Rhapsody Streamnotes: Year 2018 Index

October 31

  1. David Ake: Humanities (2017 [2018], Posi-Tone) B+(***)
  2. Alchemy Sound Project: Adventures in Time and Space (2016 [2018], ARC) B+(***)
  3. Eric Alexander: Song of No Regrets (2017, High Note) B+(**)
  4. Danny Bacher: Still Happy (2018, Whaling City Sound) B+(*)
  5. Joey Baron/Robyn Schulkowsky: Now You Hear Me (2016 [2018], Intakt) B+(**)
  6. The Bottle Rockets: Bit Logic (2018, Bloodshot) B+(*)
  7. Jakob Bro: Bay of Rainbows (2017 [2018], ECM) B+(**)
  8. François Carrier/Michel Lambert/John Edwards: Elements (2015-16 [2018], FMR) A-
  9. Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop: Abundance (2013-16 [2018], Anzic) B+(**)
  10. Mike Clark & Delbert Bump: Retro Report (2018, Ropeadope) B+(**)
  11. Drums & Tuba: Triumph! (2018, Ropeadope) B+(*)
  12. Colin Edwin & Lorenzo Feliciati: Twinscapes Vol. 2: A Modern Approach to the Dancefloor (2018, RareNoise) B+(**)
  13. Espen Eriksen Trio With Andy Sheppard: Perfectly Unhappy (2018, Rune Grammofon) A-
  14. Fat Tony: 10,000 Hours (2018, self-released) B+(*)
  15. Jonathan Finlayson: 3 Times Round (2018, Pi) A-
  16. Nick Finzer's Hear & Now: Live in New York City (2018, Outside In) B+(**)
  17. The Vinny Golia Sextet: Trajectory (2017 [2018], Orenda/Nine Winds, 2CD) B+(***)
  18. The Marie Goudy 12tet Featuring Jocelyn Barth: The Bitter Suite (2018, self-released) B
  19. Devin Gray: Dirigo Rataplan II (2016 [2018], Rataplan) B+(***)
  20. Hamell on Trial: The night Guy at the Apocalypse: Profiles of a Rushing Midnight (2018, Saustex) B+(*)
  21. Hofbauer/Rosenthal Quartet: Human Resources (2017 [2018], Creative Nation Music) B+(***)
  22. Idles: Joy as an Act of Resistance (2018, Partisan) B+(***)
  23. José James: Lean on Me (2018, Blue Note) B+(*)
  24. Mark Kavuma: Kavuma (2017 [2018], Ubuntu Music) B+(*)
  25. Shai Maestro: The Dream Thief (2018, ECM) B+(**)
  26. Dave McMurray: Music Is Life (2018, Blue Note) B+(**)
  27. Ryan Meagher: Lost Days (2017 [2018], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(*)
  28. Ryan Meagher: Evil Twin (2018, PJCE) B
  29. Myra Melford's Snowy Egret: The Other Side of Air (2017 [2018], Firehouse 12) A-
  30. Allison Miller/Carmen Staaf: Science Fair (2018, Sunnyside) B+(*)
  31. Joe Morris/Ben Hall/Andria Nicodemou: Raven (2016 [2017], Glacial Erratic) B+(*)
  32. Moskus: Mirakler (2016-17 [2018], Hubro) B+(**)
  33. Kjetil Møster/John Edwards/Dag Erik Knedal Andersen: Different Shapes/Immersion (2014 [2018], Va Fongool) B+(*)
  34. John Moulder: Decade: Memoirs (2009-17 [2018], Origin) B
  35. Maria Muldaur: Don't You Feel My Leg: The Naughty Bawdy Blues of Blue Lu Barker (2018, The Last Music Company) A-
  36. Wolfgang Muthspiel: Where the River Goes (2018, ECM) B+(**)
  37. Aaron Parks: Little Big (2018, Ropeadope) B+(***)
  38. Matt Penman: Good Question (2017 [2018], Sunnyside) A-
  39. Madeleine Peyroux: Anthem (2018, Decca) B+(*)
  40. Mikkel Ploug/Mark Turner: Faroe (2018, Sunnyside) B+(**)
  41. R+R=Now: Collagically Speaking (2018, Blue Note) B
  42. Marc Ribot: Songs of Resistance 1942-2018 (2018, Epitaph) B+(***)
  43. Riton + Kah-Lo: Foreign Ororo (2018, Riton Time) A-
  44. Robyn: Honey (2018, Konichiwa/Interscope) B+(**)
  45. Anne Sajdera: New Year (2018, Bijuri) B+(*)
  46. Cécile McLorin Salvant: The Window (2018, Mack Avenue) B+(*)
  47. Christian Sands: Reach Further EP (2017-18 [2018], Mack Avenue) B+(**)
  48. Christian Sands: Facing Dragons (2018, Mack Avenue) B+(**)
  49. JP Schlegelmilch/Jonathan Goldberger/Jim Black: Visitors (2018, Skirl) B+(*)
  50. Elliott Sharp Carbon: Transmigration at the Solar Max (2009 [2018], Intakt) B+(***)
  51. Jared Sims: The New York Sessions (2018, Ropeadope) B+(**)
  52. Tyshaw Sorey: Pillars (2017 [2018], Firehouse 12, 3CD) B+(**)
  53. Alister Spence/Satoko Fujii: Intelset (2017 [2018], Alister Spence Music) B+(**)
  54. Mike Steinel Quintet: Song and Dance (2017 [2018], OA2) B+(**)
  55. Chad Taylor: Myths and Morals (2018, Ears & Eyes) B+(*)
  56. Tropical Fuck Storm: A Laughing Death in Meatspace (2018, Tropical Fuck Storm/Mistletone) B+(**)
  57. Mark Turner/Ethan Iverson: Temporary Kings (2017 [2018], ECM) B+(**)
  58. Steve Turre: The Very Thought of You (2018, Smoke Sessions) B+(*)
  59. Colter Wall: Songs of the Plains (2018, Young Mary's) B+(**)
  60. Jeff "Tain" Watts: Travel Band: Detained in Amsterdam (2017 [2018], Dark Key) B+(***)
  61. Walt Weiskopf: European Quartet (2017 [2018], Orenda) B+(**)
  62. Brad Whiteley: Presence (2016 [2018], Destiny) B+(**)
  63. Chip Wickham: Shamal Wind (2017 [2018], Lovemonk) B
  64. Patrick Zimmerli Quartet: Clockworks (2017 [2018], Songlines) B+(**)
  65. Tohru Aizawa Quartet: Tachibana Vol. 1 (1975 [2018], BBE) A-
  66. Calm Waters Rolling Swells & Roiling Seas: A Whaling City Sampler (2004-17 [2018], Whaling City Sound) B
  67. Ella Fitzgerald: Ella at Zardi's (1956 [2017], Verve) A-
  68. I'm Not Here to Hunt Rabbits ([2018], Piranha) A-
  69. J Jazz: Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969-1984 (1969-84 [2018], BBE) A-
  70. Takeo Moriyama: East Plants (1983 [2018], BBE) B+(***)
  71. Ralph Thomas: Eastern Standard Time (1980 [2018], BBE) B+(***)
  72. Fred Astaire: The Astaire Story (1952 [2017], Verve) B+(***)
  73. Fred Astaire: Steppin' Out: Astaire Sings (1952 [1994], Verve) B+(***)
  74. Tony Bennett and Bill Evans: Together Again (1976 [2003], Concord) B+(*)
  75. Hamiet Bluiett: Birthright: A Solo Blues Concert (1977, India Navigation) B+(**)
  76. Hamiet Bluiett: Resolution (1977 [1978], Black Saint) B+(*)
  77. Hamiet Bluiett: "Dangerously Suite" (1981, Soul Note) B+(***)
  78. Hamiet Bluiett: Ebu (1984, Soul Note) B+(**)
  79. Hamiet Bluiett & Concept: Live at Carlos 1 (1986 [1997], Just a Memory) A-
  80. Hamiet Bluiett: Sankofa/Rear Garde (1992 [1993], Soul Note) B+(**)
  81. Hamiet Bluiett: Live at the Village Vanguard: Ballads and Blues (1994 [1997], Soul Note) B+(***)
  82. Hamiet Bluiett: With Eyes Wide Open (2000, Justin Time) A-
  83. Rosemary Clooney/Duke Ellington: Blue Rose (1956 [2008], Columbia/Legacy) B+(**)
  84. Rosemary Clooney: Rosie Solves the Swingin' Riddle! (1961 [2004], RCA/Bluebird) A-
  85. Rosemary Clooney: Everything's Coming Up Rosie (1977, Concord) B+(***)
  86. Rosemary Clooney: Sings the Lyrics of Johnny Mercer (1987, Concord) B+(***)
  87. Nat 'King' Cole: St. Louis Blues (1958, Capitol) B+(*)
  88. Doris Day: Day by Day (1956, Columbia) B
  89. Doris Day: Day by Night (1957, Columbia) B
  90. Doris Day: 16 Most Requested Songs (1945-58 [1992], Columbia/Legacy) B+(*)
  91. Doris Day and Harry James: Young Man With a Horn (1950 [1954], Columbia) B+(**)
  92. Doris Day/Robert Goulet: Annie Get Your Gun (1963, Columbia Masterworks) B+(*)
  93. Blossom Dearie: Give Him the Ooh-La-La (1957 [1958], Verve) B+(**)
  94. Blossom Dearie: Once Upon a Summertime (1958, Verve) B+(***)
  95. Blossom Dearie: My Gentleman Friend (1959, Verve) A-
  96. Blossom Dearie: Blossom Dearie Sings Comden and Green (1959, Verve) B+(**)
  97. Blossom Dearie: Soubrette: Blossom Dearie Sings Broadway Hit Songs (1960, Verve) B+(**)
  98. Matt Dennis: Plays and Sings Matt Dennis (1954, Trend) B+(**)
  99. Matt Dennis: Dennis, Anyone? (1955, RCA Victor) B+(**)
  100. Matt Dennis: Plays and Sings Matt Dennis: Live in Hollywood (1954-55 [2011], Fresh Sound) B+(**)
  101. Billy Eckstine: Billy's Best (1957-58 [1995], Verve) B+(*)
  102. Ella Fitzgerald: Lullabies of Birdland (1947-54 [1955], Decca) A-
  103. Judy Garland: Judy at Carnegie Hall (1961 [2001], Capitol, 2CD) A-
  104. Benny Goodman/Rosemary Clooney: Date With the King (1956, Columbia, EP) B+(**)
  105. Eydie Gorme and Steve Lawrence: Sing the Golden Hits (1960 [1990], MCA) B+(**)
  106. Robert Goulet: 16 Most Requested Songs (1960-69 [1989], Columbia) C
  107. Beaver Harris 360 Degree Music Experience: Beautiful Africa (1979, Soul Note) B+(**)
  108. Dick Haymes: Rain or Shine (1956, Capitol) B+(**)
  109. Peggy Lee: The Man I Love (1957, Capitol) B
  110. Marilyn Maye: Meet Marvelous Marilyn Maye (1965, RCA Victor) B+(*)
  111. Marilyn Maye: The Happiest Sound in Town (1968, RCA Victor) B+(***)
  112. Anita O'Day: Sings the Winners (1958, Verve) B+(***)
  113. One for All: Too Soon to Tell (1997, Sharp Nine) B+(*)
  114. Della Reese: Della (1960, RCA Victor) B+(**)
  115. Della Reese: Della Della Cha Cha Cha (1961, RCA Victor) A-
  116. Robyn: Robyn Is Here (1995 [1997], RCA) B+(*)
  117. Robyn: My Truth (1999, RCA) B+(**)
  118. Robyn: Body Talk, Pt. 3 (2010, Konichiwa, EP) B+(***)
  119. Jimmy Scott: The Source (1969 [1970], Atlantic) B
  120. Jimmy Scott: All the Way (1992, Sire) B+(***)
  121. Bobby Short: Bobby Short (1956, Atlantic) B+(*)
  122. Nina Simone: Nina Simone and Piano! (1969 [2011], RCA/Legacy) B
  123. Frank Sinatra: Songs for Young Lovers (1954, Capitol, EP) B+(***)
  124. Frank Sinatra: Swing Easy! (1954, Capitol, EP) A
  125. Frank Sinatra: In the Wee Small Hours (1954-55 [1955], Capitol) A-
  126. Frank Sinatra: Close to Me (1957, Capitol) B+(*)
  127. Frank Sinatra: Come Fly With Me (1957 [1958], Capitol) B+(**)
  128. Frank Sinatra: Come Dance With Me! (1958 [1959], Capitol) B+(***)
  129. Frank Sinatra: No One Cares (1959, Capitol) B-
  130. Frank Sinatra: Nice 'n' Easy (1960, Capitol) B+(***)
  131. Frank Sinatra: Sinatra's Swingin' Session!!! (1960 [1961], Capitol) A-
  132. Jo Stafford: Capitol Collectors Series (1944-50 [1991], Capitol) B+(*)
  133. Jo Stafford: Sings Songs of Scotland (1953-56 [1957], Columbia) B
  134. Jo Stafford: I'll Be Seeing You (1959, Columbia) B+(*)
  135. Kay Starr: I Cry by Night (1962, Capitol) A-
  136. Kay Starr: Capitol Collectors Series (1948-62 [1991], Capitol) B+(**)
  137. Maxine Sullivan and Her Jazz All-Stars: Memories of You: A Tribute to Andy Razaf (1956 [2007], Essential Media Group) B+(***)
  138. Jack Teagarden: Think Well of Me (1962, Verve) B
  139. Tiny Tim: God Bless Tiny Tim (1968, Reprise) B-
  140. Mr. Tophat Feat. Robyn: Trust Me (2016 [2017], Smalltown Supersound, EP) B+(**)
  141. Mel Tormé With the Marty Paich Dek-Tette: Lulu's Back in Town (1956, Bethlehem) B+(***)
  142. Mel Tormé and the Marty Paich Dek-Tette: Mel Tormé Sings Fred Astaire (1956, Bethlehem) A-
  143. Mel Tormé: Tormé (1958 [1959], Verve) B+(**)
  144. Mel Tormé: I Dig the Duke/I Dig the Count (1961, Verve) B+(***)
  145. Mel Tormé: Compact Jazz: Mel Tormé (1958-61 [1987], Verve) B+(***)
  146. Mel Tormé: The Best of Mel Tormé [20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection] (1958-61 [2005], UME) B+(**)
  147. Mark Turner: In This World (1998, Warner Brothers) A-
  148. Sarah Vaughan: After Hours (1961, Roulette) B+(***)
  149. Sarah Vaughan: The Best of Sarah Vaughan [20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection] (1954-66 [2004], Hip-O) B-
  150. Sarah Vaughan: Live in Japan: Volume 1 (1973 [1991], Mainstream) B+(**)
  151. Sarah Vaughan: Live in Japan: Volume 2 (1973 [1991], Mainstream) B+(**)
  152. Margaret Whiting: Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook (1960, Verve) B
  153. Blossom Dearie: Blossom Dearie (1956 [1957], Verve) B+(***)
  154. Robyn: Robyn (2005 [2008], Konichiwa/Interscope) A-

September 30

  1. Dmitry Baevsky/Jeb Patton: We Two (2018, Jazz & People) A-
  2. Bali Baby: Baylor Swift (2018, Twin, EP) A-
  3. Dave Ballou & BeepHonk: The Windup (2017 [2018], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  4. Tony Bennett & Diana Krall: Love Is Here to Stay (2018, Verve/Columbia) B+(**)
  5. Carlos Bica & Azul: Azul in Ljubljana (2015 [2018], Clean Feed) B+(*)
  6. Black Art Jazz Collective: Armor of Pride (2018, HighNote) B
  7. Geof Bradfield: Yes, and . . . Music for Nine Improvisers (2018, Delmark) B+(**)
  8. Randy Brecker & Mats Holmquist With UMO Jazz Orchestra: Together (2018, Summit) B+(***)
  9. Jonathan Butler: Close to You (2018, Mack Avenue) C+
  10. Daniel Carter/Hilliard Greene/David Haney: Live Constructions (2017 [2018], Slam) B
  11. Cyrus Chestnut: Kaleidoscope (2018, High Note) B
  12. George Colligan: Nation Divided (2017 [2018], Whirlwind) B+(*)
  13. Mia Dyberg Trio: Ticket! (2017 [2018], Clean Feed) B+(***)
  14. Yelena Eckemoff: Better Than Gold and Silver (2018, L&H Production, 2CD) B+(**)
  15. Eminem: Kamikaze (2018, Aftermath/Shady/Interscope) B+(**)
  16. The Equity & Social Justice Quartet: Argle-Bargle or Foofaraw (2018, Edgetone) B+(***)
  17. Fred Frith Trio: Closer to the Ground (2018, Intakt) A-
  18. Billy F Gibbons: The Big Bad Blues (2018, Concord) B+(*)
  19. Gordon Grdina's the Marrow: Ejdeha (2018, Songlines) B+(***)
  20. Gordon Grdina/François Houle/Kenton Loewen: Live at the China Cloud (2017, Big in Japan) B+(*)
  21. Tord Gustavsen Trio: The Other Side (2018, ECM) B+(**)
  22. Scott Hamilton: Moon Mist (2018, Blau) B+(**)
  23. Scott Hamilton: The Shadow of Your Smile (2017, Blau) A-
  24. Scott Hamilton: Meets the Piano Players (2016 [2017], Organic) B+(***)
  25. Scott Hamilton/Paolo Birro/Aldo Zunino/Alfred Kramer: Ballads for Audiophiles (2016 [2017], Fonè Jazz) B+(***)
  26. Shay Hazan: Good Morning Universe (2017 [2018], NoBusiness, EP) B+(*)
  27. Bjørn Marius Hegge Trio: Assosiasjoner (2018, Particular) A-
  28. Hegge: Vi Är Ledsna Men Du Får Inte Längre Vara Barn (2017, Particular) B+(***)
  29. Hieroglyphic Being: The Replicant Dream Sequence (2018, Moog Recordings Library) B+(*)
  30. Hinds: I Don't Run (2018, Mom + Pop) B+(***)
  31. Art Hirahara: Sunward Bound (2017 [2018], Posi-Tone) A-
  32. William Hooker Trio: Remembering (2017 [2018], Astral Spirits) B+(***)
  33. Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra: Down a Rabbit Hole (2015-17 [2018], Summit) B+(***)
  34. Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra: Flyin' Through florida (2018, Summit) B+(**)
  35. John Kruth & La Società dei Musici: Forever Ago (2018, Ars Spoletium) A-
  36. Pablo Ledesma/Pepa Angelillo/Mono Hurtado/Carlo Brandán: Gato Barbieri Revisitado (2017 [2018], Discos ICM) B+(**)
  37. Lyrics Born: Quite a Life (2018, Mobile Home) A-
  38. Yves Marcotte: Always Know Monk (2017, self-released) B+(**)
  39. Paul McCartney: Egypt Station (2018, Capitol) B-
  40. Ernest McCarty Jr./Theresa Davis: I Remember Love (2018, Blujazz) B+(*)
  41. Joey Morant: Forever Sanctified (2018, Blujazz) B+(*)
  42. Mike Moreno: 3 for 3 (2016 [2017], Criss Cross) B+(*)
  43. Al Muirhead's Canadian Quintet: Undertones (2018, Chronograph) B+(**)
  44. Myriad 3: Vera (2018, ALMA) B+(*)
  45. Willie Nelson: My Way (2018, Legacy) B+(**)
  46. Noname: Room 25 (2018, self-released) A-
  47. Uwe Oberg/Heinz Sauer: Sweet Reason (2017 [2018], Jazzwerkstatt) B+(*)
  48. Eddie Palmieri: Full Circle (2018, Ropeadope) B+(***)
  49. Ivo Perelman/Jason Stein: Spiritual Prayers (2018, Leo) B+(*)
  50. Ivo Perelman/Rudi Mahall: Kindred Spirits (2018, Leo, 2CD) B+(***)
  51. Chris Pitsiokos CP Unit: Silver Bullet in the Autumn of Your Years (2017 [2018], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  52. Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble: From Maxville to Vanport (2018, PJCE) B+(**)
  53. Dafnis Prieto Big Band: Back to the Sunset (2018, Dafnison) B+(***)
  54. Kristjan Randalu: Absence (2017 [2018], ECM) B+(**)
  55. Ratatet: Heroes, Saints and Clowns (2017 [2018], Ridgeway) B
  56. Dave Rempis/Matt Piet/Tim Daisy: Throw Tomatoes (2017 [2018], Astral Spirits) A-
  57. Logan Richardson: Blues People (2018, Ropeadope) B-
  58. Ned Rothenberg/Hamid Drake: Full Circle: Live in Lodz (2016 [2017], Fundacja Sluchaj) B+(*)
  59. Scott Routenberg Trio: Supermoon (2018, Summit) B+(*)
  60. Schnell: Live at Sowieso (2017 [2018], Clean Feed) A-
  61. Trygve Seim: Helsinki Songs (2018, ECM) B+(***)
  62. Cory Smythe: Circulate Susanna (2018, Pyroclastic) B-
  63. Swamp Dogg: Love, Loss, and Auto-Tune (2018, Joyful Noise) B
  64. Szun Waves: New Hymn to Freedom (2018, The Leaf Label) B+(*)
  65. Steven Taetz: Drink You In (2018, Flatcar/Fontana North) B
  66. The United States Air Force Band Airmen of Note: The Jazz Heritage Series 2018 Radio Broadcasts (2018, self-released, 3CD) C
  67. University of Toronto 12Tet: When Day Slips Into Night (2018, UofT Jazz) B+(*)
  68. Andrés Vial: Andrés Vial Plays Thelonious Monk: Sphereology Volume One (2017 [2018], Chromatic Audio) B+(**)
  69. Fay Victor's SoundNoiseFUNK: Wet Robots (2017 [2018], ESP-Disk) B+(**)
  70. Jay T. Vonada: United (2017 [2018], Summit) B+(***)
  71. VWCR [Ken Vandermark/Nate Wooley/Sylvie Courvoisier/Tom Rainey]: Noise of Our Time (2017 [2018], Impakt) A-
  72. Marcin Wasilewski Trio: Live (2016 [2018], ECM) B+(***)
  73. Doug Webb: Fast Friends (2018, Posi-Tone) B+(**)
  74. Bugge Wesseltoft/Prins Thomas: Bugge Wesseltoft & Prins Thomas (2018, Smalltown Supersound) B+(**)
  75. Mike Westbrook: Starcross Bridge (2017 [2018], Hatology) B+(*)
  76. Western Michigan University Jazz Orchestra: Turkish Delight (2018, Blujazz) B+(*)
  77. Tom Zé: Sem Você Não A (2017, Circus) B+(***)
  78. Kaoru Abe/Sabu Toyozumi: Mannyoka (1976 [2018], NoBusiness) B+(***)
  79. Choi Sun Bae Quartet: Arirang Fantasy (1995 [2018[, NoBusiness) B+(***)
  80. Stella Chiweshe: Kasahwa: Early Singles (1974-83 [2018], Glitterbeat) B+(**)
  81. Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard: Sing Me Back Home: The DC Tapes, 1965-1969 (1965-69 [2018], Free Dirt) B+(**)
  82. Bobby Naughton/Leo Smith/Perry Robinson: The Haunt (1976 [2018], NoBusiness) B+(*)
  83. Prince: Piano and a Microphone 1983 (1983 [2018], NPG/Warner Bros.) B
  84. Gene Ammons: The Gene Ammons Story: Gentle Jug (1961-62 [1992], Prestige) B+(**)
  85. Gene Ammons: Gentle Jug Volume 2 (1960-71 [1995], Prestige) B+(***)
  86. Gene Ammons: The Boss Is Back! (1969 [1993], Prestige) B+(**)
  87. Bikini Kill: Revolution Girl Style Now (1991 [2015], Bikini Kill) B+(***)
  88. Bikini Kill: Bikini Kill (1992, Kill Rock Stars, EP) B+(**)
  89. Bikini Kill: Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah (1992 [1993], Kill Rock Stars, EP) B+(**)
  90. Bikini Kill: The Singles (1993-95 [1998], Kill Rock Stars, EP) B+(***)
  91. David Binney: South (2000 [2001], ACT) B+(**)
  92. Brian Blade Fellowship: Perceptual (2000, Blue Note) B+(**)
  93. Terence Blanchard: Bounce (2003, Blue Note) B+(**)
  94. Chicago Underground Quartet: Chicago Underground Quartet (2000 [2001], Thrill Jockey) B+(**)
  95. The Cookers: Warriors (2011, Jazz Legacy) B+(***)
  96. Tord Gustavsen Trio: Changing Places (2001-02 [2003], ECM) B+(**)
  97. Barry Guy/London Jazz Composers Orchestra/Irène Schweizer: Radio Rondo/Schaffhausen Concert (2008 [2009], Intakt) B+(***)
  98. Huggy Bear: Our Troubled Youth (1992 [1993], Kill Rock Stars, EP) B
  99. Ahmad Jamal: In Search of Momentum (2003, Birdology/Dreyfus) B+(**)
  100. Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette: Always Let Me Go: Live in Tokyo (2001 [2002], ECM, 2CD) B+(**)
  101. Roland Kirk: Introducing Roland Kirk (1960, Argo) B+(*)
  102. Roland Kirk: Domino (1962, Mercury) B+(*)
  103. Roland Kirk: Reeds & Deeds (1963, Mercury) B+(**)
  104. Roland Kirk: Kirk in Copenhagen (1963 [1964], Mercury) A-
  105. Roland Kirk: I Talk With the Spirits (1964 [1965], Limelight) B+(*)
  106. Roland Kirk: Left & Right (1969, Atlantic) B+(*)
  107. Rahsaan Roland Kirk & the Vibration Society: Rahsaan Rahsaan (1970, Atlantic) B+(***)
  108. Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Natural Black Inventions: Root Strata (1971, Atlantic) B+(**)
  109. Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Blacknuss (1972, Atlantic) B+(***)
  110. Joëlle Léandre/Yves Robert/Irène Schweizer/Daunik Lazro: Paris Quartet (1985-87 [1989], Intakt) B+(**)
  111. Lionel Loueke: Virgin Forest (2006 [2007], ObliqSound) B+(*)
  112. Rudi Mahall: Quartett (2006 [2007], Jazzwerkstatt) B+(*)
  113. Big Jay McNeely: The Best Of (1948-1956) (1948-56 [2010], Master Classics) B+(***)
  114. Maggie Nicols/Irène Schweizer/Joëlle Léandre: Les Diaboliques (1993 [1994], Intakt) B
  115. Uwe Oberg: Work (2008 [2015], Hatology) B+(**)
  116. Danilo Pérez: Danilo Pérez (1992 [1993], Jive/Novus) B+(*)
  117. Danilo Pérez: PanaMonk (1996, Impulse!) B+(**)
  118. Danilo Pérez: Motherland (2000, Verve) B+(*)
  119. Bud Powell: Jazz Giant (1949 [1957], Verve) B+(***)
  120. Bud Powell: Piano Interpretations by Bud Powell (1955 [1959], Verve) B+(**)
  121. Bud Powell: The Ultimate Bud Powell (1949-56 [1998], Verve) B+(***)
  122. Bud Powell: The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 4: Time Waits (1958 [1999], Blue Note) A-
  123. Bud Powell: Strictly Confidential (1964 [1994], Black Lion) B+(***)
  124. Bud Powell: Salt Peanuts (1964 [1988], Black Lion) B
  125. Irène Schweizer: Wilde Señoritas (1976 [1977], FMP) B+(***)
  126. Irène Schweizer: Hexensabbat (1977 [1978], FMP) B+(***)
  127. Irène Schweizer: Wilde Señoritas/Hexensabbat (1976-77 [2002], Intakt, 2CD) B+(***)
  128. Irène Schweizer: Live at Taktlos (1984 [1986], Intakt) B+(**)
  129. Irène Schweizer: Piano Solo Vol. 1 (1990 [1992], Intakt) B+(***)
  130. Irène Schweizer: Piano Solo Vol. 2 (1990 [1992], Intakt) B+(***)
  131. Irène Schweizer: Many and One Direction (1996, Intakt) A-
  132. Irène Schweizer/Fred Anderson/Hamid Drake: Live Willisau & Taktlos (1998-2004 [2007], Intakt) A-
  133. John Scofield: Works for Me (2000 [2001], Verve) B+(**)
  134. John Scofield: Blue Matter (1986 [1987], Gramavision) B+(*)
  135. John Scofield: Hand Jive (1993 [1994], Blue Note) B+(***)
  136. Trygve Seim: Different Rivers (1998-99 [2000], ECM) B+(*)
  137. Zoot Sims: Hawthorne Nights (1977 [1994], Pablo/OJC) B+(*)
  138. Zoot Sims: Suddenly It's Spring (1983 [1992], Pablo/OJC) B+(**)
  139. Loren Stillman + Bad Touch: Going Public (2012 [2014], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(***)
  140. Co Streiff/Irène Schweizer: Twin Lines (1999-2000 [2002], Intakt) B+(***)
  141. Trio 3: Encounter (1999 [2001], Passin' Thru) A-
  142. Trio 3 + Irène Schweizer: Berne Concert (2007 [2009], Intakt) B+(***)
  143. Trio 3 + Geri Allen: At This Time (2008 [2009], Intakt) A-
  144. Bugge Wesseltoft: New Conception of Jazz (1995-96 [1997], Jazzland) B+(***)
  145. Bugge Wesseltoft: It's Snowing on My Piano (1997, ACT) B+(*)
  146. Randy Weston: Solo, Duo & Trio (1954-56 [2000], Milestone) B+(*)
  147. Randy Weston: Get Happy With the Randy Weston Trio (1955 [1995], Riverside/OJC) B+(**)
  148. Randy Weston Trio + Cecil Payne: With These Hands . . . (1956 [1996], Riverside/OJC) B+(***)
  149. Randy Weston Trio/Cecil Payne: Jazz A La Bohemia (1956 [1990], Riverside/OJC) B+(**)
  150. Randy Weston: Little Niles (1958 [1959], United Artists) B+(***)
  151. Randy Weston Trio + 4 Trombones: Destry Rides Again (1959, United Artists) B+(***)
  152. Randy Weston: Destry Rides Again/Little Niles (1958-59 [2012], Fresh Sound) B+(***)
  153. Randy Weston: African Cookbook (1964 [1972], Atlantic) B+(***)
  154. Randy Weston: Portraits of Thelonious Monk: Well You Needn't (1989 [1990], Verve) B+(**)
  155. Randy Weston: Portraits of Duke Ellington: Caravan (1989 [1990], Verve) B+(*)
  156. Randy Weston: Self Portraits: The Last Day (1989 [1990], Verve) B+(*)
  157. Randy Weston: Marrakech in the Cool of the Evening (1992 [1994], Verve) B+(*)
  158. Randy Weston: Earth Birth (1995 [1997], Verve) B+(*)
  159. Cassandra Wilson: Blue Skies (1988, JMT) B+(**)
  160. Cassandra Wilson: Belly of the Sun (2002, Blue Note) B+(*)
  161. Bugge Wesseltoft: New Conception of Jazz: Live (2000-02 [2003], Jazzland) A-

August 30

  1. Stefan Aeby Trio: The London Concert (2017 [2018], Intakt) B+(***)
  2. Aguankó: Pattern Recognition (2018, Aguankó) B+(**)
  3. American Aquarium: Things Change (2018, New West) B+(***)
  4. Dave Anderson: Melting Pot (2018, Label1) B+(*)
  5. Simon Barker/Henry Kaiser/Bill Laswell/Rudresh Mahanthappa: Mudang Rock (2017 [2018], Fractal Music) B+(***)
  6. Nat Birchall Meets Al Breadwinner: Sounds Almighty (2018, Tradition Disc) B+(**)
  7. Blood Orange: Negro Swan (2018, Domino) B+(**)
  8. Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. I (The Embedded Sets) (2017 [2018], Pi, 2CD) B+(***)
  9. Rodney Crowell: Acoustic Classics (2018, RC1) B+(*)
  10. Tim Daisy: Configurations (2018, Relay) B+(**)
  11. Dennis Llewellyn Day: Bossa, Blues and Ballads (2018, DDay Media Group) B+(*)
  12. Jason Eady: I Travel On (2018, Old Guitar) B+(***)
  13. Robbie Fulks/Linda Gail Lewis: Wild! Wild! Wild! (2018, Bloodshot) A-
  14. Ariana Grande: Sweetener (2018, Republic) B
  15. Darrell Katz and the JCA Orchestra: Rats Live on No Evil Star (2016-17 [2018], JCA) B+(***)
  16. Gayle Kolb: Getting Sentimental (2018, JeruJazz) B+(**)
  17. Mahobin: Live at Big Apple in Kobe (2018, Libra) B+(**)
  18. Debra Mann: Full Circle: The Music of Joni Mitchell (2018, Whaling City Sound) B+(**)
  19. Brian McCarthy: Codex (2017 [2018], self-released) B+(**)
  20. Lonnie McFadden: Live at the Green Lady Lounge (2018, Jazz Daddy) B+(***)
  21. The Mekons 77: It Is Twice Blessed (2018, Slow Things) A-
  22. Methodist Hospital: Giants (2017, self-released) B+(***)
  23. Parker Millsap: Other Arrangements (2018, Okrahoma) B+(*)
  24. Nicki Minaj: Queen (2018, Young Money/Cash Money) B+(***)
  25. Nicole Mitchell: Maroon Cloud (2017 [2018], FPE) B+(***)
  26. Mitski: Be the Cowboy (2018, Dead Oceans) B
  27. Chris Monson: Seldom in the Well (2018, self-released) B
  28. The Necks: The Body (2018, Northern Spy) B+(**)
  29. Tami Neilson: Sassafrass! (2018, Outside Music) B+(**)
  30. Peter Nelson: Ash, Dust, and the Chalkboard Cinema (2018, Outside In Music) B+(**)
  31. Dan Phillips/Hamid Drake: Trail of Inevitability (2017 [2018], Lizard Breath) B+(***)
  32. Dan Phillips Trio: Divergent Flow (2017 [2018], Lizard Breath) B+(**)
  33. Dan Phillips Quartet: Converging Tributaries (2017, Lizard Breath) A-
  34. John Pittman: Kinship (2018, Slammin' Media) B+(*)
  35. Serpentwithfeet: Soil (2018, Secretly Canadian) B
  36. Amanda Shires: To the Sunset (2018, Silver Knife) B+(***)
  37. Sarah Shook & the Disarmers: On Audiotree Live (2018, Audiotree, EP) B+(*)
  38. Günter Baby Sommer: Baby's Party [Guest: Till Brönner] (2017 [2018], Intakt) B+(***)
  39. Stéphane Spira: New Playground (2017 [2018], Jazzmax) B+(***)
  40. Steve Tibbetts: Life Of (2018, ECM) B+(*)
  41. The Tiki Collective: Muse (2018, Vesuvius Music/Slammin' Media) B-
  42. Miguel Zenón: Yo Soy La Tradición (2017 [2018], Miel Music) B+(***)
  43. Don Drummond: Don Cosmic (1960-65 [2017], Studio One) B+(***)
  44. The Gladiators: Symbol of Reality (1982 [2018], Omnivore) B+(**)
  45. Tommy McCook & the Agrovators: Super Star/Disco Rockers (1977 [2018], Pressure Sounds) B+(**)
  46. Alexander Von Schlippenbah/Aki Takase: Live at Café Amores (1995 [2018], NoBusiness) A-
  47. Ad the Voice: Maxi-Single (2007, Statik Entertainment, EP) A-
  48. Arthur Alexander: Rainbow Road: The Warner Bros. Recordings (1972 [1994], Warner Archives) B+(*)
  49. Lillian Allen: Revolutionary Tea Party (1986, Redwood) A-
  50. Amy Allison: No Frills Friend (2003, Diesel Only) A-
  51. Amy Allison: Everything and Nothing Too (2006, Cheater's World) B+(***)
  52. Amy Allison: Sheffield Streets (2009, Urban Myth) A-
  53. Bob Andy: Retrospective (1970-75 [1986], Heartbeat) B
  54. Antietam: Victory Park (2004, Carrot Top) B
  55. Amédé Ardoin: The Roots of Zydeco: I'm Never Comin' Back (1930-34 [1995], Arhoolie) A-
  56. Steve Arrington: Dancin' in the Key of Life (1985, Atlantic) B+(***)
  57. Backstreet Boys: Backstreet Boys (1996 [1997], Jive) B+(**)
  58. Bad Luck: Four (2016 [2018], Origin) B+(***)
  59. Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys: Swingin' West (1995, Hightone) B+(*)
  60. Black Light Burns: Cruel Melody (2007, I Am Wolfpack) B+(*)
  61. Black Uhuru: The Best of Black Uhuru [20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection] (1979-84 [2004], Island) A-
  62. Black Uhuru: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1979-80 [1981], Taxi) B+(***)
  63. Black Uhuru: Brutal (1986, RAS) B+(**)
  64. Black Uhuru: Brutal Dub (1986, RAS) B
  65. Black Uhuru: Now (1990, Mesa) B+(**)
  66. Blood Orange: Cupid Deluxe (2013, Domino) B+(***)
  67. Cachao Y Su Combo: Descargas Cubanas (1957 [1994], Panart) A-
  68. Chic: Chic (1977, Atlantic) B
  69. Chic: C'est Chic (1978, Atlantic) B+(**)
  70. Chic: Les Plus Grand Succès de Chic (Chic's Greatest Hits) (1977-79 [1979], Atlantic) B+(***)
  71. Chic: Real People (1980, Atlantic) A-
  72. Count Ossie and the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari: Grounation (1973 [2016], Dub Store, 2CD) B+(***)
  73. The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari: The Roots of Reggae (1973 [2001], Recording Arts, 2CD) B+(***)
  74. Dälek: From Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots (2002, Ipecac) B+(**)
  75. Delaney & Bonnie and Friends: D&B Together (1971 [1972], Columbia) B+(**)
  76. DJ Muggs: Muggs Presents: The Soul Assassins, Chapter 1 (1997, Columbia) B+(***)
  77. Anna Domino: East and West (1984, Les Disques du Crépuscle, EP) B+(***)
  78. Anna Domino: East and West + Singles (1984 [2017], Les Disques du Crépuscle) A-
  79. Anna Domino: Anna Domino (1986, Les Disques du Crépuscle) B+(**)
  80. Anna Domino: This Time (1987, Les Disques du Crépuscle) B+(**)
  81. Clint Eastwood & General Saint: Stop That Train (1983, Greensleeves) B+(***)
  82. Alton Ellis: Alton Ellis Sings Rock and Soul (1967, Coxsone) B+(*)
  83. Eminem: Eminem Presents the Re-Up (2006, Shady/Interscope) B+(*)
  84. Th' Faith Healers: Lido (1992, Elektra) A-
  85. Fall Out Boy: From Under the Cork Tree (2005, Island) B-
  86. Clinton Fearon: Mi Deh Yah (2010, Makasound/Makafresh) B+(***)
  87. The Follow: Up With the Sun (2006, Oni Music) B-
  88. For a Life of Sin: A Compilation of Insurgent Chicago Country (1994, Bloodshot) B
  89. Heinz Geisser-Guerino Mazzola Duo: Folia/The Unam Concert (2000 [2001], Silkheart) B+(*)
  90. Howe Gelb: Dreaded Brown Recluse (1991, Restless) B+(***)
  91. The Gladiators: Presenting the Gladiators (1969-76 [2006], Sankofa) B+(*)
  92. The Gladiators: Studio One Singles (1969-78 [2007], Heartbeat) B+(**)
  93. The Golden Palominos: Blast of Silence (Axed My Baby for a Nickel) (1986, Celluloid) B-
  94. Stefan Grossman: Guitar Landscapes (1990, Shanachie) B+(*)
  95. Guy: The Future (1990, MCA) B+(**)
  96. John Hartford: Me Oh My, How the Time Does Fly: A John Hartford Anthology (1976-84 [2003], Flying Fish) B+(**)
  97. Jon Hassell: Vernal Equinox (1977 [1978], Lovely Music) B+(**)
  98. Jon Hassell: Earthquake Island (1978, Tomato) B+(*)
  99. Jon Hassell: Power Spot (1983-84 [1986], ECM) A-
  100. Jon Hassell: Maarifa Street (Magic Realism 2) (2005, Nyen) B+(**)
  101. William Hooker Quartet: Lifeline (1988 [1989], Silkheart) B+(*)
  102. William Hooker Ensemble: The Firmament Fury (1989 [1994], Silkheart) B+(**)
  103. Abdullah Ibrahim: African Piano (1969 [1973], Japo) B+(***)
  104. The Itals: Brutal Out Deh (1981, Nighthawk) B+(***)
  105. Rick James: Street Songs (1981, Gordy) B+(*)
  106. Flaco Jiminez: Arriba El Norte (1969-80 [1989], Rounder) B+(**)
  107. Flaco Jiminez: Entre Humo Y Botellas (1982-87 [1989], Rounder) B+(*)
  108. J-Live: All of the Above (2002, Coup d'Etat) B+(*)
  109. David Johansen: In Style (1979, Blue Sky) B+(**)
  110. David Johansen: Here Comes the Night (1981, Blue Sky) B+(***)
  111. David Johansen: Live It Up (1982, Blue Sky) B+(**)
  112. David Johansen: David Johansen and the Harry Smiths (2000, Chesky) B+(*)
  113. Freedy Johnston: The Trouble Tree (1990, Bar/None) A-
  114. Freedy Johnston: Never Home (1997, Elektra) A-
  115. Freedy Johnston: Right Between the Promises (2001, Elektra) B+(**)
  116. Freedy Johnston: The Way I Were (1986-92 [2004], Bar/None) B+(***)
  117. Darius Jones Quartet: Book of Mae'bul (Another Kind of Sunrise) (2012, AUM Fidelity) B+(**)
  118. Kid Creole and the Coconuts: To Travel Sideways (1993 [1995], Atoll) B
  119. Kid Creole & the Coconuts: Kiss Me Before the Light Changes (1994 [1995], Atoll) B+(**)
  120. Kid Creole & the Coconuts: The Conquest of You (1997, SPV) A-
  121. Kid Creole & the Coconuts: Lost Paradize Edits (1980-83 [2012], ZE) B+(*)
  122. Joachim Kühn: I'm Not Dreaming (1983, CMP) B+(*)
  123. Joachim Kühn: Dynamics (1990, CMP) B+(**)
  124. Lambchop: How I Quit Smoking (1996, Merge) B+(*)
  125. Christine Lavin: Good Thing He Can't Read My Mind (1988, Philo) B+(**)
  126. The Leaves: Hey Joe (1966 [1993], One Way) B+(*)
  127. The Leaving Trains: Favorite Mood Swings (Greatest Hits 1986-1995) (1986-95 [1997], SST) B+(***)
  128. Ray Lema: Kinshasa-Washington D.C.-Paris (1983, Celluloid) B+(*)
  129. Laurie Lewis: Restless Rambling Heart (1986, Flying Fish) B+(***)
  130. Bob Lind: You Might Have Heard My Footsteps: The Best of Bob Lind (1966-67 [1993], EMI) B
  131. Shane MacGowan and the Popes: The Rare Oul' Stuff (1994-97 [2001], ZTT) B+(**)
  132. Maroon: The Funky Record (1987 [1988], Arb) A-
  133. Loreena McKennitt: An Ancient Muse (2006, Verve/Quinlan Road) B+(**)
  134. Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus: Nyabinghi (1974, [2006], Charly) B+(**)
  135. Ras Michael: Know Now (1989, Shanachie) B+(*)
  136. Mighty Diamonds: Right Time (1976, Virgin) A-
  137. Charles Mingus: Shoes of the Fisherman's Wife . . . (1959-71 [1988], Columbia) B+(**)
  138. Roscoe Mitchell/Brus Trio: After Fallen Leaves (1989 [1994], Silkheart) B+(*)
  139. Pablo Moses: Pave the Way (1981, Mango) B+(*)
  140. Pablo Moses: Pave the Way Dub (1998, Tabou) B+(*)
  141. Pablo Moses: Pave the Way + Dubs (1981-98 [2004], Young Tree, 2CD) B+(*)
  142. Art Neville: His Specialty Recordings: 1956-58 (1956-58 [1992], Specialty) A-
  143. Mojo Nixon: Whereabouts Unknown (1995, Ripe & Ready) A-
  144. Mojo Nixon: Gadzooks!!! The Homemade Bootleg (1997, Needletime) B+(**)
  145. No-Man: Schoolyard Ghosts (2008, K-Scope) B+(*)
  146. Johnny Osbourne: Truth and Rights (1979 [1980], Heartbeat) B+(**)
  147. Ozric Tentacles: Sunrise Festival (2007 [2008], Snapper) B
  148. Paul Pena: Paul Pena (1972, Capitol) A-
  149. Buster Poindexter: Buster Poindexter (1987, RCA) B
  150. Buster Poindexter: Buster's Spanish Rocketship (1997, Island) B
  151. Portastatic Featuring Ken Vandermark & Tim Mulvenna: The Perfect Little Door (2001, Merge) B+(**)
  152. The Posies: Amazing Disgrace (1996, DGC) B+(*)
  153. Quodia: The Arrow: A Story in Seven Parts (2007, 7d Media) B-
  154. Ride Your Bike: Bad News From the Bar (2007, Deep Elm) B+(**)
  155. Hal Russell-Joel Futterman Quartet: Naked Colours (1991 [1994], Silkheart) B+(**)
  156. Hal Russell NRG Ensemble: The Finnish/Swiss Tour (1990 [1991], ECM) B+(***)
  157. Hal Russell: Hal's Bells (1992, ECM) B+(**)
  158. Shaggy: Pure Pleasure (1993, Virgin) B+(**)
  159. The Shangri-Las: Greatest Hits (1964-66 [1993], Charly) B+(**)
  160. The Shangri-Las: The Best of the Shangri-Las (1964-67 [1996], Mercury) B+(**)
  161. Shapes and Sizes: Shapes and Sizes (2006, Asthmatic Kitty) B-
  162. Pete Shelley: XL-1 (1983 [1995], Grapeview) B+(**)
  163. Jo-El Sonnier: Cajun Roots (1994, Rounder) B+(***)
  164. Steel Pulse: Reggae Fever (1980, Mango) B+(**)
  165. Steel Pulse: The Best of Steel Pulse [20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection] (1978-91 [2002], Hip-O) B+(***)
  166. Steel Pulse: Rastanthology (1978-96 [1996], Wise Man Doctrine) A-
  167. Jason Stein & Tim Daisy: Alive at Woodland Pattern Book Center (2014, Relay) B
  168. Stew: The Naked Dutch Painter . . . and Other Songs (2002, Smile) B+(*)
  169. Sway and King Tech: Wake Up Show Freestyles, Volume 2 (1996, All City) B+(**)
  170. Television: The Blow-Up (1978 [1982], ROIR, 2CD) B+(***)
  171. Television: Television (1992, Capitol) B+(***)
  172. Steve Tibbetts: Steve Tibbetts (1976 [1995], Cuneiform) B+(**)
  173. Steve Tibbetts: Yr (1980 [1988], ECM) B+(**)
  174. Big Joe Turner: Rhythm & Blues Years (1952-59 [1986], Atlantic) B+(***)
  175. UB40: Signing Off (1980, Virgin) B+(***)
  176. UB40: Present Arms (1981, Virgin) A-
  177. UB40: UB44 (1982, DEP International) B+(***)
  178. Laura Veirs: Saltbreakers (2007, Nonesuch) B+(*)
  179. Wailing Souls: Wild Suspense (1979, Mango) A-
  180. Wailing Souls: Wild Suspense + Dub (1979, Mango) B+(***)
  181. Caron Wheeler: Beach of the War Goddess (1993, Capitol) B+(*)
  182. Andrew W.K.: I Get Wet (2001 [2002], Island) B+(***)
  183. Mia X: Unlady Like (1997, No Limit) B+(*)
  184. X-Ecutioners: Built From Scratch (2002, Loud) B+(**)
  185. Miguel Zenón: Looking Forward (2001 [2002], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(**)
  186. Tappa Zukie: In Dub (1976 [1995], Blood & Fire) A-
  187. Guy: Guy (1988, MCA) B+(*)
  188. David Johansen: David Johansen (1978, Blue Sky) A-

July 31

  1. Against All Logic: 2012-2017 (2018, Other People) B+(***)
  2. Amen Dunes: Freedom (2018, Sacred Bones) B+(*)
  3. Tucker Antell: Grime Scene (2017 [2018], OA2) B+(**)
  4. Arctic Monkeys: Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino (2018, Domino) C+
  5. John Bailey: In Real Time (2017 [2018], Summit) B+(**)
  6. Barker Trio: Avert Your I (2017 [2018], Astral Spirits) B+(*)
  7. Beach House: 7 (2018, Sub Pop) B+(**)
  8. Beats Antique: Shadowbox (2016, Antique) B+(***)
  9. Big Freedia: 3rd Ward Bounce (2018, Asylum Worldwide, EP) B
  10. Big Heart Machine: Big Heart Machine (2017 [2018], self-released) B
  11. Binker and Moses: Alive in the East? (2017 [2018], Gearbox) A-
  12. Andy Biskin: 16 Tons: Songs From the Alan Lomax Collection (2018, Andorfin) B+(**)
  13. Leon Bridges: Good Thing (2018, Columbia) B+(*)
  14. Justin Brown: Nyeusi (2015-17 [2018], Biophilia) B
  15. Jarod Bufe: New Spaces (2017 [2018], OA2) B+(***)
  16. Burna Boy: Outside (2018, Atlantic) B+(*)
  17. Camila Cabello: Camila (2018, Syco/Epic) B+(**)
  18. The Carters: Everything Is Love (2018, Parkwood/Roc Nation) B+(***)
  19. Neko Case: Hell-On (2018, Anti-) B+(*)
  20. Brent Cobb: Providence Canyon (2018, Low Country Sound/Elektra) B+(**)
  21. The Coup: Sorry to Bother You: The Soundtrack (2018, UMGRI Interscope) A-
  22. Tomasz Dabrowski Ad Hoc: Ninjazz (2018, ForTune) B+(*)
  23. The End: The End (2018, RareNoise) D+
  24. Florence + the Machine: High as Hope (2018, Virgin EMI) B+(*)
  25. Future and Young Thug: Super Slimey (2017, Epic/300 Entertainment/Freebandz) B+(*)
  26. Future: Beast Mode 2 (2018, Epic/Freebandz) A-
  27. Ben LaMar Gay: Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun (2010-18 [2018], International Anthem) B+(**)
  28. Freddie Gibbs: Freddie (2018, ESGN/Empire, EP) B+(**)
  29. Gorillaz: The Now Now (2018, Parlophone) B-
  30. Maria Grand: Magdalena (2018, Biophilia) B+(**)
  31. Grouper: Grid of Points (2018, Kranky, EP) B
  32. Grupo Mono Blanco: ¡Fandango! Sones Jaroches de Veracruz (2018, Smithsonian Folkways) B+(***)
  33. Rich Halley 3: The Literature (2017 [2018], Pine Eagle) A-
  34. Haley Heynderickx: I Need to Start a Garden (2018, Mama Bird) B+(**)
  35. Nipsey Hussle: Victory Lap (2018, All Money In/Atlantic) B+(*)
  36. Susie Ibarra: Perception (2017, Decibel Music) B
  37. The Internet: Hive Mind (2018, Columbia) B+(**)
  38. Juice WRLD: Goodbye & Good Riddance (2018, self-released) B+(*)
  39. Kids See Ghosts: Kids See Ghosts (2018, GOOD/Def Jam, EP) B+(*)
  40. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80: Black Times (2018, Strut) A-
  41. Kyle: Light of Mine (2018, Atlantic) A-
  42. Jeremy Ledbetter Trio: Got a Light? (2018, Alma) B
  43. Jennifer Lee: My Shining Hour (2018, SBE) B
  44. Peggy Lee: Echo Painting (2017 [2018], Songlines) B
  45. Charles Lloyd & the Marvels + Lucinda Williams: Vanished Gardens (2017 [2018], Blue Note) B+(***)
  46. Nicolas Masson/Colin Vallon/Patrice Moret/Lionel Friedli: Travelers (2017 [2018], ECM) B+(**)
  47. Pete McCann: Pay for It on the Other Side (2017 [2018], McCannis Music) B+(*)
  48. Lori McKenna: The Tree (2018, CN/Thirty Tigers) A-
  49. Joachim Mencel Quintet: Artisena (2015 [2018], ForTune) B+(*)
  50. Shawn Mendes: Shawn Mendes (2018, Island) B+(***)
  51. Migos: Culture II (2018, Quality Control) B+(**)
  52. Nas: Nasir (2018, Mass Appeal/Def Jam, EP) B+(**)
  53. Adam O'Farrill's Stranger Days: El Maquech (2018, Biophilia) B+(*)
  54. Old Crow Medicine Show: Volunteer (2018, Columbia Nashville) B+(*)
  55. Oneohtrix Point Never: Age Of (2018, Warp) B+(*)
  56. Houston Person & Ron Carter: Remember Love (2018, HighNote) B+(***)
  57. Charles Pillow Large Ensemble: Electric Miles (2017 [2018], MAMA) B
  58. Pocket Aces: Cull the Heard (2016 [2018], Creative Nation Music) B+(**)
  59. Post Malone: Beerbongs & Bentleys (2018, Republic) B+(**)
  60. Allen Ravenstine: Waiting for the Bomb (2018, Morphius/ReR Megacorp) B+(*)
  61. John Raymond & Real Feels: Joy Ride (2018, Sunnyside) B+(**)
  62. Dave Rempis/Tomeka Reid/Joshua Abrams: Ithra (2017 [2018], Aerophonic) B+(**)
  63. Dave Rempis/Jasper Stadhouders/Frank Rosaly: Icoci (2017 [2018], Aerophponic) B+(***)
  64. Rhio: A Rhio Good Thing (2018, Beso) B+(*)
  65. Roller Trio: New Devices (2018, Edition) B+(*)
  66. Royce Da 5'9: The Book of Ryan (2018, EOne) B+(*)
  67. Dori Rubbicco: Stage Door Live! (2017 [2018], Whaling City Sound) B+(**)
  68. Saba: Care for Me (2018, Saba Pivot) B+(***)
  69. The Jamie Saft Quartet: Blue Dream (2017 [2018], RareNoise) A-
  70. Rafal Sarnecki: Climbing Trees (2017 [2018], Outside In Music) B
  71. Ty Segall: Freedom's Goblin (2018, Drag City) B
  72. Ty Segall & White Fence: Joy (2018, Drag City) B+(*)
  73. Shame: Songs of Praise (2018, Dead Oceans) B
  74. Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder: The World of Dew (2018, Human Resource) B+(*)
  75. Sibarg Ensemble: Cipher (2016 [2018], self-released) B+(**)
  76. Marc Sinan/Oguz Büyükberber: White (2016 [2018], ECM) B
  77. Skee Mask: Compro (2018, Ilian Tape) B+(***)
  78. Sloan: 12 (2018, Yep Roc) B
  79. Snail Mail: Lush (2018, Matador) B+(*)
  80. SOB X RBE: Gangin (2018, Empire) B
  81. Sophie: Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides (2018, MSMSMSM/Future Classic) B+(***)
  82. Jason Stein's Locksmith Isidore: After Caroline (2017 [2018], Northern Spy) A-
  83. Sunflower Bean: Twentytwo in Blue (2018, Mom + Pop) B+(*)
  84. The Thing: Again (2017 [2018], Trost) A-
  85. Toronto Jazz Orchestra: 20 (2017 [2018], self-released) B+(*)
  86. Turnstile: Time & Space (2018, Roadrunner) B+(*)
  87. Underworld & Iggy Pop: Teatime Dub Encounters (2018, Caroline, EP) B+(**)
  88. Verve Jazz Ensemble: Connect the Dots (2018, Lightgroove Media) B
  89. Kobie Watkins Grouptet: Movement (2017 [2018], Origin) B+(**)
  90. The Weeknd: My Dear Melancholy (2018, XO/Republic, EP) B+(*)
  91. Tierra Whack: Whack World (2018, UMGRI/Interscope, EP) B+(***)
  92. Dr. Michael White: Tricentennial Rag (2018, Basin Street) B+(**)
  93. Buster Williams: Audacity (2017 [2018], Smoke Sessions) B+(*)
  94. Kamaal Williams: The Return (2018, Black Focus) B+(**)
  95. Florian Wittenburg: Four Waves (2018, NurNichtNur) B+(***)
  96. Wye Oak: The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs (2018, Merge) B+(*)
  97. Years & Years: Palo Santo (2018, Polydor) B
  98. YoshimiO/Susie Ibarra/Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe: Flower of Sulphur (2018, Thrill Jockey) B+(**)
  99. Don Cherry: Home Boy (Sister Out) (1985 [2018], Wewantsounds) B+(***)
  100. Erroll Garner: Nightconcert (1964 [2018], Mack Avenue) A-
  101. Dexter Gordon Quartet: Tokyo 1975 (1973-77 [2018], Elemental Music) B+(***)
  102. Millie Jackson: Exposed: The Multi-Track Sessions Mixed by Steve Levine (1972-79 [2018], Ace) B
  103. Woody Shaw: Tokyo '81 (1981-85 [2018], Elemental Music) B+(**)
  104. Ahmed Abdullah Quartet: Liquid Song (1987, Silkheart) A-
  105. Ahmed Abdullah: Ahmed Abdullah and the Solomonic Quintet Featuring Charles Moffett (1987 [1988], Silkheart) B+(***)
  106. Bob Ackerman Trio: Old & New Magic (1993, Silkheart) B+(***)
  107. Gene Ammons & Dexter Gordon: The Chase! (1970 [1996], Prestige) A-
  108. Binker and Moses: Dem Ones (2014 [2015], Gearbox) B+(***)
  109. Binker and Moses: Journey to the Mountain of Forever (2016 [2017], Gearbox, 2CD) B+(**)
  110. Thomas Borgmann/Wilber Morris/Denis Charles Trio: The Last Concert: Dankeschön (1998 [2000], Silkheart) B+(***)
  111. Charles Brackeen: Bannar (1987, Silkheart) B+(*)
  112. Roy Campbell Pyramid: Communion (1994, Silkheart) B+(**)
  113. Roy Campbell Pyramid Trio: Ethnic Stew and Brew (2000 [2001], Delmark) A-
  114. Daniel Carter/William Parker/Roy S. Campbell Jr./Rashid Bakr: Other Dimensions in Music (1989 [1995], Silkheart) B+(*)
  115. Andrew Cyrille: What About? (1969 [1992], Affinity) B+(*)
  116. Andrew Cyrille & Maono: Metamusicians' Stomp (1978, Black Saint) B+(***)
  117. Andrew Cyrille: Special People (1980 [1981], Soul Note) B+(***)
  118. Andrew Cyrille-Richard Teitelbaum Duo: Double Clutch (1981 [1997], Silkheart) B+(*)
  119. Andrew Cyrille Quintet: Ode to the Living Tree (1994 [1995], Venus) B-
  120. Ernest Dawkins New Horizons Ensemble: South Side Street Songs (1993, Silkheart) B+(***)
  121. Ethnic Heritage Ensemble: Ancestral Song: Live From Stockholm (1987 [1988], Silkheart) B+(***)
  122. Ethnic Heritage Ensemble: Ka-Real (1997 [2000], Silkheart) B+(**)
  123. Joel Futterman Quartet: Vision in Time (1988 [1990], Silkheart) B+(**)
  124. Joel Futterman Trio: Berlin Images (1991, Silkheart) B+(***)
  125. The Joel Futterman/'Kidd' Jordan Quintet: Nickelsdorf Konfrontation (1995 [1996], Silkheart) B+(*)
  126. The Joel Futterman/'Kidd' Jordan Trio With Alvin Fielder: Southern Extreme (1997 [1998], Drimala) B+(**)
  127. Joel Futterman and Ike Levin: Live in Chicago (2007 [2017], Charles Lester Music) B+(***)
  128. Charles Gayle Trio: Spirits Before (1988 [1989], Silkheart) B+(***)
  129. Charles Gayle Trio: Homeless (1988 [1989], Silkheart) B+(**)
  130. Charles Gayle Quartet: Vol. 1: Translations (1993 [1994], Silkheart) B+(*)
  131. Dennis Gonzalez New Dallas Sextet: Namesake (1987, Silkheart) B+(**)
  132. Dennis Gonzalez New Dallasangeles: The Desert Wind (1989, Silkheart) B+(*)
  133. Dexter Gordon/Wardell Gray: Citizens Bop (1946-52 [1994], Black Lion) B+(**)
  134. Dexter Gordon: Dexter Blows Hot and Cool (1955 [2010], Essential Jazz Classics) B+(***)
  135. Dexter Gordon: The Resurgence of Dexter Gordon (1960, Jazzland/OJC) B+(**)
  136. Dexter Gordon: Body and Soul (1967 [1988], Black Lion) B+(**)
  137. Dexter Gordon: The Tower of Power (1969 [1993], Prestige/OJC) B+(**)
  138. Dexter Gordon: More Power! (1969 [1994], Prestige/OJC) B+(**)
  139. Dexter Gordon: The Jumpin' Blues (1970 [1994], Prestige/OJC) B+(***)
  140. Dexter Gordon: The Panther! (1970 [1992], Prestige/OJC) A-
  141. Dexter Gordon: Ca' Purange (1972 [1973], Prestige/OJC) B+(***)
  142. Dexter Gordon: Generation (1972 [1973], Prestige/OJC) B+(*)
  143. Dexter Gordon: Tangerine (1972 [1975], Prestige/OJC) B+(**)
  144. Dexter Gordon Quartet: The Apartment (1974 [1975], SteepleChase) B+(***)
  145. Dexter Gordon Quartet: Something Different (1975 [1980], SteepleChase) B+(***)
  146. Dexter Gordon Quartet: Biting the Apple (1976 [1977], SteepleChase) B+(***)
  147. Dexter Gordon: Homecoming: Live at the Village Vanguard (1976 [1977], Columbia/Legacy, 2CD) A-
  148. Grupo Mono Blanco: Soneros Jarochos: The Arhoolie Recordings 1989-1990 (1989-90 [2006], Arhoolie) B+(***)
  149. Jim Hobbs Fully Celebrated Orchestra: Peace & Pig Grease (1993 [1994], Silkheart) A-
  150. Jim Hobbs Trio: Babadita (1994, Silkheart) B+(***)
  151. William Hooker/Billy Bang: Joy (Within)! (1994-95 [1996], Silkheart) B+(***)
  152. 'Kidd' Jordan Quartet: New Orleans Festival Suite (1999 [2002], Silkheart) B+(***)
  153. Steve Lacy Sextet: The Gleam (1986 [1987], Silkheart) B+(*)
  154. Steve Lacy: 5 x Monk 5 x Lacy (1994 [1997], Silkheart) B+(**)
  155. Jimmy Lyons/Andrew Cyrille: Something in Return (1981 [1988], Black Saint) A-
  156. Jackie McLean Featuring Dexter Gordon: The Meeting (1973 [1990], SteepleChase) B+(***)
  157. Alexander von Schlippenbach: Globe Unity (1966 [1967], SABA) A-
  158. A Tribe Called Quest: Revised Quest for the Seasoned Traveller (1989-91 [2018], Jive/Legacy) B+(***)
  159. Assif Tsahar Trio: Ein Sof (1997, Silkheart) B+(***)
  160. David S. Ware Quartet: Great Bliss Volume 1 (1990 [1991], Silkheart) B+(**)
  161. David S. Ware Quartet: Great Bliss Volume 2 (1990 [1994], Silkheart) B+(**)
  162. David S. Ware Quartet: Oblations and Blessings (1995 [1996], Silkheart) B+(***)
  163. A Tribe Called Quest: People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (1990, Jive) A-

June 30

  1. 700 Bliss: Spa 700 (2018, Halcyon Veil/Don Giovanni, EP) B+(**)
  2. JD Allen: Love Stone (2018, Savant) B+(**)
  3. Lily Allen: No Shame (2018, Parlophone) A-
  4. Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore: Downey to Lubbock (2018, Yep Roc) A-
  5. Rodrigo Amado: A History of Nothing (2017 [2018], Trost) A-
  6. Angles 3: Parede (2016 [2018], Clean Feed) A-
  7. Courtney Barnett: Tell Me How You Really Feel (2018, Mom + Pop Music) B+(***)
  8. Jamie Baum Septet+: Bridges (2018, Sunnyside) B+(*)
  9. Bombino: Deran (2018, Partisan) B+(***)
  10. Craig Brann: Lineage (2017 [2018], SteepleChase) B+(**)
  11. Toni Braxton: Sex & Cigarettes (2018, Def Jam) B+(**)
  12. Busdriver: Electricity Is on Our Side (2018, Temporary Forever) B-
  13. Lynn Cassiers: Imaginary Band (2017 [2018], Clean Feed) B+(*)
  14. Chrome Hill: The Explorer (2017 [2018], Clean Feed) B+(*)
  15. Chromeo: Head Over Heels (2018, Big Beat/WEA) A-
  16. Chvrches: Love Is Dead (2018, Glassnote) B+(*)
  17. Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba: Routes (2018, Twelve/Eight) A-
  18. Scott Clark: ToNow (2017 [2018], Clean Feed) B+(*)
  19. Sean Conly: Hard Knocks (2017 [2018], Clean Feed) B+(***)
  20. Ronnie Cuber: Ronnie's Trio (2017 [2018], SteepleChase) B+(*)
  21. Benje Daneman Searchparty: Light in the Darkness (2017 [2018], ACI) C+
  22. Daphne & Celeste: Daphne & Celeste Save the World (2018, Balatonic) B
  23. Detroit Bop Quintet: Two Birds (2014 [2018], TQM, EP) B
  24. Fatoumata Diawara: Fenfo: Something to Say (2018, Shanachie) b+(**)
  25. Olegario Diaz: I Remember Chet (2017 [2018], SteepleChase) B+(***)
  26. Pierre Dørge: Soundscapes (2017 [2018], SteepleChase) B+(***)
  27. Elina Duni: Partir (2017 [2018], ECM) B+(*)
  28. Marty Ehrlich: Trio Exaltation (2017 [2018], Clean Feed) B+(***)
  29. Enemy: Enemy (2016 [2018], Edition) B+(**)
  30. The English Beat [Dave Wakeling]: Here We Go Love (2018, Here We Go) B-
  31. Román Filiú: Quarteria (2018, Sunnyside) B+(*)
  32. Erik Friedlander: Artemisia (2017 [2018], Skipstone) B+(**)
  33. Satoko Fujii/Joe Fonda/Gianni Mimmo: Triad (2017 [2018], Long Song) B+(***)
  34. Tia Fuller: Diamond Cut (2018, Mack Avenue) B+(*)
  35. Gift of Gab: Rejoice! Rappers Are Rapping Again! (2018, Giftstribution Unlimited, EP) A-
  36. Ginkgoa: One Time (2018, self-released, EP) B+(**)
  37. Vinny Golia/Steph Richards/Bert Turetzky: Trio Music (2017 [2018], PfMentum) B+(*)
  38. Jon Hassell: Listening to Pictures (Pentimento Volume One) (2018, Ndeya) A-
  39. Phil Haynes & Free Country: 60/69: My Favorite Things (2014 [2018], Corner Store Jazz, 2CD) B+(*)
  40. Honest John w/ Ab Baars: Treem (2016 [2018], Clean Feed) B+(*)
  41. Imarhan: Temet (2018, City Slang) B+(***)
  42. Gene Jackson Trio NuYorx: Power of Love (2017 [2018], Whirlwind) B+(*)
  43. Wilko Johnson: Blow Your Mind (2018, Chess) B+(**)
  44. Vic Juris: Eye Contact (2016 [2018], SteepleChase) B+(**)
  45. Lana Trio: Lana Trio With Sofia Jernberg (2016 [2018], Clean Feed) b+(**)
  46. Allegra Levy: Looking at the Moon (2018, SteepleChase) B+(**)
  47. Lykke Li: So Sad So Sexy (2018, RCA) B+(*)
  48. Low Cut Connie: "Dirty Pictures" (Part 2) (2018, Contender) B+(**)
  49. Joe Magnarelli: Magic Trick (2017 [2018], SteepleChase) B+(**)
  50. Nellie McKay: Sister Orchid (2018, Palmetto) B+(**)
  51. Brad Mehldau: After Bach (2017 [2018], Nonesuch) B
  52. Brad Mehldau: Seymour Reads the Constitution! (2018, Nonesuch) B+(*)
  53. Melody's Echo Chamber: Bon Voyage (2018, Fat Possum) B
  54. Marieann Meringolo: Between Yesterday and Tomorrow: The Songs of Alan & Marilyn Bergman (2017 [2018], Blujazz) C+
  55. MIKE: Black Soap (2018, Lex, EP) B+(*)
  56. MIKE: Renaissance Man (2018, Lex) B+(*)
  57. Mdou Moctar/Elite Beat: Mdou Moctar Meets Elite Beat in a Budget Dancehall (2017 [2018], Boomarm Nation) A-
  58. Molly Tigre: Molly Tigre (2018, Very Special) B+(***)
  59. No Fast Food: Settings for Three (2016 [2018], Corner Store Jazz) A-
  60. Jason Palmer: At Wally's: Volume 1 (2016 [2018], SteepleChase) B+(*)
  61. Jason Palmer: At Wally's: Volume 2 (2016 [2018], SteepleChase) B
  62. Parliament: Medicaid Fraud Dogg (2018, C Kunspyruhzy) B
  63. Alberto Pinton Noi Siamo: Opus Facere (2017 [2018], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  64. Jure Pukl: Doubtless (2017 [2018], Whirlwind) B+(**)
  65. Jure Pukl/Matija Dedic: Hybrid (2016 [2017], Whirlwind) B+(***)
  66. Pusha T: Daytona (2018, GOOD/Def Jam, EP) B+(**)
  67. Joshua Redman/Ron Miles/Scott Colley/Brian Blade: Still Dreaming (2018, Nonesuch) B+(**)
  68. Bebe Rexha: Expectations (2018. Warner Brothers) B+(*)
  69. Stephanie Richards: Fullmoon (2018, Relative Pitch) B+(**)
  70. Rolling Blackouts C.F.: Hope Downs (2018, Sub Pop) A-
  71. J. Peter Schwalm: How We Fall (2017 [2018], RareNoise) B+(*)
  72. Elza Soares: Deus É Mulher (2018, Deckdisc) A-
  73. Mark Soskin: Upper West Side Stories (2017 [2018], SteepleChase) B+(**)
  74. Ebo Taylor: Yen Ara (2018, Mr. Bongo) B+(**)
  75. Chris Thile/Brad Mehldau: Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau (2017, Nonesuch) B-
  76. This Is It!: 1538 (2018, Libra) B+(***)
  77. Thumbscrew: Ours (2017 [2018], Cuneiform) A-
  78. Thumbscrew: Theirs (2017 [2018], Cuneiform) A-
  79. Rafael Toral/Hugo Antunes/João Pais Filipe/Ricardo Webbens: Space Quartet (2017 [2018], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  80. Sidi Touré: Toubalbero (2018, Thrill Jockey) B+(**)
  81. Joshua Trinidad: In November (2015 [2018], RareNoise) B+(*)
  82. Will Vinson: It's Alright With Three (2017 [2018], Criss Cross) B+(**)
  83. Jerry Vivino: Coast to Coast (2005-17 [2018], Blujazz) B+(**)
  84. Tim Warfield: Jazzland (2017 [2018], Criss Cross) B+(*)
  85. Kamasi Washington: Heaven and Earth (2018, Young Turks, 2CD) B+(***)
  86. Kanye West: Ye (2018, Def Jam/GOOD Music, EP) B+(*)
  87. WorldService Project: Serve (2017 [2018], Rare Noise) C-
  88. Anthony Braxton: The Essential Anthony Braxton: The Arista Years (1974-80 [2018], Arista/Legacy, 2CD) A-
  89. Gene Clark: Gene Clark Sings for You (1967 [2018], Omnivore) B
  90. John Coltrane: Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (1963 [2018], Impulse, 2CD) A-
  91. Lee Konitz: Prisma: By Guenter Buhles (2000 [2018], QFTF) B
  92. Ernie Krivda and Swing City: A Bright and Shining Moment (1998-2002 [2018], Capri) B+(**)
  93. Professor Rhythm: Professor 3 ([2018], Awesome Tapes From Africa) A-
  94. The Rough Guide to the Best Country Blues You've Never Heard (1927-36 [2018], World Music Network) B+(***)
  95. The Savory Collection, Vol. 4: Embraceable You: Bobby Hackett and Friends (1938-40 [2018], National Jazz Museum of Harlem) A-
  96. Esbjörn Svensson Trio: E.S.T. Live in London (2005 [2018], ACT, 2CD) B+(**)
  97. Rodrigo Amado/Carlos Zíngaro/Ken Filiano: The Space Between (2002 [2003], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  98. Gene Clark: Gene Clark With the Gosdin Brothers (1967, Columbia) B+(*)
  99. Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen: We've Got a Live One Here (1976, Warner Brothers) B+(**)
  100. Pierre Dørge Quartet: Ballad Round the Left Corner (1979 [1980], SteepleChase) B+(**)
  101. Pierre Dørge/Harry Beckett/Marilyn Mazur/Klavs Hovman: Echoez Of . . . (1990, Olufsen) B+(**)
  102. Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra: Zim Zag Zimfoni (2000 [2001], Stunt) B+(**)
  103. Pierre Dørge: Blui (2014 [2015], SteepleChase) B+(**)
  104. Lisbon Improvisation Players: Live_LxMeskla (2000 [2002], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  105. MIKE: May God Bless Your Hustle (2017, self-released) B+(**)
  106. The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones [UK] (1964, Decca) A-
  107. The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones No. 2 [UK] (1965, Decca) B+(***)
  108. The Rolling Stones: Out of Our Heads [UK] (1965, Decca) A-
  109. The Rolling Stones: Aftermath [UK] (1966, Decca) A-
  110. The Rolling Stones: Between the Buttons [UK] (1967, Decca) A
  111. The Rolling Stones: Got Live if You Want It! (1963-66 [1966], Abkco) B+(***)
  112. The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (1968 [1996], Abkco) B+(**)
  113. The Rolling Stones: Made in the Shade (1969-74 [1975], Rolling Stones) B+(**)
  114. The Rolling Stones: Black and Blue (1976, Rolling Stones) B+(**)
  115. The Rolling Stones: Still Life (American Concert 1981) (1981 [1982], Rolling Stones/Virgin) B+(***)
  116. The Rolling Stones: Undercover (1983, Rolling Stones) B
  117. The Rolling Stones: Flashpoint (1989-90 [1991], Rolling Stones/Virgin) B+(*)
  118. The Rolling Stones: Voodoo Lounge (1994, Virgin) B+(*)
  119. The Rolling Stones: Bridges to Babylon (1997, Virgin) B+(**)
  120. The Rolling Stones: Live Licks (2002-03 [2004], Virgin, 2CD) B+(**)
  121. Skadedyr: Kongekrabbe (2013, Hubro) B
  122. Skadedyr: Culturen (2016, Hubro) B+(*)
  123. John Tchicai & Pierre Dørge: Ball at Louisiana (1981 [1983], SteepleChase) B+(*)
  124. Sidi Touré: Hoga (1996, Sterns Africa) B+(***)
  125. Sidi Touré: Alafia (2013, Thrill Jockey) B+(**)
  126. Whirl: Revolving Rapidly Around an Axis (2014 [2015], Den) B+(**)

May 31

  1. 3hattrio: Lord of the Desert (2018, Okehdokee) B+(**)
  2. Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids: An Angel Fell (2018, Strut) B+(**)
  3. Bill Anschell: Shifting Standards (2017 [2018], Origin) B+(***)
  4. Anteloper: Kudu (2017 [2018], International Anthem) B+(**)
  5. Tiffany Austin: Unbroken (2018, Con Alma) B+(*)
  6. Cardi B: Invasion of Privacy (2018, Atlantic) A-
  7. Alice Bag: Blueprint (2018, Don Giovanni) B+(*)
  8. MC Paul Barman: (((Echo Chamber))) (2018, Mello Music Group) B+(***)
  9. Kenny Barron Quintet: Concentric Circles (2018, Blue Note) B+(**)
  10. Berry: Everything, Compromised (2018, Joyful Noise) B-
  11. Black Foxxes: Reiði (2018, Spinefarm) B
  12. Terence Blanchard: Live (2018, Blue Note) B+(*)
  13. Andrea Brachfeld: If Not Now, When? (2017 [2018], Jazzheads) B+(*)
  14. Greg Burk: The Detroit Songbook (2017 [2018], SteepleChase) B+(**)
  15. David Byrne: American Utopia (2018, Nonesuch) B
  16. Jonas Cambien Trio: We Must Mustn't We (2018, Clean Feed) B+(***)
  17. François Carrier/Michel Lambert/Rafal Mazur: Beyond Dimensions (2016 [2018], FMR) B+(***)
  18. Playboi Carti: Die Lit (2018, AWGE/Interscope) B+(*)
  19. Dan Cavanaugh/Dave Hagedorn: 20 Years (2017 [2018], UT Arlington) B+(*)
  20. Cavern of Anti-Matter: Hormone Lemonade (2018, Duophonic) B+(**)
  21. Ceramic Dog [Marc Ribot/Shahzad Ismaily/Ches Smith]: YRU Still Here? (2018, Northern Spy) A-
  22. Chamber 3: Transatlantic (2016 [2018], OA2) B+(*)
  23. Chloe x Halle: The Kids Are Alright (2018, Parkwood/Columbia) B+(**)
  24. The Nels Cline 4: Currents, Constellations (2017 [2018], Blue Note) B+(*)
  25. Freddy Cole: My Mood Is You (2018, High Note) B+(***)
  26. J. Cole: KOD (2018, Roc Nation) B+(**)
  27. Confidence Man: Confident Music for Confident People (2018, Heavenly) A-
  28. Ry Cooder: The Prodigal Son (2018, Fantasy) A-
  29. Frankie Cosmos: Vessel (2018, Sub Pop) B+(***)
  30. Elysia Crampton: Elysia Crampton (2018, Break World, EP) B+(*)
  31. Czarface/MF Doom: Czarface Meets Metal Face (2018, Silver Age) A-
  32. Dead Composers Club [Noah Preminger/Rob Garcia]: Chopin Project (2017 [2018], Connection Works) B
  33. Benoît Delbecq 4: Spots on Stripes (2017 [2018], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  34. Robert Diack: Lost Villages (2018, self-released) B+(*)
  35. Ron Di Salvio/Bart Plateau: The Puglia Suite (2017 [2018], Blujazz) B-
  36. DJ Koze: Knock Knock (2018, Pampa) B
  37. Yelena Eckemoff Quartet: Desert (2015 [2018], L&H Production) B+(***)
  38. Kat Edmonson: Old Fashioned Gal (2018, MRI) B+(*)
  39. Adrean Farrugia/Joel Frahm: Blues Dharma (2017 [2018], GB) A-
  40. Fickle Friends: You Are Someone Else (2018, Polydor) B+(**)
  41. Flatbush Zombies: Vacation in Hell (2018, Glorious Dead) B+(***)
  42. Dave Gisler Trio: Rabbits on the Run (2017 [2018], Intakt) B+(***)
  43. The Go! Team: Semicircle (2018, Memphis Industries) B+(**)
  44. Benito Gonzalez/Gerry Gibbs/Essiet Okon Essiet: Passion Reverence Transcendence: The Music of McCoy Tyner (2016 [2018], Whaling City Sound) B+(***)
  45. Jean Grae & Quelle Chris: Everything's Fine (2018, Mello Music Group) A-
  46. Danny Green Trio Plus Strings: One Day It Will (2017 [2018], OA2) B+(**)
  47. Bill Hart Band: Live at Red Clay Theatre (2017 [2018], Blujazz) B
  48. Eddie Henderson: Be Cool (2018, Smoke Sessions) B+(***)
  49. Fred Hersch Trio: Live in Europe (2017 [2018], Palmetto) B+(**)
  50. Hieroglyphic Being: The Red Notes (2018, Soul Jazz) B+(***)
  51. Tyler Higgins: Blue Mood (2016 [2018], Shhpuma) B+(*)
  52. Amos Hoffman/Noam Lemish: Pardes (2017 [2018], self-released) B+(*)
  53. Dave Holland: Uncharted Territories (2018, Dare2, 2CD) A-
  54. Hookworms: Microshift (2018, Domino) B+(*)
  55. Hop Along: Bark Your Head Off, Dog (2018, Saddle Creek) B+(*)
  56. Jon Hopkins: Singularity (2018, Domino) B+(***)
  57. Hot Snakes: Jericho Sirens (2018, Sub Pop) B
  58. Kira Kira: Bright Force (2017 [2018], Libra) A-
  59. Hayley Kiyoko: Expectations (2018, Empire/Atlantic) B+(*)
  60. Matt Lavelle/Lewis Porter/Hilliard Greene/Tom Cabrera: Matt Lavelle Quartet (2016 [2017], Unseen Rain) B+(***)
  61. Matt Lavelle's 12 Houses: End Times (2014 [2017], Unseen Rain) B+(**)
  62. Bettye LaVette: Things Have Changed (2018, Verve) A
  63. Azar Lawrence: Elementals (2018, High Note) B+(**)
  64. Mike LeDonne and the Groover Quartet: From the Heart (2018, Savant) B+(*)
  65. Bongwool Lee: My Singing Fingers (2016 [2018], Origin) B+(**)
  66. Igor Lumpert & Innertextures: Eleven (2017 [2018], Clean Feed) B+(***)
  67. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks: Sparkle Hard (2018, Matador) B+(*)
  68. Ben Markley Quartet: Basic Economy (2017 [2018], OA2) B+(**)
  69. Walter Martin: Reminisce Bar & Grill (2018, Family Jukebox) B
  70. Deanne Matley: Because I Loved (2018, self-released) B+(*)
  71. Solon McDade: Murals (2017 [2018], self-released) B+(**)
  72. MJO Brothers Present: Hip Devotions (2017, Blujazz) B
  73. Lello Molinari: Lello's Italian Job Volume 2 (2018, Fata Morgana Music) B+(**)
  74. Janelle Monáe: Dirty Computer (2018, Bad Boy) A-
  75. Van Morrison and Joey DeFrancesco: You're Driving Me Crazy (2018, Legacy) B+(***)
  76. Mount Eerie: Now Only (2018, PW Elverum & Sun) B+(*)
  77. Kate Nash: Yesterday Was Forever (2018, Girl Gang) A-
  78. Meshell Ndegeocello: Yesterday Was Forever (2018, Naïve) B+(*)
  79. Willie Nelson: Last Man Standing (2018, Legacy) A-
  80. Angelika Niescier Trio: The Berlin Concert (2017 [2018], Intakt) B+(***)
  81. Nuance Crusaders: Reflections (2017, Blujazz) B-
  82. Orquesta Akokán: Orquesta Akokán (2018, Daptone) B+(***)
  83. Princess Nokia: A Girl Cried Red (2018, Rough Trade, EP) B+(*)
  84. Juan Andrés Ospina Big Band: Tramontana (2017 [2018], self-released) B
  85. Parquet Courts: Wide Awake! (2018, Rough Trade) A-
  86. Jeremy Pelt: Noir En Rouge: Live in Paris (2018, HighNote) B+(**)
  87. Matt Piet & His Disorganization: Rummage Out (2017 [2018], Clean Feed) B+(***)
  88. Matt Piet/Raoul van der Weide/Frank Rosaly: Out of Step: Live in Amsterdam (2017, self-released) B+(***)
  89. Matt Piet/Paul Giallorenzo: Wood, Wire, and Steel (2017, self-released) B+(**)
  90. Matt Piet & Tim Daisy: Strike One; Strike Two (2017, self-released) B+(***)
  91. Matt Piet: The Bitter Angles of Our Nurture (2017, self-relesaed) B+(**)
  92. Prefuse 73: Sacrifices (2018, Lex) B
  93. Charlie Puth: Voicenotes (2018, Atlantic) B+(*)
  94. Reggie Quinerly: Words to Love (2017 [2018], Redefinition Music) B
  95. Rival Consoles: Persona (2018, Erased Tapes) B+(*)
  96. Kristo Rodzevski: The Rabbit and the Fallen Sycamore (2017 [2018], Much Prefer) B+(***)
  97. Rolo Tomassi: Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It (2017 [2018], Holy Roar) B+(***)
  98. Saba: Bucket List Project (2016, Saba Pivot) B+(**)
  99. Samo Salamon/Tony Malaby/Roberto Dani: Traveling Moving Breathing (2017 [2018], Clean Feed) B+(***)
  100. Rob Schwimmer: Heart of Hearing (2018, Sunken Heights Music) B-
  101. Matthew Shipp: Zero (2018, ESP-Disk) B+(*)
  102. Matthew Shipp Quartet: Sonic Fiction (2018, ESP-Disk) B+(**)
  103. Susana Santos Silva: All the Rivers: Live at Panteão Nacional (2016 [2018], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  104. Edward Simon: Sorrows & Triumphs (2017 [2018], Sunnyside) B+(*)
  105. Sly & Robbie Meet Nils Petter Molvaer Feat. Eivind Aarset and Vladislav Delay: Nordub (2016 [2018], Okeh) A-
  106. Gary Smulyan: Alternative Contrafacts (2017 [2018], SteepleChase) B+(***)
  107. Soccer Mommy: Clean (2018, Fat Possum) B+(**)
  108. Soccer Mommy: Collection (2017, Fat Possum) B+(*)
  109. Sonar With David Torn: Vortex (2017 [2018], RareNoise) B+(***)
  110. Speedy Ortiz: Twerp Verse (2018, Carpark) B+(*)
  111. Jon Rune Strøm Quintet: Fragments (2017 [2018], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  112. Hans Teuber & Jeff Johnson: Deuce (2017 [2018], Origin) B+(*)
  113. Henry Threadgill: Double Up, Plays Double Up Plus (2017 [2018], Pi) A-
  114. Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg: Dirt . . . and More Dirt (2017 [2018], Pi) A-
  115. Tune-Yards: I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life (2018, 4AD) B
  116. Kali Uchis: Isolation (2018, Virgin EMI) A-
  117. WoodWired: In the Loop (2017 [2018], UT Arlington) B+(**)
  118. Marike Van Dijk: The Stereography Project Feat. Jeff Taylor and Katell Keinig (2018, Hert/Membran) B
  119. Vin Venezia: Fifth and Adams (2015-16 [2018], Blujazz) B
  120. Wussy: Getting Better (2018, Damnably, EP) B+(*)
  121. Wussy: What Heaven Is Like (2018, Shake It) B+(***)
  122. The Xcerts: Hold on to Your Heart (2018, Raygun) B
  123. Darryl Yokley's Sound Reformation: Pictures at an African Exhibition (2018, Truth Revolution) B
  124. Young Fathers: Cocoa Sugar (2018, Ninja Tune) A-
  125. YoungBoy Never Broke Again: Until Death Call My Name (2018, Never Broke Again/Atlantic) B+(**)
  126. Eliane Elias: Music From Man of La Mancha (1995 [2018], Concord) B+(*)
  127. William Parker: Voices Fall From the Sky (1993-2018 [2018], AUM Fidelity, 3CD) B
  128. Liz Phair: The Girly Sound Tapes (1991 [2018], Matador, 3CD) B+(***)
  129. Liz Phair: Girly-Sound to Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Boxset (1991-93 [2018], Matador, 3CD) A-
  130. Otis Redding: Dock of the Bay Sessions (1967 [2018], Rhino) B+(***)
  131. Tommy Flanagan: Giant Steps: In Memory of John Coltrane (1982, Enja) A-
  132. Bettye LaVette: Tell Me a Lie (1982, Motown) B+(**)
  133. Bettye LaVette: Child of the Seventies (1962-73 [2006], Rhino Handmade) B+(*)
  134. Bettye LaVette: I've Got My Own Hell to Raise (2005, Anti-) B+(**)
  135. Bettye LaVette: Worthy (2015, Cherry Red) B+(**)
  136. Otis Redding: The Immortal Otis Redding (1967 [1968], Atco) A-
  137. Otis Redding: Tell the Truth (1967 [1970], Atco) B+(***)
  138. Otis Redding: Remember Me: 22 Previously Unissued Tracks (1962-67 [1992], Stax) B+(***)
  139. Gary Smulyan Quartet: Homage (1991 [1993], Criss Cross) B+(***)
  140. Gary Smulyan: The Real Deal (2002 [2003], Reservoir) B+(*)

April 28

  1. Erlend Olderskog Albertsen: Rødssal Neen Glassdør (2018, Dugnad Rec) B+(***)
  2. Arild Andersen: In-House Science (2016 [2018], ECM) A-
  3. Nik Bärtsch's Ronin: Awase (2017 [2018], ECM) A-
  4. Nat Birchall: Cosmic Language (2018, Jazzman) B+(***)
  5. Martin Blume/Tobias Delius/Achim Kaufmann/Dieter Manderscheid: Frames & Terrains (2016 [2018], NoBusiness) B+(**)
  6. Benjamin Boone/Philip Levine: The Poetry of Jazz (2012-14 [2018], Origin) A-
  7. The Breeders: All Nerve (2018, 4AD) B+(*)
  8. Jakob Bro: Returnings (2016 [2018], ECM) B
  9. Chris Byars: New York City Jazz (2016 [2018], SteepleChase) B+(**)
  10. Daniel Carter/William Parker/Matthew Shipp: Seraphic Light (2017 [2018], AUM Fidelity) A-
  11. Brian Charette/George Coleman: Groovin' With Big G (2017 [2018], SteepleChase) B+(***)
  12. Anat Cohen/Fred Hersch: Live in Healdsburg (2016 [2018], Anzic) B+(*)
  13. Tim Daisy/Michael Thieke/Ken Vandermark: Triptych (2016 [2017], Relay) B+(**)
  14. Tim Daisy: Music for Lying Still (2017, Relay, EP) B+(**)
  15. Tim Daisy's Fulcrum Ensemble: Animation (2017 [2018], Relay) B+(***)
  16. District Five: Decoy (2017 [2018], Intakt) B+(**)
  17. Dream Wife: Dream Wife (2018, Lucky Number) B+(***)
  18. The Ex: 27 Passports (2018, Ex) A
  19. Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin: Ninety-Nine Years (2017 [2018], Libra) B+(**)
  20. Frode Gjerstad Trio + Steve Swell: Bop Stop (2018, Clean Feed) B+(**)
  21. Victor Gould: Earthlings (2017 [2018], Criss Cross) B+(**)
  22. Johan Graden: Olägenheter (2017 [2018], Moserobie) B+(**)
  23. Mary Halvorson: Code Girl (2016 [2018], Firehouse 12, 2CD) B+(*)
  24. The Heat Death: The Glenn Miller Sessions (2018, Clean Feed, 3CD) B+(**)
  25. Tim Heidecker: Too Dumb for Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs (2017, Jagjaguwar) B
  26. Gerry Hemingway/Samuel Blaser: Oostum (2015 [2017], NoBusiness) B+(*)
  27. Lauren Henderson: Ármame (2016 [2018], Brontosaurus) B+(*)
  28. Monika Herzig: Monika Herzig's Sheroes (2016 [2018], Whaling City Sound) B+(*)
  29. Il Sogno: Birthday (2015 [2017], Gotta Let It Out) B+(**)
  30. Jon Irabagon Quartet: Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics (2016-17 [2018], Irabbagast) B+(**)
  31. JPEGMAFIA: Veteran (2018, self-released) B
  32. Roger Kellaway Trio: New Jazz Standards Vol. 3 (2017 [2018], Summit) B+(**)
  33. Jinx Lennon: Grow a Pair!!! (2018, Septic Tiger) B+(*)
  34. James Brandon Lewis/Chad Taylor: Radiant Imprints (2018, OFF) A-
  35. Jeffrey Lewis: Works by Tuli Kupferberg (1923-2010) (2018, Don Giovanni) A-
  36. Dave Liebman/John Stowell: Petite Fleur: The Music of Sidney Bechet (2017 [2018], Origin) B+(*)
  37. Johan Lindström Septett: Music for Empty Halls (2018, Moserobie) B+(***)
  38. The Doug MacDonald Quintet/The Roger Neumann Quintet: Two Quintets: Live Upstairs at Vitello's (2017 [2018], Blujazz, 2CD) B+(*)
  39. The Maguire Twins: Seeking Higher Ground (2017 [2018], Three Tree) B+(*)
  40. Todd Marcus: On These Streets (A Baltimore Story) (2017 [2018], Stricker Street) B
  41. Ashley McBryde: Girl Going Nowhere (2018, Warner Nashville) B+(**)
  42. Erin McDougald: Outside the Soirée (2018, Miles High) B+(**)
  43. Nick Millevoi's Desertion Trio With Jamie Saft: Midtown Tilt (2017 [2018], Clean Feed) B
  44. Modern Mal: The Misanthrope Family Album (2017, Mal) B+(*)
  45. Ashley Monroe: Sparrow (2018, Warner Nashville) B-
  46. Michael Morreale: MilesSong: The Music of Miles Davis (2016 [2018], Summit, 2CD) B+(**)
  47. Diane Moser: Birdsongs (2017 [2018], Planet Arts) B
  48. Michael Moss/Accidental Orchestra: Helix (2016 [2018], 4th Stream) B+(**)
  49. Kacey Musgraves: Golden Hour (2018, MCA Nashville) B
  50. Patricia Nicholson/William Parker: Hope Cries for Justice (2017 [2018], Centering) B+(***)
  51. Danielle Nicole: Cry No More (2018, Concord) B+(*)
  52. No Age: Snares Like a Haircut (2018, Drag City) A-
  53. Meg Okura/Sam Newsome/Jean-Michel Pilc: NPO Trio Live at the Stone (2016 [2018], Chant) B+(*)
  54. Meg Okura & the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble: Ima Ima (2018, Chant) B+(*)
  55. William Parker: Lake of Light: Compositions for AquaSonics (2017 [2018], Gotta Let It Out) B+(***)
  56. Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: Oneness (2017 [2018], Leo, 3CD) B+(***)
  57. Peripheral Vision: More Songs About Error and Shame (2018, self-released) B+(***)
  58. Roberta Piket: West Coast Trio (2017 [2018], 13th Note) B+(*)
  59. Chris Platt Trio: Sky Glow (2017 [2018], self-released) B+(*)
  60. Marvin Pontiac: The Asylum Tapes (2017, Strange and Beautiful) A-
  61. Noah Preminger: Genuinity (2017 [2018], Criss Cross) B+(**)
  62. John Prine: The Tree of Forgiveness (2018, Oh Boy) A-
  63. Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra: Without a Trace (2015-17 [2018], Origin) B
  64. The Rempis/Daisy Duo & Guests: Dodecahedron (2017 [2018], Aerophonic, 2CD) B+(**)
  65. Jay Rodriguez: Your Sound: Live at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola (2018, Whaling City Sound) B+(**)
  66. Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble: Rogue Star (2017 [2018], Edgetone) B+(***)
  67. Derek Senn: Avuncular (2016, self-released) B+(***)
  68. Sarah Shook & the Disarmers: Years (2018, Bloodshot) B+(*)
  69. Alex Sipiagin: Moments Captured (2016 [2017], Criss Cross) B
  70. Jim Snidero & Jeremy Pelt: Jubilation! Celebrating Cannonball Adderley (2017 [2018], Savant) B+(**)
  71. Sons of Kemet: Your Queen Is a Reptile (2018, Impulse!) A-
  72. Spectral [Dave Rempis/Darren Johnston/Larry Ochs]: Empty Castles (2017 [2018], Aerophonic) B+(**)
  73. Spin Cycle [Scott Neumann/Tom Christensen]: Assorted Colors (2017 [2018], Sound Footing) B+(**)
  74. Superorganism: Superorganism (2018, Domino) B+(***)
  75. John Surman: Invisible Threads (2017 [2018], ECM) B+(***)
  76. Tracey Thorn: Record (2018, Merge) B+(**)
  77. Alexander Von Schlippenbach/Globe Unity Orchestra: Globe Unity - 50 Years (2016 [2018], Intakt) A-
  78. Frank Wagner: Frank Wagner's Floating Holiday (2016 [2018], MEII) B
  79. Salim Washington: Dogon Revisited (2018, Passin' Thru) B+(***)
  80. Dan Weiss: Starebaby (2018, Pi) B
  81. Håvard Wiik Trio: This Is Not a Waltz (2016 [2018], Moserobie) B+(***)
  82. Wreckless Eric: Construction Time & Demolition (2018, Southern Domestic) B+(***)
  83. Pablo Ziegler Trio: Jazz Tango (2017, Zoho) B+(*)
  84. Louis Armstrong: Pops Is Tops: The Complete Verve Studio Albums and More (1957 [2018], Verve, 4CD) B
  85. Louis Armstrong: The Nightclubs (1950-58 [2017], Dot Time) B+(***)
  86. Derek Bailey & Company: Klinker (2000 [2018], Confront, 2CD) B
  87. Anthony Braxton: Quartet (Willisau) 1991 Studio (1991 [2018], Hatology, 2CD) A-
  88. Miles Davis & John Coltrane: The Final Tour [The Bootleg Series Vol. 6] (1960 [2018], Columbia/Legacy, 4CD) A-
  89. Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette: After the Fall (1998 [2018], ECM, 2CD) B+(**)
  90. Martin Küchen & Landaeus Trio: Vinyl (2013-14 [2018], Moserobie) A-
  91. Kirk Lightsey/Harold Danko: Shorter by Two: The Music of Wayne Shorter Played on Two Pianos (1983 [2017], Sunnyside) B+(**)
  92. Wynton Marsalis Septet: United We Swing: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas (2003-07 [2018], Blue Engine) B+(*)
  93. Barre Phillips/Motoharu Yoshizawa: Oh My, Those Boys! (1994 [2018], NoBusiness) B+(***)
  94. Sonny Rollins: Way Out West [Deluxe Edition] (1957 [2018], Craft) A
  95. We Out Here (2018, Brownswood) B+(*)
  96. Neil Young: Roxy: Tonight's the Night Live (1973 [2018], Reprise) B+(***)
  97. Louis Armstrong: Satchmo Serenades (1949-53 [2000], Verve) B+(**)
  98. Louis Armstrong: Ambassador Satch (1955 [2000], Columbia/Legacy) A-
  99. Louis Armstrong: Louis Under the Stars (1957 [1958], Verve) B+(*)
  100. Louis Armstrong: I've Got the World on a String (1957 [1960], Verve) B
  101. Louis Armstrong/Oscar Peterson: Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson (1957, Verve) B+(**)
  102. Louis Armstrong: Louis and the Good Book (1958 [2001], Verve) B
  103. Louis Armstrong: Louis Armstrong and His Friends (1970, Flying Dutchman) B+(*)
  104. Globe Unity Orchestra: Globe Unity 2002 (2002 [2003], Intakt) B+(**)
  105. JPEGMAFIA: Black Ben Carson (2016, Trashfuck) B+(*)
  106. Jeffrey Lewis & the Jrams: "A Loot-Beg Bootleg" (2014 [2016], self-released) B+(***)
  107. Alexander von Schlippenbach/Globe Unity Orchestra: Globe Unity - 40 Years (2006 [2009], Intakt) B+(***)

March 27

  1. Heather Bennett: Lazy Afternoon (2018, Summit) B
  2. Blue Notes Tribute Orkestra: Live at the Bird's Eye (2012 [2017], self-released) B+(*)
  3. Car Seat Headrest: Twin Fantasy (2018, Matador) B+(***)
  4. Brandi Carlile: By the Way, I Forgive You (2018, Low Country Sound/Elektra) B-
  5. Lucy Dacus: Historian (2018, Matador) B+(*)
  6. Chris Dave: Chris Dave and the Drumhedz (2018, Blue Note) B
  7. Caroline Davis: Heart Tonic (2018, Sunnyside) B+(**)
  8. Dogwood: Hecate's Hounds (2018, Nusica.org) B+(**)
  9. Electric Squeezebox Orchestra: The Falling Dream (2015 [2018], OA2) B
  10. Bill Frisell: Music IS (2017 [2018], Okeh) B+(**)
  11. Ezra Furman: Transangelic Exodus (2018, Bella Union) B+(**)
  12. Hal Galper Quartet: Cubist (2016 [2018], Origin) A-
  13. Sergio Galvao/Lupa Santiago/Clement Landais/Franck Enouf: 2X2 (2017 [2018], Origin) B+(***)
  14. Nubya Garcia: Nubya's 5ive (2017, Jazz Re:freshed) B+(**)
  15. Gwenno: Le Kov (2018, Heavenly) B+(**)
  16. The Heavyweights Brass Band: This City (2017 [2018], Lulaworld) B+(***)
  17. Mike Jones/Penn Jillette: The Show Before the Show: Live at the Penn & Teller Theater (2017 [2018], Capri) B+(***)
  18. Peter Kuhn: Dependent Origination (2016 [2017], FMR) B+(***)
  19. Peter Kuhn Trio: Intention (2017 [2018], FMR) A-
  20. Femi Kuti: One People One World (2018, Knitting Factory) B+(*)
  21. Dave Liebman/Tatsuya Nakatani/Adam Rudolph: The Unknowable (2016 [2018], RareNoise) B+(*)
  22. Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas: Sound Prints: Scandal (2017 [2018], Greenleaf Music) B+(***)
  23. Mast: Thelonious Sphere Monk (2018, World Galaxy) B+(***)
  24. Rae Morris: Someone Out There (2018, Atlantic) B+(*)
  25. Lucas Niggli: Alchemia Garden (2017 [2018], Intakt) B+(*)
  26. Adam Nussbaum: The Lead Belly Project (2018, Sunnyside) B+(**)
  27. Aruán Ortiz Trio: Live in Zürich (2016 [2018], Intakt) B+(***)
  28. Bobby Previte: Rhapsody (2017 [2018], RareNoise) B
  29. Steve Reich: Pulse/Quartet (2018, Nonesuch) B+(*)
  30. Sara Serpa: Close Up (2017 [2018], Clean Feed) B+(*)
  31. Shakers n' Bakers: Heart Love: Play the Music of Albert Ayler and Mary Maria Parks (2017 [2018], Little i Music) B+(*)
  32. Superchunk: What a Time to Be Alive (2018, Merge) B+(**)
  33. Emma-Jean Thackray's Walrus: Walrus EP (2017, Deptford Beach, EP) B+(*)
  34. U.S. Girls: In a Poem Unlimited (2018, 4AD) B+(**)
  35. Yo La Tengo: There's a Riot Going On (2018, Matador) B+(**)
  36. Black Panther: The Album (Music From and Inspired By) (2018, Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope) B+(***)
  37. Kang Tae Hwan: Live at Café Amores (1995 [2018], NoBusiness) B+(**)
  38. Bill Warfield Big Band: For Lew (1990-2014 [2018], Planet Arts) B+(**)
  39. The Barry Altschul Quartet: Irina (1983, Soul Note) B+(***)
  40. The Barry Altschul Quartet: For Stu (1979 [1981], Soul Note) B+(**)
  41. The Barry Altschul Quartet/Quintet: That's Nice (1985 [1986], Soul Note) B+(*)
  42. Paul Bley/John Surman/Bill Frisell/Paul Motian: The Paul Bley Quartet (1987 [1988], ECM) B+(**)
  43. Marion Brown: Afternoon of a Georgia Faun (1970, ECM) B
  44. Marion Brown: Duets Vol. 1 (1970 [2012], 1201/Black Lion Vault) B+(**)
  45. Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band: Live (2010, Grigri Discs) B+(***)
  46. Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band: Chopteeth (2008, Grigri Discs) A-
  47. Dorothy Donegan: Live at the 1990 Floating Jazz Festival (1990 [1991], Chiaroscuro) B+(**)
  48. Chico Freeman: Tradition in Transition (1982, Elektra Musician) B+(*)
  49. Chico Freeman/Mal Waldron: Up and Down (1992, Black Saint) B+(**)
  50. Christof Lauer: Christof Lauer (1989, CMP) B+(***)
  51. Christof Lauer/Wolfgang Puschnig/Bob Stewart/Thomas Alkier: Bluebells (1992, CMP) B+(**)
  52. Christof Lauer: Fragile Network (1998 [1999], ACT) B+(***)
  53. Christof Lauer/NDR Big Band: Christof Lauer & NDR Big Band Play Sidney Bechet: Petite Fleur (2013 [2014], ACT) B+(**)
  54. Mahavishnu Orchestra: Between Nothingness & Eternity (1973, Columbia) B+(*)
  55. Mahavishnu Orchestra: Apocalypse (1974, Columbia) C+
  56. Mahavishnu Orchestra: Visions of the Emerald Beyond (1974 [1975], Columbia) B-
  57. Mahavishnu Orchestra/John McLaughlin: Inner Worlds (1975 [1976], Columbia) B-
  58. Joe Maneri Quartet: Dahabenzapple (1993 [1996], Hat Art) B+(**)
  59. Joe Maneri Quartet: In Full Cry (1996 [1997], ECM) B+(*)
  60. Joe Maneri/Mat Maneri: Blessed (1997 [1998], ECM) B+(**)
  61. Joe Maneri Trio: The Trio Concerts (1997-98 [2001], Leo, 2CD) B+(**)
  62. John McLaughlin: Devotion (1970, Douglas) B+(**)
  63. The Free Spirits Featuring John McLaughlin: Tokyo Live (1993 [1994], Verve) B+(**)
  64. John McLaughlin: The Heart of Things (1997, Verve) B+(*)
  65. John McLaughlin/Zakir Hussain/T.H. "Vikkur" Vinayakram/Hariprasad Chaurasia: Remember Shakti (1997 [1999], Verve, 2CD) B+(***)
  66. Jelly Roll Morton: The Piano Rolls (1924 [1997], Nonesuch) B+(**)
  67. Walter Norris/George Mraz: Drifting (1974 [2007], Enja) B+(**)
  68. Walter Norris/Aladár Pege: Winter Rose (1980, Enja) B+(*)
  69. Original Dixieland Jazz Band: The 75th Anniversary (1917-21 [1992], RCA Bluebird) B+(***)
  70. The Original Dixieland Jazz Band: In London 1919-1920 Plus the Okeh Sessions 1922-1923 (1919-23 [2001], Retrieval) B+(**)
  71. Shakti/John McLauglin: Shakti With John McLaughlin (1975 [1976], Columbia) B+(***)
  72. Shakti With John McLauglin: Natural Elements (1977, Columbia) B+(**)
  73. Shakti With John McLaughlin: A Handful of Beauty (1976 [1977], Columbia) B+(***)
  74. John Surman: Upon Reflection (1979, ECM) B+(**)
  75. John Surman: The Amazing Adventures of Simon Simon (1981, ECM) B+(*)
  76. John Surman: Such Winters of Memory (1982 [1983], ECM) B+(**)
  77. John Surman: Withholding Pattern (1984 [1985], ECM) B+(*)
  78. John Surman: Private City (1987 [1988], ECM) B+(*)
  79. John Surman Quartet: Stranger Than Fiction (1993 [1994], ECM) B+(***)
  80. John Surman: A Biography of the Rev. Absalom Dawe (1994 [1995], ECM) B+(***)
  81. John Surman/Jack DeJohnette: Invisible Nature (2000 [2002], ECM) A-
  82. John Surman: Free and Equal (2001 [2003], ECM) B+(**)
  83. John Surman/Howard Moody: Rain on the Window (2006 [2008], ECM) B+(**)
  84. Trio-X [Joe McPhee/Dominic Duval/Jay Rosen]: The Sugar Hill Suite (2004, CIMP) B+(**)

February 28

  1. Laurie Anderson/Kronos Quartet: Landfall (2018, Nonesuch) A-
  2. Louise Baranger: Louise Baranger Plays the Great American Groove Book (2017, Summit) B
  3. David Bertrand: Palmyra & Other Places (2017, Blujazz) B+(*)
  4. Girma Bèyènè & Akalé Wubé: Éthiopiques 30: "Mistakes on Purpose" (2017, Buda Musique) A-
  5. Nick Biello: Vagabond Soul (2016 [2018], Blujazz) B+(**)
  6. Dan Block: Block Party: A Saint Louis Connection (2015 [2018], Miles High) B+(***)
  7. Owen Broder: Heritage: The American Roots Project (2017 [2018], ArtistShare) B
  8. Sarah Buechi: Contradiction of Happiness (2017 [2018], Intakt) B+(*)
  9. Harley Card: The Greatest Invention (2015 [2018], self-released) B+(*)
  10. Dawn Clement: Tandem (2017 [2018], Origin) B+(*)
  11. Ornette Coleman: Celebrate Ornette: Brooklyn Prospect Park (2014 [2016], Song X, 2CD) A-
  12. Rose Cousins: Natural Conclusion (2017, Old Farm Pony) B
  13. Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition Mob Band: My Heart Belongs to Satchmo (2018, Blujazz) B+(**)
  14. Duchess: Duchess (2015, Anzic) B+(**)
  15. Duchess: Laughing at Life (2016 [2017], Anzic) B+(*)
  16. Harris Eisenstadt: Recent Developments (2016 [2017], Songlines) B+(**)
  17. Fred Farell: Distant Song (2016 [2018], Whaling City Sound) B+(*)
  18. Craig Fraedrich: Out of the Blues (2017, Summit) B-
  19. Satoko Fujii: Solo (2017 [2018], Libra) B+(**)
  20. Brad Garton/Dave Soldier: The Brainwave Music Project (2017 [2018], Mulatta) B+(***)
  21. Camilla George Quartet: Isang (2016 [2017], Ubuntu Music) B+(*)
  22. GoGo Penguin: A Humdrum Star (2017 [2018], Blue Note) B+(*)
  23. James Hall: Lattice (2016 [2018], Outside In Music) B+(*)
  24. Jupiter & Okwess: Kin Sonic (2017, Glitterbeat) B+(**)
  25. Kaze: Atody Man (2017 [2018], Libra) B+(***)
  26. Rich Krueger: Life Ain't That Long (2017 [2018], Rockink) B+(**)
  27. Julian Lage: Modern Lore (2018, Mack Avenue) B
  28. Les Filles De Illighadad: Eghass Malan (2017, Sahelsounds) B+(**)
  29. Daniel Levin/Chris Pitsiokos/Brandon Seabrook: Stomiidae (2016 [2018], Dark Tree) B+(***)
  30. Dua Lipa: Dua Lipa (2017, Warner Brothers) B+(**)
  31. Living Fossil: Never Die! (2017 [2018], self-released) B+(**)
  32. Kate McGarry/Keith Ganz/Gary Versace: The Subject Tonight Is Love (2017 [2018], Binxtown) B+(**)
  33. Hailu Mergia: Lala Belu (2018, Awesome Tapes From Africa) B+(***)
  34. Juana Molina: Halo (2017, Crammed Discs) B+(*)
  35. David Murray feat. Saul Williams: Blues for Memo (2016 [2018], Motéma) B+(**)
  36. Musique Noire: Reflections: We Breathe (2017, self-released) B+(*)
  37. Youssou N'Dour: Raxas Bercy 2017 (2017, self-released) A-
  38. Negative Press Project: Eternal Life: Jeff Buckley Songs and Sounds (2017, Ridgeway, 2CD) B+(*)
  39. Arturo O'Farrill & Chucho Valdés: Familia: Tribute to Bebo & Chico (2017, Motéma, 2CD) B+(**)
  40. Evan Parker/Barry Guy/Paul Lytton: Music for David Mossman: Live at Vortex London (2016 [2018], Intakt) A-
  41. Allison Pierce: Year of the Rabbit (2017, Masterworks) B
  42. Quelle Chris: Being You Is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often (2017, Mello Music Group) B-
  43. Amy Rigby: The Old Guys (2018, Southern Domestic) A-
  44. Jamie Saft: Solo a Genova (2017 [2018], RareNoise) B+(***)
  45. Samo Salamon/Howard Levy: Peaks of Light (2017 [2018], Sazas) B+(***)
  46. Cecilia Sanchietti: La Verza Via (2017 [2018], Blujazz) B+(*)
  47. Dolores Scozzesi: Here Comes the Sun (2017 [2018], Café Pacific) B+(*)
  48. Andy Sheppard Quartet: Romaria (2017 [2018], ECM) B+(*)
  49. Shopping: The Official Body (2018, FatCat) A-
  50. Dr. Lonnie Smith: All in My Mind (2018, Blue Note) B-
  51. Spellling: Pantheon of Me (2017, self-released) B
  52. Peter Stampfel and the Brooklyn & Lower Manhattan Fiddle/Mandolin Swarm: Holiday for Strings (2016, Don Giovanni) A-
  53. Edgar Steinitz: Roots Unknown (2017 [2018], OA2) B+(***)
  54. Bobo Stenson Trio: Contra La Indecisión (2017 [2018], ECM) B+(**)
  55. Tal National: Tantabara (2018, Fat Cat) B+(***)
  56. Anna Tivel: Small Believer (2017, Fluff and Gravy) A-
  57. Traxman: Tekvision (2017, Teklife) B-
  58. Ty Dolla Sign: Beach House 3 (2017, Atlantic) B+(*)
  59. Steve Tyrell: A Song for You (2018, New Design) B+(**)
  60. Mike Vax & Ron Romm: Collaboration (2017 [2018], Summit) B+(**)
  61. Michael Waldrop: Origin Suite (2017 [2018], Origin) B-
  62. Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues (2017, eOne) A-
  63. Hideo Yamaki/Bill Laswell/Bjorn Björkenheim/Mike Sopko/Dominic James: Inaugural Sound Clash for the 2 Americas (2017, MOD Technologies) B+(***)
  64. Mulatu Astatke: Mulatu of Ethiopia (1972 [2017], Strut) B+(***)
  65. Youssou N'Dour: Africa Rekk: Réédition (2016 [2017], Jive/Epic) B+(**)
  66. Derek Bailey/Evan Parker/Hugh Davies/Jamie Muir/Christine Jeffrey: The Music Improvisation Company (1970, ECM) B
  67. Kenny Barron: Scratch (1985, Enja) B+(**)
  68. Kenny Barron Trio: Green Chimneys (1983-87 [1988], Criss Cross) B+(***)
  69. Raoul Björkenheim & Krakatau: Ritual (1988-90 [1996], Cuneiform) B+(***)
  70. Carla Bley: Tropic Appetites (1973-74 [1974], Watt) B+(*)
  71. Carla Bley: Dinner Music (1976 [1977], Watt) B+(**)
  72. Carla Bley: Social Studies (1980 [1981], Watt) B+(*)
  73. Carla Bley: Live! (1981 [1982], Watt/ECM) A-
  74. The Carla Bley Band: I Hate to Sing (1981-83 [1984], Watt/ECM) B+(***)
  75. Carla Bley: Heavy Heart (1983 [1984], Watt/ECM) B+(**)
  76. Carla Bley: Night-glo (1985, Watt/ECM) B-
  77. Carla Bley: Sextet (1986-87 [1987], Watt/ECM) B+(*)
  78. Carla Bley: Fleur Carnivore (1988 [1989], Watt/ECM) B+(***)
  79. Carla Bley/Steve Swallow: Go Together (1992 [1993], Watt/ECM) B+(*)
  80. Carla Bley: Big Band Theory (1992 [1993], Watt/ECM) B+(**)
  81. Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow: Songs With Legs (1994 [1996], Watt/ECM) B+(**)
  82. The Carla Bley Big Band: Goes to Church (1996, Watt/ECM) B+(*)
  83. Carla Bley: Fancy Chamber Music (1997 [1998], Watt/ECM) B
  84. Carla Bley/Steve Swallow: Are We There Yet? (1998 [1999], Watt/ECM) B+(*)
  85. Carla Bley: 4X4 (1999 [2000], Watt/ECM) B+(*)
  86. George Cartwright: Dot (1994, Cuneiform) B+(*)
  87. George Cartwright: The Memphis Years: Terminal Moraine (2000, Cuneiform) B+(**)
  88. Curlew: Live in Berlin (1986-87 [1990], Cuneiform) B+(***)
  89. Curlew: Bee (1990 [1991], Cuneiform) B+(***)
  90. Curlew: A Beautiful Western Saddle (1993, Cuneiform) B+(*)
  91. Curlew: Paradise (1996, Cuneiform) B+(**)
  92. Curlew: Fabulous Drop (1998, Cuneiform) B+(***)
  93. Curlew: Meet the Curlews (2002, Cuneiform) B+(**)
  94. Curlew: Mercury (2003, Cuneiform) B+(***)
  95. Elton Dean/Howard Riley/Paul Rogers/Mark Sanders: All the Tradition (1990, Slam) B+(***)
  96. Elton Dean: The Vortex Tapes (1990, Slam) B+(**)
  97. Elton Dean Quintet: Silent Knowledge (1995 [1996], Cuneiform) B+(***)
  98. Elton Dean Quartet + Roswell Rudd: Rumours of an Incident (1996 [1997], Slam) B+(**)
  99. Elton Dean/Paul Dunmall/Tony Levin/Paul Rogers/Roswell Rudd/Keith Tippett: Bladik (1996 [1997], Cuneiform) A-
  100. Jack DeJohnette: The DeJohnette Complex (1968 [1969], Milestone) B
  101. Jack DeJohnette: Pictures (1976 [1977], ECM) B-
  102. Jack DeJohnette: New Directions (1978, ECM) B+(*)
  103. Jack DeJohnette: Special Edition (1979 [1980], ECM) B+(**)
  104. Jack DeJohnette New Directions: In Europe (1979 [1980], ECM) B+(*)
  105. Amy Denio/Pavel Fajt/Csaba Hajnóczy/Gabi Kenderesi: The Danubians (1999 [2000], Cuneiform) B+(***)
  106. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band: The New Orleans Album (1989 [1990], Columbia) B+(*)
  107. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Jelly: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Plays Jelly Roll Morton (1992-93 [1993], Columbia) B
  108. Paul Dunmall Octet: The Great Divide (2000 [2001], Cuneiform) B+(*)
  109. Paul Dunmall/John Adams/Mark Sanders: Totally Fried Up (1998 [1999], Slam) B+(**)
  110. Vinny Golia/Aurora Josephson/Henry Kaiser/Mike Keneally/Joe Morris/Damon Smith/Weasel Walter: Healing Force: The Songs of Albert Ayler (2006 [2007], Cuneiform) B+(***)
  111. Gerry Hemingway Quintet: Special Detail (1990 [1991], Hat Art) B+(***)
  112. Gerry Hemingway Quartet: Down to the Wire (1991 [1993], Hat Art) B+(*)
  113. Gerry Hemingway Quintet: The Marmalade King (1994 [1995], Hat Art) B+(***)
  114. Keith Jarrett/Jack DeJohnette: Ruta and Daitya (1971 [1973], ECM) B+(**)
  115. Keith Jarrett: Facing You (1971 [1972], ECM) B+(**)
  116. Keith Jarrett: Arbour Zena (1975 [1976], ECM) B-
  117. Keith Jarrett: The Survivor's Suite (1976 [1977], ECM) B+(**)
  118. Keith Jarrett: Nude Ants (1979 [1980], ECM, 2CD) B+(**)
  119. Keith Jarrett: Personal Mountains (1979 [1989], ECM) B+(**)
  120. Franz Koglmann: Schlaf Schlemmer, Schlaf Magritte (1984 [1993], Hat Art) B+(*)
  121. Franz Koglmann: About Yesterday's Ezzthetics (1988 [1989], Hat Art) B+(*)
  122. Franz Koglmann: A White Line (1989 [1990], Hat Art) B+(**)
  123. Eero Koivistoinen: Helium (1999 [2001], Texicali) B+(**)
  124. Eero Koivistoinen & UMO Jazz Orchestra: Arctic Blues (2005-16 [2016], Svart, 2CD) B+(*)
  125. Krakatau: Volition (1991 [1992], ECM) B
  126. Krakatau: Matinale (1993 [1994], ECM) B+(*)
  127. Charles Lloyd Quartet: Fish Out of Water (1989 [1990], ECM) B+(**)
  128. Charles Lloyd: The Call (1993, ECM) B+(***)
  129. Charles Lloyd: All My Relations (1994 [1995], ECM) B+(*)
  130. Charles Lloyd: Canto (1996 [1997], ECM) B+(**)
  131. Charles Lloyd: The Water Is Wide (1999 [2000], ECM) B+(***)
  132. Charles Lloyd: Hyperion With Higgins (1999 [2001], ECM) A-
  133. Charles Lloyd: Lift Every Voice (2002, ECM, 2CD) B+(***)
  134. The Jon Lloyd Quartet: Head! (1993, Leo) B+(***)
  135. Jon Lloyd Quartet: By Confusion (1996 [1997], Hatology) A-
  136. Jon Lloyd Group: Vanishing Points (2013, 33) B+(**)
  137. Joe Lovano Nonet: On This Day . . . at the Vanguard (2002 [2003], Blue Note) B+(**)
  138. Michael Mantler: Something There (1983, Watt/ECM) B
  139. Michael Mantler With Don Preston: Alien (1985, Watt/ECM) B+(*)
  140. Michael Mantler: Live (1987, Watt/ECM) B-
  141. Michael Mantler: Many Have No Speech (1987 [1988], Watt/ECM) C+
  142. Michael Mantler: Folly Seeing All This (1992 [1993], ECM) B
  143. Michael Mantler: Cerco Un Paese Innocente (1994 [1995], ECM) B+(*)
  144. Mokave [Glen Moore/Larry Karush/Glen Velez]: Afrique (1993 [1994], Audioquest) B+(*)
  145. Mujician: The Journey (1990, Cuneiform) B+(**)
  146. Mujician: Poem About the Hero (1994, Cuneiform) B+(**)
  147. Mujician: Colours Fulfilled (1997 [1998], Cuneiform) A-
  148. Mujician: Spacetime (2001 [2002], Cuneiform) B+(***)
  149. Michel Petrucciani: Oracle's Destiny (1982 [1983], Owl) B+(**)
  150. Amy Rigby: Live at Cat's Cradle 02/26/2003 (2003 [2011], self-released) B+(**)
  151. Scoolptures: Materiale Umano (2009, Leo) B+(**)
  152. Scoolptures: White Sickness (2009 [2011], Leo) B
  153. Scoolptures: Please Drive-by Carefully (2012 [2013], Leo, 2CD) B+(**)
  154. Scorch Trio: Brolt! (2007 [2008], Rune Grammofon) B+(**)
  155. Henry Threadgill: X-75 Volume 1 (1979, Arista/Novus) C+
  156. Keith Tippett: Mujician Solo IV (Live in Piacenza) (2012 [2015], Dark Companion) B+(**)
  157. Colin Vallon Trio: Ailleurs (2006, Hatology) B+(**)
  158. Glen Velez: Doctrine of Signatures (1990 [1991], CMP) B+(**)
  159. Mal Waldron Trio: Free at Last (1969 [1970], ECM) B+(**)
  160. Mal Waldron: Blues for Lady Day (1972 [1973], Black Lion) B+(**)
  161. Mal Waldron: A Little Bit of Miles (1972 [1974], Trio/Freedom) B+(**)
  162. Mal Waldron Quintet With Steve Lacy: One-Upmanship (1977, Enja) B+(***)
  163. Mal Waldron Quintet: Where Are You? (1989 [1994], Soul Note) B+(**)
  164. Raoul Björkenheim/Ingebrigt Håker Flaten/Paal Nilssen-Love: Scorch Trio (2002, Rune Grammofon) B+(***)
  165. Charles Lloyd: Notes From Big Sur (1991 [1992], ECM) B+(*)

January 31

  1. 21 Savage/Offset/Metro Boomin: Without Warning (2017, Epic) B+(*)
  2. Fatima Al Qadiri: Shaneera (2017, Hyperdub, EP) B
  3. Wali Ali: To Be (2016-17 [2017], Mendicant) B+(**)
  4. As Is Featuring Alan & Stacey Schulman: Here's to Life (2017 [2018], self-released) B
  5. Cardi B: Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 1 (2016, KSR) B+(**)
  6. Cardi B: Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 2 (GBMV2) (2017, KSR) B+(*)
  7. Jeff Baker: Phrases (2017 [2018], OA2) B
  8. Julien Baker: Turn Out the Lights (2017, Matador) B
  9. Django Bates' Beloved: The Study of Touch (2016 [2017], ECM) B+(*)
  10. Stefano Battaglia: Pelagos (2016 [2017], ECM, 2CD) B+(**)
  11. Beck: Colors (2017, Capitol) B
  12. Dave Bennett: Blood Moon (2017, Mack Avenue) B+(**)
  13. Bibio: Phantom Brickworks (2017, Warp) B
  14. Bicep: Bicep (2017, Ninja Tune) B+(**)
  15. Big K.R.I.T.: 4Eva Is a Mightly Long Time (2017, Multi Alumni/BMG, 2CD) B+(***)
  16. Raoul Björkenheim Triad: Beyond (2016 [2017], Eclipse Music) B+(**)
  17. Blanck Mass: World Eater (2017, Sacred Bones) B+(*)
  18. Samuel Blaser With Marc Ducret/Peter Bruun: Taktlos Zürich 2017 (2017 [2918], Hatology) B+(*)
  19. Anouar Brahem: Blue Maqams (2017, ECM) B+(**)
  20. Bully: Losing (2017, Sub Pop) B+(**)
  21. Daniel Caesar: Freudian (2017, Golden Child) B+(*)
  22. Chronixx: Chronology (2017, Soul Circle Music/Virgin) B+(*)
  23. Cigarettes After Sex: Cigarettes After Sex (2017, Partisan) A-
  24. Cleric: Resurrection (2017, Figure, EP) B+(*)
  25. Cleric: Retrocausal (2018, Web of Memory) B-
  26. The Clientele: Music for the Age of Miracles (2017, Merge) B+(***)
  27. George Cotsirilos Quartet: Mostly in Blue (2017 [2018], OA2) B+(*)
  28. The Courtneys: II (2017, Flying Nun) B+(**)
  29. Sylvie Courvoisier Trio: D'Agala (2017 [2018], Intakt) B+(***)
  30. CunninLynguists: Rose Azura Njano (2017, A Piece of Strange Music/RBC) B+(**)
  31. CupcakKe: Ephorize (2018, self-released) B+(***)
  32. Scott DuBois: Autumn Wind (2017, ACT) B+(***)
  33. EABS: Repetitions (Letters to Krzysztof Komeda) (2017, Astigmatic) B+(***)
  34. EMA: Exile in the Outer Ring (2017, City Slang) B+(**)
  35. Eminem: Revival (2017, Aftermath/Shady/Interscope) A-
  36. Peter Evans/Agustí Fernández/Mats Gustafsson: A Quietness of Water (2012 [2017], Not Two) B+(*)
  37. Agustí Fernández/Albert Cirera/Ramon Prats: The Liquid Trio Plays Bernoulli (2017, Sluchaj Fundacja) B+(***)
  38. Fleet Foxes: Crack-Up (2017, Nonesuch) C+
  39. Danny Fox Trio: The Great Nostalgist (2016 [2018], Hot Cup) B+(***)
  40. Charlotte Gainsbourg: Rest (2017, Because Music) B+(**)
  41. Hillary Gardner/Ehud Asherie: The Late Set (2017, Anzic) B+(*)
  42. Mary Gauthier: Rifles & Rosary Beads (2018, In the Black) A-
  43. Ghostpoet: Dark Days + Canapés (2017, Play It Again Sam) B+(**)
  44. Perfect Giddimani: Live My Life Again (2017, Giddimani) B+(*)
  45. Justin Gray & Synthesis: New Horizons (2017 [2018], self-released) B+(**)
  46. Jeff Hamilton Trio: Live From San Pedro (2017 [2018], Capri) B+(**)
  47. Natalie Hemby: Puxico (2017, GetWrucke) B+(**)
  48. Nona Hendryx & Gary Lucas: The World of Captain Beefheart (2017, Knitting Factory) A-
  49. Robyn Hitchcock: Robyn Hitchcock (2017, Yep Roc) B+(*)
  50. Ibeyi: Ash (2017, XL) B+(*)
  51. Ishmael Ensemble: Songs for Knotty (2017, Banoffee Pies, EP) B
  52. Japanese Breakfast: Soft Sounds From Another Planet (2017, Dead Oceans) B+(**)
  53. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: Soul of a Woman (2017, Daptone) B+(*)
  54. Stacey Kent: I Know I Dream: The Orchestral Sessions (2017, Okeh) B+(**)
  55. Kondi Band: Salone (2017, Strut) B+(***)
  56. The Koreatown Oddity: Finna Be Past Tense (2017, Stones Throw) B+(**)
  57. LeeAnn Ledgerwood: Renewal (2016 [2017], SteepleChase) B+(**)
  58. Ted Leo: The Hanged Man (2017, SuperEgo) B
  59. Gregory Lewis: Organ Monk Blue (2017 [2018], self-released) A-
  60. Lil Uzi Vert: Luv Is Rage 2 (2017, Atlantic) B+(*)
  61. L'Orange: The Ordinary Man (2017, Mello Music Group) B+(***)
  62. Luka Productions: Fasokan (2017, Sahel Sounds) B+(**)
  63. Daniele Luppi/Parquet Courts: Milano (2017, 30th Century/Columbia) B+(***)
  64. Mad Professor/Jah9: Mad Professor Meets Jah9 in the Midst of the Storm (2017, VP) B+(**)
  65. Aimee Mann: Mental Illness (2017, SuperEgo) B+(*)
  66. Roc Marciano: Rosebudd's Revenge (2017, Quality Control/300/Atlantic) B+(**)
  67. Marker: Wired for Sound (2017, Audiographic) B
  68. JD McPherson: Undivided Heart & Soul (2017, New West) B+(*)
  69. Michete: Cool Tricks 3 (2017, self-released, EP) B
  70. Miguel: War & Leisure (2017, ByStorm/RCA) B+(*)
  71. Roscoe Mitchell: Discussions (2016 [2017], Wide Hive) B+(**)
  72. Mdou Moctar: Sousoume Tamachek (2017, Sahel Sounds) B+(*)
  73. Mount Kimbie: Love What Survives (2017, Warp) B
  74. Mr. Lif & Brass Menazeri: Resilient (2017, Waxsimile) B+(*)
  75. Simon Nabatov/Max Johnson/Michael Sarin: Free Reservoir (2016 [2017], Leo) B+(***)
  76. Youssou N'Dour: Seeni Valeurs (2017, Jive/Epic) A-
  77. Maciej Obara Quartet: Unloved (2017, ECM) B
  78. The Ed Palermo Big Band: The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren (2017 [2018], Cuneiform) C+
  79. Evan Parker/Mikolaj Trzaska/John Edwards/Mark Sanders: City Fall: Live at Café Oto (2014 [2017], Fundacja Sluchaj) B+(**)
  80. Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band: Front Porch Sessions (2017, Family Owned) B+(**)
  81. Lucas Pino: The Answer Is No (2017, Outside In Music) B+(***)
  82. Leslie Pintchik: You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl! (2018, Pintch Hard) B+(**)
  83. Stuart Popejoy: Pleonid (2017, Leo) B+(**)
  84. Portico Quartet: Art in the Age of Automation (2017, Gondwana) B+(**)
  85. Protomartyr: Relatives in Descent (2017, Domino) B+(***)
  86. Dan Pugach Nonet: Plus One (2017 [2018], Unit) B-
  87. Queens of the Stone Age: Villains (2017, Matador) B
  88. Real Estate: In Mind (2017, Domino) B
  89. The Regrettes: Feel Your Foolings Fool! (2017, Warner Brothers) B+(**)
  90. Dave Rempis/Matt Piet/Tim Daisy: Hit the Ground Running (2017, Aerophonic) B+(***)
  91. Margo Rey: The Roots of Rey/Despacito Margo (2017 [2018], Origin) B+(**)
  92. Eve Risser/Kaja Draksler: To Pianos (2017, Clean Feed) B
  93. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Async (2017, Milan) B+(*)
  94. Christian Sands: Reach (2017, Mack Avenue) B+(**)
  95. Rev. Sekou: In Times Like These (2017, Zent) B-
  96. Serengeti: Jueles/Butterflies (2017, self-released) B+(*)
  97. Nadine Shah: Holiday Destination (2017, 1965) B+(*)
  98. Siama: Rivers: From the Congo to the Mississippi (2016, Siama Music) B+(**)
  99. Steve Slagle: Dedication (2017 [2018], Panorama) B+(***)
  100. Peter Sommer Septet: Happy-Go-Lucky Locals (2017, self-released) B+(**)
  101. Sparks: Hippopotamus (2017, BMG) B
  102. Mavis Staples: If All I Was Was Black (2017, Anti-) B+(***)
  103. Harry Styles: Harry Styles (2017, Columbia) B
  104. Kevin Sun: Trio (2017 [2018], Ectomorph Music) A-
  105. Steve Swell: Music for Six Musicians: Hommage À Olivier Messiaen (2017, Silkheart) B+(***)
  106. Thiefs: Graft (Le Greffe) (2017 [2018], Jazz & People) B+(**)
  107. Tricky: Ununiform (2017, False Idols) B+(*)
  108. The United States Air Force Band Airmen of Note: Veterans of Jazz (2017, self-released) D+
  109. Valley Queen: Destroyer (2017, self-released, EP) B-
  110. Ecca Vandal: Ecca Vandal (2017, Dew Process) B+(**)
  111. Ken Vandermark: Momentum 2 & 3 (2016 [2017], Audiographic, 2CD) B+(*)
  112. David Virelles: Gnosis (2016 [2017], ECM) B+(*)
  113. Mark Wade Trio: Moving Day (2017 [2018], self-released) B+(**)
  114. Trevor Watts/Veryan Weston/Alison Blunt/Hannah Marshall: Dialogues With Strings: Live at Café Oto in London (2017, Fundacja Sluchaj) B+(*)
  115. Weird Beard [Florian Egli/Dave Gisler/Martina Berther/Rico Bauman]: Orientation (2017 [2018], Intakt) B+(**)
  116. Wiki: No Mountains in Manhattan (2017, XL) B+(**)
  117. Roy Woods: Say Less (2017, OVO Sound/Warner Brothers) B+(**)
  118. Msafiri Zawose: Uhamiaji (2017, Soundway) B+(*)
  119. Zola Jesus: Okovi (2017, Sacred Bones) B
  120. Acetone: 1992-2001 (1992-2001 [2017], Light in the Attic) B
  121. Jim Riggs: Airstream Artistry: Jim Riggs' Best of the TWO (1991-2008 [2017], UNT, 3CD) B+(*)
  122. Otim Alpha: Gulu City Anthems (2004-15 [2017], Nyege Nyege) B
  123. Louis Armstrong: The Standard Oil Sessions (1950 [2017], Dot Time) B+(**)
  124. Boombox: Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro and Disco Rap 1979-82 (1979-82 [2016], Soul Jazz, 2CD) A-
  125. Boombox 2: Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro and Disco Rap 1979-83 (1979-83 [2017], Soul Jazz, 2CD) B+(***)
  126. Kenny Burrell: A Generation Ago Today (1966-67 [2018], Verve) B+(*)
  127. Dancehall: The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture (1977-93 [2017], Soul Jazz, 2CD) B+(***)
  128. Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3: Experimental German Rock and Electronic Music 1971-81 (1971-81 [2017], Soul Jazz, 2CD) B+(*)
  129. Gary Husband: A Meeting of Spirits (2005 [2017], Edition) B+(*)
  130. Azar Lawrence: Bridge Into the New Age (1974 [2017], Prestige) A-
  131. Neil Slater: Legacy: Neil Slater at North Texas (1982-2015 [2017], UNT, 4CD) B
  132. The Lloyd McNeill Quartet: Asha (1969 [2017], Soul Jazz) B+(*)
  133. The Lloyd McNeill Quartet: Washington Suite (1970 [2017], Soul Jazz) B
  134. Willie Nelson: Willie's Stash Vol. 2 (Willie Nelson and the Boys) 2011-12 [2017], Legacy
  135. New Orleans Funk Vol. 4: Voodoo Fire in New Orleans 1951-77 (1951-77 [2016], Soul Jazz) A-
  136. Hermeto Pascoal & Grupo Vice Versa: Viajando Com O Som: The Lost 1976 Vice Versa Session (1976 [2017], Far Out) B+(**)
  137. Punk 45: Les Punks: The French Connection: The First Wave of French Punk 1977-80 (1977-80 [2016], Soul Jazz) B+(***)
  138. The Replacements: For Sale: Live at Maxwell's 1986 (1986 [2017], Rhino, 2CD) B+(**)
  139. Space, Energy & Light: Experimental Electronic and Acoustic Soundscapes 1961-88 (1961-88 [2017], Soul Jazz) B+(**)
  140. Sun Ra: Discipline 27-II (1972 [2017], Strut/Art Yard) B
  141. The Revelators: We Told You Not to Cross Us . . . [20th Anniversary Edition] (1997 [2017], Crypt) B+(***)
  142. Soul of a Nation: Afro-Centric Visions in the Age of Black Power: Underground Jazz, Street Funk & the Roots of Rap 1968-79 (1968-79 [2017], Soul Jazz) B+(*)
  143. Buddy Terry: Awareness (1971 [2017], Mainstream/Wewantsounds) B+(**)
  144. Lucky Thompson: In Paris 1956: The All Star Orchestra Sessions (1956 [2017], Fresh Sound) B+(*)
  145. Lucky Thompson: Complete Parisian Small Group Sessions 1956-1959 (1956-59 [2017], Fresh Sound, 4CD) A-
  146. Trevor Watts Amalgam: Closer to You (1976 [2018], Hi4Head) A-
  147. EABS: Puzzle Mixtape</i></b> (2012-15 [2016], self-released (B+(*)) 1
  148. Fast 'N' Bulbous: Waxed Oop (An Impetuous Stream Bubbled Up) (2009, Cuneiform) A-
  149. Luka Productions: Mali Kady (2016, Sahel Sounds) B+(*)
  150. New Orleans Funk Vol. 3: Two-Way-Pocky-Way, Gumbo Ya-Ya & the Mardi Gras Mambo (1959-84 [2013], Soul Jazz) B+(***)
  151. The Replacements: All for Nothing/Nothing for All (1985-90 [1997], Reprise, 2CD) B+(***)
  152. The Replacements: All Shook Down (1990, Sire) B+(*)
  153. The Revelators: Let a Poor Boy Ride . . . (1998 [2009], Crypt) A-
  154. Cecil Taylor: Garden 2nd Set (1981 [2015], Hatology) B+(***)
  155. Raoul Björkenheim Ecstasy: Doors of Perception (2017, Cuneiform) A-
  156. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit: The Nashville Sound (2017, Southeastern) B+(***)
  157. Princess Nokia: 1992 Deluxe (2017, Rough Trade) B+(***)