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

  • Snoh Aalegra: Temporary Highs in the Violet Skies (ARTium/Roc Nation) [07-09] - r&b [*]
  • Eivind Aarset 4tet: Phantasmagoria, or a Different Kind of Journey (Jazzland) [09-24] - jazz [***]
  • Greg Abate: Magic Dance: The Music of Kenny Barron (Whaling City Sound -2CD) [04-02] - jazz [**]
  • ABBA: Voyage (Polar) [11-05] - europop [B-]
  • Joshua Abrams/Chad Taylor: Mind Maintenance (Drag City) [06-11] - jazz [***]
  • Adult Mom: Driver (Epitaph) [03-05] - alt/indie [**]
  • Aesop Rock X Blockhead: Garbology (Rhymesayers Entertainment) [11-12] - hip-hop [**]
  • Arooj Aftab: Vulture Prince (New Amsterdam) [04-23] - Pakistan [*]
  • Ahmed: Nights on Saturn (Communication) (Astral Spirits) [03-26] - jazz [A-]
  • Air Craft: Divergent Path (Craftedair/Blujazz) [07-15] - jazz [B]
  • Fatima Al Qadiri: Medieval Femme (Hyperdub) [05-14] - ambient [B-]
  • Lauren Alaina: Sitting Pretty on Top of the World (Mercury Nashville) [09-03] - country [B-]
  • Albare: Albare Plays Jobim Vol 2 (Alfi) [01-08] - jazz [*]
  • Alchemy Sound Project: Afrika Love (ARC) [05-14] - jazz [**]
  • Susan Alcorn/Leila Bordreuil/Ingrid Laubrock: Bird Meets Wire (Relative Pitch) [05-14] - jazz [*]
  • Alder Ego: III (We Jazz) [04-09] - jazz [**]
  • Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet: Social Distancing (Saponegro) [01-29] - jazz [**]
  • Gary Allan: Ruthless (EMI Nashville) [06-25] - country [*]
  • Lina Allemano Four: Vegetables (Lumo) [04-11] - jazz [**]
  • Harry Allen/Mike Karn: Milo's Illinois (GAC) [02-19] - jazz [**]
  • JD Allen: Queen City (Savant) [07-09] - jazz [*]
  • Tony Allen: There Is No End (Blue Note) [05-07] - jazz/rap [**]
  • Altin Gun: Yol (ATO) [02-26] - synthpop [**]
  • Barry Altschul's 3Dom Factor: Long Tall Sunshine (Not Two) [03-01] - jazz [A-]
  • Aly & AJ: A Touch of the Beat Gets You Up on Your Feet Gets You Out and Then Into the Sun (Aly & AJ Music) [05-07] - pop [*]
  • Rodrigo Amado This Is Our Language Quartet: Let the Free Be Men (Trost) [05-21] - jazz [A-]
  • Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio & Alexander von Schlippenbach: The Field (NoBusiness) [07-15] - jazz [A-]
  • Franco Ambrosetti Band: Lost Within You (Unit) [01-29] - jazz [**]
  • The Anchoress: The Art of Losing (Kscope) [03-12] - art rock [***]
  • Thomas Anderson: Ladies and Germs (Out There) [08-31] - singer-songwriter [A-]
  • Android Trio: Other Worlds (Cuneiform) [10-22] - jazz-rock [C+]
  • Rebecca Angel: Love Life Choices (Timeless Grooves) [06-11] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Miguel Angelo Quarteto: Danca Dos Desastrados (self-released) [05-30] - jazz [**]
  • Anika: Change (Sacred Bones) [07-23] - post-punk [**]
  • Tamar Aphek: All Bets Are Off (Kill Rock Stars) [01-29] - rock [**]
  • Arab Strap: As Days Get Dark (Rock Action) [03-05] - slowcore [**]
  • Armand Hammer & the Alchemist: Haram (Backwoodz Studioz) [03-26] - hip-hop [**]
  • The Armed: Ultrapop (Sargent House) [04-16] - noise rock [B]
  • Artifacts [Tomeka Reid/Nicole Mitchell/Mike Reed]: . . . And Then There's This (Astral Spirits) [10-29] - jazz [A-]
  • Ashnikko: Demidevil (Parlophone -EP) [01-15] - pop [**]
  • Asleep at the Wheel: Half a Hundred Years (Home) [10-01] - country [A-]
  • Atmosphere: Word? (Rhymesayers Entertainment) [10-08] - hip-hop [*]
  • Michael Attias/Simon Nabatov: Brooklyn Mischiefs (Leo) [04-02] - jazz [**]
  • Attitude!: Pause & Effect (ESP-Disk) [11-19] - jazz [**]
  • Aya: Im Hole (Hyperdub) [10-22] - electronic [**]
  • Iggy Azalea: The End of an Era (Bad Dreams/Empire) [08-13] - hip-hop [A-]
  • Baby Queen: The Yearbook (Polydor) [09-03] - pop [***]
  • Backxwash: I Lie Here Buried With My Rings and My Dress (Ugly Hag) [06-20] - hip-hop [*]
  • Badbadnotgood: Talk Memory (XL/Innovative Leisure) [10-08] - jazz fusion [B]
  • Dmitry Baevsky: Soundtrack (Fresh Sound New Talent) [05-31] - jazz [**]
  • BaianaSystem: OXEAXEEXU (Maquina De Louco) [04-23] - Brazil [***]
  • Julien Baker: Little Oblivions (Matador) [02-26] - singer-songwriter [*]
  • Baker's Brew: New Works (Psychosomatic, 2CD) [02-12] - jazz [*]
  • Rossano Baldini: Humanbeing (RareNoise) [05-28] - jazz [**]
  • Balimaya Project: Wolo So (Jazz Re:Freshed) [07-30] - jazz [A-]
  • Yaala Ballin: Sings Irving Berlin (SteepleChase LookOut) [01-15] - vocal jazz [***]
  • Rahsaan Barber: Mosaic (Jazz Music City, 2CD) [04-09] - jazz [**]
  • Mandy Barnett: Every Star Above (BMG) [05-07] - standards [B]
  • Nik Bartsch: Entendre (ECM) [03-19] - jazz [**]
  • Keshav Batish: Binaries in Cycle (Woven Strands) [07-10] - jazz [**]
  • Jon Batiste: We Are (Verve) [03-19] - r&b [**]
  • Nathan Bell: Red, White and American Blues (It Couldn't Happen Here) (Need to Know) [09-11] - Americana [A]
  • Benny the Butcher: The Plugs I Met 2 (Black Soprano Family -EP) [03-19] - hip-hop [**]
  • Benny the Butcher: Pyrex Picasso (Rare Scrilla/BSF -EP) [08-13] - hip-hop [*]
  • Steven Bernstein: Community Music (Royal Potato Family -EP) [05-07] - jazz [***]
  • Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra: Tinctures in Time (Community Music Vol 1) (Royal Potato Family) [09-03] - jazz [***]
  • BFB Da Packman: Fat Niggas Need Love Too (The Lunch Crew) [06-24] - hip-hop [**]
  • Eric Bibb: Dear America (Provogue) [10-10] - blues [**]
  • Bicep: Isles (Ninja Tune) [01-22] - electronic [**]
  • Nat Birchall: Ancient Africa (Ancient Archive of Sound) [08-27] - jazz [***]
  • Michael Bisio/Kirk Knuffke/Fred Lonberg-Holm: The Art Spirit (ESP-Disk) [06-25] - jazz [***]
  • Bktherula: Love Black (Warner) [10-22] - hip-hop [***]
  • Black Country, New Road: For the First Time (Ninja Tune) [02-05] - experimental rock [**]
  • The Black Keys: Delta Kream (Nonesuch) [05-14] - blues rock [**]
  • Black Midi: Cavalcade (Rough Trade) [05-28] - math rock [B]
  • Namir Blade: Namir Blade Presents Aphelion's Traveling Circus (Mello Music Group -20) [2020-09-18] - hip-hop [*]
  • Dan Blake: Da Fe (Sunnyside) [03-12] - jazz [**]
  • Johnathan Blake: Homeward Bound (Blue Note) [10-29] - jazz [***]
  • Terence Blanchard: Absence (Blue Note) [08-27] - jazz [**]
  • Carsie Blanton: Love & Rage (So Ferocious) [04-30] - singer-songwriter [A-]
  • Bleachers: Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night (RCA) [07-30] - alt/indie [*]
  • Lena Bloch & Feathery: Rose of Lifta (Fresh Sound New Talent) [10-08] - jazz [*]
  • Blu: The Color Blu(e) (Nature Sounds) [09-24] - hip-hop [*]
  • Body Meta: The Work Is Slow (Hausu Mountain) [05-28] - ambient fusion [A-]
  • Dr Mike Bogle: Let There Be Light (MBP/Groove) [07-01] - jazz [B]
  • Bomba Estereo: Deja (Sony Music Latin) [09-10] - Latin [**]
  • Borderlands Trio [Stephan Crump/Kris Davis/Eric McPherson]: Wandersphere (Intakt -2CD) [09-17] - jazz [***]
  • Darrin Bradbury: Artvertisement (Anti-) [08-20] - Americana [***]
  • Jaimie Branch: Fly or Die Live (International Anthem) [05-21] - jazz [A-]
  • Anthony Braxton: Quartet (Standards) 2020 (New Braxton House -13CD) [06-28] - jazz [A-]
  • Olie Brice/Binker Golding/Henry Kaiser/NO Moore/Eddie Prevost: The Secret Handshake With Danger (Vol One) (577) [03-12] - jazz [*]
  • Bridge of Flowers: A Soft Day's Night (ESP-Disk) [10-22] - jazz [*]
  • Jakob Bro/Arve Henriksen/Jorge Rossy: Uma Elmo (ECM) [02-12] - jazz [B]
  • Alan Broadbent/London Metropolitan Strings: Broadbent Plays Brubeck (Eden River) [08-24] - jazz [*]
  • Brockhampton: Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine (Question Everything/RCA) [04-09] - hip-hop [**]
  • Sarah Buechi/Contradiction of Happiness & Jena Philharmonic: The Paintress (Intakt) [08-20] - jazz [A-]
  • The Bug: Fire (Ninja Tune) [08-27] - grime [*]
  • Burial: Chemz/Dolphin (Hyperdub -EP) [05-21] - electronic [*]
  • Greg Burk/Ron Seguin/Michel Lambert: Sound Neighbors (Tonos -20) [2020-02-23] - jazz [***]
  • Greg Burk: Simple Joys (Tonos) [06-28] - jazz [*]
  • Cedric Burnside: I Be Trying (Single Lock) [06-25] - blues [**]
  • Burnt Sugar/The Arkestra Chamber: Angels Over Oakanda (Avantgroidd) - jazz [***]
  • Abraham Burton/Lucian Ban: Black Salt: Live at the Baroque Hall (Sunnyside) [04-09] - jazz [**]
  • John Butcher/Veryan Weston/Øyvind Stonesund/Dag Erik Kriedal Andersen: Mapless Quiet (Motvind -20) [2020-12-22] - jazz [**]
  • John Butcher/Dominic Lash/John Russell/Mark Sanders: Discernment (Spoonhunt) [06-01] - jazz [*]
  • John Butcher/Sharon Gal/David Toop: Until the Night Melts Away (Shrike) [04-17] - jazz [B]
  • Butcher Brown: Encore (Concord Jazz -EP) [06-04] - jazz-funk [B]
  • Cabaret Voltaire: Dekadrone (Mute) [04-09] - post-industrial [*]
  • George Cables: Too Close for Comfort (HighNote) [05-28] - jazz [*]
  • Francesco Cafiso: Irene of Boston: Conversation Avec Corto Maltese (Eflat -20) [2020-12-03] - jazz [A-]
  • Matt Caflisch: Runaway (Fat Oak -20) [2020-05-20] - singer-songwriter [*]
  • Jonas Cambien Trio: Nature Hath Painted the Body (Clean Feed) [04-19] - jazz [**]
  • Brandi Carlile: In These Silent Days (Low Country Sound/Elektra) [10-01] - Americana [B]
  • Hayes Carll: You Get It All (Dualtone) [10-30] - country [A-]
  • Pedro Carneiro & Pedro Melo Alves: Bad Company (Clean Feed) [06-18] - jazz [*]
  • Enzo Carniel/Filippo Vignato Silent Room: Aria (Menace) - jazz [***]
  • Francois Carrier: Glow (FMR) - jazz [U]
  • Daniel Carter: Playfield Vol 1: Sonar (Orbit577) [03-20] - jazz [*]
  • Daniel Carter: Playfield Vol 2: The Middle (Orbit577) [04-17] - jazz [**]
  • Daniel Carter: Playfield Vol 3: After Life (Orbit577) [05-15] - jazz [*]
  • Daniel Carter//Tobias Wilner/Djibril Toure/Federick Ughi: New York United, Volume 2 (577) [09-03] - jazz [A-]
  • Ron Carter/Jack DeJohnette/Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Skyline (5 Passion) [09-17] - jazz [A-]
  • Playboi Carti: Whole Lotta Red (AWGE/Interscope -20) [2020-12-25] - hip-hop [**]
  • Marc Cary: Life Lessons (Sessionheads United) [09-17] - jazz [***]
  • Nick Cave & Warren Ellis: Carnage (AWAL) [02-25] - art rock [B]
  • Sarah Mary Chadwick: Me and Ennui Are Friends, Baby (Ba Da Bing!) [02-05] - singer-songwriter [**]
  • Chai: Wink (Sub Pop) [05-21] - alt/indie [**]
  • Joe Chambers: Samba De Marcatu (Blue Note) [02-26] - jazz [B]
  • Brian Charette: Power From the Air (SteepleChase) [03-15] - jazz [*]
  • Ian Charleton Big Band: A Fresh Perspective (none) [03-16] - jazz [***]
  • The Chills: Scatterbrain (Fire) [05-14] - alt/indie [***]
  • Chubby and the Gang: The Mutt's Nuts (Partisan) [08-27] - punk [**]
  • Eric Church: Heart (EMI Nashville) [04-16] - country [**]
  • Eric Church: Soul (EMI Nashville) [04-23] - country [*]
  • Chvrches: Screen Violence (Glassnote) [08-27] - electropop [***]
  • Clairo: Sling (Fader/Republic) [07-16] - singer-songwriter [*]
  • Claudia Quintet: Evidence-based (Flexatonic) [09-03] - jazz [A-]
  • Gerald Cleaver: Griots (Positive Elevation/577) [06-04] - jazz [**]
  • Cloud Nothings: The Shadow I Remember (Carpark) [02-26] - alt/indie [**]
  • Cochemea: Vol II: Baca Sewa (Daptone) [07-16] - jazz [*]
  • Anat Cohen & Marcello Goncalves: Reconvexo (Anzic) [10-15] - jazz [*]
  • Avishai Cohen: Two Roses (Naive) [04-16] - jazz [B]
  • Emmet Cohen: Future Stride (Mack Avenue) [01-29] - jazz [**]
  • Mike Cohen: Winter Sun (Blujazz) - jazz [**]
  • Tom Cohen: My Take (Versa Music) [08-20] - jazz [**]
  • J Cole: The Off-Season (Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope) [05-14] - hip-hop [*]
  • Xhosa Cole: Know Them, Know Us (Stoney Lane) [07-30] - jazz [**]
  • Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Live at the Village Vanguard Volume II (MDW NTR) (Pi -2CD) [10-29] - jazz [A-]
  • Isaiah Collier & the Chosen Few: Cosmic Transitions (Cosmic Transitions) [05-12] - jazz [***]
  • Alex Collins/Ryan Berg/Karl Latham: Together (Dropzonejazz) [06-12] - jazz [**]
  • Wayne Coniglio & Scott Whitfield: Faster Friends (Summit) [06-11] - jazz [B]
  • Contour: Love Suite (Good Question -EP) [03-13] - r&b [*]
  • The Contraptionists: Working Man's Dread (self-released) [05-28] - Americana [B]
  • The Cookers: Look Out! (Gearbox) [09-24] - jazz [*]
  • Jack Cooper/Jeff Tobias: Tributaries (Astral Spirits) [07-23] - jazz [B]
  • Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt: Made Out of Sound (Palilalia) [03-26] - jazz [**]
  • Simao Costa: Beat With Out Byte (Cipsela) [05-20] - jazz [**]
  • Elvis Costello & the Attractions: Spanish Model (UMe) [09-10] - pop [**]
  • Sylvie Courvoisier/Ned Rothenberg/Julian Sartorius: Lockdown (Clean Feed) [04-19] - jazz [***]
  • Sylvie Courvoisier/Mary Halvorson: Searching for the Disappeared Hour (Pyroclastic) [10-29] - jazz [***]
  • Cowboys & Frenchmen: Our Highway (Outside In Music) [02-26] - jazz [*]
  • Neil Cowley: Hall of Mirrors (Mote) [03-05] - jazz [**]
  • Charley Crockett: 10 for Slim: Charley Crockett Sings James Hand (Son of Davy) [02-26] - country [**]
  • Charley Crockett: Music City USA (Son of Davy) [09-17] - country [***]
  • Rodney Crowell: Triage (RC1) [07-23] - country [***]
  • Cyclone Trio: The Clear Revolution (577) [03-05] - jazz [**]
  • Jeremiah Cymerman/Charlie Looker: A Horizon Made of Canvas (Astral Spirits) [02-05] - jazz [*]
  • Andrew Cyrille Quartet: The News (ECM) [08-27] - jazz [B]
  • Czarface/MF Doom: Super What? (Silver Age -EP) [05-07] - hip-hop [A-]
  • Lucy Dacus: Home Video (Matador) [06-25] - singer-songwriter [**]
  • Daggerboard: Last Days of Studio A (Wide Hive) [10-15] - jazz [*]
  • Damata: What's Damata (Dugnad) [04-16] - jazz [***]
  • Lao Dan/Deng Boyu: TUTU Duo (NoBusiness) [07-15] - jazz [***]
  • Dan Ex Machina: Bail Shag EP (self-released -EP) [01-02] - alt/indie [*]
  • Harold Danko: Spring Garden (SteepleChase) [03-15] - jazz [**]
  • Dave: We're All Alone in This Together (Neighbourhood) [07-23] - UK hip-hop [A-]
  • Caroline Davis: Portals, Volume 1: Mourning (Sunnyside) [08-27] - jazz [**]
  • Dan Dean: Fanfare for the Common Man (Origin Classical) [06-18] - classical [B-]
  • Michael Dease: Give It All You Got (Posi-Tone) [02-26] - jazz [*]
  • Graham Dechter: Major Influence (Capri) [09-17] - jazz [**]
  • Lana Del Rey: Chemtrails Over the Country Club (Polydor/Interscope) [03-19] - singer-songwriter [**]
  • Lana Del Rey: Blue Bannisters (Polydor/Interscope) [10-22] - pop [***]
  • Benoit Delbecq: The Weight of Light (Pyroclastic) [02-12] - jazz [**]
  • The Dynamic Les DeMerle Band Featuring Bonnie Eisele: Hot Night in Venice: Live at the Venice Jazz Club (Origin) [01-15] - jazz [*]
  • Desertion Trio: Numbers Maker (Cuneiform) [04-23] - jazz [***]
  • Randal Despommier: Dio C'e (Outside In Music) [02-06] - jazz [B]
  • Whit Dickey/William Parker/Matthew Shipp: Village Mothership (Tao Forms) [10-15] - jazz [A-]
  • Ani DiFranco: Revolutionary Love (Righteous Babe) [01-29] - singer-songwriter [**]
  • John Dikeman/Hamid Drake: Live in Chicago (Doek Raw -20) [2020-02-14] - jazz [*]
  • McKinley Dixon: For My Mama and Anyone Who Look Like Her (Spacebomb) [05-07] - hip-hop [***]
  • DJ Black Low: Uwami (Awesome Tapes From Africa) [03-12] - African [A-]
  • DMX Krew: Loose Gears (Hypercolour) [02-26] - electronic [**]
  • Sasha Dobson: Girl Talk (self-released) [09-10] - vocal jazz [**]
  • Dominican Jazz Project: Desde Lejos (Summit) [07-16] - jazz [**]
  • Pat Donaher: Occasionally (self-released) [04-09] - jazz [**]
  • Doja Cat: Planet Her (Kemosabe/RCA) [06-25] - hip-pop [*]
  • Dopolarians: The Bond (Mahakala Music) [04-02] - jazz [***]
  • Dos Santos: City of Mirrors (International Anthem) [10-15] - Latin [*]
  • Nahawa Doumbia: Kanawa (Awesome Tapes From Africa) [01-29] - Africa [***]
  • Chet Doxas: You Can't Take It With You (Whirlwind) [09-24] - jazz [**]
  • Dry Cleaning: New Long Leg (4AD) [04-02] - alt/indie [A-]
  • Scott DuBois: Summer Water (Sunnyside) [04-02] - jazz [**]
  • Emily Duff: Razor Blade Smile (Mr Mudshow Music) [07-23] - singer-songwriter [A-]
  • Rebecca Dumaine and the Dave Miller Trio: Someday, Someday (Summit) [03-12] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Paul Dunmall/Percy Pursglove/Olie Brice/Jeff Williams: Palindromes (West Hill) [02-12] - jazz [***]
  • Paul Dunmall & Mark Sanders: Unity (577) [05-14] - jazz [**]
  • Steve Earle & the Dukes: JT (New West) [01-04] - country [A-]
  • East Axis [Matthew Shipp/Allen Lowe/Gerald Cleaver/Kevin Ray]: Cool With That (ESP-Disk) [06-25] - jazz [A]
  • Gerry Eastman Trio: Trust Me (self-released) [10-01] - jazz [*]
  • Silke Eberhard Trio: Being the Up and Down (Intakt) [05-21] - jazz [A-]
  • Yelena Eckemoff: Adventures of the Wildflower (L&H Production -2CD) [03-19] - jazz [**]
  • Billie Eilish: Happer Than Ever (Interscope) [07-30] - pop [A-]
  • Elephant9: Arrival of the New Elders (Rune Grammofon) [02-19] - jazz [**]
  • Elkka: Euphoric Melodies (Technicolour -EP) [05-21] - house [**]
  • Amir ElSaffar/Rivers of Sound: The Other Shore (Outnote) [09-10] - jazz [***]
  • Eminem: Music to Be Murdered By: Side B (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope -20) [2020-12-18] - pop rap [***]
  • Signe Emmeluth: Hi Hello I'm Signe (Relative Pitch) [01-29] - jazz [B]
  • Erin Enderlin: Barroom Mirrors EP (Black Crow Productions -EP) [10-14] - country [**]
  • Ensemble O/Aum Grand Ensemble: Julius Eastman: Femenine (Sub Rosa) [02-12] - minimalism [***]
  • Noga Erez: Kids (City Slang) [03-26] - electropop [***]
  • Yoav Eshed/Lex Korten/Massimo Biolcati/Jongkuk Kim: A Way Out (Sounderscore) [02-19] - jazz [*]
  • Falkner Evans: Invisible Words (CAP) [08-13] - jazz [**]
  • Orrin Evans: The Magic of Now (Smoke Sessions) [07-23] - jazz [***]
  • Joe Fahey: February on Ice (Rough Fish) [02-26] - singer-songwriter [***]
  • Fail Better!: The Fall (JACC) [02-18] - jazz [***]
  • Marianne Faithfull With Warren Ellis: She Walks in Beauty (BMG) [04-30] - spoken word [**]
  • Family Plan: Family Plan (Endectomorph Music) [09-24] - jazz [***]
  • Alon Farber: Hagiga: Reflecting on Freedom (Origin) [09-17] - jazz [B]
  • Hernani Faustino: Twelve Bass Tunes (Phonogram Unit) [08-12] - jazz [***]
  • Lorraine Feather: My Own Particular Life (Relarion) - vocal jazz [*]
  • Thomas Fehlmann: Boser Herbst (Kompakt) [04-09] - ambient [A-]
  • Jared Feinman: Love Is an Obstacle (West of Philly) [02-12] - singer-songwriter [*]
  • The Felice Brothers: From Dreams to Dust (Yep Roc) [09-17] - alt/indie [**]
  • RAP Ferreira: Bob's Son: RAP Ferreira in the Garden Level Cafe of the Scallops Hotel (Ruby Yacht) [01-01] - hip-hop [***]
  • Andre Ferreri Quintetto: Numero Uno (Laser) [05-31] - jazz [**]
  • Joe Fiedler's "Open Sesame": Fuzzy and Blue (Multiphonics) [11-12] - jazz [***]
  • Alvin Fielder/David Drove/Jason Jackson/Damon Smith: The Very Cup of Trembling (Astral Spirits) [08-13] - jazz [***]
  • Robert Finley: Sharecropper's Son (Easy Eye Sound) [05-21] - blues [***]
  • Fire!: Defeat (Rune Grammofon) [02-26] - jazz [A-]
  • Ingebrigt Haker Flaten: (Exit) Knarr (Odin) [09-24] - jazz [***]
  • The Flatlanders: Treasure of Love (Rack 'Em) [07-09] - country [***]
  • Floating Points/Pharoah Sanders & the London Symphony Orchestra: Promises (Luaka Bop) [03-23] - jazz [**]
  • Flow Trio With Joe McPhee: Winter Garden (ESP-Disk) [03-26] - jazz [A-]
  • Flukten: Velkommen Hap (Odin) [09-10] - jazz [***]
  • Focusyear Band 2021: Bosque (Neuklang) [04-29] - jazz [*]
  • For Those I Love: For Those I Love (September) [03-26] [***]
  • Adam Forkelid: 1st Movement (Prophone) [10-09] - jazz [***]
  • Michael and Peter Formanek: Dyads (Out of Your Head) [01-29] - jazz [A-]
  • Michael Formanek: Imperfect Measures (Intakt) [03-19] - jazz [**]
  • Michael Foster/Ben Bennett: Contractions (Astral Spirits) [05-07] - jazz [**]
  • Joel Frahm: The Bright Side (Anzic) [05-13] - jazz [**]
  • James Francies: Purest Form (Blue Note) [05-21] - jazz [B-]
  • Nick Fraser Quartet: If There Were No Opposites (Ezz-Thetics) [09-21] - jazz [*]
  • Nnenna Freelon: Time Traveler (Origin) [05-21] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Erik Friedlander: Sentinel (Skipstone -20) [2020-10-02] - jazz [**]
  • Amit Friedman: Unconditional Love (Origin) [03-19] - jazz [B]
  • David Friesen & Bob Ravenscroft: Passage (Origin) [04-16] - jazz [**]
  • David Friesen: Day of Rest (Origin) [11-19] - jazz [**]
  • Frisque Concordance: Distinct Machinery (Random Acoustics -2CD) [02-19] - jazz [A-]
  • Fred Frith Trio With Lotte Anker/Susana Santos Silva: Road (Intakt -2CD) [10-15] - jazz [***]
  • Rob Frye: Exoplanet (Astral Spirits) [04-23] - jazz [***]
  • Rob Frye: Chihuahuan Desert Birdscapes (Astral Spirits) [04-30] - jazz [B]
  • Satoko Fujii: Hazuki: Piano Solo (Libra) [03-19] - jazz [***]
  • Satoko Fujii Tokyo Trio: Moon on the Lake (Libra) [05-07] - jazz [***]
  • Satoko Fujii: Piano Music (Libra) [09-17] - jazz [*]
  • Futari: Beyond (Libra) [01-21] - jazz [*]
  • Futari: Underground (Libra) [11-19] - jazz [**]
  • Polo G: Hall of Fame (Columbia/Only Dreamers Achieve) [06-11] - hip-hop [*]
  • Danilo Gallo Dark Dry Tears: A View Through a Slot (Clean Feed) [06-18] - jazz [**]
  • Garage A Trois: Calm Down Cologne (Royal Potato Family) [04-16] - jazz [*]
  • Garbage: No Gods No Masters (Infectious Music) [06-11] - alt/indie [A-]
  • Kenny Garrett: Sounds From the Ancestors (Mack Avenue) [08-27] - jazz [**]
  • Kazemde George: I Insist (Greenleaf Music) [10-22] - jazz [***]
  • Aaron Germain: Bell Projections (Aaron Germain Music) [05-14] - jazz [*]
  • Greg Germann: Tales of Time (Origin) [05-21] - jazz [**]
  • Justin Gerstin: Music for the Exploration of Elusive Phenomena (Zabap Music) [07-01] - jazz [***]
  • Ghetts: Conflict of Interest (Warner) [02-19] - grime [*]
  • Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trios: Songs From My Father (Whaling City Sound -2CD) [08-06] - jazz [**]
  • Rhiannon Giddens With Francesco Turrisi: They're Calling Me Home (Nonesuch) [04-09] - folk [***]
  • Sean Michael Giddings: Red Willow (Origin) [06-18] - jazz [*]
  • Gift of Gab: Finding Inspiration Somehow (Nature Sounds) [09-10] - hip-hop [A]
  • Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet: Impulso Tanguero (Tiger Turn) [05-28] - tango [B]
  • Girl in Red: If I Could Make It Go Quiet (AWAL) [04-30] - indie pop [***]
  • Frode Gjerstad Trio + 1: Forgotten City (PNL -20) [2020-05-05] - jazz [*]
  • Frode Gjerstad/Isach Skeidsvoll: Twenty Fingers (Relative Pitch) [06-11] - jazz [A-]
  • The Go! Team: Get Up Sequences Part One (Memphis Industries) [07-02] - alt/indie [***]
  • Ben Goldberg: Everything Happens to Me (BAG Productions) [06-18] - jazz [***]
  • Binker Golding/John Edwards/Steve Noble: Moon Day (Byrd Out) [04-09] - jazz [***]
  • The Emma Goldman Bust-Out Brigade: The Emma Goldman Bust-Out Brigade (Nomad Eel) [03-05] - jazz [**]
  • The Goon Sax: Mirror II (Matador) [07-09] - alt/indie [**]
  • Jon Gordon: Stranger Than Fiction (ArtistShare) [09-17] - jazz [**]
  • Bob Gorry/Pete Brunelli/Peter Riccio: GoBruCcio (NHIC) [09-01] - jazz [**]
  • Julia Govor: Winter Mute (Jujuka -EP) [04-30] - techno [**]
  • Maria Grand: Reciprocity (Biophilia) [05-14] - jazz [***]
  • The Grasso-Ravita Jazz Ensemble: Jagged Spaces (Grassvita Music) [01-15] - jazz [*]
  • Frank Gratkowski/Achim Kaufmann/Wilbert de Joode/Tony Buck: Flatbosc & Cautery (NoBusiness -20) [2020-11-15] - jazz [A-]
  • Devin Gray/Ralph Alessi/Angelica Sanchez: Melt All the Guns (Rataplan -EP) [06-04] - jazz [**]
  • Gordon Grdina: Pendulum (Attaboygirl) [10-22] - jazz [U]
  • Gordon Grdina's Square Peg: Klotski (Attaboygirl) [10-22] - jazz [U]
  • Tee Grizzley: Built for Whatever (300 Entertainment/Atlantic) [05-07] - hip-hop [***]
  • Garfo: Garfo (Clean Feed) [06-18] - jazz [**]
  • Muriel Grossmann: Quiet Earth (RR Gems -20) [2020-12-22] - jazz [A-]
  • Barry Guy: Irvin's Comet (NoBusiness -20) [2020-11-15] - jazz [*]
  • Mickey Guyton: Remember Her Name (Capitol Nashville) [09-24] - country [***]
  • Noah Haidu/Buster Williams/Billy Hart: Slowly: Song for Keith Jarrett (Sunnyside) [05-08] - jazz [**]
  • Jared Hall: Seen on the Scene (Origin) [08-20] - jazz [**]
  • Rich Halley/Dan Clucas/Clyde Reed/Carson Halley: Boomslang (Pine Eagle) [12-03] - jazz [A-]
  • The Halluci Nation: One More Saturday Night (Radicalized) [07-30] - electronic [***]
  • Halsey: If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power (Capitol) [08-27] - pop [***]
  • Frode Haltli: Avant Folk II (Hubro) [03-19] - jazz [**]
  • Jeff Hamilton Trio: Merry & Bright (Capri) [11-19] - Christmas [U]
  • Scott Hamilton/Duke Robillard: Swingin' Again (Blue Duchess) [07-24] - jazz [*]
  • Danny L Harle: Harlecore (Mad Decent) [02-26] - electronic [**]
  • Roderick Harper: Evolving (R.H.M. Entertainment) [01-04] - jazz [*]
  • John Hart: Checkmate (SteepleChase) [04-15] - jazz [**]
  • George Haslam/Joao Madeira/Padro Catello Lopes/Mario Rua: Ajuda (Slam -20) [2020-04-20] - jazz [***]
  • Louis Hayes: Crisis (Savant) [11-12] - jazz [**]
  • Walker Hayes: Country Stuff (Monument -EP) [06-04] - country [**]
  • Graham Haynes vs Submerged: Echolocation (Burning Ambulance) [07-23] - jazz/electronics [A-]
  • Kevin Hays/Ben Street/Billy Hart: All Things Are (Smoke Sessions) [06-04] - jazz [*]
  • Hearth: Melt (Clean Feed) [04-19] - jazz [*]
  • Thomas Heberer/Joe Fonda/Joe Hertenstein: Remedy (Fundacja Sluchaj) [04-02] - jazz [***]
  • David Helbock: The New Cool (ACT Music) [03-26] - jazz [*]
  • Natalie Hemby: Pins and Needles (Fantasy) [10-08] - country [*]
  • Hennessy Six/Colorado Springs Youth Symphony: The Road Less Traveled (Summit) [01-22] - jazz [*]
  • Carlos Henriquez: The South Bronx Story (Tiger Turn) [08-27] - jazz [***]
  • Vincent Herring: Preaching to the Choir (Smoke Sessions) [04-30] - jazz [***]
  • John Hiatt With the Jerry Douglas Band: Leftover Feelings (New West) [05-21] - singer-songwriter [A-]
  • Hiatus Kaiyote: Mood Valiant (Brainfeeder) [06-25] - neo-soul [*]
  • Dylan Hicks: Accidental Birds (Soft Launch) [06-04] - singer-songwriter [**]
  • Hiss Golden Messenger: Quietly Blowing It (Merge) [06-25] - Americana [*]
  • The Hold Steady: Open Door Policy (Positive Jams) [02-19] - alt/indie [**]
  • Dave Holland: Another Land (Edition) [05-28] - jazz [**]
  • Homeboy Sandman: Anjelitu (Mello Music Group -EP) [08-06] - hip-hop [A-]
  • Jon Hopkins: Music for Psychedelic Therapy (Domino) [11-12] - ambient [B]
  • Joseph Howell Quartet: Live in Japan (Summit) [02-05] - jazz [**]
  • Chrissie Hynde: Standing in the Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan (BMG) [05-21] [**]
  • Rocco John Iacovone/Tom Cabrera: Out of the Maelstrom (Unseen Rain) [02-19] - jazz [**]
  • Rocco John Iacovone/Phil Sirois/Tom Cabrera: Synchronics (Unseen Rain) [05-14] - jazz [**]
  • Iceage: Seek Shelter (Mexican Summer) [05-07] - art rock [B]
  • Idles: Crawler (Partisan) [11-12] - post-punk [***]
  • Kari Ikonen: Impressions, Improvisations and Compositions (Ozella) [01-08] - jazz [***]
  • Ill Considered: Liminal Space (New Soil) [11-12] - jazz [A-]
  • Illuminati Hotties: Let Me Do One More (Snack Shack Tracks/Hopeless) [10-01] - alt/indie [A-]
  • In Layers: Pliable (FMR -20) [2020-10-11] - jazz [***]
  • Inawhirl: Streugebilde (Trost) [07-26] - jazz [*]
  • Jack Ingram/Miranda Lambert/Jon Randall: The Marfa Tapes (RCA Nashville) [05-07] - country [***]
  • Injury Reserve: By the Time I Get to Phoenix (self-released) [09-15] - experimental hip-hop [*]
  • Mikko Innanen/Stefan Pasborg/Cedric Piromalli: This Is It (Clean Feed) [04-19] - jazz [A-]
  • Instant Composers Pool & Nieuw Amsterdams Peil: De Hondemepper (ICP -20) [2020-04-30] - jazz [A-]
  • Irreversible Entanglements: Open the Gates (International Anthem) [11-12] - jazz [A-]
  • Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit: Georgia Blue (Southeastern) [10-15] - Americana [B]
  • Ethan Iverson/Umbria Jazz Orchestra: Bud Powell in the 21st Century (Sunnyside) [01-29] - jazz [**]
  • Vijay Iyer/Linda May Han Oh/Tyshawn Sorey: Uneasy (ECM) [04-09] - jazz [***]
  • Alan Jackson: Where Have You Gone (EMI Nashville) [05-14] - country [***]
  • Wanda Jackson: Encore (Big Machine -EP) [08-30] - rockabilly [*]
  • Yvette Janine Jackson: Freedom (Fridman Gallery) [01-29] - electroacoustic [*]
  • Arushi Jain: Under the Lilac Sky (Leaving) [07-09] - ambient [***]
  • Jake Breaks: Breaksy (Wide Hive) [05-11] - jazz [**]
  • Irene Jalenti: Dawn (Antidote Sounds) [10-29] - vocal jazz [**]
  • Loraine James: Reflection (Hyperdub) [06-04] - IDM [*]
  • Japanese Breakfast: Jubilee (Dead Oceans) [06-04] - pop [***]
  • Jaubi: Nafs at Peace (Astigmatic) [05-28] - Pakistan [A-]
  • Jazz Daddies: Moontower Nights (self-released) [09-06] - jazz [B]
  • Jazz Worms: Squirmin' (Capri) - jazz [*]
  • Cassandra Jenkins: An Overview on Phenomenal Nature (Ba Da Bing) [02-19] - singer-songwriter [**]
  • Brent Jensen: More Sounds of a Dry Martini (Origin) [05-21] - jazz [***]
  • Eunhye Jeong: Nolda (ESP-Disk) [09-24] - jazz [**]
  • Park Hye Jin: Before I Die (Ninja Tune) [09-10] - cloud rap [**]
  • Malcolm Jiyane Tree-O: Umdali (Mushroom Hour Half Hour) [11-12] - jazz [A-]
  • Marc Johnson: Overpass (ECM) [08-27] - jazz [**]
  • India Jordan: Watch Out! (Ninja Tune -EP) [05-07] - house [**]
  • Rochelle Jordan: Play With the Changes (Young Art) [04-30] - alt r&b [***]
  • Rodney Jordan & Christian Fabian: Conversations (Spicerack) [08-01] - jazz [**]
  • Anthony Joseph: The Rich Are Only Defeated When Running for Their Lives (Heavenly Sweetness) [05-07] - spoken word [A]
  • Marcus Joseph: Beyond the Dome (Jazz Re:freshed) [02-21] - jazz [B]
  • JPEGMafia: LP! (Republic) [10-22] - hip-hop [***]
  • Ju: III (RareNoise) [09-24] - jazz [*]
  • Jupiter & Okwess: Na Kozonga (Everloving) [04-23] - African [***]
  • Ka: A Martyr's Reward (Iron Works) [08-13] - hip-hop [***]
  • Jonathan Kane and Dave Soldier: February Meets Soldier String Quartet (EEG) [02-01] - jazz [**]
  • Vera Kappeler/Peter Conradin Zumthor: Herd (Intakt) [09-17] - jazz [*]
  • Jonathan Karrant/Joshua White: Shadows Fall (self-released) [05-21] - jvocal jazz [*]
  • Kasai Allstars: Black Ants Always Fly Together, One Bangle Makes No Sound (Crammed Discs) [05-07] - African [***]
  • Katarsis 4: Live at the Underground Water Reservoir (NoBusiness -20) [2020-12-25] - jazz [*]
  • Darrell Katz & OddSong: Galeanthropology (JCA) [11-19] - jazz [U]
  • Achim Kaufmann/Ignaz Schick: Altered Alchemy (Zarek) [02-13] - jazz [**]
  • Jacqueline Kerrod: 17 Days in December (Orenda) [12-03] - jazz [U]
  • Reza Khan: Imaginary Road (Painted Music) [03-26] - jazz [B-]
  • Khrysis: The Hour of Khrysis (Jamla) [04-20] - hip-hop [**]
  • Amythyst Kiah: Wary + Strange (Rounder) [06-18] - alt/indie [*]
  • Kid Cudi: Man on the Moon III: The Chosen (Republic -20) [2020-12-11] - pop rap [**]
  • Angelique Kidjo: Mother Nature (Decca) [06-18] - Afrobeat [B]
  • Kiwi Jr: Cooler Returns (Sub Pop) [01-22] - alt/indie [***]
  • Mick Kolassa: Uncle Mick's Christmas Album (Endless Blues) [10-15] - blues [U]
  • Koma Saxo: Live (We Jazz) [04-30] - jazz [***]
  • Alexey Kruglov/Carolyn Hume/Paul May/Oleg Yudanov: Last Train From Narvskaya (Leo) [01-00] - jazz [*]
  • John Kruth: Love Letters From the Lazaretto (self-released) [03-19] - singer-songwriter [***]
  • Joachim Kuhn: Touch the Light (ACT Music) [03-19] - jazz [***]
  • Kuzu: The Glass Delusion (Astral Spirits) [03-05] - jazz [**]
  • Kuzu: All Your Ghosts in One Corner (Aerophonic) [10-05] - jazz [***]
  • LA Cowboy: The Big Pitch (Reconcile) [08-15] - jazz [B]
  • La Femme: Paradigmes (Disque Pointu) [04-02] - art pop [**]
  • Lady Gaga: Dawn of Chromatica (Interscope) [09-03] - pop [*]
  • Julian Lage: Squint (Blue Note) [06-11] - jazz [**]
  • Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio: I Told You So (Colemine) [01-29] - soul jazz [*]
  • Langhorne Slim: Strawberry Mansion (Dualtone) [01-29] - Americana [**]
  • Timo Lassy: Trio (We Jazz) [08-27] - jazz [***]
  • Andy LaVerne: Rhapsody (SteepleChase) [03-12] - jazz [**]
  • Remy Le Boeuf's Assembly of Shadows: Architecture of Storms (SoundSpore) [11-05] - jazz [B]
  • Ada Lea: One Hand on the Steering Wheel the Other Sewing a Garden (Saddle Creek) [09-24] [**]
  • Marthe Lea Band: Asura (Motvind) [06-04] - jazz [*]
  • Lean Left: Medemer (PNL -20) [2020-05-05] - jazz [A-]
  • Jeff Lederer's Sunwatcher: Eightfold Path (Little(i)Music) [10-08] - jazz [**]
  • Jose Lencastre Nau Quartet + Pedro Carneiro: Thoughts Are Things (Phonogram Unit) [07-23] - jazz [A-]
  • David Leon: Aire De Agua (Out of Your Head) [08-27] - jazz [U]
  • Stefano Leonardi/Antonio Bertoni: Viandes (Astral Spirits) [05-07] - jazz [*]
  • Gabor Lesko: Earthway (Creativity's Paradise Music) [05-14] - jazz [B]
  • Gianni Lenoci: A Few Steps Beyond (Amirani) [01-00] - jazz [*]
  • Les Filles De Illighadad: At Pioneer Works (Sahel Sounds) [07-09] - African [**]
  • James Brandon Lewis Red Lily Quintet: Jesup Wagon (Tao Forms) [05-07] - jazz [A-]
  • Mark Lewis Quartet: Naked Animals (Audio Daddio) [04-02] - jazz [*]
  • Lukas Ligeti: That Which Has Remained . . . That Which Will Emerge . . . (Col Legno) [03-26] - jazz [**]
  • Lil Nas X: Montero (Columbia) [09-17] - hip-hop [*]
  • The Linda Lindas: The Linda Lindas (self-released -EP -20) [2020-12-16] - punk [***]
  • Johan Lindstrom Septett: On the Asylum (Moserobie) - jazz [*]
  • Little Simz: Sometimes I Might Be Introvert (Age 101) [09-03] - hip-hop [***]
  • Charles Lloyd & the Marvels: Tone Poem (Blue Note) [03-12] - jazz [***]
  • Damon Locks/Black Monument Ensemble: Now (International Anthem) [04-09] - jazz [**]
  • Doug Lofstrom: Music for Strings (Origin Classical) [06-18] - classical [B-]
  • LoneLady: Former Things (Warp) [06-25] - synthpop [**]
  • Luis Lopes/Lisbon Berlin Quartet: Sinister Hypnotization (Clean Feed) [06-18] - jazz [***]
  • Brandon Lopez Trio: Live at Roulette (Relative Pitch) [08-27] - jazz [**]
  • Rocio Gimenez Lopez/Luciana Bass/Fermin Suarez/Rosina Scampino: Reunion En La Granja (Discos ICM) [03-26] - jazz [***]
  • L'Orange & Namir Blade: Imaginary Everything (Mello Music Group) [05-07] - hip-hop [A-]
  • Lorde: Solar Power (Universal) [08-20] - folk pop [**]
  • Los Lobos: Native Sons (New West) [07-30] - pop/rock [*]
  • Lost Girls: Menneskekollektivet (Smalltown Supersound) [03-26] - art pop [A-]
  • Lord Huron: Long Lost (Republic) [05-21] - indie folk [B]
  • Joe Lovano: Trio Tapestry: Garden of Expression (ECM) [01-29] - jazz [B]
  • Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas: Soundprints: Other Worlds (Greenleaf Music) [05-07] - jazz [*]
  • A Love Electric: Permanent Immigrant (Imagination Demand -20) [2020-10-02] - jazz [*]
  • Low: Hey What (Sub Pop) [09-10] - post-industrial [C]
  • Andy Fairweather Low & the Low Riders: Lockdown Live (Secret) [05-28] - rock [*]
  • Low Cut Connie: Tough Cookies: The Best of the Quarantine Broadcasts (Contender) [05-10] - alt/indie [***]
  • L'Rain: Fatigue (Mexican Summer) [06-25] - neo-psychedelia [*]
  • LSDXOXO: Dedicated 2 Disrespect (XL -EP) [05-14] - hip house [**]
  • Lukah: When the Black Hand Touches You (Raw Materials) [01-15] - hip-hop [**]
  • Loretta Lynn: Still Woman Enough (Legacy) [03-19] - country [A-]
  • Doug MacDonald Duo: Toluca Lake Jazz (Doug MacDonald Music) [02-05] - jazz [**]
  • Doug MacDonald: Live in Hawaii (DMAC Music) [05-04] - jazz [*]
  • Doug MacDonald: Serenade to Highland Park (DMAC Music) [11-16] - jaz [**]
  • Mach-Hommy: Pray for Haiti (Griselda) [05-21] - hip-hop [***]
  • Joao Madeira/Hernani Faustino: dB Duet (FMR) [01-29] - jazz [***]
  • Madlib: Sound Ancestors (Madlib Invazion) [01-29] - hip-hop [*]
  • Madre Vaca: The Elements (Madre Vaca) [06-12] - jazz [*]
  • Shai Maestro: Human (ECM) [01-29] - jazz [*]
  • Magnet Animals: Fake Dudes (RareNoise) [03-26] - jazz [A-]
  • Roberto Magris & Eric Hochberg: Shuffling Ivories (JMood) [03-01] - jazz [**]
  • Mai-Liis: Mai-Liis on Life (OA2) [03-26] - vocal jazz [**]
  • Wu Man/Kojiro Umezaki: How (In a Circle) [02-19] - jazz [*]
  • Michael Mantler: Coda: Orchestra Suites (ECM) [07-16] - jazz [**]
  • Myele Manzanza: Crisis & Opportunity, Vol 1: London (DeepMatter) [04-02] - jazz [***]
  • Myele Manzanza: Crisis & Opportunity, Vol 2: Peaks (DeepMatter) [11-19] - jazz [*]
  • Karen Marguth: Until (OA2) [10-15] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Charlie Marie: Ramble On (self-released) [05-07] - country [**]
  • Marina: Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land (Atlantic) [06-11] - pop [A-]
  • Lorraina Marro: Love Is for All Time (self-released) [07-15] - vocal jazz [**]
  • Branford Marsalis: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom [Original Soundtrack] (Milan -20) [2020-12-03] - jazz [B]
  • Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane: Ihubo Labomdabu (Unlocked Keys) [01-15] - jazz [*]
  • Mast: Battle Hymns of the Republic (World Galaxy) [01-29] - jazz [**]
  • The Mark Masters Ensemble: Masters & Baron Meet Blanton & Webster (Capri) [06-18] - jazz [***]
  • Shawn Maxwell: Expectation & Experience (Jazzline) [05-21] - jazz [**]
  • Lyle Mays: Eberhard (self-released) [08-27] - jazz [B]
  • James McMurtry: The Horses and the Hounds (New West) [08-20] - Americana [A-]
  • Megan Thee Stallion: Something for Thee Hotties: From Thee Archives (300 Entertainment) [10-29] - hip-hop [A-]
  • Brad Mehldau and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra: Variations on a Melancholy Theme (Nonesuch) [06-11] - jazz [B]
  • Tobias Meinhart: The Painter (Sunnyside) [04-30] - jazz [**]
  • Francisco Mela: MPT Trio: Volume 1 (577) [01-15] - jazz [**]
  • Francisco Mela Featuring Matthew Shipp and William Parker: Music Frees Our Souls Vol 1 (577) [09-17] - jazz [***]
  • Vic Mensa: I Tape (Roc Nation -EP) [03-26] - hip-hop [**]
  • Mereba: Azeb (Interscope -EP) [05-26] - soul [***]
  • Meridian Odyssey: Second Wave (Origin) [01-15] - jazz [*]
  • Pat Metheny: Road to the Sun (BMG Modern) [03-05] - jazz [B]
  • Szilard Mezei Tubass Quintet: Rested Turquoise (NoBusiness) [07-15] - jazz [***]
  • Mike: Disco! (10k) [06-21] - hip-hop [**]
  • Lady Millea: I Don't Mind Missing You (Reconcile) [08-15] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Allison Miller/Jane Ira Bloom: Tues Days (Outline) [09-15] - jazz [***]
  • Dave Miller Trio: The Mask-erade Is Over (Summit) [07-16] - jazz [*]
  • John R Miller: Depreciated (Rounder) [07-16] - alt-country [A-]
  • Steve Million: What I Meant to Say (Origin) [08-20] - jazz [*]
  • Bob Mintzer & WDR Big Band Cologne: Soundscapes (MCG Jazz) [06-18] - jazz [**]
  • Roscoe Mitchell: Dots: Pieces for Percussion and Woodwinds (Wide Hive) [05-11] - jazz [**]
  • Roscoe Mitchell/Mike Reed: The Ritual and the Dance (Astral Spirits) [02-19] - jazz [***]
  • Aakash Mittal: Nocturne (self-released) [09-10] - jazz [***]
  • Yoko Miwa Trio: Songs of Joy (Ubuntu Music) [02-12] - jazz [**]
  • Cameron Mizell & Charlie Rauh: Local Folklore (Destiny) [10-29] - jazz [B]
  • Liudas Mockunas/Arfvydad Kaziauskas: Purvs (Jersika) [03-19] - jazz [**]
  • Liudas Mockunas/Christian Windfeld: Pacemaker (NoBusiness) [08-30] - jazz [*]
  • Mdou Moctar: Afrique Victime (Matador) [05-21] - Saharan [A-]
  • The Modern Jazz Trio With Jerry Bergonzi: Straight Gonz (AMM) [06-17] - jazz [**]
  • Modest Mouse: The Golden Casket (Epic) [06-25] - alt/indie [**]
  • Hafez Modirzadeh: Facets (Pi) [03-05] - jazz [***]
  • Hedvig Mollestad Trio: Ding Dong. You're Dead. (Rune Grammofon) [03-19] - jazz [***]
  • Hedvig Mollestad: Tempest Revisited (Rune Grammofon) [11-19] - jazz [*]
  • Nils Petter Molvaer: Stitches (Modern) [08-27] - jazz [***]
  • Ben Monder/Tony Malaby/Tom Rainey: Live at the 55 Bar (Sunnyside) [02-26] - jazz [***]
  • Ashley Monroe: Rosegold (Mountainrose Sparrow) [04-30] - country [B]
  • Moor Mother: Black Encyclopedia of the Air (Anti-) [09-17] - hip-hop [*]
  • Van Morrison: Latest Record Project: Volume 1 (BMG/Exile -2CD) [05-07] - singer-songwriter [B]
  • Samuel Mosching: Ethereal Kinks (Bronzeville Music -18) [2018-02-18] - jazz [U]
  • John Moulder: Metamorphosis (Origin) [10-15] - jazz [B]
  • Simon Moullier Trio: Countdown (Fresh Sound New Talent) [06-11] - jazz [**]
  • The Mountain Goats: Dark in Here (Merge) [06-26] - alt/indie [A-]
  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge: Jazz Is Dead 6: Gary Bartz (Jazz Is Dead) [04-01] - jazz [***]
  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge: Jazz Is Dead 8: Brian Jackson (Jazz Is Dead) [08-05] - jazz [*]
  • Maria Muldaur With Tuba Skinny: Let's Get Happy Together (Stony Plain) [05-07] - blues [A-]
  • Roisin Murphy: Crooked Machine (Skint) [04-30] - electropop [*]
  • Bryan Murray & Jon Lundbom: Beats by Balto! Vol. 2 (Chant) [11-07] - jazz [***]
  • Kacey Musgraves: Star-Crossed (MCA Nashville) [09-10] - country [**]
  • Mushroom: Songs of Dissent: Live at the Make Out Room 8/9/19 (Alchemikal Artz) [09-10] - jazz [**]
  • Laura Mvula: Pink Noise (Atlantic) [07-02] - synthpop [*]
  • Jo Berger Myhre: Unheimlich Manoeuvre (RareNoise) [09-24] - jazz [**]
  • Sana Nagano: Smashing Humans (577) [03-19] - jazz [***]
  • Randy Napoleon: Rust Belt Roots: Randy Napoleon Plays Wes Montgomery, Grand Green & Kenny Burrell (OA2) [10-15] - jazz [**]
  • Nas: King's Disease II (Mass Appeal) [08-06] - hip-hop [*]
  • Rico Nasty: Nightmare Vacation (Sugar Trap/Atlantic -20) [2020-12-04] - trap rap [A-]
  • Natural Information Society/Evan Parker: Descension (Out of Our Constrictions) (Aguirre/Eremite) [04-16] - jazz [***]
  • Navy Blue: Song of Sage: Post Panic! (Freedom Sounds -20) [2020-12-22] - hip-hop [A-]
  • Jason Nazary: Spring Collection (We Jazz) [06-25] - jazz [**]
  • Mankwe Ndosi and Body MemOri: Felt/Not Said (Auspice NOW) [08-13] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Camila Nebbia Quartet: Corre El Rio De La Memoria Sobre La Tierra Que Arrastra Trazos, Dejando Rastros De Alguna Huella Que Hoy Es Numero (Ramble) [07-30] - jazz [**]
  • Gary Negbaur: You've Got to Be Carefully Taught (BluJazz) - jazz [*]
  • Nelly: Heartland (Columbia -EP) [08-27] - hip-hop [*]
  • Willie Nelson: That's Life (Legacy) [02-26] - country [B]
  • ERR: stream no grade: Willie Nelson: The Willie Nelson Family
  • Willie Nelson: The Willie Nelson Family (Legacy) [11-19] - country
  • Nervous Dater: Call in the Mess (Counter Intuitive) [03-12] - alt/indie [**]
  • Marius Neset: A New Dawn (ACT Music) [97-05] - jazz [*]
  • Calle Neumann/Ketil Gutvik/Ingebrigt Haker Flaten/Paal Nilssen-Love: New Dance (PNL) [02-21] - jazz [***]
  • Larry Newcomb Quartet: Love, Dad (Essential Messenger) [02-05] - jazz [*]
  • Matt Niess & the Capitol Bones: The Beat Goes On (Summit) [04-00] - jazz [B]
  • Adam Nolan Trio: Prim and Primal (self-released) [08-19] - jazz [***]
  • No-No Boy: 1975 (Smithsonian Folkways) [04-02] - singer-songwriter [A-]
  • Billy Nomates: Emergency Telephone (Invada -EP -20) [2020-12-14] [***]
  • Nortonk: Quartet Nortonk (Biophilia) [03-19] - jazz [**]
  • Aaron Novik: Grounded (Astral Spirits) [05-21] - jazz [**]
  • Nubiyan Twist: Freedom Fables (Strut) [03-12] - jazz [B]
  • Larry Ochs-Donald Robinson Duo: A Civil Right (ESP-Disk) [06-25] - jazz [***]
  • Arturo O'Farrill/The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble: Dreaming in Lions (Blue Note) [09-24] - Latin jazz [**]
  • OneTwoThree: OneTwoThree (Kill Rock Stars) [10-15] - post-punk [A-]
  • Jeannine Otis: Into My Heart (Adrielle Music/Monpolyhouse) [03-05] - vocal jazz [**]
  • Kassa Overall: Shades of Flu 2: In These Odd Times (Flu Note) [04-02] - jazz [B]
  • Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge: Within Us: Celebrating 25 Years of the Jazz Surge (MAMA/Summit) [09-17] - jazz [*]
  • Genesis Owusu: Smiling With No Teeth (Ourness/House Anxiety) [03-05] - hip-hop [***]
  • Keith Oxman/Frank Morelli: The Ox-Mo Incident (Capri) [05-21] - jazz [**]
  • Palberta: Palberta 5000 (Wharf Cat) [01-22] - alt/indie [*]
  • The Ed Palermo Big Band: I've Got News for You: The Music of Edgar Winter (Sky Cat) [10-15] - big band blues [C+]
  • Phil Parisot: Inventions (OA2) [11-19] - jazz [*]
  • Caroline Parke: Pause and Pine (self-released) [07-22] - country [*]
  • Evan Parker Quartet: All Knavery and Collusion (Cadillac) [04-16] - jazz [*]
  • Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble: Warszawa 2019 (Fundacja Sluchaj) [04-02] - jazz [***]
  • William Parker: Trencadis: A Selection From Migration Into and Out of the Tone World (Centering) [01-29] - jazz [**]
  • William Parker: Painter's Winter (AUM Fidelity) [07-23] - jazz [A-]
  • William Parker: Mayan Space Station (AUM Fidelity) [07-23] - jazz [***]
  • William Parker/Patricia Nicholson: No Joke! (ESP-Disk) - jazz [A-]
  • Zeena Parkins/Mette Rasmussen/Ryan Sawyer: Glass Triangle (Relative Pitch) [02-26] - jazz [*]
  • Arlo Parks: Collapsed Into Sunbeams (Transgressive) [01-29] - bedroom pop [A-]
  • Parquet Courts: Sympathy for Life (Rough Trade) [10-22] - post-punk [***]
  • Nicki Parrott: If You Could Read My Mind (Arbors) [04-09] - vocal jazz [**]
  • Alexis Parsons: Alexis (New Artists) [10-01] - vocal jazz [**]
  • Part Chimp: Drool (Wrong Speed) [06-02] - noise rock [B]
  • Ben Patterson: Push the Limits (Origin) [03-19] - jazz [*]
  • Mario Pavone/The Tampa Quartet: Isabella (Clean Feed) [06-18] - jazz [***]
  • Mario Pavone/Dialect Trio + 1: Blue Vertical (Out of Your Head) [06-18] - jazz [***]
  • Lukasz Pawlik: Long-Distance Connections (Summit) [07-13] - classical [**]
  • Nicholas Payton: Smoke Sessions (Smoke Sessions) [10-29] - jazz [**]
  • Carly Pearce: 29 (Big Machine -EP) [02-19] - country [***]
  • Carly Pearce: 29: Written in Stone (Big Machine) [09-17] - country [A-]
  • Pearring Sound: Socially Distanced Duos (self-released) [08-13] - jazz [***]
  • Rich Pellegrin: Solitude: Solo Improvisations (OA2) [04-16] - jazz [**]
  • Jeremy Pelt: Griot: This Is Important! (HighNote) [02-12] - jazz [*]
  • Ivo Perelman Trio: Garden of Jewels (Tao Forms) [01-22] - jazz [A-]
  • Ivo Perelman/Gordon Grdina/Hamin Honari: The Purity of Desire (Not Two) [01-00] - jazz [***]
  • Ivo Perelman/Nate Wooley: Polarity (Burning Ambulance Music) [02-12] - jazz [*]
  • Houston Person: Live in Paris (HighNote) [09-24] - jazz [***]
  • Ralph Peterson: Raise Up Off Me (Onyx Music) [05-21] - jazz [**]
  • Liz Phair: Soberish (Chrysalis) [06-04] - pop rock [***]
  • Dax Pierson: Nerve Bumps (A Queer Divine Dissatisfaction) (Dark Entries) [02-16] - techno [**]
  • Pink Siifu: Gumbo'! (Field-Left) [08-03] - hip-hop [**]
  • PinkPantheress: To Hell With It (Parlophone -EP) [10-15] - atmospheric drum & bass [**]
  • Pluto Juice: Pluto Juice (Contagious Music) [07-16] - jazz [*]
  • Pom Pom Squad: Death of a Cheerleader (City Slang) [06-25] - indie pop [**]
  • Charlie Porter: Hindsight (OA2) [02-19] - jazz [B]
  • Portico Quartet: Terrain (Gondwana) [05-28] - jazz [*]
  • Chris Potter: There Is a Tide (Edition -20) [2020-12-04] - jazz [B-]
  • Chris Potter Circuits Trio: Sunrise Reprise (Edition) [05-14] - jazz [B]
  • Powers/Rollin Duo: Strange Fortune (Astral Spirits) [06-25] - jazz [*]
  • Professor Cunningham and His Old School: The Lockdown Blues (Arbors) [01-15] - jazz [*]
  • Q'd Up: Going Places (Tantara) [10-08] - jazz [B]
  • Reggie Quinerly: New York Nowhere (Redefinition) [03-12] - jazz [*]
  • R+R=Now: Live (Blue Note) [02-12] - jazz [B]
  • Abbey Rader/John McMinn: Two as One (Abray) [09-14] - jazz [*]
  • RaeLynn: Baytown (Round Here) [09-24] - country [***]
  • Tom Rainey Obbligato: Untucked in Hannover (Intakt) [04-16] - jazz [**]
  • Rebellum: The Darknuss (Avantgroidd) [04-30] - jazz-funk [***]
  • RED Trio & Celebration Band: Suite 10 Years Anniversary (NoBusiness -2CD -20) [2020-11-15] - jazz [***]
  • Freddie Redd: Reminiscing (Bleebop) [02-02] - jazz [***]
  • Ruben Reinaldo & Kely Garcia: Acuarel (Free Code) - jazz [***]
  • Dave Rempis/Tomeka Reid/Joshua Abrams/Tim Daisy/Tyler Damon: The Covid Tapes: Solos, Duos, & Trios (Aerophonic -2CD) [06-15] - jazz [A-]
  • The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Sud Des Alpes (Aerophonic) [04-13] - jazz [***]
  • Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog: Hope (Northern Spy) [06-25] - jazz [***]
  • Dawn Richard: Second Line (Merge) [04-30] - alt r&b [***]
  • Steph Richards With Joshua White: Zephyr (Relative Pitch) [10-22] - jazz [**]
  • Riders Against the Storm: Flowers for the Living (Divide and Conjure) [02-21] - hip-hop [***]
  • Jason Ringenberg: Rhinestoned (Courageous Chicken) [03-05] - country [**]
  • Trineice Robinson: All or Nothing (4RM Music Productions) [08-06] - vocal jazz [**]
  • Olivia Rodrigo: Sour (Geffen) [05-21] - alt-pop [A-]
  • Mauricio J Rodriguez: Luz (self-released) [07-09] - Latin jazz [B]
  • Aksel Ronning Trio: ART (Ora Fonogram) [05-07] - jazz [***]
  • Adonis Rose and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra: Petite Fleur (Storyville) [09-24] - jazz [***]
  • Dan Rose: Last Night . . . (Ride Symbol) [03-05] - jazz [*]
  • Dan Rose/Claudine Francois: New Leaves (Ride Symbol) [03-05] - jazz [**]
  • Jeff Rosenstock: Ska Dream (Polyvinyl) [04-20] - ska punk [*]
  • Renee Rosnes: Kinds of Love (Smoke Sessions) [09-03] - jazz [*]
  • Claire Rousay: A Softer Focus (American Dreams) [04-09] - field recordings [B]
  • The Justin Rothberg Group: Hurricane Mouse (self-released) [01-01] - jazz [*]
  • ROVA: The Circumference of Reason (ESP-Disk) [10-15] - jazz [***]
  • Saint Etienne: I've Been Trying to Tell You (Heavenly) [09-10] - pop [**]
  • Samo Salamon/Hasse Poulsen: String Dancers (Sazas) [09-01] - jazz [**]
  • Dua Saleh: Crossover (Against Giants -EP) [10-22] - hip-hop [A-]
  • David Sanford Big Band Featuring Hugh Ragin: A Prayer for Lester Bowie (Greenleaf Music) [09-24] - jazz [***]
  • Sault: Nine (Forever Living Legends) [06-25] - alt/indie [***]
  • The Scenic Route Trio: Flight of Life (self-released) [07-22] - jazz [*]
  • Schapiro 17: Human Qualities (Summit) [03-12] - jazz [**]
  • Ignaz Schick/Oliver Steidle: Ilog2 (Zarek) [02-13] - jazz [A-]
  • J Peter Schwalm: Aufbruch (RareNoise) [07-16] - jazz [*]
  • Jacques Schwarz-Bart: Sone Ka-La 2: Odyssey (Enja) [05-21] - jazz [*]
  • Chris Schlarb/Chad Taylor: Time No Changes (Astral Spirits/Big Ego) [05-05] - jazz [*]
  • Sara Schoenbeck: Sara Schoenbeck (Pyroclastic) [11-26] - jazz [U]
  • Irene Schweizer/Hamid Drake: Celebration (Intakt) [04-16] - jazz [A-]
  • Penelope Scott: Public Void (Tesla's Pigeon -20) [2020-09-25] - electronica [A-]
  • Penelope Scott: Hazards (Many Hats -EP) [08-27] - electronica [*]
  • Zoe Scott: Shades of Love (Zoe Scott Music) [10-02] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Self Esteem: Prioritise Pleasure (Fiction) [10-22] - electropop [**]
  • Senyawa: Alkisah (Burning Ambulance) [02-19] - Indonesian metal [B]
  • Charlie Sepulveda: Charlie Sepulveda & the Turnaround (HighNote) [03-26] - jazz [**]
  • Serengeti: KDxMPC (self-released -EP -20) [2020-11-09] - hip-hop [*]
  • Serengeti: Curse of the Polo (self-released) [04-02] - hip-hop [*]
  • Sara Serpa: Intimate Strangers (Biophilia) [12-01] - vocal jazz [U]
  • Serpentwithfeet: Deacon (Secretly Canadian) [03-26] - r&b [*]
  • Almog Sharvit: Get Up or Cry (Unit) [05-28] - jazz [*]
  • Jaleel Shaw: Echoes (self-relesed) [07-07] - jazz [**]
  • Archie Shepp & Jason Moran: Let My People Go (Archieball) [02-05] - jazz [***]
  • Matthew Shipp/Whit Dickey: Reels (Burning Ambulance) [07-23] - jazz [***]
  • Matthew Shipp: Codebreaker (Tao Forms) [11-05] - jazz [A-]
  • Idit Shner: Live at the Jazz Station (OA2) [02-18] - jazz [**]
  • Kalie Shorr: I Got Here by Accident (Tmwrk -EP) [08-13] - country [A-]
  • Jacob Shulman: Connectedness (Endectomorph Music) [11-14] - jazz [***]
  • Jen Shyu & Jade Tongue: Zero Grasses: Ritual for the Losses (Pi) [04-23] - jazz [C+]
  • Sidemen: Sidemen (Summit) [06-15] - jazz [B]
  • Paul Silbergleit: The Hidden Standard (BluJazz) [05-23] - jazz [B-]
  • Silk Sonic [Bruno Mars/Anderson .Paak]: An Evening With Silk Sonic (Aftermath/Atlantic) [11-12] - r&b [B-]
  • Sturgill Simpson: The Ballad of Dood & Juanita (High Top Mountain -EP) [08-20] - country [**]
  • Nala Sinephro: Space 1.8 (Warp) [09-03] - free improv [*]
  • Josh Sinton: B. (Form Is Possibility) [ 12-10] - jazz [**]
  • Alex Sipiagin: Upstream (Posi-Tone) [05-07] - jazz [*]
  • Sir Babygirl: Golden Bday; The Mixtape (self-released) [10-29] - pop [**]
  • Greg Skaff: Polaris (Smoke Sessions) [03-19] - jazz [B]
  • Skarbo Skulekorps: Dugnad (Hubro) [03-26] - jazz [**]
  • Grete Skarpeid: Beyond Other Stories (Origin) [01-15] - jazz [**]
  • Skee Mask: Pool (Ilian Tape) [05-07] - breakbeat [A-]
  • Skyzoo: All the Brilliant Things (Mello Music Group) [06-11] - hip-hop [**]
  • Slayyyter: Troubled Paradise (Fader Label) [06-11] - hyperpop [*]
  • Sleaford Mods: Spare Ribs (Rough Trade) [01-15] - post-punk [***]
  • Sleater-Kinney: Path of Wellness (Mom + Pop) [06-11] - alt/indie [*]
  • Slide Attack: Road Trip (SACD) [06-04] - jazz [*]
  • Slowthai: Tyron (Method) [02-12] - hip-hop [*]
  • Ches Smith/We All Break: Path of Seven Colors (Pyroclastic) [06-11] - jazz [A-]
  • Dr Lonnie Smith: Breathe (Blue Note) [03-26] - jazz [**]
  • Wadada Leo Smith/Douglas R Ewart/Mike Reed: Sun Beans of Shimmering Light (Astral Spirits) [04-16] - jazz [***]
  • Wadada Leo Smith: Trumpet (Tum -3CD) [05-21] - jazz [***]
  • Wadada Leo Smith: Sacred Ceremonies (Tum -3CD) [05-21] - jazz [A-]
  • Wadada Leo Smith, Jack DeJohnette & Vijay Iyer: A Love Sonnet for Billie Holiday (TUM) [11-19] - jazz [***]
  • Wadada Leo Smith's Great Lakes Quartet: The Chicago Symphonies (TUM -4CD) [11-19] - jazz [A-]
  • Gary Smulyan/Ronnie Cuber: Tough Baritones (SteepleChase) [02-19] - jazz [***]
  • Snotty Nose Rez Kids: Life After (Distorted Muse/Fontana North) [10-22] - hip-hop [**]
  • The Source: . . . But Swinging Doesn't Bend Them Down (Odin) [10-08] - jazz [***]
  • Snail Mail: Valentine (Matador) [11-05] - alt/indie [**]
  • Todd Snider: First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder (Aimless) [04-23] - singer-songwriter [A-]
  • Jim Snidero: Live at the Deer Head Inn (Savant) [03-26] - jazz [**]
  • Cleo Sol: Mother (Forever Living Originals) [08-19] - r&b [***]
  • Sons of Kemet: Black to the Future (Impulse!) [05-14] - jazz [A]
  • Space Afrika: Honest Labour (Dais) [08-27] - electronic [*]
  • Space Quartet: Directions (Clean Feed) [04-19] - jazz [**]
  • Chris Speed: Light Line (Intakt) [06-18] - jazz [**]
  • Spirit of the Beehive: Entertainment, Death (Saddle Creek) [04-09] - neo-psychedelia [B]
  • Squid: Bright Green Field (Warp) [05-07] - post-punk [**]
  • Will St Peter/Steven Heffner/Steve Barnes: Honestly (Origin) [06-18] - jazz [*]
  • St Vincent: Daddy's Home (Loma Vista) [05-14] - psychedelic soul [**]
  • Peter Stampfel: Peter Stampfel's 20th Century in 100 Songs (Louisiana Red Hot) [02-05] - folk [**]
  • Vince Staples: Vince Staples (Blacksmith/Motown) [07-09] - trap [**]
  • Matthew Stevens: Pittsburgh (Whirlwind) [10-01] - jazz [B]
  • John Stowell/Dan Dean: Rain Painting (Origin) [02-19] - jazz [B]
  • Pauline Anna Strom: Angel Tears in Sunlight (RVNG Intl) [02-19] - ambient [***]
  • Thomas Stronen/Ayumi Tanaka/Marthe Lea: Bayou (ECM) [05-28] - jazz [*]
  • Dave Stryker: Baker's Circle (Strikezone) - jazz [***]
  • Jazmine Sullivan: Heaux Tales (RCA) [01-08] - r&b [*]
  • Kevin Sun: <3 Bird (Endectomorph) [08-29] - jazz [A-]
  • Helen Sung: Quartet + (Sunnyside) [09-17] - jazz [*]
  • Tine Surel Lange: Works for Listening 1-10 (Sofa Music) [03-19] - jazz [**]
  • Taylor Swift: Evermore (Republic -20) [2020-12-11] - pop [***]
  • Taylor Swift: Fearless (Taylor's Version) (Republic) [04-09] - country pop [***]
  • Taylor Swift: Red (Taylor's Version) (Republic) [11-12] - pop [***]
  • Veronica Swift: This Bitter Earth (Mack Avenue) [03-19] - vocal jazz [***]
  • Aki Takase/Christian Weber/Michael Griener: Auge (Intakt) [01-15] - jazz [A-]
  • Aki Takase/Daniel Erdmann: Isn't It Romantic? (BMC) [05-07] - jazz [**]
  • Natsuki Tamura/Satoko Fujii: Keshin (Libra) [04-09] - jazz [**]
  • Natsuki Tamura: Koki Solo (Libra) [07-09] - jazz [**]
  • Alexa Tarantino: Firefly (Posi-Tone) [04-16] - jazz [**]
  • Tele Novella: Merlynn Belle (Kill Rock Stars) [02-05] - alt/indie [***]
  • Alfie Templeman: Forever Isn't Long Enough (Chess Club) [05-07] - dance pop [**]
  • Emma-Jean Thackray: Yellow (Movementt/Warp) [07-23] - fusion [B]
  • This Is It!: Mosaic (Libra) [11-19] - jazz [***]
  • Butch Thompson & Southside Aces With Charlie Devore: How Long Blues (Southside Aces -20) [2020-10-24] - jazz [*]
  • Thumbscrew: Never Is Enough (Cuneiform) [02-26] - jazz [***]
  • Three-Layer Cake: Stove Top (RareNoise) [05-28] - jazz [***]
  • Tinashe: 333 (Tinashe Music) [08-06] - r&b [***]
  • Tirzah: Colourgrade (Domino) [10-01] - art pop [*]
  • Tony Tixier: I Am Human (Whirlwind -EP) [02-05] - jazz [*]
  • Too Much Joy: Mistakes Were Made (People Suck Music) [03-19] - alt/indie [**]
  • TORSO: Home Wrecked (self-released -EP) [01-29] - hardcore [B]
  • Arne Torvik Trio: Northwestern Songs (Losen) [01-08] - jazz [**]
  • Sabu Toyozumi/Mats Gustafsson: Hokusai (NoBusiness -20) [2020-11-15] - jazz [*]
  • Trak Trak: Sur Sur (Ciclismo -20) [2020-10-30] - cumbia [A-]
  • Vasco Trilla: Unmoved Mover (Fundacja Sluchaj) [03-03] - jazz [B]
  • Trondheim Jazz Orchestra & The MaXx: Live (MNJ -20) [2020-12-04] - jazz [**]
  • Trondheim Jazz Orchestra & Ole Morten Vagan: Plastic Wave (Odin -2CD) [08-13] - jazz [A-]
  • Tropical Fuck Storm: Deep States (Joyful Noise) [08-20] - alt/indie [*]
  • Tune-Yards: Sketchy (4AD) [03-26] - alt/indie [B]
  • Turnstile: Glow On (Roadrunner) [08-27] - pop/rock [*]
  • Two Much [Reut Regev and Igal Foni]: Never Enough (Relative Pitch) [02-26] - jazz [***]
  • Tyler, the Creator: Call Me if You Get Lost (Columbia) [06-25] - hip-hop [***]
  • Uassyn: Zacharya (JazzThing) [03-26] - jazz [***]
  • Yuma Uesaka/Cat Toren/Colin Hinton: Ocelot (577) [03-26] - jazz [***]
  • Yuma Uesaka and Marilyn Crispell: Streams (Not Two) [10-15] - jazz [***]
  • Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet: Fools for Yule (Housekat) [11-01] - Christmas [U]
  • The United States Air Force Band Airmen of Note: The 2021 Jazz Heritage Series (self-released) - jazz [C+]
  • U-Roy: Solid Gold (Trojan) [07-16] - reggae [*]
  • Joao Valinho/Luis Vicente/Marcelo dos Reis/Salvoandrea Lucifora: Light Machina (Multikulti Project) [04-02] - jazz [***]
  • Carlos Vega: Art of the Messenger (Origin) [05-21] - jazz [**]
  • Luis Vicente Trio: Chanting in the Name Of (Clean Feed) [06-18] - jazz [**]
  • Tommy Vig: 2022: Jazz Jazz (Klassikus Jazz) [11-03] - jazz [C]
  • Pabllo Vittar: Batidao Tropical (Sony) [06-24] - Forro electronico [*]
  • Leon Vynehall: Rare, Forever (Ninja Tune) [04-30] - ambient techno [B]
  • Michael Waldrop: Time Frames (Origin) [04-16] - jazz [***]
  • Theo Walentiny: Looking Glass (self-released) [04-02] - jazz [*]
  • Summer Walker: Still Over It (LVRN/Interscope) [11-05] - r&b [*]
  • Dean Wareham: I Have Nothing to Say to the Mayor of LA (Double Feature) [10-15] - singer-songwriter [**]
  • Marta Warelis/Carlos "Zingaro"/Helena Espvall/Marcelo dos Reis: Turqoise Dream (JACC) [03-14] - jazz [**]
  • Marta Warelis/Frank Rosaly/Aaron Lumley/John Dikeman: Sunday at De Ruimte (Doek RAW) [05-07] - jazz [***]
  • Marcin Wasilewski Trio: En Attendant (ECM) [09-10] - jazz [*]
  • Waterparks: Greatest Hits (300 Entertainment) [05-21] - pop [*]
  • Wau Wau Collectif: Yaral Sa Doom (Sahel Sounds) [02-26] - African [B]
  • We Are the Union: Ordinary Life (Bad Time) [06-04] - ska-punk [*]
  • The Weather Station: Ignorance (Fat Possum) [02-05] [**]
  • Jane Weaver: Flock (Fire) [03-05] - psychedelic pop [**]
  • Faye Webster: I Know I'm Funny Haha (Secretly Canadian) [06-25] - singer-songwriter [*]
  • Amber Weekes: My Romance: A Special Valentine (Amber Inn Productions -EP) [02-14] - vocal jazz [C]
  • Amber Weekes: 'Round Midnight Re-Imagined (Amber Inn Productions) [05-01] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Ruth Weiss: We Are Sparks in the Universe to Our Own Fire (Edgetone) [01-26] - jazz poetry [A-]
  • Westside Gunn: Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Sincerely, Adolf (Griselda/Empire) [08-27] - hip-hop [B]
  • Westside Gunn: Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Side B (Griselda/Empire) [09-24] - hip-hop [B]
  • Jennifer Wharton's Bonegasm: Not a Novelty (Sunnyside) [04-23] - jazz [**]
  • Rodney Whitaker With the Christ Church Cranbrook Choir: Cranbrook Christmas Jazz (Origin) [01-15] - jazz [B]
  • Rodney Whitaker: OutroSpection: The Music of Gregg Hill (Origin) [04-16] - jazz [*]
  • Chris White/Lara Driscoll: Firm Roots (self-released) [01-21] - jazz [**]
  • Mareike Wiening: Future Memories (Greenleaf Music) [11-12] - jazz [*]
  • Wiki: Half God (Wikset Enterprise) [10-01] - hip-hop [**]
  • Wild Up: Julius Eastman Vol 1: Femenine (New Amsterdam) [06-18] - classical [***]
  • Chris Williams/Patrick Shiroishi: Sans Soleil (Astral Spirits) [05-07] - jazz [*]
  • Lainey Wilson: Sayin' What I'm Thinkin' (Broken Bow) [02-19] - country [***]
  • Sarah Wilson: Kaleidoscope (Brass Tonic) [07-16] - jazz [**]
  • Remi Wolf: We Love Dogs! (Island) [05-05] - pop [**]
  • Remi Wolf: Juno (Island) [08-15] - pop [***]
  • Wolf Alice: Blue Weekend (Dirty Hit) [06-04] - alt/indie [**]
  • Nate Wooley/Liudas Mockunas/Barry Guy/Arkadijus Gotesmanas: NOX (NoBusiness -20) [2020-11-15] - jazz [*]
  • Jim Yanda: A Silent Way (Corner Store Jazz -2CD) [08-20] - jazz [***]
  • Greg Yasinitsky Yazz Band: New Normal (Origin) [01-15] - jazz [B]
  • Young Pilgrims: We're Young Pilgrims (Stoney Lane) [06-18] - jazz [B-]
  • Young Stoner Life/Young Thug/Gunna: Slime Language 2 (YSL/300 Entertainment) [04-16] - hip-hop [***]
  • Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad: Jazz Is Dead 7: Joao Donato (Jazz Is Dead -EP) [06-04] - jazz [**]
  • Miguel Zenon & Luis Perdomo: El Arte Del Bolero (Miel Music) [01-07] - jazz [***]
  • Miguel Zenon/Ariel Bringuez/Demian Cabaud/Jordi Rossy: Law Years: The Music of Ornette Coleman (Miel Music) [03-12] - jazz [A-]

Reissues, Etc.

  • Hasaan Ibn Ali: Metaphysics: The Lost Atlantic Album (1965, Omnivore) [04-23] - jazz [A-]
  • Khaira Arby: Live in New York 2010 (Clermont Music) [04-30] - African [A-]
  • Albert Ayler Quintet: 1966: Berlin, Lorrach, Paris & Stockholm Revisited (Ezz-Thetics -2CD) [04-23] - jazz [***]
  • Albert Ayler: New York Eye and Ear Control Revisited (1964, Ezz-Thetics) [09-13] - jazz [**]
  • Derek Baiey/Mototeru Takagi: Live at FarOut, Atsugi 1987 (NoBusiness -20) [2020-11-15] - jazz [**]
  • Duck Baker: Plymouth Rock: Unreleased & Rare Recordings, 1973-1979 (Tompkins Square -20) [2020-08-07] - folk [***]
  • Duck Baker: Confabulations (1994-2017, ESP-Disk) [06-25] - jazz [A-]
  • Billy Bang: Lucky Man (2008, BBE) [05-14] - jazz [**]
  • Gary Bartz NTU Troop: Live in Bremen 1975 (Moosicus) [05-07] - jazz [***]
  • Tim Berne/Chris Speed/Reid Anderson/Dave King: Broken Shadows (2018, Intakt) [05-21] - jazz [***]
  • Ben Black: Mystery & Wonder (2007, Origin) [11-19] - vocal jazz [**]
  • Hamiet Bluiett: Bearer of the Holy Flame (1983, Strut) [03-12] - jazz [A-]
  • Roy Brooks: Understanding (1970, Reel-to-Real -2CD) [07-22] - jazz [***]
  • Peter Brotzmann: Love Comes Like Sour to Milk (1993, Trost -EP) [05-07] - jazz [B]
  • Marion Brown: Capricorn Moon to Juba Lee Revisited (1965-66, Ezz-Thetics -19) [10-14] - jazz [A-]
  • Can: Live in Stuttgart 1975 (Mute -2CD) [05-28] - krautrock [***]
  • Don Cherry: Cherry Jam (1965, Gearbox) [02-26] - jazz [*]
  • Don Cherry: The Summer House Sessions (1968, Blank Forms Editions) [06-18] - jazz [*]
  • Don Cherry's New Researches: Organic Music Theatre: Festival De Jazz De Chateauvallon 1972 (Blank Forms Editions) [06-18] - jazz [*]
  • Alex Chilton and Hi Rhythm Section: Boogie Shoes: Live on Beale Street (Omnivore) [05-07] - pop/rock [*]
  • Alice Coltrane: Kirtan: Turiya Sings (1982, Impulse!) [07-16] - jazz [***]
  • John Coltrane: Chasin' the Trane Revisited (1961, Ezz-Thetics) [09-22] - jazz [A-]
  • John Coltrane Quartet: Newport, New York, Alabama 1963 Revisited (Ezz-Thetics) [07-13] - jazz [***]
  • John Coltrane: Another Side of John Coltrane (Craft) [08-20] - jazz [***]
  • John Coltrane: A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle (1965, Impulse) [10-21] - jazz [**]
  • Laurence Cook/Jacques Coursil/Warren Gale/Perry Robinson/Steve Tintweiss: Ave B Free Jam (1967, Inky Dot) [11-30] - jazz [B]
  • Marshall Crenshaw: The Wild, Exciting Sounds of Marshall Crenshaw: Live in the 20th and 21st Century (Sunset Blvd) [08-27] - pop/rock [*]
  • The Cucumbers: The Desk Drawer Tapes (1988-2005, Life Force) [04-30] - jangle pop [**]
  • Miles Davis: Merci, Miles! Live at Vienne (1991, Rhino) [06-25] - jazz [*]
  • Diane Delin: Chicago Standard Time (1991, BluJazz) [05-24] - jazz [*]
  • Arne Domnerus Quartet: Dompan at the Savoy (1990, Phontastic) [07-01] - jazz [**]
  • Paul Dunmall/Keith Tippett/Philip Gibbs/Pete Fairclough: Onosante (2000, 577) [04-16] - jazz [A-]
  • Bill Evans: Live at Ronnie Scott's (1968, Resonance -2CD -20) [2020-11-27] - jazz [***]
  • Bill Evans: Behind the Dikes: The 1969 Netherlands Recordings (Resonance -2CD) [06-18] - jazz [A-]
  • Eyedea: Thirty Nine Lines (Crushkill -20) [2020-12-11] - hip-hop [**]
  • Marianne Faithfull: The Montreux Years (1995-2009, BMG) [08-27] - pop [***]
  • Henry Franklin: The Skipper (1972, Black Jazz/Real Gone Music) [02-26] - jazz [***]
  • Joel Futterman: Creation Series (2008, NoBusiness -5CD) [07-15] - jazz [A-]
  • Hal Galper Quintet: Live at the Berlin Philharmonic 1977 (1977, Origin -2CD) [01-15] - jazz [***]
  • Frode Gjerstad/Kent Carter/John Stevens: Detail-90 (1990, NoBusiness) [08-30] - jazz [***]
  • Georg Graewe & Sonic Fiction Orchestra: Fortschritt Und Vergnugen (Random Acoustics -20) [2020-10-22] - jazz [**]
  • Guillermo Gregorio/Damon Smith/Jerome Bryerton: Room of the Present (Fundacja Sluchaj) [03-03] - jazz [*]
  • Roy Hargrove/Mulgrew Miller: In Harmony (2006-07, Resonance -2CD) [07-17] - jazz [A-]
  • Joe Harriott Quintet: Free Form & Abstract Revisited (1960-62, Ezz-Thetics, 2CD) [08-23] - jazz [A-]
  • Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band: Hot Night in Roslyn: 1976 Radio Broadcast Recording (Hobo) [03-11] - country [***]
  • Julius Hemphill: The Boye Multi-National Crusade for Harmony (1977-2007, New World -7CD) [01-29] - jazz [A-]
  • John Hiatt: The Confidence Man in Canada (Hobo) [08-27] - singer-songwriter [*]
  • ICP Orchestra: Plays Herbie Nichols in Nijmegen 7 May 1984 (ICP -20) [2020-12-14] - jazz [***]
  • The J Ann C Trio: At Tan-Tar-A (1966, Modern Harmonic/Sundazed) [07-15] [***]
  • Sheila Jordan: Comes Love: Lost Session 1960 (Capri) [09-27] - vocal jazz [***]
  • Juju: Live at 131 Prince Street (1973, Strut) [03-05] - jazz [A-]
  • Calvin Keys: Shawn-Neeq (1971, Black Jazz/Real Gone Music) - jazz [*]
  • Kid Creole and the Coconuts: Nothin' Left but the Rest (1996, 2C2C) [06-08] - pop [**]
  • Jim Knapp Orchestra: It's Not Business, It's Personal (2009, Origin) [11-19] - jazz [*]
  • Byard Lancaster: My Pure Joy (1992, Strut) [02-26] - jazz [***]
  • Harold Land: Westward Bound! (1962-65, Reel to Real) [08-06] - jazz [**]
  • Lionel Loueke: Close Your Eyes (2018, Sounderscore) [10-22] - jazz [***]
  • Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets: Walkabout (2013-19, Yep Roc -20) - power pop [B]
  • Gary Lucas: The Essential Gary Lucas (Knitting Factory -2CD) [01-29] - rock [*]
  • Hailu Mergia & the Walias Band: Tezeta (1975, Awesome Tapes From Africa) [06-04] - Ethiopian [***]
  • Juozas Milasius/Tomas Kulavicius/Dalius Naujokaitis/Lithuanian Young Composers Orchestra: Live at Willisau, 1993 (NoBusiness -20) [2020-11-15] - jazz [C+]
  • Charles Mingus: Mingus at Carnegie Hall [Deluxe Edition] (Atlantic -2CD) [06-11] - jazz [A]
  • Roberto Miranda's Home Music Ensemble: Live at Bing Theatre: Los Angeles, 1985 (Dark Tree) [03-05] - jazz [***]
  • Mujician: 10 10 10 (2010, Cuneiform) [09-24] - jazz [**]
  • Carl Magnus Neumann/Christian Reim Quartet: Molde International Jazz Festival 1976 (1976, Jazzaggression) [01-15] - jazz [***]
  • New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers: Volume 2 (2007, Stony Plain) [03-26] - blues [**]
  • Joe Newman: Joe Newman at the Atlantic (1977, Phontastic) [06-24] - jazz [***]
  • Nermin Niazi and Feisal Mosleh: Disco Se Aagay (1984, Discostan) [01-22] - Urdu disco [**]
  • Nadje Noordhuis: Gullfoss (Little Mystery) [09-24] - jazz [*]
  • Ojoyo: Plays Safrojazz (1996, Sunnyside) [05-28] - jazz [**]
  • Itaru Oki Quartet: Live at Jazz Spot Combo 1975 (NoBusiness) [07-15] - jazz [***]
  • Lee Scratch Perry: The Specialist: The Pama Years (Pama) [09-02] - reggae [***]
  • Prince: Welcome 2 America (2010, NPG/Legacy) [07-30] - r&b [*]
  • Sun Ra: On Jupiter (1979, Enterplanetary Koncepts) [01-01] - jazz [***]
  • Scott Reeves Quintet: The Alchemist (2005, Origin) [07-16] - jazz [**]
  • Christian Reim Sextet: Mona Lisa (1973, Jazzaggression) [02-00] - jazz [A-]
  • Sam Rivers Quartet: Braids [Sam Rivers Archive Project, Volume 4] (1979, NoBusiness -20) [2020-11-15] - jazz [A-]
  • Sam Rivers Quartet: Undulation [Sam Rivers Archive Project, Volume 5] (1981, NoBusiness) [07-15] - jazz [A-]
  • Sonny Rollins: Rollins in Holland (1967, Resonance -20) [2020-12-04] - jazz [A-]
  • Harvie S Trio: Going for It (1985, Savant) [07-09] - jazz [A-]
  • Schlippenbach & Johansson: Onkel Pos Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1978 (SAJ) [01-03] - jazz [A-]
  • Screamers: Demo Hollywood 1977 (Super Viaduct) [05-14] - punk [**]
  • Billy Joe Shaver & Kinky Friedman: Live Down Under (2002, Omnivore) [08-15] - country [**]
  • Archie Shepp: Blase and Yasmina Revisited (1969, Ezz-thetics) [09-07] - jazz [A-]
  • Nancy Sinatra: Start Walkin' 1965-1976 (Light in the Attic) [02-05] - rock [**]
  • Jim Snidero: Strings (2001, Savant) [09-10] - jazz [A-]
  • Joseph Spence: Encore: Unheard Recordings of Bahamian Guitar and Singing (1965, Smithsonian/Folkways) [07-16] - Bahamas [A-]
  • Joe Strummer: Assembly (1986-2002, Dark Horse) [03-26] - rock [**]
  • Mototeru Takagi/Susumu Kongo/Nao Takeuchi/Shola Koyama: Live at Little John, Yokohama 1999 (NoBusiness) [07-15] - jazz [A-]
  • Masauyki JoJo Takayanagi/Nobuyoshi Ino/Masabumi PUU Kikuchi: Live at Jazz Inn Lovely 1990 (NoBusiness -20) [2020-11-15] - jazz [**]
  • Cecil Taylor Ensemble: Gottingen (1990, Fundacja Sluchaj -2CD) [06-08] - jazz [***]
  • Cecil Taylor Quintet: Lifting the Bandstand (1998, Fundacja Sluchaj) [01-20] - jazz [A-]
  • Mike Taylor: Trio, Quartet & Composer Revisited (1965-68, Ezz-thetics) [04-00] - jazz [*]
  • Pat Thomas: The Locals Play the Music of Anthony Braxton (2006, Discus Music) [03-05] - jazz [A-]
  • Chester Thompson: Powerhouse (1971, Black Jazz/Real Gone Music) [04-30] - jazz [*]
  • Steve Tintweiss and the Purple Why: Markstown (1968, Inky Dot Media) [04-01] - jazz [***]
  • Total Music Association: Walpurgisnacht (1971, NoBusiness) [07-15] - jazz [A-]
  • Shem Tupe/Justo Osala/Enos Okola: Guitar Music of Western Kenya: 45s From the Archive of Shem Tupe (Mississippi) [03-15] - African [***]
  • Vernacular: The Little Bird (2003, Astral Spirits) [05-07] - jazz [***]
  • Barney Wilen Quartet and Tete Montoliu: Barney and Tete (1988, Elemental -20) [2020-12-04] - jazz [**]
  • Neil Young: Way Down in the Rust Bucket (1990, Reprise -2CD) [02-26] - rock [**]
  • Neil Young: Young Shakespeare (1971, Reprise) [03-26] - rock [**]
  • 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything (Island) [05-21] - pop [A-]
  • Alan Lomax's American Patchwork (1978-83, Mississippi) [04-12] - folk [***]
  • Allen Ginsberg's The Fall of America: A 50th Anniversary Musical Tribute (Ginsberg) [02-05] - spoken word [**]
  • Blue Muse (Music Maker Foundation -19) [2019-02-01] - blues [***]
  • Cold Wave #1 (2017-20, Soul Jazz) [06-04] - electronic [**]
  • Cold Wave #2 (2015-20, Soul Jazz) [06-25] - electronic [A-]
  • Directions in Music: 1969 to 1973: Miles Davis, His Musicians and the Birth of a New Age of Jazz (BGP) [03-26] - jazz [**]
  • Edo Funk Explosion Vol 1 (1980-85, Analog Africa) [03-03] - African [**]
  • Fire in Little Africa (Motown) [05-26] - hip-hop [***]
  • He's Bad! 11 Bands Decimate the Beats of Bo Diddley (Slovenly) [03-29] - metal [B]
  • Indaba Is (Brownswood) [01-29] - African [*]
  • La Ola Interior: Spanish Ambient & Acid Exoticism 1983-1990 (Bongo Joe) [03-05] - electronic [*]
  • Now That's What I Call Music: Outlaw Country (NOW) [01-29] - country [***]
  • Rare.wavs (Vol 1) (Foreign Family) [05-25] - electronic [**]
  • The Rough Guide to the Roots of Jazz (1918-30, World Music Network) [04-30] - jazz [***]
  • Sacred Soul of North Carolina (Bible & Tire) [10-15] - gospel [A-]
  • The Trojan Story (1961-71, Trojan, 3CD) [06-18] - reggae [**]
  • Wallahi Le Zein! (Mississippi) [06-18] - Mauritanian [***]
  • What Goes On: The Songs of Lou Reed (Ace) - rock [A-]

Priority Counts

  • Priority 4: 635
  • Priority 5: 279

Total: 914