Music Year 2017

Of course, it's too early for a year-end list. But as the proto-fascist organization of my youth insisted, one should always be prepared. For records in hand, * identifies an advance copy, ** something borrowed. 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.

I keep adding to the 2016 until the end of calendar 2017, especially where the record was known to exist in 2016 and I'm just getting around to it.

New Records

  1. Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo: Peace (Libra)
  2. Aki Takase/David Murray: Cherry Shakura (Intakt)
  3. Orchestra Baobab: Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng (Nonesuch/World Circuit) **
  4. Rocco John: Peace and Love (Unseen Rain)
  5. Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society: Simultonality (Eremite) **
  6. Run the Jewels: Run the Jewels 3 (Run the Jewels) **
  7. Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Loafer's Hollow (Hot Cup)
  8. Gonçalo Almeida/Rodrigo Amado/Marco Franco: The Attic (NoBusiness)
  9. Miguel Zenón: Típico (Miel Music)
  10. Rich Halley/Carson Halley: The Wild (Pine Eagle)
  11. Sylvan Esso: What Now (Loma Vista) **
  12. Free Radicals: Outside the Comfort Zone (Free Rads)
  13. Matthew Shipp Trio: Piano Song (Thirsty Ear)
  14. Kendrick Lamar: Damn (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope) **
  15. Ellery Eskelin/Christian Weber/Michael Griener: Sensations of Tone (Intakt)
  16. Harriet Tubman: Araminta (Sunnyside) **
  17. Buffalo Jazz Octet: Live at Pausa Art House (Cadence Jazz)
  18. Jesca Hoop: Memories Are Now (Sub Pop) **
  19. François Carrier/Michel Lambert/Alexey Lapin: Freedom Is Space for the Spirit (FMR)
  20. The XX: I See You (Young Turks) **
  21. Gorilla Mask: Iron Lung (Clean Feed)
  22. Trio 3: Visiting Texture (Intakt) *
  23. Tinariwen: Elwan (Anti-) **
  24. Craig Finn: We All Want the Same Things (Partisan) **
  25. Velkro: Too Lazy to Panic (Clean Feed)
  26. Lord Echo: Harmonies (Soundway) **
  27. Jimmy Greene: Flowers: Beautiful Life Volume 2 (Mack Avenue) **
  28. Steve Earle & the Dukes: So You Wannabe an Outlaw (Warner Bros.) **
  29. Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: The Art of Perelman-Shipp, Volume 5: Rhea (Leo)
  30. Satoko Fujii: Invisible Hand (Cortez Sound, 2CD)
  31. Joey Bada$$: All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ (Pro Era/Cinematic) **
  32. Conor Oberst: Salutations (Nonesuch) **
  33. Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: The Art of Perelman-Shipp, Volume 3: Pandora (Leo)
  34. Oddisee: The Iceberg (Mello Music Group) **
  35. John Moreland: Big Bad Luv (4AD) **
  36. The Microscopic Septet: Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down to Me: The Micros Play the Blues (Cuneiform) *
  37. Syd: Fin (Columbia) **
  38. Arto Lindsay: Cuidado Madame (Northern Spy) **
  39. Chicago/London Underground: A Night Walking Through Mirrors (Cuneiform) *
  40. Daddy Issues: Deep Dream (Infinity Cat) **
  41. Quinsin Nachoff's Ethereal Trio (Whirlwind)
  42. Jason Eady (Old Guitar) **
  43. Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: The Art of Perelman-Shipp, Volume 1: Titan (Leo)
  44. Matt North: Above Ground Fools (self-released) **
  45. Charli XCX: Number 1 Angel (Asylum) **
  46. Yoko Miwa Trio: Pathways (Ocean Blue Tear Music)
  47. Trio Heinz Herbert: The Willisau Concert (Intakt) *
  48. Angaleena Presley: Wrangled (Thirty Tigers) **
  49. Jack DeJohnette/Larry Grenadier/John Meddeski/John Scofield: Hudson (Motéma) **
  50. Oumou Sangaré: Mogoya (No Format) **
  51. Chicago Edge Ensemble: Decaying Orbit (self-released)
  52. Alison Krauss: Windy City (Capitol) **
  53. Lorde: Melodrama (Lava/Republic) **
  54. Les Amazones d'Afrique: Republique Amazone (RealWorld) **
  55. Colter Wall (Young Mary's) **
  56. Chuck Berry: Chuck (Dualtone) **
  57. Samo Salamon Sextet: The Colours Suite (Clean Feed)
  58. David Weiss & Point of Departure: Wake Up Call (Ropeadope)
  59. François Carrier/Michel Lambert/Rafal Mazur: Oneness (FMR)
  60. Katie Thiroux: Off Beat (Capri)
  61. Amok Amor [Christian Lillinger/Petter Eloh/Wanja Slavin/Peter Evans]: We Know Not What We Do (Intakt)
  62. Omar Souleyman: To Syria, With Love (Mad Decent) **
  63. Craig Taborn: Daylight Ghosts (ECM) **
  64. Sebastien Ammann: Color Wheel (Skirl)
  65. Silke Eberhard Trio: The Being Inn (Intakt)
  66. Colin Stetson: All This I Do for Glory (52Hz) **
  67. Steve Coleman's Natal Eclipse: Morphogenesis (Pi)
  68. Starlito & Don Trip: Step Brothers Three (Grind Hard) **
  69. Khalid: American Teen (Right Hand/RCA) **
  70. Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: The Art of Perelman-Shipp, Volume 2: Tarvos (Leo)
  71. Randy Weston/African Rhythms: The African Nubian Suite (African Rhythms, 2CD)


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

  • Satoko Fujii/Natsuki Tamura: Kisaragi (Libra)
  • Hal Galper and the Youngbloods: Live at the Cota Jazz Festival (Origin)
  • Laszlo Gardony: Serious Play (Solo Piano) (Sunnyside)
  • Brian Landrus Orchestra: Generations (BlueLand)
  • Dave Stryker: Strykin' Ahead (Strikezone)
  • The United States Air Force Band: The Jazz Heritage Series 2017 Radio Broadcasts (2017, The USAF Academy Band, 3CD)

Also Noted:

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

  • Anemone [Peter Evans/John Butcher/Frederic Blondy/Clayton Thomas/Paul Lovens]: A Wing Dissolved in Light (NoBusiness)
  • Carlos Bica & Azul: More Than This (Clean Feed)
  • Mary J Blige: Strength of a Woman (Capitol) **
  • Body Count: Bloodlust (Century Media) **
  • Burning Ghosts: Reclamation (Tzadik) *
  • Alex Cline's Flower Garland Orchestra: Oceans of Vows (self-released, 2CD) *
  • Club D'Elf: Live at Club Helsinki (Face Pelt, 2CD)
  • 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) *
  • Whit Dickey/Mat Maneri/Matthew Shipp: Vessel in Orbit (AUM Fidelity) **
  • Diet Cig: Swear I'm Good at This (Frenchkiss) **
  • Emperor X: Oversleepers International (Tiny Engines) **
  • 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) **
  • Mariem Hassan: La Voz Indómita (del Sahara Occidental) (Nubenegra) **
  • Louis Hayes: Serenade for Horace (Blue Note) **
  • The Heliocentrics: A World of Masks (Soundway) **
  • Joseph Huber: The Suffering Stage (self-released) **
  • Jason Kao Hwang: Sing House (Euonymous)
  • Idles: Brutalism (Bailey)
  • J.I.D: The Never Story (Dreamville/Interscope) **
  • Diana Krall: Turn Up the Quiet (Verve) **
  • Michel Lambert: Alom Mola (Jazz From Rant)
  • Jens Lekman: Life Will See You Now (Secretly Canadian) **
  • Allegra Levy: Cities Between Us (SteepleChase)
  • Doug MacDonald: A Salute to Jazz Composers: Jazz Marathon 2 (BluJazz, 2CD)
  • Brian McCarthy Nonet: The Better Angels of Our Nature (Truth Revolution)
  • Bob Merrill: Tell Me Your Troubles: Songs by Joe Bushkin (Accurate)
  • Migos: Culture (QC/YRN/300) **
  • Charnett Moffett: Music From Our Soul (Motéma) **
  • 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)
  • The Necks: Unfold (Ideologic Organ) **
  • The New Pornographers: Whiteout Conditions (Collected Works/Concord) **
  • North Mississippi Allstars: Prayer for Peace (Legacy) **
  • Linda May Han Oh: Walk Against Wind (Biophilia)
  • Old 97's: Graveyard Whistling (ATO) **
  • Eivind Opsvik: Overseas V (Loyal Label)
  • Paramore: After Laughter (Fueled by Ramen) **
  • 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)
  • Noah Preminger: Meditations on Freedom (self-released)
  • Mike Reed: Flesh & Bone (482 Music)
  • 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)
  • Jenny Scheinman: Here on Earth (Royal Potato Family) **
  • Shakira: El Dorado (Sony Latin Music) **
  • Sarah Shook & the Disarmers: Sidelong (Bloodshot) **
  • Jared Sims: Change of Address (Ropeadope)
  • Steve Slagle: Alto Manhattan (Panorama)
  • Sleaford Mods: English Tapas (Rough Trade) **
  • Spoon: Hot Thoughts (Matador) **
  • Chris Stapleton: From a Room: Volume 1 (Mercury Nashville) **
  • John Stein/Dave Zinno: Wood and Strings (Whaling City Sound)
  • Sunny Sweeney: Trophy (Aunt Daddy) **
  • Talinka (Moonjune)
  • Klaus Treuheit/Lou Grassi: Port of Call (NoBusiness) *
  • Trichotomy: Known-Unknown (Challenge)
  • Throttle Elevator Music: Retrospective (Wide Hive) **
  • Cuong Vu 4-Tet: Ballet (Rare Noise) *
  • Jürg Wickihalder/Barry Guy/Lucas Niggli: Beyond (Intakt)
  • Young Thug: Beautiful Thugger Girls (300/Atlantic) **
  • Zeal & Ardor: Devil Is Fine (MKVA) **
  • Tony Allen: A Tribute to Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (Blue Note, EP) **
  • Angles 9: Disappeared Behind the Sun (Clean Feed)
  • Jason Anick & Jason Yeager: United (Inner Circle Music)
  • Bill Anschell: Rumbler (Origin)
  • Ballrogg [Klaus Ellerhusen Holm/Roger Arntzen/Ivar Grydeland]: Abaft the Beam (Clean Feed)
  • Heather Bambrick: You'll Never Know (self-released)
  • Ignacio Berroa Trio: Straight Ahead From Havana (Codes Drum Music)
  • Gianni Bianchini: Type I (self-released)
  • David Binney: The Time Verses (Criss Cross) **
  • Scott H. Biram: The Bad Testament (Bloodshot) **
  • Jaimie Branch: Fly or Die (International Anthem) **
  • Brother Ali: All the Beauty in This Whole Life (Rhymesayers) **
  • 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)
  • Charly Bliss: Guppy (Barsuk) **
  • Cloud Nothings: Life Without Sound (Carpark) **
  • Amber Coffman: City of No Reply (Columbia) **
  • Avishai Cohen: Cross My Palm With Silver (ECM) **
  • Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra: Invitation (OA2)
  • Allison Crutchfield: Tourist in This Town (Merge) **
  • Tim Daisy: Red Nation "1" (Relay)
  • 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)
  • Akua Dixon: Akua's Dance (Akua's Music)
  • Dalton Domino: Corners (Lightning Rod) **
  • Justin Townes Earle: Kids in the Street (New West) **
  • Brian Eno: Reflection (Warp) **
  • Bill Evans/Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Beauty & the Beast (Spartacus -16)
  • The Feelies: In Between (Bar/None) **
  • Bill Frisell/Thomas Morgan: Small Town (ECM) **
  • Fred Frith/Hans Koch: You Are Here (Intakt)
  • Gato Libre: Neko (Libra)
  • Freddie Gibbs: You Only Live 2wice (ESGN/Empire) **
  • Rhiannon Giddens: Freedom Highway (Nonesuch) **
  • Grandaddy: Last Place (30th Century/Columbia) **
  • Pasquale Grasso/Renaud Penant/Ari Roland: In the Mood for a Classic (ITI Music)
  • The Great Harry Hillman: Tilt (Cuneiform) *
  • Jari Haapalainen Trio: Fusion Madness (Moserobie)
  • Noah Haidu: Infinite Distances (Cellar Live)
  • Halsey: Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (Astralwerks) **
  • Heads of State: Four in One (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Oscar Hernández & Alma Libre: The Art of Latin Jazz (Origin)
  • Marika Hackman: I'm Not Your Man (Sub Pop) **
  • Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit: The Nashville Sound (Southeastern) **
  • Benedikt Jahnel Trio: The Invariant (ECM) **
  • B.J. Jansen: Common Ground (Ronin Jazz)
  • Japandroids: Near to the Wild Heart of Life (Anti-) **
  • Jay-Z: 4:44 (Roc Nation) **
  • The Jesus and Mary Chain: Damage and Joy (ADA/Warner) **
  • Jlin: Black Origami (Planet Mu) **
  • Howard Johnson and Gravity: Testimony (Tuscarora)
  • Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Find the Common, Shine a Light (Greenleaf Music)
  • Nikki Lane: Highway Queen (New West) **
  • Zara Larsson: So Good (Epic/TEN) **
  • Chad Lefkowitz-Brown: Onward (self-released)
  • Daniel Levin Quartet: Live at Firehouse 12 (Clean Feed)
  • Mark Lewis: New York Session (Audio Daddio)
  • Live Human: Scratch Bop (Cosmic)
  • Mike Longo Trio: Only Time Will Tell (CAP)
  • Mark Masters Ensemble: Blue Skylight (Capri)
  • MEM3: Circles (self-released)
  • Lisa Mezzacappa: Avant Noir (Clean Feed)
  • Billy Mintz: Ugly Beautiful (Thirteenth Note, 2CD)
  • Nicole Mitchell: Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds (FPE)
  • Donny Most: Mostly Swinging (Summit)
  • Kjetil Møster/Hans Magnus Ryan/Ståle Storløkken/Thomas Strønen: Reflections in Cosmo (RareNoise) *
  • Kyle Motl: Solo Contrabass (self-released)
  • Murs: Captain California (Strange Music) **
  • Willie Nelson: God's Problem Child (Legacy) **
  • Vadim Neselovskyi Trio: Get Up and Go (Blujazz)
  • Zephaniah OHora & the 18 Wheelers: This Highway (MRI) **
  • Miles Okazaki: Trickster (Pi)
  • Aruán Ortiz: Cubanism: Piano Solo (Intakt)
  • Matt Otto With Ensemble Ibérica: Ibérica (Origin)
  • Keith Oxman: East of the Village (Capri)
  • William Parker & Stefano Scodanibbio Duo: Bass Duo (Centering) **
  • Nicki Parrott: Unforgettable: The Nat King Cole Songbook (Venus) **
  • Awa Poulo: Poulo Warali (Awesome Tapes From Africa) **
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band: So It Is (Legacy) **
  • Rashad: #LevelUp (Self Made) **
  • The Reunion Project: Veranda (Tapestry)
  • Karriem Riggins: Headnod Suite (Stones Throw) **
  • Eve Risser/Benjamin Duboc/Edward Perraud: En Corps: Generation (Dark Tree)
  • Jamie Saft/Steve Swallow/Bobby Previte With Iggy Pop: Loneliness Road (Rare Noise) *
  • Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Ruler Rebel (Stretch Music/Ropeadope) **
  • Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Diaspora (Stretch Music/Ropeadope) **
  • Jimmy Scott: I Go Back Home (Eden River)
  • Luke Sellick: Alchemist (Cellar Live)
  • Elliott Sharp With Mary Halvorson and Marc Ribot: Err Guitar (Intakt)
  • Rotem Sivan: Antidote (Alma) **
  • Smino: Blkswn (Zero Fatigue/Downtown) **
  • Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra: Effervescence (Spartacus)
  • Songhoy Blues: Résistance (Fat Possum) **
  • Sorority Noise: You're Not as ___ as You Think (Triple Crown) **
  • Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet: December Avenue (ECM) **
  • Vince Staples: Big Fish Theory (Def Jam) **
  • Dayna Stephens: Gratituge (Contagious Music) **
  • SZA: Ctrl (Top Dawg/RCA) **
  • 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) **
  • Valerie June: The Order of Time (Concord) **
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Michael Zilber: Originals for the Originals (Origin)
  • Greg Abate/Tim Ray Trio: Road to Forever (Whaling City Sound)
  • 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) **
  • Sheryl Bailey & Harvie S: Plucky Strum: Departure (Whaling City Sound)
  • Ballister: Slag (Aerophonic) **
  • Steve Bilodeau: The Sun Through the Rain (self-released)
  • Jim Black/Óskar Gudjónsson/Elias Stemeseder/Chris Tordini: Mala Mute (Intakt)
  • Bleachers: Gone Now (RCA) **
  • Theo Bleckmann: Elegy (ECM) **
  • Bill Brovold & Jamie Saft: Serenity Knolls (Rare Noise) *
  • Regina Carter: Ella: Accentuate the Positive (Okeh) **
  • Playboi Carti (AWGE/Interscope) **
  • Cashmere Cat: 9 (Mad Love/Interscope) **
  • Chastity Belt: I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone (Hardly Art) **
  • Gustavo Cortiñas Snapshot: Esse (OA2)
  • Sandy Cressman: Entre Amigos (Cressman Music)
  • Stephan Crump/Ingrid Laubrock/Cory Smythe: Planktonic Finales (Intakt)
  • Dálava: The Book of Transfigurations (Songlines) **
  • Joey DeFrancesco and the People: Project Freedom (Mack Avenue) **
  • The Brian Dickinson Quintet: The Rhythm Method (Addo)
  • Dog Leg Dilemma: Not This Time (self-released)
  • Chano Dominguez: Over the Rainbow (Sunnyside) **
  • 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)
  • Dominique Eade & Ran Blake: Town and Country (Sunnyside)
  • Eliane Elias: Dance of Time (Concord) **
  • David Feldman: Horizonte (self-released) **
  • Nick Finzer: Hear & Now (Outside In Music)
  • The Four Bags: Waltz (NCM East)
  • Craig Fraedrich With Trilogy and Friends: All Through the Night (Summit)
  • Future Islands: The Far Field (4AD) **
  • 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)
  • Larry Ham/Woody Witt: Presence (Blujazz)
  • Rebecca Hennessy's Fog Brass Band: Two Calls (self-released)
  • Cynthia Hilts: Lyric Fury (Blond Coyote)
  • Tristan Honsinger/Antonio Borghini/Tobias Delius/Axel Dörner: Hook, Line and Sinker (De Platenbakakkerij, DVD)
  • Hurray for the Riff Raff: The Navigator (ATO) **
  • Innocent When You Dream: Dirt in the Ground (self-released)
  • 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)
  • Jentsch Group Quartet: Fractured Pop (Fleur de Son)
  • Dusan Jevtovic: No Answer (Moonjune)
  • Sean Jones: Live From Jazz at the Bistro (Mack Avenue) **
  • Kehlani: SweetSexySavage (Atlantic) **
  • Led Bib: Umbrella Weather (RareNoise) *
  • Gregory Lewis: Organ Monk: The Breathe Suite (self-released)
  • Llop: J.Imp (El Negocito)
  • Mat Maneri/Evan Parker/Lucian Ban: Sounding Tears (Clean Feed) *
  • Ben Markley Big Band: Clockwise: The Music of Cedar Walton (OA2)
  • Laura Marling: Semper Femina (More Alarming) **
  • Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School: The Twilight Fall (Browntasaurus)
  • Tift Merritt: Stitch of the World (Yep Roc) **
  • Jason Miles: Kind of New 2: Blue Is Paris (Lightyear) *
  • The Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra: Welcome to Swingsville! (BluJazz)
  • Thurston Moore: Rock N Roll Consciousness (Caroline) **
  • Michael Morreale: Love and Influence (Blujazz, 2CD)
  • Mount Eerie: A Crow Looked at Me (PW Elverum & Sun) **
  • MUNA: About U (RCA) **
  • Brad Myers & Michael Sharfe: Sanguinaria (Hopefulsongs) (Colloquy)
  • Ed Neumeister & His NeuHat Ensemble: Wake Up Call (MeisteroMusic)
  • The New Vision Sax Ensemble: Musical Journey Through Time (Zak Publishing)
  • Larry Newcomb Quartet With Bucky Pizzarelli: Living Tribute (Essential Messenger)
  • Noertker's Moxie: Druidh Penumbrae (Edgetone -16)
  • The Ed Palermo Big Band: The Great Un-American Songbook: Volumes I & II (Cuneiform, 2CD) *
  • Aaron Parks/Ben Street/Billy Hart: Find the Way (ECM) **
  • Nicki Parrott: Dear Blossom: A Tribute to Blossom Dearie (Arbors) **
  • Michael Pedicin: As It Should Be: Ballads 2 (Groundblue)
  • 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)
  • Carol Robbins: Taylor Street (Jazzcats)
  • Jeremy Rose: Within & Without (Earshift Music)
  • Scott Routenberg Trio: Every End Is a Beginning (Summit)
  • The Sadies: Northern Passages (Yep Roc) **
  • Sampha: Process (Young Turks) **
  • Scenes: Destinations (Origin)
  • Louis Sclavis: Asian Fields Variations (ECM) **
  • The Shins: Heartworms (Columbia) **
  • Shinyribs: I Got Your Medicine (Mustard Lid) **
  • ShitKid: Fish (PNKSLM) **
  • Bria Skonberg: With a Twist (Okeh) **
  • Sleater-Kinney: Live in Paris (Sub Pop) **
  • Slowdive (Dead Oceans) **
  • Dave Soldier: The Eighth Hour of Amduat (Mulatta)
  • Jay Som: Everybody Works (Polyvinyl) **
  • Günter Baby Sommer: Le Piccole Cose: Live at Theater Gütersloh (Intuition)
  • Stormzy: Gang Signs & Prayer (Merky) **
  • Hiromi Suda: Nagi (BluJazz)
  • Sult/Lasse Marhaug: Harpoon (Conrad Sound/Pica Disk) *
  • Dylan Taylor: One in Mind (Blujazz)
  • Thundercat: Drunk (Brainfeeder) **
  • Trouble Kaze: June (Circum-Disc)
  • Baron Tymas: Montréal (Tymasmusic)
  • University of Toronto Jazz Orcherstra: Sweet Ruby Suite (UofT Jazz)
  • Vagabon: Infinite Worlds (Father/Daughter) **
  • The Vampires: The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke (Earshift Music)
  • Carlos Vega: Bird's Up (Origin)
  • Wire: Silver/Lead (Pinkflag) **
  • Jaime Wyatt: Felony Blues (Forty Below, EP) **
  • Jim Yanda Trio: Home Road (Corner Store Jazz, 2CD)
  • Glenn Zaleski: Fellowship (Sunnyside) **
  • Antonio Adolfo: Hybrido: From Rio to Wayne Shorter (AAM)
  • AMP Trio: Three (self-released)
  • Arca (XL) **
  • Bardo Pond: Under the Pines (Fire) **
  • William Basinski: A Shadow in Time (Temporary Residence) **
  • Blondie: Pollinator (BMG) **
  • Burial: Subtemple/Beachfires (Hyperdub, EP) **
  • Loyle Carner: Yesterday's Gone (AMF) **
  • Gerald Clayton: Tributary Tales (Motéma) **
  • The Deslondes: Hurry Home (New West) **
  • Duo Baars Henneman & Dave Burrell: Trandans (Wig)
  • Noga Erez: Off the Radar (City Slang) **
  • Feist: Pleasure (Interscope) **
  • Art Fristoe Trio: Double Down (Merry Lane, 2CD)
  • (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)
  • Wade Hayes: Old Country Song (Conabor) **
  • Billy Jones: 3's a Crowd (Acoustical Concepts)
  • Jü: Summa (Rare Noise) *
  • Kneebody: Anti-Hero (Motéma) **
  • Oliver Lake Featuring Flux Quartet: Right Up On (Passin' Thru)
  • Jesse Lewis/Ike Sturm: Endless Field (Biophilia)
  • Low Cut Connie: "Dirty Pictures" (Part 1) (Contender) **
  • Carmen Lundy: Code Noir (Afrasia Productions) **
  • Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra: Common Ground (Addo)
  • Alex Maguire/Nikolas Skordas Duo: Ships and Shepherds (Slam, 2CD)
  • Ed Maina: In the Company of Brothers (self-released)
  • Mas Que Nada: Sea Journey (Blujazz)
  • Molly Miller Trio: The Shabby Road Recordings (self-released)
  • Mumpbeak: Tooth (Rare Noise) *
  • Bill O'Connell: Monk's Cha Cha: Live at the Carnegie-Farian Room (Savant)
  • Oui' 3: Occupy Your Mind (ITI)
  • Brad Paisley: Love and War (Arista Nashville) **
  • Sarah Partridge: Bright Lights & Promises: Redefining Janis Ian (Origin)
  • Chris Pasin and Friends: Baby It's Cold Outside (Planet Arts)
  • Mason Razavi: Quartet Plus, Volume 2 (OA2)
  • Tom Rizzo: Day and Night (Origin)
  • ShitKid: EP 2 (PNKSLM, EP) **
  • Nate Smith: Kinfolk: Postcards From Everywhere (Ropeadope) **
  • Matthew Stevens: Preverbal (Ropeadope) **
  • Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives: Way Out West (Superlatone) **
  • Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Five (OA2)
  • University of Toronto 12Tet: Trillium Falls (UofT Jazz)
  • Urbanity: Urban Soul (Alfi)
  • Ronny Whyte: Shades of Whyte (Audiophile)
  • Algiers: The Underside of Power (Matador) **
  • The Brother Brothers: Tugboats E.P. (self-released, EP) **
  • Bryan and the Aardvarks: Sounds From the Deep Field (Biophilia)
  • Chicano Batman: Freedom Is Free (ATO) **
  • Bill Cunliffe: BACHanalia (Metre)
  • Forest Swords: Compassion (Ninja Tune) **
  • Cameron Graves: Planetary Prince (Mack Avenue) **
  • Bill Hart: Touch of Blue (Blue Canoe)
  • Jihye Lee Orchestra: April (self-released)
  • The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir (Nonesuch, 5CD) **
  • John McLean/Clark Sommers Band: Parts Unknown (Origin)
  • Father John Misty: Pure Comedy (Sub Pop) **
  • Nnamdi Ogbonnaya: Drool (Father/Daughter/Sooper) **
  • Perfume Genius: No Shape (Matador) **
  • Rag'n'Bone Man: Human (Columbia) **
  • Becca Stevens: Regina (GroundUp) **
  • Trombone Shorty: Parking Lot Symphony (Blue Note) **
  • Shea Welsh: Arrival (Blujazz)
  • 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)
  • Joe Bourne: Upbeat and Sweet (Summit)
  • Dirty Projectors (Domino) **

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 Soundtrack (Columbia/Third Man/Legacy) **
  2. The Rough Guide to Jug Band Blues (World Music Network) **
  3. The Rough Guide to Hillbilly Blues (World Music Network) **
  4. Paul Rutherford/Sabu Toyozumi: The Conscience (1999, NoBusiness)
  5. The Three Sounds: Groovin' Hard: Live at the Penthouse 1964-1968 (Resonance)


Also Noted:

  • 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) **
  • Sheer Mag: Compilation (2014-16, Wilsuns RC) **
  • 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)
  • Arthur Lipner: Two Hands One Heart: Best of Arthur Lipner (1990-2014, Malletworks Media, 2CD)
  • Itaru Oki/Nobuyoshi Ino/Choi Sun Bae: Kami Fusen (NoBusiness) *
  • The Rolling Stones: Some Girls: Live in Texas '78 (Eagle Rock) **
  • The Rolling Stones: Totally Stripped: Paris (1995, Eagle Rock) **
  • Umoja: 707 (1988, Awesome Tapes From Africa, EP) **
  • The Bob's Burgers Music Album (Sub Pop, 2CD) **
  • Outro Tempo: Electronic and Contemporary Music From Brazil, 1978-1992 (Music From Memory) **
  • Jim Yanda Trio: Regional Cookin' (1987, Corner Store Jazz)
  • Allen Ravenstine + Albert Dennis: >Terminal Drive (1975, Smog Veil, EP) **
  • Chris Rogers: Voyage Home (2001, Art of Life)
  • Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Thunder of the Gods (1966-71, Modern Harmonic) **


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)


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