Music Year 2022

Of course, it's too early for a year-end list. But as the proto-fascist organization of my youth insisted, one should always be prepared. For records in hand, * identifies an advance copy, ** something borrowed or streamed. Some albums released in previous years are included here, noted by a "-NN" (e.g., -21 for 2021) -- these are mostly imports or self-releases, often hard to figure out official dates, but they were either December 2020 releases or unknown (to me, at least) before the current year.

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

New Records

A
A-
  1. Fred Hersch: Breath by Breath (Palmetto)

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.

  • Nathan Borton: Each Step (OA2) [01-21]
  • Scott Burns/John Wojciechowski/Geof Bradfield: Tenor Time (Afar Music) [01-21]
  • Stephen Martin: High Plains (OA2) [01-21]
  • Oz Noy/Ugonna Okegwo/Ray Marchica: Riverside (Outside In Music) [01-22]
  • Matt Olson: Open Spaces (OA2) [01-21]
  • Doug Scarborough: The Color of Angels (Origin) [01-21]
  • Ben Thomas Tango Project: Eternal Aporia (Origin) [01-21]
  • Piet Verbist: Secret Exit to Another Dimension (Origin) [01-21]
  • Andrew Cyrille/William Parker/Enrico Rava: 2 Blues for Cecil (TUM) [01-22]
  • The OGJB Quartet: Ode to O (TUM) [01-22]
  • Emile Parisien: Louise (ACT) [01-28]
  • Mathis Picard: Live at the Museum (Outside In Music) [01-28]
  • The Smudges: Song and Call (Cryptogramophone) [02-18]
  • Amos Gillespie: Unstructured Time (self-released) [02-22]
  • Andrew Boudreau: Neon (Fresh Sound New Talent) [02-28]
  • Julieta Eugenio: Jump (Greenleaf Music) [03-04]
  • Carol Liebowitz/Adam Lane/Andrew Drury: Blue Shift (Line Art) [03-04]
  • Eugenie Jones: Players (Open Mic) [03-11]
  • Black Lives: From Generation to Generation (Jammin' Colors, 2CD) [03-25]

Also Noted:

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

B+(***)
  • Chris Castino & Chicken Wire Empire: Fresh Pickles (self-released)
  • John Hébert: Sounds of Love (Sunnyside) **
  • Tony Malaby's Sabino: The Cave of Winds (Pyroclastic)
B+(**)
B+(*)

  • John Escreet/Pera Krstajic/Anthony Fung: Cresta (self-released) **
  • Dave Stryker: As We Are (Strikezone)
B
  • Samuel Mösching: Ethereal Kinks (Bronzeville Music)
B-
C+
C

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

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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.

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Pending

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

Also Noted:

B+(***)
B+(**)
B+(*)
B
C+