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These are the 2023 "Best of Jazz" lists and commentaries compiled by Members of the Jazz Journalists Association. They are displayed in the order received, with the most recent on top. 

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  • 13 Feb 2024 4:18 PM | Chuck Koton

    Gratefully Live: Favorite shows of 2023

    #10.  January 13, 2023.  Virtuosic pianist Bobby West, back in his adopted hometown of Los Angeles during a break in his years long Taiwan residency, opened The World Stage’s 2023 season of Friday night concerts. His trio, which included long time veterans of the LA music scene, bassist Kevin O’Neal and drummer Jerrell Ballard, began with the thunderous and instantly recognizable George Gershwin composition, “Rhapsody In Blue.” The rest of the evening rocked with this hard swingin’ trio performing original compositions from West’s highly acclaimed recording, “Leimert Park After Dark.” If you’re living in Taiwan or gonna be there soon, look up Bobby West!

    #9.    July 20, 2023. Pianist Adam Ledbetter brought an inspiring band into The World Stage that transformed this historic Leimert Park venue(founded over 35 years ago by jazz giant Billy Higgins and world renowned poet Kamau Daaood), into the church that it often becomes. Along with  his better half, vocalist Kizzie Ledbetter, and Houston born drummer Reggie Quinerly, the Cats and “Catress” truly lifted the spirits of all. Their original composition, “Train,” created a dynamic tension that built more and more as Ms Ledbetter’s vocals buoyed up the listeners to “climb on board” the Freedom Train. Then Mr Ledbetter exhorted the audience to join in with his dexterous, rapid rapping of his spiritual experience and, all the while, the talented, slick drumming of Reggie Quinerly drove the beat with restrained yet insistent rhythms. The Ledbetters make every performance feel like Sunday! 

    #8.   June 8, 2023.    Tenor saxophonist Fuasi Abdul-Khaliq, a long time fixture on the Los Angeles jazz scene and an integral member and often the leader of Horace Tapscott’s Pan African People’s Arkestra (PAPA), departed the US several decades ago. Eventually resettling in Germany where he has continued performing for European audiences, Abdul-Khaliq has regularly returned to Leimert Park in Los Angeles for gigs where he has seamlessly stepped right back into the scene, performing with his own bands as well as with PAPA. His band cooked at The World Stage, reminding the listeners in the room, as well as those watching via “live stream,” that he is at the top of his game! 

    #7.   Jan. 9,2023.     One of the top drummers of the last 35 years, Marvin “Smitty” Smith brought his All Stars to the venerable Baked Potato in Universal City, just a stones throw from where “Smitty,” along with brilliant tenor saxophonist, Ralph Moore, played for several years in the Tonight Show band. Joining Moore on the front line were veteran multi-reedist Dale Fielder and rising star, trumpeter Chris Lowery who gained invaluable experience and exposure the last few years with Azar Lawrence. Recently arrival to the LA area, keyboardist Adam Ledbetter  and veteran bassist Edwin Livingston rounded out the band. A sold out audience was treated to a night of hard swinging, straight ahead jazz that included compositions by Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner and Thelonious Monk.

    #6   Feb. 24, 2023.  The World Stage audience was treated to a celebration of Los Angeles born and raised jazz giant, Dexter Gordon, by an all star band of veterans. Like a previous tribute when the tallest jazz fan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, presented Maxine Gordon and her memoir of life with Dex, the front line included tenor sax masters Justo Almario and Teodross Avery. The dynamic veteran of the drums, Roy McCurdy, was joined by first call Cats, pianist Theo Saunders and bassist Henry Franklin. The band swung hard on “The Chase,” with Almario and Avery pushing each other like Gordon and Wardell Grey famously did on Central Avenue in the 1940s!

    #5   June 22, 2023. Since 1999, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival has been presenting the finest unadulterated jazz to its devoted California wine country audiences. Founder Jessica Felix literally and figuratively received her flowers as she stepped down as festival director. New musical director, bassist and band leader Marcus Shelby, organized a stirring tribute to two of the music's legends who ascended to Jazz Heaven this past year, legendary saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and master of the Hammond B3 organ Joey DeFrancesco. The front line of recently named NEA jazz master saxophonist Gary Bartz, the great tenor and soprano saxophonist Azar Lawrence and Pharoah's son, tenor saxophonist Tomoki Sanders led the performance of Sanders’ compositions. Brian Ho, on organ, represented DeFrancesco's legacy and the interstellar rhythm section of pianist Marc Cary, bassist Marcus Shelby and, legend in his own right, drummer Billy Hart drove the band  through the tribute. The Cats generated cheers and tears from the audience when they performed Sanders' transcendent composition “The Creator Has a Master Plan.” An unexpected highlight of the performance came when young Sanders mimicked his father's inimitable way of introducing his band mates, a display that elicited plenty of amazement from the audience. The Cats may be gone, but the music lives on!

    #4)  June 15, 2023. Legendary pianist and composer Horace Tapscott’s Leimert Park, Los Angeles based Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, now led by drummer Mekala Session, performed their spirited, joyful yet, at times, solemn music to a wildly responsive and appreciative audience at The World Stage. On the tune, “Dred Scott,” composed by the late Nate Morgan, bass clarinetist James Andrews and bassist Joey Ector established a haunting groove with their deep, low notes. The bass drum of Session joined in, followed by the powerful horns to express a mood of profound and sacred outrage at this ugliest of decisions by the US Supreme Court. In 1857, the infamous Chief Justice Taney “interpreted” the Constitution to rule that Black Americans “had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.” That is the nation’s history, still reflected in white supremacy today, which the Black nationalist creative arts movement has been dedicated to overcoming since the 1960s. Now in its 62nd year, the “Ark,” as it is known, continues to keep the Black community-based mission and musical legacy of founder and visionary Tapscott alive. When one considers the criminally scant financial resources that Tapscott and the Ark have had to subsist on for all these years, the accomplishment rightfully assumes mythic proportions. 

    #3)  Sept. 23, 2023. The venerable Charles Lloyd, at 85, as inventive and unrelenting as ever, and with a still mesmerizing tone, closed his set at the Monterey Jazz Festival with his iconic composition,“Forest Flower,” which he had performed with universal acclaim on this same stage in 1966. Unforgettable!

    #2)  Oct. 23, 2023. Marcus Miller brought his latest band, featuring trumpeter Russell Gunn, into Catalina's Bar & Grill in Hollywood for 4 sold out nights of pure jazz funk! One only needed to hear the band perform, “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” to understand why a line of people snaked around the club for Miller’s second set. 

    #1)   Sept. 23, 2023. The Azar Lawrence Experience closed out the Monterey Jazz Festival and, as they finished the 90 minute set (twice the allotted length), the audience was screaming & dancing in the aisles and in front of the stage. Saxophonist Lawrence blew ecstatically on his eponymous original composition from the recently re-released 1976 Prestige recording, People Moving! Lawrence’s performance seared the ears of the listeners and reminded them that the young saxophonist who performed in the bands of Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyler and Miles Davis in the 1970s, still played this fiery music like no one else on the scene today. 

  • 05 Feb 2024 4:26 PM | Danica Pantovic

    From what I have heard live, in my opinion, 2023 has been marked by these artists in the widest possible range of their concepts and collaborations including their 2023 recordings.

    Fred Hersch and Esperanza Spalding (diverse creative concepts; North Sea Jazz, Rotterdam, Netherlands)

    Myra Melford (from her latest project to unique colaborations in Saalfelden, Austria and Lisbon, Portugal)

    Zoh Amba (various formations and contexts, Saalfelden, Austria)

    Kris Davis (MVPlayer, Umbria Jazz Winter Orvieto, Italy, and NSJ, Roterdam)

    Brandee Younger (harph back in spotlight and Alice Coltrane's heritage, passionately  and freshly redefined; NSJ, Rotterdam)

    Kurt Elling's Super Blue (pulsating party; NSJ, Rotterdam)

    Oded Tzur (NSJ, Rotterdam; BJF, Belgrade, Serbia; master of dynamics, draining the wood out his sax)

    Isaiah Collier (Belgrade; an  exclamation of "Peace and Love")

    John Scofield Uncle John's Band (that being enough, Belgrade)

    Ambrose Akinmusire's Owl Song (this colaboration and because of his impact on other mostly younger musicians, becoming an important point of reference)

    Henry Threadgill (performance in Berlin, Jazzfest and an impact he has and an inspiration he is for other musicians)

    Cecile McLorin Salvant Melusine (meticulous; almost herd her for NYE but I had missed the plane reservation for Rome- Orvieto,Italy)

    Bark Out Thunder,  Roar out Lightning by  Chief Adjuah (because of delicately coloured performance of Christian Scott in Belgrade, some years ago, and the way his interests evolve I would like to hear this live. Is it happening anywhere?)

  • 12 Jan 2024 10:37 PM | Leslie Lynnton Fuller (Administrator)

    From the Jazz State of Indiana:

    A Highly Hoosiercentric Selection of 14 Best Jazz Releases of 2023. 

    The Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, The Gennett Suite (Patois Records)

    This album is a soaring sonic expedition to jazz Mt. Olympus, otherwise known as the Gennett Records studio of Richmond, Indiana. 

    Sam Butler, Folklore (Shifting Paradigm Records)

    Composer/trumpeter Butler avoids the “primrose path” and strikes out on his own bold creative direction. 

    Sara Caswell, The Way To You (Anzic Records)

    Well worth the 17+ year wait for the GRAMMY-nominated violinist/composer’s latest as bandleader.

    Discover the artist that esperanza spalding describes as “an anointed musician.”

    Jeff Coffin, Live At The Jazz Kitchen (Bandcamp)

    Coffin generously dropped this free album of his band’s performance at The Jazz Kitchen, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Coffin:  “In The Kitchen” was written during soundcheck and performed during both sets.” 

    Free, but put something in the online tip jar for the musicians, won’t you?

    Here: https://coffinperlsonkrauss.bandcamp.com/album/a-free-pop-up-album-live-the-jazz-kitchen

    Andrew Danforth, Homegrown (Self Released)

    Hoosier trombonist proudly owns the label Homegrown, with a requiem for an Indiana Avenue scene decimated by urban renewal and a love song for Bloomington. 

    Monika Herzig, Both Sides of Joni (ACME Records)

    An excellent album, with a backstory worthy of a movie. 

    Jason Moran, From the Dancehall to the Battlefield (Yes)

    Composer/pianist Jason Moran follows the footsteps of legendary Harlem Hellfighters James Reese Europe and Indy’s own Noble Sissile, revealing hallowed and joyful ground.

    Mark Ortwein, It Was Time (Terra Voce) 

    An accomplished jazz and classical multi-instrumentalist unafraid to explore any/all instruments, genres or emotions.

    Walter Smith III, return to casual (Blue Note Records)

    Despite the album’s title, the music is not casual, but insistent, a bandleader and band reuniting with much to say.

    Quinn Sternberg, Walking On Eggshells (Mind Beach)

     As JAZZIZ Online Editor Matt Micucci says: “meticulously crafted songs that navigate complexities of modern life through the prism of group dynamics.” 

    Jared Thompson & Premium Blend, Virtue (Self Released)

    Jared Thompson’s band continues to further the reach of the Naptown sound, using bebop, hard bop, R&B and groove.  

    Historic Releases

    Wes Montgomery, Wes Montgomery: The Complete Full House Recordings (Craft Recordings

    2023 was the Naptown guitarist’s centenary, but every year is the year of Wes. Hear him live at Tsubo coffee house in Berkeley, with saxophonist Johnny Griffin, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb.

    Wes Montgomery/ Wynton Kelly TrioMaximum Swing: The Unissued 1965 Half Note Recordings  (Resonance Records)

    Treasures from indefatigable jazz detective Zev Feldman’s latest Wes quest. Recorded at the Half Note jazz club in New York City in 1965 with drummer Jimmy Cobb and bassists Paul Chambers, Ron Carter, Herman Wright, and Indiana’s own Larry Ridley.

    Latin Jazz

    Pavel & Direct ContactEssentials (Self Released) 

    Oye, mamacita, ¿quieres bailar? Let’s dance. Grab this hit reel from Indiana pianist Pavel Polanco-Safadit. 

    Greetings from the land of Hoagy, Cole, Slide, J.J., Freddie, Wes, Buddy, Monk and others.

    Link to article:



  • 02 Jan 2024 7:27 PM | J Hunter


    1. ARTEMIS - In Real Time (Blue Note)
    2. ALLISON MILLER - Rivers in Our Veins (Royal Potato Family)
    3. LAKECIA BENJAMIN - Phoenix (Whirlwind Recordings)
    4. CHRISTIAN McBRIDE'S NEW JAWN - Prime (Brother Mister/Mack Avenue)
    5. ORRIN EVANS - The Red Door (Smoke Sessions)
    6. JACQUES SCHWARZ-BART - The Harlem Suite (Ropeadope)
    7. JAKOB BRO / JOE LOVANO - Once Around the Room: A Tribute to Paul Motian (ECM)
    8. JD ALLEN - This (Savant)
    9. ERIC KRASNO & STANTON MOORE - Krasno Moore Project: Book of Queens (Concord Jazz)
    10. JOEY ALEXANDER - Continuance (Mack Avenue)


    • DAVE McMURRAY - Grateful Deadication 2 (Blue Note)
    • JOE CHAMBERS - Dance Kobina (Blue Note)
    • FRED HERSCH & ESPERANZA SPALDING - Alive at the Village Vanguard (Palmetto)
    • CHRISTIE DASHIELL - Portrait in Black (Self-released)
    • ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (Best first release as a Leader):
    • ARMAN SANGALANG - Quintet (Calligram)
    • LOCAL HERO AWARD (Best regional Release):
    • PATRICIA JULIEN PROJECT - Sky Pointing (Planet Arts)

  • 29 Dec 2023 3:20 PM | Howard Mandel (Administrator)

    My list as prepared for the Francis Davis poll. It feels very provisional to me, and begs for annotation. I've sketched in brief comments --

    · this year's 10 best New Releases (albums of new music, recorded since 2013) listed in descending order, one-through-ten).

    Hear the Light Singing, Myra Melford’s Fire and Water Quintet - all-stars inspiring each other. Serious, original, endlessly fresh.

    Viento Sur, Edmar Castañeda World Ensemble upbeat, passionate take on Caribbean/Central American sources for new world music

    Inception, JoVia Armstrong imaginative, percussive, electric Afro-futuristic blues

    Uncle John’s Band, John Scofield laid back and so masterful, guitar trio of unforced but real feeling

    Rivers in Our Veins, Allison Miller ingenious compositions show off a unique ensemble (akin to Hear the Light Singing)

    Bark Out Thunder Roar Out Lightning, Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah, Chief Adjuah unexpected deep funk, ancient to the future (akin to Inception)

    Going Home, Greg “Organ Monk” Lewis Trio hottest organ trio of the century to date

    Ancient Future, Dwight Trible the baritone as seer, prophet, healer

    Captivity, Caroline Davis’ Alula an alto saxophonist with her own voice and unique direction (I'm quick to add Ingrid Laubrock deserves kudos, too)

    Sun Ra’s Journey, Tyler Mitchell Octet featuring Marshall Allen cosmic grace and the freedom to be awful (one track) in honor of enduring elders

    ·  Top-three Historical/Rara Avis (albums with old music: reissued of any age or previously unissued recorded before 2013), again listed in descending order

    With Strings, Dorothy Ashby prior to her Rubyait, she was cooly blue and sexy on that harp -- with super Frank Wess, flute, and A-list bass/drums.

    Classic Jazz at the Philharmonic Jam Sessions (1950 – 1957) swing to bop masters blew to the rafters, night after night 

    A Lovesome Thing, Geri Allen and Kurt Rosenwinkel ruminative communications, achingly lyrical

    · Best Vocal album

    Ancient Future, Dwight Trible 

    · Your choice for the year's best Latin jazz album

    Havana Nocturne, Aymee Nuviola - forthright Cuban singer with empathic piano-led accompaniment.

  • 29 Dec 2023 3:16 PM | Stephen Braunginn

    This was an extraordinary year for women musicians and my top 25 albums reflect that. My list also includes a separate category of Historical albums, limited to five. As promised to Terri Lyne Carrington in my final episode of 2023 in my podcast, Strictly Jazz Sounds, I intend to advance the names of women in jazz. Not because they are women but because they are outstanding artists who are women. Most notably, Lakecia Benjamin. 2023 was the year of Lakecia Benjamin in jazz.

    • 1.    Lakecia Benjamin-Phoenix (Whirlwind)
    • 2.    Linda May Han Oh-The Glass Hours (Biophilia)
    • 3.    Chien Chien Lu-Built In System: Live in New York (Feeling Good Music)
    • 4.    Mike Clark-Kosen Rufu (Wide Hive Records)
    • 5.    Isaiah J. Thompson-The Power of the Spirit (Blue Engine)
    • 6.    Kris Davis-Diatom Ribbons: Live at the Village Vanguard (Pyroclastic)
    • 7.    James Brandon Lewis-For Mahalia, With Love (TAO Forms)
    • 8.    Miki Yamanaka-Shades of Rainbow (Cellar)
    • 9.    Johnathan Blake-Passage (Blue Note)
    • 10. Orrin Evans-The Red Door (Smoke Sessions)
    • 11. Walter Kemp 3: Black Whole-Live (Walter Kemp)
    • 12. Artemis-In Real Time (Blue Note)
    • 13. Emmet Cohen Featuring Houston Person-Master Legacy Series Vol. 5 (Mack Ave.)
    • 14. Tyshawn Sorey Trio: Continuing (Pi Recordings)
    • 15. Christian McBride’s New Jawn (Mack Ave.)
    • 16. Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band-Live From the Archives (Stoner Hill)
    • 17. Brandee Younger-Brand New Life (Impulse)
    • 18. Mark Turner-Live at the Village Vanguard (Giant Step Arts)
    • 19. Sean Mason-The Southern Suite (JALC-Blue Engine)
    • 20. Joe Farnsworth-In What Direction Are You Headed? (Smoke Sessions)
    • 21. Rachel Therrien Latin Jazz Project-Mi Hogar (Outside in Music)
    • 22. Kaisa’s Machine-Taking Shape (Greenleaf)
    • 23. Jane Bunnett and Maqueque-Playing With Fire (Jane Bunnett)
    • 24. Arturo O’Farrill-Legacies (Blue Note)
    • 25. Walter Smith III-return to casual (Blue Note)
    • Best Historical

    • 1.    John Coltrane/Eric Dolphy-Evenings at the Village Gate: John Coltrane with Eric Dolphy (Impulse)
    • 2.    Terri Lyne Carrington-TLC& Friends (Candid)
    • 3.    Charles Mingus-Changes: The Complete 1970s Atlantic Recordings (Rhino)
    • 4.    Dorothy Ashby-Dorothy Ashby with Strings Attached (New Land)
    • 5.    Dexter Gordon-Bouncin’ With Dex (Steeplechase)

  • 27 Dec 2023 8:22 PM | Russell Perry

    Favorite 2023 Releases in order of release:

    John Bailey - Time Bandits (Freedom Road Records, 01/13/2023)

    Lakecia Benjamin - Phoenix (Whirlwind Recordings, 01/27/2023)

    Ben Wolfe - Unjust(Resident Arts, 02/03/2023)

    Brad Mehldau - Your Mother Should Know: Brad Mehldau Plays the Beatles(Nonesuch, 02/10/2023)

    John D’earth Quintet - Coin of the Realm (Cosmology Records, 02/14/2023)

    Chris Potter - Got The Keys To the Kingdom (Edition Records, 02/17/2023)

    Jane Bunnett & Maqueque - Playing With Fire (Linus Entertainment, 03/10/2023)

    Billy Childs - Winds of Change (Mack Avenue, 03/17/2023)

    Chembo Corniel Quintet - Artistas, Músicos Y Poetas(Chemboro Records, 03/17/2023)

    Wayne Escoffery - Like Minds (Smoke Sessions, 04/14/2023)

    Artemis - In Real Time (Blue Note, 05/05/2023)

    Avishai Cohen - Abraham Rodriguez Jr. - Iroko (Naive Records, 05/05/2023)

    Joe Farnsworth - In What Direction Are You Headed? (Smoke Sessions, 05/19/2023)

    Edward Simon - Femeninas: Songs of Latin American Women (Artist Share, 05/31/2023)

    Buselli / Wallarab Jazz Orchestra - The Gennett Suite (Patios Records, 06/09/2023)

    Johnathan Blake - Passages (Blue Note, 08/11/2023)

    Miguel Zenón & Luis Perdomo - El Arte Del Bolero, Vol. 2 (Miel Music, 08/25/2023)

    Jaimie Branch Fly or Die Fly or Die Fly or Die ((world war)) (International Anthem, 08/25/2023)

    Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society - Dynamic Maximum Tension (Nonesuch, 09/08/2023)

    Mark Turner - Live At The Village Vanguard (Giant Step Arts, 09/08/2023)

    Clark Sommers - Feast Ephemera (Irabbagast Records, 09/15/2023)

    Shuteen Eredenebaatar - Rising Sun (Motéma Music, 09/15/2023)

    Miho Hazama - m_unit: Beyond Orbits (Edition Records, 09/23/2023)

    Allison Miller - Rivers In Our Veins (Royal Potato Family, 10/06/2023)

  • 20 Dec 2023 8:33 PM | Philip Booth

    Ten Favorite 2023 Recordings
    Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Dynamic Maximum Tension (Nonesuch Records)
    Kenny Barron, The Source (Artwork Records)
    Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band, Kings Highway (Stoner Hill Records)
    Aaron Diehl & the Knights, Zodiac Suite (Mack Avenue)
    Joe Locke, Makram (Circle 9 Records)
    Linda May Han Oh, The Glass Hours (Biophilia Records)
    Chuck Owen and the WDR Big Band, Renderings (Summit Records)
    Chris Potter, Got the Keys to the Kingdom (Edition Records)
    John Scofield, Uncle John’s Band (ECM)
    Ben Wolfe, Unjust (Resident Arts)

    Favorite historical albums
    John Coltrane with Eric Dolphy, Evenings at the Village Gate (Impulse!)
    Wes Montgomery, Maximum Swing: The Unissued 1965 Half Note Recordings (Resonance Records)
    Kurt Rosenwinkel and Geri Allen, Lovesome Thing (Motema Music)

    Favorite vocal album
    Fred Hersch & Esperanza Spalding, Alive at the Village Vanguard (Palmetto Records)

    Favorite debut album
    Christian Dillingham, Cascades (Greenleaf Music)

    Favorite Latin jazz album
    Alfredo Rodriguez, Coral Way (Mack Avenue)

    10 other favorites
    Sara Caswell, The Way to You (Anzic)
    Johnathan Blake, Passage (Blue Note Records)
    Joe Farnsworth, In What Direction Are You Headed? (Smoke Sessions Records)
    Sullivan Fortner, Solo Game (Artwork Records)
    Rickie Lee Jones, Pieces of Treasure (Modern Recordings)
    Christian McBride’s New Jawn, Prime (Mack Avenue Records)
    Brad Mehldau, Your Mother Should Know: Brad Mehldau Plays the Beatles (Nonesuch)
    Pat Metheny, Dream Box (Modern Recordings)
    Jason Moran, From the Dancehall to the Battlefield (Yes Records)
    Rudy Royston, Flatbed Buggy (Greenleaf Music)

  • 19 Dec 2023 12:17 PM | C. Andrew Hovan

    A Select Dozen of the Best Jazz Releases of 2023:

    New Recordings-

    Jim Snidero- Far Far Away (Savant)

    Joe Farnsworth- In What Direction Are You Headed? (Smoke Sessions)

    John Scofield- Uncle John's Band (ECM)

    John Hart- Resonance (SteepleChase)

    Jim Rotondi- Over Here (Criss Cross Jazz)

    Steve Smith & Vital Information- Time Flies (Wounded Bird)


    Charles Mingus- Changes: The Complete 1970's Atlantic Recordings (Rhino)

    McCoy Tyner- Extensions (Blue Note Tone Poet)

    Jack Wilson- Easterly Winds (Blue Note Tone Poet)

    Big John Patton- Let 'Em Roll (Blue Note Tone Poet)

    Wes Montgomery- The Complete Full House Recordings (Craft)

    Cal Tjader- Catch the Groove (Jazz Detective)

  • 18 Dec 2023 8:27 AM | Geoffrey Himes



    • 1.      Piernick Pedron & Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Pedron & Rubalcaba (Gazebo)
    • 2.      Lafayette Gilchrist:  Undaunted (Morphius) 
    • 3.      Allison Miller: Rivers in Our Veins (Royal Potato Family)
    • 4.      Ivo Perelman-Matthew Shipp: Triptych (ESP-Disk)
    • 5.      Rudy Royston: Day (Greenleaf)
    • 6.      Johnathan Blake: Passages (Blue Note)
    • 7.      Cecile McLorin Salvant: Melusine (Nonesuch)
    • 8.      Koppel Colley Blade  Perspective (Nu)
    • 9.      Orrin Evans: The Red Door (Smoke Sessions)
    • 10.  James Brandon Lewis & the Red Lily Quintet: For Mahalia with Love (Tao Forms)
    • 11.  Tyshawn Sorey Trio: Continuing (Pi)
    • 12.  John Scofield: Uncle John's Band (ECM)
    • 13.  Darcy James Argue's Secret Society: Dynamic Maximum Tension (Nonesuch)
    • 14.  Joe Lovano’s Trio Tapestry: Our Daily Bread (ECM)
    • 15.  Walter Smith III: Return to Casual (Blue Note)
    • 16.  Dan Weiss Trio: Dedication (Cygnus)
    • 17.  Magos Herrera: Aire (Sunnyside)
    • 18.  Bela Fleck-Zakir Hussain-Edgar Meyer: As We Speak (Thirty Tigers)
    • 19.  Susan Alcorn & Septeto del Sur: Canto (Relative Pitch)
    • 20.  Christian McBride's New Jawn: Prime (Mack Avenue)




    • 1.      Jon Dee Graham: Only Dead for a While (Strollin’ Bones)
    • 2.      Jerry Joseph: Baby, You're the Man Who Would Be King (Cosmo Sex School)
    • 3.      Charley Crockett: Live from the Ryman Auditorium  (Son of Davy)
    • 4.      SZA: SOS (Top Dawg, RCA)
    • 5.      boygenius: The Record (Matador)
    • 6.      Ashley McBryde: The Devil I Know (Warner Nashville)
    • 7.      Zach Bryan: Zach Bryan (Warner Nashville)
    • 8.      Buddy & Julie Miller: In the Throes (New West)
    • 9.      Olivia Rodrigo: Guts (Geffen)
    • 10.  Martin Hayes & the Common Ground Ensemble: Peggy’s Dream (251)
    • 11.  The Nude Party: The Nude Party Rides On (New West)
    • 12.  Low Cut Connie: Art Dealers (Contender)
    • 13.  Martin Zellar: Head West (Owen Lee)
    • 14.  Iris DeMent: Workin’ on a World (Flariella)
    • 15.  Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit: Weathervanes (Southeastern)
    • 16.  The Young Fathers: Heavy Heavy (Ninja Tune)
    • 17.  Lucero: Should’ve Learned by Now (Liberty & Lament)
    • 18.  Ray Bonneville: On the Blind Side  (Stonefly)
    • 19.  Joy Oladokun: Proof of Life (Amigo/Republic/Verve Forecast)
    • 20.  Robbie Fulks: Bluegrass Vacation (Compass)
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