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. Shopping: The Official Body (FatCat) **
  4. Kevin Sun: Trio (Ectomorph Music)
  5. Janelle Monáe: Dirty Computer (Bad Boy) **
  6. Peter Kuhn Trio: Intention (FMR)
  7. Kira Kira: Bright Force (Libra)
  8. Amy Rigby: The Old Guys (Southern Domestic) **
  9. James Brandon Lewis/Chad Taylor: Radiant Imprints (OFF) **
  10. No Age: Snares Like a Haircut (Drag City) **
  11. Nik Bärtsch's Ronin: Awase (ECM) **
  12. Sons of Kemet: Your Queen Is a Reptile (Impulse!) **
  13. Parquet Courts: Wide Awake! (Rough Trade) **
  14. Willie Nelson: Last Man Standing (Legacy) **
  15. Rodrigo Amado: A History of Nothing (Trost)
  16. Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg: Dirt . . . and More Dirt (Pi)
  17. Benjamin Boone/Philip Levine: The Poetry of Jazz (Origin)
  18. Arild Andersen: In-House Science (ECM) **
  19. Jean Grae & Quelle Chris: Everything's Fine (Mello Music Group) **
  20. Dave Holland: Uncharted Territories (Dare2, 2CD) *
  21. Czarface/MF Doom: Czarface Meets Metal Face (Silver Age) **
  22. Adrean Farrugia/Joel Frahm: Blues Dharma (GB)
  23. Mary Gauthier: Rifles & Rosary Beads (In the Black) **
  24. Thumbscrew: Ours (Cuneiform)
  25. Gregory Lewis: Organ Monk Blue (self-released)
  26. Kali Uchis: Isolation (Virgin EMI) **
  27. Daniel Carter/William Parker/Matthew Shipp: Seraphic Light (AUM Fidelity)
  28. Ceramic Dog: YRU Still Here? (Northern Spy) **
  29. Henry Threadgill: Double Up, Plays Double Up Plus (Pi)
  30. Rolling Blackouts C.F.: Hope Downs (Sub Pop) **
  31. No Fast Food: Settings for Three (Corner Store Jazz)
  32. Kate Nash: Yesterday Was Forever (Girl Gang) **
  33. Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore: Downey to Lubbock (Yep Roc) **
  34. Laurie Anderson/Kronos Quartet: Landfall (Nonesuch) **
  35. John Prine: The Tree of Forgiveness (Oh Boy) **
  36. Confidence Man: Confident Music for Confident People (Heavenly) **
  37. Thumbscrew: Theirs (Cuneiform)
  38. Alexander Von Schlippenbach/Globe Unity Orchestra: Globe Unity - 50 Years (Intakt)
  39. Elza Soares: Deus É Mulher (Deckdisc) **
  40. Young Fathers: Cocoa Sugar (Ninja Tune) **
  41. Cardi B: Invasion of Privacy (Atlantic) **
  42. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80: Black Times (Strut) **
  43. Jason Stein's Locksmith Isidore: After Caroline (Northern Spy) **
  44. Jon Hassell: Listening to Pictures (Pentimento Volume One) (Ndeya) **
  45. Binker and Moses: Alive in the East? (Gearbox) **
  46. Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba: Routes (Twelve/Eight) **
  47. Angles 3: Parede (Clean Feed) **
  48. Gift of Gab: Rejoice! Rappers Are Rapping Again! (Giftstribution Unlimited, EP) **
  49. The Thing: Again (Trost)
  50. Chromeo: Head Over Heels (Big Beat/WEA) **
  51. Ry Cooder: The Prodigal Son (Fantasy) **
  52. Mdou Moctar/Elite Beat: Mdou Moctar Meets Elite Beat in a Budget Dancehall (Boomarm Nation) **
  53. Lily Allen: No Shame (Parlophone) **
  54. Hal Galper Quartet: Cubist (Origin)
  55. Evan Parker/Barry Guy/Paul Lytton: Music for David Mossman: Live at Vortex London (Intakt)
  56. Sly & Robbie Meet Nils Petter Molvaer Feat Eivind Aarset and Vladislav Delay: Nordub (Okeh) **
  57. Jeffrey Lewis: Works by Tuli Kupferberg (1923-2010) (Don Giovanni) **
  58. Kris Davis & Craig Taborn: Octopus (Pyroclastic)


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

  • The End: The End (RareNoise) **
  • Thomas Johansson: Home Alone (Tammt Z)
  • Jennifer Lee: My Shining Hour (SBE)
  • Lonnie McFadden: Live at the Green Lady Lounge (Jazz Daddy)
  • Otherworld Ensemble: Live at Malmitalo (Edgetone)
  • Ratatet: Heroes, Saints and Clowns (Ridgeway)
  • Rhio: A Rhio Good Thing (Beso)
  • Dori Rubbicco: Stage Door Live! (Whaling City Sound)
  • The Jamie Saft Quartet: Blue Dream (RareNoise) *
  • Rafal Sarnecki: Climbing Trees (Outside In Music)
  • Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder: The World of Dew (Human Resource)
  • The United States Air Force Band Airmen of Note: The Jazz Heritage Series 2018 Radio Broadcasts (self-released)

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) **
  • Erlend Olderskog Albertsen: Rodssal Neen Glassdor (Dugnad Rec) **
  • Bill Anschell: Shifting Standards (Origin)
  • 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) **
  • Jarod Bufe: New Spaces (OA2)
  • 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) **
  • Brian Charette/George Coleman: Groovin' With Big G (SteepleChase) **
  • Freddy Cole: My Mood Is You (HighNote) **
  • Sean Conly: Hard Knocks (Clean Feed) **
  • Frankie Cosmos: Vessel (Sub Pop) **
  • Sylvie Courvoisier Trio: D'Agala (Intakt)
  • CupcakKe: Ephorize (self-released) **
  • Tim Daisy's Fulcrum Ensemble: Animation (Relay) **
  • Olegario Diaz: I Remember Chet (SteepleChase) **
  • Pierre Dřrge: Soundscapes (SteepleChase) **
  • Dream Wife: Dream Wife (Lucky Number) **
  • Yelena Eckemoff: Desert (L&H Production)
  • Marty Ehrlich: Trio Exaltation (Clean Feed) **
  • Flatbush Zombies: Vacation in Hell (Glorious Dead) **
  • Danny Fox Trio: The Great Nostalgist (Hot Cup)
  • Satoko Fujii/Joe Fonda/Gianni Mimmo: Triad (Long Song)
  • 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)
  • Benito Gonzalez/Gerry Gibbs/Essiet Okon Essiet: Passion Reverence Transcendence: The Music of McCoy Tyner (Whaling City Sound)
  • 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) **
  • Jon Hopkins: Singularity (Domino) **
  • Imarhan: Temet (City Slang) **
  • Mike Jones/Penn Jillette: The Show Before the Show: Live at the Penn & Teller Theater (Capri)
  • Kaze: Atody Man (Libra)
  • Peter Kuhn: Dependent Origination (FMR -17)
  • Daniel Levin/Chris Pitsiokos/Brandon Seabrook: Stomiidae (Dark Tree)
  • Johan Lindström Septett: Music for Empty Halls (Moserobie)
  • Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas: Sound Prints: Scandal (Greenleaf Music)
  • Igor Lumpert & Innertextures: Eleven (Clean Feed) **
  • MAST: Thelonious Sphere Monk (World Galaxy) **
  • Shawn Mendes: Shawn Mendes (Island) **
  • Hailu Mergia: Lala Belu (Awesome Tapes From Africa) **
  • Molly Tigre: Molly Tigre (Very Special) **
  • Patricia Nicholson/William Parker: Hope Cries for Justice (Centering)
  • Angelika Niescier Trio: The Berlin Concert (Intakt)
  • Orquesta Akokán (Daptone) **
  • Aruán Ortiz Trio: Live in Zürich (Intakt)
  • William Parker: Lake of Light: Compositions for AquaSonics (Gotta Let It Out)
  • Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: Oneness (Leo, 3CD)
  • Peripheral Vision: More Songs About Error and Shame (self-released)
  • Matt Piet & His Disorganization: Rummage Out (Clean Feed) **
  • 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) *
  • Samo Salamon/Howard Levy: Peaks of Light (Sazas)
  • Samo Salamon/Tony Malaby/Roberto Dani: Traveling Moving Breathing (Clean Feed)
  • Steve Slagle: Dedication (Panorama)
  • Gary Smulyan: Alternative Contrafacts (SteepleChase) **
  • Sonar With David Torn: Vortex (RareNoise) *
  • Edgar Steinitz: Roots Unknown (OA2)
  • Tal National: Tantabara (Fat Cat) **
  • Kamasi Washington: Heaven and Earth (Young Turks, 2CD) **
  • Salim Washington: Dogon Revisited (Passin' Thru) **
  • Hĺvard Wiik Trio: This Is Not a Waltz (Moserobie)
  • Wreckless Eric: Construction Time & Demolition (Southern Domestic) **
  • Wussy: What Heaven Is Like (Shake It) **
  • 3hattrio: Lord of the Desert (Okehdokee) **
  • 700 Bliss: Spa 700 (Halcyon Veil/Don Giovanni, EP) **
  • Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids: An Angel Fell (Strut) **
  • JD Allen: Love Stone (Savant) **
  • Tucker Antell: Grime Scene (OA2)
  • Anteloper: Kudu (International Anthem) **
  • John Bailey: In Real Time (Summit)
  • Kenny Barron Quintet: Concentric Circles (Blue Note) **
  • Beach House: 7 (Sub Pop) **
  • Nick Biello: Vagabond Soul (Blujazz)
  • Andy Biskin: 16 Tons: Songs From the Alan Lomax Collection (Andorfin)
  • Martin Blume/Tobias Delius/Achim Kaufmann/Dieter Manderscheid: Frames & Terrains (NoBusiness) *
  • Craig Brann: Lineage (SteepleChase) **
  • Toni Braxton: Sex & Cigarettes (Def Jam) **
  • Greg Burk: The Detroit Songbook (SteepleChase) **
  • Chris Byars: New York City Jazz (SteepleChase) **
  • Camila Cabello: Camila (Syco/Epic) **
  • Cavern of Anti-Matter: Hormone Lemonade (Duophonic) **
  • Chloe x Halle: The Kids Are Alright (Parkwood/Columbia) **
  • Brent Cobb: Providence Canyon (Low Country Sound/Elektra) **
  • J. Cole: KOD (Roc Nation) **
  • 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 (
  • Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition Mob Band: My Heart Belongs to Satchmo (Blujazz)
  • Enemy: Enemy (Edition) **
  • Fickle Friends: You Are Someone Else (Polydor) **
  • Erik Friedlander: Artemisia (Skipstone) **
  • Bill Frisell: Music IS (Okeh) **
  • Satoko Fujii: Solo (Libra)
  • Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin: Ninety-Nine Years (Libra)
  • Ezra Furman: Transangelic Exodus (Bella Union) **
  • Ginkgoa: One Time (self-released, EP) **
  • Frode Gjerstad Trio + Steve Swell: Bop Stop (Clean Feed) **
  • The Go! Team: Semi-Circle (Memphis Industries) **
  • Victor Gould: Earthlings (Criss Cross) **
  • Johan Graden: Olägenheter (Moserobie)
  • Justin Gray & Synthesis: New Horizons (self-released)
  • Danny Green Trio Plus Strings: One Day It Will (OA2)
  • Gwenno: Le Kov (Heavenly) **
  • Jeff Hamilton Trio: Live From San Pedro (Capri)
  • 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) **
  • Jon Irabagon Quartet: Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics (Irabbagast)
  • 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)
  • Rich Krueger: Life Ain't That Long (Rockink) **
  • Lana Trio: Lana Trio With Sofia Jernberg (Clean Feed) **
  • Azar Lawrence: Elementals (HighNote) **
  • Bongwool Lee: My Singing Fingers (Origin)
  • Allegra Levy: Looking at the Moon (SteepleChase) **
  • Living Fossil: Never Die! (self-released)
  • Joe Magnarelli: Magic Trick (SteepleChase) **
  • Ben Markley Quartet: Basic Economy (OA2)
  • Ashley McBryde: Girl Going Nowhere (Warner Nashville) **
  • 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) **
  • Migos: Culture II (Quality Control/Motown/Capitol, 2CD) **
  • 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) **
  • Michael Moss/Accidental Orchestra: Helix (4th Stream)
  • David Murray feat. Saul Williams: Blues for Memo (Motéma) **
  • Adam Nussbaum: The Lead Belly Project (Sunnyside) **
  • Jeremy Pelt: Noir En Rouge: Live in Paris (HighNote) **
  • Leslie Pintchik: You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl! (Pintch Hard)
  • Alberto Pinton Noi Siamo: Opus Facere (Clean Feed) **
  • Pocket Aces: Cull the Heard (Creative Nation Music)
  • Post Malone: Beerbongs & Bentleys (Republic) **
  • Noah Preminger: Genuinity (Criss Cross) **
  • Jure Pukl: Doubtless (Whirlwind)
  • Pusha T: Daytona (GOOD/Def Jam, EP) **
  • John Raymond & Real Feels: Joy Ride (Sunnyside) **
  • Joshua Redman/Ron Miles/Scott Colley/Brian Blade: Still Dreaming (Nonesuch) **
  • Margo Rey: The Roots of Rey/Despacito Margo (Origin)
  • The Rempis/Daisy Duo & Guests: Dodecahedron (Aerophonic, 2CD) **
  • Stephanie Richards: Fullmoon (Relative Pitch) **
  • Jay Rodriguez: Your Sound: Live at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola (Whaling City Sound)
  • Matthew Shipp Quartet: Sonic Fiction (ESP-Disk) **
  • Susana Santos Silva: All the Rivers: Live at Panteăo Nacional (Clean Feed) **
  • 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)
  • Mark Soskin: Upper West Side Stories (SteepleChase) **
  • Spectral [Dave Rempis/Darren Johnston/Larry Ochs]: Empty Castles (Aerophonic) **
  • Spin Cycle [Scott Neumann/Tom Christensen]: Assorted Colors (Sound Footing)
  • Bobo Stenson Trio: Contra La Indecisión (ECM) **
  • Jon Rune Strřm Quintet: Fragments (Clean Feed) **
  • 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) **
  • Rafael Toral/Hugo Antunes/Joăo Pais Filipe/Ricardo Webbens: Space Quartet (Clean Feed) **
  • Sidi Touré: Toubalbero (Thrill Jockey) **
  • Steve Tyrell: A Song for You (New Design)
  • U.S. Girls: In a Poem Unlimited (4AD) **
  • Mike Vax & Ron Romm: Collaboration (Summit)
  • Will Vinson: It's Alright With Three (Criss Cross) **
  • Jerry Vivino: Coast to Coast (Blujazz)
  • Mark Wade Trio: Moving Day (self-released)
  • Kobie Watkins Grouptet: Movement (Origin)
  • Weird Beard [Florian Egli/Dave Gisler/Martina Berther/Rico Bauman]: Orientation (Intakt)
  • Dr. Michael White: Tricentennial Rag (Basin Street) **
  • Kamaal Williams: The Return (Black Focus) **
  • WoodWired: In the Loop (UT Arlington)
  • Amen Dunes: Freedom (Sacred Bones) **
  • Tiffany Austin: Unbroken (Con Alma)
  • Alice Bag: Blueprint (Don Giovanni) **
  • Jamie Baum Septet+: Bridges (Sunnyside) **
  • Terence Blanchard: Live (Blue Note) **
  • Samuel Blaser With Marc Ducret/Peter Bruun: Taktlos Zurich 2017 (Hatology) **
  • Andrea Brachfeld: If Not Now, When? (Jazzheads)
  • The Breeders: All Nerve (4AD) **
  • Leon Bridges: Good Thing (Columbia) **
  • Sarah Buechi: Contradiction of Happiness (Intakt)
  • Burna Boy: Outside (Atlantic) **
  • 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)
  • Chrome Hill: The Explorer (Clean Feed) **
  • Chvrches: Love Is Dead (Glassnote) **
  • Scott Clark: ToNow (Clean Feed) **
  • Dawn Clement: Tandem (Origin)
  • The Nels Cline 4: Currents Constellations (Blue Note) **
  • Anat Cohen/Fred Hersch: Live in Healdsburg (Anzic) **
  • George Cotsirilos Quartet: Mostly in Blue (OA2)
  • Elysia Crampton (Break World, EP) **
  • Ronnie Cuber: Ronnie's Trio (SteepleChase) **
  • Tomasz Dabrowski Ad Hoc: Ninjazz (ForTune) **
  • Lucy Dacus: Historian (Matador) **
  • Detroit Bop Quintet: Two Birds (TQM, EP)
  • Robert Diack: Lost Villages (self-released)
  • Elina Duni: Partir (ECM) **
  • Kat Edmonson: Old Fashioned Gal (MRI) **
  • Fred Farell: Distant Song (Whaling City Sound)
  • Román Filiú: Quarteria (Sunnyside) **
  • Tia Fuller: Diamond Cut (Mack Avenue) **
  • GoGo Penguin: A Humdrum Star (Blue Note) **
  • Vinny Golia/Steph Richards/Bert Turetzky: Trio Music (PfMentum) **
  • James Hall: Lattice (Outside In Music)
  • Mary Halvorson: Code Girl (Firehouse 12)
  • Phil Haynes & Free Country: 60/69: My Favorite Things (Corner Store Jazz, 2CD)
  • Gerry Hemingway/Samuel Blaser: Oostum (NoBusiness) *
  • Lauren Henderson: Ármame (Brontosaurus)
  • Monika Herzig: Sheroes (Whaling City Sound)
  • Tyler Higgins: Blue Mood (Shhpuma) **
  • Steve Hobbs: Tribute to Bobby (Challenge)
  • Amos Hoffman/Noam Lemish: Pardes (self-released)
  • Honest John w/ Ab Baars: Treem (Clean Feed) **
  • Hookworms: Microshift (Domino) **
  • Hop Along: Bark Your Head Off, Dog (Saddle Creek) **
  • Gene Jackson Trio NuYorx: Power of Love (Whirlwind)
  • Juice WRLD: Goodbye & Good Riddance (self-released) **
  • Kids See Ghosts [Kanye West/Kid Cudi]: Kids See Ghosts (GOOD/Def Jam, EP) **
  • Hayley Kiyoko: Expectations (Empire/Atlantic) **
  • Femi Kuti: One People One World (Knitting Factory) **
  • Mike LeDonne and the Groover Quartet: From the Heart (Savant) **
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Brad Mehldau: Seymour Reads the Constitution! (Nonesuch) **
  • Joachim Mencel Quintet: Artisena (ForTune) **
  • MIKE: Black Soap (Lex, EP) **
  • MIKE: Renaissance Man (Lex) **
  • Rae Morris: Someone Out There (Atlantic) **
  • Mount Eerie: Now Only (PW Elverum & Sun) **
  • Meshell Ndegeocello: Ventriloquism (Naďve) **
  • Danielle Nicole: Cry No More (Concord) **
  • Lucas Niggli: Alchemia Garden (Intakt)
  • 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) **
  • Oneohtrix Point Never: Age Of (Warp) **
  • Jason Palmer: At Wally's: Volume 1 (SteepleChase) **
  • Roberta Piket: West Coast Trio (13th Note)
  • Chris Platt Trio: Sky Glow (self-released)
  • Princess Nokia: A Girl Cried Red (Rough Trade, EP) **
  • Charlie Puth: Voicenotes (Atlantic) **
  • Steve Reich: Pulse/Quartet (Nonesuch) **
  • Bebe Rexha: Expectations (Warner Brothers) **
  • Rival Consoles: Persona (Erased Tapes) **
  • Royce Da 5'9": Book of Ryan (EOne) **
  • Cecilia Sanchietti: La Verza Via (Blujazz)
  • J. Peter Schwalm: How We Fall (RareNoise) *
  • 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) **
  • Edward Simon: Sorrows & Triumphs (Sunnyside)
  • Snail Mail: Lush (Matador) **
  • Speedy Ortiz: Twerp Verse (Carpark) **
  • Sunflower Bean: Twentytwo in Blue (Mom + Pop) **
  • Hans Teuber & Jeff Johnson: Deuce (Origin)
  • Toronto Jazz Orchestra: 20 (self-released)
  • Joshua Trinidad: In November (RareNoise) *
  • Turnstile: Time & Space (Roadrunner) **
  • Tim Warfield: Jazzland (Criss Cross) **
  • The Weeknd: My Dear Melancholy (XO/Republic, EP) **
  • Kanye West: Ye (Def Jam/GOOD Music, EP) **
  • 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)
  • Big Freedia: 3rd Ward Bounce (Asylum Worldwide, EP) **
  • Big Heart Machine: Big Heart Machine (self-released)
  • Black Foxxes: Reiđi (Spinefarm) **
  • Jakob Bro: Returnings (ECM) **
  • Owen Broder: Heritage: The American Roots Project (ArtistShare)
  • David Byrne: American Utopia (Nonesuch) **
  • 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)
  • Grouper: Grid of Points (Kranky, EP) **
  • Bill Hart Band: Live at Red Clay Theatre (Blujazz)
  • Hot Snakes: Jericho Sirens (Sub Pop) **
  • Julian Lage: Modern Lore (Mack Avenue) **
  • Jeremy Ledbetter Trio: Got a Light? (Alma)
  • Peggy Lee: Echo Painting (Songlines) **
  • Todd Marcus: On These Streets (A Baltimore Story) (Stricker Street)
  • Brad Mehldau: After Bach (Nonesuch) **
  • Melody's Echo Chamber: Bon Voyage (Fat Possum) **
  • Nick Millevoi's Desertion Trio With Jamie Saft: Midtown Tilt (Shhpuma) **
  • MJO Brothers Present: Hip Devotions (Blujazz -17)
  • Diane Moser: Birdsongs (Planet Arts)
  • Kacey Musgraves: Golden Hour (MCA Nashville) **
  • Juan Andrés Ospina Big Band: Tramontana (self-released)
  • Jason Palmer: At Wally's: Volume 2 (SteepleChase) **
  • Parliament: Medicaid Fraud Dogg (C Kunspyruhzy) **
  • Charles Pillow Large Ensemble: Electric Miles (MAMA)
  • Prefuse 73: Sacrifices (Lex) **
  • Bobby Previte: Rhapsody (RareNoise) *
  • Reggie Quinerly: Words to Love (Redefinition Music)
  • Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra: Without a Trace (Origin)
  • Dolores Scozzesi: Here Comes the Sun (Café Pacific)
  • Shame: Songs of Praise (Dead Oceans) **
  • Tune-Yards: I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life (4AD) **
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • The English Beat [Dave Wakeling]: Here We Go Love (Here We Go) **
  • 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) **
  • SOB X RBE: Gangin (Empire) **
  • Michael Waldrop: Origin Suite (Origin)
  • Arctic Monkeys: Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino (Domino) **
  • 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) *
  • WorldService Project: Serve (Rare Noise)

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. The Savory Collection Vol 4: Embraceable You: Bobby Hackett and Friends (1938-40, National Jazz Museum of Harlem) **
  5. Anthony Braxton: The Essential Anthony Braxton: The Arista Years (1974-80, Arista/Legacy) **
  6. Miles Davis & John Coltrane: The Final Tour [The Bootleg Series Vol. 6] (1960, Columbia/Legacy, 4CD) **
  7. John Coltrane: Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (1963, Impulse) **
  8. Liz Phair: Girly-Sound to Guyville (1991-93, Matador, 3CD) **
  9. Professor Rhythm: Professor 3 (1991, Awesome Tapes From Africa, EP) **
  10. Neil Young: Roxy: Tonight's the Night Live (1973, Reprise) **


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

Also Noted:

  • Black Panther: The Album (Music From and Inspired By) (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope) **
  • 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) **
  • 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)
  • 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) **
  • Wynton Marsalis Septet: United We Swing: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas (2003-07, Blue Engine)
  • We Out Here (Brownswood) **
  • Derek Bailey & Company: Klinker (2000, Confront, 2CD) **
  • Gene Clark: Gene Clark Sings for You (1967, Omnivore) **
  • Lee Konitz: Prisma: By Guenter Buhles (2000, QFTF) **
  • William Parker: Voices Fall From the Sky (AUM Fidelity, 3CD)


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.