Music Tracking 2016

These are 2016 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.

Option selectors:

Genre switches (selection not implemented yet):

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  • Indie Rock
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  • Pop
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  • Singer/Songwriter

Also included scores from review sources:

New Releases

  • The 3.5.7 Ensemble: Amongst the Smokestacks and Steeples (Milk Factory Productions, 2CD) [01-01] - jazz [B]
  • The 14 Jazz Orchestra: Nothing Hard Is Ever Easy (self-released) [01-01] - jazz [B]
  • 21 Savage/Metro Boomin: Savage Mode (self-released, EP) [07-14] - hip hop [A-]
  • 75 Dollar Bill: Wood/Metal/Plastic/Pattern/Rhythm/Rock (Thin Wrist) [06-02] [A-]
  • The 1975: I Like It When You Sleep for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It (Dirty Hit/Interscope) [02-26] [*]
  • AB Original: Reclaim Australia (Golden Era) [11-25] - hip hop
  • Greg Abate & Phil Woods with the Tim Ray Trio: Kindred Spirits: Live at Chan's (Whaling City Sound, 2CD) [01-08] - jazz [**]
  • Rez Abbasi & Junction: Behind the Vibration (Cuneiform) [05-20] - jazz [**]
  • ABC: Lexicon of Love II ()
  • Ab-Soul: Do What Thou Wilt (Top Dawg) [12-09] - rap [A-]
  • Kevin Abstract: American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story (Brockhampton/Empire) [11-18] - alt r&b [*]
  • A.CHAL: Welcome to GAZI (Gazi World) [06-03]
  • Acid Arab: Musique de France (Crammed Discs) [10-07]
  • Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids: We Be All Africans (Strut) [05-27] [***]
  • Andy Adamson Quartet: A Cry for Peace (Andros) [02-01] - jazz
  • Adia Victoria: Beyond the Bloodhounds (Atlantic) [05-13] [*]
  • Ben Adkins: Salmagundi (Ben Adkins Music) [07-08] - jazz [**]
  • Antonio Adolfo: Tropical Infinito (AAM) [05-23] - jazz
  • Adult Books: Running From the Blows (Lolipop) [03-04] - post-punk [*]
  • Stefan Aeby Trio: To the Light (Intakt) - jazz
  • Aesop Rock: The Impossible Kid (Rhymesayers) [04-29] - rap [A-]
  • Aesop Rock & Homebody Sandman: Lice Two: Still Buggin' (Stones Throw, EP) [09-29] - rap [***]
  • Africaine 808: Basar (Golf Channel) [04-01] - left-field house [***]
  • Africans With Mainframes: KMT (Soul Jazz) - acid house [A-]
  • Afro Celt Sound System: The Source (ECC)
  • AG da Coroner: Sip the Nectar () - rap
  • Against Me!: Shape Shift With Me (Total Treble) [09-16] - punk rock
  • Sophie Agnel/Daunik Lazro: Marguerite d'Or Pale (Fou) - jazz
  • Raul Agraz: Between Brothers (OA2) [03-18] - jazz [B]
  • Aguanko: Latin Jazz Christmas in Havana (Aguanko) - jazz [B]
  • Cyrille Aimee: Let's Get Lost (Mack Avenue) [01-22] - jazz [*]
  • Fatima Al Qadiri: Brute (Hyperdub) [03-04] -
  • Alchemy Sound Project: Further Explorations (ARC) [05-27] - jazz [*]
  • Melissa Aldana: Back Home (Wommusic) [03-11] - jazz [***]
  • Ralph Alessi: Quiver (ECM) [02-19] - jazz [***]
  • Eric Alexander: Second Impression (HighNote) - jazz
  • Joey Alexander: Countdown (Motema) [09-30] - jazz [*]
  • All Saints: Red Flag (London) [04-08]
  • JD Allen: Americana: Musings on Blues and Jazz (Savant) - jazz [A-]
  • Harry Allen's All Star New York Saxophone Band: The Candy Men (Arbors) - jazz [*]
  • Kris Allen: Beloved (Truth Revolution) [06-17] - jazz [**]
  • Livio Almeida: Action and Reaction (self-released) [06-24] - jazz [*]
  • AlunaGeorge: I Remember (Island) [09-16] - UK bass
  • Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio: Desire & Freedom (Not Two) - jazz [A-]
  • Amanar: Tumastin (Sahel Sounds) [02-03] - Saharan [*]
  • Oren Ambarchi: Hubris (Editions Mego) [10-28] - krautrock [A-]
  • Amendola vs Blades: Greatest Hits (Sazi) - jazz [**]
  • The Anchoress: Confessions of a Romance Novelist (KScope) [01-15]
  • Dave Anderson: Blue Innuendo (Label 1) [04-01] - jazz [*]
  • Thomas Anderson: Heaven (Out There) [01-00] [***]
  • Anderson .Paak: Malibu (OBE/Steel Wool/ArtClub/Empire) [01-15] - alt r&b [A-]
  • Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel: This Could Be That (Bacalao) [01-15] - Latin jazz [*]
  • Courtney Marie Andrews: Honest Life (Mama Bird) [08-19] - folk [*]
  • Paolo Angeli/Robert Burke/Mirko Guerrini/Jordan Murray/Stephen Magnusson/Stefano Tamborrino: Sardinian Liturgy (Jazzhead) [06-03] - jazz [*]
  • Animal Collective: Painting With (Domino) [02-19] - psychedelic pop [*]
  • Anohni: Hopelessness (Secretly Canadian) [05-06] - indie electronic [*]
  • Aphex Twin: Cheetah (Warp -EP) [07-08] - IDM [*]
  • Applewood Road: Applewood Road (Gearbox)
  • Arabrot: The Gospel (Fysisk Format) [02-26] - noise rock
  • Arca: Entranas (self-released) [07-04] - UK bass [*]
  • Amber Arcades: Fading Lines (Heavenly) [06-03] - dream pop [*]
  • Darcy James Argue's Secret Society: Real Enemies (New Amsterdam) [09-30] - jazz [**]
  • A$AP Ferg: Always Strive and Prosper (ASAP Worldwide/Polo Grounds/RCA) [04-22] - rap [**]
  • Ehud Asherie: Shuffle Along (Blue Heron) [04-08] - jazz [***]
  • Juan Atkins & Moritz Von Oswald: Borderland: Transport (Tresor) [04-29] - minimal techno
  • Atmosphere: Fishing Blues (Rhymesayers Entertainment) [08-12] - underground rap [A-]
  • Allison Au Quartet: Forest Grove (self-released) [02-16] - jazz [*]
  • Aurora: All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend ()
  • Autechre: Elseq 1-5 (Warp) [05-19] - IDM
  • Autolux: Pussy's Dead (30th Century/Columbia) [04-01] - dream pop [***]
  • AutorYno: Flauros: The Book of Angels 29 (Tzadik) - jazz
  • Karlis Auzins/Lucas Leidinger/Tomo Jacobson/Thomas Sauerborn: Mount Meander (Clean Feed) - jazz [***]
  • The Avalanches: Wildflower (Astralwerks) [07-08] - alt dance [B]
  • Bobby Avey: Inhuman Wilderness (Inner Voice Jazz) [06-24] - jazz [***]
  • A-WA: Habib Galbi (S-Curve) [06-10] -
  • Jay Azzolina/Dino Govoni/Adam Nussbaum/Dave Zinno: Chance Meeting (Whaling City Sound) [09-09] - jazz [**]
  • Katy B: Honey (Virgin EMI) [03-04] - dance-pop [**]
  • Baauer: AA (Lucky Me) [05-18]
  • Babyfather: BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow (Hyperdub) [04-01] - [B-]
  • Ricardo Bacelar: Concerto Para Moviola: Ao Vivo (Bacelar) - jazz [*]
  • Carol Bach-Y-Rita: Minha Casa/My House (Arugula) [09-23] - jazz [**]
  • Eric Bachmann: Eric Bachmann (Merge) [03-25]
  • The Bad Plus: It's Hard (Okeh) [08-26] - jazz [*]
  • Badbadnotgood: IV (Innovative Leisure) [07-08] - nu-jazz [B-]
  • Bill Baird: Earth Into Aether (Talk Show) [04-08] - indie folk
  • Aram Bajakian: Dolphy Variations () - jazz
  • Jon Balke: Warp (ECM) [04-08] - jazz [*]
  • Frankie Ballard: El Rio ()
  • Lucian Ban Elevation: Songs From Afar (Sunnyside) [01-22] - jazz [*]
  • Azealia Banks: Slay-Z (self-released) - rap [B]
  • BJ Barham: Rockingham (self-released) [08-19] - Americana [A-]
  • Kenny Barron Trio: Book of Intuition (Impulse) [03-25] - jazz [**]
  • Steve Barta: Symphonic Arrangement: Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio (Steve Barta Music) - jazz [B]
  • Nik Bartsch's Mobile: Continuum (ECM) [04-22] - jazz [A-]
  • Juliana Barwick: Will (Dead Oceans) [05-06] - ambient pop
  • Bas: Too High to Riot (Dreamville/Interscope) [03-04] - rap
  • BassDrumBone: The Long Road (Auricle, 2CD) [11-15] - jazz [***]
  • Bat for Lashes: The Bride (Parlophone) [07-01] - art pop [B-]
  • Battle Trance: Blade of Love (New Amsterdam) [08-26] - jazz [*]
  • Bauer Baldych Duchnowski Konrad: Trans-Fuzja (ForTune) [09-03] - jazz [**]
  • Be: One (River Tones) [02-12] - ambient
  • Beach Slang: A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings (Polyvinyl) [09-23] - punk rock
  • Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop: Love Letter for Fire (Sub Pop/Black Cricket) [04-15] [*]
  • Beans on Toast: A Spanner in the Works (Extra Mile) [12-01] - folk [**]
  • Nicholas Bearde: Invitation (Right Groove) [01-29] - vocal jazz [*]
  • John Beasley: MONKestra Vol 1 (Mack Avenue) - jazz [B-]
  • Ryan Beaver: Rx (St Beaver) [05-06] - country
  • Jeff Beck: Loud Hailer (Atco) [07-15]
  • Shirantha Beddage: Momentum (Factor) [09-09] - jazz [***]
  • Beekman: Vol 02 (Ropeadope) [10-00] - jazz [***]
  • Martin Bejerano: Trio Miami (Figgland) [11-04] - jazz
  • The Bill Belasco Trio: Three Musicians (Summit) - jazz [*]
  • Belbury Poly: New Ways Out (Ghost Box) [05-27] - electronic
  • Lori Bell Quartet: Brooklyn Dreaming (self-released) [01-15] - jazz
  • Luke Bell: Luke Bell (Bill Hill) [06-17] - [***]
  • William Bell: This Is Where I Live (Stax) [06-03] - soul [B]
  • Bendik: Fortid ()
  • Aaron Bennett/Darren Johnston/Lisa Mezzacappa/Tim Rosaly: Shipwreck 4 (NoBusiness) - jazz [*]
  • Bent Knee: Say So (Cuneiform) [05-20]
  • Bent Shapes: Wolves of Want (Slumberland) [03-11] - alt/indie rock [**]
  • Bentcousin: Bentcousin (Team Love) - indie pop [**]
  • Dierks Bentley: Black (Capitol) [05-27] - country [B]
  • Wayne Bergeron: Full Circle (Summit) - jazz
  • Jerry Bergonzi: Spotlight on Standards (Savant) - jazz
  • Mili Bermejo/Dan Greenspan: Arte Del Duo (Ediciones Pentagrama) [10-07] - jazz [***]
  • Tim Berne's Snakeoil: Angus Oleum (Screwgun) - jazz
  • Eraldo Bernocchi/Prakash Sontakke: Invisible Strings (RareNoise) [11-18] - jazz [***]
  • Peter Bernstein: Let Loose (Smoke Sessions) [05-06] - jazz [*]
  • Sarah Bernstein: Still/Free (Leo) [01-10] - jazz [***]
  • Beyonce: Lemonade (Parkwood/Columbia) [04-23] - r&b [A-]
  • Bibio: A Mineral Love (Warp) [04-01] - indie electronic [B]
  • Big Thief: Masterpiece (Saddle Creek) [05-27] - indie folk
  • Big Ups: Before a Million Universes (Exploding/Tough Love) [03-04] - alt/indie rock [***]
  • Biosphere: Departed Glories (Smalltown Supersound) [09-23] - ambient
  • Nat Birchall: Creation (Sound Soul & Spirit) [07-22] - jazz [***]
  • Andrew Bird: Are You Serious (Loma Vista) [04-01] - singer-songwriter
  • Michael Bisio & Kirk Knuffke: Row for William O () - jazz
  • Bitchin Bajas & Bonnie "Prince" Billy: Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties (Drag City) [03-18]
  • BJ the Chicago Kid: In My Mind (Motown) [02-19] - contemporary r&b [A-]
  • Bjarki: AE (Trip) [10-00] - techno
  • Bjarki: b = B (Trip) [06-17] - techno
  • Jim Black Trio: The Constant (Intakt) [08-24] - jazz [***]
  • Black Art Jazz Collective: Presented by the Side Door Jazz Club (Sunnyside) [07-22] - jazz [**]
  • Mykki Blanco: Mykki (!K7) [09-18] - hip hop [*]
  • Karl Blau: Introducing Karl Blau (Raven Marching Band/Bella Union) [05-13] - alt country [B]
  • Black Bombaim & Peter Brotzmann: Black Bombaim & Peter Brotzmann (Clean Feed) [09-21] - jazz [A-]
  • James Blake: The Colour in Anything (Polydor) [05-06] - electronic pop [B-]
  • Michael Blake: Fulfillment (Songlines) [03-04] - jazz [*]
  • Seamus Blake: Superconductor (5passion) [05-05] - jazz [B-]
  • Seamus Blake/Chris Cheek: Let's Call the Whole Thing Off (Criss Cross) - jazz [**]
  • Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow: Andando el Tiempo (ECM) [05-06] - jazz [***]
  • Blink-182: California (BMG) [07-01] - pop punk
  • Bloc Party: Hymns (Infectious Music) [01-29] - synthpop
  • Blood Orange: Freetown Sound (Domino) [06-28] - soul [A-]
  • Bloodmist: Sheen (5049) [01-29]
  • Jane Ira Bloom: Early Americans (Outline) [05-13] - jazz [A-]
  • Blossoms: Blossoms (Virgin) [08-05] - indie rock
  • The Michael Blum Quartet: Chasin' Oscar: A Tribute to Oscar Peterson (self-released) [06-17] - jazz [*]
  • The Body: No One Deserves Happiness (Thrill Jockey) [03-18] - drone metal
  • Mike Bogle Trio: Live at Stoney's (MBP/Groove) [05-06] - jazz [B]
  • Boi Akih: Liquid Songs (TryTone) - jazz [*]
  • Bo-Keys: Heartaches by the Number (Omnivore)
  • Bombino: Azel (Partisan) [04-15] - desert blues [***]
  • Bon Iver: 22 a Million (Jagjaguwar) [09-30] - art pop [*]
  • Kadhja Bonet: The Visitor (Fat Possum/Fresh Selects) [ 10-21] - soul
  • Christiane Bopp/Jean-Luc Petit: L'Ecorce et la Salive (Fou) - jazz [*]
  • Boosie Badazz: In My Feelings (Goin' Thru It) (Lil Boosie) [02-05] - rap
  • Thomas Borgmann Trio: One for Cisco (NoBusiness) - jazz [***]
  • Boulevards: Groove! (Captured Tracks) [04-01] - jazz
  • Bibi Bourelly: Free the Real (Pt. 1) (Circa 13/Def Jam, EP) [05-06] - singer-songwriter [*]
  • Bibi Bourelly: Free the Real (Pt. 2) (Circa 13/Def Jam, EP) [11-11] - singer-songwriter [B]
  • David Bowie: Blackstar (Columbia) [01-08] - art rock [***]
  • Fiona Boyes: Professin' the Blues (Reference) [10-14] - blues
  • Bobby Bradford/Hafez Modirzadeh: Live at the Open Gate (NoBusiness) - jazz [**]
  • Cristina Braga & Brandenburger Symphoniker: Whisper (Enja) [05-06] - jazz [B-]
  • Anthony Braxton: Three Compositions (EEMHM) 2001 (Firehouse 12, 3CD) [04-01] - jazz [**]
  • Anthony Braxton: Quintet (Tristano) 2014 (Braxton House) - jazz
  • Brazzamerica: Brazzamerica (self-released) [08-05] - jazz [**]
  • Bobby Bradford/Hafez Modirzadeh/Mark Dresser/Alex Cline: Live at the Open Gate () - jazz
  • Charles Bradley: Changes (Daptone) [04-01] - retro-soul [*]
  • Billy Bragg & Joe Henry: Shine a Light: Field Recordings From the Great American Railroad (Cooking Vinyl) [09-23] - folk
  • Aziza Brahim: Abbar El Hamada (Glitterbeat) [03-04] - Saharan [**]
  • Anthony Branker & Imagine: Beauty Within (Origin) [04-29] - jazz [**]
  • Horace Bray: Dreamstate (self-produced) - jazz
  • Renato Braz: Saudade (Living Music) [06-07] - jazz [C]
  • Joshua Breakstone/The Cello Quartet: 88 (Capri) [10-21] - jazz [**]
  • Peter Brendler: Message in Motion (Posi-Tone) [07-15] - jazz
  • Jakob Bro: Streams (ECM) [09-23] - jazz [B]
  • Brockhampton: All-American Trash (self-released) [03-30]
  • Brian Bromberg: Full Circle (Artistry Music) - jazz [B]
  • David Bromberg Band: The Blues the Whole Blues and Nothing but the Blues (Red House) [10-14] - blues [***]
  • Brooklyn Blowhards: Brooklyn Blowhards (Little(i)Music) [04-08] - jazz [***]
  • Brookzill!: Throwback to the Future (Tommy Boy) [10-07] - [*]
  • Brothers Osborne: Pawn Shop (EMI Nashville) [01-15] - Americana [*]
  • Peter Brotzmann/Heather Leigh: Ears Are Filled With Wonder (Not Two) - jazz [B]
  • Peter Brotzmann/Full Blast: Risc (Trost) - jazz
  • Peter Brotzmann/William Parker/Hamid Drake: Song Sentimale (Otoroku) - jazz
  • Peter Brotzmann/Steve Swell/Paal Nilssen-Love: Live in Copenhagen (Not Two) - jazz [A-]
  • Peter Brotzmann & ICI Ensemble: Beautiful Lies (Neos Jazz) - jazz [*]
  • Andy Brown Quartet: Direct Call (Delmark) [02-26] - jazz [*]
  • Apollo Brown & Skyzoo: The Easy Truth (Mello Music) [09-30] - rap [***]
  • Danny Brown: Atrocity Exhibition (Warp) [09-30] - rap [A-]
  • Jaimeo Brown Transcendence: Work Songs (Motema) [02-12] - jazz [***]
  • Rich Brown: Abeng (self-released) - jazz [**]
  • Jane Bunnett & Maqueque: Oddara (Linus Entertainment) [10-14] - jazz [B]
  • Burial: Young Death/Nightmarket (Hyperdub, EP) [11-28] - ambient [*]
  • Burning Ghosts: Burning Ghosts (Orenda) [05-06] - jazz [**]
  • Kenny Burrell: Unlimited 1 (HighNote) [11-04] - jazz
  • Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra: Basically Baker Vol. 2: The Big Band Music of David Baker (Patois, 2CD) [09-23] - jazz [*]
  • John Butcher & Stale Liavik Solberg: So Beautiful It Starts to Rain (Clean Feed) [09-21] - jazz [**]
  • Oguz Buyukberber/Tobias Klein: Reverse Camouflage (TryTone) - jazz [**]
  • Oguz Buyukberber and Simon Nabatov: Wobbly Strata (TryTone) - jazz [**]
  • Taylor Ho Bynum: Enter the Plustet (Firehouse) [10-28] - jazz [A-]
  • George Cables: The George Cables Songbook (HighNote) - jazz [***]
  • The Cactus Blossoms: You're Dreaming (Red House) - country [*]
  • Rex Cadwallader/Mike Aseta/Arti Dixson/Tiffany Jackson: A Balm in Gilead (Stanza USA) [05-06] - jazz [B-]
  • Lou Caimano/Eric Olsen: Dyad Plays Jazz Arias (self-released) [09-14] - jazz [B]
  • The Uri Caine Trio: Calibrated Thickness (816 Music) - jazz [***]
  • John Cale: M:FANS (Double Six/Domino) [01-22] - art rock
  • Will Calhoun: Celebrating Elvin Jones (Motema) [08-19] - jazz [B]
  • Jonas Cambien Trio: A Zoology of the Future (Clean Feed) [05-13] - jazz [***]
  • Camera: Phantom of Liberty (Bureau B) [08-05] - krautrock
  • Joao Camoes/Jean-Marc Foussat: A La Face du Ciel (Shhpuma) [03-08] - jazz [***]
  • Laura Cannell: Simultaneous Flight Movement (Brawl) [10-21] - avant-garde [*]
  • Toronzo Cannon: The Chicago Way (Alligator) [02-26] - blues -- RC:** [*]
  • Jefre Cantu-Ledesma: In Summer (Geographic North) [08-07] - ambient
  • Jean-Luc Cappozzo/Didier Lasserre: Ceremony's a Name for the Rich Horn (NoBusiness) - jazz
  • Marialuisa Capurso/Jean-Marc Foussat: En Respirant (Fou) - jazz [B]
  • Lou Caputo Not So Big Band: Uh Oh! (JazzCat 47) [06-03] - jazz [*]
  • Car Seat Headrest: Teens of Denial (Matador) [05-20] - alt/indie rock [***]
  • Carate Urio Orchestra: Ljubljana (Clean Feed) - jazz [*]
  • Carate Urio Orchestra: Lover (self-released) [02-05] - jazz
  • The Ian Carey Quintet + 1: Interview Music (Kabocha) [04-08] - jazz [***]
  • Hayes Carll: Lovers and Leavers (Highway 87) [04-08] - Americana [***]
  • Judy Carmichael and Harry Allen: Can You Love Once More (GAC) [05-10] - jazz [A-]
  • Francois Carrier/Michel Lambert/Rafal Mazur: The Joy of Being (NoBusiness) [11-00] - jazz [***]
  • Ron Carter Quartet & Vitoria Maldonado: Brasil LIKE (Summit) - jazz [*]
  • Jazz Cartier: Hotel Paranoia (Jazz Cartier Music) [02-01]
  • Case/Lang/Veirs: Case/Lang/Veirs (Anti-) [06-17] - folk [**]
  • Cassy: Donna (Aus Music) [06-24] - deep house
  • Frank Catalano/Jimmy Chamberlin: Bye Bye Blackbird (Ropeadope) [05-27] - jazz [*]
  • Cat's Eyes: Treasure House (RAF) [06-03] - chamber pop
  • Cavanaugh: Time and Materials (Mello Music) [02-12] - rap [**]
  • Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: Skeleton Tree (Bad Seed) [09-09] - art rock [B-]
  • Cavern of Anti-Matter: Void Beats/Invocation Trex (Duophonic) [02-02] [***]
  • Helena Celle: If I Can't Handle Me at My Best Then You Don't Deserve You at Your Worst (Night School) [06-17]
  • Ceu: Tropix (Six Degrees) [03-25] - synthpop
  • CFCF: On Vacation (International Feel) [02-19] - downtempo
  • Chairlift: Moth (Columbia) [01-22] - synthpop
  • A Chal: Welcome to Gazi (Gazi World) [06-03]
  • Chaise Lounge: Gin Fizz Fandango (Modern Songbook) - jazz [***]
  • Joe Chambers: Landscapes (Savant) [02-26] - jazz
  • Chance the Rapper: Coloring Book (self-released) [05-26] - alt hip-hop [A-]
  • Brian Charette: Once & Future (Posi-Tone) [06-03] - jazz
  • Bill Charlap Trio: Notes From New York (Impulse) [04-01] - jazz [*]
  • Etienne Charles: San Jose Suite (Culture Shock) [06-10] - jazz [**]
  • Charli XCX: Vroom Vroom (Vroom Vroom -EP) [02-26] - electropop [*]
  • Chat Noir: Nine Thoughts for One Word (Rare Noise) [06-17] - jazz [*]
  • Rhys Chatham: Pythagorean Dream (Foom) - jazz [***]
  • Chris Cheek: Saturday Songs (Sunnyside) [06-24] - jazz [B]
  • Childish Gambino: Awaken My Love! (Glassnote) [12-02] - neo-soul [*]
  • Chimurenga Renaissance: Girlz With Gunz (Glitterbeat, EP) [02-05] - hip-hop [*]
  • John Chin: Fifth (Jinsy) [11-18] - jazz [**]
  • The Roger Chong Quartet: Funkalicious (self-released) - jazz
  • Chook Race: Around the House (Trouble in Mind) [09-02] - alt/indie rock [*]
  • Corey Christensen: Factory Girl (Origin) [06-17] - jazz [**]
  • Christine and the Queens: Chaleur Humaine (Because) [05-19] - electropop
  • Evan Christopher: Bayou Chant (STR Digital) - jazz
  • Albert Cirera/Hernani Faustino/Gabriel Ferrandini/Agusti Fernandez: Before the Silence (NoBusiness) - jazz [A-]
  • City Yelps: Half Hour (Odd Box) - garage punk [*]
  • Clams Casino: 32 Levels (Columbia) [07-15] - hip hop
  • Brandy Clark: Big Day in a Small Town (Warner Brothers) [06-10] - country [A-]
  • Claudia Quintet: Super Petite (Cuneiform) [06-24] - jazz [**]
  • Rob Clearfield: Islands (Ears & Eyes) [06-03] - jazz [*]
  • Nels Cline: Lovers (Blue Note, 2CD) [08-05] - jazz [B-]
  • Clipping: Splendor & Misery (Sub Pop) [09-09] - rap [*]
  • The Coathangers: Nosebleed Weekend (Suicide Squeeze) [04-15] - garage punk:RC:A- [A-]
  • Cobalt: Slow Forever (Profound Lore, 2CD) [03-25] - black metal [B]
  • Brent Cobb: Shine on Rainy Day (Elektra) [10-07] - country pop
  • Anat Cohen & Trio Brasileiro: Alegria Da Casa (Anzic) - jazz
  • Avishai Cohen: Into the Silence (ECM) [02-12] - jazz [**]
  • Leonard Cohen: You Want It Darker (Columbia) [10-21] - singer/songwriter [A-]
  • Thomas Cohen: Bloom Forever (Stolen) [05-06] - singer-songwriter
  • Freddy Cole: He Was the King (HighNote) [03-18] - jazz
  • J Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only (Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope) [12-09] - hip hop [**]
  • Richie Cole: Plays Ballads & Love Songs (Mark Perna Music) [10-21] - jazz [***]
  • George Coleman: A Master Speaks (Smoke Sessions) [04-08] - jazz [A-]
  • Jacob Collier: In My Room (Membran) [07-01] - jazz [C+]
  • Tom Collier: Impulsive Illuminations (Origin) [11-18] - jazz [B]
  • Jeff Collins: The Keys to Christmas (Crossroads) [10-07] - Christmas jazz [C-]
  • Kweku Collins: Nat Love (Closed Sessions) [04-08] - hip hop [*]
  • Shirley Collins: Lodestar (Domino) [11-04] - English folk [***]
  • Shawn Colvin/Steve Earle: Colvin & Earle (Fantasy) [06-10] - singer-songwriter [B]
  • Comet Control: Center of the Maze (Tee Pee) [06-24] - alt/indie rock
  • The Comet Is Coming: Channel the Spirits (The Leaf Label) [04-01] - space rock
  • Common: Black America Again (Def Jam) [11-04] - rap [**]
  • Mary Foster Conklin: Photographs (MockTurtle Music) [02-02] - vocal jazz [**]
  • Elizabeth Cook: Exodus of Venus (Agent Love) [06-17] - country [A-]
  • Taylor Cook: The Cook Book (self-released) [03-18] - jazz [B]
  • The Cookers: The Call of the Wild & Peaceful Heart (Smoke Sessions) [09-09] - jazz [*]
  • Marc Copland: Zenith (Innervoice) - jazz
  • The Coral: Distance Inbetween (Ignition) [03-04] - neo-psychedelia
  • The Core Trio: Live Featuring Matthew Shipp (Evil Rabbit) - jazz [**]
  • Patrick Cornelius: While We're Still Young (Whirlwind) - jazz [*]
  • Cortex: Live in New York (Clean Feed) - jazz [A-]
  • Larry Coryell: Barefoot Man: Sanpaku (Purple Pyramid) [10-14] - jazz [*]
  • Frankie Cosmos: Next Thing (Bayonet) [04-01] - indie pop [***]
  • Roxy Coss: Restless Idealism (Origin) [01-15] - jazz [**]
  • Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman/Ikue Mori/Evan Parker: Miller's Tale (Intakt) - jazz [***]
  • Ian William Craig: Centres (130701) [07-08] - ambient [B]
  • Elysia Crampton: Demon City (Break World) [07-22] - UK bass [***]
  • Dan Cray: Outside In (Origin) [06-17] - jazz [**]
  • Matt Criscuolo: The Dialogue (Jazzeria) [04-04] - jazz [**]
  • Theo Croker: Escape Velocity (Okeh) [05-06] - jazz [*]
  • Jon Crowley: I Walk Amongst Humans (Destiny) - jazz
  • Stephan Crump: Stephan Crump's Rhombal (Papillon) [09-13] - jazz [A-]
  • Alexis Cuadrado: Poetica (Sunnyside) [05-20] - jazz [**]
  • The Cult: Hidden City (Cooking Vinyl) [02-05] - hard rock
  • Culture Abuse: Peach (6131) [04-08] - punk
  • Alan Cumming: Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs: Live at the Cafe Carlyle (Yellow Sound) [*]
  • Jeremy Cunningham Quartet: Re: Dawn (From Far) (Ears & Eyes) [06-17] - jazz [*]
  • CupcakKe: Cum Cake (self-released) [10-26] - hip-hop [A-]
  • Denzel Curry: Imperial (Loma Vista) [03-09] - rap
  • Cymbals Eat Guitars: Pretty Years (Sinderlyn) [09-16] - indie rock [B]
  • Jeremiah Cymerman: Badlands (5049) [04-01] - jazz
  • Andrew Cyrille Quartet: The Declaration of Musical Independence (ECM) [09-23] - jazz [***]
  • Andrew Cyrille & Bill McHenry: Proximity (Sunnyside) [09-20] - jazz
  • Lucy Dacus: No Burden (Egghunt) [04-01] - alt singer/songwriter [***]
  • Daniele D'Agaro/Giovanni Maier/Zlatko Kaucic: Disorder at the Border Plays Ornette (NotTwo) - jazz [**]
  • Tim Daisy/Marc Riordan: Joyride (Relay) [06-14] - jazz [***]
  • Tim Daisy: Relucent: Music for Marimba, Radios and Turntables (Relay) [03-07] - jazz [B]
  • Tim Daisy's Celebration Sextet: The Halfway There Suite (Relay) [10-03] - jazz [**]
  • Tim Daisy: October Music Vol. 2: 7 Compositions for Duet (Relay) [10-03] - jazz [**]
  • Dalek: Asphalt for Eden (Profound Lore) - experimental hip-hop [*]
  • Carla dal Forno: You Know What It's Like (Blackest Ever Black) [10-28] - [*]
  • Joseph Daley/Warren Smith/Scott Robinson: The Tuba Trio Chronicles (JoDa Locust Street Music) [01-01] - jazz [**]
  • Damana (Dag Magnus Narvesen Octet): Cornua Copiae (Clean Feed) [09-21] - jazz [A-]
  • Barbara Dane with Tammy Hall: Throw It Away . . . (Dreadnaught Music) [08-19] - folk [A-]
  • The Dandy Warhols: Distortland (Dine Alone)
  • Daria: Strawberry Fields Forever: Songs by the Beatles (OA2) [04-15] - jazz
  • Daughter: Not to Disappear (4AD) [01-15] - dream pop
  • John Daversa: Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles (BFM Jazz) [05-06] - jazz
  • Tim Davies Big Band: The Expensive Train Set (Origin) [09-16] - jazz [B]
  • Jon Davis: Changes Over Time (Posi-Tone) - jazz
  • Kris Davis: Duopoly (Pyroclastic) [09-30] - jazz [***]
  • Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble: Havana Blue (3Sixteen) [06-16] - jazz [**]
  • Hamilton De Holanda: World of Pixinguinha () - jazz
  • De La Soul: And the Anonymous Nobody (AOI) [08-26] - rap [**]
  • Maryanne De Prophetis: Tell a Star (Enna) - jazz
  • Deakin: Sleep Cycle (self-released) [04-08] - neo-psychedelia
  • Suzanne Dean: Come to Paradise (Ship's Bell Music) [06-24] - jazz [B]
  • Deap Vally: Femejism (Nevado) [09-16] - garage rock [***]
  • Dear Eloise: Uncontrollable Ice Age Stories (Maybe Mars) - shoegaze [*]
  • Death Grips: Bottomless Pit (Third Worlds) [05-06] - experimental hip-hop [*]
  • Debo Band: Ere Gobez (FPE) [05-20] - East African [*]
  • Deerhoof: The Magic (Polyvinyl) [06-24] - alt/indie rock
  • Deftones: Gore (Reprise) [04-08] - alt metal
  • Eli Degibri: Cliff Hangin' (Blujazz) [03-31] - jazz [*]
  • Dej Loaf: All Jokes Aside (self-released) - rap
  • Jack DeJohnette: In Movement (ECM) [05-06] - jazz [A-]
  • Gonzalo Del Val Trio: Koine (Fresh Sound New Talent) - jazz [*]
  • The Delegation: Evergreen (Canceled World) (ESP-Disk, 2CD) [10-07] - jazz [*]
  • Demdike Stare: Wonderland () [11-17] -
  • The Dynamic Les DeMerle Band: Comin' Home Baby (Origin) [04-15] - jazz [***]
  • Corey Dennison: Corey Dennison Band (Delmark) [03-18] - blues
  • Jeff Denson Quartet: Concentric Circles (Ridgeway) [06-10] - jazz [B-]
  • Descendents: Hypercaffium Spazzinate (Epitaph) [07-29] - punk rock
  • Deux Furieuses: Tracks of Wire () [05-20]
  • The Devil Makes Three: Redemption & Ruin (New West) - Americana
  • Mal Devisa: Kiid (self-released) [03-01] - alt r&b
  • Katie Dey: Flood Network (Joy Void) [08-12] - indietronica
  • Dexys: Let the Record Show: Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul (100%/Warner) [06-03] - folk
  • Dwiki Dharmawan: Pasar Klewer (Moonjune) [10-21] - jazz
  • Olegario Diaz: Aleph in Chromatic (SteepleChase) [10-01] - jazz [**]
  • Robert Dick: Our Cells Know (Tzadik) - jazz
  • Whit Dickey/Kirk Knuffke: Fierce Silence (Clean Feed) - jazz [***]
  • Die Antwoord: Mount Ninji and Da Nice Time Kid (Zef) [09-16] -
  • DIIV: Is the Is Are (Captured Tracks) [02-05] - dream pop [**]
  • John Dikeman/Luis Vicente/Hugo Antunes/Gabriel Ferrandini: Salao Brazil (NoBusiness) - jazz [*]
  • Dim Lighting: Your Miniature Motion (Off) [10-28] - jazz [*]
  • The Dining Rooms: Do Hipsters Love Sun (Ra)? (Schema) [01-29] - jazz
  • Dinosaur: Together as One (Edition) [09-16] - jazz [**]
  • Dinosaur Jr: Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not (Jagjaguwar) [08-05] - alt/indie rock [*]
  • Elage Diouf: Melokaane (Pump Up the World -15) - African [A-]
  • The Dirty Snacks Ensemble: Tidy Universe (Gotta Groove) [06-11] - jazz [C+]
  • The Diva Jazz Orchestra: Special Kay! (self-released) - jazz [**]
  • Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein: Stranger Things Vol 1 (Lakeshore) [08-12]
  • Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein: Stranger Things Vol 2 (Lakeshore) [08-19]
  • DJ Diamond: Footwork or Die (Duck N' Cover) [10-21] - [B-]
  • DJ Earl: Open Your Eyes (Teklife) [08-19] - footwork
  • DJ Khaled: Major Key (Epic) [07-29] - hip-hop
  • DJ Marfox: Chapa Quente (Principe)
  • DJ Shadow: The Mountain Will Fall (Relativity) [06-24] - left-field/hip-hop [*]
  • The DKV Thing Trio: Collider (Not Two) - jazz [**]
  • Bill Dobbins: Composers Series Vol 1 (Sons of Sound) [02-12] - jazz
  • Bill Dobbins: Composers Series Vol 2 (Sons of Sound) [02-12] - jazz
  • John Doe: The Westerner ()
  • Dogbrain: Blue Dog (Dogbrain Music, EP) [***]
  • The Dominican Jazz Project: The Dominican Jazz Project (Summit) - jazz [*]
  • Christy Doran's Sound Fountain: Belle Epoque (Between the Lines) [05-06] - jazz
  • Pierre Dorge's New Jungle Orchestra: Ubi Zaa (SteepleChase) - jazz [B]
  • Mike Doughty: The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns (Snack Bar) [11-25] - indie rock
  • Dave Douglas: Dark Territory (Greenleaf Music) [07-08] - jazz [*]
  • Dave Douglas/Frank Woeste: Dada People (Greenleaf Music) [10-14] - jazz [***]
  • Andrew Downing: Otterville (self-released) [10-14] - jazz [B]
  • Drake: Views (Cash Money) [05-13] - contemporary r&b [*]
  • DRAM: Big Baby DRAM (WAVE Empire/Atlantic) [10-21] - hip-hop
  • Dreezy: No Hard Feelings (Interscope) [07-15] - rap [*]
  • Mark Dresser Seven: Sedimental You (Clean Feed) [12-09] - jazz [**]
  • Drive-By Truckers: American Band (ATO) [09-30] - alt/indie rock [A-]
  • Paquito D'Rivera/Armando Manzanero: Paquito & Manzanero (Paquito/Sunnyside) [01-22] - jazz [*]
  • Lajos Dudas Quartet: Bruckenschlag (Jazz Sick) - jazz [**]
  • Rebecca DuMaine and the Dave Miller Trio With Friends: Happy Madness (Summit) - jazz [B-]
  • DD Dumbo: Utopia Defeated (4AD) [10-07] - indie pop [B]
  • Dusky: Outer (Polydor) [10-14] - electro house
  • Dvsn: Sept 5th (OVO Sound/Warner Bros) [03-27] - alt r&b [*]
  • Bob Dylan: Fallen Angels (Columbia) [05-20]
  • Krzyysztof Dys Trio: Toys (ForTune) - jazz [**]
  • Open Mike Eagle + Paul White: Hella Personal Film Festival (Mello Music) [03-25] - rap [***]
  • Eagulls: Ullages (Partisan) [05-13] - post-punk
  • Earprint: Earprint (Endectomorph Music) [10-21] - jazz [**]
  • Earth Tongues: Ohio (Neither/Nor, 2CD) [10-14] - jazz [B]
  • Echoes of Swing: Dancing (ACT Music) - jazz [*]
  • Yelena Eckemoff: Leaving Everything Behind (L&H Production) [06-24] - jazz
  • Ectoplasm Girls: New Feeling Come (Ideal) [11-11] - electronic
  • Donald Edwards: Prelude to Real Life (Criss Cross) [02-00] - jazz
  • Florian Egli Weird Beard: Everything Moves (Intakt) [04-00] - jazz
  • Mats Eilertsen: Rubicon (ECM) [07-29] - jazz [***]
  • Harris Eisenstadt: Old Growth Forest (Clean Feed) [01-00] - jazz [***]
  • El Guincho: Hiperasia (Nacional) [02-12] - laptronica [B]
  • Peter Eldridge: Disappearing Day (Sunnyside) [07-22] - jazz
  • Electric Squeezebox Orchestra: Cheap Rent (OA2) [08-21]
  • ELEW: And to the Republic (Sunnyside) [09-09] - jazz [***]
  • Marty Elkins: Walkin' by the River (Nagel Heyer) [04-01] - vocal jazz [***]
  • Moppa Elliott: Still Up in the Air (Hot Cup) [02-12] - jazz [**]
  • Robert Ellis: Robert Ellis (New West) [06-03] - singer-songwriter
  • Elucid: Save Yourself (Backwoodz Studioz) [04-15] - hip-hop
  • Elzhi: Lead Poison (Glow365) - rap
  • Empirical: Connection (Cuneiform) [02-05] - jazz [***]
  • Darren English: Imagine Nation (Hot Shoe) [03-11] - jazz [*]
  • Brian Eno: The Ship (Warp) [04-29] - ambient [*]
  • Eola: Dang (Leaving) [09-23] [B-]
  • Equiknoxx: Bird Power Sound (DDS) [07-22] - dancehall
  • Ari Erev: Flow (self-released) [05-17] - jazz [**]
  • Mark Ernestus' Ndagga Rhythm Force: Yermande (Ndagga) [09-08] - dub [**]
  • Alejandro Escovedo: Burn Something Beautiful (Concord) [10-28] - singer-songwriter
  • Ellery Eskelin: Trio Willisau Live (Hatology) - jazz
  • Gene Ess: Absurdist Theater (SIMP) [09-26] - jazz
  • The Evenfall Quartet: Evenfall (Blue Duchess) - jazz [A-]
  • Bill Evans: Rise Above (Vansman) [05-20] - jazz
  • Orrin Evans: Knowingishalfthebattle (Smoke Sessions) [10-07] - jazz [**]
  • Peter Evans: Genesis (More Is More) - jazz
  • Exploded View: Exploded View (Sacred Bones) [08-19] - post-punk
  • Explosions in the Sky: The Wilderness (Temporary Residence) [04-01] - post-rock
  • Factory Floor: 25 25 (DFA) [08-19] - electronic [A-]
  • Fail Better!: Owt (NoBusiness) - jazz [**]
  • Jad and David Fair: Shake Cackle and Squall (Joyful Noise) [08-05] - alt/indie rock
  • The Fall: Wise Ol' Man (Cherry Red, EP) [02-19] - post-punk [*]
  • Brian Fallon: Painkillers (Island) [03-11] - singer-songwriter
  • Family Atlantica: Cosmic Unity (Soundway) [09-16] - Afrobeat [*]
  • Fanfare Ciocarlia: Onwards to Mars! (Asphalt Tango) [04-16] - [***]
  • Fantastic Negrito: The Last Days of Oakland (Blackball Universe) [06-03] [***]
  • Kali Z Fasteau: Intuit (Flying Note) - jazz [***]
  • The Fat Babies: Solid Gassuh (Delmark) [10-25] - jazz [**]
  • Fat White Family: Songs for Our Mothers (Fat Possum) [01-22] - garage rock
  • Kari Faux: Lost En Los Angeles (Wolf & Rothstein) [04-08]
  • Piere Favre: Drum Sights (Intakt) [04-00] - jazz [***]
  • The Felice Brothers: Life in the Dark (Yep Roc) [06-24] - alt/indie rock
  • Christian Fennesz/Jim O'Rourke: It's Hard for Me to Say I'm Sorry (Editions Mego) [06-24] - experimental ambient
  • Alan Ferber Nonet: Roots & Transitions (Sunnyside) [04-29] - jazz [B]
  • Festen: Festen (Clean Feed) [05-13] - jazz [A-]
  • Steve Fidyk: Allied Forces (Posi-Tone) [07-29] - jazz
  • The Field: The Follower (Kompakt) [04-01] - minimal techno
  • Field Music: Commontime (Memphis Industries) [02-05] - indie pop [B]
  • Brian Fielding: An Appropriate Response: Volume One (Broken Symmetries Music) [01-01] - jazz [**]
  • Fifth Harmony: 7/27 ()
  • Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense: Moving Still (Pi) [10-15] - jazz [**]
  • Robert Finley: Age Doesn't Mean a Thing (Big Legal Mess) - jazz
  • Fire!: She Sleeps/She Sleeps (Rune Grammofon) [01-15] - jazz [**]
  • Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band: ¡Intenso! (Clavo) [10-01] - jazz [**]
  • Cheryl Fisher: Quietly There (OA2) [06-17] - jazz [**]
  • David Fiuczynski: Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian MicroJam (Rare Noise) [03-25] - jazz [B]
  • Five in Orbit: Tribulus Terrestris (Fresh Sound New Talent) [01-29] - jazz [**]
  • The Flat Five: It's a World of Love and Hate (Bloodshot) [B-]
  • Flatbush Zombies: 3001: A Laced Odyssey (Glorious Dead) [03-11] - left-field hip-hop [**]
  • Floorplan: Victorius (M-Plant)
  • Flume: Skin (Future Classic) [05-27] [B]
  • Fond of Tigers: Uninhabit (Offsesson/Drip Audio) [10-07] - alt-indie rock [C+]
  • Roberto Fonseca: ABUC (Impulse) [11-11] - jazz
  • Foodman: Ez Minzoku (Orange Milk) [05-13] - electronic
  • Michael Formanek/Ensemble Kolossus: The Distance (ECM) [02-12] - jazz [***]
  • Anat Fort Trio/Gianluigi Trovesi: Birdwatching (ECM) [02-19] - jazz [***]
  • Four Tet: Randoms () -
  • Ken Fowser: Standing Tall (Posi-Tone) - jazz
  • Foxes: All I Need (Sony) [0-2-05] - dance pop
  • Nick Fraser: Starer (self-released) [04-29] - jazz [**]
  • Free Nelson Mandoomjazz: The Organ Grinder (RareNoise) [09-30] - jazz [*]
  • Daniel Freedman: Imagine That (Anzic) [03-18] - jazz [***]
  • Dori Freeman: Dori Freeman (Free Dirt) [02-05] - alt-folk [A-]
  • James Freeman: Echoes of Nature III (Edgetone) [02-23] - jazz
  • Mike Freeman ZonaVibe: Blue Tjade (VOF) [01-25] - jazz [**]
  • Freeway: Free Will () - rap
  • Fresh Cut Orchestra: Mind Behind Closed Eyes (Ropeadope) - jazz [***]
  • Paolo Fresu/Richard Gallliano/Jan Lundgren: Mare Nostrum II (ACT Music) - jazz [**]
  • Paolo Fresu & Omar Sosa: Eros (OTA) [09-30] - jazz [*]
  • Eleanor Friedberger: New View (Frenchkiss) [01-22] - indie pop
  • Erik Friedlander: Rings (Skipstone) [06-10] - jazz [***]
  • Friends & Neighbors: What's Wrong? (Clean Feed) [09-21] - jazz [***]
  • Matthew Fries: Parallel States (Xcappa) [06-03] - jazz [*]
  • David Friesen Circle 3 Trio: Triple Exposure (Origin) [11-18] - jazz [*]
  • Frightened Rabbit: Painting of a Panic Attack (Canvasback/Atlantic) [04-08] - indie rock
  • The Frightnrs: Nothing More to Say (Daptone) [09-02]
  • Bill Frisell: When You Wish Upon a Star (Okeh) [01-29] - jazz [B]
  • Fred Frith/Darren Johnston: Everybody Is Somebody Is Nobody (Clean Feed) [01-00] - jazz [**]
  • Fred Frith Trio: Another Day in Fucking Paradise (Intakt) - jazz [***]
  • Jonny Fritz: Sweet Creep (ATO) [10-14] - country [*]
  • Eddi Front: Marina ()
  • Fruit Bats: Absolute Loser (Easy Sound) [05-13] - alt/indie rock [**]
  • Satoko Fujii/Joe Fonda: Duet (Long Song) - jazz [***]
  • Tomas Fujiwara/Ben Goldberg/Mary Halvorson: The Out Louds (Relative Pitch) - jazz
  • Robbie Fulks: Upland Stories (Bloodshot) [04-01] - pop/rock -- RC:A [A-]
  • Fumaca Preta: Impuros Fanaticos (Soundway) [04-08] - Afrobeat [*]
  • The Funky Organics: The Funky Organics (Chicken Coup/Summit) - jazz [B]
  • Future: Purple Reign (Freebandz) [01-17] - rap
  • Future: EVOL (Epic) [02-06] - rap [**]
  • Future of the Left: The Peace & Truce of Future of the Left (Prescriptions) [04-08] - post-hardcore [***]
  • Gaika: Security (Mixpak) [04-21] - hip hop [*]
  • Gallant: Ology (Mind of a Genius/Warner Bros) [04-06] - alt r&b [*]
  • Gambari Band: Kokuma (Membran Media) - Mali griots [A-]
  • Slava Ganelin/Lenny Sendersky: Hotel Cinema (Leo) [06-00] - jazz [**]
  • Garbage: Strange Little Birds (Stunvolume) [06-10] - alt rock
  • Socrates Garcia Latin Jazz Orchestra: Back Home (Summit) [03-04] - jazz [B]
  • Jack Garratt: Phase (Island) [02-19]
  • Kenny Garrett: Do Your Dance! (Mack Avenue) [07-08] - jazz [*]
  • Gate: Saturday Night Fever () [02-01] - experimental rock
  • Kevin Gates: Islah (Atlantic) [01-29] - rap [*]
  • Gaudi: EP (RareNoise, EP) [07-22] - jazz [**]
  • Charles Gayle/Roger Turner/John Edwards: 26.05.15 (OtoRoku) - jazz
  • Sara Gazarek/Josh Nelson: Dream in the Blue (Steel Bird) [08-05] - jazz [B]
  • Gazebos: Die Alone (Hardly Art) [02-16] - punk revival
  • Gianni Gebbia: Neoplatonic Soprano (Objet-a) [02-26] - jazz
  • Gianni Gebbia Elettromagnetico: Same Brushes (Objet-a) [07-21] - jazz
  • Generations Quartet: Flow (Not Two) - jazz [A-]
  • Domo Genesis: Genesis (Odd Future) [03-25] - rap [***]
  • GFOTY: Call Him a Doctor (PC Music -EP) [10-25] [B-]
  • Trevor Giancola Trio: Fundamental (self-released) - jazz [*]
  • Clay Giberson: Pastures (Origin) [11-18] - jazz [***]
  • David Gibson: Inner Agent (Posi-Tone) [06-17] - jazz
  • Giggs: Landlord (SN1) [08-05] - hip-hop
  • Vince Gill: Down to My Last Bad Habit (MCA Nashville) [02-12] - country [*]
  • Behn Gillece: Dare to Be (Posi-Tone) - jazz
  • David Gilmore: Energies of Change (Evolutionary Music) [11-03] - jazz
  • Robert Glasper: Everything's Beautiful (Columbia/Legacy) [05-27] - jazz [**]
  • Robert Glasper Experiment: ArtScience (Blue Note) [09-16] - jazz [*]
  • Margaret Glaspy: Emotions and Math (ATO) [06-17] - indie rock [**]
  • Glass Animals: How to Be a Human Being (Wolf Tone) [08-26] - indietronica
  • Glitterbust: Glitterbust (Burger) [03-16] - alt/indie rock [*]
  • GLOSS: Trans Day of Revenge (Total Negativity) [03-13] - hardcore punk
  • Bob Gluck/Billy Hart/Eddie Henderson/Christopher Dean Sullivan: Infinite Spirit: Revisiting Music of the Mwandishi Band (FMR) [02-01] - jazz [***]
  • GOAT: Requiem (Sub Pop) [10-07] - psychedelic rock [***]
  • Will Goble: Consider the Blues (OA2) [05-20] - jazz [*]
  • GoGo Penguin: Man Made Object (Blue Note) [03-04] - jazz [***]
  • Gojira: Magma (Roadrunner) [06-17] - progressive metal
  • Gold Panda: Good Luck and Do Your Best (City Slang) [05-27] - microhouse
  • Benny Golson: Horizon Ahead (HighNote) - jazz
  • Andre Goncalves: Currents and Riptides (Shhpuma) [03-08] - jazz [***]
  • Gonjasufi: Callus (Warp) [08-19] -
  • Andy Gonzalez: Entre Colegas (Truth Revolution) - jazz
  • Alex Goodman: Border Crossing (OA2) [04-15] - jazz [B-]
  • The Goon Sax: Up to Anything (Chapter Music) [04-15] - alt/indie rock [***]
  • Victor Gould: Clockwork (Fresh Sound New Talent) - jazz
  • Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman (Republic) [05-20] - pop [*]
  • Macy Gray: Stripped (Chesky) - vocal jazz [**]
  • Colleen Green: Colleen Green EP ()
  • Danny Green Trio: Altered Narratives (OA2) - jazz [***]
  • Green Day: Revolution Radio (Reprise) [10-07] - pop punk
  • David Greenberger, Keith Spring, and Dinty Child: Take Me Where I Don't Know I Am (Pel Pel) [06-17] - spoken word
  • The Greys: Outer Heaven (Carpark Buzz) [04-22] - post-hardcore
  • Ricardo Grilli: 1954 (Tone Rogue) [10-07] - jazz [**]
  • Brian Groder Trio: R Train on the D Line (Latham) [03-20] - jazz [**]
  • Grumbling Fur: Furfour (Thrill Jockey) [09-16] - neo-psychedelia
  • Grupo Fantasma: Problemas (Blue Corn) - jazz
  • Gucci Mane: Everybody Looking (Atlantic) [07-22] - hip hop
  • Skylar Gudasz: Oleander ()
  • Steve Gunn: Eyes on the Lines (Matador) [06-03] - singer-songwriter
  • Gunwale: Polynya (Aerophonic) [06-21] - jazz [***]
  • Mats Gustafsson: Piano Mating (Blue Tapes/X-Ray) - jazz
  • Mats Gustafsson and Friends: MG 50: Peace & Fire (Trost, 4CD) - jazz
  • Tord Gustavsen: What Was Said (ECM) [02-26] - jazz [**]
  • Gutbucket: Dance (Gut) - jazz [**]
  • Jeff Guthery: Black Paintings (self-released) [05-06] - jazz [B-]
  • Barry Guy: The Blue Shroud (Intakt) [05-00] - jazz [***]
  • Barry Guy/Marilyn Crispell/Paul Lytton: Deep Memory (Intakt) [09-00] - jazz [***]
  • Jari Haapalainen Trio: Fusion Machine (Moserobie) [10-07] - jazz [*]
  • ERR: stream no grade: Charlie Haden/Liberation Music Orchestra: Time/Life (Song for the Whales and Other Beings)
  • Charlie Haden/Liberation Music Orchestra: Time/Life (Song for the Whales and Other Beings) (Impulse) [10-14] - jazz
  • Elektro Hafiz: Elektro Hafiz (Guerssen) [04-25] - [***]
  • Jason Hainsworth: Third Ward Stories (Origin) [10-21] - jazz
  • Kyle Hall: From Joy (Wild Oats -15) [12-18-2015] - deep house
  • Rich Halley 5: The Outlier (Pine Eagle) - jazz [A-]
  • Mary Halvorson Octet: Away With You (Firehouse 12) [10-28] - jazz [***]
  • Hamasyan/Henriksen/Aarset/Bang: Atmospheres (ECM) - jazz
  • Scott Hamilton/Harry Allen: Live! (GAC) - jazz [A-]
  • Ross Hammond and Sameer Gupta: Upward (Prescott) [03-00] - jazz [***]
  • Hanami: The Only Way to Float Free (Ears & Eyes) [04-22] - jazz [***]
  • Wayne Hancock: Slingin' Rhythm (Bloodshot) [**]
  • The Handsome Family: Unseen (Loose Music) [09-16] - alt singer/songwriter [A-]
  • Lisa Hannigan: At Swim (ATO) [08-19] - indie folk
  • Hard Working Americans: Rest in Chaos (Melvin) [05-13] - alt-country [**]
  • Nancy Harms: Ellington at Night (Gazelle) - jazz [**]
  • Tom Harrell: Something Gold Something Blue (HighNotes) [09-09] - jazz
  • Bret Harris: Mr Sunshine ()
  • Lafayette Harris Jr: Hangin' With the Big Boys (Airmen) [05-06] - jazz [***]
  • Stu Harrison: Volume I (One Nightstand) [11-18] - jazz [**]
  • Billy Hart & the WDR Big Band: The Broader Picture (Enja/Yellowbird) [09-30] - jazz [***]
  • Craig Hartley: Books on Tape Vol II: Standard Edition (self-released) [10-07] - jazz [***]
  • PJ Harvey: The Hope Six Demolition Project (Vagrant) [04-15] - alt/indie rock [**]
  • Steve Hauschildt: Strands (Kranky) [10-28] - ambient [**]
  • Marquis Hawkes: Social Housing (Houndstooth) [06-10] - house
  • Alexander Hawkins/Evan Parker: Leaps in Leicester (Clean Feed) [03-08] - jazz [A-]
  • Mayer Hawthorne: Man About Town (Vagrant) [**]
  • The Haymarket Squares: Light It Up (self-released)
  • Kevin Hays New Day Trio: North (Sunnyside) - jazz
  • Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band: Beautiful Sunshine (Shifting Paradigm) [04-17] - jazz [*]
  • Hearts & Minds: Hearts & Minds (Astral Spirits) - jazz [***]
  • Tim Hecker: Love Streams (4AD/Paper Bag) [04-08] - ambient [B]
  • Pablo Held Trio: Recondita Armonia (Pirouet) - jazz
  • The Heliocentrics: From the Deep (Now-Again) [02-19] - jazz [***]
  • Luke Hendon: Silk & Steel (self-released) [09-30] - jazz [*]
  • Freddie Hendrix: Jersey Cat (Sunnyside) [02-05] - jazz [**]
  • Cory Henry: The Revival (Ground Up) [03-18] - jazz [B-]
  • Louis Heriveaux: Triadic Episode (Hot Shoe) [04-08] - jazz [**]
  • Heroes Are Gang Leaders: Highest Engines Near/Near Higher Engineers (Flat Langton's Arkeyes) - jazz [***]
  • Heroes Are Gang Leaders: Flukum (Flat Langston's Arkeyes) - jazz [**]
  • Heron Oblivion: Heron Oblivion (Sub Pop) [03-04] - psychedelic rock [**]
  • Fred Hersch: Sunday Night at the Vanguard (Palmetto) - jazz [A-]
  • Conrad Herwig/Igor Butman: Reflections (Criss Cross) [02-00] - jazz
  • Terrie Hessels & Ken Vandermark: Splinters (Audiograph) [11-05] - jazz [*]
  • Fay Hield and the Hurricane Party: Old Adam (Soundpost)
  • Hieroglyphic Being: The Disco's of Imhotep (Technicolour) [08-05] - Chicago house [***]
  • Bret Higgins: Bret Higgins' Atlas Revolt (Tzadik) - jazz
  • Marquis Hill: The Way We Play (Concord Jazz) [06-24] - jazz [***]
  • Veda Hille: Love Waves (self-released) [06-10]
  • Hinds: Leave Me Alone (Mom + Pop Music) [01-08] - garage rock [B]
  • Hiromi: Spark (Telarc) - jazz [*]
  • Dre Hocevar: Collective Effervescence (Clean Feed) [01-00] - jazz [**]
  • Dre Hocevar: Transcendental Within the Sphere of Indivisible Remainder (Clean Feed) [12-09] - jazz [*]
  • Derrick Hodge: The Second (Blue Note) - jazz [B-]
  • Florian Hoefner: Luminosity (Origin) [01-15] - jazz [***]
  • Eric Hofbauer Quintet: Prehistoric Jazz - Volume 3: Three Places in New England (Creative Nation Music) [11-04] - jazz [***]
  • Anna Hogberg: Attack (Omlott) [02-02] - jazz [***]
  • Jasper Hoiby: Fellow Creatures (Edition) - jazz
  • Dave Holland/Chris Potter/Lionel Loueke/Eric Harland: Aziza (Dare2) [10-14] - jazz [A-]
  • David Holmes: Late Night Tales (Night Time Stories) [09-13] - electronic
  • Homeboy Sandman: Kindness for Weakness (Stones Throw) [05-06] - rap [***]
  • Honey Ear Trio: Swivel (Little (i) Music) - jazz [A-]
  • Horse Lords: Interventions (Northern Spy) [04-29] - experimental rock [**]
  • The Hot Sardines: French Fries + Champagne (Decca) [05-20] - jazz [*]
  • The Hotelier: Goodness (Tiny Engines) [05-27] - emo [*]
  • House of Dad: House of Dad (07-22) [E|]
  • Joseph Howell: Time Made to Swing (Summit) - jazz
  • Benji Hughes: Songs in the Key of Animals (Merge)
  • The James Hughes/Jimmy Smith Quintet: Ever Up & Onward (self-released) [03-15] - jazz [*]
  • Charlie Hunter: Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth (Ground Up/Decca) [07-22] - jazz [***]
  • Ian Hunter: Fingers Crossed ()
  • Jenny Hval: Blood Bitch (Sacred Bones) [09-30] - art pop [C+]
  • Jason Kao Hwang: Voice (Innova) [01-29] - jazz [*]
  • I Am Three: Mingus Mingus Mingus (Leo) [08-08] - jazz [***]
  • Ich B!n Nintendo: Lykke (Shhpuma) [05-13] [**]
  • Tunji Ige: Missed Calls (Brain Bandits/Bad Habit) [04-01]
  • Imarhan: Imarhan (City Slang) [04-29] -
  • Jack Ingram: Midnight Motel () - country
  • Injury Reserve: Floss (Las Fuegas) [12-15] - hip-hop [***]
  • Innercity Ensemble: III (Instant Classic)
  • Instant Composers Pool: Restless in Pieces (ICP) - jazz
  • Inter Arma: Paradise Gallows (Relapse) [07-08] - sludge metal
  • Into It Over It: Standards (Triple Crown) [03-11] - indie rock
  • IPA: I Just Did Say Something (Cuneiform) - jazz [**]
  • Christoph Irniger Pilgrim: Big Wheel Live (Intakt) [09-00] - jazz [***]
  • Ital Tek: Hollowed (Planet Mu) [03-18] - IDM [**]
  • Ethan Iverson: The Purity of the Turf (Criss Cross) [09-24] - jazz [**]
  • Vijay Iyer/Wadada Leo Smith: A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke (ECM) [03-25] - jazz [**]
  • Nicolas Jaar: Sirens (Other People) [09-30] - electronic [**]
  • Julia Jacklin: Don't Let the Kids Win (Polyvinyl) [10-07] - singer-songwriter
  • Kate Jackson: British Road Movies (Hoo Ha) [05-20] - indie rock [*]
  • Keefe Jackson/Jason Adasiewicz: Rows and Rows (Delmark) [03-25] - jazz [*]
  • Keefe Jackson/Jim Baker/Julian Kirshner: The Noisy Miner (Astral Spirits) - jazz
  • David James's GPS: Billionaire Blues () - jazz
  • Japanese Breakfast: Psychopomp (Dead Oceans) [09-02] [*]
  • Sarah Jarosz: Undercurrent (Sugar Hill) [06-17] - bluegrass [**]
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis: The Abyssinian Mass (Blue Engine, 2CD) [03-18] - jazz [C-]
  • Erik Jekabson: A Brand New Take (OA2) [11-18] - jazz [*]
  • Mick Jenkins: The Healing Component (Free Nation) [09-23] - hip hop
  • Jerome Jennings: The Beast (Iola) [11-18] - jazz [**]
  • Christine Jensen and Maggi Olin: Transatlantic Conversations: 11 Piece Band Live (Linedown) [02-15] - jazz [*]
  • Carly Rae Jepsen: E-MO-TION: Side B (School Boy/Interscope, EP) [08-26] - dance pop [***]
  • Jerreau: Never How You Plan (The Greater Than Club) [04-08]
  • Cody Jinks: I'm Not the Devil (Cody Jinks Music) [08-12] - country [**]
  • JMSN: It Is (White Room) [05-06]
  • Elton John: Wonderful Crazy Night (Mercury) [02-05] - piano rock
  • Cody Johnson: Gotta Be Me (Cojo) [08-05] - country
  • Jonghyun: She Is ()
  • Meilyr Jones: 2013 (Moshi Moshi) [03-18] - indie pop
  • Mike Jones Trio: Roaring (Capri) [07-15] - jazz [**]
  • Mimi Jones: Feet in the Mud (Hot Tone Music) [05-13] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Norah Jones: Day Breaks (Blue Note) [10-07] - singer-songwriter [**]
  • Joonsam: A Door (Origin) [06-17] - jazz [*]
  • Majid Jordan: Majid Jordan (OVO Sound/Warner Bros) [02-05] - electropop
  • The Julie Ruin: Hit Reset (Hardly Art) [07-08] - alt/indie rock [A-]
  • Steven Julien: Fallen (Apron) [07-15] - deep house
  • Damien Jurado: Visions of Us on the Land (Secretly Canadian) [03-18] - singer-songwriter
  • Max Jury: Max Jury (Marathon Artists) [06-03] - singer-songwriter
  • J-Zone: Fish-n-Grits () [03-31] - hip-hop
  • KA: Honor Killed the Samurai (Iron Works) [08-13] - hip hop [A-]
  • Kamaiyah: A Good Night in the Ghetto (self-released) [03-14] - rap [**]
  • The Matthew Kaminski Quartet: Live at Churchill Grounds (Chicken Coup) [09-22] - jazz [*]
  • Matt Kane & the Kansas City Generations Sextet: Acknowledgement (Bounce-Step) [03-04] - jazz
  • Kano: Made in the Manor (PLG UK Frontline) [03-04] - grime
  • Bobby Kapp/Matthew Shipp: Cactus (Northern Spy) [09-16] - jazz [A-]
  • Manu Katche: Unstatic (Anteprima) [03-11] - jazz [*]
  • Darrell Katz and OddSong: Jailhouse Doc With Holes in Her Socks (JCA) [J|jazz] - B
  • Elon Katz: The Human Pet (Diagonal, EP) [05-12]
  • Kayo Dot: Plastic House on Base of Sky (The Flenser) [06-24] - experimental rock [B]
  • Kaytranada: 99.9% (XL) [05-06] - club/dance [A-]
  • Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Azui Infinito (Greenleaf Music) [03-04] - jazz [**]
  • Aly Keita/Jan Galega Bronnimann/Lucas Niggli: Kalo-Yele (Intakt) [01-00] - African jazz [A]
  • Tyler Keith & the Apostles: Do It for Johnny (self-released) [09-09] - post-punk [**]
  • Kel Assouf: Tikounen (Igloo) [04-03] - Saharan blues [**]
  • Charles Kelley: The Driver (Capitol Nashville) [02-05] - country
  • Grace Kelly: Trying to Figure It Out (Pazz Productions) [02-19] - jazz [*]
  • Walter Kemp 3oh!: Dark Continent (Blujazz) - jazz [*]
  • The Corey Kendrick Trio: Rootless (self-released) [06-19] - jazz [*]
  • Stacey Kent: Tenderly (Okeh) [01-15] - jazz [***]
  • The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra: Storming Through the South (Summit) - jazz [*]
  • Irene Kepl: Sololos (Fou) - jazz [*]
  • Sari Kessler: Do Right (Ruby Street Music) [05-06] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Alicia Keys: Here (RCA) [11-04] - r&b [A-]
  • Khun Narin Electric Phin Band: II (Innovative Leisure)
  • Kid Cudi: Passion Pain & Demon Slayin' (Republic) [12-16] - hip hop
  • Amirtha Kidambi/Elder Ones: Holy Science (Northern Spy) [11-11] - jazz [*]
  • Franklin Kiermyer: Closer to the Sun (Mobility Music) [11-18] - jazz [A-]
  • Masabumi Kikuchi: Black Orpheus (ECM) [01-04] - jazz [*]
  • Kilo Kish: Reflections in Real Time (Kisha Soundscape + Audio)
  • Frank Kimbrough: Solstice (Pirouet) [11-25] - jazz [**]
  • KING: We Are KING (KING Creative) [02-05] [*]
  • Dave King Trucking Company: Surrounded by the Night (Sunnyside) [05-20] - jazz [**]
  • Marcus King Band: Marcus King Band (Concord) - blues
  • Ron King: Triumph (self-released) [07-08] - jazz [B]
  • King Creosote: Astronaut Meets Appleman (Domino) [09-02] - indie folk
  • King Crimson: Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind (DGMLive)
  • King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: Nonagon Infinity (ATO) [04-29] - psychedelic rock [*]
  • Allan Kingdom: Northern Lights (self-released) [01-06] - hip hop
  • Kings of Leon: Walls (RCA) [10-14] - alt rock
  • Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster: Constant Stranger ()
  • Michael Kiwanuka: Love & Hate (Polydor) [07-15] - soul [**]
  • Julie Kjaer 3: Dobbeltgaenger (Clean Feed) [03-08] - jazz [A-]
  • Guillermo Klein: Los Guachos V (Sunnyside) [06-03] - jazz
  • The Klezmatics: Apikorsim/Heretics (World Village) - klezmer [***]
  • Knifeworld: Bottled Out of Eden (Inside Out/Century Media) [04-22]
  • Kirk Knuffke/Jesse Stacken: Satie (SteepleChase) - jazz [B]
  • Konono No 1/Batida: Konono No 1 Meets Batida (Crammed Discs) [04-01] - Afro-pop [A-]
  • Konx-Om-Pax: Caramel (Planet Mu) [07-08] - [*]
  • Kool AD: Official (self-released) [08-03] - rap [**]
  • Lefteris Kordis: Mediterrana (Goddess of Light) (Inner Circle Music) [07-26] - jazz
  • Sarathy Korwar: Day to Day (Ninja Tune) [07-08]
  • Kornel Kovacs: The Bells (Studio Barnhus) [08-26] - deep house [**]
  • Boris Kozlov: Conversations at the Well (Criss Cross) [05-05] - jazz
  • Ash Koosha: AKA (Ninja Tune) [04-01] - IDM
  • Krakauer's Ancestral Groove: Checkpoint (Table Pounding) [04-08] - jazz [***]
  • Nicholas Krgovich: The Hills (Tin Angel)
  • Martin Kuchen/Mark Tokar/Arkadijus Gotesmanas: Live at Vilnius Jazz Festival (NoBusiness) - jazz
  • Steffen Kuehn: Leap of Faith (Stefrecords) [07-29] - jazz [*]
  • Joachim Kuhn New Trio: Beauty & Truth (ACT) - jazz [**]
  • Peter Kuhn Trio: The Other Shore (NoBusiness) - jazz [A-]
  • Peter Kuhn/Dave Sewelson/Gerald Cleaver/Larry Roland: Our Earth/Our World (PfMentum) [02-16] - jazz [***]
  • Rolf Kuhn: Spotlights (Edel/MPS) [09-30] - jazz [**]
  • Steve Kuhn: At This Time . . . (Sunnyside) - jazz
  • Elektra Kurtis & Ensemble Elektra: Bridges From the East (Elektra Sound Works/Milo) [05-27] - jazz [***]
  • Kvelertak: Nattesferd (Roadrunner) [05-13] - hard rock
  • La Femme: Mystere (Disque Pontu) [09-02] - indie pop
  • La Sera: Music for Listening to Music To (Polyvinyl) [03-04] - alt/indie rock [**]
  • Lady Gaga: Joanne (Streamline/Interscope) [10-21] - pop [B]
  • Julian Lage: Arclight (Mack Avenue) [03-11] - jazz [*]
  • Julian Lage: Live in Los Angeles (Mack Avenue) [11-11] - jazz [B]
  • Kendrick Lamar: Untitled Unmastered (Top Dawg Entertainment) [03-04] - rap [***]
  • Lambchop: Flotus (Merge) [11-04] - indie tronica [B]
  • Miranda Lambert: The Weight of These Wings (RCA Nashville) [11-18] - country [A-]
  • Ray LaMontagne: Ouroboros (Columbia) [03-04] - singer-songwriter
  • Mathias Landaeus: From the Piano (Moserobie) - jazz
  • Robert Landfermann: Night Will Fall (Pirouet) - jazz
  • Sinikka Langeland: The Magical Forest (ECM) [07-29] - jazz [**]
  • Jessy Lanza: Oh No (Hyperdub) [05-27] - indie electronic [A-]
  • Lapsley: Long Way Home (XL) [04-03] - alt singer-songwriter [*]
  • Laraaji & Sun Araw: Professional Sunflow (Superior Viaduct) [06-17] - experimental
  • Zach Larmer Elektrik Band: Inner Circle (self-released) [06-24] - jazz
  • The Last Shadow Puppets: Everything You've Come to Expect (Domino) [04-01] - indie rock
  • Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey: Buoyancy (Relative Pitch) - jazz
  • Ingrid Laubrock: Serpentines (Intakt) [11-00] - jazz [*]
  • Matt Lavelle's 12 Houses: Solidarity (Unseen Rain) [05-06] - jazz
  • Cate Le Bon: Crab Day (Drag City) [04-15] - art pop
  • Le Boeuf Brothers + Jack Quartet: Imaginist (Panoramic/New Focus) [10-14] - jazz [B-]
  • Jerry Leake: Crafty Hands (Rhombus Publishing) - jazz [**]
  • Joelle Leandre: A Woman's Work . . . (Not Two) - jazz
  • Joelle Leandre/Theo Ceccaldi: Elastic (Cipsela) - jazz [**]
  • Lecrae: Church Clothes 3 (self-released)
  • Mike LeDonne & the Groover Quartet: That Feelin' (Savant) - jazz [**]
  • Okkyung Lee & Christian Marclay: Amalgam (Northern Spy) - jazz [B]
  • John Legend: Darkness and Light (Columbia) [12-02] - neo-soul
  • Steve Lehman: Selebeyone (Pi) [08-19] - jazz [A-]
  • Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam: I Had a Dream That You Were Mine (Glassnote) [09-23] - indie rock [B]
  • Leland Sundries: Music for Outcasts (L'Echiquier) - alt folk [***]
  • Tom Lellis: The Flow (Beamtime) [01-29] - vocal jazz [C-]
  • The Lemon Twigs: Do Hollywood (4AD) [10-14] - baroque pop
  • Ravyn Lenae: Moon Shoes (Atlantic, EP)
  • Jinx Lennon: Past Pupil Stay Home (Septic Tiger) [10-21] [***]
  • Jinx Lennon: Magic Bullets of Madness to Uplift Grief Magnets (Septic Tiger) [10-21] [**]
  • Nate Lepine Quartet: Vortices (Eyes & Ears) - jazz
  • Marilyn Lerner/Ken Filiano/Lou Grassi: Live at Edgefest (NoBusiness) - jazz [***]
  • Mica Levi & Oliver Coates: Remain Calm (Slip) [11-25]
  • Alison Lewis: Seven (self-released) [06-16] - jazz [B-]
  • George Lewis & Splitter Orchester: Creative Construction Set (Mikroton) [11-24] - jazz
  • James Brandon Lewis Trio: No Filter (BNS Sessions) - jazz [**]
  • Jeffrey Lewis & the Jrams: A Loot-Beg Bootleg (self-released)
  • Klara Lewis: Too (Editions Mego) [05-27] - dark ambient
  • Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands: The Hazel & Alice Sessions (Spruce and Maple) - bluegrass [***]
  • Linda Gail Lewis: Heartache Highway (Ball and Chain) - rockabilly [***]
  • Lil Uzi Vert: Lil Uzi Vert Vs the World (Atlantic) [04-15]
  • Lil Wayne/2 Chainz: Collegrove (Def Jam) [03-04] - rap
  • ERR: grade bad priority: Lil Yachty: Lil Boat
  • Lil Yachty: Lil Boat (Quality Control) [03-09] - hip hop [B]
  • Lil Yachty: Summer Songs 2 (Quality Control) [07-20] - hip hop [B-]
  • John Lindberg BC3: Born in an Urban Ruin (Clean Feed) [09-21] - jazz [**]
  • John Lindberg Raptor Trio: Western Edges (Clean Feed) [09-21] - jazz [**]
  • Lion Babe: Begin (Polydor/Outsiders) [02-05] - r&b
  • Little Mix: Glory Days (Simco) [11-18] - dance pop
  • Little Simz: Stillness in Wonderland (Age 101) [12-16] - rap [B]
  • Kedr Livanskiy: January Sun (self-released) [02-19]
  • Live the Spirit Residency: Presents the Young Masters 1: Coming of Age (self-released) - jazz [A-]
  • Charles Lloyd & the Marvels: I Long to See You (Blue Note) - jazz [**]
  • Tove Lo: Lady Wood (Island) [10-28] - electropop [*]
  • Joey Locascio: Meets the Legend () [Blujazz] - jazz [*]
  • Lok 03+1: Signals (Trost) [03-10] - jazz [**]
  • Lolina: Live in Paris (02-29)
  • Luis Lopes: Love Song (Shhpuma) - jazz
  • Frantz Loriot's Systematic Distortion Orchestra: The Assembly (Out Now) - jazz
  • Lost Bayou Ramblers: Rue Vermilion Revival ()
  • Lydia Loveless: Real (Bloodshot) [08-19] - alt-country [B]
  • Night Lovell: Red Teenage Melody (self-released) [06-14]
  • Jasmine Lovell-Smith's Towering Poppies: Yellow Red Blue (Paint Box) [11-04] - jazz [**]
  • Allen Lowe: In the Diaspora of the Diaspora: A Day in Brooklyn: At Ibeam (Constant Sorrow, 2CD) - jazz
  • Allen Lowe: In the Diaspora of the Diaspora: Hell With an Ocean View (Constant Sorrow) - jazz [A-]
  • Allen Lowe: In the Diaspora of the Diaspora: Down and Out Down East (Constant Sorrow) - jazz
  • Steven Lugerner: Jacknife: The Music of Jackie McLean (Primary) [04-22] - jazz [***]
  • Gary Lucas' Fleischerei: Music From Max Fleischer Cartoons (Cuneiform) [02-05] - -- RC:A- [A-]
  • Lucius: Good Grief (Mom + Pop) [03-11] - indie pop
  • LUH: Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing (Mute) [05-06] - indie rock
  • LUME: Xabregas 10 (Clean Feed) [05-13] - jazz [**]
  • Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Bring Their A Game (Hot Cup, EP) [02-05] - jazz [***]
  • Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Make the Magic Happen (Hot Cup, EP) [02-05] - jazz [***]
  • Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Play All the Notes (Hot Cup, EP) [06-17] - jazz [A-]
  • Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Make the Changes (Hot Cup, EP) [09-30] - jazz [A-]
  • The Tony Lustig Quintet: Taking Flight (Bimperl) [03-08] - jazz [**]
  • LVL Up: Return to Love (Sub Pop) [09-23] - indie rock
  • Brian Lynch: Madera Latino (Hollistic MusicWorks, 2CD) [09-26] - jazz [***]
  • Loretta Lynn: Full Circle (Legacy) [03-04] - country [**]
  • Kirk MacDonald: Symmetry (Addo) [03-04] - jazz [*]
  • Machinedrum: Human Energy (Ninja Tune) [09-30] - UK bass
  • Mack Avenue Superband: Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival 2015 (Mack Avenue) [01-15] - jazz [B]
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: This Unruly Mess I've Made (Macklemore) [02-26] - rap [*]
  • Made to Break: Before the Code: Live (Audiographic) [07-15] - jazz [**]
  • Made to Break: N N N (Audiographic) [07-15] - jazz [A-]
  • Made to Break: Dispatch to the Sea (Audiographic) [07-15] - jazz [A-]
  • Magnet Animals: Butterfly Killer (Rare Noise) [06-17] - jazz [**]
  • Roberto Magris: Need to Bring Out Love (JMood) - jazz [**]
  • Thierry Maillard Trio: Ethnic Sounds (Blujazz) - jazz
  • Luisa Maita: Fio Da Memoria (Cumbancha) -
  • Mala: Mirrors (Brownswood) [06-10] - dubstep
  • Tony Malaby Paloma Recio: Incantations (Clean Feed) [05-13] - jazz [***]
  • Post Malone: August 26 (Republic) [05-12]
  • Russell Malone: All About Melody (HighNote) [03-18] - jazz
  • Mamutrio [Lieven Cambré/Piet Verbist/Jesse Dockx]: Primal Existence (Origin) [11-18] - jazz [***]
  • J Mancera: Mancera #5 (self-released) [03-01] - jazz [**]
  • Harvey Mandel: Snake Pit (Tompkins Square) [11-18] - blues
  • Mannequin Pussy: Romantic (Tiny Engines, EP) [10-28] [*]
  • Jacam Manricks: Chamber Jazz (self-released) [10-28] - jazz [A-]
  • Gregoire Maret: Wanted (Sunnyside) [04-01] - jazz [B-]
  • Lasse Marhaug & Ken Vandermark: Close Up (For Abbas Kiarostami) (Audiographic) [11-05] - jazz [B]
  • Rene Marie: Sound of Red (Motema Music) [05-13] - jazz [*]
  • Tom Marko: Inner Light (Summit) - jazz
  • Melanie Marod: I'll Go Mad (ITI) [10-25] - jazz [*]
  • Bruno Mars: 24K Magic (Atlantic) [11-18] - pop [B]
  • Branford Marsalis Quartet: Upward Spiral (Okeh) [06-03] - jazz [B-]
  • Delfeayo Marsalis presents the Uptown Jazz Orchestra: Make America Great Again! (Troubadour Jass) [09-30] - jazz [**]
  • Martha: Blisters in the Pit of My Heart (Dirtnap) [07-01] - indie rock [A-]
  • Hector Martignon Banda Grande: The Big Band Theory (Zoho) [06-03] - jazz
  • Terrace Martin: Velvet Portraits (Ropeadope) [04-01] - crossover jazz [B]
  • Gabriela Martina: No White Shoes (self-released) - jazz [B]
  • The Pedrito Martinez Group: Habana Dreams (Motema) - jazz [*]
  • Tina Marx: Shades of Love (self-released) - jazz [**]
  • Steve Mason: Meet the Humans (Domino) [02-25] - singer-songwriter
  • MAST: Love and War (Alpha Pup) [10-07] - jazz [*]
  • Sabir Mateen/Conny Bauer/Mark Tokar/Klaus Kugel: Collective Four (ForTune) [08-19] - jazz [A-]
  • Jorgen Mathisen/Christian Meaas Svendsen/Andreas Wildhagen: Momentum (Clean Feed) [09-21] - jazz [*]
  • Anais Maviel: Houle (Gold Bolus) - jazz
  • Maxwell: BlackSummers'Night (Columbia) [07-01] - neo-soul [B]
  • Shawn Maxwell: Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow (OA2) [09-16] - jazz [**]
  • Jenny Maybee/Nick Phillips: Haiku (self-released) [01-29] - jazz [B]
  • Matt Mayhall: Tropes (Skirl) - jazz [*]
  • Rafal Mazur-Keir Neuringer Duo: Diachronic Paths (Relative Pitch) - jazz
  • Rob Mazurek & Emmett Kelly: Alien Flower Sutra (International Anthem) [06-24] - jazz [C]
  • Andrew McAnsh: Illustrations (self-released) [06-29] - jazz [B-]
  • Leyla McCalla: A Day for the Hunter, a Day for the Prey (Jazz Village) - folk [**]
  • Donny McCaslin: Beyond Now (Motema) [10-21] - jazz [*]
  • Cass McCombs: Mangy Love (Anti-) [08-26] - singer-songwriter [B]
  • Tom McCormick: South Beat (Manatee) [08-26] - jazz [*]
  • Del McCoury Band: Del and Woody (McCoury Music) [04-15] - bluegrass [A-]
  • Lori McKenna: The Bird & the Rifle (CN/Thirty Tigers) [07-29] - folk [A-]
  • Joe McPhee: Flowers (Cipsela) - jazz [*]
  • Adam Meckler Quintet: Wonder (Shifting Paradigm) [04-23] - jazz [**]
  • Meek Mill: DC4 (Maybach/Atlantic) [10-28] - hip hop
  • Meet Your Death: Meet Your Death ()
  • Megadeth: Dystopia (Universal) [01-22] - thrash metal
  • Brad Mehldau Trio: Blues and Ballads (Nonesuch) [06-03] - jazz [**]
  • Mekons: Existentialism (Bloodshot) - post-punk [A]
  • Francisco Mela: Fe (self-released) - jazz [**]
  • Myra Melford + Ben Goldberg: Dialogue (BAG) [01-15] - jazz [B]
  • The Men: Devil Music ()
  • Vic Mensa: There's Alot Going On (Roc Nation) [06-03] - rap [***]
  • Merchandise: A Corpse Wired for Sound (4AD) [09-23] - post-punk
  • Anna Meredith: Varmints (Moshi Moshi) [03-04] - art pop [B]
  • Daniel Meron: Sky Begins (Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit) [04-26] - jazz [B]
  • ERR: stream no grade: Merso: Red World
  • Merso: Red World (Good to Die) [10-21] - alt/indie rock
  • Gabriel Mervine: People (Synergy Music) [01-22] - jazz [B]
  • Merzbow/Keiji Haino/Balasz Pandi: An Untroublesome Defencelessness (RareNoise) [07-22] - jazz [**]
  • Metallica: Hardwired . . . to Self Destruct (Blackened) [11-18] - heavy metal
  • Pat Metheny: The Unity Sessions (Nonesuch, 2CD) - jazz [B]
  • Metronomy: Summer 08 (Because Music) [07-01] - indietronica
  • Hendrik Meurkens: Harmonicus Rex (Height Advantage) [02-29] - jazz [*]
  • Mexrrissey: No Manchester (Cooking Vinyl) [03-11] - alt latin [*]
  • Camila Meza: Traces (Sunnyside) [02-26] - [B]
  • MIA: AIM (Interscope) [09-09] [A-]
  • Michete: Cool Tricks 2 (self-released) [04-01] - rap [**]
  • Rale Micic: Night Music (Whaling City Sound) [09-09] - jazz [*]
  • Michelson Morley: Strange Courage (Babel) [06-10] - jazz [*]
  • Sei Miguel: (Five) Stories Untold (Clean Feed) [05-13] - jazz [**]
  • Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom: Otis Was a Polar Bear (Royal Potato Family) [04-08] - jazz [**]
  • Buddy Miller & Friends: Cayamo: Sessions at Sea (New West) [01-29] - country -- RC:A- [*]
  • Dave Miller: Old Door Phantoms (Ears & Eyes) [04-01] - jazz [B-]
  • Joel Miller With Sienna Dahlen: Dream Cassette (Origin) [06-17] - jazz [***]
  • Kent Miller: Contributions (Tnek Jazz) - jazz
  • Mac Miller: The Divine Feminine (Warner Bros) [09-16] - hip hop
  • Russ Miller and the Jazz Orchestra: You and the Night and the Music (Doctheory) [05-11] - jazz [*]
  • Nick Millevoi: Desertion (Shhpuma) [05-13] - jazz [**]
  • Parker Millsap: The Very Last Day (Okrahoma) [03-25] - folk [*]
  • Minim Experiment: Dark Matter (ForTune) [09-02] - jazz [**]
  • Bob Mintzer: All LA Band (Fuzzy Music) - jazz [*]
  • Nicole Mitchell Black Earth Ensemble & Ensemble Laborintus: Moments of Fatherhood (RogueArt) - jazz
  • Roscoe Mitchell: Sustain and Run (Selo) - jazz
  • Mitski: Puberty 2 (Dead Oceans) [06-17] - alt singer/songwriter [*]
  • Cameron Mizell: Negative Spaces (Destiny) [10-07] - jazz [B]
  • MMOTHS: Luneworks (Because) [03-11] - ambient
  • Moby: These Systems Are Failing (Little Idiot) [10-14] - electronic
  • Moderat: III (Monkeytown/Mute) [04-01] - indietronica
  • Modern Baseball: Holy Ghost (Run for Cover) [05-13] - alt/indie rock [**]
  • Modern Studies: Swell to Great (Song by Toad) [09-12] - folk rock
  • Modular String Trio: Ants Bees and Butterflies (Clean Feed) - jazz
  • Modus Factor: The Picasso Zone (Browntasaurus) [12-09] - jazz [**]
  • Mogwai: Atomic (Temporary Residence) [04-01] - post-rock
  • Moker: Ladder (El Negocito) [09-18] - jazz [*]
  • ERR: stream no grade: Moksha: The Beauty of an Arbitrary Moment
  • Moksha: The Beauty of an Arbitrary Moment (Jazzland) [04-01] - jazz
  • Hedvig Mollestad Trio: Black Stabat Mater (Rune Grammofon) [06-03] - jazz [*]
  • Hedvig Mollestad Trio: EVIL in Oslo (Rune Grammofon) [06-03] - jazz [*]
  • Nils Petter Molvaer: Buoyancy (Okeh) [09-02] - jazz [*]
  • Money: Suicide Songs (Bella Union) [01-29] - indie pop
  • Jane Monheit: The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald (Emerald City) - vocal jazz [*]
  • Meredith Monk: On Behalf of Nature (ECM) [10-21]
  • The Monkees: Good Times! (Rhino) [06-10] - pop rock [B-]
  • Moodymann: DJ-Kicks (!K7) - [**]
  • Moomin: A Minor Thought (Smallville) [02-05] - deep house
  • Moonbow: When the Sleeping Fish Turn Red and the Skies Start to Sing in C Major I Will Follow You to the End (ILK) - jazz [**]
  • Jemeel Moondoc & Hilliard Greene: Cosmic Nickelodeon (Relative Pitch)
  • Moor Mother: Fetish Bones (Don Giovanni) [09-16] - jazz [B]
  • Jason Moran: The Armory Concert (Yes) - jazz
  • Kevin Morby: Singing Saw (Dead Oceans) [04-15] - folk rock [***]
  • Tony Moreno Quintet: Short Stories (Mayimba Jazz, 2CD) [10-07] - jazz [**]
  • William Michael Morgan: Vinyl (Warner Nashville) [09-30] - country
  • Morgan Delt: Phase Zero (Sub Pop) [08-26] - neo-psychedelia
  • Joe Morris: Shock Axis (Relative Pitch) - jazz
  • Maren Morris: Hero (Columbia Nashville) [06-03] - country [B]
  • Van Morrison: Keep Me Singing (Exile) [09-30] - singer-songwriter [A-]
  • Moskus: Ulv Ulv (Hubro) [04-01] - jazz [**]
  • Donny Most: Swinging Down the Chimney Tonight (Summit) - Christmas [B]
  • Mostly Other People Do the Killing: (Live) (ForTune) [09-04] - jazz [***]
  • Mothers: When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired (Grand Jury) [02-26] - indie rock
  • Motif: My Head is Listening (Clean Feed) [12-09] - jazz [**]
  • Motion Graphics: Motion Graphics (Domino) [08-26] - UK bass
  • Bob Mould: Patch the Sky (Merge) [03-25] - alt/indie rock [*]
  • John Moulder: Earthborn Tales of Soul and Spirit (Origin) [10-21] - jazz
  • Jack Mouse & Scott Robinson with Janice Borla: Three Story Sandbox (Tall Grass) [01-01] - jazz [*]
  • Moutin Factory Quintet: Deep (Blujazz) - jazz [*]
  • The Mowgli's: Where'd Your Weekend Go? (Photo Finish/Island) [09-30] - pop [B]
  • Mozzy: Beautiful Struggle () - rap
  • Mozzy: Mandatory Check (Mozzy) [06-10] - rap
  • Mr Lif: Don't Look Down (Mello Music) [04-15] - rap -- RC:** [***]
  • Mudcrutch: 2 (Reprise) [05-20] - Americana [B]
  • ERR: stream no grade: Tisziji Munoz: Tathagata Guitar: Whisperings of Peace
  • Tisziji Munoz: Tathagata Guitar: Whisperings of Peace (Anami Music) - jazz
  • Tisziji Munoz: Heart Ground (Anami Music) - jazz [*]
  • Tisziji Munoz: Alpha Nebula Expanded: The Monster Peace (Anami Music -15) - jazz
  • Mark Murphy: Live in Athens Greece (Harbinger) - jazz
  • Mark Murphy: Slip Away (Mini Movie) [10-25] - jazz [B]
  • Murray Allen & Carrington Power Trio: Perfection (Motema) [04-15] - jazz [A-]
  • Kacey Musgraves: Very Kacey Christmas () -
  • Wolfgang Muthspiel: Rising Grace (ECM) [10-28] - jazz [**]
  • Laura Mvula: The Dreaming Room (Sony) [06-17] - art pop
  • Myriad 3: Moons (ALMA) - jazz [*]
  • Mystery Jets: The Curve of the Earth ()
  • Simon Nabatov Trio: Picking Order (Leo) [08-08] - jazz [**]
  • Simon Nabatov: Monk 'N' More (Leo) - jazz
  • Simon Nabatov/Mark Dresser/Dominik Mahnig: Equal Poise (Leo) [01-00] - jazz [***]
  • Quinsin Nachoff: Flux (Mythology) [09-16] - jazz [**]
  • Nacka Forum: We Are the World (Moserobie) - jazz [***]
  • Nada Surf: You Know Who You Are (City Slang) [03-04] - power pop
  • Marissa Nadler: Strangers (Sacred Bones) [05-20] - singer-songwriter
  • Naftule's Dream: Blood (self-released) [04-00] - jazz [***]
  • Nails: You Will Never Be One of Us (Nuclear Blast) [06-17] - grindcore
  • Naima: Bye (Cuneiform) [01-22] - jazz [*]
  • Naked Truth: Avian Thug (Rare Noise) [01-22] - jazz [*]
  • Naked Wolf: Ahum (Clean Feed) [09-21] - jazz
  • Nao: For All We Know (Little Tokyo) [07-29] - alt r&b [*]
  • Qasim Naqvi: Chronology (New Amsterdam) [11-04] - jazz [B]
  • ERR: grade bad priority: Ted Nash Big Band: Presidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom
  • Ted Nash Big Band: Presidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom (Motema, 2CD) [09-09] - jazz [B]
  • Roy Nathanson: The Nearness of You (Clean Feed) [03-08] - jazz [*]
  • Youssou N'Dour: Senegaal Rekk (self-released) - African [A-]
  • Youssou N'Dour: Africa Rekk () - African
  • ERR: stream no grade: Tami Neilson: Don't Be Afraid
  • Tami Neilson: Don't Be Afraid (self-released -15) - country
  • Anthony E Nelson Jr: Swift to Hear Slow to Speak (Music Stand) [07-25] - jazz [*]
  • Willie Nelson: Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin (Legacy) [02-26] - country [B]
  • Willie Nelson: For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price (Legacy) [09-16] - country [*]
  • Scott Neumann/Tom Christensen: Spin Cycle (Sound Footing) [05-06] - jazz [*]
  • Neurosis: Fires Within Fires (Neurot) [09-23] - post-rock
  • Aaron Neville: Apache (Tell It) [**]
  • New Standard Jazz Orchestra: Waltz About Nothing (OA2) [05-20] - jazz [B-]
  • New Zion w Cyro: Sunshine Seas (Rare Noise) [04-20] - jazz [**]
  • Nice as Fuck: Nice as Fuck (Loves Way, EP) [06-24] - indie pop [*]
  • Bryan Nichols: Looking North (Shifting Paradigm) - jazz [**]
  • Angelika Niescier/Florian Weber: NYC Five (Intakt) - jazz [***]
  • Ngaiire: Blastoma (self-released) [06-10] - neo-soul
  • Pascal Niggenkemper Le 7eme Continent: Talking Trash (Clean Feed) [05-13] - jazz [**]
  • Niki & the Dove: Everybody's Heart Is Broken How (Universal) [04-08] - synthpop
  • Nikolett Pankovits: Magia (Ninwood Music)
  • Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit: Ana (PNL) [03-23] - jazz [A-]
  • Nine Live: Sonus Inenarribilis: Nine Live Plays the Music of John Clark (Mulatta) [10-07] - jazz [B]
  • Steve Noble & Kristoffer Berre Alberts: Condest Second Yesterday (Clean Feed) [09-21] - jazz
  • Sebastian Noelle: Shelter (Fresh Sound New Talent) [06-05] - jazz [B]
  • Noertker's Moxie & the Melancholics: Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck (Edgetone) [02-23] - jazz [*]
  • NOFX: First Ditch Effort (Fat Wreck Chords) [10-07]
  • Noname: Telefone (self-released) [07-31] - rap [**]
  • Nonch Harpin': Native Sons (self-released) [04-01] - jazz [B-]
  • Sean Noonan: Memorable Sticks (ForTune) [02-24] - jazz [B]
  • Fredrik Nordstrom: Gentle Fire/Restless Dreams (Moserobie, 2CD) - jazz [A-]
  • The Phil Norman Tentet: Then & Now: Classic Sounds & Variations of 12 Jazz Legends (MAMA) - jazz [***]
  • Northern Winds and Voices: Inside/Outside (Sisalla/Ulkona) (Edgetone) - jazz [*]
  • Not Waving: Animals (Diagonal) [02-05] - electronic
  • Nots: Cosmetic (Goner) [09-09] - punk [A-]
  • Nova Express Quintet: Andras: The Book of Angels Volume 28 (Tzadik) - jazz
  • NRBQ: High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective (Omnivore)
  • The Nu Band: The Final Concert (NoBusiness) - jazz [**]
  • Nu Guinea: The Tony Allen Experiments [Afrobeat Makers Vol 3] (Comet) - [A-]
  • NxWorries: Yes Lawd! (Stones Throw) [10-21] - neo-soul [***]
  • Lina Nyberg: Aerials (Hoob Jazz, 2CD) - jazz [**]
  • NZCA Lines: Infinite Summer (Memphis Industries) [01-22] - synthpop
  • The Oatmeal Jazz Combo: Instant Oats (LGY) [04-11] - jazz [*]
  • Dick Oatts/Mats Holmquist/New York Jazz Orchestra: A Tribute to Herbie +1 (Summit) - jazz [*]
  • Agnes Obel: Citizen of Glass (Play It Again Sam) [10-21] - chamber pop
  • Uwe Oberg & Silke Eberhard: Turns (Leo) [02-00] - jazz [***]
  • Conor Oberst: Ruminations (Nonesuch) [10-14] - singer-songwriter [**]
  • Ray Obiedo: Latin Jazz Project Vol 1 (Rhythmus) [10-07] - jazz [**]
  • Jack Oblivian and the Sheiks: The Lone Ranger of Love ()
  • Roberto Occhipinti: Stabilimento (Modica Music) [11-01] - jazz [B]
  • Frank Ocean: Blonde (Boys Don't Cry) [08-20] - alt r&b [**]
  • Frank Ocean: Endless (Fresh Produce) [08-19] - alt r&b
  • Oddisee: The Odd Tape (Mello Music Group) [05-13] - underground rap [*]
  • Oddisee: Alwasta (Mello Music Group, EP) - hip-hop
  • Of Montreal: Innocence Reaches (Polyvinyl) [08-12] - indie pop
  • Adam O'Farrill: Stranger Days (Sunnyside) [04-29] - jazz [**]
  • Arturo O'Farrill Sextet: Boss Level (Zoho) [03-04] - jazz [*]
  • Nils Okland Band: Kjolvatn (ECM) [04-08] - jazz [**]
  • Oles Brothers & Antoni Gralak: Primitivo (ForTune) [12-20] - jazz [A-]
  • Angel Olsen: My Woman (Jagjaguwar) [09-02] - indie rock [***]
  • One for All: The Third Decade (Smoke Sessions) - jazz [**]
  • Opaluna: Opaluna (Ridgeway) [08-28] -
  • Oranssi Pazuzu: Varahtelija (Svart/20 Buck Spin) [02-26] - black metal
  • Orkesta Mendoza: ¡Vamos A Guarachar! (Glitterbeat)
  • Aruan Ortiz Trio: Hidden Voices (Intakt) [01-00] - jazz [***]
  • Beth Orton: Kidsticks (Anti) [05-27] - indietronica
  • Os Clavelitos: Arriving (self-released) [06-24] - samba [B-]
  • Steven Osborne: Feldman/Crumb (Hyperion)
  • Francisco Pais Lotus Project: Verde (Product of Imagination) [09-23] - jazz [*]
  • Jason Palmer/Cedric Hanriot: City of Poets (Whirlwind) - jazz [**]
  • Jason Palmer: Beauty 'N' Numbers: The Sudoku Suite (SteepleChase) [09-01] - jazz [**]
  • Palmistry: Pagans (Mixpack) [06-17] -
  • Phil Palombi: Detroit Lean (Xcappa) [05-24] - jazz [***]
  • Panic! at the Disco: Death of a Bachelor (Fueled by Ramen/DCD2)
  • Pantha Du Prince: The Triad (Rough Trade) [05-20] - techno
  • The Paranoid Style: Rolling Disclosure (Bar/None) [07-15] - alt/indie rock [A-]
  • Jon Pardi: California Sunrise (Capitol Nashville) [06-17] - country
  • Phil Parisot: Lingo (OA2) [11-18] - jazz
  • Evan Parker: As the Wind (Psi) - jazz
  • Jeff Parker: The New Breed (International Anthem) [06-24] - jazz [B]
  • Jeff Parker: Slight Freedom (Eremite) - jazz
  • Matt Parker Trio: Present Time (BYNK) [02-12] - jazz [**]
  • Melody Parker: Archipelago () [05-13]
  • William Parker: Stan's Hat Flapping in the Wind (Centering/AUM Fidelity) [04-01] - jazz [**]
  • Parker Abbott Trio: Elevation (self-released) [10-07] - jazz [B]
  • Parkland: Monument (Offseason) [10-14]
  • Aaron Parks/Thomas Fonnesbaek/Karsten Bagge: Groovements (Stunt) [05-25] - jazz [**]
  • Parquet Courts: Human Performance (Rough Trade) [04-08] - alt/indie rock [A-]
  • Kat Parra: Songbook of the Americas (Jazzma) [04-29] - vocal jazz [B]
  • Bruno Parrinha/Luis Lopes/Ricardo Jacinto: Garden (Clean Feed) [05-13] - jazz [**]
  • Dolly Parton: Pure & Simple (Sony) [08-19] - country
  • Hanna Paulsberg Concept: Eastern Smiles (Odin) [02-26] - jazz [A-]
  • Jessica Pavone: Silent Spills (Relative Pitch) - jazz
  • Payroll Giovanni & Cardo Got Wings: Big Bossin Vol 1 (self-released) [05-13] -
  • Nicholas Payton: Textures (Paytone) [06-17] - jazz [B-]
  • Hannah Peel: Awake but Always Dreaming (My Own Pleasure) - electropop [B]
  • Felix Peikli & Joe Doubleday: It's Showtime! (self-released) [10-04] - jazz [*]
  • Florian Pellissier Quintet: Cap De Bonne Esperance (Heavenly Sweetness) - jazz [**]
  • Jeremy Pelt: Jiveculture (HighNote) [01-15] - jazz
  • Ken Peplowski: Enrapture (Capri) [02-16] - jazz [***]
  • Luis Perdomo: Montage (Hot Tone Music) [05-13] - jazz [*]
  • Luis Perdomo: Spirits and Warriors (Criss Cross) [05-05] - jazz [**]
  • Sergio Pereira: Swingando (self-released) [07-15] - jazz [*]
  • Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: Corpo (Leo) [05-20] - jazz [*]
  • Ivo Perelman: Soul (Leo) [05-20] - jazz [A-]
  • Ivo Perelman/Karl Berger: The Hitchhiker (Leo) [05-20] - jazz [**]
  • Ivo Perelman/Joe Morris: Blue (Leo) [05-20] - jazz [A-]
  • Ivo Perelman: Breaking Point (Leo) [05-20] - jazz [***]
  • Ivo Perelman/Karl Berger/Gerald Cleaver: The Art of the Improv Trio Volume 1 (Leo) [11-04] - jazz [***]
  • Ivo Perelman/Mat Maneri/Whit Dickey: The Art of the Improv Trio Volume 2 (Leo) [11-04] - jazz [***]
  • Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp/Gerald Cleaver: The Art of the Improv Trio Volume 3 (Leo) [11-04] - jazz [**]
  • Ivo Perelman/William Parker/Gerald Cleaver: The Art of the Improv Trio Volume 4 (Leo) [11-04] - jazz [A-]
  • Ivo Perelman/Joe Morris/Gerald Cleaver: The Art of the Improv Trio Volume 5 (Leo) [11-04] - jazz [***]
  • Ivo Perelman/Joe Morris/Gerald Cleaver: The Art of the Improv Trio Volume 6 (Leo) [11-04] - jazz [A-]
  • Christian Perez: Anima Mundi (CPM) [03-04] - jazz [B]
  • Perfecto: You Can't Run From the Rhythm ()
  • Laura Perlman: Precious Moments (Miles High) - jazz [*]
  • Houston Person & Ron Carter: Chemistry (HighNote) [06-17] - jazz [A]
  • Pet Shop Boys: Super (X2) [04-01] - dance-pop [A-]
  • Ralph Peterson/Zaccai Curtis/Luques Curtis: Triangular III (Truth Revolution/Onyx Music) [04-08] - jazz [**]
  • Ralph Peterson's Aggregate Prime: Dream Deferred (Onyx) - jazz
  • Madeleine Peyroux: Secular Hymns (Impulse!) - jazz
  • Phantogram: Three (Republic) [10-07] - electropop
  • Phronesis: Parallax (Edition) [04-08] - jazz [**]
  • Enrico Pieranunzi with Simona Severini: My Songbook (Via Veneto) [01-00] - jazz [*]
  • Enrico Pieranunzi: New Spring: Live at the Village Vanguard (CAM Jazz) [10-14] - jazz
  • Adam Pieronczyk: Monte Alban (Regent) [10-24] - jazz [A-]
  • Dominique Pifarely Quartet: Trace Provisoire (ECM) [06-03] - jazz [***]
  • Roberta Piket: One for Marian: Celebrating Marian McPartland (Thirteenth Note) [06-10] - jazz [*]
  • Pinegrove: Cardinal (Run for Cover) [03-12] - alt/indie rock [*]
  • Pink Martini: Je Dis Oui (Heinz) [11-18] [*]
  • Leslie Pintchik: True North (Pintch Hard) [03-25] - jazz [***]
  • Alberto Pinton Noi Siamo: Resiliency (Moserobie) - jazz [A-]
  • Pixies: Head Carrier () [09-30] - alt rock
  • Planetary Assault Systems: Arc Angel (Ostgut Ton) [09-30] - electronic
  • Rachel Platten: Wildfire (Sony)
  • Polica: United Crushers (Mom + Pop) [03-04] - art pop
  • Marek Poliks: Hull Not Continent (Another Timbre)
  • Emma Pollock: In Search of Harperfield (Chemikal Underground) [01-29] - indie rock
  • Valery Ponomarev Jazz Big Band: Our Father Who Art Blakey (Zoho Music) [01-08] - jazz [***]
  • Richard Poole/Marilyn Crispell/Gary Peacock: In Motion (Intakt) - jazz [***]
  • Iggy Pop: Post Pop Depression (Loma Vista) [03-18] [*]
  • Pop 1280: Paradise (Sacred Bones) [01-22] - synthpunk
  • Porches: Pool (Domino) [02-05] - synthpop
  • Gregory Porter: Take Me to the Alley (Blue Note) [05-06] - jazz [B-]
  • Roly Porter: Third Law (Triangle) [01-22] - dark ambient
  • Postiljonen: Reverie (Hybris) [09-29] - dream pop
  • Powell: Sport (XL) [10-14] - techno
  • Pram Trio: Saga Thirteen (self-released) [03-11] - jazz [*]
  • A Pregnant Light: Rocky (Colloquial Sound)
  • Noah Preminger: Dark Was the Night Cold Was the Ground (self-released) [05-06] - jazz [*]
  • Preoccupations: Preoccupations (Jagjaguwar) [09-16] - post-punk [*]
  • Bobby Previte & the Visitors: Gone (ForTune) [07-18] - jazz [*]
  • Bobby Previte: Mass (RareNoise) [11-18] - jazz [C+]
  • Margo Price: Midwest Farmer's Daughter (Third Man) [03-25] - country [A-]
  • Primal Scream: Chaosmosis (First International/Ignition) [03-18] - synthpop [**]
  • Prince Rama: X-Treme Now (Carpark) - nu-disco [B-]
  • John Prine: For Better or Worse (Oh Boy) [09-30] - folk [A-]
  • Mark Pritchard: Under the Sun (Warp) [05-13] - ambient [*]
  • Protean Reality: Protean Reality (Clean Feed) [01-00] - jazz [***]
  • Eric Prydz: Opus (Astralwerks, 2CD) [02-05] - club/dance [A-]
  • Public Access TV: Never Enough (Cinematic) [09-30] - indie rock
  • Punkt 3: Ordnung Herrscht (Clean Feed) [09-21] - jazz
  • Pup: The Dream Is Over (Side One Dummy) [05-27] - alt/indie rock [C+]
  • Joey Purp: iiiDrops (self-released) [05-27] - rap [***]
  • Pussy Riot: XXX (Nice Life, EP) [***]
  • Pye Corner Audio: Stasis (Ghost Box) [08-26] - electronic
  • Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno: 1000 Watts (Tru Thoughts) [06-17] - reggae/dub [**]
  • Quilt: Plaza (Mexican Summer)
  • Abbey Rader Quartet with Kidd Jordan: Reunion (Abray) - jazz
  • The Radio Dept: Running Out of Love (Labrador) [10-21] - synthpop [**]
  • Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool (XL) [05-08] - Brit rock [B]
  • Corinne Bailey Rae: The Heart Speaks in Whispers (Virgin) - r&b
  • Rae Sremmurd: SremmLife 2 (Eardrum/Interscope) [08-12] - rap [*]
  • Bonnie Raitt: Dig In Deep (Redwing) [02-26] - roots rock [A-]
  • Jemal Ramirez: Pomponio (First Orbit Sounds Music) [01-11] - jazz [*]
  • The Range: Potential (Domino) [03-25] - future garage
  • Iiro Rantala/Lars Danielsson/Peter Erskine: How Long Is Now? (ACT) [08-26] - jazz
  • Isaiah Rashad: The Sun's Tirade (Top Dawg Entertainment) [09-02] - hip-hop [**]
  • Ratatet: Arctic (Ridgeway) [03-11] - jazz [B]
  • John Raymond: John Raymond & Real Feels (Shifting Paradigm) - jazz [***]
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers: The Getaway (Warner Bros) [06-17] - alt rock
  • RED Trio/John Butcher: Summer Skyshift (Clean Feed) [05-13] - jazz [***]
  • Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau: Nearness (Nonesuch) [09-09] - jazz [**]
  • Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra: Portraits and Places (Origin) [03-18] - big band jazz [B-]
  • Reik: Des/Amor (Sony Mexico) [06-17] -
  • Dave Rempis/Elisabeth Harnik/Michael Zerang: Wistfully (Aerophonic) [01-12] - jazz [*]
  • Dave Rempis/Darren Johnston/Larry Ochs: Neutral Nation (Aerophonic) [03-08] - jazz [B]
  • Dave Rempis/Joshua Abrams/Avreeayl Ra + Jim Baker: Periheleon (Aerophonic, 2CD) [06-21] - jazz [A-]
  • Dave Rempis/Joe Morris/Tomeka Reid/Jim Baker: Nettles (Aeroponic) [05-03] - jazz [*]
  • Renegades of Jazz: Moyo Wangu (Agogo) [09-02] - future jazz [***]
  • Renku: Live in Greenwich Village (Clean Feed) [01-00] - jazz [***]
  • ResAUnance: Migration (FMR) - jazz [**]
  • Restroy: Saturn Return (Milk Factory) [05-06] - jazz [*]
  • Eric Revis Trio: Crowded Solitudes (Clean Feed) [03-08] - jazz
  • Revolutionary Snake Ensemble: I Want That Sound! (Innova) [10-28] - jazz [A-]
  • Rhythm Future Quartet: Travels (Magic Fiddle Music) - jazz [*]
  • Marc Ribot/The Young Philadelphians: Live in Tokyo (Yellowbird) - jazz [**]
  • Dawn Richard: Infrared (EP)
  • Dawn Richard: Redemption (Local Action/Our Dawn) [11-18] - alt r&b [**]
  • Logan Richardson: Shift (Blue Note) [02-26] - jazz [*]
  • Richmond Fontaine: You Can't Go Back if There's Nothing to Go Back To (Fluff & Gravy) [03-18] - Americana [***]
  • Rihanna: Anti (Roc Nation) [02-05] - dance-pop [A-]
  • Herlin Riley: New Direction (Mack Avenue) - jazz [*]
  • Eve Risser White Desert Orchestra: Les Deux Versants Se Regardent (Clean Feed) [12-09] - jazz [A-]
  • River Tiber: Indigo () [06-24] - alt r&b
  • Little Johnny Rivero: Music in Me (Truth Revolution) [09-29] - jazz [***]
  • Rocco John Quartet: Embrace the Change (Unseen Rain) [05-06] - jazz [**]
  • Alfredo Rodriguez: Tocororo (Mack Avenue/Qwest) [03-04] - jazz [**]
  • Carrie Rodriguez: Lola (Luz) [02-19] - country [*]
  • Jason Roebke Octet: Cinema Spiral (NoBusiness) - jazz [***]
  • Randy Rogers Band: Nothing Shines Like Neon (Tommy Jackson) [01-15] - country [*]
  • Roji: The Hundred Headed Woman (Clean Feed) - jazz
  • The Rolling Stones: Blue & Lonesome (Polydor) [12-02] - rock [***]
  • Sonny Rollins: Holding the Stage: Road Shows Vol 4 (1979-2012, Okeh) [04-15] - jazz [A-]
  • Daniel Romano: Mosey (New West) [05-27] - singer-songwriter [B-]
  • Rent Romus/Teddy Rankin-Parker/Daniel Pearce: LiR (Edgetone) [02-23] - jazz [***]
  • Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble: Rising Colossus (Edgetone) [04-28] - jazz [A-]
  • Wallace Roney: A Place in Time (HighNote) - jazz
  • Ronnings Jazzmaskin: Jazzmaskin (Losen) [02-26] - jazz [***]
  • Roosevelt: Roosevelt (City Slang) [08-19] - synthpop [*]
  • Jimetta Rose: The Light Bearer (Temporary Whatever) [08-19] - r&b [B-]
  • Jeff Rosenstock: Worry (Side One Dummy) [10-14] - power pop [*]
  • Renee Rosnes: Written in the Rocks (Smoke Sessions) [02-05] - jazz [B]
  • Ned Rothenberg/Mark Feldman/Sylvie Courvoisier: In Cahoots (Clean Feed) [12-09] - jazz [**]
  • Jim Rotondi: Dark Blue (Smoke Sessions) - jazz [*]
  • Rova Channeling Coltrane: Electric Ascension: Live at the 2012 Guelph Festival (RogueArt) - jazz
  • Rova Orkestrova: No Favorites! For Lawrence "Butch" Morris (New World) - jazz
  • Royal Southern Brotherhood: The Royal Gospel (Ruf) [06-24] - gospel
  • Royce 5'9": Layers (Bad Half Entertainment) [04-15] - rap
  • Rudy Royston Trio: RisEofOrion (Greenleaf Music) [11-18] - jazz [***]
  • Xenia Rubinos: Black Terry Cat (Anti) [06-03] [*]
  • Roswell Rudd & Heather Masse: August Love Song (Red House) - jazz [A-]
  • Roswell Rudd/Jamie Saft/Trevor Dunn/Balasz Pandi: Strength & Power (Rare Noise) [02-26] - jazz [A-]
  • Catherine Russell: Harlem on My Mind (Jazz Village) [09-09] - jazz [A-]
  • Russian Circles: Guidance (Sargent House) [08-05] - post-rock
  • Huerco S: For Those of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have) (Proibito) [06-10] - ambient [**]
  • Omar S: The Best (FXHE) [04-08] - house
  • Jerome Sabbagh/Simon Jermyn/Allison Miller: Lean (Music Wizards) - jazz
  • Carol Saboya: Carolina (AAM) [05-23] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Sad13: Slugger (Carpark) [11-11]
  • LA Salami: Dancing With Bad Grammar (PIAS America) [*]
  • Samo Salamon Bassless Trio: Unity (Samo) - jazz
  • Samo Salamon/Stefano Battaglia: Winds (Sazas/Klopotec) - jazz [**]
  • Walter Salas-Humara: Explodes and Disappears (Sonic Pyramid) [04-12] - Americana [***]
  • Samlyam: Animals Have Feelings ()
  • John K Samson: Winter Wheat (Anti-) [*]
  • Emeli Sande: Long Live the Angels (Virgin) [11-11] - neo-soul
  • Santigold: 99c (Atlantic)
  • Sao Paulo Underground: Cantos Invisiveis (Cuneiform) [10-14] - jazz [**]
  • Savages: Adore Life (Matador) [01-22] - post-punk [***]
  • Savoy Motel: Savoy Motel (What's Your Rupture?) [10-21] - alt rock
  • SBTRKT: Save Yourself (self-released) [07-22] - downtempo [B-]
  • Scarcity of Tanks: Ringleader Lies (Total Life Society) [09-16] - post-punk [**]
  • Ken Schaphorst Big Band: How to Say Goodbye (JCA) [12-02] - jazz [*]
  • Schlippenbach Trio: Warsaw Concert (Intakt) - jazz [***]
  • Daniel Schmitz/Johannes Schmitz/Jorg Fischer: Botanic Mob (Sporeprint) - jazz [**]
  • Adam Schneit Band: Light Shines In (Fresh Sound New Talent) - jazz [**]
  • School of Seven Bells: SVIIB (Full Time Hobby) [02-26] - dream pop
  • Schoolboy Q: Blank Face LP (Interscope/Top Dawg) [07-08] - hip hop [***]
  • J Peter Schwalm: The Beauty of Disaster (Rare Noise) [02-26] - jazz [**]
  • John Scofield: Country for Old Men (Impulse!) [09-23] - jazz [*]
  • Al Scorch: Circle Round the Signs (Bloodshot) [05-13]
  • Darrell Scott: Couchville Sessions (Full Light) [05-13] - country
  • Hillary Scott & the Scott Family: Love Remains (Capitol Nashville) [07-29] - Christian country [B-]
  • Travis Scott: Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight (Epic) [09-02] - rap [**]
  • Seanh: Sadevillain (self-released, EP) - rap
  • Richard Sears Sextet: Altadena (Ropeadope) [09-09] - jazz [**]
  • Ty Segall: Emotional Mugger (Drag City) [01-22] - garage rock
  • Mikael Seifu: Zelalem (RVNG Intl, EP) [03-06] - [*]
  • Jim Self and the Tricky Lix Latin Jazz Band: ¡Yo! (Basset Hound) [06-03] - jazz [B]
  • Aubrie Sellers: New City Blues (Warner Nashville) [01-29] - country [*]
  • Serengeti & Sicker Man: Doctor My Own Patience (Graveface) [12-16] - hip hop [B]
  • Noura Mint Seymali: Arbina (Glitterbeat) [09-16] - [***]
  • Shabaka and the Ancestors: Wisdom of Elders (Brownswood) [09-16] - jazz [*]
  • Elliott Sharp Aggregat: Dialectrical (Clean Feed) [09-21] - jazz [***]
  • Andy Shauf: The Party (Anti) [05-20] - singer-songwriter [B]
  • Ian Shaw: The Theory of Joy (Jazz Village) [02-12] - jazz
  • Shearwater: Jet Plane and Oxbow ()
  • Sheer Mag: III (Wilsuns RC/Static Shock) [03-03] - punk rock revival [*]
  • Matthew Shipp & Michael Bisio: Live in Seattle (Arena) [03-04] - jazz [**]
  • Amanda Shires: My Piece of Land (BMG) [09-16] - country [***]
  • Julian Shore: Which Way Now (Tone Rogue) [02-12] - jazz [B]
  • Show Me the Body: Body War (Loma Vista) [06-17]
  • Deborah Shulman: My Heart's in the Wind (Summit) [01-12] - jazz [*]
  • Shura: Nothing's Real (Polydor) [07-08] - synthpop [**]
  • Sia: This Is Acting (Inertia/Monkey Puzzle/RCA) [01-29] - electropop [*]
  • Sidestepper: Supernatural Love (Real World) - Latin electronica -- RC:* [*]
  • Naomi Moon Siegel: Shoebox View (self-released) [06-17] - jazz [*]
  • Catherine Sikora: Jersey (Relative Pitch) - jazz
  • Yotam Silberstein: The Village (Jazz & People) - jazz
  • Silva/Rasmussen/Solberg: Free Electric Band (ForTune) [07-19] - jazz [*]
  • Susana Santos Silva/Lotte Anker/Sten Sandell/Torbjorn Zetterberg/Jon Falt: Life and Other Transient Storms (Clean Feed) - jazz [***]
  • Ricardo Silveira and John Leftwich: Cosmos (Adventure Music) - jazz
  • Edward Simon: Latin American Songbook (Sunnyside) [08-26] - jazz [**]
  • Paul Simon: Stranger to Stranger (Concord) [06-03] - RC:A- [*]
  • Nana Simopoulos: Skins (Na) [06-20] - jazz [**]
  • Sturgill Simpson: A Sailor's Guide to Earth (Atlantic) [04-15] - country [***]
  • Sioux Falls: Rot Forever ()
  • Sirius Quartet: Paths Become Lines (Autentico) [04-13] - jazz
  • Six-in-One: Subjects and Structures (Slam) - jazz
  • Skee Mask: Shred (Ilian Tape) [02-01] - ambient techno [**]
  • Skepta: Konnichiwa (Boy Better Know) [05-06] - garage rap/grime [***]
  • Bria Skonberg: Bria (Okeh/Masterworks) - jazz [***]
  • Slavic Soul Party: Plays Duke Ellington's Far East Suite (Ropeadope) - jazz [A-]
  • Sleaford Mods: TCR (Rough Trade, EP) [10-14] [***]
  • Sleigh Bells: Jessica Rabbit (Torn Clean) [11-11] - noise pop [B]
  • Ches Smith/Matt Maneri/Craig Taborn: The Bell (ECM) [01-15] - jazz [*]
  • Enoch Smith Jr: The Quest: Live at APC (Misfitme Music) [11-11] - jazz [C]
  • Dr Lonnie Smith: Evolution (Blue Note) [01-29] - jazz [B]
  • Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani: FRKWYS Vol 13: Sunergy (RVNG Intl) [09-16] - ambient [**]
  • Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: Ears (Western Vinyl) [04-01] - folktronica [**]
  • Tommy Smith: Modern Jacobite (Spartacus) - jazz [B-]
  • Wadada Leo Smith: America's National Parks (Cuneiform, 2CD) [10-14] - jazz [***]
  • Snaggle: The Long Slog (Browntasaurus) [11-04] - jazz
  • Snakehips: All My Friends EP (Sony Music) - rap [***]
  • Snarky Puppy: Family Dinner Volume Two (Decca) [02-12] - jazz [B-]
  • Snarky Puppy: Culcha Vulcha (Decca) [04-29] - jazz [C+]
  • ERR: stream no grade: Sneaks: Gymnastics
  • Sneaks: Gymnastics (Merge, EP) [09-09] - post-punk
  • Ferenc Snetberger: In Concert (ECM) [03-11] - jazz [*]
  • Todd Snider: Eastside Bulldog (Aimless) [10-07] [***]
  • Jim Snidero: MD66 (Savant) [08-26] - jazz [**]
  • Elza Soares: A Mulher Do Fim Do Mundo (Mais Um Discos) [06-10] - Brazilian [A-]
  • Solange: A Seat at the Table (Saint/Columbia) [09-30] - neo-soul [**]
  • Mark Solborg & Herb Robertson: Tuesday Prayers (ILK) - jazz [B]
  • Sonic Liberation 8: Bombogenic (High Two) [10-07] - jazz [A-]
  • Mike Sopko/Simon Lott: The Golden Measure (self-released) [03-25] - jazz
  • Tyshawn Sorey: The Inner Spectrum of Variables (Pi) [06-03] - jazz [***]
  • Omar Sosa/Joo Kraus/Gustavo Ovalle: JOG (Ota -15) [10-30-2015] - jazz [A-]
  • Dele Sosimi Meets Prince Fatty & Nostalgia 77: You No Fit Touch Am in Dub (Wah Wah 45s) [07-29] - Afrobeat [**]
  • Soul Basement: What We Leave Behind (ITI) [09-19] - jazz [*]
  • Soulwax: Belgica ()
  • Sound Underground: Quiet Spaces (Tiny Music) [09-15] - jazz [*]
  • Ulrika Spacek: The Album Paranoia (Lefse) [02-05] - indie rock
  • Esperanza Spalding: Emily's D+Evolution (Concord) [03-04] - vocal jazz [B]
  • Britney Spears: Glory (RCA) [08-26] - pop [A-]
  • Regina Spektor: Remember Us to Life (Sire) [09-30] [**]
  • Vic Spencer/Chris Crack: Who the Fuck Is Chris Spencer? (Perpetual Rebel) [01-22] - hip hop
  • Vinnie Sperrazza/Jacob Sacks/Masa Kamaguchi: Play Tadd Dameron (Fresh Sound New Talent) [01-26] - jazz [**]
  • Michael Spiro/Wayne Wallace/La Orquesta Sinfonietta: Canto América (Patois) [02-12] - Latin jazz [B-]
  • Kandace Springs: Soul Eyes (Blue Note) - jazz [B]
  • Tomasz Sroczynski Trio: Primal (ForTune) [07-21] - jazz [**]
  • St Lucia: Matter () [01-29]
  • Ron Stabinsky: Free for One (Hot Cup) [06-10] - jazz [*]
  • Terell Stafford: Forgive and Forget (Herb Harris Music) - jazz
  • Peter Stampfel and the Brooklyn & Lower Manhattan Fiddle/Mandolin Swarm: Holiday for Strings () - folk
  • Mavis Staples: Livin' on a High Note (Anti-) [02-26] - retro-soul [**]
  • Vince Staples: Prima Donna (Def Jam, EP) [08-26] - rap [**]
  • Starlite Motel: Awosting Falls (Clean Feed) [05-13] - jazz [*]
  • Gwen Stefani: This Is What the Truth Feels Like (Interscope) [03-18] - adult alt pop/rock [A-]
  • Peggy Stern: Z Octet (Estrella Productions) [07-08] - jazz [*]
  • Colin Stetson: Sorrow: A Reimagining of Gorecki's 3rd Symphony (52Hz) [04-08] - modern classical [B-]
  • Michael Jefry Stevens: Brass Tactics (Konnex) [02-16] - jazz [*]
  • Bill Stewart: Space Squid (Pirouet) [01-08] - jazz [*]
  • Sting: 57th & 9th (A&M) [11-11]
  • Stirrup: Cut (Clean Feed) - jazz [A-]
  • Eric St-Laurent: Planet (Katzenmusik) [09-23] - jazz [*]
  • Markus Stockhausen/Florian Weber: Alba (ECM) - jazz [***]
  • Andy Stott: Too Many Voices (Modern Love) [04-22] - experimental techno
  • John Stowell/Michael Zilber Quartet: Basement Blues (Origin) [08-19] - jazz
  • Marcus Strickland's Twi-Life: Nihil Novi (Blue Note) [04-15] - jazz [B-]
  • Zhenya Strigalev: Never Group (Whirlwind) - jazz [**]
  • Al Strong: Love Strong Volume 1 (Al Strong Music) - jazz [**]
  • Dave Stryker: Eight Track II (Strikezone) [09-02] - jazz [***]
  • The Stryker/Slagle Band Expanded: Routes (Strikezone) [02-05] - jazz [***]
  • Suede: Night Thoughts (Rhino) [01-22] - alt rock [B-]
  • Sundae + Mr Goessl: Makes My Heart Sway (self-released) [04-14] - jazz [**]
  • Sunflower Bean: Human Ceremony (Fat Possum) [02-05] - neo-psychedelia
  • Richard Sussman: The Evolution Suite (Zoho) - jazz [B]
  • Susso: Keira (Soundway) [10-28] - [*]
  • Tierney Sutton Band: The Sting Variations (BFM Jazz) - jazz
  • Justin Swadling feat Patti Quartet: Place to Be (33 Jazz) [08-05] - jazz
  • Swans: The Glowing Man (Mute) [06-17] - post-rock [*]
  • Steve Swell Quintet: Soul Travelers (RogueArt) [07-00] - jazz [A-]
  • Steve Swell/Gebhard Ullmann/Fred Lonberg-Holm/Michael Zerang: The Chicago Plan (Clean Feed) [12-09] - jazz [***]
  • Swet Shop Boys: Cashmere (Customs) [10-14] - hip-hop [A-]
  • Swim Team: Swim Team (Infinity Cat) [03-04] - alt/indie
  • Jamie T: Trick (Virgin) [09-02] - neo-psychedelia
  • Lew Tabackin Trio: Soundscapes (self-released) [02-05] - jazz [**]
  • Craig Taborn/Christian McBride/Tyshawn Sorey: Flaga: The Book of Angels Vol 27 (Tzadik) - jazz
  • Tacocat: Lost Time (Hardly Art) [04-01] - garage punk -- RC:A- [A-]
  • Tanya Tagaq: Retribution (Six Shooter) [10-21] - Inuit throat singing [A-]
  • Wilson Tanner: 69 (Growing Bin) [04-01] - ambient
  • Vladimir Tarasov/Eugenius Kanevicius/Ludas Mockunas: Intuitus (NoBusiness) - [**]
  • Gregory Tardy: Chasing After the Wind (SteepleChase) - jazz [B]
  • Aaron Lee Tasjan: Silver Tears (New West) [10-28] - [B]
  • Teho Teardo and Blixa Bargeld: Nerissimo (Specula) [04-22]
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band: Let Me Get By (Concord) [01-29] - blues rock
  • Teen: Love Yes (Carpark) [02-19] - synthpop
  • Teen Suicide: It's the Big Joyous Celebration Let's Stir the Honeypot (Run for Cover) [04-01] - noise pop
  • Teenage Fanclub: Here (Merge) [09-09] - jangle pop [B-]
  • Tegan and Sara: Love You to Death (Vapor) [06-03] - pop [A-]
  • Tell Tale: Film in Music (Drip Audio) [12-06] - jazz [*]
  • Kate Tempest: Let Them Eat Chaos (Lex) [10-07] - rap [**]
  • Gavin Templeton: Ballast () - jazz
  • Todd Terje/The Olsens: The Big Cover-Up (Olsen) [07-08] - club/dance [**]
  • Thao & the Get Down Stay Down: A Man Alive (Ribbon Music) [03-04] - alt/indie rock -- RC:A- [*]
  • Thee Oh Sees: A Weird Exits (Castle Face) [08-12] - psychedelic rock [*]
  • Yves Theiler Trio: Dance in a Triangle (Musiques Suisses) - jazz [***]
  • Henry Threadgill Ensemble Double Up: Old Locks and Irregular Verbs (Pi) [04-01] - jazz [A-]
  • Throttle Elevator Music: IV (Wide Hive) [09-06] - jazz [**]
  • Thumbscrew: Convallaria (Cuneiform) [05-20] - jazz [***]
  • TI: Us or Else (Grand Hustle/Roc Nation, EP) [09-23] - rap [**]
  • TI: Us or Else: Letter to the System (Grand Hustle/Roc Nation) [12-23] - hip-hop
  • Tillery [Gretchen Parlato/Becca Stevens/Rebecca Martin]: Tillery (Larrecca Music) [09-30] - jazz
  • Time Jumpers: Kid Sister ()
  • Tindersticks: The Waiting Room (City Slang) [01-22] - chamber pop
  • Scott Tixier: Cosmic Adventure (Sunnyside) [09-09] - jazz
  • Jonah Tolchin: Thousand Mile Night (Yep Roc) [08-05] - acoustic blues [**]
  • David Toop: Entities Inertias Faint Beings (Room40) [6-24] - electronic
  • Bruce Torff: Down the Line (Summit) [02-09] - jazz [B]
  • Touche Amore: Stage Four (Epitaph) [09-16] - post-hardcore [*]
  • Wayne Toups: Wayne Toups (Malaco)
  • Allen Toussaint: American Tunes (Nonesuch) [06-10] - funk [**]
  • Meghan Trainor: Thank You (Epic) [05-13] - pop
  • Rokia Traore: Ne So (Nonesuch)
  • A Tribe Called Quest: We Got It From Here . . . Thank You 4 Your Service (Epic) [11-11] - rap [A-]
  • A Tribe Called Red: We Are the Halluci Nation (Radicalized) [09-16] - [**]
  • Trio Da Paz: 30 (Zoho Music) [02-05] - Brazilian jazz [**]
  • Trio Red Space: Fields of Flat (Relay) [03-03] - jazz [**]
  • Misha Tsiganov: Spring Feelings (Criss Cross) [02-00] - jazz
  • Yves Tumor: Serpent Music (Pan) [09-30] - [*]
  • Steve Turre: Colors for the Masters (Smoke Sessions) - jazz [**]
  • The Tuts: Update Your Brain (Dovetown) [09-08]
  • Tweet: Charlene (eOne) [02-26] - neo-soul [**]
  • Twenty One Quartet: Live at Zaal 100 (Clean Feed) [03-08] - jazz
  • Twenty88: Twenty88 (GOOD/ARTium/Def Jam) [04-01] - rap
  • Twin Talk: Twin Talk (Ears & Eyes) [04-29] - jazz [*]
  • Tycho: Epoch (Ghostly International) [09-30] - downtempo
  • William Tyler: Modern Country (Merge) [06-03] - folk [*]
  • Ukandanz: Awo (Buda Musique) [02-00] - Ethiopian crunch [*]
  • Underworld: Barbara Barbara We Face a Shining Future (Astralwerks) [03-18] - electronic [**]
  • Unloved: Guilty of Love () [03-04] - indie pop
  • Keith Urban: Ripcord (Capitol) [05-06] - country [B]
  • The US Army Blues: Live at Blues Alley (self-released) - jazz [C]
  • The US Army Blues: Swamp Romp: Voodoo Boogaloo (self-released) - jazz [B]
  • Maria Usbeck: Amparo (Cascine) [05-27] - downtempo
  • Harvey Valdes: Point Counter Point (self-released) - jazz [***]
  • Peter Van Huffel/Alex Maksymiw: Kronix (Fresh Sound New Talent) [01-28] - jazz [*]
  • Andrew Van Tassel: It's Where You Are (Tone Rogue) [12-01] - jazz [*]
  • Marcos Varela: San Ygnacio (Origin) [03-18] - jazz [B]
  • Carlos Vega: Bird's Ticket (Origin) [01-15] - jazz [*]
  • Ray Vega & Thomas Marriott: Return of the East West Trumpet Summit (Origin) [01-15] - jazz
  • Vektor: Terminal Redux (Earache) [05-06] - progressive metal
  • Venetian Snares: Traditional Synthesizer Music (Timesig) [02-19] - IDM [A-]
  • Glauco Venier: Miniatures: Music for Piano and Percussion (ECM) [06-10] - jazz [**]
  • Villagers: Where Have You Been All My Life? (Domino)
  • Will Vinson: Perfectly Out of Place (5passion) - jazz
  • Violent Soho: Waco (SideOneDummy) [03-18] - alt rock
  • David Virelles: Antenna (ECM) - jazz [**]
  • Miroslav Vitous: Music of Weather Report (ECM) [06-10] - jazz [**]
  • Miroslav Vitous: Ziljabu Nights (Intuition) [10-14] - jazz
  • Alexander von Schlippenbach: Jazz Now! (Live at Theater Gutersloh) (Intuition) [01-15] - jazz [***]
  • Cuong Vu Trio: Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny (Nonesuch) [05-06] - jazz [*]
  • Leon Vynehall: Rojus (Designed to Dance) [04-01] - club/dance [A-]
  • Waco Brothers: Going Down in History (Bloodshot) - alt/indie rock [***]
  • Brahja Waldman: Wisdomatic (Fast Speaking Music) - jazz [A-]
  • Kelsey Waldon: I've Got a Way (Monkey's Eyebrow) [08-12] - country [A-]
  • Mat Walerian/Matthew Shipp/Hamid Drake: Jungle: Live at Okuden (ESP-Disk, 2CD) [01-01] - jazz [***]
  • Ryley Walker: Golden Sings That Have Been Sung (Dead Oceans) [08-19] - singer-songwriter [*]
  • Weasel Walter Large Ensemble: Igneity: After the Fall of Civilization (self-released) - jazz
  • Greg Ward & 10 Tongues: Touch My Beloved's Thought (Greenleaf Music) [07-08] - jazz [A-]
  • Warehouse: Super Low (Bayonet) [09-30] [**]
  • Warpaint: Heads Up (Rough Trade) [09-23] - dream pop
  • Becky Warren: War Surplus (self-released) [10-14] - Americana [A-]
  • Sara Watkins: Young in All the Wrong Ways () -
  • Ernie Watts Quartet: Wheel of Time (Flying Dolphin) [04-15] - jazz [**]
  • Wax Tailor: By Any Beats Necessary (Le Plan) [10-14] - hip-hop [*]
  • The Doug Webb Quartet: Sets the Standard (VSOP) - jazz [*]
  • Doug Webb: Bright Side (Posi-Tone) [07-01] - jazz
  • Anna Webber's Simple Trio: Binary (Skirl) [10-25] - jazz [***]
  • The Weeknd: Starboy (XO/Republic) [11-25] - alt r&b [*]
  • Weezer: The White Album (Crush Music/Atlantic) [04-01] - alt rock
  • Bob Weir: Blue Mountain (Legacy) [09-30] - rock
  • Dan Weiss: Sixteen: Drummers Suite (Pi) - jazz [B]
  • Ben Wendel: What We Bring (Motema) - jazz
  • Kanye West: The Life of Pablo (Def Jam/GOOD Music) [02-14] - rap -- RC:A- [***]
  • The Westerlies: The Westerlies (Songlines) - jazz
  • Westside Gunn: Flygod (Griselda) [03-11] - rap
  • Wet: Don't You (Columbia) [01-29] - indie pop [B]
  • Weyes Blood: Front Row Seat to Earth (Mexican Summer) [10-21] - psychedelic folk [B-]
  • White Denim: Stiff (Downtown) [03-25] - alt/indie rock [*]
  • White Lung: Paradise (Domino) [05-06] - punk revival -- RC:A- [**]
  • Scott Whitfield: New Jazz Standards (Volume 2) (Summit) - jazz [*]
  • Whitney: Light Upon the Lake (Secretly Canadian) [06-03] - indie rock [B-]
  • Whyte Horses: Pop or Not (CRC) [05-06] - jangle pop
  • Wolter Wierbos/Jasper Stadhouders/Tim Daisy: Sounds in a Garden (Relay) [10-03] - jazz [***]
  • Steve Wiest and Phrontrange: The High Road (Blujazz) - jazz [B-]
  • Wilco: Schmilco (dBpm) [09-09] - indie rock [*]
  • ERR: grade bad priority: Andre Williams: I Wanna Go Back to Detroit City
  • Andre Williams: I Wanna Go Back to Detroit City (Bloodshot) [06-03] - blues [*]
  • Jeff Williams: Outlier (Whirlwind) - jazz [***]
  • Lucinda Williams: The Ghosts of Highway 20 (Highway 20) [02-05] - Americana
  • Marlon Williams: Marlon Williams (Dead Oceans) [04-24] - Americana
  • Saul Williams: Martyr Loser King (Fader) [01-29] - rap -- RC:A- [***]
  • Spike Wilner: Koan (Posi-Tone) - jazz
  • Anthony Wilson: Frogtown (Goat Hill) [04-15] - jazz [*]
  • Benjamin Dean Wilson: Small Talk (Tapete)
  • Matt Wilson's Big Happy Family: Beginning of a Memory (Palmetto) [05-27] - jazz [***]
  • Luke Winslow-King: I'm Glad Trouble Don't Last Always (Bloodshot) - Americana
  • Wire: Nocturnal Koreans (Pink Flag) [05-13] - experimental rock [A-]
  • Anna Wise: The Feminine: Act I (EP)
  • Florian Wittenburg: Eagle Prayer (NurNichtNur) - jazz [**]
  • Peter Wolf: A Cure for Loneliness ()
  • Warren Wolf: Convergence (Mack Avenue) - jazz
  • Woods: City Sun Eater in the River of Light (Woodist) [04-08] - indie rock
  • Jamila Woods: HEAVN (Closed Sessions) [07-11] - r&b [*]
  • Phil Woods: Live at the Deer Head Inn (Deer Head) - jazz
  • Nate Wooley/Hugo Antunes/Jorge Queijo/Mario Costa/Chris Corsano: Purple Patio (NoBusiness) - jazz [B]
  • Nate Wooley: Seven Storey Mountain V (Pleasure of the Text) - jazz [*]
  • Nate Wooley: Argonautica (Firehouse 12) [06-03] - jazz [**]
  • WorldService Project: For King and Country (Rare Noise) [04-29] - jazz [D+]
  • Rik Wright's Fundamental Forces: Subtle Energy (Hipsync) [10-01] - jazz
  • Pawel Wszolek Quintet: Faith (ForTune) [09-01] - jazz [**]
  • Wussy: Forever Sounds (Shake It) [03-04] - alt/indie rock [A-]
  • Wye Oak: Tween (Merge) [06-09] - dream pop
  • Wynonna & the Big Noise: Wynonna & the Big Noise () - country
  • Yak: Alas Salvation (Octopus Electrical/Kobalt) [05-13] - alt rock
  • Eri Yamamoto Trio: Life (AUM Fidelity) - jazz [**]
  • Basak Yavuz: A Little Red Bug (Things&) [12-15] - jazz [**]
  • Yeasayer: Amen & Goodbye (Mute) [04-01] - psychedelic pop
  • La Yegros: Magnetismo (Soundway) [03-11] - electro cumbia [***]
  • C Spencer Yeh & Ken Vandermark: Schlager (Audiographic) [11-05] - jazz [**]
  • Yellowjackets: Cohearence (Mack Avenue) [04-22] - jazz [**]
  • YG: Still Brazy (Def Jam) [06-15] - rap [*]
  • Yo Gotti: The Art of Hustle (Epic) [02-19] - rap
  • Dwight Yoakam: Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars . . . (Sugar Hill) [09-23] - country
  • Yoni & Geti: Testarossa (Joyful Noise) [05-06] - rap [**]
  • Youandewan: There Is No Right Time (Aus Music/Simple) [10-14] - deep house
  • Neil Young + Promise of the Real: Earth (Reprise, 2CD) [06-17] - folk rock [*]
  • Neil Young: Peace Trail (Reprise) [12-09] - folk rock [**]
  • Young Dolph: King of Memphis () - rap
  • Young Thug: I'm Up (300 Entertainment/Atlantic) [02-05] - rap [A-]
  • Young Thug: Slime Season 3 (300 Entertainment/Atlantic) [03-25] - rap [**]
  • Young Thug: [No My Name Is] Jeffery (300 Entertainment/Atlantic) [08-25] - rap [A-]
  • Brandee Younger: Wax & Wane (Revive, EP) [02-19] - jazz [*]
  • Dhafer Youssef: Diwan of Beauty and Odd (OKeh) [09-20] - [B]
  • Yuck: Stranger Things ()
  • Yung Lean: Warlord (Year0001) [02-25]
  • Yussef Kamaal: Black Focus (Brownswood) [11-04] - jazz [*]
  • Peter Zak: Standards (SteepleChase) - jazz [*]
  • Zarabande: El Toro (AFlo) [01-06] - jazz [*]
  • Zayn: Mind of Mine (RCA) [03-25]
  • Tom Ze: Cancoes Eroticas de Ninar (Circus) [10-28] - Brazilian [A-]
  • Denny Zeitlin: Early Wayne: Explorations of Classic Wayne Shorter Compositions (Sunnyside) [07-08] - jazz [*]
  • ZelooperZ: Bothic (Bruiser Brigade) [03-04]
  • Omri Ziegele Noisy Minority: Wrong Is Right (Intakt) [02-26] - jazz [A-]
  • Waclaw Zimpel: Lines (Instant Classic) [02-05] - jazz
  • Zomba Prison Project: I Will Not Stop Singing (Six Degrees) [09-09] - African [**]
  • Zomby: Ultra (Hyperdub) [09-02] - UK bass
  • John Zorn: 49 Acts of Unspeakable Depravity in the Abominable Life and Times of Gilles de Rais (Tzadik) [09-30] - jazz
  • John Zorn: The Painted Bird (Tzadik) [03-18] - jazz
  • John Zorn: The True Discoveries of Witches and Demons (Tzadik) - jazz
  • John Zorn: The Mockingbird (Tzadik) - jazz
  • Yumi Zouma: Yoncalla (Cascine) [05-27] - synthpop
  • Christopher Zuar Orchestra: Musings (Sunnyside) [04-01] - jazz [**]
  • Calentura: Global Basement ()
  • Day of the Dead (4AD) [05-20] - roots rock
  • God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson (Alligator) [02-26] - blues gospel -- RC:A- [A-]
  • Gqom Oh! The Sound of Durban Vol 1 (Goom Oh!) [02-01] - [*]
  • La La Land [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (Insomniac/Interscope) [12-09] - soundtrack
  • The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: Celebrating Mac & His Music (Concord)
  • Sing Street [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] ()
  • ERR: stream no grade: : Sky Girl
  • Sky Girl (Efficient Space) [07-22]
  • Southern Family (Elektra/Low Country Sound) [04-18] - country [**]

Reissues, Etc.

  • African Head Charge: Return of the Crocodile (1981-86, On-U Sound) [11-00] - dub [**]
  • The Aggrovators: Dubbing at King Tubby's (VP) - reggae
  • Mose Allison: I'm Not Talkin: The Soul Stylings of Mose Allison 1957-1971 (BGP) [10-28] - jazz
  • Angry Angles: Angry Angles (2005, Goner) [05-20] - pop/rock [**]
  • Albert Ayler: Bells/Prophecy [Expanded Edition] (ESP Disk) - jazz
  • Albert Ayler Quartet with Don Cherry: European Radio Studio Recordings 1964 (Hatology) - jazz
  • The B-52's: Live! 8-04-1979 (Real Gone) [08-05] - new wave
  • Count Basie/Lester Young: Classic 1936-1947 Count Basie & Lester Young Studio Sessions (Mosaic, 8CD) - jazz
  • The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1964-65, Universal/Apple) [09-09] - British invasion [A-]
  • Harry Beckett: Still Happy (1974, My Only Desire, EP) [05-13] - jazz [B]
  • Cheryl Bentyne: Lost Love Songs (Summit) - jazz [***]
  • Borah Bergman/Peter Brotzmann/Frode Gjerstad: Left (Not Two) - jazz [**]
  • Bitori: Legend of Funana: The Forbidden Music of the Cape Verde Islands (Analog Africa) [09-12] - African [***]
  • David Bowie: Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976) (Parlophone) [09-23]
  • Brother Ahh/Sounds of Awareness: Move Ever Onward (1975, Manufactured) - jazz [B-]
  • Brother Ah and the Sounds of Awareness: Key to Nowhere (1983, Manufactured) - jazz [*]
  • Jeff Buckley: You and I (Columbia) [03-11]
  • Dave Burrell and Bob Stewart: The Crave (1994, NoBusiness) - jazz
  • Joe Bushkin: Live at the Embers 1952 (Dot Time) - jazz [***]
  • Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Got a Mind to Give Up Living: Live 1966 (Real Gone) - blues
  • John Cage & Sun Ra: John Cage Meets Sun Ra: The Complete Concert June 8 1986 Coney Island NY (Modern Harmonic) - jazz
  • Don Cherry/John Tchicai/Irène Schweizer/Léon Francioli/Pierre Favre: Musical Monsters (1980, Intakt) [08-24] - jazz [A-]
  • John Coltrane: A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters (Impulse) - jazz
  • John Coltrane: The Atlantic Years in Mono (Atlantic) [06-10] - jazz
  • The Cucumbers: The Fake Doom Years (1983-1986) (Lifeforce) [03-20] - alt/indie rock [A-]
  • The Jim Cullum Jazz Band/William Warfield: George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess Live (1992, Riverwalk Jazz, 2CD) [06-01] - jazz [***]
  • Miles Davis Quintet: Freedom Jazz Dance [The Bootleg Series Vol 5] (1966-68, Columbia/Legacy, 3CD) [10-21] - jazz [*]
  • James Luther Dickinson: Dixie Fried (1972, Light in the Attic)
  • J Dilla: The Diary (Mass Appeal/Pay Jay) [04-15] - rap [*]
  • DJ Katapila: Trotro (2009, Awesome Tapes From Africa) [02-19] - Africa [***]
  • Christy Doran: In the Corner of the Eye (1989-91, Hatology) [05-13] - jazz
  • Bob Dylan: The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert! (Columbia/Legacy, 2CD) [12-02] - singer-songwriter [B]
  • Julius Eastman: Femenine (Frozen Reeds) [08-00] - minimal
  • El'Blaszczyk: The Quirky Lost Tapes 1993-95 (Born Bad) [09-24]
  • Peter Erskine Trio/John Taylor/Palle Danielsson: As It Was (1992-97, ECM, 4CD) - jazz [*]
  • Bill Evans: Some Other Time: The Lost Sessions From the Black Forest (Resonance, 2CD) [04-22] - jazz
  • Fanfare Ciocarlia: 20 (Asphalt Tango) [06-17] - [A-]
  • Ella Fitzgerald: Jazz at the Philharmonic: The Ella Fitzgerald Set (1949-54, Verve) [03-25] - jazz [*]
  • Flying Saucer Attack: Chorus (Domino)
  • Erroll Garner: Ready Take One (1967-71, Legacy) [09-30] - jazz [*]
  • Awalom Gebremariam: Desdes (Awesome Tapes From Africa) [04-15] - Africa [***]
  • Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto: Getz/Gilberto '76 (Resonance) - jazz
  • Dizzy Gillespie & Friends: Concert of the Century: A Tribute to Charlie Parker (Justin Time) [11-11] - jazz [*]
  • The Great American Music Ensemble: It's All in the Game (2001, Jazzed Media) [03-04] - jazz [A-]
  • Bob Greene/St Peter Street Strutters: Recorded at Preservation Hall (Delmark) [03-18] - jazz
  • Merle Haggard: The Best of the Capitol Years (1966-76, Capitol) - country [A]
  • Herb Hall: Old Tyme Modern (Sackville) [03-18] - jazz
  • Betty Harris: The Lost Queen of New Orleans Soul (1964-69, Soul Jazz) [10-07] - funk/soul [**]
  • Alex Harvey: The Last of the Teenage Idols (UMC)
  • The Highwaymen: The Very Best of the Highwaymen (Columbia/Legacy) -
  • Anna Homler and Steve Moshier: Breadwoman & Other Tales (RVNG Intl) [**]
  • William Hooker: Light: The Early Years 1975-1989 (NoBusiness, 4CD) - jazz [A-]
  • Shirley Horn: Live at the 4 Queens (1988, Resonance) [09-16] - jazz [A-]
  • Mahalia Jackson: Moving on up a Little Higher (Shanachie)
  • Keith Jarrett: A Multitude of Angels (ECM) - jazz
  • Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra: All My Yesterdays (1966, Resonance, 2CD) [02-19] - jazz [A-]
  • Janis Joplin: Little Girl Blue (MVD) [02-12]
  • Vieux Kante: The Young Man's Harp (Sterns) - African [A-]
  • King Crimson: Beat [40th Anniversary] (DGM)
  • Rahsaan Roland Kirk: The Case of the Three Sided Dream (Arthaus Musik) - jazz
  • Peter Kuhn: No Coming, No Going: The Music of Peter Kuhn, 1978-1979 (NoBusiness, 2CD) - jazz [A-]
  • Daunik Lazro/Joelle Leandre/George Lewis: Enfances 8 Janv 1984 (Fou) - jazz [*]
  • Joelle Leandre: No Comment (1994-95, Fou) - jazz [B]
  • Steve Lehman Camouflage Trio: Interface (2003, Clean Feed) - jazz [***]
  • Led Zeppelin: BBC Sessions (Atlantic) [09-16]
  • Larry Levan: Genius of Time (EMI, 2CD) [04-01] - club/dance
  • The Long Ryders: Final Wild Songs (Cherry Red)
  • Joe Lovano Quartet: Classic! Live at Newport (Blue Note) [07-29] - jazz [***]
  • Allen Lowe: Julius Hemphill Plays the Music of Allen Lowe (self-released) [02-02] - jazz [**]
  • Allen Lowe: Louis Armstrong: An Avant Garde Portrait (1992, Constant Sorrow) [03-05] - jazz [***]
  • Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: 2016:EPs (Hot Cup) - jazz
  • Jimmy Lyons: Push Pull (1978, Corbett vs Dempsey, 2CD) - jazz
  • Lyrics Born: Now Look What You've Done: Greatest Hits (1997-2015, Mobile Home) [04-15] - rap [A]
  • Magic Sam Blues Band: Black Magic (Delmark) [01-08] - blues
  • Magma: Kohnzert Zund (Jazz Village, 11CD)
  • Chris McGregor & the Castle Lager Big Band: Jazz/The African Sound (Jazzman) - jazz [**]
  • Joe McPhee & Raymond Boni: Live From the Magic City (Birmingham Alabama) (1985, Trost) [11-25] - jazz [**]
  • Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band: Wede Harer Guzo (1978, Awesome Tapes From Africa) - Ethiopian [A-]
  • Brad Mehldau: 10 Years Solo Live (Nonesuch) - jazz
  • Meridian Brothers V: El Advenimiento del Castillo Mujer (2005, Discrepant) - [A-]
  • Blue Mitchell/Sonny Red: Baltimore 1966 (Uptown) - jazz
  • Van Morrison: It's Too Late to Stop Now: Volumes II, III, IV & DVD (1973, Legacy, 3CD) [A-]
  • Lee Moses: Time and Place (Future Days)
  • Joey Negro: Remixed With Love by Joey Negro: Vol Two (Z, 2CD) [03-04] - club/dance [*]
  • Joe Newman Sextet: The Happy Cats (1956, Fresh Sound) - jazz [*]
  • Evan Parker/Daunik Lazro/Joe McPhee: Seven Pieces: Live at Willisau 1995 (Clean Feed) [12-09] - jazz
  • Dolly Parton/Emmylou Harris/Linda Ronstadt: The Complete Trio Collection () - country
  • Elvis Presley: Way Down in the Jungle Room (1976, RCA/Legacy) [08-05] [*]
  • Professor Longhair: Live in Chicago (1976, Orleans, EP) [04-15] - New Orleans piano [**]
  • PS Eliot: PS Eliot 2007-2011 ()
  • Pylon: Live (1983, Chunklet) [***]
  • Otis Redding: Live at the Whisky a Go Go: The Complete Recordings (Stax) - soul
  • Blind Alfred Reed: Appalachian Visionary (1927-29, Dust-to-Digital) [02-19] - old-time country [A-]
  • Steve Reich: The ECM Recordings (ECM) - jazz
  • Howard Riley: Constant Change 1976-2016 (NoBusiness, 3CD) - jazz [***]
  • Woody Shaw: The Tour: Volume One (HighNote) - jazz
  • Jeri Southern: Blue Note Chicago March 1956 (Uptown Jazz) - jazz
  • Bruce Springsteen: Chapter and Verse (1966-2012, Columbia) [***]
  • Sun Ra: Singles: The Definitive 45s Collection Vol 1 1952-1961 (Strut) - jazz
  • Sunburst: Ave Africa: The Complete Recordings 1973-1976 (Strut) [06-24] - East African [*]
  • Swanee Quintet: The Complete Nashboro Recordings 1951-1962 ()
  • Cecil Taylor: Live in the Black Forest (1978, MPS) - jazz [**]
  • TEST: Always Coming From the Love Side (1999, Eremite) - jazz
  • This Heat: This Heat (Light in the Attic)
  • Pat Thomas: Coming Home: Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1967-1981 (Strut, 2CD) [09-30] - African [A-]
  • Steve Vai: Modern Primitive/Passion & Warfare [25th Anniversary Edition] (Epic/Legacy) [06-24]
  • Sarah Vaughan: Live at Rosy's (Resonance) [03-25] - jazz
  • David S Ware and Matthew Shipp Duo: Live at Sant'Anna Arresi 2004 (AUM Fidelity) - jazz [***]
  • Weather Report: The Legendary Tapes 1978-1981 (Legacy) - jazz
  • Jack White: Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 (Columbia)
  • Arthur Williams: Forgiveness Suite (1979, NoBusiness) [06-00] - jazz [**]
  • Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys: Let's Play, Boys: Rediscovered Songs From Bob Wills' Personal Transcriptions () - western swing
  • Jurgen Wuchner/Rudi Mahall/Jorg Fischer: In Memoriam: Buschi Niebergall (1997, Sporeprint) - jazz [***]
  • Larry Young: In Paris: The ORTF Recordings (1964-65, Resonance -2CD) [03-11] - jazz [***]
  • American Honey (UME) - soundtrack [***]
  • Blues Images Presents . . . 20 Classic Blues Songs From the 1920's: Vol 13 (Blues Images) - blues -- RC:*
  • Bobo Yeye: Belle Epoque in Upper Volta (Numero Group, 3CD) [10-28] - African [***]
  • Boogie Breakdown: South African Synth-Disco 1980-1984 (Cultures of Soul) [12-02] - disco [B-]
  • Can't You Hear Me? 70's African Nuggets & Garage Rock From Nigeria, Zambia, and Zimbabwe (Now-Again) [03-18] - African rock [A-]
  • Celestial Blues: Cosmic Political and Spiritual Jazz 1970 to 1974 (BGP) - jazz
  • Close to the Noise Floor: Formative UK Electronica 1975-1984 (Cherry Red, 4CD) [04-29] - [*]
  • Desconstrucao: A Portrait of Sao Paulo's Music Scene ()
  • Doing It in Lagos: Boogie, Pop & Disco in 1980's Nigeria () - [B]
  • The Hamilton Mixtape (Atlantic) [12-02] - [***]
  • I'm a Freak Baby: A Journey Through British Heavy Psych and Hard Rock (Grapefruit/Cherry Red) - jazz
  • Khmer Rouge Survivors: They Will Kill You if You Cry (Glitterbeat) -
  • Miles Ahead [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (Columbia/Legacy) [04-01] - jazz [*]
  • Music of Morocco: From the Library of Congress: Recorded by Paul Bowles 1959 (Dust to Digital) -
  • New York Noise: Dance Music From the New York Underground 1977-1982 (Soul Jazz) [**]
  • Oscar With Love (Two Lions) - jazz
  • Punk 45: Chaos in the City of Angels and Devils: Hollywood From X to Zero & Hardcore on the Beaches: Punk in Los Angeles 1977-81 (1977-81, Soul Jazz) [03-18] - punk/new wave [***]
  • Putumayo Presents: African Rumba (Putumayo World Music) - African [A-]
  • Putumayo Presents: Blues Party (Putumayo World Music) [06-24] - blues
  • The Rough Guide to Americana (World Music Network) - Americana
  • The Rough Guide to Blues Women (World Music Network) - blues
  • The Rough Guide to Bottleneck Blues [Second Edition] (World Music Network) [02-26] - blues -- RC:** [***]
  • The Rough Guide to Delta Blues (World Music Network) - blues
  • The Rough Guide to Ethiopian Jazz (World Music Network) -
  • The Rough Guide to Gospel Blues (World Music Network) - blues
  • The Rough Guide to Peru Rare Groove (World Music Network) -
  • The Rough Guide to South African Jazz [Second Edition] (World Music Network) [03-25] - African [A-]
  • Senegambia Rebel (Voodoo Rebel) - [A-]
  • Sherwood at the Controls Vol 2: 1985-1990 (On U Sounds) [06-24] - alt dance
  • Soul Sok Sega: Sega Sounds From Mauritius 1973-1979 (1973-79, Strut) [01-22] - international [***]
  • Space Echo: The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed! (Analog Africa) [03-27] - African [**]
  • Still in a Dream: A Story of Shoegaze 1988-1995 (Cherry Red)
  • Tanbou Toujou Lou: Merenge Kompa Kreyou Vodou Jazz & Electric Folklore From Haiti (1960-1981) (Ostinato) - [***]
  • Urgent Jumping: East African Musiki Wa Dansi Classics (Sterns, 2CD) [09-16] - African [A-]
  • Waxing the Gospel: Mass Evangelism and the Phonograph 1890-1900 (Archeophone)
  • Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music (Numero Group)
  • Why the Mountains Are Black: Primeval Greek Village Music 1907-1960 (Third Man) -

Priority Counts

  • Priority 1: 287
  • Priority 2: 288
  • Priority 3: 0
  • Priority 4: 689
  • Priority 5: 478

Total: 1742