 14 Steps to Harlem (2017, Luna Park) B+(*)
  48. Kesha: Rainbow (2017, Kemosabe/RCA) B+(*)
  49. Lauren Kinhan: A Sleepin' Bee (2017, Dotted i) B
  50. Kirk Knuffke: Cherryco (2016 [2017], SteepleChase) A-
  51. Kokotob: Flying Heart (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  52. LCD Soundsystem: American Dream (2017, DFA/Columbia) B+(**)
  53. David Lopato: Gendhing for a Spirit Rising (2017, Global Coolant, 2CD) B+(*)
  54. Luis Lopes: Love Song (2015 [2016], Shhpuma) B
  55. L'Orange & Jeremiah Jae: The Night Took Us in Like Family (2015, Mello Music Group) A-
  56. L'Orange & Kool Keith: Time? Astonishing! (2015, Mello Music Group) B+(**)
  57. L'Orange & Mr. Lif: The Life & Death of Scenery (2016, Mello Music Group) A-
  58. Tony Malaby/Mat Maneri/Daniel Levin: New Artifacts (2015 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  59. Luís José Martins: Tentos -- Invenções E Encantamentos (2017, Shhpuma) B+(*)
  60. Ernest McCarty Jr. & Jimmie Smith: A Reunion Tribute to Erroll Garner (2017, Blujazz) A-
  61. Meridian Trio: Triangulum (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(*)
  62. Emi Meyer: Monochrome (2009-16 [2017], Origin) B+(*)
  63. Mind Games [Angelika Niescier/Denman Maroney/James Ilgenfritz/Andrew Drury]: Ephemera Obscura (2015 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(***)
  64. MIR 8: Perihelion (2017, Shhpuma) B+(*)
  65. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: The Punishment of Luxury (2017, White Noise) B+(***)
  66. Chris Parker: Moving Forward Now (2017, self-released) B-
  67. Jonah Parzen-Johnson: I Try to Remember Where I Come From (2017, Clean Feed) B+(**)
  68. Mario Pavone: Vertical (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(***)
  69. Debbie Poryes Trio: Loving Hank (2017, OA2) B+(**)
  70. Franciszek Pospieszalski Sextet: 1st Level (2016 [2017], ForTune) B
  71. Public Enemy: Nothing Is Quick in the Desert (2017, Enemy) B+(***)
  72. Dave Rempis: Lattice (2017, Aerophonic) B+(***)
  73. The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Cochonnerie (2015 [2017], Aerophonic) A-
  74. Rolling Blackouts C.F.: Talk Tight (2015 [2017], Sub Pop, EP) A-
  75. Rolling Blackouts C.F.: The French Press (2017, Sub Pop, EP) B+(**)
  76. ROVA Saxophone Quartet/Kyle Bruckmann/Henry Kaiser: Steve Lacy's Saxophone Special Revisited (2015 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(*)
  77. Vitor Rua and the Metaphysical Angels: Do Androids Dream of Electrid Guitars? (2017, Clean Feed, 2CD) B+(*)
  78. Rune Your Day: Rune Your Day (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  79. Saint Etienne: Home Counties (2017, Heavenly) B+(***)
  80. San Francisco String Trio: May I Introduce to You (2016 [2017], Ridgeway) B+(*)
  81. The Angelica Sanchez Trio: Float the Edge (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  82. The Selva: The Selva (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(*)
  83. Shabazz Palaces: Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star (2017, Sub Pop) B+(***)
  84. Shabazz Palaces: Quazarz vs the Jealous Machines (2017, Sub Pop) B+(**)
  85. Matthew Shipp Quartet: Not Bound (2016 [2017], ForTune) A-
  86. Tommy Smith: Embodying the Light: A Dedication to John Coltrane (2017, Spartacus) A-
  87. Wadada Leo Smith/Natsuki Tamura/Satoko Fujii/Ikue Mori: Aspiration (2016 [2017], Libra) B+(**)
  88. David Stackenäs: Bricks (2013 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(*)
  89. Lyn Stanley: The Moonlight Sessions: Volume Two (2017, A.T. Music) B+(***)
  90. Stik Figa: Central Standard Time (2017, Mello Music Group) B+(***)
  91. Rain Sultanov: Inspired by Nature (2017, Ozella) B+(**)
  92. Summit Quartet: Live in Sant' Arresi (2016 [2017], Audiographic) B+(**)
  93. Swet Shop Boys: Sufi La (2017, Customs, EP) A-
  94. Fred Thomas: Changer (2017, Polyvinyl) B+(***)
  95. Nestor Torres: Jazz Flute Traditions (2017, Alfi) B+(*)
  96. Trespass Trio: The Spirit of Pitesti (2015 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(*)
  97. Umphrey's McGee: Zonkey (2016, Nothing Too Fancy) B+(**)
  98. Unhinged Sextet: Don't Blink (2016 [2017], OA2) B
  99. Vector Families: For Those About to Jazz/Rock We Salute You (2017, Sunnyside) A-
  100. Martti Vesala Soundpost Quintet: Helsinki Soundpost (2016, Ozella) B
  101. Ken Wiley: Jazz Horn Redux (2014 [2017], Krug Park Music) B+(*)
  102. Carl Winther & Jerry Bergonzi: Inner Journey (2016 [2017], SteepleChase LookOut) B+(***)
  103. Nate Wooley: Knknighgh (Minimal Poetry for Aram Saroyan) (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) A-
  104. Vincent Ahehehinnou: Best Woman (1978 [2017], Analog Africa) B+(**)
  105. James Luther Dickinson: I'm Just Dead, I'm Not Gone (Lazarus Edition) (2006 [2012], Memphis International) B+(***)
  106. Dick Hyman: Solo at the Sacramento Jazz Festivals 1983-1988 (1983-88 [2017], Arbors) B+(***)
  107. Joe King Kologbo & the High Grace: Sugar Daddy (1980 [2017], Strut) B+(***)
  108. Mono No Aware (2017, Pan) B+(*)
  109. Sun Ra and His Astro Infinity Arkestra: My Brother the Wind Vol. 1 (1969 [2017], Cosmic Myth) B+(**)
  110. Sun Ra and His Astro Infinity Arkestra: My Brother the Wind Vol. 2 (1969-70 [2017], Cosmic Myth) B+(**)
  111. Shina Williams & His African Percussionists: Agboju Logun (1984, Strut, EP) B+(*)
  112. Neil Young: Hitchhiker (1976 [2017], Reprise) B+(***)
  113. Zaïre 74: The African Artists (1974 [2017], Wrasse, 2CD) B+(**)
  114. Bee Gees: Bee Gees' 1st (1967, Atco) B
  115. Bee Gees: Horizontal (1968, Atco) C
  116. Bee Gees: Idea (1968, Atco) C+
  117. Bee Gees: Odessa (1969, Atco) C
  118. Anthony Braxton: Quartet (Warsaw) 2012 (2012 [2013], ForTune) A-
  119. James Brown: Cold Sweat (1967, King) A-
  120. Tim Buckley: Goodbye and Hello (1967, Asylum) B+(*)
  121. Bulbul: Hirn Fein Hacken (2014, Exile on Mainstream) B+(**)
  122. DEK Trio: Burning Below Zero (2014 [2016], Trost) B+(***)
  123. Donovan: Sunshine Superman (1966, Epic) B+(**)
  124. Donovan: Mellow Yellow (1967, Epic) B+(**)
  125. Kaleidoscope: Side Trips (1967, Epic) B+(***)
  126. B.B. King: Blues Is King (1967, Bluesway) B+(**)
  127. L'Orange & Stik Figa: The City Under the City (2013, Mello Music Group) B+(*)
  128. Mario Pavone: Sharpeville (1985 [2000], Playscape) B+(*)
  129. Mario Pavone Nu Trio: Remembering Thomas (1999, Knitting Factory Works) B+(***)
  130. Mario Pavone/Michael Musillami: Op.Ed (2001, Playscape) B+(**)
  131. Mario Pavone Nu Trio/Quintet: Orange (2003, Playscape) B+(***)
  132. Saint Etienne: Good Humor (1998, Sub Pop) B+(**)
  133. Saint Etienne: Sound of Water (2000, Sub Pop) B+(**)
  134. Saint Etienne: Finisterre (2002, Mantra) B+(**)
  135. Saint Etienne: Travel Edition 1990-2005 (1991-2004 [2004], Sub Pop) B+(***)
  136. The Serpent Power: The Serpent Power (1967, Vanguard) B
  137. Fred Thomas: Everything Is Pretty Much Entirely Fucked (2002, Little Hands) B+(*)
  138. Fred Thomas: All Are Saved (2015, Polyvinyl) B+(**)
  139. Trio-X [Joe McPhee/Dominic Duval/Ray Rosen]: On Tour . . . Toronto/Rochester (2001, Cadence) B+(***)
  140. Trio-X [Joe McPhee/Dominic Duval/Jay Rosen]: Journey (2003, CIMP) B+(**)
  141. David S. Ware: Live in the Netherlands (1997 [2001], Splasc(H)) B+(**)
  142. Trevor Watts & Veryan Weston: At Ad Libitum (2013 [2015], ForTune) B+(***)
  143. The Youngbloods: The Youngbloods (1967, RCA Victor) B+(*)
  144. The Youngbloods: Earth Music (1967, RCA Victor) B+(**)

August 30

  1. Laura Ainsworth: New Vintage (2017, Eclectus) B+(**)
  2. Carol Albert: Fly Away Butterfly (2017, Cahara) B+(**)
  3. Barry Altschul 3Dom Factor: Live in Krakow (2016 [2017], Not Two) A-
  4. Arcade Fire: Everything Now (2017, Columbia) A-
  5. Gerald Beckett: Oblivion (2017, Summit) B+(*)
  6. Tim Berne's Snakeoil: Incidentals (2014 [2017], ECM) B+(***)
  7. Big Bold Back Bone: In Search of the Emerging Species (2015 [2017], Shhpuma) B
  8. Jane Ira Bloom: Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson (2017, Outline, 2CD) B+(***)
  9. Burnt Sugar/The Arkestra Chamber: All You Zombies Dig the Luminosity (2016-17 [2017], Avant Groidd) B+(***)
  10. Anat Cohen & Trio Brasileiro: Rosa Dos Ventos (2017, Anzic) B
  11. Anat Cohen & Marcello Gonçalves: Outra Coisa: The Music of Moacir Santos (2017, Anzic) B+(**)
  12. Lana Del Rey: Lust for Life (2017, Interscope) A-
  13. Beth Ditto: Fake Sugar (2017, Virgin) B+(***)
  14. Miles Donahue: The Bug (2015 [2017], Whaling City Sound) B+(*)
  15. Downtown Boys: Cost of Living (2017, Sub Pop) B+(**)
  16. The Fall: New Facts Emerge (2017, Cherry Red) B+(*)
  17. Filthy Friends: Invitation (2017, Kill Rock Stars) B+(*)
  18. Floating Points: Reflections - Mojave Desert (2017, Luaka Bop) B+(*)
  19. Billy Flynn: Lonesome Highway (2017, Delmark) B
  20. Jim Gailloreto's Jazz String Quintet: The Pythiad (2016 [2017], Origin Classical) B-
  21. Hal Galper and the Youngbloods: Live at the Cota Jazz Festival (2016 [2017], Origin) B+(**)
  22. Julian Gerstin Sextet: The One Who Makes You Happy (2017, self-released) B+(*)
  23. Gogol Bordello: Seekers and Finders (2017, Cooking Vinyl) B+(**)
  24. Laurel Halo: Dust (2017, Hyperdub) B+(*)
  25. Hamell on Trial: Tackle Box (2017, New West) A-
  26. Hamell on Trial: Big Mouth Strikes Again: Hamell Live (2017, New West) A-
  27. Hard Working Americans: We're All in This Together (2017, Melvin) B+(***)
  28. H. Hawkline: I Romanticize (2017, Heavenly) B
  29. Paul Heaton + Jacqui Abbott: Crooked Calypso (2017, Virgin EMI) B+(*)
  30. Fred Hersch: Open Book (2016-17 [2017], Palmetto) B+(***)
  31. Ray Wylie Hubbard: Tell the Devil I'm Gettin' There as Fast as I Can (2017, Bordello/Thirty Tigers) A-
  32. Jon Irabagon/John Hegre/Nils Are Drønen: Axis (2013 [2017], Rune Grammofon) B+(*)
  33. Vijay Iyer Sextet: Far From Over (2017, ECM) B+(***)
  34. Max Johnson: In the West (2014 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(*)
  35. Paul Jones: Clean (2017, Outside In Music) B
  36. Noah Kaplan Quartet: Cluster Swerve (2011 [2017], Hatology) A-
  37. LAMA + Joachim Badenhorst: Metamorphosis (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(*)
  38. Steve Langone Trio: Breathe (2016 [2017], Whaling City Sound) B+(**)
  39. Lean Left: I Forgot to Breathe (2015 [2017], Trost) B+(**)
  40. The Liberation Music Collective: Rebel Portraiture (2017, Ad Astrum) B+(*)
  41. Charles Lloyd New Quartet: Passin' Thru (2016 [2017], Blue Note) B+(***)
  42. Manchester Orchestra: A Black Mile to the Surface (2017, Loma Vista) B
  43. Rob Mazurek: Chants and Borders (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  44. Rob Mazurek: Rome (2014 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(*)
  45. Vic Mensa: The Autobiography (2017, Roc Nation) B-
  46. Meredith Monk: On Behalf of Nature (2015 [2016], ECM) B+(*)
  47. Marcus Monteiro: Another Part of Me (2017, Whaling City Sound) B+(***)
  48. Randy Newman: Dark Matter (2017, Nonesuch) A-
  49. Pale Horse: Badlands (2015 [2016], 5049) B+(*)
  50. Elan Pauer: Yamaha/Speed (2015 [2017], Creative Sources) B+(***)
  51. Richard Pinhas/Barry Cleveland: Mu (2016, Cuneiform) B+(**)
  52. John Pizzarelli: Sinatra & Jobim @ 50 (2017, Concord) B-
  53. Platform: Flux Reflux (2017, Clean Feed) B
  54. Lewis Porter/Phil Scarff Group: Three Minutes to Four (2017, Whaling City Sound) B+(***)
  55. Dave Potter: You Already Know (2017, Summit) B+(**)
  56. Eric Revis: Sing Me Some Cry (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) A-
  57. Roots Magic: Last Kind Words (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) A-
  58. Mark Rubin, Jew of Oklahoma: Songs for the Hangman's Daughter (2017, Rubinchik) B+(**)
  59. Oliver Schwerdt: Prestige/No Smoking (2015 [2017], Euphorium, 2CD) B+(***)
  60. Matthew Shipp: Invisible Touch at Taktlos Zürich (2016 [2017], Hatology) B+(***)
  61. Skyzoo: Peddler Themes (2017, First Generation Rich/Empire, EP) B+(**)
  62. Tyshawn Sorey: Verisimilitude (2016 [2017], Pi) A-
  63. Chris Speed Trio: Platinum on Tap (2016 [2017], Intakt) A-
  64. Jason Stein Quartet: Lucille! (2017, Delmark) A-
  65. Vieux Farka Touré: Samba (2017, Six Degrees) B+(***)
  66. Triocity [Charles Pillow/Jeff Campbell/Rich Thompson]: I Believe in You (2016 [2017], Origin) B+(**)
  67. Tyler, the Creator: Flower Boy (2017, Odd Future/Columbia) B
  68. Ken Vandermark/Klaus Kugel/Mark Tokar: Escalator (2016 [2017], Not Two) B+(***)
  69. Raphael Vanoli: Bibrax (2017, Shhpuma) B+(*)
  70. John Vanore: Stolen Moments: Celebrating Oliver Nelson (2016 [2017], Acoustical Concepts) B+(**)
  71. Matt Wilson: Matt Wilson's Honey and Salt (2016 [2017], Palmetto) B+(*)
  72. Reggie Young: Forever Young (2017, Whaling City Sound) B+(*)
  73. Bobby Zankel & the Wonderful Sound 6: Celebrating William Parker @ 65 (2017, Not Two) B+(**)
  74. Omri Ziegele: Where's Africa: Going South (2016 [2017], Intakt) A-
  75. Albert Ayler Quartet: European Radio Studio Recordings 1964 (1964 [2016], Hatology) B+(**)
  76. Albert Ayler Quartet: Copenhagen Live 1964 (1964 [2017], Hatology) B+(**)
  77. Albert Ayler: Stockholm, Berlin 1966 (1966 [2011], Hatology) B+(***)
  78. Paul McCandless With the Paul Winter Consort: Morning Sun: Adventures With Oboe (1970-2010 [2017], Living Music) C+
  79. John Prine: September 78 (1978 [2017], Oh Boy) B+(***)
  80. Burnt Sugar/The Arkestra Chamber: Not April in Paris: Live From Banlieus Bleues (2004, Trugroid) B+(***)
  81. Burnt Sugar/The Arkestra Chamber: If You Can't Dazzle Them With Your Brilliance, Then Baffle Them With Your Blisluth (2004 [2005], Trugroid, 2CD) B+(***)
  82. Burnt Sugar/The Arkestra Chamber: More Than Posthuman: Rise of the Mojosexual Cotillion (2006, Trugroid, 2CD) B+(***)
  83. Burnt Sugar/The Arkestra Chamber: Chopped and Screwed: Volume 2 (2007, Trugroid) B
  84. Jeremiah Cymerman: Purification/Dissolution (2011-12 [2012], 5049) B
  85. Jeremiah Cymerman/Christopher Hoffman/Brian Chase: Pale Horse (2013 [2014], 5049) B+(*)
  86. Jeremiah Cymerman/Evan Parker/Nate Wooley: World of Objects (2013 [2014], 5049) B-
  87. Bill Frisell: Ghost Town (1999 [2000], Nonesuch) B+(*)
  88. George Garzone: Moodiology (1998 [1999], NYC) B+(**)
  89. George Garzone: The Fringe in New York (2000, NYC) B+(**)
  90. George Garzone: Among Friends (2009, Stunt) B+(***)
  91. Jon Irabagon/Andrew Neff/Danny Fox/Scott Ritchie/Alex Wyatt: Here Be Dragons (2009 [2012], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(*)
  92. Noah Kaplan Quartet: Descendants (2008 [2011], Hatology) B+(**)
  93. Joe Morris Trio: Antennae (1997, AUM Fidelity) B+(**)
  94. Joe Morris/Mat Maneri: Soul Search (2000, AUM Fidelity) B+(*)
  95. Joe Morris: Singularity (2000 [2001], AUM Fidelity) B+(**)
  96. Joe Morris Bass Quartet: High Definition (2007 [2008], Hatology) A-
  97. Joe Morris: Mess Hall (2011 [2014], Hatology) B+(**)
  98. Randy Newman: Live (1971, Reprise) B
  99. Randy Newman: The Randy Newman Songbook Vol. 1 (2003, Nonesuch) B+(*)
  100. Randy Newman: The Randy Newman Songbook Vol. 3 (2016, Nonesuch) B+(***)
  101. Randy Newman: The Randy Newman Songbook (2003-16 [2016], Nonesuch, 3CD) B+(**)
  102. Flip Phillips: Swing Is the Thing (1999 [2000], Verve) B+(**)
  103. Flip Phillips: Celebrates His 80th Birthday at the March of Jazz 1995 (1995 [2003], Arbors) B+(***)
  104. John Pizzarelli: Let There Be Love (2000, Telarc) B
  105. John Prine: Prime Prine: The Best of John Prine (1971-75 [1976], Atlantic) A-
  106. John Prine: Pink Cadillac (1979, Asylum) B
  107. John Prine: Storm Windows (1980, Asylum) A-
  108. John Prine: John Prine Live (1988, Oh Boy) B+(*)
  109. Schweizer Holz Trio [Hans Koch/Urs Leimgruber/Omri Ziegele]: Love Letters to the President (2008, Intakt) B+(*)
  110. Matthew Shipp: Duos With Mat Maneri and Joe Morris (1997-98 [2011], Hatology) B+(*)
  111. Chris Speed: Yeah No (1997, Songlines) B+(**)
  112. Chris Speed: Deviantics (1998, Songlines) B+(**)
  113. Chris Speed: Emit (2000, Songlines) B+(***)
  114. Chris Speed/Chris Cheek/Stéphane Furic Leibovici: Jugendstil (2006 [2008], ESP Disk) B
  115. Chris Speed/Zeno De Rossi: Ruins (2011-13 [2014], Skirl) A-
  116. Chris Speed: Really OK (2013 [2014], Skirl) B+(***)
  117. Omri Ziegele Billiger Bauer: The Silence Behind Each Cry: Suite for Urs Voerkel (2001 [2002], Intakt) B+(*)
  118. Omri Ziegele Billiger Bauer: Edges & Friends (2004 [2006], Intakt) B
  119. Omri Ziegele's Where's Africa Trio: Can Walk on Sand (2009 [2010], Intakt) B+(***)

July 28

  1. 21 Savage: Issa Album (2017, Slaughter Gang/Epic) B+(*)
  2. John Abercrombie Quartet: Up and Coming (2016 [2017], ECM) B+(*)
  3. Ryan Adams: Prisoner (2017, Blue Note) B+(*)
  4. Akmee: Neptun (2016 [2017], Nakama) B+(***)
  5. Algiers: The Underside of Power (2017, Matador) B-
  6. Sebastien Ammann: Color Wheel (2016 [2017], Skirl) A-
  7. Sheryl Bailey & Harvie S: Plucky Strum: Departure (2017, Whaling City Sound) B+(*)
  8. Big Boi: Boomiverse (2017, Epic) B+(***)
  9. Bleachers: Gone Now (2017, RCA) B+(*)
  10. Theo Bleckmann: Elegy (2016 [2017], ECM) B+(*)
  11. Benjamin Booker: Witness (2017, ATO) B+(***)
  12. Jaimie Branch: Fly or Die (2017, International Anthem) B+(**)
  13. Brother Ali: All the Beauty in This Whole Life (2017, Rhymesayers Entertainment) B+(**)
  14. François Carrier/Michel Lambert/Rafal Mazur: Oneness (2015 [2017], FMR) A-
  15. Cashmere Cat: 9 (2017, Mad Love/Interscope) B+(*)
  16. Charly Bliss: Guppy (2017, Barsuk) B+(**)
  17. Amber Coffman: City of No Reply (2017, Columbia) B+(**)
  18. Avishai Cohen: Cross My Palm With Silver (2016 [2017], ECM) B+(**)
  19. Larry Coryell's 11th House: Seven Secrets (2016 [2017], Savoy Jazz) B+(*)
  20. Carl Craig: Versus (2017, InFiné) A-
  21. Richard Dawson: Peasant (2017, Weird World) B
  22. Jack DeJohnette/Larry Grenadier/John Meddeski/John Scofield: Hudson (Motéma) A-
  23. Dirty Projectors: Dirty Projectors (2017, Domino) C
  24. Chano Dominguez: Over the Rainbow (2012 [2017], Sunnyside) B+(*)
  25. Emperor X: Oversleepers International (2017, Tiny Engines) B+(***)
  26. Noga Erez: Off the Radar (2017, City Slang) B
  27. Ergo: As Subtle as Tomorrow (2013 [2016], Cuneiform) B+(***)
  28. Kevin Eubanks: East/West Timeline (2017, Mack Avenue) B+(*)
  29. The Feelies: In Between (2017, Bar/None) B+(**)
  30. Forest Swords: Compassion (2017, Ninja Tune) B-
  31. Free Radicals: Outside the Comfort Zone (2017, Free Rads) A-
  32. Bill Frisell/Thomas Morgan: Small Town (2016 [2017], ECM) B+(**)
  33. Satoko Fujii/Natsuki Tamura: Kisaragi (2015-16 [2017], Libra) B+(*)
  34. Future Islands: The Far Field (2017, 4AD) B+(*)
  35. (Sandy) Alex G: Rocket (2017, Domino) B
  36. Laszlo Gardony: Serious Play (Solo Piano) (2017, Sunnyside) B+(*)
  37. Golden Pelicans: S/T (2014, Total Punk, EP) B+(***)
  38. Golden Pelicans: Oldest Ride Longest Line (2015, Total Punk, EP) B+(**)
  39. Golden Pelicans: Disciples of Blood (2017, Goner, EP) B+(***)
  40. Goldfrapp: Silver Eye (2017, Mute) B+(*)
  41. Vitor Gonçalves: Vitor Gonçalves Quartet (2017, Sunnyside) B+(*)
  42. Giovanni Guidi: Ida Lupino (2015 [2016], ECM) B+(*)
  43. Marika Hackman: I'm Not Your Man (2017, Sub Pop) B+(**)
  44. Haim: Something to Tell You (2017, Polydor) B+(**)
  45. Calvin Harris: Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 (2017, Fly Eye/Columbia) B+(*)
  46. Joel Harrison: Stump (2013 [2014], Cuneiform) B+(***)
  47. Alexander Hawkins: Unit[e] (2016-17 [2017], self-released, 2CD) B+(**)
  48. Arve Henriksen: Towards Language (2016 [2017], Rune Grammofon) B
  49. J Hus: Common Sense (2017, Black Butter/Epic) B+(**)
  50. Benedikt Jahnel Trio: The Invariant (2016 [2017], ECM) B+(**)
  51. Jay-Z: 4:44 (2017, Roc Nation) B+(**)
  52. Dusan Jevtovic: No Answer (2016 [2017], Moonjune) B+(*)
  53. Sean Jones: Live From Jazz at the Bistro (2017, Mack Avenue) B+(*)
  54. Jonwayne: Rap Album Two (2017, The Order Label) B+(***)
  55. Alison Krauss: Windy City (2017, Capitol) A-
  56. Steve Lacy: Steve Lacy's Demo (2017, Three Quartet, EP) B
  57. Brian Landrus Orchestra: Generations (2017, BlueLand) B+(**)
  58. Nikki Lane: Highway Queen (2017, New West) B+(**)
  59. Led Bib: The Good Egg (2013 [2014], Cuneiform) B+(***)
  60. Led Bib: The People in Your Neighborhood (2013 [2014], Cuneiform) B+(**)
  61. Let's Eat Grandma: I, Gemini (2016, Transgressive) B
  62. Carmen Lundy: Code Noir (2017, Afrasia Productions) B
  63. Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo': TajMo (2017, Concord) B
  64. Mat Maneri/Evan Parker/Lucian Ban: Sounding Tears (2014 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(*)
  65. Mura Masa: Mura Masa (2017, Polydor) B+(*)
  66. Spoek Mathambo: Mzansi Beat Code (2017, TEKA) B
  67. Father John Misty: Pure Comedy (2017, Sub Pop) B-
  68. Roscoe Mitchell: Bells for the South Side (2015 [2017], ECM, 2CD) B+(***)
  69. Mokoomba: Luyando (2017, OutHere) B
  70. The Moonlandingz: Interplanetary Class Classics (2017, Transgressive) B
  71. Sam Newsome: Sopranoville: Works for Prepared and Non-Prepared Soprano (2017, Some New Music) B+(*)
  72. Oxbow: Thin Black Duke (2017, Hydra Head) B+(*)
  73. Ozomatli: Non-Stop: Mexico to Jamaica (2017, Cleopatra) B+(*)
  74. The Ed Palermo Big Band: Oh No! Not Jazz!! (2014, Cuneiform, 2CD) C
  75. Eddie Palmieri: Sabiduria/Wisdom (2012 [2017], Ropeadope) B+(***)
  76. Aaron Parks/Ben Street/Billy Hart: Find the Way (2015 [2017], ECM) B+(*)
  77. Nicki Parrott: Dear Blossom: A Tribute to Blossom Dearie (2017, Arbors) B+(*)
  78. Nicki Parrott: Unforgettable: The Nat King Cole Songbook (2016 [2017], Venus) B+(**)
  79. Chris Pasin and Friends: Baby It's Cold Outside (2016 [2017], Planet Arts) B
  80. The Perceptionists: Resolution (2017, Mello Music Group) A-
  81. Peter Perrett: How the West Was Won (2017, Domino) A-
  82. Chris Potter: The Dreamer Is the Dream (2016 [2017], ECM) B+(*)
  83. Karriem Riggins: Headnod Suite (2017, Stones Throw) B+(**)
  84. Troy Roberts: Tales & Tones (2017, Inner Circle) B+(**)
  85. Louis Sclavis: Asian Fields Variations (2016 [2017], ECM) B+(*)
  86. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Ruler Rebel (2017, Stretch Music/Ropeadope) B+(**)
  87. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Diaspora (2017, Stretch Music/Ropeadope) B+(**)
  88. Sex Mob: Cultural Capital (2016, Rex) B+(**)
  89. ShitKid: ShitKid (2016, PNKSLM, EP) B-
  90. ShitKid: EP 2 (2017, PNKSLM, EP) B
  91. ShitKid: Fish (2017, PNKSLM) B+(*)
  92. Rotem Sivan: Antidote (2017, Alma) B+(**)
  93. Bria Skonberg: With a Twist (2017, Okeh) B+(*)
  94. Songhoy Blues: Résistance (2017, Fat Possum) B+(**)
  95. Sorority Noise: You're Not as ____ as You Think (2017, Triple Crown) B+(**)
  96. Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet: December Avenue (2016 [2017], ECM) B+(**)
  97. Mavis Staples: I'll Take You There: An All-Star Concert Celebration (2014 [2017], Blackbird Production Partners, 2CD) B+(**)
  98. Vince Staples: Big Fish Theory (2017, Def Jam) B+(***)
  99. Dave Stryker: Strykin' Ahead (2016 [2017], Strikezone) B+(*)
  100. Craig Taborn: Daylight Ghosts (2016 [2017], ECM) A-
  101. Talinka: Talinka (2016 [2017], Moonjune) B+(***)
  102. Katie Thiroux: Off Beat (2016 [2017], Capri) A-
  103. Ralph Towner: My Foolish Heart (2016 [2017], ECM) B+(**)
  104. Harriet Tubman: Araminta (2013 [2017], Sunnyside) A-
  105. Waxahatchee: Out in the Storm (2017, Merge) A-
  106. Florian Wittenberg: Don't Push the Piano Around (2017, NurNichtNur) B+(**)
  107. Wizkid: Sounds From the Other Side (2017, Starboy/RCA) B+(**)
  108. Glenn Zaleski: My Ideal (2014 [2017], Sunnyside) B+(*)
  109. Battle Hymns (2017, Quasi Band) B+(***)
  110. The Bob's Burgers Music Album (2010-16 [2017], Domino, 2CD) B+(*)
  111. Miracle Steps (Music From the Fourth World 1983-2017) (1983-2017 [2017], Optimo Music) B+(***)
  112. Allen Ravenstine + Albert Dennis: >Terminal Drive (1975 [2017], Smog Veil, EP) B
  113. Albert Beger's 5: Listening (2004, Earsay) B+(**)
  114. Albert Beger/Gerry Hemingway: There's Nothing Better to Do (2011 [2012], OutNow) B+(*)
  115. Willem Breuker Kollektief: In Holland (1981, BV Haast) B
  116. Willem Breuker Kollektief: To Remain (1983-89 [1989], BV Haast) B-
  117. Daniel Carter/Toby Kasavan/Mark Hennen/William Parker: Feels Like It (2000 [2007], BDE-BDOP) B+(*)
  118. Larry Coryell: Lady Coryell (1968 [1969], Vanguard) B
  119. Larry Coryell: Introducing the Eleventh House With Larry Coryell (1972 [1974], Vanguard) B+(*)
  120. Larry Coryell: The Restful Mind (1974 [1975], Vanguard) B+(***)
  121. Hamid Drake/Albert Beger/William Parker: Evolving Silence Vol. 1 (2005, Earsay) B+(***)
  122. Hamid Drake/Albert Beger/William Parker: Evolving Silence Vol. 2 (2005 [2006], Earsay) B+(**)
  123. Emperor X: Tectonic Membrane/Thin Strip on an Edgeless Platform (2004, Discos Mariscos) B+(**)
  124. Free Radicals: The Rising Tide Sinks All (1998, RWE) A-
  125. Free Radicals: Our Lady of Sunny Delights (2000, Rastaman Work Ethic) B+(**)
  126. Free Radicals: Aerial Bombardment (2004, Rastaman Work Ethic) B+(**)
  127. Free Radicals: The Freedom Fence (2012, Free Radicals) B+(**)
  128. Free Radicals: Freedom of Movement (2015, Free Radicals) B+(***)
  129. Lisbon Improvisation Players: Motion (2002 [2004], Clean Feed) B+(*)
  130. Taj Mahal: Taj Mahal (1968, Columbia) B+(***)
  131. Taj Mahal: Natch'l Blues (1968, Columbia) B+(***)
  132. Taj Mahal: Happy Just to Be Like I Am (1971, Columbia) B+(**)
  133. William Parker & the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra: Spontaneous (2002 [2003], Splasc(H)) B+(*)
  134. William Parker Bass Quartet Featuring Charles Gayle: Requiem (2004 [2006], Splasc(H)) B+(**)
  135. Rising Sons: Featuring Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder (1965-66 [1992], Columbia/Legacy) B
  136. Matthew Shipp Trio: The Trio Plays Ware (2003 [2004], Splasc(H)) B+(***)

June 30

  1. Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society: Simultonality (2014-15 [2017], Eremite) A-
  2. Ambrose Akinmusire: A Rift in Decorum: Live at the Village Vanguard (2017, Blue Note, 2CD) B+(*)
  3. Tony Allen: A Tribute to Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (2017, Blue Note, EP) B+(**)
  4. Joey Bada$$: All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ (2017, Pro Era/Cinematic) A-
  5. Ignacio Berroa Trio: Straight Ahead From Havana (2017, Codes Drum Music) B+(**)
  6. Chuck Berry: Chuck (1991-2014 [2017], Dualtone) A-
  7. Steve Bilodeau: The Sun Through the Rain (2017, self-released) B+(*)
  8. Scott H. Biram: The Bad Testament (2017, Bloodshot) B+(**)
  9. Mary J Blige: Strength of a Woman (2017, Capitol) B+(***)
  10. Blondie: Pollinator (2017, BMG) B
  11. Erik Bogaerts/Hendrik Lasure/Pit Dahm: Bogaerts & Lasure + Dahm (2016, self-released) B-
  12. The Brother Brothers: Tugboats E.P. (2017, self-released, EP) B-
  13. Burial: Subtemple/Beachfires (2017, Hyperdub, EP) B
  14. Burning Ghosts: Reclamation (2017, Tzadik) B+(***)
  15. Julie Byrne: Not Even Happiness (2017, Ba Da Bing) B+(**)
  16. Gerald Cannon: Combinations (2017, Woodneck) B+(**)
  17. Regina Carter: Ella: Accentuate the Positive (2017, Okeh/Masterworks) B+(*)
  18. Playboi Carti: Playboi Carti (2017, AWGE/Interscope) B+(*)
  19. Chastity Belt: I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone (2017, Hardly Art) B+(*)
  20. Chicano Batman: Freedom Is Free (2017, ATO) B-
  21. Gerald Clayton: Tributary Tales (2017, Motéma) B
  22. Steve Coleman's Natal Eclipse: Morphogenesis (2016 [2017], Pi) A-
  23. Bill Cunliffe: BACHanalia (2013-16 [2017], Metre) B-
  24. Dálava: The Book of Transfigurations (2016 [2017], Songlines) B+(*)
  25. Roger Davidson Trio With Hendrik Meurkens: Oração Para Amanhã/Prayer for Tomorrow (2016 [2017], Soundbrush) B+(**)
  26. Rick Davies: Thugtet (2015 [2017], Emlyn) B+(**)
  27. Joey DeFrancesco and the People: Project Freedom (2017, Mack Avenue) B+(*)
  28. The Deslondes: Hurry Home (2017, New West) B
  29. Dalton Domino: Corners (2017, Lightning Rod) B+(**)
  30. Drake: More Life: A Playlist by October Firm (2017, Young Money/Cash Money) B+(*)
  31. Jason Eady: Jason Eady (2017, Old Guitar) A-
  32. Justin Townes Earle: Kids in the Street (2017, New West) B+(**)
  33. Steve Earle & the Dukes: So You Wannabe an Outlaw (2017, Warner Brothers) A-
  34. Silke Eberhard Trio: The Being Inn (2016 [2017], Intakt) A-
  35. Eliane Elias: Dance of Time (2017, Concord) B+(*)
  36. The Four Bags: Waltz (2017, NCM East) B+(*)
  37. Art Fristoe Trio: Double Down (2017, Merry Lane, 2CD) B
  38. Future: Future (2017, Epic/A1/Freebandz) B+(**)
  39. Future: Hndrxx (Epic/A1/Freebandz) B+(**)
  40. Gabriel Garzón-Montano: Jardin (2017, Stones Throw) B
  41. Gato Libre: Neko (2016 [2017], Libra) B+(**)
  42. Kate Gentile: Mannequins (2016 [2017], Skirl) B+(***)
  43. Terry Gibbs: 92 Years Young: Jammin' at the Gibbs House (2016 [2017], Whaling City Sound) B+(***)
  44. The Brett Gold New York Jazz Orchestra: Dreaming Big (2016 [2017], Goldfox) B+(*)
  45. Alex Goodman: Second Act (2017, Lyte) B
  46. The Great Harry Hillman: Tilt (2017, Cuneiform) B+(**)
  47. Jimmy Greene: Flowers: Beautiful Life, Volume 2 (2017, Mack Avenue) A-
  48. Halsey: Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (2017, Astralwerks) B+(**)
  49. Louis Hayes: Serenade for Horace (2017, Blue Note) B+(***)
  50. Wade Hayes: Old Country Song (2017, Conabor) B
  51. The Heliocentrics: A World of Masks (2017, Soundway) B+(***)
  52. Joseph Huber: The Suffering Stage (2017, self-released) B+(***)
  53. Innocent When You Dream: Dirt in the Ground (2017, self-released) B+(*)
  54. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit: The Nashville Sound (2017, Southeastern) B+(**)
  55. Japandroids: Near to the Wild Heart of Life (2017, Anti-) B+(**)
  56. The Jesus and Mary Chain: Damage and Joy (2017, ADA/Warner) B+(**)
  57. J.I.D: The Never Story (2017, Dreamville/Interscope) B+(***)
  58. Kano: Made in the Manor (2016, Parlophone) B+(***)
  59. Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Find the Common, Shine a Light (2017, Greenleaf Music) B+(**)
  60. Zara Larsson: So Good (2017, Epic/TEN) B+(**)
  61. Llop: J.Imp (2017, El Negocito) B+(*)
  62. Lord Echo: Harmonies (2017, Soundway) A-
  63. Lorde: Melodrama (2017, Lava/Republic) A-
  64. Low Cut Connie: "Dirty Pictures" (Part 1) (2017, Contender) B
  65. Alex Maguire/Nikolas Skordas Duo: Ships and Shepherds (2016 [2017], Slam, 2CD) B
  66. Brian McCarthy Nonet: The Better Angels of Our Nature (2016 [2017], Truth Revolution) B+(***)
  67. John McLean/Clark Sommers Band: Parts Unknown (2017, Origin) B-
  68. Tift Merritt: Stitch of the World (2017, Yep Roc) B+(*)
  69. Molly Miller Trio: The Shabby Road Recordings (2017, self-released) B
  70. Charnett Moffett: Music From Our Soul (2017, Motéma) B+(***)
  71. Thurston Moore: Rock N Roll Consciousness (2017, Caroline) B+(*)
  72. John Moreland: Big Bad Luv (2017, 4AD) A-
  73. Gurf Morlix: The Soul & the Heal (2017, Rootball) B+(**)
  74. Kyle Motl: Solo Contrabass (2016 [2017], self-released) B+(**)
  75. The Mountain Goats: Goths (2017, Merge) B+(***)
  76. MUNA: About U (2017, RCA) B+(*)
  77. Amina Claudine Myers: Sama Rou: Songs From My Soul (2016, Amina C) B+(*)
  78. Quinsin Nachoff/Mark Helias/Dan Weiss: Quinsin Nachoff's Ethereal Trio (2016 [2017], Whirlwind) A-
  79. The Necks: Unfold (2017, Ideologic Organ) B+(***)
  80. Vadim Neselovskyi Trio: Get Up and Go (2017, Blujazz) B+(**)
  81. Ed Neumeister & His NeuHat Ensemble: Wake Up Call (2014 [2017], MeisteroMusic) B+(*)
  82. The New Vision Sax Ensemble: Musical Journey Through Time (2017, Zak Publishing) B+(*)
  83. Larry Newcomb Quartet With Bucky Pizzarelli: Living Tribute (2016 [2017], Essential Messenger) B+(*)
  84. North Mississippi Allstars: Prayer for Peace (2017, Legacy) B+(***)
  85. Oddisee: The Iceberg (2017, Mello Music Group) A-
  86. Zephaniah OHora & the 18 Wheelers: This Highway (2017, MRI) B+(**)
  87. Aruán Ortiz: Cubanism: Piano Solo (2016 [2017], Intakt) B+(**)
  88. Jeff Parker: Slight Freedom (2013-14 [2016], Eremite) B+(**)
  89. Perfume Genius: No Shape (2017, Matador) B-
  90. Errol Rackipov Group: Distant Dreams (2015 [2017], OA2) B+(*)
  91. Rag'n'Bone Man: Human (2017, Columbia) B-
  92. Mason Razavi: Quartet Plus, Volume 2 (2016 [2017], OA2) B
  93. Mike Reed: Flesh & Bone (2016 [2017], 482 Music) B+(***)
  94. Jeremy Rose: Within & Without (2016 [2017], Earshift Music) B+(*)
  95. Samo Salamon Sextet: The Colours Suite (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) A-
  96. Oumou Sangaré: Mogoya (2017, No Format) A-
  97. Scenes: Destinations (2016-17 [2017], Origin) B+(*)
  98. Shinyribs: I Got Your Medicine (2016 [2017], Mustard Lid) B+(*)
  99. Sleaford Mods: English Tapas (2017, Rough Trade) B+(***)
  100. Slowdive: Slowdive (2017, Dead Oceans) B+(*)
  101. Smino: Blkswn (2017, Zero Fatigue/Downtown) B+(**)
  102. Jay Som: Everybody Works (2017, Polyvinyl) B+(*)
  103. Omar Souleyman: To Syria, With Love (2017, Mad Decent) A-
  104. Chris Stapleton: From a Room: Volume 1 (2017, Mercury Nashville) B+(***)
  105. Starlito & Don Trip: Step Brothers Three (2017, Grind Hard) A-
  106. John Stein/Dave Zinno: Wood and Strings (2016 [2017], Whaling City Sound) B+(***)
  107. Dayna Stephens: Gratitude (2017, Contagious Music) B+(**)
  108. Becca Stevens: Regina (2017, GroundUp) B-
  109. Matthew Stevens: Preverbal (2017, Ropeadope) B
  110. Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives: Way Out West (2017, Superlatone) B
  111. Sylvan Esso: What Now (2017, Loma Vista) A-
  112. SZA: Ctrl (2017, Top Dawg/RCA) B+(**)
  113. Tamikrest: Kidal (2017, Glitterbeat) B+(**)
  114. Dylan Taylor: One in Mind (2015-16 [2017], Blujazz) B+(*)
  115. Thundercat: Drunk (2017, Brainfeeder) B+(*)
  116. Thurst: Cut to the Chafe (2017, self-released) B+(**)
  117. Trombone Shorty: Parking Lot Symphony (2017, Blue Note) B-
  118. Urbanity: Urban Soul (2017, Alfi) B
  119. The Vampires: The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke (2016 [2017], Earshift Music) B+(*)
  120. Carlos Vega: Bird's Up (2016 [2017], Origin) B+(*)
  121. Mat Walerian/Matthew Shipp/William Parker: Toxic: This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People (2015 [2017], ESP-Disk) B+(**)
  122. Colter Wall: Colter Wall (2017, Young Mary's) A-
  123. Charlie Watts/The Danish Radio Big Band: Charlie Watts Meets the Danish Radio Big Band (2010 [2017], Impulse) B+(**)
  124. Shea Welsh: Arrival (2017, Blujazz) B-
  125. Wire: Silver/Lead (2017, Pink Flag) B+(*)
  126. Jaime Wyatt: Felony Blues (2017, Forty Below, EP) B+(*)
  127. Charli XCX: Number 1 Angel (2017, Asylum) A-
  128. Young Thug: Beautiful Thugger Girls (2017, 300/Atlantic) B+(***)
  129. American Epic: The Soundtrack ([2017], Columbia/Third Man/Legacy) A-
  130. Alice Coltrane: The Ecstatic Music of Turiyasangitananda [World Spirituality Classics 1] (1982-95 [2017], Luaka Bop) B+(**)
  131. Dave Liebman/Joe Lovano: Compassion: The Music of John Coltrane (2007 [2017], Resonance) B+(***)
  132. Hayes McMullan: Everyday Seem Like Murder Here (1967-68 [2017], Light in the Attic) B+(***)
  133. The Rolling Stones: Some Girls: Live in Texas '78 (1978 [2017], Eagle Rock) B+(**)
  134. The Rolling Stones: Totally Stripped: Paris (1995 [2017], Eagle Rock) B+(**)
  135. The Rough Guide to Hillbilly Blues (1920s-30s [2017], World Music Network) A-
  136. The Rough Guide to Jug Band Blues (1920s-30s [2017], World Music Network) A-
  137. Umoja: 707 (2017, Awesome Tapes From Africa, EP) B+(**)
  138. Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Thunder of the Gods (1966-71 [2017], Modern Harmonic) B-
  139. Joshua Abrams: Natural Information (2010-12 [2014], Eremite) A-
  140. Joshua Abrams: Represencing (2011 [2014], Eremite) B+(**)
  141. Joshua Abrams: Magnetoception (2013 [2015], Eremite) B+(***)
  142. Amina Claudine Myers: Salutes Bessie Smith (1980, Leo) A-
  143. Amina Claudine Myers Trio: The Circle of Time (1983 [1984], Black Saint) B+(***)
  144. Amina Claudine Myers Trio: Women in (E)Motion (1988 [1993], Tradition & Moderne) B+(**)
  145. Steve Pistorius & the Mahogany Hall Stompers: 'Taint No Sin (1989 [1991], GHB) A-
  146. Wallace Roney: According to Mr. Roney (1988-91 [1997], 32 Jazz) B+(**)
  147. Wallace Roney: No Job Too Big or Too Small (1987-93 [1999], Savoy Jazz) B+(***)
  148. Wallace Roney: Mistérios (1994, Warner Brothers) B-
  149. Wallace Roney: No Room for Argument (2000, Stretch) B+(*)

May 31

  1. Gonçalo Almeida/Rodrigo Amado/Marco Franco: The Attic (2015 [2017], NoBusiness) A-
  2. Amok Amor [Christian Lillinger/Petter Eldh/Wanja Slavin/Peter Evans]: We Know Not What We Do (2016 [2017], Intakt) A-
  3. Anemone [Peter Evans/John Butcher/Frederic Blondy/Clayton Thomas/Paul Lovens]: A Wing Dissolved in Light (2013 [2017], NoBusiness) B+(***)
  4. David Binney: The Time Verses (2016 [2017], Criss Cross) B+(**)
  5. Body Count: Bloodlust (2017, Century Media) B+(***)
  6. Bryan and the Aardvarks: Sounds From the Deep Field (2017, Biophilia) B-
  7. Buffalo Jazz Octet: Live at Pausa Art House (2016 [2017], Cadence Jazz) A-
  8. Peter Campbell: Loving You: Celebrating Shirley Horn (2016 [2017], self-released) B+(**)
  9. Cloud Nothings: Life Without Sound (2017, Carperk) B+(**)
  10. Daddy Issues: Can We Still Hang (2015, Infinity Cat, EP) B+(***)
  11. Daddy Issues: Deep Dream (2017, Infinity Cat) A-
  12. Whit Dickey/Mat Maneri/Matthew Shipp: Vessel in Orbit (2017, AUM Fidelity) B+(***)
  13. Diet Cig: Swear I'm Good at This (2017, Frenchkiss) B+(***)
  14. Duo Baars Henneman & Dave Burrell: Transdans (2016 [2017], Wig) B
  15. Andrew Durkin: Breath of Fire (2012-16 [2016], PJCE) B+(***)
  16. Dominique Eade & Ran Blake: Town and Country (2015-16 [2017], Sunnyside) B+(*)
  17. Brian Eno: Reflection (2017, Warp) B+(**)
  18. Feist: Pleasure (2017, Interscope) B
  19. Joe Fiedler: Like, Strange (2017, Multiphonics Music) B+(***)
  20. Craig Fraedrich With Trilogy and Friends: All Through the Night (2017, Summit) B+(*)
  21. Fred Frith/Hans Koch: You Are Here (2016 [2017], Intakt) B+(**)
  22. Gas: Narkopop (2017, Kompakt) B
  23. Freddie Gibbs: You Only Live 2wice (2017, ESGN/Empire) B+(**)
  24. David Gilmore: Transitions (2016 [2017], Criss Cross) B+(*)
  25. Girlpool: Powerplant (2017, Anti-) B
  26. GoldLink: At What Cost (2017, Squaaash Club/RCA) B+(***)
  27. Grandaddy: Last Place (2017, 30th Century/Columbia) B+(**)
  28. Pasquale Grasso/Renaud Penant/Ari Roland: In the Mood for a Classic (2014 [2017], ITI Music) B+(**)
  29. Chris Greene Quartet: Boundary Issues (2016 [2017], Single Malt) B
  30. Jari Haapalainen Trio: Fusion Madness (2017, Moserobie) B+(**)
  31. Larry Ham/Woody Witt: Presence (2016 [2017], Blujazz) B+(*)
  32. Rebecca Hennessy's Fog Brass Band: Two Calls (2017, self-released) B+(*)
  33. Mats Holmquist: Big Band Minimalism (2015 [2017], Summit) C+
  34. Tristan Honsinger/Antonio Borghini/Tobias Delius/Axel Dörner: Hook, Line and Sinker (2016 [2017], De Platenbakakkerij, DVD) B+(*)
  35. Hurray for the Riff Raff: The Navigator (2017, ATO) B+(*)
  36. Jason Kao Hwang: Sing House (2015 [2017], Euonymous) B+(***)
  37. Ibibio Sound Machine: Uyai (2017, Merge) B+(**)
  38. José James: Love in a Time of Madness (2017, Blue Note) B+(*)
  39. B.J. Jansen: Common Ground (2016 [2017], Ronin Jazz) B+(*)
  40. Jentsch Group Quartet: Fractured Pop (2009 [2017], Fleur de Son) B+(*)
  41. Jlin: Black Origami (2017, Planet Mu) B+(**)
  42. Keith Karns Big Band: An Eye on the Future (2015 [2017], Summit) C+
  43. Kehlani: SweetSexySavage (2017, Atlantic) B+(*)
  44. Diana Krall: Turn Up the Quiet (2017, Verve) B+(***)
  45. Oliver Lake Featuring Flux Quartet: Right Up On (2016 [2017], Passin' Thru) B
  46. Chad Lefkowitz-Brown: Onward (2017, self-released) B+(**)
  47. Les Amazones d'Afrique: République Amazone (2017, RealWorld) A-
  48. Gregory Lewis: Organ Monk: The Breathe Suite (2017, self-released) B+(*)
  49. Jesse Lewis/Ike Sturm: Endless Field (2017, Biophilia) B
  50. Ed Maina: In the Company of Brothers (2017, self-released) B
  51. Mas Que Nada: Sea Journey (2017, Blujazz) B
  52. Bob Merrill: Tell Me Your Troubles: Songs by Joe Bushkin, Volume 1 (2017, Accurate) B+(***)
  53. Migos: Culture (2017, QC/YRN/300) B+(***)
  54. Jason Miles: Kind of New 2: Blue Is Paris (2017, Lightyear) B+(*)
  55. Yoko Miwa Trio: Pathways (2016 [2017], Ocean Blue Tear Music) A-
  56. Michael Morreale: Love and Influence (2013-16 [2017], Blujazz, 2CD) B+(*)
  57. Mount Eerie: A Crow Looked at Me (2017, PW Elverum & Sun) B+(*)
  58. Mumpbeak: Tooth (2017, Rare Noise) B
  59. Willie Nelson: God's Problem Child (2017, Legacy) B+(**)
  60. Noertker's Moxie: Druidh Penumbrae (2011-15 [2016], Edgetone) B+(*)
  61. Linda May Han Oh: Walk Against Wind (2016 [2017], Biophilia) B+(***)
  62. Paramore: After Laughter (2017, Fueled by Ramen) B+(***)
  63. William Parker & Stefano Scondanibbio Duo: Bass Duo (2008 [2017], Centering) B+(**)
  64. Sarah Partridge: Bright Lights & Promises: Redefining Janis Ian (2016 [2017], Origin) B
  65. Simona Premazzi: Outspoken (2016 [2017], self-released) B+(*)
  66. Preservation Hall Jazz Band: So It Is (2017, Legacy) B+(**)
  67. Chuck Prophet: Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins (2017, Yep Roc) B+(*)
  68. Eve Risser/Benjamin Duboc/Edward Perraud: En Corps: Generation (2016 [2017], Dark Tree) B+(**)
  69. Riverside [Dave Douglas/Chet Doxas/Steve Swallow/Jim Doxas]: The New National Anthem (2015 [2017], Greenleaf Music) B+(***)
  70. Tom Rizzo: Day and Night (2015 [2017], Origin) B
  71. Jamie Saft/Steve Swallow/Bobby Previte With Iggy Pop: Loneliness Road (2017, Rare Noise) B+(**)
  72. Shakira: El Dorado (2017, Sony Latin Music) B+(***)
  73. Elliott Sharp With Mary Halvorson and Marc Ribot: Err Guitar (2016 [2017], Intakt) B+(**)
  74. Jared Sims: Change of Address (2017, Ropeadope) B+(***)
  75. Günter Baby Sommer: Le Piccole Cose: Live at Theater Gütersloh (2016 [2017], Intuition) B+(*)
  76. Stormzy: Gang Signs & Prayer (2017, Merky) B+(*)
  77. Sult/Lasse Marhaug: Harpoon (2017, Conrad Sound/Pica Disk) B+(*)
  78. Jeannie Tanner: Words & Music (2017, Tanner Time, 2CD) B+(**)
  79. Joris Teepe & Don Braden: Conversations (2009-16 [2017], Creative Perspective Music) B+(**)
  80. Klaus Treuheit/Lou Grassi: Port of Call (2016 [2017], NoBusiness) B+(***)
  81. Trichotomy: Known-Unknown (2016 [2017], Challenge) B+(***)
  82. Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Five (2016 [2017], OA2) B
  83. Vagabon: Infinite Worlds (2017, Father/Daughter) B+(*)
  84. Cuong Vu 4-Tet: Ballet (The Music of Michael Gibbs) (2017, Rare Noise) B+(***)
  85. Torben Waldorff: Holiday on Fire (2016 [2017], ArtistShare) B+(**)
  86. Bobby Watson: Made in America (2017, Smoke Sessions) B+(**)
  87. Ronny Whyte: Shades of Whyte (2016 [2017], Audiophile) B
  88. Jürg Wickihalder/Barry Guy/Lucas Niggli: Beyond (2016 [2017], Intakt) B+(***)
  89. Alex Wintz: Life Cycle (2016 [2017], Culture Shock Music) B+(**)
  90. Zeal & Ardor: Devil Is Fine (2016 [2017], MKVA) B+(***)
  91. Joseph Bowie/Oliver Lake: Live at 'A SPACE' 1976 (1976 [2017], Delmark/Sackville) B+(**)
  92. Itaru Oki/Nobuyoshi Ino/Choi Sun Bae: Kami Fusen (1996 [2017], NoBusiness) B+(**)
  93. Outro Tempo: Electronic and Contemporary Music From Brazil, 1978-1992 (1978-92 [2017], Music From Memory) B+(*)
  94. Paul Rutherford/Sabu Toyozumi: The Conscience (1999 [2017], NoBusiness) A-
  95. Gregg Allman: One More Try: An Anthology (1973-88 [1997], Capricorn/Chronicles, 2CD) B+(**)
  96. Ted Des Plantes' Washboard Wizards: Midnight Stomp (1991, Stomp Off) B+(***)
  97. Ted Des Plantes' Washboard Wizards: Shim-Sham-Shimmy Dance (1997 [1998], Stomp Off) A-
  98. John Gill's San Francisco Jazz Band: Turk Murphy Style (1989 [1992], GHB) A-
  99. John Gill's Novelty Orchestra of New Orleans: "Smile, Darn Ya, Smile" (1991, Stomp Off) B+(***)
  100. John Gill's Novelty Orchestra of New Orleans: Headin' for Better Times (1992 [1993], Stomp Off) B+(***)
  101. John Gill's Dixie Serenaders: "Listen to That Dixie Band!!" (1997 [1998], Stomp Off) B+(**)
  102. John Gill's Jazz Kings: "I Must Have It!" (2004, Stomp Off) B+(***)
  103. John Gill: Learn to Croon: John Gill & His Sentimental Serenaders Remember Bing Crosby (2009 [2011], Stomp Off) B+(**)
  104. Duke Heitger and His Swing Band: Rhythm Is Our Business (1998-99 [2000], Fantasy) A-
  105. Duke Heitger's Big Four: Prince of Wails (2001, Stomp Off) B+(***)
  106. Duke Heitger With Ken Mathieson's Classic Jazz Band: Celebrating Satchmo (2010, Lake) B+(**)
  107. Independence Hall Jazz Band: Louis: The Oliver Years (2002, Stomp Off) B+(**)
  108. Sergey Kuryokhin: The Ways of Freedom (1981 [2001], Leo Golden Years of New Jazz) B+(***)
  109. Joëlle Léandre & William Parker: Live at Dunois (2009, Leo) B+(**)
  110. Keith Nichols & the Cotton Club Orchestra: Harlem's Arabian Nights (1996 [1997], Stomp Off) B+(***)
  111. Chris Tyle's New Orleans Rover Boys: A Tribute to Benny Strickler (1991, Stomp Off) B+(***)

April 30

  1. Kevin Abstract: American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story (2016, Brockhampton) B+(*)
  2. Actress: AZD (2017, Ninja Tune) B+(*)
  3. Antonio Adolfo: Hybrido: From Rio to Wayne Shorter (2016 [2017], AAM) B
  4. Arca: Arca (2017, XL) B
  5. Bardo Pond: Under the Pines (2017, Fire) B
  6. Bill Brovold & Jamie Saft: Serenity Knolls (2016 [2017], Rare Noise) B+(*)
  7. Chicago/London Underground: A Night Walking Through Mirrors (2016 [2017], Cuneiform) A-
  8. Jacob Collier: In My Room (2016, Membran) C+
  9. Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra: Invitation (2016 [2017], OA2) B+(**)
  10. Larry Coryell: Barefoot Man: Sanpaku (2016, Purple Pyramid) B+(*)
  11. Rodney Crowell: Close Ties (2017, New West) B+(***)
  12. Ernest Dawkins New Horizons Ensemble: Transient Takes (2016 [2017], Malcom) B+(***)
  13. Tom Dempsey/Tim Ferguson Quartet: Waltz New (2016 [2017], OA2) B+(**)
  14. David Feldman: Horizonte (2016 [2017], self-released) B+(*)
  15. Craig Finn: We All Want the Same Things (2017, Partisan) A-
  16. Gerry Gibbs & Thrasher People: Weather or Not (2016 [2017], Whaling City Sound, 2CD) B
  17. Rhiannon Giddens: Freedom Highway (2017, Nonesuch) B+(**)
  18. Cameron Graves: Planetary Prince (2017, Mack Avenue) B-
  19. Iro Haarla: Ante Lucem (2012 [2016], ECM) B+(**)
  20. Mariem Hassan: La Voz Indómita (del Sahara Occidental) (2017, Nubenegra) B+(***)
  21. Mariem Hassan/Vadiya Mint El Hanevi: Baila Sahara Baila (2015, Nubenegra) A-
  22. Heads of State: Four in One (2017, Smoke Sessions) B+(**)
  23. Oscar Hernández & Alma Libre: The Art of Latin Jazz (2016 [2017], Origin) B+(**)
  24. Derrick Hodge: The Second (2016, Blue Note) B
  25. Idles: Brutalism (2017, Bailey) B+(***)
  26. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: The Music of John Lewis (2013 [2017], Blue Engine) B+(*)
  27. Billy Jones: 3's a Crowd (2017, Acoustical Concepts) B
  28. Khalid: American Teen (2017, Right Hand/RCA) A-
  29. Kneebody: Anti-Hero (2017, Motéma) B
  30. Julian Lage: Live in Los Angeles (2016, Mack Avenue, EP) B
  31. Kendrick Lamar: Damn (2017, Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope) A-
  32. Allegra Levy: Cities Between Us (2016 [2017], SteepleChase) B+(***)
  33. Arto Lindsay: Cuidado Madame (2017, Northern Spy) A-
  34. Mike Longo Trio: Only Time Will Tell (2016 [2017], CAP) B+(**)
  35. The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir (2017, Nonesuch, 5CD) B-
  36. Laura Marling: Semper Femina (2017, More Alarming) B+(*)
  37. Robert McCarther: Stranger in Town (2016 [2017], Psalms 149 Music) C+
  38. MEM3: Circles (2011 [2017], self-released) B+(**)
  39. The Microscopic Septet: Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down to Me: The Micros Play the Blues (2016 [2017], Cuneiform) A-
  40. The New Pornographers: Whiteout Conditions (2017, Collected Works/Concord) B+(***)
  41. Matt North: Above Ground Fools (2017, self-released) A-
  42. Conor Oberst: Ruminations (2016, Nonesuch) B+(**)
  43. Conor Oberst: Salutations (2017, Nonesuch) A-
  44. One for All: The Third Decade (2015 [2016], Smoke Sessions) B+(**)
  45. Matt Otto With Ensemble Ibérica: Ibérica (2016 [2017], Origin) B+(**)
  46. Brad Paisley: Love and War (2017, Arista Nashville) B
  47. The Ed Palermo Big Band: The Great Un-American Songbook: Volumes I & II (2016 [2017], Cuneiform, 2CD) B+(*)
  48. Michael Pedicin: As It Should Be: Ballads 2 (2016 [2017], Groundblue) B+(*)
  49. Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: The Art of Perelman-Shipp, Volume 1: Titan (2016 [2017], Leo) A-
  50. Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: The Art of Perelman-Shipp, Volume 2: Tarvos (2016 [2017], Leo) A-
  51. Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: The Art of Perelman-Shipp, Volume 3: Pandora (2016 [2017], Leo) A-
  52. Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: The Art of Perelman-Shipp, Volume 4: Hyperion (2016 [2017], Leo) B+(***)
  53. Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: The Art of Perelman-Shipp, Volume 5: Rhea (2016 [2017], Leo) A-
  54. Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: The Art of Perelman-Shipp, Volume 6: Saturn (2016 [2017], Leo) B+(***)
  55. Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: The Art of Perelman-Shipp, Volume 7: Dione (2016 [2017], Leo) B+(***)
  56. Angaleena Presley: Wrangled (2017, Thirty Tigers) A-
  57. Priests: Nothing Feels Natural (2017, Sister Polygon) B+(**)
  58. Priests: Bodies and Control and Money and Power (2014, Don Giovanni, EP) B+(*)
  59. Michael Rabinowitz: Uncharted Waters (2017, Cats Paw) B+(*)
  60. Rashad: #LevelUp (2017, Self Made) B+(**)
  61. Jason Rigby: One: Detroit-Cleveland Trio (2016 [2017], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(***)
  62. Scott Routenberg Trio: Every End Is a Beginning (2017, Summit) B+(*)
  63. Trygve Seim: Rumi Songs (2015 [2016], ECM) B
  64. The Shins: Heartworms (2017, Columbia) B+(*)
  65. Sarah Shook & the Disarmers: Sidelong (2015 [2017], Bloodshot) B+(***)
  66. Bria Skonberg: Bria (2016, Okeh/Masterworks) B+(***)
  67. Sleater-Kinney: Live in Paris (2015 [2017], Sub Pop) B+(*)
  68. Nate Smith: Kinfolk: Postcards From Everywhere (2017, Ropeadope) B
  69. Spoon: Hot Thoughts (2017, Matador) B+(***)
  70. Colin Stetson: Sorrow (A Reimagining of Gorecki's 3rd Symphony) (2016, 52Hz) B-
  71. Colin Stetson: All This I Do for Glory (2017, 52Hz) A-
  72. Trio 3: Visiting Texture (2016 [2017], Intakt) A-
  73. Trio Heinz Herbert: The Willisau Concert (2016 [2017], Intakt) A-
  74. Valerie June: The Order of Time (2017, Concord) B+(**)
  75. David Virelles: Antenna (2016, ECM, EP) B+(**)
  76. Daniel Weltlinger: Samoreau: A Tribute to the Fans of Django Reinhardt (2016 [2017], Rectify) B+(**)
  77. Jim Yanda Trio: Regional Cookin' (1987 [2017], Corner Store Jazz) B+(*)
  78. Jim Yanda Trio: Home Road (2016 [2017], Corner Store Jazz, 2CD) B+(*)
  79. Abdullah Ibrahim: Ancient Africa (1973 [2017], Delmark/Sackville) B+(**)
  80. Jerry Bergonzi: Inside Out (1989 [1990], Red) B+(**)
  81. Stanley Cowell: Blues for the Viet Cong (1969 [1977], Arista/Freedom) A-
  82. Stanley Cowell Trio: Departure #2 (1990, SteepleChase) A-
  83. Stanley Cowell Trio: Live at Copenhagen Jazz House (1993 [1995], SteepleChase) B+(**)
  84. Stanley Cowell: Mandara Blossoms (1995 [1996], SteepleChase) B+(*)
  85. Stanley Cowell Quartet: Hear Me One (1996, SteepleChase) B+(**)
  86. Stanley Cowell: Are You Real? (2014, SteepleChase) B+(***)
  87. Herbie Hancock: Inventions & Dimensions (1963 [1964], Blue Note) B+(*)
  88. Herbie Hancock: Cantaloupe Island (1962-65 [1994], Blue Note) B+(***)
  89. Herbie Hancock: Speak Like a Child (1968 [2005], Blue Note) B+(*)
  90. Herbie Hancock: The Prisoner (1969 [2000], Blue Note) B+(**)
  91. Mariem Hassan: Mariem Hassan Con Leyoad (2002, Nubenegra) B+(***)
  92. Freddie Hubbard: Goin' Up (1960 [1961], Blue Note) B+(***)
  93. Freddie Hubbard: Hub Cap (1961, Blue Note) B+(**)
  94. Freddie Hubbard: The Hub of Hubbard (1969 [1971], MPS) B+(*)
  95. Abdullah Ibrahim: Duke Ellington Presents the Dollar Brand Trio (1963 [1997], Reprise Archives) B+(**)
  96. Dollar Brand/Abdullah Ibrahim Orchestra: African Space Program (1973 [2013], Enja) B
  97. Abdullah Ibrahim/Johnny Dyani: Echoes From Africa (1979 [1987], Enja) B+(**)
  98. Abdullah Ibrahim: African Dawn (1982 [1987], Enja) B+(**)
  99. Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya: African River (1989, Enja) B+(***)
  100. Pete La Roca: Basra (1965 [1995], Blue Note) A-
  101. Pete La Roca: Turkish Women at the Bath (1967 [2004], Fresh Sound) A-
  102. Pete (LaRoca) Sims: SwingTime (1997, Blue Note) B
  103. Red Records All Stars [Jerry Bergonzi/Bobby Watson/Victor Lewis/Kenny Barron/Curtis Lundy/David Finck]: Together Again for the First Time (1996 [1998], Red) B+(***)
  104. Horace Tapscott Quintet: The Giant Is Awakened (1969, Flying Dutchman) A-
  105. Gust William Tsilis & Alithea With Arthur Blythe: Pale Fire (1988, Enja) B
  106. Charles Tyler Ensemble: Black Mysticism (1966, ESP-Disk) B+(***)
  107. Charles Tyler Ensemble: Eastern Man Alone (1967, ESP-Disk) B+(**)
  108. James Blood Ulmer: Revealing (1977 [1990], In+Out) A-
  109. James Blood Ulmer: Part Time (1983 [1984], Celluloid) B+(**)
  110. The James Blood Ulmer Blues Experience: Blues Allnight (1989 [1990], In+Out) B+(*)
  111. Blood & Burger: Guitar Music (2002 [2003], Dernière Bande) B+(**)
  112. Bobby Watson: Live in Europe: Perpetual Groove (1983 [1984], Red) B+(***)
  113. Bobby Watson: Appointment in Milano (1985, Red) A-
  114. Bobby Watson & Tailor Made With Tokyo Leaders Big Band: Live at Someday in Tokyo (2000 [2001], Red) B+(*)
  115. Bobby Watson: The Gates BBQ Suite (2010, Lafiya Music) B+(**)

March 31

  1. Greg Abate/Tim Ray Trio: Road to Forever (2016 [2017], Whaling City Sound) B+(*)
  2. AMP Trio: Three (2016 [2017], self-released) B
  3. Courtney Marie Andrews: Honest Life (2016, Mama Bird) B+(*)
  4. Jason Anick & Jason Yeager: United (2016 [2017], Inner Circle Music) B+(**)
  5. Animal Collective: Painting With (2016, Domino) B+(*)
  6. Ballrogg [Klaus Ellerhusen Holm/Roger Arntzen/Ivar Grydeland]: Abaft the Beam (2014-15 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  7. Bat for Lashes: The Bride (2016, Parlophone) B-
  8. Battle Trance: Blade of Love (2016, New Amsterdam) B+(*)
  9. Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop: Love Letter for Fire (2016, Sub Pop/Black Cricket) B+(*)
  10. Carlos Bica & Azul: More Than This (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(***)
  11. Chicago Edge Ensemble: Decaying Orbit (2016 [2017], self-released) A-
  12. Alex Cline's Flower Garland Orchestra: Oceans of Vows (2016 [2017], self-released, 2CD) B+(***)
  13. DIIV: Is the Is Are (2016, Captured Tracks) B+(**)
  14. Dinosaur Jr: Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not (2016, Jagjaguwar) B+(*)
  15. Akua Dixon: Akua's Dance (2016 [2017], Akua's Music) B+(**)
  16. Marc Ducret Trio+3: Métatonal (2014 [2015], Ayler) B+(**)
  17. Krzysztof Dys Trio: Toys (2014 [2016], ForTune) B+(**)
  18. Gorilla Mask: Iron Lung (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) A-
  19. Bill Hart: Touch of Blue (2016 [2017], Blue Canoe) B-
  20. Jill Jack and the American SongBook Band: Pure Imagination (2016, UpHill Productions) B+(*)
  21. Sarah Jarosz: Undercurrent (2016, Sugar Hill) B+(**)
  22. Norah Jones: Day Breaks (2015 [2016], Blue Note) B+(**)
  23. Jü: Summa (2016 [2017], Rare Noise) B
  24. Doug MacDonald: A Salute to Jazz Composers: Jazz Marathon 2 (2016 [2017], BluJazz, 2CD) B+(***)
  25. Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra: Common Ground (2015 [2017], Addo, 2CD) B
  26. Ben Markley Big Band: Clockwise: The Music of Cedar Walton (2016 [2017], OA2) B+(*)
  27. Lisa Mezzacappa: Avant Noir (2015 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  28. The Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra: Welcome to Swingsville! (2016 [2017], BluJazz) B+(*)
  29. Nicole Mitchell: Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds (2015 [2017], FPE) B+(**)
  30. Murs: Captain California (2017, Strange Music) B+(**)
  31. Bill O'Connell: Monk's Cha Cha: Live at the Carnegie-Farian Room (2016 [2017], Savant) B
  32. Nnamdi Ogbonnaya: Drool (2017, Father/Daughter/Sooper) B-
  33. Miles Okazaki: Trickster (2016 [2017], Pi) B+(**)
  34. Eivind Opsvik: Overseas V (2016 [2017], Loyal Label) B+(***)
  35. Orchestra Baobab: Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng (2017, Nonesuch/World Circuit) A-
  36. The Radio Dept.: Running Out of Love (2016, Labrador) B+(**)
  37. Rocco John: Peace and Love (2014 [2017], Unseen Rain) A-
  38. Whitney Rose: South Texas Suite (2017, Six Shooter, EP) B+(***)
  39. Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures: Glare of the Tiger (2016 [2017], Meta/M.O.D. Technologies) B+(***)
  40. John K. Samson: Winter Wheat (2016, Anti-) B+(*)
  41. Jenny Scheinman: Here on Earth (2017, Royal Potato Family) B+(***)
  42. Andy Shauf: The Party (2016, Anti-) B
  43. Swans: The Glowing Man (2016, Young God, 2CD) B+(*)
  44. Sunny Sweeney: Trophy (2017, Aunt Daddy) B+(***)
  45. Syd: Fin (2017, Columbia) B+(***)
  46. Teenage Fanclub: Here (2016, Merge) B-
  47. University of Toronto Jazz Orcherstra: Sweet Ruby Suite (2016 [2017], UofT Jazz) B+(*)
  48. University of Toronto 12Tet: Trillium Falls (2016 [2017], UofT Jazz) B
  49. Keith Urban: Ripcord (2016, Capitol Nashville) B
  50. Velkro: Too Lazy to Panic (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) A-
  51. Nate Wooley/Ken Vandermark: All Directions Home (2015, Audiographic) B+(***)
  52. Michael Zilber: Originals for the Originals (2016 [2017], Origin) B+(**)
  53. Count Ossie and the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari: Tales of Mozambique (1970-75 [2016], Soul Jazz) A-
  54. Nigeria Soul Fever: Afro Funk, Disco and Boogie (1970s-80s [2016], Soul Jazz) B+(*)
  55. John Abercrombie/Arthur Blythe/Terri Lyne Carrington/Anthony Cox/Mark Feldman/Gust Tsilis: Echoes (1996 [2005], Alessa) B+(*)
  56. Gato Barbieri Quartet: In Search of the Mystery (1967, ESP-Disk) B+(*)
  57. Gato Barbieri: The Third World (1969 [1970], Flying Dutchman) B+(***)
  58. Gato Barbieri: Fenix (1971, Flying Dutchman) A-
  59. Gato Barbieri: El Pampero (1971 [1972], Flying Dutchman) A-
  60. Chuck Berry: After School Session (1955-57 [1957], Chess) B+(***)
  61. Chuck Berry: One Dozen Berrys (1957 [1958], Chess) B+(***)
  62. Chuck Berry: Chuck Berry Is on Top (1955-59 [1959], Chess) A-
  63. Chuck Berry: Rockin' at the Hops (1960, Chess) B+(**)
  64. Chuck Berry: New Juke Box Hits (1961, Chess) B+(*)
  65. Chuck Berry: Twist (1955-61 [1962], Chess) A-
  66. Chuck Berry: On Stage (1963, Chess) B-
  67. Bo Diddley/Chuck Berry: Two Great Guitars (1964, Chess) B+(*)
  68. Chuck Berry: St. Louis to Liverpool (1957-64 [2004], Chess) A-
  69. Chuck Berry: Chuck Berry in London (1965, Chess) B+(***)
  70. Chuck Berry: Fresh Berry's (1965, Chess) B+(**)
  71. Chuck Berry: Chuck Berry's Golden Hits (1966 [1989], Mercury) B-
  72. Chuck Berry: Chuck Berry in Memphis (1967, Mercury) B+(*)
  73. Chuck Berry: Live at Fillmore Auditorium (1967, Mercury) B
  74. Chuck Berry: From St. Louie to Frisco (1968, Mercury) B+(*)
  75. Chuck Berry: Concerto in B-Goode (1969, Mercury) B+(*)
  76. Chuck Berry: Back Home (1970, Chess) B+(***)
  77. Chuck Berry: San Francisco Dues (1971, Chess) B-
  78. Chuck Berry: The London Chuck Berry Sessions (1972, Chess) B
  79. Chuck Berry: Bio (1973, Chess) B+(**)
  80. Chuck Berry: Chuck Berry (1975, Chess) B+(**)
  81. Chuck Berry: Rock It (1979, Atco) B+(*)
  82. Chuck Berry: Rock 'N Roll Rarities (1957-64 [1986], Chess) B+(***)
  83. Arthur Blythe: Put Sunshine in It (1985, Columbia) B
  84. Lester Bowie: The 5th Power (1978, Black Saint) C+
  85. Bob Brookmeyer: The Dual Role of Bob Brookmeyer (1954-55 [1990], Prestige/OJC) B+(**)
  86. Double Tandem [Ab Baars/Ken Vandermark/Paal Nilssen-Love]: OX (2012, dEN) B+(***)
  87. FME: Live at the Glenn Miller Café - Feb. 27, 2002 (2002, Okka Disk) B+(***)
  88. FME: Montage (2005 [2006], Okka Disk, 2CD) B+(**)
  89. Al Green: Truth N' Time (1978, Hi) B+(**)
  90. Al Green: Tokyo . . . Live (1978 [1981], Motown) B+(***)
  91. Al Green: Precious Lord (1982, Myrrh) B+(***)
  92. Al Green: I'll Rise Again (1983, Myrrh) B+(**)
  93. Al Green: Trust in God (1984, Myrrh) B
  94. Al Green: He Is the Light (1986, A&M) B+(**)
  95. Vic Juris: Songbook (1999 [2000], SteepleChase) B
  96. Barney Kessel With Shelly Manne and Ray Brown: The Poll Winners (1957 [1988], Contemporary/OJC) B+(*)
  97. Barney Kessel With Shelly Manne & Ray Brown: Poll Winners Three! (1959 [1992], Contemporary/OJC) B+(***)
  98. The Leaders: Unforseen Blessings (1988 [1989], Soul Note) B+(*)
  99. Lean Left: Live at Area Sismica (2012 [2014], Unsounds) B+(***)
  100. Rara Avis: Mutations/Multicellulars Mutations (2012 [2013], dEN, 2CD) B+(*)
  101. Rara Avis: Rara Avis (2013 [2015], Not Two) B+(**)
  102. Reed Trio: Last Train to the First Station (2008-10 [2011], Kilogram) B+(*)
  103. Roots [Arthur Blythe/Sam Rivers/Nathan Davis/Chico Freeman/Don Pullen/Santi Debriano/Tommy Campbell]: Salutes the Saxophone (1991 [1992], In+Out) A-
  104. Roots: Stablemates (1992 [1993], In+Out) A-
  105. Swans: Public Castration Is a Good Idea (1986 [1999], Thirsty Ear) B
  106. The Vandermark Quartet: Big Head Eddie (1993, Platypus) B
  107. Vandermark 5: Drink, Don't Drown (1997, Savage Sound Syndicate) B+(*)
  108. Vandermark 5: Thinking on One's Feet (1998 [1999], Savage Sound Syndicate) B+(**)
  109. Ken Vandermark/Tim Daisy: August Music (2006 [2007], self-released) A-
  110. Ken Vandermark/Tim Daisy: The Conversation (2010-11 [2011], Multikulti) B+(***)
  111. Ken Vandermark/Paal Nilssen-Love: Letter to a Stranger (2011 [2012], Smalltown Superjazz) B+(***)
  112. Peter Van Huffel/Michael Bates/Jeff Davis: Boom Crane (2013 [2014], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(**)
  113. Witches & Devils: Empty Bottle Chicago (1997 [2000], Savage Sound Syndicate) B+(*)
  114. Jimmy & Mama Yancey: Chicago Piano Volume 1 (1951 [1991], Atlantic) B+(*)

February 28

  1. Rez Abbasi & Junction: Behind the Vibration (2015 [2016], Cuneiform) B+(**)
  2. Africans With Mainframes: K.M.T. (2016, Soul Jazz) A-
  3. Oren Ambarchi: Hubris (2016, Editions Mego) A-
  4. Angles 9: Disappeared Behind the Sun (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  5. A$AP Ferg: Always Strive and Prosper (2016, Polo Grounds/RCA) B+(**)
  6. Autolux: Pussy's Dead (2016. 30th Century/Columbia) B+(***)
  7. Ballister: Slag (2015 [2017], Aerophonic) B+(*)
  8. Heather Bambrick: You'll Never Know (2016 [2017], self-released) B+(**)
  9. William Basinski: A Shadow in Time (2017, Temporary Residence) B
  10. Beans on Toast: Rolling Up the Hill (2015, Xtra Mile) A-
  11. Beans on Toast: A Spanner in the Works (2016, Xtra Mile) B+(**)
  12. Bentcousin: Bentcousin (2016, Team Love) B+(**)
  13. Dierks Bentley: Black (2016, Capitol Nashville) B
  14. Gianni Bianchini: Type I (2016 [2017], self-released) B+(**)
  15. Joe Bourne: Upbeat and Sweet (2016 [2017], Summit) C
  16. Chris Byars: Two Fives (2014 [2015], SteepleChase) B+(**)
  17. Chris Byars: The Music of Frank Strozier (2015 [2017], SteepleChase) B+(**)
  18. Laura Cannell: Simultaneous Flight Movement (2016, Brawl) B+(*)
  19. Loyle Carner: Yesterday's Gone (2017, AMF) B
  20. The CCM Jazz Orchestra as James Bond: Nobody Does It Better (2013 [2017], Summit) B+(**)
  21. Chook Race: Around the House (2016, Trouble in Mind) B+(*)
  22. City Yelps: Half Hour (2016, Odd Box) B+(*)
  23. Kweku Collins: Nat Love (Closed Sessions) B+(*)
  24. CP Unit: Before the Heat Death (2016 [2017]. Clean Feed) B+(***)
  25. Allison Crutchfield: Tourist in This Town (2017, Merge) B+(**)
  26. Tim Daisy: October Music Vol. 2: 7 Compositions for Duet (2016, Relay) B+(**)
  27. Carla dal Forno: You Know What It's Like (2016, Blackest Ever Black) B+(*)
  28. Death Grips: Bottomless Pit (2016, Third Worlds/Harvest) B+(*)
  29. Jon De Lucia Group: As the River Sings (2014 [2017], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(***)
  30. Olegario Diaz: Aleph in Chromatic (2015 [2016], SteepleChase) B+(**)
  31. Élage Diouf: Melokáane (2015, Pump Up the World) A-
  32. DJ Diamond: Footwork or Die (2016, |Duck N' Cover) B-
  33. Dvsn: Sept. 5th (2016, OVO Sound/Warner Brothers) B+(*)
  34. Mark Ernestus' Ndagga Rhythm Force: Yermande (2016, Ndagga) B+(**)
  35. Bill Evans/Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Beauty & the Beast (2011 [2016], Spartacus) B+(**)
  36. Factory Floor: 25 25 (2016, DFA) A-
  37. Fantastic Negrito: The Last Days of Oakland (2016, Blackball Universe) B+(***)
  38. Nick Finzer: Hear & Now (2016 [2017], Outside In Music) B+(*)
  39. The Flat Five: It's a World of Love and Hate (2016, Bloodshot) B-
  40. Daniel Freedman: Imagine That (2016, Anzic) B+(***)
  41. Satoko Fujii: Invisible Hand (2016 [2017], Cortez Sound, 2CD) A-
  42. Joana Gama/Luís Fernandes/Richardo Jacinto: Harmonies (2016 [2017], Shhpuma) B+(***)
  43. Jean-Brice Godet: Lignes De Crêtes (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(***)
  44. Frank Gratkowski/Alexey Kruglov/Simon Nabatov/Oleg Yudanov: Leo Records 35th Anniversary Moscow (2014 [2015], Leo) B+(*)
  45. Josh Green & the Cyborg Orchestra: Telepathy & Bop (2016 [2017], self-released) B+(*)
  46. Rich Halley/Carson Halley: The Wild (2015 [2017], Pine Eagle) A-
  47. The Hamilton Mixtape (2016, Atlantic) B+(***)
  48. Jesca Hoop: Memories Are Now (2017, Sub Pop) A-
  49. The Hotelier: Goodness (2016, Tiny Engines) B+(*)
  50. Injury Reserve: Live From the Dentist Office (2015, Las Fuegas) B+(**)
  51. Injury Reserve: Floss (2016, Las Fuegas) B+(***)
  52. Kayo Dot: Plastic House on Base of Sky (2016, The Flenser) B
  53. Amirtha Kidambi/Elder Ones: Holy Science (2016, Northern Spy) B+(*)
  54. Dave King Trucking Company: Surrounded by the Night (2016, Sunnyside) B+(**)
  55. Kirk Knuffke/Jesse Stacken: Satie (2015 [2016], SteepleChase) B
  56. Kool A.D.: Official (2016, self-released, EP) B+(**)
  57. Michel Lambert: Alom Mola (2016 [2017], Jazz From Rant) B+(***)
  58. Jihye Lee Orchestra: April (2016 [2017], self-released) B-
  59. Okkyung Lee & Christian Marclay: Amalgam (2014 [2016], Northern Spy) B
  60. Jens Lekman: Life Will See You Now (2016, Secretly Canadian) B+(***)
  61. Daniel Levin Quartet: Live at Firehouse 12 (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  62. James Brandon Lewis Trio: No Filter (2016, BNS Sessions) B+(**)
  63. Brian Lynch: Madera Latino (2012 [2016], Hollistic MusicWorks, 2CD) B+(***)
  64. Martha: Blisters in the Pit of My Heart (2016, Dirtnap) A-
  65. Mark Masters Ensemble: Blue Skylight (2015-16 [2017], Capri) B+(**)
  66. Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School: The Twilight Fall (2016 [2017], Browntasaurus) B+(*)
  67. Leyla McCalla: A Day for the Hunter, a Day for the Prey (2016, Jazz Village) B+(**)
  68. Cass McCombs: Mangy Love (2016, Anti-) B
  69. Merso: Red World (2016, Good to Die) B+(**)
  70. Billy Mintz: Ugly Beautiful (2015 [2017], Thirteenth Note, 2CD) B+(**)
  71. Moksha: The Beauty of an Arbitrary Moment (2016, Jazzland) B+(*)
  72. Donny Most: Mostly Swinging (2016 [2017], Summit) B+(**)
  73. Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Loafer's Hollow (2016 [2017], Hot Cup) A-
  74. The MUH Trio [Roberto Magris/Frantisek Uhlir/Jaromir Helesic]: Prague After Dark (2016 [2017], JMood) B+(***)
  75. Tisziji Muñoz: Tathagata Guitar: Whisperings of Peace (2016, Anami Music) B+(***)
  76. Tisziji Muñoz: Heart Ground (2016, Anami Music) B+(*)
  77. Doug Munro and La Pompe Attack: The Harry Warren Songbook (2016 [2017], GotMusic) B+(***)
  78. Brad Myers & Michael Sharfe: Sanguinaria (Hopefulsongs) (2016 [2017], Colloquy) B+(*)
  79. Qasim Naqvi: Chronology (2016, New Amsterdam) B
  80. Old 97's: Graveyard Whistling (2017, ATO) B+(***)
  81. Oui' 3: Occupy Your Mind (2016 [2017], ITI) B
  82. Keith Oxman: East of the Village (2016 [2017], Capri) B+(**)
  83. Jason Palmer: Beauty 'N' Numbers: The Sudoku Suite (2015 [2016], SteepleChase) B+(**)
  84. Hannah Peel: Awake but Always Dreaming (2016, My Own Pleasure) B
  85. Florian Pellissier Quintet: Cap De Bonne Esperance (2016, Heavenly Sweetness) B+(**)
  86. Luis Perdomo: Spirits and Warriors (2016, Criss Cross) B+(**)
  87. Awa Poulo: Poulo Warali (2016 [2017], Awesome Tapes From Africa) B+(**)
  88. Noah Preminger: Meditations on Freedom (2016 [2017], self-released) B+(***)
  89. Primal Scream: Chaosmosis (2016, First International/Ignition) B+(**)
  90. Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno: 1000 Watts (2016, Tru Thoughts) B+(**)
  91. Renegades of Jazz: Moyo Wangu (2016, Agogo) B+(***)
  92. The Reunion Project: Veranda (2016 [2017], Tapestry) B+(**)
  93. Stephen Riley & Peter Zak: Haunted Heart (2014 [2015], SteepleChase) B+(**)
  94. Stephen Riley/Peter Zak: Deuce (2014 [2017], SteepleChase) B+(***)
  95. Carrie Rodriguez: Lola (2016, Luz) B+(*)
  96. Roosevelt: Roosevelt (2016, City Slang) B+(*)
  97. The Sadies: Northern Passages (2017, Yep Roc) B+(*)
  98. Sampha: Process (2017, Young Turks) B+(*)
  99. Sao Paulo Underground: Cantos Invisiveis (2016, Cuneiform) B+(**)
  100. Scarcity of Tanks: Ringleader Lies (2016, Total Life Society) B+(**)
  101. Luke Sellick: Alchemist (2016 [2017], Cellar Live) B+(**)
  102. Skee Mask: Shred (2016, Ilian Tape) B+(**)
  103. Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra: Effervescence (2016 [2017], Spartacus) B+(**)
  104. Snakehips: All My Friends EP (2016, Sony Music, EP) B+(***)
  105. Snakehips: Forever (Pt. II) EP (2015, Sony Music, EP) B+(*)
  106. Sneaks: Gymnastics (2016, Merge, EP) B+(*)
  107. Dele Sosimi Meets Prince Fatty & Nostalgia 77: You No Fit Touch Am in Dub (2016, Wah Wah 45s) B+(**)
  108. Dele Sosimi: You No Fit Touch Am (2015, Wah Wah 45s) B+(***)
  109. Hiromi Suda: Nagi (2015 [2017], BluJazz) B+(*)
  110. Thee Oh Sees: A Weird Exits (2016, Castle Face) B+(*)
  111. Throttle Elevator Music: IV (2014-16 [2016], Wide Hive) B+(**)
  112. Throttle Elevator Music: Retrorespective (2016 [2017], Wide Hive) B+(***)
  113. Tinariwen: Elwan (2016, Anti-) A-
  114. Trouble Kaze: June (2016 [2017], Circum-Disc) B+(*)
  115. Yves Tumor: Serpent Music (2016, Pan) B+(*)
  116. Baron Tymas: Montréal (2015 [2017], Tymasmusic) B+(*)
  117. Ryley Walker: Golden Sings That Have Been Sung (2016, Dead Oceans) B+(*)
  118. David Weiss & Point of Departure: Wake Up Call (2015 [2017], Ropeadope) A-
  119. The XX: I See You (2017, Young Turks) A-
  120. Peter Zak: Standards (2014 [2016], SteepleChase) B+(*)
  121. African Head Charge: Return of the Crocodile (1981-85 [2016], On-U Sound) B+(**)
  122. Bitori: Legend of Funana: The Forbidden Music of the Cape Verde Islands (1997 [2016], Analog Africa) B+(***)
  123. J Dilla: The Diary (2001-02 [2016], Mass Appeal/Pay Jay) B+(*)
  124. Doing it in Lagos: Boogie, Pop & Disco in 1980's Nigeria (1979-84 [2016], Soundway, 2CD) B
  125. Anna Homler and Steve Moshier: Breadwoman & Other Tales (1985-93 [2016], RVNG Intl) B+(**)
  126. Arthur Lipner: Two Hands One Heart: Best of Arthur Lipner (1990-2014 [2017], Malletworks Media, 2CD) B+(**)
  127. Meridian Brothers V: El Advenimiento Del Castillo Mujer (2005 [2016], Discrepant) A-
  128. New York Noise: Dance Music From the New York Underground 1977-1982 (1977-82 [2016], Soul Jazz) B+(**)
  129. Joe Newman Sextet: The Happy Cats (1956 [2016], Fresh Sound) B+(*)
  130. Senegal 70: Sonic Gems and Previously Unreleased Recordings From the 70s (1970s [2015], Analog Africa) B+(**)
  131. Sky Girl (1961-91 [2016], Efficient Space) B+(*)
  132. Anthony Braxton: Quintet (London) 2004: Live at the Royal Festival Hall (2004 [2005], Leo) B+(**)
  133. Anthony Braxton: Quartet (Moscow) 2008 (2008, Leo) B+(**)
  134. Avishai Cohen's Triveni: Dark Nights (2014, Anzic) B+(**)
  135. James Luther Dickinson: Dixie Fried (1972, Atlantic) B
  136. James Luther Dickinson: Jungle Jim and the Voodoo Tiger (2006, Memphis International) B+(**)
  137. James Luther Dickinson: Dinosaurs Run in Circles (2009, Memphis International) B+(**)
  138. Jens Lekman: When I Said I Wanted to Be Your Dog (2004, Secretly Canadian) B+(*)
  139. Brian Lynch Sextet: Peer Pressure (1986 [1987], Criss Cross) B+(**)
  140. Brian Lynch Quintet: Back Room Blues (1989 [1990], Criss Cross) B+(**)
  141. Brian Lynch: Spheres of Influence (1997, Sharp Nine) B+(*)
  142. Brian Lynch Latin Jazz Sextet: ConClave (2004 [2005], Criss Cross) B+(**)
  143. Brian Lynch: Unsung Heroes Vol. 2 (2008-09 [2013], Hollistic MusicWorks) B+(**)
  144. Brian Lynch and Spheres of Influence: ConClave Vol. 2 (2010 [2011], Criss Cross) B+(**)
  145. Rova: Long on Logic: Compositions by Fred Frith, Henry Kaiser, and Rova (1989 [1990], Sound Aspects) B+(**)
  146. Bob Wilber: Horns-a-Plenty (1994, Arbors) B+(*)
  147. The Bob Wilber/Dany Doriz Quintet: Memories of You: Lionel and Benny (1995 [1996], Black and Blue) B+(**)
  148. Bob Wilber: Nostalgia (1996, Arbors) B+(**)
  149. Bob Wilber/Dick Hyman: A Perfect Match: In Tribute to Johnny Hodges and Wild Bill Davis (1997 [1998], Arbors) B+(*)
  150. Bob Wilber and the International March of Jazz All Stars: Everywhere You Go There's Jazz (1998 [1999], Arbors) B+(*)
  151. Bob Wilber and the Tuxedo Big Band: Fletcher Henderson's Unrecorded Arrangements for Benny Goodman (2000, Arbors) A-
  152. Bob Wilber and the Tuxedo Big Band: Rampage! (2011, Arbors) B
  153. American Honey [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (1974-2015 [2016], UME) A-

January 28

  1. 21 Savage/Metro Boomin: Savage Mode (2016, self-released) A-
  2. Amanar: Tumastin (2015 [2016], Sahel Sounds) B+(*)
  3. Bill Anschell: Rumbler (2016 [2017], Origin) B+(**)
  4. Aphex Twin: Cheetah (2016, Warp, EP) B+(*)
  5. Arca: Entrañas (2016, self-released, EP) B+(*)
  6. Azealia Banks: Slay-Z (2016, self-released, EP) B
  7. BJ Barham: Rockingham (2016, self-released) A-
  8. Luke Bell: Luke Bell (2016, Bill Hill) B+(***)
  9. Jim Black/Óskar Gudjónsson/Elias Stemeseder/Chris Tordini: Mala Mute (2016 [2017], Intakt) B+(*)
  10. Mykki Blanco: Mykki (2016, !K7) B+(*)
  11. Bibi Bourelly: Free the Real (Pt. 1) (2016, Circa 13/Def Jam, EP) B+(*)
  12. Bibi Bourelly: Free the Real (Pt. 2) (2016, Circa 13/Def Jam, EP) B
  13. Jakob Bro: Streams (2015 [2016], ECM) B
  14. Brookzill!: Throwback to the Future (2016, Tommy Boy) B+(*)
  15. Peter Brötzmann & ICI Ensemble: Beautiful Lies (2014 [2016], Neos Jazz) B+(*)
  16. Apollo Brown & Skyzoo: The Easy Truth (2016, Mello Music) B+(***)
  17. The Cactus Blossoms: You're Dreaming (2016, Red House) B+(*)
  18. The Uri Caine Trio: Calibrated Thickness (2015 [2016], 816 Music) B+(***)
  19. Judy Carmichael/Harry Allen: Can You Love Once More? (2016, GAC) A-
  20. François Carrier/Michel Lambert/Alexey Lapin: Freedom Is Space for the Spirit (2014 [2017], FMR) A-
  21. Frank Catalano/Jimmy Chamberlin: Bye Bye Blackbird (2016, Ropeadope) B+(*)
  22. Childish Gambino: Awaken, My Love! (2016, Glassnote) B+(*)
  23. Club D'Elf: Live at Club Helsinki (2012 [2017], Face Pelt, 2CD) B+(***)
  24. Shirley Collins: Lodestar (2016, Domino) B+(***)
  25. Shawn Colvin/Steve Earle: Colvin & Earle (2016, Fantasy) B+(*)
  26. Gustavo Cortiñas Snapshot: Esse (2016 [2017], OA2) B+(*)
  27. Sandy Cressman: Entre Amigos (2016 [2017], Cressman Music) B+(*)
  28. Stephan Crump/Ingrid Laubrock/Cory Smythe: Planktonic Finales (2015 [2017], Intakt) B+(*)
  29. Alan Cumming: Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs: Live at the Cafe Carlyle (2016, Yellow Sound) B+(*)
  30. Tim Daisy/Marc Riordan: Joyride (2016, Relay) B+(***)
  31. Tim Daisy's Celebration Sextet: The Halfway There Suite (2016, Relay) B+(**)
  32. Tim Daisy: Red Nation "1" (2016 [2017], Relay) B+(**)
  33. The Brian Dickinson Quintet: The Rhythm Method (2015 [2017], Addo) B+(*)
  34. Dr. Mint: Voices in the Void (2016 [2016], Orenda) B+(*)
  35. Laura Dubin Trio: Live at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (2016 [2017], self-released, 2CD) B+(*)
  36. Echoes of Swing: Dancing (2016, ACT) B+(*)
  37. Ellery Eskelin/Christian Weber/Michael Griener: Sensations of Tone (2016 [2017], Intakt) A-
  38. The Fall: Wise Ol' Man (2016, Cherry Red, EP) B+(*)
  39. Fanfare Ciocarlia: Onwards to Mars! (2016, Asphalt Tango) B+(***)
  40. Flume: Skin (2016, Future Classic) B
  41. Free Nelson Mandoomjazz: The Organ Grinder (2016, RareNoise) B+(*)
  42. Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo: Peace (2014 [2017], Libra) A-
  43. Fumaça Preta: Impuros Fanáticos (2016, Soundway) B+(*)
  44. Gaika: Security (2016, Mixpak) B+(*)
  45. Brent Gallaher: Moving Forward (2016 [2017], V&B) B
  46. Gallant: Ology (2016, Mind of a Genius/Warner Brothers) B+(*)
  47. Slava Ganelin/Lenny Sendersky: Hotel Cinema (2016, Leo) B+(**)
  48. Vince Gill: Down to My Last Bad Habit (2016, MCA Nashville) B+(*)
  49. Barry Guy/Ken Vandermark: Occasional Poems (2014 [2015], Not Two, 2CD) B+(***)
  50. Noah Haidu: Infinite Distances (2015-16 [2017], Cellar Live) B+(**)
  51. Nancy Harms: Ellington at Night (2016, Gazelle) B+(**)
  52. Steve Hauschildt: Strands (2016, Kranky) B+(***)
  53. Terrie Hessels & Ken Vandermark: Splinters (2014-15 [2016], Audiograph) B+(*)
  54. High Definition Quartet: Bukoliki (2015, ForTune) A-
  55. Cynthia Hilts: Lyric Fury (2014 [2017], Blond Coyote) B+(*)
  56. Lonnie Holley: Keeping a Record of It (2013, Dust-to-Digital) B+(**)
  57. Horse Lords: Interventions (2016, Northern Spy) B+(**)
  58. I.P.A.: I Just Did Say Something (2016, Cuneiform) B+(**)
  59. Ethan Iverson: The Purity of the Turf (2016, Criss Cross) B+(**)
  60. Japanese Breakfast: Psychopomp (2016, Dead Oceans) B+(*)
  61. Cody Jinks: I'm Not the Devil (2016, Cody Jinks Music) B+(**)
  62. Howard Johnson and Gravity: Testimony (2016 [2017], Tuscarora) B+(**)
  63. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: Nonagon Infinity (2016, ATO) B+(*)
  64. The Klezmatics: Apikorsim/Heretics (2016, World Village) B+(***)
  65. Joachim Kühn New Trio: Beauty & Truth (2015 [2016], ACT) B+(**)
  66. Rolf Kühn: Spotlights (2016, Edel/MPS) B+(**)
  67. Le Rex: Wild Man (2014 [2015], Cuneiform) B+(*)
  68. Led Bib: Umbrella Weather (2016 [2017], RareNoise) B+(*)
  69. Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands: The Hazel and Alice Sessions (2016, Spruce and Maple) B+(***)
  70. Mark Lewis: New York Session (2015 [2017], Audio Daddio) B+(**)
  71. Lil Yachty: Summer Songs 2 (2016, Quality Control) B-
  72. Lil Yachty: Lil Boat (2016, Quality Control) B
  73. Little Simz: Stillness in Wonderland (2016, Age 101) B
  74. Tove Lo: Lady Wood (2016, Island) B+(*)
  75. Mannequin Pussy: Romantic (2016, Tiny Engines, EP) B+(*)
  76. Lasse Marhaug & Ken Vandermark: Close Up (For Abbas Kiarostami) (2016, Audiographic) B
  77. Terrace Martin: Velvet Portraits (2016, Ropeadope) B
  78. Hedvig Mollestad Trio: Black Stabat Mater (2016, Rune Grammofon) B+(*)
  79. Hedvig Mollestad Trio: EVIL in Oslo (2015 [2016], Rune Grammofon) B+(*)
  80. Kjetil Møster/Hans Magnus Ryan/Ståle Storløkken/Thomas Strønen: Reflections in Cosmo (2016 [2017], RareNoise) B+(**)
  81. Wolfgang Muthspiel: Rising Grace (2016, ECM) B+(**)
  82. Simon Nabatov/Mark Dresser/Dominik Mahnig: Equal Poise (2014 [2016], Leo) B+(***)
  83. Simon Nabatov Trio: Picking Order (2015 [2016], Leo) B+(**)
  84. Ted Nash Big Band: Presidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom (2016, Motéma, 2CD) B
  85. Youssou N'Dour & Le Super Etoile: #Senegaal Rekk (2016, self-released, EP) A-
  86. Tami Neilson: Don't Be Afraid (2015, self-released) B+(**)
  87. Nu Guinea: The Tony Allen Experiments [Afrobeat Makers Vol. 3] (2016, Comet) A-
  88. Oles Brothers & Antoni Gralak: Primitivo (2016, ForTune) A-
  89. Adam Pieronczyk: Monte Albán (2016, Regent) A-
  90. Preoccupations: Preoccupations (2016, Jagjaguwar) B+(*)
  91. Prince Rama: X-Treme Now (2016, Carpark) B-
  92. Isaiah Rashad: The Sun's Tirade (2016, Top Dawg Entertainment) B+(**)
  93. Dave Rempis/Elisabeth Harnik/Michael Zerang: Wistfully (2013 [2016], Aerophonic) B+(*)
  94. Dave Rempis/Joe Morris/Tomeka Reid/Jim Baker: Nettles (2013 [2016], Aerophonic) B+(*)
  95. Dave Rempis/Darren Johnston/Larry Ochs: Neutral Nation (2015 [2016], Aerophonic) B
  96. Dawn Richard: Redemption (2016, Our Dawn) B+(**)
  97. Richmond Fontaine: You Can't Go Back if There's Nothing to Go Back To (2016, Fluff & Gravy) B+(***)
  98. Randy Rogers Band: Nothing Shines Like Neon (2016, Tommy Jackson) B+(*)
  99. Jimetta Rose: The Light Bearer (2016, Temporary Whatever) B-
  100. Jeff Rosenstock: Worry (2016, Side One Dummy) B+(*)
  101. Xenia Rubinos: Black Terry Cat (2016, Anti-) B+(*)
  102. Run the Jewels: Run the Jewels 3 (2016 [2017], Run the Jewels) A-
  103. L.A. Salami: Dancing With Bad Grammar (2016, PIAS America) B+(*)
  104. Hillary Scott & the Scott Family: Love Remains (2016, Capitol Nashville) B-
  105. Jimmy Scott: I Go Back Home (2009-10 [2017], Eden River) B+(**)
  106. Richard Sears Sextet: Altadena (2015 [2016], Ropeadope) B+(**)
  107. Aubrie Sellers: New City Blues (2016, Warner Nashville) B+(*)
  108. Noura Mint Seymali: Arbina (2016, Glitterbeat) B+(***)
  109. Matthew Shipp/Michael Bisio: Live in Seattle (2015 [2016], Arena Music Promotion) B+(**)
  110. Matthew Shipp Trio: Piano Song (2016 [2017], Thirsty Ear) A-
  111. Amanda Shires: My Piece of Land (2016, BMG) B+(***)
  112. Shura: Nothing's Real (2016, Polydor) B+(**)
  113. Sia: This Is Acting (2016, Inertia/Monkey Puzzle/RCA) B+(*)
  114. Dave Soldier: The Eighth Hour of Amduat (2016 [2017], Mulatta) B+(*)
  115. Kandace Springs: Soul Eyes (2016, Blue Note) B
  116. Suede: Night Thoughts (2016, Suede) C+
  117. Susso: Keira (2016, Soundway) B+(*)
  118. Aki Takase/David Murray: Cherry Shakura (2016 [2017], Intakt) A-
  119. Aaron Lee Tasjan: Silver Tears (2016, New West) B
  120. T.I.: Us or Else (2016, Grand Hustle/Roc Nation, EP) B+(***)
  121. T.I.: Us or Else: Letter to the System (2016, Grand Hustle/Roc Nation, EP) A-
  122. Jonah Tolchin: Thousand Mile Night (2016, Yep Roc) B+(**)
  123. Trio Red Space: Fields of Flat (2015 [2016], Relay) B+(**)
  124. Ken Vandermark: Site Specific (2014-15 [2015], Audiographic, 2CD) B+(**)
  125. Venetian Snares: Traditional Synthesizer Music (2016, Timesig) A-
  126. The Wainwright Sisters: Songs in the Dark (2015, PIAS) B+(**)
  127. Warehouse: Super Low (2016, Bayonet) B+(**)
  128. Watkins Family Hour: Watkins Family Hour (2015, Thirty Tigers) B
  129. Randy Weston/African Rhythms: The African Nubian Suite (2012 [2017], African Rhythms, 2CD) A-
  130. Weyes Blood: Front Row Seat to Earth (2016, Mexican Summer) B-
  131. Wolter Wierbos/Jasper Stadhouders/Tim Daisy: Sounds in a Garden (2016, Relay) B+(***)
  132. David Wise: Till They Lay Me Down (2016 [2017], self-released) B+(**)
  133. Eri Yamamoto Trio: Firefly (2012 [2013], AUM Fidelity) B+(*)
  134. Eri Yamamoto Trio: Life (2016, AUM Fidelity) B+(**)
  135. C. Spencer Yeh & Ken Vandermark: Schlager (2015 [2016], Audiographic) B+(**)
  136. Dhafer Youssef: Diwan of Beauty and Odd (2016, Okeh) B
  137. Miguel Zenón: Típico (2016 [2017], Miel Music) A-
  138. Zomba Prison Project: I Will Not Stop Singing (2016, Six Degrees) B+(**)
  139. Mose Allison: American Legend: Live in California (2006 [2015], Ibis) B+(*)
  140. Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta (1970s [2016], Numero Group, 3CD) B+(***)
  141. Boogie Breakdown: South African Synth-Disco 1980-1984 (1980-84 [2016], Cultures of Soul) B-
  142. Brother Ahh/Sound Awareness: Move Ever Onward (1975 [2016], Manufactured) B-
  143. Brother Ah and the Sounds of Awareness: Key to Nowhere (1983 [2016], Manufactured) B+(*)
  144. Joe Bushkin: Live at the Embers 1952 (1952 [2016], Dot Time) B+(***)
  145. Fanfare Ciocarlia: 20 (1996-2016 [2016], Asphalt Tango) B+(***)
  146. Gqom Oh! The Sound of Durban Vol. 1 (2016, Goom Oh!) B+(*)
  147. Chris McGregor & the Castle Lager Big Band: Jazz/The African Sound (1963 [2016], Jazzman) B+(**)
  148. Elvis Presley: Way Down in the Jungle Room (1976 [2016], RCA/Legacy, 2CD) B+(*)
  149. Putumayo Presents: African Rumba (1962-2015 [2016], Putumayo World Music) A-
  150. Chris Rogers: Voyage Home (2001 [2017], Art of Life) B
  151. Sheer Mag: Compilation (2014-16 [2017], Wilsuns RC) B+(***)
  152. Southern Family (2016, Elektra/Low Country Sound) B+(**)
  153. Space Echo: The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed! (1977-85 [2016], Analog Africa) B+(**)
  154. Cecil Taylor: Live in the Black Forest (1978 [2016], MPS) B+(**)
  155. The Three Sounds: Groovin' Hard: Live at the Penthouse 1964-1968 (1964-68 [2017], Resonance) A-
  156. Simon Nabatov/Mark Helias/Tom Rainey: Tough Customer (1992 [1993], Enja) B+(***)