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Geoffrey Himes

23 Jan 2020 6:31 PM | Geoffrey Himes

Geoffrey Himes

My favorite jazz albums of 2019:


1.      Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom: Glitter Wolf (Royal Potato)

2.      Bill Frisell Thomas Morgan: Epistrophy (ECM)

3.      Melissa Aldana: Visions (Motema)

4.      Anat Cohen Tentet: Triple Helix (Anzic)

5.      Lafayette Gilchrist: Dark Matter (Gilchrist)

6.      Branford Marsalis Quartet: The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul

7.      (Marsalis/Okeh)

8.      Todd Marcus: Trio + (Stricker Street)

9.      Dave Douglas Uri Caine Andrew Cyrille: Engage (Greenleaf)

10.  SFJazz Collective: The Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim & Original Compositions (SFJazz)

11.  Vijay Iyer Craig Taborn: The Transitory Poems (ECM)

12.  Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller's Parlour Game: Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller's Parlour Game (Royal Potato)

13.  Guillermo Klein y los Gauchos: Cristal (Sunnyside)

14.  Miles Ozaki: The Sky Below (Pi)

15.  Matthew Shipp Trio: Signature (ESP)

16.  Julian Lage: Love Hurts (Mack Avenue)

17.  Fabian Almazan Trio: This Land Abounds with Life (Biophilia)

18.  Abdullah Ibrahim: The Balance (Gearbox)

19.  Joshua Redman Quartet: Come What May (Nonesuch)

20.  Cyrille Aimee: Move On: A Sondheim Adventure (Mack Avenue)

21.  In Common: In Common: Walter Smith III, Matthew Stevens, Joel Ross, Harish Raghavan, Marcus Gilmore (Whirlwind)

22.  Chick Corea: Trio Trilogy 2 (Concord Jazz)

23.  Johnathan Blake: Trion (Giant Steps)

24.  Ben Monder: Day by Day (Sunnyside)

25.  Evan Parker Barry Guy Paul Lytton: Concert in Vilnius (NoBusiness)


My Favorite Historical Albums of 2019:


  • 1.      Sam Rivers: Emanation (NoBusiness)
  • 2.                  Various Artists:The Bakersfield Story: Country Music Capital of the West: 1940-1974 (Bear Family)
  • 3.                  Al Green: The Hi Records Singles Collection (Fat Possum)
  • 4.                  John Coltrane: Blue World (Impulse)
  • 5.                  Eric Dolphy: Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions (Resonance)
  • 6.                  Prince: 1999 (NPG/Warner)
  • 7.                  James Brown: Live at Home with His Bad Self (Republic)

8.         Bob Dylan with Johnny Cash: Travelin’ Thru (Columbia/Legacy)

9.         Neil Young: Tuscaloosa (Reprise)

10.         The Kinks: The Kinks Are the Village


My Favorite Non-Jazz New Releases of 2019:


1.      Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi: There Is No Other (Nonesuch)

2.      Craig Finn: I Need a New War (Partisan)

3.      Lizzo: Cuz I Love You (Atlantic)

4.      The North Mississippi Allstars: Up and Rolling (New West)

5.      Mika: My Name Is Michael Holbrook (Universal)

6.      Justin Townes Earle: The Saint of Lost Causes (New West)

7.      The Mavericks: The Mavericks Play the Hits (Mono Mundo/Thirty Tigers)

8.      Tyler Childers: Country Squire (RCA)

9.      Allison Moorer: Blood (Autotelic)

10.  Bruce Springsteen: Western Stars: Songs from the Film (Columbia)

11.  Miranda Lambert: Wildcard (RCA)

12.  Buddy & Julie Miller: Breakdown on 20th Ave. South (New West)

13.  Charley Crockett: The Valley (MONO)

14.  The Hold Steady: Thrashing Thru the Passion (Frenchkiss)

15.  Rodney Crowell: Texas (RC1)

16.  Erin Enderlin: Faulkner County (Blaster)

17.  Patty Griffin: Patty Griffin (PGM/Thirty Tigers)

18.  Jimmy "Duck" Holmes: Cypress Grove (Easy Eye)

19.  The Strumbellas: Rattlesnake (Glassnote)

20.  Billie Eilish: When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Interscope)

21.  Vampire Weekend: Father of the Bride (Spring Snow/Columbia)

22.  Black Pumas: Black Pumas (ATO)

23.  Willie Nelson: Ride Me Back Home (Legacy)

24.  Dervish: The Great Irish Songbook (Rounder)

25.  Gary Clark Jr.: This Land (Warner)


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