Music Year 2016

This is my year-end list for records released in 2016. A frozen copy as of Jan. 28, 2016, is here. Post-freeze changes are marked in this color (except for re-orderings. These will be added up to Dec. 31, 2017, at which point enough will be enough -- the file may still be changed as ungraded records are belatedly graded, but no new records will be added.

For records in hand, * identifies an advance copy, ** something borrowed, downloaded or streamed. Some albums released in previous years are included here, noted by a "-NN" (e.g., -14 for 2014) -- these are mostly imports or self-releases, often hard to figure out official dates, but they were unknown (to me, at least) before the current year.

New Records

  1. Aly Keďta/Jan Galega Brönnimann/Lucas Niggli: Kalo-Yele (Intakt) *
  2. Mekons: Existentialism (Bloodshot) **
  3. Houston Person & Ron Carter: Chemistry (HighNote)
  4. Pet Shop Boys: Super (X2) [**]
  5. Brandy Clark: Big Day in a Small Town (Warner Brothers) **
  6. Henry Threadgill Ensemble Double Up: Old Locks and Irregular Verbs (Pi)
  7. Murray, Allen & Carrington Power Trio: Perfection (Motéma) **
  8. George Coleman: A Master Speaks (Smoke Sessions) **
  9. Roswell Rudd/Jamie Saft/Trevor Dunn/Balasz Pandi: Strength & Power (Rare Noise) *
  10. JD Allen: Americana (Savant)
  11. Gary Lucas' Fleischerei: Music From Max Fleischer Cartoons (Cuneiform) **
  12. Drive-By Truckers: American Band (ATO) **
  13. Aesop Rock: The Impossible Kid (Rhymesayers) **
  14. Swet Shop Boys: Cashmere (Customs) **
  15. Parquet Courts: Human Performance (Rough Trade) **
  16. Miranda Lambert: The Weight of These Wings (RCA Nashville, 2CD) **
  17. Dave Rempis/Joshua Abrams/Avreeayl Ra + Jim Baker: Periheleon (Aerophonic, 2CD)
  18. Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio: Desire & Freedom (Not Two)
  19. Roswell Rudd & Heather Masse: August Love Song (Red House)
  20. Anderson .Paak: Malibu (OBE/Steel Wool/ArtClub/Empire) [**]
  21. Damana (Dag Magnus Narvesen Octet): Cornua Copiae (Clean Feed)
  22. Live the Spirit Residency: Presents the Young Masters 1: Coming of Age (self-released)
  23. Wussy: Forever Sounds (Shake It) **
  24. Omri Ziegele Noisy Minority: Wrong Is Right (Intakt) *
  25. Nik Bärtsch's Mobile: Continuum (ECM) **
  26. Rich Halley 5: The Outlier (Pine Eagle)
  27. Sonny Rollins: Holding the Stage: Road Shows Vol. 4 (1979-2012, Okeh)
  28. Gwen Stefani: This Is What the Truth Feels Like (Interscope) **
  29. B.J. the Chicago Kid: In My Mind (Motown) **
  30. The Julie Ruin: Hit Reset (Hardly Art) **
  31. Danny Brown: Atrocity Exhibition (Warp) **
  32. Kaytranada: 99.9% (XL) **
  33. Steve Lehman: Sélébéyone (Pi)
  34. Jane Ira Bloom: Early Americans (Outline)
  35. Lori McKenna: The Bird & the Rifle (CN/Thirty Tigers) **
  36. Stirrup: Cut (Clean Feed)
  37. Britney Spears: Glory (RCA) **
  38. Ka: Honor Killed the Samurai (Iron Works) **
  39. Julie Kjaer 3: Dobbeltgaenger (Clean Feed)
  40. The Coathangers: Nosebleed Weekend (Suicide Squeeze) **
  41. Omar Sosa/Joo Kraus/Gustavo Ovalle: JOG (Otá -15) **
  42. Eric Revis Trio: Crowded Solitudes (Clean Feed)
  43. The Del McCoury Band: Del and Woody (McCoury Music) [**]
  44. CupcakKe: Cum Cake (self-released) **
  45. Nots: Cosmetic (Goner) **
  46. Elza Soares: A Mulher Do Fim Do Mundo (Mais Um Discos) **
  47. Young Thug: I'm Up)(300 Entertainment/Atlantic) **
  48. Van Morrison: Keep Me Singing (Caroline) **
  49. Elizabeth Cook: Exodus of Venus (Agent Love) **
  50. Ivo Perelman: Soul (Leo)
  51. Hanna Paulsberg Concept: Eastern Smiles (Odin) **
  52. Festen (Clean Feed)
  53. Greg Ward & 10 Tongues: Touch My Beloved's Thought (Greenleaf Music)
  54. Scott Hamilton/Harry Allen: Live! (GAC) **
  55. Jack DeJohnette: In Movement (ECM) **
  56. Barbara Dane with Tammy Hall: Throw It Away . . . (Dreadnaught Music)
  57. Dori Freeman (Free Dirt) **
  58. Cortex: Live in New York (Clean Feed)
  59. Samo Salamon Bassless Trio: Unity (Samo)
  60. Robbie Fulks: Upland Stories (Bloodshot) **
  61. The Evenfall Quartet: Evenfall (Blue Duchess)
  62. Alexander Hawkins/Evan Parker: Leaps in Leicester (Clean Feed)
  63. Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit: Ana (PNL) **
  64. Jessy Lanza: Oh No (Hyperdub) **
  65. Rihanna: Anti (Roc Nation) **
  66. Konono No. 1/Batida: Konono No. 1 Meets Batida (Crammed Discs) **
  67. A Tribe Called Quest: We Got It From Here . . . Thank You 4 Your Service (Epic) [**]
  68. Terell Stafford: Forgive and Forget (Herb Harris Music)
  69. Blood Orange: Freetown Sound (Domino) **
  70. MIA: AIM (Interscope) **
  71. Oren Ambarchi: Hubris (Editions Mego) **
  72. Jacam Manricks: Chamber Jazz (self-released)
  73. Slavic Soul Party: Plays Duke Ellington's Far East Suite (Ropeadope)
  74. T.I.: Us or Else: Letter to the System (Grand Hustle/Roc Nation) **
  75. Beyoncé: Lemonade (Parkwood/Columbia)
  76. Martha: Blisters in the Pit of My Heart (Dirtnap) **
  77. Leonard Cohen: You Want It Darker (Columbia) **
  78. Gambari Band: Kokuma (Membran Media) **
  79. The Paranoid Style: Rolling Disclosure (Bar/None) **
  80. Franklin Kiermyer: Closer to the Sun (Mobility Music)
  81. Alicia Keys: Here (RCA) **
  82. The Handsome Family: Unseen (Loose Music) **
  83. Ab-Soul: Do What Thou Wilt (Top Dawg) **
  84. Peter Kuhn Trio: The Other Shore (NoBusiness)
  85. Tegan and Sara: Love You to Death (Vapor) **
  86. Fredrik Nordström: Gentle Fire/Restless Dreams (Moserobie, 2CD)
  87. BJ Barham: Rockingham (self-released) **
  88. Bobby Kapp/Matthew Shipp: Cactus (Northern Spy) **
  89. Dave Holland/Chris Potter/Lionel Loueke/Eric Harland: Aziza (Dare2) *
  90. Bonnie Raitt: Dig In Deep (Redwing) **
  91. Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble: Rising Colossus (Edgetone)
  92. Oles Brothers & Antoni Gralak: Primitivo (ForTune) **
  93. Brahja Waldman: Wisdomatic (Fast Speaking Music)
  94. Stephan Crump: Stephan Crump's Rhombal (Papillon)
  95. Africans With Mainframes: K.M.T. (Soul Jazz) **
  96. Allen Lowe: In the Diaspora of the Diaspora: Hell With an Ocean View (Constant Sorrow)
  97. Ivo Perelman/William Parker/Gerald Cleaver: The Art of the Improv Trio Volume 4 (Leo)
  98. Eve Risser White Desert Orchestra: Les Deux Versants Se Regardent (Clean Feed)
  99. Honey Ear Trio: Swivel (Little (i) Music)
  100. Albert Cirera/Hernâni Faustino/Gabriel Ferrandini/Agustí Fernández: Before the Silence (NoBusiness)
  101. Peter Kuhn/Dave Sewelson/Gerald Cleaver/Larry Roland: Our Earth/Our World (pfMentum) **
  102. Sonic Liberation 8: Bombogenic (High Two)
  103. Black Bombaim & Peter Brötzmann (Clean Feed)
  104. Eric Prydz: Opus (Astralwerks, 2CD) **
  105. Made to Break: Dispatch to the Sea (Audiographic) **
  106. Atmosphere: Fishing Blues (Rhymesayers Entertainment) **
  107. Steve Swell Quintet: Soul Travelers (RogueArt) *
  108. Judy Carmichael and Harry Allen: Can You Love Once More (GAC) **
  109. Fred Hersch: Sunday Night at the Vanguard (Palmetto)
  110. Nu Guinea: The Tony Allen Experiments [Afrobeat Makers Vol 3] (Comet)
  111. John Prine: For Better or Worse (Oh Boy) **
  112. Ivo Perelman/Joe Morris: Blue (Leo)
  113. David Greenberger, Keith Spring, and Dinty Child: Take Me Where I Don't Know I Am (Pel Pel)
  114. Revolutionary Snake Ensemble: I Want That Sound! (Innova)
  115. Generations Quartet: Flow (Not Two) **
  116. Élage Diouf: Melokáane (Pump Up the World -15) **
  117. Made to Break: N N N (Audiographic) **
  118. Taylor Ho Bynum: Enter the Plustet (Firehouse 12) **
  119. Venetian Snares: Traditional Synthesizer Music (Timesig) **
  120. Tom Zé: Cançőes Eróticas de Ninar (Circus) **
  121. Tacocat: Lost Time (Hardly Art) **
  122. Leon Vynehall: Rojus (Designed to Dance) (Running Back) **
  123. Ivo Perelman/Joe Morris/Gerald Cleaver: The Art of the Improv Trio Volume 6 (Leo)
  124. Catherine Russell: Harlem on My Mind (Jazz Village) **
  125. Youssou N'Dour: #Senegaal Rekk (self-released, EP) **
  126. Chance the Rapper: Coloring Book (self-released) **
  127. Kelsey Waldon: I've Got a Way (Monkey's Eyebrow) **
  128. Charlie Haden/Liberation Music Orchestra: Time/Life (Song for the Whales and Other Beings) (Impulse) **
  129. Adam Pieronczyk: Monte Albán (Regent)
  130. Sabir Mateen/Conny Bauer/Mark Tokar/Klaus Kugel: Collective Four (ForTune) **
  131. 75 Dollar Bill: Wood/Metal/Plastic/Pattern/Rhythm/Rock (Thin Wrist) **
  132. Becky Warren: War Surplus (self-released) **
  133. Tanya Tagaq: Retribution (Six Shooter) **
  134. Factory Floor: 25 25 (DFA) **
  135. Peter Brötzmann/Steve Swell/Paal Nilssen-Love: Live in Copenhagen (Not Two)
  136. 21 Savage/Metro Boomin: Savage Mode (self-released) **
  137. Margo Price: Midwest Farmer's Daughter (Third Man) **
  138. Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Play All the Notes (Hot Cup, EP) *
  139. Young Thug: No My Name Is Jeffery (300 Entertainment/Atlantic) **
  140. Wire: Nocturnal Koreans (Pink Flag, EP) **
  141. Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Make the Changes (Hot Cup, EP) *
  142. Alberto Pinton Noi Siamo: Resiliency (Moserobie)

Pending:

Records in hand, but which haven't yet been graded.

Also Noted:

Records in hand, graded B+ or below, in alphabetical order within grade slots:

  • Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids: We Be All Africans (Strut) **
  • Antonio Adolfo: Tropical Infinito (AAM)
  • Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman: Lice Two: Still Buggin' (Stones Throw, EP) **
  • Africaine 808: Basar (Golf Channel) **
  • Melissa Aldana: Back Home (Wommusic) *
  • Ralph Alessi: Quiver (ECM) **
  • Thomas Anderson: Heaven (Out There) **
  • Ehud Asherie: Shuffle Along (Blue Heron)
  • Autolux: Pussy's Dead (30th Century/Columbia) **
  • Karlis Auzins/Lucas Leidinger/Tomo Jacobson/Thomas Sauerborn: Mount Meander (Clean Feed)
  • Bobby Avey: Inhuman Wilderness (Inner Voice Jazz)
  • BassDrumBone: The Long Road (Auricle, 2CD)
  • Shirantha Beddage: Momentum (Factor)
  • Beekman: Vol. 02 (Ropeadope)
  • Luke Bell (Bill Hill) **
  • Mili Bermejo/Dan Greenspan: Arte Del Dúo (Ediciones Pentagrama)
  • Eraldo Bernocchi/Prakash Sontakke: Invisible Strings (RareNoise) *
  • Sarah Bernstein Quartet: Still/Free (Leo) **
  • Big Ups: Before a Million Universes (Exploding/Tough Love)
  • Nat Birchall: Creation (Sound Soul & Spirit) **
  • Jim Black Trio: The Constant (Intakt) *
  • Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow: Andando el Tiempo (ECM) **
  • Bombino: Azel (Partisan) **
  • Thomas Borgmann Trio: One for Cisco (NoBusiness) *
  • David Bowie: Blackstar (Columbia) **
  • David Bromberg Band: The Blues, the Whole Blues and Nothing but the Blues (Red House) **
  • Brooklyn Blowhards (Little (i) Music)
  • Apollo Brown & Skyzoo: The Easy Truth (Mello Music) **
  • Jaimeo Brown Transcendence: Work Songs (Motema) **
  • George Cables: The George Cables Songbook (HighNote)
  • The Uri Caine Trio: Calibrated Thickness (816 Music) **
  • Jonas Cambien Trio: A Zoology of the Future (Clean Feed)
  • Joăo Camőes/Jean-Marc Foussat: Ŕ La Face du Ciel (Shhpuma) **
  • Car Seat Headrest: Teens of Denial (Matador) **
  • The Ian Carey Quintet + 1: Interview Music (Kabocha)
  • Hayes Carll: Lovers and Leavers (Highway 87) **
  • François Carrier/Michel Lambert/Rafal Mazur: The Joy of Being (NoBusiness)
  • Cavern of Anti-Matter: Void Beats/Invocation Trex (Duophonic) **
  • Chaise Lounge: Gin Fizz Fandango (Modern Songbook)
  • Rhys Chatham: Pythagorean Dream (Foom)
  • Richie Cole: Plays Ballads & Love Songs (Mark Perna Music)
  • Shirley Collins: Lodestar (Domino) **
  • Frankie Cosmos: Next Thing (Bayonnet) **
  • Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman/Ikue Mori/Evan Parker: Miller's Tale (Intakt) *
  • Elysia Crampton: Demon City (Break World, EP) **
  • Andrew Cyrille Quartet: The Declaration of Musical Independence (ECM) **
  • Lucy Dacus: No Burden (Egghunt) **
  • Tim Daisy/Marc Riordan: Joyride (Relay) **
  • Kris Davis: Duopoly (Pyroclastic)
  • Deap Vally: Femejism (Nevado) **
  • The Dynamic Les DeMerle Band: Comin' Home Baby (Origin)
  • Whit Dickey/Kirk Knuffke: Fierce Silence (Clean Feed)
  • Dogbrain: Blue Dog (Dogbrain Music, EP) **
  • Dave Douglas/Frank Woeste: Dada People (Greenleaf Music) **
  • Andrew Durkin: Breath of Fire (PJCE) **
  • Open Mike Eagle + Paul White: Hella Personal Film Festival (Mello Music Group) **
  • Florian Egli Weird Beard: Everything Moves (Intakt) **
  • Mats Eilertsen: Rubicon (ECM) **
  • Harris Eisenstadt: Old Growth Forest (Clean Feed)
  • ELEW: And to the Republic (Sunnyside) **
  • Marty Elkins: Walkin' by the River (Nagel Heyer)
  • Empirical: Connection (Cuneiform) **
  • Fanfare Ciocarlia: Onwards to Mars! (Asphalt Tango) **
  • Fantastic Negrito: The Last Days of Oakland (Blackball Universe) **
  • Kali Z. Fasteau: Intuit (Flying Note)
  • Piere Favre: DrumSights NOW (Intakt) *
  • Michael Formanek/Ensemble Kolossus: The Distance (ECM) **
  • Anat Fort Trio/Gianluigi Trovesi: Birdwatching (ECM) **
  • Daniel Freedman: Imagine That (Anzic) **
  • Fresh Cut Orchestra: Mind Behind Closed Eyes (Ropeadope)
  • Erik Friedlander: Rings (Skipstone)
  • Friends & Neighbors: What's Wrong? (Clean Feed)
  • Fred Frith Trio: Another Day in Fucking Paradise (Intakt) *
  • Satoko Fujii/Joe Fonda: Duet (Long Song)
  • Domo Genesis: Genesis (Odd Future) **
  • Clay Giberson: Pastures (Origin)
  • GOAT: Requiem (Sub Pop) **
  • Jean-Brice Godet Quartet: Mujô (Fou)
  • Bob Gluck/Billy Hart/Eddie Henderson/Christopher Dean Sullivan: Infinite Spirit: Revisiting Music of the Mwandishi Band (FMR)
  • GoGo Penguin: Man Made Object (Blue Note) **
  • André Gonçalves: Currents & Riptides (Shhpuma) **
  • The Goon Sax: Up to Anything (Chapter Music) **
  • Danny Green Trio: Altered Narratives (OA2)
  • Gunwale: Polynya (Aerophonic)
  • Barry Guy: The Blue Shroud (Intakt) *
  • Barry Guy/Marilyn Crispell/Paul Lytton: Deep Memory (Intakt) *
  • Elektro Hafiz (Guerssen) **
  • Jason Hainsworth: Third Ward Stories (Origin)
  • Mary Halvorson Octet: Away With You (Firehouse 12)
  • Ross Hammond and Sameer Gupta: Upward (Prescott) *
  • Hanami: The Only Way to Float Free (Ears & Eyes) *
  • Lafayette Harris Jr.: Hangin' With the Big Boys (Airmen)
  • Billy Hart & the WDR Big Band: The Broader Picture (Enja/Yellowbird) *
  • Craig Hartley: Books on Tape Vol. II: Standard Edition (self-released)
  • Hearts & Minds (Astral Spirits)
  • The Heliocentrics: From the Deep (Now-Again) **
  • Heroes Are Gang Leaders: Highest Engines Near/Near Higher Engineers (Flat Langston's Arkeyes)
  • Hieroglyphic Being: The Disco's of Imhotep (Technicolour) **
  • Marquis Hill: The Way We Play (Concord Jazz) **
  • Florian Hoefner: Luminosity (Origin)
  • Eric Hofbauer Quintet: Prehistoric Jazz - Volume 3: Three Places in New England (Creative Nation Music)
  • Anna Högberg: Attack (Omlott) **
  • Homeboy Sandman: Kindness for Weakness (Stones Throw) **
  • Joseph Howell: Time Made to Swing (Summit)
  • Charlie Hunter: Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth (Ground Up/Decca) **
  • I Am Three: Mingus Mingus Mingus (Leo) **
  • Injury Reserve: Floss (Las Fuegas) **
  • Christoph Irniger Pilgrim: Big Wheel Live (Intakt) *
  • Carly Rae Jepsen: E-MO-TION: Side B (School Boy/Interscope, EP) **
  • Kano: Made in the Manor (Parlophone) **
  • Stacey Kent: Tenderly (Okeh) **
  • The Klezmatics: Apikorsim/Heretics (World Village) **
  • Krakauer's Ancestral Groove: Checkpoint (Table Pounding)
  • Elektra Kurtis & Ensemble Elektra: Bridges From the East (Elektra Sound Works/Milo)
  • Kendrick Lamar: Untitled Unmastered (Top Dawg Entertainment) **
  • Mathias Landaeus: From the Piano (Moserobie)
  • Leland Sundries: Music for Outcasts (L'Echiquier) **
  • Jinx Lennon: Past Pupil Stay Home (Septic Tiger) **
  • Marilyn Lerner/Ken Filiano/Lou Grassi: Live at Edgefest (NoBusiness) *
  • Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands: The Hazel & Alice Sessions (Spruce and Maple) **
  • Linda Gail Lewis: Heartache Highway (Ball and Chain) **
  • Allen Lowe: In the Diaspora of the Diaspora: A Day in Brooklyn: At Ibeam (Constant Sorrow, 2CD)
  • Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Bring Their 'A' Game (Hot Cup, EP) *
  • Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Make the Magic Happen (Hot Cup, EP) *
  • Steven Lugerner: Jacknife: The Music of Jackie McLean (Primary)
  • Brian Lynch: Madera Latino (Hollistic MusicWorks) **
  • Tony Malaby Paloma Recio: Incantations (Clean Feed)
  • Mamutrio [Lieven Cambré/Piet Verbist/Jesse Dockx]: Primal Existence (Origin)
  • Vic Mensa: There's Alot Going On (Roc Nation) **
  • Joel Miller With Sienna Dahlen: Dream Cassette (Origin)
  • Modular String Trio: Ants, Bees and Butterflies (Clean Feed)
  • Kevin Morby: Singing Saw (Dead Oceans) **
  • Mostly Other People Do the Killing: (Live) (ForTune) **
  • Mr. Lif: Don't Look Down (Mello Music) **
  • Tisziji Muńoz: Tathagata Guitar: Whisperings of Peace (Anami Music) **
  • Simon Nabatov/Mark Dresser/Dominik Mahnig: Equal Poise (Leo) **
  • Nacka Forum: We Are the World (Moserobie)
  • Naftule's Dream: Blood (self-released)
  • Angelika Niescier/Florian Weber: NYC Five (Intakt) *
  • Steve Noble & Kristoffer Berre Alberts: Condest Second Yesterday (Clean Feed)
  • The Phil Norman Tentet: Then & Now: Classic Sounds & Variations of 12 Jazz Legends (MAMA)
  • Eva Novoa: Butterflies and Zebras by Ditmas Quartet (Fresh Sound New Talent) **
  • NxWorries: Yes Lawd! (Stones Throw) **
  • Uwe Oberg & Silke Eberhard: Turns (Leo) **<>/li>
  • Angel Olsen: My Woman (Jagjaguwar) **
  • Aruán Ortiz Trio: Hidden Voices (Intakt) *
  • Phil Palombi: Detroit Lean (Xcappa)
  • Ken Peplowski: Enrapture (Capri)
  • Ivo Perelman: Breaking Point (Leo)
  • Ivo Perelman/Karl Berger/Gerald Cleaver: The Art of the Improv Trio Volume 1 (Leo)
  • Ivo Perelman/Mat Maneri/Whit Dickey: The Art of the Improv Trio Volume 2 (Leo)
  • Ivo Perelman/Joe Morris/Gerald Cleaver: The Art of the Improv Trio Volume 5 (Leo)
  • Dominique Pifarély Quartet: Tracé Provisoire (ECM) **
  • Leslie Pintchik: True North (Pintch Hard)
  • Valery Ponomarev Jazz Big Band: Our Father Who Art Blakey (Zoho Music) **
  • Richard Poole/Marilyn Crispell/Gary Peacock: In Motion (Intakt) *
  • Protean Reality: Protean Reality (Clean Feed)
  • Punkt 3: Ordnung Herrscht (Clean Feed)
  • Joey Purp: iiiDrops (self-released) **
  • Pussy Riot: XXX (Nice Life, EP) **
  • John Raymond: John Raymond & Real Feels (Shifting Paradigm)
  • RED Trio/John Butcher: Summer Skyshift (Clean Feed)
  • Renegades of Jazz: Moyo Wangu (Agogo) **
  • Renku: Live in Greenwich Village (Clean Feed)
  • Richmond Fontaine: You Can't Go Back if There's Nothing to Go Back To (Fluff & Gravy) **
  • Little Johnny Rivero: Music in Me (Truth Revolution)
  • Jason Roebke Octet: Cinema Spiral (NoBusiness)
  • Roji: The Hundred Headed Woman (Shhpuma/Clean Feed)
  • The Rolling Stones: Blue & Lonesome (Polydor) **
  • Rent Romus/Teddy Rankin-Parker/Daniel Pearce: LiR (Edgetone)
  • Rřnnings Jazzmaskin: Jazzmaskin (Losen) **
  • Rudy Royston Trio: RisEofOrion (Greenleaf Music)
  • Walter Salas-Humara: Explodes and Disappears (Sonic Pyramid) **
  • Savages: Adore Life (Matador) **
  • Schlippenbach Trio: Warsaw Concert (Intakt) *
  • Schoolboy Q: Blank Face LP (Interscope/Top Dawg) **
  • Noura Mint Seymali: Arbina (Glitterbeat) **
  • Elliott Sharp Aggregat: Dialectrical (Clean Feed)
  • Amanda Shires: My Piece of Land (BMG) **
  • Susana Santos Silva/Lotte Anker/Sten Sandell/Torbjörn Zetterberg/Jon Fält: Life and Other Transient Storms (Clean Feed)
  • Sturgill Simpson: A Sailor's Guide to the Earth (Atlantic) **
  • Skepta: Konnichiwa (Boy Better Know) **
  • Bria Skonberg: Bria (Okeh/Masterworks) **
  • Sleaford Mods: TCR (Rough Trade, EP) **
  • Wadada Leo Smith: America's National Parks (Cuneiform, 2CD)
  • Snakehips: All My Friends EP (Sony Music, EP) **
  • Todd Snider: Eastside Bulldog (Aimless) **
  • Mike Sopko/Simon Lott: The Golden Measure (self-released)
  • Tyshawn Sorey: The Inner Spectrum of Variables (Pi, 2CD)
  • Markus Stockhausen/Florian Weber: Alba (ECM) **
  • Dave Stryker: Eight Track II (Strikezone)
  • The Stryker/Slagle Band Expanded: Routes (Strikezone)
  • Steve Swell/Gebhard Ullmann/Fred Lonberg-Holm/Michael Zerang: The Chicago Plan (Clean Feed)
  • Yves Theiler Trio: Dance in a Triangle (Musiques Suisses)
  • Thumbscrew: Convallaria (Cuneiform) **
  • A Tribe Called Red: We Are the Halluci Nation (Radicalized) **
  • Harvey Valdes: Point Counter Point (self-released)
  • Alexander von Schlippenbach: Jazz Now! (Live at Theater Gütersloh) (Intuition) **
  • Waco Brothers: Going Down in History (Bloodshot) **
  • Mat Walerian/Matthew Shipp/Hamid Drake: Jungle: Live at Okuden (ESP-Disk, 2CD) **
  • Anna Webber's Simple Trio: Binary (Skirl)
  • Kanye West: The Life of Pablo (Def Jam/GOOD Music) **
  • Wolter Wierbos/Jasper Stadhouders/Tim Daisy: Sounds in a Garden (Relay) **
  • Jeff Williams: Outlier (Whirlwind)
  • Saul Williams: Martyr Loser King (Fader) **
  • Matt Wilson's Big Happy Family: Beginning of a Memory (Palmetto)
  • La Yegros: Magnetismo (Soundway) **
  • Greg Abate & Phil Woods with the Tim Ray Trio: Kindred Spirits: Live at Chan's (Whaling City Sound, 2CD) **
  • Rez Abbasi & Junction: Behind the Vibration (Cuneiform) **
  • Ben Adkins: Salmagundi (Ben Adkins Music)
  • Stefan Aeby Trio: To the Light (Intakt) *
  • Sophie Agnel/Daunik Lazro: Marguerite D'Or Pâle (Fou)
  • Kris Allen: Beloved (Truth Revolution)
  • Amendola vs. Blades: Greatest Hits (Sazi)
  • Darcy James Argue's Secret Society: Real Enemies (New Amsterdam) **
  • A$AP Ferg: Always Strive and Prosper (Polo Grounds/RCA) **
  • Jay Azzolina/Dino Govoni/Adam Nussbaum/Dave Zinno: Chance Meeting (Whaling City Sound)
  • Katy B: Honey (Virgin EMI) **
  • Carol Bach-y-Rita: Minha Casa/My House (Arugula)
  • Kenny Barron Trio: Book of Intuition (Impulse) **
  • Bauer Baldych Duchnowski Konrad: Trans-Fuzja (ForTune) **
  • Beans on Toast: A Spanner in the Works (Extra Mile) **
  • Bent Shapes: Wolves of Want (Slumberland) **
  • Bentcousin (Team Love) **
  • Seamus Blake/Chris Cheek: Let's Call the Whole Thing Off (Criss Cross) **
  • Bobby Bradford/Hafez Modirzadeh: Live at the Open Gate (NoBusiness) *
  • Aziza Brahim: Abbar El Hamada (Glitterbeat) **
  • Anthony Branker & Imagine: Beauty Within (Origin) **
  • Anthony Braxton: 3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011 (Firehouse 12, 3CD) **
  • Black Art Jazz Collective: Presented by the Side Door Jazz Club (Sunnyside) **
  • Brazzamerica (self-released)
  • Joshua Breakstone/The Cello Quartet: 88 (Capri)
  • Rich Brown: Abeng (self-released)
  • Burning Ghosts (Orenda) **
  • John Butcher & Stĺle Liavik Solberg: So Beautiful, It Starts to Rain (Clean Feed)
  • Oguz Buyukberber and Simon Nabatov: Wobbly Strata (TryTone)
  • Oguz Buyukberber/Tobias Klein: Reverse Camouflage (TryTone)
  • Neko Case/KD Lang/Laura Veirs: Case/Lang/Veirs (Anti-) **
  • Cavanaugh: Time and Materials (Mello Music) **
  • Etienne Charles: San Jose Suite (Culture Shock) *
  • John Chin: Fifth (Jinsy) *
  • Corey Christensen: Factory Girl (Origin)
  • Claudia Quintet: Super Petite (Cuneiform)
  • Avishai Cohen: Into the Silence (ECM) **
  • J Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only (Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope) **
  • Common: Black America Again (Def Jam) **
  • Mary Foster Conklin: Photographs (MockTurtle Music)
  • The Core Trio: Live Featuring Matthew Shipp (Evil Rabbit)
  • Roxy Coss: Restless Idealism (Origin)
  • Dan Cray: Outside In (Origin)
  • Matt Criscuolo: The Dialogue (Jazzeria)
  • Alexis Cuadrado: Poetica (Sunnyside) **
  • Daniele D'Agaro/Giovanni Maier/Zlatko Kaucic: Disorder at the Border Plays Ornette (Not Two) **
  • Tim Daisy's Celebration Sextet: The Halfway There Suite (Relay) **
  • Tim Daisy: October Music Vol. 2: 7 Compositions for Duet (Relay) **
  • Joseph Daley/Warren Smith/Scott Robinson: The Tuba Trio Chronicles (JoDa Locust Street Music)
  • Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble: Havana Blue (3Sixteen)
  • De La Soul: And the Anonymous Nobody (AOI) **
  • Olegario Diaz: Aleph in Chromatic (SteepleChase) **
  • DIIV: Is the Is Are (Captured Tracks) **
  • Dinosaur: Together, as One (Edition) **
  • The Diva Jazz Orchestra: Special Kay! (self-released)
  • The DKV Thing Trio: Collider (Not Two) **
  • Mark Dresser Seven: Sedimental You (Clean Feed)
  • Dressy Bessy: Kingsized (Yep Roc) **
  • Lajos Dudas Quartet: Brückenschlag (Jazz Sick)
  • Krzyysztof Dys Trio: Toys (ForTune) **
  • Earprint (Endectomorph Music)
  • Moppa Elliott: Still Up in the Air (Hot Cup)
  • Ari Erev: Flow (self-released)
  • Mark Ernestus' Ndagga Rhythm Force: Yermande (Ndagga) **
  • Orrin Evans: #Knowingishalfthebattle (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Fail Better!: Owt (NoBusiness)
  • The Fat Babies: Solid Gassuh (Delmark)
  • Brian Fielding: An Appropriate Response: Volume One (Broken Symmetries Music)
  • Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense: Moving Still (Pi)
  • Fire!: She Sleeps/She Sleeps (Rune Grammofon) **
  • Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band: ˇIntenso! (Clavo)
  • Cheryl Fisher: Quietly There (OA2)
  • Five in Orbit: Tribulus Terrestris (Fresh Sound New Talent) **
  • Flatbush Zombies: 3001: A Laced Odyssey (Glorious Dead) **
  • Nick Fraser: Starer (self-released)
  • Mike Freeman ZonaVibe: Blue Tjade (VOF)
  • Paolo Fresu/Richard Gallliano/Jan Lundgren: Mare Nostrum II (ACT) **
  • Fred Frith/Darren Johnston: Everybody Is Somebody Is Nobody (Clean Feed)
  • Fruit Bats: Absolute Loser (Easy Sound) **
  • Future: EVOL (Epic) **
  • Slava Ganelin/Lenny Sendersky: Hotel Cinema (Leo) **
  • Gaudi: EP (RareNoise, EP) *
  • Robert Glasper: Everything's Beautiful (Legacy) **
  • Margaret Glaspy: Emotions and Math (ATO) **
  • Macy Gray: Stripped (Chesky) **
  • Ricardo Grilli: 1954 (Tone Rogue)
  • Brian Groder Trio: R Train on the D Line (Latham) **
  • Tord Gustavsen: What Was Said (ECM) **
  • Gutbucket: Dance (Gut)
  • Iro Haarla: Ante Lucem (ECM) **
  • Wayne Hancock: Slingin' Rhythm (Bloodshot) **
  • Hard Working Americans: Rest in Chaos (Melvin) **
  • Nancy Harms: Ellington at Night (Gazelle) **
  • Stu Harrison: Volume I (One Nightstand)
  • Julian Hartwell: The Julian Hartwell Project (self-released -15)
  • PJ Harvey: The Hope Six Demolition Project (Vagrant) **
  • Steve Hauschildt: Strands (Kranky) **
  • Mayer Hawthorne: Man About Town (Vagrant) **
  • Freddie Hendrix: Jersey Cat (Sunnyside) **
  • Louis Heriveaux: Triadic Episode (Hot Shoe)
  • Heroes Are Gang Leaders: Flukum (Flat Langston's Arkeyes)
  • Heron Oblivion (Sub Pop) **
  • Dre Hocevar: Collective Effervescence (Clean Feed)
  • Horse Lords: Interventions (Northern Spy) **
  • Ich Bin Nintendo: Lykke (Shhpuma) **
  • I.P.A.: I Just Did Say Something (Cuneiform) **
  • Ital Tek: Hollowed (Planet Mu) **
  • Ethan Iverson: The Purity of the Turf (Criss Cross) **
  • Vijay Iyer/Wadada Leo Smith: A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke (ECM) *
  • Nicolas Jaar: Sirens (Other People) **
  • Sarah Jarosz: Undercurrent (Sugar Hill) **
  • Jerome Jennings: The Beast (Iola)
  • Cody Jinks: I'm Not the Devil (Cody Jinks Music) **
  • Mike Jones Trio: Roaring (Capri)
  • Norah Jones: Day Breaks (Blue Note) **
  • Kamaiyah: A Good Night in the Ghetto (self-released) **
  • Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Azui Infinito (Greenleaf Music)
  • Tyler Keith & the Apostles: Do It for Johnny (self-released) **
  • Kel Assouf: Tikounen (Igloo) **
  • Frank Kimbrough: Solstice (Pirouet)
  • Dave King Trucking Company: Surrounded by the Night (Sunnyside) **
  • Michael Kiwanuka: Love & Hate (Polydor) **
  • Kool AD: Official (self-released, EP) **
  • Kornél Kovács: The Bells (Studio Barnhus) **
  • Martin Küchen/Mark Tokar/Arkadijus Gotesmanas: Live at Vilnius Jazz Festival (NoBusiness)
  • Joachim Kühn New Trio: Beauty & Truth (ACT) **
  • Rolf Kühn: Spotlights (Edel/MPS) **
  • La Sera: Music for Listening to Music To (Polyvinyl) **
  • Sinikka Langeland: The Magical Forest (ECM) **
  • Matt Lavelle's 12 Houses: Solidarity (Unseen Rain)
  • Jerry Leake: Crafty Hands (Rhombus Publishing)
  • Joëlle Léandre/Théo Ceccaldi: Elastic (Cipsela)
  • Mike LeDonne & the Groover Quartet: That Feelin' (Savant)
  • Jinx Lennon: Magic Bullets of Madness to Uplift Grief Magnets (Septic Tiger) **
  • James Brandon Lewis Trio: No Filter (BNS Sessions) **
  • John Lindberg BC3: Born in an Urban Ruin (Clean Feed)
  • John Lindberg Raptor Trio: Western Edges (Clean Feed)
  • Charles Lloyd & the Marvels: I Long to See You (Blue Note) **
  • Lok 03+1: Signals (Trost) **
  • Jasmine Lovell-Smith's Towering Poppies: Yellow Red Blue (Paint Box)
  • LUME: Xabregas 10 (Clean Feed)
  • The Tony Lustig Quintet: Taking Flight (Bimperl)
  • Loretta Lynn: Full Circle (Legacy) **
  • Magnet Animals: Butterfly Killer (Rare Noise) *
  • Made to Break: Before the Code: Live (Audiographic) **
  • Roberto Magris: Need to Bring Out Love (JMood) *
  • J Mancera: Mancera #5 (self-released)
  • Delfeayo Marsalis presents the Uptown Jazz Orchestra: Make America Great Again! (Troubadour Jass)
  • Tina Marx: Shades of Love (self-released)
  • Shawn Maxwell: Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow (OA2)
  • Leyla McCalla: A Day for the Hunter, a Day for the Prey (Jazz Village) **
  • Adam Meckler Quintet: Wonder (Shifting Paradigm)
  • Brad Mehldau Trio: Blues and Ballads (Nonesuch) **
  • Francisco Mela: Fe (self-released) **
  • Merso: Red World (Good to Die) **
  • Merzbow/Keiji Haino/Balasz Pandi: An Untroublesome Defencelessness (RareNoise) *
  • Michete: Cool Tricks 2 (self-released, EP) **
  • Sei Miguel: (Five) Stories Untold (Clean Feed)
  • Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom: Otis Was a Polar Bear (Royal Potato Family) **
  • Nick Millevoi: Desertion (Shhpuma)
  • Minim Experiment: Dark Matter (ForTune) **
  • Modern Baseball: Holy Ghost (Run for Cover) **
  • Modus Factor: The Picasso Zone (Browntasaurus)
  • Moodymann: DJ-Kicks (!K7) **
  • Moonbow: When the Sleeping Fish Turn Red and the Skies Start to Sing in C Major I Will Follow You to the End (ILK)
  • Tony Moreno: Short Stories (Mayimba Jazz, 2CD)
  • Moskus: Ulv Ulv (Hubro) **
  • Motif: My Head is Listening (Clean Feed)
  • Wolfgang Muthspiel: Rising Grace (ECM) **
  • Simon Nabatov Trio: Picking Order (Leo) **
  • Quinsin Nachoff: Flux (Mythology)
  • Aaron Neville: Apache (Tell It) **
  • New Zion w. Cyro: Sunshine Seas (Rare Noise) *
  • Bryan Nichols: Looking North (Shifting Paradigm)
  • Pascal Niggenkemper Le 7čme Continent: Talking Trash (Clean Feed)
  • Noname: Telefone (self-released) **
  • The Nu Band: The Final Concert (NoBusiness) *
  • Lina Nyberg: Aerials (Hoob Jazz, 2CD) **
  • Ray Obiedo: Latin Jazz Project Vol. 1 (Rhythmus)
  • Frank Ocean: Blonde (Boys Don't Cry) **
  • Nils Řkland: Kjřlvatn (ECM) **
  • Conor Oberst: Ruminations (Nonesuch) **
  • Adam O'Farrill: Stranger Days (Sunnyside) **
  • One for All: The Third Decade (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Jason Palmer/Cedric Hanriot: City of Poets (Whirlwind)
  • Jason Palmer: Beauty 'N' Numbers: The Sudoku Suite (SteepleChase) **
  • Jeff Parker: Slight Freedom (Eremite) **
  • Matt Parker Trio: Present Time (BYNK)
  • William Parker: Stan's Hat Flapping in the Wind (Centering/AUM Fidelity) **
  • Aaron Parks/Thomas Fonnesbaek/Karsten Bagge: Groovements (Stunt) **
  • Bruno Parrinha/Luis Lopes/Ricardo Jacinto: Garden (Clean Feed)
  • Florian Pellissier Quintet: Cap De Bonne Esperance (Heavenly Sweetness) **
  • Luis Perdomo: Spirits and Warriors (Criss Cross) **
  • Ivo Perelman/Karl Berger: The Hitchhiker (Leo)
  • Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp/Gerald Cleaver: The Art of the Improv Trio Volume 3 (Leo)
  • Ralph Peterson/Zaccai Curtis/Luques Curtis: Triangular III (Truth Revolution/Onyx Music) **
  • Phronesis: Parallax (Edition) **
  • Primal Scream: Chaosmosis (First International/Ignition) **
  • The Radio Dept.: Running Out of Love (Labrador) **
  • Isaiah Rashad: The Sun's Tirade (Top Dawg Entertainment) **
  • Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau: Nearness (Nonesuch) **
  • ResAUnance: Migration (FMR)
  • Dawn Richard: Redemption (Our Dawn) **
  • Marc Ribot/The Young Philadelphians: Live in Tokyo (Yellowbird)
  • Rocco John Quartet: Embrace the Change (Unseen Rain)
  • Alfredo Rodriguez: Tocororo (Mack Avenue/Qwest)
  • Ned Rothenberg/Mark Feldman/Sylvie Courvoisier: In Cahoots (Clean Feed)
  • Huerco S: For Those of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have) (Proibito) **
  • Jerome Sabbagh/Simon Jermyn/Allison Miller: Lean (Music Wizards)
  • Samo Salamon/Stefano Battaglia: Winds (Sazas/Klopotec)
  • Sao Paulo Underground: Cantos Invisiveis (Cuneiform) **
  • Scarcity of Tanks: Ringleader Lies (Total Life Society) **
  • Daniel Schmitz/Johannes Schmitz/Jörg Fischer: Botanic Mob (Sporeprint)
  • Adam Schneit Band: Light Shines In (Fresh Sound New Talent) *
  • Travis Scott: Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight (Epic) **
  • J. Peter Schwalm: The Beauty of Disaster (Rare Noise) *
  • Richard Sears Sextet: Altadena (Ropeadope) **
  • Matthew Shipp/Michael Bisio: Live in Seattle (Arena Music Promption) **
  • Shura: Nothing's Real (Polydor) **
  • Edward Simon: Latin American Songbook (Sunnyside) **
  • Nana Simopoulos: Skins (Na)
  • Skee Mask: Shred (Ilian Tape) **
  • Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: Ears (Western Vinyl) **
  • Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani: Sunergy (RVNG Intl.) **
  • Jim Snidero: MD66 (Savant) *
  • Solange: A Seat at the Table (Saint/Columbia) **
  • Dele Sosimi Meets Prince Fatty & Nostalgia 77: You No Fit Touch Am in Dub (Wah Wah 45s) **
  • Regina Spektor: Remember Us to Life (Sire) **
  • Vinnie Sperrazza/Jacob Sacks/Masa Kamaguchi: Play Tadd Dameron (Fresh Sound New Talent) **
  • Tomasz Sroczynski Trio: Primal (ForTune) **
  • Mavis Staples: Livin' on a High Note (Anti-) **
  • Vince Staples: Prima Donna (Def Jam, EP) **
  • John Stowell/Michael Zilber Quartet: Basement Blues (Origin)
  • Zhenya Strigalev: Never Group (Whirlwind)
  • Al Strong: Love Strong Volume 1 (Al Strong Music)
  • Sundae + Mr. Goessl: Makes My Heart Sway (self-released)
  • Lew Tabackin Trio: Soundscapes (self-released)
  • Vladimir Tarasov/Eugenius Kanevicius/Ludas Mockunas: Intuitus (NoBusiness) *
  • Kate Tempest: Let Them Eat Chaos (Lex) **
  • Todd Terje/The Olsens: The Big Cover-Up (Olsen) **
  • Throttle Elevator Music: IV (Wide Hive) **
  • T.I.: Us or Else (Grand Hustle/Roc Nation, EP) **
  • Jonah Tolchin: Thousand Mile Night (Yep Roc) **
  • Allen Toussaint: American Tunes (Nonesuch) **
  • Trio Da Paz: 30 (Zoho Music) **
  • Trio Red Space: Fields of Flat (Relay) **
  • Steve Turre: Colors for the Masters (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Tweet: Charlene (eOne) **
  • Twenty One 4tet: Live at Zaal 100 (Clean Feed)
  • Underworld: Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future (Astralwerks) **
  • Ray Vega & Thomas Marriott: Return of the East West Trumpet Summit (Origin)
  • Glauco Venier: Miniatures: Music for Piano and Percussion (ECM) **
  • David Virelles: Antenna (ECM, EP) **
  • Miroslav Vitous: Music of Weather Report (ECM) **
  • Warehouse: Super Low (Bayonet) **
  • Ernie Watts Quartet: Wheel of Time (Flying Dolphin)
  • White Lung: Paradise (Domino) **
  • Florian Wittenburg: Eagle Prayer (NurNichtNur)
  • Nate Wooley: Argonautica (Firehouse 12) **
  • Pawel Wszolek Quintet: Faith (ForTune) **
  • Eri Yamamoto Trio: Life (AUM Fidelity) **
  • Basak Yavuz: A Little Red Bug (Things&)
  • C. Spencer Yeh & Ken Vandermark: Schlager (Audiographic) **
  • Yellowjackets: Cohearence (Mack Avenue) **
  • Yoni & Geti: Testarossa (Joyful Noise) **
  • Neil Young: Peace Trail (Reprise) **
  • Young Thug: Slime Season 3 (300 Entertainment/Atlantic, EP) **
  • Zomba Prison Project: I Will Not Stop Singing (Six Degrees) **
  • Christopher Zuar Orchestra: Musings (Sunnyside)
  • The 1975: I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It (Dirty Hit/Interscope) **
  • Andy Adamson Quartet: A Cry for Peace (Andros)
  • Kevin Abstract: American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story (Brockhampton/Empire) **
  • Adult Books: Runing From the Blows (Lolipop) **
  • Harry Allen's All Star New York Saxophone Band: The Candy Men (Arbors) **
  • Courtney Marie Andrews: Honest Life (Mama Bird) **
  • Anohni: Hopelessness (Secretly Canadian) **
  • Cyrille Aimée: Let's Get Lost (Mack Avenue) **
  • Alchemy Sound Project: Further Explorations (ARC)
  • Joey Alexander: Countdown (Motema) **
  • Livio Almeida: Action and Reaction (self-released)
  • Amanar: Tumastin (Sahel Sounds) **
  • Dave Anderson: Blue Innuendo (Label 1)
  • Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel: This Could Be That (Bacalao)
  • Paolo Angeli/Robert Burke/Mirko Guerrini/Jordan Murray/Stephen Magnusson/Stefano Tamborrino: Sardinian Liturgy (Jazzhead) **
  • Aphex Twin: Cheetah (Warp, EP) **
  • Arca: Entrańas (self-released, EP) **
  • Amber Arcades: Fading Lines (Heavenly) **
  • Allison Au Quartet: Forest Grove (self-released)
  • Ricardo Bacelar: Concerto Para Moviola: Ao Vivo (Bacelar)
  • The Bad Plus: It's Hard (Okeh) **
  • Jon Balke: Warp (ECM) **
  • Lucian Ban Elevation: Songs From Afar (Sunnyside) **
  • Battle Trance: Blade of Love (New Amsterdam) **
  • Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop: Love Letter for Fire (Sub Pop/Black Cricket) **
  • Nicholas Bearde: Invitation (Right Groove)
  • Martin Bejerano: Trio Miami (Figgland)
  • The Bill Belasco Trio: Three Musicians (Summit)
  • Aaron Bennett/Darren Johnston/Lisa Mezzacappa/Tim Rosaly: Shipwreck 4 (NoBusiness)
  • Peter Bernstein: Let Loose (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Michael Blake: Fulfillment (Songlines) **
  • Mykki Blanco: Mykki (!K7) **
  • The Michael Blum Quartet: Chasin' Oscar: A Tribute to Oscar Peterson (self-released)
  • Boi Akih: Liquid Songs (TryTone)
  • Bon Iver: 22, a Million (Jagjaguwar) **
  • Christiane Bopp/Jean-Luc Petit: L'Écorce et la Salive (Fou)
  • Bibi Bourelly: Free the Real (Pt. 1) (Circa 13/Def Jam, EP) **
  • Charles Bradley: Changes (Daptone) **
  • Brookzill!: Throwback to the Future (Tommy Boy) **
  • Brothers Osborne: Pawn Shop (EMI Nashville) **
  • Peter Brötzmann & ICI Ensemble: Beautiful Lies (Neos Jazz) **
  • Andy Brown Quartet: Direct Call (Delmark)
  • Burial: Young Death/Nightmarket (Hyperdub, EP) **
  • Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra: Basically Baker Vol. 2: The Big Band Music of David Baker (Patois, 2CD)
  • The Cactus Blossoms: You're Dreaming (Red House) **
  • Laura Cannell: Simultaneous Flight Movement (Brawl) **
  • Toronzo Cannon: The Chicago Way (Alligator) **
  • Lou Caputo Not So Big Band: Uh Oh! (JazzCat 47)
  • Carate Urio Orchestra: Ljubljana (Clean Feed)
  • Ron Carter Quartet & Vitoria Maldonado: Brasil L.I.K.E. (Summit)
  • Frank Catalano/Jimmy Chamberlin: Bye Bye Blackbird (Ropeadope)
  • Bill Charlap Trio: Notes From New York (Impulse) **
  • Charli XCX: Vroom Vroom (Vroom Vroom, EP) **
  • Chat Noir: Nine Thoughts for One Word (Rare Noise) *
  • Childish Gambino: Awaken, My Love! (Glassnote) **
  • Chimurenga Renaissance: Girlz With Gunz (Glitterbeat, EP) **
  • City Yelps: Half Hour (Odd Box) **
  • The Roger Chong Quartet: Funkalicious (self-released)
  • Chook Race: Around the House (Trouble in Mind) **
  • Rob Clearfield: Islands (Ears & Eyes)
  • Clipping: Splendor & Misery (Sub Pop) **
  • Kweku Collins: Nat Love (Closed Sessions) **
  • The Cookers: The Call of the Wild & Peaceful Heart (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Patrick Cornelius: While We're Still Young (Whirlwind)
  • Larry Coryell, Barefoot Man: Sanpaku (Purple Pyramid) **
  • Theo Croker: Escape Velocity (Okeh) **
  • Alan Cumming: Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs: Live at the Cafe Carlyle (Yellow Sound) **
  • Jeremy Cunningham Quartet: Re: Dawn (From Far) (Ears & Eyes)
  • Carla dal Forno: You Know What It's Like (Blackest Ever Black) **
  • Dälek: Asphalt for Eden (Profound Lore) **
  • Daria: Strawberry Fields Forever: Songs by the Beatles (OA2)
  • Dear Eloise: Uncontrollable, Ice Age Stories (Maybe Mars) **
  • Death Grips: Bottomless Pit (Third Worlds/Harvest) **
  • Debo Band: Ere Gobez (FPE) **
  • Eli Degibri: Cliff Hangin' (Blujazz)
  • Gonzalo Del Val Trio: Koiné (Fresh Sound New Talent) **
  • The Delegation: Evergreen (Canceled World) (ESP-Disk, 2CD)
  • John Dikeman/Luis Vicente/Hugo Antunes/Gabriel Ferrandini: Salăo Brazil (NoBusiness)
  • Dim Lighting: Your Miniature Motion (Off) *
  • Dinosaur Jr: Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not (Jagjaguwar) **
  • DJ Shadow: The Mountain Will Fall (Mass Appeal) **
  • The Dominican Jazz Project (Summit)
  • Dave Douglas: Dark Territory (Greenleaf Music) **
  • Drake: Views (Cash Money) **
  • Dreezy: No Hard Feelings (Interscope) **
  • Paquito D'Rivera/Armando Manzanero: Paquito & Manzanero (Paquito/Sunnyside) **
  • Dvsn: Sept. 5th (OVO Sound/Warner Brothers) **
  • Echoes of Swing: Dancing (ACT) **
  • Darren English: Imagine Nation (Hot Shoe)
  • Brian Eno: The Ship (Warp) **
  • The Fall: Wise Ol' Man (Cherry Red, EP) **
  • Family Atlantica: Cosmic Unity (Soundway) **
  • Free Nelson Mandoomjazz: The Organ Grinder (RareNoise) **
  • Paolo Fresu & Omar Sosa: Eros (Otá) **
  • Matthew Fries: Parallel States (Xcappa)
  • David Friesen Circle 3 Trio: Triple Exposure (Origin)
  • Jonny Fritz: Sweet Creep (ATO) **
  • Fumaça Preta: Impuros Fanáticos (Soundway) **
  • Gaika: Security (Mixpak) **
  • Gallant: Ology (Mind of a Genius/Warner Bros.) **
  • Kenny Garrett: Do Your Dance! (Mack Avenue) **
  • Kevin Gates: Islah (Atlantic) **
  • Trevor Giancola Trio: Fundamental (self-released)
  • Vince Gill: Down to My Last Bad Habit (MCA Nashville) **
  • Robert Glasper Experiment: ArtScience (Blue Note) **
  • Glitterbust (Burger) **
  • Will Goble: Consider the Blues (OA2)
  • Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman (Republic) **
  • Jari Haapalainen Trio: Fusion Machine (Moserobie)
  • Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band: Beautiful Sunshine (Shifting Paradigm)
  • Luke Hendon: Silk & Steel (self-released)
  • Terrie Hessels & Ken Vandermark: Splinters (Audiograph) **
  • Hiromi: Spark (Telarc) **
  • Dre Hocevar: Transcendental Within the Sphere of Indivisible Remainder (Clean Feed)
  • The Hot Sardines: French Fries + Champagne (Decca) **
  • The Hotelier: Goodness (Tiny Engines) **
  • The James Hughes/Jimmy Smith Quintet: Ever Up & Onward (self-released)
  • Jason Kao Hwang: Voice (Innova)
  • Kate Jackson: British Road Movies (Hoo Ha) **
  • Keefe Jackson/Jason Adasiewicz: Rows and Rows (Delmark)
  • Erik Jekabson: A Brand New Take (OA2)
  • Christine Jensen and Maggi Olin: Transatlantic Conversations: 11 Piece Band Live (Linedown)
  • Mimi Jones: Feet in the Mud (Hot Tone Music)
  • Joonsam: A Door (Origin)
  • The Matthew Kaminski Quartet: Live at Churchill Grounds (Chicken Coup)
  • Manu Katché: Unstatic (Anteprima) **
  • Grace Kelly: Trying to Figure It Out (Pazz Productions) **
  • Walter Kemp 3oh!: Dark Continent (Blujazz)
  • The Corey Kendrick Trio: Rootless (self-released)
  • The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra: Storming Through the South (Summit)
  • Irene Kepl: SololoS (Fou)
  • Sari Kessler: Do Right (Ruby Street Music)
  • Amirtha Kidambi/Elder Ones: Holy Science (Northern Spy) **
  • Masabumi Kikuchi: Black Orpheus (ECM) **
  • King: We Are King (King Creative) *
  • King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: Nonagon Infinity (ATO) **
  • Konx-Om-Pax: Caramel (Planet Mu) **
  • Lefteris Kordis: Mediterrana (Goddess of Light) (Inner Circle Music)
  • Steffen Kuehn: Leap of Faith (Stefrecords)
  • Julian Lage: Arclight (Mack Avenue)
  • Lĺpsley: Long Way Home (XL) **
  • Zach Larmer Elektrik Band: Inner Circle (self-released)
  • Ingrid Laubrock: Serpentines (Intakt) *
  • Nate Lepine Quartet: Vortices (Eyes & Ears)
  • Tove Lo: Lady Wood (Island) **
  • Joey Locascio: Meets the Legend (Blujazz)
  • Kirk MacDonald: Symmetry (Addo)
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: This Unruly Mess I've Made (Macklemore) **
  • Mannequin Pussy: Romantic (Tiny Engines, EP) **
  • René Marie: Sound of Red (Motéma Music) **
  • Melanie Marod: I'll Go Mad (ITI)
  • The Pedrito Martinez Group: Habana Dreams (Motéma) **
  • Jřrgen Mathisen/Christian Meaas Svendsen/Andreas Wildhagen: Momentum (Clean Feed)
  • Matt Mayhall: Tropes (Skirl)
  • Donny McCaslin: Beyond Now (Motema) **
  • Tom McCormick: South Beat (Manatee)
  • Joe McPhee: Flowers (Cipsela)
  • Hendrik Meurkens: Harmonicus Rex (Height Advantage)
  • Mexrrissey: No Manchester (Cooking Vinyl) **
  • Michelson Morley: Strange Courage (Babel) **
  • Rale Micic: Night Music (Whaling City Sound)
  • Buddy Miller & Friends: Cayamo: Sessions at Sea (New West) **
  • Russ Miller and the Jazz Orchestra: You and the Night and the Music (Doctheory)
  • Parker Millsap: The Very Last Day (Okrahoma) **
  • Bob Mintzer: All L.A. Band (Fuzzy Music)
  • Mitski: Puberty 2 (Dead Oceans) **
  • Moker: Ladder (El Negocito) **
  • Moksha: The Beauty of an Arbitrary Moment (Jazzland) **
  • Hedvig Mollestad Trio: Black Stabat Mater (Rune Grammofon) **
  • Hedvig Mollestad Trio: EVIL in Oslo (Rune Grammofon) **
  • Nils Petter Molvaer: Buoyancy (Okeh) **
  • Jane Monheit: The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald (Emerald City)
  • Bob Mould: Patch the Sky (Merge) **
  • Jack Mouse & Scott Robinson with Janice Borla: Three Story Sandbox (Tall Grass)
  • Moutin Factory Quintet: Deep (Blujazz)
  • Tisziji Muńoz: Heart Ground (Anami Music) **
  • Amina Claudine Myers: Sama Rou: Songs From My Soul (Amina C) **
  • Myriad 3: Moons (ALMA)
  • Naima: Bye (Cuneiform) **
  • Naked Truth: Avian Thug (Rare Noise) *
  • Naked Wolf: Ahum (Clean Feed)
  • Nao: For All We Know (Little Tokyo) **
  • Roy Nathanson: Nearness and You (Clean Feed)
  • Anthony E. Nelson Jr.: Swift to Hear, Slow to Speak (Music Stand)
  • Willie Nelson: For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price (Legacy) **
  • Scott Neumann/Tom Christensen: Spin Cycle (Sound Footing)
  • Nice as Fuck (Loves Way, EP) **
  • Noertker's Moxie & the Melancholics: Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck (Edgetone)
  • Northern Winds and Voices: Inside/Outside (Sisällä/Ulkona) (Edgetone)
  • The Oatmeal Jazz Combo: Instant Oats (LGY)
  • Dick Oatts/Mats Holmquist/New York Jazz Orchestra: A Tribute to Herbie +1 (Summit)
  • Oddisee: The Odd Tape (Mello Music Group) **
  • Arturo O'Farrill Sextet: Boss Level (Zoho) **
  • Francisco Pais Lotus Project: Verde (Product of Imagination)
  • Phil Parisot: Lingo (OA2)
  • Felix Peikli & Joe Doubleday: It's Showtime! (self-released)
  • Luis Perdomo: Montage (Hot Tone Music)
  • Sergio Pereira: Swingando (self-released)
  • Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: Corpo (Leo)
  • Laura Perlman: Precious Moments (Miles High)
  • Enrico Pieranunzi with Simona Severini: My Songbook (Via Veneto) **
  • Roberta Piket: One for Marian: Celebrating Marian McPartland (Thirteenth Note)
  • Pinegrove: Cardinal (Run for Cover) **
  • Pink Martini: Je Dis Oui (Heinz) **
  • Iggy Pop: Post Pop Depression (Loma Vista) **
  • Noah Preminger: Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground (self-released)
  • Preoccupations (Jagjaguwar) **
  • Bobby Previte & the Visitors: Gone (ForTune) **
  • Mark Pritchard: Under the Sun (Warp) **
  • Rae Sremmurd: SremmLife 2 (Eardrum/Interscope) **
  • Jemal Ramirez: Pomponio (First Orbit Sounds Music)
  • Dave Rempis/Elisabeth Harnik/Michael Zerang: Wistfully (Aerophonic) **
  • Dave Rempis/Joe Morris/Tomeka Reid/Jim Baker: Nettles (Aeroponic) **
  • Restroy: Saturn Return (Milk Factory)
  • Rhythm Future Quartet: Travels (Magic Fiddle Music)
  • Logan Richardson: Shift (Blue Note) **
  • Herlin Riley: New Direction (Mack Avenue) **
  • Carrie Rodriguez: Lola (Luz) **
  • Randy Rogers Band: Nothing Shines Like Neon (Tommy Jackson) **
  • Roosevelt (City Slang) **
  • Jeff Rosenstock: Worry (Side One Dummy) **
  • Jim Rotondi: Dark Blue (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Xenia Rubinos: Black Terry Cat (Anti) **
  • Carol Saboya: Carolina (AAM)
  • L.A. Salami: Dancing With Bad Grammar (PIAS America) **
  • John K. Samson: Winter Wheat (Anti-) **
  • Ken Schaphorst Big Band: How to Say Goodbye (JCA)
  • John Scofield: Country for Old Men (Impulse!) **
  • Mikael Seifu: Zelalem (RVNG Intl, EP) **
  • Aubrie Sellers: New City Blues (Warner Nashville) **
  • Shabaka and the Ancestors: Wisdom of Elders (Brownswood) **
  • Sheer Mag: III 7" (Wilsuns RC/Static Shock, EP) **
  • Deborah Shulman: My Heart's in the Wind (Summit)
  • Sia: This Is Acting (Inertia/Monkey Puzzle/RCA) **
  • Sidestepper: Supernatural Love (Real World) **
  • Naomi Moon Siegel: Shoebox View (self-released) **
  • Silva/Rasmussen/Solberg: Free Electric Band (ForTune) **
  • Paul Simon: Stranger to Stranger (Concord) **
  • Sirius Quartet: Paths Become Lines (Autentico)
  • Ches Smith: The Bell (ECM) **
  • Sneaks: It's a Myth (Merge, EP) **
  • Ferenc Snétberger: In Concert (ECM) **
  • Soul Basement feat. Jay Nemor: What We Leave Behind (ITI)
  • Sound Underground: Quiet Spaces (Tiny Music)
  • Ron Stabinsky: Free for One (Hot Cup)
  • Starlite Motel: Awosting Falls (Clean Feed)
  • Peggy Stern: Z Octet (Estrella Productions)
  • Michael Jefry Stevens: Brass Tactics (Konnex) **
  • Bill Stewart: Space Squid (Pirouet) **
  • Eric St-Laurent: Planet (Katzenmusik)
  • Susso: Keira (Soundway) **
  • Swans: The Glowing Man (Mute, 2CD) **
  • Tell Tale: Film in Music (Drip Audio)
  • Thao & the Get Down Stay Down: A Man Alive (Ribbon Music) **
  • Thee Oh Sees: A Weird Exits (Castle Face) **
  • Touché Amoré: Stage Four (Epitaph) **
  • Yves Tumor: Serpent Music (Pan) **
  • Twin Talk (Ears & Eyes)
  • William Tyler: Modern Country (Merge) **
  • Ukandanz: Awo (Buda Musique) **
  • Peter Van Huffel/Alex Maksymiw: Kronix (Fresh Sound New Talent) **
  • Andrew Van Tassel: It's Where You Are (Tone Rogue)
  • Carlos Vega: Bird's Ticket (Origin)
  • Adia Victoria: Beyond the Bloodhounds (Canvasback/Atlantic) **
  • Cuong Vu/Pat Metheny: Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny (Nonesuch) **
  • Ryley Walker: Golden Sings That Have Been Sung (Dead Oceans) **
  • Wax Tailor: By Any Beats Necessary (Le Plan) **
  • The Doug Webb Quartet: Sets the Standard (VSOP) **
  • The Weeknd: Starboy (XO/Republic) **
  • White Denim: Stiff (Downtown) **
  • Scott Whitfield: New Jazz Standards (Volume 2) (Summit)
  • Wilco: Schmilco (DBPM/Anti) **
  • Andre Williams: I Wanna Go Back to Detroit City (Bloodshot) **
  • Anthony Wilson: Frogtown (Goat Hill) **
  • Jamila Woods: HEAVN (Closed Sessions) **
  • Nate Wooley: Seven Storey Mountain V (Pleasure of the Text) **
  • Rik Wright's Fundamental Forces: Subtle Energy (Hipsync)
  • YG: Still Brazy (Def Jam) **
  • Neil Young + Promise of the Real: Earth (Reprise, 2CD) **
  • Brandee Younger: Wax & Wane (Revive, EP) **
  • Yussef Kamaal: Black Focus (Brownswood) **
  • Peter Zak: Standards (SteepleChase) **
  • Zarabande: El Toro (AFlo)
  • Denny Zeitlin: Early Wayne: Explorations of Classic Wayne Shorter Compositions (Sunnyside) **
  • The 3.5.7 Ensemble: Amongst the Smokestacks and Steeples (Milk Factory Productions, 2CD)
  • The 14 Jazz Orchestra: Nothing Hard Is Ever Easy (self-released)
  • Raul Agraz: Between Brothers (OA2)
  • Aguankó: Latin Jazz Christmas in Havana (Aguankó)
  • The Avalanches: Wildflower (Astralwerks) **
  • Steve Barta: Symphonic Arrangement: Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio (Steve Barta Music)
  • William Bell: This Is Where I Live (Stax) **
  • Dierks Bentley: Black (Capitol Nashville) **
  • Bibio: A Mineral Love (Warp) **
  • Karl Blau: Introducing Karl Blau (Raven Marching Band) **
  • Mike Bogle Trio: Live at Stoney's (MBP/Groove)
  • Bibi Bourelly: Free the Real (Pt. 2) (Circa 13/Def Jam, EP) **
  • Jakob Bro: Streams (ECM) **
  • Brian Bromberg: Full Circle (Artistry) **
  • Peter Brotzmann/Heather Leigh: Ears Are Filled With Wonder (Not Two) **
  • Jane Bunnett & Maqueque: Oddara (Linus Entertainment) **
  • Lou Caimano/Eric Olsen: Dyad Plays Jazz Arias (self-released)
  • Will Calhoun: Celebrating Elvin Jones (Motéma) **
  • Marialuisa Capurso/Jean-Marc Foussat: En Respirant (Fou)
  • Chris Cheek: Saturday Songs (Sunnyside) **
  • Cobalt: Slow Forever (Profound Lore, 2CD) **
  • Tom Collier: Impulsive Illuminations (Origin)
  • Shawn Colvin/Steve Earle: Colvin & Earle (Fantasy) **
  • Taylor Cook: The Cook Book (self-released)
  • Ian William Craig: Centres (130701) **
  • Cymbals Eat Guitars: Pretty Years (Sinderlyn) **
  • Tim Daisy: Relucent: Music for Marimba, Radios and Turntables (Relay) **
  • Tim Davies Big Band: The Expensive Train Set (Origin)
  • Suzanne Dean: Come to Paradise (Ship's Bell Music)
  • Pierre Dřrge's New Jungle Orchestra: Ubi Zaa (SteepleChase) **
  • Andrew Downing: Otterville (self-released)
  • DD Dumbo: Utopia Defeated (4AD) **
  • Earth Tongues: Ohio (Neither/Nor, 2CD)
  • El Guincho: Hiperasia (Nacional) **
  • Alan Ferber: Roots & Transitions (Sunyside) **
  • Field Music: Commontime (Memphis Industries) **
  • David Fiuczynski: Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian MicroJam (Rare Noise) *
  • Flume: Skin (Future Classic) **
  • Bill Frisell: When You Wish Upon a Star (Okeh) *
  • The Funky Organics (Chicken Coup/Summit)
  • Socrates Garcia Latin Jazz Orchestra: Back Home (Summit)
  • Sara Gazarek/Josh Nelson: Dream in the Blue (Steel Bird)
  • Tim Hecker: Love Streams (4AD/Paper Bag) **
  • Hinds: Leave Me Alone (Mom + Pop) **
  • Matt Kane & the Kansas City Generations Sextet: Acknowledgement (Bounce-Step)
  • Darrell Katz and OddSong: Jailhouse Doc With Holes in Her Socks (JCA)
  • Kayo Dot: Plastic House on Base of Sky (The Flenser) **
  • Ron King: Triumph (self-released)
  • Kirk Knuffke/Jesse Stacken: Satie (SteepleChase) **
  • Lady Gaga: Joanne (Streamline/Interscope) **
  • Julian Lage: Live in Los Angeles (Mack Avenue, EP) **
  • Lambchop: FLOTUS (Merge) **
  • Okkyung Lee & Christian Marclay: Amalgam (Northern Spy) **
  • Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam: I Had a Dream That You Were Mine (Glassnote) **
  • Lil Yachty: Lil Boat (Quality Control) **
  • Little Simz: Stillness in Wonderland (Age 101) **
  • Lydia Loveless: Real (Bloodshot) **
  • Mack Avenue Superband: Live From the 2015 Detroit Jazz Festival (Mack Avenue) **
  • Lasse Marhaug & Ken Vandermark: Close Up (For Abbas Kiarostami) (Audiographic) **
  • Tom Marko: Inner Light (Summit)
  • Bruno Mars: 24K Magic (Atlantic) **
  • Terrace Martin: Velvet Portraits (Ropeadope) **
  • Gabriela Martina: No White Shoes (self-released)
  • Maxwell: blackSUMMERS'night (Columbia) **
  • Jenny Maybee/Nick Phillips: Haiku (self-released)
  • Cass McCombs: Mangy Love (Anti-) **
  • Myra Melford + Ben Goldberg: Dialogue (BAG) **
  • Anna Meredith: Varmints (Moshi Moshi) **
  • Daniel Meron: Sky Begins (Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit)
  • Gabriel Mervine: People (Synergy Music)
  • Pat Metheny: The Unity Sessions (Nonesuch, 2CD) **
  • Camila Meza: Traces (Sunnyside) **
  • Cameron Mizell: Negative Spaces (Destiny)
  • Moor Mother: Fetish Bones (Don Giovanni) **
  • Maren Morris: Hero (Columbia Nashville) **
  • Donny Most: Swinging Down the Chimney Tonight (Summit, EP)
  • John Moulder: Earthborn Tales of Soul and Spirit (Origin)
  • The Mowgli's: Where'd Your Weekend Go? (Photo Finish/Island) **
  • Mudcrutch: 2 (Reprise) **
  • Mark Murphy: Slip Away (Mini Movie)
  • Qasim Naqvi: Chronology (New Amsterdam) **
  • Ted Nash Big Band: Presidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom (Motema, 2CD) **
  • Willie Nelson: Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin (Legacy) **
  • Nine Live: Sonus Inenarribilis: Nine Live Plays the Music of John Clark (Mulatta)
  • Sebastian Noelle: Shelter (Fresh Sound New Talent) *
  • Sean Noonan: Memorable Sticks (ForTune) **
  • Roberto Occhipinti: Stabilimento (Modica Music)
  • Opaluna (Ridgeway)
  • Jeff Parker: The New Breed (International Anthem) **
  • Parker Abbott Trio: Elevation (self-released)
  • Kat Parra: Songbook of the Americas (Jazzma)
  • Hannah Peel: Awake but Always Dreaming (My Own Pleasure) **
  • Christian Perez: Anima Mundi (CPM)
  • Pram Trio: Saga Thirteen (self-released)
  • Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool (XL) **
  • Ratatet: Arctic (Ridgeway)
  • Dave Rempis/Darren Johnston/Larry Ochs: Neutral Nation (Aerophonic) **
  • Renee Rosnes: Written in the Rocks (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Trygve Seim: Rumi Songs (ECM) **
  • Jim Self and the Tricky Lix Latin Jazz Band: ˇYo! (Basset Hound)
  • Serengeti & Sicker Man: Doctor My Own Patience (Graveface) **
  • Andy Shauf: The Party (Anti-) **
  • Julian Shore: Which Way Now (Tone Rogue)
  • Sleigh Bells: Jessica Rabbit (Torn Clean) **
  • Dr. Lonnie Smith: Evolution (Blue Note) **
  • Mark Solborg & Herb Robertson: Tuesday Prayers (ILK) **
  • Esperanza Spalding: Emily's D+Evolution (Concord) **
  • Kandace Springs: Soul Eyes (Blue Note) **
  • Richard Sussman: The Evolution Suite (Zoho)
  • Gregory Tardy: Chasing After the Wind (SteepleChase) **
  • Aaron Lee Tasjan: Silver Tears (New West) **
  • Bruce Torff: Down the Line (Summit)
  • Keith Urban: Ripcord (Capitol Nashville) **
  • The U.S. Army Blues: Swamp Romp: Voodoo Boogaloo (self-released)
  • Marcos Varela: San Ygnacio (Origin)
  • Wet: Don't You (Columbia) **
  • Dan Weiss: Sixteen: Drummers Suite (Pi)
  • Nate Wooley/Hugo Antunes/Jorge Queijo/Mario Costa/Chris Corsano: Purple Patio (NoBusiness) *
  • Dhafer Youssef: Diwan of Beauty and Odd (Okeh) **
  • Babyfather: BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow (Hyperdub) **
  • BadBadNotGood: IV (Innovative Leisure) **
  • Bat for Lashes: The Bride (Parlophone) **
  • John Beasley: Presents MONK'estra Vol. 1 (Mack Avenue) **
  • James Blake: The Colour in Anything (Polydor) **
  • Seamus Blake: Superconductor (5Passion) **
  • Cristina Braga & Brandenburger Symphoniker: Whisper (Enja)
  • Rex Cadwallader/Mike Aseta/Arti Dixson/Tiffany Jackson: A Balm in Gilead (Stanza USA)
  • Jean-Luc Cappozzo/Didier Lasserre: Ceremony's a Name for the Rich Horn (NoBusiness) *
  • Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: Skeleton Tree (Bad Seed) **
  • Nels Cline: Lovers (Blue Note, 2CD) **
  • Jeff Denson Quartet: Concentric Circles (Ridgeway)
  • DJ Diamond: Footwork or Die (Duck N' Cover) **
  • Rebecca DuMaine and the Dave Miller Trio With Friends: Happy Madness (Summit)
  • EOLA: Dang (Leaving, EP) **
  • The Flat Five: It's a World of Love and Hate (Bloodshot) **
  • James Freeman: Echoes of Nature III (Edgetone)
  • GFOTY: Call Him a Doctor (PC Music, EP) **
  • Alex Goodman: Border Crossing (OA2)
  • Jeff Guthery: Black Paintings (self-released) **
  • Cory Henry: The Revival (Ground Up) **
  • Derrick Hodge: The Second (Blue Note) **
  • Le Boeuf Brothers + Jack Quartet: Imaginist (Panoramic/New Focus)
  • Alison Lewis: Seven (self-released)
  • Lil Yachty: Summer Songs 2 (Quality Control) **
  • Thierry Maillard Trio: Ethnic Sounds (Blujazz)
  • Grégoire Maret: Wanted (Sunnyside) **
  • Branford Marsalis Quartet: Upward Spiral (Okeh) **
  • Andrew McAnsh: Illustrations (self-released)
  • Dave Miller: Old Door Phantoms (Ears & Eyes)
  • The Monkees: Good Times! (Rhino) **
  • New Standard Jazz Orchestra: Waltz About Nothing (OA2)
  • Nonch Harpin': Native Sons (self-released)
  • Os Clavelitos: Arriving (self-released)
  • Nicholas Payton: Textures (Paytone) **
  • Gregory Porter: Take Me to the Alley (Blue Note) **
  • Prince Rama: X-Treme Now (Carpark) **
  • Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra: Portraits and Places (Origin)
  • Daniel Romano: Mosey (New West) **
  • Jimetta Rose: The Light Bearer (Temporary Whatever) **
  • SBTRKT: Save Yourself (self-released, EP) **
  • Hillary Scott & the Scott Family: Love Remains (Capitol Nashville) **
  • Tommy Smith: Modern Jacobite (Spartacus)
  • Snaggle: The Long Slog (Browntasaurus)
  • Snarky Puppy: Family Dinner Volume Two (Decca) **
  • Michael Spiro/Wayne Wallace/La Orquesta Sinfonietta: Canto América (Patois)
  • Colin Stetson: Sorrow: A Reimagining of Gorecki's 3rd Symphony (52Hz) **
  • Marcus Strickland's Twi-Life: Nihil Novi (Blue Note) **
  • Teenage Fanclub: Here (Merge) **
  • Weyes Blood: Front Row Seat to Earth (Mexican Summer) **
  • Whitney: Light Upon the Lake (Secretly Canadian) **
  • Steve Wiest and Phröntrange: The High Road (Blujazz)
  • Jacob Collier: In My Room (Membran) **
  • The Dirty Snacks Ensemble: Tidy Universe (Gotta Groove) **
  • Fond of Tigers: Uninhabit (Offsesson/Drip Audio)
  • Jenny Hval: Blood Bitch (Sacred Bones) **
  • Pup: The Dream Is Over (Side One Dummy) **
  • Bobby Previte: Mass (RareNoise) *
  • Snarky Puppy: Culcha Vulcha (Decca) **
  • Suede: Night Thoughts (Suede) **
  • Renato Braz: Saudade (Living Music)
  • Gene Ess: Absurdist Theater (SIMP)
  • Rob Mazurek & Emmett Kelly: Alien Flower Sutra (International Anthem) **
  • Enoch Smith Jr.: The Quest: Live at APC (Misfitme Music)
  • The U.S. Army Blues: Live at Blues Alley (self-released)
  • Jeff Collins: The Keys to Christmas (Crossroads)
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis: The Abyssinian Mass (Blue Engine, 2CD)
  • Tom Lellis: The Flow (Beamtime) **
  • WorldService Project: For King and Country (Rare Noise) *

Reissues/Compilations/Vault Music:

In previous years I tried to separate reissues from compilations, including newly released vault items in the latter. This made sense when I was reviewing a lot of Recycled Goods material, but led to other problems with year-end lists, so as of 2013 anything containing any previously released material is collected here, and anything that is wholly previously unreleased is treated as new, above.

  1. Lyrics Born: Now Look What You've Done, Lyrics Born! Greatest Hits! (1997-2015, Mobile Home) [**]
  2. Merle Haggard: The Best of the Capitol Years (1966-76, Capitol) **
  3. Coleman Hawkins: Intimate: Duo, Trio, Quartet & Quintet Recordings 1934-38 (Acrobat) **
  4. Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra: All My Yesterdays (1966, Resonance, 2CD)
  5. Hailu Mergia: Wede Harer Guzo (1978, Awesome Tapes From Africa) **
  6. Senegambia Rebel (Voodoo Rebel) **
  7. The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1964-65, Universal/Apple) **
  8. Putumayo Presents: African Rumba (1962-2015, Putumayo World Music)
  9. Peter Kuhn: No Coming, No Going: The Music of Peter Kuhn, 1978-1979 (NoBusiness, 2CD)
  10. Urgent Jumping: East African Musiki Wa Dansi Classics (Sterns Africa, 2CD) **
  11. William Hooker: Light: The Early Years 1975-1989 (NoBusiness, 4CD)
  12. The Cucumbers: The Fake Doom Years (1983-1986) (Lifeforce) **
  13. Can't You Hear Me? 70's African Nuggets & Garage Rock From Nigeria, Zambia, and Zimbabwe (1970s, Now-Again) **
  14. Shirley Horn: Live at the 4 Queens (1988, Resonance)
  15. Vieux Kanté: The Young Man's Harp (Sterns) **
  16. Van Morrison: It's Too Late to Stop Now: Volumes II, III, IV & DVD (1973, Legacy, 3CD) **
  17. God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson (Alligator) **
  18. Dave Burrell and Bob Stewart: The Crave (1994, NoBusiness) *
  19. <>Pat Thomas: Coming Home: Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1967-1981 (Strut, 2CD) **
  20. Don Cherry/John Tchicai/Irčne Schweizer/Léon Francioli/Pierre Favre: Musical Monsters (1980, Intakt) *
  21. The Great American Music Ensemble: It's All in the Game (Jazzed Media)
  22. The Rough Guide to South African Jazz [Second Edition] (World Music Network) **
  23. Fanfare Ciocarlia: 20 (1996-2016, Asphalt Tango) **
  24. Meridian Brothers V: El Advenimiento del Castillo Mujer (2005, Discrepant) **
  25. Count Ossie and the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari: Tales of Mozambique (1970-75, Soul Jazz) **
  26. Blind Alfred Reed: Appalachian Visionary (1927-29, Dust-to-Digital) **

Pending:

Also Noted:

  • American Honey (UME) **
  • Cheryl Bentyne: Lost Love Songs (2003-11, Summit)
  • Bitori: Legend of Funana: The Forbidden Music of the Cape Verde Islands (1997, Analog Africa) **
  • Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta (1970s, Numero Group, 3CD) **
  • Joe Bushkin: Live at the Embers 1952 (Dot Time) **
  • The Jim Cullum Jazz Band/William Warfield: George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess Live (1992, Riverwalk Jazz, 2CD)
  • DJ Katapila: Trotro (2009, Awesome Tapes From Africa) **
  • Awalom Gebremariam: Desdes (2007, Awesome Tapes From Africa) **
  • The Hamilton Mixtape (Atlantic) **
  • Steve Lehman Camouflage Trio: Interface (2003, Clean Feed) **
  • Joe Lovano Quartet: Classic! Live at Newport (2005, Blue Note) **
  • Allen Lowe: Louis Armstrong: An Avant Garde Portrait (1992, Constant Sorrow) **
  • Evan Parker/Daunik Lazro/Joe McPhee: Seven Pieces: Live at Willisau 1995 (Clean Feed)
  • 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) **
  • Pylon: Live (1983, Chunklet) **
  • Howard Riley: Constant Change 1976-2016 (NoBusiness, 5CD)
  • The Rough Guide to Bottleneck Blues [Second Edition] (1926-40, World Music Network) **
  • Soul Sok Sega: Sega Sounds From Mauritius 1973-1979 (Strut) **
  • Bruce Springsteen: Chapter and Verse (1966-2012, Columbia) **
  • Tanbou Toujou Lou: Merenge Kompa Kreyou Vodou Jazz & Electric Folklore From Haiti (1960-1981) (Ostinato) **
  • David S. Ware & Matthew Shipp Duo: Live in Sant'Anna Arresi, 2004 (2004, AUM Fidelity) **
  • Jürgen Wuchner/Rudi Mahall/Jörg Fischer: In Memoriam: Buschi Niebergall (1997, Sporeprint)
  • Larry Young: In Paris: The ORTF Recordings (1964-65, Resonance, 2CD)
  • African Head Charge: Return of the Crocodile (1981-86, On-U Sound) **
  • Angry Angles (2005, Goner) **
  • Borah Bergman/Peter Brötzmann/Frode Gjerstad: Left (1996, Not Two) **
  • Anna Homler and Steve Moshier: Breadwoman & Other Tales (1985-93, RVNG Intl) **
  • Allen Lowe: Julius Hemphill Plays the Music of Allen Lowe (1989-91, self-released) **
  • Chris McGregor & the Castle Lager Big Band: Jazz/The African Sound (1963, Jazzman) **
  • Joe McPhee & Raymond Boni: Live From the Magic City (Birmingham, Alabama) (1985, Trost) **
  • New York Noise: Dance Music From the New York Underground 1977-1982 (Soul Jazz) **
  • Professor Longhair: Live in Chicago (1976, Orleans, EP) **
  • Putumayo Presents: Blues Party (1968-2013, Putumayo World Music) *
  • Southern Family (Elektra/Low Country Sound) **
  • Space Echo: The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed! (1977-85, Analog Africa) **
  • Cecil Taylor: Live in the Black Forest (1978, MPS) **
  • Arthur Williams: Forgiveness Suite (1979, NoBusiness) *
  • Born to Be Blue: Music From the Motion Picture (Rhino) **
  • Brother Ah and the Sounds of Awareness: Key to Nowhere (1983, Manufactured) **
  • Close to the Noise Floor: Formative UK Electronica 1975-1984 (Cherry Red, 4CD) **
  • Miles Davis Quintet: Freedom Jazz Dance [The Bootleg Series Vol. 5] (1966-68, Columbia/Legacy, 3CD) **
  • J Dilla: The Diary (2001-02, Mass Appeal/Pay Jay) **
  • Peter Erskine Trio/John Taylor/Palle Danielsson: As It Was (1992-97, ECM, 4CD) **
  • Ella Fitzgerald: Jazz at the Philharmonic: The Ella Fitzgerald Set (1949-54, Verve) **
  • Erroll Garner: Ready Take One (1967-71, Legacy) **
  • Dizzy Gillespie & Friends: Concert of the Century: A Tribute to Charlie Parker (1980, Justin Time) **
  • Gqom Oh! The Sound of Durban Vol 1 (Goom Oh!) **
  • Daunik Lazro/Joëlle Léandre/George Lewis: Enfances 8 Janv. 1984 (Fou)
  • Miles Ahead [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (Columbia/Legacy) **
  • Joe Newman Sextet: The Happy Cats (1956, Fresh Sound) **
  • Nigeria Soul Power: Afro Funk, Disco and Boogie (1970s-80s, Soul Jazz) **
  • Elvis Presley: Way Down in the Jungle Room (1976, RCA/Legacy, 2CD) **
  • Remixed With Love by Joey Negro: Vol. Two (Z, 2CD) **
  • Sky Girl (1961-91, Efficient Space) **
  • Sunburst: Ave Africa: The Complete Recordings 1973-1976 (Strut, 2CD) **
  • Harry Beckett: Still Happy (1974, My Only Desire, EP) **
  • Doing It in Lagos: Boogie, Pop & Disco in 1980's Nigeria (1979-84, Soundway, 2CD) **
  • Bob Dylan: The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert! (Columbia/Legacy, 2CD) **
  • Joëlle Léandre: No Comment (1994-95, Fou)
  • Boogie Breakdown: South African Synth-Disco 1980-1984 (Cultures of Soul) **
  • Brother Ahh/Sounds of Awareness: Move Ever Onward (1975, Manufactured) **

DVDs

I don't review DVDs. I don't watch DVDs. I don't record them in my database -- well, almost never, anyhow. Part of this is that I don't have the time, the eyes, or at the moment even the equipment. I never request DVDs. Still, some publicists insist on sending them anyway. Here's a list. They're all pending, and will probably remain that way until hell freezes over.

  • Rova: Channeling Coltrane: Electric Ascension / Cleaning the Mirror (RogueArt, 2DVD)

Songs

I always come up empty for song lists at year-end poll time. So I thought I'd start here.