Music Year 2018

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., -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.

I keep adding to the 2017 until the end of calendar 2018, especially where the record was known to exist in 2017 and I'm just getting around to it.

New Records

  1. Kris Davis & Craig Taborn: Octopus (Pyroclastic)


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

  • Brad Garton/Dave Soldier: The Brainwave Music Project (Mulatta)
  • Gregory Lewis: Organ Monk Blue (self-released)
  • Steve Slagle: Dedication (Panorama)
  • Thiefs: Graft (Le Greffe) (Jazz & People)

Also Noted:

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

  • Ryan Keberle/Frank Woeste: Reverso: Suite Pavel (Phonoart)
  • Steve Hobbs: Tribute to Bobby (Challenge)

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.


Also Noted:


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.


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