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2018 'Best of Jazz' Selected by JJA Members

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  • 06 Jan 2020 6:04 PM | Laurence Donohue-Greene

    Laurence Donohue-Greene (Managing Editor, The New York City Jazz Record) BEST OF 2019....


    MUSICIANS OF THE YEAR (2019)

    1) Kris Davis

    2) Jaimie Branch

    3) Joe Lovano

    4) Michael Leonhart

    5) Evan Parker


    RECORD LABELS OF THE YEAR (2019)

    1) ECM

    2) Sunnyside

    3) Intakt

    4) International Anthem

    5) NoBusiness


    BEST NEW RELEASES (2019)

    1) Joe Lovano - Trio Tapestry (ECM)

    2) Michael Leonhart Orchestra - Suite Extracts, Vol.1 (Sunnyside)

    3) Jaimie Branch - Fly or Die II: Bird Dogs of Paradise (International Anthem)

    4) James Brandon Lewis - UnRuly Manifesto (Relative Pitch)

    5) Alex Harding/Lucian Ban - Dark Blue (Sunnyside)

    6) Per Texas Johansson - Stråk på himlen och stora hus (Moserobie)

    7) Red Kite - Red Kite (RareNoise)

    8) Steph Richards - Take The Neon Lights (Birdwatcher)

    9) Gebhard Ullmann/Hans Ludemann/Oliver Portratz/Eric Schaefter - mikroPULS (intuition)

    10) Phil Slater - The Dark Pattern (Earshift Music)


    BEST VOCAL RELEASES (2019)

    1) Mary Stallings - Songs Were Made To Sing (Smoke Sessions)

    2) Jazzmeia Horn - Love and Liberation (Concord)

    3) Tomeka Reid/Kyoko Kitamura/Taylor Ho Bynum/Joe Morris - Geometry of Distance (Relative Pitch)

    4) Veronica Swift - Confessions (Mack Avenue)

    5) Dwight Trible - Mothership (Gearbox)


    BEST REISSUES (2019)

    1) Mal Waldron - Free at Last (ECM)

    2) Erroll Garner - Campus Concert (Mack Avenue-Octave Music)

    3) ICP Tentet - Tetterettet (ICP - Corbett vs. Dempsey)

    4) Charles Tolliver All Stars - Right Now... and Then [Paper Man] (Strata-East)

    5) Art Pepper - Promise Kept: The Complete Artists House Recordings (Artists House-Omnivore)


    BEST BOXED SETS (2019)

    1) Nat “King” Cole - Hitting’ The Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943) (Resonance)

    2) John Coltrane - 1963: New Directions (Impulse!)

    3) The Quintet [Paal Nilssen-Love, et al.] - Events 1998-1999 (Not Two)

    4) Art Pepper - The Complete Artists House Recordings (Artists House-Omnivore)

    5) DKV Trio & Joe McPhee - The Fire Each Time (Not Two)


    BEST LATIN JAZZ (2019)

    1) Preservation Hall Jazz Band - A Tuba to Cuba (Sub Pop)

    2) Jiggs Whigham BuJazzO - Cuban Fire (Doublemoon)

    3) Michele Rosewoman New Yor-Uba - Hallowed (Advance Dance Disques)

    4) Poncho Sanchez - Trane’s Delight (Concord)

    5) Michel Camilo - Essence (Resilience Music Alliance)


    BEST LARGE ENSEMBLE RELEASES (2019)

    1) Michael Leonhart Orchestra - Suite Extracts, Vol.1 (Sunnyside)

    2) Wayne Horvitz European Orchestra - Live at the Bimhuis (NovarraJazz)

    3) Ralph Peterson Gen-Next Big Band - Listen Up! (Onyx)

    4) Jiggs Whigham BuJazzO - Cuban Fire (Doublemoon)

    5) Tom Pierson Orchestra - Last Works (Auteur)


    BEST DEBUT RELEASES (2019)

    1) Larry Grenadier - The Gleaners (ECM)

    2) Lisa Hoppe’s Third Reality - The Mighty Unlikely (Jazzhaus Musik)

    3) Junius Paul - Ism (International Anthem)

    4) Nick Dunston - Atlantic Extraction (Out Of Your Head)

    5) Jamile - If You Could See Me Now (s/r)


    BEST TRIBUTES (2019)

    1) Joe Fiedler - Open Sesame (Clean Feed) *Sesame Street tribute

    2) Iro Haarla/Ulf Krokfors/Barry Altschul - Around Again (The Music of Carla Bley) (TUM)

    3) Ralph Peterson’s Messenger Legacy - Legacy Alive, Vol.6 at The Side Door (Onyx)

    4) Paul Dunmall Sun Ship Quartet - John Coltrane 50th Memorial Concert at Café Too (Confront)

    5) Dick Hyman/Ken Peplowski - Counterpoint: Lerner & Loewe (Arbors)


    BEST UNEARTHED GEMS/PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED ARCHIVAL RECORDINGS (2019)

    1) Bill Dixon/Cecil Taylor - Duets 1992 (Triple Point)

    2) Sam Rivers Quintet - Archive Project, Vol.2: Zenith (NoBusiness)

    3) Francois Tusques - Alors Nosferatu Combina Un Plan Ingénieux (Finders Keepers)

    4) Ella Fitzgerald - Ella at The Shrine (Verve)

    5) Charles Lloyd Quartet - Montreuex Festival 1967 (Swiss Radio Days Jazz Series 46) (TCB)


    BEST JAZZ PUBLICATIONS (2019)

    1) Sweet Thunder: Duke Ellington’s Music in Nine Themes by Jack Chambers (Milestones Music & Art)

    2) Rabbit’s Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges by Con Chapman (Oxford University Press)

    3) Jason Moran - Jason Moran (Walker Arts Center)

    4) Cloud Arrangers by Ziga Kortnik (Pega Society)

    5) Jazz From Detroit by Mark Stryker (University of Michigan Press)


    BEST SOLO ALBUMS (2019)

    1) Brian Charette - Beyond Borderline (SteepleChase)

    2) Peter Brötzmann - Solo: I Surrender Dear (Trost)

    3) Ed Neumeister - One and Only (Meisteromusic)

    4) Ahmad Jamal - Ballades (Jazzbook/Jazz Village)

    5) Fred Frith - Woodwork (Klang Galerie)


    BEST LIVE ALBUMS (2019)

    1) Evan Parker/Barry Guy/Paul Lytton - Concert in Vilnius (NoBusiness)

    2) Torbjörn Zetterberg & The Great Question - Live (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

    3) Ed Neumeister - One and Only (Meisteromusic)

    4) Eve Risser - Après un Rêve (Clean Feed)

    5) Mars Williams - An Ayler Xmas, Vol.3: Live in Krakow (Not Two)


    BEST LIVE CONCERTS (NYC) (2019)

    *Ghost Train Orchestra "Plays Moondog” @Winter Jazzfest, Le Poisson Rouge (1/5/19)

    *Gary Bartz "Another Earth 50th Anniversary” w/Pharoah Sanders, Charles Tolliver, James King, Bruce Edwards, Nasheet Waits, Eric Berryman @Winter Jazzfest, Le Poisson Rouge (1/10/19)

    *Arooj Aftab w/Vijay Iyer, Shahzad Ismaily @Joe's Pub (4/28/19)

    *Barre Phillips solo @Zürcher Gallery (5/20/19) 

    *Andrew Cyrille w/Tomeka Reid, Beatrice Capote @Vision Festival, Roulette (6/11/19)

    *Kris Davis Trio w/William Parker, Jeff "Tain” Watts @Vision Festival, Roulette (6/14/19) 

    *Michael Leonhart Orchestra @Jazz Standard (7/16/19) 

    *David Tronzo solo and w/Stomu Takeishi, Ned Rothenberg @Ibeam Brooklyn (8/10/19) 

    *Ravi Coltrane Quartet w/David Virelles, Dezron Douglas, Johnathan Blake @Summerstage Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, Marcus Garvey Park (8/24/19)

    *Pat Metheny Side-Eye Trio w/James Francies, Marcus Gilmore @Sony Hall (9/11/19) 








  • 18 Dec 2019 12:08 PM | John Chacona

    Favorite Releases of 2019

    John Chacona, Erie (PA) Times-News and blogger at Let's Call This

    Another strong year.  My list (in Delicious Library, an essential organizing tool) of potential Top Ten releases was 76 items out of a total number of jazz or jazz-ish releases for the period of 369.  Even at that number, I didn't hear everything, and the period in question is the one requested by Francis Davis for the NPR poll. So significant yearend releases like the Teri-Lyn Carrington date didn't make it to my ears in time.


    Rankings are invidious, but I'm on record in the NPR poll with the one below, so here goes.

    Ten favorite new releases

    1.     Kris Davis:  Diatom Ribbons (Pyroclastic Records)
    2.     Tomeka Reid Quartet:  Old New (Cuneiform)
    3.     Tyshawn Sorey & Marilyn Crispell: The Adornment Of Time (Pi Recordings)
    4.     Jaimie Branch: Fly Or Die Ii: Bird Dogs Of Paradise (International Anthem)
    5.     Anthony Braxton: Quartet (New Haven) 2014 (Firehouse 12)
    6.     The Art Ensemble Of Chicago: We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (Pi Recordings)
    7.     Greg Ward and his Rogue Parade Ensemble:  Stomping Off From Greenwood (Greenleaf Music)
    8.     Mark Dresser Seven:  Ain't Nothing but a Cyber Coup & You (Clean Feed)
    9.     Moppa Elliott:  Jazz Band/Rock Band/Dance Band (Hot Cup Records)
    10.  Mark Lomax, II:   400: An Afrikan Epic (CFG Multimedia)

    Reissues or Historical albums

    1.     The Art Ensemble Of Chicago And Associated Ensembles (ECM)
    2.     Nat King Cole: Hittin' The Ramp: The Early Years 1936-1943 (Resonance Records)
    3.     Allen Lowe: An Avant Garde of Our Own (ESP Disk)

    Best vocal album

    Jeanne Lee/Ran Blake: The Newest Sound You Never Heard (A-Side Records)


    Best debut album

    Harish Raghavan:  Calls for Action (Whirlwind Recordings)


    Best Latin jazz CD

    Miguel Zenón: Sonero: The Music of Ismael Rivera (Miel Music)

  • 07 Dec 2019 7:15 AM | Jeroen de Valk

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  • 17 Jan 2019 9:02 AM | Mirian Arbalejo

    FAVORITE JAZZ ALBUMS OF 2018 (by Mirian Arbalejo)


    Both Directions At Once. John Coltrane. (Impulse!) 

    Close Up. Sara Serpa. (Clean Feed Records)

    CODE GIRL. Mary Halvorson. (Firehouse 12 Records)

    Concentric Circles. Kenny Barron Quintet. (Blue Note)

    Dirt . . . and More DirtHenry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg. (Pi)

    DORAVANTE. Abe Rábade Trío. (Nuba + Karonte Records)

    Emanon. Wayne Shorter. (Blue Note Records)

    En Dag I Oktober. Hvalfugl. (Hvalfugl Music)

    Harmony. Sam Harris (self-released)

    Kennedy Meets Gershwin. Nigel Kennedy. (Warner Classics)

    Lebroba. Andrew Cyrille. (ECM)

    Live In HealdsburgAnat Cohen y Fred Hersch. (Anzic Records)

    Music IS. Bill Frisell. (OKeh)

    Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio SessionsEric Dolphy. (Resonance)

    Origami Harvest.  Ambrose Akinmusire. (Blue Note Records)

    Ours/Theirs. Thumbscrew. (Cuneiform)

    Presence. Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band. (Smoke Sessions)

    Seymour Reads The Constitution!. Brad Mehldau Trio. (Nonesuch Records)

    Standards In Dublin. Gonzalo del Val with Dave Liebman and Ronan Guilfoyle. (Quadrant Records)

    Still Dreaming. Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley, Brian Blade (Nonesuch)

    Temporary Kings. Mark Turner and Ethan Iverson. (ECM)

    The Art Ensemble of Chicago and Associated Ensembles. (ECM)

    The Influencing Machine. Elliot Galvin. (Edition Records)

    The Other Side Of Air. Myra Melford's Snowy Egret. (Firehouse 12 Records)

    The Window. Cecile McLorin Salvant. (Mack Avenue)

    Tokyo '81. Woody Shaw. (Elemental)

    Universal Beings. Makaya McCraven. (International Anthem)

    Vientos Cruzados. Luis Verde Quartet. (self-released)

    WORK. The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk. Miles Okazaki. (self-released)


    *Mirian has shared these titles in the Francis Davis / NPR Jazz Critics Poll, It Don't Mean A Thing and Cuepoint.

  • 06 Jan 2019 1:31 PM | Anonymous

    TOP TWENTY JAZZ ALBUMS OF 2018 BY GEOFFREY HIMES


    1. Charles Lloyd & the Marvels + Lucinda Williams: Vanished Gardens (Blue Note)

    2. Henry Threadgill: Double Up, Plays Double Up Plus (Pi)

    3. Steve Coleman: Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (Pi)

    4. Wayne Shorter: Emanon (Blue Note)

    5. Todd Marcus: On These Streets (A Baltimore Story) (Stricker Street)

    6. Jason Moran & Bandwagon: Looks of a Lot (Yes)

    7. Brad Mehldau Trio: Seymour Reads the Constitution! (Nonesuch)

    8. Bill Frisell: Music Is (Okeh)

    9. Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band: Presence (Smoke Sessions)

    10. SFJazz Collective: Live: SFJazz Center 2017 (SFJazz)

    11. Kat Edmonson: Old Fashioned Girl (Spinnerette)

    12. Michael Leonhart Orchestra: The Painted Lady Suite (Sunnyside)

    13. Allison Miller Carmen Staaf: Science Fair (Sunnyside)

    14. Matthew Shipp Quartet: Sonic Fiction (ESP)

    15. Jonathan Finlayson: 3 Times Round (Pi)

    16. Anat Cohen/Fred Hersch: Live in Healdsburg (Anzic)

    17. Jason Palmer: Rhyme and Reason (Giant Steps)

    18. Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Soundprints: Scandal (Greenleaf)

    19. Hamid Drake, Ralph M. Jones, Adam Rudolph: Karuna (Meta)

    20. Cyrus Chestnut: Kaleidoscope (HighNote)


    TOP TWENTY NON-JAZZ ALBUMS OF 2018 BY GEOFFREY HIMES


    1. Kevin Gordon: Tilt & Shine (Crowville)

    2. Bettye LaVette: Things Have Changed (Verve)

    3. Alejandro Escovedo & Don Antonio: The Crossing (Yep Roc)

    4. The Decemberists: I’ll Be Your Girl (Capitol)

    5. Rosanne Cash: She Remembers Everything (Blue Note)

    6. Ashley McBryde: Girl Going Nowhere (Atlantic)

    7. Meshell Ndegeocello: Ventriloquism (Naive)

    8. Ashley McBryde: Girl Going Nowhere (Warner Bros. Nashville)

    9. Pistol Annies: Interstate Gospel (RCA/ShopKeeper)

    10. Courtney Marie Andrews: May Your Kindness Remain (Mama Bird)

    11. Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis: Wild! Wild! Wild! (Bloodshot)

    12. Paul McCartney: Egypt Station (Capitol)

    13. Charley Crockett: Lonesome as a Shadow (Thirty Tigers)

    14. Lonnie Holley: Mith (Jagjaguway)

    15. Paul Kelly: Nature (Cooking Vinyl/Gawd Aggie)

    16. Old Crow Medicine Show: Volunteers (Columbia)

    17. Blood Orange: Negro Swan (Domino)

    18. Lucero: Among the Ghosts (Liberty & Lament/Thirty Tigers)

    19. Elvis Costello & the Imposters: Look Now (Concord)

    20. The Bottle Rockets: Bit Logic (Bloodshot)


    TOP TEN HISTORICAL ALBUMS OF 2018 BY GEOFFREY HIMES


    1. Miles Davis & John Coltrane: The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series Vol. 6 (Columbia/Legacy)

    2. The Beatles: The Beatles (White Album) Super Deluxe Edition (Capitol)

    3. John Coltrane: Both Directions at Once (Impulse)

    4. Bobbie Gentry: The Girl from Chickasaw County (Capitol)

    5. The Kinks: Village Green Preservation Society (BMG)

    6. Neil Young: Roxy: Tonight's the Night (Reprise)

    7. The Louvin Brothers: Love and Wealth: The Lost Recordings (Modern Harmonic)

    8. Bob Dylan: More Blood, More Tracks (Columbia/Legacy)

    9. Woody Shaw: Tokyo ’81 (Elemental)

    10. Maggie Roche: Where Do I Come From: Selected Songs (Storysound)



  • 02 Jan 2019 5:25 PM | Laurence Donohue-Greene

    Laurence Donohue-Greene, Managing Editor (The New York City Jazz Record)


    BEST NEW RELEASES (2018)

    Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids - An Angel Fell (Strut)

    Sylvie Courvoisier Trio - D’Agala (Intakt)

    Dave Holland (Evan Parker, Craig Taborn) - Uncharted Territories (Dare2)

    Lee Konitz/Dan Tepfer - Decade (Impulse)

    Michael Leonhart Orchestra - The Painted Lady Suite (Sunnyside)

    Johan Lindström Septett - Music For Empty Halls (Moserobie)

    Brian Marsella Trio - Outspoken: The Music of the Legendary Hasaan (Tzadik)

    Christian McBride - New Jawn (Mack Avenue-Brother Mister Prod.)

    Thumbscrew - Theirs (Cuneiform)

    John Zorn - In a Convex Mirror (Tzadik)


    MUSICIANS OF THE YEAR (2018): Satoko Fujii; Joel Ross; Mary Halvorson


    HISTORICAL RELEASES OF THE YEAR (2018)

    1- Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet - The Complete Lansdowne Recordings (1965-1969) (Jazzman)

    2- Various - The Savory Collection 1935-1940 (Mosaic)

    3- John Coltrane - Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album (Impulse-Verve)

  • 29 Dec 2018 12:53 PM | W. Royal Stokes

    10 BEST NEW RELEASES OF 2018

    Don Byron & Aruan Ortiz: Random Dances &(A)tonalities (Intakt Records) 

    Steve Coleman & Five Elements, Live At The Village Vanguard Vol. I (The Embedded Sets) (PI Recordings)

    Diva Jazz Orchestra, 25th Anniversary Project (ArtistShare)

    Stefon Harris & Blackout, Sonic Creed (Motema Music)

    Monika Herzig, Sheroes (Whaling City Sound)

    McClenty Hunter Jr., The Groove Hunter (Strikezone Records)

    Roger Kellaway Trio, New Jazz Standards Vol. 3 (Summit Records)

    Ernie Krivda, A Bright And Shining Moment (Capri Records Ltd.)

    Roberta Piket, West Coast Trio (13th Note Records)

    Joshua Redman, Still Dreaming (Nonesuch)


    3 BEST REISSUE OR HISTORICAL RELEASES

    Gene Krupa Quartet, Live 1966 (Dot Time Legends)

    New Black Eagle Jazz Band, Goin’ to New Orleans (Black Eagle/blackeagles.com)

    The Savory Collection 1935-1940 (Mosaic)

       

    BEST VOCAL RELEASE

    Tessa Souter, Picture in Black and White (NOA Records) 

                  

    BEST DEBUT RELEASE

    Mariel Austin Rock-Jazz Orchestra, Runner in the Rain (Mariel Austin/marielaustin.com) 

                  

    BEST LATIN JAZZ RELEASE

    Dafnis Prieto Big Band, Back to the Sunset (Dafnison Music) 


    For my expanded NOTABLE RELEASES OF 2018 and my A ROUNDUP OF 125 OR SO JAZZ, BLUES, BEYOND, AND OTHER BOOKS PUBLISHED IN THE PAST YEAR OR SO please go to wroyalstokes.com.

  • 22 Dec 2018 3:39 PM | J Hunter

    Top Ten Jazz2K Discs of 2018:

    1. SHAKERS N' BAKERS - Heart Love (Little I Music)
    2. CHICK COREA & STEVE GADD BAND - Chinese Butterfly (Concord / Stretch)
    3. BEN WENDEL - The Seasons (Motema)
    4. DARRYL YOKLEY'S SOUND REFORMATION - Pictures at an African Exhibition (TruthRevolution Records)
    5. ORRIN EVANS & THE CAPTAIN BLACK BIG BAND - Presence (Smoke Sessions)
    6. BRAD MEHLDAU TRIO - Seymour Reads the Constitution! (Nonesuch)
    7. CHRISTIAN McBRIDE - Christian McBride's New Jawn (Mack Avenue)
    8. SCOTT PETITO - Rainbow Gravity (Planet Arts)
    9. JAMES WEIDMAN - Spiritual Impressions (Inner Circle Music)
    10. JOE LOCKE - Subtle Disguise (Origin)

    -----

    And now, the winners of the 2018 Jazz2K Awards:

    BEST VOCAL DISC

    TESSA SOUTER - Picture in Black & White (NOA)

    BEST SOLO OR DUO DISC

    BILL FRISELL - Music IS (OKeh)

    BEST PARTY DISC

    MIKE CLARK & DELBERT BUMP - Retro Report (Ropeadope)

    LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

    JOHN SCOFIELD - Combo 66 (Verve)

    ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (Best First release)

    JAMES FRANCIES - Flight (Blue Note)

    LOCAL HERO AWARD (Best Regional Release)

    CHRIS PASIN - Ornettiquette (Planet Arts)

  • 20 Dec 2018 6:55 PM | Anonymous

    Here is a rundown of my top ten favorite recordings of 2018 in addition to my two favorite reissues:

    *SF Jazz Collective CD: Live at SF Jazz Center 2017-Original Compositions & The Music of Ornette Coleman, Stevie Wonder, & Thelonious Monk.  (SFJazz Records)

    *Eddie Henderson-Be Cool (Smoke Sessions)

    *McClenty Hunter-Groove Hunter (Strikezone Records)

    *Kenny Barron-Concentric Circles (Blue Note)

    *Shamie Royston- Uplifted Heart (Sunnyside)

    *Allan Harris-The Genius of Eddie Jefferson (Resilience Music)

    *Renee Rosnes-Beloved Of The Sky (Smoke Sessions)

    *Stefon Harris & Blackout-Sonic Creed (Motema)

    *Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band-West Side Story Reimagined (Jazzheads)

    *Kurt Elling-The Questions (Okeh/Sony Masterworks)

    Reissues

    *Miles Davis John Coltrane-The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6  (Sony Legacy)

    *Erroll Garner-Nighconcert (Mack Avenue)

  • 19 Dec 2018 10:36 AM | John Chacona
    My ten favorite (not necessarily best) releases of the year. 

    Usual disclaimers apply.  I only chose what I heard (I did not hear "Emanon" among other eminent releases). Submitted using the qualifying release date interval and the format of the NPR Poll.  I'm lazy.

    IMHO, this was a strong year, and my choices were arrived at without much angst. There were 62 releases that were finalists for this list, which, I think, speaks to the strength of the scene.

    Here goes:

    Ten best new releases

    Miles Okazaki:  Work (Complete, Volumes 1-6) (self)
    Makaya McCraven:  Universal Beings (International Anthem Recording Co.)
    Steve Coleman & Five Elements: Live At The Village Vanguard Vol. I (Pi Recordings)
    James Brandon Lewis/Chad Taylor: Radiant Imprints (Off Records)
    Andrew Cyrille: Lebroba (ECM)
    Nik Bärtsch's Ronin:  Awase (ECM)
    Henry Threadgill / 14 or 15 Kestra: AGG:  Dirt... And More Dirt (Pi Recordings)
    Tyshawn Sorey:  Pillars (Firehouse 12)
    Thiefs: Graft (Jazz & People)
    Code Girl:  Mary Halvorson (Firehouse 12)

    Reissues or Historical albums

    Anthony Braxton:  Sextet (Parker) 1993 (Firehouse 12)
    John Coltrane: Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album (Verve)
    Woody Shaw: Live In Bremen 1983 (Elemental Music)

    Best vocal album

    William Parker: Voices Fall From The Sky (Aum Fidelity)

    Best debut album

    Ben LaMar Gay:  Downtown Castles Can’t Block the Sun (International Anthem Recording Co.)

    Best Latin jazz CD

    Román Filiú: Quartería (Sunny Side Records)

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