Music Year 2009 [Frozen]

This is my year-end list for records released in 2009, frozen as of Jan. 25, 2010. The freeze date normally corresponds to completion of my year-end pieces, including my Year End Comments. The actual Music Year 2009 file will continue to be updated to Dec. 31, 2010, after which updating becomes impractical.

For records in hand, * identifies an advance copy, ** something borrowed (or more frequently these days, downloaded). Some records were initially released in 2008 but didn't arrive until this year, and were sufficiently obscure -- e.g., didn't occur in last year's meta poll list -- that they should be treated as new releases. (Often these are imports or self-releases, which can be hard to pin down.) They are designated -08. Records that were quickly re-released (e.g., imports or self-released albums picked up by larger labels) are treated as new releases.

New Records

  1. Lily Allen: It's Not Me, It's You (Capitol)
  2. Leonard Cohen: Live in London (Columbia, 2CD)

  3. Willie Nelson/Asleep at the Wheel: Willie and the Wheel (Bismeaux)
  4. The Matthew Shipp Trio: Harmonic Disorder (Thirsty Ear)
  5. Loudon Wainwright III: High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project (161, 2CD)
  6. Oumou Sangare: Seya (World Circuit/Nonesuch)
  7. Jonatha Brooke: The Works (BDR -08)
  8. K'naan: Troubadour (A&M/Octone)
  9. The Fully Celebrated: Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones (AUM Fidelity)

  10. Brötzmann/Kondo/Pupillo/Nilssen-Love: Hairy Bones (Okka Disk)
  11. Brad Shepik: Human Activity Suite (Songlines)
  12. Digital Primitives: Hum Crackle & Pop (Hopscotch)
  13. Mulatu Astatke/The Heliocentrics: Inspiration Information, Vol. 3 (Strut)
  14. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: It's Blitz! (Interscope/DGC/Dress Up)
  15. Ghostface Killah: Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City (Def Jam) **
  16. David S. Ware: Shakti (AUM Fidelity)
  17. Mika: The Boy Who Knew Too Much (Casablanca)
  18. Patterson Hood: Murdering Oscar (and Other Love Songs) (Ruth St.) [**]
  19. Dennis González/Jnaana Septet: The Gift of Discernment (Not Two)
  20. Bill Frisell: Disfarmer (Nonesuch)
  21. Miranda Lambert: Revolution (Sony Nashville) [**]
  22. Metric: Fantasies (Metric International) **
  23. The Black Eyed Peas: The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) (Interscope) [**]
  24. Andy Sheppard: Movements in Colour (ECM)
  25. Roberto Rodriguez: Timba Talmud (Tzadik)
  26. Sonic Youth: The Eternal (Matador)
  27. Serengeti: Dennehy (Lights, Camera, Action!) (Audio 8 -08) **
  28. Wadada Leo Smith: Spiritual Dimensions (Cuneiform, 2CD)
  29. Darren Johnston: The Edge of the Forest (Clean Feed -08)
  30. De Nazaten & James Carter: Skratyology (Strotbrock)
  31. Girls: Album (True Panther) **
  32. Maria Muldaur & Her Garden of Joy: Good Time Music for Hard Times (Stony Plain)
  33. Staff Benda Bilili: Trčs Trčs Fort (Crammed Disc)
  34. Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble: The Moment's Energy (ECM)
  35. Steve Lehman Octet: Travail, Transformation, and Flow (Pi)
  36. Vijay Iyer Trio: Historicity (ACT)
  37. Ken Vandermark: Collected Fiction (Okka Disk -08)
  38. Marianne Faithfull: Easy Come Easy Go (Decca)
  39. John Zorn: Alhambra Love Songs (Tzadik) [**]
  40. Abdullah Ibrahim: Senzo (Sunnyside)
  41. Lisa Sokolov: A Quiet Thing (Laughing Horse)
  42. Gerald Wilson Orchestra: Detroit (Mack Avenue)
  43. Vandermark 5: Annular Gift (Not Two) **
  44. Jan Garbarek Group: Dresden (ECM, 2CD)
  45. Michael Musillami Trio + 3: From Seeds (Playscape) **
  46. Ralph Carney's Serious Jass Project (Akron Cracker) *
  47. Roy Nathanson: Subway Moon (Yellow Bird/Enja)
  48. Radio I-Ching: No Wave Au Go Go (Resonant Music) [**]
  49. Tim Sparks: Little Princess: Tim Sparks Plays Naftule Brandwein (Tzadik)
  50. Freddy Cole: The Dreamer in Me (High Note)
  51. Glasvegas (Columbia)
  52. Art Brut: Art Brut vs Satan (Downtown) **
  53. Joe Morris: Wildlife (AUM Fidelity)
  54. Allen Toussaint: The Bright Mississippi (Nonesuch)
  55. James Carter/John Medeski/Christian McBride/Adam Rogers/Joey Baron: Heaven on Earth (Half Note)
  56. Amadou & Mariam: Welcome to Mali (Because Music/Nonesuch)
  57. Fruit Bats: The Ruminant Band (Sub Pop) **
  58. Arthur Kell Quartet: Victoria: Live in Germany (Bju'ecords)
  59. Skin and Wire: PianoCircus Featuring Bill Bruford: Play the Music of Colin Riley (Summerfold)
  60. Syran Mbenza: Immortal Franco: Africa's Unrivalled Guitar Legend (Riverboat) **
  61. Neil Young: Fork in the Road (Reprise)
  62. Veda Hille: This Riot Life (Ape House -08) **
  63. The Hold Steady: A Positive Rage (Vagrant) **
  64. Tanya Tucker: My Turn (Saguaro Road) **
  65. Diana Krall: Quiet Nights (Verve)
  66. Lady Sovereign: Jigsaw (Midget)
  67. Mos Def: The Ecstatic (Downtown) [**]
  68. Jerry Bergonzi: Simply Put (Savant)
  69. An Horse: Rearrange Beds (Mom & Pop) **
  70. Chris Morrissey Quartet: The Morning World (Sunnyside)
  71. Shakira: She Wolf (Epic) **
  72. Lars Danielsson: Tarantella (ACT)
  73. Béla Fleck: Throw Down Your Heart: Tales From the Acoustic Planet Vol. 3: Africa Sessions (Rounder)
  74. Fuck Buttons: Tarot Sport (ATP) **
  75. Michael Chapman: Time Past Time Passing (Electric Ragtime -08) **
  76. Darius Jones: Man'ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) (AUM Fidelity)
  77. Matt Wilson Quartet: That's Gonna Leave a Mark (Palmetto) [**]
  78. Anders Nilsson's AORTA Ensemble (Kopasetic)
  79. Todd Snider: The Excitement Plan (Yep Roc)
  80. Profound Sound Trio: Opus de Life (Porter) **
  81. The Dead Weather: Horehound (Third Man/Warner Brothers) **
  82. Ersatzmusika: Songs Unrecantable (Asphalt Tango)
  83. Jim Snidero: Crossfire (Savant)
  84. Rosanne Cash: The List (Manhattan) [**]
  85. Buddy & Julie Miller: Written in Chalk (New West) [**]
  86. Ben Perowsky Quartet: Esopus Opus (Skirl)
  87. Enrico Pieranunzi/Marc Johnson/Joey Baron: Dream Dance (CAM Jazz)
  88. The Godforgottens: Never Forgotten, Always Remembered (Clean Feed)
  89. Mr. Lif: I Heard It Today (Bloodbot Tactical Enterprises) **
  90. Tinariwen: Imidiwan: Companions (World Village) [**]
  91. Nellie McKay: Normal as Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day (Verve)
  92. A Place to Bury Strangers: Exploding Head (Mute) **
  93. Zaid Nasser: Off Minor (Smalls)
  94. Borah Bergman Trio: Luminescence (Tzadik) [**]
  95. Black Moth Super Rainbow: Eating Us (Graveface) **
  96. Serengeti & Polyphonic: Terradactyl (Anticon) **
  97. Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar: Devla: Blown Away to Dancefloor Heaven (Piranha)
  98. John Anderson: Bigger Hands (Country Crossing) **
  99. Moby: Wait for Me (Mute) **
  100. Tegan and Sara: Sainthood (Vapor/Sire) **
  101. Isotope: Golden Section (1974-75, Cuneiform -08)
  102. Rhett Miller (Shout! Factory) **
  103. Roswell Rudd: Trombone Tribe (Sunnyside)
  104. Khaled: Liberté (Wrasse) **
  105. Bob Dylan: Together Through Life (Columbia)
  106. Van Morrison: Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl (Listen to the Lion)
  107. Hal Galper/Reggie Workman/Rashied Ali: Art-Work (Origin)
  108. Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra: Where or When (Owl Studios)
  109. Melvin Gibbs' Elevated Entity: Ancients Speak (Live Wired Music)


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

  • Afghan Star (Silva Screen)
  • Eddie Allen: Jazzy Brass for the Holidays (DBCD)
  • Ben Allison: Think Free (Palmetto) [B+(***)]
  • The American Music Project: On the Bright Side (Inarhyme)
  • Michaël Attias: Renku in Coimbra (Clean Feed)
  • Jeff Baker: Of Things Not Seen (OA2)
  • Al Basile: Soul Blue (Sweetspot)
  • Beaty Brothers Band: B3 (Beaty Brothers) *
  • The Blasting Concept (Smalltown Superjazz)
  • Marco Benevento: Me Not Me (Royal Potato Family) *
  • Roni Ben-Hur: Fortuna (Motema)
  • Curt Berg & the Avon Street Quintet: At Stagg Street Studio (Origin)
  • Tom Braxton: Endless Highway (Pacific Coast Jazz)
  • Randy Brecker: Nostalgic Journey: Tykocin Jazz Suite/Music of Wlodek Pawlik (Summit) [B+(***)]
  • Greg Burk: Many Worlds (482 Music)
  • John Burr Band: Just Can't Wait (JBQ, CD+DVD)
  • Eddie C. Campbell: Tear This World Up (Delmark)
  • Mel Carter: The Heart & Soul of Mel Carter (CSP)
  • Charito Meets Michel Legrand: Watch What Happens (CT Music)
  • Alexis Cole: The Greatest Gift: Songs of the Season (Motema)
  • Marc Copland: Alone (Pirouet)
  • Andy Cotton: Last Stand at the Havemeyer Ranch (Bju'ecords)
  • Darunam/Milan: The Last Angel on Earth (64-56 Media)
  • Mon David: Coming True (Free Ham)
  • Graham Dechter: Right on Time (Capri)
  • Tineke de Jong/Albert van Veenendaal/Alan Purves/Hans Hasebos: Midday Moon (Brokken)
  • Lajos Dudas: Chamber Music Live (Pannon Classic)
  • Empty Cage Quartet: Gravity (Clean Feed)
  • Charles Evans/Neil Shan: Live at Saint Stephens (Hot Cup)
  • Oscar Feldman: Oscar e Familia (Sunnyside)
  • Ambrose Field/John Potter: Being Dufay (ECM New Series)
  • Tobias Gebb Presents Trio West: Plays Holiday Songs, Vol. 2 (Yummy House)
  • Jon Gordon: Evolution (ArtistShare)
  • Bob Greene: St. Peter Street Strutters (1964, Delmark)
  • Andy Haas: The Ruins of America (Resonant Music -08)
  • Dana Hall: Into the Light (Origin)
  • The Peter Hand Big Band: The Wizard of Jazz: A Tribute to Harold Arlen (Savant)
  • Darryl Harper: Stories in Real Time (Hipnotic)
  • The Kevin Hays Trio: You've Got a Friend (Jazz Eyes)
  • Hemispheres: Crossroads (Sunnyside)
  • The Hot Club of San Francisco: Cool Yule (Azica)
  • Vivian Houle: Treize (Drip Audio)
  • Chris Icasiano/Neil Welch: Bad Luck. (Belle)
  • Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: One Day in Brooklyn (Kinnara) *
  • Jar-E: Chicas Malas (Exotic)
  • Capathia Jenkins/Louis Rosen: The Ache of Possibility (Di-tone)
  • Marc Courtney Johnson: Dream of Sunny Days (Dreamy Jazz)
  • Eleni Karaindrou: Dust of Time (ECM New Series)
  • Phil Kelly & the Northwest Prevailing Winds: Ballet of the Bouncing Beagles (Origin)
  • Babatunde Lea: Umbo Weti: A Tribute to Leon Thomas (Motéma, 2CD)
  • Los Angeles Jazz Collective: Sampler Vol. 1 (Jazz Collective)
  • The Zeke Martin Project: U4RIA (Zeke Martin Project)
  • Donny McCaslin: Declaration (Sunnyside) [B+(**)]
  • Jacob Merlin: Alchemy of Soul (Backline)
  • Charnett Moffett: Improvisation (Motéma) *
  • Marius Nordal: Boomer Jazz (Origin)
  • Arturo O'Farrill: Risa Negra (Zoho)
  • Chris Potter/Steve Wilson/Terrell Stafford/Keith Javors/Delbert Felix/John Davis: Coming Together (Inarhyme)
  • Q'd Up: Quintessence (Jazz Hang)
  • Mark Rapp: Token Tales (Paved Earth) *
  • Edward Ratliff: Those Moments Before (Strudelmedia)
  • The Respect Sextet: Sirius Respect (Mode Avant)
  • Rempis/Rosaly: Cyrillic (482 Music)
  • Robert Sadin: Art of Love: Music of Machaut (Deutsche Grammophon)
  • Örjan Sandred: Cracks and Corrosion (Navrona)
  • Lee Shaw Trio: Blossom (ARC)
  • Somi: If the Rains Come First (ObliqSound)
  • John Stein: Raising the Roof (Whaling City Sound)
  • Marcus Strickland Trio: Idiosyncrasies (Strick Muzik) [B+(**)]
  • Ike Sturm: Jazzmass ([no label])
  • Kelley Suttenfield: Where Is Love? (Rhombus)
  • Tom Tallitsch: Perspective (OA2)
  • Fred Taylor Trio: Live at Cecil's: Volume 1 (Fred Taylor Music)
  • 3 Play +: American Waltz (Ziggle Zaggle Music) [B+(***)]
  • Charles Tolliver Big Band: Emperor March (Half Note) [B+(**)]
  • Mike Treni: Turnaround (Bell Production, CD+DVD)
  • The United States Air Force Band: The Jazz Heritage Series 2009 Radio Broadcasts (United States Air Force Band, 3CD)
  • The United States Air Force Band: Cool Yule (United States Air Force Band)
  • Matt Vashlishan: No Such Thing (Origin)
  • Robin Verheyen: Starbound (Pirouet)
  • Myron Walden: Momentum Live (Demi Sound) *
  • Freddie Washington: In the Moment (RFW)
  • Ezra Weiss: Alice in Wonderland: A Jazz Musical (Northwest Childrens Theater and School)
  • Ben Wendel/Harish Raghavan/Nate Wood: ACT (Bju'ecords)
  • Zora Young: The French Connection (Delmark)

Also Noted:

Records in hand, graded B+ or below, in roughly declining order:

  • David Berkman Quartet: Live at Smoke (Challenge)
  • Paul Giallorenzo: Get In to Go Out (482 Music)
  • Anthony Braxton/Maral Yakshieva: Improvisations (Duo) 2008 (SoLyd, 2CD)
  • Ken Vandermark/Barry Guy/Mark Sanders: Fox Fire (Maya, 2CD) **
  • Darcy James Argue's Secret Society: Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam) **
  • The Field: Yesterday and Today (Kompakt/Anti-) **
  • The Second Approach Trio With Roswell Rudd: The Light (SoLyd)
  • Miguel Zenon: Esta Plena (Marsalis Music) **
  • The Gordon Grdina Trio: . . . If Accident Will (Plunge)
  • Southern Excursion Quartet: Trading Post (Artists Recording Collective)
  • Speech Debelle: Speech Therapy (Big Dada) **
  • Mike Reed's People, Places & Things: About Us (482 Music)
  • Chris Knight: Trailer II (1996, Drifter's Church) **
  • Steven Bernstein/Marcus Rojas/Kresten Osgood: Tattoos and Mushrooms (ILK)
  • The Neil Cowley Trio: Loud Louder Stop (Cake) **
  • The XX: XX (XL) **
  • Henry Threadgill Zooid: This Brings Us To, Volume 1 (Pi)
  • Timucin Sahin Quartet: Bafa (Between the Lines)
  • Bill Dixon: Tapestries for Small Orchestra (Firehouse 12, 2CD) **
  • Júlio Resende: Assim Falava Jazzatustra (Clean Feed)
  • Chris Potter Underground: Ultrahang (ArtistShare)
  • Chad Taylor: Circle Down (482 Music)
  • Lack of Afro: My Groove Your Move (Freestyle) **
  • The Aggregation: Groove's Mood (DBCD)
  • Deer Tick: Born on Flag Day (Partisan) **
  • The Nu Band: Lower East Side Blues (Porter) **
  • NYNDK: The Hunting of the Snark (Jazzheads)
  • Gebhard Ullman: Don't Touch My Music I (Not Two)
  • God Help the Girl (Matador) **
  • Jon Irabagon: The Observer (Concord)
  • Wolter Wierbos: 3 Trombone Solos (Dolfjin)
  • The Mountain Goats: The Life of the World to Come (4AD) **
  • Ben Goldberg: Speech Communication (Tzadik) **
  • Roberto Rodriguez: The First Basket (Tzadik) [**]
  • Rodrigo Amado: Motion Trio (European Echoes)
  • James Carney Group: Ways & Means (Songlines)
  • The Nice Guy Trio: Here Comes . . . the Nice Guy Trio (Porto Franco)
  • The Rempis Percussion Quartet: The Disappointment of Parsley (Not Two) **
  • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (Slumberland) **
  • The Harry Allen-Joe Cohn Quartet: Plays Music From South Pacific (Arbors)
  • Anouar Brahem: The Astounding Eyes of Rita (ECM)
  • Kid Cudi: Man on the Moon: The End of the Day (Universal Motown) **
  • On Ka'a Davis: Djoukoujou! (Tzadik) **
  • Matt Renzi: Lunch Special (Three P's)
  • Avram Fefer Trio: Ritual (Clean Feed)
  • Joe Morris Quartet: Today on Earth (AUM Fidelity)
  • Quartet Offensive: Carnivore (Quartet Offensive)
  • John Hébert: Byzantine Monkey (Firehouse 12) **
  • Tortoise: Beacons of Ancestorship (Thrill Jockey) **
  • Muddy Waters: Live at the Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, Nov 04-06 1966 [Authorized Bootleg] (1966, Geffen) **
  • Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls: Seize the Time (Naim)
  • Gianni Lenoci: Ephemeral Rhizome (Evil Rabbit)
  • DJ Quik & Kurupt: Blaqkout (Mad Science) **
  • Dan Tepfer/Lee Konitz: Duos With Lee (Sunnyside)
  • Louis Sclavis: Lost on the Way (ECM)
  • Wayne Hancock: Viper of Melody (Bloodshot) **
  • Polvo: In Prism (Merge) **
  • DJ Spooky: The Secret Song (Thirsty Ear)
  • The Raveonettes: In and Out of Control (Vice) **
  • Joe Nichols: Old Things New (Universal South) **
  • Ahilea: Cafe Svetlana (Essay) **
  • Joe Lovano Us Five: Folk Art (Blue Note)
  • Pet Shop Boys: Yes (Astralwerks) **
  • Andrea Fultz: The German Projekt: German Songs From the Twenties & Thirties (no label)
  • Minamo [Carla Kihlstedt/Satoko Fujii]: Kuroi Kawa - Black River (Tzadik, 2CD) *
  • Medeski Martin & Wood: Radiolarians II (Indirecto) **
  • Buraka Som Sistema: Black Diamond (Fabric) **
  • Kronos Quartet: Floodplain (Nonesuch) **
  • Doom: Born Like This (Lex) **
  • UGK: UGK 4 Life (Jive/Zomba) **
  • Chris Smither: Time Stands Still (Signature Sounds) **
  • Wadada Leo Smith/Jack DeJohnette: America (Tzadik) **
  • Brian Groder/Burton Greene: Groder & Greene (Latham)
  • Ran Blake: Driftwoods (Tompkins Square)
  • Jeremy Udden: Plainville (Fresh Sound New Talent)
  • Tony Malaby's Apparitions: Voladores (Clean Feed)
  • Gerald Clayton: Two-Shade (ArtistShare)
  • Edward Simon Trio: Poesia (CAM Jazz)
  • Ida Maria: Fortress Round My Heart (Upper 11/Fontana) **
  • Wussy: Wussy (Shake It) **
  • Denman Maroney Quintet: Udentity (Clean Feed)
  • On Ka'a Davis: Seed of Djuke (Live Wired Music) *
  • The Joel LaRue Smith Trio: September's Child (Joel Larue Smith)
  • Mahala Rai Banda: Ghetto Blasters (Asphalt Tango)
  • Will Sellenraad: Balance (Beeswax -08)
  • Brötzmann/Pliakas/Wertmüller: Full Blast/Black Hole (Atavistic)
  • John Patitucci Trio: Remembrance (Concord)
  • Otis Gibbs: Grandpa Walked a Picketline (Thirty Tigers) **
  • Dave Holland/Gonzalo Rubalcaba/Chris Potter/Eric Harland: The Monterey Quartet: Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival (Monterey Jazz Festival)
  • Bridge Quartet: Night (Origin)
  • Mark Winkler: Till I Get It Right (Free Ham)
  • Matt Lavelle and Morcilla: The Manifestation Drama (KMB Jazz)
  • Nathan Eklund: Trip to the Casbah (Jazz Excursion)
  • The Dynamic Les DeMerle Band: Gypsy Rendezvous, Vol. One (Origin)
  • David Ashkenazy: Out With It (Posi-Tone)
  • Andrew Rathbun: Where We Are Now (Steeplechase)
  • Gary Peacock/Marc Copland: Insight (Pirouet)
  • Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Accomplish Jazz (Hot Cup)
  • David Crowell Ensemble: Spectrum (Innova)
  • Marshall Crenshaw: Jaggedland (429) **
  • Donald Bailey: Blueprints of Jazz, Vol. 3 (Talking House)
  • Frank London/Lorin Sklamberg: Tsuker-Zis (Tzadik) *
  • Nicolas Thys: Virgo (Pirouet)
  • Craig Enright: La Belleza . . . (CDBaby)
  • Branford Marsalis: Metamorphosen (Marsalis Music)
  • Joey DeFrancesco: Snap Shot (High Note)
  • Chuck Bernstein: Delta Berimbau Blues (CMB)
  • Roger Davidson & Raúl Jaurena: Pasión por la Vida (Soundbrush)
  • The Low Anthem: Oh My God, Charlie Darwin (Nonesuch) [**]
  • Alison Burns and Martin Taylor: 1: AM (P3 Music)
  • François Carrier/Michel Lambert: Nada (Creative Sources)
  • Jemina Pearl: Break It Up (Ecstatic Peace/Universal Motown) **
  • Bill Anschell/Brent Jensen: We Couldn't Agree More (Origin)
  • Burnt Sugar: Making Love to the Dark Ages (Live Wired Music)
  • Lucky 7s: Pluto Junkyard (Clean Feed)
  • Clem Snide: The Hungry Bird (429) **
  • Linda Oh Trio: Entry (Linda Oh Music)
  • Coyote Poets of the Universe: Callin' You Home (Square Shaped)
  • Satoko Fujii/Myra Melford: Under the Water (Libra)
  • Eliane Elias: Bossa Nova Stories (Blue Note)
  • Marty Grosz: Hot Winds, the Classic Sessions (Arbors)
  • Oliver Jones/Hank Jones: Pleased to Meet You (Justin Time)
  • Eric Alexander: Revival of the Fittest (High Note)
  • Yacht: See Mystery Lights (DFA) **
  • Brakes: Touchdown (FatCat) **
  • The Lonely Island: Incredibad (Universal/Republic) **
  • Anthony Branker & Ascent: Blessings (Origin)
  • Dave Douglas: Spirit Moves (Greenleaf Music) **
  • Raekwon: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Pt. II (Ice H2O) **
  • Stacey Dillard: One (Smalls)
  • Yo La Tengo: Popular Songs (Matador) **
  • Dennis González: A Matter of Blood (Furthermore)
  • Oran Etkin: Kelenia (Motema)
  • Kottarashky: Opa Hey! (Asphalt Tango)
  • Scotty Barnhart: Say It Plain (Unity Music)
  • Jim Hall & Bill Frisell: Hemispheres (ArtistShare, 2CD)
  • Rainbow Jimmies: The Music of John Hollenbeck (GPE)
  • Miroslav Vitous Group w/Michel Portal: Remembering Weather Report (ECM)

  • Fat Cat Big Band: Meditations on the War for Whose Great God Is the Most High You Are God (Smalls)
  • Johnny Varro Featuring Ken Peplowski: Two Legends of Jazz (Arbors)
  • Gaucho: Deep Night (Gaucho)
  • Rodrigo Amado/Kent Kessler/Paal Nilssen-Love: The Abstract Truth (European Echoes)
  • Fat Cat Big Band: Angels Praying for Freedom (Smalls)
  • Old Dog: By Any Other Name (Porter) **
  • Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women (Yep Roc) **
  • Sister Fa: Sarabah: Tales From the Flipside of Paradise (Piranha) **
  • Drake: So Far Gone (Young Money, EP) **
  • Jacques Schwarz-Bart: Abyss (ObliqSound)
  • Jonathon Haffner: Life on Wednesday (Cachuma)
  • Fernando Benadon: Intuitivo (Innova)
  • Matthew Shipp Quartet: Cosmic Suite (Not Two) **
  • Tune-Yards: Bird-Brains (4AD) **
  • Dâm-Funk: Toeachizown (Stones Throw) **
  • Tanya Morgan: Broklynati (Interdependent Media) **
  • Harry Allen: New York State of Mind (Challenge)
  • Rez Abbasi: Things to Come (Sunnyside)
  • William Basinski: 92982 (2062) **
  • The Antlers: Hospice (Frenchkiss) **
  • Mary J Blige: Stronger With Each Tear (Geffen) **
  • Dan Aran: Breathing (Smalls)
  • Ben Neill: Night Science (Thirsty Ear)
  • The Flaming Lips: Embryonic (Warner Brothers) **
  • Sorgen-Rust-Stevens Trio: A Scent in Motion (1994, Konnex)
  • Led Bib: Sensible Shoes (Cuneiform)
  • Tribecastan: Strange Cousin (Evergreene Music)
  • Tony Malaby: Paloma Recio (New World) **
  • Wonderclick: Topless at the Arco Arena (Rock Ridge) **
  • The Horrors: Primary Colours (XL) **
  • Yaron Herman: Muse (Sunnyside)
  • Francesco Cafiso Quartet: Angelica (CAM Jazz)
  • Jones Jones: We All Feel the Same Way (SoLyd -08)
  • Tom Waits: Glitter and Doom Live (Anti-, 2CD) **
  • The Very Best: Warm Heart of Africa (Green Owl) **
  • Masada Quintet: Stolas: The Book of Angels Volume 12 (Tzadik) **
  • Komeda Project: Requiem (WM)
  • Jay-Z: The Blueprint 3 (Roc Nation) **
  • Luis Lopes/Adam Lane/Igal Foni: What Is When (Clean Feed)
  • Michiel Braam's Wurli Trio: Non-Functionals! (BBB) [B+(**)]
  • Dafnis Prieto Si O Si Quartet: Live at Jazz Standard NYC (Dafnison Music)
  • The Rural Alberta Advantage: Hometowns (Saddle Creek) **
  • As If 3: Klinkklaar (Casco)
  • Houston Person: Mellow (High Note)
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd: Live at Winterland, San Francisco, Mar 07 1976 [Authorized Bootleg] (1976, Geffen) **
  • Freakish: Anthony Coleman Plays Jelly Roll Morton (Tzadik) **
  • New York Dolls: 'Cause I Sez So (Atco) **
  • John McLaughlin/Chick Corea: Five Peace Band Live (Concord, 2CD) **
  • The Fonda/Stevens Group: Memphis (Playscape) **
  • Holly Beth Vincent: Minnesota California (Holly Beth Vincent) **
  • Randy Ingram: The Road Ahead (Bju'ecords)
  • Aaron Tippin: In Overdrive (Country Crossing) **
  • Keith Jarrett: Paris/London: Testament (ECM, 3CD)
  • Rogério Bicudo/Sean Bergin: Mixing It (Pingo)
  • Tyshawn Sorey: Koan (482 Music)
  • Willie Nelson: American Classic (Blue Note)
  • P.O.S.: Never Better (Rhymesayers Entertainment) **
  • Manchester Orchestra: Mean Everything to Nothing (Favorite Gentlemen/Canvasback) **
  • Michael Occhipinti: The Sicilian Jazz Project (True North)
  • Josh Moshier & Mike LeBrun: Joy Not Jaded (OA2)
  • The Hashem Assadullahi Quintet: Strange Neighbor (8Bells) **
  • Cass McCombs: Catacombs (Domino) **
  • Anna Estrada: Obsesión (Feral Flight)
  • David Binney: Third Occasion (Mythology)
  • Ian Hunter: Man Overboard (New West) **
  • Kinobe & Soul Beat Africa (Rootstock) **
  • The Rob Brown Trio: Live at Firehouse 12 (Not Two) **
  • Jeffrey Lewis & the Junkyard: 'Em Are I (Rough Trade) **
  • Madlib: Beat Konducta, Vol. 5-6 (Stones Throw) **
  • Joshua Redman: Compass (Nonesuch)
  • Mike DiRubbo: Repercussion (Posi-Tone) *
  • New Niks & Artvark Saxophone Quartet: Busy Busy Busy (No Can Do)
  • The New Mellow Edwards: Big Choantza (Skirl)
  • Arve Henriksen: Cartography (ECM)
  • Samuel Blaser Quartet: Pieces of Old Sky (Clean Feed)
  • Guy Klucevsek: Dancing on the Volcano (Tzadik) **
  • Wilco: Wilco (The Album) (Nonesuch) **
  • Charles Rumback: Two Kinds of Art Thieves (Clean Feed)
  • Jim Rotondi: Blues for Brother Ray (Posi-Tone) *
  • Steve Haines Quintet with Jimmy Cobb: Stickadiboom (Zoho)
  • Michel Sajrawy: Writings on the Wall (Ozella)
  • The October Trio/Brad Turner: Looks Like It's Going to Snow (Songlines)
  • Seamus Blake Quartet: Live in Italy (Jazz Eyes, 2CD)
  • Ralph Bowen: Dedicated (Posi-Tone)
  • Bob Sneider & Joe Locke [Film Noir Project]: Nocturne for Ava (Origin)
  • Barney McAll: Flashbacks (Extra Celestial Arts)
  • James Moody: 4A (IPO)
  • Roger Rosenberg: Baritonality (Sunnyside)
  • J.D. Allen Trio: Shine! (Sunnyside)
  • Gebhard Ullman: Don't Touch My Music II (Not Two)
  • Jay Reatard: Watch Me Fall (Matador) **
  • Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet: ˇBien Bien! (Patois)
  • Warren Smith Composers Workshop Ensemble: Old News Borrowed Blues (Engine) **
  • Grant Stewart: Plays the Music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn (Sharp Nine) **
  • George Colligan: Come Together (Sunnyside)
  • Dan Deacon: Bromst (Carpark) **
  • Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara: Tell No Lies (Real World) **
  • Yaala Ballin: Travlin' Alone (Smalls)
  • Will Holshouser Trio + Bernardo Sassetti: Palace Ghosts and Drunken Hymns (Clean Feed)
  • Maria de Barros: Morabeza (Sheer Group) *
  • Ari Roland: New Music (Smalls)
  • Tom Gullion: Carswell (Momentous)
  • Alberto Pinton/Jonas Kullhammar/Torbjörn Zetterberg/Kjell Nordeson: Chant (Clean Feed)
  • The Strange Boys: The Strange Boys and Girls Club (In the Red) **
  • Carlos Barbosa-Lima: Merengue (Zoho)
  • The Jeff Hamilton Trio: Symbiosis (Capri)
  • Brother Ali: Us (Rhymesayers Entertainment) **
  • Rodney Carrington: El Nińo Loco (Capitol Nashville) **
  • Diego Barber: Calima (Sunnyside)
  • Pablo Montagne/Adolfo La Volpe/Francesco Massaro/Alessandro Tomassetti: Chaque Objet (Evil Rabbit)
  • Rob Garcia 4: Perennial (Bju'ecords)
  • Helen Schneider: Dream a Little Dream (Edel)
  • Billy Harper: Blueprints of Jazz, Vol. 2 (Talking House)
  • Myron Walden: Momentum (Demi Sound) *
  • King Midas Sound: Waiting for You (Hyperdub) **
  • John Fogerty: The Blue Ridge Rangers Ride Again (Verve Forecast) **
  • Medeski Martin & Wood: Radiolarians III (Indirecto) **
  • Phoenix Ensemble/Mark Lieb: Clarinet Quintets (Innova)
  • Julian Lage: Sounding Point (Emarcy/Decca)
  • Joe Beck/Laura Theodore: Golden Earrings (Whaling City Sound)
  • Jon Irabagon: I Don't Hear Nothin' but the Blues (Loyal Label)
  • They Might Be Giants: Here Comes Science (Walt Disney) **
  • Karl Denson: Brother's Keeper (Shanachie)
  • Dom Minasi String Quartet: Dissonance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder (Konnex)
  • Ted Kooshian's Standard Orbit Quartet: Underdog, and Other Stories . . . (Summit)
  • Nicholas Masson Parallels: Thirty Six Ghosts (Clean Feed)
  • Ton Trio: The Way (Singlespeed Music)
  • Regina Spektor: Far (Sire) **
  • Mark Lambert: Under My Skin (Challenge)
  • Aaron J Johnson: Songs of Our Fathers (Bubble-Sun)
  • Dunkelbunt: Raindrops and Elephants (Piranha) **
  • Dailey & Vincent: Brothers From Different Mothers (Rounder) **
  • Frank Wess Nonet: Once Is Not Enough (Labeth Music)
  • Teddy Charles: Dances With Bulls (Smalls)
  • John Funkhouser Trio: Time (Jazsyzygy)
  • Hugh Masekela: Phola (4Q/Times Square)
  • Cedar Walton: Voices Deep Within (High Note)
  • Condo Fucks: Fuckbook (Matador) **
  • The Joshua Breakstone Trio: No One New (Capri)
  • Busdriver: Jhelli Beam (Anti-) **
  • White Rocket (Diatribe)
  • John Surman: Brewster's Rooster (ECM)
  • Forgas Band Phenomena: L'Axe du Fou/Axis of Madness (Cuneiform)
  • M. Ward: Hold Time (Merge) **
  • Rozanne Levine & Chakra Tuning: Only Moment (Acoustics)
  • Sřren Kjćrgaard/Ben Street/Andrew Cyrille: Optics (ILK)
  • John Abercrombie: Wait Till You See Her (ECM)
  • Chuck & Albert: Énergie (
  • John Zorn: O'o (Tzadik) **
  • Health: Get Color (Lovepump United) **
  • Plunge: Dancing on Thin Ice (Immersion)
  • Jake Hertzog: Chromatosphere (That's Out)
  • Melissa Walker: In the Middle of It All (Sunnyside)
  • Two Fingers (Paper Bag) **
  • Daby Balde: Le Marigot Club Dakar (Riverboat) **
  • Nobuyasu Furuya Trio: Bendowa (Clean Feed)
  • Jason Stein: Solo: In Exchange for a Process (Leo) *
  • The Rocco John Group: Devotion (Coalition of Creative Artists)
  • Weightless: A Brush With Destiny (Clean Feed)
  • Theo Bleckmann/Kneebody: Twelve Songs by Charles Ives (Winter & Winter)
  • Mike Mainieri/Marnix Busstra Quartet: Twelve Pieces (NYC)
  • Márcio Local: Says Don Day Don Dree Don Don (Luaka Bop) **
  • Ernestine Anderson: A Song for You (High Note)
  • Wynton Marsalis: He and She (Blue Note)
  • Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Rhapsody in Blue: Live (Spartacus) [**]
  • WHO Trio: Less Is More (Clean Feed)
  • Hank Jones & Frank Wess: Hank and Frank II (Lineage)
  • Monsters of Folk (Shangri-La) **
  • Frank Sinatra: Live at the Meadowlands (1986, Concord) **
  • John Hicks: I Remember You (High Note)
  • The Handsome Family: Honey Moon (Carrot Top)
  • Mark Buselli: An Old Soul (Owl Studios)
  • Rob Thorsen: Lasting Impression (Pacific Coast Jazz)
  • Sean Nowell: The Seeker (Posi-Tone)
  • Lawrence Hobgood: When the Heart Dances (Naim Jazz)
  • Massimo Sammi: First Day (Massimo Sammi)
  • Jon Alberts/Jeff Johnson/Tad Britton: Apothecary (Origin)
  • Margie Notte: Just You, Just Me & Friends: Live at Cecil's (Gnote)
  • Brother Ali: The Truth Is Here (Rhymesayers Entertainment, EP) **
  • Christian Lillingers Grund: First Reason (Clean Feed)
  • Benjamin Taubkin/Sérgio Reze/Zeca Assumpçăo + Joatan Nascimento: Trio + 1 (Adventure Music)
  • Jürgen Friedrich: Pollock (Pirouet)
  • Venissa Santi: Bienvenida (Sunnyside)
  • Rokia Traoré: Tchamantché (Nonesuch)
  • Michael Blake/Kresten Osgood: Control This (Clean Feed)
  • Stefon Harris & Blackout: Urbanus (Concord) [**]
  • Ray LeVier: Ray's Way (Origin)
  • Rashanim: The Gathering (Tzadik) **
  • St. Vincent: Actor (4AD) **
  • Charles Evans: The King of All Instruments (Hot Cup)
  • Jason Rigby: The Sage (Fresh Sound New Talent -08)
  • Lew Green and Joe Muranyi: Together (Arbors)
  • The Juan MacLean: The Future Will Come (DFA) **
  • Alchemist: Chemical Warfare (Koch) **
  • Living Things: Habeas Corpus (Jive/Zomba)
  • Kal: Radio Romanista (Asphalt Tango)
  • Jessica Williams: The Art of the Piano (Origin)
  • Atomic/School Days: Distil (Okka Disk, 2CD -08)
  • Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit (Lightning Rod) **
  • Fareed Haque + the Flat Earth Ensemble: Flat Planet (Owl Studios)
  • Claudio Roditi: Brazilliance X4 (Resonance)
  • Ravi Coltrane: Blending Times (Savoy Jazz)
  • Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette: Yesterdays (ECM)
  • Edmar Castaneda: Entre Cuerdas (ArtistShare)
  • The Flatlands Collective: Maatjes (Clean Feed -08)
  • Ethnic Heritage Ensemble: Mama's House Live: 35th Anniversary Project (Katalyst Entertainment/City Hall)
  • Röyksopp: Junior (Astralwerks) **
  • Carl Maguire's Floriculture: Sided Silver Solid (Firehouse 12) **
  • Michael Farley: Grain (Innova)
  • Denny Zeitlin Trio: In Concert (Sunnyside)
  • Eldar: Virtue (Masterworks Jazz)
  • The Bob Florence Limited Edition: Legendary (Mama)
  • The Thing: Bag It! (Smalltown Superjazz) *
  • Fred Anderson: Staying in the Game (Engine) **
  • Linda Presgrave: Inspiration (Metropolitan)
  • Helge Lien Trio: Hello Troll (Ozella -08)
  • Joe Zawinul & the Zawinul Syndicate: 75 (Heads Up, 2CD)
  • Greg Reitan: Some Other Time (Sunnyside)
  • Steve Adams Trio: Surface Tension (Clean Feed -08)
  • Jacám Manricks: Labyrinth (Manricks Music)
  • Dave Siebels With Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band (PBGL)
  • Antti Sarpila Quartet: We'd Like New York . . . in June! (Arbors)
  • Jarvis Cocker: Further Complications (Rough Trade) **
  • Brian McCree: Changes in the Wind (Accurate)
  • John O'Gallagher Trio: Dirty Hands (Clean Feed -08)
  • Fred Hersch Pocket Orchestra: Live at Jazz Standard (Sunnyside)
  • Elli Fordyce: Sings Songs Spun of Gold (Fordyce Music)
  • Mikkel Ploug/Sissel Vera Pettersen/Joachim Badenhorst: Equilibrium (Songlines)
  • Sam Yahel: Hometown (Posi-Tone) *
  • Tim Davies Big Band: Dialmentia (Origin)
  • Bob Albanese Trio with Ira Sullivan: One Way/Detour (Zoho)
  • Madeleine Peyroux: Bare Bones (Rounder)
  • The Flatlanders: Hills and Valleys (New West) **
  • Richie Goods & Nuclear Fusion: Live at the Zinc Bar (RichMan)
  • Fred Forney: Chasing Horizons (OA2)
  • PIZZArelli Party with the Arbors All Stars (Arbors)
  • Ricky Sweum: Pulling Your Own Strings (Origin)
  • Bobby Sanabria: Kenya Revisited Live!!! (Jazzheads)
  • Major Lazer: Guns Don't Kill People . . . Lazers Do (Downtown) **
  • Alex Cline: Continuation (Cryptogramophone)
  • John Stowell: Solitary Tales (Origin)
  • Emily Jane White: Dark Undercoat (Important)
  • Michael Hurley: Ida Con Snock (Gnomonsong) **
  • Meryl Romer: So Sure (Lady Pearl Music)
  • Red Holloway: Go Red Go! (Delmark)
  • Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Strings: Renegades (Delmark)
  • Jessica Lurie Ensemble: Shop of Wild Dreams (Zipa! Music)
  • Clifton Anderson: Decade (Doxy/Emarcy)
  • Liam Sillery: Outskirts (OA2)

  • Gerald Cleaver/William Parker/Craig Taborn: Farmers by Nature (AUM Fidelity)
  • Theo Croker: In the Tradition (Arbors)
  • Paul Dunmall Sun Quartet: Ancient and Future Airs (Clean Feed)
  • Scott Reeves Quintet: Shape Shifter: Live at Cecil's (Miles High)
  • The-Dream: Love vs. Hate (Def Jam) **
  • Marc Copland: New York Trio Recordings, Vol. 3: Night Whispers (Pirouet)
  • Jentsch Group Large: Cycles Suite (Fleur de Son)
  • Jane Bunnett: Embracing Voices (Sunnyside)
  • Baptiste Trotignon: Share (Sunnyside)
  • The Aaron Choulai Trio: Ranu (Sunnyside)
  • Rihanna: Rated R (Def Jam) **
  • Duke Heitger and Bernd Lhotzky: Doin' the Voom Voom (Arbors)
  • Death Cab for Cutie: The Open Door (Atlantic, EP) **
  • Paolo Conte: Psiche (Platinum/Universal)
  • Boo Hewerdine: God Bless the Pretty Things (Navigator) **
  • Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington: Bicoastal Collective: Chapter One (OA2)
  • Rick Germanson Trio: Off the Cuff (Owl Studios)
  • Modest Mouse: No One's First and You're Next (Epic, EP) **
  • Chrisette Michele: Epiphany (Def Jam) **
  • Jon Balke/Amina Alaoui: Siwan (ECM)
  • Jim Gailloreto's Jazz String Quintet: American Complex (Origin Classical)
  • Gary Burton/Pat Metheny/Steve Swallow/Antonio Sanchez: Quartet Live (Concord)
  • Why?: Eskimo Snow (Anticon) **
  • Luis Bonilla: I Talking Now! (NJCO/Planet Arts)
  • La Roux (Cherry Tree) **
  • Baroness: Blue Record (Relapse) **
  • Mimi Jones: A New Day (Hot Tone Music)
  • David Murray and the Gwo Ka Masters: The Devil Tried to Kill Me (Justin Time) *
  • Jackie Ryan: Doozy (Open Art, 2CD)
  • Peter Brötzmann/Fred Lonberg-Holm: The Brain of the Dog in Section (Atavistic)
  • Wale: Attention Deficit (Interscope) **
  • Dan Auerbach: Keep It Hid (Nonesuch) **
  • Fred Simon: Since Forever (Naim)
  • Harris Eisenstadt: Canada Day (Clean Feed)
  • Fred Anderson: 21st Century Chase (Delmark)
  • Andrew Bird: Noble Beast (Fat Possum) **
  • Harry Connick, Jr.: Your Songs (Columbia) **
  • Phosphorescent: To Willie (Dead Oceans) **
  • Nick Kadajski's 5 Point Perspective: Remembering Things to Come (Circavision)
  • John Moulder: Bifröst (Origin)
  • Jim Beard: Revolutions (Sunnyside)
  • Gypsy Schaeffer: New Album (PeaceTime)
  • Camera Obscura: My Maudlin Career (4AD) **
  • Stefano Bollani Trio: Stone in the Water (ECM)
  • Dark Was the Night (4AD, 2CD) **
  • Ithamara Koorax & Juarez Moreira: Bim Bom: The Complete Joăo Gilberto Songbook (Motema)
  • Levon Helm: Electric Dirt (Dirt Farmer Music/Vanguard) **
  • Dennis González/Joăo Paulo Duo: Scape Grace (Clean Feed)
  • Marty Ehrlich Rites Quartet: Things Have Got to Change (Clean Feed)
  • Jason Stein's Locksmith Isidore: Three Less Than Between (Clean Feed)
  • John Allred/Jeff Barnhart/Danny Coots: The ABC's of Jazz (Arbors)
  • John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: Eternal Interlude (Sunnyside)
  • Alex Terrier New York Quartet: Roundtrip (Barking Cat)
  • Mayer Hawthorne: A Strange Arrangement (Stones Throw) **
  • Loren Stillman: Winter Fruits (Pirouet)
  • Adam Rogers: Sight (Criss Cross) **
  • Eric Vloeimans: Fugimundi: Live at Yoshi's (Challenge)
  • Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band: Outer South (Merge) **
  • Ryan Blotnick: Everything Forgets (Songlines)
  • Björk: Voltaic (Nonesuch) **
  • Enrico Pieranunzi: Plays Domenico Scarlatti: Sonatas and Improvisations (CAM Jazz)
  • The Anthony Wilson Trio: Jack of Hearts (Groove Note)
  • Briggan Krauss: Red Sphere (Skirl -08) **
  • Jeff "Tain" Watts: Watts (Dark Key) **
  • Frank Glover: Politico (Owl Studios)
  • Mélanie Dahan: La Princesse et les Croque-Notes (Sunnyside)
  • Roy Hargrove Big Band: Emergence (Emarcy) **
  • Fly: Sky & Country (ECM)
  • Eddie Erickson: I'm Old-Fashioned (Arbors)
  • Lady GaGa: The Fame (Interscope) **
  • Guilherme Monteiro: Air (Bju'ecords)
  • Daniel Levin Quartet: Live at Rowlette (Clean Feed)
  • Crimson Jazz Trio: King Crimson Songbook, Volume 2 (Inner Knot)
  • Atlas Sound: Logos (Kranky) **
  • Carla Bley/Steve Swallow/The Partyka Brass Quintet: Carla's Christmas Carols (Watt)
  • Kyle Eastwood: Metropolitan (Rendezvous) *
  • Otis Taylor: Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs (Telarc) **
  • Pissed Jeans: King of Jeans (Sub Pop) **
  • Herculaneum: Herculaneum III (Clean Feed)
  • Nico Huijbregts: Free Floating Forms (Vindu)
  • Miike Snow (Downtown) **
  • Jim Turner's Jelly Roll Blues (Arbors)
  • James McMurtry: Live in Europe (Lightning Rod) **
  • Mika Pohjola: Northern Sunrise (Blue Music Group)
  • The Bottle Rockets: Lean Forward (Bloodshot) **
  • Donald Vega: Tomorrows (Imagery)
  • Perry Robinson/Burton Greene: Two Voices in the Desert (Tzadik) **
  • Danny Green: With You in Mind (Alante)
  • George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band: Pourqoi Pas? Why Not? (TCB)
  • Yotam Silberstein: Next Page (Posi-Tone) *
  • Mario Adnet/Philippe Baden Powell: Afro Samba Jazz: The Music of Baden Powell (Adventure Music)
  • Steve Swell: Planet Dream (Clean Feed)
  • JJ: JJ N° 2 (Sincerely Yours, EP) **
  • Melody Gardot: My One and Only Thrill (Verve) **
  • Clayton Bros.: Brother to Brother (ArtistShare)
  • Transit: Quadrologues (Clean Feed)
  • Josh Berman: Old Idea (Delmark)
  • Michael Higgins: The Moon and the Lady Dancing (Michael Higgins Music)
  • Micachu & the Shapes: Jewellery (Rough Trade) **
  • Mike Clark: Blueprints of Jazz, Vol. 1 (Talking House)
  • Steve Elson: Mott & Broome (Lips & Fingers Music)
  • Maxwell: BLACKsummers'night (Columbia) **
  • Frank Carlberg: The American Dream (Red Piano)
  • Benny Golson: New Time, New 'Tet (Concord)
  • Greg Wall's Later Prophets: Ha'Orot (Tzadik) *
  • Cymbals Eat Guitars: Why There Are Mountains (Sister's Den) **
  • Offonoff: Slap and Tickle (Smalltown Superjazz)
  • Daniela Schächter: Purple Butterfly (CDBaby)
  • Terri Clark: The Long Way Home (TLC/Capitol) **
  • Sound Assembly: Edge of the Mind (Beauport Jazz)
  • Wayne Escoffery: Uptown (Posi-Tone)
  • Tom Harrell: Prana Dance (High Note)
  • Martial Solal: Live at the Village Vanguard: I Can't Give You Anything but Love (CAM Jazz)
  • Mike Clinco: Neon (Whaling City Sound)
  • Opsvik & Jennings: A Dream I Used to Remember (Loyal Label)
  • Gianluigi Trovesi: All'Opera: Profumo di Violetta (ECM)
  • Greg Skaff: East Harlem Skyline (Zoho)
  • Enrico Rava: New York Days (ECM)
  • Future of the Left: Travels With Myself and Another (4AD) **
  • Basement Jaxx: Scars (Ultra) **
  • Andrew Green: Narrow Margin (Microphonic -08)
  • David Taylor: Red Sea (Tzadik) **
  • Adam Shulman: Patterns of Change (Kabocha)
  • Nosaj Thing: Drift (Alpha Pup) **
  • Daniel Santiago: Metropole (Adventure Music)
  • Audrey Chen/Robert van Heumen: Abattoir (Evil Rabbit)
  • Mike & the Ravens: No Place for Pretty (Zoho Roots)
  • Eddie Daniels and Roger Kellaway: A Duet of One: Live at the Bakery (IPO)
  • Alela Diane: To Be Still (Rough Trade) **
  • Lady Gaga: The Fame Monster (Interscope, EP) **
  • Bud Shank Quartet: Fascinating Rhythms (Jazzed Media) **
  • Pablo Held: Forest of Oblivion (Pirouet -08)
  • Chris Pasin: Detour Ahead (H2O)
  • Tierney Sutton Band: Desire (Telarc)
  • Jeff Albert Quartet: Similar in the Opposite Way (Fora Sound)
  • Phil Woods: The Children's Suite (Jazzed Media)
  • My Cat Is an Alien & Enore Zaffiri: Through the Magnifying Glass of Tomorrow (Atavistic, CD+DVD)
  • Bill Wimmer: Project Omaha (Wimjazz)
  • Paul Meyers: World on a String (Miles High)
  • Frank Potenza Trio: Old, New, Borrowed, & Blue (Capri)
  • Alvin Queen: Mighty Long Way (Justin Time)
  • Trinity: Breaking the Mold (Clean Feed)
  • Béla Fleck/Zakir Hussain/Edgar Meyer: The Melody of Rhythm: Triple Concerto & Music for Trio (Koch) **
  • The Big Pink: A Brief History of Love (4AD) **
  • Bug: The Gadfly (Origin)
  • Omar Sosa: Across the Divide (Half Note)
  • Mark Taylor: Spectre (Origin)
  • Corey Wilkes & Abstrakt Pulse: Cries From Tha Ghetto (Pi)
  • Sex Mob Meets Medeski: Live in Willisau (Thirsty Ear)
  • Eyal Maoz's Edom: Hope and Destruction (Tzadik) *
  • Gian Tornatore: Fall (Sound Spiral)
  • Gordon Grdina's East Van Strings: The Breathing of Statues (Songlines)
  • Kevin Deitz: Skylines (Origin)
  • The Leonisa Ardizzone Quintet: The Scent of Bitter Almonds (Ardijenn Music)
  • Trespass Trio [Raymond Strid/Per Zanussi/Martin Küchen]: ". . . Was There to Illuminate the Night Sky . . ." (Clean Feed)
  • Mike Holober & the Gotham Jazz Orchestra: Quake (Sunnyside)
  • Japandroids: Post-Nothing (Polyvinyl) **
  • Gene Segal: Hypnotic (Innova)
  • Charlie Kohlhase's Explorer's Club: Adventures (Boxholder)
  • I Compani: Circusism (Icdisc)
  • E.J. Strickland Quintet: In This Day (Strick Muzik)
  • Wild Beasts: Two Dancers (Domino) **
  • Sonore: Call Before You Dig (Okka Disk, 2CD)
  • Marcus Roberts: New Orleans Meets Harlem, Vol. 1 (J-Master Music) *
  • Brad Paisley: American Saturday Night (Arista) **
  • Pants Yell!: Received Pronunciation (Slumberland, EP) **
  • Steve Kuhn Trio w/Joe Lovano: Mostly Coltrane (ECM)
  • Fay Victor Ensemble: The Freesong Suite (Greene Avenue Music)
  • Finger Poppin' With Joey DeFrancesco: Celebrating the Music of Horace Silver (Doodlin') **
  • M. Nahadr: EclecticIsM (Live Wired Music) *
  • Roberta Gambarini: So in Love (Emarcy) *
  • Tim Kuhl: King (WJF)
  • Sofia Tosello: Alma y Luna (Sunnyside)
  • Joe Locke/David Hazeltine Quartet: Mutual Admiration Society 2 (Sharp Nine) **
  • Ben Neuman: Introductions (OA2)
  • Nicola Conte: Rituals (Decca)
  • Fever Ray (Mute) **
  • PJ Harvey & John Parish: A Woman a Man Walked By (Island) **
  • Marcus Strickland: Of Song (Criss Cross) **
  • Michael Bublé: Crazy Love (143/Reprise) **
  • Inner Circle: State of Da World (Shanachie)
  • Manic Street Preachers: Journal for Plague Lovers (Columbia) **
  • Daniel Kelly: Emerge (Bju'ecords)
  • Fred Hersch: Plays Jobim (Sunnyside)
  • Sunny Crownover: Introducing Sunny and Her Joy Boys (Stony Plain)
  • Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino) **
  • Refuge Trio (Winter & Winter)
  • Bobby Broom: Plays for Monk (Origin)
  • Passion Pit: Manners (Frenchkiss) **
  • The Terence Blanchard Group: Choices (Concord) **
  • Radam Schwartz: Blues Citizens (Savant)
  • Wolter Wierbos: Deining (Dolfjin)
  • Positive Catastrophe: Garabatos Volume One (Cuneiform)
  • Pamela Luss with Houston Person: Sweet and Saxy (Savant)
  • Aram Shelton's Fast Citizens: Two Cities (Delmark)
  • The Decemberists: The Hazards of Love (Capitol) **
  • Mark Levine and the Latin Tinge: Off & On: The Music of Moacir Santos (Left Coast Clave)
  • Ramana Vieira: Lágrimas de Rainha / Tears of a Queen (Pacific Coast Jazz)
  • Arvo Pärt: In Principio (ECM New Series)
  • Joachim Kühn & Michael Wollny: Piano Works IX: Live at Schloss Elmau (ACT)

  • George Robert Jazztet: Remember the Sound: Homage to Michael Brecker (TCB)
  • Ben Wendel: Simple Song (Sunnyside)
  • Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band: I'm BeBoppin' Too (Half Note)
  • Zoé: Reptilectric (EMI/Noiselab)
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd: Live at the Cardiff Capitol Theater, Cardiff, Wales Nov 04 1975 [Authorized Bootleg] (1975, Geffen) **
  • Jerry Granelli V16: Vancouver '08 (Songlines, CD+DVD)
  • Nels Cline: Coward (Cryptogramophone)
  • Fire Room: Broken Music (Atavistic)
  • Mastodon: Crack the Skye (Reprise) **
  • Neko Case: Middle Cyclone (Anti-) **
  • Sharel Cassity: Relentless (Jazz Legacy Productions)
  • Jason Marsalis: Music Update (ELM)
  • Andy Milne/Benoît Delbecq: Where Is Pannonica? (Songlines)
  • Steve Earle: Townes (New West) **
  • Luciana Souza: Tide (Verve) **
  • Nicholas Urie Large Ensemble: Excerpts From an Online Dating Service (Red Piano)
  • Rob Burger: City of Strangers (Tzadik) **
  • Revolutionary Ensemble: Beyond the Boundary of Time (Mutable Music) **
  • Dave Glenn: National Pastime (Origin)
  • Elvis Perkins: Elvis Perkins in Dearland (XL) **
  • Mariachi El Bronx (Swami) **
  • A.C. Newman: Get Guilty (Matador) **
  • The Avett Brothers: I and Love and You (American) **
  • Patty Loveless: Mountain Soul II (Saguaro Road) **
  • Cyro Baptista & Banquet of the Spirits: Infinito (Tzadik) **
  • Ab Baars/Ig Henneman/Misha Mengelberg: Sliptong (Wig)
  • Eryan Katsenelenbogen: 88 Fingers (Eyran)
  • John Scofield: Piety Street (Emarcy)
  • Devendra Banhart: What Will We Be (Warner Bros) **
  • Herb Alpert & Lani Hall: Live: Anything Goes (Concord) **
  • Vivian Girls: Everything Goes Wrong (In the Red) **
  • Cage: Depart From Me (Definitive Jux) **
  • Sufjan Stevens: The BQE (Asthmatic Kitty) **
  • Zé Eduardo Unit: Jazz Ar: Live in Capuchos (Clean Feed)
  • Florence & the Machine: Lungs (Island) **
  • Extra Golden: Thank You Very Quickly (Thrill Jockey, EP) **
  • David Gibson: A Little Somethin' (Posi-Tone)
  • Carlos Franzetti: Mambo Tango (Sunnyside)
  • Ray Gehring & Commonwealth: Radio Trails (Evan Music)
  • Cyminology: As Ney (ECM)
  • Adam Glasser: Free at First (Sunnyside)
  • George Strait: Twang (MCA Nashville) **
  • Jimmy Greene: Mission Statement (RazDaz/Sunnyside)
  • Magos Herrera: Distancia (Sunnyside)
  • Jennifer Lee: Quiet Joy (SBE)
  • Bill Henderson: Beautiful Memory: Bill Henderson Live at the Vic (Ahuh)
  • Beat Kaestli: Far From Home: A Tribute to European Song (B+B)
  • Holly Williams: Here With Me (Mercury Nashville) **
  • Theo Travis: Double Talk (Voiceprint -08)
  • Mike Stern: Big Neighborhood (Heads Up) **
  • Avery Sharpe Trio: Autumn Moonlight (JKNM)
  • Brothers of the Southland (Zoho Roots)
  • Bruce Springsteen: Working on a Dream (Columbia) **
  • The Tony Wilson Sextet: The People Look Like Flowers at Last (Drip Audio)
  • The Eddie Metz Jr. Trio: Bridging the Gap (Arbors)
  • Ahleuchatistas: Of the Body Prone (Tzadik) **
  • Taylor Ho Bynum & Spidermonkey Strings: Madeleine Dreams (Firehouse 12) **
  • Al Hood: Just a Little Taste: Al Hood Plays the Writing of Dave Hanson (CDBaby)
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble: Facing the Mirror (Allora)
  • Kendra Shank Quartet: Mosaic (Challenge)
  • Bipolar: Euphrates, Me Jane (CDBaby)
  • Benny Reid: Escaping Shadows (Concord) **
  • Count Basie Orchestra: Swinging, Singing, Playing (Mack Avenue)
  • Irene Atman: New York Rendezvous (no label)
  • Chad McCullough: Dark Wood, Dark Water (Origin)
  • Joel Harrison: Urban Myths (High Note) *
  • Sarah Brooks and Graceful Soul: Under the Bones of the Great Blue Whale (Whaling City Sound)
  • Ben Markley: Second Introduction (OA2)
  • Ximo Tebar & Ivam Jazz Ensemble: Steps (Omix/Sunnyside)
  • U2: No Line on the Horizon (Interscope) **
  • Asher Roth: Asleep in the Bread Aisle (SRC/Universal Motown) **
  • Henning Sieverts Symmetry: Blackbird (Pirouet)
  • David "Fathead" Newman: The Blessing (High Note)
  • Frank Macchia: Saxolollapalooza (Cacophony)
  • Miles Okazaki: Generations (Sunnyside)
  • Dave Bennett: Dave Bennett Celebrates 100 Years of Benny (Arbors)
  • Heartless Bastards: The Mountain (Fat Possum) **
  • AJ Kluth Quintet: Twice Now (OA2)
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd: God & Guns (Roadrunner) **
  • Carol Fredette: Everything in Time (Soundbrush)
  • Alex Heitlinger: The Daily Life of Uncle Roger ([no label])
  • Todd Bishop's Pop Art 4: Plays the Music of Serge Gainsbourg: 69 Année Érotique (Origin)
  • Tessa Souter: Obsession (Motéma Music)
  • Egberto Gismonti: Saudaçőes (ECM, 2CD)
  • Flow Trio: Rejuvination (ESP) **
  • McCoy Tyner: Solo: Live From San Francisco (Half Note/McCoy Tyner Music)
  • Joris Teepe Big Band: We Take No Prisoners (Challenge)
  • The Blue Note 7: Mosaic: A Celebration of Blue Note Records (Blue Note)
  • Kobie Watkins: Involved (Origin)
  • Jeff Golub: Blues for You (E1 Music)
  • Tom Lellis and the Metropole Orchestra: Skylark (Adventure Music)
  • Christian McBride & Inside Straight: Kind of Brown (Mack Avenue) **
  • Jermaine Landsberger: Gettin' Blazed (Resonance)
  • Aranda (Aranda Music)
  • Amanda Carr and the Kenny Hadley Big Band: Common Thread (OMS)
  • Nicole Herzog Septet: Time Will Tell (TCB)
  • Ben Perowsky: Moodswing Orchetra (El Destructo)
  • Rob Mazurek Quintet: Sound Is (Delmark)
  • Gretchen Parlato: In a Dream (ObliqSound) **
  • Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing Trio: Live in New York (Omac)
  • Ushio Torikai: Rest (Innova)
  • Sarah DeLeo: I'm in Heaven Tonight (Sweet Sassy)
  • The Burr Johnson Band: What It Is (Lexicon)

  • Jon Hassell: Last Night the Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes in the Street (ECM)
  • Lhasa (Nettwerk)
  • Matt Criscuolo: Melancholia (M)
  • Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone: Thin Air (Thirsty Ear)
  • Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra: El Viaje (PGM)
  • Bat for Lashes: Two Suns (Astralwerks) **
  • Grizzly Bear: Veckatimest (Warp) **
  • Brendan Benson: My Old, Familiar Friend (ATO) **
  • Shelly Berg: The Nearness of You (Arbors)
  • Quartet San Francisco: QSF Plays Brubeck (Violin Jazz)
  • Julian Casablancas: Phrazes for the Young (RCA) **
  • Iron City: Put the Flavor on It (Carlo Music)
  • Thomas Marriott: Flexicon (Origin)
  • Jessica Pavone: Songs of Synastry and Solitude (Tzadik) **
  • Arctic Monkeys: Humbug (Domino) **
  • Robert Glasper: Double Booked (Blue Note) [**]
  • Diverse (Origin)
  • Rakalam Bob Moses: Father's Day B'hash (Sunnyside)
  • Gabriel Espinosa: From Yucatan to Rio (Zoho)
  • Christine Vaindirlis: Dance Mama! (Ubuntu World Music)
  • Susie Meissner: I'll Remember April (Lydian Jazz)
  • BLK JKS: After Robots (Secretly Canadian) **
  • John Stetch: TV Trio (Brux)
  • Eminem: Relapse (Aftermath/Interscope) **
  • Rufus Huff (Zoho Roots)
  • Dinosaur Jr.: Farm (Jagjaguwar) **
  • Shawn Maxwell: Originals II (Dangerous Curve)
  • The Bad Plus: For All I Care (Heads Up)
  • White Denim: Fits (Downtown) **
  • Jared Gold: Supersonic (Posi-Tone)
  • Hendrik Meurkens: Samba to Go! (Zoho)
  • Cecil Brooks III: Hot Dog (Savant)
  • Lightning Bolt: Earthly Delights (Load) **
  • Claudia Acuńa: En Este Momento (Marsalis Music)
  • Kurt Elling: Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman (Concord) **
  • Dresdner Philharmonie/Dennis Russell Davies: Alfred Schnittke: Symphony No. 9 / Alexander Raskatov: Nunc Dimittis (ECM New Series)
  • Saltman Knowles: Return of the Composer (Pacific Coast Jazz)
  • Judith Owen: Mopping Up Karma (Courgette)

  • Mr. Groove Band: Rocket 88: Tribute to Ike Turner (Zoho Roots)
  • Anne Drummond: Like Water (ObliqSound)
  • George Benson: Songs and Stories (Concord/Monster Music)
  • Derrick Gardner & the Jazz Prophets + 2: Echoes of Ethnicity (Owl Studios)
  • Kristina: Offshore Echoes (Patois)
  • Dirty Projectors: Bitte Orca (Domino) **
  • East West Quintet: Vast (Native Language Music)
  • The Skein: Andrea Parkins/Jessica Constable: Cities and Eyes (Henceforth)
  • Israel: Naranjas Sobre la Nieve (Sunnyside)

  • Philippe Saisse: At World's Edge (Koch)
  • Swamp Dogg: Give 'Em as Little as You Can . . . as Often as You Have to . . . or . . . a Tribute to Rock 'n' Roll (S-Curve) **
  • Harry Skoler: Two Ones (Soliloquy)

  • The Manhattan Transfer: The Chick Corea Songbook (Four Quarters) **
  • Terri Lyne Carrington: More to Say . . . (Koch)

Compilations/Vault Music:

Compilations of old music, mostly reissues, plus some previously unreleased finds. There is much debate as to whether the latter should be treated as new releases regardless of how old the music is. No doubt there is a fuzzy border line, but records that are known to be 100% previously unreleased are marked with [N].

  1. Franco & Le TPOK Jazz: Francophonic, Vol. 2 (1980-89, Stern's Africa, 2CD)

  2. John Anderson: Greatest Hits (1980-84, Rhino Flashback) **

  3. Art Pepper: The Art History Project (1950-82, Widow's Taste, 3CD)
  4. Ella Fitzgerald: Twelve Nights in Hollywood (1961-62, Verve, 4CD)
  5. The Best of AR Rahman (1997-2006, Legacy)
  6. Count Basie Orchestra: Mustermesse Basel 1956 Part 1 (1956, TCB) [N]
  7. Jimmy Rushing: The Scene: Live in New York (1965, High Note)
  8. Warne Marsh & Lee Konitz: Two Not One (1975, Storyville, 4CD) **
  9. Billie Holiday: The Complete Commodore & Decca Masters (1939-50, Verve, 3CD)
  10. Buddy Guy: The Definitive Buddy Guy (1958-2001, Shout! Factory)


  • Mulatu Astatke: New York-Addis-London: The Story of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975 (Strut) *
  • An Excellent Adventure: The Very Best of Al Jarreau (1975-2004, Rhino)
  • In the Christmas Groove (Strut) *
  • Polk Miller & the Old South Quartette: Music of the Old South (no label)
  • Willie Nelson: Lost Highway (Lost Highway)
  • Sunny Voices (Sunnyside)

Also Noted:

  • Leonard Cohen: Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 (1970, Columbia/Legacy, CD+DVD) **
  • 5 Years of Hyperdub (2004-09, Hyperdub, 2CD) **
  • Neil Young: Dreamin' Man Live '92 (1992, Reprise) [N] **
  • Oscar Peterson: Debut: The Clef/Mercury Duo Recordings 1949-1951 (1949-51, Verve, 3CD)
  • Louis Armstrong: Fleischmann's Yeast Show & Louis' Home-Recorded Tapes (1937-70, Jazz Heritage Society, 2CD) **

  • Steve Kuhn: Life's Backward Glances (1974-79, ECM, 3CD)
  • Boom Boom Rock 'n' Roll: The Best of Freddy Cannon (1959-81, Shout! Factory) **
  • Willie Nelson: Naked Willie (1967-70, RCA Nashville/Legacy)
  • Delroy Wilson: Dub Plate Style (1978, Pressure Sounds) **
  • Kenny Burrell: Prime Kenny Burrell: Live at the Downtown Room (1976, High Note) [N]
  • Lucky Thompson: New York City, 1964-65 (1964-65, Uptown Jazz, 2CD) ** [N]
  • Boogie Woogie Kings (1939-71, Delmark)
  • Kind of Blue Revisited: The Miles Davis Songbook [The Composer Collection Volume 4] (High Note)
  • Freddie Hubbard: Without a Song: Live in Europe 1969 (1969, Blue Note) [N]

  • Garvin Bushell and Friends: One Steady Roll (1982, Delmark) [N]
  • Don Cherry/Nana Vasconcelos/Collin Walcott: The Codona Trilogy (1978-82, ECM, 3CD)
  • Gary Burton/Chick Corea: Crystal Silence: The ECM Recordings 1972-79 (1972-79, ECM, 4CD)
  • Roscoe Mitchell: The Solo Concert (1973, AECO) **
  • Pirouet Jazz Compilation, Vol. I: The Best Is Yet to Come (Pirouet)
  • By Request: The Best of Karrin Allyson (1993-2007, Concord)

  • The Johnny Winter Anthology (1967-2004, Shout! Factory, 2CD)
  • Scott LaFaro: Pieces of Jade (1961-85, Resonance)
  • Nirvana: Live at Reading (1992, DGC) [N] **
  • Sun Ra and His Arkestra: Interplanetary Melodies: Doo Wop From Saturn and Beyond, Vol. One (1954-66, Norton) **
  • Bill Bruford: The Summerfold Collection 1987-2008 (1986-2007, Summerfold)
  • The Duke of Elegant: Gems From the Duke Ellington Songbook [The Composer Collection Volume 3] (1959-2007, High Note)
  • Bob Rodriguez: Portraits (1994, Art of Life) [N]

  • Sun Ra and His Arkestra: The Second Stop Is Jupiter: Doo Wop From Saturn and Beyond, Vol. Two (Norton) **
  • Bill Bruford: The Winterfold Collection 1978-1986 (1977-85, Winterfold)
  • Simon & Garfunkel: Live 1969 (1969, Columbia/Legacy)


Reissues are new releases of old records: records that have been previously released under the same name (although we're also on the lookout for trivial rename jobs). They may have extra bonus cuts, maybe even a whole extra disc of cuts; "twofers" are also included here.

  1. Charles Mingus: Mingus Ah Um [Legacy Edition] (1959, Columbia/Legacy, 2CD+DVD)

  2. Dave Brubeck: Time Out [Legacy Edition] (1959-64, Columbia/Legacy, 2CD+DVD)
  3. Miles Davis: Kind of Blue [Legacy Edition] (1958-60, Columbia/Legacy, 2CD)
  4. Louis Armstrong and the All Stars: Satchmo at Pasadena (1951, Verve) **
  5. Tito Puente: Dance Mania [Legacy Edition] (1956-60, RCA/Legacy, 2CD)
  6. Gato Barbieri: Chapter One: Latin America (1973, Verve) **
  7. Joyce/Nana Vasconcelos/Mauricio Maestro: Visions of Dawn (1976, Far Out) **
  8. Count Basie: Basie Land (1963, Verve) **
  9. Olatunji: Drums of Passion & More Drums of Passion (1959, Columbia/Legacy, 2CD)
  10. Ella Fitzgerald: Ella in Hollywood (1961, Verve) **
  11. Elvis Costello: Live at the Mocambo (1978, Elvis Costello Catalog) **
  12. Gato Barbieri: Chapter Two: Hasta Siempre (1973, Verve) **
  13. Gerry Mulligan/Paul Desmond Quartet: Blues in Time (1957, Verve) **
  14. Muhal Richard Abrams: Afrisong (1975, Why Not) **
  15. Stan Getz: Dynasty (1971, Verve, 2CD) **


Also Noted:

  • Stan Getz: Apasionado (1989, Verve) **
  • Walt Dickerson: Tell Us Only the Beautiful Things (1975, Why Not) **
  • Quincy Jones: Explores the Music of Henry Mancini (1964, Verve) **
  • Memphis Nighthawks: Jazz Lips (1976-77, Delmark)
  • Air: Air Song (1975, Why Not) **
  • Terry Gibbs: Swing Is Here! (1960, Verve) **
  • George Cables: Why Not? (1975, Why Not) **
  • Ted Curson: Blue Piccolo (1975, Why Not) **
  • Sun Ra & His Astro-Infinity Arkestra: Strange Strings (1966-67, Atavistic)
  • Dizzy Gillespie: Dizzy on the French Riviera (1962, Verve) **

  • Oscar Peterson: Plays the Jerome Kern Song Book (1952-53, Verve) **
  • Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers: Soul Finger (1965, Verve) **
  • Bud Powell: Blues in the Closet (1956, Verve) **
  • John Lee Wilson: Shout for Trane (1976, Why Not) **
  • Bing Crosby & Louis Armstrong: Bing & Satchmo (1960, Capitol) **
  • Terry Waldo's Gutbucket Syncopators: The Ohio Theatre Concert (1974, Delmark)
  • McCoy Tyner: Today and Tomorrow (1963-64, Verve) **
  • Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra: Secrets of the Sun (1962, Atavistic)
  • Chico Freeman: Morning Prayer (1976, Why Not) **
  • Bobby Hutcherson: Head On (1971, Blue Note)

  • Eddie Harris/Ellis Marsalis: Homecoming (1985, ELM)
  • Count Basie: On My Way & Shoutin' Again (1962, Verve) **
  • Wayne Shorter: The Soothsayer (1965, Blue Note)
  • Ray Charles: The Genius Hits the Road (1956-72, Concord) **
  • Dolly Parton: 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs (1980, RCA Nashville/Legacy)
  • Sun Ra: Nidhamu/Dark Myth Equation Visitation (1971, Art Yard) **

  • Max Roach: Quiet as Its Kept (1960, Verve) **
  • Miles Davis: Sketches of Spain [Legacy Edition] (1959-60, Columbia/Legacy, 2CD)
  • Gato Barbieri: Tropico (1978, Verve) **
  • Grover Washington Jr.: A Secret Place (1976, Verve) **
  • Joe Maneri/Peter Dolger: Peace Concert (1964, Atavistic)
  • Grover Washington Jr.: Reed Seed (1977, Verve) **
  • Oliver Nelson: The Kennedy Dream (1967, Verve) **
  • The Crusaders: Images (1978, Verve) **
  • Quincy Jones: Smackwater Jack (1971, A&M) **
  • Roy Ayers Ubiquity: He's Coming (1971, Verve) **

  • Roy Ayers: Ubiquity (1971, Verve) **
  • The Crusaders: Pass the Plate (1971, Verve) **
  • Wes Montgomery: Down Here on the Ground (1967-68, Verve) **
  • Roy Ayers Ubiquity: Virgo Red (1973, Verve) **
  • Quincy Jones: You've Got It Bad Girl (1973, Verve) **

  • Oscar Peterson & Nelson Riddle (1963, Verve) **
  • Roy Ayers Ubiquity: A Tear to a Smile (1975, Verve) **

  • Nina Simone: Let It Be Me (1980, Verve) **


I don't review DVDs. I don't watch DVDs. I don't record them in my database -- well, almost never, anyhow. Part of this is that I don't have the time, the eyes, or at the moment even the equipment. I never request DVDs. Still, some publicists insist on sending them anyway. Here's a list. They're all pending, and will probably remain that way until hell freezes over.

  1. Svend Asmussen: The Extraordinary Life and Music of a Jazz Legend (Shanachie)
  2. Fred Anderson: 21st Century Chase (Delmark)
  3. Han Bennink: Hazentijd (Data Images)
  4. Muddy Waters: Live at Chicagofest (1981, Shout! Factory)
  5. Ben Webster: Tenor Sax Legend: Live and Intimate (1965-71 Shanachie)


I've never bothered to flag songs before, so I've always come up empty at year-end poll time. So I thought I'd start here.

  1. Mika: "Rain" (The Boy Who Knew Too Much)
  2. John Anderson: "Shutting Detroit Down" (Bigger Hands)
  3. The Flaming Lips: "Watching the Planets" (Embryonic)
  4. Chris Smither: "Surprise Surprise (Time Stands Still)