Music Year 2018

This is my year-end list for records released in 2018. A frozen copy as of Jan. 31, 2019, is here. Post-freeze changes are marked in this color (except for re-orderings. These will be added up to Jan. 31, 2020, 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., -17 for 2017) -- 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. The Ex: 27 Passports (Ex) [**]
  2. Maria Muldaur: Don't You Feel My Leg: The Naughty, Bawdy Blues of Blue Lu Barker (The Last Music Company) [**]
  3. Bettye LaVette: Things Have Changed (Verve) [**]
  4. Joakim Milder/Fredrik Ljungkvist/Mathias Landraeus/Filip Augustson/Fredrik Rundkvist: The Music of Anders Garstedt (Moserobie)
  5. Peter Kuhn Trio: Intention (FMR)
  6. Janelle Monáe: Dirty Computer (Bad Boy) [**]
  7. Kira Kira: Bright Force (Libra)
  8. Amy Rigby: The Old Guys (Southern Domestic) **
  9. Rich Halley 3: The Literature (Pine Eagle)
  10. John Prine: The Tree of Forgiveness (Oh Boy) [**]
  11. Shopping: The Official Body (FatCat) **
  12. No Age: Snares Like a Haircut (Drag City) **
  13. Rodrigo Amado: A History of Nothing (Trost)
  14. James Brandon Lewis/Chad Taylor: Radiant Imprints (OFF) **
  15. Sons of Kemet: Your Queen Is a Reptile (Impulse!) **
  16. Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg: Dirt . . . and More Dirt (Pi)
  17. Kevin Sun: Trio (Ectomorph Music)
  18. Nik Bärtsch's Ronin: Awase (ECM) **
  19. David Virelles: Igbó Alákorin (The Singer's Groove) Vol I & II (Pi)
  20. Riton & Kah-Lo: Foreign Ororo (Riton Time) **
  21. Parquet Courts: Wide Awake! (Rough Trade) **
  22. Assif Tsahar/William Parker/Hamid Drake: In Between the Tumbling a Stillness (Hopscotch) [**]
  23. Cardi B: Invasion of Privacy (Atlantic) **
  24. Adam Forkelid: Reminiscence (Moserobie)
  25. Willie Nelson: Last Man Standing (Legacy) **
  26. Lyrics Born: Quite a Life (Mobile Home) [**]
  27. Benjamin Boone/Philip Levine: The Poetry of Jazz (Origin)
  28. Arild Andersen: In-House Science (ECM) **
  29. Jean Grae & Quelle Chris: Everything's Fine (Mello Music Group) **
  30. Lori McKenna: The Tree (CN) **
  31. Dave Holland: Uncharted Territories (Dare2, 2CD) *
  32. Czarface/MF Doom: Czarface Meets Metal Face (Silver Age) **
  33. Thumbscrew: Ours (Cuneiform)
  34. Adrean Farrugia/Joel Frahm: Blues Dharma (GB)
  35. Kali Uchis: Isolation (Virgin EMI) **
  36. Daniel Carter/William Parker/Matthew Shipp: Seraphic Light (AUM Fidelity)
  37. François Carrier/Michel Lambert/John Edwards: Elements (FMR)
  38. Thumbscrew: Theirs (Cuneiform)
  39. Gregory Lewis: Organ Monk Blue (self-released)
  40. Ceramic Dog: YRU Still Here? (Northern Spy) **
  41. Henry Threadgill: Double Up, Plays Double Up Plus (Pi)
  42. Pistol Annies: Interstate Gospel (RCA Nashville) [**]
  43. Becky Warren: Undesirable (self-released) **
  44. No Fast Food: Settings for Three (Corner Store Jazz)
  45. Tierra Whack: Whack World (UMGRI/Interscope, EP) **
  46. Kate Nash: Yesterday Was Forever (Girl Gang) **
  47. Mary Gauthier: Rifles & Rosary Beads (In the Black) **
  48. Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore: Downey to Lubbock (Yep Roc) **
  49. Rolling Blackouts C.F.: Hope Downs (Sub Pop) **
  50. Laurie Anderson/Kronos Quartet: Landfall (Nonesuch) **
  51. Confidence Man: Confident Music for Confident People (Heavenly) **
  52. Angles 3: Parede (Clean Feed) **
  53. Myra Melford's Snowy Egret: The Other Side of Air (Firehouse 12)
  54. Kresten Osgood: Kresten Osgood Quintet Plays Jazz (ILK, 2CD)
  55. Alexander Von Schlippenbach/Globe Unity Orchestra: Globe Unity - 50 Years (Intakt)
  56. Espen Eriksen Trio With Andy Sheppard: Perfectly Unhappy (Rune Grammofon) **
  57. Art Hirahara: Sunward Bound (Posi-Tone) **
  58. Anderson .Paak: Oxnard (Aftermath/12 Tone Music) **
  59. Elza Soares: Deus É Mulher (Deckdisc) **
  60. Coyote Poets of the Universe: Strange Lullaby (Square Shaped, 2CD)
  61. Young Fathers: Cocoa Sugar (Ninja Tune) **
  62. Doctor Nativo: Guatemaya (Stonetree) **
  63. Eric Church: Desperate Man (EMI Nashville) **
  64. Makaya McCraven: Universal Beings (International Anthem) **
  65. Blueprint: Two-Headed Monster (Weightless) **
  66. Schnell [Pierre Borel/Antonio Borghini/Christian Lillinger]: Live at Sowieso (Clean Feed) **
  67. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80: Black Times (Strut) **
  68. Jason Stein's Locksmith Isidore: After Caroline (Northern Spy) **
  69. Z-Country Paradise: Live in Lisbon (Leo) **
  70. Jon Hassell: Listening to Pictures (Pentimento Volume One) (Ndeya) **
  71. Binker and Moses: Alive in the East? (Gearbox) **
  72. LFU: Lisbon Freedom Unit: Praise of Our Folly (Clean Feed)
  73. Evan Parker/Barry Guy/Paul Lytton: Music for David Mossman: Live at Vortex London (Intakt)
  74. Peter McEachern Trio: Bone-Code (Clean Feed) **
  75. The Jamie Saft Quartet: Blue Dream (RareNoise) *
  76. The Goon Sax: We're Not Talking (Wichita) **
  77. Kyle: Light of Mine (Atlantic) **
  78. Josephine Davies' Satori: In the Corners of Clouds (Whirlwind) **
  79. Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba: Routes (Twelve/Eight) **
  80. The Coup: Sorry to Bother You: The Soundtrack (UMGRI Interscope) **
  81. VWCR [Ken Vandermark/Nate Wooley/Sylvie Courvoisier/Tom Rainey]: Noise of Our Time (Intakt)
  82. Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet: Polka (Whirlwind) **
  83. Frank Kimbrough: Monk's Dreams: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Sphere Monk (Sunnyside, 6CD) **
  84. Noname: Room 25 (self-released) **
  85. Ill Considered: Ill Considered 3 (Ill Considered Music) **
  86. Robbie Fulks/Linda Gail Lewis: Wild! Wild! Wild! (Bloodshot) **
  87. K.A.A.N.: Subtle Meditation (Redefinition) **
  88. Dave Rempis/Matt Piet/Tim Daisy: Throw Tomatoes (Astral Spirits) **
  89. On the Levee Jazz Band: Swinging New Orleans Jazz (Big Al) **
  90. Gift of Gab: Rejoice! Rappers Are Rapping Again! (Giftstribution Unlimited, EP) **
  91. Fred Frith Trio: Closer to the Ground (Intakt)
  92. Eva Novoa's Ditmas Quartet: Live at IBeam (Fresh Sound New Talent) **
  93. Flavio Zanuttini Opacipapa: Born Baby Born (Clean Feed) **
  94. Matt Penman: Good Question (Sunnyside) **
  95. Kaja Draksler/Petter Eldh/Christian Lillinger: Punkt. Vrt. Plastik (Intakt)
  96. Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo: Kikoeru: Tribute to Masaya Kimura (Libra)
  97. Endangered Blood: Don't Freak Out (Skirl) **
  98. Walter Smith III: Twio (Whirlwind) **
  99. The Thing: Again (Trost)
  100. Dessa: Chime (Doomtree) **
  101. John Kruth & La Societŕ dei Musici: Forever Ago (Ars Spoletium) **
  102. Chromeo: Head Over Heels (Big Beat/WEA) **
  103. Ry Cooder: The Prodigal Son (Fantasy) **
  104. Mdou Moctar/Elite Beat: Mdou Moctar Meets Elite Beat in a Budget Dancehall (Boomarm Nation) **
  105. Bali Baby: Baylor Swift (TWIN, EP) **
  106. Thiago Nassif: Tręs (Foom) **
  107. Marie Davidson: Working Class Woman (Ninja Tune) **
  108. Barry Guy: Barry Guy @ 70: Blue Horizon: Live at Ad Libitum ()Fundacja Sluchaj, 3CD) **
  109. Dmitry Baevsky/Jeb Patton: We Two (Jazz & People) **
  110. The Mekons 77: It Is Twice Blessed (Slow Things) **
  111. Mandy Barnett: Strange Conversation (Dame Productions/Thirty Tigers) **
  112. Simon Nabatov/Barry Guy/Gerry Hemingway: Luminous (NoBusiness)
  113. Jason Kao Hwang Burning Bridge: Blood (True Sound)
  114. Lupe Fiasco: Drogas Wave (1st & 15th) **
  115. Spiritualized: And Nothing Hurt (Fat Possum) **
  116. Aceyalone & DJ Fatjack: 43rd & Excellence (That Kind of Music) **
  117. Lily Allen: No Shame (Parlophone) **
  118. Dave Sewelson: Music for a Free World (FMR)
  119. Hal Galper Quartet: Cubist (Origin)
  120. Future: Beast Mode 2 (Epic/Freebandz) **
  121. Jonathan Finlayson: 3 Times Round (Pi)
  122. Bjřrn Marius Hegge Trio: Assosiasjoner (Particular) **
  123. Sly & Robbie Meet Nils Petter Molvaer Feat Eivind Aarset and Vladislav Delay: Nordub (Okeh) **
  124. Jeffrey Lewis: Works by Tuli Kupferberg (1923-2010) (Don Giovanni) **
  125. Kris Davis & Craig Taborn: Octopus (Pyroclastic)

Pending:

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

Also Noted:

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

  • 6lack: East Atlanta Love Letter (LoveRenaissance/Interscope) **
  • A.A.L. (Against All Logic): 2012-2017 (Other People) **
  • Tom Abbs & Frequency Response: Hawthorne (Engine Studios) **
  • Abhi the Nomad: Marbled (Tommy Boy) **
  • Stefan Aeby Trio: The London Concert (Intakt)
  • David Ake: Humanities (Posi-Tone) **
  • Erlend Olderskog Albertsen: Rodssal Neen Glassdor (Dugnad Rec) **
  • Alchemy Sound Project: Adventures in Time and Space (ARC)
  • American Aquarium: Things Change (New West) **
  • Bill Anschell: Shifting Standards (Origin)
  • Aphex Twin: Collapse EP (Warp, EP) **
  • Ethan Ardelli: The Island of Form (self-released)
  • Bad Luck: Four (Origin)
  • Baloji: 137 Avenue Kaniama (Bella Union) **
  • Simon Barker/Henry Kaiser/Bill Laswell/Rudresh Mahanthappa: Mudang Rock (Fractal Music)
  • MC Paul Barman: (((Echo Chamber))) (Mello Music Group) **
  • Courtney Barnett: Tell Me How You Really Feel (Mom + Pop Music) **
  • Nat Birchall: Cosmic Language (Jazzman) **
  • Dan Block: Block Party: A Saint Louis Connection (Miles High)
  • Bombino: Deran (Partisan) **
  • Moses Boyd Exodus: Displaced Diaspora (Exodus) **
  • Bobby Bradford/Hafez Modirzadeh: Live at the Blue Whale (NoBusiness) *
  • Randy Brecker & Mats Holmquist: Together (Summit)
  • Peter Brotzmann & Fred Lonberg-Holm: Ouroboros (Astral Spirits) **
  • Jarod Bufe: New Spaces (OA2)
  • Don Byron/Aruán Ortiz: Random Dances and (A)tonalities (Impakt)
  • Jonas Cambien Trio: We Must Mustn't We (Clean Feed) **
  • Car Seat Headrest: Twin Fantasy (Matador) **
  • François Carrier/Michel Lambert/Rafal Mazur: Beyond Dimensions (FMR)
  • The Carters: Everything Is Love (Parkwood/Roc Nation) **
  • Rosanne Cash: She Remembers Everything (Blue Note) **
  • Brian Charette/George Coleman: Groovin' With Big G (SteepleChase) **
  • Neneh Cherry: Broken Politics (Smalltown Supersound) **
  • Chicago Edge Ensemble: Insidious Anthem (Trost) **
  • Freddy Cole: My Mood Is You (HighNote) **
  • Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. I (The Embedded Sets) (Pi, 2CD)
  • Sean Conly: Hard Knocks (Clean Feed) **
  • Frankie Cosmos: Vessel (Sub Pop) **
  • Sylvie Courvoisier Trio: D'Agala (Intakt)
  • CupcakKe: Ephorize (self-released) **
  • CupcakKe: Eden (self-released) **
  • Denzel Curry: TA1300 (Loma Vista) **
  • Andrew Cyrille: Lebroba (ECM) **
  • Chuck D as Mistachuck: Celebration of Ignorance (SpitSLAM) **
  • Tim Daisy's Fulcrum Ensemble: Animation (Relay) **
  • Michael Dessen Trio: Somewhere in the Upstream (Clean Feed) **
  • Olegario Diaz: I Remember Chet (SteepleChase) **
  • Pierre Dřrge: Soundscapes (SteepleChase) **
  • Dave Douglas Quintet: Brazen Heart: Live at Jazz Standard: Saturday (Greenleaf Music, 2CD) **
  • Dream Wife: Dream Wife (Lucky Number) **
  • Mia Dyberg Trio: Ticket! (Clean Feed) **
  • Jason Eady: I Travel On (Old Guitar) **
  • Open Mike Eagle: What Happens When I Try to Relax (Auto Reverse, EP) **
  • Yelena Eckemoff: Desert (L&H Production)
  • Marty Ehrlich: Trio Exaltation (Clean Feed) **
  • The Equity & Social Justice Quartet: Argle-Bargle or Foofaraw (Edgetone)
  • Marianne Faithfull: Negative Capability (BMG) **
  • Flatbush Zombies: Vacation in Hell (Glorious Dead) **
  • Sue Foley: The Ice Queen (Stony Plain) **
  • Danny Fox Trio: The Great Nostalgist (Hot Cup)
  • David Friesen: My Faith, My Life (Origin, 2CD)
  • Satoko Fujii/Joe Fonda: Mizu (Long Song) **
  • Satoko Fujii/Joe Fonda/Gianni Mimmo: Triad (Long Song)
  • Full Blast: Rio (Trost) **
  • Sergio Galvao/Lupa Santiago/Clement Landais/Franck Enouf: 2X2 (Origin)
  • Brad Garton/Dave Soldier: The Brainwave Music Project (Mulatta)
  • Dave Gisler Trio: Rabbits on the Run (Intakt)
  • The Vinny Golia Sextet: Trajectory (Orenda/Nine Winds, 2CD) **
  • Benito Gonzalez/Gerry Gibbs/Essiet Okon Essiet: Passion Reverence Transcendence: The Music of McCoy Tyner (Whaling City Sound)
  • Devin Gray: Dirigo Rataplan II (Rataplan)
  • Gordon Grdina's the Marrow: Ejdeha (Songlines) **
  • Guillermo Gregorio/Rafal Mazur/Ramón López: Wandering the Sounds (Fundacja Sluchaj) **
  • Grupo Mono Blanco: ˇFandango! Sones Jaroches de Veracruz (Smithsonian Folkways) **
  • Hamar Trio: Yesterday Is Here (Clean Feed) **
  • Helena Hauff: Qualm (Ninja Tune) **
  • The Heavyweights Brass Band: This City (Lulaworld)
  • Eddie Henderson: Be Cool (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Carlos Henriquez: Dizzy Con Clave: Live From Dizzy's Club Coca Cola (RodBros Music) **
  • Hieroglyphic Being: The Red Notes (Soul Jazz) **
  • Hinds: I Don't Run (Mom + Pop) **
  • Hofbauer/Rosenthal Quartet: Human Resources (Creative Nation Music)
  • Christopher Hollyday: Telepathy (Jazzbeat Productions)
  • William Hooker Trio: Remembering (Astral Spirits) **
  • Jon Hopkins: Singularity (Domino) **
  • François Houle/Alexander Hawkins/Harris Eisenstadt: You Have Options (Songlines) **
  • Rocco John Iacovone/Jack DeSalvo/Mark Hagan/Phil Sirois/Tom Cabrera: Connoisseurs of Chaos IV (Woodshedd) **
  • Idles: Joy as an Act of Resistance (Partisan) **
  • Ill Considered: Live at Total Refreshment Centre (Ill Considered Music) **
  • Ill Considered: Live in Nantes (Ill Considered Music) **
  • Imarhan: Temet (City Slang) **
  • Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra: Down a Rabbit Hole (Summit)
  • The Internet: Hive Mind (Columbia) **
  • Ingrid Jensen/Steve Treseler: Invisible Sounds: For Kenny Wheeler (Whirlwind) **
  • JLin: Autobiography [Music From Wayne McGregor's Autobiography] (Planet Mu) **
  • Phillip Johnston & the Coolerators: Diggin' Bones (Asynchronous) **
  • Russ Johnson: Headlands (Woolgathering) **
  • Mike Jones/Penn Jillette: The Show Before the Show: Live at the Penn & Teller Theater (Capri)
  • Jones Jones [Larry Ochs/Mark Dresser/Vladimir Tarasov]: A Jones in Time Saves Nine (NoBusiness) *
  • Darrell Katz and the JCA Orchestra: Rats Live on No Evil Star (JCA)
  • Kaze: Atody Man (Libra)
  • Roy Kinsey: Blackie: A Story by Roy Kinsey (Not Normal) **
  • Quin Kirchner: The Other Side of Time (Astral Spirits) **
  • Rich Krueger: NOWThen (Rockin'K Music) **
  • Peter Kuhn: Dependent Origination (FMR -17)
  • Kuzu: Hiljaisuus (Astral Spirits) **
  • Ingrid Laubrock: Contemporary Chaos Practices: Two Works for Orchestra With Soloists (Intakt)
  • Daniel Levin/Chris Pitsiokos/Brandon Seabrook: Stomiidae (Dark Tree)
  • Carol Liebowitz/Birgitta Flick: Malita-Malika (Leo)
  • Lil Baby & Gunna: Drip Harder (Quality Control) **
  • Johan Lindström Septett: Music for Empty Halls (Moserobie)
  • Lithics: Mating Surfaces (Kill Rock Stars) **
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  • Charles Lloyd & the Marvels + Lucinda Williams: Vanished Gardens (Blue Note) **
  • Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas: Sound Prints: Scandal (Greenleaf Music)
  • Igor Lumpert & Innertextures: Eleven (Clean Feed) **
  • Roberto Magris: World Gardens (JMood)
  • Roc Marciano: RR2: The Bitter Dose (Marci) **
  • Marlowe: Marlowe (Mello Music Group) **
  • MAST: Thelonious Sphere Monk (World Galaxy) **
  • Masta Ace & Marco Polo: A Breukelen Story (Fat Beats) **
  • Lonnie McFadden: Live at the Green Lady Lounge (Jazz Daddy)
  • Bill McHenry Trio: Ben Entrada La Nit (Fresh Sound New Talent) **
  • Meek Mill: Championships (Maybach Music Group/Atlantic) **
  • Shawn Mendes: Shawn Mendes (Island) **
  • Hailu Mergia: Lala Belu (Awesome Tapes From Africa) **
  • Metric: Art of Doubt (Metric/BMG) **
  • Nicki Minaj: Queen (Young Money/Cash Money) **
  • Miss Red: K.O. (Pressure) **
  • Nicole Mitchell: Maroon Cloud (FPE)
  • Molly Tigre: Molly Tigre (Very Special) **
  • François Moutin & Kavita Shah Duo: Interplay (Dot Time) **
  • Murs: A Strange Journey Into the Unimaginable (Strange Music) **
  • Patricia Nicholson/William Parker: Hope Cries for Justice (Centering)
  • Angelika Niescier Trio: The Berlin Concert (Intakt)
  • Fredrik Nordström: Needs (Clean Feed) **
  • Miles Okazaki: Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonios Monk (self-released, 6CD) **
  • Onyx Collective: Lower East Suite Part Three (Big Dada) **
  • Orquesta Akokán (Daptone) **
  • Aruán Ortiz Trio: Live in Zürich (Intakt)
  • Caterina Palazzi/Sudoku Killer: Asperger (Clean Feed) **
  • Eddie Palmieri: Full Circle (Ropeadope) **
  • William Parker: Lake of Light: Compositions for AquaSonics (Gotta Let It Out)
  • Aaron Parks: Little Big (Ropeadope)
  • Ivo Perelman/Rudi Mahall: Kindred Spirits (Leo, 2CD)
  • Ivo Perelman/Mat Maneri/Mark Feldman/Jason Hwang: Strings 1 (Leo)
  • Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: Oneness (Leo, 3CD)
  • Peripheral Vision: More Songs About Error and Shame (self-released)
  • Houston Person & Ron Carter: Remember Love (HighNote) **
  • Barre Phillips: End to End (ECM) **
  • Dan Phillips/Hamid Drake: Trail of Inevitability (Lizard Breath) **
  • Matt Piet & His Disorganization: Rummage Out (Clean Feed) **
  • Charlie Porter: Charlie Porter (Porter House) **
  • Dafnis Prieto Big Band: Back to the Sunset (Dafnison) **
  • Pusha T: Daytona (GOOD/Def Jam, EP) **
  • Joshua Redman/Ron Miles/Scott Colley/Brian Blade: Still Dreaming (Nonesuch) **
  • Dave Rempis/Jasper Stadhouders/Frank Rosaly: Icoci (Aerophponic)
  • Marc Ribot: Songs of Resistance 1942-2018 (Epitaph) **
  • Kristo Rodzevski: The Rabbit and the Fallen Sycamore (Much Prefer)
  • Rolo Tomassi: Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It (Holy Roar) **
  • Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble: Rogue Star (Edgetone)
  • Saba: Care for Me (Saba Pivot) **
  • Jamie Saft: Solo a Genova (RareNoise) *
  • Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi With Masahiko Satoh: Proton Pump (Family Vineyard) **
  • Samo Salamon/Howard Levy: Peaks of Light (Sazas)
  • Samo Salamon/Tony Malaby/Roberto Dani: Traveling Moving Breathing (Clean Feed)
  • Trygve Seim: Helsinki Songs (ECM) **
  • Serengeti: Dennis 6e (People) **
  • Elliott Sharp Carbon: Transmigration at the Solar Max (Intakt) **
  • Shannon Shaw: Shannon in Nashville (Easy Eye Sound/Nonesuch) **
  • Amanda Shires: To the Sunset (Silver Knife) **
  • Skee Mask: Compro (Ilian Tape) **
  • Steve Slagle: Dedication (Panorama)
  • Gary Smulyan: Alternative Contrafacts (SteepleChase) **
  • Martial Solal: My One and Only Love: Live at Theater Gutersloh (Intuition) **
  • Günter Baby Sommer: Baby's Party [Guest: Till Brönner] (Intakt)
  • Sonar With David Torn: Vortex (RareNoise) *
  • Sophie: Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides (MSMSMSM/Future Classic) **
  • Stéphane Spira: New Playground (Jazzmax)
  • Edgar Steinitz: Roots Unknown (OA2)
  • Subtle Degrees: A Dance That Empties (New Amsterdam) **
  • Tal National: Tantabara (Fat Cat) **
  • Tallawit Timbouctou: Hali Diallo (Sahel Sounds) **
  • Trio Heinz Herbert: Yes (Intakt)
  • Trio HLK: Standard Time (Ubuntu Music) **
  • Chucho Valdés: Jazz Batá 2 (Mack Avenue) **
  • Piet Verbist: Suite Réunion (Origin)
  • Jay T. Vonada: United (Summit)
  • Walking Distance: Freebird by Walking Distance feat. Jason Moran (Sunnyside) **
  • David S. Ware Trio: The Balance (Vision Festival XV+) (AUM Fidelity) **
  • Kamasi Washington: Heaven and Earth (Young Turks, 2CD) **
  • Salim Washington: Dogon Revisited (Passin' Thru) **
  • Marcin Wasilewski Trio: Live (ECM) **
  • Jeff "Tain" Watts: Travel Band: Detained in Amsterdam (Dark Key) **
  • Trevor Watts & RGG: RAFA (Fundacja Sluchaj) **
  • Sheck Wes: Mudboy (Cactus Jack/GOOD Music/Interscope) **
  • Hĺvard Wiik Trio: This Is Not a Waltz (Moserobie)
  • Jeff Williams: Lifelike (Whirlwind) **
  • Florian Wittenburg: Four Waves (NurNichtNur)
  • Aida Bird Wolfe: Birdie (self-released)
  • Wreckless Eric: Construction Time & Demolition (Southern Domestic) **
  • Wussy: What Heaven Is Like (Shake It) **
  • Miguel Zenón: Yo Soy La Tradición (Miel Music)
  • 3hattrio: Lord of the Desert (Okehdokee) **
  • 10^32K: The Law of Vibration (self-released) **
  • 700 Bliss: Spa 700 (Halcyon Veil/Don Giovanni, EP) **
  • Juhani Aaltonen/Raoul Björkenheim: Awakening (Eclipse) **
  • Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids: An Angel Fell (Strut) **
  • Aguankó: Pattern Recognition (Aguankó)
  • Joey Alexander: Eclipse (Motéma) **
  • Christopher Ali Solidarity Quartet: To Those Who Walked Before Us (Jazz Och Solidaritet) **
  • JD Allen: Love Stone (Savant) **
  • Jakob Anderskov: Mysteries (ILK) **
  • Anguish: Anguish (RareNoise) *
  • Lotte Anker/Pat Thomas/Ingebrigt Hĺker Flaten/Stĺle Liavik Solberg: His Flight's at Ten (Iluso) **
  • Tucker Antell: Grime Scene (OA2)
  • Anteloper: Kudu (International Anthem) **
  • Archivist & Fugal: Undertow (BleeD, EP) **
  • Julian Argüelles: Tonadas (Edition) **
  • Armand Hammer: Paraffin (Backwoodz Studioz) **
  • Art Brut: Wham! Bang! Pow! Let's Rock Out (Alcopop!) **
  • Atmosphere: Mi Vida Local (Rhymesayers Entertainment) **
  • August Greene: August Greene (Fat Beats) **
  • Baco Exu Do Blues: Bluesman (self-released) **
  • John Bailey: In Real Time (Summit)
  • Bali Baby: Resurrection (Twin, EP) **
  • Dave Ballou & BeepHonk: The Windup (Clean Feed) **
  • J Balvin: Vibras (Universal Latino) **
  • Andrew Barker/Daniel Carter: Polyhedron (Astral Spirits) **
  • Joey Baron/Robyn Schulkowsky: Now You Hear Me (Intakt) **
  • Kenny Barron Quintet: Concentric Circles (Blue Note) **
  • Beach House: 7 (Sub Pop) **
  • Tony Bennett & Diana Krall: Love Is Here to Stay (Verve/Columbia) **
  • Bhad Bhabie: 15 (BHAD Music) **
  • Rafiq Bhatia: Breaking English (Anti-) **
  • Nick Biello: Vagabond Soul (Blujazz)
  • Nat Birchall Meets Al Breadwinner: Sounds Almighty (Tradition Disc) **
  • Andy Biskin: 16 Tons: Songs From the Alan Lomax Collection (Andorfin)
  • Blood Orange: Negro Swan (Domino) **
  • Martin Blume/Tobias Delius/Achim Kaufmann/Dieter Manderscheid: Frames & Terrains (NoBusiness) *
  • Martin Blume/Wilbert De Joode/John Butcher: Low Yellow (Jazzwerkstatt) **
  • Geof Bradfield: Yes, and . . . Music for Nine Improvisers (Delmark) **
  • Craig Brann: Lineage (SteepleChase) **
  • Toni Braxton: Sex & Cigarettes (Def Jam) **
  • Jakob Bro: Bay of Rainbows (ECM) **
  • Brockhampton: Iridescence (RCA) **
  • Brom: Sunstroke (Trost) **
  • Magnus Broo Trio: Rules (Moserobie)
  • Bruce: Sonder Somatic (Hessle Audio) **
  • Greg Burk: The Detroit Songbook (SteepleChase) **
  • Chris Byars: New York City Jazz (SteepleChase) **
  • Camila Cabello: Camila (Syco/Epic) **
  • Francesco Cafiso: We Play for Tips (EFLAT/Incipit) **
  • Dustin Carlson: Air Ceremony (Out of Your Head)
  • Cavern of Anti-Matter: Hormone Lemonade (Duophonic) **
  • Guillermo Celano/Jachim Badenhorst/Marcos Baggiani: Lili & Marleen (Clean Feed) **
  • Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop: Abundance (Anzic)
  • The Chills: Snow Bound (Fire) **
  • Chloe x Halle: The Kids Are Alright (Parkwood/Columbia) **
  • Christine and the Queens: Chris (Because Music) **
  • Mike Clark & Delbert Bump: Retro Report (Ropeadope) **
  • Cloud Nothings: Last Building Burning (Carpark) **
  • The Coathangers: Live (Suicide Squeeze) **
  • Brent Cobb: Providence Canyon (Low Country Sound/Elektra) **
  • J. Cole: KOD (Roc Nation) **
  • Richie Cole: Cannonball (RCP)
  • Mário Costa: Oxy Patina (Clean Feed) **
  • Cypress Hill: Elephants on Acid (BMG) **
  • Tim Daisy: Configurations (Relay) **
  • Maria Da Rocha: Beetroot & Other Stories (Shhpuma) **
  • Caroline Davis: Heart Tonic (Sunnyside) **
  • Kris Davis/Matt Mitchell/Aruán Ortiz/Matthew Shipp: New American Songbooks: Volume 2 (Sound American) **
  • Michael Dease: Bonafide (Posi-Tone) **
  • Benoît Delbecq 4: Spots on Stripes (Clean Feed) **
  • Christopher Dell/Johannes Brecht/Christian Lillinger/Jonas Westergaard: Boulez Materialism: Live in Concert (Plaist) **
  • Julien Desprez/Luís Lopes: Boa Tarde (Shhpuma) *
  • Fatoumata Diawara: Fenfo: Something to Say (Shanachie) **
  • District Five: Decoy (Intakt)
  • Dogwood: Hecate's Hounds (Nusica.org)
  • Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition Mob Band: My Heart Belongs to Satchmo (Blujazz)
  • Yelena Eckemoff: Better Than Gold and Silver (L&H Production, 2CD)
  • Colin Edwin & Lorenzo Feliciati: Twinscapes Vol. 2: A Modern Approach to the Dancefloor (RareNoise) *
  • Eminem: Kamikaze (Aftermath/Shady/Interscope) **
  • Enemy: Enemy (Edition) **
  • Peter Evans/Agusti Fernandez/Barry Guy: Free Radicals at DOM (Fundacja Sluchaj) **
  • FAVX: Welfare (Miel de Moscas/Burger, EP) **
  • Bryan Ferry and His Orchestra: Bitter-Sweet (BMG) **
  • Fickle Friends: You Are Someone Else (Polydor) **
  • Nick Finzer's Hear & Now: Live in New York City (Outside In) **
  • Fire!: The Hands (Rune Grammofon) **
  • George FitzGerald: All That Must Be (Double Six) **
  • Birgitta Flick Quartet: Color Studies (Double Moon) **
  • Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet: Time Like This (Intakt)
  • Nils Frahm: All Melody (Erased Tapes) **
  • Erik Friedlander: Artemisia (Skipstone) **
  • Gabriela Friedli Trio: Areas (Leo) **
  • Bill Frisell: Music IS (Okeh) **
  • Satoko Fujii: Solo (Libra)
  • Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin: Ninety-Nine Years (Libra)
  • Ezra Furman: Transangelic Exodus (Bella Union) **
  • Ben LaMar Gay: Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun (International Anthem) **
  • Freddie Gibbs: Freddie (ESGN/Empire, EP) **
  • Ginkgoa: One Time (self-released, EP) **
  • Frode Gjerstad Trio + Steve Swell: Bop Stop (Clean Feed) **
  • The Go! Team: Semi-Circle (Memphis Industries) **
  • Aaron Goldberg: At the Edge of the World (Sunnyside)
  • Vinny Golia/Henry Kaiser/Bob Moses/Damon Smith/Weasel Walter: Astral Plane Crash (Balance Point Acoustics) **
  • Victor Gould: Earthlings (Criss Cross) **
  • Johan Graden: Olägenheter (Moserobie)
  • Maria Grand: Magdalena (Biophilia) **
  • Justin Gray & Synthesis: New Horizons (self-released)
  • Danny Green Trio Plus Strings: One Day It Will (OA2)
  • Tord Gustavsen Trio: The Other Side (ECM) **
  • Gwenno: Le Kov (Heavenly) **
  • Jeff Hamilton Trio: Live From San Pedro (Capri)
  • Scott Hamilton: Moon Mist (Blau) **
  • Scott Hamilton Trio: Live at Pyatt Hall (Cellar Live) **
  • The Heat Death: The Glenn Miller Sessions (Clean Feed, 3CD) **
  • Here's to Us: Animals, Wild and Tame (Hoob Jazz) **
  • Fred Hersch Trio: Live in Europe (Palmetto)
  • Haley Heynderickx: I Need to Start a Garden (Mama Bird) **
  • Will Hoge: My American Dream (Thirty Tigers/EDLO, EP) **
  • Homeboy Sandman & Edan: Humble Pi (Stones Throw, EP) **
  • Adam Hopkins: Crickets (Out of Your Head)
  • Charlotte Hug & Lucas Niggli: Fulguratio: Live at Ad Libitum 2016 (Fundacja Sluchaj) **
  • Ill Considered: Live in Camden Town (Ill Considered Music) **
  • Jon Irabagon Quartet: Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics (Irabbagast)
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis: Una Noche Con Rubén Blades (Blue Engine)
  • Jentsch Group No Net: Topics in American History (Blue Schist)
  • Park Jiha: Communion (Tak:til) **
  • Thomas Johansson: Home Alone (Tammtz)
  • Wilko Johnson: Blow Your Mind (Chess) **
  • Vic Juris: Eye Contact (SteepleChase) **
  • Ryan Keberle/Frank Woeste: Reverso: Suite Pavel (Phonoart)
  • Roger Kellaway Trio: New Jazz Standards Vol. 3 (Summit)
  • Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra: Flyin' Through Florida (Summit)
  • Kids See Ghosts [Kanye West/Kid Cudi]: Kids See Ghosts (GOOD/Def Jam, EP) **
  • Gayle Kolb: Getting Sentimental (JeruJazz)
  • Simone Kopmajer: Spotlight on Jazz (Lucky Mojo)
  • Sarathy Korwar and Upaj Collective: My East Is Your West (Gearbox) **
  • Fredrik Kronkvist: Kronicles (Connective) **
  • Rich Krueger: Life Ain't That Long (Rockink) **
  • Joachim Kühn New Trio: Love & Peace (ACT) **
  • Rolf Kühn: Yellow + Blue (Edel/MPS) **
  • Andrew Lamb Trio: The Casbah of Love (Birdwatcher) **
  • Lana Trio: Lana Trio With Sofia Jernberg (Clean Feed) **
  • Azar Lawrence: Elementals (HighNote) **
  • Pablo Ledesma/Pepa Angelillo/Mono Hurtado/Carlo Brandan: Gato Barbieri Revisitado (Discos ICM) **
  • Bongwool Lee: My Singing Fingers (Origin)
  • Robbie Lee & Mary Halvorson: Seed Triangular (New Amsterdam) **
  • Leikeli47: Acrylic (Hardcover/RCA) **
  • José Lencastre Nau Quartet: Eudaimonia (FMR) **
  • Allegra Levy: Looking at the Moon (SteepleChase) **
  • Lil Baby: Harder Than Ever (Quality Control) **
  • Lil Wayne: Tha Carter V (Young Money/Republic) **
  • Living Fossil: Never Die! (self-released)
  • Loretta Lynn: Wouldn't It Be Great (Legacy) **
  • Mad Crush: Mad Crush (Upon This Rock, EP) **
  • Ahmoudou Madassane: Zerzura (Sahel Sounds) **
  • Joe Magnarelli: Magic Trick (SteepleChase) **
  • Mahobin: Live at Big Apple in Kobe (Libra)
  • Debra Mann: Full Circle: The Music of Joni Mitchell (Whaling City Sound)
  • Ben Markley Quartet: Basic Economy (OA2)
  • Thomas Marriott: Romance Language (Origin)
  • Nicolas Masson: Travelers (ECM) **
  • Muncie Girls: Fixed Ideals (Buzz) **
  • Master Oogway: The Concert Koan (Clean Feed) **
  • Christian McBride: Christian McBride's New Jawn (Mack Avenue) **
  • Ashley McBryde: Girl Going Nowhere (Warner Nashville) **
  • Brian McCarthy: Codex (self-released)
  • Solon McDade: Murals (self-released)
  • Erin McDougald: Outside the Soirée (Miles High)
  • Kate McGarry/Keith Ganz/Gary Versace: The Subject Tonight Is Love (Binxtown)
  • Nellie McKay: Sister Orchid (Palmetto) **
  • Dave McMurray: Music Is Life (Blue Note) **
  • Migos: Culture II (Quality Control/Motown/Capitol, 2CD) **
  • Rhett Miller: The Messenger (ATO) **
  • Lello Molinari: Lello's Italian Job Volume 2 (Fata Morgana Music)
  • Michael Morreale: MilesSong: The Music of Miles Davis (Summit, 2CD)
  • Van Morrison and Joey DeFrancesco: You're Driving Me Crazy (Legacy) **
  • Van Morrison: The Prophet Speaks (Exile) **
  • Moskus: Mirakler (Hubro) **
  • Michael Moss/Accidental Orchestra: Helix (4th Stream)
  • John Moulder: Decade: Memoirs (Origin)
  • Mr. Fingers: Cerebral Hemispheres (Aleviated) **
  • Al Muirhead's Canadian Quintet: Undertones (Chronograph)
  • David Murray feat. Saul Williams: Blues for Memo (Motéma) **
  • Wolfgang Muthspiel: Where the River Goes (ECM) **
  • Nas: Nasir (Mass Appeal/Def Jam, EP) **
  • Rico Nasty: Nasty (Sugar Trap) **
  • The Necks: Body (Northern Spy) **
  • Tami Neilson: Sassafrass! (Outside Music) **
  • Peter Nelson: Ash, Dust, and the Chalkboard Cinema (Outside In Music)
  • Willie Nelson: My Way (Legacy) **
  • Adam Nussbaum: The Lead Belly Project (Sunnyside) **
  • Objekt: Cocoon Crush (PAN) **
  • Ohmme: Parts (Joyful Noise) **
  • William Parker: Flower in a Stained-Glass Window/The Blinking of the Ear (Centering/AUM Fidelity, 2CD) **
  • Chris Pasin: Ornettiquette (Planet Arts)
  • Hanna Paulsberg Concept & Magnus Broo: Daughter of the Sun (Odin) **
  • Grant Peeples & the Peeples Republik: Settling Scores Vol. II (Gatorbone) **
  • Jeremy Pelt: Noir En Rouge: Live in Paris (HighNote) **
  • Ivo Perelman/Mat Maneri/Hank Roberts/Ned Rothenberg: Strings 2 (Leo)
  • Dan Phillips Trio: Divergent Flow (Lizard Breath) **
  • Phonte: No News Is Good News (Foreign Exchange) **
  • Leslie Pintchik: You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl! (Pintch Hard)
  • Alberto Pinton Noi Siamo: Opus Facere (Clean Feed) **
  • Chris Pitsiokos CP Unit: Silver Bullet in the Autumn of Your Years (Clean Feed) **
  • Mikkel Ploug/Mark Turner: Faroe (Sunnyside) **
  • Pocket Aces: Cull the Heard (Creative Nation Music)
  • Verneri Pohjola/Maciej Garbowski/Krzysztof Gradziuk: Gemstones (Fundacja Sluchaj) **
  • Popcaan: Forever (Mixpak) **
  • Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble: From Maxville to Vanport (PJCE)
  • Post Malone: Beerbongs & Bentleys (Republic) **
  • Noah Preminger: Genuinity (Criss Cross) **
  • Proc Fiskal: Insula (Hyperdub) **
  • Jure Pukl: Doubtless (Whirlwind)
  • Joey Purp: Quarterthing (self-released) **
  • Quoan [Brian Walsh/Daniel Rosenboom/Sam Minaie/Mark Ferber]: Fine Dining (Orenda) **
  • Nikita Rafaelov: Spirit of Gaia (Gotta Let It Out)
  • Antonio Raia: Asylum (Clean Feed) **
  • Kristjan Randalu: Absence (ECM) **
  • Mette Rasmussen & Chris Corsano: A View of the Moon (From the Sun) (Clean Feed) **
  • John Raymond & Real Feels: Joy Ride (Sunnyside) **
  • Rejoicer: Energy Dreams (Stones Throw) **
  • Dave Rempis/Tomeka Reid/Joshua Abrams: Ithra (Aerophonic)
  • Margo Rey: The Roots of Rey/Despacito Margo (Origin)
  • The Rempis/Daisy Duo & Guests: Dodecahedron (Aerophonic, 2CD) **
  • RGG/Verneri Pohjola/Samuel Blaser: City of Gardens (Fundacja Sluchaj) **
  • Stephanie Richards: Fullmoon (Relative Pitch) **
  • Robyn: Honey (Konichawa/Interscope) **
  • Ernesto Rodrigues/Guilherme Rodrigues/Bruno Parrinha/Luís Lopes/Vasco Trillo: Lithos (Creative Sources)
  • Jay Rodriguez: Your Sound: Live at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola (Whaling City Sound)
  • Rich Rosenthal/Jack DeSalvo/Tom Cabrera: Connoisseurs of Chaos (Woodshedd) **
  • Renee Rosnes: Beloved of the Sky (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Ross From Friends: Family Portrait (Brainfeeder) **
  • Rudy Royston: Flatbed Buggy (Greenleaf Music) **
  • Dori Rubbicco: Stage Door Live! (Whaling City Sound)
  • Jacob Sacks: Fishes (Clean Feed) **
  • Akira Sakata/Simon Nabatov/Takashi Seo/Darren Moore: Not Seeing Is a Flower (Leo) **
  • Christian Sands: Reach Further EP (Mack Avenue) **
  • Christian Sands: Facing Dragons (Mack Avenue) **
  • John Scofield: Combo 66 (Verve) **
  • Travis Scott: Astroworld (Epic/Grand Hustle) **
  • Lauren Sevian: Bliss (Posi-Tone) **
  • Matthew Shipp Quartet: Sonic Fiction (ESP-Disk) **
  • Sibarg Ensemble: Cipher (self-released)
  • Julian Siegel Quartet: Vista (Whirlwind) **
  • Susana Santos Silva: All the Rivers: Live at Panteăo Nacional (Clean Feed) **
  • Jared Sims: The New York Sessions (Ropeadope)
  • Josh Sinton's Predicate Trio: Making Bones, Taking Draughts, Bearing Unstable Millstones Pridefully, Idiotically, Prosaically (Iluso) **
  • SLUGish Ensemble: An Eight Out of Nine (Slow & Steady) **
  • Jorja Smith: Lost & Found (FAMM) **
  • Walter Smith III/Matthew Stevens/Joel Ross/Harish Raghavan/Marcus Gilmore: In Commmon (Whirlwind) **
  • Jim Snidero & Jeremy Pelt: Jubilation! Celebrating Cannonball Adderley (Savant) *
  • Soccer Mommy: Clean (Fat Possum) **
  • Il Sogno: Birthday (Gotta Let It Out -17)
  • Tyshaw Sorey: Pillars (Firehouse 12, 3CD)
  • Mark Soskin: Upper West Side Stories (SteepleChase) **
  • Luciana Souza: The Book of Longing (Sunnyside) **
  • Spectral [Dave Rempis/Darren Johnston/Larry Ochs]: Empty Castles (Aerophonic) **
  • Alister Spence/Satoko Fujii: Intelset (Alister Spence Music)
  • Spin Cycle [Scott Neumann/Tom Christensen]: Assorted Colors (Sound Footing)
  • Vince Staples: FM! (Def Jam, EP) **
  • Mike Steinel Quintet: Song and Dance (OA2)
  • Bobo Stenson Trio: Contra La Indecisión (ECM) **
  • Jon Rune Strřm Quintet: Fragments (Clean Feed) **
  • Yuhan Su: City Animals (Sunnyside) **
  • Superchunk: What a Time to Be Alive (Merge) **
  • Superorganism: Superorganism (Domino) **
  • John Surman: Invisible Threads (ECM) **
  • Ebo Taylor: Yen Ara (Mr. Bongo) **
  • Thiefs: Graft (Le Greffe) (Jazz & People)
  • This Is It! [Satoko Fujii]: 1538 (Libra)
  • Tracey Thorn: Record (Merge) **
  • Tirzah: Devotion (Domino) **
  • Rafael Toral/Hugo Antunes/Joăo Pais Filipe/Ricardo Webbens: Space Quartet (Clean Feed) **
  • Ricardo Toscano: Quartet (Clean Feed) **
  • Sidi Touré: Toubalbero (Thrill Jockey) **
  • Trondheim Jazz Orchestra & Ole Morten Vĺgan: Happy Endings (Odin) **
  • Tropical Fuck Storm: A Laughing Death in Meatspace (Tropical Fuck Storm/Mistletone) **
  • Mark Turner/Ethan Iverson: Temporary Kings (ECM) **
  • Jeff Tweedy: Warm (dBpm) **
  • Steve Tyrell: A Song for You (New Design)
  • Underworld & Iggy Pop: Teatime Dub Encounters (Caroline, EP) **
  • U.S. Girls: In a Poem Unlimited (4AD) **
  • Valee: GOOD Job, You Found Me (GOOD Music, EP) **
  • Mike Vax & Ron Romm: Collaboration (Summit)
  • Harry Vetro: Northern Ranger (T.Sound)
  • Andrés Vial: Andrés Vial Plays Thelonious Monk: Sphereology Volume One (Chromatic Audio)
  • Fay Victor's SoundNoiseFUNK: Wet Robots (ESP-Disk) **
  • Will Vinson: It's Alright With Three (Criss Cross) **
  • Jerry Vivino: Coast to Coast (Blujazz)
  • Cuong Vu 4Tet: Change in the Air (RareNoise) **
  • Leon Vynehall: Nothing Is Still (Ninja Tune) **
  • Mark Wade Trio: Moving Day (self-released)
  • Colter Wall: Songs of the Plains (Young Mary's) **
  • Kobie Watkins Grouptet: Movement (Origin)
  • Ernie Watts Quartet: Home Light (Flying Dolphin)
  • Way North: Fearless and Kind (self-released)
  • Doug Webb: Fast Friends (Posi-Tone) **
  • Weird Beard [Florian Egli/Dave Gisler/Martina Berther/Rico Bauman]: Orientation (Intakt)
  • Walt Weiskopf: European Quartet (Orenda) **
  • Bugge Wesseltoft/Prins Thomas: Bugge Wesseltoft & Prins Thomas (Smalltown Supersound) **
  • Dr. Michael White: Tricentennial Rag (Basin Street) **
  • Brad Whiteley: Presence (Destiny)
  • Kamaal Williams: The Return (Black Focus) **
  • Mars Williams: Mars Williams Presents an Ayler Xmas: Volume 2 (Soul What) **
  • Jamie Lin Wilson: Jumping Over Rocks (self-released) **
  • WoodWired: In the Loop (UT Arlington)
  • Yoko Yamaoka: Diary 2005-2015: Yuko Yamaoka Plays the Music of Satoko Fujii (Libra, 2CD)
  • YoshimiO/Susie Ibarra/Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe: Flower of Sulphur (Thrill Jockey) **
  • Peter Zak Quartet Featuring Marcos Varela: One Mind (Fresh Sound New Talent) **
  • Denny Zeitlin/Buster Williams/Matt Wilson: Wishing on the Moon (Sunnyside) **
  • Patrick Zimmerli Quartet: Clockworks (Songlines) **
  • Ambrose Akinmusire: Origami Harvest (Blue Note) **
  • Amen Dunes: Freedom (Sacred Bones) **
  • Amnesia Scanner: Another Life (Pan) **
  • Amu: Weave (Libra)
  • Dave Anderson: Melting Pot (Label1)
  • Courtney Marie Andrews: May Your Kindness Remain (Fat Possum/Mama Bird) **
  • Lynne Arriale Trio: Give Us These Days (Challenge) **
  • Asleep at the Wheel: New Routes (Bismeaux) **
  • Tiffany Austin: Unbroken (Con Alma)
  • Daniel Avery: Song for Alpha (Phantasy Sound/Mute) **
  • Danny Bacher: Still Happy (Whaling City Sound)
  • Bad Bunny: X 100PRE (Rimas Entertainment) **
  • Alice Bag: Blueprint (Don Giovanni) **
  • Bob Baldori/Arthur Migliazza: The Boogie Kings: Disturbing the Peace (Blujazz)
  • Marcia Ball: Shine Bright (Alligator) **
  • Barker Trio: Avert Your I (Astral Spirits) **
  • Jon Batiste: Hollywood Africans (Verve) **
  • Jamie Baum Septet+: Bridges (Sunnyside) **
  • Beak>: >>> (Temporary Residence) **
  • Eraldo Bernocchi: Like a Fire That Consumes All Before It (RareNoise) *
  • The Beths: Future Me Hates Me (Carpark) **
  • Carlos Bica & Azul: Azul in Ljubljana (Clean Feed) **
  • Big Bold Back Bone: Emerge (Wide Ear)
  • Terence Blanchard: Live (Blue Note) **
  • Samuel Blaser With Marc Ducret/Peter Bruun: Taktlos Zurich 2017 (Hatology) **
  • Samuel Blaser: Early in the Mornin' (Out Note) **
  • The Bottle Rockets: Bit Logic (Bloodshot) **
  • Boy Azooga: (One) (Two) (Kung Fu!) (Heavenly) **
  • Andrea Brachfeld: If Not Now, When? (Jazzheads)
  • The Breeders: All Nerve (4AD) **
  • Leon Bridges: Good Thing (Columbia) **
  • Peter Brötzmann/Heather Leigh: Sparrow Nights (Trost) **
  • Sheldon Brown Group: Blood of the Air (Edgetone)
  • Sarah Buechi: Contradiction of Happiness (Intakt)
  • Burna Boy: Outside (Atlantic) **
  • R.L. Boyce: Rattlesnake Boogie (Waxploitation) **
  • Butcher Brown: Camden Session (Gearbox) **
  • Harley Card: The Greatest Invention (self-released)
  • Dillon Carmichael: Hell on an Angel (Riser House) **
  • Playboi Carti: Die Lit (AWGE/Interscope) **
  • Neko Case: Hell-On (Anti-) **
  • Lynn Cassiers: Imaginary Band (Clean Feed) **
  • Dan Cavanaugh/Dave Hagedorn: 20 Years (UT Arlington)
  • Chamber 3: Transatlantic (OA2)
  • Lando Chill: Black Ego (Mello Music Group) **
  • Chrome Hill: The Explorer (Clean Feed) **
  • Chvrches: Love Is Dead (Glassnote) **
  • Scott Clark: ToNow (Clean Feed) **
  • Zack Clarke: Mesophase (Clean Feed) **
  • Jon Cleary: Dyna-Mite (FHQ) **
  • Dawn Clement: Tandem (Origin)
  • The Nels Cline 4: Currents Constellations (Blue Note) **
  • Anat Cohen/Fred Hersch: Live in Healdsburg (Anzic) **
  • George Colligan: Nation Divided (Whirlwind) **
  • The Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band: Chinese Butterfly (Stretch/Concord, 2CD) **
  • George Cotsirilos Quartet: Mostly in Blue (OA2)
  • Elysia Crampton (Break World, EP) **
  • Marilyn Crispell/Tanya Kalmanovitch/Richard Teitelbaum: Dream Libretto (Leo) **
  • Rodney Crowell: Acoustic Classics (RC1) **
  • Ronnie Cuber: Ronnie's Trio (SteepleChase) **
  • Francesco Cusa & the Assassins Meets Duccio Bertini: Black Poker (Clean Feed) **
  • Tomasz Dabrowski Ad Hoc: Ninjazz (ForTune) **
  • Lucy Dacus: Historian (Matador) **
  • Dennis Llewellyn Day: Bossa, Blues and Ballads (DDay Media Group)
  • Detroit Bop Quintet: Two Birds (TQM, EP)
  • Robert Diack: Lost Villages (self-released)
  • Dos Santos: Logos (International Anthem) **
  • Drone Trio [Evelyn Davis/Fred Frith/Phillip Greenlief]: Lantskap Logic (Clean Feed) **
  • Drums & Tuba: Triumph! (Ropeadope) **
  • Elina Duni: Partir (ECM) **
  • Dystil: Dystil (Clean Feed) **
  • Kat Edmonson: Old Fashioned Gal (MRI) **
  • Jake Ehrenreich: A Treasury of Jewish Christmas Songs (self-released)
  • Erin Rae: Putting on Airs (Single Lock) **
  • John Escreet: Learn to Live (Blue Room) **
  • The Gil Evans Orchestra: Hidden Treasures Monday Nights: Volume One (Bopper Spock Suns Music)
  • Fred Farell: Distant Song (Whaling City Sound)
  • Fat Tony: 10,000 Hours (self-released) **
  • Román Filiú: Quarteria (Sunnyside) **
  • Florence + the Machine: High as Hope (Virgin EMI) **
  • Michael Foster/Katherine Young/Michael Zerang: Bind the Hand(s) That Feed (Relative Pitch)
  • Kinky Friedman: Circus of Life (Echo Hill) **
  • Tia Fuller: Diamond Cut (Mack Avenue) **
  • Gaika: Basic Volume (Warp) **
  • Fernando Garcia: Guasabara Puerto Rico (Zoho) **
  • Billy F Gibbons: The Big Bad Blues (Concord) **
  • GoGo Penguin: A Humdrum Star (Blue Note) **
  • Vinny Golia/Steph Richards/Bert Turetzky: Trio Music (PfMentum) **
  • Randy Halberstadt: Open Heart (Origin)
  • James Hall: Lattice (Outside In Music)
  • Mary Halvorson: Code Girl (Firehouse 12)
  • Hamell on Trial: The Night Guy at the Apocalypse: Profiles of a Rushing Midnight (Saustex) **
  • Eric Harland: 13th Floor (13th Floor) **
  • Clay Harper: Bleak Beauty (self-released) **
  • Phil Haynes & Free Country: 60/69: My Favorite Things (Corner Store Jazz, 2CD)
  • Shay Hazan: Good Morning Universe (NoBusiness, EP) *
  • David Hazeltine: The Time Is Now (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Gerry Hemingway/Samuel Blaser: Oostum (NoBusiness) *
  • Lauren Henderson: Ármame (Brontosaurus)
  • G Herbo & Southside: Swervo (Machine/Epic/Cinematic/150 Dream Team/808 Mafia) **
  • Monika Herzig: Sheroes (Whaling City Sound)
  • Hieroglyphic Being: The Replicant Dream Sequence (Moog Recordings Library) **
  • Tyler Higgins: Blue Mood (Shhpuma) **
  • Steve Hobbs: Tribute to Bobby (Challenge)
  • Amos Hoffman/Noam Lemish: Pardes (self-released)
  • Claus Hřjensgĺrd/Emanuele Mariscalco/Nelide Bendello: Hřbama (Gotta Let It Out)
  • Honest John w/ Ab Baars: Treem (Clean Feed) **
  • Hookworms: Microshift (Domino) **
  • Hop Along: Bark Your Head Off, Dog (Saddle Creek) **
  • Nipsey Hussle: Victory Lap (All Money In/Atlantic) **
  • Juan Ibarra Quinteto: NauMay (self-released) **
  • Gene Jackson Trio NuYorx: Power of Love (Whirlwind)
  • Tomo Jacobson/Maria Laurette Friis/Emanuele Maniscalco + Karlis Auzixs: Split : Body (Getta Let It Out) *
  • José James: Lean on Me (Blue Note) **
  • Janczarski & McCraven Quintet: Liberator (ForTune) **
  • Mick Jenkins: Pieces of a Man (Cinematic) **
  • J.I.D: DiCaprio 2 (Dreamville/Interscope) **
  • Cody Jinks: Lifers (Rounder) **
  • Phillip Johnston: The Adventuers of Prince Achmed (Asychronous) **
  • Juice WRLD: Goodbye & Good Riddance (self-released) **
  • Mark Kavuma: Kavuma (Ubuntu Music) **
  • Khruangbin: Con Todo El Mundo (Dead Oceans) **
  • Hayley Kiyoko: Expectations (Empire/Atlantic) **
  • Knalpot: Dierendag (Shhpuma) **
  • Adam Kolker & Russ Lossing: Whispers and Secrets (Fresh Sound) **
  • Martin Küchen/Rafal Mazur: Baza (NoBusiness) *
  • Kukuruz Quartet: Julius Eastman: Piano Interpretations (Intakt) **
  • Femi Kuti: One People One World (Knitting Factory) **
  • Lawful Citizen: Internal Combustion (self-released)
  • Mike LeDonne and the Groover Quartet: From the Heart (Savant) **
  • Ravyn Lenae: Crush (Atlantic, EP) **
  • Adrianne Lenker: Abysskiss (Saddle Creek) **
  • Jinx Lennon: Grow a Pair!!! (Septic Tiger) **
  • Let's Eat Grandma: I'm All Ears (Transgressive) **
  • Lykke Li: So Sad So Sexy (RCA) **
  • Dave Liebman/Tatsuya Nakatani/Adam Rudolph: The Unknowable (RareNoise) *
  • Dave Liebman/John Stowell: Petite Fleur: The Music of Sidney Bechet (Origin)
  • Chris Lightcap: Superette (The Royal Potato Family) **
  • Brandon Lopez: Quoniam Facta Sum Vilis (Astral Spirits) **
  • Low: Double Negative (Sub Pop) **
  • Doug MacDonald Trio: View of the City (Blujazz)
  • The Doug MacDonald Quintet/The Roger Neumann Quintet: Two Quintets: Live Upstairs at Vitello's (Blujazz, 2CD)
  • The Maguire Twins: Seeking Higher Ground (Three Tree)
  • Maisha: There Is a Place (Brownswood) **
  • Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks: Sparkle Hard (Matador) **
  • Maribou State: Kingdoms in Colour (Counter) **
  • Deanne Matley: Because I Loved (self-released)
  • Pete McCann: Pay for It on the Other Side (McCannis Music)
  • Ernest McCarty Jr./Theresa Davis: I Remember Love (Blujazz)
  • Donny McCaslin: Blow. (Motéma) **
  • Ryan Meagher: Lost Days (Fresh Sound New Talent) **
  • Brad Mehldau: Seymour Reads the Constitution! (Nonesuch) **
  • Joachim Mencel Quintet: Artisena (ForTune) **
  • MIKE: Black Soap (Lex, EP) **
  • MIKE: Renaissance Man (Lex) **
  • Allison Miller/Carmen Staaf: Science Fair (Sunnyside) **
  • Mac Miller: Swimming (REMember Music/Warner Bros.) **
  • Parker Millsap: Other Arrangements (Okrahoma) **
  • Liudas Mockünas: Hydro 2 (NoBusiness)
  • Joel Moore/Nick Mizock/Paul Scherer/Michael Barton/Paul Townsend: Magnetic EP (Blujazz)
  • Kelly Moran: Ultraviolet (Warp) **
  • Joey Morant: Forever Sanctified (Blujazz)
  • Whitey Morgan and the 78's: Hard Times and White Lines (Whitey Morgan Music) **
  • Rae Morris: Someone Out There (Atlantic) **
  • Mřster!: States of Minds (Hubro, 2CD) **
  • Kjetil Mřster/John Edwards/Dag Erik Knedal Andersen: Different Shapes/Immersion (Va Fongool) **
  • Mount Eerie: Now Only (PW Elverum & Sun) **
  • Música De Selvagem: Volume Único (Shhpuma, EP) **
  • Myriad 3: Vera (ALMA)
  • Meshell Ndegeocello: Ventriloquism (Naďve) **
  • Danielle Nicole: Cry No More (Concord) **
  • Lucas Niggli: Alchemia Garden (Intakt)
  • Judy Night Quintet: Sliding on Glass: Live at 210 (Blujazz)
  • Uwe Oberg/Heinz Sauer: Sweet Reason (Jazzwerkstatt) **
  • Adam O'Farrill's Stranger Days: El Maquech (Biophilia) **
  • Meg Okura/Sam Newsome/Jean-Michel Pilc: NPO Trio Live at the Stone (Chant) **
  • Meg Okura & the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble: Ima Ima (Chant) **
  • Old Crow Medicine Show: Volunteer (Columbia Nashville) **
  • Old Man Saxon: The Pursuit (Pusher, EP) **
  • Oneohtrix Point Never: Age Of (Warp) **
  • Otherworld Ensemble: Live at Malmitalo (Edgetone)
  • Jason Palmer: At Wally's: Volume 1 (SteepleChase) **
  • Evan Parker/Eddie Prevost: Tools of Imagination (Fundacja Sluchaj) **
  • Ivo Perelman/Jason Stein: Spiritual Prayers (Leo)
  • Madeleine Peyroux: Anthem (Decca) **
  • Roberta Piket: West Coast Trio (13th Note)
  • Lucas Pino's No Net Nonet: That's a Computer (Outside In Music)
  • Chris Pitsiokos/Susana Santos Silva/Torbjörn Zetterberg: Child of Illusion (Clean Feed) **
  • John Pittman: Kinship (Slammin' Media)
  • Chris Platt Trio: Sky Glow (self-released)
  • Princess Nokia: A Girl Cried Red (Rough Trade, EP) **
  • Protoje: A Matter of Time (Easy Star) **
  • Psymun: All Killer No Filler (self-released, EP) **
  • Charlie Puth: Voicenotes (Atlantic) **
  • Allen Ravenstine: Waiting for the Bomb (Morphius/ReR Megacorp) **
  • Steve Reich: Pulse/Quartet (Nonesuch) **
  • Bebe Rexha: Expectations (Warner Brothers) **
  • Rhio: A Rhio Good Thing (Beso)
  • Mattias Risberg: Stamps (Clean Feed) **
  • Rival Consoles: Persona (Erased Tapes) **
  • Jay Rock: Redemption (Top Dawg/Interscope) **
  • Roller Trio: New Devices (Edition) **
  • Jeff Rosenstock: Post- (Polyvinyl) **
  • Scott Routenberg Trio: Supermoon (Summit)
  • Royce Da 5'9": Book of Ryan (EOne) **
  • Rüfüs Du Sol: Solace (Reprise) **
  • Anne Sajdera: New Year (Bijuri)
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant: The Window (Mack Avenue) **
  • Cecilia Sanchietti: La Verza Via (Blujazz)
  • Boz Scaggs: Out of the Blues (Concord) **
  • Scheen Jazzorchester/Eyolf Dale: Commuter Report (Losen)
  • JP Schlegelmilch/Jonathan Goldberger/Jim Black: Visitors (Skirl) **
  • J. Peter Schwalm: How We Fall (RareNoise) *
  • Ty Segall & White Fence: Joy (Drag City) **
  • Sara Serpa: Close Up (Clean Feed)
  • Shad: A Short Story About a War (Secret City) **
  • Shakers n' Bakers: Heart Love: Plays the Music of Albert Ayler and Mary Maria Parks (Little i Music)
  • Andy Sheppard Quartet: Romaria (ECM)
  • Matthew Shipp: Zero (ESP-Disk) **
  • Sarah Shook & the Disarmers: Years (Bloodshot) **
  • Sarah Shook & the Disarmers: On Audiotree Live (Audiotree, EP)
  • Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder: The World of Dew (Human Resource)
  • Edward Simon: Sorrows & Triumphs (Sunnyside)
  • Sleep: The Sciences (Third Man) **
  • Snail Mail: Lush (Matador) **
  • Speedy Ortiz: Twerp Verse (Carpark) **
  • Zhenya Strigalev: Blues for Maggie (Whirlwind) **
  • Subtone: Moose Blues (Laika)
  • Sunflower Bean: Twentytwo in Blue (Mom + Pop) **
  • Szun Waves: New Hymn to Freedom (The Leaf Label) **
  • Chad Taylor: Myths and Morals (Ears & Eyes) **
  • Hans Teuber & Jeff Johnson: Deuce (Origin)
  • Thollem/DuRoche/Stjames Trio: Live in Our Time (ESP-Disk) **
  • Jay Thomas With the Oliver Groenewald Newnet: I Always Knew (Origin)
  • Steve Tibbetts: Life Of (2018, ECM) **
  • Toronto Jazz Orchestra: 20 (self-released)
  • Joshua Trinidad: In November (RareNoise) *
  • Harriet Tubman: The Terror End of Beauty (Sunnyside) **
  • Turnstile: Time & Space (Roadrunner) **
  • Steve Turre: The Very Thought of You (Smoke Sessions) **
  • University of Toronto 12Tet: When Day Slips Into Night (UofT Jazz)
  • Kate Vargas: For the Wolfish & Wandering (self-released) **
  • Voicehandler: Light From Another Light (Humbler)
  • Tim Warfield: Jazzland (Criss Cross) **
  • The Way Ahead: Bells Ghosts and Other Saints (Clean Feed) **
  • The Weeknd: My Dear Melancholy (XO/Republic, EP) **
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  • Ben Wendel: The Seasons (Motéma) **
  • Kenny Werner: The Space (Pirouet)
  • Kanye West: Ye (Def Jam/GOOD Music, EP) **
  • Mike Westbrook: Starcross Bridge (Hatology) **
  • Western Michigan University Jazz Orchestra: Turkish Delight (Blujazz)
  • Buster Williams: Audacity (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Kelly Willis: Back Being Blue (Premium) **
  • Luke Winslow-King: Blue Mesa (Bloodshot) **
  • Wye Oak: The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs (Merge) **
  • Zeal and Ardor: Stranger Fruit (MVKA) **
  • The 1975: A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships (Dirty Hit/Polydor) **
  • Ace of Cups: Ace of Cups (High Moon) **
  • Albatre: The Fall of the Damned (Shhpuma) **
  • As Is Featuring Alan & Stacey Schulman: Here's to Life (self-released)
  • Jeff Baker: Phrases (OA2)
  • Daniel Bennett Group: We Are the Orchestra (Manhattan Daylight Media, EP) **
  • Heather Bennett: Lazy Afternoon (Summit)
  • Pat Bianchi: In the Moment (Savant) **
  • Big Freedia: 3rd Ward Bounce (Asylum Worldwide, EP) **
  • Big Heart Machine: Big Heart Machine (self-released)
  • Black Art Jazz Collective: Armor of Pride (HighNote) **
  • Black Foxxes: Reiđi (Spinefarm) **
  • Boygenius: Boygenius (Matador, EP) **
  • Jakob Bro: Returnings (ECM) **
  • Owen Broder: Heritage: The American Roots Project (ArtistShare)
  • Bobby Broom & the Organi-sation: Soul Fingers (MRi)
  • Brothers Osborne: Port Saint Joe (EMI Nashville) **
  • Sam Broverman: A Jewish Boy's Christmas (Brovermusic)
  • BTS: Love Yourself: Tear (Big Hit) **
  • David Byrne: American Utopia (Nonesuch) **
  • Carla Campopiano Trio: Chicago/Buenos Aires Connections (self-released)
  • Mariah Carey: Caution (Epic) **
  • Daniel Carter/Hilliard Greene/David Haney: Live Constructions (Slam) **
  • Annie Chen Octet: Secret Treetop (Shanghai Audio & Video)
  • Cyrus Chestnut: Kaleidoscope (HighNote) **
  • City Girls: Period (Quality Control) **
  • City Girls: Girl Code (Quality Control) **
  • Collective Order: Collective Order Vol. 3 (self-released)
  • Roxy Coss: The Future Is Female (Posi-Tone) **
  • Daphne & Celeste: Daphne & Celeste Save the World (Balatonic) **
  • Chris Dave and the Drumhedz (Blue Note) **
  • Dead Composers Club [Noah Preminger/Rob Garcia]: Chopin Project (Connection Works)
  • Michael Dease: Reaching Out (Posi-Tone) **
  • Dem Atlas: Bad Actress (Rhymesayers) **
  • DJ Koze: Knock Knock (Pampa) **
  • Dinosaur: Wonder Trail (Edition) **
  • Kit Downes: Obsidian (ECM) **
  • Electric Squeezebox Orchestra: The Falling Dream (OA2)
  • Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band: Presence (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Extra Large Unit: More Fun Please (PNL) **
  • First Aid Kit: Ruins (Columbia) **
  • James Francies: Flight (Blue Note) **
  • The Marie Goudy 12tet featuring Jocelyn Barth: The Bitter Suite (self-released)
  • Ariana Grande: Sweetener (Republic) **
  • Grouper: Grid of Points (Kranky, EP) **
  • Bill Hart Band: Live at Red Clay Theatre (Blujazz)
  • Tim Hecker: Konoyo (Kranky) **
  • Joshua Hedley: Mr. Jukebox (Third Man) **
  • Marquis Hill: Modern Flows Vol. 2 (Black Unlimited Music Group) **
  • John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: All Can Work (New Amsterdam) **
  • Lonnie Holley: MITH (Jagjaguwar) **
  • Julia Holter: Aviary (Domino) **
  • Hot Snakes: Jericho Sirens (Sub Pop) **
  • The Jayhawks: Back Roads and Abandoned Motels (Legacy) **
  • Kirk Knuffke/Steven Herring: Witness (SteepleChase) **
  • Julian Lage: Modern Lore (Mack Avenue) **
  • Jeremy Ledbetter Trio: Got a Light? (Alma)
  • Jennifer Lee: My Shining Hour (SBE)
  • Peggy Lee: Echo Painting (Songlines) **
  • Lotic: Power (Tri Angle) **
  • Todd Marcus: On These Streets (A Baltimore Story) (Stricker Street)
  • Ryan Meagher: Evil Twin (PJCE) **
  • Brad Mehldau: After Bach (Nonesuch) **
  • Melody's Echo Chamber: Bon Voyage (Fat Possum) **
  • Nick Millevoi's Desertion Trio With Jamie Saft: Midtown Tilt (Shhpuma) **
  • Father John Misty: God's Favorite Customer (Sub Pop) **
  • Mitski: Be the Cowboy (Dead Oceans) **
  • Chris Monson: Seldom in the Well (self-released)
  • MJO Brothers Present: Hip Devotions (Blujazz -17)
  • Diane Moser: Birdsongs (Planet Arts)
  • Kacey Musgraves: Golden Hour (MCA Nashville) **
  • Kyle Nasser: Persistent Fancy (Ropeadope)
  • Now Vs Now: The Buffering Cocoon (Jazzland) **
  • Orquesta Del Tiempo Perdido: Stille (Shhpuma) **
  • Juan Andrés Ospina Big Band: Tramontana (self-released)
  • Jason Palmer: At Wally's: Volume 2 (SteepleChase) **
  • Parliament: Medicaid Fraud Dogg (C Kunspyruhzy) **
  • The Ken Peplowski Big Band: Sunrise (Arbors) **
  • Charles Pillow Large Ensemble: Electric Miles (MAMA)
  • Prefuse 73: Sacrifices (Lex) **
  • Bobby Previte: Rhapsody (RareNoise) *
  • Reggie Quinerly: Words to Love (Redefinition Music)
  • R+R=Now: Collagically Speaking (Blue Note) **
  • Rae Sremmurd: SR3MM (Ear Drummer/Interscope, 3CD) **
  • RAM: RAM 7: AUgust 1791 (Willibelle) **
  • Ratatet: Heroes, Saints and Clowns (Ridgeway)
  • Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra: Without a Trace (Origin)
  • Logan Richardson: Blues People (Ropeadope) **
  • Rosalía: El Mal Querer (Sony Music) **
  • Caroline Rose: Loner (New West) **
  • Jerome Sabbagh/Greg Tuohey: No Filter (Sunnyside) **
  • Bobby Sanabria Manhattan Big Band: West Side Story: Reimagined (Jazzheads, 2CD) **
  • Javier Santiago: Phoenix (Ropeadope) **
  • Rafal Sarnecki: Climbing Trees (Outside In Music)
  • Dolores Scozzesi: Here Comes the Sun (Café Pacific)
  • Ty Segall: Freedom's Goblin (Drag City) **
  • Serpentwithfeet: Soil (Secretly Canadian) **
  • Shame: Songs of Praise (Dead Oceans) **
  • Paul Simon: In the Blue Light (Legacy) **
  • Marc Sinan/Oguz Büyükberber: White (ECM) **
  • Troye Sivan: Bloom (Capitol) **
  • Sleaford Mods: Sleaford Mods (Rough Trade, EP) **
  • Sloan: 12 (Yep Roc) **
  • Caitlyn Smith: Starfire (Monument) **
  • Marcus Strickland Twi-Life: People of the Sun (Blue Note) **
  • Kristen Strom: Moving Day: The Music of John Shifflett (OA2)
  • Swamp Dogg: Love, Loss, and Auto-Tune (Joyful Noise) **
  • Earl Sweatshirt: Some Rap Songs (Tan Cressida/Columbia, EP) **
  • Steven Taetz: Drink You In (Flatcar/Fontana North)
  • Teyana Taylor: KTSE [Keep That Same Energy] (GOOD Music/Def Jam, EP) **
  • Yves Tumor: Safe in the Hands of Love (Warp) **
  • Tune-Yards: I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life (4AD) **
  • Turbamulta: Turbamulta (Clean Feed) **
  • The David Ullmann Group: Sometime (Little Sky)
  • Marije Van Dijk: The Stereography Project Feat. Jeff Taylor and Katell Keinig (Hert/Membran)
  • Ken Vandermark/Nate Wooley: Deeply Discounted II/Sequences of Snow (Pleasure of the Text/Audiographic, EP) **
  • Vin Venezia: Fifth and Adams (Blujazz)
  • Verve Jazz Ensemble: Connect the Dots (Lightgroove Media)
  • Frank Wagner's Floating Holiday (MEII)
  • Dan Weiss: Starebaby (Pi)
  • Chip Wickham: Shamal Wind (Lovemonk) **
  • Nate Wooley & Torben Snekkestad: Of Echoing Bronze (Fundacja Sluchaj) **
  • The Xcerts: Hold on to Your Heart (Raygun) **
  • Years & Years: Palo Santo (Polydor) **
  • Darryl Yokley's Sound Reformation: Pictures at an African Exhibition (Truth Revolution) **
  • Berry: Everything, Compromised (Joyful Noise) **
  • David Binney: Here & Now (Mythology) **
  • Kadhja Bonet: Childqueen (Fat Possum) **
  • Justin Brown: Nyeusi (Biophilia) **
  • Busdriver: Electricity Is on Our Side (Temporary Forever) **
  • Brandi Carlile: By the Way, I Forgive You (Low Country Sound/Elektra) **
  • Elvis Costello & the Imposters: Look Now (Concord) **
  • Ron Di Salvio/Bart Plateau: The Puglia Suite (Blujazz)
  • Kurt Elling: The Questions (Okeh) **
  • The English Beat [Dave Wakeling]: Here We Go Love (Here We Go) **
  • Gorillaz: The Now Now (Parlophone) **
  • Stefon Harris + Blackout: Sonic Creed (Motéma) **
  • Paul McCartney: Egypt Station (Capitol) **
  • Ashley Monroe: Sparrow (Warner Nashville) **
  • Nuance Crusaders: Reflections (Blujazz -17)
  • Dan Pugach Nonet: Plus One (Unit)
  • Mette Rasmussen/Tashi Dorji: Mette Rasmussen/Tashi Dorji (Feeding Tube) **
  • Rob Schwimmer: Heart of Hearing (Sunken Heights Music)
  • Wayne Shorter: Emanon (Blue Note, 3CD) **
  • Dr. Lonnie Smith: All in My Mind (Blue Note) **
  • Cory Smythe: Circulate Susanna (Pyroclastic)
  • SOB X RBE: Gangin (Empire) **
  • Esperanza Spalding: 12 Little Spells (Concord) **
  • The Tiki Collective: Muse (Vesuvius Music/Slammin' Media)
  • The United States Air Force Band Airmen of Note: Best of the Jazz Heritage Series Volume 1 (self-released)
  • Michael Waldrop: Origin Suite (Origin)
  • Jack White: Boarding House Reach (Third Man/Columbia) **
  • Martin Wind: Light Blue (Laika) **
  • Arctic Monkeys: Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino (Domino) **
  • Jonathan Butler: Close to You (Mack Avenue) **
  • Benje Daneman Serendipity: Light in the Darkness (ACI)
  • Marieann Meringolo: Between Yesterday and Tomorrow: The Songs of Alan & Marilyn Bergman (Blujazz)
  • The Ed Palermo Big Band: The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren (Cuneiform) *
  • David Dominique: Mask (Orenda)
  • The United States Air Force Band Airmen of Note: The Jazz Heritage Series 2018 Radio Broadcasts (self-released, 3CD)
  • WorldService Project: Serve (Rare Noise)
  • The End [Sofia Jernberg/Mats Gustafsson/Kjetil Moster/Anders Hana/Greg Saunier]: Svĺrmod Och Vemod Är Värdesinnen (RareNoise) *

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. Howard Riley: Live in the USA (1976, NoBusiness)
  2. Sonny Rollins: Way Out West [Deluxe Edition] (1957, Craft) **
  3. James Brown & the Famous Flames: The Federal & King Singles As and Bs 1956-61 (Acrobat, 2CD) **
  4. Anthony Braxton: Sextet (Parker) 1993 (New Braxton House, 11CD) **
  5. Martin Küchen & Landaeus Trio: Vinyl (2013-14, Moserobie)
  6. Anthony Braxton: Quartet (Willisau) 1991 Studio (Hatology, 2CD) **
  7. Alexander Von Schlippenbah/Aki Takase: Live at Café Amores (1995, NoBusiness)
  8. The Savory Collection Vol 4: Embraceable You: Bobby Hackett and Friends (1938-40, National Jazz Museum of Harlem) **
  9. Thelonioous Monk: Mřnk (1963, Gearbox) **
  10. Anthony Braxton: The Essential Anthony Braxton: The Arista Years (1974-80, Arista/Legacy) **
  11. Art Pepper: Unreleased Art Pepper Vol. 10: Toronto (1977, Widow's Taste, 3CD)
  12. Miles Davis & John Coltrane: The Final Tour [The Bootleg Series Vol. 6] (1960, Columbia/Legacy, 4CD) **
  13. J Jazz: Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969-1984 (BBE) **
  14. I'm Not Here to Hunt Rabbits (Piranha) **
  15. John Coltrane: Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (1963, Impulse) **
  16. Liz Phair: Girly-Sound to Guyville (1991-93, Matador, 3CD) **
  17. Sun Ra: God Is More Than Love Can Ever Be (1979, Cosmic Myth) **
  18. Wadada Leo Smith/Sabu Toyozumi: Burning Meditation (1994, NoBusiness)
  19. Fred Hersch: Fred Hersch Trio '97 @ The Village Vanguard (Palmetto)
  20. Marion Brown/Dave Burrell: Live at the Black Musicians' Conference, 1981 (1981, NoBusiness)
  21. Tohru Aizawa Quartet: Tachibana Vol. 1 (1975, BBE) **
  22. Erroll Garner: Nightconcert (1964, Mack Avenue) **
  23. Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau: Long Ago and Far Away (2007, Impulse) **
  24. Joan Jett: Bad Reputation [Music From the Original Motion Picture] (1976-2016, Legacy) **
  25. Sun Ra: Of Abstract Dreams (1974-75, Strut) **
  26. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!! And Rights!! (FOLC) **
  27. Cecil Taylor: Conversations With Tony Oxley (2008, Jazzwerkstatt) **
  28. Jazz at the Philharmonic [Oscar Peterson/Illinois Jacquet/Herb Ellis]: Blues in Chicago 1955 (Verve) **
  29. Professor Rhythm: Professor 3 (1991, Awesome Tapes From Africa, EP) **
  30. Neil Young: Roxy: Tonight's the Night Live (1973, Reprise) **

Pending:

Also Noted:

  • Kaoru Abe/Sabu Toyozumi: Mannyoka (1976, NoBusiness)
  • African Scream Contest 2 (Analog Africa) **
  • Choi Sun Bae Quartet: Arirang Fantasy (1995, NoBusiness)
  • Black Panther: The Album (Music From and Inspired By) (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope) **
  • Don Cherry: Home Boy, Sister Sounds (1985, Wewantsounds) **
  • John Coltrane: 1963: New Directions (Impulse!, 3CD) **
  • Dur Dur of Somalia: Volume 1, Volume 2 & Previously Unreleased Tracks (1986-87, Analog Africa, 2CD) **
  • Asnake Gebreyes: Ahadu (1988, Buda Musique) **
  • Dexter Gordon Quartet: Tokyo 1975 (Elemental Music) **
  • Dexter Gordon Quartet: Espace Cardin 1977 (Elemental Music) **
  • Guy Lafitte: His Tenor Sax & Orchestra 1954-1959 (Fresh Sound) **
  • The Louvin Brothers: Love and Wealth: The Lost Recordings (Modern Harmonic, 2CD) **
  • Frank Morgan/George Cables: Montreal Memories (1989, High Note) **
  • Takeo Moriyama: East Plants (1983, BBE) **
  • Orchestre Abass: De Bassari Togo (1972, Analog Africa, EP) **
  • The Paranoid Style: Rock & Roll Just Can't Recall + 3 (Bar/None, EP) **
  • Liz Phair: The Girly-Sound Tapes (1991, Matador) **
  • Barre Phillips/Motoharu Yoshizawa: Oh My, Those Boys! (1994, NoBusiness)
  • Sun Ra: The Cymbals/Symbols Sessions: New York City 1973 (Modern Harmonic, 2CD) **
  • Sun Ra and His Arkestra: Taking a Chance on Chances (1977, Enterplanetary Koncepts) **
  • Otis Redding: Dock of the Bay Sessions (1967, Rhino) **
  • The Rough Guide to the Best Country Blues You've Never Heard (1927-36, World Music Network) **
  • Jesse Sharps Quintet & P.A.P.A.: Sharps and Flats (2004, Nimbus West/Outernational Sounds) **
  • Soul of a Nation: Jazz Is the Teacher/Funk Is the Preacher (1969-75, Soul Jazz) **
  • Cecil Taylor: Poschiavo (1999, Black Sun) **
  • Ralph Thomas: Eastern Standard Time (1980, BBE) **
  • A Tribe Called Quest: Revised Quest for the Seasoned Traveller (1989-91, Jive/Legacy) **
  • Ben Webster: Valentine's Day 1964 Live! (Dot Time) **
  • Gboyega Adelaja: Colourful Environment (1979, Odion Livingstone) **
  • Stella Chiweshe: Kasahwa: Early Singles (1974-83 [2018], Glitterbeat) **
  • Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard: Sing Me Back Home: The DC Tapes, 1965-1969 (Free Dirt) **
  • Double Dee & Steinski: Lesson 4: The Beat (self-released, EP) **
  • The Gladiators: Symbol of Reality (1982, Omnivore) **
  • Gumba Fire: Bubblegum Soul & Synth-Boogie in 1980s South Africa (Soundway) **
  • Jimi Hendrix: Both Sides of the Sky (Legacy) **
  • Fred Hersch Trio: Heartsongs (1989, Sunnyside) **
  • Kang Tae Hwan: Live at Café Amores (1995, NoBusiness)
  • Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette: After the Fall (1998, ECM, 2CD) **
  • King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller (BMG, 2CD) **
  • Ernie Krivda and Swing City: A Bright and Shining Moment (Capri)
  • Guy Lafitte: Quartet & Sextet Sessions 1956-1962 (Fresh Sound) **
  • Tommy McCook & the Agrovators: Super Star/Disco Rockers (1977, Pressure Sounds) **
  • Dave McKenna: In Madison (1991, Arbors) **
  • Outlaws & Armadillos: Country's Roaring '70s (1971-79, Legacy, 2CD) **
  • Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Sun Ra With Pharoah Sanders & Black Harold: Judson Hall, New York, Dec. 31, 1964 (Enterplanetary Koncepts) **
  • Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Discipline 99 (Out Beyond the Kingdom Of) (1974, Enterplanetary Koncepts) **
  • Woody Shaw: Tokyo '81 (Elemental Music) **
  • Joe Strummer: 001 (Ignition, 2CD) **
  • Esbjörn Svensson Trio: E.S.T. Live in London (2005, ACT, 2CD) **
  • Bill Warfield Big Band: For Lew (1990-2014, Planet Arts)
  • Neil Young: Songs for Judy (1976, Reprise) **
  • Louis Armstrong: Pops Is Tops: The Complete Verve Studio Albums and More (1957, Verve, 4CD) **
  • Gordon Beck Quartet: When Sunny Gets Blue (1968, Another Planet) **
  • Big Star: Live at Lafayette's Music Room (1973, Omnivore) **
  • Kenny Burrell: A Generation Ago Today (1966-67, Verve) **
  • A Certain Ratio: acr:set (1980-94, Mute) **
  • Eliane Elias: Music From Man of La Mancha (1995, Concord) **
  • Feeling Kréyol: Las Palé (Strut) **
  • Svein Finnerud Trio: Plastic Sun (1970, Odin) **
  • Keith Jarrett: La Fenice (2006, ECM, 2CD) **
  • The Gene Krupa Quartet: Live 1966 (Dot Time Legends) **
  • Wynton Marsalis Septet: United We Swing: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas (2003-07, Blue Engine)
  • Bobby Naughton/Leo Smith/Perry Robinson: The Haunt (1976, NoBusiness)
  • Oneness of Juju: African Rhythms (1975, Strut) **
  • Sun Ra: Astro Black (1972, Modern Harmonic) **
  • Travailler, C'est Trop Dur: The Lyrical Legacy of Caesar Vincent (Swallow, 2CD) **
  • We Out Here (Brownswood) **
  • Derek Bailey & Company: Klinker (2000, Confront, 2CD) **
  • Calm Waters Rolling Swells & Roiling Seas: A Whaling City Sampler (Whaling City Sound)
  • Gene Clark: Gene Clark Sings for You (1967, Omnivore) **
  • Millie Jackson: Exposed: The Multi-Track Sessions Mixed by Steve Levine (1972-79, Ace) **
  • Lee Konitz: Prisma: By Guenter Buhles (2000, QFTF) **
  • Make Mine Mondo! (1958-69, Ace) **
  • William Parker: Voices Fall From the Sky (AUM Fidelity, 3CD)
  • Prince: Piano and a Microphone 1983 (NPG/Warner Bros.) **
  • Sun Ra: Sun Ra Plays Gershwin (1951-89, Enterplanetary Koncepts) **

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.

Songs

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