Music Tracking 2015

These are 2015 releases that I've taken note of, listed alphabetically by artist, with VA comps at the bottom. My grades, where available, are in brackets at the end of the line (stars in B+ range). Lines in blue indicate that I have a physical copy (albeit sometimes just a promo CDR); in green are records that I graded based on a Rhapsody stream or other such source. Most records have release dates and a brief generic note (usually taken from AMG).

Unheard records are prioritized 0-3 (graded records are 4-5). The priotization is based subjectively on personal interests, reviews I've noticed, reviewers I particularly respect, what I know about the artists, etc. Roughly speaking: 0 is something I have no reason to consider (default page omits 0); 1 has been noted as having some cred somewhere; 2 is something I have some specific reason to search out; 3 is something I'll listen to ASAP.

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  • RC: Robert Christgau's Expert Witness: letter grades, 1-2-3 * for HMs

New Releases

  • 79rs Gang: Fiyo on the Bayou (Sinking City) [A-]
  • Juhani Aaltonen & Iro Haarla: Kirkastus (TUM) [10-16] - jazz [***]
  • Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet [RAAQ]: Intents and Purposes (Enja) [02-10] - jazz -- PM:80 [*]
  • Beegie Adair/Don Aliquo: Too Marvelous for Words (Adair Music Group) [09-04] - jazz [A-]
  • Tony Adamo: Tony Adamo & the New York Crew (Urban Zone) [05-01] - vocal jazz [***]
  • John Adams/San Francisco Symphony/Michael Tilson Thomas: Absolute Jest/Grand Pianola Music (SFS) [08-28] - orchestral [**]
  • Africa Express: Africa Express Presents . . . Terry Riley's In C Mali (Transgressive) [01-26] - international -- Pf:81, RS:70; MT:A- [***]
  • Aguanko: Invisible (Aguanko Music) - jazz [**]
  • Alabama Shakes: Sound & Color (ATO) [04-21] - American trad rock -- BB:80, P:84 [*]
  • Alaska Thunderfuck: Anus (Sidecar) [06-23] [A-]
  • Bob Albanese: Time Remembered (Mayimba) [10-02] - jazz [*]
  • Albare: Only Human (Alfi) [05-15] - jazz [**]
  • Alessio Alberghini/Garrison Fewell: Inverso (Floating Forest) [06-01] - jazz [**]
  • The Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet: 10 (Zoho) [08-07] - jazz [***]
  • Jovan Alexandre: Collective Consciousness (Xippi) [02-24] - jazz [**]
  • All Included: Satan in Plain Clothes (Clean Feed) [05-19] - jazz [***]
  • Aimee Allen: Matter of Time (Azuline) [05-05] - vocal jazz [**]
  • Harry Allen and Friends: For George, Cole and Duke (Blue Heron) - jazz [***]
  • Harry Allen's All-Star Brazilian Band: Flying Over Rio (Arbors) - jazz [A-]
  • Harry Allen: Something About Jobim (Stunt) [11-13] - jazz [***]
  • JD Allen: Graffiti (Savant) - jazz [A-]
  • Gregg Allman: Greg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA (Rounder) [08-07] - album rock [***]
  • Goncalo Almeida/Tobias Klein/Martin van Duynhoven: Vibrate in Sympathy (Clean Feed) - jazz [***]
  • Scott Amendola: Fade to Orange (Sazi) [06-06] - jazz [*]
  • Barry Altschul & 3Dom Factor: Tales of the Unforeseen (TUM) [09-18] - jazz [A-]
  • Béatrice Alunni/Marc Peillon: Dance With Me (ITI) [01-13] - jazz [*]
  • Dave Alvin/Phil Alvin: Lost Time (Yep Roc) [09-18] - Americana [*]
  • Rodrigo Amado: This Is Our Language (Not Two) - jazz [A-]
  • Gabriel Amargant: And Now for Something Completely Different (Fresh Sound New Talent) - jazz [A-]
  • American Wrestlers: American Wrestlers (Fat Possum) [04-07] - alt/indie rock [B]
  • Laurie Anderson: Heart of a Dog (Nonesuch) [10-23] - stage & screen -- RC:A+ [A-]
  • Ray Anderson's Organic Quartet: Being the Point (Intuition) [03-20] - jazz [A-]
  • Stephen Anderson/360° Jazz Initiative: Distracted Society (Summit) - jazz [**]
  • Dennis Angel: On Track (Timeless Grooves) [07-01] - jazz [B-]
  • Lotte Anker/Fred Frith: Edge of the Light (Intakt) [01-15] - jazz [*]
  • Laurie Antonioli & Richie Beirach: Varuna (Origin) [09-18] - vocal jazz [B-]
  • Aphex Twin: Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments, Pt 2 (Warp, EP) [01-23] - experimental electronic -- DS:80, Pf:83, PM:60, RS:70, S:70; MT:B [**]
  • Gene Argel: Luminescent (Origin) [01-20] - jazz [**]
  • Julian Arguelles: Let It Be Told (Basho) [04-27] - [***]
  • Julian rguelles: Tetra (Whirlwind) [19-16] - [***]
  • Christian Artmann: Fields of Pannonia (self-released) [04-07] - jazz [*]
  • Takeshi Asai: French Trio Vol 2 (De Trois Cites) [06-02] - jazz [**]
  • ASAP Rocky: At.Long.Last.ASAP (Polo Grounds/RCA) [05-26] - rap -- BB:80, HD:80 [**]
  • Atomic: Lucidity (Jazzland) [03-17] - jazz [***]
  • Tiffany Austin: Nothing but Soul (Con Alma) [06-02] - vocal jazz [B]
  • Audio One: What Thomas Bernhard Saw (Audiographic) [12-24] - jazz [A-]
  • Ab Baars Trio: Slate Blue (Wig) [02-00] - free jazz [***]
  • Ab Baars Trio & NY Guests: Invisible Blow (Wig) [02-00] - free jazz [B]
  • Kevin Bachelder/Jason Lee Bruns: Cherry Avenue (Panout Music Group) [05-26] - vocal jazz [B-]
  • The Bad Plus/Joshua Redman: The Bad Plus/Joshua Redman (Nonesuch) [05-26] - jazz [**]
  • Joey Badass: B4.DA.$$ (Cinematic Music Group) [01-20] - rap -- AV:75, CS:83, HD:80, Pf:70, PM:80, RS:60, S:50 [***]
  • BadBadNotGood/Ghostface Killah: Sour Soul (Lex) [02-24] - east coast rap -- BB:80, CS:67, DS:90, HD:70, P:80, Pf:62, PM:60 [A-]
  • Priscilla Badhwar: Mademoiselle (self-released) [05-26] - vocal jazz [**]
  • Erykah Badu: But You Caint Use My Phone (Motown) [11-27] [A-]
  • Dmitry Baevsky: Over and Out (Jazz Family) - jazz [A-]
  • Julien Baker: Sprained Ankle (6131) [10-23] [*]
  • Juan Pablo Balcazar: Reversible (Fresh Sound New Talent) [03-00] - jazz [**]
  • Adam Baldych & Helge Lien Trio: Bridges (ACT) [08-28] - jazz [***]
  • Ballister: Worse for the Wear (Aerophonic) [01-06] - free jazz [***]
  • Dan Ballou: Solo Trumpet (Clean Feed) - jazz [**]
  • Baltazanis: End of Seas (self-released) [07-28] - jazz [*]
  • Bobby Bare Jr: Don't Follow Me (I'm Lost) [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (Bloodshot) [***]
  • Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (Mom + Pop Music) [03-24] - alt singer/songwriter -- AV:91, CS:75, P:90, PM:90, RS:90, S:90; RC:A [A-]
  • John Basile: Penny Lane (StringTime Jazz) [08-07] - jazz [B]
  • Dave Bass: NYC Sessions (Whaling City Sound) [02-00] - jazz [*]
  • Bastet: Eye of Ra (self-released) [05-26] - jazz [B]
  • Bathysphere: Bathysphere (Driff) - jazz [**]
  • Stefano Battaglia Trio: In the Morning: Music of Alec Wilder (ECM) [08-28] - jazz [***]
  • Battles: La Di Da Di (Warp) [09-18] - math rock -- MO:80, P:83 [***]
  • Beach House: Depression Cherry (Sub Pop) [08-28] - indie rock -- MT:B- [B]
  • Beach House: Thank Your Lucky Stars (Sub Pop) [10-30] - alt/indie rock [***]
  • Beach Slang: The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us (Polyvinyl) [10-30] - alt rock -- AV:91, CS:58, P:88, Pf:80, RS:70, S:70 [B]
  • Beat Funktion: Olympus (DO Music) [06-02] - pop jazz [B]
  • Beauty School: Residual Ugly (Humbler) [01-02] - jazz [*]
  • Perry Beekman: S'Wonderful: Perry Beekman Sings and Plays Gershwin (self-released) [06-05] - vocal jazz
  • Bob Belden's Animation: Machine Language (Rare Noise) [09-25] - jazz [B]
  • Belle and Sebastian: Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance (Matador) [01-20] - alt/indie rock -- AV:83, BB:80, DS:80, CS:58, Pf:66, PM:70, RS:60, S:70; MT:* [*]
  • Louie Belogenis: Blue Buddha (Tzadik) [08-00] - jazz [***]
  • Daniel Bennett Group: The Mystery at Clown Castle (Manhattan Daylight) - jazz [*]
  • Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap: The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern (Columbia) [09-25] - jazz [*]
  • Karl Berger/Kirk Knuffke: Moon (NoBusiness, 2CD) - jazz [**]
  • Thomas Bergeron: Sacred Feast (self-released) [05-12] - jazz [C+]
  • Jerry Bergonzi: Rigamaroll (Savant) - jazz [A-]
  • David Berkman: Old Friends and New Friends (Palmetto) [05-05] - jazz [**]
  • Josh Berman Trio: A Dance and a Hop (Delmark) [09-22] - jazz [A-]
  • Tim Berne's Snakeoil: You've Been Watching Me (ECM) [04-14] - jazz [***]
  • Randy Bernsen: Grace Notes (Jericho Jams) [09-18] - jazz [B]
  • Steven Bernstein/Paolo Fresu/Gianluca Petrella/Marcus Rojas: Brass Bang! (Bonsaï Music) - jazz [*]
  • Best Coast: California Nights (Harvest) [05-05] - alt/indie rock -- BB:70; MT:B [*]
  • Pat Bianchi Trio: A Higher Standard (21-H) [06-05] - jazz [*]
  • Justin Bieber: Purpose (Def Jam) [11-13] - pop [B]
  • Big KRIT: It's Better This Way (Def Jam) [10-14] - hip hop -- CS:58, HD:80 [*]
  • Bilal: In Another Life (E1) [07-03] - alt r&b -- HD:70 [**]
  • Luciano Biondini: Senza Fine (Intakt) - jazz [*]
  • Nat Birchall: Invocations (Jazzman) - jazz [A-]
  • June Bisantz: It's Always You: June Bisantz Sings Chet Baker Vol 2 (self-released) - jazz [*]
  • Andrew Bishop: De Profundis (Envoi) - jazz [***]
  • Bizingas: Eggs Up High (NCM East) [11-06] - jazz [**]
  • Bjork: Vulnicura (One Little Indian) [01-20] - pop/rock -- AV:83, CS:91, DS:80, MO:90, P:86, Pf:86, PM:80, RS:80, S:80; MT:C- [B-]
  • Raoul Bjorkenheim/Ecstasy: Out of the Blue (Cuneiform) - jazz [***]
  • Blackalicious: Imani Vol 1 (OGM) [09-18] - hip-hop -- Pf:72 [A-]
  • Terence Blanchard: Breathless (Blue Note) [05-26] - jazz [**]
  • Blanck Mass: Dumb Flesh (Sacred Bones) [05-12] - experimental [***]
  • Blue Muse: Blue Muse Live (Dolphinium) [11-27] - jazz [B]
  • Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers: Loved Wild Lost (Little Sur) [04-21] - alt singer/songwriter -- P:83 [**]
  • Michael Blum/Jim Stinnett: Commitment (self-released) [06-23] - jazz [*]
  • Blur: The Magic Whip (Parlophone/Warner) [04-28] - adult alt pop/rock -- BB:80, DS:80, P:81; MT:C+ [**]
  • Bomba Estereo: Amanecer (Sony Latin) [06-02] - cumbia [***]
  • The Bottle Rockets: South Broadway Athletic Club (Bloodshot) - -- RC:A- [***]
  • Boytoy: Grackle (Papercup Music) [10-02] - garage rock [***]
  • Don Braden: Luminosity (Creative Perspective Music) [09-15] - jazz [*]
  • Geof Bradfield Quintet: Our Roots (Origin) [10-16] - jazz [**]
  • Bobby Bradford-Frode Gjerstad Quartet: The Delaware River (NoBusiness) - jazz [**]
  • Breakfast in Fur: Flyaway Garden (Bar/None) [02-03] - dream pop -- Pf:76 [*]
  • Joshua Breakstone: 2nd Avenue (Capri) [05-21] - jazz [*]
  • Randy Brecker: Randy Pop: Live (Piloo) [09-18] - jazz [B]
  • Randy Brecker/Bobby Shew/Jan Hasenohrl: Trumpet Summit Prague (Summit) [05-12] - jazz [B]
  • Leon Bridges: Coming Home (Columbia) [06-23] - soul -- CS:75, P:95, Pf:70, PM:80, RS:70, S:70 [*]
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater: Dee Dee's Feathers (Okeh) [08-14] - jazz [**]
  • Jakob Bro: Gefion (ECM) [03-17] - modern creative [**]
  • Action Bronson: Mr Wonderful (Atlantic/Vice) [03-23] - underground rap -- BB;80, CS:75, HD:80, RS:70, S:80 [***]
  • Peter Brotzmann/Peeter Uuskyla: Red Cloud on Silver (Omlott) [02-01] - jazz [**]
  • Peter Brötzmann/Steve Swell/Paal Nilssen-Love: Krakow Nights (Not Two) - jazz [***]
  • Andy Brown: Soloist (Delmark) [01-27] - guitar jazz [*]
  • The Dan Brubeck Quartet: Celebrating the Music and Lyrics of Dave & Iola Brubeck (Blue Forest, 2CD) [04-28] - jazz [***]
  • A Bu Trio: 88 Tones of Black and White (Blujazz) [05-25] - jazz [*]
  • Dewa Budjana: Hasta Karma (Moonjune) [02-17] - jazz [*]
  • Maureen Budway: Sweet Candor (MCG Jazz) [01-27] - vocal jazz [**]
  • Sarah Buechi: Shadow Garden (Intakt) - jazz [***]
  • Built to Spill: Untethered Moon (Warner Bros) [04-21] - indie rock -- S:70 [*]
  • Katie Bull: All Hot Bodies Radiate (Ashokan Indie) [11-10] - vocal jazz [***]
  • Bully: Feels Like (Startime International/Columbia) [06-23] - indie rock -- AV:75, CS:75, P:92, Pf:78, PM:70, RS:70, S:80 [A-]
  • Art "Turk" Burton and Congo Square: Spirits: Then & Now (ATB) [10-02] - jazz [**]
  • Marnix Busstra: Firm Fragile Fun (Buzz Music) [11-03] - jazz [*]
  • Will Butler: Policy (Merge) [03-10] - alt/indie rock -- AV:83, CS:58, Pf:66, PM:60, RS:60, S:80 [**]
  • Joey Calderazzo: Going Home (Sunnyside) [03-31] - piano jazz [**]
  • Ann Hampton Callaway: The Hope of Christmas (MCG Jazz) [10-09] - Christmas
  • Cam: Welcome to Cam Country (Arista Nashville, EP) [03-31] - [B]
  • Cam: Untamed (Arista Nashville) [12-11] - countr [**]
  • Joao Camoes/Rodrigo Pinheiro/Miguel Mira: Earnear (Tour de Bras) - jazz [**]
  • Joao Camoes/Jean-Marc Foussat/Claude Parle: Bien Mental (Fou) - jazz [***]
  • Mike Campbell: Close Enough for Love (ITI) [01-20] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Cannibal Ox: Blade of the Ronin (IGC) [03-03] - rap -- CS:67, HD:70, Pf:67, S:80 [***]
  • Cecile & Jean-Luc Cappozzo: Soul Eyes (Fou) [12-00] - jazz [**]
  • Car Seat Headrest: Teens of Style (Matador) [10-30] - indie rock -- CS:67, MO:100, Pf:81 [B]
  • Harley Card: Hedgerow (self-released) [02-10] - jazz [B]
  • Brandi Carlile: The Firewatcher's Daughter (ATO) [03-03] - adult alt pop/rock [***]
  • Kenny Carr: Idle Talk (self-released) [05-19] - jazz [**]
  • Kenny Carr: Exit Moon (Zoozazz Music) [11-26] - jazz
  • Francois Carrier/Michel Lambert: Io (FMR) - jazz [***]
  • Francois Carrier/Michel Lambert/Rafal Mazur: Unknowable (Not Two) - jazz [A-]
  • Francois Carrier/Steve Beresford/John Edwards/Michel Lambert: Outgoing (FMR) - jazz
  • Brett Carson: Quattuor Elephantis (Edgetone) [04-28] - jazz [B]
  • Carter Tutti Void: F(x) (Industrial) [09-11] - [***]
  • Hugo Carvalhais: Grand Valis (Clean Feed) [05-19] - jazz [**]
  • Casa: Futuro (Clean Feed) - jazz [B]
  • Ernesto Cervini: Turboprop (Anzic) - jazz [**]
  • Chaise Lounge: A Very Chaise Lounge Christmas (Modern Songbook) - jazz [*]
  • Chamber 3: Grassroots (OA2) [01-20] - jazz [*]
  • Kasey Chambers: Bittersweet (Sugar Hill) [07-24] - alt-country -- MT:* [B]
  • Joan Chamorro & Andrea Motis: Feeling Good (Whaling City Sound) [06-02] - jazz [***]
  • Brian Charette: Alphabet City (Posi-Tone) [05-26] - jazz [*]
  • Dheepa Chari: Patchwork (self-released) [08-07] - vocal jazz [B-]
  • Chastity Belt: Time to Go Home (Hardly Art) [03-24] - indie rock -- CS:75, PM:50, S:80; RC:** [*]
  • The Chemical Brothers: Born in the Echoes (Virgin EMI) [07-17] - big beat -- BB:70 [**]
  • Chicago Reed Quartet: Western Automatic (Aerophonic) [06-23] - jazz [**]
  • Childbirth: Women's Rights (Suicide Squeeze) [10-02] - indie rock [***]
  • The Chills: Silver Bullets (Fire) [10-30] - alt/indie rock -- MT:A [A-]
  • Christine and the Queens: Saint Claude (Neon Gold, EP) - alt/indie rock [**]
  • Eric Church: Mr Misunderstood (Capitol Nashville) [11-05] - country [**]
  • Chvrches: Every Open Eye (Universal) [09-25] - synthpop -- AV:100, BB:80, CS:50, DS:60, MO:80, Pf:77, P:85, PM:70, RS:70, S:70 [**]
  • Ciara: Jackie (Epic) [05-04] - r&b -- BB:40 [***]
  • Scott Clark 4tet: Bury My Heart (Clean Feed) - jazz [**]
  • The Claudettes: No Hotel (Yellow Dog) [09-18] [B]
  • Clem Snide: Girls Come First (Zahpwee) [03-04] - alt/indie rock -- RC:** [**]
  • Anat Cohen: Luminosa (Anzic) [03-17] - jazz [***]
  • Leonard Cohen: Can't Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour (Columbia) [05-12] - singer/songwriter -- RC:A-, MT:A- [A-]
  • Lorin Cohen: Home (Origin) [05-19] - jazz [B]
  • Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance: Synovial Joints (Pi) [04-28] - jazz [***]
  • Tom Collier: Alone in the Studio (Origin) [03-17] - jazz [B]
  • Tom Collier: Across the Bridge (Origin) [11-20] - jazz
  • Romain Collin: Press Enter (ACT) [10-12] - jazz [**]
  • George Colligan & Theoretical Planets: Risky Notion (Origin) [01-20] - jazz [**]
  • Romain Collin: Press Enter (ACT) [10-02] - jazz [**]
  • Colours Jazz Orchestra: Home Away From Home: Plays the Music of Ayn Inserto (Neu Klang) - jazz
  • Agedoke Steve Colson: Tones for Harriet Tubman/Sojourner Truth/Frederick Douglass (Silver Sphinx, 2CD) - jazz [**]
  • Dani Comas: Epokhe (UnderPool) - jazz [**]
  • The Coneheads: LP 1 (Erste Theke Tontrager, EP) [02-14] - punk rock [***]
  • Container: LP (Spectrum Spools) [06-08] - electronic -- Pf:75, S:70 [**]
  • The Convergence Quartet: Owl Jacket (NoBusiness) - jazz [**]
  • Lainie Cooke: The Music Is the Magic (Onyx Music) [03-17] - vocal jazz [B]
  • Gaz Coombes: Matador (Hot Fruit) [01-26] - pop/rock -- MO:90, Pf:63 [*]
  • Easton Corbin: About to Get Real (Mercury Nashville) [07-03] - country [B]
  • Chick Corea/Bela Fleck: Two (Concord) [09-11] - fusion [B]
  • Cornershop: Hold on It's Easy (Ample Play) [02-03] - alt/indie rock [B]
  • Cowboys & Frenchmen: Rodeo (Outside In Music) [11-03] - jazz [*]
  • Marilyn Crispell/Gerry Hemingway: Table of Changes (Intakt) - jazz [A-]
  • Stephan Crump/Mary Halvorson: Secret Keeper: Emerge (Intakt) [04-00] - jazz [**]
  • Cuir: Chez Ackenbush (Fou) - jazz
  • Jamie Cullum: Interlude (Blue Note) [01-27] - vocal jazz [B]
  • Adrian Cunningham: Ain't That Right! The Music of Neal Hefti (Arbors) - jazz [**]
  • Linda Dachtyl: A Late One (Chicken Coup/Summit) - jazz [**]
  • Isaac Darche: Team & Variations (Challenge) [04-14] - jazz [**]
  • Darts & Arrows: Altamira (Ears & Eyes) [10-16] - jazz [*]
  • Caroline Davis Quartet: Doors: Chicago Storylines (Ears & Eyes) [11-06] - jazz [***]
  • Guy Davis: Kokomo Kidd (MC) [09-18] - blues -- RC:** [*]
  • Kris Davis Infrasound: Save Your Breath (Clean Feed) [05-19] - jazz [**]
  • Steve Davis: Say When (Smoke Sessions) [06-09] - jazz [*]
  • Ernest Dawkins Live the Spirit Residency Big Band: Memory in the Center: An Afro Opera: Homage to Nelson Mandela (Dawk) - jazz [A-]
  • De Beren Gieren: One Mirrors Many (Clean Feed) - jazz [**]
  • Bram De Looze: Septych (Clean Feed) [11-03] - jazz [**]
  • Dan Deacon: Gliss Riffer (Domino) [02-24] - alt/indie rock -- AV:75, CS:91, Pf:72, PM:70, RS:60, S:80 [*]
  • Dead Sara: Pleasure to Meet You (Pocket Kid) [03-31] - pop/rock [*]
  • Deafheaven: New Bermuda (Anti) [10-02] - black metal [*]
  • Death Grips: The Powers That B (Electro Magnetic) [03-31] - left-field hip-hop -- RC:B+ [*]
  • Deerhunter: Fading Frontier (4AD) [10-16] - indie rock -- BB:80, P:88; MT:A- [***]
  • Michael Dees: The Dream I Dreamed (Jazzed Media) [05-12] - vocal jazz [***]
  • Lana Del Rey: Honeymoon (Interscope) [09-18] - adult alt pop/rock -- BB:70 [***]
  • Benoit Delbecq/Miles Perkin/Emile Biayenda: Ink (Clean Feed) - jazz
  • Charlie Dennard: 5 O'Clock Charlie (self-released) [08-07] - jazz [*]
  • Jeff Denson/Lee Konitz: Jeff Denson Trio + Lee Konitz (Ridgeway) [07-07] - jazz [*]
  • Deradoorian: The Expanding Flower Planet (Anticon) [08-21] - alt/indie rock -- MO:80, P:85 [B]
  • Jason Derulo: Everything Is 4 (Warner Bros) [06-02] - pop -- BB:60; RC:A-, MT:B+ [*]
  • Desaparecidos: Payola (Epitaph) [06-23] - indie rock -- AV:75, CS:83, DS:80, P:88, Pf:76, PM:70, S:80 [A-]
  • The Deslondes: The Deslondes (New West) [06-05] - [B]
  • Destroyer: Poison Season (Merge) [08-28] - indie pop -- MO:80, Pf:76; MT:B [*]
  • Deux Maisons: For Sale (Clean Feed) [05-19] - jazz [**]
  • Kristin Diable: Create Your Own Mythology (Speakeasy) [02-24] - [B]
  • Giovanni Di Domenico/Peter Jacquemyn/Chris Corsano: A Little Off the Top (NoBusiness) - jazz [***]
  • Aaron Diehl: Space Time Continuum (Mack Avenue) [06-16] - jazz [**]
  • Jorrit Dijkstra: Neither Odd nor Even (Driff) - jazz [***]
  • Jorrit Dijkstra/Pandelis Karayorgis/Nate McBride/Curt Newton: Matchbox (Driff) - jazz [**]
  • John Dikeman/William Parker/Hamid Drake: Live at La Resistenza (El Negocito) [10-01] - jazz [***]
  • Dilly Dally: Sore (Partisan) [10-09] - alt/indie rock [**]
  • Chris Dingman: The Subliminal & the Sublime (Inner Arts Initiative) [06-16] - jazz [*]
  • Andrew Diruzza Quintet: Shapes and Analogies (self-released) [03-17] - jazz [**]
  • Disappears: Irreal (Kranky) [01-20] - alt/indie rock -- CS:67, Pf:70 [***]
  • Dahi Divine: The Element (Right Direction) [04-07] - jazz [**]
  • Akua Dixon: Akua Dixon (Akua's Music) [01-13] - jazz [***]
  • Fabiano Do Nascimento: Danca Dos Tempos (Now-Again) [03-17] - international [A-]
  • Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition Mob Band: Bathtub Gin (Motema Music) - vocal jazz [*]
  • Doomtree: All Hands (Doomtree) [01-27] - underground rap -- CS:58, HD:70, Pf:71, PM:50 [***]
  • Marcelo Dos Reis/Luis Vicente/Theo Ceccaldi/Valentin Ceccaldi: Chamber 4 (FMR) - jazz [**]
  • Marcelo Dos Reis/Angelica V Salvi: Concentric Rinds (Cipsela) - jazz [*]
  • Dave Douglas: High Risk (Greenleaf Music) [06-23] - jazz [**]
  • Dave Douglas Quintet: Brazen Heart (Greenleaf Music) [10-02] - jazz [**]
  • Lila Downs: Balas y Chocolate (RCA) [04-14] - Latin [*]
  • Downtown Boys: Full Communism (Don Giovanni) [05-05] - alt/indie rock -- P:80 [A-]
  • Drake: If You're Reading This It's Too Late (Cash Money) [02-13] - rap -- AV:67, CS:83, HD:80, Pf:83, PM:80, RS:80, S:70; RC:*** [B]
  • Drake & Future: What a Time to Be Alive (Cash Money) [09-20] - hip hop -- BB:60, HD:70; RC:** [*]
  • Kaja Draksler/Susana Santos Silva: This Love (Clean Feed) - jazz [*]
  • Drive-By Truckers: It's Great to Be Alive! (ATO) [10-30] - southern rock -- MT:A- [A-]
  • Drkwav: The Purge (Royal Potato Family) [02-24] - jazztronica [***]
  • Andrew Drury: The Drum (self-released) [02-17] - jazz [B-]
  • Andrew Drury: Content Provider (self-released) [02-17] - jazz [B]
  • Benjamin Duboc/Jean-Luc Petit: Double-Basse: This Is Not Art (Clean Feed) - jazz [*]
  • C Duncan: Architect (Fat Cat) [07-17] [B-]
  • Dungen: Allas Sak (Mexican Summer) [09-25] - psychedelic rock -- DS:70, Pf:80, PM:80 [B]
  • Elina Duni Quartet: Dallendyshe (ECM) [04-17] - jazz [***]
  • Bob Dylan: Shadows in the Night (Columbia) [01-27] - American popular song -- AV:83, BB:80, CS:67, P:90, Pf:62, PM:80, RS:80, S:70;MT:B- [C]
  • Justin Townes Earle: Absent Fathers (Loose Music) [01-13] - alt/indie rock -- AV:75, CS:67 [*]
  • Steve Earle & the Dukes: Terraplane (New West) [02-17] - modern blues -- CS:67, P:91, Pf:63, PM:60, RS:70; RC:** [**]
  • Anderson East: Delilah (Elektra/Low Country Sound) [07-10] - roots rock [***]
  • East West Quintet: Anthem (self-released) [10-13] - jazz [B-]
  • Kirsten Edkins: Art & Soul (self-released) [11-03] - jazz [*]
  • Matthias Eick: Midwest (ECM) [05-18] - jazz [**]
  • Harris Eisenstadt: Golden State (Songlines) [03-10] - jazz [***]
  • Electric Squeezebox Orchestra: Cheap Rent (OA2) [08-21] - jazz [*]
  • Eliane Elias: Made in Brazil (Concord) [03-31] - Brazilian jazz [*]
  • Kurt Elling: Passion World (Concord) [06-09] - vocal jazz [C]
  • Liberty Ellman: Radiate (Pi) [08-21] - jazz [A-]
  • Amir ElSaffar: Crisis (Pi) [07-24] - jazz [A-]
  • Paul Elwood: Nice Folks (Innova) [01-27] - jazz [***]
  • Joe Ely: Panhandle Rambler (Rack 'Em) [09-18] - [**]
  • Emika: Klavirni (Emika) [02-03] - electronica [*]
  • Empress Of: Me (Terrible/XL) [09-11] - indie electronic -- Pf:82 [*]
  • Ellery Eskelin: Solo Live at Snugs (Hatology) - jazz [**]
  • Eskmo: SOL (Apollo) [03-03] - experimental electronic -- Pf:64 [*]
  • Duane Eubanks Quintet: Things of That Particular Nature (Sunnyside) [01-30] - jazz -- PM:80 [**]
  • Robin Eubanks Mass Line Big Band: More Than Meets the Ear (ArtistShare) [11-20] - jazz [*]
  • Charles Evans: On Beauty (More Is More) [05-12] - jazz
  • Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group: The Puzzle (Whaling City Sound) - jazz [***]
  • The Eye: The Future Will Be Repeated (Ba Da Bing) [03-09] - experimental rock [**]
  • EZTV: Calling Out (Captured Tracks) [07-10] - indie pop [B]
  • Carlos Falanga: Gran Coral (UnderPool) - jazz [**]
  • The Fall: Sub-Lingual Tablet (Cherry Red) [05-11] - post-punk -- DS:70, MO:70, Pf:60, PM:60 [***]
  • Father John Misty: I Love You, Honeybear (Sub Pop) [02-10] - indie folk -- AV:91, BB:80, CS:91, DS:90, MO:90, P:82, Pf:88, PM:70, RS:80, S:90; MT:*** [B]
  • Lorraine Feather: Flirting With Disaster (Jazzed Media) - jazz [B]
  • John Fedchock Quartet: Live: Fluidity (Summit) - jazz [***]
  • John Fedchock Big Band: Like It Is (MAMA) [08-07] - jazz [**]
  • Lorenzo Feliciati: Koi (Rare Noise) [05-26] - jazz [***]
  • Hugo Fernandez: Cosmogram (Origin) [04-21] - jazz [**]
  • Garrison Fewell: Invisible Resonance Trio (Creative Nation Music) [09-25] - jazz [***]
  • Joe Fiedler Trio: I'm In (Multiphonics Music) [04-07] - jazz [A-]
  • Field Music: Music for Drifters (Memphis Industries) [07-24] - indie pop [**]
  • Amina Figarova: Blue Whisper (In + Out) [09-25] - jazz [B]
  • Craig Finn: Faith in the Future (Partisan) [09-11] - alt/indie rock -- MO:80, P:81, Pf:63; RC:A- [A-]
  • Nick Finzer: The Chase (Origin) [07-17] - jazz [*]
  • The Fireworks: Switch Me On (Shelflife) [02-10] - alt/indie rock [**]
  • Clare Fischer: Out of the Blue (Clavo) [09-29] - jazz [*]
  • FKA Twigs: M3LL155X (Young Turks, EP) [08-13] - art pop -- BB:80, CS:75, DS:90, Pf:86, PM:90, S:80 [C+]
  • Flako: Natureboy (Five Easy Pieces) [03-00] - electronica [**]
  • Floating Points: Elaenia (Luaka Bop) [11-06] - electronic -- CS:75, Pf:84, PM:70, RS:80, S:80 [***]
  • Florence + the Machine: How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Island) [06-02] - adult alt pop/rock -- BB:80, P:80 [B]
  • Brandon Flowers: The Desired Effect (Virgin EMI) [05-19] - alt pop/rock [**]
  • Foals: What Went Down (Warner Bros) [08-28] - new wave/post-punk revival -- MO:90 [B]
  • The Greg Foat Group: The Greg Foat Group Live at the Playboy Club, London (Jazzman) - jazz [*]
  • Follakzoid: III (Sacred Bones) [03-27] - neo-psychedelia/space rock -- CS:67, DS:80, MO:90, S:70 [**]
  • Food: This Is Not a Miracle (ECM) [11-20] - jazz [A-]
  • Robert Forster: Songs to Play (Tapete) [09-18] - indie pop -- MT:A- [**]
  • Daniel Fortin: Brinks (Fresh Sound New Talent) - jazz [**]
  • Four Tet: Morning/Evening (Text) [07-10] - experimental techno [*]
  • Jean-Marc Foussat & Jean-Luc Petit: . . . D'Ou Vient La Lumiere! (Fou) [12-00] - jazz [B]
  • The Foxymorons: Fake Yoga (Foxyphoton) [11-06] - -- RC:A- [***]
  • Nils Frahm: Solo (Erased Tapes) [03-00] - contemporary [**]
  • Nick Fraser: Too Many Continents (Clean Feed) - jazz [***]
  • Free Jazz Group Wiesbaden: Frictions/Frictions Now (NoBusiness) - jazz
  • Free Nelson Mandoomjazz: Awakening of a Capital (RareNoise) [03-02] - jazz [***]
  • Chico Freeman/Heiri Kanzig: The Arrival (Intakt) - jazz [A-]
  • Erik Friedlander: Illuminations (Skipstone) [10-22] - jazz [A-]
  • Janice Friedman Trio: Live at Kitano (CAP) [04-07] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Kinky Friedman: The Loneliest Man I Ever Met (Avenue A) - -- RC:*** [**]
  • David Friesen & Glen Moore: Bactrian (Origin) [11-20] - jazz [***]
  • Oleg Frish: Duets With My American Idols (Time Out Media) [05-19] - vocal jazz [***]
  • Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin: Ichigo Ichie (Libra) [07-14] - jazz [A-]
  • Satoko Fujii Tobira: Yamiyo Ni Karasu (Libra) [07-14] - jazz [***]
  • Tomas Fujiwara & the Hook Up: After All Is Said (482 Music) - jazz [A-]
  • Ezra Furman: Perpetual Motion People (Bella Union) [07-10] - indie pop -- MO:90; MT:A [A-]
  • Future: DS2 (Epic) [07-17] - southern rap -- BB:70, HD:80; RC:A- [***]
  • Chantale Gagné: The Left Side of the Moon (self-relased) [03-03] - piano jazz [***]
  • Michael Gallant Trio: Live Plus One (Gallant Music) [10-09] - jazz [*]
  • Gang of Four: What Happens Next (Metropo lis) [02-24] - pop/rock -- AV:50, CS:58, P:90, Pf:53, PM:70, RS:20; MT:* [*]
  • Jacob Garchik: Ye Olde (Yestereve) - jazz [**]
  • Laszlo Gardony: Life in Real Time (Sunnyside) [07-07] - piano jazz [***]
  • Maxfield Gast: Ogo Pogo (Militia Hill) [02-27] - jazztronica [**]
  • Charles Gayle/William Parker/Hamid Drake: Live at Jazzwerkstatt Peitz (Jazzwerkstatt) [11-09] - jazz [***]
  • Georgia: Georgia (Domino) [08-07] - indie electronic [**]
  • Ghost Train Orchestra: Hot Town (Accurate) [05-12] - jazz [***]
  • Ghostface Killah/Adrian Younge: Twelve Reasons to Die II (Linear Labs) [07-10] - east coast rap -- HD:70 [**]
  • Giant Sand: Heartbreak Pass (New West) [05-05] - alt/indie rock -- RC:*** [*]
  • Polly Gibbons: Many Faces of Love (Resonance) [02-03] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio: Live in Studio (Whaling City Sound) - jazz [**]
  • Michael Gibbs & the NDR Bigband: Play a Bill Frisell Set List (Cuneiform) - jazz [A-]
  • Clay Giberson: Minga Minga (Origin) [08-21] - jazz [*]
  • Clark Gibson + Orchestra: Bird With Strings: The Lost Arrangements (BluJazz) - jazz [**]
  • Rhiannon Giddens: Tomorrow Is My Turn (Nonesuch) [02-10] - piedmont blues -- PM:90, RS:70 [**]
  • Vance Gilbert: Nearness of You (Disismye Music) - jazz [B]
  • Girlpool: Before the World Was Big (Wichita) [06-01] - alt/indie rock -- RC:** [**]
  • Robert Glasper: Covered: The Robert Glasper Trio Recorded Live at Capitol Studios (Blue Note) [06-16] - jazz [**]
  • The Go! Team: The Scene Between (Memphis Industries) [03-24] - -- AV:91, BB:60, CS:58, PM:60; RC:A- [B]
  • Otzir Godot: In- (Epatto) - jazz [**]
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress (Constellation) [03-31] - post-rock -- CS:75, DS:90, MO:90, P:93, S:80 [B-]
  • Aaron Goldberg: The Now (Sunnyside) [01-20] - piano jazz [*]
  • Ben Goldberg: Orphic Machine (BAG) [03-24] - modern creative [***]
  • Chris Golinski/Tim McNally/Boaz Roberts: Rodeo (Edgetone) [04-28] - jazz [*]
  • Richie Goods & Nuclear Fusion: Three Rivers (Richman) [02-17] - jazz [B]
  • Jerry Granelli Trio + 3: What I Hear Now (Addo) [05-26] - jazz [***]
  • John Grant: Grey Tickles, Black Pressure (Bella Union/Partisan) [10-02] - singer/songwriter -- DS:80, MO:80, PM:80, RS:70 [*]
  • Milford Graves & Bill Laswell: Space/Time · Redemption (TUM) [02-26] - jazz [A-]
  • Devin Gray: RelativE ResonancE (Skirl) [06-09] - jazz [***]
  • Cee Lo Green: Heart Blanche (Atlantic) [11-13] - r&b [*]
  • Colleen Green: I Want to Grow Up (Hardly Art) [02-24] - alt/indie rock -- CS:75, Pf:74, RS:60, S:80; MT:C+ [B]
  • Patty Griffin: Servant of Love (PGM) [09-25] - singer-songwriter -- P:95, RS:70 [**]
  • Grimes: Art Angels (4AD) [11-06] - art pop -- AV:91, BB:90, CS:91, MO:80 [**]
  • Marty Grosz Meets the Fat Babies: Diga Diga Doo (Delmark) [02-25] - jazz [A-]
  • Giovanni Guidi Trio: This Is the Day (ECM) [05-26] - jazz [**]
  • Ulrich Gumpert Quartett: A New One (Intakt) - jazz [A-]
  • Gwenno: Y Dydd Olaf (Heavenly) [07-24] - indie pop -- MO:80 [A-]
  • The H2 Big Band: It Could Happen (Origin) [02-17] - jazz big band [**]
  • Haiku Salut: Etch and Etch Deep (How Does It Feel to Be Loved) [07-31] - art pop -- MO:80 [**]
  • Haitus Kaiyote: Choose Your Weapon (Flying Buddha) [05-04] - alt r&b -- HD:90 [B-]
  • Rich Halley 4: Creating Structure (Pine Eagle) - jazz [A-]
  • Rich Halley 4: Eleven (Pine Eagle) - jazz [***]
  • Mary Halvorson: Meltframe (Firehouse 12) [09-04] - jazz -- Pf:80 [***]
  • Tigran Hamasyan: Luys I Luso (ECM) [10-02] - Armenian [B-]
  • Scott Hamilton: Scott Hamilton Plays Jule Styne (Blue Duchess) [05-09] - jazz [A-]
  • Scott Hamilton with the Jeff Hamilton Trio: Hamilton and Hamilton Live in Bern (Capri) [10-20] - jazz [***]
  • Ross Hammond: Flight (Prescott) [04-14] - jazz [**]
  • Brian Harnetty: Rawhead & Bloodybones (Dust-to-Digital) [11-20] [**]
  • Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell: The Traveling Kind (Nonesuch) [05-12] - Americana -- P:85 [*]
  • Lafayette Harris, Jr. Trio: Bend to the Light (Airmen) [08-07] - jazz [**]
  • Harth/Fischer/Daemgen: Confucius Tarif Reduit (Spore Point) - jazz [**]
  • Helena Hauff: Discreet Desires (Ninja Tune/Werkdiscs) [09-04] - techno [***]
  • Stephen Haynes: Pomegranate (New Atlantis) [06-25] - jazz [***]
  • Miho Hazama: Time River (Sunnyside) [10-02] - jazz [**]
  • Angel Haze: Back to the Woods (self-released) [09-14] - east-coast rap -- HD:70 [***]
  • Dale Head: Swing Straight Up (Blujazz) - jazz [B]
  • Heads of State: Search for Peace (Smoke Sessions) - jazz [**]
  • Albert "Tootie" Heath: Philadelphia Beat (Sunnyside) - jazz [**]
  • Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott: Wisdom Laughter and Lines (Virgin EMI) [10-23] [***]
  • Heems: Eat Pray Thug (Megaforce) [03-10] - left-field hip-hop -- AV:75, CS:67, HD:70, Pf:63, PM:70, RS:70, S:80; RC:A, MT:A [A-]
  • Helen: The Original Faces (Kranky) [09-04] - -- Pf:69 [*]
  • Mark Helias Open Loose: The Signal Maker (Intakt) [03-00] - jazz [***]
  • Eddie Henderson: Collective Portrait (Smoke Sessions) [02-10] - jazz [**]
  • Lauren Henderson: A La Madrugada (self-released) [05-19] - vocal jazz [**]
  • Don Henley: Cass County (Capitol) [09-25] - [*]
  • Carlos Henriquez: The Bronx Pyramid (Blue Engine) [09-18] - jazz [**]
  • Holly Herndon: Platform (4AD) [05-19] - experimental electronic -- MO:90, P:86, Pf:87 [**]
  • Heroes Are Gang Leaders: The Avant Age Garde I AMs of the Gal Luxury (Flat Langton's Arkeyes) - jazz [***]
  • Vincent Herring: Night and Day (Smoke Sessions) [05-12] - jazz [*]
  • Will Herrington: Solace (self-released) [07-28] - jazz [*]
  • Joe Hertenstein/Pascal Niggenkemper/Thomas Heberer: HNH2 (Clean Feed) [05-19] - jazz [**]
  • Scott Hesse Trio: The Stillness of Motion (Origin) [02-17] - jazz [*]
  • Hiatus Kaiyote: Choose Your Weapon (Flying Buddha) [05-05] - alt r&b [B-]
  • Bret Higgins: Atlas Revolt (Tzadik) [07-21] - jazz [**]
  • Ira Hill: Tomorrow (self-released) [11-26] - jazz [C]
  • Keigo Hirakawa: And Then There Were Three (self-released) - jazz [*]
  • Dre Hocevar Trio: Coding of Evidentiality (Clean Feed) - jazz [**]
  • John Hollenbeck: Songs We Like a Lot (Sunnyside) [06-23] - jazz [B]
  • Mike Holober: Balancing Act (Palmetto) [11-13] - jazz [**]
  • Julia Holter: Have You in My Wilderness (Domino) [09-21] - -- MO:100, Pf:84 [B]
  • Hop Along: Painted Shut (Saddle Creek) [05-05] - indie rock -- RC:A- [*]
  • Wayne Horvitz: Some Places Are Forever Afternoon (Songlines) [07-10] - jazz [***]
  • Hot Jazz Jumpers: The Very Next Thing (On the Bol) [11-06] - jazz [B]
  • The Ted Howe Jazz Orchestra: Pinnacle (Hot Stove) [03-03] - jazz [B]
  • Hu Vibrational: Presents The Epic Botanical Beat Suite (MOD Technologies) [05-19] - jazz [***]
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard: The Ruffian's Misfortune (Bordello) [04-07] - Americana -- P:90, PM:60 [A-]
  • Paul Hubweber/Frank Paul Schubert/Alexander von Schlippenbach/Clayton Thomas/Willi Kellers: Intricacies (NoBusiness) - jazz [***]
  • Sam Hunt: Between the Pines: Acoustic Mixtape (MCA Nashville) [10-27] - country [B]
  • Charlie Hunter Trio: Let the Bells Ring On (CHT Publishing) [06-02] - jazz [**]
  • Jenny Hval: Apocalypse, Girl () [09-09] - art pop [*]
  • Hypercolor: Hypercolor (Tzadik) [01-20] - jazz -- PM:70 [**]
  • I Love Makonnen: Drink More Water 5 (OVO Sound) [03-31] - mixtape [**]
  • Ibeyi: Ibeyi (XL) [02-17] - Afro-Cuban -- HD:80, Pf:74 [B]
  • Mikko Innanen: Song for a New Decade (TUM) [02-26] - jazz [A-]
  • Innerroute: Fourmation (self-released) [10-15] - jazz [**]
  • The Internet: Ego Death (Odd Future/Columbia) [06-30] - neo-soul -- CS:75, HD:80, Pf:74, PM:80, RS:70 [**]
  • Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet: 2 (Trouble in Mind) [11-13] - avant jazz [***]
  • Jon Irabagon: Behind the Sky (Irabbagast) [09-15] - jazz [**]
  • Jon Irabagon: Inaction Is an Action (Irabbagast) [09-15] - jazz [B]
  • Christoph Irniger Trio: Octopus (Intakt) [06-01] - jazz [A-]
  • Aaron Irwin Quartet: A Room Forever (self-released) [11-24] - jazz [*]
  • Jason Isbell: Something More Than Free (Southeastern) [07-17] - alt/indie rock -- BB:80, P:86; RC:A-, MT:** [*]
  • Ivan & Alyosha: It's All Just Pretend (Dualtone) [05-05] - alt/indie rock [B]
  • Vijay Iyer: Break Stuff (ECM) [02-10] - piano jazz -- PM:80 [***]
  • Alan Jackson: Angels and Alcohol (Capitol Nashville) [07-17] - contemporary country [A-]
  • Janet Jackson: Unbreakable (Rhythm Nation) [10-02] - r&b -- BB:80, HD:70 [*]
  • Ahmad Jamal: Live in Marciac: August 5th 2014 (Dynamo) [08-05] - piano jazz [*]
  • Jose James: Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday (Blue Note) [03-31] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Andrew Jamieson: Heard the Voice (Edgetone) [10-27] - jazz
  • Guus Janssen: Meeting Points (Bimhuis) - jazz [***]
  • Keith Jarrett: Creation (ECM) [05-08] - jazz [**]
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Live in Cuba (Blue Engine, 2CD) [08-24] - jazz [**]
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Big Band Holidays (Blue Engine) [10-30] - holiday jazz [C-]
  • Jeff Jenkins Organization: The Arrival (OA2) [10-16] - jazz
  • Carly Rae Jepsen: E-mo-tion (Interscope/School Boy) [08-19] - teen pop -- MO:80 [***]
  • Tobias Jesso Jr: Goon (True Panther Sounds) [03-17] - alt/indie rock -- AV:83, CS:91, P:90, Pf:85, PM:60, RS:70, S:60; MT:C [**]
  • Ochion Jewell Quartet: Volk (self-released) [09-29] - jazz [A-]
  • Jlin: Dark Energy (Planet Mu) [03-23] - [***]
  • JME: Integrity (Boy Better Know) [05-12] - [***]
  • Joanna Gruesome: Peanut Butter (Slumberland) [05-19] - alt/indie rock -- P:80; RC:** [*]
  • Per Texas Johansson: De Langa Rulltrapporna I Flemingsberg (Moserobie) - jazz
  • Steve Johns: Family (Strikezone) [05-05] - jazz [**]
  • Max Johnson Trio: Something Familiar (Fresh Sound New Talent) [06-15] - jazz [***]
  • Darius Jones Quartet: Le Bebe de Brigitte (Lost in Translation) (AUM Fidelity) - jazz [**]
  • Eugenie Jones: Come Out Swingin' (Openmic) [05-12] - vocal jazz [B]
  • Anders Jormin/Lena Willemark/Karin Nakagawa: Trees of Light (ECM) [03-06] - jazz [*]
  • Joyfultalk: Muuixx (Drip Audio) [06-30] - jazz [**]
  • Kammerflimmer Kollektief: Desarroi (Staubgold) - jazz [***]
  • The Kandinsky Effect: Somnambulist (Cuneiform) [01-26] - jazz [A-]
  • Kanaku Y El Tigre: Quema Quema Quema (Strut/Tigers Milk) [06-16] - [*]
  • Kansas: Miracles Out of Nowhere (Epic/Legacy) [03-23] - prog-rock
  • Tyler Kaneshiro & the Highlands: Amber of the Moment (self-released) [05-05] - jazz
  • Manu Katché: Live in Concert (ACT) [01-15] - jazz [**]
  • Justin Kauflin: Dedication (Qwest/Jazz Village) [01-13] - jazz [**]
  • Kaze: Uminari (Circum-Libra) [05-05] - jazz [***]
  • Kehlani: You Should Be Here (self-released) [04-28] - r&b -- BB:80, HD:80, Pf:74 [B-]
  • Toby Keith: 35 Mph Town (Show Dog Nashville) [10-09] - country -- BB:80 [B]
  • Keith Kelly Ask Not: A Grand Apparatus, Discarded (Edgetone) [04-28] - jazz [**]
  • Robert Kennedy Trio: Big Shoes (self-released) [03-24] - jazz [*]
  • Kenosha Kid: Inside Voices (self-released) [03-03] - jazz [B]
  • Stefan Keune/Dominic Lash/Steve Noble: Fractions (NoBusiness) - jazz [***]
  • Becky Kilgore/Nicki Parrott: Two Songbirds of a Feather (Arbors) [07-10] - jazz [***]
  • Elle King: Love Stuff (RCA) [02-17] - retro-rock -- S:70 [*]
  • Bill Kirchner: An Evening of Indigos (Jazzheads, 2CD) [10-16] - jazz [**]
  • Kneebody + Daedelus: Kneedelus (Brainfeeder) [11-27] - jazztronica [***]
  • Kirk Knuffke: Arms & Hands (Royal Potato Family) [04-07] - jazz [***]
  • Michael Kocour: Wherever You Go, There You Are (OA2) [06-16] - jazz [*]
  • Frank Kohl Quartet: Invisible Man (Pony Boy) [10-02] - jazz [*]
  • Ted Kooshian: Clowns Will Be Arriving (Summit) [01-13] - jazz [***]
  • Heikki Koskinen/Teppo Hauta-Aho/Mikko Innanen: Kellari Trio (Edgetone) [02-03] - jazz [*]
  • Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba: Ba Power (Glitterbeat) [05-12] - Mali -- RC:A-, MT:A- [A-]
  • Lona Kozik/Chris Golinski: Spelaeology (Edgetone) [04-28] - jazz [*]
  • Diana Krall: Wallflower (Verve) [01-27] - American popular song -- PM:30, RS:60 [B-]
  • The Susan Krebs Chamber Band: Simple Gifts (GreenGig Music) [03-03] - jazz [***]
  • Ernie Krivda: Requiem for a Jazz Lady (Capri) [11-17] - jazz [***]
  • John Kruth: The Drunken Wind of Life: The Poem/Songs of Tin Ujevic (Smiling Fez) - -- RC:A- [A-]
  • Martin Kuchen/Jon Rune Strom/Tollef Ostvang: Melted Snow (NoBusiness) - jazz [***]
  • Martin Kuchen/Johan Berthling/Steve Noble: Night in Europe (NoBusiness) - jazz
  • Ku-Umba Frank Lacy & Mingus Big Band: Mingus Sings (Sunnyside) [06-23] - jazz [B-]
  • Julian Lage: World's Fair (self-released) - jazz [*]
  • Oliver Lake/William Parker: To Roy (Intakt) [02-00] - jazz [A-]
  • Lama + Joachim Badenhorst: The Elephant's Journey (Clean Feed) - jazz [*]
  • Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp a Butterfly (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope) [03-16] - jazz rap -- AV:91, BB:90, CS:100, DS:100, HD:100, MO:90, Pf:93, PM:90, RS:90, S:100; RC:A-, MT:A+ [A-]
  • Brian Landrus Trio: The Deep Below (BlueLand/Palmetto) [06-16] - jazz [***]
  • Nancy Lane: Let Me Love You (self-released) [10-23] - vocal jazz
  • Adam Larson: Selective Amnesia (Inner Circle Music) [11-03] - jazz [*]
  • Emma Larsson: Sing to the Sky (Origin) [10-16] - vocal jazz [B]
  • Deborah Latz: Sur L'Instant (June Moon) [05-05] - vocal jazz [**]
  • Ingrid Laubrock Anti-House: Roulette of the Cradle (Intakt) [06-01] - jazz [***]
  • Ingrid Laubrock: Ubatuba (Firehouse 12) [11-06] - jazz [**]
  • Amy LaVere and Will Sexton: Hallelujah I'm a Dreamer (Archer) [04-07] - -- RC:A- [A-]
  • Left Exit Mr K: Featuring Michael Duch & Klaus Holm (Clean Feed) - jazz [**]
  • Urs Leimbruger/Jacques Demierre/Barre Phillips: 1 - 3 - 2 - 1 (Jazzwerkstatt) [01-15] - jazz [B]
  • Urs Leimgruber/Alex Huber: Lightnings (Wide Ear) [10-00] - jazz [**]
  • Martin Leiton: Poetry of Sound (UnderPool) - jazz [**]
  • Gaetano Letizia/Mike Clark/Wilbur Krebs: Froggy & the Toads (self-released) - jazz [**]
  • Oded Lev-Ari: Threading (Anzic) [04-28] - piano jazz [**]
  • Daniel Levin Quartet: Friction (Clean Feed) - jazz [B]
  • Daniel Levin/Rob Brown: Divergent Paths (Cipsela) - jazz [*]
  • Daniel Levin/Mat Maneri: The Transcendent Function (Clean Feed) - jazz [**]
  • Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts: Manhattan (Rough Trade) [10-30] - folk -- RC:A [A-]
  • James Brandon Lewis: Days of FreeMan (Okeh) [07-24] - jazz [A-]
  • The Liberation Music Collective: Siglo XXI (self-released) - jazz [**]
  • Lifted: 1 (PAN) [04-00] - [***]
  • Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth: Epicenter (Clean Feed) [03-24] - jazz [A-]
  • Lil Dicky: Professional Rapper (CMSN) [07-31] - hip hop -- HD:70; RC:A- [A-]
  • Lil Wayne: The Free Weezy Album (Young Money/Republic) [07-04] - hip hop -- HD:70 [*]
  • Jon Lindberg/Anil Eraslan: Juggling Kukla (NoBusiness) - jazz
  • Liturgy: The Ark Work (Thrill Jockey) [03-24] - experimental rock -- AV:83, CS:67, PM:80, S:80 [C-]
  • Lizzo: Big Grrrl Small World (BGSW) [12-11] - 2H [*]
  • Charles Lloyd: Wild Man Dance: Live at Wroclaw Philharmonic, Wroclas, Poland, November 24, 2013 (Blue Note) [04-14] - jazz [**]
  • Joe Locke: Love Is a Pendulum (Motema) [05-26] - jazz [***]
  • London, Meander, Pramuk & Ross: The Royal Bopsters Project (Motema Music) [09-18] - jazz [B]
  • LoneLady: Hinterland (Warp) [03-24] - indie rock -- DS:70, MO:90 [***]
  • Luis Lopes/Jean-Luc Guionnet: Live at Culturgest (Clean Feed) - jazz [B-]
  • Lord Huron: Strange Trails (Iamsound) [04-07] - alt/indie rock [***]
  • Frantz Loriot/Manuel Perovic Notebook Large Ensemble: Urban Furrow (Clean Feed) - jazz [**]
  • Russ Lossing: Eclipse (Aqua Piazza) [11-07] - jazz [**]
  • Lionel Loueke: Gaia (Blue Note) [10-30] - African jazz [**]
  • Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas: Sound Prints: Live at Monterey Jazz Festival (Blue Note) [04-07] - jazz [A-]
  • Low Cut Connie: Hi Honey (Ardent Music/Contender) [04-21] - alt/indie rock [A-]
  • Allen Lowe: In the Diaspora of the Diaspora: Where a Cigarette Is Smoked by Ten Men (Constant Sorrow) - jazz [A-]
  • Allen Lowe: In the Diaspora of the Diaspora: We Will Gather When We Gather (Constant Sorrow) - jazz [A-]
  • Allen Lowe: In the Diaspora of the Diaspora: Man With Guitar: Where's Robert Johnson? (Constant Sorrow) - jazz [A-]
  • Allen Lowe/Matthew Shipp/Kevin Ray/Jake Millett: In the Diaspora of the Diaspora: Ballad for Albert (Constant Sorrow) - jazz [***]
  • Mundell Lowe/Lloyd Wells/Jim Ferguson: Poor Butterfly (Two Helpins' of Collards) - jazz
  • Hans Luchs: Time Never Pauses (OA2) [09-18] - jazz [*]
  • Old Man Luedecke: Domestic Eccentric (True North) [07-24] - [***]
  • Jon Lundbom and Big Five Chord: Jeremiah (Hot Cup) [02-10] - jazz [***]
  • Lupe Fiasco: Tetsuo & Youth (Atlantic) [01-20] - alt rap -- AV:83, CS:75, HD:90, Pf:72, PM:80, RS:60; RC:A- [*]
  • Shelby Lynne: I Can't Imagine (New Rounder) [05-05] - Americana -- P:92 [B]
  • Lyrics Born: Real People (Mobile Home) [05-15] - rap [A-]
  • Harold Mabern: Afro Blue (Smoke Sessions) - jazz [B]
  • Doug MacDonald: Solo Plus (BluJazz) - jazz [*]
  • Maddie & Tae: Start Here (Dot) [08-28] - contemporary country -- BB:80; MT:* [*]
  • Made to Break: Before the Code (Trost) [09-29] - jazz [***]
  • Madonna: Rebel Heart (Interscope) [03-10] - pop/rock -- AV:67, BB:70, CS:50, Pf:51, PM:60, RS:70, S:60 [***]
  • Shai Maestro Trio: Untold Stories (Motema) [08-28] - jazz [*]
  • The Magic Words: The Day We Ran Away (Magic Words Demos) (self-released) [*]
  • Roberto Magris: Enigmatix (JMood) - jazz [**]
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bird Calls (ACT) [02-10] - jazz -- PM:80 [*]
  • Major Lazer: Peace Is the Mission (Mad Decent) [06-01] - -- BB:80; RC:B+ [*]
  • Jenna Mammina & Rolf Sturm: Spark (Water Street Music) [04-07] - jazz [**]
  • Whitney Marchelle: Dig Dis (Blujazz) - jazz [*]
  • Laura Marling: Short Movie (Ribbon Music) [03-24] - alt singer/songwriter -- AV:75, CS:75, DS:80, P:89, PM:90, RS:70, S:80 [A-]
  • Marsa Fouty: Concerts (Fou) - jazz [B]
  • Melanie Martinez: Cry Baby (Atlantic) [08-14] - art pop -- BB:40, S:80 [***]
  • Nilson Matta: East Side Rio Drive (World Blue) - Brazilian jazz [*]
  • Phil Maturano: At Home Everywhere (self-released) [05-19] - jazz [*]
  • The Mavericks: Mono (Valory) [02-17] - adult alt pop/rock -- BB:80, P:88, PM:70 [**]
  • Josh Maxey: Celebration of Soul (Miles High) [08-18] - jazz [B]
  • Nick Mazzarella Trio: Ultraviolet (International Anthem) [09-25] - jazz [***]
  • Mbongwana Star: From Kinshasa (World Circuit) [05-19] - African -- MO:90; RC:A-, MT:A- [A-]
  • Pete McCann: Range (Whirlwind) - jazz [*]
  • Donny McCaslin: Fast Future (Greenleaf Music) [03-31] - jazz [*]
  • Barney McClure: Show Me! (OA2) [04-15] - jazz [*]
  • Makaya McCraven: In the Moment (International Anthem) [01-15] - jazz [***]
  • Chad McCullough & Bram Weijters: Abstract Quantities (Origin) [02-17] - jazz [*]
  • Dave McDonnell Group: The Time Inside a Year (Delmark) [08-21] - jazz [*]
  • The Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble: Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland (Planet Arts) [05-29] - jazz [A-]
  • Roy McGrath Quartet: Martha (JL Music) [11-06] - jazz [**]
  • Nellie McKay: My Weekly Reader (429) [03-24] - adult alt pop/rock -- RS:70; RC:A-, MT:A- [*]
  • James McMurtry: Complicated Game (Complicated Game) [02-24] - Americana -- P:90, PM:80; RC:A [A-]
  • Michael McNeill Trio: Flight (self-released) [08-18] - piano jazz [A-]
  • Chris McNulty: Eternal (Palmetto) [03-24] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Joe McPhee/Jamie Saft/Joe Morris/Charles Downs: Ticonderoga (Clean Feed) - jazz [A-]
  • Charles McPherson: The Journey (Capri) [02-17] - jazz [A-]
  • JD McPherson: Let the Good Times Roll (New Rounder) [02-10] - retro-rock -- P:90, PM:80 [**]
  • Meek Mill: Dreams Worth More Than Money (MMG/Atlantic) [06-29] - hip-hop -- BB:70, CS:75, HD:70, Pf:74, PM:80, RS:60 [*]
  • Tobias Meinhart: Natural Perception (Enja/Yellowbird) - jazz
  • Myra Melford: Snowy Egret (Enja/Yellowbird) [03-24] - jazz [***]
  • Bob Merrill: Cheerin' Up the Universe (Accurate) [09-04] - vocal jazz [**]
  • Merzbow/Balasz Pandi/Mats Gustafsson/Thurston Moore: Cuts of Guilt/Cuts Deeper (Rare Noise, 2CD) [04-07] - jazz [***]
  • Metallic Taste of Blood: Doctoring the Dead (Rare Noise) [05-26] - jazz [**]
  • Metric: Pagans in Vegas (MMI/Crystal Math Music) [09-18] - alt/indie rock -- Pf:60 [A-]
  • Marco Mezquida Mateos: Live in Terrassa (UnderPool) - jazz [***]
  • Stephan Micus: Nomad Songs (ECM) [06-26] - international [*]
  • Miguel: Wildheart (RCA) [07-03] - r&b -- BB:70, HD:90, P:81; RC:A-, MT:A- [***]
  • Mika: No Place in Heaven (Virgin EMI) [06-22] [**]
  • Levon Mikaelian: United Shades of Artistry (self-released) [04-07] - jazz [B]
  • Jason Miles/Ingrid Jensen: Kind of New (Whaling City Sound) [03-14] - jazz [B]
  • Mark Christian Miller: Crazy Moon (Sliding Jazz Door Productions) [08-10] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Marcus Miller: Afrodeezia (Blue Note) [03-17] - contemporary jazz [*]
  • Rhett Miller: The Traveler (ATO) [05-12] - adult alt pop/rock -- RC:***, MT:*** [**]
  • John Mills: Invisible Designs (Fable) [02-17] - jazz [B-]
  • Kristine Mills: Bossa Too (InkWell Publishing) [10-09] - jazz [B]
  • Billy Mintz: The 2 Bass Band . . . Live (Thirteenth Note) [05-12] - jazz [**]
  • Bob Mintzer Big Band: Get Up! (MCG Jazz) [06-23] - jazz [*]
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda: Hamilton: An American Music [Original Broadway Cast Recording] (Atlantic) [10-16] - -- BB:100, Pf:69, RS:90 [**]
  • Matt Mitchell: Vista Accumulation (Pi) [10-16] - jazz [**]
  • Nicole Mitchell/Tomeka Reid/Mike Reed: Artifacts (482 Music) [10-30] - jazz [A-]
  • Danny Mixon: Pass It On (self-released) - jazz [**]
  • Mdou Moctar: Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai [Original Soundtrack Recording] (Sahel Sounds) [06-07] - Saharan blues [A-]
  • Modest Mouse: Strangers to Ourselves (Columbia) [03-17] - pop/rock -- AV:83, CS:75, DS:70Pf:64, PM:60, RS:70, S:50; RC:*** [**]
  • Hudson Mohawke: Lantern (Warp) [06-18] - wonky -- BB:80, CS:75, Pf:74, PM:70, RA:66, RS:60, S:70 [B]
  • Ben Monder: Amorphae (ECM) [10-30] - jazz [B]
  • Ashley Monroe: The Blade (Warner Music) [07-24] - country -- BB:80, P:89; RC:**, MT:A- [A-]
  • Monster Rally & Jay Stone: Foreign Pedestrians (Gold Robot) [01-27] - -- S:80 [*]
  • Alvar Montfort/Lucas Martinez/Jordi Matas/Abel Boquera/Pep Mula: Underpool 4 (UnderPool) [05-07] - jazz [*]
  • The Montgomery Hermann Quinlan Sextet: Hear, Here (Summit) - jazz [B]
  • Allison Moorer: Down to Believing (E1) [03-17] - singer/songwriter -- PM:80 [**]
  • John Moreland: High on Tulsa Heat (Old Omens) [04-21] [A-]
  • Whitey Morgan and the 78s: Sonic Ranch (Whitey Morgan Music) - [***]
  • Gurf Morlix: Eatin' at Me (Rootball) [02-03] - Americana -- RC:*** [**]
  • Giorgio Moroder: Deja-Vu (RCA) [06-16] - pop/rock -- BB:70; MT:A- [A-]
  • Van Morrison: Duets: Re-working the Catalogue (RCA) [03-24] - -- CS:50, PM:80, RS:70 [*]
  • Gunnar Mossblad & Cross Currents: RSVP (Summit) - jazz [**]
  • Moster: When You Cut Into the Present (Hubro) [11-27] - jazz [***]
  • Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Hannover (Jazzwerkstatt) [01-12] - jazz [***]
  • Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Mauch Chunk (Hot Cup) [10-27] - jazz [A-]
  • Mount Eerie: Sauna (PW Elverum & Sun) [02-03] - pop/rock -- CS:75, Pf:81, PM:80 [B-]
  • The Mountain Goats: Beat the Champ (Merge) [04-07] - alt/indie rock -- DS:80; RC:A-, MT:A- [A-]
  • The Mowgli's: Kids in Love (Republic) [04-14] - indie pop [A-]
  • Tisziji Munoz & Marilyn Crispell: The Paradox of Independence (MRI) - jazz [**]
  • Murs: Have a Nice Life (Strange Music) [05-19] - rap -- HD:70 [A-]
  • Kacey Musgraves: Pageant Material (Mercury Nashville) [06-23] - country -- BB:90, P:94; RC:*, MT:** [***]
  • Brad Myers: Prime Numbers (Colloquy) [06-05] - jazz [*]
  • Simon Nabatov/Mark Dresser: Projections (Clean Feed) - jazz [***]
  • Kyle Nasser: Restive Soul (AISA) [03-24] - jazz [*]
  • The Necks: Vertigo (Northern Spy) [10/30] - jazz [*]
  • Richard Nelson/Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: Deep River (Heliotrope) [09-08] - jazz [*]
  • Willie Nelson/Merle Haggard: Django and Jimmie (Legacy) [06-02] - trad country -- P:86; RC:*** [A-]
  • Neon Indian: Vega Intl Night School (Mom + Pop/Transgressive) [10-16] - chillwave -- AV:91, CS:75, DS:90, Pf:86, RS:70, S:70 [*]
  • ERR: stream no grade: Marius Neset: Pinball
  • Marius Neset: Pinball (ACT) [01-30] - jazz
  • New Order: Music Complete (Mute) [09-25] - alt dance -- MO:80 [A-]
  • Larry Newcomb Quartet: Live Intentionally! (Essential Messenger) [09-04] - jazz [*]
  • Pascal Niggenkemper: Look With Thine Ears: Solo (Clean Feed) [03-24] - jazz [**]
  • Gard Nilssen's Acoustic Unity: Firehouse (Clean Feed) - jazz [A-]
  • Hailey Niswanger: PDX Soul (Calmit Productions) [04-07] - jazz [***]
  • Niyaz: The Fourth Light (Six Degrees) [03-24] - international [***]
  • Noertker's Moxie: Simultaneous Windows (Edgetone) [10-27] - jazz
  • Larry Novak: Invitation (Delmark) [11-00] - jazz
  • Curtis Nowosad: Dialectics (Cellar Live) [03-17] - jazz [***]
  • Nozinja: Nozinja Lodge (Warp) [06-02] - club/dance [A-]
  • The Nu Band: The Cosmological Constant (Not Two) - jazz [**]
  • Larry Ochs-Don Robinson Duo: The Throne (Not Two) - jazz [A-]
  • Oddisee: The Good Fight (Mello Music Group) [05-05] - underground rap -- HD:90 [*]
  • Obnox: Know America (Ever/Never) [04-06] - noise rock [*]
  • Caili O'Doherty: Padme (Odo) [07-07] - piano jazz [**]
  • Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: Cuba: The Conversation Continues (Motema Music) [08-21] - jazz [***]
  • John O'Gallagher Trio: The Honeycomb (Fresh Sound New Talent) [02-28] - jazz [A-]
  • Michael Oien: And Now (Fresh Sound New Talent) - jazz [***]
  • Olavi Trio: Oh, La Vie! (TUM) [09-18] - jazz [**]
  • Old Time Musketry: Drifter (NCM East) [03-31] - jazz [A-]
  • Eric Olsen ReVision Quartet: Sea Changes (BluJazz) - jazz [*]
  • Oneohtrix Point Never: Garden of Delete (Warp) [11-13] - ambient [**]
  • Open Field + Burton Greene: Flower Stalk (Cipsela) - jazz [***]
  • Opus: Definition (BluJazz) - jazz [B]
  • Cesar Orozco & Kamarata Jazz: No Limits for Tumbao (Alfi) [08-01] - jazz [**]
  • Lindi Ortega: Faded Gloryville (Last Gang) [08-07] - country [***]
  • Ought: Sun Coming Down (Constellation) [09-18] - post-punk -- MO:100, Pf:80 [*]
  • OZO: A Kind of Zo (Clean Feed) [05-30] - jazz [A-]
  • Matt Panayides: Conduits (Pacific Coast Jazz) - jazz [*]
  • Panda Bear: Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper (Domino) [01-13] - alt/indie rock -- AV:67, BB:80, CS:75, P:85, Pf:87, PM:80, S:80 [B]
  • The Paranoid Style: Rock and Roll Just Can't Recall (Worldwide Battle, EP) [03-02] - -- RC:A [***]
  • Paris: Pistol Politics (Guerrilla Funk, 2CD) [09-11] - rap -- RC:A- [A-]
  • Evan Parker/Peter Jacquemyn: Marsyas Suite (El Negocito) [05-28] - jazz [***]
  • Evan Parker/Joe Morris/Nate Wooley: Ninth Square (Clean Feed) - jazz [**]
  • William Parker/Raining on the Moon: Great Spirit (AUM Fidelity) [11-06] - jazz [A-]
  • Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe: I Declare Nothing (A) [06-29] - alt/indie rock [**]
  • Parquet Courts: Monastic Living (Rough Trade, EP) [11-27] - alt/indie rock [**]
  • Charlie Parr: Stumpjumper (Red House) [04-28] - trad blues [**]
  • Lisa Parrott: Round Tripper (Serious Niceness) [02-24] - jazz [**]
  • Nicki Parrott: Sentimental Journey (Venus) [09-16] - jazz [**]
  • Sarah Partridge: I Never Thought I'd Be Here (Origin) [03-17] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Ben Patterson: For Once in My Life (Origin) [09-18] - jazz [*]
  • Mario Pavone: Blue Dialect (Clean Feed) [03-24] - jazz [***]
  • Peaceful Solutions: Barter 7 (self-released) [08-17] - rap [A-]
  • Peach Kelli Pop: Peach Kelli Pop III (Burger) [04-21] - pop/punk [*]
  • Gary Peacock Trio: Now This (ECM) [05-26] - jazz [***]
  • Renaud Penant Trio: Want to Be Happy (ITI Music) [01-00] - jazz [**]
  • Kim Pensyl: Foreign Love Affair (Summit) - jazz
  • Tiny People Having a Meeting: Tiny People Having a Meeting (Black & Grey/Fast Speaking Music) - jazz [***]
  • Luis Perdomo & Controlling Ear Unit: Twenty-Two (Hot Tone Music) [05-19] - Latin jazz [**]
  • Ivo Perelman/Whit Dickey: Tenorhood (Leo) [05-26] - jazz [***]
  • Ivo Perelman/Mat Maneri/Joe Morris: Counterpoint (Leo) [05-26] - jazz [**]
  • Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: Callas (Leo, 2CD) [05-26] - jazz [A-]
  • Ivo Perelman/Mat Maneri/Tanya Kalmanovitch: Villa Lobos Suite (Leo) [10-30] - jazz
  • Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: Complementary Colors (Leo) [10-30] - jazz
  • Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp/Whit Dickey: Butterfly Whispers (Leo) [10-30] - jazz
  • Oscar Perez: Prepare a Place for Me (Myna) [10-13] - jazz
  • Jack Perla: Enormous Changes (Origin) [07-17] - jazz [B]
  • Gretchen Peters: Blackbirds (Proper) [02-10] - Americana [*]
  • John Petrucelli Quintet: The Way (self-released, 2CD) [02-10] - jazz [*]
  • Simon Phillips: Protocol III (Phantom) [05-15] - fusion jazz [B]
  • Rod Picott: Fortune (Welding Rod) - alt-country [***]
  • Kate Pierson: Guitars and Microphones (Lazy Meadow Music) [02-17] - pop/rock -- Pf:64, RS:60 [**]
  • Roberta Piket: Emanation (Solo: Volume 2) (Thirteenth Note) [05-12] - piano jazz [*]
  • Lucas Pino: No Net Nonet (Origin) [02-17] - jazz [**]
  • Chris Pitsiokos Trio: Gordian Twine (New Atlantis) [07-10] - jazz [***]
  • Pixel: Golden Years (Cuneiform) [10-16] - jazz [B]
  • Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra: Joyful Jazz (MCG Jazz) [10-23] - Christmas [C]
  • A Place to Bury Strangers: Transfixiation (Dead Oceans) [02-17] - indie rock -- AV:75, CS:43, DS:80, Pf:55, PM:50, S:70 [***]
  • Plunge: In for the Out (Immersion) [04-20] - jazz [*]
  • The Pop Group: Citizen Zombie (Freaks R Us) [02-24] - experimental -- AV:83, Pf:24, PM:70 [*]
  • Potsa Lots Plus: Plays Love Suite by Eric Dolphy (Jazzwerkstatt) - jazz [**]
  • Chris Potter Underground Orchestra: Imaginary Cities (ECM) [01-13] - jazz [**]
  • Powertrio: Di Lontan (Clean Feed) - jazz [B]
  • Natalie Prass: Natalie Prass (Sony) [01-27] - pop/rock -- AV:83, CS:91, DS:90, MO:90, P:84, Pf:83, PM:70, RS:70 [*]
  • Noah Preminger: Pivot: Live at the 55 Bar (self-released) [10-06] - jazz [A-]
  • Prism Quartet: Heritage/Evolution, Volume 1 (Innova) [01-27] - jazz [**]
  • Protoje: Ancient Future (Indiggnation Collective/Overstand) - [A-]
  • Pusha T: King Push - Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude (GOOD Music) [12-18] - hardcore rap [***]
  • Reggie Quinerly: Invictus (Redefinition Music) [03-17] - jazz [*]
  • R5: R5 (Hollywood) [07-10] - dance pop [*]
  • Rabit: Communion (Tri Angle) [10-30] - garage pop/grime [**]
  • Radical Dads: Universal Coolers (Old Flame) [02-14] - -- Pf:72 [A-]
  • The Ragpicker String Band: The Ragpicker String Band (Yellow Dog) [08-14] - -- RC:A- [A-]
  • Billie Rainbird: Deep Blue (Phantom) [05-29] - alt singer-songwriter [*]
  • Tom Rainey Trio: Hotel Grief (Intakt) - jazz [**]
  • Fred Randolph: Song Without Singing (Creative Spirit) - jazz [*]
  • Nathaniel Rateliff: Nathaniel Raleliff & the Night Sweats (Stax) [08-21] - retro rock -- MO:80, P:81 [*]
  • Dave Rawlings Machine: Nashville Obsolete (Acony) [09-18] - alt country [*]
  • Enrico Rava Quartet/Gianluca Petrella: Wild Dance (ECM) [08-28] - jazz [**]
  • John Raymond: Foreign Territory (Fresh Sound New Talent) [04-28] - jazz [**]
  • Mason Razavi/Bennett Roth-Newell: After You (First Orbit Sounds Music) [06-21] - jazz [*]
  • Mike Reed's People Places & Things: A New Kind of Dance (482 Music) - jazz [A-]
  • Tomeka Reid: Tomeka Reid Quartet (Thirsty Ear) [09-25] - jazz [A-]
  • The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Cash and Carry (Aerophonic) [06-23] - jazz [A-]
  • The Resonance Ensemble: Double Arc (Not Two) [09-00] - jazz [***]
  • Gloria Reuben: Perchance to Dream (MCG Jazz) [04-14] - vocal jazz [**]
  • Dawn Richard: Blackheart (Our Dawn) [01-15] - alt r&b -- Pf:80, S:80; MT:C [B]
  • Keith Richards: Crosseyed Heart (Mindless/Virgin EMI) [09-18] - album rock -- MO:80, P:90 [B]
  • Jeff Richman: Hotwire (Nefer) [05-19] - jazz
  • Max Richter: From Sleep (Deutsche Grammophon) [04-09] [A-]
  • Denia Ridley & the Marc Devine Trio: Afterglow (ITI Music) [01-20] - vocal jazz [***]
  • Eve Risser: Des Pas Sur La Neige (Clean Feed) [03-24] - jazz [B]
  • Claire Ritter: Soho Solo (Zoning) [05-26] - piano jazz [***]
  • Rival Consoles: Howl (Erased Tapes) [08-26] - -- MO:80, Pf:77, PM:80 [**]
  • RJD2/STS: STS X RJD2 (RJ's Electrical Connections) [05-05] - left-field hip-hop -- HD:70; RC:*** [***]
  • Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee (Constellation) [02-03] - conceptual art -- CS:75, Pf:82 [B-]
  • Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique: Love Is Free (Konichiwa/Cherrytree/Interscope) [08-07] - club/dance [A-]
  • Rocket From the Tombs: Black Record (Fire) [11-13] - alt/indie rock [*]
  • Jason Roebke: Every Sunday (Clean Feed) - jazz [**]
  • Daniel Romano: If I've Only One Time Askin' (New West) [07-31] - alt-country -- RC:**, MT:** [*]
  • Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble: The Otherworld Cycle (Edgetone) [04-28] - jazz [A-]
  • Roots Magic: Hoodoo Blues & Roots Magic (Clean Feed) - jazz [***]
  • Roots Manuva: Bleeds (Big Dada) [10-30] - punk pop -- MO:90 [B]
  • Daniel Rosenboom: Astral Transference & Seven Dreams (Orenda) [02-03] - jazz [A-]
  • Royal Headache: High (What's Your Rupture?) [08-21] - alt/indie rock [*]
  • Charles Rumback: In the New Year (Ears & Eyes) [12-04] - jazz [***]
  • Todd Rundgren/Emil Nikolaisen/Lindstrom: Runddans (Smalltown Supersound) [05-05] - ambient techno [B-]
  • Harvie S/Sheryl Bailey: Plucky Strum (Whaling City Sound) - jazz [*]
  • Robert Sabin: Humanity Part II (Ranula Music) - jazz [***]
  • Sachal: Slow Motion Miracles (Okeh) [04-07] - vocal jazz [B]
  • Samo Salamon Bassless Trio: Little River (Sazas) - jazz [**]
  • Cecile McLorin Salvant: For One to Love (Mack Avenue) [09-04] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Marta Sanchez Quintet: Partenika (Fresh Sound New Talent) [03-00] - jazz [**]
  • Nisse Sandstrom Quintet: Live at Crescendo (Moserobie) - jazz [***]
  • Michael Sarian & the Chabones: The Escape Suite (self-released) [11-03] - jazz [**]
  • Boz Scaggs: A Fool to Cure (429) [03-31] - modern blues -- RC:A-, MT:A [A-]
  • Schlippenbach Trio: Features (Intakt) [03-00] - jazz [A-]
  • Maria Schneider: The Thompson Fields (ArtistShare) [06-02] - jazz [**]
  • Irene Schweizer/Han Bennink: Welcome Back (Intakt) - jazz [A]
  • John Scofield: Past Present (Impulse) - jazz [***]
  • Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Stretch Music (Ropeadope) [09-18] - [*]
  • Jill Scott: Woman (Atlantic) [07-24] - adult contemporary r&b -- MT:A- [***]
  • Scottish National Jazz Orchestra/Makoto Ozone: Jeunehomme: Mozart Piano Concerto No 9 K-271 (Spartacus) [09-04] - jazz [*]
  • Marc Seales: American Songs Volume 3: Place & Time (Origin) [01-20] - jazz [*]
  • Richard Sears Trio: Skyline (Fresh Sound New Talent) - jazz [***]
  • Seinabo Sey: Pretend (Virgin) [10-23] [*]
  • Shamir: Ratchet (XL) [05-19] - alt dance -- BB:80; RC:A-, MT:*** [A-]
  • Elliott Sharp: Octal: Book Three (Clean Feed) [03-24] - jazz [***]
  • Joan Shelley: Over and Even (No Quarter) [09-04] - alt folk -- Pf:78 [*]
  • Aram Shelton/Fred Lonberg-Holm/Frank Rosaly: Resounder (Singlespeed Music) [08-25] - jazz [***]
  • Andy Sheppard: Surrounded by Sea (ECM) - jazz [**]
  • Matthew Shipp: Matthew Shipp Plays the Music of Allen Lowe (Constant Sorrow) - jazz
  • Matthew Shipp Trio: The Conduct of Jazz (Thirsty Ear) [10-00] - jazz [A-]
  • Shlohmo: Dark Red (True Panther Sounds) [04-06] - indie electronic -- HD:70 [***]
  • Shopping: Urge Surfing (self-released) [04-26] - punk [*]
  • ERR: stream no grade: Shopping: Gizzard Shingles
  • Shopping: Gizzard Shingles (self-released) [06-27] - punk
  • Adam Shulman Sextet: Here/There (OA2) [04-15] - jazz [B]
  • Jen Shyu & Jade Tongue: Sounds and Cries of the World (Pi) [09-18] - vocal jazz [B-]
  • Susana Santos Silva/Torbjorn Zetterberg/Hampus Lindwall: If Nothing Else (Clean Feed) - jazz [**]
  • Judy Silvano with Michael Abene: My Dance (JSL) [01-06] - vocal jazz [B-]
  • Herb Silverstein: Younger Next Year (self-released) [10-23] - jazz
  • Alex Sipiagin: Balance 38-58 (Criss Cross) [02-17] - jazz [***]
  • Rotem Sivan Trio: A New Dance (Fresh Sound New Talent) [09-01] - jazz [*]
  • Skrillex/Diplo: Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U (Atlantic/Mad Decent/OWSLA) [02-27] - electronic -- CS:43, Pf:68, RS:70, S:70; RC:**, MT:A- [***]
  • Skydive Trio: Sun Moee (Hubro) [04-17] - jazz [***]
  • Sleaford Mods: Key Markets (Harbinger Sound) [07-24] - art punk -- CS:75, Pf:75, PM:70; RC:*, MT:A- [A-]
  • Sleater-Kinney: No Cities to Love (Sub Pop) [01-20] - alt pop/rock -- AV:91, CS:91, DS:90, MO:100, P:90, Pf:87, PM:90, RS:80, S:90; RC:A, MT:A+ [*]
  • Slobber Pup: Pole Axe (Rare Noise) [10-30] - jazz [**]
  • Slutever: Almost Famous (self-released, EP) [02-17] - -- RC:A- [**]
  • Daniel Smith: Jazz Suite for Bassoon (Summit) [06-05] - jazz [B]
  • Enoch Smith Jr: Misfits II: Pop (Misfitme Music) [05-19] - jazz [B]
  • Steve Smith and Vital Information NYC Edition: Viewpoint (BFM Jazz) [05-26] - jazz [*]
  • Wadada Leo Smith Duo with John Lindberg: Celestial Weather (TUM) [10-16] - jazz [***]
  • Snarky Puppy/Metropole Orkest: Sylva (Impulse!) [05-26] - jazz [***]
  • Jim Snidero: Main Street (Savant) - jazz [A-]
  • Snik: Metasediment Rock (Clean Feed) - jazz [**]
  • Bjørn Solli: Aglow: The Lyngør Project Vol. 1 (Lyngør) [05-04] - jazz [**]
  • Songhoy Blues: Music in Exile (Atlantic) [02-23] - alt/indie rock -- MT:A- [A-]
  • Songsmith Collective: Songsmith Collective (Blujazz) - jazz [B]
  • The Sonics: This Is the Sonics (Revox) [03-31] - alt/indie rock -- CS:58, PM:60 [***]
  • Sons of Kemet: Lest We Forget What We Came Here to Do (Naim Jazz) [10-26] - jazz [A-]
  • Sophie: Product (Numbers) - electronica [**]
  • Mike Sopko/Bill Laswell/Thomas Pridgen: Sopko Laswell Pridgen (self-released) [10-16] - jazz [**]
  • Omar Souleyman: Bahdeni Nami (Monkeytown) [07-27] - Middle Eastern traditions -- MO:80; MT:A- [A-]
  • Spanglish Fly: New York Boogaloo (Caco World Music) [09-18] - boogaloo [*]
  • The Spanish Donkey: Raoul (Rare Noise) [04-07] - jazz [B]
  • Speedy Ortiz: Foil Deer (Carpark) [04-21] - alt/indie rock -- DS:80, P:81; RC:A- [*]
  • Martin Speicher/Peter Geisselbrecht/Jorg Fischer: Spicy Unit (Spore Print) - jazz [A-]
  • Skylar Spence: Prom King (Carpark) - -- Pf:70 [A-]
  • Spin Marvel: Infolding (RareNoise) [03-02] - jazz [***]
  • Spinifex: Veiled (Trytone) [10-01] - jazz [**]
  • The Spook School: Try to Be Hopeful (Fortuna Pop) [10-09] - alt/indie rock -- MO:80 [**]
  • Rae Sremmurd: SremmLife (Interscope) [01-06] - rap -- HD:70, P:81, Pf:78, RS:80, S:60; RC:A- [***]
  • Terell Stafford: Brotherlee Love: Celebrating Lee Morgan (Capri) [06-16] - jazz [**]
  • Mavis Staples: Your Good Fortune (Anti, EP) [04-21] - retro soul [***]
  • Pops Staples: Don't Lose This (1999, dBpm) [02-17] - southern gospel -- PM:80, RS:80; MT:** [**]
  • Vince Staples: Summertime '06 (Def Jam) [07-03] - gangsta rap -- BB:80, HD:90; RC:B+ [***]
  • Chris Stapleton: Traveller (Mercury Nashville) [05-05] - country-rock -- BB:80 [*]
  • Ben Stapp & the Zozimos: Myrrha's Red Book: Act 1 (Evolver) [05-20] - jazz [**]
  • Ben Stapp & the Zozimos: Myrrha's Red Book: Act II (Evolver) - jazz [B]
  • Statik Selektah: Lucky 7 (Showoff/Duck Down Music) [07-07] - hip hop -- HD:80, Pf:50 [**]
  • Steel Bridge Trio: Different Clocks (Relay) [05-26] - jazz [*]
  • Colin Stetson/Sarah Neufeld: Never Were the Way She Was (Constellation) [04-28] - instrumental rock -- DS:80 [A-]
  • Sufjan Stevens: Carrie & Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty) [03-31] - indie folk -- CS:100, DS:90, MO:90, P:95, PM:60, RS:80; RC:*, MT:B+ [***]
  • Grant Stewart: Trio (Cellar Live) [05-00] - jazz [**]
  • Dexter Story: Wondem (Soundway) [10-23] - [*]
  • John Stowell/Michael Zilber Quartet: Live Beauty (Origin) [02-17] - jazz [***]
  • Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line: Wake (Blue Pig) [02-24] [B]
  • Dave Stryker: Messin' With Mister T (Strikezone) [04-07] - jazz [***]
  • Ike Sturm + Evergreen: Shelter of Trees (Kilde) [11-10] - jazz [B-]
  • Jazmine Sullivan: Reality Show (RCA) [01-13] - contemporary r&b -- HD:80, Pf:81, S:80; MT:*** [***]
  • Sun Kil Moon: Universal Themes (Caldo Verde) [06-02] - singer/songwriter -- AV:91, CS:91, DS:80, P:84, Pf:60, PM:80, S:80 [***]
  • Sun Ra Arkestra Under the Direction of Marshall Allen: Babylon Live (In+Out) [09-04] - jazz [**]
  • Susanne Sundfor: Ten Love Songs (Sonnet Sound) [02-16] - pop/rock -- MO:100 [*]
  • Survival Unit III: Straylight (Pink Palace) - jazz [***]
  • Svenska Kaputt: Suomi (Moserobie) - jazz [A-]
  • Swamp Dogg: The White Man Made Me Do It (Alive/SDEG) [01-13] - soul -- PM:80 [*]
  • Earl Sweatshirt: I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside (Columbia) [04-14] - -- AV:83, CS:75, HD:80, PM:80, S:80 [*]
  • Steve Swell: Kanreki: Reflection & Renewal (Not Two, 2CD) - jazz [***]
  • Steve Swell's Kende Dreams: Hommage a Bartok (Silkheart) - jazz [A-]
  • Steve Swell: The Loneliness of the Long Distasnce Improviser (Swell) [12-15] - jazz [***]
  • Swervedriver: I Wasn't Born to Lose You (Cobraside) [03-03] - alt/indie rock -- AV:75, CS:67, Pf:70 [B]
  • Curt Sydnor: Materials and Their Destiny (Ears & Eyes) [09-04] - jazz [**]
  • Tanya Tagaq: Animism (Six Shooter) [01-25] - folk [***]
  • Aki Takase/Ayumi Paul: Hotel Zauberberg (Intakt) [02-00] - jazz [***]
  • Tal National: Zoy Zoy (Fat Cat) [04-14] - Afro-beat -- RC:A-, MT:A- [***]
  • Tame Impala: Currents (Caroline) [07-17] - alt/indie rock -- P:94; MT:C+ [*]
  • Tamikrest: Taksera (Glitterbeat) - Saharan rock -- RC:* [**]
  • Davide Tammaro: Ghosts (self-released) [05-26] - jazz [B]
  • James Taylor: Before This World (Concord) [06-16] - -- BB:70, CS:56, RS:70 [C+]
  • Tenement: Predatory Headlights (Don Giovanni) [06-02] - alt/indie rock [*]
  • Terakaft: Alone (Tenere) (Out Here) [09-04] - African -- RC:B+ [***]
  • Jacky Terrasson: Take This (Impulse) [02-24] - post-bop [**]
  • They Might Be Giants: Glean (Idlewild) [04-21] - -- MT:** [*]
  • The Thing: Shake (Thing) [10-30] - jazz [***]
  • Katie Thiroux: Introducing Katie Thiroux (BassKat) [02-03] - jazz [A-]
  • Brianna Thomas: You Must Believe in Love (Sound On Purpose) [05-26] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Richard Thompson: Still (Fantasy) [06-23] - folk rock -- DS:70, MO:80, Pf:75, PM:70, RS:70; RC:** [***]
  • Vance Thompson's Five Plus Six: Such Sweet Thunder (Shade Street) [01-06] - jazz [**]
  • Henry Threadgill Zooid: In for a Penny, In for a Pound (Pi, 2CD) [05-26] - jazz [A-]
  • Tinariwen: Live in Paris (Wedge) [11-20] - African -- RC:A- [A-]
  • Tin/Bag: The Stars Would Be Different (Epigraph, EP) - jazz [B]
  • Titus Andronicus: The Most Lamentable Tragedy (Merge) [07-31] - alt/indie rock -- P:91; MT:B [B]
  • David Torn: Only Sky (ECM) [05-04] - jazz [**]
  • Toro y Moi: What For? (Carpark) [04-07] - indie pop -- DS:80 [*]
  • Torres: Sprinter (Partisan) [05-05] - alt/indie rock -- P:92 [*]
  • Total Babes: Heydays (Wichita) [05-19] - alt/indie rock -- RC:** [*]
  • Samba Toure: Gandadiko (Glitterbeat) [02-03] - African -- RC:*** [***]
  • Meghan Trainor: Title (Epic) [01-13] - contemporary pop/rock -- BB:60, RS:60, S:40 [***]
  • Boubacar Traore: Mbalimaou (Lusafrica) [02-10] - Mali [**]
  • John Tropea: Gotcha Rhythm Right Here (STP) [05-15] - pop jazz [B-]
  • The Dan Trudell Trio: Dan Trudell Plays the Piano (self-released) [09-15] - jazz
  • Ryan Truesdell: Lines of Color (Blue Note/ArtistShare) [03-17] - jazz [A-]
  • Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experment: Surf () [05-29] - neo-soul -- AV:91, BB:70, HD:80, P:88, PM:90; RC:A [A-]
  • Tuxedo: Tuxedo (Stones Throw) [03-03] - alt dance [A-]
  • Tyler, the Creator: Cherry Bomb (Odd Future) [04-21] - underground rap -- HD:80 [*]
  • Helen Tzatzimakis: Soulfully (Cobalt Music) [03-03] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Gebhard Ullmann Basement Research: Hat and Shoes (Between the Lines) [02-10] - jazz [***]
  • Unhinged Sextet: Clarity (OA2) [03-17] - jazz [B]
  • Universal Indians w/Joe McPhee: Skullduggery (Clean Feed) [05-19] - jazz [***]
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Multi-Love (Jagjaguwar) [05-26] - alt/indie rock -- P:86 [B-]
  • US Girls: Half Free (4AD) [09-25] - psychedelic pop -- Pf:80, PM:80 [B]
  • Warren Vache Quintet: Warren Vache Quintet Remembers Benny Carter (Arbors) - jazz [***]
  • Manuel Valera & Groove Square: Urban Landscape (Destiny) - jazz [**]
  • Ken Vandermark/Paal Nilssen-Love: The Lions Have Eaten One of the Guards (Audiographic) [08-15] - jazz [***]
  • Jacob Varmus Septet: Aegean: For Three Generations of Jazz Lovers (Crows' Kin) [10-23] - jazz [**]
  • Javier Vercher: Wish You Were Here (Musikoz) [03-10] - jazz [***]
  • Veruca Salt: Ghost Notes (El Camino) [07-10] - alt/indie rock -- P:91; MT:A- [A-]
  • Ramana Veiera: Fado Da Vida (Fate of Life) [10-16] - fado
  • Luke Vibert: Bizarster (Planet Mu) [10-16] - techno [***]
  • Viet Cong: Viet Cong (Jagjaguwar) [01-20] - alt/indie rock -- CS:67, DS:80, Pf:85, PM:80, RS:60, S:80; MT:C- [**]
  • Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo: Swing Zing! (FV) [06-05] - jazz [**]
  • Kurt Vile: B'lieve I'm Goin Down (Matador) [09-25] - singer/songwriter -- AV:91, CS:83, MO:80, Pf:84, PM:80, RS:70, S:80 [B]
  • Eyal Vilner Big Band: Almost Sunrise (Gut String) [02-17] - jazz [**]
  • Voicehandler: Song Cycle (Humbler) [06-00] - jazz [*]
  • Lou Volpe: Tremembering Ol' Blue Eyes (Songs of Sinatra) (Jazz Guitar) [11-06] - jazz [**]
  • Anna von Hausswolff: The Miraculous (Other Music) [11-13] - jazz [B]
  • Vox Arcana: Caro's Song (Relay) [05-26] - jazz [*]
  • Waco Brothers: Cabaret Showtime (Bloodshot) [12-04] [**]
  • Mark Wade Trio: Event Horizon (self-released) [02-17] - jazz [**]
  • The Michael Waldrop Big Band: Time Within Itself (Origin) [03-17] - jazz [B]
  • Ryley Walker: Primrose Green (Dead Oceans) [03-31] - singer-songwriter -- CS:83, P:84 [**]
  • Eli Wallace/Jon Arkin/Karl Evangelista: Cabbages, Captain, & King (Edgetone) [02-03] - jazz [***]
  • Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet: Intercambio (Patois) [07-07] - Latin jazz [*]
  • Joanna Wallfisch with Dan Tepfer: The Origin of Adjustable Things (Sunnyside) [03-03] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Johannes Wallmann: The Town Musicians (Fresh Sounds New Talent) [08-04] - jazz [***]
  • Bill Warfield and the Hell's Kitchen Funk Orchestra: Mercy Mercy Mercy (Blujazz) - jazz [*]
  • Kamasi Washington: The Epic (Brainfeeder) [05-05] - jazz funk [**]
  • Juan Wauters: Who Me? (Captured Tracks) [05-12] - alt/indie rock [*]
  • Waxahatchee: Ivy Tripp (Wichita) [04-07] - alt pop/rock -- P:86; MT:** [**]
  • Anna Webber's Percussive Mechanics: Refraction (Pirouet) [01-13] - jazz [*]
  • Katharina Weber/Fred Frith/Fredy Studer: It Rolls (Intakt) - jazz [**]
  • The Weeknd: Beauty Behind the Madness (Republic) [08-28] - alt r&b -- HD:90; MT:*** [*]
  • Bastian Weinhold: Cityscape (Frame Music) [11-03] - jazz [B]
  • Mort Weiss: Mort Weiss Is a Jazz Reality Show (SMS Jazz) - jazz [A-]
  • Leo Welch: I Don't Prefer No Blues (Big Legal Mess) [03-24] - blues gospel [***]
  • Daniel Weltlinger: Koblenz (Rectify) - jazz [**]
  • Galen Weston: Plugged In (Blujazz) [09-11] - jazz [B-]
  • White Out with Nels Cline: Accidental Sky (Northern Spy) [10-16] - jazz [**]
  • White Reaper: White Reaper Does It Again (Polyvinyl) [07-17] - garage punk -- P:88 [***]
  • Barrence Whitfield & the Savages: Under the Savage Sky (Bloodshot) [08-21] - soul [*]
  • Carrie Wicks: Maybe (OA2) [10-16] - vocal jazz [**]
  • Wilco: Star Wars (dBpm) [08-21] - alt/indie rock -- P:80; RC:***, MT:*** [***]
  • Webb Wilder: Mississippi Moderne (Landslide) [09-25] - Americana [*]
  • Ben Williams: Coming of Age (Concord) [04-21] - jazz [B-]
  • Brad Allen Williams: Lamar (Sojourn) [08-07] - jazz [*]
  • Bradley Williams: Investigation (21st Century Entertainment, 2CD) - jazz [***]
  • Patrick Williams: Home Suite Home (BFM) - jazz [*]
  • Cassandra Wilson: Coming Forth by Day (Legacy) [04-07] - vocal jazz [**]
  • Dave Wilson Quartet: There Was Never (Zoho) [11-06] - jazz [*]
  • Tony Wilson 6Tet: A Day's Life (Drip Audio) [06-30] - jazz [**]
  • Mark Wingfield: Proof of Light (Moonjune) [02-17] - jazz [B]
  • Ben Winkelman Trio: The Knife (OA2) [09-18] - jazz [**]
  • Mark Winkler: Jazz and Other Four Letter Words (Cafe Pacific) [06-30] - vocal jazz [***]
  • Wire: Wire (Pinkflag) [04-21] - post-punk -- MO:90, P:82, RC:*** [***]
  • Florian Wittenburg: Aleatoric Inspiration (NurNichtNur) - jazz [*]
  • John Wojciechowski: Focus (Origin) [09-18] - jazz [**]
  • Chelsea Wolfe: Abyss (Sargent House) [08-07] - alt/indie rock -- MO:80 [*]
  • Wolff & Clark: Expedition 2 (Random Act) [02-25] - jazz [***]
  • Juli Wood Quartet: Synnkä Metsä (Dark Forest) (OA2) [08-21] - jazz [**]
  • Nate Wooley/Dave Rempis/Pascal Niggenkemper/Chris Corsano: From Wolves to Whales (Aerophonic) [01-05] - jazz [**]
  • Nate Wooley Quintet: (Dance to) the Early Music (Clean Feed) - jazz [A-]
  • Nate Wooley/Ken Vandermark: East by Northwest (Audiographic) - jazz [**]
  • Wreckless Eric: America (Fire) [11-13] - alt/indie rock [***]
  • Wussy: Public Domain Volume 1 (Shake It, EP) [08-14] - -- RC:*** [**]
  • Jamie XX: In Colour (XL/Young Turks) [06-01] - UK bass -- AV:75, BB:90, CS:100, DS:90, HD:90, MO:80, Pf:93, PM:80, RA:52, RS:80, S:90; RC:A-, MT:*** [***]
  • Savina Yannatou/Primavera en Salonico: Songs of Thessaloniki (ECM) [03-06] - Greek folk [**]
  • John Yao and His 17-Piece Instrument: Flip-Flop (See Tao) [06-09] - jazz [***]
  • The Yawpers: American Man (Bloodshot) [10-30] [A-]
  • Yo La Tengo: Stuff Like That There (Matador) [08-28] - alt/indie rock -- BB:70, MO:80; RC:A, MT:A [***]
  • Dwight Yoakam: Second Hand Heart (Warner Bros) [04-14] - country:P:89 [B]
  • Young Fathers: White Men Are Black Men Too (Big Dada) [04-06] - alt rap -- DS:90, MO:90; RC:A- [**]
  • Young Guv: Ripe 4 Luv (Slumberland) [03-10] - indie pop -- CS:75, DS:80, MO:90, Pf:75 [***]
  • Young Thug: Barter 6 (300/Atlantic) [04-16] - hip-hop -- BB:70, HD:80; RC:**, MT:A [**]
  • Michael Zerang & the Blue Lights: Songs From the Big Book of Love (Pink Palace) [05-15] - jazz [A-]
  • Michael Zerang & the Blue Lights: Hash Eaters & Peacekeepers (Pink Palace) [05-15] - jazz [***]
  • Torbjorn Zetterberg & Den Stora Fragan: Om Liv Dod (Moserobie) - jazz [**]
  • Omri Ziegele Billiger Bauer: So Viel Schon Hin: 15 Herbstlieder (Intakt) - jazz [*]
  • Carlos "Zingaro": Live at Mosteiro de Santa Clara a Velha (Cipsela) - jazz [**]
  • Zubatto Syndicate: Zubatto Syndicate 2 (Boscology) [06-09] - jazz [C+]
  • Zun Zun Egui: Shackles Gift (Bella Union) [01-27] - alt/indie rock -- DS:80, MO:90 [*]
  • Have Moicy 2: The Hoodoo Bash (Red Newt) [11-20] - -- RC:A- [A-]
  • Hommage a Eberhard Weber (ECM) [09-11] - jazz [*]
  • I Never Meta Guitar Three (Clean Feed) [03-24] - jazz [**]

Reissues, Etc.

  • Ata Kak: Obaa Sima (1994, Awesome Tapes From Africa) [03-03] - African -- RC:A- [A-]
  • David Borden: Music for Amplified Keyboard Instruments (1981, Spectrum Spools) - -- Pf:80 [***]
  • Bobby Bradford & John Carter Quintet: No U Turn: Live in Pasadena, 1975 (1975, Dark Tree) [04-14] - jazz [A-]
  • Anthony Braxton: Trio and Duet (1974, Delmark/Sackville) [01-06] - jazz [A-]
  • Willem Breuker Kollektief: Angouleme 18 Mai 1980 (Fou, 2CD) - jazz [A-]
  • Tad Britton: Cicada (1992-93, Origin) [08-21] - jazz [*]
  • John Carter: Echoes From Rudolph's (1977, NoBusiness, 2CD) - jazz [**]
  • Alex Chilton: Ocean Club '77 (Norton) [05-12] - alt/indie rock [**]
  • James Clay: The Kid From Dallas: Tenorman (1956-57, Fresh Sound) - jazz [***]
  • Continental Drifters: Drifted: In the Beginning & Beyond (Omnivore, 2CD) [07-17] - alt/indie rock [*]
  • Connie Converse: How Sad, How Lovely (Squirrel Thing) [03-17] - folksongs [**]
  • Miles Davis: Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol 4 (1955-75, Columbia/Legacy, 4CD) [07-17] - jazz [A-]
  • Wild Bill Davison: The Jazz Giants (1968, Delmark/Sackville) [03-17] - jazz [A-]
  • Dead Moon: Live at Satyricon (Voodoo Doughnut) [04-14] - pop/rock [A-]
  • Dion: Live at the Bitter End 1971 (Omnivore) [04-07] - folk [B]
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: The Conny Plank Session (1970, Grönland, EP) - jazz [**]
  • Red Garland Trio: Swingin' on the Korner (1977, Elemental Music, 2CD) [01-20] - piano jazz [A-]
  • Erroll Garner: The Complete Concert by the Sea (1955, Columbia/Legacy, 3CD) - jazz [A-]
  • Girl Band: Holding Hands With Jamie (Rough Trade) [09-25] - post-punk -- BB:70, CS:75, Pf:78, P:94, PM:80, RS:70, S:80 [**]
  • Charlie Haden/Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Tokyo Adagio (Impulse) [06-05] - jazz [*]
  • Phil Haynes: Sanctuary (1999, Corner Store Jazz) [09-29] - jazz [*]
  • Billie Holiday: Banned From New York City: Live 1948-1957 (Uptown, 2CD) - jazz [***]
  • Keith Jarrett: Barber/Bartok (1984-85, ECM New Series) [05-12] - classical [B-]
  • Manu Katche: Touchstone for Manu (2004-12, ECM) [08-07] - jazz [**]
  • The Kingbees: The Kingbees (1980, Omnivore) [04-28] - alt/indie rock [**]
  • Kenny Knight: Crossroads (1980, Paradise of Bachelors) [05-12] - country-rock [***]
  • Steve Lacy: Shots (Hatology) [08-07] - jazz [**]
  • Jinx Lennon: 30 Beacons of Light for a Land Full of Spite, Thugs, Drug Slugs, and Energy Vampires (2002, Septic Tiger) - -- RC:A- [**]
  • George Lewis: The George Lewis Solo Trombone Album (1976, Delmark/Sackville) [10-20] - jazz [A-]
  • Humphrey Lyttelton: Humphrey Lyttelton in Canada (1983, Sackville/Delmark) - jazz [***]
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers: Easy Skanking in Boston '78 (Island/Tuff Gong) [02-10] - reggae [A-]
  • Youssou N'Dour and Le Super Etoile de Dakar: Fatteliku (Live in Athens 1987) (Real World) [10-16] - [A-]
  • Percussions: 2011 Until 2014 (Text) [01-13] - electronica [**]
  • LeAnn Rimes: All-Time Greatest Hits (1996-2007, Curb) [02-03] - country [C+]
  • Sonny Sharrock: Ask the Ages (1991, MOD Technologies) [11-13] - jazz [A-]
  • Sonny Simmons: Reincarnation (1991, Arhoolie) - jazz [**]
  • JB Smith: No More Good Time in the World for Me (1965-66, Dust-to-Digital) [04-09] - blues [**]
  • Soft Machine: Switzerland 1974 (Cuneiform) [02-06] - fusion/progressive rock [*]
  • Sun Ra: The Magic City (1965, Enterplanetary Koncepts) [04-00] - jazz [**]
  • Sun Ra and His Arkestra: To Those of Earth . . . and Other Worlds (Strut) - jazz [***]
  • Amara Toure: 1973-1980 (Analog Africa) [06-22] - Afro-Cuban -- RC:B+ [***]
  • David S Ware/Apogee: Birth of a Being (1977, AUM Fidelity, 2CD) [11-06] - jazz [***]
  • Yabby You: Dread Prophecy: The Strange and Wonderful Story of Yabby You (Shanachie, 3CD) [02-15] - roots reggae -- RS:80 [***]
  • Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness (Strut) [01-26] - club/dance -- Pf:74 [**]
  • Highlife on the Move: Selected Nigerian and Ghanaian Recordings From London & Lagos 1954-66 (Soundway) - -- RC:* [***]
  • Next Stop Soweto, Vol 4: Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco and Mbaqanga 1975-1985 (Strut) - African [A-]
  • Nu Yorica! Culture Clash in New York City: Experiments in Latin Music 1970-77 (1970-77, Soul Jazz) - salsa [***]
  • Ork Records: New York, New York (Numero Group) [10-30] - punk/new wave -- BB:70 [***]
  • PC Music Volume 1 (PC Music) [05-02] - -- S:80 [**]
  • Punk 45: Burn Rubber City, Burn! Akron, Ohio: Punk and the Decline of the Mid-West 1975-80 (Soul Jazz) [***]
  • Punk 45: Extermination Nights in the Sixth City: Cleveland, Ohio: Punk and the Decline of the Mid-West 1975-82 (Soul Jazz) - -- Pf:80 [A-]
  • The Red Line Comp: A DCHC Compilation (self-released) [04-10] [*]
  • The Rough Guide to African Rare Groove Volume 1 (World Music Network) [02-24] - African [**]
  • The Rough Guide to Psychedelic Samba (World Music Network) - [***]

Priority Counts

  • Priority 4: 520
  • Priority 5: 504

Total: 1024