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. The Ex: 27 Passports (Ex) [**]
  2. Bettye LaVette: Things Have Changed (Verve) **
  3. Joakim Milder/Fredrik Ljungkvist/Mathias Landraeus/Filip Augustson/Fredrik Rundkvist: The Music of Anders Garstedt (Moserobie)
  4. Maria Muldaur: Don't You Feel My Leg: The Naughty, Bawdy Blues of Blue Lu Barker (The Last Music Company) **
  5. Peter Kuhn Trio: Intention (FMR)
  6. Shopping: The Official Body (FatCat) **
  7. Kira Kira: Bright Force (Libra)
  8. Janelle Monáe: Dirty Computer (Bad Boy) **
  9. Amy Rigby: The Old Guys (Southern Domestic) **
  10. Rich Halley 3: The Literature (Pine Eagle)
  11. No Age: Snares Like a Haircut (Drag City) **
  12. Lori McKenna: The Tree (CN) **
  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. Parquet Courts: Wide Awake! (Rough Trade) **
  21. Willie Nelson: Last Man Standing (Legacy) **
  22. Benjamin Boone/Philip Levine: The Poetry of Jazz (Origin)
  23. Arild Andersen: In-House Science (ECM) **
  24. Jean Grae & Quelle Chris: Everything's Fine (Mello Music Group) **
  25. Dave Holland: Uncharted Territories (Dare2, 2CD) *
  26. Czarface/MF Doom: Czarface Meets Metal Face (Silver Age) **
  27. Thumbscrew: Ours (Cuneiform)
  28. Adrean Farrugia/Joel Frahm: Blues Dharma (GB)
  29. Mary Gauthier: Rifles & Rosary Beads (In the Black) **
  30. Kali Uchis: Isolation (Virgin EMI) **
  31. Daniel Carter/William Parker/Matthew Shipp: Seraphic Light (AUM Fidelity)
  32. François Carrier/Michel Lambert/John Edwards: Elements (FMR)
  33. Thumbscrew: Theirs (Cuneiform)
  34. Gregory Lewis: Organ Monk Blue (self-released)
  35. Ceramic Dog: YRU Still Here? (Northern Spy) **
  36. Henry Threadgill: Double Up, Plays Double Up Plus (Pi)
  37. Lyrics Born: Quite a Life (Mobile Home) **
  38. Riton & Kah-Lo: Foreign Ororo (Riton Time) **
  39. Becky Warren: Undesirable (self-released) **
  40. Rolling Blackouts C.F.: Hope Downs (Sub Pop) **
  41. No Fast Food: Settings for Three (Corner Store Jazz)
  42. Kate Nash: Yesterday Was Forever (Girl Gang) **
  43. Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore: Downey to Lubbock (Yep Roc) **
  44. Laurie Anderson/Kronos Quartet: Landfall (Nonesuch) **
  45. John Prine: The Tree of Forgiveness (Oh Boy) **
  46. Confidence Man: Confident Music for Confident People (Heavenly) **
  47. Pistol Annies: Interstate Gospel (RCA Nashville) **
  48. Angles 3: Parede (Clean Feed) **
  49. Myra Melford's Snowy Egret: The Other Side of Air (Firehouse 12)
  50. Alexander Von Schlippenbach/Globe Unity Orchestra: Globe Unity - 50 Years (Intakt)
  51. Espen Eriksen Trio With Andy Sheppard: Perfectly Unhappy (Rune Grammofon) **
  52. Art Hirahara: Sunward Bound (Posi-Tone) **
  53. Anderson .Paak: Oxnard (Aftermath/12 Tone Music) **
  54. Elza Soares: Deus É Mulher (Deckdisc) **
  55. Young Fathers: Cocoa Sugar (Ninja Tune) **
  56. Cardi B: Invasion of Privacy (Atlantic) **
  57. Doctor Nativo: Guatemaya (Stonetree) **
  58. Eric Church: Desperate Man (EMI Nashville) **
  59. Makaya McCraven: Universal Beings (International Anthem) **
  60. Schnell [Pierre Borel/Antonio Borghini/Christian Lillinger]: Live at Sowieso (Clean Feed) **
  61. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80: Black Times (Strut) **
  62. Jason Stein's Locksmith Isidore: After Caroline (Northern Spy) **
  63. Z-Country Paradise: Live in Lisbon (Leo) **
  64. Jon Hassell: Listening to Pictures (Pentimento Volume One) (Ndeya) **
  65. Binker and Moses: Alive in the East? (Gearbox) **
  66. LFU: Lisbon Freedom Unit: Praise of Our Folly (Clean Feed)
  67. Evan Parker/Barry Guy/Paul Lytton: Music for David Mossman: Live at Vortex London (Intakt)
  68. The Jamie Saft Quartet: Blue Dream (RareNoise) *
  69. Kyle: Light of Mine (Atlantic) **
  70. Josephine Davies' Satori: In the Corners of Clouds (Whirlwind) **
  71. Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba: Routes (Twelve/Eight) **
  72. The Coup: Sorry to Bother You: The Soundtrack (UMGRI Interscope) **
  73. VWCR [Ken Vandermark/Nate Wooley/Sylvie Courvoisier/Tom Rainey]: Noise of Our Time (Intakt)
  74. Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet: Polka (Whirlwind) **
  75. Frank Kimbrough: Monk's Dreams: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Sphere Monk (Sunnyside, 6CD) **
  76. Robbie Fulks/Linda Gail Lewis: Wild! Wild! Wild! (Bloodshot) **
  77. Dave Rempis/Matt Piet/Tim Daisy: Throw Tomatoes (Astral Spirits) **
  78. Gift of Gab: Rejoice! Rappers Are Rapping Again! (Giftstribution Unlimited, EP) **
  79. Fred Frith Trio: Closer to the Ground (Intakt)
  80. Flavio Zanuttini Opacipapa: Born Baby Born (Clean Feed) **
  81. Matt Penman: Good Question (Sunnyside) **
  82. Kaja Draksler/Petter Eldh/Christian Lillinger: Punkt. Vrt. Plastik (Intakt)
  83. The Thing: Again (Trost)
  84. John Kruth & La Societŕ dei Musici: Forever Ago (Ars Spoletium) **
  85. Chromeo: Head Over Heels (Big Beat/WEA) **
  86. Ry Cooder: The Prodigal Son (Fantasy) **
  87. Mdou Moctar/Elite Beat: Mdou Moctar Meets Elite Beat in a Budget Dancehall (Boomarm Nation) **
  88. Bali Baby: Baylor Swift (TWIN, EP) **
  89. Dmitry Baevsky/Jeb Patton: We Two (Jazz & People) **
  90. Mandy Barnett: Strange Conversation (Dame Productions/Thirty Tigers) **
  91. Jason Kao Hwang Burning Bridge: Blood (True Sound)
  92. Lily Allen: No Shame (Parlophone) **
  93. Dave Sewelson: Music for a Free World (FMR)
  94. Hal Galper Quartet: Cubist (Origin)
  95. Future: Beast Mode 2 (Epic/Freebandz) **
  96. The Mekons 77: It Is Twice Blessed (Slow Things) **
  97. Noname: Room 25 (self-released) **
  98. Jonathan Finlayson: 3 Times Round (Pi)
  99. Bjřrn Marius Hegge Trio: Assosiasjoner (Particular) **
  100. Sly & Robbie Meet Nils Petter Molvaer Feat Eivind Aarset and Vladislav Delay: Nordub (Okeh) **
  101. Jeffrey Lewis: Works by Tuli Kupferberg (1923-2010) (Don Giovanni) **
  102. Kris Davis & Craig Taborn: Octopus (Pyroclastic)

Pending:

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

  • Anguish: Anguish (RareNoise) *
  • Eraldo Bernocchi: Like a Fire That Consumes All Before It (RareNoise) *
  • Sam Broverman: A Jewish Boy's Christmas (Brovermusic)
  • Carla Campopiano Trio: Chicago/Buenos Aires Connections (self-released)
  • Coyote Poets of the Universe: Strange Lullaby (Square Shaped, 2CD)
  • Julien Desprez/Luís Lopes: Boa Tarde (Shhpuma) *
  • Jake Ehrenreich: A Treasury of Jewish Christmas Songs (self-released)
  • Adam Forkelid: Reminiscence (Moserobie)
  • Thomas Johansson: Home Alone (Tammt Z)
  • Roberto Magris: World Gardens (JMood)
  • Otherworld Ensemble: Live at Malmitalo (Edgetone)
  • Scheen Jazzorchester/Eyolf Dale: Commuter Report (Losen)
  • Kristen Strom: Moving Day: The Music of John Shifflett (OA2)
  • Voicehandler: Light From Another Light (Humbler)

Also Noted:

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

  • A.A.L. (Against All Logic): 2012-2017 (Other People) **
  • Tom Abbs & Frequency Response: Hawthorne (Engine Studios) **
  • 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)
  • Ethan Ardelli: The Island of Form (self-released)
  • Bad Luck: Four (Origin)
  • 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) **
  • Randy Brecker & Mats Holmquist: Together (Summit)
  • 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) **
  • Andrew Cyrille: Lebroba (ECM) **
  • Tim Daisy's Fulcrum Ensemble: Animation (Relay) **
  • Olegario Diaz: I Remember Chet (SteepleChase) **
  • Pierre Dřrge: Soundscapes (SteepleChase) **
  • 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) **
  • Danny Fox Trio: The Great Nostalgist (Hot Cup)
  • David Friesen: My Faith, My Life (Origin, 2CD)
  • 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) **
  • The Heavyweights Brass Band: This City (Lulaworld)
  • Eddie Henderson: Be Cool (Smoke Sessions) **
  • 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) **
  • Rocco John Iacovone/Jack DeSalvo/Mark Hagan/Phil Sirois/Tom Cabrera: Connoisseurs of Chaos IV (Woodshedd) **
  • Idles: Joy as an Act of Resistance (Partisan) **
  • Imarhan: Temet (City Slang) **
  • Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra: Down a Rabbit Hole (Summit)
  • The Internet: Hive Mind (Columbia) **
  • Ingrid Jensen/Steve Tresler: Invisible Sounds: For Kenny Wheeler (Whirlwind) **
  • Russ Johnson: Headlands (Woolgathering) **
  • Mike Jones/Penn Jillette: The Show Before the Show: Live at the Penn & Teller Theater (Capri)
  • 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) **
  • Rich Krueger: NOWThen (Rockin'K Music) **
  • Peter Kuhn: Dependent Origination (FMR -17)
  • 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)
  • 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) **
  • Fredrik Nordström: Needs (Clean Feed) **
  • Onyx Collective: Lower East Suite Part Three (Big Dada) **
  • Aaron Parks: Little Big (Ropeadope)
  • Ivo Perelman/Rudi Mahall: Kindred Spirits (Leo, 2CD)
  • Charlie Porter: Charlie Porter (Porter House) **
  • Roc Marciano: RR2: The Bitter Dose (Marci) **
  • 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)
  • Shawn Mendes: Shawn Mendes (Island) **
  • Hailu Mergia: Lala Belu (Awesome Tapes From Africa) **
  • Nicki Minaj: Queen (Young Money/Cash Money) **
  • Nicole Mitchell: Maroon Cloud (FPE)
  • Molly Tigre: Molly Tigre (Very Special) **
  • Patricia Nicholson/William Parker: Hope Cries for Justice (Centering)
  • Angelika Niescier Trio: The Berlin Concert (Intakt)
  • Miles Okazaki: Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonios Monk (self-released, 6CD) **
  • 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)
  • 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) **
  • Dan Phillips/Hamid Drake: Trail of Inevitability (Lizard Breath) **
  • Matt Piet & His Disorganization: Rummage Out (Clean Feed) **
  • Dafnis Prieto Big Band: Back to the Sunset (Dafnison) **
  • Pusha T: Daytona (GOOD/Def Jam, EP) **
  • 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) **
  • Elliott Sharp Carbon: Transmigration at the Solar Max (Intakt) **
  • Amanda Shires: To the Sunset (Silver Knife) **
  • Skee Mask: Compro (Ilian Tape) **
  • Steve Slagle: Dedication (Panorama)
  • Gary Smulyan: Alternative Contrafacts (SteepleChase) **
  • 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)
  • Tal National: Tantabara (Fat Cat) **
  • Trio Heinz Herbert: Yes (Intakt)
  • Chucho Valdés: Jazz Batá 2 (Mack Avenue) **
  • Piet Verbist: Suite Réunion (Origin)
  • Jay T. Vonada: United (Summit)
  • 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) **
  • Tierra Whack: Whack World (UMGRI/Interscope, EP) **
  • 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) **
  • 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) **
  • JD Allen: Love Stone (Savant) **
  • Tucker Antell: Grime Scene (OA2)
  • Anteloper: Kudu (International Anthem) **
  • John Bailey: In Real Time (Summit)
  • Dave Ballou & BeepHonk: The Windup (Clean Feed) **
  • 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) **
  • 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) *
  • 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) **
  • Brom: Sunstroke (Trost) **
  • Magnus Broo Trio: Rules (Moserobie)
  • 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) **
  • Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop: Abundance (Anzic)
  • The Chills: Snow Bound (Fire) **
  • Chloe x Halle: The Kids Are Alright (Parkwood/Columbia) **
  • Mike Clark & Delbert Bump: Retro Report (Ropeadope) **
  • Brent Cobb: Providence Canyon (Low Country Sound/Elektra) **
  • J. Cole: KOD (Roc Nation) **
  • Richie Cole: Cannonball (RCP)
  • Mário Costa: Oxy Patina (Clean Feed) **
  • Tim Daisy: Configurations (Relay) **
  • Caroline Davis: Heart Tonic (Sunnyside) **
  • Benoît Delbecq 4: Spots on Stripes (Clean Feed) **
  • 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) **
  • Fickle Friends: You Are Someone Else (Polydor) **
  • Nick Finzer's Hear & Now: Live in New York City (Outside In) **
  • Birgitta Flick Quartet: Color Studies (Double Moon) **
  • Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet: Time Like This (Intakt)
  • 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)
  • 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) **
  • The Heat Death: The Glenn Miller Sessions (Clean Feed, 3CD) **
  • Fred Hersch Trio: Live in Europe (Palmetto)
  • Haley Heynderickx: I Need to Start a Garden (Mama Bird) **
  • Homeboy Sandman & Edan: Humble Pi (Stones Throw, EP) **
  • Adam Hopkins: Crickets (Out of Your Head)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Fredrik Kronkvist: Kronicles (Connective) **
  • Rich Krueger: Life Ain't That Long (Rockink) **
  • 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) **
  • Allegra Levy: Looking at the Moon (SteepleChase) **
  • Living Fossil: Never Die! (self-released)
  • Shai Maestro: The Dream Thief (ECM) **
  • 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) **
  • 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) **
  • 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) **
  • 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) **
  • 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) **
  • 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) **
  • 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)
  • Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble: From Maxville to Vanport (PJCE)
  • Post Malone: Beerbongs & Bentleys (Republic) **
  • Noah Preminger: Genuinity (Criss Cross) **
  • Jure Pukl: Doubtless (Whirlwind)
  • Quoan [Brian Walsh/Daniel Rosenboom/Sam Minaie/Mark Ferber]: Fine Dining (Orenda) **
  • Nikita Rafaelov: Spirit of Gaia (Gotta Let It Out)
  • Kristjan Randalu: Absence (ECM) **
  • John Raymond & Real Feels: Joy Ride (Sunnyside) **
  • Joshua Redman/Ron Miles/Scott Colley/Brian Blade: Still Dreaming (Nonesuch) **
  • 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) **
  • 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) **
  • Rudy Royston: Flatbed Buggy (Greenleaf Music) **
  • Dori Rubbicco: Stage Door Live! (Whaling City Sound)
  • 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) **
  • Matthew Shipp Quartet: Sonic Fiction (ESP-Disk) **
  • Julian Siegel Quartet: Vista (Whirlwind) **
  • Susana Santos Silva: All the Rivers: Live at Panteăo Nacional (Clean Feed) **
  • Jared Sims: The New York Sessions (Ropeadope)
  • Sibarg Ensemble: Cipher (self-released)
  • 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) **
  • 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) **
  • Sidi Touré: Toubalbero (Thrill Jockey) **
  • Tropical Fuck Storm: A Laughing Death in Meatspace (Tropical Fuck Storm/Mistletone) **
  • Mark Turner/Ethan Iverson: Temporary Kings (ECM) **
  • Steve Tyrell: A Song for You (New Design)
  • Underworld & Iggy Pop: Teatime Dub Encounters (Caroline, EP) **
  • U.S. Girls: In a Poem Unlimited (4AD) **
  • 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) **
  • Mark Wade Trio: Moving Day (self-released)
  • Colter Wall: Songs of the Plains (Young Mary's) **
  • Kobie Watkins Grouptet: Movement (Origin)
  • 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) **
  • 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) **
  • Patrick Zimmerli Quartet: Clockworks (Songlines) **
  • Ambrose Akinmusire: Origami Harvest (Blue Note) **
  • Amen Dunes: Freedom (Sacred Bones) **
  • Amu: Weave (Libra)
  • Dave Anderson: Melting Pot (Label1)
  • Tiffany Austin: Unbroken (Con Alma)
  • Danny Bacher: Still Happy (Whaling City Sound)
  • Alice Bag: Blueprint (Don Giovanni) **
  • Barker Trio: Avert Your I (Astral Spirits) **
  • Jamie Baum Septet+: Bridges (Sunnyside) **
  • 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) **
  • The Bottle Rockets: Bit Logic (Bloodshot) **
  • Andrea Brachfeld: If Not Now, When? (Jazzheads)
  • The Breeders: All Nerve (4AD) **
  • Leon Bridges: Good Thing (Columbia) **
  • Peter Brötzmann/Heather Leigh: Sparrow Nights (Trost) **
  • Sarah Buechi: Contradiction of Happiness (Intakt)
  • Burna Boy: Outside (Atlantic) **
  • Butcher Brown: Camden Session (Gearbox) **
  • Harley Card: The Greatest Invention (self-released)
  • 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) **
  • 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) **
  • 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)
  • Drone Trio [Evelyn Davis/Fred Frith/Phillip Greenlief]: Lantskap Logic (Clean Feed) **
  • Drums & Tuba: Triumph! (Ropeadope) **
  • Elina Duni: Partir (ECM) **
  • Kat Edmonson: Old Fashioned Gal (MRI) **
  • 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) **
  • Tia Fuller: Diamond Cut (Mack Avenue) **
  • 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)
  • 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) **
  • 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) **
  • Juice WRLD: Goodbye & Good Riddance (self-released) **
  • Mark Kavuma: Kavuma (Ubuntu Music) **
  • Khruangbin: Con Todo El Mundo (Dead Oceans) **
  • Hayley Kiyoko: Expectations (Empire/Atlantic) **
  • 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) **
  • Jinx Lennon: Grow a Pair!!! (Septic Tiger) **
  • 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) **
  • Low: Double Negative (Sub Pop) **
  • 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) **
  • 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) **
  • Parker Millsap: Other Arrangements (Okrahoma) **
  • Joey Morant: Forever Sanctified (Blujazz)
  • Rae Morris: Someone Out There (Atlantic) **
  • Kjetil Mřster/John Edwards/Dag Erik Knedal Andersen: Different Shapes/Immersion (Va Fongool) **
  • Mount Eerie: Now Only (PW Elverum & Sun) **
  • Meshell Ndegeocello: Ventriloquism (Naďve) **
  • Myriad 3: Vera (ALMA)
  • Danielle Nicole: Cry No More (Concord) **
  • Lucas Niggli: Alchemia Garden (Intakt)
  • 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) **
  • 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) **
  • 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)
  • Rival Consoles: Persona (Erased Tapes) **
  • Roller Trio: New Devices (Edition) **
  • Scott Routenberg Trio: Supermoon (Summit)
  • Royce Da 5'9": Book of Ryan (EOne) **
  • Anne Sajdera: New Year (Bijuri)
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant: The Window (Mack Avenue) **
  • Cecilia Sanchietti: La Verza Via (Blujazz)
  • 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)
  • 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) **
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Tim Warfield: Jazzland (Criss Cross) **
  • The Way Ahead: Bells Ghosts and Other Saints (Clean Feed) **
  • The Weeknd: My Dear Melancholy (XO/Republic, EP) **
  • 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) **
  • Wye Oak: The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs (Merge) **
  • As Is Featuring Alan & Stacey Schulman: Here's to Life (self-released)
  • Jeff Baker: Phrases (OA2)
  • 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) **
  • Jakob Bro: Returnings (ECM) **
  • Owen Broder: Heritage: The American Roots Project (ArtistShare)
  • Bobby Broom & the Organi-sation: Soul Fingers (MRi)
  • David Byrne: American Utopia (Nonesuch) **
  • Daniel Carter/Hilliard Greene/David Haney: Live Constructions (Slam) **
  • Annie Chen Octet: Secret Treetop (Shanghai Audio & Video)
  • Cyrus Chestnut: Kaleidoscope (HighNote) **
  • 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)
  • DJ Koze: Knock Knock (Pampa) **
  • Electric Squeezebox Orchestra: The Falling Dream (OA2)
  • 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)
  • Marquis Hill: Modern Flows Vol. 2 (Black Unlimited Music Group) **
  • Hot Snakes: Jericho Sirens (Sub Pop) **
  • 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) **
  • 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)
  • 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) **
  • Ratatet: Heroes, Saints and Clowns (Ridgeway)
  • Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra: Without a Trace (Origin)
  • Logan Richardson: Blues People (Ropeadope) **
  • Jerome Sabbagh/Greg Tuohey: No Filter (Sunnyside) **
  • 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) **
  • Sloan: 12 (Yep Roc) **
  • Marcus Strickland Twi-Life: People of the Sun (Blue Note) **
  • Swamp Dogg: Love, Loss, and Auto-Tune (Joyful Noise) **
  • Steven Taetz: Drink You In (Flatcar/Fontana North)
  • Tune-Yards: I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life (4AD) **
  • The David Ullmann Group: Sometime (Little Sky)
  • Marije Van Dijk: The Stereography Project Feat. Jeff Taylor and Katell Keinig (Hert/Membran)
  • 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) **
  • 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) **
  • Justin Brown: Nyeusi (Biophilia) **
  • Busdriver: Electricity Is on Our Side (Temporary Forever) **
  • Brandi Carlile: By the Way, I Forgive You (Low Country Sound/Elektra) **
  • 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) **
  • Paul McCartney: Egypt Station (Capitol) **
  • Ashley Monroe: Sparrow (Warner Nashville) **
  • Nuance Crusaders: Reflections (Blujazz -17)
  • Dan Pugach Nonet: Plus One (Unit)
  • Rob Schwimmer: Heart of Hearing (Sunken Heights Music)
  • 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)
  • Michael Waldrop: Origin Suite (Origin)
  • 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: The End (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. Sonny Rollins: Way Out West [Deluxe Edition] (1957, Craft) **
  2. Martin Küchen & Landaeus Trio: Vinyl (2013-14, Moserobie)
  3. Anthony Braxton: Quartet (Willisau) 1991 Studio (Hatology, 2CD) **
  4. Alexander Von Schlippenbah/Aki Takase: Live at Café Amores (1995, NoBusiness)
  5. The Savory Collection Vol 4: Embraceable You: Bobby Hackett and Friends (1938-40, National Jazz Museum of Harlem) **
  6. Thelonioous Monk: Mřnk (1963, Gearbox) **
  7. Anthony Braxton: The Essential Anthony Braxton: The Arista Years (1974-80, Arista/Legacy) **
  8. Art Pepper: Unreleased Art Pepper Vol. 10: Toronto (1977, Widow's Taste, 3CD)
  9. Miles Davis & John Coltrane: The Final Tour [The Bootleg Series Vol. 6] (1960, Columbia/Legacy, 4CD) **
  10. J Jazz: Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969-1984 (BBE) **
  11. I'm Not Here to Hunt Rabbits (Piranha) **
  12. John Coltrane: Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (1963, Impulse) **
  13. Liz Phair: Girly-Sound to Guyville (1991-93, Matador, 3CD) **
  14. Fred Hersch: Fred Hersch Trio '97 @ The Village Vanguard (Palmetto)
  15. Tohru Aizawa Quartet: Tachibana Vol. 1 (1975, BBE) **
  16. Erroll Garner: Nightconcert (1964, Mack Avenue) **
  17. Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau: Long Ago and Far Away (2007, Impulse) **
  18. Jazz at the Philharmonic [Oscar Peterson/Illinois Jacquet/Herb Ellis]: Blues in Chicago 1955 (Verve) **
  19. Professor Rhythm: Professor 3 (1991, Awesome Tapes From Africa, EP) **
  20. Neil Young: Roxy: Tonight's the Night Live (1973, Reprise) **

Pending:

  • The United States Air Force Band Airmen of Note: Best of the Jazz Heritage Series Volume 1 (self-released)

Also Noted:

  • Kaoru Abe/Sabu Toyozumi: Mannyoka (1976, NoBusiness)
  • 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) **
  • Dexter Gordon Quartet: Tokyo 1975 (Elemental Music) **
  • Dexter Gordon Quartet: Espace Cardin 1977 (Elemental Music) **
  • Frank Morgan/George Cables: Montreal Memories (1989, High Note) **
  • Liz Phair: The Girly-Sound Tapes (1991, Matador) **
  • Barre Phillips/Motoharu Yoshizawa: Oh My, Those Boys! (1994, NoBusiness)
  • 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) **
  • Takeo Moriyama: East Plants (1983, BBE) **
  • 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) **
  • Stella Chiweshe: Kasahwa: Early Singles (1974-83 [2018], Glitterbeat) **
  • Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard: Sing Me Back Home: The DC Tapes, 1965-1969 (Free Dirt) **
  • The Gladiators: Symbol of Reality (1982, Omnivore) **
  • Jimi Hendrix: Both Sides of the Sky (Legacy) **
  • Kang Tae Hwan: Live at Café Amores (1995, NoBusiness)
  • Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette: After the Fall (1998, ECM, 2CD) **
  • Ernie Krivda and Swing City: A Bright and Shining Moment (Capri)
  • Tommy McCook & the Agrovators: Super Star/Disco Rockers (1977, Pressure Sounds) **
  • Outlaws & Armadillos: Country's Roaring '70s (1971-79, Legacy, 2CD) **
  • 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)
  • Louis Armstrong: Pops Is Tops: The Complete Verve Studio Albums and More (1957, Verve, 4CD) **
  • Kenny Burrell: A Generation Ago Today (1966-67, Verve) **
  • Eliane Elias: Music From Man of La Mancha (1995, Concord) **
  • 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)
  • 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) **
  • William Parker: Voices Fall From the Sky (AUM Fidelity, 3CD)
  • Prince: Piano and a Microphone 1983 (NPG/Warner Bros.) **

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.