Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Top Ten: May 2016

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

unnamedPeter Bernstein, Let Loose (Smoke Sessions)

Jack DeJohnette/Ravi Coltrane/Matthew Garrison, In Movement (ECM)

Donald Edwards, Prelude to Real Life (Criss Cross)

Alan Ferber Nonet, Roots & Transitions (Sunnyside)

Jacknife, The Music of Jackie McLean (Primary)

Adam O’Farrill, Stranger Days (Sunnyside)

Noah Preminger, Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground (ind.)

Eric Revis Trio, Crowded Solitudes (Clean Feed)

Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny (Nonesuch)

Matt Wilson’s Big Happy Family, Beginning of a Memory (Palmetto)

Top Ten: April 2016

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

notesfromny-imageBill Charlap, Notes From New York (Impulse!)

Patrick Cornelius, While We’re Still Young (Whirlwind)

Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith, A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke (ECM)

Andy Jaffe Nonet + 4, Arc (Playscape)

Justin Mullens, The Cornucopiad (BJU)

Arturo O’Farrill Sextet, Boss Level (Zoho)

Ralph Peterson, Triangular III (Onyx)

Esperanza Spalding, Emily’s D+Evolution (Concord)

Marcus Strickland’s Twi-Life, Nihil Novi (Blue Note/Revive)

Henry Threadgill’s Ensemble Double-Up, Old Locks and Irregular Verbs (Pi)

Top Ten: March 2016

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

$_35Ralph Alessi, Quiver (ECM)

Rich Brown, Abeng (ind.)

Marc Copland, Zenith (InnerVoice)

Ross Hammond & Sameer Gupta, Upward (Prescott)

Marc Mommaas & Nikolaj Hess, Ballads and Standards (Sunnyside)

Eric Platz, Life After Life (Allos Documents)

Renku, Live in Greenwich Village (Clean Feed)

Logan Richardson, Shift (Blue Note)

Herlin Riley, New Direction (Mack Avenue)

Dan Weiss, Sixteen: Drummers Suite (Pi)

Top Ten: February 2016

Friday, February 5th, 2016

UnknownCyrille Aimée, Let’s Get Lost
(Mack Avenue)

Harris Eisenstadt, Old Growth Forest (Clean Feed)

Oran Etkin, What’s New: Reimagining Benny Goodman (Motéma)

Michael Formanek Ensemble Kolossus, The Distance (ECM)

Great on Paper (Endectomorph)

Adam Larson, Selective Amnesia (Inner Circle)

Ken Peplowski, Enrapture (Capri)

John Raymond & Real Feels (Shifting Paradigm)

Joris Roelofs, Amateur Dentist (Pirouet)

Renee Rosnes, Written in the Rocks (Smoke Sessions)

Top Ten: December 2015

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

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Scott DuBois, Winter Light (ACT)

David Gilmore, Energies of Change (Evolutionary)

Aaron Irwin Quartet, A Room Forever (ind.)

Kneebody + Daedelus, Kneedelus (Brainfeeder)

Adam Larson, Selective Amnesia (Inner Circle)

Dave Liebman Group, The Puzzle (Whaling City)

Peter Paulsen Trio, A Few Thoughts (SquarePegWorks)

Jonathan Powell & Nu Sangha, Beacons of Light (Truth Revolution)

Manuel Valera & Groove Square, Urban Landscape (Destiny)

Top Ten: November 2015

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

ACT_II.jpgACT, II (ind.)

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Stretch Music (Ropeadope)

Robin Eubanks Mass Line Big Band, More Than Meets the Ear (ArtistShare)

Michael Janisch, Paradigm Shift (Whirlwind)

Jon-Erik Kellso and The EarRegulars, In the Land of Beginning Again (Jazzology)

Russ Lossing, Eclipse (Aqua Piazza)

Lionel Loueke, Gaïa (Blue Note)

Matt Mitchell, Vista Accumulation (Pi)

Joseph C. Phillips, Jr.’s Numinous, Changing Same (New Amsterdam)

Brad Allen Williams, Lamar (1201 Music)

Top Ten: October 2015

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Michael Cain, Sola (Native Drum)R-7488099-1442504066-4489.jpeg

Benoît Delbecq 3, Ink (Clean Feed)

Miho Hazama, Time River (Sunnyside)

Gilad Hekselman, Homes (Jazz Village)

Christian McBride Trio, Live at the Village Vanguard (Mack Avenue)

Nicole Mitchell/Tomeka Reid/Mike Reed, Artifacts (482 Music)

Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Mauch Chunk (Hot Cup)

Noah Preminger, Pivot: Live at the 55 Bar (ind.)

Kenneth Salters Haven, Enter to Exit (Destiny)

Kendrick Scott Oracle, We Are the Drum (Blue Note)

Top Ten: September 2015

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

61fgpBzFRCL._SL500_AA280_Colours Jazz Orchestra, Plays the Music of Ayn Inserto: Home Away From Home (Neuklang)

Liberty Ellman, Radiate (Pi)

Fred Hersch, Solo (Palmetto)

Jon Irabagon feat. Tom Harrell, Behind the Sky (Irabbagast)

Darius Jones Quartet, Le bébé de Brigitte (Lost in Translation) (Aum Fidelity)

Ku-umba Frank Lacy & Mingus Big Band, Mingus Sings (Sunnyside)

William Parker, For Those Who Are, Still (Aum Fidelity)

Pérez Patitucci Blade, Children of the Light (Mack Avenue)

Rob Reddy, Bechet: Our Contemporary (Reddy)

John Yao And His 17-Piece Instrument, Flip-Flop (See Tao)

Top Ten: August 2015

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

11DIEHL2-master315Aaron Diehl, Space Time Continuum (Mack Avenue)

Amir ElSaffar, Crisis (Pi)

Wayne Horvitz, Some Places are Forever Afternoon: 11 Places for Richard Hugo (Songlines)

Ingrid Laubrock Anti-House, Roulette of the Cradle (Intakt)

James Brandon Lewis, Days of Freeman (OKeh)

Jeremy Siskind, Housewarming (BJU)

Lucas Pino, No Net Nonet (Origin)

Troy Roberts, Secret Rhymes (Inner Circle)

Marta Sánchez Quintet, Partenika (Fresh Sound New Talent)

Donald Vega, With Respect to Monty (Resonance)

Top Ten: July 2015

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

600x533xcover_wo_border-e1428805281293.jpg.pagespeed.ic.Jz53Jxf-kMChris Dingman, The Subliminal and the Sublime (Inner Arts)

Double-Basse, This Is Not Art (Clean Feed)

Dave Douglas, High Risk (Greenleaf)

Robert Glasper, Covered (Blue Note)

Devin Gray, RelativE ResonancE (Skirl)

Brian Landrus, The Deep Below (Palmetto)

Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble, Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland (Planet Arts)

Henry Threadgill & Zooid, In for a Penny, In for a Pound (Pi)

Michael Valeanu, Hard to Cook (ind.)

Walt Weiskopf, Open Road (Posi-Tone)