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. Shopping: All or Nothing (FatCat) **
  6. Dua Lipa: Future Nostalgia (Warner) **
  7. Chicago Farmer: Flyover Country (Chicago Farmer) **
  8. Shabaka and the Ancestors: We Are Sent Here by History (Impulse!) **
  9. Lucinda Williams: Good Souls Better Angels (Highway 20) **
  10. Kenny Barron/Dave Holland Trio Featuring Johnathan Blake: Without Deception (Dare2)
  11. Dream Wife: So When You Gonna . . . (Lucky Number) **
  12. Fiona Apple: Fetch the Bolt Cutters (Epic) **
  13. Cornershop: England Is a Garden (Ample Play) **
  14. The Third Mind: The Third Mind (Yep Roc) **
  15. Evan Parker/Paul Lytton: Collective Calls (Revisited) (Jubilee) (Intakt) **
  16. Broken Shadows: The Tower Tapes #2 (Jazz Club Ferrara) **
  17. Mac Miller: Circles (Warner) **
  18. Gard Nilssen's Supersonic Orchestra: If You Listen Carefully the Music Is Yours (Odin) **
  19. Irreversible Entanglements: Who Sent You? (International Anthem) **
  20. Hamell on Trial: The Pandemic Songs (Saustex) **
  21. Run the Jewels: RTJ4 (Jewel Runners/RBC/BMG) **
  22. Jeb Bishop Flex Quartet: Re-Collect (Not Two -19) **
  23. Jasper Høiby: Planet B (Edition) **
  24. Jim Black Trio: Reckon (Intakt) **
  25. Al Gold: Al Gold's Paradise (self-released)
  26. Brandy Clark: Your Life Is a Record (Warner) **
  27. Schlippenbach/Narvesen Duo: Liminal Field (Not Two -19) **
  28. Heroes Are Gang Leaders: Artificial Happiness Button (Ropeadope)
  29. Waxahatchee: Saint Cloud (Merge) **
  30. Hinds: The Prettiest Curse (Mom + Pop) **
  31. Kate NV: Room for the Moon (RVNG Intl) **
  32. Chad Taylor Trio: The Daily Biological (Cuneiform) **
  33. Dave Glasser: Hypocrisy Democracy (Here Tiz) [**]
  34. Kahil El'Zabar: Kahil El'Zabar's Spirit Groove (Spiritmuse) **
  35. Bob Dylan: Rough and Rowdy Ways (Columbia) **
  36. Thumbscrew: The Anthony Braxton Project (Cuneiform) **
  37. Jason Kao Hwang: Human Rites Trio (True Sound)
  38. Jerry Bergonzi: Nearly Blue (Savant)
  39. Rudresh Mahanthappa: Hero Trio (Whirlwind)
  40. Megan Thee Stallion: Suga (300 Entertainment, EP) **
  41. Joe McPhee/John Edwards/Klaus Kugel: A Night in Alchemia (Not Two) **
  42. Dave Sewelson: More Music for a Free World (Mahakala Music) **
  43. Brad Mehldau: Suite: April 2020 (Nonesuch) **
  44. Anne Mette Iversen Quartet + 1: Racing a Butterfly (Bjurecords) **
  45. Whit Dickey Trio: Expanding Light (Tao Forms) **
  46. Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids: Shaman! (Strut) **
  47. Samo Salamon/Igor Matkovic/Kristijan Krajncan: Common Flow (Sazas)
  48. James Brandon Lewis/Chad Taylor: Live in Willisau (Intakt) **
  49. No Age: Goons Be Gone (Drag City) **
  50. Thank Your Lucky Stars: Girl in Her 29s (Sounds Deevine)
  51. Thiago Nassif: Mente (Gearbox) **
  52. Adam Caine Quartet: Transmissions (NoBusiness)
  53. Car Seat Headrest: Making a Door Less Open (Matador) **
  54. Jarv Is: Beyond the Pale (Rough Trade) **
  55. Whit Dickey: Morph (ESP-Disk, 2CD)
  56. Torbjörn Zetterberg & Den Stora Fragan: Are You Happy (Moserobie)
  57. Lori McKenna: The Balladeer (CN) **
  58. Luís Lopes Humanization 4tet: Believe, Believe (Clean Feed)
  59. Larry Ochs/Aram Shelton Quartet: Continental Drift (Clean Feed) **
  60. Aminé: Limbo (Republic) **
  61. Matthew Shipp Trio: The Unidentifiable (ESP-Disk)
  62. Large Unit/Fendika: EthioBraz (PNL -19) **
  63. Hedvig Mollestad: Ekhidna (Rune Grammofon) **
  64. Okuden Quartet [Mat Walerian/Matthew Shipp/William Parker/Hamid Drake]: Every Dog Has His Day but It Doesn't Matter Because Fat Cat Is Getting Fatter (ESP-Disk, 2CD)
  65. City Girls: City on Lock (Quality Control/Motown) **
  66. Ballister: Znachki Stilyag (Aerophonic) **
  67. Aruán Ortiz With Andrew Cyrille and Mauricio Herrera: Inside Rhythmic Falls (Intakt) **
  68. Juhani Aaltonen/Jonas Kullhammar/Christian Meaas Svendsen/Ilmari Heikinheimo: The Father, the Sons & the Junnu (Moserobie)
  69. Bruno Råberg/Jason Robinson/Bob Weiner: The Urgency of Now (Creative Nation Music)
  70. Moor Jewelry: True Opera (Don Giovanni) **
  71. Zephaniah OHora: Listening to the Music (Last Roundup) **
  72. Threadbare [Jason Stein/Ben Cruz/Emerson Hunton]: Silver Dollar (NoBusiness)
  73. Keys & Screws [Thomas Borgmann/Jan Roder/Willi Kellers]: Some More Jazz (NoBusiness) *
  74. Eric Revis: Slipknots Through a Looking Glass (Pyroclastic)
  75. Speaker Music: Black Nationalist Sonic Weaponry (Planet Mu) **
  76. Rempis Percussion Quartet: The Long Haul (Aerophonic) **
  77. Kehlani: It Was Good Until It Wasn't (Atlantic) **
  78. Chad Matheny: United Earth League of Quarantine Aerobics (Dreams of Field, EP) **
  79. Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet: When Angels Fall (WMQ/Agora Muzyka -19) **
  80. Al Bilali Soudan: Tombouctou (Clermont Music) **
  81. Eminem: Music to Be Murdered By (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope/Goliath) **

Pending:

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

  • Chad Fowler/WC Anderson: Lacrimosa (Mahakala Music)
  • Lafayette Gilchrist: Now (Lafayette Gilchrist Music, 2CD) [10-02]
  • Osvaldo Golijov/The Silkroad Ensemble: Falling Out of Time (In a Circle) [10-09]
  • Hazar: Reincarnated (IAN Productions)
  • Joachim Mencel: Brooklyn Eye (Origin)
  • Merzbow/Mats Gustafsson/Balász Pándi: Cuts Open (RareNoise) * [09-25]
  • Tobin Mueller: What Survives: Radio Edits (self-released)
  • Ben Rosenblum Nebula Project: Kites and Strings (One Trick Dog) [10-16]
  • Markus Rutz: Blueprints: Figure Two: New Designs (OA2)
  • Jim Waller Big Band: Bucket List (self-released)
  • Walter White: BB XL (Walter White Music)
  • Nate Wooley: Seven Storey Mountain VI (Pyroclastic) [10-16]
  • WorldService Project: Hiding in Plain Sight (RareNoise) * [09-25]

Also Noted:

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

  • 79rs Gang: Expect the Unexpected (Sinking City) **
  • The 1975: Notes on a Conditional Form (Dirty Hit) **
  • Abraham Inc.: Together We Stand (Table Pounding -19) **
  • Against All Logic: 2017-2019 (Other People) **
  • Terry Allen and the Panhandle Mystery Band: Just Like Moby Dick (Paradise of Bachelors) **
  • Antibalas: Fu Chronicles (Daptone) **
  • Erlend Apneseth: Fragmentarium (Hubro) **
  • Armand Hammer: Shrines (Backwoodz Studioz) **
  • Mulatu Astatke & Black Jesus Experience: To Know Without Knowing (Agogo) **
  • Gregg August: Dialogues on Race: Volume One (Iacuessa) **
  • Teodross Avery: Harlem Stories: The Music of Thelonious Monk (WJ3) **
  • Danny Barnes: Man on Fire (ATO) **
  • Gary Bartz and Maisha: Night Dreamer Direct-to-Disc Sessions (Night Dreamer) **
  • Beauty Pill: Sorry You're Here (Taffety Punk Theatre Company) **
  • 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) **
  • Boldy James & the Alchemist: The Price of Tea in China (ALC/Boldy James) **
  • Don Braden/Joris Teepe Quartet: In the Spirit of Herbie Hancock: Live at De Witte (O.A.P.) **
  • BROM: Dance With an Idiot (Trost) **
  • James Carney Sextet: Pure Heart (Sunnyside) **
  • François Carrier/Tomek Gadecki/Marcik Bozek/Michel Lambert: Wide (FMR -19)
  • François Carrier/Masayo Koketsu/Daisuke Fuwa/Takashi Itani: Japan Suite (NoBusiness)
  • Daniel Carter/Matthew Shipp/William Parker/Gerald Cleaver: Welcome Adventure! Vol. 1 (577) **
  • Chicago Underground Quartet: Good Days (Astral Spirits)
  • The Chicks: Gaslighter (Columbia) **
  • Emmet Cohen Featuring George Coleman: Masters Legacy Series Volume 4 (self-released -19) **
  • Elizabeth Cook: Aftermath (Agent Love) **
  • Jeff Cosgrove/John Medeski/Jeff Lederer: History Gets Ahead of the Story (Grizzley Music)
  • CP Unit: One Foot on the Ground Smoking Mirror Shakedown (Ramp Local) **
  • Ronnie Cuber: Four (SteepleChase -19) **
  • Dena DeRose: Ode to the Road (HighNote) **
  • Vito Dieterle: Anemone (Ride Symbol)
  • Daniel Donato: A Young Man's Country (Cosmic Country Music) **
  • Lara Driscoll: Woven Dreams (Firm Roots Music)
  • Lajos Dudas: The Lake and the Music (JazzSick) **
  • Emily Duff: Born on the Ground (Mr Mudshow Music) **
  • Steve Earle: Ghosts of West Virginia (New West) **
  • Liberty Ellman: Last Desert (Pi)
  • The Engines: Wooden Legs (Aerophonic) **
  • The Exbats: Kicks, Hits and Fits (Burger) **
  • Fat Tony & Taydex: Wake Up (Carpark, EP) **
  • Agustí Fernández/Liudas Mockunas: Improdimensions (NoBusiness) *
  • 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)
  • Gordon Grdina's the Marrow: Safar-e-Daroon (Songlines) **
  • Jimmy Greene: While Looking Up (Mack Avenue) **
  • Grimes: Miss Anthropocene (4AD) **
  • Tee Grizzley: The Smartest (300 Entertainment) **
  • Halsey: Manic (Capitol) **
  • Harrison²: Trout in Swimwear (self-released) *
  • Joel Harrison + 18: America at War (Sunnyside) **
  • Jon Hassell: Seeing Through Sound (Pentimento Volume Two) (Ndeya) **
  • 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) **
  • Christoph Irniger Trio: Open City (Intakt) **
  • Russ Johnson/Dave Rempis/Joshua Abrams/Isaiah Spencer/Jeremy Cunningham: Harmattan (Aerophonic) **
  • Edward "Kidd" Jordan/Joel Futterman/William Parker/Hamid Drake: A Tribute to Alvin Fielder: Live at Vision Festival XXIV (Mahakala Music) **
  • KA: Descendants of Cain (Iron Works) **
  • Kaze & Ikue Mori: Sand Storm (Libra)
  • Jon-Erik Kellso: Sweet Fruits Salty Roots (Jazzology) **
  • Eva Kess: Sternschnuppen: Falling Stars (Neuklang)
  • Quin Kirchner: The Shadows and the Light (Astral Spirits) **
  • Martin Küchen & Landaeus Trio: Mind the Gap of Silence (Clean Feed) **
  • Kuzu [Dave Rempis/Tashi Dorji/Tyler Damon]: Purple Dark Opal (Aerophonic)
  • Lady Gaga: Chromatica (Interscope) **
  • Bettye Lavette: Blackbirds (Verve) **
  • John Law's Congregation: Configuration (Ubuntu Music) **
  • Ute Lemper: Rendezvous With Marlene (Jazzhaus) **
  • Dua Lipa & the Blessed Madonna: Club Future Nostalgia (Warner) **
  • Hayoung Lyou: Metamorphosis (Endectomorph Music)
  • Mekons: Exquisite (self-released) **
  • Meridian Brothers: Cumbia Siglo XXI (Bongo Joe) **
  • Mdou Moctar: Mixtape Vol. 1 (self-released) **
  • Simon Moullier: Spirit Song (Outside In Music)
  • Mr. Wrong: Create a Place (Water Wing, EP) **
  • Willie Nelson: First Rose of Spring (Legacy) **
  • Billy Nomates: Billy Nomates (Invada) **
  • Adam Nussbaum: Leadbelly Reimagined (Sunnyside) **
  • Nutria: Meeting in Progress (Ears & Eyes)
  • Oddisee: Odd Cure (Outer Note) **
  • Old 97's: Twelfth (ATO) **
  • Onipa: We No Be Machine (Strut) **
  • Keith Oxman: Two Cigarettes in the Dark (Capri)
  • Pet Shop Boys: Hotspot (X2) **
  • Ryan Porter & the West Coast Get Down: Live in Paris at New Morning (World Galaxy) **
  • Pretenders: Hate for Sale (BMG) **
  • Princess Nokia: Everything Is Beautiful (Platoon) **
  • Quelle Chris & Chris Keys: Innocent Country 2 (Mello Music Group) **
  • Joshua Redman/Brad Mehldau/Christian McBride/Brian Blade: Round Again (Nonesuch) **
  • Stephen Riley: Friday the 13th (SteepleChase) **
  • Rent Romus/Heikki Koskinen/Life's Blood Ensemble: Manala (Edgetone)
  • Roots Magic: Take Root Among the Stars (Clean Feed) **
  • Benny Rubin Jr. Quartet: Know Say or See (Benny Jr. Music) *
  • Adam Rudolph/Ralph M. Jones/Hamid Drake: Imaginary Archipelago (Meta)
  • Bobby Rush: Rawer Than Raw (Deep Rush) **
  • 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)
  • Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band: Message From Groove and GW (Arabesque)
  • John Scofield: Swallow Tales (ECM) **
  • Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Axiom (Ropeadope) **
  • Brandon Seabrook With Cooper-Moore & Gerald Cleaver: Exultations (Astral Spirits) **
  • Mark Segger Sextet: Lift Off (18th Note)
  • Sestetto Internazionale: Live in Munich 2019 (Fundacja Sluchaj)
  • Paul Shaw Quintet: Moment of Clarity (Summit)
  • Archie Shepp/Raw Poetic/Damu the Fudgemunk: Ocean Bridges (Redefinition) **
  • Viktor Skokic Sextett: Basement Music (Jazzland)
  • Sløtface: Sorry for the Late Reply (Propeller) **
  • Gary Smulyan: Our Contrafacts (SteepleChase) **
  • Sneaks: Happy Birthday (Merge) **
  • 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) **
  • Speaker Music: Processing Intimacy (Planet Mu) **
  • Dayna Stephens Trio: Liberty (Contagious Music) **
  • Superposition: Superposition (We Jazz) **
  • Taylor Swift: Folklore (Republic) **
  • 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)
  • Charles Tolliver: Connect (Gearbox) **
  • Fumi Tomita Featuring David Detweiler: Celebrating Bird/A Tribute to Charlie Parker (Next Level)
  • Greg Ward/Jason Stein/Marcus Evans/Chad Taylor/Matt Lux: 85bears (2020, Ears & Eyes) **
  • 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) **
  • The 81's: 2 Things & 118 Others (The 81's) **
  • 100 Gecs: 1000 Gecs and the Tree of Clues (Dog Show) **
  • Rez Abbasi: Django-shift (Whirlwind) [08-28]
  • Ambrose Akinmusire: On the Tender Spot of Every Calloused Moment (Blue Note) **
  • Aksak Maboul: Figures (Crammed Discs) **
  • American Aquarium: Lamentations (New West) **
  • 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) **
  • Arbor Labor Union: New Petal Instants (Arrowhawk) **
  • Bad Bunny: YHLQMDLG (Rimas) **
  • The Bad Plus: The Tower Tapes #4 (Jazz Club Ferrara) **
  • John Bailey: Can You Imagine? (Freedom Road)
  • J Balvin: Colores (Universal Latin) **
  • Lucian Ban/John Surman/Mat Maneri: Transylvanian Folk Songs (Sunnyside) **
  • Mandy Barnett: A Nashville Songbook (BMG) **
  • Conrad Bauer/Matthias Bauer/Dag Magnus Narvesen: The Gift (NoBusiness) *
  • Benny Benack III: A Lot of Livin' to Do (LA Reserve)
  • Antoine Berjeaut: Moving Cities (I See Colors -19) **
  • David Berkman: Plays Music by John Coltrane and Pete Seeger: Solo Piano (Without)
  • Tim Berne's Snakeoil: The Tower Tapes #1 (Jazz Club Ferrara) **
  • Max Bessesen: Trouble (Ropeadope)
  • Blaer: Yellow (Ronin Rhythm) **
  • Blueface: Find the Beat (Cash Money) **
  • Afel Bocoum: Lindé (World Circuit) **
  • Body Count: Carnivore (Century Media) **
  • Bonjintan: Dental Kafka (Trost) **
  • Moses Boyd: Dark Matter (Exodus) **
  • Phoebe Bridgers: Punisher (Dead Oceans) **
  • Burna Boy: Twice as Tall (Atlantic) **
  • 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) **
  • Hayes Carll: Alone Together Sessions (Dualtone) **
  • Caterpillar Quartet: Threads (ESP-Disk) *
  • Ernesto Cervini: Tetrahedron (Anzic) **
  • Marshall Chapman: Songs I Can't Live Without (Tall Girl) **
  • Chromeo: Quarantine Casanova (Chromeo, EP) **
  • Gerald Clayton: Happening: Live at the Village Vanguard (Blue Note) **
  • Clem Snide: Forever Just Beyond (Ramseur) **
  • 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) **
  • Shirley Collins: Heart's Ease (Domino) **
  • 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)
  • Joe Fiedler's Big Sackbutt: Live in Graz (Multiphonics Music) **
  • Endless Field: Alive in the Wilderness (Biophilia)
  • Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band: The Intangible Between (Smoke Sessions) **
  • John Fedchock NY Sextet: Into the Shadows (Summit)
  • Fire! Orchestra: Actions (Rune Grammofon) **
  • Paul Flaherty/Randall Colbourne/James Chumley Hunt/Mike Roberson: Borrowed From Children (577) **
  • Frazey Ford: U Kin B the Sun (Arts & Crafts) **
  • Jason Foureman and Stephen Anderson: Duo (Summit)
  • Jean-Marc Foussat/Daunik Lazro/Evan Parker: Café Oto 2020 (Fou, 2CD)
  • Bill Frisell: Valentine (Blue Note) **
  • Asher Gamedze: Dialectic Soul (On the Corner) **
  • Nubya Garcia: Source (Concord) **
  • Gato Libre: Koneko (Libra)
  • Naama Gheber: Dearly Beloved (Cellar Music)
  • Frank Gratkowski/Simon Nabatov/Dominik Mahnig: Dance Hall Stories (Leo) **
  • Gordon Grdina/Matt Mitchel/Jim Black: Gordon Grdina's Nomad Trio (Skirl)
  • Ricardo Grilli: 1962 (Tone Rogue)
  • Grrrl Gang: Here to Stay (Damnably, EP) **
  • David Guetta/Morten: New Rave (Parlophone, EP) **
  • Bartosz Hadala Group: Three Short Stories (Zecernia)
  • 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) **
  • Eddie Henderson: Shuffle and Deal (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Daniel Hersog: Night Devoid of Stars (Cellar Live)
  • Lily Hiatt: Walking Proof (New West) **
  • Tyler Higgins: Broken Blues (Shhpuma) **
  • 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) **
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard: Co-Starring (Big Machine) **
  • Human Feel: The Tower Tapes #5 (Jazz Club Ferrara) **
  • J Hus: Big Conspiracy (Black Butter) **
  • Johnny Iguana: Johnny Iguana's Chicago Spectacular (Delmark) **
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis: Rock Chalk Suite (Blue Engine) **
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: Christopher Crenshaw's the Fifties: A Prism (Blue Engine) **
  • Carly Rae Jepsen: Dedicated Side B (School Boy) **
  • Karen Jonas: The Southwest Sky & Other Dreams (Yellow Brick) **
  • Camden Joy: Updated Just Now (self-released, EP) **
  • Camden Joy: American Love (self-released) **
  • Jyoti: Mama, You Can Bet! (SomeOthaShip) **
  • KeiyaA: Forever, Ya Girl (Keiya) **
  • David Krakauer & Kathleen Tagg: Breath & Hammer (Table Pounding) **
  • Nils Landgren & Jan Lundgren: Kristallen (ACT Music) **
  • Ingrid Laubrock + Kris Davis: Blood Moon (Intakt) **
  • Gabe Lee: Honky Tonk Hell (Torrez Music Group) **
  • Okkyung Lee: Yeo-Neun (Shelter Press) **
  • 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) **
  • Allegra Levy: Lose My Number (SteepleChase)
  • 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) **
  • Luka Productions & Kandiafa: Music From Saharan WhatsApp Volume 6 (Sahel Sounds, EP) **
  • Corb Lund: Agricultural Tragic (New West) **
  • Harold Mabern: Mabern Plays Mabern (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Roberto Magris: Suite! (JMood, 2CD)
  • Nduduzo Makhathini: Modes of Communication: Letters From the Underworlds (Blue Note) **
  • Denise Mangiardi: Brown Book (Alice's Loft Music)
  • Jacám Manricks: Samadhi (Manricks 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) **
  • Makaya McCraven: Universal Beings E&F Sides (International Anthem) **
  • 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) **
  • Cahalen Morrison: Wealth of Sorrow (self-released) **
  • The Mountain Goats: Songs for Pierre Chuvin (Merge) **
  • Benjamin Moussay: Promontoire (ECM) **
  • Mythic Sunship: Changing Shapes: Live at Roadburn (El Paraiso) **
  • Tatsuya Nakatani/Shane Parish: Interactivity (Cuneiform) **
  • Nas: King's Disease (Mass Appeal) **
  • 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) **
  • Adam Niewood: Blue as a Whistle (SteepleChase) **
  • Agnes Obel: Myopia (Blue Note) **
  • Raphaël Pannier Quartet: Faune (French Paradox)
  • 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-) **
  • Pink Siifu/Yungmorpheus: Bag Talk (Field Left -19) **
  • Tineke Postma: Freya (Edition) **
  • Princess Nokia: Everything Sucks (Platoon, EP) **
  • Protoje: In Search of Lost Time (RCA) **
  • Protomartyr: Ultimate Success Today (Domino) **
  • Jure Pukl: Broken Circles (Whirlwind) **
  • Purna Loka Ensemble: Metaraga (Origin)
  • Tom Rainey/Ingrid Laubrock: Stir Crazy (self-released) **
  • Dave Rempis/Elisabeth Harnik/Michael Zerang: Triple Tube (Not Two) **
  • Gloria Reuben & Marty Ashby: For All We Know (MCG Jazz)
  • Jessie Reyez: Before Love Came to Kill Us (Island) **
  • Jenny Reynolds: Any Kind of Angel (Pretty Okay Music) **
  • Jose Rizo's Mongorama: Mariposas Cantan (Saungu) [09-16]
  • Jason Robinson & Eric Hofbauer: Two Hours Early, Ten Minutes Late: Duo Music of Ken Aldcroft (Accretions)
  • Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: Sideways to New Italy (Sub Pop) **
  • Christian Ronn/Aram Shelton: Multiring (Astral Spirits) **
  • Whitney Rose: We Still Go to Rodeos (MCG) **
  • Dan Rosenboom: Absurd in the Anthropocene (Gearbox) **
  • Dan Rosenboom: Points on an Infinite Line (Orenda) **
  • 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)
  • Rumer: Nashville Tears: The Songs of Hugh Prestwood (Cooking Vinyl) **
  • Samo Salamon/Igor Matkovic/Kristijan Krajncan: Rare Ebb (Sazas)
  • Christian Sands: Be Water (Mack Avenue) **
  • Scenes: Trapeze (Origin)
  • Maria Schneider: Data Lords (ArtistShare, 2CD)
  • 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) **
  • Andy Shauf: The Neon Skyline (Anti-) **
  • Lawrence Sieberth Quartet: An Evening in Paris (Musik Blöc)
  • 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) **
  • South Florida Jazz Orchestra: Cheap Thrills: The Music of Rick Margitza (Summit)
  • Speaker Music: Of Desire, Longing (Planet Mu -19) **
  • Speaker Music: Percussive Therapy (Planet Mu -EP) **
  • Stephane Spira/Giovanni Mirabassi: Improkofiev (Jazzmax)
  • Grant Stewart Quartet: Rise and Shine (Cellar Live) **
  • Tim Stine Trio: Fresh Demons (Astral Spirits) **
  • Stormzy: Heavy Is the Head (Merky/Atlantic -19) **
  • The Streets: None of Us Are Getting Out of This Life Alive (Island) **
  • STRFKR: Future Past Life (Polyvinyl) **
  • Swamp Dogg: Sorry You Couldn't Make It (Joyful Noise) **
  • Tamikrest: Tamotaït (Glitterbeat) **
  • Henri Texier: Chance (Label Bleu) **
  • Azu Tiwaline: Draw Me a Silence Part 1 (IOT, EP) **
  • Tenille Townes: The Lemonade Stand (Columbia Nashville) **
  • Yves Tumor: Heaven to a Tortured Mind (Warp) **
  • Oded Tzur: Here Be Dragons (ECM) **
  • Etuk Ubong: Africa Today (Night Dreamer) **
  • Matt Ulery: Pollinator (Woolgathering) **
  • Gary Versace: All for Now (SteepleChase) **
  • Lou Volpe: Before & After (Jazz Guitar)
  • Anne Waldman: Sciamachy (Fast Speaking Music) **
  • Marcin Wasilewski Trio/Joe Lovano: Arctic Riff (ECM) **
  • The Trevor Watts Quartet: The Real Intention (Fundacja Sluchaj) **
  • Rod Wave: Pray 4 Love (Alamo) **
  • Webber/Morris Big Band: Both Are True (Greenleaf Music) **
  • Gillian Welch & David Rawlings: All the Good Times Are Past & Gone (Acony) **
  • Hailey Whitters: The Dream (Pigasus) **
  • Larry Willis: I Fall in Love Too Easily (HighNote) **
  • Matt Wilson Quartet: Hug! (Palmetto)
  • Yonic South: Wild Cobs (La Tempesta, EP -19) **
  • Yonic South: Twix and Dive (La Tempesta, EP) **
  • 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) **
  • Riz Ahmed: The Long Goodbye (Mongrel, EP) **
  • Jessi Alexander: Decatur County Red (Lost Creek Music) **
  • Robby Ameen: Diluvio (Origin)
  • Anáhuac: Ascua (Astral Spirits) **
  • Brian Andres Trio Latino: Mayan Suite (Bacalao)
  • Anteloper: Tour Beats Vol. 1 (International Anthem, EP) **
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  • Arca: @@@@@ (XL) **
  • Arca: Kick I (XL) **
  • 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) **
  • Bananagun: The True Story of Bananagun (Full Time Hobby) **
  • Beauty Pill: Please Advise (Northern Spy, EP) **
  • 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) **
  • The Beths: Jump Rope Gazers (Carpark) **
  • Andy Bianco: NYC Stories (Next Level) **
  • The Big Bad Bones Featuring Scott Whitfield: Emergency Vehicle Blues (Summit)
  • Jeb Bishop/Jaap Blonk/Weasel Walter/Damon Smith: JeJaWeDa: Poineer Works Vol. 1 (Balance Point Acoustics -19) **
  • Clint Black: Out of Same (Black Top) **
  • Black Art Jazz Collective: Ascension (HighNote) **
  • #Bloomerangs: Moments and Fragments (Instru Dash Mental)
  • Alan Braufman: The Fire Still Burns (Valley of Search) **
  • Bully: Sugaregg (Sub Pop) **
  • Lisa Cameron/Tom Carter/Ingebrigt Håker Flaten: Tau Ceti (Astral Spirits) **
  • Jenna Camille: The Time is NOW (self-released) **
  • 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)
  • Crazy Doberman: Illusory Expansion (Astral Spirits) **
  • Charley Crockett: Welcome to Hard Times (Son of Davy) **
  • Alex Cunningham & Claire Rousay: Specifically the Water (Astral Spirits)
  • Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats: Unlocked (PH/Loma Vista, EP) **
  • Vladislav Delay: Rakka (Warp) **
  • Vladislav Delay/Sly Dunbar/Robbie Shakespeare: 500-Push-Up (Sub Rosa) **
  • Destroyer: Have We Met (Merge) **
  • Robert Dick & Adam Caine: The Damn Think (Chant -19) **
  • Aaron Diehl: The Vagabond (Mack Avenue) **
  • Chris Dingman: Embrace (Inner Arts Initiative) **
  • Dion: Blues With Friends (Keeping the Blues Alive) **
  • Dramarama: Color TV (Pasadena) **
  • The Dream Syndicate: The Universe Inside (Anti-) **
  • Gregory Dudzienski Quartet: Beautiful Moments (OA2)
  • Baxter Dury: The Night Chancers (Heavenly) **
  • Jay Electronica: A Written Testimony (Roc Nation) **
  • Joe Ely: Love in the Midst of Mayhem (Rack 'Em) **
  • Wayne Escoffery: The Humble Warrior (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Falkner Evans: Marbles (CAP)
  • Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group: Earth (Whaling City Sound) **
  • Extra Soul Perception: New Tangents in Kampala, London & Nairobi Vol. 1 (Extra Soul Perception, EP) **
  • Field Music: Making a New World (Memphis Industries) **
  • Nick Finzer: Cast of Characters (Outside In Music)
  • Fontaines DC: A Hero's Death (Partisan) **
  • Elliot Galvin: Live in Paris at Fondation Louis Vuitton (Edition) **
  • Jacob Garchik: Clear Line (Yestereve) **
  • Arna Georgia: Yes Girl (Arna Georgia) **
  • Freddie Gibbs & the Alchemist: Alfredo (ESGN/ALC/Empire) **
  • Gilfema: Three (Sounderscore)
  • Bob Gluck: Early Morning Star (FMR)
  • Robert Gordon: Rockabilly for Life (Cleopatra) **
  • Gordon Grdina Septet: Resist (Irabbagast)
  • Charlotte Greve/Vinnie Sperrazza/Chris Tordini: The Choir Invisible (Intakt) **
  • Tom Guarna: Spirit Science (Destiny)
  • GuiltyBeatz: Different E.P (Banku Music, EP) **
  • Haiku Hands: Haiku Hands (Mad Decent) **
  • Tigran Hamasyan: The Call Within (Nonesuch) **
  • Jeff Hamilton Trio: Catch Me If You Can (Capri)
  • Jimmy Heath: Love Letter (Verve) **
  • Monika Herzig: Eternal Dance (Savant)
  • Art Hirahara: Balance Point (Posi-Tone) **
  • Sigurd Hole: Lys/Mørke (Eivesang, 2CD) **
  • Horse Lords: The Common Task< (Northern Spy) **
  • Sam Hunt: Southside (MCA Nashville) **
  • I Think You're Awesome: Suite to Be You and Me (Jaegar Community) **
  • Idle Hands: Solid Moments (Posi-Tone) **
  • Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit: Reunions (Southeastern) **
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis: Sherman Irby's Inferno (Blue Engine) **
  • Norah Jones: Pick Me Up Off the Floor (Blue Note) **
  • Jumpstarted Plowhards: Round One (Recess, EP -19) **
  • Vic Juris: Let's Cool One (SteepleChase) **
  • Kesha: High Road (Kemosabe) **
  • Khruangbin: Mordechai (Dead Oceans) **
  • Sukyung Kim: Lilac Hill (self-released, EP)
  • Kirk Knuffke: Brightness: Live in Amsterdam (Royal Potato Family) **
  • Kenny Kotwitz & the LA Jazz Quintet: When Lights Are Low (PMRecords)
  • Lianne La Havas: Lianne La Havas (Nonesuch) **
  • La Pingo's Orquesta & Todd Clouser: Midwest/Bajio (Ropeadope Sur) **
  • Brian Landrus/Fred Hersch/Drew Gress/Billy Hart: For Now (BlueLand)
  • Jessy Lanza: All the Time (Hyperdub) **
  • Little Simz: Drop 6 (Age 101, EP) **
  • Lupe Fiasco/Kaelin Ellis: House (1st and 15th Too, EP) **
  • Paul Lytton/Nate Wooley: Known/Unknown (Fundacja Sluchaj)
  • The Magnetic Fields: Quickies (Nonesuch) **
  • Mako Sica/Hamid Drake: Balancing Tear (Astral Spirits) **
  • Stephen T. Malkmus: Traditional Techniques (Matador) **
  • Alain Mallet: Mutt Slang II: A Wake of Sorrows Engulfed in Rage (Origin)
  • Thomas Marriott: Trumpet Ship (Origin)
  • Paulette McWilliams: A Woman's Story (Blujazz)
  • 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)
  • Vee Mukarati: Vital Signs (Primrose, EP) **
  • Simon Nabatov: Plain (Clean Feed) **
  • Quinsin Nachoff: Pivotal Arc (Whirlwind)
  • Never Weather: Blissonance (Ridgeway)
  • Carlos Niño & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson: Chicago Waves (International Anthem) **
  • No Joy: Motherhood (Joyful Noise) **
  • 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) **
  • Gregory Porter: All Rise (Blue Note) **
  • Bobby Previte/Jamie Saft/Nels Cline: Music From the Early 21st Century (RareNoise) **
  • Margo Price: That's How Rumors Get Started (Loma Vista) **
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  • Psychedelic Furs: Made of Rain (Cooking Vinyl) **
  • 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) **
  • Rose City Band: Summerlong (Thrill Jockey) **
  • 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) **
  • Soft Machine: Live at the Baked Potato (Moonjune)
  • Dave Soldier: Zajal (Mulatta)
  • Somi With Frankfurt Radio Big Band: Holy Room: Live at Alte Oper (Salon Africana, 2CD)
  • Alister Spence: Whirlpool: Solo Piano (Alister Spence Music, 2CD)
  • Greg Spero + Spirit Fingers: Peace (Ropeadope) **
  • Sufjan Stevens & Lowell Brams: Aporia (Asthmatic Kitty) **
  • Stillefelt: Stillefelt (Stoney Lane) **
  • 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) *
  • Throttle Elevator Music: Emergency Exit (Wide Hive) **
  • Pam Tillis: Looking for a Feeling (Stellar Cat) **
  • Azu Tiwaline: Draw Me a Silence Part II (IOT, EP) **
  • The TNEK Jazz Quintet: Plays the Music of Sam Jones (TNEK Jazz)
  • Toots & the Maytals: Got to Be Tough (BMG) **
  • Torres: Silver Tongue (Merge) **
  • Trio Linguale [Kevin Woods/John Stowell/Miles Black]: Signals (Origin)
  • Tropos: Axioms // 75 AB (Biophilia) **
  • 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) **
  • Kamaal Williams: Wu Hen (Black Focus) **
  • Wire: 10:20 (Pink Flag) **
  • Jaime Wyatt: Neon Cross (New West) **
  • X: Alphabetland (Fat Possum) **
  • Yaeji: What We Drew (XL) **
  • Otomo Yoshihide/Chris Pitsiokos: Live in Florence (Astral Spirits) **
  • Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad: Jazz Is Dead 001 (Jazz Is Dead, EP) **
  • Gerald Beckett: Mood (Pear Orchard)
  • Will Bernard: Freelance Subversives (Ropeadope) **
  • Jon Balke: Discourses (ECM) **
  • The Blam Blams: Opening Night (LunaSea Media) **
  • Boogat: El Gato Y Los Rumberos (Ray-On, EP) **
  • Bombay Bicycle Club: Everything Else Has Gone Wrong (Island) **
  • Benjamin Boone With the Ghana Jazz Collective: Joy (Origin)
  • Steve Cardenas: Blue Has a Range (Sunnyside) **
  • Lynn Cassiers: Yun (Clean Feed) **
  • Childish Gambino: 3.15.20 (RCA) **
  • Gerald Cleaver: Signs (577) **
  • Beth Duncan: I'm All Yours (Saccat)
  • Kathleen Edwards: Total Freedom (Dualtone) **
  • 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) **
  • Sue Anne Gershenzon: You Must Believe in Spring (self-released)
  • Joyce Grant: Surrounded by Blue (Craftedair/Blujazz)
  • Gordon Grdina: Prior Street (self-released) **
  • 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)
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis: Black Brown & Beige (Blue Engine)
  • Jockstrap: Wicked City (Warp, EP) **
  • King Krule: Man Alive! (True Pather) **
  • Knxwledge: 1988 (Stones Throw) **
  • La Lucha: Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Arbors) **
  • 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) **
  • Arlo McKinley: Die Midwestern (Oh Boy) **
  • 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)
  • Angel Olsen: Whole New Mess (Jagjaguwar) **
  • Pearl Jam: Gigaton (Monkeywrench/Republic) **
  • Charles Pillow Ensemble: Chamber Jazz (Summit) **
  • Pink Siifu: Negro (Field-Left) **
  • Valery Ponomarev Big Band: Live! Our Father Who Art Blakey: The Centennial (Summit)
  • PVRIS: Use Me (Warner) **
  • Dan Reeder: Every Which Way (Oh Boy) **
  • 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)
  • Sara Schoenbeck/Wayne Horvitz: Cell Walk (Songlines) **
  • 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) **
  • Kali Uchis: To Feel Alive (Virgin EMI/Interscope, EP) **
  • Stein Urheim: Downhill Uplift (Hubro) **
  • Village of the Sun Feat. Binker & Moses: Village of the Sun/Ted (Gearbox, EP) **
  • Ulf Wakenius: Taste of Honey (ACT Music) **
  • Summer Walker: Life on Earth (LVRN/Interscope, EP) **
  • Bill Warfield and the Hell's Kitchen Funk Orchestra: Smile (Planet Arts/43 Street)
  • Bobby Watson: Keepin' It Real (Smoke Sessions) **
  • The Weeknd: After Hours (Republic) **
  • Paul Weller: On Sunset (Polydor) **
  • Dan Willis and Velvet Gentlemen: The Monk Project (Belle Avenue) [07-17]
  • Carol Albert: Stronger Now (Cahara)
  • Pedro Melo Alves: In Igma (Clean Feed) **
  • Elysia Crampton: Orcorara 2010 (Pan) **
  • Kaja Draksler Octet: Out for Stars (Clean Feed) **
  • Duotrio: In the Bright and Deep (Blujazz)
  • Ellen Edwards: A New York Session (Stonefire Music, EP)
  • John Hollenbeck: Songs You Like a Lot (Flexatonic)
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis: The Music of Wayne Shorter (Blue Engine, 2CD) **
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis: The Ever Fonky Lowdown (Blue Engine, 2CD) **
  • Jeremy Levy Jazz Orchestra: The Planets: Reimagined (OA2) [07-17]
  • Machine Girl: U-Void Synthesizer (1818199 DK2) **
  • Dawn Oberg: 2020 Revision (self-released, EP)
  • Painted Faces: Tales From the Skinny Apartment (ESP-Disk -19) **
  • Rina Sawayama: Sawayama (Dirty Hit) **
  • Corey Smythe: Accelerate Every Voice (Pyroclastic)
  • Leni Stern: 4 (LSR) **
  • 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) **
  • John Finbury: American Nocturnes (Green Flash Music)
  • Sparks: A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip (BMG)

  • 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. Peter Stampfel & the Bottlecaps: Demo '84 (Don Giovanni) **

  2. Nkem Njoku & Ozzobia Brothers: Ozobia Special (1980s, BBE) **
  3. Borah Bergman/Perry Anderson/Steve Swell/Ray Sage: Quartets Trios Duos (2007, Mahakala Music)
  4. Horace Tapscott With the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra: Ancestral Echoes: The Covina Sessions, 1976 (Dark Tree)
  5. Waco Brothers: Resist! (1995-2005, Bloodshot) **
  6. Cadence Revolution: Disques Debs International Vol. 2 (1970s, Disques Debs/Strut) **
  7. Tony Allen/Hugh Masekela: Rejoice (2010, World Circuit) **
  8. Ranil Y Su Conjunto Tropical: Limited Dance Edition (Analog Africa) **
  9. Thelonious Monk: Palo Alto (Impulse) **
  10. The Good Life: The Animals Took Over (2009, self-released) **
  11. Modern Jazz Quintet Karlsruhe/Four Men Only: Complete Recordings (1968-73, NoBusiness -3CD)

Pending:

Also Noted:

  • Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers: Just Coolin' (1959, Blue Note) **
  • Willem Breuker/Han Bennink: New Acoustic Swing Duo (1967-68, Corbett vs. Dempsey -2CD -19) **
  • Abraham Burton: Live at Visiones, NYC 1993 (self-released, EP) **
  • 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) **
  • Owl Xounds Exploding Galaxy: The Coalescence (2007, ESP-Disk)
  • Dudu Pukwana: Dudu Phukwana and the "Spears" (1968-69, Matsuli Music) **
  • Ranil Y Su Conjunto Tropical: Stay Safe and Sound Ranil Selection!! (Analog Africa) **
  • Sam Rivers: Ricochet [Sam Rivers Archive Project, Volume 3] (1978, NoBusiness)
  • Shirley Scott: One for Me (1974, Arc) **
  • Sleaford Mods: All That Glue (Rough Trade) **
  • 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) **
  • Harry Beckett: Joy Unlimited (1974, Cadillac) **
  • Alan Braufman & Cooper-Moore: Live at WKCR May 22, 1972 (1972, Valley of Search, EP -19) **
  • The Claire Daly Band: Rah! Rah! (2008, Ride Symbol)
  • DUX Orchestra: Duck Walks Dog (With Mixed Results) (1994, NoBusiness) *
  • 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) **
  • Bob James: Once Upon a Time: The Lost 1965 New York Studio Sessions (1965, Resonance)
  • Brent Jensen: The Sound of a Dry Martini: Remembering Paul Desmond (2002, Origin)
  • Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers: Get in Union (1959-66, Global Jukebox) **
  • Nublu Orchestra Conducted by Butch Morris: Live in Paris (2010, Nublu) **
  • Oneness of Juju: African Rhythms 1970-1982 (Black Fire, 2CD) **
  • Charlie Parker: The Savoy 10-inch LP Collection (1944-48, Craft) **
  • Pharoah Sanders: Live in Paris 1975 (Transversales Disque) **
  • Hideto Sasaki-Toshiyuki Sekine Quartet Plus 1: Stop Over (1976, BBE) **
  • 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) **
  • Triage: Live at the Velvet Lounge (2005, Aerophonic) **
  • 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) **
  • Vincent Chancey/Wilber Morris/Warren Smith: The Spell: The Vincent Chancey Trio Live 1987 (NoBusiness) *
  • 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) **
  • Nublu Orchestra Conducted by Butch Morris: Live in Sao Paulo (2008, Nublu) **
  • The Outskirts: You Deserve to Dance (2009, Aerophonic) **
  • Sun Ra: Celestial Love (1982, Modern Harmonic) **
  • The John Tchicai Quartet: Live at the Stone (2007, Minus Zero) **
  • Luiz Carlos Vinhas: O Som Psicodélico de L.C.V. (1968, Mad About) **
  • Gillian Welch: Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs Vol. 1 (2002, Acony) **
  • Zam Groove: Music From Zambia (SWP) **
  • 16-17: Phantom Limb (1995-2018, Trost) **
  • Doug Hammond/David Durrah/Charles Burnham: Reflections in the Sea of Nurnen (1975, Tribe) **
  • The Stooges: Live at Goose Lake, August 8, 1970 (Third Man) **

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.