Music Year 2017

This is my year-end list for records released in 2017. A frozen copy as of Jan. 31, 2018, is here. Post-freeze changes are marked in this color (except for re-orderings. These will be added up to Jan. 31, 2018, 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., -16 for 2016) -- 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. William Parker Quartets: Meditation/Resurrection (AUM Fidelity, 2CD) **
  2. Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo: Peace (Libra)
  3. Gonçalo Almeida/Rodrigo Amado/Marco Franco: The Attic (NoBusiness)
  4. Aki Takase/David Murray: Cherry Shakura (Intakt)
  5. Orchestra Baobab: Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng (Nonesuch/World Circuit) [**]
  6. Rich Halley/Carson Halley: The Wild (Pine Eagle)
  7. Rocco John: Peace and Love (Unseen Rain)
  8. Buffalo Jazz Octet: Live at Pausa Art House (Cadence Jazz)
  9. François Carrier/Michel Lambert/Alexey Lapin: Freedom Is Space for the Spirit (FMR)
  10. Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Loafer's Hollow (Hot Cup)
  11. Barry Altschul's 3Dom Factor: Live in Krakow (Not Two) [**]
  12. Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp/William Parker/Bobby Kapp: Heptagon (Leo)
  13. Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society: Simultonality (Eremite) **
  14. Miguel Zenón: Típico (Miel Music)
  15. Free Radicals: Outside the Comfort Zone (Free Rads)
  16. Sylvan Esso: What Now (Loma Vista) **
  17. Pere Ubu: 20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo (Cherry Red) **
  18. Joey Bada$$: All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ (Pro Era/Cinematic) **
  19. David S. Ware Trio: Live in New York, 2010 (AUM Fidelity) **
  20. Matthew Shipp Trio: Piano Song (Thirsty Ear)
  21. Hamell on Trial: Tackle Box (New West) **
  22. Ellery Eskelin/Christian Weber/Michael Griener: Sensations of Tone (Intakt)
  23. Re-TROS: Before the Applause (Modern Sky Entertainment) **
  24. Trio 3: Visiting Texture (Intakt) *
  25. FCT = Francesco Cusa Trio Meets Carlo Atti: From Sun Ra to Donald Trump (Clean Feed) **
  26. Harriet Tubman: Araminta (Sunnyside) **
  27. The Perceptionists: Resolution (Mello Music Group) **
  28. Steve Earle & the Dukes: So You Wannabe an Outlaw (Warner Bros.) **
  29. Craig Finn: We All Want the Same Things (Partisan) **
  30. Kendrick Lamar: Damn (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope) **
  31. Jesca Hoop: Memories Are Now (Sub Pop) **
  32. Oddisee: The Iceberg (Mello Music Group) **
  33. Run the Jewels: Run the Jewels 3 (Run the Jewels) **
  34. Gorilla Mask: Iron Lung (Clean Feed)
  35. Velkro: Too Lazy to Panic (Clean Feed)
  36. Lord Echo: Harmonies (Soundway) **
  37. Roots Magic: Last Kind Words (Clean Feed) **
  38. Jimmy Greene: Flowers: Beautiful Life Volume 2 (Mack Avenue) **
  39. Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: The Art of Perelman-Shipp, Volume 5: Rhea (Leo)
  40. Satoko Fujii: Invisible Hand (Cortez Sound, 2CD)
  41. Jason Stein Quartet: Lucille! (Delmark)
  42. Vector Families: For Those About to Jazz/Rock We Salute You (Sunnyside) **
  43. Carl Craig: Versus (InFiné) **
  44. Youssou N'Dour: Seeni Valeurs (Jive/Epic) **
  45. John Moreland: Big Bad Luv (4AD) **
  46. Conor Oberst: Salutations (Nonesuch) **
  47. Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: The Art of Perelman-Shipp, Volume 3: Pandora (Leo)
  48. Tinariwen: Elwan (Anti-) **
  49. Large Unit: Fluku (PNL) **
  50. The Microscopic Septet: Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down to Me: The Micros Play the Blues (Cuneiform) *
  51. Angles 9: Disappeared Behind the Sun (Clean Feed)
  52. Syd: Fin (Columbia) **
  53. Dev: I Only See You When I'm Dreamin' (Devishot) **
  54. The XX: I See You (Young Turks) **
  55. Arcade Fire: Everything Now (Columbia) **
  56. Arto Lindsay: Cuidado Madame (Northern Spy) **
  57. Cigarettes After Sex: Cigarettes After Sex (Partisan) **
  58. Chicago/London Underground: A Night Walking Through Mirrors (Cuneiform) *
  59. Daddy Issues: Deep Dream (Infinity Cat) **
  60. Charles Gayle Trio: Solar System (ForTune) **
  61. Waxahatchee: Out in the Storm (Merge) **
  62. Quinsin Nachoff's Ethereal Trio (Whirlwind)
  63. Eminem: Revival (Aftermath/Shady/Interscope) **
  64. Jason Eady (Old Guitar) **
  65. Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: The Art of Perelman-Shipp, Volume 1: Titan (Leo)
  66. Matt North: Above Ground Fools (self-released) **
  67. Charli XCX: Number 1 Angel (Asylum) **
  68. Boneshaker: Thinking Out Loud (Trost) **
  69. Yoko Miwa Trio: Pathways (Ocean Blue Tear Music)
  70. Trio Heinz Herbert: The Willisau Concert (Intakt) *
  71. Angaleena Presley: Wrangled (Thirty Tigers) **
  72. Jack DeJohnette/Larry Grenadier/John Meddeski/John Scofield: Hudson (Motéma) **
  73. Ernest McCarty Jr. & Jimmie Smith: A Reunion Tribute to Erroll Garner (Blujazz)
  74. Oumou Sangaré: Mogoya (No Format) **
  75. Hamell on Trial: Big Mouth Strikes Again: Hamell Live (New West) **
  76. Made to Break: Trebuchet (Trost) **
  77. Nicole Mitchell and Haki Madhubuti: Liberation Narratives (Black Earth Music)
  78. Evan Parker & RGG: Live @ Alchemia (Fundacja Sluchaj) **
  79. Chicago Edge Ensemble: Decaying Orbit (self-released)
  80. Alison Krauss: Windy City (Capitol) **
  81. Lorde: Melodrama (Lava/Republic) **
  82. Randy Newman: Dark Matter (Nonesuch) [**]
  83. Les Amazones d'Afrique: Republique Amazone (RealWorld) **
  84. St. Vincent: Masseduction (Loma Vista) **
  85. Wadada Leo Smith: Najwa (TUM)
  86. DEK Trio: Construct 1: Stone (Audiographic) **
  87. Colter Wall (Young Mary's) **
  88. Chuck Berry: Chuck (Dualtone) **
  89. Kirk Knuffke: Cherryco (SteepleChase) **
  90. Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp/Joe Hertenstein: Scalene (Leo)
  91. Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet: Diablo en Brooklyn (Saponegro)
  92. The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Cochonnerie (Aerophonic)
  93. Samo Salamon Sextet: The Colours Suite (Clean Feed)
  94. David Weiss & Point of Departure: Wake Up Call (Ropeadope)
  95. Orchestre Les Mangelepa: Last Band Standing (Strut) **
  96. Girma Bèyènè & Akalé Wubé: Éthiopiques 30: "Mistakes on Purpose" (Buda Musique) **
  97. Ray Wylie Hubbard: Tell the Devil I'm Gettin' There as Fast as I Can (Bordello/Thirty Tigers) **
  98. Noah Kaplan Quartet: Cluster Swerve (Hatology)
  99. François Carrier/Michel Lambert/Rafal Mazur: Oneness (FMR)
  100. Khalid: American Teen (Right Hand/RCA) **
  101. Rudresh Mahanthappa's Indo-Pak Coalition: Agrima (self-released) *
  102. Katie Thiroux: Off Beat (Capri)
  103. Amok Amor [Christian Lillinger/Petter Eloh/Wanja Slavin/Peter Evans]: We Know Not What We Do (Intakt)
  104. Matthew Shipp Quartet: Not Bound (ForTune) **
  105. Irreversible Entanglements (International Anthem/Don Giovanni) **
  106. Anna Tivel: Small Believer (Fluff and Gravy) **
  107. Thomas Anderson: My Songs Are the House I Live In (Out There) **
  108. Craig Taborn: Daylight Ghosts (ECM) **
  109. Tomas Fujiwara: Triple Double (Firehouse 12)
  110. Roswell Rudd/Fay Victor/Lafayette Harris/Ken Filiano: Embrace (RareNoise) *
  111. Omri Ziegele: Where's Africa: Going South (Intakt)
  112. Sebastien Ammann: Color Wheel (Skirl)
  113. Silke Eberhard Trio: The Being Inn (Intakt)
  114. Tyshawn Sorey: Verisimilitude (Pi)
  115. Eric Revis: Sing Me Some Cry (Clean Feed) **
  116. Peter Perrett: How the West Was Won (Domino) **
  117. Gato Preto: Tempo (Unique) **
  118. Tommy Smith: Embodying the Light: A Dedication to John Coltrane (Spartacus) **
  119. Lana Del Rey: Lust for Life (Interscope) **
  120. Raoul Björkenheim Ecstasy: Doors of Perception (Cuneiform) [**]
  121. Chris Speed Trio: Platinum on Tap (Intakt)
  122. Nate Wooley: Knknighgh (Minimal Poetry for Aram Saroyan) (Clean Feed) **
  123. Lost Bayou Ramblers: Kalenda (Rice Pump) **
  124. Call Super: Arpo (Houndstooth) **
  125. Nona Hendryx & Gary Lucas: The World of Captain Beefheart (Knitting Factory) **
  126. Die Enttäuschung: Lavaman (Intakt)
  127. Marvin Pontiac: The Asylum Tapes (Strange and Beautiful) **
  128. Ivo Perelman/Nate Wooley/Brandon Lopez/Gerald Cleaver: Octagon (Leo)
  129. Youssou N'Dour: Raxas Bercy 2017 (self-released) **
  130. Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues (eOne) **
  131. Omar Souleyman: To Syria, With Love (Mad Decent) **
  132. François Carrier/Michel Lambert: Out of Silence (FMR)
  133. Dori Freeman: Letters Never Read (MRI) **
  134. Tom Rainey Obbligato: Float Upstream (Intakt)
  135. Borderlands Trio [Stephan Crump/Kris Davis/Eric McPherson]: Asteroidea (Intakt)
  136. Robt Sarazin Blake: Recitative (Same Room, 2CD) **
  137. DKV Trio: Latitude 41.88 (Not Two) **
  138. Colin Stetson: All This I Do for Glory (52Hz) **
  139. Swet Shop Boys: Sufi La (Customs, EP) **
  140. Steve Coleman's Natal Eclipse: Morphogenesis (Pi)
  141. Starlito & Don Trip: Step Brothers Three (Grind Hard) **
  142. Fat Tony: MacGregor Park (First One Up, EP) **
  143. Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: The Art of Perelman-Shipp, Volume 2: Tarvos (Leo)
  144. Randy Weston/African Rhythms: The African Nubian Suite (African Rhythms, 2CD)

Pending:

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

  • Jason Paul Curtis: These Christmas Days (self-released)
  • The United States Air Force Band: The Jazz Heritage Series 2017 Radio Broadcasts (2017, The USAF Academy Band, 3CD)
  • The U.S. Army Blues: Swinging in the Holidays (self-released)

Also Noted:

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

  • Espen Aalberg/Jonas Kullhammar/Torbjörn Zetterberg/Susana Santos Silva: Basement Sessions Vol. 4 (The Bali Tapes) (Clean Feed) **
  • Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman: Triple Fat Lice (Stones Throw, EP) **
  • Akmee: Neptun (Nakama) **
  • Anemone [Peter Evans/John Butcher/Frederic Blondy/Clayton Thomas/Paul Lovens]: A Wing Dissolved in Light (NoBusiness)
  • Sam Bardfeld: The Great Enthusiasms (BJU) **
  • Tim Berne's Snakeoil: Incidentals (ECM) **
  • Carlos Bica & Azul: More Than This (Clean Feed)
  • Big Boi: Boomiverse (Epic) **
  • Big K.R.I.T.: 4Eva Is a Mighty Long Time (Multi Alumni/BMG, 2CD) **
  • Mary J Blige: Strength of a Woman (Capitol) **
  • Jane Ira Bloom: Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson (Outline, 2CD)
  • Body Count: Bloodlust (Century Media) **
  • Benjamin Booker: Witness (ATO) **
  • Sam Braysher With Michael Kanan: Golden Earrings (Fresh Sound New Talent) **
  • Burning Ghosts: Reclamation (Tzadik) *
  • Burnt Sugar/The Arkestra Chamber: All You Zombies Dig the Luminosity (Avant Groidd) **
  • The Clientele: Music for the Age of Miracles (Merge) **
  • Alex Cline's Flower Garland Orchestra: Oceans of Vows (self-released, 2CD) *
  • Club D'Elf: Live at Club Helsinki (Face Pelt, 2CD)
  • Anat Cohen Tentet: Happy Song (Anzic) **
  • Richie Cole: Latin Lover (RCP)
  • Cortex: Avant-Garde Party Music (Clean Feed) **
  • CP Unit: Before the Heat Death (Clean Feed)
  • Rodney Crowell: Close Ties (New West) **
  • Ernest Dawkins New Horizons Ensemble: Transient Takes (Malcom)
  • Jon De Lucia Group: As the River Sings (Fresh Sound New Talent) *
  • DEK Trio: Construct 2: Artfacts (Audiographic) **
  • DEK Trio: Construct 3: Ovadlo 29 (Audiographic) **
  • Corey Dennison Band: Night After Night (Delmark)
  • Marc Devine Trio: Inspiration (ITI)
  • Whit Dickey/Mat Maneri/Matthew Shipp: Vessel in Orbit (AUM Fidelity) **
  • Diet Cig: Swear I'm Good at This (Frenchkiss) **
  • Beth Ditto: Fake Sugar (Virgin) **
  • Scott DuBois: Autumn Wind (ACT) **
  • EABS: Repetitions (Letters to Krzysztof Komeda) (Astigmatic) **
  • Emperor X: Oversleepers International (Tiny Engines) **
  • Christoph Erb/Jim Baker/Frank Rosaly: . . . Don't Buy Him a Parrot . . . (Hatology) **
  • ExpEAR & Drew Gress: Vesper (Kopasetic)
  • Adam Fairhall: Friendly Ghosts (Efpi) **
  • Joe Fiedler: Like, Strange (Multiphonics Music) **
  • Joana Gama/Luís Fernandes/Richardo Jacinto: Harmonies (Shhpuma)
  • Kate Gentile: Mannequins (Skirl)
  • Terry Gibbs: 92 Years Young: Jammin' at the Gibbs House (Whaling City Sound)
  • Jean-Brice Godet: Lignes De Crêtes (Clean Feed)
  • Golden Pelicans: Disciples of Blood (Goner) **
  • GoldLink: At What Cost (Squaaash Club/RCA) **
  • Gordon Grdina Quartet: Inroads (Songlines)
  • Ross Hammond + Jon Bafus: Masonic Lawn (Prescott) **
  • Hard Working Americans: We're All in This Together (Melvin) **
  • Mariem Hassan: La Voz Indómita (del Sahara Occidental) (Nubenegra) **
  • Louis Hayes: Serenade for Horace (Blue Note) **
  • The Heliocentrics: A World of Masks (Soundway) **
  • Fred Hersch: Open Book (Palmetto)
  • Eric Hofbauer: Ghost Frets (Creative Nation Music)
  • Eric Hofbauer: Prehistoric Jazz Volume 4: Reminiscing in Tempo (Creative Nation Music)
  • Joseph Huber: The Suffering Stage (self-released) **
  • Jason Kao Hwang: Sing House (Euonymous)
  • Idles: Brutalism (Bailey)
  • Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit: The Nashville Sound (Southeastern) **
  • Vijay Iyer Sextet: Far From Over (ECM) **
  • Dylan Jack Quartet: Diagrams (Creative Nation Music)
  • J.I.D: The Never Story (Dreamville/Interscope) **
  • Jonwayne: Rap Album Two (The Order Label) **
  • Kondi Band: Salone (Strut) **
  • Lee Konitz: Frescalalto (Impulse) **
  • Diana Krall: Turn Up the Quiet (Verve) **
  • Alex Lahey: I Love You Like a Brother (Dead Oceans) **
  • Michel Lambert: Alom Mola (Jazz From Rant)
  • Jon Langford: Jon Langford's Four Lost Souls (Bloodshot) **
  • Jens Lekman: Life Will See You Now (Secretly Canadian) **
  • Allegra Levy: Cities Between Us (SteepleChase)
  • Liebman/Murley Quartet: Live at U of T (U of T Jazz)
  • Charles Lloyd New Quartet: Passin' Thru (Blue Note) **
  • L'Orange: The Ordinary Man (Mello Music Group) **
  • Daniele Luppi and Parquet Courts: Milano (30th Century/Columbia) **
  • Doug MacDonald: A Salute to Jazz Composers: Jazz Marathon 2 (BluJazz, 2CD)
  • Roberto Magris Sextet: Live in Miami @ the WDNA Jazz Gallery (JMood)
  • Brian McCarthy Nonet: The Better Angels of Our Nature (Truth Revolution)
  • Makaya McCraven: Highly Rare (International Anthem) **
  • Joe McPhee/Damon Smith/Alvin Fielder: Six Situations (Not Two) **
  • Joe McPhee/Pascal Niggenkemper/Ståle Liavik Solberg: Imaginary Numbers (Clean Feed) **
  • Bob Merrill: Tell Me Your Troubles: Songs by Joe Bushkin (Accurate)
  • Migos: Culture (QC/YRN/300) **
  • Ron Miles: I Am a Man (Yellowbird) **
  • Roscoe Mitchell: Bells for the South Side (ECM, 2CD) **
  • Charnett Moffett: Music From Our Soul (Motéma) **
  • Marcus Monteiro: Another Part of Me (Whaling City Sound)
  • Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Paint (Hot Cup)
  • Kyle Motl Trio: Panjandrums (Metatrope)
  • The Mountain Goats: Goths (Merge) **
  • The MUH Trio [Roberto Magris/Frantisek Uhlir/Jaromir Helesic]: Prague After Dark (JMood)
  • Doug Munro and La Pompe Attack: The Harry Warren Songbook (GotMusic)
  • Simon Nabatov/Max Johnson/Michael Sarin: Free Reservoir (Leo) **
  • The National: Sleep Well Beast (4AD) **
  • The Necks: Unfold (Ideologic Organ) **
  • New Order: NOMC15 (Pledge Music, 2CD) **
  • The New Pornographers: Whiteout Conditions (Collected Works/Concord) **
  • Gard Nilssen's Complete Unity: Live in Europe (Clean Feed, 3CD) **
  • Paal Nilssen-Love/Frode Gjerstad: Nearby Faraway (PNL) **
  • North Mississippi Allstars: Prayer for Peace (Legacy) **
  • Uwe Oberg/Rudi Mahall/Michael Griener: Lacy Pool 2 (Leo) **
  • Linda May Han Oh: Walk Against Wind (Biophilia)
  • Old 97's: Graveyard Whistling (ATO) **
  • Eivind Opsvik: Overseas V (Loyal Label)
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: The Punishment of Luxury (White Noise) **
  • Eddie Palmieri: Sabiduria/Wisdom (Ropeadope) **
  • Paramore: After Laughter (Fueled by Ramen) **
  • The Paranoid Style: Underworld USA (Bar/None, EP) **
  • Elan Pauer: Yamaha/Speed (Creative Sources)
  • Mario Pavone: Vertical (Clean Feed) **
  • Gary Peacock Trio: Tangents (ECM) **
  • Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: The Art of Perelman-Shipp, Volume 4: Hyperion (Leo)
  • Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: The Art of Perelman-Shipp, Volume 6: Saturn (Leo)
  • Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: The Art of Perelman-Shipp, Volume 7: Dione (Leo)
  • Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp/Jeff Cosgrove: Live in Baltimore (Leo)
  • Lucas Pino: The Answer Is No (Outside In Music) **
  • Lewis Porter/Phil Scarff Group: Three Minutes to Four (Whaling City Sound) [**]
  • Noah Preminger: Meditations on Freedom (self-released)
  • Princess Nokia: 1992 Deluxe (Rough Trade) **
  • Protomartyr: Relatives in Descent (Domino) **
  • Public Enemy: Nothing Is Quick in the Desert (Enemy) **
  • Mike Reed: Flesh & Bone (482 Music)
  • Dave Rempis: Lattice (Aerophonic)
  • Dave Rempis/Matt Piet/Tim Daisy: Hit the Ground Running (Aerophonic) **
  • Jason Rigby: Detroit-Cleveland Trio: One (Fresh Sound New Talent)
  • Stephen Riley/Peter Zak: Deuce (SteepleChase) **
  • Riverside [Dave Douglas/Chet Doxas/Steve Swallow/Jim Doxas]: The New National Anthem (Greenleaf Music)
  • Whitney Rose: South Texas Suite (Six Shooter, EP) **
  • Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures: Glare of the Tiger (Meta/M.O.D. Technologies)
  • Saint Etienne: Home Counties (Heavenly) **
  • Samo Salamon/Szilárd Mezei/Achille Succi: Planets of Kei: Free Sessions Vol. 1 (Not Two)
  • Jenny Scheinman: Here on Earth (Royal Potato Family) **
  • Irène Schweizer/Joey Baron: Live! (Intakt)
  • Oliver Schwerdt: Prestige/No Smoking (Euphorium, 2CD)
  • Shabazz Palaces: Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star (Sub Pop) **
  • Shakira: El Dorado (Sony Latin Music) **
  • Shelter (Audiographic) **
  • Matthew Shipp: Invisible Touch at Taktlos Zürich (Hatology) **
  • Sarah Shook & the Disarmers: Sidelong (Bloodshot) **
  • Jared Sims: Change of Address (Ropeadope)
  • Steve Slagle: Alto Manhattan (Panorama)
  • Sleaford Mods: English Tapas (Rough Trade) **
  • Martial Solal & Dave Liebman: Masters in Bordeaux (Sunnyside) **
  • Spoon: Hot Thoughts (Matador) **
  • Lyn Stanley: The Moonlight Sessions: Volume Two (A.T. Music)
  • Mavis Staples: If All I Was Was Black (Anti-) **
  • Chris Stapleton: From a Room: Volume 1 (Mercury Nashville) **
  • John Stein/Dave Zinno: Wood and Strings (Whaling City Sound)
  • Stik Figa: Central Standard Time (Mello Music Group) **
  • Sunny Sweeney: Trophy (Aunt Daddy) **
  • Steve Swell: Music for Six Musicians: Hommage À Olivier Messiaen (Silkheart)
  • Talinka (Moonjune)
  • Fred Thomas: Changer (Polyvinyl) **
  • Vieux Farka Touré: Samba (Six Degrees) **
  • Klaus Treuheit/Lou Grassi: Port of Call (NoBusiness) *
  • Trichotomy: Known-Unknown (Challenge)
  • Throttle Elevator Music: Retrospective (Wide Hive) **
  • James Blood Ulmer With the Thing: Baby Talk: Live at the Molde International Jazz Festival 2015 (Trost) **
  • Ken Vandermark/Klaus Kugel/Mark Tokar: Escalator (Not Two) **
  • Cuong Vu 4-Tet: Ballet (Rare Noise) *
  • Jürg Wickihalder/Barry Guy/Lucas Niggli: Beyond (Intakt)
  • Carl Winther & Jerry Bergonzi: Inner Journey (SteepleChase LookOut) **
  • Lizz Wright: Grace (Concord) **
  • Charli XCX: Pop 2 (Asylum) **
  • Yaeji: EP 2 (Godmode, EP) **
  • Hideo Yamaki/Bill Laswell/Bjorn Björkenheim/Mike Sopko/Dominic James: Inaugural Sound Clash for the 2 Americas (2017, MOD Technologies) **
  • Young Thug: Beautiful Thugger Girls (300/Atlantic) **
  • Zeal & Ardor: Devil Is Fine (MKVA) **
  • Rez Abbasi: Unfiltered Universe (Whirlwind)
  • Yazz Ahmed: La Saboteuse (Naim) **
  • Laura Ainsworth: New Vintage (Eclectus)
  • Carol Albert: Fly Away Butterfly (Cahara)
  • Alfjors: Demons 1 (Shhpuma, EP) **
  • Wali Ali: To Be (Mendicant)
  • Tony Allen: A Tribute to Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (Blue Note, EP) **
  • Alvvays: Antisocialites (Polyvinyl) **
  • Jason Anick & Jason Yeager: United (Inner Circle Music)
  • Bill Anschell: Rumbler (Origin)
  • Atomic: Six Easy Pieces (Odin) **
  • Ballrogg [Klaus Ellerhusen Holm/Roger Arntzen/Ivar Grydeland]: Abaft the Beam (Clean Feed)
  • Heather Bambrick: You'll Never Know (self-released)
  • Denys Baptiste: The Late Trane (Edition) **
  • Rahsaan Barber: The Music in the Night (Jazz Music City)
  • João Barradas: Directions (Inner Circle Music) **
  • Stefano Battaglia: Pelagos (ECM) **
  • Dave Bennett: Blood Moon (Mack Avenue) **
  • Richard X Bennett: Experiments With Truth (Ropeadope)
  • Richard X Bennett: What Is Now (Ropeadope)
  • Peter Bernstein: Signs LIVE! (Smoke Sessions, 2CD) **
  • Ignacio Berroa Trio: Straight Ahead From Havana (Codes Drum Music)
  • Gianni Bianchini: Type I (self-released)
  • Big Thief: Capacity (Saddle Creek) **
  • David Binney: The Time Verses (Criss Cross) **
  • Scott H. Biram: The Bad Testament (Bloodshot) **
  • Raoul Björkenheim Triad: Beyond (Eclipse) **
  • Blue Note All Stars: Our Point of View (Blue Note, 2CD) **
  • Blushh + Maddie Ross: Split (self-released, EP) **
  • Bomba Estereo: Ayo (Sony Music Latin) **
  • Jean-François Bonnel and His Swinging Jazz Cats: With Thanks to Benny Carter (Arbors) **
  • Geof Bradfield: Birdhoused (Cellar Live) **
  • Bobby Bradford/Hafez Modirzadeh: Live at the Magic Triangle (NoBusiness) *
  • Anouar Brahem: Blue Margins (ECM) **
  • Jaimie Branch: Fly or Die (International Anthem) **
  • Brockhampton: Saturation II (Question Everything/Empire) **
  • Brockhampton: Saturation III (Question Everything/Empire) **
  • Action Bronson: Blue Chips 7000 (Vice/Atlantic) **
  • Brother Ali: All the Beauty in This Whole Life (Rhymesayers) **
  • Peter Brotzmann/Steve Swell/Paal Nilssen-Love: Live in Tel Aviv (Not Two) **
  • Kyle Bruckmann's Degradient: Dear Everyone (Not Two, 2CD) **
  • Bully: Losing (Sub Pop) **
  • John Butcher/Damon Smith/Weasel Walter: The Catastrophe of Minimalism (Ballance Point Acoustics) **
  • Chris Byars: The Music of Frank Strozier (SteepleChase) **
  • Julie Byrne: Not Even Happiness (Ba Da Bing) **
  • Peter Campbell: Loving You: Celebrating Shirley Horn (self-released)
  • Gerald Cannon: Combinations (Woodneck)
  • The CCM Jazz Orchestra as James Bond: Nobody Does It Better (Summit)
  • Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop: Rev (Anzic)
  • Chamber 4: City of Light (Clean Feed) **
  • Bill Charlap Trio: Uptown Downtown (Impulse!) **
  • Charly Bliss: Guppy (Barsuk) **
  • Tyler Childers: Purgatory (Hickman Holler) **
  • Cloud Nothings: Life Without Sound (Carpark) **
  • Amber Coffman: City of No Reply (Columbia) **
  • Anat Cohen & Marcello Gonçalves: Outra Coisa: The Music of Moacir Santos (Anzic) **
  • Avishai Cohen: Cross My Palm With Silver (ECM) **
  • Collectif Spatule: Le Vanneau Huppé (Aloya) **
  • Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra: Invitation (OA2)
  • Michelle Coltrane: Awakening (Blujazz)
  • The Courtneys: II (Flying Nun) **
  • Stanley Cowell: No Illusions (SteepleChase) **
  • Allison Crutchfield: Tourist in This Town (Merge) **
  • CunninLynguists: Rose Azura Njano (A Piece of Strange Music/RBC) **
  • CupcakKe: Queen Elizabitch (self-released) **
  • Tim Daisy: Red Nation "1" (Relay)
  • Tim Daisy: Music for Lying Still (Relay, EP) **
  • Roger Davidson Trio With Hendrik Meurkens: Oração Para Amanhã/Prayer for Tomorrow (Soundbrush)
  • Rick Davies: Thugtet (Emlyn)
  • Tom Dempsey/Tim Ferguson Quartet: Waltz New (OA2)
  • Jeff Dingler: In Transit (self-released)
  • Akua Dixon: Akua's Dance (Akua's Music)
  • Fabiano Do Nascimento: Tempo dos Mestres (Now-Again) **
  • Dalton Domino: Corners (Lightning Rod) **
  • Dave Douglas With the Westerlies and Anwar Marshall: Little Giant Still Life (Greenleaf Music)
  • Downtown Boys: Cost of Living (Sub Pop) **
  • Mark Dresser: Modicana (NoBusiness) *
  • Open Mike Eagle: Brick Body Kids Still Daydream (Mello Music Group) **
  • Justin Townes Earle: Kids in the Street (New West) **
  • Sinne Eeg: Dreams (ArtistShare)
  • Harris Eisenstadt Canada Day Quartet: On Parade in Parede (Clean Feed) **
  • Harris Eisenstadt: Recent Developments (Songlines) **
  • EMA: Exile in the Outer Ring (City Slang) **
  • Brian Eno: Reflection (Warp) **
  • Bill Evans/Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Beauty & the Beast (Spartacus -16)
  • Erica Falls: Home Grown (self-released) **
  • The Feelies: In Between (Bar/None) **
  • Lorenzo Feliciati: Elevator Man (RareNoise) *
  • Four Tet: New Energy (Text) **
  • Nick Fraser: Is Life Long? (Clean Feed) **
  • Bill Frisell/Thomas Morgan: Small Town (ECM) **
  • Fred Frith/Hans Koch: You Are Here (Intakt)
  • Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: Fukushima (Libra)
  • Future: HNDRXX (Epic/A1/Freebandz) **
  • Future (Epic/A1/Freebandz) **
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg: Rest (Because Music) **
  • Hal Galper and the Youngbloods: Live at the Cota Jazz Festival (Origin)
  • Nubya Garcia: Nubya's 5ive (Jazz Re:freshed) **
  • Gato Libre: Neko (Libra)
  • Ghostpoet: Dark Days + Canapes (Play It Again Sam) **
  • Paul Giallorenzo Trio: Flow (Delmark)
  • Freddie Gibbs: You Only Live 2wice (ESGN/Empire) **
  • Yedo Gibson/Hernâni Faustino/Vasco Trilla: Chain (NoBusiness)
  • Rhiannon Giddens: Freedom Highway (Nonesuch) **
  • Gogol Bordello: Seekers and Finders (Cooking Vinyl) **
  • Ben Goldberg School: Vol 1: The Humanities (BAG) **
  • Grandaddy: Last Place (30th Century/Columbia) **
  • Pasquale Grasso/Renaud Penant/Ari Roland: In the Mood for a Classic (ITI Music)
  • Frank Gratkowski/Simon Nabatov: Mirthful Myths (Leo) **
  • The Great Harry Hillman: Tilt (Cuneiform) *
  • Jari Haapalainen Trio: Fusion Madness (Moserobie)
  • Jari Haapalainen Trio: Fusion Nation (Moserobie)
  • Marika Hackman: I'm Not Your Man (Sub Pop) **
  • Noah Haidu: Infinite Distances (Cellar Live)
  • Haim: Something to Tell You (Columbia) **
  • Charlie Halloran: Ce Biguine! (self-released) **
  • Halsey: Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (Astralwerks) **
  • Alexander Hawkins: Unit[e] (self-released, 2CD) **
  • Alexander Hawkins-Elaine Mitchener Quartet: Uproot (Intakt)
  • Heads of State: Four in One (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Hear in Now [Mazz Swift/Tomeka Reid/Silvia Bolognesi]: Not Living in Fear (International Anthem) **
  • Natalie Hemby: Puxico (GetWrucke) **
  • Oscar Hernández & Alma Libre: The Art of Latin Jazz (Origin)
  • Lilly Hiatt: Trinity Lane (New West) **
  • Dylan Hicks: Ad Out (Soft Launch) **
  • Florian Hoefner: Coldwater Stories (Origin)
  • Homeboy Sandman: Veins (Stones Throw, EP) **
  • Honest John: International Breakthrough (Clean Feed) **
  • Jazzmeia Horn: A Social Call (Prestige) **
  • Humcrush: Enter Humcrush (Shhpuma) **
  • J Hus: Common Sense (Black Butter/Epic) **
  • Hvalfugl: By (self-released) **
  • Ibibio Sound Machine: Uyai (Merge) **
  • Benedikt Jahnel Trio: The Invariant (ECM) **
  • Ahmad Jamal: Marseille (Jazz Village) **
  • B.J. Jansen: Common Ground (Ronin Jazz)
  • Japandroids: Near to the Wild Heart of Life (Anti-) **
  • Japanese Breakfast: Soft Sounds From Another Planet (Dead Oceans) **
  • Jay-Z: 4:44 (Roc Nation) **
  • The Jazz Passengers: Still Life With Trouble (Thirsty Ear) **
  • The Jesus and Mary Chain: Damage and Joy (ADA/Warner) **
  • Jlin: Black Origami (Planet Mu) **
  • Howard Johnson and Gravity: Testimony (Tuscarora)
  • Jupiter & Okwess: Kin Sonic (Glitterbeat) **
  • Kasai Allstars & Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste: Around Félicité (Crammed Discs) **
  • Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Find the Common, Shine a Light (Greenleaf Music)
  • Kelela: Take Me Apart (Warp) **
  • Stacey Kent: I Know I Dream: The Orchestral Sessions (Okeh) **
  • Kokotab: Flying Heart (Clean Feed) **
  • The Koreatown Oddity: Finna Be Past Tense (Stones Throw) **
  • Brian Landrus Orchestra: Generations (BlueLand)
  • Nikki Lane: Highway Queen (New West) **
  • Steve Langone Trio: Breathe (Whaling City Sound)
  • Zara Larsson: So Good (Epic/TEN) **
  • LCD Soundsystem: American Dream (DFA/Columbia) **
  • Lean Left: I Forgot to Breathe (Trost) **
  • LeeAnn Ledgerwood: Renewal (SteepleChase) **
  • Chad Lefkowitz-Brown: Onward (self-released)
  • Joao Lencastre's Communion 3: Movements in Freedom (Clean Feed) **
  • Les Filles De Illighadad: Eghass Malan (Sahelsounds) **
  • Daniel Levin Quartet: Live at Firehouse 12 (Clean Feed)
  • Mark Lewis: New York Session (Audio Daddio)
  • Dua Lipa: Dua Lipa (Warner Brothers) **
  • Live Human: Scratch Bop (Cosmic)
  • Mike Longo Trio: Only Time Will Tell (CAP)
  • Luka Productions: Fasokan (Sahel Sounds) **
  • Mad Professor/Jah9: Mad Professor Meets Jah9 in the Midst of the Storm (VP) **
  • Tony Malaby/Mat Maneri/Daniel Levin: New Artifacts (Clean Feed) **
  • Roc Marciano: Rosebudd's Revenge (Quality Control/300/Atlantic) **
  • Delfeayo Marsalis: Kalamazoo (Troubadour Jass)
  • Mark Masters Ensemble: Blue Skylight (Capri)
  • Rob Mazurek: Chants and Borders (Clean Feed) **
  • Gary Meek: Originals (self-released) **
  • MEM3: Circles (self-released)
  • Lisa Mezzacappa: Avant Noir (Clean Feed)
  • Alma Micic: That Old Feeling (Whaling City Sound)
  • Mind Games [Angelika Niescier/Denman Maroney/James Ilgenfritz/Andrew Drury]: Ephemera Obscura (Clean Feed) **
  • Billy Mintz: Ugly Beautiful (Thirteenth Note, 2CD)
  • Matt Mitchell: A Pouting Grimace (Pi)
  • Nicole Mitchell: Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds (FPE)
  • Roscoe Mitchell: Discussions (Wide Hive) **
  • Liudas Mockunas: Hydro (NoBusiness) *
  • Lorrie Morgan/Pam Tillis: Come See Me & Come Lonely< (Goldenlane) **
  • Gurf Morlix: The Soul & the Heal (Rootball) **
  • Donny Most: Mostly Swinging (Summit)
  • Kjetil Møster/Hans Magnus Ryan/Ståle Storløkken/Thomas Strønen: Reflections in Cosmo (RareNoise) *
  • Kyle Motl: Transmogrification (Metatrope)
  • Murs: Captain California (Strange Music) **
  • Zaid Nasser: The Stroller (SteepleChase) **
  • Willie Nelson: God's Problem Child (Legacy) **
  • NERD: No One Ever Really Dies (I Am Other/Columbia) **
  • Vadim Neselovskyi Trio: Get Up and Go (Blujazz)
  • Sam Newsome and Jean-Michel Pilc: Magic Circle (Some New Music) **
  • Dick Oatts: Use Your Imagination (SteepleChase) **
  • Arturo O'Farrill & Chucho Valdes: Familia: Tribute to Bebo & Chico (Motema) **
  • Zephaniah OHora & the 18 Wheelers: This Highway (MRI) **
  • Miles Okazaki: Trickster (Pi)
  • Aruán Ortiz: Cub(an)ism: Piano Solo (Intakt)
  • Matt Otto With Ensemble Ibérica: Ibérica (Origin)
  • Keith Oxman: East of the Village (Capri)
  • Pan-Scan Ensemble: Air and Light and Time and Space (Hispid/PNL) **
  • Evan Parker/Mikolaj Trzaska/John Edwards/Mark Sanders: City Fall: Live at Café Oto (Fundacja Sluchaj) **
  • Teri Parker: In the Past (self-released)
  • William Parker & Stefano Scodanibbio Duo: Bass Duo (Centering) **
  • Nicki Parrott: Unforgettable: The Nat King Cole Songbook (Venus) **
  • Phil Parisot: Creekside (OA2)
  • Jonah Parzen-Johnson: I Try to Remember Where I Come From (Clean Feed) **
  • Penguin Cafe: The Imperfect Sea (Erased Tapes) **
  • Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: Live in Brussels (Leo, 2CD) **
  • Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band: Front Porch Sessions (Family Owned) **
  • Pink: Beautiful Trauma (RCA) **
  • Stuart Popejoy: Pleonid (Leo) **
  • Portico Quartet: Art in the Age of Automation (Gondwana) **
  • Debbie Poryes Trio: Loving Hank (OA2)
  • Dave Potter: You Already Know (Summit)
  • Awa Poulo: Poulo Warali (Awesome Tapes From Africa) **
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band: So It Is (Legacy) **
  • Margo Price: All American Made (Third Man) **
  • Wojciech Pulcyn: Tribute to Charlie Haden (ForTune) **
  • Rapsody: Laila's Wisdom (Def Jam) **
  • Rashad: #LevelUp (Self Made) **
  • Red Planet/Bill Carrothers: Red Planet With Bill Carrothers (Shifting Paradigm) **
  • The Regrettes: Feel Your Feelings Fool! (Warner Brothers) **
  • The Reunion Project: Veranda (Tapestry)
  • Jamie Reynolds: Grey Mirror (Fresh Sound New Talent) **
  • Karriem Riggins: Headnod Suite (Stones Throw) **
  • Eve Risser/Benjamin Duboc/Edward Perraud: En Corps: Generation (Dark Tree)
  • Troy Roberts: Tales & Tones (Inner Circle) **
  • Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: The French Press (Sub Pop, EP) **
  • Whitney Rose: Rule 62 (Six Shooter) **
  • Rostam: Half-Light (Nonesuch) **
  • Mark Rubin, Jew of Oklahoma: Songs for the Hangman's Daughter (Rubinchik) **
  • Rune Your Day (Clean Feed) **
  • Jamie Saft/Steve Swallow/Bobby Previte With Iggy Pop: Loneliness Road (Rare Noise) *
  • The Angelica Sanchez Trio: Float the Edge (Clean Feed) **
  • Marta Sánchez Quintet: Danza Imposible (Fresh Sound New Talent)
  • Christian Sands: Reach (Mack Avenue) **
  • Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Ruler Rebel (Stretch Music/Ropeadope) **
  • Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Diaspora (Stretch Music/Ropeadope) **
  • Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: The Emancipation Procrastination (Stretch Music/Ropeadope) **
  • Jimmy Scott: I Go Back Home (Eden River)
  • Brandon Seabrook: Die Trommel Fatale (New Atlantis) **
  • Luke Sellick: Alchemist (Cellar Live)
  • Shabazz Palaces: Quazarz vs. the Jealous Machines (Sub Pop) **
  • Elliott Sharp With Mary Halvorson and Marc Ribot: Err Guitar (Intakt)
  • Sheer Mag: Need to Feel Your Love (Static Shock) **
  • Idit Shner: 9 Short Stories (OA2)
  • Paula Shocron/German Lamonega/Pablo Diaz: Tensegridad (Hatology) **
  • Shotgun Jazz Band: Steppin' on the Gas (self-released) **
  • Rotem Sivan: Antidote (Alma) **
  • Skyzoo: Peddler Themes (First Generation Rich/Empire, EP) **
  • Smino: Blkswn (Zero Fatigue/Downtown) **
  • Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra: Effervescence (Spartacus)
  • Wadada Leo Smith: Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk (TUM)
  • Wadada Leo Smith/Natsuki Tamura/Satoko Fujii/Ikue Mori: Aspiration (Libra)
  • Peter Sommer: Happy-Go-Lucky Locals (self-released)
  • Songhoy Blues: Résistance (Fat Possum) **
  • Sorority Noise: You're Not as ___ as You Think (Triple Crown) **
  • Vinnie Sperrazza Apocryphal: Hide Ye Idols (Loyal Label) **
  • Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet: December Avenue (ECM) **
  • Mavis Staples: I'll Take You There: An All-Star Concert Celebration (Blackbird Production Partners, 2CD) **
  • Vince Staples: Big Fish Theory (Def Jam) **
  • Chris Stapleton: From a Room: Volume 2 (Mercury Nashville) **
  • Dayna Stephens: Gratituge (Contagious Music) **
  • Rain Sultanov: Inspired by Nature (Ozella) **
  • Summit Quartet: Live in Sant' Arresi (Audiographic) **
  • Taylor Swift: Reputation (Big Machine) **
  • SZA: Ctrl (Top Dawg/RCA) **
  • Takaaki: New Kid in Town (Albany)
  • Tamikrest: Kidal (Glitterbeat) **
  • Jeannie Tanner: Words & Music (Tanner Time, 2CD)
  • Joris Teepe & Don Braden: Conversations (Creative Perspective Music)
  • Thurst: Cut to the Chafe (self-released) **
  • Ralph Towner: My Foolish Heart (ECM) **
  • Gabriele Tranchina: Of Sailing Ships and the Stars in Your Eyes (Rainchant Eclectic)
  • Triocity [Charles Pillow/Jeff Campbell/Rich Thompson]: I Believe in You (Origin)
  • Valerie June: The Order of Time (Concord) **
  • Ecca Vandal (Dew Process) **
  • John Vanore: Stolen Moments: Celebrating Oliver Nelson (Acoustical Concepts)
  • Torben Waldorff: Holiday on Fire (ArtistShare)
  • Mat Walerian/Matthew Shipp/William Parker: Toxic: This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People (ESP-Disk) **
  • Bobby Watson: Made in America (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Daniel Weltlinger: Samoreau: A Tribute to the Fans of Django Reinhardt (Rectify)
  • Wiki: No Mountains in Manhattan (XL) **
  • Alex Wintz: Life Cycle (Culture Shock Music)
  • David Wise: Till They Lay Me Down (self-released)
  • Florian Wittenberg: Don't Push the Piano Around (2017, NurNichtNur)
  • Wizkid: Sounds From the Other Side (Starboy/RCA) **
  • Lee Ann Womack: The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone (ATO) **
  • Roy Woods: Say Less (OVO Sound/Warner Brothers) **
  • Eric Wyatt: Look to the Sky (Whaling City Sound)
  • Yaeji (Godmode, EP) **
  • Tal Yahalom/Almog Sharvit/Ben Silashi: Kadawa (self-released)
  • Mark Zaleski Band: Days, Months, Years (self-released)
  • Bobby Zankel & the Wonderful Sound 6: Celebrating William Parker @ 65 (Not Two) **
  • Michael Zilber: Originals for the Originals (Origin)
  • Waclaw Zimpel/Jakub Ziolek: Zimpel/Ziolek (Instant Classic) **
  • 2 Chainz: Pretty Girls Like Trap Music (Def Jam) **
  • 21 Savage: Issa Album (Slaughter Gang/Epic) **
  • 21 Savage/Offset/Metro Boomin: Without Warning (Epic) **
  • Greg Abate/Tim Ray Trio: Road to Forever (Whaling City Sound)
  • Ryan Adams: Prisoner (Blue Note) **
  • John Abercrombie Quartet: Up and Coming (ECM) **
  • Actress: AZD (Ninja Tune) **
  • Ambrose Akinmusire: A Rift in Decorum: Live at the Village Vanguard (Blue Note, 2CD) **
  • Tony Allen: The Source (Blue Note) **
  • Cardi B: Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 2 (KSR) **
  • Sheryl Bailey & Harvie S: Plucky Strum: Departure (Whaling City Sound)
  • Ballister: Slag (Aerophonic) **
  • Banda Magda: Tigre (GroundUP Music) **
  • Bargou 08: Targ (Glitterbeat) **
  • Courtney Barnett/Kurt Vile: Lotta Sea Lice (Matador) **
  • Django Bates' Beloved: The Study of Touch (ECM) **
  • Gerald Beckett: Oblivion (Summit)
  • Ernaldo Bernocchi: Rosebud (RareNoise) *
  • David Bertrand: Palmyra & Other Places (Blujazz)
  • Steve Bilodeau: The Sun Through the Rain (self-released)
  • Björk: Utopia (One Little Indian) **
  • Jim Black/Óskar Gudjónsson/Elias Stemeseder/Chris Tordini: Mala Mute (Intakt)
  • Black Lips: Satan's Graffiti or God's Art (Vice) **
  • Blanck Mass: World Eater (Sacred Bones) **
  • Bleachers: Gone Now (RCA) **
  • Theo Bleckmann: Elegy (ECM) **
  • Lena Bloch & Feathery: Heart Knows (Fresh Sound New Talent)
  • Blue Notes Tribute Orkestra: Live at the Bird's Eye (self-released) **
  • Phoebe Bridgers: Stranger in the Alps (Dead Oceans) **
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater: Memphis . . . Yes, I'm Ready (Okeh) **
  • Alan Broadbent With the London Metropolitan Orchestra: Developing Story (Eden River) **
  • Brockhampton: Saturation (Question Everything/Empire) **
  • Bill Brovold & Jamie Saft: Serenity Knolls (Rare Noise) *
  • Don Bryant: Don't Give Up on Love (Fat Possum) **
  • Daniel Caesar: Freudian (Golden Child) **
  • Jonas Cambien/Adrian Myhr: Simiskina (Clean Feed) **
  • Regina Carter: Ella: Accentuate the Positive (Okeh) **
  • Playboi Carti (AWGE/Interscope) **
  • Cashmere Cat: 9 (Mad Love/Interscope) **
  • Brian Charette Circuit Bent Organ Trio: Kürrent (Dim Mak) **
  • Chastity Belt: I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone (Hardly Art) **
  • Corey Christiansen: Dusk (Origin)
  • Chronixx: Chronology (Soul Circle Music/Virgin) **
  • Zack Clarke: Random Acts of Order (Clean Feed) **
  • Cleric: Resurrection (Figure, EP) **
  • Collective Order: Vol. 2 (self-released)
  • Eva Cortés: Crossing Borders (Origin)
  • Gustavo Cortiñas Snapshot: Esse (OA2)
  • Larry Coryell's 11th House: Seven Secrets (Savoy Jazz) **
  • Cowboys and Frenchmen: Bluer Than You Think (Outside In Music)
  • Sandy Cressman: Entre Amigos (Cressman Music)
  • Stephan Crump/Ingrid Laubrock/Cory Smythe: Planktonic Finales (Intakt)
  • Miley Cyrus: Younger Now (RCA) **
  • Dálava: The Book of Transfigurations (Songlines) **
  • David's Angels: Traces (Kopasetic)
  • Deer Tick: Vol. 1 (Partisan) **
  • Deer Tick: Vol. 2 (Partisan) **
  • Joey DeFrancesco and the People: Project Freedom (Mack Avenue) **
  • Dial & Oatts/Rich DeRosa/WDR Big Band: Rediscovered Ellington: New Takes on Duke's Rare and Unheard Music (Zoho) **
  • The Brian Dickinson Quintet: The Rhythm Method (Addo)
  • Dog Leg Dilemma: Not This Time (self-released)
  • Chano Dominguez: Over the Rainbow (Sunnyside) **
  • Miles Donahue: The Bug (Whaling City Sound)
  • Mike Downes: Root Structure (Addo)
  • Chet Doxas: Rich in Symbols (Ropeadope)
  • Dr. Mint: Voices in the Void (Orenda)
  • Drake: More Life (Young Money/Cash Money) **
  • Laura Dubin Trio: Live at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (self-released, 2CD)
  • Duchess: Laughing at Life (Anzic) **
  • Dominique Eade & Ran Blake: Town and Country (Sunnyside)
  • Harris Eisenstadt/Mivos Quartet: Whatever Will Happen That Will Also Be (NoBusiness) *
  • Eliane Elias: Dance of Time (Concord) **
  • Kevin Eubanks: East West Time Line (Mack Avenue) **
  • Peter Evans/Agustí Fernández/Mats Gustafsson: A Quietness of Water (Not Two) **
  • The Fall: New Facts Emerge (Cherry Red) **
  • David Feldman: Horizonte (self-released) **
  • Bob Ferrel: Bob Ferrel's Jazztopian Dream (Bob Ferrel Music)
  • Fever Ray: Plunge (Rabid/Mute) **
  • Filthy Friends: Invitation (Kill Rock Stars) **
  • Nick Finzer: Hear & Now (Outside In Music)
  • Floating Points: Reflections - Mojave Desert (Luaka Bop) **
  • The Four Bags: Waltz (NCM East)
  • Craig Fraedrich With Trilogy and Friends: All Through the Night (Summit)
  • David Friesen: Structures (Origin, 2CD)
  • Satoko Fujii/Natsuki Tamura: Kisaragi (Libra)
  • Champian Fulton & Scott Hamilton: The Things We Did Last Summer (Blau) **
  • Future Islands: The Far Field (4AD) **
  • Lee Gamble: Mnestic Pressure (Hyperdub) **
  • Hillary Gardner/Ehud Asherie: The Late Set (Anzic) **
  • Laszlo Gardony: Serious Play (Solo Piano) (Sunnyside)
  • Howe Gelb: Future Standards (Fire) **
  • Camilla George Quartet: Isang (Ubuntu Music) **
  • Philipp Gerschlauer/David Fiuczynski: Mikrojazz: Neue Expressionistische Musik (Rare Noise) *
  • Julian Gerstin Sextet: The One Who Makes You Happy (self-released)
  • Ghost Train Orchestra: Book of Rhapsodies Vol II (Accurate)
  • Perfect Giddimani: Live My Life Again (Giddimani) **
  • David Gilmore: Transitions (Criss Cross) **
  • The Brett Gold New York Jazz Orchestra: Dreaming Big (Goldfox)
  • Goldfrapp: Silver Eye (Mute) **
  • Vitor Gonçalves Quartet (Sunnyside) **
  • Josh Green & the Cyborg Orchestra: Telepathy & Bop (self-released)
  • Tee Grizzley: My Moment (300/Atlantic) **
  • Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet: Jersey (Motéma) **
  • Laurel Halo: Dust (Hyperdub) **
  • Larry Ham/Woody Witt: Presence (Blujazz)
  • Calvin Harris: Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 (Fly Eye/Columbia) **
  • Keyon Harrold: The Mugician (Legacy) **
  • Taylor Haskins & Green Empire: The Point (Recombination)
  • João Hasselberg & Pedro Branco: From Order to Chaos (Clean Feed) **
  • Hans Hassler: Wie Die Zeit Hinter Mir Her (Intakt)
  • Paul Heaton + Jacqui Abbott: Crooked Calypso (Virgin EMI) **
  • Rebecca Hennessy's Fog Brass Band: Two Calls (self-released)
  • Vincent Herring: Hard Times (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Cynthia Hilts: Lyric Fury (Blond Coyote)
  • Robyn Hitchcock (Yep Roc) **
  • Tristan Honsinger/Antonio Borghini/Tobias Delius/Axel Dörner: Hook, Line and Sinker (De Platenbakakkerij, DVD)
  • Adam Hopkins: Party Pack Ice (pfMENTUM, EP)
  • Hurray for the Riff Raff: The Navigator (ATO) **
  • Ibeyi: Ash (XL) **
  • Innocent When You Dream: Dirt in the Ground (self-released)
  • Jon Irabagon/John Hegre/Nils Are Drønen: Axis (Rune Grammofon) **
  • Sherman Irby & Momentum: Cerulean Canvas (Black Warrior) **
  • Jill Jack and the American SongBook Band: Pure Imagination (UpHill Productions -16)
  • José James: Love in a Time of Madness (Blue Note) **
  • The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: The Music of John Lewis (Blue Engine)
  • Garland Jeffreys: 14 Steps to Harlem (Luna Park) **
  • Jentsch Group Quartet: Fractured Pop (Fleur de Son)
  • Dusan Jevtovic: No Answer (Moonjune)
  • Max Johnson: In the West (Clean Feed) **
  • Sean Jones: Live From Jazz at the Bistro (Mack Avenue) **
  • Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: Soul of a Woman (Daptone) **
  • Kasai Allstars: Félicité Remixes (Crammed Discs) **
  • Kehlani: SweetSexySavage (Atlantic) **
  • Kesha: Rainbow (Kemosabe/RCA) **
  • Pierre Kwenders: Makanda at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time (Bonsound) **
  • LAMA + Joachim Badenhorst: Metamorphosis (Clean Feed) **
  • Andrew Lamb/Warren Smith/Arkadijus Gotesmanas: The Sea of Modicum (NoBusiness) *
  • Led Bib: Umbrella Weather (RareNoise) *
  • The Billy Lester Trio: Italy 2016 (Ultra Sound)
  • Gregory Lewis: Organ Monk: The Breathe Suite (self-released)
  • The Liberation Music Collective: Rebel Portraiture (Ad Astrum)
  • Mr. Lif & Brass Menazeri: Resilient (Waxsimile) **
  • Lil Uzi Vert: Luv Is Rage 2 (Atlantic) **
  • Llop: J.Imp (El Negocito)
  • David Lopato: Gendhing for a Spirit Rising (Global Coolant, 2CD)
  • Harold Mabern: To Love and Be Loved (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Nick Maclean Quartet: Rites of Ascension (Browntasaurus)
  • Mat Maneri/Evan Parker/Lucian Ban: Sounding Tears (Clean Feed) *
  • Aimee Mann: Mental Illness (SuperEgo) **
  • Ben Markley Big Band: Clockwise: The Music of Cedar Walton (OA2)
  • Markley & Balmer: Standards & Covers (Soona Songs)
  • Laura Marling: Semper Femina (More Alarming) **
  • Luís José Martins: Tentos -- Invenções E Encantamentos (Shhpuma) **
  • Mura Masa (Polydor) **
  • Spoek Mathambo: Mzansi Beat Code (TEKA) **
  • Rob Mazurek: Rome (Clean Feed) **
  • Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School: The Twilight Fall (Browntasaurus)
  • Zara McFarlane: Arise (Brownswood) **
  • JD McPherson: Undivided Heart & Soul (New West) **
  • Meridian Trio: Triangulum (Clean Feed) **
  • Tift Merritt: Stitch of the World (Yep Roc) **
  • Emi Meyer: Monochrome (Origin)
  • Lisa Mezzacappa: Glorious Ravage (New World)
  • Miguel: War & Leisure (ByStorm/RCA) **
  • Jason Miles: Kind of New 2: Blue Is Paris (Lightyear) *
  • The Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra: Welcome to Swingsville! (BluJazz)
  • MIR 8: Perihelion (Shhpuma) **
  • Mdou Moctar: Sousoume Tamachek (Sahel Sounds) **
  • Modern Mal: The Misanthrope Family Album (Mal) **
  • Juana Molina: Halo (Crammed Discs) **
  • Thurston Moore: Rock N Roll Consciousness (Caroline) **
  • Jason Moran and the Bandwagon: Thanksgiving at the Vanguard (Yes) **
  • Michael Morreale: Love and Influence (Blujazz, 2CD)
  • Van Morrison: Versatile (Legacy) **
  • Kjetil Møster/Jeff Parker/Joshua Abrams/John Herndon: Ran Do (Clean Feed) **
  • Mount Eerie: A Crow Looked at Me (PW Elverum & Sun) **
  • MUNA: About U (RCA) **
  • Musique Noire: Reflections: We Breathe (self-released)
  • Brad Myers & Michael Sharfe: Sanguinaria (Hopefulsongs) (Colloquy)
  • Negative Press Project: Eternal Life: Jeff Buckley Songs and Sounds (Ridgeway, 2CD)
  • Ed Neumeister & His NeuHat Ensemble: Wake Up Call (MeisteroMusic)
  • The New Vision Sax Ensemble: Musical Journey Through Time (Zak Publishing)
  • New York Electric Piano: State of the Art (Fervor)
  • Larry Newcomb Quartet With Bucky Pizzarelli: Living Tribute (Essential Messenger)
  • Sam Newsome: Sopranoville: Works for Prepared and Non-Prepared Soprano (Some New Music) **
  • Noertker's Moxie: Druidh Penumbrae (Edgetone -16)
  • Dawn Oberg: Nothing Rhymes With Orange (self-released, EP) **
  • Johnny O'Neal: In the Moment (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Oxbow: Thin Black Duke (Hydra Head) **
  • Ozomatli: Non-Stop: Mexico to Jamaica (Cleopatra) **
  • The Ed Palermo Big Band: The Great Un-American Songbook: Volumes I & II (Cuneiform, 2CD) *
  • Diana Panton: Solstice/Equinox (self-released)
  • Aaron Parks/Ben Street/Billy Hart: Find the Way (ECM) **
  • Nicki Parrott: Dear Blossom: A Tribute to Blossom Dearie (Arbors) **
  • Nicholas Payton: Afro-Caribbean Mixtape (Paytone/Ropeadope) **
  • Michael Pedicin: As It Should Be: Ballads 2 (Groundblue)
  • Frank Perowsky Jazz Orchestra: Gowanus (Jazzkey)
  • Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp/Nate Wooley: Philosopher's Stone (Leo)
  • Chris Potter: The Dreamer Is the Dream (ECM) **
  • Simona Premazzi: Outspoken (self-released)
  • Priests: Nothing Feels Natural (Sister Polygon) **
  • Chuck Prophet: Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins (Yep Roc) **
  • Michael Rabinowitz: Uncharted Waters (Cats Paw)
  • Errol Rackipov Group: Distant Dreams (OA2)
  • Lee Ranaldo: Electric Trim (Mute) **
  • Ada Rave Trio: The Sea, the Storm and the Full Moon (Clean Feed) **
  • Nadia Reid: Preservation (Basin Rock) **
  • Carol Robbins: Taylor Street (Jazzcats)
  • Jeremy Rose: Within & Without (Earshift Music)
  • Daniel Rosenthal: Music in the Room (American Melody)
  • Scott Routenberg Trio: Every End Is a Beginning (Summit)
  • ROVA Saxophone Quartet/Kyle Bruckmann/Henry Kaiser: Steve Lacy's Saxophone Special Revisited (Clean Feed) **
  • Vitor Rua and the Metaphysical Angels: Do Androids Dream of Electrid Guitars? (Clean Feed, 2CD) **
  • Adam Rudolph: Morphic Resonances (M.O.D. Technologies)
  • The Sadies: Northern Passages (Yep Roc) **
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto: Async (Milan) **
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant: Dreams and Daggers (Mack Avenue, 2CD) **
  • Sampha: Process (Young Turks) **
  • San Francisco String Trio: May I Introduce to You (Ridgeway)
  • Romeo Santos: Golden (Sony Latin) **
  • A. Savage: Thawing Dawn (Dull Tools) **
  • Scenes: Destinations (Origin)
  • Schnellertollermeier: Rights (Cuneiform) **
  • Louis Sclavis: Asian Fields Variations (ECM) **
  • The Selva (Clean Feed) **
  • Nadine Shah: Holiday Destination (1965) **
  • Blake Shelton: Texoma Shore (Warner Brothers Nashville) **
  • The Shins: Heartworms (Columbia) **
  • Shinyribs: I Got Your Medicine (Mustard Lid) **
  • ShitKid: Fish (PNKSLM) **
  • Jen Shyu: Song of Silver Geese (Pi)
  • Sirius: Acoustic Main Suite Plus the Inner One (Clean Feed) **
  • Bria Skonberg: With a Twist (Okeh) **
  • Sky Music: A Tribute to Terje Rypdal (Rune Grammofon)
  • Sleater-Kinney: Live in Paris (Sub Pop) **
  • Slow Is Possible: Moonwatchers (Clean Feed) **
  • Slowdive (Dead Oceans) **
  • Sneaks: It's a Myth (Merge, EP) **
  • Dave Soldier: The Eighth Hour of Amduat (Mulatta)
  • Jay Som: Everybody Works (Polyvinyl) **
  • Günter Baby Sommer: Le Piccole Cose: Live at Theater Gütersloh (Intuition)
  • Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita: Transparent Water (World Village) **
  • David Stackenäs: Bricks (Clean Feed) **
  • Mike Stern: Trip (Heads Up) **
  • Stormzy: Gang Signs & Prayer (Merky) **
  • John Stowell/Ulf Bandgren Quartet: Night Visitor (Origin)
  • Dave Stryker: Strykin' Ahead (Strikezone)
  • Hiromi Suda: Nagi (BluJazz)
  • Sult/Lasse Marhaug: Harpoon (Conrad Sound/Pica Disk) *
  • Moses Sumney: Aromanticism (Jagjaguwar) **
  • Dylan Taylor: One in Mind (Blujazz)
  • Yosvany Terry/Baptiste Trotignon: Ancestral Memories (Okeh) **
  • Emma-Jean Thackray's Walrus: Walrus EP (Deptford Beach, EP) **
  • Charles Thomas: The Colors of a Dream (Sea Tea)
  • Thundercat: Drunk (Brainfeeder) **
  • Nestor Torres: Jazz Flute Traditions (Alfi)
  • Trespass Trio: The Spirit of Pitesti (Clean Feed) **
  • Tricky: Ununiform (False Idols) **
  • Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet: Ladilikan (World Circuit) **
  • Trio S: Somewhere Glimmer (Zitherine)
  • Trouble Kaze: June (Circum-Disc)
  • Tune Recreation Committee: Voices of Our Vision (self-released) **
  • Ty Dolla Sign: Beach House 3 (Atlantic) **
  • Baron Tymas: Montréal (Tymasmusic)
  • Jeremy Udden/John McNeil/Akyer Kobrinsky/Anthony Pinciotti: Hush Point III (Sunnyside) **
  • University of Toronto Jazz Orcherstra: Sweet Ruby Suite (UofT Jazz)
  • Vagabon: Infinite Worlds (Father/Daughter) **
  • The Vampires: The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke (Earshift Music)
  • Ken Vandermark: Momentum 2 & 3 (Audiographic) **
  • Raphael Vanoli: Bibrax (Shhpuma) **
  • Carlos Vega: Bird's Up (Origin)
  • David Virelles: Gnosis (ECM) **
  • Kamasi Washington: Harmony of Difference (Young Turks) **
  • Trevor Watts/Veryan Weston/Alison Blunt/Hannah Marshall: Dialogues With Strings: Live at Café Oto in London (Fundacja Sluchaj) **
  • Jane Weaver: Modern Kosmology (Fire) **
  • Ken Wiley: Jazz Horn Redux (Krug Park Music)
  • Matt Wilson's Honey and Salt (Palmetto)
  • Wire: Silver/Lead (Pinkflag) **
  • Wolf Alice: Visions of a Life (Dirty Hit) **
  • Jaime Wyatt: Felony Blues (Forty Below, EP) **
  • Jim Yanda Trio: Home Road (Corner Store Jazz, 2CD)
  • Dave Young/Terry Promane Octet: Vol. 2 (Modica Music)
  • Reggie Young: Forever Young (Whaling City Sound)
  • Glenn Zaleski: Fellowship (Sunnyside) **
  • Msafiri Zawose: Uhamiaji (Soundway) **
  • Pablo Ziegler Trio: Jazz Tango (Zoho) **
  • Dave Zinno Unisphere: River of January (Whaling City Sound)
  • Antonio Adolfo: Hybrido: From Rio to Wayne Shorter (AAM)
  • Fatima Al Qadiri: Shaneera (Hyperdub, EP) **
  • Chino Amobi: Paradiso (NON) **
  • AMP Trio: Three (self-released)
  • Arca (XL) **
  • Nicole Atkins: Goodnight Rhonda Lee (Single Lock) **
  • Julien Baker: Turn Out the Lights (Matador) **
  • Bardo Pond: Under the Pines (Fire) **
  • Louise Baranger: Louise Baranger Plays the Great American Groove Book (Summit)
  • William Basinski: A Shadow in Time (Temporary Residence) **
  • Django Bates: Saluting Sgt. Pepper (Edition) **
  • John Beasley: MONK'estra Vol. 2 (Mack Avenue) **
  • Beck: Colors (Capitol) **
  • Bibio: Phantom Brickworks (Warp) **
  • Bicep: Bicep (Ninja Tune) **
  • Big Bold Back Bone: In Search of the Emerging Species (Shhpuma) **
  • Blondie: Pollinator (BMG) **
  • Brand New: Science Fiction (Procrastinate! Music Traitors) **
  • Burial: Subtemple/Beachfires (Hyperdub, EP) **
  • Carn Davidson 9: Murphy (self-released)
  • Loyle Carner: Yesterday's Gone (AMF) **
  • Gerald Clayton: Tributary Tales (Motéma) **
  • Anat Cohen: Rosa Dos Ventos (Anzic) **
  • Rose Cousins: Natural Conclusion (Old Farm Pony) **
  • Ori Dagan: Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole (Scat Cat)
  • Damaged Bug: Bunker Funk (Castle Face) **
  • Richard Dawson: Peasant (Domino) **
  • The Deslondes: Hurry Home (New West) **
  • Kaja Draksler Octet: Gledalec (Clean Feed, 2CD) **
  • Duo Baars Henneman & Dave Burrell: Trandans (Wig)
  • Noga Erez: Off the Radar (City Slang) **
  • Feist: Pleasure (Interscope) **
  • Billy Flynn: Lonesome Highway (Delmark) **
  • Art Fristoe Trio: Double Down (Merry Lane, 2CD)
  • Satoko Fujii Quartet: Live at Jazz Room Cortez (Cortez Sound)
  • (Sandy) Alex G: Rocket (Domino) **
  • Brent Gallaher: Moving Forward (V&B)
  • Gabriel Garzón-Montano: Jardin (Stones Throw) **
  • Gas: Narkopop (Kompakt) **
  • Gerry Gibbs & Thrasher People: Weather or Not (Whaling City Sound, 2CD) **
  • Girlpool: Powerplant (Anti-) **
  • Alex Goodman: Second Act (Lyte)
  • Chris Greene Quartet: Boundary Issues (Single Malt)
  • Mats Gustafsson & Craig Taborn: Ljubljana (Clean Feed) **
  • Aldous Harding: Party (4AD) **
  • H. Hawkline: I Romanticize (Heavenly) **
  • Wade Hayes: Old Country Song (Conabor) **
  • Tim Heidecker: Too Dumb for Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs (Jagjaguwar) **
  • Arve Henriksen: Towards Language (Rune Grammofon) **
  • Emily Herring: Gliding (Eight 30) **
  • Ishmael Ensemble: Songs for Knotty (Banoffee Pies, EP) **
  • Danny Janklow: Elevation (Outside In Music)
  • Billy Jones: 3's a Crowd (Acoustical Concepts)
  • Paul Jones: Clean (Outside In Music)
  • Jü: Summa (Rare Noise) *
  • King Krule: The OOZ (True Panther Sounds) **
  • Lauren Kinhan: A Sleepin' Bee (Dotted i)
  • Kneebody: Anti-Hero (Motéma) **
  • Steve Lacy: Steve Lacy's Demo (Three Quarter, EP) **
  • Oliver Lake Featuring Flux Quartet: Right Up On (Passin' Thru)
  • Ted Leo: The Hanged Man (SuperEgo) **
  • Jesse Lewis/Ike Sturm: Endless Field (Biophilia)
  • Low Cut Connie: "Dirty Pictures" (Part 1) (Contender) **
  • Rob Luft: Riser (Edition) **
  • Carmen Lundy: Code Noir (Afrasia Productions) **
  • Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra: Common Ground (Addo)
  • Alex Maguire/Nikolas Skordas Duo: Ships and Shepherds (Slam, 2CD)
  • Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo': TajMo (Concord) **
  • Ed Maina: In the Company of Brothers (self-released)
  • Manchester Orchestra: A Black Mile to the Surface (Loma Vista) **
  • Marker: Wired for Sound (Audiographic) **
  • Mas Que Nada: Sea Journey (Blujazz)
  • Roy McGrath: Remembranzas (JL Music)
  • Michete: Cool Tricks 3 (self-released, EP) **
  • Molly Miller Trio: The Shabby Road Recordings (self-released)
  • Mokoomba: Luyando (OutHere) **
  • The Moonlandingz: Interplanetary Class Classics (Transgressive) **
  • Van Morrison: Roll With the Punches (Caroline) **
  • Mount Kimbie: Love What Survives (Warp) **
  • Mumpbeak: Tooth (Rare Noise) *
  • Maciej Obara Quartet: Unloved (ECM) **
  • Ian O'Beirne's Slowbern Big Band: Dreams of Daedelus (self-released)
  • Bill O'Connell: Monk's Cha Cha: Live at the Carnegie-Farian Room (Savant)
  • One O'Clock Lab Band: Lab 2017 (UNT)
  • Oui' 3: Occupy Your Mind (ITI)
  • Kelly Lee Owens (Smalltown Supersound) **
  • Brad Paisley: Love and War (Arista Nashville) **
  • Emile Parisien/Vincent Peirani/Andreas Schaerer/Michael Wollny: Out of Land (ACT) **
  • Sarah Partridge: Bright Lights & Promises: Redefining Janis Ian (Origin)
  • Chris Pasin and Friends: Baby It's Cold Outside (Planet Arts)
  • Allison Pierce: Year of the Rabbit (Masterworks) **
  • Platform: Flux Reflux (Clean Feed) **
  • Franciszek Pospieszalski Sextet: 1st Level (ForTune) **
  • Queens of the Stone Age: Villains (Matador) **
  • Mason Razavi: Quartet Plus, Volume 2 (OA2)
  • Real Estate: In Mind (Domino) **
  • Eve Risser/Kaja Draksler: To Pianos (Clean Feed) **
  • Tom Rizzo: Day and Night (Origin)
  • Serengeti: Jueles/Butterflies (self-released) **
  • ShitKid: EP 2 (PNKSLM, EP) **
  • Alex Sipiagin: Moments Captured (Criss Cross) **
  • Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: The Kid (Western Vinyl) **
  • Nate Smith: Kinfolk: Postcards From Everywhere (Ropeadope) **
  • Sparks: Hippopotamus (BMG) **
  • Spellling: Pantheon of Me (self-released) **
  • Matthew Stevens: Preverbal (Ropeadope) **
  • Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives: Way Out West (Superlatone) **
  • Harry Styles (Columbia) **
  • Turnpike Troubadours: A Long Way From Your Heart (Bossier City) **
  • Tyler, the Creator: Flower Boy (Odd Future/Columbia) **
  • Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Five (OA2)
  • Unhinged Sextet: Don't Blink (OA2)
  • University of Toronto 12Tet: Trillium Falls (UofT Jazz)
  • Urbanity: Urban Soul (Alfi)
  • The War on Drugs: A Deeper Understanding (Atlantic) **
  • Galen Weston: The Space Between (Blujazz)
  • Ronny Whyte: Shades of Whyte (Audiophile)
  • Mark Wingfield/Markus Reuter/Asaf Sirkis: Lighthouse (Moonjune)
  • Deanna Witkowski: Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns (Tilapia)
  • Wooden Wand: Clipper Ship (Three Lobed) **
  • Charlie Worsham: Beginning of Things (Warner Bros. Nashville) **
  • Neil Young + Promise of the Real: The Visitor (Reprise) **
  • Zola Jesus: Okovi (Sacred Bones) **
  • Algiers: The Underside of Power (Matador) **
  • Fabian Almazan: Alcanza (Biophilia) **
  • Sheryl Bentyne: Rearrangements of Shadows: The Music of Stephen Sondheim (ArtistShare)
  • Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band: Body and Shadow (Blue Note) **
  • The Brother Brothers: Tugboats E.P. (self-released, EP) **
  • Peter Brotzmann/Heather Leigh: Sex Tape (Trost) **
  • Bryan and the Aardvarks: Sounds From the Deep Field (Biophilia)
  • Chicano Batman: Freedom Is Free (ATO) **
  • Billy Childs: Rebirth (Mack Avenue) **
  • Cleric: Retrocausal (Web of Memory) **
  • Bill Cunliffe: BACHanalia (Metre)
  • Pan Daijing: Lack (Pan) **
  • Angelo Divino: Love A to Z (self-released)
  • Matthieu Donarier/Santiago Quintans: Sun Dome (Clean Feed) **
  • Forest Swords: Compassion (Ninja Tune) **
  • Craig Fraedrich: Out of the Blues (Summit)
  • Jim Gailloreto's Jazz String Quintet: The Pythiad (Origin Classical)
  • Cameron Graves: Planetary Prince (Mack Avenue) **
  • Bill Hart: Touch of Blue (Blue Canoe)
  • Dre Hocevar: Surface of Inscription (Clean Feed) **
  • Jihye Lee Orchestra: April (self-released)
  • LEF: Hypersomniac (RareNoise) *
  • The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir (Nonesuch, 5CD) **
  • Christian McBride Big Band: Bringin' It (Mack Avenue) **
  • John McLean/Clark Sommers Band: Parts Unknown (Origin)
  • Vic Mensa: The Autobiography (Roc Nation) **
  • Father John Misty: Pure Comedy (Sub Pop) **
  • Paul Moran: Smokin' B3 Vol. 2: Still Smokin' (Prudential)
  • Jeb Loy Nichols: Country Hustle (Inkind) **
  • Nnamdi Ogbonnaya: Drool (Father/Daughter/Sooper) **
  • Chris Parker: Moving Forward Now (self-released)
  • Perfume Genius: No Shape (Matador) **
  • John Pizzarelli: Sinatra & Jobim @ 50 (Concord) **
  • Quelle Chris: Being You Is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often (Mello Music Group) **
  • Rag'n'Bone Man: Human (Columbia) **
  • Rina Sawayama: Rina (The Vinyl Factory, EP) **
  • Rev. Sekou: In Times Like These (Zent) **
  • Becca Stevens: Regina (GroundUp) **
  • Traxman: Tekvision (Teklife) **
  • Trombone Shorty: Parking Lot Symphony (Blue Note) **
  • Valley Queen: Destroyer (self-released, EP) **
  • Shea Welsh: Arrival (Blujazz)
  • Bob Dylan: Triplicate (Columbia, 3CD): **
  • Fleet Foxes: Crack-Up (Nonesuch) **
  • Mats Holmquist: Big Band Minimalism (Summit)
  • Keith Karns Big Band: An Eye on the Future (Summit)
  • Brian Kastan: Roll the Dice on Life (Kastan, 2CD)
  • Robert McCarther: Stranger in Town (Psalms 149 Music)
  • Gregory Porter: Nat "King" Cole & Me (Blue Note) **
  • Joe Bourne: Upbeat and Sweet (Summit)
  • Dirty Projectors (Domino) **
  • The United States Air Force Band Airmen of Note: Veterans of Jazz (self-released)

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. American Epic: The Collection (1916-36, Third Man/Columbia/Legacy, 5CD)
  2. American Epic: The Soundtrack (Columbia/Third Man/Legacy) **
  3. The Rough Guide to Jug Band Blues (World Music Network) **
  4. Lucky Thompson: Complete Parisian Small Group Sessions 1956-1959 (Fresh Sound, 4CD) **
  5. Art Pepper: Presents "West Coast Sessions!" Volume 3: Lee Konitz (1982, Omnivore) **
  6. The Rough Guide to Hillbilly Blues (World Music Network) **
  7. The Rolling Stones: Ladies & Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones (1972, Eagle Rock) **
  8. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: Talk Tight (2015, Sub Pop, EP) **
  9. American Epic: The Best of Country (1927-34, Third Man/Columbia/Legacy) **
  10. Professor Rhythm: Bafana Bafana (1995, Awesome Tapes From Africa) **
  11. Art Pepper: Presents "West Coast Sessions!" Volume 5: Jack Sheldon (1980, Omnivore) **
  12. Art Pepper: Presents "West Coast Sessions!" Volume 1: Sonny Stitt (1980, Omnivore, 2CD) **
  13. Now That's What I Call 90s Pop (1990-99, UMG/Sony) **
  14. Hamad Kalkaba: Hamad Kalkaba and the Golden Sounds 1974-1975 (Analog Africa) **
  15. Paul Rutherford/Sabu Toyozumi: The Conscience (1999, NoBusiness)
  16. Art Pepper: Presents "West Coast Sessions!" Volume 6: Shelly Manne (1981, Omnivore) **
  17. Trevor Watts Amalgam: Closer to You (1976, Hi4Head) **
  18. The Three Sounds: Groovin' Hard: Live at the Penthouse 1964-1968 (Resonance)
  19. Art Pepper: Presents "West Coast Sessions!" Volume 4: Bill Watrous (1980, Omnivore) **
  20. Andina: The Sound of the Peruvian Andes 1968-1978 (Tiger's Milk/Strut) **
  21. Azar Lawrence: Bridge Into the New Age (1974, Prestige) **

Pending:

  • Derek Bailey & Greg Goodman: Extracting Fish-Bones From the Back of the Despoiler (1992, The Beak Doctor)
  • John Gruntfest & Greg Goodman: In This Land All the Birds Wore Hats and Spurs (1984-2008, The Beak Doctor)

Also Noted:

  • American Epic: The Best of Blues (1927-36, Third Man/Columbia/Legacy) **
  • Louis Armstrong: The Nightclubs (1950-58, Dot Time) **
  • Mulatu Astatke: Mulatu of Ethiopia (1972, Strut) **
  • Albert Ayler: Stockholm, Berlin 1966 (Hatology) **
  • Boombox 2: Early Independent Hip Hop Electro and Disco Rap 1979-83 (Soul Jazz) **
  • Dancehall: The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture (1977-93, Soul Jazz, 2CD) **
  • James Luther Dickinson: I'm Just Dead I'm Not Gone (Lazarus Edition) (2006, Memphis International) **
  • The Bill Evans Trio: On a Monday Evening (1976, Fantasy) **
  • Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams (Slate Creek) **
  • Vinny Golia Wind Quartet: Live at the Century City Playhouse: Los Angeles, 1979 (Dark Tree)
  • Dick Hyman: Solo at the Sacramento Jazz Festivals 1983-1988 (1983-88, Arbors) **
  • Joe King Kologbo & the High Grace: Sugar Daddy (1980, Strut) **
  • Dave Liebman/Joe Lovano: Compassion: The Music of John Coltrane (2007, Resonance)
  • Hayes McMullan: Everyday Seem Like Murder Here (1967-68, Light in the Attic) **
  • Miracle Steps: Music From the Fourth World 1983-2017 (Optimo) **
  • Thelonious Monk: Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 (Sam, 2CD) **
  • Motörhead: Under Cöver (1992-2014, Silver Lining Music) **
  • Art Pepper: Presents "West Coast Sessions!" Volume 2: Pete Jolly (1980, Omnivore) **
  • Oscar Pettiford Nonet/Big Band/Sextet: New York City 1955-1958 (Uptown, 2CD) **
  • John Prine: September 78 (Oh Boy) **
  • The Revelators: We Told You Not to Cross Us [20th Anniversary Edition] (1997, Crypt) **
  • The Rough Guide to the Music of West Africa (World Music Network) **
  • Sheer Mag: Compilation (2014-16, Wilsuns RC) **
  • Sweet as Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes From the Horn of Africa (1969-2002, Ostinato) **
  • Ton-Klami [Midori Takada/Kang Tae Hwan/Masahiko Satoh]: Prophecy of Nue (1995, NoBusiness)
  • Bro. Valentino: Stay Up Zimbabwe (1979-80, Analog Africa, EP) **
  • Neil Young: Hitchhiker (1976, Reprise) **
  • Vincent Ahehehinnou: Best Woman (1978, Analog Africa) **
  • Louis Armstrong: The Standard Oil Sessions (1950, Dot Time) **
  • Albert Ayler Quartet: Copenhagen Live 1964 (Hatology) **
  • Battle Hymns (Quasi Band) **
  • Joseph Bowie/Oliver Lake: Live at 'A SPACE' 1976 (Delmark/Sackville)
  • Alice Coltrane: The Ecstatic Music of Turiyasangitananda [World Spirituality Classics 1] (1982-95, Luaka Bop) **
  • Abdullah Ibrahim: Ancient Africa (1973, Delmark/Sackville)
  • Kirk Lightsey/Harold Danko, Shorter by Two: The Music of Wayne Shorter Played on Two Pianos (1983, Sunnyside) **
  • Arthur Lipner: Two Hands One Heart: Best of Arthur Lipner (1990-2014, Malletworks Media, 2CD)
  • Los Cameroes: Resurrection Los Vol. 1 (1976, Analog Africa) **
  • Roscoe Mitchell: Duets With Anthony Braxton (1976, Sackville/Delmark)
  • Youssou N'Dour: Africa Rekk: Réédition (Jive/Epic) **
  • Itaru Oki/Nobuyoshi Ino/Choi Sun Bae: Kami Fusen (NoBusiness) *
  • Hermeto Pascoal & Grupo Vice Versa: Viajando Com O Som: The Lost 1976 Vice Versa Studio Sessions (Far Out) **
  • Sun Ra and His Astro-Infinity Arkestra: My Brother the Wind Vol. 1 (1969, Cosmic Myth) **
  • The Replacements: For Sale: Live at Maxwell's 1986 (Rhino, 2CD) **
  • The Rolling Stones: On Air (1963-65, Interscope) **
  • The Rolling Stones: Some Girls: Live in Texas '78 (Eagle Rock) **
  • The Rolling Stones: Totally Stripped: Paris (1995, Eagle Rock) **
  • Space, Energy & Light: Expermental Electronic and Acoustic Soundscapes 1961-88 (Soul Jazz) **
  • Buddy Terry: Awareness (1971, Wewantsounds) **
  • Umoja: 707 (1988, Awesome Tapes From Africa, EP) **
  • Zaïre 74: The African Artists (Wrasse, 2CD) **
  • Airstream Artistry: Jim Riggs' Best of the TWO (1991-2008, UNT, 3CD)
  • The Bob's Burgers Music Album (Sub Pop, 2CD) **
  • Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3: Experimental German Rock and Electronic Music 1971-81 (Soul Jazz, 2CD) **
  • George Freeman: 90 Going on Amazing (2005, Blujazz)
  • Gary Husband: A Meeting of Spirits (2006, Edition) **
  • The Lloyd McNeill Quartet: Asha (1969, Soul Jazz) **
  • Mono No Aware (Pan) **
  • Willie Nelson: Willie's Stash Vol 2: Willie Nelson and the Boys (Legacy) **
  • Nice! Jay Saunders' Best of the TWO (2009-14, UNT, 2CD)
  • Now That's What I Call Tailgate Anthems (1975-2016, Sony Music Entertainment) **
  • Oté Maloya: The Birth of Electric Maloya on Réunion Island 1975-1986 (Strut) **
  • Outro Tempo: Electronic and Contemporary Music From Brazil, 1978-1992 (Music From Memory) **
  • Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat of Cameroon 1976-1984 (Analog Africa) **
  • The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers Live at the Fonda Theater 2015 (Eagle Rock) **
  • Soul of a Nation: Afro-Centric Visions in the Age of Black Power: Underground Jazz Street Funk & the Roots of Rap 1968-79 (Soul Jazz) **
  • Lucky Thompson: In Paris 1956: The All Star Orchestra Sessions (Fresh Sound) **
  • Shina Williams & His African Percussionists: Agboju Logun (1984, Strut, EP) **
  • Jim Yanda Trio: Regional Cookin' (1987, Corner Store Jazz)
  • Acetone: 1992-2001 (Light in the Attic) **
  • Otim Alpha: Gulu City Anthems (2004-15, Nyege Nyege) **
  • Chévere (Parma)
  • Legacy: Neil Slater at North Texas (1982-2015, UNT, 4CD)
  • The Lloyd McNeill Quartet: Washington Suite (1970, Soul Jazz) **
  • Allen Ravenstine + Albert Dennis: >Terminal Drive (1975, Smog Veil, EP) **
  • Sun Ra: Discipline 27-II (1972, Strut/Art Yard) **
  • Chris Rogers: Voyage Home (2001, Art of Life)
  • Perseverance: The Music of Rick DeRosa at North Texas (2011-15, UNT)
  • Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Thunder of the Gods (1966-71, Modern Harmonic) **
  • Paul McCandless: Morning Sun: Adventures With Oboe (1970-2010, Living Music)
  • Dion: Kickin' Child: The Lost Album 1965 (Norton) **

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.

  • Talking Sticks (Percussive Arts Society)

Songs

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