Music Year 2019

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 or streamed (**? means I wasn't able to hear all of it). Some albums released in previous years are included here, noted by a "-NN" (e.g., -18 for 2018) -- 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 2018 until the end of calendar 2019, especially where the record was known to exist in 2018 and I'm just getting around to it.

New Records

  1. Heroes Are Gang Leaders: The Amiri Baraka Sessions (Flat Langston's Arkeyes)
  2. Moppa Elliott: Jazz Band/Rock Band/Dance Band (Hot Cup, 2CD)
  3. Hayes Carll: What It Is (Dualtone) **
  4. James Brandon Lewis: An Unruly Manifesto (Relative Pitch)
  5. Carsie Blanton: Buck Up (So Ferocious) **
  6. Todd Snider: Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3 (Aimless) [**]
  7. Liebman Rudolph & Drake: Chi (RareNoise) *
  8. Dave Rempis/Brandon Lopez/Ryan Packard: The Early Bird Gets (Aerophonic)
  9. Yugen Blakrok: Anima Mysterium (IOT) **
  10. Quinsin Nachoff's Flux: Path of Totality (Whirlwind, 2CD)
  11. Ill Considered: Ill Considered 6 (Ill Considered Music) **
  12. Billy Eilish: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Darkroom/Interscope) **
  13. Per 'Texas' Johansson/Torbjörn Zetterberg/Konrad Agnas: Orakel (Moserobie)
  14. Jamila Woods: Legacy! Legacy! (Jagjaguwar) **
  15. Mdou Moctar: Blue Stage Sessions (Third Man) **
  16. Control Top: Covert Contracts (Get Better) **
  17. Rich Halley: Terra Incognita (Pine Eagle)
  18. MexStep: Resistir (Third Root -18) **
  19. Jørgen Mathisen's Instant Light: Mayhall's Object (Clean Feed) **
  20. Mavis Staples: We Get By (Anti-) **
  21. Stephan Thelen: Fractal Guitar (Moonjune)
  22. Little Simz: Grey Area (Age 101) **
  23. Ran Blake/Clare Ritter: Eclipse Orange (Zoning)
  24. Matt Brewer: Ganymede (Criss Cross) **
  25. Robert Forster: Inferno (Tapete) **
  26. Walt Weiskopf European Quartet: Worldwide (Orenda)
  27. Dave Rempis/Joshua Abrams/Avreeayl Ra + Jim Baker: Apsis (Aerophonic)
  28. Leyla McCalla: Capitalist Blues (Jazz Village) **
  29. Chance the Rapper: The Big Day (self-released) **
  30. Evan Parker & Kinetics: Chiasm (Clean Feed) **
  31. Lizzo: Cuz I Love You (Nice Life/Atlantic) **
  32. Benjamin Boone/Philip Levine: The Poetry of Jazz: Volume Two (Origin)
  33. Jason Ringenberg: Stand Tall (Courageous Chicken) **
  34. Dave: Psychodrama (Neighbourhood) **
  35. People Under the Stairs: Sincerely, the P (Piecelock 70) **
  36. Samantha Boshnack's Seismic Belt: Live in Santa Monica (Orenda)
  37. Tomeka Reid/Filippo Monico: The Mouser (Relative Pitch)
  38. Norbert Susemihl/Chloe Feoranzo/Harry Mayronne/Barnaby Gold: The New Orleans Dance Hall Quartet: Tricentennial Hall Dance 17, October (Sumi) **
  39. Hiljaisuus: Kuzu (Astral Spirits/Aerophonic)
  40. Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom: Glitter Wolf (The Royal Potato Family) **
  41. Art "Turk" Burton: Ancestral Spirits (T N' T Music)
  42. Kel Assouf: Black Tenere (Glitterbeat) **
  43. The Coathangers: The Devil You Know (Suicide Squeeze) **
  44. Epic Beard Men: This Was Supposed to Be Fun (Strange Famous) **
  45. Willie Nelson: Ride Me Back Home (Legacy) **
  46. Nilüfer Yanya: Miss Universe (ATO) **
  47. Lee Scratch Perry: Rainford (On-U Sound) **
  48. Charly Bliss: Young Enough (Barsuk) **
  49. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Miri (OutHere) **
  50. Big Thief: U.F.O.F. (4AD) **
  51. Gard Nilssen Acoustic Unity: To Whom Who Buys a Record (Odin) **
  52. Pet Shop Boys: Inner Sanctum (X2) **
  53. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib: Bandana (Keep Cool/RCA) **
  54. Queen Key: Eat My Pussy (Again) (Machine Entertainment Group) **
  55. The Chemical Brothers: No Geography (Virgin EMI) **
  56. Tyler Childers: Country Squire (Hickman Holler/RCA) **
  57. Ani DiFranco: No Walls: Mixtape (Righteous Babe) **
  58. The Invisible Party: Shumankind (Chant -18)
  59. William Parker/In Order to Survive: Live/Shapeshifter (AUM Fidelity, 2CD) **
  60. The David Berkman Sextet: Six of One (Palmetto)
  61. Scott Robinson: Tenormore (Arbors Jazz)
  62. Youssou N'Dour: History (Naïve/Believe) **
  63. Caterina Barbieri: Ecstatic Computation (Editions Mego) **
  64. The Campfire Flies: Sparks Like Litle Stars (OverPop Music)
  65. Caroline Spence: Mint Condition (Rounder) **
  66. Alan Broadbent Trio: New York Notes (Savant) **
  67. Peter Perrett: Humanworld (Domino) **
  68. Samo Salamon & Freequestra: Free Sessions, Vol. 2: Freequestra (Sazas/Klopotec)
  69. Madonna: Madame X (Interscope) **
  70. Federico Ughi: Transoceanico (577) **
  71. The Attic: Summer Bummer (NoBusiness)
  72. Bjørn Marius Hegge: Ideas (Particular) **
  73. JD Allen: Barracoon (Savant) **
  74. Jon Lundbom/Bryan Murray: Beats by Balto! Vol. 1 (Chant) **
  75. Nature Work: Nature Work (Sunnyside) **
  76. Matthew Shipp Trio: Signature (ESP-Disk) [**]
  77. Rodrigo Amado/Chris Corsano: No Place to Fall (Astral Spirits)
  78. Billy Mohler: Focus! (Make)
  79. Stephan Crump/Ingrid Laubrock/Cory Smythe: Channels (Intakt)
  80. Our Native Daughters: Songs of Our Native Daughters (Smithsonian Folkways) **
  81. Iro Haarla, Ulf Krokfors & Barry Altschul: Around Again: The Music of Carla Bley (TUM)

Pending:

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

  • Corey Christiansen: La Proxima (Origin)
  • Mark Doyle: Watching the Detectives: Guitar Noir III (Free Will)
  • Peter Eldridge/Kenny Werner: Somewhere (Rosebud Music)
  • Moy Eng/Wayne Wallace: The Blue Hour (Patois)
  • Steve Lehman Trio/Craig Taborn: The People I Love (Pi)
  • Dave Miller Trio: Just Imagine (Summit)
  • New York Voices: Reminiscing in Tempo (Origin)
  • Bill O'Connell and the Afro Caribbean Ensemble: Wind Off the Hudson (Savant)
  • Mike Pachelli: High Standards (Fullblast)
  • Pearring Sound: Nothing but Time (self-released)
  • Houston Person: I'm Just a Lucky So and So (HighNote)
  • Fabrizio Sciacca Quartet: Gettin' It There (self-released)
  • Lyn Stanley: London With a Twist: Live at Bernie's (A.T. Music)
  • Tucker Brothers: Two Parts (self-released)
  • Ezra Weiss Big Band: We Limit Not the Truth of God (OA2)
  • Miguel Zenón: Sonero: The Music of Ismael Rivera (Miel Music)

Also Noted:

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

  • 75 Dollar Bill: I Was Real (Thin Wrist) **
  • Greg Abate with the Tim Ray Trio: Gratitude: Stage Door Live @ The Z (Whaling City Sound)
  • Aesop Rock & Tobacco: Malibu Ken (Rhymesayers) **
  • Anderson .Paak: Ventura (Aftermath/12 Tone Music) **
  • Angles 9: Beyond Us (Clean Feed) **
  • Teodross Avery: After the Rain: A Night for Coltrane (Tompkins Square) **
  • Iggy Azalea: In My Defense (Bad Dreams/Empire) **
  • John Bacon/Michael McNeill/Danny Ziemann: Refractions (Jazz Dimensions)
  • Brad Barrett/Joe Morris/Tyshawn Sorey: Cowboy Transfiguration (Fundacja Sluchaj) **
  • Albert Beger Quartet: The Gate (NoBusiness) *
  • Seamus Blake: Guardians of the Heart Machine (Whirlwind) **
  • François Carrier/Alexander Hawkins/John Edwards/Michel Lambert: Nirguna (Fundacja Sluchaj, 2CD) **
  • Daniel Carter/Tobias Wilner/Djibril Toure/Federico Ughi: New York United (577) **
  • Chord Four: California Avant Garde (self-released)
  • Chuck Cleaver: Send Aid (Shake It) **
  • Club D'Elf: Night Sparkles (Live) (Face Pelt) **
  • Avishai Cohen: Arvoles (Razdaz/Sunnyside)
  • Cooper Moore/Stephen Gauci: Studio Sessions Vol. 1 (Gaucimusic) **
  • Ronnie Cuber: Straight Street (SteepleChase) **
  • The Delines: The Imperial (El Cortez) **
  • Whit Dickey/Kirk Knuffke: Drone Dream (NoBusiness) *
  • Whit Dickey Tao Quartets: Peace Planet/Box of Light (AUM Fidelity, 2CD) **
  • Jordon Dixon: On! (self-released)
  • Stella Donnelly: Beware of the Dogs (Secretly Canadian) **
  • Steve Earle & the Dukes: Guy (New West) **
  • Yelena Eckemoff/Manu Katché: Colors (L&H Production)
  • Ethnic Heritage Ensemble: Be Known: Ancient/Future/Music (Spiritmuse) **
  • Maria Faust/Tim Dahl/Weasel Walter: Farm Fresh (Gotta Let It Out) **
  • Alex Fournier: Triio (Furniture Music) **
  • Joe Fiedler: Open Sesame (Multiphonics Music)
  • Craig Finn: I Need a New War (Partisan) **
  • Fontaines D.C.: Dogrel (Partisan) **
  • Fidel Fourneyron: ¿Que Vola? (No Format) **
  • Martin Frawley: Undone at 31 (Merge) **
  • Fred Frith: All Is Always Now: Live at the Stone (Intakt, 3CD) **
  • From Wolves to Whales: Strandwal (Aerophonic, 2CD)
  • Satoko Fujii/Ramon Lopez: Confluence (Libra)
  • Larry Fuller: Overjoyed (Capri)
  • Rhiannon Giddens: There Is No Other (Nonesuch) **
  • Lafayette Gilchrist: Dark Matter (self-released)
  • GoldLink: Diaspora (Squaaash Club/RCA) **
  • Mike Holober/The Gotham Jazz Orchestra: Hiding Out (Zoho)
  • Abdullah Ibrahim: The Balance (Gearbox) **
  • Injury Reserve: Injury Reserve (Senaca Village) **
  • Anne Mette Iversen's Ternion Quartet: Invincible Nimbus (BJU) **
  • Carly Rae Jepsen: Dedicated (604/School Boy/Interscope) **
  • Salif Keita: Un Autre Blanc (Naive) **
  • Khalid: Free Spirit (RCA) **
  • L7: Scatter the Rats (Blackheart) **
  • Julian Lage: Love Hurts (Mack Avenue) **
  • Russ Lossing: Changes (SteepleChase) **
  • Jon Lundbom Big Five Chord: Harder on the Outside (Hot Cup)
  • Jan Maksimovic/Dimitrij Golovanov: Thousand Seconds of Our Life (NoBusiness)
  • Branford Marsalis Quartet: The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul (Okeh) **
  • Wynton Marsalis: Bolden: Music From the Original Soundtrack (Blue Engine)
  • Dan McCarthy: Epoch (Origin)
  • Joe McPhee/John Butcher: At the Hill of James Magee (Trost) **
  • Dave Meder: Passage (Outside In Music)
  • Megan Thee Stallion: Fever (300 Entertainment) **
  • Mekons: Deserted (Bloodshot) **
  • Dom Minasi: Remembering Cecil (Unseen Rain) **
  • Yoko Miwa Trio: Keep Talkin' (Ocean Blue Tear Music)
  • Mdou Moctar: Ilana: The Creator (Sahel Sounds) **
  • Angelika Niescier/Christopher Tordini/Gerald Cleaver: New York Trio Feat. Jonathan Finlayson (Intakt) **
  • Jorge Nila: Tenor Time (Tribute to the Tenor Masters) (Ninjazz)
  • OGJB Quartet [Oliver Lake/Graham Haynes/Joe Fonda/Barry Altschul]: Bamako (TUM)
  • The Paranoid Style: A Goddamn Impossible Way of Life (Bar/None) **
  • Mario Pavone Dialect Trio: Philosophy (Clean Feed) **
  • Ivo Perelman/Mat Maneri/Nate Wooley/Matthew Shipp: Strings 4 (Leo)
  • Jim Piela: Out of Orbit (Orenda)
  • Pink: Hurts 2B Human (RCA) **
  • Priests: The Seduction of Kansas (Sister Polygon) **
  • Quelle Chris: Guns (Mello Music Group) **
  • Tom Rainey Trio With Mary Halvorson and Ingrid Laubrock: Combobulated (Intakt)
  • Joshua Redman Quartet: Come What May (Nonesuch) **
  • Steph Richards: Take the Neon Lights (Birdwatcher) **
  • Alfredo Rodriguez/Pedrito Martinez: Duologue (Mack Avenue) **
  • Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble: Side Three: New Work (Edgetone)
  • Marlene Rosenberg: MLK Convergence (Origin)
  • Hama Sankare: Niafunke (Clermont Music) **
  • Scheen Jazzorkester & Thomas Johansson: «As We See It . . . » (Clean Feed)
  • Jenny Scheinman/Allison Miller: Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller's Parlour Game (Royal Potato Family) **
  • Sir Babygirl: Crush on Me (Father/Daughter, EP) **
  • Slowthai: Nothing Great About Britain (Method) **
  • Jim Snidero: Waves of Calm (Savant) **
  • Alister Spence and Satoko Fujii Orchestra Kobe: Imagine Meeting You Here (Alister Spence Music)
  • Ståhls Trio: Källtorp Sessions: Volume One (Moserobie)
  • Aki Takase Japanic: Thema Prima (BMC) **
  • Tiger Hatchery: Breathing in the Walls (ESP-Disk -18)
  • David Torn/Tim Berne/Ches Smith: Sun of Goldfinger (ECM) **
  • Trapper Keaper: Meets Tim Berne & Aurora Nealand (Ears & Eyes/Caligola)
  • Turning Jewels Into Water: Map of Absences (FPE) **
  • Gebhard Ullmann Basement Research: Impromptus and Other Short Works (WhyPlayJazz) **
  • Warren Vaché: Songs Our Fathers Taught Us (Arbors) **
  • Anna Webber: Clockwise (Pi)
  • The Dave Wilson Quartet: One Night at Chris' (self-released)
  • Billy Woods & Kenny Segal: Hiding Places (Blackwoodz Studioz) **
  • Paul Zauner's Blue Brass feat. David Murray: Roots n' Wings (PAO/Blujazz)
  • Dann Zinn: Day of Reckoning (Origin)
  • 2 Chainz: Rap or Go to the League (Gamebread/Def Jam) **
  • Kevin Abstract: Arizona Baby (Question Everything/RCA) **
  • Charlotte Adigery: Zandoli (Deewee, EP) **
  • Juan Álamo & Marimjazzia: Ruta Panoramica (Summit)
  • Melissa Aldana: Visions (Motéma) **
  • Jay Anderson: Deepscape (SteepleChase) **
  • Gretje Angell: In Any Key (Grevlinto)
  • Brittany Anjou: Enamigo Reciprokataj (Origin)
  • Laurie Antonioli: The Constant Passage of Time (Origin)
  • Art Ensemble of Chicago: We Are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (Pi, 2CD)
  • Ehud Asherie Trio: Wild Man Blues (Capri)
  • Atomic: Pet Variations (Odin)
  • Michaël Attias: Ëchos La Nuit (Out of Your Head)
  • Allison Au Quartet: Wander Wonder (self-released) **
  • Bali Baby: Bubbles Bali (Billmania Media) **
  • J. Balvin & Bad Bunny: Oasis (Universal Music Latino) **
  • Ilia Belorukov/Gabriel Ferrandini: Disquiet (Clean Feed) **
  • Black Midi: Schlagenheim (Rough Trade) **
  • Blood Orange: Angel's Pulse (Domino) **
  • Blu & Oh No: A Long Red Hot Los Angeles Summer Night (Native Sounds) **
  • Itamar Borochov: Blue Nights (Laborie Jazz)
  • George Cables: I'm All Smiles (HighNote) **
  • Layale Chaker & Sarafand: Inner Rhyme (In a Circle)
  • Etienne Charles: Carnival: The Sound of a People Vol. 1 (Culture Shock Music) **
  • Cheekface: Therapy Island (New Professor Music) **
  • The Cinematic Orchestra: To Believe (Domino) **
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  • Trish Clowes: Ninety Degrees Gravity (Basho) **
  • Anat Cohen Tentet: Triple Helix (Anzic) **
  • Romain Collin: Tiny Lights: Genesis (XM)
  • The Comet Is Coming: Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery (Impulse!) **
  • Stephan Crump's Rosetta Trio: Outliers (Papillon)
  • Denzel Curry: Zuu (Loma Vista) **
  • Czarface/Ghostface Killah: Czarface Meets Ghostface (Silver Age) **
  • DaBaby: Baby on Baby (South Coast Music Group) **
  • Chuck Deardorf: Perception (Origin)
  • Default Genders: Main Pop Girl 2019 (self-released) **
  • Joey DeFrancesco: In the Key of the Universe (Mack Avenue) **
  • José Dias: After Silence, Vol. 1 (Clean Feed) **
  • Dreezy: Big Dreez (Interscope) **
  • Mark Dresser Seven: Ain't Nothing but a Cyber Coup & You (Clean Feed)
  • Rebecca DuMaine and the Dave Miller Combo: Chez Nous (Summit)
  • Sharman Duran: Questioning Reality (self-released)
  • Mats Eilertsen: And Then Comes the Night (ECM) **
  • Elephant9 With Reine Fiske: Psychedelic Backfire II (Rune Grammofon) **
  • Ex Hex: It's Real (Merge) **
  • The Fictive Five: Anything Is Possible (Clean Feed) **
  • Filthy Friends: Emerald Valley (Kill Rock Stars) **
  • Fleurine: Brazilian Dream (Pure Imagination)
  • Rosie Flores: Simple Case of the Blues (The Last Music Company) **
  • Flying Lotus: Flamagra (Warp) **
  • Anat Fort Trio: Colour (Sunnyside) **
  • Al Foster: Inspirations & Dedications (Smoke Sessions) **
  • George Freeman: George the Bomb! (Blujazz/Southport)
  • Paolo Fresu/Richard Galliano/Jan Lundgren: Mare Nostrum III (ACT) **
  • Satoko Fujii: Solo Piano: Stone (Libra)
  • Future: Future Hndrxx Presents: The Wizrd (Epic/Freebandz) **
  • Girls on Grass: Dirty Power (self-released) **
  • Ariana Grande: Thank U, Next (Republic) **
  • Guillermo Gregorio & Brandon Lopez: 12 Episodes (Relative Pitch)
  • Augie Haas: Dream a Little Dream (Playtime Music)
  • Harbinger: Extended (OA2)
  • Tom Harrell: Infinity (HighNote) **
  • John Hart: Crop Circles (SteepleChase) **
  • Alexander Hawkins: Iron Into Wind: Piano Solo (Intakt)
  • Miho Hazama: Dancer in Nowhere (Sunnyside)
  • Randy Houser: Magnolia (Stoney Creek) **
  • Christoph Irniger Pilgrim: Crosswinds (Intakt)
  • Vijay Iyer/Craig Taborn: The Transitory Poems (ECM) **
  • Ahmed Ag Kaedy: Akaline Kidal (Sahel Sounds) **
  • Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: The Hope I Hold (Greenleaf Music)
  • Kehlani: While We Wait (Atlantic/TSNMI) **
  • Izumi Kimura/Barry Guy/Gerry Hemingway: Illuminated Silence (Fundacja Sluchaj) **
  • Brian Krock: Liddle (Outside In Music)
  • La La Lars: La La Lars II (Headspin)
  • Alex Lahey: The Best of Luck Club (Dead Oceans) **
  • Pablo Lanouguere Quintet: Eclectico (self-released)
  • Matt Lavelle Quartet: Hope (Unseen Rain) **
  • Remy Le Boeuf: Light as a Word (Outside In Music)
  • Mike LeDonne: Partners in Time (Savant) **
  • David Liebman/Jeff Coffin/Victor Wooten/Chester Thompson/Chris Walters/James DaSilva: On the Corner Live! The Music of Miles Davis (Ear Up) **
  • Russ Lossing: Motian Music (Sunnyside) **
  • Joe Lovano: Trio Tapestry (ECM) **
  • Rosie Lowe: Yu (Wolf Tone) **
  • Kelsey Lu: Blood (Columbia) **
  • Doug MacDonald Quartet: Organisms (self-released)
  • Maluma: 11:11 (Sony Music Latin) **
  • Mannequin Pussy: Patience (Epitaph) **
  • Charlie Marie: Charlie Marie (self-released, EP) **
  • Martha: Love Keeps Kicking (Dirtnap) **
  • The Mauskovic Dance Band: The Mauskovic Dance Band (Soundway) **
  • Maxo Kream: Brandon Banks (Big Persona/RCA) **
  • Marilyn Mazur: Marilyn Mazur's Shamania (RareNoise) *
  • MC Frontalot: Net Split, or the Fathomless Heartbreak of Online Itself (Level Up) **
  • Xose Miguélez: Ontology (Origin)
  • Levon Mikaelian Trio: Untainted (self-released)
  • Buddy & Julie Miller: Breakdown on 20th Ave. South (New West) **
  • Matt Mitchell: Phalanx Ambassadors (Pi)
  • The Mountain Goats: In League With Dragons (Merge) **
  • Greg Murphy Trio: Bright Idea (Whaling City Sound)
  • Simon Nabatov Quintet: Last Minute Theory (Clean Feed) **
  • Rico Nasty/Kenny Beats: Anger Management (Sugar Trap, EP) **
  • The National: I Am Easy to Find (4AD) **
  • New Orleans Jazz Orchestra: Songs: The Music of Allen Toussaint (Storyville)
  • Nobject [Martin Küchen/Rafal Mazur/Vasco Trilla]: X-Rayed (Fundacja Sluchaj) **
  • Nots: 3 (Goner) **
  • Karen O & Danger Mouse: Lux Prima (BMG) **
  • Larry Ochs/Nels Cline/Gerald Cleaver: What Is to Be Done (Clean Feed) **
  • Linda May Han Oh: Aventurine (Biophilia) **
  • May Okita: Art of Life (Origin)
  • Old Man Saxon: Goldman Sax (Saxon Kincy, EP) **
  • Matt Olson: 789 Miles (OA2)
  • Sam Ospovat: Ride Angles (Skirl)
  • Kassa Overall: Go Get Ice Cream and Listen to Jazz (self-released) **
  • Evan Parker/Paul G. Smyth: Calenture and Light Leaks (Weekertoft) **
  • Nicki Parrott: From New York to Paris (Arbors) **
  • Jai Paul: Leak 04-13 (Bait Ones) (XL) **
  • Jessica Pavone: In the Action (Relative Pitch)
  • Pere Ubu: The Long Goodbye (Cherry Red) **
  • Pet Shop Boys: Agenda (X2, EP) **
  • The John Pizzarelli Trio: For Centennial Reasons: 100 Year Salute to Nat King Cole (Ghostlight) **
  • Powder: Powder in Space (DJ Mix) (Beats in Space) **
  • Noah Preminger: After Life (Criss Cross) **
  • Mette Rasmussen/Julien Desprez: The Hatch (Dark Tree)
  • Red Kite: Red Kite (RareNoise)
  • Eric Reed: Everybody Gets the Blues (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Maggie Rogers: Heard It in a Past Life (Capitol) **
  • RPM: Just Like Falling (Unseen Rain) **
  • Catherine Russell: Alone Together (Dot Time) **
  • The Jamie Saft Quartet: Hidden Corners (RareNoise) *
  • Samo Salamon/Szilárd Mezei/Jaka Berger: Swirling Blind Unstilled (Klopotec)
  • Dua Saleh: Nur (Against Giants -EP) **
  • Nick Sanders Trio: Playtime 2050 (Sunnyside)
  • The Selva: Canicula Rosa (Clean Feed) **
  • Sigrid: Sucker Punch (Island) **
  • Paul Silbergleit: January (Blujazz)
  • Skepta: Ignorance Is Bliss (Boy Better Know) **
  • Sleaford Mods: Eton Alive (Extreme Eating) **
  • SOL Development: The SOL of Black Folk (self-released) **
  • Spellling: Mazy Fly (Sacred Bones) **
  • Matthias Spillmann Trio: Live at the Bird's Eye Jazz Club (Clean Feed) **
  • Emily A. Sprague: Mount Vision (self-released) **
  • Mavis Staples: Live in London (Anti-) **
  • Carol Sudhalter Quartet: Live at Saint Peter's Church (Alfa Projects)
  • Sunflower Bean: King of the Dudes (Mom + Pop, EP) **
  • Tanya Tagaq: Toothsayer (Six Shooter, EP) **
  • Aki Takase: Hokusai: Piano Solo (Intakt) **
  • Yves Theiler Trio: We (Intakt) **
  • AJ Tracey: AJ Tracey (self-released) **
  • Gianluigi Trovesi/Gianni Coscia: La Misteriosa Musica Della Regina Loana (ECM) **
  • Tyler, the Creator: Igor (Columbia) **
  • Typical Sisters: Hungry Ghost (Outside In Music)
  • Vampire Weekend: Father of the Bride (Columbia) **
  • Ken Vandermark/Mats Gustafsson: Verses (Corbett vs. Dempsey) **
  • Betty Who: Betty (self-released) **
  • Wschód: Wschód (Clean Feed) **
  • The Yawpers: Human Question (Bloodshot) **
  • Akiko Hamilton Dechter: Equal Time (Capri)
  • Ralph Alessi: Imaginary Friends (ECM) **
  • Fabian Almazan Trio: This Land Abounds With Life (Biophilia) **
  • Angel-Ho: Death Becomes Her (Hyperdub) **
  • Charlie Apicella & Iron City: Groove Machine (OA2)
  • Jerry Bergonzi: The Seven Rays (Savant) **
  • Better Oblivion Community Center: Better Oblivion Community Center (Dead Oceans) **
  • Beyoncé: Homecoming: The Live Album (Columbia, 2CD) **
  • Carlos Bica/Daniel Erdmann/DJ Illvibe: I Am the Escaped One (Clean Feed) **
  • Michael Bisio/Kirk Knuffke/Fred Lonberg-Holm: Requiem for a New York Slice (Iluso) **
  • B.J. the Chicago Kid: 1123 (Motown) **
  • Blind Lemon Jazz: After Hours: New Pages in the American Songbook (Ofeh)
  • Lewis Capaldi: Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent (Capitol) **
  • Chai: Punk (Burger) **
  • Stef Chura: Midnight (Saddle Creek) **
  • Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman: Time Gone Out (Intakt) **
  • Theon Cross: Fyah (Gearbox) **
  • Caroline Davis: Alula (New Amsterdam) **
  • Steve Davis: Correlations (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Angel Bat Dawid: The Oracle (International Anthem) **
  • Mark De Clive-Lowe: Heritage (Ropeadope) **
  • Dave Douglas/Uri Caine/Andrew Cyrille: Devotion (Greenleaf Music) **
  • Open Mike Eagle: The New Negroes: Season 1 Soundtrack (Comedy Central, EP) **
  • Elephant9: Psychedelic Backfire I (Rune Grammofon) **
  • Empath: Active Listening: Night on Earth (Get Better) **
  • Mimi Fox: This Bird Still Flies (Origin)
  • Bill Frisell/Thomas Morgan: Epistrophy (ECM) **
  • Stephen Gauci/Sandy Ewan/Adam Lane/Kevin Shea: Live at the Bushwick Series (Gaucimusic) **
  • Luke Gillespie: Moving Mists (Patois)
  • Charles Wesley Godwin: Seneca (self-released) **
  • Hilliard Greene: Spirituals (Unseen Rain) **
  • Larry Grenadier: The Gleaners (ECM) **
  • Nick Grinder: Farallon (self-released)
  • Mats Gustafsson/Jason Adasiewicz: Timeless (Corbett vs. Dempsey) **
  • Hama: Houmeissa (Sahel Sounds) **
  • Fred Hersch & the WDR Big Band: Begin Again (Palmetto)
  • William Hooker: Cycle of Restoration (FPE) **
  • Jesca Hoop: Stonechild (Memphis Industries) **
  • Human Feel [Chris Speed/Andrew D'Angelo/Kurt Rosenwinkel/Jim Black]: Gold (Intakt)
  • Peter Jensen & DR Big Band: Stand on Your Feet and Fight: Voices of the Danish West Indies (ILK)
  • Mark Kavuma: The Banger Factory (Ubuntu Music) **
  • Angelique Kidjo: Celia (Verve) **
  • Michael Kocour: East of the Sun (OA2)
  • Joachim Kühn: Melodic Ornette Coleman: Piano Works XIII (ACT) **
  • Steve Lacy: Apollo XXI (3Qtr) **
  • Lady Lykez: Muhammad Ali EP (Hyperdub, EP) **
  • Lapis Trio: The Travelers (Shifting Paradigm)
  • Jenny Lewis: On the Line (Warner Bros.) **
  • Lil Nas X: 7 (Columbia, EP) **
  • Damon Locks/Black Monument Ensemble: Where Future Unfolds (International Anthem) **
  • Aubrey Logan: Your Mom's Favorite Songs (Resonance, EP) **
  • Lage Lund: Terrible Animals (Criss Cross) **
  • Doug MacDonald: Califournia Quartet (Dmacmusic)
  • Lisa Maxwell's Jazz Orchestra: Shiny! (Uncle Marvin Music)
  • Reba McEntire: Stronger Than the Truth (Big Machine) **
  • Jenna McLean: Brighter Day (Moddl)
  • Gabriele Mitelli/Rob Mazurek: Star Splitter (Clean Feed) **
  • Thurston Moore/Frank Rosaly: Marshmallow Moon Decorum (Corbett vs. Dempsey) **
  • Jack Mouse Group: Intimate Adversary (Tall Grass)
  • Helado Negro: This Is How You Smile (RVNG Intl) **
  • Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real: Turn Off the News (Build a Garden) (Fantasy) **
  • Nivhek: After Its Own Death/Walking in a Spiral Towards the House (Yellow Electric) **
  • Ulysses Owens Jr.: Songs of Freedom (Resilience Music) **
  • Bennett Paster: Indivisible (self-released)
  • Pedro the Lion: Phoenix (Polyvinyl) **
  • Jeremy Pelt: Jeremy Pelt the Artist (HighNote) **
  • Ivo Perelman/Mat Maneri/Nate Wooley: Strings 3 (Leo)
  • Phicus + Martin Küchen: Sumpflegende (Fundacja Sluchaj) **
  • Alberto Pibiri & the Al Peppers: The Nacho Blues (Alberto Pibiri Music)
  • Pom Poko: Birthday (Bella Union) **
  • Herlin Riley: Perpetual Optimism (Mack Avenue) **
  • Joel Ross: KingMaker (Blue Note) **
  • Rotten Girlz: Punk You (Sazas)
  • Royal Trux: White Stuff (Fat Possum) **
  • Dave Rudolph Quintet: Resonance (self-released)
  • Sasami: Sasami (Domino) **
  • Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Ancestral Recall (Ropeadope) **
  • Dave Scott: In Search of Hipness (SteepleChase) **
  • Marcus Shelby Orchestra: Transitions (MSO)
  • ShitKid: [Detention] (PNKSLM) **
  • The Richard Shulman Trio: Waltzing out of Town (RichHeart Music)
  • Silk Road Assassins: State of Ruin (Planet Mu) **
  • Erik Skov: Liminality (OA2)
  • Wadada Leo Smith: Rosa Parks: Pure Love: An Oratorio of Seven Songs (TUM)
  • Sneaks: Highway Hypnosis (Merge) **
  • Solange: When I Get Home (Saint/Columbia) **
  • Sote: Parallel Persia (Diagonal) **
  • The Specials: Encore (Island) **
  • Mary Stallings: Songs Were Made to Sing (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Peter Stampfel and the Atomic Meta Pagans: The Ordovician Era (Don Giovanni) **
  • Lyn Stanley: London Calling: A Toast to Julie London (A.T. Music)
  • Ben Stapp/Joe Morris: Mind Creature Sound Dasein (Fundacja Sluchaj) **
  • Dexter Story: Bahir (Soundway) **
  • Zhenya Strigalev/Federico Dannemann: The Change (Rainy Days) **
  • Dave Stryker: Eight Track III (Strikezone)
  • Supa Bwe: Just Say Thank You (Freddy Got Magic/Empire, EP) **
  • Kate Tempest: The Book of Traps and Lessons (Republic) **
  • Terraza Big Band: One Day Wonder (Outside In Music)
  • Paul Tynan: Quartet (Origin)
  • Sharon Van Etten: Remind Me Tomorrow (Jagjaguwar) **
  • Vestbo Trio: Gentlemen . . . (Dog Hound) **
  • Rebekah Victoria: Songs of the Decades (Patois)
  • Claudia Villela: Encantada Live (Taina Music)
  • Trevor Watts/Stephen Grew: Let It Be: Live in Liverpool (Fundacja Sluchaj) **
  • Cory Weeds Quintet: Live at Frankie's Jazz Club (Cellar Live) **
  • Wing Walker Orchestra: Hazel (Ears & Eyes)
  • Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet: The Rhythm of Invention (Patois)
  • G. Calvin Weston/The Phoenix Orchestra: Dust and Ash (577) **
  • Rodney Whitaker: Common Ground: The Music of Gregg Hill (Origin)
  • Nate Wooley: Columbia Icefield (Northern Spy) **
  • Wreckless Eric: Transience (Southern Domestic) **
  • Dave Zinno Unisphere: Stories Told (Whaling City Sound)
  • The 14 Jazz Orchestra: The Future Ain't What It Used to Be (Dabon Music)
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  • 100 Gecs: 1000 Gecs (Dog Show) **
  • Cyrille Aimée: Move On: A Sondheim Adventure (Mack Avenue) **
  • Blue Standard: A Good Thing (Big Time)
  • Randy Brecker & NDR Bigband: Rocks (Piloo)
  • Brooks & Dunn: Reboot (Arista Nashville) **
  • Burial: Clausto/State Forest (Hyperdub, EP) **
  • Chat Noir: Hyperuranion (RareNoise) *
  • Mark De Clive-Lowe: Heritage II (Ropeadope) **
  • Rosana Eckert: Sailing Home (OA2)
  • Elder Ones: From Untruth (Northern Spy) **
  • Robert Ellis: Texas Piano Man (New West) **
  • Ezra Collective: You Can't Steal My Joy (Enter the Jungle) **
  • Fennesz: Agora (Touch) **
  • Fire! Orchestra: Arrival (Rune Grammofon) **
  • Carolyun Fitzhugh: Living in Peace (Iyouwe)
  • Four: There You Go Thinking Again (Jazz Hang)
  • Ben Lamar Gay: Confetti in the Sky Like Fireworks [This Is Bate Bola OST] (International Anthem) **
  • Polly Gibbons: All I Can Do (Resonance)
  • Girlpool: What Chaos Is Imaginary (Anti-) **
  • Mark Guiliana: Beat Music! Beat Music! Beat Music! (Motéma) **
  • Aldous Harding: Designer (4AD) **
  • Hot 8 Brass Band: Take Cover (2019, Tru Thoughts, EP) **
  • Julia Jacklin: Crushing (Polyvinyl) **
  • Norah Jones: Begin Again (Blue Note, EP) **
  • Larry Koonse: New Jazz Standards Vol. 4 (Summit)
  • Xavier Lecouturier: Carrier (Origin)
  • Kedr Livanskiy: Your Need (2MR) **
  • Greta Matassa: Portrait (Origin)
  • The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra: Along for the Ride (Summit)
  • Monopiece/Jaap Blonk: Monopiece + Jaap Blonk (Shhpuma) **
  • Maren Morris: Girl (Columbia Nashville) **
  • Sean Noonan: Tan Man's Hat (RareNoise) *
  • Ola Onabulé: Point Less (Rugged Ram)
  • Rich Pellegrin: Down (OA2)
  • PUP: Morbid Stuff (Rise/BMG) **
  • Resavoir: Resavoir (International Anthem) **
  • Ellynne Rey: The Birdsong Project (self-released)
  • Ruby Rushton: Ironside (22a) **
  • Jamie Saft/Steve Swallow/Bobby Previte: You Don't Know the Life (RareNoise) *
  • Santana: Africa Speaks (Concord) **
  • Marcos Silva: Brasil: From Head to Toe (Green Egg)
  • Gwilym Simcock: Near and Now (ACT) **
  • Spring Roll: Episodes (Clean Feed) **
  • Chanda Rule: Sapphire Dreams (PAO)
  • George Strait: Honky Tonk Time Machine (MCA Nashville) **
  • Fumi Tomita: The Elephant Vanishes (OA2)
  • The Twilight Sad: It Won/t Be Like This All the Time (Rock Action) **
  • Urbanity: Urbanity (Alfi) **
  • Faye Webster: Atlanta Millionaires Club (Secretly Canadian) **
  • Mark Wingfield & Gary Husband: Tor & Vale (Moonjune)
  • 4WD [Nils Landgren/Michael Wollny/Lars Danielsson/Wolfgang Haffner]: 4 Wheel Drive (ACT) **
  • James Blake: Assume Form (Polydor) **
  • Chick Corea/The Spanish Heart Band: Antidote (Concord) **
  • Pablo Embon: Reminiscent Mood (self-released)
  • Jelena Jovovic: Heartbeat (self-released)
  • Juice Wrld: Death Race for Love (Interscope) **
  • LSD: Labrinth/Sia/Diplo Present . . . LSD (Columbia) **
  • Moutin Factory Quintet: Mythical River (Laborie Jazz)
  • Nubiyan Twist: Jungle Run (Strut)
  • Orville Peck: Pony (Sub Pop) **
  • Chris Potter: Circuits (Edition) **
  • Bruce Springsteen: Western Stars (Columbia) **
  • Oli Steidle & the Killing Popes: Ego Pills (Shhpuma) **
  • Swindle: No More Normal (Brownswood) **
  • Greg Ward Presents Rogue Parade: Stomping Off From Greenwood (Greenleaf Music) **
  • Weyes Blood: Titanic Rising (Sub Pop) **
  • Judy and the Jerks: Music for Donuts EP (Thrilling Living, EP) **
  • Ustad Saami: God Is Not a Terrorist (Glitterbeat) **
  • The United States Air Force Band Airmen of Note: Global Reach (self-released)
  • The United States Air Force Band: The Jazz Heritage Series: 2019 Radio Broadcasts (self-released, 4CD)

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. L7: Pretend We're Dead: Best of L7 (1992-97, Warner Music Group) **
  2. Chance the Rapper: 10 Day (2011, self-released) **
  3. Eric Dolphy: Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions (Resonance, 3CD)
  4. Stan Getz: Getz at the Gate: The Stan Getz Quartet Live at the Village Gate Nov. 26 1961 (Verve, 2CD) **
  5. Ran Blake/Jeanne Lee: The Newest Sound You Never Heard (1966-67, A-Side, 2CD)
  6. Alex Chilton: From Memphis to New Orleans (1985-89, Bar/None) **
  7. Agustí Fernández With William Parker & Susie Ibarra: One Night at the Joan Miró Foundation: July 16th 1998 (Fundacja Sluchaj) **
  8. Clifford Jordan Quartet: Glass Bead Games (1973, Pure Pleasure) **
  9. Nigeria 70: No Wahala: Highlife, Afro-Funk & Juju 1973-1987 (Strut) **
  10. Bill Evans: Smile With Your Heart: The Best of Bill Evans on Resonance (1968-69, Resonance)
  11. Betty Carter: The Music Never Stops (1992, Blue Engine)
  12. Wes Montgomery: Wes's Best: The Best of Wes Montgomery on Resonance (1956-66, Resonance)
  13. Sir Shina Peters & His International Stars: Sewele (1986, Strut) **
  14. Infinite Spirit Music: Live Without Fear (1979, Jazzman) **
  15. Kankyo Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environental and New Age Music 1980-1990 (Light in the Attic) **
  16. Woody Shaw Quintet: Basel 1980 (1980-81, Elemental Music, 2CD) **
  17. Sam Rivers Trio: Emanation (1971, NoBusiness)
  18. Horace Tapscott With the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra and the Great Voice of UGMAA: Why Don't You Listen? Live at LACMA 1998 (Dark Tree)

Pending:

Also Noted:

  • Burnt Sugar/The Arkestra Chamber: Twentieth Anniversary Mixtapes: Groiddest Schnizzits: Volume Two (2001-17, Trugroid/Avantgroidd) **
  • Kang Tae Hwan/Midori Takada: An Eternal Moment (1995, NoBusiness)
  • George Jones: United Artists Rarities (1962-64, EMI Nashville) **
  • Sonic Youth: Battery Park, NYC, July 4th 2008 (Matador) **
  • Mark Turner/Gary Foster: Mark Turner Meets Gary Foster (2003, Capri, 2CD)
  • David Wertman Sun Ensemble: Earthly Delights (1978, BBE) **
  • Afro-Blue Persuasion: Live at Haight Levels: Volume One (1967, Tramp) **
  • Afro-Blue Persuasion: Live at Haight Levels: Volume Two (1967, Tramp) **
  • Big Star: Live on WLIR (1974, Omnivore) **
  • Paul Bley/Gary Peacock/Paul Motian: When Will the Blues Leave (1999, ECM) **
  • James Booker: Vol. 1: At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall, Hamburg 1976 (Jazzline) **
  • Detail: Day Two (1982, NoBusiness)
  • Elecktrokids: Elektroworld (1995, Clone Classic Cuts) **
  • Dexter Gordon: At the Subway Club 1973 (Elemental Music, 2CD) **
  • The Tubby Hayes Quartet: Grits, Beans and Greens: The Lost Fontana Studio Session 1969 (Decca) **
  • Sourakata Koité: En Hollande (1984, Awesome Tapes From Africa) **
  • Sunny Murray/Bob Dickie/Robert Andreano: Homework (1994, NoBusiness)
  • Johnny Shines: The Blues Came Falling Down: Live 1973 (Omnivore) **
  • Sun Ra: Crystal Spears (1973, Modern Harmonic) **
  • Alex Chilton: Songs From Robin Hood Lane (1991-94, Bar/None) **
  • Jazz Piano Panorama: The Best of Piano Jazz on Resonance (1968-2011, Resonance)
  • Kid Creole & the Coconuts: Live in Paris 1985 (Rainman) **
  • Live at Raul's (1979, Steady Boy) **
  • Harry Mosco: Peace & Harmony (1979, Isle of Jura) **
  • Kinloch Nelson: Partly on Time: Recordings 1968-1970 (Tompkins Square) **
  • Sun Ra and His Spirit of Jazz Cosmos Arkestra: WUHY Radio Philadelphia 1978 (Enterplanetary Koncepts)
  • Team Dresch: Personal Best (1994, Jealous Butcher, EP) **
  • Team Dresch: Choices, Chances, Changes: Singles & Comptracks 1994-2000 (Jealous Butcher) **
  • Townes Van Zandt: Sky Blue (1973, Fat Possum) **
  • Weaponize Your Sound (Optimo Music) **
  • Ra-Kalam Bob Moses: When Elephants Dream of Music (1982, Ra-Kalam) **
  • Sing a Song of Jazz: The Best of Vocal Jazz on Resonance (1956-2018, Resonance)
  • Masayuki Takayanagi New Directions Unit: April Is the Cruellest Month (1975, Black Forms Editions) **
  • Neil Young + Stray Gators: Tuscaloosa (Reprise) **

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.