Archive for the ‘Monthly Top Ten’ Category


Top Ten: February 2015

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

61VLRlwgKzL._SY355_Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet, Intents and Purposes (Enja)

Lotte Anker, What River Is This (ILK)

Andy Brown, Soloist (Delmark)

Ben Goldberg, Orphic Machine (BAG Productions)

Allan Harris, Black Bar Jukebox (Love Productions)

Vijay Iyer Trio, Break Stuff (ECM)

Rudresh Mahanthappa, Bird Calls (ACT)

Chris Potter Underground Orchestra, Imaginary Cities (ECM)

Joe Sample & NDR Big Band, Children of the Sun (PRA)

Omar Sosa’s Quarteto AfroCubano, Ilé (Otá)


Top Ten: January 2015

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

intentions_coverAddison Frei, Intentions (Armored)

Art Hirahara, Libations & Meditations (Posi-Tone)

Wayne Horvitz & The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble, At the Reception (Songlines)

Justin Kauflin, Dedication (Jazz Village)

Tony Malaby’s Tubacello, Scorpion Eater (Clean Feed)

Jack Mouse & Scott Robinson, Snakeheads & Ladybugs (Tall Grass)

Sam Newsome, The Straight Horn of Africa: A Path to Liberation (ind.)

Chris Potter Underground Orchestra, Imaginary Cities (ECM)

Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble, Not Dark Yet (BJU)

Jeremy Pelt, Tales, Musings and Other Reveries (HighNote)


Top Ten: December 2014

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

0003691280_10Michael Blake, Tiddy Boom (Sunnyside)

Jimmy Greene, A Beautiful Life (Mack Avenue)

Louis Hayes, Return of the Jazz Communicators (Smoke Sessions)

Owen Howard, Drum Lore Vol. 2: More Lore (BJU)

Dave Liebman’s Expansions, Samsara (Whaling City)

David Ryshpan, Alicuanta (ind.)

Dayna Stephens, Peace (Sunnyside)

Lennie Tristano, Chicago April 1951 (Uptown)

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Over Time: Music of Bob Brookmeyer (Planet Arts)

David Weiss, When Words Fail (Motéma)


Top Ten: November 2014

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Jason-AdasiewiczJason Adasiewicz’s Sun Rooms, From the Region (Delmark)

Andy Bey, Pages from an Imaginary Life (HighNote)

Otis Brown III, The Thought of You (Blue Note)

Charlie Haden-Jim Hall (Impulse!)

Hush Point, Blues and Reds (Sunnyside)

Introducing Musette Explosion (Aviary)

Tyshawn Sorey, Alloy (Pi)

Tom Varner, Nine Surprises (ind.)

David Virelles, Mbókò: Sacred Music for Piano, Two Basses, Drum Set and Biankoméko Abakuá (ECM)

Kenny Werner/Lionel Loueke/Miguel Zenón/Benjamin Koppel/Ferenc Nemeth, Coalition (Half Note)


Top Ten: October 2014

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

MI0003780534The Bad Plus, Inevitable Western (Okeh)

Paul Bollenback, Portraits in Space and Time (Mayimba)

Darryl Harper, The Need’s Got to Be So Deep (Hipnotic)

Steve Lehman Octet, Mise en Abîme (Pi)

Michael Musillami Trio, Pride (Playscape)

Matt Pavolka, The Horns Band (Fresh Sound New Talent)

Anthony Pirog, Palo Colorado Dream (Cuneiform)

Wadada Leo Smith, The Great Lakes Suites (TUM)

Walter Smith III, Still Casual (ind.)

Anna Webber, Simple (Skirl)