Music Tracking 2021

These are 2021 releases that I've taken note of, listed alphabetically by artist, with VA comps at the bottom. My grades, where available, are in brackets at the end of the line (stars in B+ range). Lines in blue indicate that I have a physical copy (albeit sometimes just a promo CDR); in green are records that I graded based on a Rhapsody stream or other such source. Most records have release dates and a brief generic note.

Unheard records are prioritized 0-3 (graded records are 4-5). The priotization is based subjectively on personal interests, reviews I've noticed, reviewers I particularly respect, what I know about the artists, etc. Roughly speaking: 0 is something I have no reason to consider (default page omits 0); 1 has been noted as having some cred somewhere; 2 is something I have some specific reason to search out; 3 is something I'll listen to ASAP.

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New Releases

  • Joshua Abrams' Cloud Script: Cloud Script (RogueArt) - jazz
  • Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society: Mandatory Reality (Eremite) [01-01] - jazz
  • Abstract Orchestra: Madvillain Vol 1 (ATA) [03-12] - jazz
  • Pedro Melo Alves Omniae Large Ensemble: Lumina (Clean Feed) [10-15] - jazz
  • Courtney Barnett: Things Take Time, Take Time (Mom + Pop) [11-12] - singer-songwriter
  • Pat Bianchi: Something to Say: The Music of Stevie Wonder (Savant) [11-12] - jazz
  • Theo Bleckmann and the Westerlies: This Land (Westerlies Music) - jazz
  • David Borden: Heaven-Kept Soul (Cuneiform) [03-19] - electronic
  • Gabriel Borden: Borden on Borden: Gabriel Borden Plays David Borden (Cuneiform) [03-19] - jazz
  • Weedie Braimah: The Hands of Time (Stretch Music/Ropeadope) [09-24] - jazz
  • Cabaret Voltaire: BN9Drone (Mute) [04-23]
  • Sharel Cassity/Rajiv Halim/Greg Ward: Altoizm (Afar Music) [07-16] - jazz
  • Bill Charlap Trio: Street of Dreams (Blue Note) [11-12] - jazz
  • Eric Church: & (EMI Nashville -EP) [04-20] - country
  • Margo Cilker: Pohorylle (Loose) [11-05] - country
  • The Coast Jazz Orchestra: The Temp (Music by Taylor Ho Bynum, Words by Matthea Harvey) (self-released) [02-17] - jazz
  • Larry Coryell: Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic XI: The Last Call (ACT Music) [03-19] - jazz
  • Elisabeth Coudoux: Emiszatett: Earis (Impakt) [05-14] - jazz
  • Marilyn Crispell/Eddie Prevost/Harrison Smith: ConcertOTO (Matchless) - jazz
  • Erika De Casier: Sensational (4AD) [05-21] - alt r&b
  • Christopher Dell/Christian Lillinger/Jonas Westergaard: Beats (Plaist) [01-29] - jazz
  • Bertrand Denzler/Phil Durrant/Mark Wastell: What Do You See When You Are Sleeping? (Conront) [01-31] - jazz
  • William Doyle: Great Spans of Muddy Time (Tough Love) [03-19] - art pop
  • Paul Dunmall/Matthew Shipp/Joe Morris/Gerald Cleaver: The Bright Awakening (RogueArt) - jazz
  • EABS: Discipline of Sun Ra (Astigmatic) [02-05] - jazz
  • Mats Eilertsen: Solitude Central (Hemli) [02-05] - jazz
  • Kahil El'Zabar Quartet: A Time for Healing (Spiritmuse) - jazz
  • Mark Feldman: Sounding Point (Intakt) [03-05] - jazz
  • Ingebrigt Haker Flaten/Rolf-Erik Nystrom: El Sistema (Sonic Transmissions) [09-23] - jazz
  • Fred Frith/Ikue Mori: A Mountain Doesn't Know It's Tall (Intakt) [02-12] - jazz
  • Champian Fulton: Live From Lockdown (Champian) [09-14] - vocal jazz
  • Nubya Garcia: Source We Move/We Move (Concord Jazz) [10-22] - jazz
  • Milford Graves/Jason Moran: Live at Big Ears (Yes) [04-02] - jazz
  • Gordon Grdina/Jim Black: Martian Kitties (Astral Spirits) [08-20] - jazz
  • Mats Gustafsson/Joachim Nordwall: Shadows of Tomorrow/The Brain Produces Electric Waves (Astral Spirits -EP) [05-14] - jazz
  • Mary Halvorson Quartet: John Zorn's Bagatelles Vol 1 (Tzadik) - jazz
  • Joel Harrison: Guitar Talk (AGS) - jazz
  • Alexander Hawkins: Togetherness Music: For Sixteen Musicians (Intakt) [01-15] - jazz
  • Daniel Herskedal: Harbor (Edition) [07-20] - jazz
  • Christopher Hoffman: Asp Nimbus (Out of Your Head) [03-26] - jazz
  • Michael Hurley: The Time of the Foxgloves (No Quarter) [12-10] - folk
  • Kang Tae Hwan/Kang Hae Jin: Circle Point (Dancing Butterfly) [02-02] - jazz
  • Susie Ibarra: Talking Gong (New Focus) [01-22] - jazz
  • Susie Ibarra: Walking on Water (Innova) [04-23] - jazz
  • ICP Septet + Joris Roelofs + Terrie Ex: Komen & Gaan (ICP) - jazz
  • Il Sogno: Graduation (Gotta Let It Out) - jazz
  • IPA: Bashing Mushrooms (Cuneiform) [09-07] - jazz
  • Jon Irabagon: Bird With Streams (Irabbagast) - jazz
  • Jose James: New York 2020 (Rainbow Blonde) [02-19] - jazz
  • Jazzrausch Bigband: Techne (ACT Music) [04-30] - jazz
  • Darius Jones: Raw Demoon Alchemy (A Lone Operation) (Northern Spy) - jazz
  • Norah Jones: 'Til We Meet Again (Live) (Blue Note) [04-16] - vocal jazz
  • Eli Keszler: Icons (LucyMe) [06-25] - jazz
  • The Klezmatics: Letters to Afar (Chant) [08-18] - klezmer
  • Sinikka Langeland: Wolf Rune (ECM) [04-09] - Norwegian folk/jazz
  • Jinx Lennon: Liferafts for Latchicos (Septic Tiger) [04-23] - punk
  • James Brandon Lewis Quartet: Code of Being (Intakt) - jazz
  • The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band: Both Ways (self-released) [08-26] - folk
  • Dave Liebman Expansions: Selflessness: The Music of John Coltrane (Dot Time) - jazz
  • Allen Lowe: A Love Supine: Ascension Into the Maelstrom (ESP Disk) - jazz
  • Man on Man: Man on Man (Polyvinyl) [05-07] - alt/indie
  • Christian McBride & Inside Straight: Live at the Village Vanguard (Mack Avenue) [11-26] - jazz
  • Makaya McCraven: Deciphering the Message (Blue Note) [11-19] - jazz
  • Pat Metheny: Side Eye NYC V1.IV (Modern) - jazz
  • Migos: Culture III (Capitol/Motown/Quality Control) [06-11] - hip-hop
  • Matt Mitchell & Kate Gentile: Snark Horse (Pi -6CD) [07-30] - jazz
  • Jason Moran: The Sound Will Tell You (Yes) - jazz
  • Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real: A Few Stars Apart (Fantasy) [06-11] - country rock
  • Angelika Niescier/Alexander Hawkins: Soul in Plain Sight (Intakt) [08-20] - jazz
  • Evan Parker Electroacoustic Quartet: Concert in Iwaki (Uchimizu) - jazz
  • Jeff Parker/Rob Mazurek: Some Jellyfish Live Forever (RogueArt) [04-00] - jazz
  • William Parker: Migration of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World (Centering/AUM Fidelity -10CD) [01-29] - jazz
  • Gretchen Parlato: Flor (Edition) [04-09] - vocal jazz
  • Enrico Pieranunzi & Bert Joris: Afterglow (Challenge) [01-22] - jazz
  • Barre Phillips/John Butcher/Stale Liavik Solberg: We Met - And Then (Relative Pitch) - jazz
  • Diego Pinera: Odd Wisdom (ACT Music) [03-05] - jazz
  • Portico Quartet: Monument () [11-12] - jazz
  • Punkt.Vrt.Plastik: Somit (Intakt) [03-19] - jazz
  • Marc Ribot: Plays Solo Guitar Works of Frantz Casseus (Knockwurst) [06-25] - jazz
  • Samo Salamon/Dominique Pifarely/Michel Godard/Dejan Terzic: Live Ones: Vol 1 (self-released) [01-06] - jazz
  • Matthew Shipp/Evan Parker: Leonine Aspects (RogueArt) - jazz
  • Leanne Betasamosake Simpson: Theory of Ice (You've Changed) [03-12] - spoken word
  • Skerebotte Fatta: Appaz (ForTune) - jazz
  • Nate Smith: Kinfolk 2: See the Birds (Edition) [09-17] - jazz
  • Wadada Leo Smith/Henry Kaiser/Alex Varty: Pacifica Koral Reef (577) [12-15] - jazz
  • Somi: Zenzile: The Reimagination of Miriam Makeba (Salon Africana) - vocal jazz
  • Craig Taborn: Shadow Plays (ECM) - jazz
  • Ohad Talmor Trio: Mise En Place (Intakt) - jazz
  • Henry Threadgill Zooid: Poof (Pi) [09-24] - jazz
  • Throttle Elevator Music: Final Floor (Wide Hive) [03-12] - jazz
  • Torres: Thirstier (Merge) [07-30] - pop/rock
  • Ken Vandermark/Istvaan Grencso/Robert Benko: Burning River Melting Sea (Systems vs Artifacts/Audiographic) - jazz
  • Alex Ward: Gated (Discus Music) [07-13] - jazz
  • Anna Webber: Idiom (Pi -2CD) [05-28] - jazz
  • Jamire Williams: But Only After You Have Suffered (International Anthem) [12-03] - jazz
  • Willow: Lately I Feel Everything (MSFTS/Roc Nation/Polydor) [07-16] - emo
  • Michael Wollny/Emile Parisien/Tim Lefebvre/Christian Lillinger: XXXX (ACT Music) [04-30] - jazz
  • Nate Wooley: Mutual Aid Music (Pleasure of the Text -2CD) [04-16] - jazz
  • WRD [Robert Walter/Eddie Roberts/Adam Deitch]: The Hit (Color Red) [04-30] - jazz
  • Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Barn (Reprise) [12-10] - rock
  • Brandee Younger: Somewhere Different (Verve) [08-13] - jazz
  • John Zorn: Gnosis: The Inner Light (02-12) [J|jazz]
  • John Zorn: Teresa Da Avila (Tzadik) [03-19] - jazz
  • John Zorn: Chaos Magic (Tzadik) [04-16] - jazz
  • John Zorn: Heaven and Earth Magick (Tzadik) - jazz
  • John Zorn: New Masada Quartet (Tzadik) - jazz

Reissues, Etc.

  • The Art Ensemble of Chicago: Manewry Jazzowe '82 (1982, OMX) [02-05] - jazz
  • The Art Ensemble of Chicago: Jazz Jamboree '91 (1991, OMX) [02-02] - jazz
  • Albert Ayler Quartet With Don Cherry: European Recordings Autumn 1964 Revisited (Ezz-thetics) - jazz
  • The Beach Boys: Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf's Up Sessions 1969-1971 (Capitol)
  • Black Unity Trio: Al-Fatihah (1968, Gotta Groove/Salaam) [02-26] - jazz
  • Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers: First Flight to Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings (Blue Note) - jazz
  • Paul Bley: Touching & Blood Revisited (1965, Ezz-thetics) - jazz
  • Arthur Blythe: Katowice 2003 (OMX -2CD) [01-29] - jazz
  • Marion Brown: Why Not? Porto Novo! Revisited (1966-67, Ezz-thetics) - jazz
  • The Dave Brubeck Quartet: Live in Indiana 1958 (American Jazz Classics) [04-21] - jazz
  • The Dave Brubeck Trio: Live at the Wiener Konzerthaus 1967 (Derry Music) [02-13] - jazz
  • Doug Carn: Revelation (1973, Black Jazz/Real Gone Music) [05-28] - jazz
  • Don Cherry: Complete Communion & Symphony for Improvisers Revisited (Ezz-Thetics) - jazz
  • Dave Douglas/Misha Mengelberg: Buenos Aires 2000 (OMX) [01-26] - jazz
  • Bill Evans Trio: On a Friday Evening (1975, Concord) [06-25] - jazz
  • Bill Evans: Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans: A Career Retrospective (1956-1980) (1956-80, Concord -5CD) [06-25] - jazz
  • Free Fall: Alchemia 2006 (2006, OMX -2CD) [01-12] - jazz
  • Georg Graewe/Kjell Nordeson/Jon Raskin Trio: Live at NIR Studios (2009, Temescal) - jazz
  • Hans Koch & Paul Lovens: Nephlokokkygia 1992 (Ezz-thetics) [04-00] - jazz
  • Eero Koivistoinen: The Original Sin (Svart) [03-12] - jazz
  • Bill Laswell/Jack DeJohnette/Graham Haynes/Elliott Sharp: Saalfelden (1998, self-released) [02-06] - jazz
  • Wes Montgomery: The NDR Hamburg Studio Recordings (1965, Jazzline) [03-19] - jazz
  • No Safety: Spill (1991-92, Cuneiform) [07-23] - jazz
  • No Safety: Live at the Knitting Factory (1993, Cuneiform) [07-23] - jazz
  • No Safety: Live in Italy 1994 (1994, Cuneiform) [07-23] - jazz
  • Evan Parker ElectroAcoustic Ensemble With Sainkho Namtchylak: Fixing the Fluctuating Idea (1996, Victo) [03-19] - jazz
  • Art Pepper: Unreleased Art Pepper Volume Eleven: Atlanta (1980, Widow's Taste) - jazz
  • The Roots: Do You Want More?!!!??! [Deluxe Edition] (1995, Geffen/UMe) [03-12] - hip-hop
  • Ray Russell Sextet: Forget to Remember (1970, Jazz in Britain) - jazz
  • Pharoah Sanders/Charles Lloyd: Billy Higgins Tribute (2001, OMX) [01-08] - jazz
  • Special Interest: Trust No Wave: The 2016 Demos (2016, Disciples -EP) [05-14] - noise rock
  • Spontaneous Music Ensemble: Question and Answer 1966 (Rhythm and Blues) [04-02] - jazz
  • Sun Ra and His Outer Space Arkestra: A Fireside Chat With Lucifer (Modern Harmonic) [02-05] - jazz
  • Cecil Taylor: Mixed to Unit Structures Revisited (Ezz-thetics) - jazz
  • Blue Gene Tyranny: Degrees of Freedom Found (Unseen Worlds -6CD) [06-11]
  • Ken Vandermark/Free Music Ensemble: Warszawa 2006 (OMX) [01-19] - jazz
  • Barney Wilen & Alain Jean-Marie: Montreal Duets (1993, Elemental) [02-12] - jazz
  • Leo Wright: Blues Shout + Suddenly the Blules (Essential Jazz Classics) [04-09] - jazz
  • Lester Young Quartet: Collates (1949-51, Essential Jazz Classics) [04-09] - jazz
  • Cuba: Music and Revolution (Culture Clash in Havana Cuba: Experiments in Latin Music 1975-85 Vol 1) (Soul Jazz -2CD) [01-22] - Cuban jazz
  • For the Good Times: The Songs of Kris Kristofferson (Ace -20) [2020-12-19]
  • It's a Good, Good Feeling: The Latin Soul of Fania Records: The Singles (Craft -4CD) [10-08] - Latin
  • J Jazz Volume 3: Deep Modern Jazz From Japan (BBE) [02-26] - jazz
  • Journeys in Modern Jazz: Britain (1965-1972) (Decca -2CD) [07-16] - jazz
  • The Rough Guide to Avant-Garde Japan (World Music Network) [01-29] - jazz
  • Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap (Smithsonian -9CD) [08-20] - hip-hop

Priority Counts

  • Priority 2: 150
  • Priority 3: 2

Total: 152