Metacritic Aggregate: 2020 Old Music: Jazz

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Sub-Lists

Some breakdowns by genre:

Ranking

  1. Nina Simone: Fodder on My Wings (1982, Verve) {9}: AAJ:*, DB:*, Fld:*, Pf:*, PO:*, SC:*, Sp:* -- A:81/4, TH:**
  2. Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers: Just Coolin' (Blue Note) {7}: AAJ:*, Al:*, DB:*, TN:* -- A:73/3, TH:***
  3. Thelonious Monk: Palo Alto (1968, Impulse) {7}: AAJ:*, PO:*, U:* -- TH:A-
  4. The MacroQuarktet: The Complete Night: Live at the Stone NYC (2007, Out of Your Head -2CD) {6}: AAJ:*, FJ:*, TN:* -- TH:***
  5. The Good Life: The Animals Took Over (2009, self-released) {5}: bc_j:* -- TH:A-
  6. Sam Rivers: Ricochet [Sam Rivers Archive Project, Volume 3] (1978, NoBusiness) {5}: AAJ:*, TN:* -- TH:***
  7. Pharoah Sanders: Live in Paris 1975 (Transversales Disque) {5}: Pf:*, PO:*, TN:* -- A:90/1, TH:**
  8. Borah Bergman/Perry Anderson/Steve Swell/Ray Sage: Quartets Trios Duos (2007, Mahakala Music) {4}: -- TH:A-
  9. Willem Breuker/Han Bennink: New Acoustic Swing Duo (1967-68, Corbett vs Dempsey -19) {4}: FJ:* -- TH:***
  10. The Mark Harvey Group: A Rite for All Souls (1971, Americas Musicworks -2CD) {4}: AAJ:* -- TH:***
  11. Modern Jazz Quintet Karlsruhe/Four Men Only: Complete Recordings (1968-73, NoBusiness -3CD) {4}: -- TH:A-
  12. New Stories: Speakin' Out (Origin) {4}: AAJ:* -- TH:***
  13. Owl Xounds Exploding Galaxy: The Coalescence (ESP-Disk) {4}: TN:* -- TH:***
  14. Charlie Parker: The Savoy 10-inch LP Collection (1944-48, Craft) {4}: AAJ:*, TN:* -- TH:**
  15. Shirley Scott: One for Me (Arc) {4}: bc_r:* -- TH:***
  16. Harry Beckett: Joy Unlimited (1974, Cadillac) {3}: AM:* -- TH:**
  17. Abraham Burton: Live at Visiones, NYC 1993 (self-released -EP) {3}: -- TH:***
  18. Bob James: Once Upon a Time: The Lost 1965 New York Studio Sessions (1965, Resonance) {3}: AM:* -- TH:**
  19. Hank Jones Trio: Live at Jazzhus Slukefter Vol 2 (1983, Storyville) {3}: -- TH:***
  20. Nublu Orchestra Conducted by Butch Morris: Live in Bergamo (2008, Nublu) {3}: -- TH:***
  21. Dudu Pukwana: Dudu Phukwana and the "Spears" (1968-69, Matsuli Music) {3}: -- TH:***
  22. Bobby Shew/Bill Mays: Telepathy (1978, Fresh Sound -19) {3}: AAJ:* -- TH:**
  23. Lennie Tristano: The Duo Sessions (Dot Time) {3}: DB:* -- TH:**
  24. John Vanore: Primary Colors (1984-85, Acoustical Concepts) {3}: AAJ:* -- TH:**
  25. Rashied Ali/Frank Lowe: Duo Exchange: Complete Sessions (1972, Survival) {2}: FJ:*, Pf:* -- A:80/1
  26. Rashied Ali Quintet: First Time Out: Live at Slugs 1967 (Survival) {2}: FJ:* -- TH:*
  27. Albert Ayler Trio: 1964: Prophecy Revisited (Ezz-thetics) {2}: AAJ:*, TN:*
  28. Alan Braufman & Cooper-Moore: Live at WKCR May 22, 1972 (Valley of Search -EP -19) {2}: -- TH:**
  29. The Claire Daly Band: Rah! Rah! (2008, Ride Symbol) {2}: -- TH:**
  30. DUX Orchestra: Duck Walks Dog (With Mixed Results) (1994, NoBusiness) {2}: -- TH:**
  31. Duke Ellington: Uppsala 1971 (Storyville -19) {2}: -- TH:**
  32. Joe Harriott Quintet: Swings High (1967, Cadillac) {2}: -- TH:**
  33. Noah Howard: Live in Europe Vol 1 (1975, Sconsolato) {2}: -- TH:**
  34. Brent Jensen: The Sound of a Dry Martini: Remembering Paul Desmond (2002, Origin) {2}: -- TH:**
  35. The John Tchicai Quartet: Live at the Stone (2007, Minus Zero) {2}: bc_j:* -- TH:*
  36. Stefan Keune/John Russell/Hans Schneider/Paul Lovens: Nothing Particularly Horrible: Live in Bochum '93 (FMR -19) {2}: AAJ:*, FJ:*
  37. New York Contemporary Five: Consequences Revisited (1963-64, Ezz-thetics) {2}: AAJ:*, TN:*
  38. Nublu Orchestra Conducted by Butch Morris: Live in Paris (2010, Nublu) {2}: -- TH:**
  39. Charlie Parker: The Birth of BeBop: Celebrating Bird at 100: Selections From the Dial and Savoy Recordings (Ezz-thetics) {2}: AAJ:*, TN:*
  40. Hideto Sasaki-Toshiyuki Sekine Quartet Plus 1: Stop Over (1976, BBE) {2}: -- TH:**
  41. Frank Sinatra: Nice 'N Easy [60th Anniversary Edition] (Capitol) {2}: DB:*; xhs:+
  42. Horace Tapscott With the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra: Ancestral Echoes: The Covina Sessions, 1976 (Dark Tree) {2}: AAJ:*, TN:* -- TH:U
  43. Triage: Live at the Velvet Lounge (2005, Aerophonic) {2}: -- TH:**
  44. John Abercrombie/Don Thompson: Yesterdays (1992, Cornerstone -19) {1}: AAJ:*
  45. The Awakening: Hear, Sense, and Feel (Real Gone Music) {1}: PO:*
  46. Borah Bergman/Wilber Morris/Sunny Murray: Monks (1996, Somerealmusic) {1}: AAJ:*
  47. Walter Bishop Jr: Coral Keys (Real Gone Music) {1}: PO:*
  48. Tina Brooks: The Complete Recordings: Master Takes (Phono -2CD) {1}: AAJ:*
  49. Vincent Chancey/Wilber Morris/Warren Smith: The Spell: The Vincent Chancey Trio Live 1987 (NoBusiness) {1}: -- TH:*
  50. Don Cherry: Cherry Jam (Gearbox) {1}: AAJ:*
  51. Nat King Cole: Straighten Up and Fly Right: The Best of Hittin' the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943) (Resonance) {1}: AAJ:*
  52. John Coltrane Quartet: My Favorite Things Graz 1962 (Ezz-thetics) {1}: TN:*
  53. Duke Ellington: Money Jungle [Tone Poet Series] (Blue Note) {1}: SE:+
  54. Ibrahim Ferrer: Buenos Hermanos (2003, World Circuit) {1}: DB:*
  55. Ella Fitzgerald: The Complete Piano Duets (Verve -2CD) {1}: DB:*
  56. Errol Garner: Campus Concert (Mack Avenue) {1}: AAJ:*
  57. Errol Garner: That's My Kick (Mack Avenue) {1}: AAJ:*
  58. Dexter Gordon Quartet: Live in Chateauvallon 1978 (Elemental Music) {1}: DB:*
  59. Milford Graves/Don Pullen: The Complete Yale Concert, 1966 (Corbett vs Dempsey) {1}: PO:*
  60. Doug Hammond: Reflections in the Sea of Nurnen (1975, Tribe) {1}: bc_j:* -- TH:B
  61. Herbie Hancock: The Prisoner [Tone Poet Series] (Blue Note) {1}: SE:+
  62. Peter Hansen/Peeter Uuskyla: July 1, 1979 (Outerdisk) {1}: AAJ:*
  63. Freddie Hubbard: Open Sesame (Blue Note) {1}: AAJ:*
  64. Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd: InWhatStrumentals (2003, Pi) {1}: AAJ:*
  65. King Ubu Orchestra: Concert at Town Hall/Binaurality: Live 1989 (FMP) {1}: PO:*
  66. Franz Koglmann Septet: Fruits of Solitude (Ezz-thetics) {1}: AAJ:*
  67. Peter Kowald: Total Music Meeting 1997 (Solo Bass) (FMP) {1}: FJ:*
  68. London Jazz Composers Orchestra: That Time (1972-80, Not Two) {1}: AAJ:*
  69. Joe McPhee: Black Is the Color: Live in Poughkeepsie and New Windsor 1969-70 (Corbett vs Dempsey -2CD) {1}: PO:*
  70. Hank Mobley: Soul Station (Music Matters) {1}: AAJ:*
  71. Nublu Orchestra Conducted by Butch Morris: Live in Sao Paulo (2008, Nublu) {1}: -- TH:*
  72. Eivind Opsvik: Overseas Live 2002-2012 (Loyal Label) {1}: bc_j:*
  73. The Outskirts: You Deserve to Dance (2009, Aerophonic) {1}: -- TH:*
  74. Graham Parker: The Up Escalator [40th Anniversary Edition] (Quake) {1}:
  75. Sun Ra Arkestra: Heliocentric Worlds 1 & 2 Revisited (Ezz-thetics) {1}: TN:*
  76. Drew Schlesinger & David Torn: Summer Synthesis 1978 (self-released) {1}: AAJ:*
  77. Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes: Expansions (Ace) {1}: AAJ:*
  78. Horace Tapscott Quintet: The Giant Is Awakened (1969, Real Gone Music) {1}: DB:*
  79. Marco Von Orelli/Tommy Meier/Luca Sisera/Sheldon Suter: Lotus Crash (Ezz-Thetics) {1}: AAJ:*
  80. Patty Waters: Plays (Waters Sings -EP) {1}: U:*
  81. Andy Williams: Emperor of Easy: Lost Columbia Masters 1962-1972 (Real Gone Music) {1}: xhs:+
  82. Danse Macabre 2020 Vol 1 (Objet-A) {1}: FJ:*
  83. Danse Macabre 2020 Vol 2 (Objet-A) {1}: FJ:*
  84. Danse Macabre 2020 Vol 3 (Objet-A) {1}: FJ:*
  85. Danse Macabre 2020 Vol 4 (Objet-A) {1}: FJ:*
  86. Ella 100: Live at the Apollo! (Concord) {1}: DB:*
  87. Miles Davis: Music From and Inspired by Birth of the Cool [A Film by Stanley Nelson] (Legacy) {1}: AAJ:*
  88. New Improvised Music From Buenos Aires [Compiled by Jason Weiss] (ESP-Disk -19) {1}: PO:* -- TH:[***]
  89. Tales of Wonder: A Jazz Celebration of Steve (Posi-Tone) {1}: AAJ:*