Music Tracking 2021

These are 2021 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.

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

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New Releases

  • Albare: Albare Plays Jobim Vol 2 (Alfi) [01-08] - jazz [U]
  • Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet: Social Distancing (Saponegro) [01-29] - jazz [**]
  • Franco Ambrosetti Band: Lost Within You (Unit) [01-29] - jazz [**]
  • Baker's Brew: New Works (Psychosomatic, 2CD) [02-12] - jazz [U]
  • Dan Blake: Da Fe (Sunnyside) [03-12] - jazz [U]
  • Ian Charleton Big Band: A Fresh Perspective (none) [03-16] - jazz [U]
  • Emmet Cohen: Future Stride (Mack Avenue) [01-29] - jazz [**]
  • Cowboys & Frenchmen: Our Highway (Outside In Music) [02-26] - jazz [U]
  • Dan Ex Machina: Bail Shag EP (self-released -EP) [01-02] - alt/indie [*]
  • Benoit Delbecq: The Weight of Light (Pyroclastic) [02-12] - jazz [**]
  • ERR: stream no grade: The Dynamic Les DeMerle Band Featuring Bonnie Eisele: Hot Night in Venice: Live at the Venice Jazz Club
  • The Dynamic Les DeMerle Band Featuring Bonnie Eisele: Hot Night in Venice: Live at the Venice Jazz Club (Origin) [J|jazz] - U
  • Randal Despommier: Dio C'e (Outside In Music) [02-06] - jazz [B]
  • Ani DiFranco: Revolutionary Love (Righteous Babe) [01-29] - singer-songwriter [**]
  • Pat Donaher: Occasionally (self-released) [04-09] - jazz [U]
  • Nahawa Doumbia: Kanawa (Awesome Tapes From Africa) [01-29] - Africa
  • Rebecca Dumaine and the Dave Miller Trio: Someday, Someday (Summit) [03-12] - vocal jazz [U]
  • Steve Earle & the Dukes: JT (New West) [01-04] - country [A-]
  • Yelena Eckemoff: Adventures of the Wildflower (L&H Production -2CD) [03-19] - jazz [U]
  • Signe Emmeluth: Hi Hello I'm Signe (Relative Pitch) [01-29] - jazz [B]
  • Yoav Eshed/Lex Korten/Massimo Biolcati/Jongkuk Kim: A Way Out (Sounderscore) [02-19] - jazz [U]
  • RAP Ferreira: Bob's Son: RAP Ferreira in the Garden Level Cafe of the Scallops Hotel (Ruby Yacht) [01-01] - hip-hop [***]
  • Satoko Fujii: Hazuki: Piano Solo (Libra) [03-19] - jazz [U]
  • Futari: Beyond (Libra) [01-21] - jazz [*]
  • The Grasso-Ravita Jazz Ensemble: Jagged Spaces (Grassvita Music) [01-15] - jazz [U]
  • Frank Gratkowski/Achim Kaufmann/Wilbert de Joode/Tony Buck: Flatbosc & Cautery (NoBusiness -20) [2020-11-15] - jazz [U]
  • Barry Guy: Irvin's Comet (NoBusiness -20) [2020-11-15] - jazz [U]
  • Roderick Harper: Evolving (R.H.M. Entertainment) [01-04] - jazz [*]
  • Alexander Hawkins: Togetherness Music: For Sixteen Musicians (Intakt) [01-15] - jazz
  • The Hold Steady: Open Door Policy (Positive Jams) [02-19] - alt/indie [**]
  • Ethan Iverson/Umbria Jazz Orchestra: Bud Powell in the 21st Century (Sunnyside) [01-29] - jazz [**]
  • Jazz Worms: Squirmin' (Capri) - jazz [U]
  • Jonathan Kane and Dave Soldier: February Meets Soldier String Quartet (EEG) [02-01] - jazz [U]
  • Katarsis 4: Live at the Underground Water Reservoir (NoBusiness -20) [2020-12-25] - jazz [*]
  • Reza Khan: Imaginary Road (Painted Music) [03-26] - jazz [U]
  • Kuzu: The Glass Delusion (Astral Spirits) [03-05] - jazz
  • Andy LaVerne: Rhapsody (SteepleChase) [03-12] - jazz [**]
  • Lukas Ligeti: That Which Has Remaind . . . That Which Will Emerge . . . (Col Legno) [03-26] - jazz [U]
  • Johan Lindstrom Septett: On the Asylum (Moserobie) - jazz [*]
  • Joe Lovano: Trio Tapestry: Garden of Expression (ECM) [01-29] - jazz [B]
  • Madlib: Sound Ancestors (Madlib Invazion) [01-29] - hip-hop [*]
  • Doug MacDonald Duo: Toluca Lake Jazz (Doug MacDonald Music) [02-05] - jazz [U]
  • Shai Maestro: Human (ECM) [01-29] - jazz [*]
  • Magnet Animals: Fake Dudes (RareNoise) [03-26] - jazz [U]
  • Mast: Battle Hymns of the Republic (World Galaxy) [01-29] - jazz [**]
  • Meridian Odyssey: Second Wave (Origin) [01-15] - jazz [*]
  • Yoko Miwa Trio: Songs of Joy (Ubuntu Music) [02-12] - jazz [**]
  • Hafez Modirzadeh: Facets (Pi) [03-05] - jazz [U]
  • Sana Nagano: Smashing Humans (577) [03-19] - jazz [U]
  • Willie Nelson: That's Life (Legacy) [02-26] - country [B]
  • Larry Newcomb Quartet: Love, Dad (Essential Messenger) [02-05] - jazz [*]
  • ERR: stream no grade: Palberta: Palberta 5000
  • Palberta: Palberta 5000 (Wharf Cat) [01-22] - alt/indie
  • William Parker: Migration of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World (Centering/AUM Fidelity -10CD) [01-29] - jazz
  • Ivo Perelman Trio: Garden of Jewels (Tao Forms) [01-22] - jazz [U]
  • Charlie Porter: Hindsight (OA2) [02-19] - jazz [U]
  • Reggie Quinerly: New York Nowhere (Redefinition) [03-12] - jazz [U]
  • RED Trio & Celebration Band: Suite 10 Years Anniversary (NoBusiness -2CD -20) [2020-11-15] - jazz [U]
  • The Justin Rothberg Group: Hurricane Mouse (self-released) [01-01] - jazz [*]
  • Zoe Scott: Shades of Love (Zoe Scott Music) [10-02] - vocal jazz [U]
  • Idit Shner: Live at the Jazz Station (OA2) [02-18] - jazz [U]
  • Grete Skarpeid: Beyond Other Stories (Origin) [01-15] - jazz [**]
  • Sleaford Mods: Spare Ribs (Rough Trade) [01-15] - post-punk [***]
  • Slowthai: Tyron (Method) [02-12] - hip-hop [*]
  • Jim Snidero: Live at the Deer Head Inn (Savant) [03-26] - jazz [U]
  • John Stowell/Dan Dean: Rain Painting (Origin) [02-19] - jazz [U]
  • Aki Takase/Christian Weber/Michael Griener: Auge (Intakt) [01-15] - jazz
  • Thumbscrew: Never Is Enough (Cuneiform) [02-26] - jazz
  • Sabu Toyozumi/Mats Gustafsson: Hokusai (NoBusiness -20) [2020-11-15] - jazz [U]
  • Yuma Uesaka/Cat Toren/Colin Hinton: Ocelot (577) [03-26] - jazz [***]
  • Theo Walentiny: Looking Glass (self-released) [04-02] - jazz [U]
  • Amber Weekes: My Romance: A Special Valentin (Amber Inn Productions -EP) [02-14] - vocal jazz [U]
  • Ruth Weiss: We Are Sparks in the Universe to Our Own Fire (Edgetone) [01-26] - jazz poetry [U]
  • Rodney Whitaker With the Christ Church Cranbrook Choir: Cranbrook Christmas Jazz (Origin) [01-15] - jazz [B]
  • Chris White/Lara Driscoll: Firm Roots (self-released) [01-21] - jazz [U]
  • Nate Wooley/Liudas Mockunas/Barry Guy/Arkadijus Gotesmanas: NOX (NoBusiness -20) [2020-11-15] - jazz [*]
  • Greg Yasinitsky Yazz Band: New Normal (Origin) [01-15] - jazz [B]

Reissues, Etc.

  • Derek Baiey/Mototeru Takagi: Live at FarOut, Atsugi 1987 (NoBusiness -20) [2020-11-15] - jazz [U]
  • Hal Galper Quintet: Live at the Berlin Philharmonic 1977 (1977, Origin -2CD) [01-15] - jazz [***]
  • Juozas Milasius/Tomas Kulavicius/Dalius Naujokaitis/Lithuanian Young Composers Orchestra: Live at Willisau, 1993 (NoBusiness -20) [2020-11-15] - jazz [C+]
  • Sun Ra: On Jupiter (1979, Enterplanetary Koncepts) [01-01] - jazz [***]
  • Sam Rivers Quartet: Braids [Sam Rivers Archive Project, Volume 4] (1979, NoBusiness -20) [2020-11-15] - jazz [A-]
  • Schlippenbach & Johansson: Onkel Pos Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1978 (SAJ) [01-03] - jazz [A-]
  • Nancy Sinatra: Start Walkin' 1965-1976 (Light in the Attic) [02-05] - rock [**]
  • Masauyki JoJo Takayanagi/Nobuyoshi Ino/Masabumi PUU Kikuchi: Live at Jazz Inn Lovely 1990 (NoBusiness -20) [2020-11-15] - jazz [**]
  • J Jazz Volume 3: Deep Modern Jazz From Japan (BBE) [02-26] - jazz

Priority Counts

  • Priority 1: 0
  • Priority 2: 6
  • Priority 3: 1
  • Priority 4: 20
  • Priority 5: 57

Total: 84