Music Year 2021

This is my year-end list for records released in 2021. A frozen copy as of Feb. 28, 2021, is here. Post-freeze changes are marked in this color (except for re-orderings. These will be added up to Jan. 31, 2023, at which point enough will be enough -- the file may still be changed as ungraded records are belatedly graded, but no new records will be added.

For records in hand, * identifies an advance copy, ** something borrowed, downloaded or streamed. Some albums released in previous years are included here, noted by a "-NN" (e.g., -20 for 2020) -- these are mostly imports or self-releases, often hard to figure out official dates, but they were unknown (to me, at least) before the current year. I've also carried over releases from December 2020, since they almost never figure in that year's EOY lists, and other 2020 releases which never showed up in that year's tracking file, as those records should be considered for this year's lists.

For a more extensive list of records released in 2021 (plus still-eligible 2020 releases), see my tracking file.

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Of course, it's too early for a year-end list. But as the proto-fascist organization of my youth insisted, one should always be prepared. For records in hand, * identifies an advance copy, ** something borrowed or streamed. Some albums released in previous years are included here, noted by a "-NN" (e.g., -20 for 2020) -- these are mostly imports or self-releases, often hard to figure out official dates, but they were either December 2020 releases or unknown (to me, at least) before the current year.

I keep adding to the 2020 until the end of calendar 2021, especially where the record was known to exist in 2020 and I'm just getting around to it.

New Records

A
  1. East Axis [Matthew Shipp/Allen Lowe/Gerald Cleaver/Kevin Ray]: Cool With That (ESP-Disk)
  2. Anthony Joseph: The Rich Are Only Defeated When Running for Their Lives (Heavenly Sweetness) **
  3. Gift of Gab: Finding Inspiration Somehow (Nature Sounds) **
  4. Sons of Kemet: Black to the Future (Impulse!) **
  5. James Brandon Lewis Red Lily Quintet: Jesup Wagon (Tao Forms)
  6. Nathan Bell: Red, White and American Blues (It Couldn't Happen Here) (Need to Know)
  7. Magdalena Bay: Mercurial World (Luminelle) **
A-
  1. Maria Muldaur With Tuba Skinny: Let's Get Happy Together (Stony Plain) **
  2. No-No Boy: 1975 (Smithsonian Folkways) **
  3. Todd Snider: First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder (Aimless) **
  4. Olivia Rodrigo: Sour (Geffen) **
  5. Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Live at the Village Vanguard Volume II (MDW NTR) (Pi)
  6. Dave Rempis/Tomeka Reid/Joshua Abrams/Tim Daisy/Tyler Damon: The Covid Tapes: Solos, Duos, & Trios (Aerophonic, 2CD)
  7. Anthony Braxton: Quartet (Standards) 2020 (New Braxton House, 13CD) **
  8. François Carrier: Glow (FMR)
  9. Barry Altschul's 3Dom Factor: Long Tall Sunshine (Not Two) **
  10. Wadada Leo Smith: Sacred Ceremonies (TUM, 3CD)
  11. Rodrigo Amado This Is Our Language Quartet: Let the Free Be Men (Trost)
  12. Jaimie Branch: Fly or Die Live (International Anthem) **
  13. Arlo Parks: Collapsed Into Sunbeams (Transgressive) **
  14. Carsie Blanton: Love & Rage (So Ferocious) **
  15. Steve Earle & the Dukes: J.T. (New West) **
  16. Miguel Zenón/Ariel Bringuez/Demian Cabaud/Jordi Rossy: Law Years: The Music of Ornette Coleman (Miel Music) **
  17. Ivo Perelman Trio: Garden of Jewels (Tao Forms)
  18. Aki Takase/Christian Weber/Michael Griener: Auge (Intakt) **
  19. L'Orange & Namir Blade: Imaginary Everything (Mello Music Group) **
  20. Irène Schweizer/Hamid Drake: Celebration (Intakt) **
  21. Magnet Animals: Fake Dudes (RareNoise) *
  22. Dry Cleaning: New Long Leg (4AD) **
  23. José Lencastre Nau Quartet + Pedro Carneiro: Thoughts Are Things (Phonogram Unit)
  24. Irreversible Entanglements: Open the Gates (International Anthem) **
  25. Michael and Peter Formanek: Dyads (Out of Your Head)
  26. Loretta Lynn: Still Woman Enough (Legacy) **
  27. Silke Eberhard Trio: Being the Up and Down (Intakt) **
  28. Rico Nasty: Nightmare Vacation (Sugar Trap/Atlantic -20) **
  29. Jaubi: Nafs at Peace (Astigmatic) **
  30. Czarface/MF Doom: Super What? (Silver Age, EP) **
  31. Tyshawn Sorey/King Britt: Tyshawn & King (The Buddy System) **
  32. Flow Trio With Joe McPhee: Winter Garden (ESP-Disk)
  33. DJ Black Low: Uwami (Awesome Tapes From Africa) **
  34. Penelope Scott: Public Void (Tesla's Pigeon, EP -20) **
  35. Lean Left: Medemer (PNL -20) **
  36. Garbage: No Gods No Masters (Infectious Music) **
  37. Hayes Carll: You Get It All (Dualtone) **
  38. Navy Blue: Song of Sage: Post Panic! (Freedom Sounds -20) **
  39. Whit Dickey/William Parker/Matthew Shipp: Village Mothership (Tao Forms)
  40. [Ahmed]: Nights on Saturn (Communication) (Astral Spirits) **
  41. Body Meπa: The Work Is Slow (Hausu Mountain -20) **
  42. Skee Mask: Pool (Ilian Tape) **
  43. William Parker: Painters Winter (AUM Fidelity) **
  44. Dave: We're All Alone in This Together (Neighbourhood) **
  45. James McMurtry: The Horses and the Hounds (New West) **
  46. Rich Halley/Dan Clucas/Clyde Reed/Carson Halley: Boomslang (Pine Eagle)
  47. Billie Eilish: Happier Than Ever (Interscope) **
  48. Youssou N'Dour Et Le Super Étoile De Dakar: Mbalax (Universal Music Africa) **
  49. Dua Saleh: Crossover (Against Giants, EP) **
  50. Ron Carter/Jack DeJohnette/Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Skyline (5 Passion) **
  51. James Brandon Lewis Quartet: Code of Being (Intakt) **
  52. Frode Gjerstad/Isach Skeidsvoll: Twenty Fingers (Relative Pitch) **
  53. Courtney Barnett: Things Take Time, Take Time (Mom + Pop) **
  54. Nitin Sawhney: Immigrants (Sony Masterworks) **
  55. Neil Young/Crazy Horse: Barn (Reprise) **
  56. John Hiatt With the Jerry Douglas Band: Leftover Feelings (New West) **
  57. Iggy Azalea: The End of an Era (Bad Dreams/Empire) **
  58. Carly Pearce: 29: Written in Stone (Big Machine) **
  59. OneTwoThree: OneTwoThree (Kill Rock Stars) **
  60. Damu the Fudgemunk: Conversation Peace (Def Pressé) **
  61. Wadada Leo Smith's Great Lakes Quartet: The Chicago Symphonies (TUM, 4CD)
  62. Homeboy Sandman: Anjelitu (Mello Music Group, EP) **
  63. The Mountain Goats: Dark in Here (Merge) **
  64. Lost Girls: Menneskekollektivet (Smalltown Supersound) **
  65. Asleep at the Wheel: Half a Hundred Years (Home) **
  66. Adam O'Farrill: Visions of Your Other (Biophilia) **
  67. Theon Cross: Intra-I (New Soil) **
  68. Morgan Wade: Reckless (Ladylike) **
  69. Ruth Weiss: We Are Sparks in the Universe to Our Own Fire (Edgetone)
  70. William Parker/Patricia Nicholson: No Joke! (ESP-Disk)
  71. Marina: Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land (Atlantic) **
  72. Henry Threadgill Zooid: Poof (Pi)
  73. Burnt Sugar/The Arkestra Chamber: Angels Over Oakanda (Avantgroidd) **
  74. Ayanda Sikade: Umakhulu (Afrosynth) **
  75. Kevin Sun: <3 Bird (Endectomorph Music)
  76. Roseanna Vitro: Sing a Song of Bird (Skyline) **
  77. John R. Miller: Depreciated (Rounder) **
  78. Megan Thee Stallion: Something for Thee Hotties: From Thee Archives (300 Entertainment) **
  79. Thomas Anderson: Ladies and Germs (Out There) **
  80. Florian Arbenz/Hermon Mehari/Nelson Veras: Conversation #1: Condensed (Hammer) **
  81. Bugpowder: Cage Tennis (Trytone) **
  82. Francesco Cafiso: Irene of Boston: Conversation Avec Corto Maltese (Eflat -20) **
  83. Illuminati Hotties: Let Me Do One More (Hopeless) **
  84. LNS & DJ Sotofett: Sputters (Tresor) **
  85. Mac Leaphart: Music City Joke (self-released) **
  86. Trak Trak: Sur Sur (Ciclismo -20) **
  87. Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio & Alexander von Schlippenbach: The Field (NoBusiness)
  88. Kalie Shorr: I Got Here by Accident (Tmwrk, EP) **
  89. Mdou Moctar: Afrique Victime (Matador) **
  90. Sacred Soul of North Carolina (Bible & Tire) **
  91. Lukah: Why Look Up, God's in the Mirror (Fxck Rxp Rxcxrds) **
  92. Queen Esther: Gild the Black Lily (EL) **
  93. Kimbrough (Newvelle) **
  94. Emily Duff: Razor Blade Smile (Mr. Mudshow Music) **
  95. Mon Laferte: Seis (Universal Music Mexico) **
  96. Unscientific Italians: Play the Music of Bill Frisell Vol. 1 (Hora) **
  97. The Generations Quartet [Dave Liebman/Billy Test/Evan Gregor/Ian Froman]: Invitation (Albert Murray/John Aveni) **
  98. Graham Haynes vs Submerged: Echolocation (Burning Ambulance) **
  99. Claudia Quintet: Evidence-Based (Flexatonic) **
  100. Ingebrigt Håker Flaten: (Exit) Knarr (Odin) **
  101. Rodrigo Amado Northern Liberties: We Are Electric (Not Two)
  102. Sue Foley: Pinky's Blues (Stony Plain) **
  103. Dave Sewelson: Smooth Free Jazz (Mahakala Music) **
  104. Vincent Neil Emerson: Vincent Neil Emerson (La Honda) **
  105. Trondheim Jazz Orchestra & Ole Morten Vågan: Plastic Wave (Odin, 2CD) **
  106. Karkhana: Al Azraqayn (Karlrecords) **
  107. Fire!: Defeat (Rune Grammofon) **
  108. Matthew Shipp: Codebreaker (Tao Forms)
  109. Muriel Grossmann: Quiet Earth (RR Gems -20) **
  110. Artifacts [Tomeka Reid/Nicole Mitchell/Mike Reed]: . . . And Then There's This (Astral Spirits) **
  111. Stephan Thelen: Fractal Guitar 2 (MoonJune) **
  112. Allison Russell: Outside Child (Fantasy) **
  113. Sarah Buechi/Contradiction of Happiness & Jena Philharmonic: The Paintress (Intakt) **
  114. Ches Smith/We All Break: Path of Seven Colors (Pyroclastic -2CD)
  115. Paula Shocron/William Parker/Pablo Díaz: El Templo (Astral Spirits) **
  116. Malcolm Jiyane Tree-O: Umdali (Mushroom Hour Half Hour) **
  117. Alostmen: Kologo (Strut) **
  118. Kady Diarra: Burkina Hakili (Lamastrock) **
  119. Jazz Spastiks: Camera of Sound (Jazz Plastic) **
  120. Miko Marks & the Resurrectors: Our Country (Redtone) **
  121. Fimber Bravo: Lunar Tredd (Moshi Moshi) **
  122. Ghost of Vroom: 1 (Mod Y Vi) **
  123. Margo Cilker: Pohorylle (Loose) **
  124. Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band: Dance Songs for Hard Times (Family Owned) **
  125. Juçara Marçal: Delta Estácio Blues (QTV Selo/Mais Um) **
  126. Thomas Fehlmann: Böser Herbst (Kompakt) **
  127. Durand Jones & the Indications: Private Space (Dead Oceans) **
  128. Bobby Dove: Hopeless Romantic (self-released) **
  129. Instant Composers Pool & Nieuw Amsterdams Peil: De Hondemepper (ICP -20) **
  130. Mikko Innanen/Stefan Pasborg/Cedric Piromalli: This Is It (Clean Feed) **
  131. The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong All Stars: A Gift to Pops (Verve) **
  132. Amyl and the Sniffers: Comfort to Me (Rough Trade) **
  133. Doja Cat: Planet Her (Kemosabe/RCA) **
  134. Iamdoechii: On the Places You'll Go (Doechii, EP -20) **
  135. Joy Oladokun: In Defense of My Own Happiness (Amigo/Verve Forecast/Republic) **
  136. Adeem the Artist: Cast Iron Pansexual (self-released) **
  137. Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, Vol. 2 (Oh Boy) **
  138. Wild Up: Julius Eastman Vol. 1: Femenine (New Amsterdam) **
  139. Fanfare Ciocarlia: It Wasn't Hard to Love You (Asphalt Tango) **
  140. Sierra Ferrell: Long Time Coming (Rounder) **
  141. Balimaya Project: Wolo So (Jazz Re:Freshed) **
  142. Anaïs Reno: Lovesome Thing: Anaïs Reno Sings Ellington & Strayhorn (Harbinger) **
  143. Ill Considered: Liminal Space (New Soil) **
  144. Daniel Carter/Tobias Wilner/Djibril Toure/Federick Ughi: New York United, Volume 2 (577) **
  145. Bob Vylan: We Live Here (Deluxe) (Venn, EP) **
  146. Ignaz Schick/Oliver Steidle: Ilog2 (Zarek)
  147. Frisque Concordance: Distinct Machinery (Random Acoustics, 2CD) **
  148. Frank Gratkowski/Achim Kaufmann/Wilbert de Joode/Tony Buck: Flatbosc & Cautery (NoBusiness -20)

Pending:

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

Also Noted:

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

B+(***)
  • 75 Dollar Bill Featuring Barry Weisblat: Social Music at Troost Vol. 1 (self-released) **
  • Eivind Aarset 4tet: Phantasmagoria, or a Different Kind of Journey (Jazzland)
  • Joshua Abrams/Chad Taylor: Mind Maintenance (Drag City) **
  • Teno Afrika: Amapiano Selections (Awesome Tapes From Africa) **
  • The Allergies: Promised Land (Jalapeno) **
  • Aminé: TwoPointFive (Republic/CLBN) **
  • The Anchoress: The Art of Losing (Kscope) **
  • Florian Arbenz: Conversations #2 & #3 (Hammer) **
  • Florian Arbenz: Conversation #4: Vulcanized (Hammer) **
  • Riddy Arman: Riddy Arman (La Honda) **
  • Baby Queen: The Yearbook (Polydor) **
  • BaianaSystem: OXEAXEEXU (Maquina De Louco) **
  • Charlie Ballantine: Reflections/Introspection: The Music of Thelonious Monk (Green Mind) **
  • Yaala Ballin: Sings Irving Berlin (SteepleChase LookOut) **
  • Patricia Barber: Clique! (Impex)
  • The Baylor Project: Generations (Be a Light) **
  • Steven Bernstein: Community Music (Royal Potato Family, EP) **
  • Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra: Tinctures in Time (Community Music, Vol. 1) (Royal Potato Family) **
  • Nat Birchall: Ancient Africa (Ancient Archive of Sound) **
  • Michael Bisio/Kirk Knuffke/Fred Lonberg-Holm: The Art Spirit (ESP-Disk)
  • Bitchin Bajas: Switched On Ra (Drag City) **
  • Bktherula: Love Black (Warner) **
  • Johnathan Blake: Homeward Bound (Blue Note) **
  • Theo Bleckmann and the Westerlies: This Land (Westerlies Music) **
  • Blue Reality [Michael Marcus/Joe McPhee/Jay Rosen/Warren Smith]: Quartet! (Mahakala Music) **
  • Borderlands Trio [Stephan Crump/Kris Davis/Eric McPherson]: Wandersphere (Intakt, 2CD) **
  • Pi'erre Bourne: The Life of Pi'erre 5 (SossHouse/Interscope) **
  • Darrin Bradbury: Artvertisement (Anti-) **
  • The Kevin Brady Electric Orchestra: Plan B (Ubuntu Music -21) **
  • Anthony Braxton: 12 COMP (ZIM) 2017 (Firehouse 12, 12CD) **
  • The Brkn Record: The Architecture of Oppression Part 1 (Mr. Bongo) **
  • Greg Burk/Ron Seguin/Michel Lambert: Sound Neighbors (Tonos -20)
  • Garrett T. Capps: I Love San Antone (Vinyl Ranch) **
  • Enzo Carniel/Filippo Vignato Silent Room: Aria (Menace)
  • Melissa Carper: Daddy's Country Gold (self-released) **
  • Marc Cary: Life Lessons (Sessionheads United)
  • Sharel Cassity/Rajiv Halim/Greg Ward: Altoizm (Afar Music) **
  • Curly Castro: Little Robert Hutton (Backwoodz Studioz) **
  • Chamber 4: Dawn to Dusk (JACC)
  • Melanie Charles: Y'all Don't (Really) Care About Black Women (Verve) **
  • Ian Charleton Big Band: A Fresh Perspective (none)
  • Cheekface: Emphatically No (New Professor Music) **
  • The Chills: Scatterbrain (Fire) **
  • Chvrches: Screen Violence (Glassnote) **
  • Anansy Cissé: Anoura (Riverboat) **
  • Glenn Close/Ted Nash: Transformation (Tiger Turn) **
  • Isaiah Collier & the Chosen Few: Cosmic Transitions (Division 81) **
  • Combo Lulo: Neotropic Dream (Names You Can Trust) **
  • Sylvie Courvoisier/Ned Rothenberg/Julian Sartorius: Lockdown (Clean Feed) **
  • Sylvie Courvoisier/Mary Halvorson: Searching for the Disappeared Hour (Pyroclastic)
  • Charley Crockett: Music City USA (Son of Davy) **
  • Rodney Crowell: Triage (RC1) **
  • Cryptic One & Jestoneart: Pirata (Centrifugal Phorce) **
  • Damata: What's Damata (Dugnad)
  • Lao Dan/Deng Boyu: TUTU Duo (NoBusiness)
  • Jesse Daniel: Beyond These Walls (Die True) **
  • Joey DeFrancesco: More Music (Mack Avenue) **
  • Lana Del Rey: Blue Bannisters (Polydor/Interscope) **
  • Desertion Trio: Numbers Maker (Cuneiform) **
  • Dessa: Ides (Doomtree, EP) **
  • McKinley Dixon: For My Mama and Anyone Who Look Like Her (Spacebomb) **
  • DMX Krew: Loose Gears (Hypercolour) **
  • Dopolarians: The Bond (Mahakala Music) **
  • Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers: Set Me Free (Louisiana Red Hot) **
  • Doss: 4 New Hit Songs (Lucky Me, EP) **
  • Nahawa Doumbia: Kanawa (Awesome Tapes From Africa) **
  • Hope Dunbar: Sweetheartland (self-released) **
  • Paul Dunmall/Percy Pursglove/Olie Brice/Jeff Williams: Palindromes (West Hill) **
  • Eliane Elias: Mirror Mirror (Candid) **
  • Amir ElSaffar/Rivers of Sound: The Other Shore (Outnote)
  • Eminem: Music to Be Murdered By: Side B (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope -20) **
  • Ensemble O/Aum Grand Ensemble: Julius Eastman: Femenine (Sub Rosa) **
  • Noga Erez: Kids (City Slang) **
  • Orrin Evans: The Magic of Now (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Joe Fahey: February on Ice (Rough Fish) **
  • Fail Better!: The Fall (JACC)
  • Family Plan: Family Plan (Endectomorph Music)
  • Hernâni Faustino: Twelve Bass Tunes (Phonogram Unit)
  • Rory Feek: Gentle Man (Gaither Music Group) **
  • R.A.P. Ferreira: Bob's Son: R.A.P. Ferreira in the Garden Level Cafe of the Scallops Hotel (Ruby Yacht) **
  • R.A.P. Ferreira: The Light Emitting Diamond Cutter Scriptures (Ruby Yacht) **
  • Joe Fiedler's "Open Sesame": Fuzzy and Blue (Multiphonics)
  • Alvin Fielder/David Drove/Jason Jackson/Damon Smith: The Very Cup of Trembling (Astral Spirits) **
  • Robert Finley: Sharecropper's Son (Easy Eye Sound) **
  • Fire in Little Africa (Motown) **
  • The Flatlanders: Treasure of Love (Rack 'Em) **
  • Flukten: Velkommen Hap (Odin) **
  • For Those I Love: For Those I Love (September) **
  • Adam Forkelid: 1st Movement (Prophone)
  • Four Tet: Parallel (Text -20) **
  • Friends & Neighbors: The Earth Is # (Clean Feed) **
  • Fred Frith Trio With Lotte Anker/Susana Santos Silva: Road (Intakt, 2CD) **
  • Rob Frye: Exoplanet (Astral Spirits) **
  • Satoko Fujii: Hazuki: Piano Solo (Libra)
  • Satoko Fujii Tokyo Trio: Moon on the Lake (Libra)
  • Slava Ganelin/Alexey Kruglov/Oleg Yudanov: Access Point (Losen) **
  • Kazemde George: I Insist (Greenleaf Music)
  • Justin Gerstin: Music for the Exploration of Elusive Phenomena (Zabap Music)
  • Rhiannon Giddens With Francesco Turrisi: They're Calling Me Home (Nonesuch) **
  • Rocio Giménez López/Luciana Bass/Fermin Suarez/Rosina Scampino: Reunion En La Granja (Discos ICM) **
  • Girl in Red: If I Could Make It Go Quiet (AWAL) **
  • The Go! Team: Get Up Sequences Part One (Memphis Industries) **
  • Ben Goldberg: Everything Happens to Be (BAG Productions) *
  • Binker Golding/John Edwards/Steve Noble: Moon Day (Byrd Out) **
  • Maria Grand: Reciprocity (Biophilia)
  • Gordon Grdina's Square Peg: Klotski (Attaboygirl)
  • Tee Grizzley: Built for Whatever (300 Entertainment/Atlantic) **
  • Muriel Grossmann: Union (Dreamland) **
  • Mickey Guyton: Remember Her Name (Capitol Nashville) **
  • The Halluci Nation: One More Saturday Night (Radicalized) **
  • Halsey: If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power (Capitol) **
  • Curtis Harding: If Words Were Flowers (Anti-) **
  • George Haslam/João Madeira/Padro Catello Lopes/Mario Rua: Ajuda (Slam -20)
  • Alexander Hawkins: Togetherness Music: For Sixteen Musicians (Intakt) **
  • Thomas Heberer: The Day That Is (Sunnyside) **
  • Thomas Heberer/Joe Fonda/Joe Hertenstein: Remedy (Fundacja Sluchaj) **
  • Lande Hekt: Going to Hell (Get Better) **
  • Carlos Henriquez: The South Bronx Story (Tiger Turn) **
  • Vincent Herring: Preaching to the Choir (Smoke Sessions) **
  • HTRK: Rhinestones (N&J Blueberries) **
  • Iamdoechii: Bra-Less (Doechi, EP) **
  • Idles: Crawler (Partisan) **
  • Kari Ikonen: Impressions, Improvisations and Compositions (Ozella) **
  • IKOQWE: The Beginning, the Medium, the End and the Infinite (Crammed Discs) **
  • In Layers: Pliable (FMR -20)
  • Jack Ingram/Miranda Lambert/Jon Randall: The Marfa Tapes (RCA Nashville) **
  • Vijay Iyer: Uneasy (ECM) **
  • Alan Jackson: Where Have You Gone (EMI Nashville) **
  • Arushi Jain: Under the Lilac Sky (Leaving) **
  • Japanese Breakfast: Jubilee (Dead Oceans) **
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet With Wynton Marsalis: The Democracy! Suite (Blue Engine) **
  • Brent Jensen: More Sounds of a Dry Martini (Origin)
  • Sven-Åke Johansson/Niklas Fite/Joel Grip: Swinging at Topsi's (Astral Spirits) **
  • Rochelle Jordan: Play With the Changes (Young Art) **
  • Samara Joy: Samara Joy (Whirlwind) **
  • Jupiter & Okwess: Na Kozonga (Everloving) **
  • Ka: A Martyr's Reward (Iron Works) **
  • Kasai Allstars: Black Ants Always Fly Together, One Bangle Makes No Sound (Crammed Discs) **
  • Frank Kimbrough: Ancestors (Sunnyside) **
  • Kiwi Jr.: Cooler Returns (Sub Pop) **
  • Koma Saxo: Live (We Jazz) **
  • John Kruth: Love Letters From the Lazaretto (self-released) **
  • Joachim Kühn: Touch the Light (ACT) **
  • Femi Kuti & Made Kuti: Legacy + (Partisan, 2CD) **
  • Kuzu: All Your Ghosts in One Corner (Aerophonic)
  • La La Lars: La La Lars III (<1000) **
  • Mon Laferte: 1940 Carmen (Universal Music Group) **
  • Mary LaRose: Out Here (Little (i) Music) **
  • Timo Lassy: Trio (We Jazz) **
  • Alessandra Leão: Acesa (self-released) **
  • David Leon: Aire De Agua (Out of Your Head)
  • The Linda Lindas: The Linda Lindas (self-released, EP -20) **
  • Little Simz: Sometimes I Might Be Introvert (Age 101) **
  • Charles Lloyd & the Marvels: Tone Poem (Blue Note) **
  • Luís Lopes/Lisbon Berlin Quartet: Sinister Hypnotization (Clean Feed) **
  • Low Cut Connie: Tough Cookies: The Best of the Quarantine Broadcasts (Contender) **
  • L.U.M.E. [Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble]: Las Californias (Clean Feed) **
  • Mach-Hommy: Pray for Haiti (Griselda) **
  • João Madeira/Hernâni Faustino: dB Duet (FMR)
  • Myele Manzanza: Crisis & Opportunity (Vol. 1) (London) (DeepMatter) **
  • The Mark Masters Ensemble: Masters & Baron Meet Blanton & Webster (Capri)
  • Ron Mathewson: Memorial (1968-76, Jazz in Britain -20) **
  • Nick Mazzarella/Ingebrigt Håker Flaten/Avreeayl Ra: What You Seek Is Seeking You (Astral Spirits) **
  • Peter McEachern: Code 2 (SteepleChase LookOut) **
  • Lori McKenna: Christmas Is Right Here (CN, EP) **
  • Francisco Mela Featuring Matthew Shipp and William Parker: Music Frees Our Souls Vol. 1 (577) **
  • Mereba: Azeb (Interscope, EP) **
  • Mexstep: Vivir (Mexstep Music) **
  • Szilard Mezei Tubass Quintet: Rested Turquoise (NoBusiness)
  • Allison Miller/Jane Ira Bloom: Tues Days (Outline) **
  • Ming Bau Set: Yakut's Gallop (Fundacja Luchaj) **
  • Roscoe Mitchell/Mike Reed: The Ritual and the Dance (Astral Spirits) **
  • Aakash Mittal: Nocturne (self-released)
  • Hafez Modirzadeh: Facets (Pi)
  • Hedvig Mollestad Trio: Ding Dong. You're Dead. (Rune Grammofon) **
  • Nils Petter Molvaer: Stitches (Modern) **
  • Ben Monder/Tony Malaby/Tom Rainey: Live at the 55 Bar (Sunnyside) **
  • Mother Nature and BoatHouse: SZNZ (Closed Sessions) **
  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge: Jazz Is Dead 5: Doug Carn (Jazz Is Dead -20) **
  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge: Jazz Is Dead 6: Gary Bartz (Jazz Is Dead, EP) **
  • Bryan Murray & Jon Lundbom: Beats by Balto! Vol. 2 (Chant)
  • The Muslims: Fuck These Fucking Fascists (Epitaph) **
  • Sana Nagano: Smashing Humans (577)
  • Natural Information Society/Evan Parker: Descension (Out of Our Constrictions) (Aguirre/Eremite) **
  • Navy Blue: Navy's Reprise (Freedom Sounds) **
  • Calle Neumann/Ketil Gutvik/Ingebrigt Håker Flaten/Paal Nilssen-Love: New Dance (PNL) **
  • Angelika Niescier/Alexander Hawkins: Soul in Plain Sight (Intakt) **
  • Adam Nolan Trio: Prim and Primal (self-released)
  • Billy Nomates: Emergency Telephone (Invada, EP -20) **
  • Larry Ochs-Donald Robinson Duo: A Civil Right (ESP-Disk)
  • Okuté: Okuté (Chulo) **
  • Orquestra Afro-Brasileira: 80 Anos (Day Dreamer) **
  • Genesis Owusu: Smiling With No Teeth (Ourness/House Anxiety) **
  • Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble: Warszawa 2019 (Funcadja Sluchaj) **
  • William Parker: Mayan Space Station (AUM Fidelity) **
  • Parquet Courts: Sympathy for Life (Rough Trade) **
  • Mario Pavone/The Tampa Quartet: Isabella (Clean Feed) **
  • Mario Pavone: Blue Vertical (Out of Your Head)
  • Carly Pearce: 29 (Big Machine, EP) **
  • Pearring Sound: Socially Distanced Duos (self-released)
  • Greentea Peng: Man Made (AMF) **
  • Ivo Perelman/Gordon Grdina/Hamin Honari: The Purity of Desire (Not Two) **
  • Houston Person: Live in Paris (HighNote) **
  • Liz Phair: Soberish (Chrysalis) **
  • Poppy: Flux (Sumerian) **
  • Punkt. Vrt. Plastik [Kaja Draksler/Petter Eldh/Christian Lillinger]: Somit (Intakt) **
  • Masha Qrella: Woanders (Staatsakt) **
  • RaeLynn: Baytown (Round Here) **
  • Enrico Rava: Edizione Speciale (ECM) **
  • Raxon: Sound of Mind (Kompakt) **
  • Rebellum: The Darknuss (Avantgroidd) **
  • RED Trio & Celebration Band: Suite 10 Years Anniversary (NoBusiness, 2CD -20)
  • Freddie Redd: Reminiscing (Bleebop) **
  • Ruben Reinaldo & Kely Garcia: Acuarel (Free Code -20)
  • The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Sud Des Alpes (Aerophonic) **
  • Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog: Hope (Northern Spy) **
  • Dawn Richard: Second Line (Merge) **
  • Riders Against the Storm: Flowers for the Living (Divide and Conjure) **
  • Stephen Riley: I Remember You (SteepleChase) **
  • Ritual Habitual: Pagan Chant (Clean Feed) **
  • Emily Scott Robinson: American Siren (Oh Boy) **
  • Zilla Rocca: Vegas Vic (Three Dollar Pistol Music) **
  • Aksel Rønning Trio: ART (Øra Fonogram) **
  • Adonis Rose and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra: Petite Fleur (Storyville)
  • ROVA: The Circumference of Reason (ESP-Disk)
  • Samo Salamon/Cene Resnik/Jaka Berger: Takt Ars Sessions: Vol. 1 (Samo) **
  • David Sanford Big Band Featuring Hugh Ragin: A Prayer for Lester Bowie (Greenleaf Music)
  • Sault: Nine (Forever Living Legends) **
  • Sara Schoenbeck: Sara Schoenbeck (Pyroclastic)
  • Jared Schonig: Two Takes Vol. 2: Big Band (Anzic) **
  • Maria Sena: De Primeira (Alá Comunicação E Cultura) **
  • Shad: TAO (Secret City) **
  • Shame: Drunk Tank Pink (Dead Oceans) **
  • Jacob Shulman: Connectedness (Endectomorph Music)
  • Archie Shepp & Jason Moran: Let My People Go (Archieball) **
  • Matthew Shipp/Whit Dickey: Reels (Burning Ambulance) **
  • Skerebotte Fatta: Appaz (ForTune) **
  • Sleaford Mods: Spare Ribs (Rough Trade) **
  • Wadada Leo Smith, Jack DeJohnette & Vijay Iyer: A Love Sonnet for Billie Holiday (TUM)
  • Gary Smulyan/Ronnie Cuber: Tough Baritones (SteepleChase) **
  • Cleo Sol: Mother (Forever Living Originals) **
  • Martial Solal: Coming Yesterday: Live at Salle Gaveau 2019 (Challenge) **
  • The Source: . . . But Swinging Doesn't Bend Them Down (Odin) **
  • Ståhls Trio: Källtorp Sessions Volume Two (Moserobie)
  • Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine: A Beginner's Mind (Asthmatic Kitty) **
  • Strictly Missionary: Heisse Scheisse (Astral Spirits) **
  • Pauline Anna Strom: Angel Tears in Sunlight (RVNG Intl.) **
  • Dave Stryker: Baker's Circle (Strikezone)
  • Wadada Leo Smith/Douglas R Ewart/Mike Reed: Sun Beans of Shimmering Light (Astral Spirits) **
  • Wadada Leo Smith: Trumpet (TUM, 3CD)
  • Taylor Swift: Evermore (Republic -20) **
  • Taylor Swift: Fearless (Taylor's Version) (Republic) **
  • Taylor Swift: Red (Taylor's Version) (Republic) **
  • Veronica Swift: This Bitter Earth (Mack Avenue) **
  • Ohad Talmor Trio: Mise En Place (Intakt) **
  • Tele Novella: Merlynn Belle (Kill Rock Stars) **
  • This Is It!: Mosaic (Libra)
  • Three-Layer Cake: Stove Top (RareNoise) *
  • Thumbscrew: Never Is Enough (Cuneiform) **
  • Tinashe: 333 (Tinashe Music) **
  • Two Much [Reut Regev and Igal Foni]: Never Enough (Relative Pitch) **
  • Tyler, the Creator: Call Me if You Get Lost (Columbia) **
  • Uassyn: Zacharya (JazzThing)
  • Yuma Uesaka and Marilyn Crispell: Streams (Not Two)
  • Yuma Uesaka/Cat Toren/Colin Hinton: Ocelot (577)
  • João Valinho/Luis Vicente/Marcelo dos Reis/Salvoandrea Lucifora: Light Machina (Multikulti Project)
  • Ken Vandermark: The Field Within a Line (Corbett vs. Dempsey) **
  • Caetano Veloso: Meu Coco (Sony Music Brasil) **
  • Viagra Boys: Welfare Jazz (Year0001) **
  • Will Vinson/Gilad Hekselman/Antonio Sanchez: Trio Grande (Whirlwind -20) **
  • Michael Waldrop: Time Frames (Origin)
  • Marta Warelis/Frank Rosaly/Aaron Lumley/John Dikeman: Sunday at De Ruimte (Doek RAW)
  • Anna Webber: Idiom (Pi, 2CD)
  • Hayley Williams: Flowers for Vases/Descansos (Atlantic) **
  • Lainey Wilson: Sayin' What I'm Thinkin' (Broken Bow) **
  • Babes Wodumo: Crown (West Ink) **
  • Remi Wolf: Juno (Island) **
  • Michael Wollny/Emile Parisien/Tim Lefebvre/Christian Lillinger: XXXX (ACT) **
  • Jim Yanda: A Silent Way (Corner Store Jazz, 2CD)
  • Yard Act: Dark Days (ZEN FC, EP) **
  • Young Stoner Life/Young Thug/Gunna: Slime Language 2 (YSL/300 Entertainment) **
  • Young Thug: Punk (YSL/300 Entertainment/Atlantic) **
  • Miguel Zenón & Luis Perdomo: El Arte Del Bolero (Miel Music) **
B+(**)
  • 75 Dollar Bill: Live Ateliers Claus (self-released) **
  • Greg Abate: Magic Dance: The Music of Kenny Barron (Whaling City Sound, 2CD) **
  • Ada Lea: One Hand on the Steering Wheel the Other Sewing a Garden (Saddle Creek) **
  • Adia Victoria: A Southern Gothic (Atlantic) **
  • Adult Mom: Driver (Epitaph) **
  • Aeon Station: Observatory (Sub Pop) **
  • Aesop Rock X Blockhead: Garbology (Rhymesayers Entertainment) **
  • Alchemy Sound Project: Afrika Love (ARC)
  • Alder Ego: III (We Jazz) **
  • Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet: Social Distancing (Saponegro)
  • Lina Allemano Four: Vegetables (Lumo) **
  • Harry Allen/Mike Karn: Milo's Illinois (GAC) **
  • Tony Allen: There Is No End (Blue Note) **
  • Altin Gün: Yol (ATO) **
  • Franco Ambrosetti Band: Lost Within You (Unit)
  • Miguel Ângelo Quarteto: Dança Dos Desastrados (self-released) **
  • Anika: Change (Sacred Bones) **
  • Tamar Aphek: All Bets Are Off (Kill Rock Stars) **
  • Arab Strap: As Days Get Dark (Rock Action) **
  • Armand Hammer & the Alchemist: Haram (Backwoodz Studioz) **
  • Ashnikko: Demidevil (Parlophone, EP) **
  • Michaël Attias/Simon Nabatov: Brooklyn Mischiefs (Leo) **
  • Attitude!: Pause & Effect (ESP-Disk) *
  • The Avalanches: We Will Always Love You (Island -20) **
  • Aya: Im Hole (Hyperdub) **
  • Dmitry Baevsky: Soundtrack (Fresh Sound New Talent) **
  • Rossano Baldini: Humanbeing (RareNoise) *
  • Rahsaan Barber: Mosaic (Jazz Music City, 2CD)
  • Nik Bärtsch: Entendre (ECM) **
  • Keshav Batish: Binaries in Cycle (Woven Strands)
  • Jon Batiste: We Are (Verve) **
  • Beans on Toast: Survival of the Friendliest (Beans on Toast Music) **
  • Benji.: Smile, You're Alive! (SinceThe80s) **
  • Benny the Butcher: The Plugs I Met 2 (Black Soprano Family, EP) **
  • Bfb Da Packman: Fat Niggas Need Love Too (The Lunch Crew) **
  • Eric Bibb: Dear America (Provogue) **
  • Bicep: Isles (Ninja Tune) **
  • Black Country, New Road: For the First Time (Ninja Tune) **
  • The Black Keys: Delta Kream (Nonesuch) **
  • Dan Blake: Da Fé (Sunnyside)
  • Terence Blanchard: Absence (Blue Note) **
  • Dean Blunt: Black Metal 2 (Rough Trade) **
  • Bomba Estéreo: Deja (Sony Music Latin) **
  • Weedie Braimah: The Hands of Time (Stretch Music/Ropeadope) **
  • Brockhampton: Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine (Question Everything/RCA) **
  • Chris Brokaw: Puritan (12XU) **
  • The Brother Moves On: Tolika Mtoliki (Matsuli Music) **
  • Burial + Blackdown: Shock Power of Love EP (Keysound, EP) **
  • Cedric Burnside: I Be Trying (Single Lock) **
  • Tré Burt: You, Yeah, You (Oh Boy) **
  • Abraham Burton/Lucian Ban: Black Salt: Live at the Baroque Hall (Sunnyside) **
  • John Butcher/Veryan Weston/Øyvind Stonesund/Dag Erik Kriedal Andersen: Mapless Quiet (Motvind -20) **
  • The Buttshakers: Arcadia (Underdog) **
  • Jonas Cambien Trio: Nature Hath Painted the Body (Clean Feed) **
  • Daniel Carter: Playfield Vol. 2: The Middle (Orbit577) **
  • Playboi Carti: Whole Lotta Red (AWGE/Interscope -20) **
  • George Cartwright/Dave King/Josh Granowski: Stick Insect (Mahakala Music) **
  • Sarah Mary Chadwick: Me and Ennui Are Friends, Baby (Ba Da Bing!) **
  • Chai: Wink (Sub Pop) **
  • Bill Charlap Trio: Street of Dreams (Blue Note) **
  • Chubby and the Gang: The Mutt's Nuts (Partisan) **
  • Eric Church: Heart (EMI Nashville) **
  • Gerald Cleaver: Griots (Positive Elevation/577) **
  • Cloud Nothings: The Shadow I Remember (Carpark) **
  • Emmet Cohen: Future Stride (Mack Avenue) **
  • Mike Cohen: Winter Sun (Blujazz)
  • Tom Cohen: My Take (Versa Music)
  • Xhosa Cole: K(no)w Them, K(no)w Us (Stoney Lane) **
  • Alex Collins/Ryan Berg/Karl Latham: Together (Dropzonejazz)
  • Common: A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 2 (Loma Vista) **
  • Kiely Connell: Camulet Queen (self-released) **
  • Conway the Machine: La Maquina (De Rap Winkel) **
  • Chick Corea Akoustic Band: Live! (Stretch, 2CD) **
  • Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt: Made Out of Sound (Palilalia) **
  • Simão Costa: Beat With Out Byte (Cipsela)
  • Elvis Costello & the Attractions: Spanish Model (UMe) **
  • Neil Cowley: Hall of Mirrors (Mote) **
  • Charley Crockett: 10 for Slim: Charley Crockett Sings James Hand (Son of Davy) **
  • Joy Crookes: Skin (Insanity) **
  • Steve Cropper: Fire It Up (Provogue) **
  • Cyclone Trio: The Clear Revolution (577) **
  • Lucy Dacus: Home Video (Matador) **
  • Harold Danko: Spring Garden (SteepleChase) **
  • Caroline Davis: Portals, Volume 1: Mourning (Sunnyside) **
  • Angel Bat Dawid: Hush Harbor Mixtape Vol. 1 Doxology (International Anthem) **
  • Erika De Casier: Sensational (4AD) **
  • Graham Dechter: Major Influence (Capri)
  • Lana Del Rey: Chemtrails Over the Country Club (Polydor/Interscope) **
  • Benoît Delbecq: The Weight of Light (Pyroclastic)
  • Boubacar "Badian" Diabaté: Mande Guitar (Lion Songs) **
  • Ani DiFranco: Revolutionary Love (Righteous Babe) **
  • Sasha Dobson: Girl Talk (self-released) **
  • Pat Donaher: Occasionally (none)
  • Chet Doxas: You Can't Take It With You (Whirlwind)
  • Hamid Drake/Elaine Mitchener/William Parker/Orphy Robinson/Pat Thomas: Black Top Presents: Some Good News (Otoroku, 2CD) **
  • Eris Drew: Quivering in Time (T4T LUV NRG) **
  • Scott DuBois: Summer Water (Sunnyside) **
  • Ducks Ltd.: Modern Fiction (Carpark, EP) **
  • Hope Dunbar: You Let the Light In (self-released) **
  • Paul Dunmall & Mark Sanders: Unity (577) **
  • Jon Durant & Stephan Thelen: Crossings (Alchemy) **
  • Yelena Eckemoff: Adventures of the Wildflower (L&H Production, 2CD)
  • Mathias Eick: When We Leave (ECM) **
  • Elephant9: Arrival of the New Elders (Rune Grammofon) **
  • Elkka: Euphoric Melodies (Technicolour, EP) **
  • John Ellis/Adam Levy/Glenn Patscha: Say It Quiet (Sunnyside) **
  • Erin Enderlin: Barroom Mirrors EP (Black Crow Productions, EP) **
  • Equiknoxx: Basic Tools (Equiknoxx Music) **
  • EST Gee: Bigger Than Life or Death (CMG/Warlike/Interscope) **
  • Falkner Evans: Invisible Words (CAP)
  • Marianne Faithfull With Warren Ellis: She Walks in Beauty (BMG) **
  • The Felice Brothers: From Dreams to Dust (Yep Roc) **
  • Andre Ferreri Quintetto: Numero Uno (Laser)
  • Floating Points/Pharoah Sanders & the London Symphony Orchestra: Promises (Luaka Bop) **
  • Flying Lotus: Yasuke (Warp) **
  • Bruce Forman With John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton: Reunion! (B4Man Music) **
  • Michael Formanek: Imperfect Measures (Intakt) **
  • Michael Foster/Ben Bennett: Contractions (Astral Spirits) **
  • Joel Frahm: The Bright Side (Anzic) **
  • Fred Again: Actual Life (April 14-December 17 2020) (Atlantic) **
  • Fred Again: Actual Life (February 2-October 15 2021) (Atlantic) **
  • Linda Fredriksson: Juniper (We Jazz) **
  • Erik Friedlander: Sentinel (Skipstone -20) **
  • David Friesen & Bob Ravenscroft: Passage (Origin)
  • David Friesen: Day of Rest (Origin)
  • Fred Frith/Ikue Mori: A Mountain Doesn't Know It's Tall (Intakt) **
  • Ezra Furman: Sex Education: Songs From Season 3 (Bella Union, EP) **
  • Futari: Underground (Libra)
  • GA-20: GA-20 Does Hound Dog Taylor: Try It . . . You Might Like It! (Karma Chief/Alligator) **
  • Danilo Gallo Dark Dry Tears: A View Through a Slot (Clean Feed) **
  • Kenny Garrett: Sounds From the Ancestors (Mack Avenue) **
  • Myriam Gendron: Ma Délire: Songs of Love, Lost & Found (Feeding Tube) **
  • Greg Germann: Tales of Time (Origin)
  • Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trios: Songs From My Father (Whaling City Sound, 2CD) **
  • Goat Girl: On All Fours (Rough Trade) **
  • John Glacier: Shiloh: Lost for Words (PLZ Make It Ruins) **
  • The Emma Goldman Bust-Out Brigade: The Emma Goldman Bust-Out Brigade (Nomad Eel) **
  • The Goon Sax: Mirror II (Matador) **
  • Jon Gordon: Stranger Than Fiction (ArtistShare)
  • Bob Gorry/Pete Brunelli/Peter Riccio: GoBruCcio (NHIC)
  • Julia Govor: Winter Mute (Jujuka, EP) **
  • Georg Graewe & Sonic Fiction Orchestra: Fortschritt Und Vergnügen (Random Acoustics -20) **
  • Devin Gray/Ralph Alessi/Angelica Sanchez: Melt All the Guns (Rataplan, EP) **
  • Gordon Grdina: Pendulum (Attaboygirl)
  • Gordon Grdina/Jim Black: Martian Kitties (Astral Spirits) **
  • Colleen Green: Cool (Hardly Art) **
  • Charlotte Greve: Sediments We Move (New Amsterdam) **
  • Grofo: Grofo (Clean Feed) **
  • Guedra Guedra: Vexillology (On the Corner) **
  • Russell Gunn & the Royal Krunk Jazz Orchestra: The Sirius Mystery Opus 4 No. 1 (Ropeadope) **
  • Noah Haidu/Buster Williams/Billy Hart: Slowly: Song for Keith Jarrett (An Die Musik)
  • Jared Hall: Seen on the Scene (Origin)
  • Frode Haltli: Avant Folk II (Hubro) **
  • Danny L Harle: Harlecore (Mad Decent) **
  • Hutch Harris: Suck Up All the Oxygen (self-released, EP) **
  • John Hart: Checkmate (SteepleChase) **
  • Louis Hayes: Crisis (Savant) **
  • Walker Hayes: Country Stuff (Monument, EP) **
  • Miho Hazama: Imaginary Visions (Edition) **
  • Shay Hazan Quintet: Nuff Headlines (Chant) **
  • H.E.R.: Back of My Mind (RCA) **
  • Heritage Orchestra/Jules Buckley/Ghost-Note: The Breaks (Decca) **
  • Dylan Hicks: Accidental Birds (Soft Launch) **
  • The Hold Steady: Open Door Policy (Positive Jams) **
  • Dave Holland: Another Land (Edition) **
  • François Houle/Samo Salamon: Unobservable Mysteries (Samo -20) **
  • Joseph Howell Quartet: Live in Japan (Summit)
  • Michael Hurley: The Time of the Foxgloves (No Quarter) **
  • Chrissie Hynde: Standing in the Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan (BMG) **
  • Rocco John Iacovone/Tom Cabrera: Out of the Maelstrom (Unseen Rain) **
  • Rocco John Iacovone/Phil Sirois/Tom Cabrera: Synchronics (Unseen Rain) **
  • Susie Ibarra: Walking on Water (Innova) **
  • Abdullah Ibrahim: Solotude: My Journey, My Vision (Gearbox) **
  • Ifé: '0000+0000 (Discos Ifá) **
  • Il Sogno: Graduation (Auand/Gotta Let It Out) **
  • Ethan Iverson/Umbria Jazz Orchestra: Bud Powell in the 21st Century (Sunnyside) **
  • Irene Jalenti: Dawn (Antidote Sounds)
  • Cassandra Jenkins: An Overview on Phenomenal Nature (Ba Da Bing) **
  • Eunhye Jeong: Nolda (ESP-Disk)
  • Topaz Jones: Don't Go Tellin' Your Momma (New Funk Academy/Black Canopy) **
  • India Jordan: Watch Out! (Ninja Tune, EP) **
  • Marc Johnson: Overpass (ECM) **
  • Rodney Jordan & Christian Fabian: Conversations (Spicerack)
  • JPEGMafia: LP! (Republic) **
  • Kalabrese: Let Love Rumpel: Part 1 (Rumpelmusig) **
  • Jonathan Kane and Dave Soldier: February Meets Soldier String Quartet (EEG)
  • Darrell Katz & OddSong: Galeanthropology (JCA)
  • Achim Kaufmann/Ignaz Schick: Altered Alchemy (Zarek, 2CD)
  • Jacqueline Kerrod: 17 Days in December (Orenda)
  • Khrysis: The Hour of Khrysis (Jamla) **
  • Kid Cudi: Man on the Moon III: The Chosen (Republic -20) **
  • Craig Klein: Talkative Horns: Musical Conversations on Lucien Barbarin (Tromboklein Music) **
  • Kondi Band: We Famous (Strut) **
  • Lily Konigsberg: Lily We Need to Talk Now (Wharf Cat) **
  • Kuzu: The Glass Delusion (Astral Spirits) **
  • La Femme: Paradigmes (Disque Pointu) **
  • Julian Lage: Squint (Blue Note) **
  • Langhorne Slim: Strawberry Mansion (Dualtone) **
  • Andy LaVerne: Rhapsody (SteepleChase) **
  • Joëlle Léandre/Pauline Oliveros/George Lewis: Play as You Go (Trost) **
  • Jeff Lederer/Sunwatcher: Eightfold Path (Little(i)Music)
  • Jihye Lee Orchestra: Daring Mind (Motéma) **
  • Rob Leines: Blood, Sweat, and Beers (self-released) **
  • João Lencastre's Communion: Unlimited Dreams (Clean Feed) **
  • The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band: Both Ways (self-released) **
  • SG Lewis: Times (PMR) **
  • Les Filles De Illighadad: At Pioneer Works (Sahel Sounds) **
  • Dave Liebman Expansions: Selflessness: The Music of John Coltrane (Dot Time) **
  • Lukas Ligeti: That Which Has Remaind . . . That Which Will Emerge . . . (Col Legno)
  • Damon Locks/Black Monument Ensemble: Now (International Anthem) **
  • LoneLady: Former Things (Warp) **
  • Brandon López Trio: Live at Roulette (Relative Pitch) **
  • L'Orange: The World Is Still Chaos, but I Feel Better (Mello Music Group) **
  • Lorde: Solar Power (Universal) **
  • LSDXOXO: Dedicated 2 Disrespect (XL, EP) **
  • Lukah: When the Black Hand Touches You (Raw Materials) **
  • Lump: Animal (Chrysalis) **
  • Doug MacDonald Duo: Toluca Lake Jazz (Doug MacDonald Music)
  • Doug MacDonald: Serenade to Highland Park (DMAC Music)
  • Mach-Hommy: Balens Cho (Griselda, EP) **
  • Roberto Magris & Eric Hochberg: Shuffling Ivories (JMood)
  • Roberto Magris: Match Point (JMood)
  • Mai-Liis: Mai-Liis on Life (OA2)
  • Man on Man: Man on Man (Polyvinyl) **
  • Michael Mantler: Coda: Orchestra Suites (ECM) **
  • Rick Margitza: Sacred Hearts (Le Coq) **
  • Charlie Marie: Ramble On (self-released) **
  • Miko Marks & the Resurrectors: Race Records (Redtone, EP) **
  • Lorraina Marro: Love Is for All Time (self-released)
  • Terrace Martin: Drones (BMG) **
  • Mas Aya: Mascaras (Telephone Explosion) **
  • Mast: Battle Hymns of the Republic (World Galaxy) **
  • Maxo Kream: Weight of the World (Big Persona/RCA) **
  • Shawn Maxwell: Expectation & Experience (Jazzline)
  • Christian McBride & Inside Straight: Live at the Village Vanguard (Mack Avenue) **
  • Makaya McCraven: Deciphering the Message (Blue Note) **
  • Kate McGarry + Keith Ganz Ensemble: What to Wear in the Dark (Resilience) **
  • Joe McPhee: Route 84 Quarantine Blues (Corbett vs. Dempsey) **
  • Tobias Meinhart: The Painter (Sunnyside) **
  • Francisco Mela: MPT Trio: Volume 1 (577) **
  • Vic Mensa: I Tape (Roc Nation, EP) **
  • Meridian Brothers/Conjunto Media Luna: Paz En La Tierra (Bongo Joe) **
  • MIKE: Disco! (10k) **
  • Mike.: The Highs. (4TheHomies) **
  • Bob Mintzer & WDR Big Band Cologne: Soundscapes (MCG Jazz)
  • Roscoe Mitchell: Dots: Pieces for Percussion and Woodwinds (Wide Hive)
  • Yoko Miwa Trio: Songs of Joy (Ubuntu Music)
  • Liudas Mockunas/Arfvydad Kaziauskas: Purvs (Jersika -2LP)
  • The Modern Jazz Trio With Jerry Bergonzi: Straight Gonz (AMM) **
  • Modest Mouse: The Golden Casket (Epic) **
  • Charnett Moffett Trio: Live (Motema, EP) **
  • Moor Mother & Billy Woods: Brass (Backwoodz Studioz -20) **
  • Simon Moullier Trio: Countdown (Fresh Sound New Talent)
  • Kacey Musgraves: Star-Crossed (MCA Nashville) **
  • Mushroom: Songs of Dissent: Live at the Make Out Room 8/9/19 (Alchemikal Artz)
  • Rachel Musson: Dreamsing (577) **
  • Jo Berger Myhre: Unheimlich Manoeuvre (RareNoise) *
  • Randy Napoleon: Rust Belt Roots: Randy Napoleon Plays Wes Montgomery, Grand Green & Kenny Burrell (OA2)
  • Nas: Magic (Mass Appeal, EP) **
  • Nation of Language: A Way Forward (PIAS) **
  • Jason Nazary: Spring Collection (We Jazz)
  • Camila Nebbia Quartet: Corre El Río De La Memoría Sobre La Tierra Que Arrastra Trazos, Dejando Rastros De Alguna Huella Que Hoy Es Número (Ramble) **
  • Nervous Dater: Call in the Mess (Counter Intuitive) **
  • New Age Doom: Lee Scratch Perry's Guide to the Universe (We Are Busy Bodies) **
  • Stephanie Nilles: I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag: The White Flag (Sunnyside) **
  • Sebastian Noelle/Matt Mitchell/Chris Tordini/Dan Weiss: System One (Fresh Sound New Talent) **
  • Nortonk: Nortonk (Biophilia) **
  • The Notwist: Vertigo Days (Morr Music) **
  • Aaron Novik: Grounded (Astral Spirits) **
  • NTsKI: Orca (Orange Milk/EM) **
  • Gary Numan: The Intruder (BMG) **
  • Mark O'Connor: Markology II (OMAC) **
  • Arturo O'Farrill/The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble: Dreaming in Lions (Blue Note) **
  • Joy Orbison: Still Slipping Vol. 1 (XL) **
  • Jeannine Otis: Into My Heart (Adrielle Music/Monpolyhouse)
  • Ulysses Owens Jr. Big Band: Soul Conversations (Outside In Music) **
  • Keith Oxman/Frank Morelli: The Ox-Mo Incident (Capri)
  • Park Hye Jin: Before I Die (Ninja Tune) **
  • William Parker: Trencadis: A Selection From Migration Into and Out of the Tone World (Centering) **
  • Gretchen Parlato: Flor (Edition) **
  • Nicki Parrott: If You Could Read My Mind (Arbors) **
  • Alexis Parsons: Alexis (New Artists)
  • Lukasz Pawlik: Long-Distance Connections (Summit)
  • Nicholas Payton: Smoke Sessions (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Rich Pellegrin: Solitude: Solo Improvisations (OA2)
  • Hannah Peel: Fir Wave (My Own Pleasure) **
  • Ralph Peterson: Raise Up Off Me (Onyx Music) **
  • Barre Phillips/John Butcher/Ståle Liavik Solberg: We Met - And Then (Relative Pitch) **
  • Dax Pierson: Nerve Bumps (A Queer Divine Dissatisfaction) (Dark Entries) **
  • Matt Piet: (Pentimento) (Amalgam) **
  • Pink Siifu: Gumbo'! (Field-Left) **
  • PinkPantheress: To Hell With It (Parlophone, EP) **
  • Pom Pom Squad: Death of a Cheerleader (City Slang) **
  • Mariá Portugal: Erosão (Fun in the Church) **
  • Tom Rainey Obbligato: Untucked in Hannover (Intakt) **
  • Phil Ranelin: Infinite Expressions (ORG Music) **
  • Andrew Renfroe: Run in the Storm (self-released)
  • Steph Richards With Joshua White: Zephyr (Relative Pitch) **
  • Alex Riel/Bo Stief/Carsten Dahl: Our Songs (Storyville) **
  • Jason Ringenberg: Rhinestoned (Courageous Chicken) **
  • Diego Rivera: Indigenous (Posi-Tone) **
  • Hank Roberts Sextet: Science of Love (Sunnyside) **
  • Trineice Robinson: All or Nothing (4RM Music Productions)
  • Dan Rose/Claudine Francois: New Leaves (Ride Symbol)
  • Andreas Røysum Ensemble: Fredsfanatisme (Motvind) **
  • RP Boo: Established! (Planet Mu) **
  • Rüfüs Du Sol: Surrender (Rose Avenue/Reprise) **
  • RXK Nephew: Slitherman Activated (Towhead) **
  • Saint Etienne: I've Been Trying to Tell You (Heavenly) **
  • Samo Salamon/Hasse Poulsen: String Dancers (Sazas)
  • Samo Salamon/Cene Resnik/Jaka Berger: Takt Ars Sessions: Vol. 2 (Samo) **
  • Sten Sandell/Lisa Ullén: Double Music (Clean Feed) **
  • Schapiro 17: Human Qualities (Summit)
  • Jared Schonig: Two Takes Vol. 1: Quintet (Anzic) **
  • Self Esteem: Prioritise Pleasure (Fiction) **
  • Charlie Sepúlveda & the Turnaround: This Is Latin Jazz (HighNote)
  • Sara Serpa: Intimate Strangers (Biophilia) *
  • Jaleel Shaw: Echoes (self-relesed) **
  • Idit Shner: Live at the Jazz Station (OA2)
  • Silk Sonic [Bruno Mars/Anderson .Paak]: An Evening With Silk Sonic (Aftermath/Atlantic) **
  • Sturgill Simpson: The Ballad of Dood & Juanita (High Top Mountain, EP) **
  • Josh Sinton: B. (Form Is Possibility)
  • Sir Babygirl: Golden Bday; The Mixtape (self-released) **
  • Grete Skarpeid: Beyond Other Stories (Origin)
  • Skarbø Skulekorps: Dugnad (Hubro) **
  • Skyzoo: All the Brilliant Things (Mello Music Group) **
  • Connie Smith: The Cry of the Heart (Fat Possum) **
  • Dr. Lonnie Smith: Breathe (Blue Note) **
  • Snail Mail: Valentine (Matador) **
  • Jim Snidero: Live at the Deer Head Inn (Savant)
  • Snotty Nose Rez Kids: Life After (Distorted Muse/Fontana North) **
  • Rejjie Snow: Baw Baw Black Sheep (Honeymoon/+1) **
  • Sonic Liberation Front: Moon Rust Red Streets (High Two) **
  • Omar Sosa/Seckou Keita: Suba (Bendigedig) **
  • Space Quartet: Directions (Clean Feed) **
  • Chris Speed: Light Line (Intakt) **
  • Rossano Sportiello: That's It (Arbors) **
  • Squid: Bright Green Field (Warp) **
  • St. Vincent: Daddy's Home (Loma Vista) **
  • Peter Stampfel: Peter Stampfel's 20th Century in 100 Songs (Louisiana Red Hot) **
  • Vince Staples: Vince Staples (Blacksmith/Motown, EP) **
  • Billy Strings: Renewal (Rounder) **
  • Tine Surel Lange: Works for Listening 1-10 (Sofa Music) **
  • Sv1: Health (Curiosity Shop, EP) **
  • Natsuki Tamura/Satoko Fujii: Keshin (Libra)
  • Natsuki Tamura: Koki Solo (Libra)
  • Aki Takase/Daniel Erdmann: Isn't It Romantic? (BMC) **
  • Alexa Tarantino: Firefly (Posi-Tone) **
  • Kaidi Tatham: An Insight to All Minds (First Word) **
  • Alfie Templeman: Forever Isn't Long Enough (Chess Club) **
  • Throttle Elevator Music: Final Floor (Wide Hive) **
  • The Tiptons Sax Quartet & Drums: Wabi Sabi (Sowie Sound) **
  • Don Toliver: Life of a Don (Cactus Jack/Atlantic) **
  • Too Much Joy: Mistakes Were Made (People Suck Music) **
  • Arne Torvik Trio: Northwestern Songs (Losen) **
  • Trondheim Jazz Orchestra & The MaXx: Live (MNJ -20) **
  • Carlos Vega: Art of the Messenger (Origin)
  • Luís Vicente Trio: Chanting in the Name Of (Clean Feed) **
  • Ghalia Volt: One Woman Band (Ruf) **
  • Dean Wareham: I Have Nothing to Say to the Mayor of L.A. (Double Feature) **
  • Marta Warelis/Carlos "Zingaro"/Helena Espvall/Marcelo dos Reis: Turqoise Dream (JACC)
  • The Weather Station: Ignorance (Fat Possum) **
  • Jane Weaver: Flock (Fire) **
  • Cory Weeds: O Sole Mio! Music From the Motherland (Cellar) **
  • Tierra Whack: Rap? (Interscope, EP) **
  • Tierra Whack: Pop? (Interscope, EP) **
  • Jennifer Wharton's Bonegasm: Not a Novelty (Sunnyside) **
  • Chris White/Lara Driscoll: Firm Roots (Firm Roots)
  • Wiki: Half God (Wikset Enterprise) **
  • Mars Williams: Presents an Ayler Xmas Vol. 5 (Astral Spirits) **
  • Yasmin Williams: Urban Driftwood (Spinster) **
  • Sarah Wilson: Kaleidoscope (Brass Tonic)
  • Martin Wind Quartet: My Astorian Queen (Laika)
  • Remi Wolf: We Love Dogs! (Island) **
  • Wolf Alice: Blue Weekend (Dirty Hit) **
  • Carolyn Wonderland: Tempting Fate (Alligator) **
  • Joyce Wrice: Overgrown (Joyce Wrice Music) **
  • Lucy Yeghiazaryan/Vanisha Gould: In Her Words (La Reserve) **
  • Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad: Jazz Is Dead 7: João Donato (Jazz Is Dead, EP) **
  • Brandee Younger: Somewhere Different (Impulse) **
B+(*)

  • 42 Dugg: Free Dem Boyz (4PF/CMG) **
  • 75 Dollar Bill Featuring David Watson: Social Music at Troost Vol. 2 (self-released) **
  • Snoh Aalegra: Temporary Highs in the Violet Skies (ARTium/Roc Nation) **
  • Arooj Aftab: Vulture Prince (New Amsterdam) **
  • Albare: Albare Plays Jobim Vol. 2 (Alfi)
  • Damon Albarn: The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows (Transgressive) **
  • Susan Alcorn/Leila Bordreuil/Ingrid Laubrock: Bird Meets Wire (Relative Pitch) **
  • Alfa Mist: Bring Backs (Anti-) **
  • Alice Phoebe Lou: Glow (self-released) **
  • Alice Phoebe Lou: Child's Play (self-released) **
  • Gary Allan: Ruthless (EMI Nashville) **
  • JD Allen: Queen City (Savant) **
  • Ben Allison: Moments Inside (Sonic Camera) **
  • Pedro Melo Alves' Omniae Large Ensemble: Lumina (Clean Feed) **
  • Aly & AJ: A Touch of the Beat Gets You Up on Your Feet Gets You Out and Then Into the Sun (Aly & AJ Music) **
  • Rebecca Angel: Love Life Choices (Timeless Grooves)
  • Arca: Kick II (XL) **
  • Atmosphere: Word? (Rhymesayers Entertainment) **
  • Angela Autumn: Frontiers Woman (self-released, EP) **
  • AZ: Doe or Die II (Quiet Money) **
  • Baby Keem: The Melodic Blue (PgLang/Columbia) **
  • Backxwash: I Lie Here Buried With My Rings and My Dress (Ugly Hag) **
  • Julien Baker: Little Oblivions (Matador) **
  • Baker's Brew: New Works (Psychosomatic, 2CD)
  • Beauty Pill: Instant Night (Northern Spy, EP) **
  • Dahveed Behroozi: Echos (Sunnyside) **
  • Gregg Belisle-Chi: Koi: Performing the Music of Tim Berne (Relative Pitch) **
  • Benny the Butcher: Pyrex Picasso (Rare Scrilla/BSF, EP) **
  • Selwyn Birchwood: Living in a Burning House (Alligator) **
  • Black Pistol Fire: Look Alive (Black Hill) **
  • Blackberry Smoke: You Hear Georgia (3 Legged) **
  • Namir Blade: Namir Blade Presents Aphelion's Traveling Circus (Mello Music Group -20) **
  • Rubén Blades y Roberto Delgado & Orquesta: Salswing! (Ruben Blades Productions) **
  • Bleachers: Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night (RCA) **
  • Leah Blevins: First Time Feeling (Crabtree) **
  • Lena Bloch & Feathery: Rose of Lifta (Fresh Sound New Talent)
  • Blu: The Color Blu(e) (Nature Sounds) **
  • Big Chief Monk Boudreux: Bloodstains & Teardrops (Whiskey Bayou) **
  • Patricia Brennan: Maquishti (Valley of Search) **
  • Olie Brice/Binker Golding/Henry Kaiser/N.O. Moore/Eddie Prévost: The Secret Handshake With Danger: Vol. One (577) **
  • Bridge of Flowers: A Soft Day's Night (ESP-Disk) *
  • Leon Bridges: Gold-Diggers Sound (Columbia) **
  • Solemn Brigham: South Street Sinner (Mello Music) **
  • Alan Broadbent/London Metropolitan Strings: Broadbent Plays Brubeck (Eden River) **
  • Bruiser Wolf: Dope Game Stupid (Bruiser Brigade) **
  • Lindsey Buckingham: Lindsey Buckingham (Buckingham) **
  • The Bug: Fire (Ninja Tune) **
  • Burial: Chemz/Dolphin (Hyperdub, EP) **
  • Greg Burk: Simple Joys (Tonos)
  • John Butcher/Dominic Lash/John Russell/Mark Sanders: Discernment (Spoonhunt) **
  • Cabaret Voltaire: Dekadrone (Mute) **
  • George Cables: Too Close for Comfort (HighNote) **
  • Matt Caflisch: Runaway (Fat Oak -20) **
  • Pedro Carneiro & Pedro Melo Alves: Bad Company (Clean Feed) **
  • Daniel Carter: Playfield Vol. 1: Sonar (Orbit577) **
  • Daniel Carter: Playfield Vol. 3: After Life (Orbit577) **
  • Daniel Carter/Avi Granite: Together Song: The Improvisations of Daniel Carter and Avi Granite Vol. 1 (Pet Mantis) **
  • Chapel Hart: The Girls Are Back in Town (self-released) **
  • Brian Charette: Power From the Air (SteepleChase) **
  • The Chisel: Retaliation (La Vida Es Un Mus Discos) **
  • Lady Gaga: Dawn of Chromatica (Interscope) **
  • Eric Church: Soul (EMI Nashville) **
  • Clairo: Sling (Fader/Republic) **
  • Cochemea: Vol. II: Baca Sewa (Daptone) **
  • Anat Cohen & Marcello Gonçalves: Reconvexo (Anzic) **
  • J. Cole: The Off-Season (Dreamville/Roc Nation) **
  • Chris Conde: Engulfed in the Marvelous Decay (Fake Four) **
  • Contour: Love Suite (Good Question, EP) **
  • The Cookers: Look Out! (Gearbox) **
  • Cowboys & Frenchmen: Our Highway (Outside In Music)
  • Jeremiah Cymerman/Charlie Looker: A Horizon Made of Canvas (Astral Spirits) **
  • Daggerboard: Last Days of Studio A (Wide Hive)
  • Dan Ex Machina: Bail Shag EP (self-released, EP) **
  • Danger Dan: Das Ist Alles Von Der Kunstfreiheit Gedekt (Antilopen Geldwäsche) **
  • Indigo De Souza: Any Shape You Take (Saddle Creek) **
  • Deafheaven: Infinite Granite (Sargent House) **
  • Jamael Dean: Primordial Waters (Stones Throw) **
  • Michael Dease: Give It All You Got (Posi-Tone) **
  • The Dynamic Les DeMerle Band Featuring Bonnie Eisele: Hot Night in Venice: Live at the Venice Jazz Club (Origin)
  • Dialect: Under~Between (RVNG Intl) **
  • John Dikeman/Hamid Drake: Live in Chicago (Doek Raw -20) **
  • Dinosaur Jr.: Sweep It Into Space (Jagjaguwar) **
  • Dominican Jazz Project: Desde Lejos (Summit)
  • Dos Santos: City of Mirrors (International Anthem) **
  • Rebecca Dumaine and the Dave Miller Trio: Someday, Someday (Summit)
  • Gerry Eastman Trio: Trust Me (self-released)
  • Wendy Eisenberg: Bloodletting (Out of Your Head) **
  • Yoav Eshed/Lex Korten/Massimo Biolcati/Jongkuk Kim: A Way Out (Sounderscore)
  • Joe Farnsworth: City of Sound (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Kari Faux: Lowkey Superstar (Don Giovanni) **
  • Lorraine Feather: My Own Particular Life (Relarion)
  • Steven Feifke Big Band: Kinetic (Outside In Music) **
  • Jared Feinman: Love Is an Obstacle (West of Philly) *
  • Fiddlehead: Between the Richness (Run for Cover) **
  • Nick Finzer: Out of Focus (Outside In Music) **
  • Flatland Cavalry: Welcome to Countryland (self-released) **
  • Béla Fleck: My Bluegrass Heart (Renew, 2CD) **
  • Gabby Fluke-Mogul: Threshold (Relative Pitch) **
  • Focusyear Band 2021: Bosque (Neuklang)
  • Nick Fraser Quartet: If There Were No Opposites (Ezz-Thetics) **
  • Mark Fredson: Nothing but Night (self-released) **
  • Nnenna Freelon: Time Traveler (Origin)
  • Dori Freeman: Ten Thousand Roses (Blue Hens Music) **
  • Satoko Fujii: Piano Music (Libra)
  • Futari: Beyond (Libra)
  • Garage A Trois: Calm Down Cologne (Royal Potato Family) **
  • Ben LaMar Gay: Open Arms to Open Us (International Anthem) **
  • Aaron Germain: Bell Projections (Aaron Germain Music)
  • Ghetts: Conflict of Interest (Warner) **
  • Sean Michael Giddings: Red Willow (Origin)
  • Frode Gjerstad Trio + 1: Forgotten City (PNL -20) **
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor: G_d's Pee at State's End (Consetllation) **
  • Charles Wesley Godwin: How the Mighty Fall (self-released) **
  • Pasquale Grasso: Pasquale Plays Duke (Sony Masterworks) **
  • The Grasso-Ravita Jazz Ensemble: Jagged Spaces (Grassvita Music)
  • Grouper: Shade (Kranky) **
  • Barry Guy: Irvin's Comet (NoBusiness -20)
  • Scott Hamilton/Duke Robillard: Swingin' Again (Blue Duchess) **
  • Roderick Harper: Evolving (R.H.M. Entertainment)
  • Kevin Hays/Ben Street/Billy Hart: All Things Are (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Hearth: Melt (Clean Feed) **
  • David Helbock: The New Cool (ACT Music) **
  • Natalie Hemby: Pins and Needles (Fantasy) **
  • Hennessy Six/Colorado Springs Youth Symphony: The Road Less Traveled (Summit)
  • Hiatus Kaiyote: Mood Valiant (Brainfeeder) **
  • Hiss Golden Messenger: Quietly Blowing It (Merge) **
  • Jaguar: Madremonte (El Palmas) **
  • Jazzmeia Horn and Her Noble Force: Dear Love (Empress Legacy) **
  • Susie Ibarra: Talking Gong (New Focus) **
  • Inawhirl: Streugebilde (Trost) **
  • Injury Reserve: By the Time I Get to Phoenix (self-released) **
  • Wanda Jackson: Encore (Big Machine, EP) **
  • Yvette Janine Jackson: Freedom (Fridman Gallery) **
  • Jake Breaks: Breaksy (Wide Hive)
  • Boldy James & the Alchemist: Bo Jackson (ALC) **
  • Loraine James: Reflection (Hyperdub) **
  • Jazz Worms: Squirmin' (Capri)
  • Jlin: Embryo (Planet Mu, EP) **
  • Tom Jones: Surrounded by Time (S-Curve) **
  • Willie Jones III: Fallen Heroes (WJ3) **
  • Jü: III (RareNoise) *
  • Jungle: Loving in Stereo (Awal) **
  • Vera Kappeler/Peter Conradin Zumthor: Herd (Intakt) **
  • Jonathan Karrant/Joshua White: Shadows Fall (self-released)
  • Katarsis 4: Live at the Underground Water Reservoir (NoBusiness -20)
  • Kaytranada: Intimidated (RCA, EP) **
  • Amythyst Kiah: Wary + Strange (Rounder) **
  • Masabumi Kikuchi: Hanamichi: The Final Studio Recording (2013, Red Hook) **
  • The Killers: Pressure Machine (Island) **
  • Katy Kirby: Cool Dry Place (Keeled Scales) **
  • The Klezmatics: Letters to Afar (Chant) **
  • Kojaque: Town's Dead (Soft Boy) **
  • Alexey Kruglov/Carolyn Hume/Paul May/Oleg Yudanov: Last Train From Narvskaya (Leo) **
  • Christof Kurzmann/Sofia Jernberg/Joe Williamson/Mats Brandlmayr: Disquiet (Trost) **
  • Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio: I Told You So (Colemine) **
  • Jessy Lanza: DJ-Kicks (!K7) **
  • Marthe Lea Band: Asura (Motvind) **
  • Mike LeDonne's Groover Quartet + Big Band: It's All Your Fault (Savant) **
  • Howie Lee: Birdy Island (Mais Um Discos) **
  • Gianni Lenoci: A Few Steps Beyond (Amirani) **
  • Stefano Leonardi/Antonio Bertoni: Viandes (Astral Spirits) **
  • Mark Lewis Quartet: Naked Animals (Audio Daddio)
  • Lil Nas X: Montero (Columbia) **
  • Johan Lindström Septett: On the Asylum (Moserobie)
  • Los Lobos: Native Sons (New West) **
  • Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas: Soundprints: Other Worlds (Greenleaf Music)
  • A Love Electric: Permanent Immigrant (Imagination Demand -20) **
  • Andy Fairweather Low & the Low Riders: Lockdown Live (Secret) **
  • L'Rain: Fatigue (Mexican Summer) **
  • Harold Mabern: Mabern Plays Coltrane (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Doug MacDonald: Live in Hawaii (DMAC Music)
  • Madlib: Sound Ancestors (Madlib Invazion) **
  • Madre Vaca: The Elements (Madre Vaca)
  • Shai Maestro: Human (ECM) **
  • Wu Man/Kojiro Umezaki: How (In a Circle)
  • Aimee Mann: Queens of the Summer Hotel (SuperEgo) **
  • Myele Manzanza: Crisis & Opportunity, Vol 2: Peaks (DeepMatter) **
  • Karen Marguth: Until (OA2)
  • Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane: Ihubo Labomdabu (Unlocked Keys) **
  • Michael Mayo: Bones (Artistry Music/Mack Avenue) **
  • Otis McDonald: Beats Vol. 3 (Track Tribe) **
  • John McLaughlin: Liberation Time (Abstract Logix) **
  • Meridian Odyssey: Second Wave (Origin)
  • Mesh: Mesh (Born Yesterday, EP) **
  • Pat Metheny: Side-Eye NYC (V1.IV) (Modern) **
  • Mike and the Moonpies: One to Grow On (Prairie Rose) **
  • Lady Millea: I Don't Mind Missing You (Reconcile)
  • Dave Miller Trio: The Mask-erade Is Over (Summit)
  • Steve Million: What I Meant to Say (Origin)
  • Liudas Mockunas/Christian Windfeld: Pacemaker (NoBusiness)
  • Mathias Modica: Sonic Rohstoff (Kryptox) **
  • Hedvig Mollestad: Tempest Revisited (Rune Grammofon) **
  • Moor Mother: Black Encyclopedia of the Air (Anti-) **
  • Gurf Morlix: The Tightening of the Screws (Rootball) **
  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge: Jazz Is Dead 8: Brian Jackson (Jazz Is Dead) **
  • Róisín Murphy: Crooked Machine (Skint) **
  • Mustafa: When Smoke Rises (Regent Park Songs, EP) **
  • Laura Mvula: Pink Noise (Atlantic) **
  • Nas: King's Disease II (Mass Appeal) **
  • Mankwe Ndosi and Body MemOri: Felt/Not Said (Auspice NOW) *
  • Gary Negbaur: You've Got to Be Carefully Taught (BluJazz)
  • Helado Negro: Far In (4AD) **
  • Nelly: Heartland (Columbia, EP) **
  • Marius Neset: A New Dawn (ACT Music) **
  • Larry Newcomb Quartet: Love, Dad (Essential Messenger)
  • Nikara: Nikara Presents Black Wall Street (Railroad Hart) **
  • Nadja Noordhuis: Gullfoss (2019, Little Mystery) **
  • Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge: Within Us: Celebrating 25 Years of the Jazz Surge (MAMA/Summit)
  • Palberta: Palberta 5000 (Wharf Cat) **
  • Pino Palladino and Blake Mills: Notes With Attachments (Impulse) **
  • Phil Parisot: Inventions (OA2)
  • Caroline Parke: Pause and Pine (self-released) **
  • Evan Parker Quartet: All Knavery and Collusion (Cadillac) **
  • Jeff Parker: Forfolks (International Anthem) **
  • Zeena Parkins/Mette Rasmussen/Ryan Sawyer: Glass Triangle (Relative Pitch) **
  • Ben Patterson: Push the Limits (Origin)
  • Jeremy Pelt: Griot: This Is Important! (HighNote) **
  • Ivo Perelman/Nate Wooley: Polarity (Burning Ambulance) **
  • Chris Pierce: American Silence (Pierce) **
  • Robert Plant/Alison Krauss: Raise the Roof (Rounder) **
  • Pluto Juice: Pluto Juice (Contagious Music)
  • Polo G: Hall of Fame (Columbia/Only Dreamers Achieve) **
  • Portico Quartet: Terrain (Gondwana) **
  • Portico Quartet: Monument (Gondwana) **
  • Powers/Rollin Duo: Strange Fortune (Astral Spirits) **
  • Mike Pride: I Hate Work (RareNoise) **
  • Professor Cunningham and His Old School: The Lockdown Blues (Arbors) **
  • Reggie Quinerly: New York Nowhere (Redefinition)
  • R2Bees: Back 2 Basics (Ziiki Media) **
  • Abbey Rader/John McMinn: Two as One (Abray) **
  • Rainbow Girls: Rolling Dumpster Fire (self-released, EP) **
  • Jordan Rakei: What We Call Life (Ninja Tune) **
  • Isaiah Rashad: The House Is Burning (Top Dawg Entertainment/Warner) **
  • Raw Poetic Featuring Damu the Fudgemunk: Big Tiny Planet (Redefinition, EP) **
  • The Reds, Pinks & Purples: Uncommon Weather (Slumberland) **
  • The Rite of Trio: Free Development of Delirium (Clean Feed) **
  • Dan Rose: Last Night . . . (Ride Symbol)
  • Jeff Rosenstock: Ska Dream (Polyvinyl) **
  • Renee Rosnes: Kinds of Love (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Rostam: Changephobia (Matsor Projects) **
  • The Justin Rothberg Group: Hurricane Mouse (self-released)
  • Adam Rudolph Go: Organic Guitar Orchestra: Resonant Bodies (Meta) **
  • Charles Rumback: Seven Bridges (Astral Spirits) **
  • Elori Saxl: The Blue of Distance (Western Vinyl) **
  • Scary Goldings: Scary Goldings IV (Pockets) **
  • The Scenic Route Trio: Flight of Life (self-released)
  • Chris Schlarb/Chad Taylor: Time No Changes (Astral Spirits/Big Ego) **
  • J. Peter Schwalm: Aufbruch (RareNoise) *
  • Jacques Schwarz-Bart: Soné Ka-La 2: Odyssey (Enja)
  • Penelope Scott: Hazards (Many Hats, EP) **
  • Zoe Scott: Shades of Love (Zoe Scott Music -20)
  • Serengeti: KDxMPC (self-released, EP -20) **
  • Serengeti: Curse of the Polo (self-released) **
  • Serpentwithfeet: Deacon (Secretly Canadian) **
  • Elvie Shane: Backslider (Wheelhouse) **
  • Shanique Marie: Gigi's House (Equinoxx Musiq) **
  • Almog Sharvit: Get Up or Cry (Unit)
  • Nala Sinephro: Space 1.8 (Warp) **
  • Alex Sipiagin: Upstream (Posi-Tone) **
  • Slayyyter: Troubled Paradise (Fader Label) **
  • Sleater-Kinney: Path of Wellness (Mom + Pop) **
  • Slide Attack: Road Trip (SACD)
  • Slowthai: Tyron (Method) **
  • Tyshawn Sorey/Alarm Will Sound: For George Lewis/Autoschediasms (Cantaloupe, 2CD) **
  • Space Afrika: Honest Labour (Dais) **
  • Spellling: The Turning Wheel (Sacred Bones) **
  • Will St Peter/Steven Heffner/Steve Barnes: Honestly (Origin)
  • Luke Stewart: Works for Upright Bass and Amplifier Vol. 1 (Astral Spirits) **
  • Thomas Strønen/Ayumi Tanaka/Marthe Lea: Bayou (ECM) **
  • Jazmine Sullivan: Heaux Tales (RCA) **
  • Helen Sung: Quartet + (Sunnyside) **
  • Craig Taborn: Shadow Plays (ECM) **
  • C. Tangana: El Madrileño (Sony Music) **
  • Butch Thompson & Southside Aces With Charlie Devore: How Long Blues (Southside Aces -20) **
  • Tirzah: Colourgrade (Domino) **
  • Tony Tixier: I Am Human (Whirlwind, EP) **
  • Sabu Toyozumi/Mats Gustafsson: Hokusai (NoBusiness -20)
  • Trees Speak: PostHuman (Soul Jazz) **
  • Vasco Trilla/Liba Villavecchia: Asebeia (FMR) **
  • Tropical Fuck Storm: Deep States (Joyful Noise) **
  • Turnstile: Glow On (Roadrunner) **
  • U-Roy: Solid Gold (Trojan) **
  • Valerie June: The Moon and Stars: Prescription for Dreamers (Fantasy) **
  • Vario 34-3: Free Improvised Music (Corbett vs. Dempsey) **
  • Pabllo Vittar: Batidao Tropical (Sony) **
  • Theo Walentiny: Looking Glass (self-released)
  • Summer Walker: Still Over It (LVRN/Interscope) **
  • Marcin Wasilewski Trio: En Attendant (ECM) **
  • Waterparks: Greatest Hits (300 Entertainment) **
  • We Are the Union: Ordinary Life (Bad Time) **
  • Faye Webster: I Know I'm Funny Haha (Secretly Canadian) **
  • Corey Weeds With Strings: What Is There to Say? (Cellar) **
  • Amber Weekes: 'Round Midnight Re-Imagined (Amber Inn Productions)
  • Tierra Whack: R&B? (Interscope, EP) **
  • Rodney Whitaker: OutroSpection: The Music of Gregg Hill (Origin)
  • Mareike Wiening: Future Memories (Greenleaf Music)
  • Chris Williams/Patrick Shiroishi: Sans Soleil (Astral Spirits) **
  • Jamire Williams: But Only After You Have Suffered (International Anthem) **
  • Willow: Lately I Feel Everything (MSFTS/Roc Nation) **
  • Nate Wooley/Liudas Mockunas/Barry Guy/Arkadijus Gotesmanas: NOX (NoBusiness)
  • W.R.D. [Robert Walter/Eddie Roberts/Adam Deitch]: The Hit (Color Red) **
B
  • Air Craft: Divergent Path (Craftedair/Blujazz)
  • Roxana Amed: Ontology (Sony Music Latin) **
  • Arca: Kick III (XL) **
  • Arca: Kick IIII (XL) **
  • Arca: Kick IIIII (XL) **
  • The Armed: Ultrapop (Sargent House) **
  • Badbadnotgood: Talk Memory (XL/Innovative Leisure) **
  • Mandy Barnett: Every Star Above (BMG) **
  • Pat Bianchi: Something to Say: The Music of Stevie Wonder (Savant) **
  • Black Midi: Cavalcade (Rough Trade) **
  • James Blake: Friends That Break Your Heart (Republic) **
  • Dr. Mike Bogle: Let There Be Light (MBP/Groove)
  • Jakob Bro/Arve Henriksen/Jorge Rossy: Uma Elmo (ECM) **
  • Butcher Brown: Encore (Concord Jazz, EP) **
  • John Butcher/Sharon Gal/David Toop: Until the Night Melts Away (Shrike) **
  • Brandi Carlile: In These Silent Days (Low Country Sound/Elektra) **
  • Nick Cave & Warren Ellis: Carnage (AWAL) **
  • Joe Chambers: Samba De Marcatu (Blue Note) **
  • Chief Keef: 4Nem (Glo Gang/RBC) **
  • Avishai Cohen: Two Roses (Naive) **
  • Wayne Coniglio & Scott Whitfield: Faster Friends (Summit)
  • The Contraptionists: Working Man's Dread (self-released) **
  • Jack Cooper/Jeff Tobias: Tributaries (Astral Spirits) **
  • The Coral: Coral Island (Run On, 2CD) **
  • Crazy Doberman: Everyone Is Rolling Down a Hill (Astral Spirits) **
  • Theo Croker: BLK2LIFE // A Future Past (Sony Masterworks) **
  • Andrew Cyrille Quartet: The News (ECM) **
  • Richard Dawson & Circle: Henki (Weird World) **
  • Randal Despommier: Dio C'è (Outside In Music)
  • Dijon: Absolutely (R&R Digital/Warner) **
  • Dltzk: Frailty (Deadair) **
  • Drake: Certified Lover Boy (OVO/Republic) **
  • Kurt Elling: SuperBlue (Edition) **
  • Signe Emmeluth: Hi Hello I'm Signe (Relative Pitch) **
  • Alon Farber: Hagiga: Reflecting on Freedom (Origin)
  • Sam Fender: Seventeen Going Under (Polydor) **
  • Amit Friedman: Unconditional Love (Origin)
  • Rob Frye: Chihuahuan Desert Birdscapes (Astral Spirits) **
  • Nubya Garcia: Source We Move + We Move (Concord Jazz) **
  • Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet: Impulso Tanguero (Tiger Turn) **
  • Mats Gustafsson/Joachim Nordwall: Shadows of Tomorrow/The Brain Produces Electric Waves (Astral Spirits, EP) **
  • Jeff Hamilton Trio: Merry & Bright (Capri)
  • Daniel Herskedal: Harbor (Edition) **
  • Jon Hopkins: Music for Psychedelic Therapy (Domino) **
  • Iceage: Seek Shelter (Mexican Summer) **
  • Jon Irabagon: Bird With Streams (Irabbagast) **
  • Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit: Georgia Blue (Southeastern) **
  • Jazz Daddies: Moontower Nights (self-released)
  • Marcus Joseph: Beyond the Dome (Jazz Re:freshed) **
  • Angélique Kidjo: Mother Nature (Decca) **
  • Kiefer: When There's Love Around (Stones Throw) **
  • Mick Kolassa: Uncle Mick's Christmas Album (Endless Blues)
  • Koreless: Agor (Young) **
  • L.A. Cowboy: The Big Pitch (Reconcile)
  • Remy Le Boeuf's Assembly of Shadows: Architecture of Storms (SoundSpore)
  • Gabor Lesko: Earthway (Creativity's Paradise Music)
  • Lord Huron: Long Lost (Republic) **
  • Joe Lovano: Trio Tapestry: Garden of Expression (ECM) **
  • Branford Marsalis: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom [Original Soundtrack] (Milan -20) **
  • Lyle Mays: Eberhard (self-released, EP)
  • Brad Mehldau and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra: Variations on a Melancholy Theme (Nonesuch) **
  • Ava Mendoza: New Spells (Relative Pitch/Astral Spirits) **
  • Pat Metheny: Road to the Sun (BMG Modern) **
  • Mimz & Dunn: Infinite Lawn (self-released) **
  • Cameron Mizell & Charlie Rauh: Local Folklore (Destiny)
  • Charnett Moffett: New Love (Motéma) **
  • Mogwai: As the Love Continues (Temporary Residence) **
  • Ashley Monroe: Rosegold (Mountainrose Sparrow) **
  • Van Morrison: Latest Record Project: Volume 1 (BMG/Exile, 2CD) **
  • John Moulder: Metamorphosis (Origin)
  • Willie Nelson: That's Life (Legacy) **
  • Willie Nelson: The Willie Nelson Family (Legacy) **
  • Matt Niess & the Capitol Bones: The Beat Goes On (Summit)
  • Nubiyan Twist: Freedom Fables (Strut) **
  • Kassa Overall: Shades of Flu 2: In These Odd Times (Flu Note) **
  • The Underflow: Instant Opaque Evening (Blue Chopsticks) **
  • Part Chimp: Drool (Wrong Speed) **
  • Perila: How Much Time It Is Between You and Me? (Smalltown Soupersound) **
  • John Pizzarelli: Better Days Ahead: Solo Guitar Takes on Pat Metheny (Ghostlight) **
  • Pony: TV Baby (Take This to Heart) **
  • Charlie Porter: Hindsight (OA2)
  • Chris Potter Circuits Trio: Sunrise Reprise (Edition) **
  • Q'd Up: Going Places (Tantara)
  • R+R=Now: Live (Blue Note) **
  • Porter Robinson: Nurture (Mom + Pop) **
  • Mauricio J. Rodriguez: Luz (self-released)
  • Claire Rousay: A Softer Focus (American Dreams) **
  • Jana Rush: Painful Enlightenment (Planet Mu) **
  • Anna B Savage: A Commmon Turn (City Slang) **
  • Scotch Rolex: Tewari (Hakuna Kulala) **
  • Senyawa: Alkisah (Burning Ambulance) **
  • Serengeti: Have a Summer (self-released) **
  • Sidemen: Sidemen (Summit)
  • Greg Skaff: Polaris (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Nate Smith: Kinfolk 2: See the Birds (Edition) **
  • Esperanza Spalding: Songwrights Apothecary Lab (Concord) **
  • Spirit of the Beehive: Entertainment, Death (Saddle Creek) **
  • The Steel Woods: All of Your Stones (Thirty Tigers) **
  • Becca Stevens: Becca Stevens & the Secret Trio (GroundUp Music) **
  • Matthew Stevens: Pittsburgh (Whirlwind)
  • John Stowell/Dan Dean: Rain Painting (Origin)
  • Aaron Lee Tasjan: Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan! (New West) **
  • Emma-Jean Thackray: Yellow (Movementt/Warp) **
  • Torres: Thirstier (Merge) **
  • TØRSÖ: Home Wrecked (self-released, EP) **
  • Vasco Trilla: Unmoved Mover (Fundacja Sluchaj) **
  • Tune-Yards: Sketchy (4AD) **
  • Villagers: Fever Dreams (Domino) **
  • Leon Vynehall: Rare, Forever (Ninja Tune) **
  • The War on Drugs: I Don't Live Here Anymore (Atlantic) **
  • Wau Wau Collectif: Yaral Sa Doom (Sahel Sounds) **
  • Westside Gunn: Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Sincerely, Adolf (Griselda/Empire) **
  • Westside Gunn: Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Side B (Griselda/Empire) **
  • Rodney Whitaker With the Christ Church Cranbrook Choir: Cranbrook Christmas Jazz (Origin)
  • Greg Yasinitsky Yazz Band: New Normal (Origin)
  • Yola: Stand for Myself (Easy Eye Sound) **
B-
  • ABBA: Voyage (Polar) **
  • Adele: 30 (Columbia) **
  • Fatima Al Qadiri: Medieval Femme (Hyperdub) **
  • Lauren Alaina: Sitting Pretty on Top of the World (Mercury Nashville) **
  • Bo Burnham: Inside (The Songs) (Imperial Distribution) **
  • Dan Dean: Fanfare for the Common Man (Origin Classical)
  • James Francies: Purest Form (Blue Note) **
  • Ghost Rhythms: Spectral Music (Cuneiform) **
  • Cameron Graves: Seven (Mack Avenue) **
  • Reza Khan: Imaginary Road (Painted Music)
  • Martin Küchen & Michaela Antalová: Thunder Before Lightning (Clean Feed) **
  • Lingua Ignota: Sinner Get Ready (Sargent House) **
  • Doug Lofstrom: Music for Strings (Origin Classical)
  • Menahan Street Band: The Exciting Sounds of Menahan Street Band (Daptone) **
  • Paul Messina: Blue Fire (GVAP Music)
  • Chris Potter: There Is a Tide (Edition -20) **
  • Paul Silbergleit: The Hidden Standard (BluJazz)
  • Sachal Vasandani/Romain Collin: Midnight Shelter (Edition) **
  • Young Pilgrims: We're Young Pilgrims (Stoney Lane) **
C+
  • Android Trio: Other Worlds (Cuneiform) **
  • Circuit Des Yeux: Io (Matador) **
  • The Ed Palermo Big Band: I've Got News for You: The Music of Edgar Winter (Sky Cat) **
  • Jen Shyu & Jade Tongue: Zero Grasses: Ritual for the Losses (Pi)
  • The United States Air Force Band Airmen of Note: The 2021 Jazz Heritage Series (self-released)
  • Kanye West: Donda (GOOD Music/Def Jam, 2CD) **
C
  • Low: Hey What (Sub Pop) **
  • Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet: Fools for Yule (Housekat)
  • Tommy Vig: 2022: Jazz Jazz (Klassikus Jazz)
  • Amber Weekes: My Romance: A Special Valentine (Amber Inn Productions, EP)

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

  • Darius Jones: Raw Demoon Alchemy (A Lone Operation) (Northern Spy) **
  • ++
    • Ikizukuri + Susans Santos Silva: Suicide Underground Orchid (Multikulti Project) **
    • The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band: Both Ways (self-released) **
    +
    • Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society: Mandatory Reality (Eremite) **
    • Mark Feldman: Sounding Point (Intakt) **
    • Christopher Hoffman: Asp Nimbus (Out of Your Head) **
    • Jason Moran: The Sound Will Tell You (Yes) **

    Reissues/Compilations/Vault Music:

    In previous years I tried to separate reissues from compilations, including newly released vault items in the latter. This made sense when I was reviewing a lot of Recycled Goods material, but led to other problems with year-end lists, so as of 2013 anything containing any previously released material is collected here, and anything that is wholly previously unreleased is treated as new, above.

    A
    1. Charles Mingus: Mingus at Carnegie Hall [Deluxe Edition] (1974, Atlantic, 2CD) **
    A-
    1. Schlippenbach & Johansson: Onkel Pös Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1978 (SÅJ) **
    2. Hamiet Bluiett: Bearer of the Holy Flame (1983, Strut) **
    3. Duck Baker: Confabulations (1994-2017, ESP-Disk)
    4. Total Music Association: Walpurgisnacht (1971-88, NoBusiness)
    5. Rip It Up: The Best of Specialty Records (1946-58, Craft) **
    6. John Coltrane: Chasin' the Trane Revisited (1961, Ezz-Thetics) **
    7. Bill Evans: Behind the Dikes: The 1969 Netherlands Recordings (Elemental Music, 2CD)
    8. Pat Thomas: The Locals Play the Music of Anthony Braxton (2006, Discus Music) **
    9. Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers: First Flight to Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings (Blue Note) **
    10. Journeys in Modern Jazz: Britain (1965-1972) (Decca, 2CD) **
    11. Sam Rivers Quartet: Braids [Sam Rivers Archive Project, Volume 4] (1979, NoBusiness -20)
    12. What Goes On: The Songs of Lou Reed (1967-2019, Ace) **
    13. Julius Hemphill: The Boyé Multi-National Crusade for Harmony (1977-2007, New World, 7CD) **
    14. 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything (Island) **
    15. Cecil Taylor Quintet: Lifting the Bandstand (1998, Fundacja Sluchaj) **
    16. Ray Russell Sextet: Forget to Remember: Live Vol. 2: 1970 (Jazz in Britain) **
    17. Joseph Spence: Encore: Unheard Recordings of Bahamian Guitar and Singing (1965, Smithsonian/Folkways) **
    18. Sonny Rollins: Rollins in Holland
    19. Chuck Berry: Live From Blueberry Hill (2005-06, Dualtone)
    20. Sam Rivers Quartet: Undulation [Sam Rivers Archive Project, Volume 5 (1981, NoBusiness)
    21. Christian Reim Sextet: Mona Lisa (1973, Jazzaggression) **
    22. Roy Hargrove/Mulgrew Miller: In Harmony (2006-07, Resonance, 2CD)
    23. Cold Wave #2 (2015-20, Soul Jazz) **
    24. Archie Shepp: Blasé and Yasmina Revisited (1969, Ezz-thetics) **
    25. Hasaan Ibn Ali: Metaphysics: The Lost Atlantic Album (1965, Omnivore) **
    26. Marion Brown: Capricorn Moon to Juba Lee Revisited (1965-66, Ezz-Thetics -19) **
    27. Jim Snidero: Strings (2001, Savant)
    28. Joe Harriott Quintet: Free Form & Abstract Revisited (1960-62, Ezz-Thetics, 2CD) **
    29. Paul Dunmall/Keith Tippett/Philip Gibbs/Pete Fairclough: Onosante (2000, 577) **
    30. Harvie S Trio: Going for It (1985, Savant) **
    31. Bob Marley & the Wailers: The Capitol Session '73 (Mercury/Tuff Gong) **
    32. Marion Brown: Why Not? Porto Novo! Revisited (1966-67, Ezz-Thetics) **
    33. Bola Sete: Samba in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse 1966-1968 (Tompkins Square, 3CD) **
    34. Mototeru Takagi/Susumu Kongo/Nao Takeuchi/Shola Koyama: Live at Little John, Yokohama 1999 (NoBusiness)
    35. The New York Contemporary Five: Copenhagen 1963 Revisited (Ezz-Thetics) **
    36. Neil Ardley: Kaleidoscope of Rainbows: QEH, 20th Oct 75 (Jazz in Britain, 2CD) **
    37. Ornette Coleman: New York Is Now & Love Call Revisited (1968, Ezz-Thetics) **
    38. Essiebons Special 1973-1984: Ghana Music Power House (Analog Africa) **
    39. Juju: Live at 131 Prince Street (1973, Strut) **
    40. Khaira Arby: Live in New York 2010 (Clermont Music) **
    41. Instant Composers Pool: Incipient ICP (1966-71) (Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2CD) **
    42. Cuba: Music and Revolution: Culture Clash in Havana: Experiments in Latin Music 1973-85 Vol. 2 (Soul Jazz, 2CD) **
    43. Joel Futterman: Creation Series (2008, NoBusiness, 5CD)

    Pending

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

    Also Noted:

    B+(***)
    • Amapiano Now (NTS) **
    • Albert Ayler Quintet: 1966: Berlin, Lorrach, Paris & Stockholm. Revisited (Ezz-Thetics, 2CD) **
    • Duck Baker: Plymouth Rock: Unreleased & Rare Recordings, 1973-1979 (Tompkins Square -20) **
    • Gary Bartz NTU Troop: Live in Bremen 1975 (Moosicus, 2CD) **
    • Tim Berne/Chris Speed/Reid Anderson/Dave King: Broken Shadows (2018, Intakt) **
    • Roy Brooks: Understanding (1970, Reel-to-Real, 2CD) **
    • Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time OutTakes (1959, Brubeck Editions -20) **
    • Cameroon Garage Funk (Analog Africa) **
    • Can: Live in Stuttgart 1975 (Mute, 2CD) **
    • Don Cherry: Complete Communion & Symphony for Improvisers Revisited (1965-66, Ezz-Thetics) **
    • Alice Coltrane: Kirtan: Turiya Sings (1982, Impulse!) **
    • John Coltrane: Another Side of John Coltrane (1956-61, Craft) **
    • John Coltrane Quartet: Newport, New York, Alabama 1963 Revisited (Ezz-Thetics) **
    • Cuba: Music and Revolution: Culture Clash in Havana Cuba: Experiments in Latin Music 1975-85 Vol. 1 (Soul Jazz, 2CD) **
    • J Dilla: Welcome 2 Detroit [20th Anniversary Edition] (2001, BBE, 2CD) **
    • Willie Dunn: Creation Never Sleeps, Creation Never Dies: The Willie Dunn Anthology (Light in the Attic) **
    • The Ebony Hillbillies: Barefoot and Flying (2011, EH Music -20) **
    • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Berlin 1959 (Storyville, 2CD) **
    • Marianne Faithfull: The Montreux Years (1995-2009, BMG) **
    • Henry Franklin: The Skipper (1972, Black Jazz/Real Gone Music) **
    • Hal Galper Quintet: Live at the Berlin Philharmonic 1977 (Origin, 2CD)
    • Frode Gjerstad/Kent Carter/John Stevens: Detail-90 (1990, NoBusiness)
    • Dennis Gonzalez/Yusef Komunyakaa: Herido: Live at St. James Cathedral, Chicago (1999, 8th Harmonic Breakdown) **
    • Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band: Hot Night in Roslyn: 1976 Radio Broadcast Recording (Hobo) **
    • Tubby Hayes Quartet: The Complete Hopbine '69 (Jazz in Britain, 2CD) **
    • William Hooker: Big Moon (Org Music) **
    • ICP Orchestra: Plays Herbie Nichols in Nijmegen 7 May 1984 (ICP -20) **
    • I'll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico (Verve) **
    • J Jazz: Deep Modern Jazz From Japan: Volume 3 (1970-85, BBE, 2CD) **
    • The J Ann C Trio: At Tan-Tar-A (1966, Modern Harmonic/Sundazed) **
    • Michael Gregory Jackson: Frequency Equilibrium Koan (1977, self-released) **
    • Khan Jamal: Infinity (1982, Jazz Room) **
    • Sheila Jordan: Comes Love: Lost Session 1960 (Capri)
    • Lenny Kaye Presents Lightning Striking (1934-2013, Ace, 2CD) **
    • Byard Lancaster: My Pure Joy (1992, Strut) **
    • Alan Lomax's American Patchwork (1978-83, Mississippi) **
    • Lionel Loueke: Close Your Eyes (2018, Sounderscore)
    • Hailu Mergia & the Walias Band: Tezeta (1975, Awesome Tapes From Africa) **
    • Roberto Miranda's Home Music Ensemble: Live at Bing Theatre: Los Angeles, 1985 (Dark Tree)
    • Lee Morgan: The Complete Live at the Lighthouse (1970, Blue Note, 8CD) **
    • Carl Magnus Neumann/Christian Reim Quartet: Molde International Jazz Festival 1976 (1976, Jazzaggression) **
    • The New Jazz Orchestra: Le Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe (1969, Decca) **
    • New Life: Visions of the Third Eye (1979, Early Future) **
    • The New York Contemporary Five: Consequences Revisited (1963-64, Ezz-Thetics) **
    • Joe Newman: Joe Newman at the Atlantic (1977, Phontastic) **
    • Now That's What I Call Music! Outlaw Country (1968-2015, NOW) **
    • Itaru Oki Quartet: Live at Jazz Spot Combo 1975 (NoBusiness)
    • Mike Osborne & Friends: Live at the Peanuts Club (1975-76, Jazz in Britain -20) **
    • Lee Scratch Perry: The Specialist: The Pama Years (1969-71, Pama) **
    • Oscar Peterson: A Time for Love: The Oscar Peterson Quartet Live in Helsinki, 1987 (Mack Avenue) **
    • Pink Floyd: Live at Knebworth 1990 (Pink Floyd) **
    • Plastic People of the Universe: Magicke Noci 1997 (Guerilla) **
    • Sun Ra: Lanquidity [Definitive Edition] (1978, Strut, 2CD) **
    • Sun Ra: On Jupiter (1979, Enterplanetary Koncepts) **
    • Roots: Roots (1975, Frederiksberg) **
    • The Rough Guide to the Roots of Jazz (1918-30, World Music Network) **
    • Roswell Rudd & Duck Baker: Live (2002-04, Dot Time) **
    • Archie Shepp: Live in Paris 1974 (Transversales Disques) **
    • Splinters: Inclusivity (1972, Jazz in Britain, 3CD) **
    • Star Lovers: Boafo Ne Nyame (1987, Hot Casa) **
    • Cecil Taylor Ensemble: Göttingen (1990, Fundacja Sluchaj, 2CD) **
    • Mike Taylor Quartet: Mandala (1965, Jazz in Britain) **
    • The Thing [Mats Gustafsson/Joe McPhee/Ingebrigt Håker Flaten/Paal Nilseen-Love]: She Knows . . . (2001, Ezz-Thetics) **
    • Steve Tintweiss and the Purple Why: Markstown (1968, Inky Dot Media)
    • Shem Tupe/Justo Osala/Enos Okola: Guitar Music of Western Kenya: 45s From the Archive of Shem Tupe (Mississippi) **
    • The Velvet Underground: A Documentary Film by Todd Haynes (1954-70, Polydor, 2CD) **
    • Vernacular: The Little Bird (2003, Astral Spirits) **
    • Vis-a-Vis: The Best of Vis-a-Vis in Congo Style (1976, We Are Busy Bodies) **
    • Wallahi Le Zein! (Mississippi) **
    • Eberhard Weber: Once Upon a Time: Live in Avignon (1994, ECM) **
    • Ken Wheeler and the John Dankworth Orchestra: Windmill Tilter: The Story of Don Quixote (1969, Decca) **
    • Barney Wilen: La Note Bleue (1987, Elemental) **
    B+(**)
    • Hasaan Ibn Ali: Retrospect in Retirement of Delay: The Solo Recordings (1962-65 [2021], Omnivore) **
    • Derek Bailey/Mototeru Takagi: Live at FarOut, Atsugi 1987 (NoBusiness -20)
    • Billy Bang: Lucky Man (2008, BBE, 2CD) **
    • The Beaters: Harari (1975, Matsuli Music) **
    • Ben Black: Mystery & Wonder (2007, Origin)
    • Black Unity Trio: Al-Fatihah (1968, Salaam/Gotta Groove) **
    • Paul Bley: Touching & Blood Revisited (1965-66, Ezz-thetics) **
    • Bush Tetras: Rhythm and Paranoia: The Best of Bush Tetras (1980-2019, Wharf Cat, 2CD) **
    • Doug Carn: Infant Eyes (1971, Black Jazz/Real Gone Music) **
    • Ian Carr Double Quintet: Solar Session (1970, Jazz in Britain) **
    • Cold Wave #1 (2017-20, Soul Jazz) **
    • John Coltrane: A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle (1965, Impulse) **
    • The Cucumbers: The Desk Drawer Tapes (1988-2005, Life Force) **
    • Directions in Music: 1969 to 1973: Miles Davis, His Musicians and the Birth of a New Age of Jazz (BGP) **
    • Arne Domnérus Quartet: Dompan at the Savoy (Phontastic) **
    • Edo Funk Explosion Vol. 1 (1980-85, Analog Africa) **
    • Eyedea: Thirty Nine Lines (Crushkill -20) **
    • Arv Garrison: The Unknown Arv Garrison: Wizard of the Six String (1945-48, Fresh Sound, 3CD) **
    • Mike Gibbs: Revisiting Tanglewood 63: The Early Tapes (1970, Jazz in Britain) **
    • Allen Ginsberg's The Fall of America: A 50th Anniversary Musical Tribute (Ginsberg) **
    • Jimmy Gourley: The Cool Guitar of Jimmy Gourley: Quartet & Trio Sessions 1953-1961 (Fresh Sound) **
    • Group Sounds Four & Five: Black and White Raga (1965-66, Jazz in Britain -20) **
    • Harari: Rufaro/Happiness (1976, Matsuli Music) **
    • Joe Harriott: Chronology: Live 1968-69 (Jazz In Britain -20) **
    • Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers: Ramble in Music City: The Lost Concert (1990, Nonesuch) **
    • The Tubby Hayes Quartet: Free Flight [The Ron Mathewson Tapes Vol. 3] (1972, Jazz in Britain, 2CD -20) **
    • It's a Good, Good Feeling: The Latin Soul of Fania Records: The Singles (1967-75, Craft, 4CD) **
    • Kid Creole and the Coconuts: Nothin' Left but the Rest (1996, 2C2C) **
    • Harold Land: Westward Bound! (1962-65, Reel to Real) **
    • Allan Holdsworth/Ray Warleigh/Ron Mathewson/Bryan Spring: Warleigh Manor: The Ron Mathewson Tapes Vol. 1 (1979, Jazz in Britain -20) **
    • Modern Love (BBE) **
    • Bheki Mseleku: Beyond the Stars (2003, Tapestry Works) **
    • Mujician: 10 10 10 (2010, Cuneiform) **
    • New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers: Volume 2 (2007, Stony Plain) **
    • Nermin Niazi and Feisal Mosleh: Disco Se Aagay (1984, Discostan) **
    • Ojoyo: Plays Safrojazz (1996, Sunnyside)
    • George Otsuka Quintet: Loving You George (1975, Wewantsounds) **
    • Owiny Sigoma Band: The Lost Tapes (2015-19, Brownswood) **
    • Rare.wavs (Vol. 1) (Foreign Family Collective) **
    • Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet: Blue Beginnings (1964, Jazz in Britain) **
    • Marcos Resende & Index: Marcos Resende & Index (1976, Far Out) **
    • Scott Reeves Quintet: The Alchemist (2005, Origin)
    • Ritmo Fantasía: Balearic Spanish Synth-Pop, Boogie & House (1982-1992) (Soundway) **
    • Screamers: Demo Hollywood 1977 (Super Viaduct, EP) **
    • Billy Joe Shaver & Kinky Friedman: Live Down Under (2002, Omnivore) **
    • Shintaro Quintet: Evolution (1984, BBE) **
    • Nancy Sinatra: Start Walkin' 1965-1976 (Light in the Attic) **
    • Spontaneous Music Ensemble: Question and Answer 1966 (Rhythm & Blues, 2CD) **
    • Joe Strummer: Assembly (1986-2002, Dark Horse) **
    • Masauyki JoJo Takayanagi/Nobuyoshi Ino/Masabumi PUU Kikuchi: Live at Jazz Inn Lovely 1990 (NoBusiness -20)
    • The Trojan Story (1961-71, Trojan, 3CD) **
    • Roseanna Vitro: Listen Here (1982, Skyline) **
    • Butch Warren & Freddie Redd: Baltimore Jazz Loft (2013, Bleebop) **
    • Barney Wilen Quartet feat. Tete Montoliu: Barney and Tete Grenoble \'88 (Elemental -20) **
    • Neil Young: Carnegie Hall 1970 (Reprise) **
    • Neil Young: Young Shakespeare (1971, Reprise) **
    • Neil Young With Crazy Horse: Way Down in the Rust Bucket (1990, Reprise, 2CD) **
    • Denny Zeitlin/George Marsh: Telepathy (Sunnyside) **
    • Carlos "Zingaro"/Pedro Carneiro: Elogio Das Sombras (Clean Feed) **
    B+(*)
    • Neil Ardley & the New Jazz Orchestra: Jazz Calendar: Olympic Studios '66 (Jazz in Britain, EP -20) **
    • Albert Ayler: New York Eye and Ear Control Revisited (1964, Ezz-Thetics) **
    • Doug Carn: Adam's Apple (1974, Black Jazz/Real Gone Music -21) **
    • Don Cherry: Cherry Jam (1965, Gearbox, EP) **
    • Don Cherry: The Summer House Sessions (1968, Blank Forms Editions) **
    • Don Cherry's New Researches: Organic Music Theatre: Festival De Jazz De Chateauvallon 1972 (1972, Blank Forms Editions) **
    • Alex Chilton and Hi Rhythm Section: Boogie Shoes: Live on Beale Street (Omnivore) **
    • The Allen Cohen Big Band: The Oracle [The Ron Mathewson Tapes Vol. 4] (1968, Jazz in Britain, EP, -20) **
    • Marshall Crenshaw: The Wild, Exciting Sounds of Marshall Crenshaw: Live in the 20th and 21st Century (Sunset Blvd.) **
    • Miles Davis: Merci, Miles! Live at Vienne (1991, Rhino, 2CD) **
    • Diane Delin: Chicago Standard Time (1991, BluJazz)
    • Cleveland Eaton: Plenty Good Eaton (1974, Black Jazz/Real Gone Music -20) **
    • Guillermo Gregorio/Damon Smith/Jerome Bryerton: Room of the Present (Fundacja Sluchaj) **
    • Joe Harriott Quintet: Formation: Live '61 (Jazz in Britain, EP) **
    • John Hiatt: The Confidence Man in Canada (1989, Hobo) **
    • Indaba Is (Brownswood) **
    • Rudolph Johnson: Spring Rain (1971, Black Jazz/Real Gone Music) **
    • Calvin Keys: Shawn-Neeq (1971, Black Jazz/Real Gone Music) **
    • Jim Knapp Orchestra: It's Not Business, It's Personal (2009, Origin)
    • Lily Konigsberg: The Best of Lily Konigsberg Right Now (Wharf Cat) **
    • La Ola Interior: Spanish Ambient & Acid Exoticism 1983-1990 (Bongo Joe) **
    • Jeanne Lee: Conspiracy (1975, Moved-by-Sound) **
    • Gary Lucas: The Essential Gary Lucas (Knitting Factory, 2CD) **
    • Leo Nocentelli: Another Side (1971, Light in the Attic) **
    • The Notwist: The Notwist [30th Anniversary Edition] (1991, Subway) **
    • Prince: Welcome 2 America (2010, NPG/Legacy) **
    • Bunny Scott: To Love Somebody (1975, Freestile) **
    • Spitboy: Body of Work (1990-1995): All the Songs (Don Giovanni) **
    • Mike Taylor: Trio, Quartet & Composer Revisited (1965-68, Ezz-thetics) **
    • Chester Thompson: Powerhouse (1971, Black Jazz/Real Gone Music) **
    B
    • Peter Brötzmann: Love Comes Like Sour to Milk (1993, Trost, EP) **
    • Laurence Cook/Jacques Coursil/Warren Gale/Perry Robinson/Steve Tintweiss: Ave B Free Jam (1967, Inky Dot)
    • Ron Everett: Glitter of the City (1977, Jazzman) **
    • He's Bad! 11 Bands Decimate the Beats of Bo Diddley (Slovenly) **
    • Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets: Walkabout (2013-19, Yep Roc -20) **
    • Mathewson & Mathewson: Blow (1976, Jazz in Britain -20) **
    • PAZ/The Singing Bowls of Tibet/Allan Holdsworth: Live in London '81: The Ron Mathewson Tapes Vol. 2 (1981, Jazz in Britain, EP -20) **
    B-
    • Elvis Presley: Elvis: Back in Nashville (1971, RCA/Legacy, 4CD) **
    C+
    • Juozas Milasius/Tomas Kulavicius/Dalius Naujokaitis/Lithuanian Young Composers Orchestra: Live at Willisau, 1993 (NoBusiness -20)