Merry Christmas, /mu/.
Now, I've noticed a fair bit of recent jazz missing from the conversation. Sure, we talk about old jazz (milescoltranethelistgoeson), but I never see jazz making it into anybody's end of year album list. I'm hoping that maybe a couple of these records might find their way in yours.
I'm not just going to dump everything, because I don't want the truly good stuff to go missing. So I've curated my top 20 jazz albums of the year and uploaded them to zippy. At the end, I'll give a list of everything that didn't make my top 20, and will upload anything requested (provided the thread stays alive long enough to do so).
1. Ambrose Akinmusire - The Imagined Saviour is Far Easier to Paint
>modern post-bop trumpet quintet, Blue Note, my AOTY any genre
2. Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band - Landmarks
>post-bop/folk jazz saxophone quintet
3. Jerome Sabbagh - The Turn
4. Kenny Barron & Dave Holland - The Art of Conversation
5. The Cellar and Point - Ambit
>avant-garde/electric fusion septet
Taking a 10-15 minute break. Is anyone interested yet?
Sounds good. Would be cool if you have some that didn't register on my radar!
6. Otis Brown III - The Thought of You
couldn't find one on yt, just trust me on this one
Whoops, that's a quintet, not a quartet.
7. Chicago Underground Duo - Locus
8. Steve Khan - Subtext
>jazz fusion, guitar
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKEFcJsZCYg (couldn't find a sample from the actual album on yt, but it's reasonably similar to this, stylistically)
9. Yelena Eckemoff Quintet - A Touch of Radiance
>modern/experimental piano quintet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXvsrYISNK8 (again, not the same album, but similar)
I was the same the past few years, so this year I was determined to get jazz heavily in the balance. Appreciate the kind words!
10. John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension - The Boston Record
>electric jazz rock fusion, favourite guitarist of all time so I'm biased but this album is terrific
I didn't know of the pastebin before now (I've barely been on /mu/ all year because it's banned where I live on campus, so only come on when I'm back for the holidays). Cheers for linking.
11. The Souljazz Orchestra - Inner Fire
12. Helen Sung - Anthem for a New Day
13. Wil Blades - Field Notes
>funky organ trio
14. Nir Felder - Golden Age
>contemporary guitar quartet
15. Chat Noir - Elec3cities
What kind of music do you normally enjoy? If you can tell me that, I might be able to point you towards jazz that captures a similar expression.
16. Tohpati - Tribal Dance
>avant-garde/jazz-rock fusion, guitar
17. The Daniel Rosenboom Quintet - Fire Keeper
>fusion between contemporary post-bop jazz and experimental rock influences
18. BADBADNOTGOOD - III
>contemporary trio with fusion and hip hop influences. Long-time darling of /mu/
Nujabes is a great springboard. Maybe start with some of the more electronic selections in here (7, 15, as well as 18 for obvious reasons)
19. Ben Sidran - Blue Camus
Essentials: Louis Armstrong and everyone who worked with him, Dizzy Gillespie and everyone who worked with him, and Miles Davis and everyone who worked with him. Guitar players you'll find along the way, but my personal favourites: John McLaughlin, Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell. There are a bunch of guitar guys in this thread too.
Last one, then I'll post my leftovers list.
20. Ginger Baker - Why?
>post-bop, highly percussive
I'll be checking the pastebin in a second, but here are my jazz albums that didn't make it into the top 20:
The Bad Plus - The Rite of Spring
Bohren & Der Club of Gore - Piano Nights
Stanley Clarke Band - Up
Nels Cline & Julian Lage - Room
Jamie Cullum - Interlude
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe - New Ammo
Fletcher, Brice, Joswiak - Nick of Time
Bebel Gilberto - Tudo
Dobet Gnahore - Na Dre
Pamela Hines Trio - Thrive!
Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden - Last Dance
Darius Jones & Matthew Shipp - Cosmic Lider: The Darkseid Recital
Ryan Keberle & Catharsis - Into the Zone
Kid Millions & Jim Sauter - Fountain
Steve Lehman Octet - Mise En Amibe
Carmen Lundy - Soul to Soul
Nick Malcolm Quartet - Beyond These Voices
Pat Metheny - KIN
The Microscopic Septet - Manhattan Moonrise
Joe Morris Quartet - Balance
The Ed Palermo Big Band - Oh No! Not Jazz!
Danilo Perez - Panama 500
Pharoah & The Underground - Spiritual Mercury
Dylan Ryan / Sand - Circa
Louis Sclavis - Silk and Salt Melodies
Matthew Shipp Trio - Root of Things
Thumbscrew - Thumbscrew
Trio 3 & Vijay Iyer - Wiring
Mark Turner Quartet - Lathe of Heaven
Norma Winstone - Dance Without Answer
I have to go to bed soon, but if there a couple people are particularly interested in and can't find elsewhere, I'd be happy to upload.
I'll do my best. I don't actually have any in my library I just realised. But I do still have all my lecture notes/readings from when I took a university course in early jazz history, so unless someone more knowledgable wants to step up, I'll dl as much as I can, sort the wheat from the chaff, and get something up in a few weeks.
I'm shamefully not into jazz yet I just know the timeline because of my old man. I only seem to see middle period and contemporary jazz here that's why I asked. But I don't follow the threads generally.
Does anyone have anything that sounds kinda like this or something that has a similar feel?
Obviously there's other stuff by Angelo Baldalamenti, but as a score composer his work is vary inconsistent in sound and only a certain fraction of his work has this kind of feeling.
I've heard echos of this sound in certain ECM stuff, but it's usually not so atmospheric.
nice dubs and hey, great record! one of my favorites of all time.
it's too bad that most of /mu/ dismiss grant ..
i think that in itself is pretty indicative of the low level of understanding that people here have of this music.
there's a reason why so many people chose mr green to be on their records.
happy holidays anon!