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., -19 for 2019) -- 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 2019 until the end of calendar 2020, especially where the record was known to exist in 2019 and I'm just getting around to it.

New Records

  1. Mark Lomax, II & the Urban Art Ensemble: 400 Years Suite (CFG Multimedia) **
  2. Drive-By Truckers: The Unraveling (ATO) **
  3. Ross Hammond/Oliver Lake/Mike Pride: Our Place on the Wheel (Prescott) **
  4. Aly Keïta/Jan Galega Brönnimann/Lucas Niggli: Kalan Teban (Intakt) **
  5. Chicago Farmer: Flyover Country (Chicago Farmer) **
  6. Shopping: All or Nothing (FatCat) **
  7. Dua Lipa: Future Nostalgia (Warner) **
  8. Lucinda Williams: Good Souls Better Angels (Highway 20) **
  9. Shabaka and the Ancestors: We Are Sent Here by History (Impulse!) **
  10. Mac Miller: Circles (Warner) **
  11. Kenny Barron/Dave Holland Trio Featuring Johnathan Blake: Without Deception (Dare2)
  12. The Third Mind: The Third Mind (Yep Roc) **
  13. Evan Parker/Paul Lytton: Collective Calls (Revisited) (Jubilee) (Intakt) **
  14. Cornershop: England Is a Garden (Ample Play) **
  15. Broken Shadows: The Tower Tapes #2 (Jazz Club Ferrara) **
  16. Fiona Apple: Fetch the Bolt Cutters (Epic) **
  17. Gard Nilssen's Supersonic Orchestra: If You Listen Carefully the Music Is Yours (Odin) **
  18. Irreversible Entanglements: Who Sent You? (International Anthem) **
  19. Hamell on Trial: The Pandemic Songs (Saustex) **
  20. Jeb Bishop Flex Quartet: Re-Collect (Not Two -19) **
  21. Jasper Høiby: Planet B (Edition) **
  22. Jim Black Trio: Reckon (Intakt) **
  23. Al Gold: Al Gold's Paradise (self-released)
  24. Brandy Clark: Your Life Is a Record (Warner) **
  25. Schlippenbach/Narvesen Duo: Liminal Field (Not Two -19) **
  26. Heroes Are Gang Leaders: Artificial Happiness Button (Ropeadope)
  27. Waxahatchee: Saint Cloud (Merge) **
  28. Run the Jewels: RTJ4 (Jewel Runners/RBC/BMG) **
  29. Hinds: The Prettiest Curse (Mom + Pop) **
  30. Chad Taylor Trio: The Daily Biological (Cuneiform) **
  31. Dave Glasser: Hypocrisy Democracy (Here Tiz) [**]
  32. Kahil El'Zabar: Kahil El'Zabar's Spirit Groove (Spiritmuse) **
  33. Bob Dylan: Rough and Rowdy Ways (Columbia) **
  34. Jason Kao Hwang: Human Rites Trio (True Sound)
  35. Jerry Bergonzi: Nearly Blue (Savant)
  36. Rudresh Mahanthappa: Hero Trio (Whirlwind)
  37. Megan Thee Stallion: Suga (300 Entertainment, EP) **
  38. Joe McPhee/John Edwards/Klaus Kugel: A Night in Alchemia (Not Two) **
  39. Dave Sewelson: More Music for a Free World (Mahakala Music) **
  40. Anne Mette Iversen Quartet + 1: Racing a Butterfly (Bjurecords) **
  41. Whit Dickey Trio: Expanding Light (Tao Forms) **
  42. Samo Salamon/Igor Matkovic/Kristijan Krajncan: Common Flow (Sazas)
  43. James Brandon Lewis/Chad Taylor: Live in Willisau (Intakt) **
  44. Thank Your Lucky Stars: Girl in Her 29s (Sounds Deevine)
  45. Whit Dickey: Morph (ESP-Disk, 2CD)
  46. Torbjörn Zetterberg & Den Stora Fragan: Are You Happy (Moserobie)
  47. Large Unit/Fendika: EthioBraz (PNL -19) **
  48. Hedvig Mollestad: Ekhidna (Rune Grammofon) **
  49. Aruán Ortiz With Andrew Cyrille and Mauricio Herrera: Inside Rhythmic Falls (Intakt) **
  50. Juhani Aaltonen/Jonas Kullhammar/Christian Meaas Svendsen/Ilmari Heikinheimo: The Father, the Sons & the Junnu (Moserobie)
  51. Chad Matheny: United Earth League of Quarantine Aerobics (Dreams of Field, EP) **
  52. Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet: When Angels Fall (WMQ/Agora Muzyka -19) **
  53. Al Bilali Soudan: Tombouctou (Clermont Music) **
  54. Eminem: Music to Be Murdered By (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope/Goliath) **

Pending:

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

  • Jeff Cosgrove/John Medeski/Jeff Lederer: History Gets Ahead of the Story (Grizzley Music) [07-17]
  • Gregory Dudzienski Quartet: Beautiful Moments (OA2) [07-17]
  • Ricardo Grilli: 1962 (Tone Rogue) [07-10]
  • Bartosz Hadala Group: Three Short Stories (Zecernia)
  • Jeremy Levy Jazz Orchestra: The Planets: Reimagined (OA2) [07-17]
  • Quinsin Nachoff: Pivotal Arc (Whirlwind) [08-07]
  • Owl Xounds Exploding Galaxy: The Coalescence (ESP-Disk)
  • Corey Smythe: Accelerate Every Voice (Pyroclastic)
  • Soft Machine: Live at the Baked Potato (Moonjune)

Also Noted:

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

  • 79rs Gang: Expect the Unexpected (Sinking City) **
  • Against All Logic: 2017-2019 (Other People) **
  • Terry Allen and the Panhandle Mystery Band: Just Like Moby Dick (Paradise of Bachelors) **
  • Erlend Apneseth: Fragmentarium (Hubro) **
  • Danny Barnes: Man on Fire (ATO) **
  • Gary Bartz and Maisha: Night Dreamer Direct-to-Disc Sessions (Night Dreamer) **
  • Tim Berne's Snakeoil: The Fantastic Mrs. 10 (Intakt) **
  • Daniel Bingert: Berit in Space (Moserobie)
  • Raoul Björkenheim: Solar Winds (Long Song) **
  • Black Eyed Peas: Translation (Epic) **
  • Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow: Life Goes On (ECM) **
  • Blueface: Dirt Bag (Cash Money, EP -19) **
  • Don Braden/Joris Teepe Quartet: In the Spirit of Herbie Hancock: Live at De Witte (O.A.P.) **
  • James Carney Sextet: Pure Heart (Sunnyside) **
  • François Carrier/Tomek Gadecki/Marcik Bozek/Michel Lambert: Wide (FMR -19)
  • Daniel Carter/Matthew Shipp/William Parker/Gerald Cleaver: Welcome Adventure! Vol. 1 (577) **
  • Chicago Underground Quartet: Good Days (Astral Spirits)
  • Emmet Cohen Featuring George Coleman: Masters Legacy Series Volume 4 (self-released -19) **
  • CP Unit: One Foot on the Ground Smoking Mirror Shakedown (Ramp Local) **
  • Ronnie Cuber: Four (SteepleChase -19) **
  • Vito Dieterle: Anemone (Ride Symbol)
  • Lara Driscoll: Woven Dreams (Firm Roots Music)
  • Lajos Dudas: The Lake and the Music (JazzSick) **
  • Steve Earle: Ghosts of West Virginia (New West) **
  • Liberty Ellman: Last Desert (Pi)
  • The Exbats: Kicks, Hits and Fits (Burger) **
  • Fat Tony & Taydex: Wake Up (Carpark, EP) **
  • Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: Entity (Libra)
  • Georgia: Seeking Thrills (Domino) **
  • Vincent Glanzmann/Gerry Hemingway: Composition O (Fundacja Sluchaj)
  • GoGo Penguin: GoGo Penguin (Blue Note) **
  • Wendy Gondeln/Mats Gustafsson/Wolfang Voigt: The Shithole Country & Boogie Band (Corbett vs. Dempsey) **
  • Alex Goodman: Impressions in Blue and Red (Outside In Music, 2CD)
  • Jimmy Greene: While Looking Up (Mack Avenue) **
  • Grimes: Miss Anthropocene (4AD) **
  • Halsey: Manic (Capitol) **
  • Harrison²: Trout in Swimwear (self-released) *
  • Joel Harrison + 18: America at War (Sunnyside) **
  • Hegge: Feeling (Particular) **
  • The Heliocentrics: Infinity of Now (Madlib Invazion) **
  • Anna Högberg Attack: Lena (Omlott) **
  • Holy Fuck: Deleter (Last Gang) **
  • John Pål Inderberg Trio: Radio Inderberg (AMP Music) **
  • Edward "Kidd" Jordan/Joel Futterman/William Parker/Hamid Drake: A Tribute to Alvin Fielder: Live at Vision Festival XXIV (Mahakala Music) **
  • Kuzu [Dave Rempis/Tashi Dorji/Tyler Damon]: Purple Dark Opal (Aerophonic)
  • Lady Gaga: Chromatica (Interscope) **
  • John Law's Congregation: Configuration (Ubuntu Music) **
  • Ute Lemper: Rendezvous With Marlene (Jazzhaus) **
  • Luís Lopes Humanization 4tet: Believe, Believe (Clean Feed) **
  • Hayoung Lyou: Metamorphosis (Endectomorph Music)
  • Mdou Moctar: Mixtape Vol. 1 (self-released) **
  • Mr. Wrong: Create a Place (Water Wing, EP) **
  • Willie Nelson: First Rose of Spring (Legacy) **
  • Nutria: Meeting in Progress (Ears & Eyes)
  • Onipa: We No Be Machine (Strut) **
  • Keith Oxman: Two Cigarettes in the Dark (Capri)
  • Pet Shop Boys: Hotspot (X2) **
  • Princess Nokia: Everything Is Beautiful (Platoon) **
  • Quelle Chris & Chris Keys: Innocent Country 2 (Mello Music Group) **
  • Stephen Riley: Friday the 13th (SteepleChase) **
  • Rent Romus/Heikki Koskinen/Life's Blood Ensemble: Manala (Edgetone)
  • Adam Rudolph/Ralph M. Jones/Hamid Drake: Imaginary Archipelago (Meta)
  • Sault: Untitled (Black Is) (Forever Living Originals) **
  • Carl Saunders: Jazz Trumpet (Summit)
  • Schapiro 17: New Shoes: Kind of Blue at 60 (Summit, 2CD)
  • Diane Schuur: Running on Faith (Jazzheads)
  • John Scofield: Swallow Tales (ECM) **
  • Brandon Seabrook With Cooper-Moore & Gerald Cleaver: Exultation (Astral Spirits) **
  • Mark Segger Sextet: Lift Off (18th Note)
  • Sestetto Internazionale: Live in Munich 2019 (Fundacja Sluchaj)
  • Paul Shaw Quintet: Moment of Clarity (Summit)
  • Viktor Skokic Sextett: Basement Music (Jazzland)
  • Sløtface: Sorry for the Late Reply (Propeller) **
  • Jim Snidero: Project-K (Savant)
  • Soccer Mommy: Color Theory (Loma Vista) **
  • Martial Solal & Dave Liebman: Masters in Paris (Sunnyside) **
  • Sonar With David Torn: Tranceportation (Volume 2) (RareNoise) **
  • Dayna Stephens Trio: Liberty (Contagious Music) **
  • Superposition: Superposition (We Jazz) **
  • Craig Taborn/Dave King: The Tower Tapes #3 (Jazz Club Ferrara) **
  • Ohad Talmor Newsreel: Long Forms (Intakt) **
  • Michael Thomas: Event Horizon (Giant Step Arts, 2CD)
  • Jessie Ware: What's Your Pleasure? (Interscope) **
  • The Westerlies: Wherein Lies the Good (Westerlies)
  • Wire: Mind Hive (Pink Flag) **
  • Charli XCX: How I'm Feeling Now (Asylum) **
  • Ambrose Akinmusire: On the Tender Spot of Every Calloused Moment (Blue Note) **
  • Aksak Maboul: Figures (Crammed Discs) **
  • Sebastien Ammann: Resilience (Skirl) **
  • Lila Ammons: Genealogy (self-released)
  • John Anderson: Years (Easy Eye Sound) **
  • Thomas Anderson: Analog Summer (Four-Tracks and Then Some) (Out There) **
  • Bad Bunny: YHLQMDLG (Rimas) **
  • The Bad Plus: The Tower Tapes #4 (Jazz Club Ferrara) **
  • John Bailey: Can You Imagine? (Freedom Road)
  • Lucian Ban/John Surman/Mat Maneri: Transylvanian Folk Songs (Sunnyside) **
  • Benny Benack III: A Lot of Livin' to Do (LA Reserve)
  • Antoine Berjeaut: Moving Cities (I See Colors -19) **
  • Tim Berne's Snakeoil: The Tower Tapes #1 (Jazz Club Ferrara) **
  • Blueface: Find the Beat (Cash Money) **
  • Body Count: Carnivore (Century Media) **
  • Moses Boyd: Dark Matter (Exodus) **
  • Phoebe Bridgers: Punisher (Dead Oceans) **
  • Chris Byars: On the Shoulders of Giants (SteepleChase) **
  • Calle Loiza Jazz Project: There Will Never Be Another You (self-released)
  • Caitlin Cannon: The TrashCannon Album (Caitlin Cannon) **
  • Caribou: Suddenly (Merge) **
  • Caterpillar Quartet: Threads (ESP-Disk) *
  • Marshall Chapman: Songs I Can't Live Without (Tall Girl) **
  • Chromeo: Quarantine Casanova (Chromeo, EP) **
  • Chris Cogburn/Juan García/Ignaz Schick: Anáhuac (Astral Spirits)
  • Avishai Cohen Big Vicious: Big Vicious (ECM) **
  • Emmet Cohen Featuring Benny Golson & Albert "Tootie" Heath: Masters Legacy Series Volume 3 (self-released -19) **
  • Frank Colón: Latin Lounge (Technoprimal Music)
  • Jeremy Cunningham: The Weather Up There (Northern Spy) **
  • Jennifer Curtis & Tyshawn Sorey: Invisible Ritual (New Focus) **
  • Day Dream: Originals (Corner Store Jazz)
  • Vito Dieterle/Joel Forrester: Status Sphere (Ride Symbol)
  • Beatrice Dillon: Workaround (Pan) **
  • John DiMartino: Passion Flower: The Music of Billy Strayhorn (Sunnyside)
  • Dinosaur: To the Earth (Edition) **
  • Dave Douglas: Dizzy Atmosphere: Dizzy Gillespie at Zero Gravity (Greenleaf Music) **
  • Drakeo the Ruler: Thank You for Using GTL (Stinc Team) **
  • Yelena Eckemoff: Nocturnal Animals (L&H Production, 2CD)
  • Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band: The Intangible Between (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Fire! Orchestra: Actions (Rune Grammofon) **
  • Jean-Marc Foussat/Daunik Lazro/Evan Parker: Café Oto 2020 (Fou, 2CD)
  • Naama Gheber: Dearly Beloved (Cellar Music)
  • Gordon Grdina/Matt Mitchel/Jim Black: Gordon Grdina's Nomad Trio (Skirl)
  • Grrrl Gang: Here to Stay (Damnably, EP) **
  • The Haden Triplets: The Family Songbook (Trimeter) **
  • Haim: Women in Music Pt. III (Columbia) **
  • Alexander Hawkins/Tomeka Reid: Shards and Constellations (Intakt) **
  • Kirby Heard: Mama's Biscuits (self-released -19) **
  • Paul Heaton/Jacqui Abbott: Manchester Calling (Virgin EMI) **
  • Daniel Hersog: Night Devoid of Stars (Cellar Live)
  • Lily Hiatt: Walking Proof (New West) **
  • Lisa Hilton: Chalkboard Destiny (Ruby Slippers -19) **
  • Christopher Hollyday & Telepathy: Dialogue (Jazzbeat Productions)
  • JC Hopkins Biggish Band: New York Moment (Twee-Jazz)
  • The Howling Hex: Knuckleball Express (Fat Possum) **
  • Human Feel: The Tower Tapes #5 (Jazz Club Ferrara) **
  • J Hus: Big Conspiracy (Black Butter) **
  • Carly Rae Jepsen: Dedicated Side B (School Boy) **
  • KeiyaA: Forever, Ya Girl (Keiya) **
  • Nils Landgren & Jan Lundgren: Kristallen (ACT Music) **
  • Gabe Lee: Honky Tonk Hell (Torrez Music Group) **
  • Urs Leimgruber/Andreas Willers/Alvin Curran/Fabrizio Spera: Rome-ing (Leo -19) **
  • Jinx Lennon: Border Schizzo Fffolk Songs for the Fuc**d (Septic Tiger) **
  • Les Amazones D'Afrique: Amazones Power (RealWorld) **
  • Lil Wayne: Funeral (Young Money) **
  • Arto Lindsay/Joe McPhee/Ken Vandermark/Phil Sudderberg: Largest Afternoon (Corbett vs. Dempsey) **
  • Charles Lloyd: 8: Kindred Spirits (Live From the Lobero) (Blue Note) **
  • Fred Lonberg-Holm/Joe McPhee: No Time Left for Sadness (Corbett vs. Dempsey) **
  • Corb Lund: Agricultural Tragic (New West) **
  • Harold Mabern: Mabern Plays Mabern (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Nduduzo Makhathini: Modes of Communication: Letters From the Underworlds (Blue Note) **
  • Denise Mangiardi: Brown Book (Alice's Loft Music)
  • Grégoire Maret/Romain Collin/Bill Frisell: Americana (ACT Music)
  • Laura Marling: Song for Our Daughter (Chrysalis/Partisan) **
  • Delfeayo Marsalis Uptown Jazz Orchestra: Jazz Party (Troubadour Jass)
  • Sabir Mateen/Patrick Holmes/Federico Ughi: Survival Situation (577) **
  • Christian McBride: The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons (Mack Avenue) **
  • Ashley McBryde: Never Will (Warner Nashville) **
  • Thollem McDonas/William Parker/Nels Cline: Gowanus Sessions II (ESP-Disk) **
  • Mike McGinnis/Elias Bailey/Vinnie Sperrazza: Time Is Thicker (Open Stream Music)
  • John McLaughlin/Shankar Mahadevan/Zakir Hussain: Is That So? (Abstract Logix) **
  • Joe McPhee/Dave Rempis/Tomeka Reid/Brandon Lopez/Paal Nilssen-Love: Of Things Beyond Thule Vol. 1 (Aerophonic) **
  • Joe McPhee/Dave Rempis/Tomeka Reid/Brandon Lopez/Paal Nilssen-Love: Of Things Beyond Thule Vol. 2 (Aerophonic) **
  • Hailu Mergia: Yene Mircha (Awesome Tapes From Africa) **
  • Ras Michael: Live by the Spirit (Hen House Studios) **
  • Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes: What Kinda Music (Beyond the Groove) **
  • Ted Moore Trio: The Natural Order of Things (Origin)
  • John Moreland: LP5 (Old Omens) **
  • The Mountain Goats: Songs for Pierre Chuvin (Merge) **
  • Benjamin Moussay: Promontoire (ECM) **
  • Mythic Sunship: Changing Shapes: Live at Roadburn (El Paraiso) **
  • The Necks: Three (Northern Spy) **
  • Tami Neilson: Chicka Boom! (Outside) **
  • Josh Nelson Trio: The Discovery Project: Live in Japan (Steel Bird)
  • Farnell Newton: Rippin' & Rumblin' (Posi-Tone) **
  • Agnes Obel: Myopia (Blue Note) **
  • Jeff Parker: Suite for Max Brown (International Anthem) **
  • Aaron Parks: Little Big II: Dreams of a Mechanical Man (Ropeadope) **
  • Jonah Parzen-Johnson: Imagine Growing Up (We Jazz) **
  • Pere Ubu: By Order of Mayor Pawlicki: Live in Jarocin (Cherry Red) **
  • Lido Pimienta: Miss Colombia (Anti-) **
  • Tineke Postma: Freya (Edition) **
  • Princess Nokia: Everything Sucks (Platoon, EP) **
  • Jure Pukl: Broken Circles (Whirlwind) **
  • Purna Loka Ensemble: Metaraga (Origin)
  • Tom Rainey/Ingrid Laubrock: Stir Crazy (self-released) **
  • Gloria Reuben & Marty Ashby: For All We Know (MCG Jazz)
  • Jessie Reyez: Before Love Came to Kill Us (Island) **
  • Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: Sideways to New Italy (Sub Pop) **
  • Whitney Rose: We Still Go to Rodeos (MCG) **
  • Dan Rosenboom: Absurd in the Anthropocene (Gearbox) **
  • Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio: Angels Around (Heartcore) **
  • Andreas Røysum Ensemble: Andreas Røysum Ensemble (Motvind) **
  • Chanda Rule + Sweet Emma Band: Hold On (Blujazz/PAO)
  • Charles Rumback: June Holiday (Astral Spirits)
  • Samo Salamon/Igor Matkovic/Kristijan Krajncan: Rare Ebb (Sazas)
  • Gil Scott-Heron: We're New Again: A Reimagining by Makaya McCraven (XL) **
  • Serengeti: Ajai (Cohn) **
  • Sara Serpa: Recognition (Biophilia)
  • SFJazz Collective: Live: SFJazz Center 2019: 50th Anniversary: Miles Davis In a Silent Way and Sly & the Family Stone Stand! (SFJazz) **
  • Shabazz Palaces: The Don of Diamond Dreams (Sub Pop) **
  • Øyvind Skarbø/Fredrik Ljungkvist/Kris Davis/Ole Morten Vågan: Inland Empire (Clean Feed) **
  • Skepta, Chip & Young Adz: Insomnia (SKC M29) **
  • Matthew Shipp: The Piano Equation (Tao Forms) **
  • Torben Snekkestad/Agustí Fernández/Barry Guy: The Swiftest Traveler (Trost) **
  • Snotty Nose Rez Kids: Born Deadly (Fontana North, EP) **
  • Stephane Spira/Giovanni Mirabassi: Improkofiev (Jazzmax)
  • Grant Stewart Quartet: Rise and Shine (Cellar Live) **
  • STRFKR: Future Past Life (Polyvinyl) **
  • Swamp Dogg: Sorry You Couldn't Make It (Joyful Noise) **
  • Tamikrest: Tamotaït (Glitterbeat) **
  • Azu Tiwaline: Draw Me a Silence Part 1 (IOT, EP) **
  • Yves Tumor: Heaven to a Tortured Mind (Warp) **
  • Oded Tzur: Here Be Dragons (ECM) **
  • Gary Versace: All for Now (SteepleChase) **
  • Lou Volpe: Before & After (Jazz Guitar)
  • Anne Waldman: Sciamachy (Fast Speaking Music) **
  • Rod Wave: Pray 4 Love (Alamo) **
  • Webber/Morris Big Band: Both Are True (Greenleaf Music) **
  • Hailey Whitters: The Dream (Pigasus) **
  • Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad: Jazz Is Dead 002: Roy Ayers (Jazz Is Dead, EP) **
  • Waclaw Zimpel: Massive Oscillations (Ongehoord) **
  • 6lack: 6pc Hot EP (Interscope, EP) **
  • 070 Shake: Modus Vivendi (GOOD Music/Def Jam) **
  • Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: Faces of Souls (Leo) **
  • Robby Ameen: Diluvio (Origin)
  • Anáhuac: Ascua (Astral Spirits) **
  • Brian Andres Trio Latino: Mayan Suite (Bacalao) [05-15]
  • Harrison Argatoff: Toronto Streets Tour (self-released)
  • AuB: AuB (Edition) **
  • Omer Avital Qantar: New York Paradox (Jazz & People) **
  • Jeich Ould Badou: Music From Saharan WhatsApp 03 (Sahel Sounds, EP) **
  • Kelsea Ballerini: Kelsea (Black River) **
  • Majid Bekkas: Magic Spirit Quartet (ACT Music) **
  • Lakecia Benjamin: Pursuance: The Coltranes (Ropeadope) **
  • Steve Beresford & John Butcher: Old Paradise Airs (Iluso) **
  • Jehnny Beth: To Love Is to Live (Caroline) **
  • Andy Bianco: NYC Stories (Next Level) **
  • Jeb Bishop/Jaap Blonk/Weasel Walter/Damon Smith: JeJaWeDa: Poineer Works Vol. 1 (Balance Point Acoustics -19) **
  • #Bloomerangs: Moments and Fragments (Instru Dash Mental)
  • César Cardoso: Dice of Tenors (self-released) **
  • The Ian Carey Quintet + 1: Fire in My Head: The Anxiety Suite (Slow & Steady)
  • The Chats: High Risk Behaviour (Bargain Bin) **
  • The Coachella Valley Trio: Mid Century Modern (DMAC)
  • Alex Cunningham & Claire Rousay: Specifically the Water (Astral Spirits)
  • Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats: Unlocked (PH/Loma Vista, EP) **
  • Destroyer: Have We Met (Merge) **
  • Aaron Diehl: The Vagabond (Mack Avenue) **
  • Chris Dingman: Embrace (Inner Arts Initiative) **
  • Dion: Blues With Friends (Keeping the Blues Alive) **
  • The Dream Syndicate: The Universe Inside (Anti-) **
  • Jay Electronica: A Written Testimony (Roc Nation) **
  • Joe Ely: Love in the Midst of Mayhem (Rack 'Em) **
  • Wayne Escoffery: The Humble Warrior (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group: Earth (Whaling City Sound) **
  • Nick Finzer: Cast of Characters (Outside In Music)
  • Elliot Galvin: Live in Paris at Fondation Louis Vuitton (Edition) **
  • Freddie Gibbs & the Alchemist: Alfredo (ESGN/ALC/Empire) **
  • Gilfema: Three (Sounderscore)
  • Bob Gluck: Early Morning Star (FMR)
  • Gordon Grdina Septet: Resist (Irabbagast)
  • Jeff Hamilton Trio: Catch Me If You Can (Capri)
  • Monika Herzig: Eternal Dance (Savant)
  • Art Hirahara: Balance Point (Posi-Tone) **
  • Sigurd Hole: Lys/Mørke (Eivesang, 2CD) **
  • Sam Hunt: Southside (MCA Nashville) **
  • Idle Hands: Solid Moments (Posi-Tone) **
  • Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit: Reunions (Southeastern) **
  • Norah Jones: Pick Me Up Off the Floor (Blue Note) **
  • Jumpstarted Plowhards: Round One (Recess, EP -19) **
  • Kesha: High Road (Kemosabe) **
  • Kirk Knuffke: Brightness: Live in Amsterdam (Royal Potato Family) **
  • Brian Landrus/Fred Hersch/Drew Gress/Billy Hart: For Now (BlueLand)
  • Little Simz: Drop 6 (Age 101, EP) **
  • Paul Lytton/Nate Wooley: Known/Unknown (Fundacja Sluchaj)
  • Alain Mallet: Mutt Slang II: A Wake of Sorrows Engulfed in Rage (Origin)
  • Thomas Marriott: Trumpet Ship (Origin)
  • Medhane: Cold Water (TBHG) **
  • Pat Metheny: From This Place (Nonesuch) **
  • Mike: Weight of the World (10k) **
  • Roscoe Mitchell With Ostravska Banda: Performing Distant Radio Transmission Also Nonaah Trio, Cutouts for Woodwind Quintet and 8.8.88 (Wide Hive)
  • Simon Nabatov: Plain (Clean Feed) **
  • Never Weather: Blissonance (Ridgeway)
  • Eva Novoa: Satellite Quartet (Fresh Sound New Talent) **
  • Kassa Overall: I Think I'm Good (Brownswood) **
  • Grant Peeples: Bad Wife (Rootball) **
  • Vanderlei Pereira and Blindfold Test: Vision for Rhythm (Jazzheads)
  • Perfume Genius: Set My Heart on Fire Immediately (Matador) **
  • Chris Poland: Resistance (Ropeadope)
  • Porridge Radio: Every Bad (Secretly Canadian) **
  • Bobby Previte/Jamie Saft/Nels Cline: Music From the Early 21st Century (RareNoise) **
  • Francis Quinlan: Likewise (Saddle Creek) **
  • Reverso [Frank Woeste/Vincent Courtois/Ryan Keberle]: The Melodic Line (Out Note)
  • Jorge Roeder: El Suelo Mio (T-Town) **
  • Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen: Hold My Beer, Vol. 2 (Lil' Buddy Toons) **
  • Dua Saleh: Rosetta (Against Giants, EP) **
  • Felipe Salles Interconnections Ensemble: The New Immigrant Experience: Music Inspired by Conversations With Dreamers (Tapestry, 2CD)
  • The Secret Sisters: Saturn Return (New West) **
  • Tim Shaghoian: Gentle Beacons (Origin)
  • Walter Smith III/Matthew Stevens/Micah Thomas/Linda May Han Oh/Nate Smith: In Common 2 (Whirlwind) **
  • Dave Soldier: Zajal (Mulatta)
  • Alister Spence: Whirlpool: Solo Piano (Alister Spence Music, 2CD)
  • Sufjan Stevens & Lowell Brams: Aporia (Asthmatic Kitty) **
  • The Strokes: The New Abnormal (Cult/RCA) **
  • Nora Jane Struthers: Bright Lights, Long Drives, First Words (Blue Pig Music) **
  • Dave Stryker With Bob Mintzer and the WDR Big Band: Blue Soul (Strikezone)
  • Tame Impala: The Slow Rush (Interscope) **
  • Sophie Tassignon: Mysteries Unfold (RareNoise) *
  • Pam Tillis: Looking for a Feeling (Stellar Cat) **
  • The TNEK Jazz Quintet: Plays the Music of Sam Jones (TNEK Jazz)
  • Torres: Silver Tongue (Merge) **
  • Wako: Wako (Øra Fonogram) **
  • Amber Weekes: Pure Imagination (Amber Inn Productions)
  • Westside Gunn: Pray for Paris (Griselda) **
  • Westside Gunn: Flygod Is an Awesome God II (Griselda) **
  • Hayley Williams: Petals for Armor (Atlantic) **
  • Jaime Wyatt: Neon Cross (New West) **
  • Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad: Jazz Is Dead 001 (Jazz Is Dead, EP) **
  • Gerald Beckett: Mood (Pear Orchard)
  • Will Bernard: Freelance Subversives (Ropeadope) **
  • Boogat: El Gato Y Los Rumberos (Ray-On, EP) **
  • Benjamin Boone With the Ghana Jazz Collective: Joy (Origin)
  • Childish Gambino: 3.15.20 (RCA) **
  • Gerald Cleaver: Signs (577) **
  • Beth Duncan: I'm All Yours (Saccat)
  • Sarah Elgeti Quartet With Friends: Dawn Comes Quietly (Gateway Music)
  • John Ellis and Andy Bragen: The Ice Siren (Parade Light)
  • Amina Figarova Edition 113: Persistence (AmFi)
  • John Finbury: Quatro (Green Flash Music)
  • Fra Fra: Funeral Songs (Glitterbeat) **
  • Joyce Grant: Surrounded by Blue (Craftedair/Blujazz)
  • CeeLo Green: CeeLo Green Is Thomas Callaway (Easy Eye Sound) **
  • Wolfgang Haffner: Kind of Tango (ACT Music) **
  • Dylan Hayes Electric Band: Songs for Rooms and People (Blujazz)
  • Derrick Hodge: Color of Noize (Blue Note) **
  • Christopher Icasiano: Provinces (Origin)
  • LP and the Vinyl: Heard and Seen (OA2)
  • Rob Luft: Life Is the Dancer (Edition) **
  • Madre Vaca: Winterreise (Madre Vaca)
  • Brian Marsella: Gatos Do Sul (Tzadik) **
  • Medhane: Full Circle (TBHG, EP) **
  • Noshir Mody: An Idealist's Handbook: Identity, Love and Hope in America 2020 (self-released)
  • Simon Nabatov: Time Labyrinth (Leo) **
  • Arturo O'Farrill/The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: Four Questions (Zoho)
  • Shunzo Ohno: Runner (Pulsebeats)
  • Charles Pillow Ensemble: Chamber Jazz (Summit) **
  • Valery Ponomarev Big Band: Live! Our Father Who Art Blakey: The Centennial (Summit)
  • RJ & the Assignment: Hybrid Harmony (self-released)
  • Caroline Rose: Superstar (New West) **
  • Suzanna Ross: Is Bewitched* . . . *Not Bothered, Not Bewildered (self-released)
  • Claire Rousay: A Heavenly Touch (Already Dead) **
  • Shelly Rudolph: The Way We Love (OA2)
  • Darrell Scott: Sings the Blues of Hank Williams (Full Light) **
  • Kandace Springs: The Women Who Raised Me (Blue Note) **
  • Moses Sumney: Grae: Part 1 (Jagjaguwar) **
  • Sunwatchers: Oh Yeah? (Trouble in Mind) **
  • The Tender Things: How You Make a Fool (Spaceflight) **
  • Thundercat: It Is What It Is (Brainfeeder) **
  • Stein Urheim: Downhill Uplift (Hubro) **
  • Bill Warfield and the Hell's Kitchen Funk Orchestra: Smile (Planet Arts/43 Street)
  • Bobby Watson: Keepin' It Real (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Dan Willis and Velvet Gentlemen: The Monk Project (Belle Avenue) [07-17]
  • Carol Albert: Stronger Now (Cahara)
  • Elysia Crampton: Orcorara 2010 (Pan) **
  • Kaja Draksler Octet: Out for Stars (Clean Feed) **
  • Ellen Edwards: A New York Session (Stonefire Music, EP)
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis: The Music of Wayne Shorter (Blue Engine, 2CD) **
  • Machine Girl: U-Void Synthesizer (1818199 DK2) **
  • Painted Faces: Tales From the Skinny Apartment (ESP-Disk -19) **
  • Rina Sawayama: Sawayama (Dirty Hit) **
  • Curt Sydnor: Deep End Shallow (Out of Your Head)
  • The United States Air Force Band Airmen of Note: Air Power! (self-released)
  • U.S. Girls: Heavy Light (4AD) **
  • Daniel Carter/Patrick Holmes/Matthew Putman: Whoadie (577) **
  • Nicole Mitchell/Lisa E. Harris: Earthseed (FPE) **

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. Waco Brothers: Resist! (1995-2005, Bloodshot) **
  2. Cadence Revolution: Disques Debs International Vol. 2 (1970s, Disques Debs/Strut) **
  3. Tony Allen/Hugh Masekela: Rejoice (2010, World Circuit) **
  4. Ranil Y Su Conjunto Tropical: Limited Dance Edition (Analog Africa) **
  5. The Good Life: The Animals Took Over (2009, self-released) **

Pending:

Also Noted:

  • Willem Breuker/Han Bennink: New Acoustic Swing Duo (1967-68, Corbett vs. Dempsey -2CD -19) **
  • The Mark Harvey Group: A Rite for All Souls (1971, Americas Musicworks, 2CD)
  • Hank Jones Trio: Live at Jazzhus Slukefter Vol. 2 (1983, Storyville) **
  • Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80: Perambulator (1983, Knitting Factory) **
  • Léve Léve: Sao Tome & Principe Sounds '70s-'80s (Bongo Joe) **
  • The MacroQuarktet: The Complete Night: Live at the Stone NYC (2007, Out of Your Head, 2CD) **
  • New Stories: Speakin' Out (1999, Origin)
  • Nublu Orchestra Conducted by Butch Morris: Live in Bergamo (2008, Nublu) **
  • Ranil Y Su Conjunto Tropical: Stay Safe and Sound Ranil Selection!! (Analog Africa) **
  • Wussy: Ghosts (2006-19, self-released) **
  • Yabby You: King Tubby's Prophecies of Dub (1976, Pressure Sounds) **
  • African Head Charge: Churchical Chant of the Iyabinghi (1991-94, On-U Sound) **
  • Alan Braufman & Cooper-Moore: Live at WKCR May 22, 1972 (1972, Valley of Search, EP -19) **
  • Duke Ellington: Uppsala 1971 (Storyville -19) **
  • Bryan Ferry: Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1974 (BMG) **
  • Future/Zaytoven: Beast Mode (2015, Epic/Freebandz) **
  • Joe Harriott Quintet: Jazz for Moderns (1962, Gearbox, EP) **
  • Joe Harriott Quintet: Swings High (1967, Cadillac) **
  • Noah Howard: Live in Europe Vol. 1 (1975, Sconsolato) **
  • Brent Jensen: The Sound of a Dry Martini: Remembering Paul Desmond (2002, Origin)
  • Charlie Parker: The Savoy 10-inch LP Collection (1944-48, Craft) **
  • Pharoah Sanders: Live in Paris 1975 (Transversales Disque) **
  • Bobby Shew/Bill Mays: Telepathy (1978, Fresh Sound -19) **
  • Nina Simone: Fodder on My Wings (1982, Verve) **
  • Stone Crush: Memphis Modern Soul 1977-1987 (Light in the Attic) **
  • Lennie Tristano: The Duo Sessions (1968, Dot Time) **
  • John Vanore: Primary Colors (1984-85, Acoustical Concepts)
  • Neil Young: Homegrown (1974-75, Reprise) **
  • Rashied Ali Quintet: First Time Out: Live at Slugs 1967 (Survival) **
  • Apala: Apala Groups in Nigeria 1967-70 (Soul Jazz) **
  • Grayson Capps: South Front Street: A Retrospective 1997-2019 (The Royal Potato Family) **
  • Emperor X: Nineteen Live Recordings (2005-13, Dreams of Field) **
  • Jamaican All Stars [Studio One] (1970-74, Studio One) **
  • Antoinette Konan: Antoinette Konan (1986, Awesome Tapes From Africa -19) **
  • Sun Ra: Celestial Love (1982, Modern Harmonic) **
  • The John Tchicai Quartet: Live at the Stone (2007, Minus Zero) **
  • 16-17: Phantom Limb (1995-2018, Trost) **

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.