Music Year 2022

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. Some albums released in previous years are included here, noted by a "-NN" (e.g., -21 for 2021) -- these are mostly imports or self-releases, often hard to figure out official dates, but they were either December 2020 releases or unknown (to me, at least) before the current year.

I keep adding to the 2021 until the end of calendar 2022, especially where the record was known to exist in 2021 and I'm just getting around to it.

New Records

A
  1. Gonora Sounds: Hard Times Never Kill (The Vital Record) **
A-
  1. Big Thief: Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You (4AD) **
  2. The Regrettes: Further Joy (Warner) **
  3. Omri Ziegele Where's Africa: That Hat (Intakt) **
  4. Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul: Topical Dancer (Deewee/Because Music) **
  5. Miranda Lambert: Palomino (Vanner/RCA Nashville) **
  6. Saba: Few Good Things (Saba Pivot) **
  7. Bob Vylan: Bob Vylan Presents the Price of Life (Ghost Theatre) **
  8. Nilüfer Yanya: Painless (ATO) **
  9. Marta Sanchez: SAAM (Spanish American Art Museum) (Whirlwind)
  10. Dave Rempis/Avreeayl Ra Duo: Bennu (Aerophonic) **
  11. Regina Spektor: Home, Before and After (Sire) **
  12. Mary J. Blige: Good Morning Gorgeous (300/Mary Jane Productions) **
  13. Andrew Cyrille/William Parker/Enrico Rava: 2 Blues for Cecil (TUM)
  14. Terry Klein: Good Luck Take Care (self-released) **
  15. Stro Elliot: Black & Loud: James Brown Reimagined by Stro Elliot (Republic) **
  16. Luke Stewart's Silt Trio: The Bottom (Cuneiform) **
  17. Manel Fortiá: Despertar (Segell Microscopi)
  18. Darren Johnston: Life in Time (Origin)
  19. Jeremiah Chiu & Marta Sofia Honer: Recordings From the Ĺland Islands (International Anthem) **
  20. Rosalía: Motomami (Columbia) **
  21. Kady Diarra: Burkina Hakili (Lamastrock -21) **
  22. Dave Sewelson: Smooth Free Jazz (Mahakala Music -21) **
  23. Hailey Whitters: Raised (Big Loud/Pigasus) **
  24. Fred Hersch: Breath by Breath (Palmetto)
  25. Willie Nelson: A Beautiful Time (Legacy) **
  26. Craig Finn: A Legacy of Rentals (Positive Jams) **
  27. Tomas Fujiwara's Triple Double: March (Firehouse 12)
  28. Pusha T: It's Almost Dry (G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam) **
  29. Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Barn (Reprise -21) **
  30. Camila Cabello: Familia (Epic) **
  31. Etran de L'Aďr: Agadez (Sahel Sounds) **
  32. Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Disasters Vol. 1 (Hot Cup)
  33. David Murray/Brad Jones/Hamid Drake Brand New World Trio: Seriana Promethea (Intakt) **
  34. Yard Act: The Overload (Island) **
  35. Julieta Eugenio: Jump (Greenleaf Music)
  36. Wiz Khalifa/Big KRIT/Smoke DZA/Girl Talk: Full Court Press (Asylum/Taylor Gang) **
  37. Samo Salamon/Arild Andersen/Ra Kalam Bob Moses: Pure and Simple (Samo)
  38. Nat Birchall: Afro Trane (Ancient Archive of Sound) **
  39. Mxmtoon: Rising (AWAL) **
  40. Lady Wray: Piece of Me (Big Crown) **
  41. Ray Wylie Hubbard: Co-Starring Too (Big Machine) **
  42. Jessica Pavone/Lukas Koenig/Matt Mottel: Spam Likely (577)
  43. Superchunk: Wild Loneliness (Merge) **
  44. Lyrics Born: Mobile Homies Season 1 (Mobile Home) **
  45. Whit Dickey Quartet: Astral Long Form/Staircase in Space (Tao Forms)
  46. Felipe Salles/Zaccai Curtis/Avery Sharpe/Jonathan Barber: Tiyo's Songs of Life (Tapestry)
  47. Charli XCX: Crash (Asylum) **
  48. Kae Tempest: The Line Is a Curve (Republic) **
  49. Louis Sclavis: Les Cadences Du Monde (JMS Productions) **
  50. Corb Lund: Songs My Friends Wrote (New West) **
  51. Lalalar: Bi Cinnete Bakar (Bongo Joe) **
  52. Billy Mohler: Anatomy (Contagious Music)
  53. Oren Ambarchi/Johan Berthling/Andreas Werliin: Ghosted (Drag City) **
  54. Elza Soares: Elza Ao Vivo No Municipal (Deck) **
  55. Wadada Leo Smith: The Emerald Duets (TUM, 5CD)
  56. Dave Rempis/Joshua Abrams/Avreeayl Ra + Jim Baker: Scylla (Aerophonic)
  57. Freakons: Freakons (Fluff & Gravy) **
  58. Nova Twins: Supernova (333 Wreckords Crew) **
  59. Drive-By Truckers: Welcome 2 Club XIII (ATO) **
  60. Pastor Champion: I Just Want to Be a Good Man (Luaka Bop) **
  61. Vinny Golia/Bernard Santacruz/Cristiano Calcagnile: To Live and Breathe (Dark Tree)
  62. Ian Noe: River Fools & Mountain Saints (Thirty Tigers) **
  63. Buck 65: King of Drums (self-released) **
  64. Moor Mother: Jazz Codes (Anti-) **
  65. Tom Zé: Língua Brasileira (Sesc) **
  66. Fulu Miziki: Ngbaka EP (Moshi Moshi, EP) **
  67. Dave Rempis/Elisabeth Harnik/Michael Zerang: Astragaloi (Aerophonic)
  68. Will Bernard: Pond Life (Dreck to Disk)
  69. Eri Yamamoto/Chad Fowler/William Parker/Steve Hirsh: Sparks (Mahakala Music) **
  70. Tommy Womack: I Thought I Was Fine (Schoolkids -21) **
  71. Walt Weiskopf European Quartet: Diamonds and Other Jewels (AMM)
  72. Trio Xolo: In Flower, in Song (577)
  73. Bob Vylan: We Live Here (Deluxe) (Venn, EP -21) **
  74. Phelimuncasi: Ama Gogela (Nyege Nyege Tapes) **
  75. David Greenberger & the Waldameer Players: Today! (Pel Pel)
  76. Water Damage: Repeater (12XU) **
  77. Fanfare Ciocarlia: It Wasn't Hard to Love You (Asphalt Tango -21) **
  78. Kalí Rodríguez-Peńa: Mélange (Truth Revolution)
  79. Jacob Sacks/David Ambrosio/Vinnie Sperrazza: Trio Trio Meets Sheila Jordan (SteepleChase) **

Pending:

Records in hand, but which haven't yet been graded (sorted by artist, or release date if future). Those marked ** are downloads in hand.

  • Kyle Motl: Hydra Nightingale (Infrequent Seams) [03-18]
  • Raymond Byron: Bond Wire Cur (ESP-Disk) [06-17]
  • Quentin Baxter Quintet: Art Moves Jazz (BME) [08-12]
  • Charlton Singleton: Crossroads (BME) [08-12]
  • Josh Sinton: Steve Lacy's Book of Practitioners, Vol. 1 "H" (FIP) [08-12]
  • Kyle Aho: Rituals (OA2) [08-19]
  • Ben Patterson: The Way of the Groove (Origin) [08-19]
  • Chris Walden: Missa Iubileum Aureum (Golden Jubilee Jazz Mass) (Origin) [08-19]
  • JD Allen: Americana Vol. 2 (Savant) [08-26]
  • Richard Baratta: Music in Film: The Sequel (Savant) [08-26]
  • Ethan Philion: Meditations on Mingus (Sunnyside) [08-26]
  • Roberto Magris: Duo & Trio: Featuring Mark Colby (JMood) [09-01]
  • Roxana Amed: Unanime (Sony Music Latin) [09-16]
  • Ben Sidran: Swing State (Nardis) [09-16]
  • Matthew Fries: Lost Time (Xcappa) [09-23]
  • Dave Rempis/Tomeka Reid/Joshua Abrams: Allium (Aerophonic) [10-04]

Also Noted:

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

B+(***)
  • 070 Shake: You Can't Kill Me (GOOD Music/Def Jam) **
  • Teno Afrika: Where You Are (Awesome Tapes From Africa) **
  • Melissa Aldana: 12 Stars (Blue Note) **
  • Joey Alexander: Origin (Mack Avenue) **
  • Chad Anderson: Mellifluous Excursions Vol. 1: Where You Been (Mahakala Music) **
  • Angles: A Muted Reality (Clean Feed) **
  • Anitta: Versions of Me (Warner) **
  • Florian Arbenz/Joăo Barradas/Tineke Postma/Rafael Jerjen: Conversation #5: Elemental (Hammer) **
  • Arcade Fire: We (Columbia) **
  • Edwin Bayard/Dean Hulett/Mark Lomax II: Trio Plays Mingus (CFG Multimedia) **
  • Beabadoobee: Beatopia (Dirty Hit) **
  • Andy Bell: Flicker (Sonic Cathedral) **
  • Steven Bernstein's MTO Feat. Catherine Russell: Good Time Music (Community Music Vol. 2) (Royal Potato Family) **
  • Steven Bernstein & the Hot 9: Manifesto of Henryisms (Community Music, Vol. 3) (Royal Potato Family) **
  • Beyoncé: Renaissance (Parkwood/Columbia) **
  • Michael Bisio Quartet: MBefore (Tao Forms)
  • Black Flower: Magma (Sdban Ultra) **
  • Jane Ira Bloom: Picturing the Invisible: Focus 1 (self-released) **
  • Axel Boman: Quest for Fire (Studio Barnhus) **
  • Andrew Boudreau: Neon (Fresh Sound New Talent)
  • Bouvier: Blachant (Renewell)
  • The Kevin Brady Electric Orchestra: Plan B (Ubuntu Music -21) **
  • Breath of Air: Breath of Air (Burning Ambulance) **
  • Steve Cardenas/Ben Allison/Ted Nash: Healing Power: The Music of Carla Bley (Sunnyside) **
  • Daniel Carter/Evan Strauss/5-Track/Sheridan Riley: The Uproar in Bursts of Sound and Silence (577)
  • Chris Castino & Chicken Wire Empire: Fresh Pickles (self-released)
  • Che Noir: Food for Thought (TCF Music Group) **
  • Rob Clearfield & Quin Kirchner: Concentric Orbits (Astral Spirits) **
  • Dan Clucas/Kyle Motl/Nathan Hubbard: Daydream and Halting (FMR)
  • CMAT: If My Wife New I'd Be Dead (AWAL) **
  • Confidence Man: Tilt (Heavenly) **
  • Conway the Machine: God Don't Make Mistakes (Griselda/Interscope) **
  • Max Cooper: Unspoken Words (Mesh) **
  • Natalie Cressman & Ian Faquini: Auburn Whisper (Cressman Music)
  • Caleb Wheeler Curtis: Heat Map (Imani)
  • Tomasz Dabrowski: Tomasz Dabrowski & the Individual Beings (April) **
  • Dan Ex Machina: All Is Ours, Nothing Is Theirs (self-released) **
  • Lucky Daye: Candydrip (Keep Cool/RCA) **
  • Dedicated Men of Zion: The Devil Don't Like It (Bible & Tire) **
  • Randal Despommier: A Midsummer Odyssey (Sunnyside)
  • Dopplereffekt: Neurotelepathy (Leisure System) **
  • Ronnie Earl: Mercy Me (Stony Plain) **
  • Signe Emmeluth/Dag Erik Knedal Andersen/Magnus Skavhaug Nergaard: The A-Z of Microwave Cookery (Astral Spirits) **
  • Fantastic Negrito: White Jesus Black Problems (Storefront) **
  • Hugo Fernandez: Ozean (Origin)
  • Wolfgang Flür: Magazine 1 (Cherry Red) **
  • Ricky Ford: The Wailing Sounds of Ricky Ford: Paul's Scene (Whaling City Sound) **
  • Chad Fowler/Matthew Shipp: Old Stories (Mahakala Music, 2CD) **
  • Erik Friedlander: A Queen's Firefly (Skipstone)
  • Satoko Fujii & Joe Fonda: Thread of Light (FSR)
  • Anthony Fung: What Does It Mean to Be Free? (self-released)
  • Becky G: Esquemas (Kemosabe/RCA) **
  • James Gaiters Soul Revival: Understanding Reimagined (self-released)
  • Jacob Garchik: Assembly (Yestereve)
  • Giacomo Gates: You (Savant) **
  • Mary Gauthier: Dark Enough to See the Stars (In the Black/Thirty Tigers) **
  • Binker Golding: Dream of a Dogwood Wild Boy (Gearbox) **
  • S.G. Goodman: Teeth Marks (Verve Forecast) **
  • Gordon Grdina: The Music of Tim Berne: Oddly Enough (Attaboygirl)
  • Gordon Grdina's Haram With Marc Ribot: Night's Quietest Hour (Attaboygirl)
  • Gordon Grdina/Mark Helias/Matthew Shipp: Pathways (Attaboygirl) **
  • Tee Grizzley: Half Tee Half Beast (Grizzley Gang/300 Entertainment) **
  • Keith Hall: Made in Kalamazoo: Trios and Duos (Zoom Out)
  • Mary Halvorson: Amaryllis (Nonesuch) **
  • Calvin Harris: Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2 (Columbia) **
  • John Hébert: Sounds of Love (Sunnyside) **
  • Heroes Are Gang Leaders: LeAutoRoiOgraphy (577)
  • Hurray for the Riff Raff: Life on Earth (Nonesuch) **
  • Grace Ives: Janky Star (True Panther/Harvest) **
  • Javon Jackson: The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni (Solid Jackson)
  • Jones Jones: Just Justice (ESP-Disk)
  • Sheila Jordan: Live at Mezzrow (Cellar Live) **
  • Kehlani: Blue Water Road (Atlantic) **
  • Rokia Koné & Jacknife Lee: Bamanan (Real World) **
  • Anders Koppel: Mulberry Street Symphony (Cowbell Music, 2CD) **
  • Mike Kuhl/Dave Ballou/John Dierker/Luke Stewart: Kraft (Out of Your Head) **
  • Kendrick Lamar: Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope, 2CD) **
  • Landaeus Trio: A Crisis of Perception (Clean Feed) **
  • Brian Landrus: Red List (Palmetto)
  • The Adam Larson Trio: With Love, From Chicago (Outside In Music)
  • Ingrid Laubrock + Andy Milne: Fragile (Intakt) **
  • Brennen Leigh: Obsessed With the West (Signature Sounds) **
  • Jinx Lennon: Pet Rent (Septic Tiger) **
  • Michael Leonhart Orchestra: The Normyn Suites (Sunnyside)
  • Lights: PEP (Fueled by Ramen) **
  • Yaroslav Likhachev Quartet: Occasional Sketches (Clean Feed) **
  • The Linda Lindas: Growing Up (Epitaph) **
  • Magnus Lindgren/Georg Breinschmid: Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic XIII: Celebrating Mingus 100 (ACT) **
  • Lisbeth Quartett: Release (Intakt) **
  • Mark Lomax, II: Prismatic Reflections No. 1 (CFG Multimedia) **
  • Loop: Sonancy (Cooking Vinyl) **
  • Brandon Lopez/Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey: No Es La Playa (Intakt) **
  • Los Bitchos: Let the Festivities Begin! (City Slang) **
  • Lupe Fiasco: Drill Music in Zion (1st & 15th) **
  • Doug MacDonald and the L.A. All-Star Octet: Overtones (DMAC Music)
  • Tony Malaby's Sabino: The Cave of Winds (Pyroclastic)
  • Pete Malinverni: On the Town: Pete Malinverni Plays Leonard Bernstein (Planet Arts)
  • Amber Mark: Three Dimensions Deep (PMR) **
  • Leyla McCalla: Breaking the Thermometer (Anti-) **
  • Tate McRae: I Used to Think I Could Fly (RCA) **
  • Francisco Mela/Shinya Lin: Motions Vol. 1 (577) **
  • Myra Melford's Fire and Water Quintet: For the Love of Fire and Water (RogueArt)
  • Xose Miguélez: Contradictio (Origin)
  • Tyler Mitchell Featuring Marshall Allen: Dancing Shadows (Mahakala Music) **
  • Tony Monaco: Four Brothers (Chicken Coup)
  • Maren Morris: Humble Quest (Columbia Nashville) **
  • Jamal Moss: Thanks 4 the Tracks U Lost (Modern Love) **
  • Fred Moten/Brandon López/Gerald Cleaver: Moten/López/Cleaver (Reading Group) **
  • The Muslims: Fuck These Fucking Fascists (Epitaph -21) **
  • My Idea: Cry Mfer (Hardly Art) **
  • Kim Nalley Band With Houston Person: I Want a Little Boy (Kim Nalley Productions)
  • Gard Nilssen Acoustic Unity: Elastic Wave (ECM) **
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  • Matt North: Bullies in the Backyard (self-released) **
  • Oz Noy/Ugonna Okegwo/Ray Marchica: Riverside (Outside In Music)
  • The Nu Band: In Memory of Mark Whitecage: The Nu Band Live at the Bop Shop (Not Two) **
  • Sinéad O'Brien: Time Bend and Break the Bower (Chess Club) **
  • The OGJB Quartet: Ode to O (TUM)
  • Miles Okazaki: Thisness (Pi)
  • Keith Oxman: This One's for Joey (Capri)
  • Tess Parks: And Those Who Were Seen Dancing (Fuzz Club) **
  • Punkt. Vrt. Plastik: Zurich Concert (Intakt) **
  • Kojey Radical: Reason to Smile (Atlantic) **
  • Bonnie Raitt: Just Like That . . . (Redwing) **
  • Samo Salamon: Dolphyology: Complete Eric Dolphy for Solo Guitar (Samo, 2CD)
  • Samo Salamon/Sabir Mateen: Joy and Sorrow (Klopotec) **
  • Samo Salamon/Cene Resnik/Urban Kusar: Takt Ars Sessions Vol. 3 (Samo) **
  • Oumou Sangaré: Timbuktu (World Circuit) **
  • Seabrook Trio: In the Swarm (Astral Spirits) **
  • Shenseea: Alpha (Rich Immigrants/Interscope) **
  • Matthew Shipp Trio: World Construct (ESP-Disk)
  • Idit Shner & Mhondoro: Heat Wave (OA2)
  • Josh Sinton/Tony Falco/Jed Wilson: Adumbrations (Form Is Possibility)
  • Carol Sloane: Live at Birdland (Club 44) **
  • Alexander Smalls: Let Us Break Bread Together (Outside In Music)
  • Wadada Leo Smith: String Quartets Nos. 1-12 (TUM, 7CD)
  • Günter Baby Sommer & the Lucaciu 3: Karawane (Intakt) **
  • Sonic Liberation Front and the Sonic Liberation Singers: Justice: The Vocal Works of Oliver Lake (High Two)
  • Tyshawn Sorey Trio: Mesmerism (Pi) **
  • Spoon: Lucifer on the Sofa (Matador) **
  • Sprints: A Modern Job (Nice Swan, EP) **
  • SSWAN [Jessica Ackerley/Patrick Shiroishi/Chris Williams/Luke Stewart/Jason Nazary]: Invisibility Is an Unnatural Disorder (577)
  • Stĺhls Trio: Källtorp Sessions Volume Two (Moserobie -21)
  • Syd: Broken Hearts Club (Columbia) **
  • Crystal Thomas: Now Dig This! (Dialtone -21) **
  • Vieux Farka Touré: Les Racines (World Circuit) **
  • Mark Turner: Return From the Stars (ECM) **
  • Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway: Crooked Tree (Nonesuch) **
  • Oded Tzur: Isabela (ECM) **
  • Lisa Ullén/Elsa Bergman/Anna Lund: Space (Relative Pitch) **
  • Kobe Van Cauwenberghe: Ghost Trance Septet Plays Anthony Braxton (El Negocito) **
  • Kurt Vile: (Watch My Moves) (Verve Forecast) **
  • Liba Villavecchia Trio: Zaidan (Clean Feed) **
  • Wee Willie Walker and the Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra: Not in My Lifetime (Blue Dot -21) **
  • WeFreeStrings: Love in the Form of Sacred Outrage (ESP-Disk)
  • The Weeknd: Dawn FM (XO/Republic) **
  • Wet Leg: Wet Leg (Domino) **
  • Wilco: Cruel Country (dBpm) **
  • Hank Williams Jr.: Rich White Honky Blues (Easy Eye Sound) **
  • Fabian Willmann Trio: Balance (CYH)
  • Deanna Witkowski: Force of Nature (MCG Jazz)
  • Billy Woods: Aethiopes (Backwoodz Studioz) **
  • John Yao's Triceratops: Off-Kilter (See Tao)
B+(**)
  • Brandon Allen: The Stanley Turrentine Project (Ubuntu Music) **
  • Harry Allen: My Reverie by Special Request (TYR1102) **
  • Wayne Alpern: Secular Rituals (Henri Elkan)
  • Anteloper: Pink Dolphins (International Anthem) **
  • Omar Apollo: Ivory (Warner) **
  • Nia Archives: Forbidden Feelingz (Hijinxx, EP) **
  • Lynne Arriale Trio: The Lights Are Always On (Challenge)
  • Auntie Flo & Sarathy Korwar: Shruti Dances (Make Music) **
  • Bad Bunny: Un Verano Sin Ti (Rimas Entertainment) **
  • Lee Bains + the Glory Fires: Old-Time Folks (Don Giovanni) **
  • Caterina Barbieri: Spirit Exit (Light-Years) **
  • Aaron Bazzell: Aesthetic (self-released)
  • Beach House: Once Twice Melody (Sub Pop) **
  • Bedouin/DakhaBrakha: The Bedouin Reworks of DakhaBrakha (Human by Default, EP) **
  • Martin Bejerano: #Cubanamerican (Figgland)
  • Belle and Sebastian: A Bit of Previous (Matador) **
  • Benny the Butcher: Tana Talk 4 (Griselda/Empire) **
  • Tim Berne/Gregg Belisle-Chi: Mars (Intakt) **
  • Camille Bertault & David Helbock: Playground (ACT) **
  • Yaya Bey: Remember Your North Star (Big Dada) **
  • Big K.R.I.T.: Digital Roses Don't Die (BMG) **
  • Binker & Moses: Feeding the Machine (Gearbox) **
  • Black Lives: From Generation to Generation (Jammin' Colors, 2CD)
  • Axel Boman: Luz (Studio Barnhus) **
  • Nathan Borton: Each Step (OA2)
  • Alan Broadbent Trio: Like Minds (Savant) **
  • James Brown: Song Within the Story (NGP)
  • Dan Bruce's :Beta Collective: Time to Mind the Mystics (Shifting Paradigm)
  • Buck 65/Tachichi: Flash Grenade (Black Buffalo) **
  • Burna Boy: Love, Damini (Atlantic) **
  • Burton/McPherson Trio: The Summit Rock Session at Seneca Village (Giant Step Arts)
  • Chris Byars: Rhythm and Blues of the 20s (SteepleChase) **
  • Tia Carroll: You Gotta Have It (Little Village Foundation -21) **
  • Daniel Carter/Matthew Shipp/William Parker/Gerald Cleaver: Welcome Adventure! Vol. 2 (577) **
  • George Cartwright/Dave King/Josh Granowski: Stick Insect (Mahakala Music -21) **
  • Hugo Carvalhais: Ascetica (Clean Feed) **
  • Central Cee: 23 (self-released) **
  • Charming Hostess: The Ginzburg Geography (Tzadik)
  • Club D'Elf: You Never Know (Face Pelt) **
  • Avishai Cohen: Naked Truth (ECM) **
  • Avishai Cohen Trio: Shifting Sands (Naďve) **
  • Columbia Icefield: Ancient Songs of Burlap Heroes (Pyroclastic)
  • Congotronics International: Where's the One (Crammed Discs, 2CD) **
  • Bob Corritore & Friends: Spider in My Stew (SWMAF/VizzTone -21) **
  • Roxy Coss: Disparate Parts (Outside In Music) **
  • Charley Crockett: Lil G.L. Presents: Jukebox Charley (Son of Davy) **
  • Stephan Crump: Rocket Love (Papillon Sounds) **
  • Denzel Curry: Melt My Eyez, See Your Future (PH/Loma Vista) **
  • Cypress Hill: Back in Black (MNRK) **
  • Amalie Dahl: Dafnie (Sonic Transmissions) **
  • Mark De Clive-Lowe & Friends: Freedom: Celebrating the Music of Pharoah Sanders (Soul Bank) **
  • The Delines: The Sea Drift (Jealous Butcher) **
  • Alabaster DePlume: Gold: Go Forward in the Courage of Your Love (International Anthem) **
  • Destroyer: Labyrinthitis (Merge) **
  • Tetel Di Babuya: Meet Tetel (Arkadia)
  • Glenn Dickson: Wider Than the Sky (Naftule's Dream)
  • DJ Black Low: Monate WA Piano EP (Black Low Music, EP) **
  • Doechii: She/Her/Black B*tch (Top Dawg Entertainment/Capitol, EP) **
  • Armen Donelian: Fresh Start (Sunnyside)
  • Steve Earle & the Dukes: Jerry Jeff (New West) **
  • EarthGang: Ghetto Gods (Dreamville/Interscope) **
  • Bill Easley: Diversitonic (Sunnyside) **
  • Kelly Eisenhour: I Just Found Out About Love (BluJazz)
  • Elucid: I Told Bessie (Backwoodz Studioz) **
  • Kahil El'Zabar Quartet: A Time for Healing (Spiritmuse) **
  • Ensemble 0: Music Nuvolosa (Sub Rosa) **
  • Sture Ericson/Pat Thomas/Raymond Strid: Bagman Live at Cafe Oto (577)
  • Mané Fernandes: Enter the Squigg (Clean Feed) **
  • Jean Fineberg: Jean Fineberg & JAZZphoria (Pivotal)
  • William Flynn: Seaside (OA2)
  • The Grace Fox Big Band: Eleven O Seven (Next Level/Blue Collar)
  • FKA Twigs: Caprisongs (Young/Atlantic) **
  • Fly Anakin: Frank (Lex) **
  • Chad Fowler/Christopher Parker: Park Hill Saudade (Mahakala Music) **
  • Yuko Fujiyama/Graham Haynes/Ikue Mori: Quiet Passion (Intakt) **
  • Joel Futterman/Chad Fowler: Timeless Moments (Mahakala Music) **
  • Asher Gamedze With Xristian Espinoza and Alan Bishop: Out Side Work: Two Duets (Astral Spirits) **
  • Dave Gisler Trio With Jaimie Branch and David Murray: See You Out There (Intakt) **
  • GoGo Penguin: Between Two Waves (XXIM, EP) **
  • Larry Goldings/Peter Bernstein/Bill Stewart: Perpetual Pendulum (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Gordon Grdina's Nomad Trio: Boiling Point (Astral Spirits) **
  • Ghais Guevara: May Ur Melanin Shield U From Ragnarok (self-released, EP -20) **
  • Ghais Guevara: Black Bolshevik (self-released, EP -21) **
  • Joy Guidry: Radical Acceptance (Whited Sepulchre) **
  • Gwenno: Tresor (Heavenly) **
  • Scott Hamilton: Classics (Stunt) **
  • Aldous Harding: Warm Chris (4AD) **
  • Tom Harrell: Oak Tree (HighNote)
  • Hatchie: Giving the World Away (Secretly Canadian) **
  • Alexander Hawkins/Mirror Canon: Break a Vase (Intakt) **
  • Joshua Hedley: Neon Blue (New West) **
  • Marquis Hill: New Gospel Revisited (Edition) **
  • Hippo Campus: LP3 (Grand Jury) **
  • Mike Holober & Balancing Act: Don't Let Go (Sunnyside, 2CD) **
  • Homeboy Sandman: There in Spirit (Mello Music Group, EP) **
  • Michael Hurley: The Time of the Foxgloves (No Quarter -21) **
  • Jenny Hval: Classic Objects (4AD) **
  • I Am [Isaiah Collier & Michael Shekwoaga Ode]: Beyond (Division 81) **
  • Ibibio Sound Machine: Electricity (Merge) **
  • Shawneci Icecold Quartet: Coldtrane (Underground 45 -21)
  • Imarhan: Aboogi (City Slang) **
  • Ethan Iverson: Every Note Is True (Blue Note) **
  • Christian Jacob: New Jazz Standards Vol. 5: The Music of Carl Saunders (Summit)
  • Josean Jacobo Trio: Herencia Criolla (self-released)
  • Eugenie Jones: Players (Open Mic, 2CD)
  • Ryan Keberle Collectiv Do Brasil: Sonhos Da Esquina (Alternate Side)
  • EG Kight: The Trio Sessions (Blue South -21) **
  • Stan Killian: Brooklyn Calling (Sunnyside) **
  • Kind Folk: Head Towards the Center (Fresh Sound New Talent)
  • Randall King: Shot Glass (Warner Nashville) **
  • Koffee: Gifted (RCA) **
  • Kristina Koller: Get Out of Town (self-released) **
  • Boris Kozlov: First Things First (Posi-Tone) **
  • David Krakauer & Kathleen Tagg: Mazel Tov Cocktail Party! (Table Pounding) **
  • Martin Küchen/Agustí Fernández/Zlatko Kaucic: The Steps That Resonate (Not Two) **
  • Travis Laplante: Wild Tapestry (Out of Your Head)
  • Joy Lapps: Girl in the Yard (self-released)
  • Latto: 777 (RCA) **
  • Lavender Country: Blackberry Rose and Other Songs & Sorrows From Lavender Country (Don Giovanni) **
  • Avril Lavigne: Love Sux (DTA/Elektra) **
  • Leikeli47: Shape Up (Hardcover/RCA) **
  • MJ Lenderman: Boat Songs (Dear Life) **
  • Carol Liebowitz/Adam Lane/Andrew Drury: Blue Shift (Line Art)
  • Lizzo: Special (Atlantic/Nice Life) **
  • Lyle Lovett: 12th of June (Verve) **
  • Mabel: About Last Night . . . (Polydor) **
  • Yuko Mabuchi: Caribbean Canvas (Vista)
  • Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder: Get on Board: The Songs of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee (Nonesuch) **
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa: Animal Crossing EP (Whirlwind, EP) **
  • Mazam: Pilgrimage (Clean Feed) **
  • Metric: Formentera (Metric Music International) **
  • Metronomy: Small World (Because Music) **
  • Allison Miller/Carmen Staaf: Nearness (Sunnyside) **
  • Flo Milli: You Still Here, Ho? (RCA) **
  • Anaďs Mitchell: Anaďs Mitchell (BMG) **
  • Moderat: More D4ta (Monkeytown) **
  • Charnett Moffett Trio: Live (Motema, EP -21) **
  • PJ Morton: Watch the Sun (Morton/Empire) **
  • Moskus: Papirfuglen (Hubro) **
  • Mr. Fingers: Around the Sun Pt. 1 (Alleviated) **
  • Kjetil Mulelid Trio: Who Do You Love the Most? (Rune Grammofon) **
  • My Idea: That's My Idea (Hardly Art, EP -21) **
  • Nakama: New World (Nakama) **
  • Nas: Magic (Mass Appeal, EP -21) **
  • Rico Nasty: Las Ruinas (Sugar Trap/Atlantic) **
  • Josh Nelson/Bob Bowman Collective: Tomorrow Is Not Promised (Steel Bird Music)
  • Vadim Neselovskyi: Odesa: A Musical Walk Through a Legendary City (Sunnyside) **
  • Bill O'Connell: A Change Is Gonna Come (Savant)
  • OK:KO: Liesu (We Jazz) **
  • Ol' Savannah: They Lie in Wait (Anticapital) **
  • Matt Olson: Open Spaces (OA2)
  • Michael Orenstein: Aperture (Origin)
  • Jason Palmer: Con Alma (SteepleChase) **
  • Jason Palmer: Live From Summit Rock in Seneca Village (Giant Step Arts)
  • Emile Parisien: Louise (ACT)
  • Dolly Parton: Run, Rose, Run (Butterfly) **
  • Sean Paul: Scorcha (Island) **
  • Peaness: World Full of Worry (Totally Snick) **
  • Jeremy Pelt: Soundtrack (HighNote) **
  • Ivo Perelman/Tim Berne/Tony Malaby/James Carter: (D)IVO (Mahakala Music) **
  • Eric Person Featuring Houston Person: Blue Vision (Distinction) **
  • Phife Dawg: Forever (Smokin' Needles/AWAL) **
  • Mathis Picard: Live at the Museum (Outside In Music)
  • Enrico Pieranunzi: Something Tomorrow (Storyville) **
  • Yunč Pinku: Bluff (Platoon, EP) **
  • PUP: The Unraveling of PUPTheBand (Rise/BMG) **
  • Ravyn Lenae: Hypnos (Atlantic) **
  • Raw Poetic & Damu the Fudgemunk: Laminated Skies (Def Pressé) **
  • Diego Rivera: Mestizo (Posi-Tone) **
  • The Duke Robillard Band: They Called It Rhythm & Blues (Stoney Plain) **
  • André Rosinha Trio: Triskel (Nischo) **
  • Joel Ross: The Parable of the Poet (Blue Note) **
  • Mark Rubin (Jew of Oklahoma): The Triumph of Assimilation (Rubinchik -21) **
  • Alma Russ: Fool's Gold (self-released) **
  • RXK Nephew: Slitherman Activated (Towhead -21) **
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant: Ghost Song (Nonesuch) **
  • Sasami: Squeeze (Domino) **
  • Satoyama: Sinking Island (Auand) **
  • Scalping: Void (Houndstooth) **
  • Doug Scarborough: The Color of Angels (Origin)
  • J. Peter Schwalm & Stephan Thelen: Transneptunian Planets (RareNoise) *
  • Secret People: Secret People (Out of Your Head)
  • Aaron Seeber: First Move (Cellar)
  • Selo I Ludy Performance Band: Bunch One (self-released -19) **
  • Derek Senn: The Big Five-O (self-released) **
  • Serengeti: Kaleidoscope III (Audio Recon) **
  • Sara Serpa: Intimate Strangers (Biophilia -21) *
  • Kenny Shanker: Vortex (Wise Cat)
  • Amanda Shires: Take It Like a Man (ATO) **
  • Sarah Shook & the Disarmers: Nightroamer (Abeyance) **
  • Linda Sikhakhane: Isambulo (Ropeadope) **
  • Jared Sims: Against All Odds (Origin)
  • Josh Sinton: B. (Form Is Possibility -21) **
  • Harry Skoler: Living in Sound: The Music of Charles Mingus (Sunnyside) **
  • Ches Smith: Interpret It Well (Pyroclastic)
  • Walter Smith III/Matthew Stevens/Kris Davis/Dave Holland/Terri Lyne Carrington: In Common III (Whirlwind)
  • Miró Henry Sobrer: Two of Swords (Patois)
  • Sofi Tukker: Wet Tennis (Ultra Music) **
  • Soft Cell: Happiness Not Included (BMG) **
  • Space Quartet: Freedom of Tomorrow (Clean Feed) **
  • Caroline Spence: True North (Rounder) **
  • Spinifex: Beats the Plague (Trytone -21)
  • Vince Staples: Ramona Park Broke My Heart (Blacksmith/Motown) **
  • Elias Stemeseder: Piano Solo (Intakt) **
  • Grant Stewart Quartet With Bruce Harris: The Lighting of the Lamps (Cellar)
  • Stromae: Multitude (Mosaert) **
  • Sunflower Bean: Headful of Sugar (Mom + Pop) **
  • Swedish House Mafia: Paradise Again (Republic) **
  • Tanya Tagaq: Tongues (Six Shooter) **
  • Tarbaby Feat. Oliver Lake: Dance of the Evil Toys (Clean Feed) **
  • Ziv Taubenfeld's Full Sun: Out of the Beast Came Honey (Clean Feed) **
  • Gebhard Ullmann/Gerhard Gschlössl/Johannes Fink/Jan Leipnitz/Michael Haves: Gulfh of Berlin (ESP-Disk -21)
  • Chucho Valdés & Paquito D'Rivera Reunion Sextet: I Missed You Too! (Sunnyside) **
  • Laura Veirs: Found Light (Bella Union) **
  • Erlend Viken/Jo Berger Myhre/Thomas Strřnen: Djupet (OK World) **
  • Daniel Villarreal: Panamá 77 (International Anthem) **
  • David Virelles: Nuna (Pi)
  • Devin Brahja Waldman & Hamid Drake: Mediumistic Methodology (Astral Spirits) **
  • Cory Weeds Quartet: Just Coolin' (Cellar) **
  • The Whitmore Sisters: Ghost Stories (Red House) **
  • Wild Up: Julius Eastman Vol. 2: Joy Boy (New Amsterdam) **
  • Working Men's Club: Fear Fear (Heavenly) **
  • Years & Years: Night Call (Polydor) **
  • Yeule: Glitch Princess (Bayonet) **
  • Yung Kayo: DFTK (Sevensevenseven/YSL) **
  • Zola Jesus: Arkhon (Sacred Bones) **
B+(*)

  • 700 Bliss: Nothing to Declare (Hyperdub) **
  • Poppy Ajudha: The Power in Us (Virgin) **
  • Mike Allemana: Vonology (Ears & Eyes)
  • Harry Allen & Dave Blenkhorn: Play the Music of Phil Morrison (GAC) **
  • Horace Andy: Midnight Rocker (On-U Sound) **
  • The Ano Nobo Quartet: The Strings of Săo Domingos (Ostinato) **
  • Avalanche Kaito: Avalanche Kaito (Glitterbeat) **
  • Band of Horses: Things Are Great (BMG) **
  • Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead: Poetic (Vision Ahead)
  • David Binney: A Glimpse of the Eternal (Criss Cross) **
  • Black Country, New Road: Ants From Up There (Ninja Tune) **
  • Bladee/Ecco2k: Crest (Year0001) **
  • Priscilla Block: Welcome to the Block Party (InDent/Mercury Nashville) **
  • Bonobo: Fragments (Ninja Tune) **
  • Sarah Borges: Together Alone (Blue Corn Music) **
  • Bright Dog Red: Under the Porch (Ropeadope) **
  • Scott Burns/John Wojciechowski/Geof Bradfield: Tenor Time (Afar Music)
  • Kaitlin Butts: What Else Can She Do (self-released) **
  • Ethel Cain: Preacher's Daughter (Daughters of Cain) **
  • Calexico: El Mirador (Anti-) **
  • Sergio Carolino: Below 0 (Clean Feed) **
  • Daniel Carter/Patrick Holmes/Matthew Putnam/Hilliard Greene/Federico Ughi: Telepatica (577) **
  • Cyrus Chestnut: My Father's Hands (HighNote)
  • Chicago Farmer & the Fieldnotes: Fore!!!! (Chicago Farmer, EP) **
  • Rachel Chinouriri: Better Off Without (Parlophone/Atlas, EP) **
  • Cola: Deep in View (Fire Talk) **
  • Isaiah Collier & the Chosen Few: Lift Every Voice (Division 81, EP) **
  • Cool Sweetness Sextet: Shoehorn Shuffle (Storyville) **
  • Elvis Costello & the Imposters: The Boy Named If (Capitol) **
  • George Cotsirilos Quartet: Refuge (OA2)
  • Theo Croker: Love Quantum (Masterworks) **
  • Curren$y & the Alchemist: Continuance (Jet Life) **
  • Digga D: Noughty by Nature (CGM/EGA) **
  • Daggerboard: Daggerboard & the Skipper (Wide Hive)
  • Steve Davis: Bluesthetic (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Duke Deuce: Crunkstar (Quality Control/Motown) **
  • Chris Dingman: Journeys Vol. 1 (self-released) **
  • DJ 809: EightOh! (self-released, EP) **
  • Do'a: Higher Grounds (Outside In Music)
  • Dave Douglas: Secular Psalms (Greenleaf Music)
  • Kit Downes/Petter Eldh/James Maddren: Vermillion (ECM) **
  • Dubstar: Two (Northern Writes) **
  • Ebi Soda: Honk If You're Sad (Tru Thoughts) **
  • Yelena Eckemoff: I Am a Stranger in This World (L&H Production, 2CD)
  • Eels: Extreme Witchcraft (E Works/PIAS) **
  • Coco Em: Kilumi (InFiné) **
  • Erin Rae: Lighten Up (Good Memory) **
  • Ilhan Ersahin/Dave Harrington/Kenny Wollesen: Invite Your Eye (Nublu) **
  • John Escreet/Pera Krstajic/Anthony Fung: Cresta (self-released) **
  • Eubanks Evans Experience: EEE (Imani)
  • Everything Everything: Raw Data Feel (AWAL) **
  • Steven Feifke: The Role of the Rhythm Section (La Reserve) **
  • Bryan Ferry: Love Letters (BMG, EP) **
  • Nick Finzer: Out of Focus (Outside In Music -21) **
  • Flasher: Love Is Yours (Domino) **
  • Foals: Life Is Yours (Warner) **
  • Fontaines DC: Skinty Fia (Partisan) **
  • Ronnie Foster: Reboot (Blue Note) **
  • Foxes: The Kick (PIAS) **
  • David Friend & Jerome Begin: Post- (New Amsterdam) **
  • Liam Gallagher: C'mon You Know (Warner) **
  • Gang of Youths: Angel in Realtime (Warner) **
  • Gas: Der Lange Marsch (Kompakt -21) **
  • Amos Gillespie: Unstructured Time (self-released)
  • Arun Ghosh: Seclused in Light (Camoci -2CD) **
  • Robert Glasper: Black Radio III (Loma Vista) **
  • Ghais Guevara: There Will Be No Super-Slave (self-released) **
  • Tord Gustavsen Trio: Opening (ECM) **
  • Matt Hall: I Hope to My Never (Summit)
  • Mary Halvorson: Belladonna (Nonesuch) **
  • Tigran Hamasyan: Stand Art (Nonesuch) **
  • Hard Bop Messengers: Live at the Last Hotel (Pacific Coast Jazz) **
  • Clay Harper: They'll Never Miss a Five (Clay Harper Music) **
  • Oscar Hernández & Alma Libre: Visión (Ovation) **
  • Lisa Hilton: Life Is Beautiful (Ruby Slippers) **
  • Ari Hoenig Trio: Golden Treasures (Fresh Sound New Talent) **
  • Hinda Hoffman Meets Soul Message: People (Know You Know)
  • Horsegirl: Versions of Modern Performance (Matador) **
  • Shawneci Icecold/Daniel Carter/Brandon Lopez: Toro (Underground45 -21) **
  • Shawneci Icecold & Fatlip: Carte Blanche (Underground45 -21) **
  • Shawneci Icecold & Rob Swift: For the Heads That Break (Fat Beats) **
  • J-Hope: Jack in the Box (HYBE) **
  • Brian Jackson: This Is Brian Jackson (BBE) **
  • Colin James: Open Road (Stony Plain -21) **
  • Calvin Johnson Jr.: Notes of a Native Son (self-released)
  • Willie Jones III: Fallen Heroes (WJ3 -21) **
  • Kathryn Joseph: For You Who Are Wronged (Rock Action) **
  • Junglepussy: JP5000 (self-released, EP) **
  • Just Mustard: Heart Under (Partisan) **
  • Kaleiido: Elements (Exopac) **
  • Benji Kaplan: Something Here Inside (Wise Cat)
  • Tony Karapetyan Trio: Point of View (Jazzist) **
  • Geoffrey Keezer & Friends: Playdate (MarKeez)
  • Eva Kess: Inter-Musical Love Letter (Unit)
  • Milen Kirov: Spatium (Independent Creative Sound and Music)
  • Kilo Kish: American Gurl (Kisha Soundscape + Audio) **
  • Toshinori Kondo x DJ Motive: Zen (Mohawks) **
  • Kyle: It's Not So Bad (self) **
  • Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio: Cold as Weiss (Colemine) **
  • Azar Lawrence: New Sky (Trazar) **
  • Cate Le Bon: Pompeii (Mexican Summer) **
  • Gerard Lebik/John Edwards/Paul Lovens: Lepomis Gibbosus (Fundacja Sluchaj -21) **
  • José Lencastre: Inner Voices (Burning Ambulance) **
  • George Lernis: Between Two Worlds (Dunya)
  • Let's Eat Grandma: Two Ribbons (Transgressive) **
  • Linus + Nils Řkland/Niels Van Heertum/Ingar Zach: Light as Never (Aspen Edities) **
  • Nduduzo Makhathini: In the Spirit of Ntu (Blue Note) **
  • Jeremy Manasia Trio: Butcher Block Ballet (Blujazz)
  • Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra: In the Valley (Stricker Street)
  • Johnny Marr: Fever Dreams Pts 1-4 (BMG) **
  • Stephen Martin: High Plains (OA2)
  • Dmitri Matheny: Cascadia (Origin)
  • Melt Yourself Down: Pray for Me I Don't Fit (Decca) **
  • Vic Mensa: Vino Valentino (Roc Nation, EP) **
  • Meridian Odyssey: Earthshine (Origin)
  • John Minnock: Simplicity (Dot Time)
  • Mitski: Laurel Hell (Dead Oceans) **
  • Kevin Morby: This Is a Photograph (Dead Oceans) **
  • John Moreland: Birds in the Ceiling (Thirty Tigers) **
  • Gurf Morlix: The Tightening of the Screws (Rootball -21) **
  • Van Morrison: What's It Gonna Take? (Exile) **
  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge: Jazz Is Dead 011 (Jazz Is Dead) **
  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge: Jazz Is Dead 012: Jean Carne (Jazz Is Dead, EP) **
  • Muna: Muna (Saddest Factory/Dead Oceans) **
  • Nina Nastasia: Riderless Horse (Temporary Residence) **
  • Yu Nishiyama: A Lotus in the Mud (Next Level)
  • North Mississippi Allstars: Set Sail (New West) **
  • Ocean Child: Songs of Yoko Ono (Canvasback) **
  • Angel Olsen: Big Time (Jagjaguwar) **
  • Mark O'Connor: Markology II (OMAC -21) **
  • Jeff Parker: Forfolks (International Anthem -21) **
  • Katy J Pearson: Sound of the Morning (Heavenly) **
  • Orville Peck: Bronco (Columbia) **
  • Rich Pellegrin: Passage: Solo Improvisations II (OA2)
  • Sergio Pereira: Finesse (Sedajazz)
  • Perfume Genius: Ugly Season (Matador) **
  • Pkew Pkew Pkew: Open Bar (Dine Alone) **
  • Placebo: Never Let Me Go (So/Elevator Lady) **
  • Porridge Radio: Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky (Secretly Canadian) **
  • Marek Pospieszalski: Polish Composers of the 20th Century (Clean Feed) **
  • Potsa Lotsa XL & Youjin Sung: Gaya (Trouble in the East) **
  • Noah Preminger/Max Light: Songs We Love (SteepleChase) **
  • Quelle Chris: Deathfame (Mello Music Group) **
  • Maggie Rogers: Surrender (Capitol) **
  • RZA Vs. Bobby Digital: Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater (MNRK, EP) **
  • Huerco S.: Plonk (Incienso) **
  • Scary Goldings: Scary Goldings IV (Pockets -21) **
  • John Scofield: John Scofield (ECM) **
  • Sevdaliza: Raving Dahlia (Twisted Elegance, EP) **
  • SFJazz Collective: New Works Reflecting the Moment (SFJazz) **
  • Shamir: Heterosexuality (AntiFragile) **
  • Sigrid: How to Let Go (Island) **
  • André B. Silva: Mt. Meru (Clean Feed) **
  • Steve Slagle: Ballads: Into the Heart of It (Panorama) **
  • The Smile: A Light for Attracting Attention (XL) **
  • The Smudges: Song and Call (Cryptogramophone)
  • Torben Snekkestad/Sřren Kjaergaard: Another Way of the Heart (Trost) **
  • Soccer Mommy: Sometimes Forever (Loma Vista) **
  • Somi: Zenzile: The Reimagination of Miriam Makeba (Salon Africana)
  • Soul Glo: Diaspora Problems (Epitaph) **
  • Spanish Harlem Orchestra: Imágenes Latinas (Ovation)
  • Sprints: Manifesto (Nice Swan, EP -21) **
  • Luke Stewart: Works for Upright Bass and Amplifier Vol. 1 (Astral Spirits -21) **
  • Luke Stewart: Works for Upright Bass and Amplifier Vol. 2 (Astral Spirits) **
  • John Stowell/Dave Glenn & the Hawcaptak Quartet: Violin Memory (Origin)
  • Bartees Strange: Farm to Table (4AD) **
  • Dave Stryker: As We Are (Strikezone)
  • Survival Unit III: The Art of Flight: For Alvin Fielder (Astral Spirits) **
  • Charlie Sutton: Trout Takes (Chuckwagon, EP) **
  • Earl Sweatshirt: Sick! (Tan Cressida/Warner, EP) **
  • Natsuki Tamura: Summer Tree (Libra)
  • Joanne Shaw Taylor: Blues From the Heart: Live (KTBA) **
  • TEIP Trio: TEIP Trio (Sonic Transmissions) **
  • There Be Monsters: Rubikon (Klopotec) **
  • Ben Thomas Tango Project: Eternal Aporia (Origin)
  • Tomberlin: I Don't Know Who Needs to Hear This . . . (Saddle Creek) **
  • Xiomara Torres: La Voz Del Mar (Patois)
  • Vasco Trilla/Liba Villavecchia: Asebeia (FMR -21) **
  • UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra: Last Dance: New Music for Jazz Orchestra by Ed Partyka (Neuklang) **
  • Sharon Van Etten: We've Been Going About This All Wrong (Jagjaguwar) **
  • Jordan VanHemert: Nomad (Origin)
  • Piet Verbist: Secret Exit to Another Dimension (Origin)
  • Viagra Boys: Cave World (Year0001) **
  • Luis Vicente/Seppe Gebruers/Onno Govaert: Room With No Name (Fundacja Sluchaj) **
  • Warpaint: Radiate Like This (Virgin) **
  • Dallas Wayne: Coldwater, Tennessee (Audium/BFD) **
  • The Weather Station: How Is It That I Should Look at the Stars (Fat Possum) **
  • Corey Weeds With Strings: What Is There to Say? (Cellar -21) **
  • Orlando Weeks: Hop Up (PIAS) **
  • Bugge Wesseltoft: Be Am (Jazzland) **
  • Immanuel Wilkins: The 7th Hand (Blue Note) **
  • Martin Wind/New York Bass Quartet: Air (Laika)
  • Wu-Lu: Loggerhead (Warp) **
  • Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad: Jazz Is Dead 13: Katalyst (Jazz Is Dead) **
B
  • 49 Winchester: Fortune Favors the Bold (New West) **
  • Deborah Allen: The Art of Dreaming (BFD) **
  • Alt-J: The Dream (Infectious Music) **
  • Animal Collective: Time Skiffs (Domino) **
  • Aurora: The Gods We Can Touch (Glassnote) **
  • Jon Balke/Siwan: Hafla (ECM) **
  • Bastille: Give Me the Future (Virgin/EMI) **
  • The Black Keys: Dropout Boogie (Nonesuch/Easy Eye Sound) **
  • Sarah Bernstein: Veer Quartet (New Focus)
  • Bloc Party: Alpha Games (Infectious/BMG) **
  • Caroline: Caroline (Rough Trade) **
  • Cat Power: Covers (Domino) **
  • Erich Cawalla: The Great American Songbook (BluJazz)
  • Kevin Cerovich: Aging Millennial (CVJ)
  • Neneh Cherry: The Versions (EMI) **
  • Chief Keef: 4Nem (Glo Gang/RBC -21) **
  • Gerald Clayton: Bells on Sand (Blue Note) **
  • Tom Collier: The Color of Wood (Summit)
  • Vladislav Delay: Isoviha (Planet Mu) **
  • DJ 809: Unexpected (self-released, EP) **
  • Ella Mai: Heart on My Sleeve (10 Summers/Interscope) **
  • Empath: Visitor (Fat Possum) **
  • Esthesis Quartet: Esthesis Quartet (Orenda)
  • Father John Misty: Chloë and the Next 20th Century (Sub Pop) **
  • Florence + the Machine: Dance Fever (Polydor) **
  • David Francis: Sings Songs of the Twenties (Blujazz, EP)
  • Girlpool: Forgiveness (Anti-) **
  • Stephen Philip Harvey Jazz Orchestra: Smash! (Next Level)
  • Walker Hayes: Country Stuff: The Album (Monument) **
  • Michael Head & the Red Elastic Band: Dear Scott (Modern Sky) **
  • Hercules & Love Affair: In Amber (Skint/BMG) **
  • Honolulu Jazz Quartet: Straight Ahead: The Honolulu Jazz Quartet Turns 20 (HJQ)
  • Shawneci Icecold/Daniel Carter: Familiar Roads (Underground45 -21) **
  • Amanda Irarrázabal/Miriam van Boer Salmón: Fauces (577)
  • Bob James Trio: Feel Like Making Live! (Evolution) **
  • Masayo Koketsu: Fukiya (Relative Pitch) **
  • Martin Küchen: Utopia (Thanatosis Produktion) **
  • Charles Lloyd: Trios: Chapel (Blue Note) **
  • Janiva Magness: Hard to Kill (Fathead) **
  • Ben Markley Big Band With Ari Hoenig: Ari's Fun House (OA2)
  • Brad Mehldau: Jacob's Ladder (Nonesuch) **
  • Tumi Mogorosi: Group Theory: Black Music (Mushroom Hour Half Hour/New Soil) **
  • Samuel Mösching: Ethereal Kinks (Bronzeville Music)
  • Nancy Mounir: Nozhet El Nofous (Simsara) **
  • The Mysterines: Reeling (Fiction) **
  • Randy Napoleon: Puppets: The Music of Gregg Hill (OA2)
  • Sean Nelson's New London Big Band: Social Hour! (MAMA)
  • Elsa Nilsson: Atlas of Sound: Coast Redwoods: 41°32'09.8"N 124°04'35.5"W (Ears & Eyes)
  • Old Crow Medicine Show: Paint This Town (ATO) **
  • Kelly Lee Owens: LP.8 (Smalltown Supersound) **
  • Danilo Perez: Crisálida (Mack Avenue) **
  • Samora Pinderhughes: Grief (Ropeadope) **
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers: Unlimited Love (Warner) **
  • Redveil: Learn 2 Swim (self-released) **
  • Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: Endless Rooms (Sub Pop) **
  • The Sadies: Colder Streams (Yep Roc) **
  • Sault: Air (Forever Living Originals) **
  • Sea Power: Everything Was Forever (Golden Chariot) **
  • Shabaka: Afrikan Culture (Impulse, EP) **
  • Carl Stone: Wat Dong Moon Lek (Unseen Worlds) **
  • Tierney Sutton: Paris Sessions 2 (BFM Jazz) **
  • Harry Styles: Harry's House (Columbia) **
  • The Sun Sawed in 1/2: Before the Fall (self-released, EP) **
  • Jamie T: The Theory of Whatever (Polydor) **
  • Toro Y Moi: Mahal (Dead Oceans) **
  • Trombone Shorty: Lifted (Blue Note) **
  • Eddie Vedder: Earthling (Seattle Surf/Republic) **
  • Anna Von Hausswolff: Live at Montreux Jazz Festival (Southern Lord) **
  • Whatever the Weather: Whatever the Weather (Ghostly International) **
B-
  • Boris: W (Sacred Bones) **
  • Burial: Antidawn EP (Hyperdub) **
  • Domi & JD Beck: Not Tight (Apeshit/Blue Note) **
  • Cameron Graves: Live From the Seven Spheres (Mack Avenue) **
  • Micah Graves: Pawns (self-released)
  • Japanese Television: Space Fruit Vineyard (Tip Top) **
  • Paul Messina: Blue Fire (GVAP Music -21)
  • Ben Morris: Pocket Guides (OA2)
  • Tobin Mueller: Prestidigitation (self-released)
  • Eli "Paperboy" Reed: Down Every Road (Yep Roc) **
  • Daniel Rossen: You Belong There (Warp) **
  • Sinkane: Cartoons in the Night Vol. 1: Live 2019 (City Slang) **
  • Jon Spencer & the HITmakers: Spencer Gets It Lit (In the Red) **
  • Tears for Fears: The Tipping Point (Concord) **
  • The United States Air Force Band Airmen of Note: The 2022 Jazz Heritage Series (self-released)
  • John Wasson's Strata Big Band: Chronicles (MAMA)
  • Jack White: Fear of the Dawn (Third Man) **
  • Jack White: Entering Heaven Alive (Third Man) **
C
  • Donkeyjazz: Play the Blues (Singo -21)

Limited sampling: Records I played parts of, but not enough to grade: -- means no interest, - not bad but not a prospect, + some chance, ++ likely prospect.

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  • Jane Ira Bloom/Mark Helias: See Our Way (Radiolegs) **

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.

A-
  1. Pere Ubu: The Lost Band: Live at Metro Cabaret, Chicago (1993, Ubu Projex) **
  2. Son House: Forever on My Mind (1964, Easy Eye Sound) **
  3. Cecil Taylor: Return Concert (1973, Oblivion) **
  4. George Russell: Ezz-thetics & The Stratus Seekers Revisited (Ezz-Thetics) **
  5. Dave Brubeck Trio: Live From Vienna 1967 (Brubeck Editions)
  6. Miles Davis Quintets: Stockholm Live 1967 & 1969 Revisited (Ezz-Thetics) **
  7. Pat Matshikiza/Kippie Moketsi: Tshona! (1975, As-Shams) **
  8. Summer of Soul ( . . . Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised): A Questlove Jam [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (1969, Legacy) **
  9. Ornette Coleman: New York Is Now & Love Call Revisited (1968, Ezz-Thetics -21) **
  10. Horace Tapscott Quintet: Legacies of Our Grandchildren (1995, Dark Tree)
  11. John Coltrane: Favorites [Naima/My Favorite Things/A Love Supreme] Revisited (1963-65, Ezz-Thetics) **
  12. Wire: Not About to Die: Studio Demos 1977-1978 (Pinkflag) **
  13. Anthony Williams: Life Time & Spring Revisited (1964-65, Ezz-Thetics) **
  14. Koichi Matsukaze Trio Featuring Ryojiro Furusawa: At the Room 427 (1975, BBE) **
  15. Don Cherry: Where Is Brooklyn? & Eternal Rhythm Revisited (1966-68, Ezz-Thetics) **
  16. Áfrika Negra: Antologia Vol. 1 (1981-95, Bongo Joe) **

Pending

Records in hand, sorted by artist, or release date if future. Those marked ** are downloads in hand.

  • Frank Kimbrough: 2003-2006: Lullabluebye/Play (Palmetto, 2CD) [08-12]

Also Noted:

B+(***)
  • Pepper Adams With the Tommy Banks Trio: Live at Room at the Top (1972, Reel to Real, 2CD)
  • Albert Ayler Quartet With Don Cherry: European Recordings Autumn 1964 Revisited (Ezz-Thetics) **
  • Blue Notes: Blue Notes in Concert (1977, Ogun) **
  • Peter Brötzmann/Milford Graves/William Parker: Historic Music Past Tense Future (2002, Black Editions) **
  • Peter Brötzmann/Fred Van Hove/Han Bennink: Jazz in Der Kammer Nr. 71: Deutsches Theater/Berlin/GDR/04/11/1974 (Trost) **
  • John Coltrane Quartet: Song of Praise: New York 1965 Revisited (Ezz-Thetics) **
  • The Detroit Escalator Co.: Soundtrack [313] + 6 (1996, Mental Groove/Musique Pour La Danse) **
  • Kabaka International Guitar Band: Kabaka International Guitar Band (1977, Palenque) **
  • The Melodians: Pre-Meditation (1968-78, Trojan/Sanctuary -21) **
  • Bob Dowe/The Melodians: Build Me Up/Pre-Meditation (1968-78, Doctor Bird, 2CD) **
  • Dexter Gordon: Soul Sister (1962-63, SteepleChase) **
  • Tubby Hayes Quartet: The Complete Hopbine '69 (Jazz in Britain, 2CD -21) **
  • Lenny Kaye Presents Lightning Striking (1934-2013, Ace, 2CD -21) **
  • Los Golden Boys: Cumbia De Juventud (1964-69, Mississippi) **
  • Madonna: Finally Enough Love (Warner) **
  • Malik's Emerging Force Art Trio: Time and Condition (1982, Moved-by-Sound) **
  • Charles Mingus: The Lost Album: From Ronnie Scott's (1972, Resonance, 3CD)
  • Pat Matshikiza Featuring Kippie Moketsi: Sikiza Matshikiza (1976, As-Shams) **
  • Papé Nziengui: Kadi Yombo (1989, Awesome Tapes From Africa) **
  • Asha Puthli: The Essential Asha Puthi (1968-80, Mr. Bongo) **
  • The Rolling Stones: Live at the El Mocambo (1977, Polydor, 2CD) **
  • Akira Sakata/Takeo Moriyama: Mitochondria (Trost) **
  • Bernardo Sassetti Trio: Culturgest 2007 (Clean Feed) **
  • Sun Ra Arkestra: Nothing Is . . . Completed & Revisited (1966, Ezz-Thetics) **
  • Irma Thomas: Live! New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 1976 (Good Time) **
  • Vis-a-Vis: The Best of Vis-a-Vis in Congo Style (1976, We Are Busy Bodies -21) **
  • Neil Young: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion 1971 (Reprise) **
B+(**)
  • Emmanuel Abdul-Rahim: Harlem (1988, Acid Jazz) **
  • Rabih Abou-Khalil: The Flood and the Fate of the Fish (2017-18, Enja) **
  • Albert Ayler: La Cave Live Cleveland 1966 Revisited (Ezz-Thetics, 2CD) **
  • Jim Black: My Choice (2000-12, Winter & Winter -21) **
  • Bob Corritore & Friends: Down Home Blues Revue (SWMAF/VizzTone) **
  • Cumbia Sabrosa: Tropical Sound System Bangers From the Discos Fuentes Vaults 1961-1981 (Rocafort, EP) **
  • Hal Galper Trio: Invitation to Openness: Live at Big Twio (2008, Origin)
  • Jens Lekman: The Cherry Trees Are Still in Blossom (2002-03, Secretly Canadian) **
  • Lčspri Ka: New Directions in Gwoka Music From Guadeloupe 1981-2010 (Séance Centre) **
  • John McLaughlin: The Montreux Years (1978-2016, BMG) **
  • Kippie Moeketsi/Hal Singer: Blue Stompin' (1977, As-Shams -21) **
  • Sal Mosca: For Lennie Tristano: Solo Piano 1970 & 1997 (Fresh Sound) **
  • Noertker's Moxie: Walking on Blue Eggshells in Billville (2001-20, Edgetone -21)
  • Noertker's Moxie: More Fun in Billville (2001-20, Edgetone -21)
  • Orchestre Volta-Jazz: Air Volta (1974-77, Numero Group) **
  • Ann Peebles & the Hi Rhythm Section: Live in Memphis (1982, Memphis International) **
  • Lionel Pillay: Shrimp Boats (1979-80, As-Shams) **
  • Owiny Sigoma Band: The Lost Tapes (2015-19, Brownswood -21) **
  • Sonic Youth: In/Out/In (2000-10, Three Lobed) **
  • Mavis Staples & Levon Helm: Carry Me Home (2011, Anti-) **
  • The Trypes: Music for Neighbors (1984, Pravda) **
  • Neil Young: Royce Hall 1971 (Reprise) **
  • Neil Young: Citizen Kane Jr. Blues (1974, Reprise) **
  • Neil Young With Crazy Horse: Toast (2001, Reprise) **
B+(*)
  • Chet Baker: Tune Up: Live in Paris (1980, Circle) **
  • Doug Carn: Adam's Apple (1974, Black Jazz/Real Gone Music -21) **
  • Ephat Mujuru & the Spirit of the People: Mbavaira (1983, Awesome Tapes From Africa, EP -21) **
  • Noertker's Moxie: Pantomime in Billville (2001-20, Edgetone -21)
  • Orchestre Massako: Orchestre Massako (1979-86, Analog Africa, EP) **
  • Tony Oxley: Unreleased 1974-2016 (Discus Music) **
  • Sirone: Artistry (1978, Moved-by-Sound) **
  • Clark Terry Big Bad Band: Live in Holland 1979 (Storyville) **
  • They Shall Not Pass/No Pasaran! [Trost Live Series] (2007-21, Trost) **
  • Bob Wilber With Dave McKenna and Pug Horton: Original Wilber (1978, Phontastic) **
B
  • A Chant About the Beauty of the Moon at Night: Hawaiian Steel Guitar Masters: Lost + Rare Performances 1913-1921 (Magnificent Sounds) **
  • Soft Machine: Facelift: France & Holland (1970, Cuneiform, 2CD) **
  • Irma Thomas: Full Time Woman: The Lost Cotillion Album (1972, Real Gone Music) **
  • Bo Van De Graaf: Eccentric Music for Audio Hunters (2002-16, Icdisc -21)
B-
  • Norma Tanega: I'm the Sky: Studio and Demo Recordings 1964-1971 (Anthology) **
C+
  • Cathy Segal-Garcia & Phillip Strange: Live in Japan (1992, Origin, 2CD)