Rhapsody Streamnotes:
Artist Index

This is a cumulative list of records reviewed from Rhapsody streams, indexed by artist. (Various artist compilations are below.) Release dates are in brackets, as opposed to recording dates, listed first where known and different. In order to better group the records by artist minor differences in artist names have been omitted. Sort within artist is generally by the last year of material included or release date.

The 2 Bears: Be Strong (2012, Southern Fried) B+(*) 

2 Chainz:

  • B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time (2013, Def Jam) B+(**) 
  • Pretty Girls Like Trap Music (2017, Def Jam) B+(*) 

2NE1: Crush (2014, YG Entertainment) B+(**) 

2Pac:

  • 2Pacalypse Now (1991, Interscope) B+(*) 
  • Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z... (1993, Interscope) B 
  • Me Against the World (1995, Interscope) B− 
  • All Eyez on Me (1996, Death Row, 2CD) B+(*) 

The 3.5.7 Ensemble: Amongst the Smokestacks and Steeples (2014 [2016], Milk Factory Productions, 2CD) B 

3hattrio: Lord of the Desert (2018, Okehdokee) B+(**) 

5 Seconds of Summer: 5 Seconds of Summer (2014, Capitol) B 

7L & Esoteric: 1212 (2010, Fly Casual) A− 

8 Bold Souls: Last Option (1999 [2000], Thrill Jockey) A− 

9th Wonder: The Wonder Years (2011, Traffic Entertainment) A− 

13 & God: Own Your Ghost (2011, Anticon) B+(**) 

The 14 Jazz Orchestra: Nothing Hard Is Ever Easy (2015 [2016], self-released) B 

21 Savage:

  • /Metro Boomin: Savage Mode (2016, self-released) A− 
  • Issa Album (2017, Slaughter Gang/Epic) B+(*) 
  • /Offset/Metro Boomin: Without Warning (2017, Epic) B+(*) 

75 Dollar Bill:

  • Olives in the Ears (2014, self-released) B+(***) 
  • Wooden Bag (2015, Other Music) B+(***) 
  • Wood/Metal/Plastic/Pattern/Rhythm/Rock (2013-15 [2016], Thin Wrist) A− 

79rs Gang: Fire on the Bayou (2015, Sinking City/Urban Unrest) A− 

700 Bliss: Spa 700 (2018, Halcyon Veil/Don Giovanni, EP) B+(**) 

The 1975: I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It (2016, Dirty Hit/Interscope) B+(*) 

1990s: Cookies (2007, Rough Trade) B+(***) 

2562: Unbalance (2009, Tectonic) B+(***) 

Espen Aalberg/Jonas Kullhammar/Torbjörn Zetterberg/Susana Santos Silva: Basement Sessions Vol. 4 (The Bali Tapes) (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(***) 

Juhani Aaltonen:

  • To Future Memories (2010 [2013], TUM) B+(***) 
  • /Iro Haarla: Kirkastus (2013 [2015], TUM) B+(***) 

AALY Trio with Ken Vandermark:

  • Hidden in the Stomach (1996 [1997], Silkheart) B+(**) 
  • I Wonder If I Was Screaming (2000, Crazy Wisdom) B+(**) 

Greg Abate:

  • Motif (2014, Whaling City Sound) A− 
  • /Phil Woods with the Tim Ray Trio: Kindred Spirits: Live At Chan's (2014 [2016], Whaling City Sound, 2CD) B+(**) 
  • /Tim Ray Trio: Road to Forever (2016 [2017], Whaling City Sound) B+(*) 

Rez Abbasi:

  • Suno Suno (2010 [2011], Enja) B+(*) 
  • Intents and Purposes (2014 [2015], Enja) B+(*) 
  • Behind the Vibration (2015 [2016], Cuneiform) B+(**) 
  • Unfiltered Universe (2016 [2017], Whirlwind) B+(**) 

Ahmed Abdullah:

  • Liquid Song (1987, Silkheart) A− 
  • Ahmed Abdullah and the Solomonic Quintet Featuring Charles Moffett (1987 [1988], Silkheart) B+(***) 

John Abercrombie:

  • The First Quartet (1978-80 [2015], ECM, 3CD) B+(**) 
  • /Arthur Blythe/Terri Lyne Carrington/Anthony Cox/Mark Feldman/Gust Tsilis: Echoes (1996 [2005], Alessa) B+(*) 
  • Up and Coming (2016 [2017], ECM) B+(*) 

Muhal Richard Abrams: Afrisong (1975 [2009], Why Not) A− 

Rabih Abou-Khalil:

  • Between Dusk and Dawn (1986 [1987], MMP) B+(***) 
  • The Cactus of Knowledge (2000 [2001], Enja) A− 

Ab-Soul:

  • Control System (2012, !K7) B+(**)  
  • These Days . . . (2014, Top Dawg) B+(**) 
  • Do What Thou Wilt (2016, Top Dawg) A− 

Kevin Abstract: American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story (2016, Brockhampton) B+(*) 

Ramzi Aburedwan: Reflections of Palestine (2012, Riverboat) B+(***) 

Joshua Abrams:

  • Natural Information (2010-12 [2014], Eremite) A− 
  • Represencing (2011 [2014], Eremite) B+(**) 
  • Magnetoception (2013 [2015], Eremite) B+(***) 
  • /Natural Information Society: Simultonality (2014-15 [2017], Eremite) A− 

Acetone: 1992-2001 (1992-2001 [2017], Light in the Attic) B 

Aceyalone: Leanin' on Slick (2013, Decon) A− 

Jewel Ackah: Me Dear (1990, Highlife World) B+(***) 

Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids:

  • We Be All Africans (2016, Strut) B+(***) 
  • An Angel Fell (2018, Strut) B+(**) 

Bob Ackerman: Old & New Magic (1993, Silkheart) B+(***) 

Active Child: You Are All I See (2011, Vagrant) B− 

Actress:

  • Splazsh (2010, Honest Jon's) A− 
  • R.I.P. (2012, Honest Jon's) B+(***) 
  • Ghettoville (2014, Ninja Tune) B+(*) 
  • AZD (2017, Ninja Tune) B+(*) 

Ad the Voice: Maxi-Single (2007, Statik Entertainment, EP) A− 

Beegie Adair/Don Aliquo: Too Marvelous for Words (2015, Adair Music Group) A− 

Tony Adamo: Tony Adamo & the New York Crew (2015, Urban Zone) B+(***) 

George Adams:

  • /Don Pullen: Don't Lose Control (1979 [1980], Soul Note) B+(***) 
  • /Don Pullen: Earth Beams (1980, Timeless) A− 
  • /Don Pullen: Life Line (1981, Timeless) B+(*) 
  • /Don Pullen: Melodic Excursions (1982, Timeless) B+(*) 
  • /Dannie Richmond: Gentlemen's Agreement (1983, Soul Note) B+(*) 
  • /Don Pullen: Decisions (1984, Timeless) B+(**) 

John Adams:

  • Doctor Atomic Symphony (2009, Nonesuch) B+(***) 
  • I Am Love [A Film by Luca Guadagnino] (2010, Nonesuch) B+(**) 

John Adams/San Francisco Symphony/Michael Tilson Thomas:

  • Absolute Jest/Grand Pianola Music (2013 [2015], SFS) B+(**) 

Justin Adams:

  • Soul Science (2007 [2008], World Village) B+(**) 
  • /Juldeh Camara: Tell No Lies (2008-09 [2009], Real World) B+(**) 

Kris Adams: Longing (2012-13 [2014], Jazzbird) B 

Ryan Adams:

  • Easy Tiger (2007, Lost Highway) C+ 
  • Ashes & Fire (2011, Capitol) B+(*) 
  • Ryan Adams (2014, Blue Note) B 
  • Prisoner (2017, Blue Note) B+(*) 

Andy Adamson: A Cry for Peace (2015 [2016], Andros) B+(*) 

Jason Adasiewicz: From the Region (2013 [2014], Delmark) B+(***) 

Cannonball Adderley with Bill Evans: Know What I Mean? (1961 [2011], Riverside/OJC) A− 

King Sunny Ade: Bábá Mo Túndé (2009-10 [2010], Indigedisc, 2CD) A− 

Adebisi Shank: This Is the Second Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank (2011, Sargent House) B 

Adele:

  • 21 (2010 [2011], XL) B− 
  • 25 (2015, XL) B 

Ben Adkins: Salmagundi (2016, Ben Adkins Music) B+(**) 

Trace Adkins: Proud to Be Here (2011, Show Dog Universal) B 

Antonio Adolfo:

  • Tropical Infinito (2016, AAM) B+(***) 
  • Hybrido: From Rio to Wayne Shorter (2016 [2017], AAM) B 

Adult.: The Way Things Fall (2013, Ghostly International) A− 

Adult Books: Running From the Blows (2016, Lolipop) B+(*) 

Stefan Aeby:

  • To the Light (2015 [2016], Intakt) B+(**) 
  • The London Concert (2017 [2018], Intakt) B+(***) 

Aerosmith:

  • Aerosmith's Greatest Hits (1972-79 [1980], Columbia) B+(**) 
  • Pump (1989, Geffen) B− 

Aesop Rock:

  • None Shall Pass (2007, Definitive Jux) B 
  • Skelethon (2012, Rhymesayers Entertainment) B+(**) 
  • /Homeboy Sandman: Lice (2015, Stones Throw, EP) A− 
  • The Impossible Kid (2016, Rhymesayers) A− 
  • /Homebody Sandman: Lice Two: Still Buggin' (2016, Stones Throw, EP) B+(***) 
  • /Homeboy Sandman: Triple Fat Lice (2017, Stones Throw, EP) B+(***) 

Jaime Affoumado/Alex Blake/Arturo O'Farrill/Bill Ware: The Puppeteers (2013 [2014], Puppet's) B+(**) 

Afghan Whigs: Do to the Beast (2014, Sub Pop) B+(**) 

AFI: Burials (2013, Republic) B− 

Africaine 808: Basar (2016, Golf Channel) B+(***) 

African Express: African Express Presents . . . Terry Riley's In C Mali (2014, Transgressive) B+(***) 

African Head Charge: Return of the Crocodile (1981-85 [2016], On-U Sound) B+(**) 

Afrikan Sciences: Means and Ways (2011, Deepblak) B+(**) 

Africans With Mainframes:

  • Commission Number 3 (2015, Bio Rhythm, EP) B+(*) 
  • K.M.T. (2016, Soul Jazz) A− 

Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra: Pulsion (2014, Ubiquity) B+(***) 

Against All Logic: 2012-2017 (2018, Other People) B+(***) 

Against Me!:

  • New Wave (2007, Warner Brothers) B+(**) 
  • White Crosses (2010, Sire) B− 
  • Transgender Dysphoria Blues (2014, Total Treble) B+(**) 

AgesandAges: Alright You Restless (2011, Knitting Factory Works) B+(**) 

Sophie Agnel/Daunik Lazro: Marguerite D'Or Pâle (2016, Fou) B+(**) 

Raul Agraz: Between Brothers (2013-15 [2016], OA2) B 

Aguankö:

  • Invisible (2015, Aguankö Music) B+(**) 

Aguankó:

  • Latin Jazz Christmas in Havana (2016, Aguankó) B 
  • Pattern Recognition (2018, Aguankó) B+(**) 

Brother Ah:

  • /Sound Awareness: Move Ever Onward (1975 [2016], Manufactured) B− 
  • /Sounds of Awareness: Key to Nowhere (1983 [2016], Manufactured) B+(*) 

Vincent Ahehehinnou: Best Woman (1978 [2017], Analog Africa) B+(**) 

Ahilea: Cafe Svetlana (2009, Essay) B+(***) 

Ahleuchatistas: Of the Body Prone (2009, Tzadik) B 

Mahmoud Ahmed & Imperial Bodyguard Band: Éthiopiques, Vol. 26: 1972-74 (1972-74 [2010], Buda Musique) B+(***) 

Yazz Ahmed: La Saboteuse (2017, Naim) B+(**) 

Adia Victoria: Beyond the Bloodhounds (2016, Canvasback/Atlantic) B+(*) 

Jhené Aiko:

  • Sail Out (2013, Def Jam, EP) B+(**) 
  • Souled Out (2014, Def Jam) B+(*) 

Cyrille Aimée:

  • Cyrille Aimée and the Surreal Band (2008 [2015], Harmonic Reaction) B+(*) 
  • It's a Good Day (2014, Mack Avenue) B+(*) 
  • Let's Get Lost (2016, Mack Avenue) B+(*) 

Laura Ainsworth: New Vintage (2017, Eclectus) B+(**) 

Air [jazz]:

  • Air Song (1975 [2009], Why Not) B+(***) 
  • Open Air Suit (1978, Novus) B+(**) 

Air [electronica]:

  • Pocket Symphony (2007, Astralwerks) B+(*) 
  • Le Voyage Dans La Lune (A Trip to the Moon) (2012, Astralwerks) A− 

Jason Ajemian:

  • /Tony Malaby/Rob Mazurek/Chad Taylor: A Way a Land of Life (2006 [2014], NoBusiness) B+(***) 
  • Folklords (2012 [2014], Delmark) A− 

Nancy Ajram: Nancy 8 (2014, In2musica) A− 

Akala: Doublethink (2010, Illa State) B+(***) 

Ambrose Akinmusire:

  • When the Heart Emerges Glistening (2010 [2011], Blue Note) B+(**) 
  • The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier to Paint (2014, Blue Note) B− 
  • A Rift in Decorum: Live at the Village Vanguard (2017, Blue Note, 2CD) B+(*) 

Akmee: Neptun (2016 [2017], Nakama) B+(***) 

Akron/Family: Love Is Simple (2007, Young God) B 

Akrobatik: Absolute Value (2008, Fat Beats) B+(*) 

Rashied Al Akbar/Muhammad Ali/Earl Cross/Idris Ackamoor: Ascent of the Nether Creatures (1980 [2014], NoBusiness) B+(***) 

Fatima Al Qadiri:

  • Asiatisch (2014, Hyperdub) B+(**) 
  • Shaneera (2017, Hyperdub, EP) B 

Alabama Shakes:

  • Alabama Shakes (2011, Rough Trade, EP) B+(*) 
  • Boys & Girls (2012, ATO) B+(**) 
  • Sound & Color (2015, ATO) B+(*) 

Yemi Alade: King of Queens (2014, Effyzzie Music Group) B+(**) 

Alaska Thunderfuck: Anus (2015, Sidecar) A− 

Bob Albanese: Time Remembered (2012 [2015], Mayimba) B+(*) 

Albare: Only Human (2014 [2015], Alfi) B+(**) 

Carol Albert: Fly Away Butterfly (2017, Cahara) B+(**) 

Erlend Olderskog Albertsen: Rødssal Neen Glassdør (2018, Dugnad Rec) B+(***) 

Alchemy Sound Project: Further Explorations (2014 [2016], ARC) B+(*) 

Algiers:

  • Algiers (2015, Matador) B 
  • The Underside of Power (2017, Matador) B− 

Damon Albarn:

  • Dr Dee (2012, Virgin) C+ 
  • Everyday Robots (2014, Parlophone) B+(*) 

Alessio Alberghini/Garrison Fewell: Inverso (2014 [2015], Floating Forest) B+(**) 

The Alchemist:

  • Chemical Warfare (2009, Koch) B+(**) 
  • Russian Roulette (2012, Decon) B 
  • /Oh No: Welcome to Los Santos (2015, Mass Appeal) B+(*) 

Melissa Aldana:

  • Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio (2014, Concord Jazz) B+(*) 
  • Back Home (2015 [2016], Wommusic) B+(***) 

Jason Aldean:

  • My Kinda Party (2010, Broken Bow) B− 
  • Night Train (2012, Broken Bow) C+ 

Howard Alden: I Remember Django (2010, Arbors) B+(*) 

Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet:

  • Ciudad de Los Reyes (2012 [2013], Saponegro) B+(***) 
  • 10 (2015, Zoho) B+(***) 
  • Diablo en Brooklyn (2017, Saponegro) A− 

Ralph Alessi:

  • /Fred Hersch: Only Many (2011-12 [2013], CAM Jazz) B 
  • Quiver (2014 [2016], ECM) B+(***) 

Ariel Alexander/Jon Bremen: Street Cries (2013 [2014], self-released, EP) B+(*) 

Arthur Alexander: Rainbow Road: The Warner Bros. Recordings (1972 [1994], Warner Archives) B+(*) 

Dee Alexander:

  • Wondrous Fascination (2006-07 [2007], no label) C− 
  • Songs My Mother Loves (2014, Blujazz) B+(**) 

Joey Alexander:

  • My Favorite Things (2014 [2015], Motéma) B+(**) 
  • Countdown (2016, Motéma) B+(*) 

Jovan Alexandre: Collective Consciousness (2014 [2015], Xippi) B+(**) 

Alfjors: Demons 1 (2015 [2017], Shhpuma, EP) B+(**) 

Rahim AlHaj: Little Earth (2010, Ur Music, 2CD) B+(*) 

Wali Ali: To Be (2016-17 [2017], Mendicant) B+(**) 

Alias: Fever Dream (2011, Anticon) B+(**) 

All Included: Satan in Plain Clothes (2014 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(***) 

Gary Allan:

  • Get Off on the Pain (2010, MCA Nashville) B− 
  • Set You Free (2013, MCA Nashville) B+(*) 

Aimée Allen: Matter of Time (2013-14 [2015], Azuline) B+(**) 

Eddie Allen:

  • Jazzy Brass for the Holidays (2009, DBCD) B− 
  • Push (2013 [2014], Edjallen Music) B+(**) 

Geri Allen:

  • Flying Toward the Sound (2008 [2010], Motéma Music) B+(*) 
  • Timeline: Live (2009 [2010], Motéma Music) B+(**) 

Harry Allen:

  • Plays Music From the Sound of Music (2011, Arbors) B+(***) 
  • /Rossano Sportiello/Joel Forbes: I Walk With Music: The Hoagy Carmichael Songbook (2013, GAC) B+(**) 
  • For George, Cole and Duke (2015, Blue Heron) B+(***) 
  • Flying Over Rio (2015, Arbors) A− 
  • Something About Jobim (2015, Stunt) B+(***) 
  • /All Star New York Saxophone Band: The Candy Men (2016, Arbors) B+(*) 

JD Allen:

  • Graffiti (2015, Savant) A− 
  • Americana: Musings on Jazz and Blues (2016, Savant) A− 
  • Love Stone (2018, Savant) B+(**) 

Kris Allen: Beloved (2015 [2016], Truth Revolution) B+(**) 

Lillian Allen: Revolutionary Tea Party (1986, Redwood) A− 

Lily Allen:

  • Sheezus (2014, Warner Brothers/Regal) A 
  • No Shame (2018, Parlophone) A− 

Terry Allen: Bottom of the World (2013, Tia) B+(**) 

Tony Allen:

  • Film of Life (2014, Jazz Village) B+(**) 
  • A Tribute to Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (2017, Blue Note, EP) B+(**) 
  • The Source (2017, Blue Note) B+(*) 

Ellen Allien: LISm (2011-12 [2013], Bpitch Control) B+(***) 

Amy Allison:

  • No Frills Friend (2003, Diesel Only) A− 
  • Everything and Nothing Too (2006, Cheater's World) B+(***) 
  • Sheffield Streets (2009, Urban Myth) A− 

Ben Allison: Action-Refraction (2011, Palmetto) B+(***) 

Mose Allison:

  • I'm Not Talkin': The Soul Stylings of Mose Allison 1957-1971 (1957-71 [2016], BGP) B+(***) 
  • American Legend: Live in California (2006 [2015], Ibis) B+(*) 

Gregg Allman:

  • One More Try: An Anthology (1973-88 [1997], Capricorn/Chronicles, 2CD) B+(**) 
  • Low Country Blues (2011, Rounder) B+(*) 
  • Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA (2014 [2015], Rounder) B+(***) 

Allo Darlin':

  • Allo Darlin' (2010, Fortuna Pop) B+(***) 
  • Europe (2012, Slumberland) A− 
  • We Came From the Same Place (2014, Slumberland) A− 

Karrin Allyson:

  • Imagina: Songs of Brasil (2007 [2008], Concord Jazz) B− 
  • Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein (2015, Motéma) B 

Fabian Almazan: Alcanza (2017, Biophilia) B− 

Gonçalo Almeida:

  • /Martin van Duynhoven/Tobias Klein: Vibrate in Sympathy (2015, Clean Feed) B+(***) 
  • /Rodrigo Amado/Marco Franco: The Attic (2015 [2017], NoBusiness) A− 

Livio Almeida: Action and Reaction (2014 [2016], self-released) B+(*) 

Herb Alpert: /Lani Hall: Live: Anything Goes (2009, Concord) B 

Otim Alpha: Gulu City Anthems (2004-15 [2017], Nyege Nyege) B 

Alsarah Débruit: Aljawal (2013, Soundway) B 

Alt-J:

  • An Awesome Wave (2012, Infectious) B+(*) 
  • This Is All Yours (2014, Canvasback/Atlantic) B 

Barry Altschul:

  • Irina (1983, Soul Note) B+(***) 
  • For Stu (1979 [1981], Soul Note) B+(**) 
  • That's Nice (1985 [1986], Soul Note) B+(*) 
  • /3Dom Factor: Tales of the Unforeseen (2014 [2015], TUM) A− 
  • /3Dom Factor: Live in Krakow (2016 [2017], Not Two) A− 

AlunaGeorge: Body Music (2013, Island) B+(*) 

Béatrice Alunni/Marc Peillon: Dance With Me (2014 [2015], ITI) B+(*) 

Remi Álvarez/Ingebrigt Håker Flaten: First Duet Live (2010 [2012], JaZt Tapes) B+(*) 

Dave Alvin:

  • Live From Austin TX (1999 [2007], New West) B+(**) 
  • Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women (2008 [2009], Yep Roc) B+(**) 
  • Eleven Eleven (2011, Yep Roc) A− 
  • /Phil Alvin: Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy (2014, Yep Roc) A− 
  • /Phil Alvin: Lost Time (2015, Yep Roc) B+(*) 
  • /Jimmie Dale Gilmore: Downey to Lubbock (2018, Yep Roc) A− 

Alvvays:

  • Alvvays (2014, Polyvinyl) B+(*) 
  • Antisocialites (2017, Polyvinyl) B+(**) 

Rodrigo Amado:

  • /Carlos Zíngaro/Ken Filiano: The Space Between (2002 [2003], Clean Feed) B+(**) 
  • Wire Quartet (2011 [2014], Clean Feed) A− 
  • /Peter Evans: The Freedom Principle (2013 [2014], NoBusiness) B+(**) 
  • /Peter Evans: Live in Lisbon (2013 [2014], NoBusiness) B+(**) 
  • This Is Our Language (2012 [2015], Not Two) A− 
  • Desire & Freedom (2016, Not Two) A− 
  • A History of Nothing (2017 [2018], Trost) A− 

Amadou & Mariam:

  • Remixes (2011, Nonesuch) B+(**) 
  • Folila (2012, Nonesuch) A− 

Amanar: Tumastin (2015 [2016], Sahel Sounds) B+(*) 

Gabriel Amargant: And Now for Something Completely Different (2014 [2015], Fresh Sound New Talent) A− 

Oren Ambarchi:

  • Audience of One (2012, Touch) B+(***) 
  • Sagittarian Domain (2012, Editions Mego) B+(***) 
  • /Robin Fox: Connected (2012, Kranky) B+(*) 
  • Quixotism (2014, Editions Mego) B+(**) 
  • Hubris (2016, Editions Mego) A− 

Marsha Ambrosius:

  • Late Nights & Early Mornings (2011, J) B− 
  • Fvck & Love (2014, self-released, EP) B+(*) 

Amen Dunes: Freedom (2018, Sacred Bones) B+(*) 

Scott Amendola: Fade to Orange (2014 [2015], Sazi) B+(*) 

Amendola vs. Blades: Greatest Hits (2015 [2016], Sazi) B+(**) 

American Aquarium: Things Change (2018, New West) B+(***) 

American Wrestlers: American Wrestlers (2014 [2015], Fat Possum) B 

Sebastien Ammann: Color Wheel (2016 [2017], Skirl) A− 

Albert Ammons:

  • Boogie Woogie Stomp (1938-39 [1998], Delmark) B+(***) 
  • /Meade Lux Lewis: The First Day (1939 [1992], Blue Note) B+(***) 

Gene Ammons:

  • The Happy Blues (1956 [1991], Prestige/OJC) B+(***) 
  • Jammin' With Gene (1956 [1986], Prestige/OJC) B+(**) 
  • Funky (1957 [1986], Prestige/OJC) B+(*) 
  • The Big Sound (1958 [1991], Prestige/OJC) B+(*) 
  • Groove Blues (1958 [1992], Prestige/OJC) B+(**) 
  • /Sonny Stitt: Boss Tenors: Straight Ahead From Chicago August 1961 (1961 [1992], Verve) B+(***) 
  • /Sonny Stitt: Boss Tenors in Orbit! (1962 [2002], Verve) A− 
  • Angel Eyes (1960-62 [1998], Prestige/OJC) B+(**) 
  • /Dexter Gordon: The Chase! (1970 [1996], Prestige) A− 

Chino Amobi: Paradiso (2017, Non) B 

Amon Düül II: Phallus Dei (1969 [2006], Inside Out/Revisited) B+(***) 

Amok Amor: We Know Not What We Do (2016 [2017], Intakt) A− 

Tori Amos: Little Earthquakes (1991, Atlantic) B 

AMP Trio: Three (2016 [2017], self-released) B 

An Horse:

  • Rearrange Beds (2009, Mom & Pop) A− 
  • Walls (2011, Mom & Pop) B+(***) 

Ancient Methods: Turn Ice Realities Into Fire Dreams (2015, Hands, EP) B+(*) 

. . . And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead: Tao of the Dead (2011, Superball Music) B 

Arild Andersen:

  • /Tommy Smith/Paolo Vinaccia: Mira (2012 [2014], ECM) B+(***) 
  • In-House Science (2016 [2018], ECM) A− 

Chris Anderson: Inverted Image/My Romance (1960-61 [2012], Fresh Sound) A− 

Dave Anderson:

  • Blue Innuendo (2015 [2016], Label 1) B+(*) 
  • Melting Pot (2018, Label1) B+(*) 

Fred Anderson:

  • On the Run: Live at the Velvet Lounge (2000 [2001], Delmark) B+(***) 
  • Staying in the Game (2008 [2009], Engine) B+(**) 

John Anderson:

  • Easy Money (2007, Warner Bros.) B+(*) 
  • Bigger Hands (2009, Country Crossing) A− 

Laurie Anderson:

  • Homeland (2010, Nonesuch) B+(***) 
  • Heart of a Dog (2015, Nonesuch) A− 
  • /Kronos Quartet: Landfall (2018, Nonesuch) A− 

Ray Anderson:

  • /Han Bennink/Christy Doran: A B D (1994-95 [2011], Hatology) B+(**) 
  • Where Home Is (1998 [1999], Enja) A− 
  • Love Notes (2009 [2011], Raybone) B+(*) 
  • Sweet Chicago Suite (2010 [2012], Intuition) B+(***) 
  • Being the Point (2015, Intuition) A− 

Stephen Anderson/360° Jazz Initiative: Distracted Society (2015, Summit) B+(**) 

Thomas Anderson:

  • The Moon in Transit (Four-Track Demos, 1996-2009) (1996-2009 [2012], Out There) A− 
  • On Becoming Human: Four-Track Love Songs (2013, Out There) A− 
  • Heaven (2016, Out There) B+(***) 
  • My Songs Are the House I Live In (2017, Out There) A− 

Anderson .Paak:

  • Venice (2014, OBE/Steel Wool) B+(**) 
  • Malibu (2016, OBE/Steel Wool/ArtClub/Empire) A− 

Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel: This Could Be That (2015 [2016], Bacalao) B+(*) 

Courtney Marie Andrews: Honest Life (2016, Mama Bird) B+(*) 

Bob Andy: Retrospective (1970-75 [1986], Heartbeat) B 

Anemone: A Wing Dissolved in Light (2013 [2017], NoBusiness) B+(***) 

Dennis Angel: On Track (2014 [2015], Timeless Grooves) B− 

Angles 3: Parede (2016 [2018], Clean Feed) A− 

Angles 9:

  • Injuries (2013 [2014], Clean Feed) B+(***) 
  • Disappeared Behind the Sun (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) A−  

Paolo Angeli/Robert Burke/Mirko Guerrini/Jordan Murray/Stephen Magnusson/Stefano Tamborrino: Sardinian Liturgy (2015 [2016], Jazzhead) B+(*) 

Angry Angles: Angry Angles (2005 [2016], Goner) B+(**) 

Jason Anick:

  • Tipping Point (2013 [2014], Magic Fiddle Music) B+(*) 
  • /Jason Yeager: United (2016 [2017], Inner Circle Music) B+(**) 

Anika: Anika (2010, Stones Throw) B+(**) 

Animal Collective:

  • Sung Tongs (2004, Fat Cat) C+ 
  • Feels (2005, Fat Cat) B+(*) 
  • Strawberry Jam (2007, Domino) B+(*) 
  • Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009, Domino) B+(*) 
  • Centipede Hz (2012, Domino) B− 
  • Painting With (2016, Domino) B+(*) 

Animation: Machine Language (2014 [2015], Rare Noise) B 

Lotte Anker:

  • /Craig Taborn/Gerald Cleaver: Live at the Loft (2005 [2009], ILK Music) B+(***) 
  • /Craig Taborn/Gerald Cleaver: Floating Islands (2008 [2009], ILK Music) A− 
  • /Fred Frith: Edge of the Light (2010 [2015], Intakt) B+(*) 
  • What River Is This (2012 [2014], ILK Music) B+(*) 
  • /Jakob Riis: Squid Police (2014, Konvoj) B+(*) 

Alhousseini Anivolla: Anewal/The Walking Man (2012, Riverboat) B+(**) 

Annie: Don't Stop (2009, Smalltown Supersound) B+(**) 

Annie Girl and the Flight: Bodies (2015, United for Opportunity, EP) B+(**) 

Anohni: Hopelessness (2016, Secretly Canadian) B+(*) 

Bill Anschell:

  • Rumbler (2016 [2017], Origin) B+(**) 
  • Shifting Standards (2017 [2018], Origin) B+(***) 

Tucker Antell: Grime Scene (2017 [2018], OA2) B+(**) 

Anteloper: Kudu (2017 [2018], International Anthem) B+(**) 

Antibalas: Antibalas (2012, Daptone) A− 

Antietam: Victory Park (2004, Carrot Top) B 

The Antlers:

  • Hospice (2007-08 [2009], Frenchkiss) B+(**) 
  • Burst Apart (2011, Frenchkiss) B+(***) 

Laurie Antonioli:

  • Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light: The Music of Joni Mitchell (2013 [2014], Origin) B 
  • /Richie Beirach: Varuna (2006-15 [2015], Origin) B− 

Antony and the Johnsons: Swanlights (2010, Secretly Canadian) B− 

Aphex Twin:

  • Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (1992, R&S) B+(***) 
  • I Care Because You Do (1990-94 [1995], Sire) A− 
  • Richard D. James Album (1996, Elektra) B+(***) 
  • Syro (2014, Warp) A− 
  • Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments, Pt. 2 (2015, Warp, EP) B+(**) 
  • Cheetah (2016, Warp, EP) B+(*) 

Apparat:

  • Walls (2006 [2007], Shitkatapult Strike) B+(***) 
  • The Devil's Walk (2011, Mute) B 

Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (2012, Clean Slate/Epic) A− 

The Apples in Stereo:

  • Tone Soul Evolution (1997, SpinArt) A− 
  • Electronic Projects for Musicians (1995-2007 [2008], Yep Roc) B+(***) 
  • #1 Hits Explosion (1995-2007 [2009], Yep Roc) A− 
  • Travellers in Space and Time (2008-10 [2010], Yep Roc) A− 

AraabMUZIK: Electronic Dream (2011, Duke Productions) B+(**) 

Arbouretum: The Gathering (2011, Thrill Jockey) B 

Khaira Arby: Timbuktu Tarab (2010, Clermont Music) B+(***) 

Arca:

  • Xen (2014, Mute) B 
  • Mutant (2015, Mute) A− 
  • Entrañas (2016, self-released, EP) B+(*) 
  • Arca (2017, XL) B 

Arcade Fire:

  • The Suburbs (2010, Merge) A− 
  • Reflektor (2013, Merge, 2CD) A− 
  • Everything Now (2017, Columbia) A− 

Amber Arcades: Fading Lines (2016, Heavenly) B+(*) 

Archers of Loaf: White Trash Heroes (1998 [2012], Merge) B+(**) 

Architecture in Helsinki: Moment Bends (2011, V2) B+(***) 

The Arcs: Yours, Dreamily (2015, Nonesuch) B 

Arctic Monkeys:

  • Humbug (2009, Domino) B 
  • Suck It and See (2011, Domino) B− 
  • AM (2013, Domino) B− 
  • Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino (2018, Domino) C+ 

Amédé Ardoin: The Roots of Zydeco: I'm Never Comin' Back (1930-34 [1995], Arhoolie) A− 

Gene Argel: Luminescent (2014 [2015], Origin) B+(**) 

Darcy James Argue:

  • Infernal Machines (2008 [2009], New Amsterdam) B+(***) 
  • Brooklyn Babylon (2012 [2013], New Amsterdam) B+(**) 
  • Real Enemies (2016, New Amsterdam) B+(**) 

Julian Arguëlles:

  • Escapade (1999, Provocateur) B+(***) 
  • Partita (2005 [2006], Basho) B+(***) 

Julian Argüelles:

  • Let It Be Told (2012 [2015], Basho) B+(***) 
  • Tetra (2014 [2015], Whirlwind) B+(***) 

Louis Armstrong:

  • Satchmo at Symphony Hall [65th Anniversary]: The Complete Performances (1947 [2012], Hip-O Select, 2CD) A− 
  • The Standard Oil Sessions (1950 [2017], Dot Time) B+(**) 
  • Satchmo at Pasadena (1951 [2009], Verve) A− 
  • Satchmo Serenades (1949-53 [2000], Verve) B+(**) 
  • New Orleans Nights (1950-54 [2008], Verve) A− 
  • Ambassador Satch (1955 [2000], Columbia/Legacy) A− 
  • From the Big Band to the All Stars (1946-1956) (1932-56 [1992], RCA, 2CD) A− 
  • Louis Under the Stars (1957 [1958], Verve) B+(*) 
  • I've Got the World on a String (1957 [1960], Verve) B 
  • /Oscar Peterson: Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson (1957, Verve) B+(**) 
  • Pops Is Tops: The Complete Verve Studio Albums and More (1957 [2018], Verve, 4CD) B 
  • The Nightclubs (1950-58 [2017], Dot Time) B+(***) 
  • Louis and the Good Book (1958 [2001], Verve) B 
  • Live at the 1958 Monterey Jazz Festival (1958 [2007], MJF) B+(**) 
  • & Friends: What a Wonderful Christmas (1950-66 [1997], Hip-O) B+(***) 
  • 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Louis Armstrong (1949-67 [1999], MCA) A 
  • Louis Armstrong and His Friends (1970, Flying Dutchman) B+(*) 
  • Fleischmann's Yeast Show & Louis' Home-Recorded Tapes (1937-70 [2009], Jazz Heritage Society, 2CD) B+(***) 

Steve Arrington: Dancin' in the Key of Life (1985, Atlantic) B+(***) 

Art Brut:

  • It's a Bit Complicated (2007, Downtown) B+(**) 
  • Art Brut vs Satan (2009, Downtown) A− 
  • Brilliant! Tragic! (2011, Cooking Vinyl) B+(***) 

Art Ensemble of Chicago:

  • A Jackson in Your House/Message to Our Folks/Reese and the Smooth Ones (1969 [2012], Snapper, 2CD) B+(***) 
  • Tutankhamun (1969, Black Lion) B+(*) 

Arthur's Landing: Arthur's Landing (2011, Strut) B+(**) 

Christian Artmann: Fields of Pannonia (2014 [2015], self-released) B+(*) 

Artvark Saxophone Quartet: Truffles (2010, Challenge) B+(**) 

As Is Featuring Alan & Stacey Schulman: Here's to Life (2017 [2018], self-released) B 

ASAP Ferg: Always Strive and Prosper (2016, Polo Grounds/RCA) B+(**) 

ASAP Rocky:

  • LiveLoveASAP (2011, RCA/Polo Grounds Music) B+(***) 
  • Long. Live. ASAP (2013, Polo Grounds/RCA) B+(**) 
  • At.Long.Last.ASAP (2015, Polo Grounds/RCA) B+(**) 

Ehud Asherie: Shuffle Along (2015 [2016], Blue Heron) B+(***) 

Asleep at the Wheel:

  • Live From Austin TX (1992 [2006], New West) B+(*) 
  • 20 Greatest Hits (1972-2003 [2003], Capitol) B+(**) 
  • /Leon Rausch: It's a Good Day (2010, Bismeaux) B+(***) 
  • Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2015, Bismeaux) A− 

Takeshi Asai: French Trio Vol. 2 (2014 [2015], De Trois Cités) B+(**) 

Svend Asmussen: Makin' Whoopee! . . . and Music! (2009, Arbors) B 

Clarice Assad: Imaginarium (2014, Adventure Music) B− 

Hashem Assadullahi: Strange Neighbor (2009, 8Bells) B+(**) 

The Association: And Then . . . Along Comes the Association (1966, Valiant) B− 

Mulatu Astatke:

  • Mulatu of Ethiopia (1972 [2017], Strut) B+(***) 
  • Éthiopiques, Vol. 4: Ethio Jazz and Musique Instrumentale (1969-74 [2004], Buda Musique) A− 
  • /The Heliocentrics: Inspiration Information, Vol. 3 (2009, Strut) A− 
  • Mulatu Steps Ahead (2010, Strut) B+(**) 
  • Skeches of Ethiopia (2013, Jazz Village) A− 

Astronautalis: This Is Our Science (2011, Fake Four) B+(*) 

Asylum Street Spankers: The Last Laugh (2014, Yellow Dog) A− 

Ata Kak: Obaa Sima (1994 [2015], Awesome Tapes From Africa) A− 

Nicole Atkins: Goodbye Rhonda Lee (2017, Single Lock) B 

Natacha Atlas: Mounqaliba (2010, World Village) B 

Atlas Sound:

  • Logos (2007-09 [2009], Kranky) B+(*) 
  • Parallax (2011, 4AD) B 

Atmosphere:

  • When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Sh*t Gold (2008, Rhymesayers) B+(***) 
  • To All My Friends, Blood Makes the Blade Holy: The Atmosphere EPs (2010, Rhymesayers Entertainment) B+(**) 
  • The Family Sign (2011, Rhymesayers Entertainment) B+(***) 
  • Southsiders (2014, Rhymesayers Entertainment) B+(***) 
  • Fishing Blues (2016, Rhymesayers Entertainment) A− 

Atom[TM]: HD (2013, Raster-Noton) B+(**) 

Atomic:

  • Feet Music (2001, Jazzland) B+(***) 
  • Boom Boom (2002 [2003], Jazzland) B+(***)  The Bikini Tapes (2004 [2005], Jazzland, 3CD) B+(***) 
  • Happy New Ears! (2005 [2006], Jazzland) B+(*) 
  • Retrograde (2007-08 [2008], Jazzland, 2CD) B+(**) 
  • Live in Seattle (2008, Jazzland) B+(*) 
  • Theater Tilters Vol. 1 (2009 [2010], Jazzland) B+(**) 
  • Theater Tilters Vol. 2 (2009 [2010], Jazzland) B+(***) 
  • Here Comes Everybody (2011, Jazzland) B+(**) 
  • Lucidity (2014 [2015], Jazzland) B+(***) 
  • Six Easy Pieces (2016 [2017], Odin) B+(**) 

Atoms for Peace: Amok (2013, XL) B+(*) 

Michaël Attias: Nerve Dance (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(***) 

Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble:

  • The Tide Has Changed (2010, World Village) B+(***) 
  • Songs of the Metropolis (2012 [2013], World Village) B+(***) 

Allison Au:

  • The Sky Was Pale Blue, Then Grey (2012 [2014], self-released) B+(**) 
  • Forest Grove (2015 [2016], self-released) B+(*) 

Auction Project: Slink (2014, self-released) B+(*) 

Audio One:

  • An International Report (2014, Audiographic) A− 
  • The Midwest School (2014, Audiographic) B+(**) 
  • What Thomas Bernhard Saw (2014 [2015], Audiographic) A− 

Dan Auerbach: Keep It Hid (2009, Nonesuch) B+(*) 

Grazyna Auguscik Orchestar: Inspired by Lutoslawski (2013 [2014], Fortune) B+(*) 

Aurelio:

  • Laru Beya (2011, Sub Pop) B+(**) 
  • Lándini (2014, Real World) B+(***) 

Stephen David Austin: A Bakersfield Dozen (2011, self-released) B+(*) 

Tiffany Austin:

  • Nothing but Soul (2015, Con Alma) B 
  • Unbroken (2018, Con Alma) B+(*) 

Austra:

  • Feel It Break (2011, Domino) B+(*) 
  • Olympia (2013, Domino) B− 

Autechre: Exai (2013, Warp, 2CD) B+(***) 

Autolux: Pussy's Dead (2016. 30th Century/Columbia) B+(***) 

Autre Ne Veut: Anxiety (2013, Software) B+(***) 

Gene Autry: Blues Singer, 1929-1931: "Booger Rooger Saturday Nite" (1929-31 [1996], Columbia/Legacy) B+(**) 

Karlis Auzins/Lucas Leidinger/Tomo Jacobson/Thomas Sauerborn: Mount Meander (2015 [2016], Clean Feed) B+(***) 

The Avalanches: Wildflower (2016, Astralwerks) B 

The Avett Brothers:

  • Emotionalism (2007, Ramseur) C 
  • I and Love and You (2009, American) B 

Bobby Avey:

  • Be Not So Long to Speak (2011 [2013], Minsi Ridge) B+(**) 
  • Authority Melts From Me (2012 [2014], Whirlwind) A− 
  • Inhuman Wilderness (2015 [2016], Inner Voice Jazz) B+(***) 

Avi Buffalo: At Best Cuckold (2014, Sub Pop) B+(*) 

Omer Avital: New Song (2014, Motéma) B+(*) 

Awol One & Factor: The Landmark (2011, Fake Four) B+(**) 

David Axelrod: Songs of Experience (1969, Capitol) B 

Hoyt Axton: The Balladeer: Recorded Live at the Troubadour (1962, Horizon) B+(*) 

Kevin Ayers: The Unfairground (2007, Gigantic) B+(*) 

Roy Ayers:

  • Ubiquity (1971 [2009], Verve) B− 
  • He's Coming (1971 [2009], Verve) B 
  • Virgo Red (1973 [2009], Verve) B− 
  • Change Up the Groove (1974 [2008], Verve) B 
  • A Tear to a Smile (1975 [2009], Verve) C+ 
  • Vibrations (1976 [2008], Verve) C 
  • Lifeline (1977 [2007], Verve) C+ 
  • You Send Me (1978 [2008], Verve) C 

Albert Ayler:

  • European Radio Studio Recordings 1964 (1964 [2016], Hatology) B+(**) 
  • Copenhagen Live 1964 (1964 [2017], Hatology) B+(**)  Lörrach, Paris 1966 (1966 [2013], Hatology) B+(**) 
  • Stockholm, Berlin 1966 (1966 [2011], Hatology) B+(***) 

Iggy Azalea:

  • Ignorant Art (2011 [2012], Grand Hustle, EP) B+(**) 
  • The New Classic (2014, Island) A− 
  • Reclassified (2014, Def Jam) B+(**) 

Maya Azucena: Cry Love (2011, Half Note) B− 

Jay Azzolina/Dino Govoni/Adam Nussbaum/Dave Zinno: Chance Meeting (2016, Whaling City Sound) B+(**) 

Cardi B:

  • Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 1 (2016, KSR) B+(**) 
  • Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 2 (GBMV2) (2017, KSR) B+(*) 
  • Invasion of Privacy (2018, Atlantic) A− 

Katy B:

  • On a Mission (2011, Columbia) B+(*) 
  • Little Red (2014, Columbia) B+(***) 
  • Honey (2016, Virgin EMI) B+(**) 

The B-52s:

  • Funplex (2008, Astralwerks) A− 
  • With the Wild Crowd! (2011, Eagle) B+(***) 

Ab Baars:

  • Slate Blue (2014 [2015], Wig) B+(***) 
  • Invisible Blow (2012 [2015], Wig) B 

Babyface: Return of the Tender Lover (2015, Def Jam) B+(***) 

Babyfather: BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow (2016, Hyperdub) B− 

Babyshambles:

  • Shotter's Nation (2007, Astralwerks) B+(***) 
  • Sequel to the Prequel (2013, Parlophone) B+(***) 

Susana Baca: Afrodiaspora (2011, Luaka Bop) B+(*) 

Ricardo Bacelar: Concerto Para Moviola: Ao Vivo (2015 [2016], Bacelar) B+(*) 

Kevin Bachelder/Jason Lee Bruns: Cherry Avenue (2015, Panout Music Group) B− 

Carol Bach-y-Rita: Minha Casa/My House (2016, Arugula) B+(**) 

Backstreet Boys: Backstreet Boys (1996 [1997], Jive) B+(**) 

Bad Luck: Four (2016 [2018], Origin) B+(***) 

Bad Meets Evil: Hell: The Sequel (2011, Shady/Interscope) B+(**) 

The Bad Plus:

  • Never Stop (2010, E1 Entertainment) B+(**) 
  • Made Possible (2012, E1) B+(**) 
  • Inevitable Western (2014, Okeh) B+(***) 
  • /Joshua Redman: The Bad Plus Joshua Redman (2015, Nonesuch) B+(**) 
  • It's Hard (2016, Okeh) B+(*) 

Bad Religion: True North (2013, Epitaph) B+(*) 

Joey Badass:

  • Summer Knights (2013, Cinematic Music Group) B+(*) 
  • B4.DA.$$ (2015, Cinematic Music Group) B+(***) 
  • All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ (2017, Pro Era/Cinematic) A− 

BadBadNotGood:

  • BBNG2 (2012, self-released) B+(*) 
  • III (2014, Innovative Leisure) B+(**) 
  • /Ghostface Killah: Sour Soul (2015, Lex) A− 
  • IV (2016, Innovative Leisure) B− 

Badfinger:

  • Magic Christian Music (1969 [2010], Captiol) B+(*) 
  • No Dice (1970 [2010], Capitol) B 
  • Straight Up (1971 [2010], Capitol) B− 
  • Ass (1972-73 [2010], Capitol) C+ 

Priscilla Badhwar: Mademoiselle (2014 [2015], self-released, EP) B+(**) 

Erykah Badu:

  • New Amerykah, Pt. 1: 4th World War (2008, Universal Motown) B+(***) 
  • New Amerykah, Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh (2010, Universal/Motown) B+(*) 
  • But You Caint Use My Phone (2015, Control Freaq) A− 

Dmitry Baevsky:

  • Down With It (2010, Sharp Nine) A− 
  • Over and Out (2014 [2015], Jazz Family) A− 

Joan Baez: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Joan Baez (1971-75 [1999], A&M) C+ 

Alice Bag: Blueprint (2018, Don Giovanni) B+(*) 

Issa Bagayogo: Mali Koura (2007 [2008], Six Degrees) B+(**) 

Mike Baggetta: Thieves and Secrets (2013 [2014], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(*) 

Bahamas: Bahamas Is Afie (2014, Brushfire/Island) B+(**) 

Julian Bahula: Spirit of Malombo: Malombo Jazz, Jabula and Jazz Africa 1966-1984 (1966-84 [2014], Strut, 2CD) B+(**) 

Buster Bailey: All About Memphis (1958, Felsted) B+(***) 

Derek Bailey:

  • /Company: Klinker (2000 [2018], Confront, 2CD) B 
  • Standards (2002 [2007], Tzadik) B+(*) 
  • /Evan Parker/Hugh Davies/Jamie Muir/Christine Jeffrey: The Music Improvisation Company (1970, ECM) B 

John Bailey: In Real Time (2017 [2018], Summit) B+(**) 

Sheryl Bailey & Harvie S: Plucky Strum: Departure (2017, Whaling City Sound) B+(*) 

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires: Dereconstructed (2014, Sub Pop) B 

Aram Bajakian:

  • There Were Flowers Also in Hell (2014, Sanasar) B+(**) 
  • Music Inspired by the Color of Pomegranates (2015, Sanasar) B+(**) 

Chet Baker:

  • It Could Happen to You: Chet Baker Sings (1958 [2010], Riverside/OJC) B+(**) 
  • Plays the Best of Lerner & Loewe [OJC Remasters] (1959 [2013], Fantasy/OJC) B+(*) 
  • Chet Is Back! (1962 [2003], RCA) B 
  • Broken Wing (1978 [1979], Inner City) B 

Jeff Baker: Phrases (2017 [2018], OA2) B 

Julien Baker:

  • Sprained Ankle (2015, 6131 Records) B+(*) 
  • Turn Out the Lights (2017, Matador) B 

Sam Baker: Say Grace (2013, self-released) A− 

Juan Pablo Balcazar: Reversible (2013 [2015], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(**) 

Daby Balde: Le Marigot Club Dakar (2009, Riverboat) B+(**) 

Adam Baldych & Helge Lien Trio: Bridges (2015, ACT) B+(***) 

Eszter Balint: Airless Midnight (2015, Red Herring) A− 

Balkan Beat Box:

  • Blue Eyed Black Boy (2010, Crammed Discs) B+(***) 
  • Give (2012, Nat Geo Music) B+(***) 

Jon Balke: Warp (2014 [2016], ECM) B+(*) 

Marcia Ball:

  • Roadside Attractions (2011, Alligator) B+(***) 
  • The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man (2014, Alligator) B+(*) 

Jeff Ballard: Time's Tales (2013 [2014], Okeh) B+(***) 

Ballister:

  • Bastard String (2010 [2011], self-released) B+(***) 
  • Worse for the Wear (2014 [2015], Aerophonic) B+(***) 
  • Slag (2015 [2017], Aerophonic) B+(*) 

Dave Ballou: Solo Trumpet (2015, Clean Feed) B+(**) 

Ballrogg [Klaus Ellerhusen Holm/Roger Arntzen/Ivar Grydeland]: Abaft the Beam (2014-15 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(**) 

Baloji: Kinshasa Succursale (2010 [2012], Crammed) B+(**) 

Baloni: Belleke (2012 [2014], Clean Feed) B+(**) 

Balqees: Majnoun (2013, Rotana) B+(***) 

Baltazanis: End of Seas (2015, self-released) B+(*) 

Sorry Bamba: Volume One 1970-1979 (1970-79 [2011], Thrill Jockey) A− 

Heather Bambrick: You'll Never Know (2016 [2017], self-released) B+(**) 

Lucian Ban Elevation: Songs From Afar (2014 [2016], Sunnyside) B+(*) 

Band of Horses:

  • Cease to Begin (2007, Sub Pop) B+(*) 
  • Infinite Arms (2010, Fat Possum) B+(*) 

Banda Magda: Tigre (2017, GroundUP Music) B+(*) 

Billy Bang:

  • Invitation (1982, Soul Note) B+(**) 
  • /Dennis Charles: Bangception, Willisau 1982 (1982 [1998], Hatology) B+(**) 
  • The Fire From Within (1984 [1985], Soul Note) A− 
  • /William Parker: Medicine Buddha (2009 [2014], NoBusiness) A− 

Bang On!: [Sic] (2012, Big Dada) B+(**) 

Devendra Banhart: What Will We Be (2009, Warner Brothers) B 

Harrison Bankhead: Morning Sun Harvest Moon (2010 [2011], Engine) A− 

Banks: Goddess (2014, Harvest) B+(**) 

Azealia Banks:

  • 1991 (2012, Interscope, EP) B+(**) 
  • Broke With Expensive Taste (2014, Prospect Park) B+(***) 
  • Slay-Z (2016, self-released, EP) B 

Cyro Baptista:

  • Banquet of the Spirits (2008, Tzadik) B− 
  • Infinito (2009, Tzadik) B 
  • Banquet of the Spirits: Caym: The Book of Angels Volume 17 (2010 [2011], Tzadik) B+(**) 

Denys Baptiste: The Late Trane (2017, Edition) B+(**) 

Louise Baranger: Louise Baranger Plays the Great American Groove Book (2017, Summit) B 

João Barradas: Directions (2017, Inner Circle Music) B+(**) 

Chris Barber: Memories of My Trip (1958-2010, Proper, 2CD) B+(**)  

Patricia Barber:

  • Monday Night: Live at the Green Mill Vol. 2 (2010 [2011], Fast Atmosphere) B 
  • Smash (2012 [2013], Concord Jazz) B 

Rahsaan Barber: The Music in the Night (2017, Jazz Music City) B+(**) 

Gato Barbieri:

  • In Search of the Mystery (1967, ESP-Disk) B+(*) 
  • The Third World (1969 [1970], Flying Dutchman) B+(***) 
  • Fenix (1971, Flying Dutchman) A− 
  • El Pampero (1971 [1972], Flying Dutchman) A− 
  • Chapter One: Latin America (1973 [2009], Impulse) A− 
  • Chapter Two: Hasta Siempre (1973 [2009], Impulse) A− 
  • Ruby, Ruby (1978 [2007], Verve) B+(*) 
  • Tropico (1978 [2009], A&M) B 

Mike Bardash: Polygon (2013 [2014], Rhombus) B+(*) 

Sam Bardfeld: The Great Enthusiasms (2017, BJU) B+(***) 

Bardo Pond: Under the Pines (2017, Fire) B 

Bobby Bare: Darker Than Light (2012, E1/Plowboy) B+(*) 

Bobby Bare Jr.:

  • A Storm, a Tree, My Mother's Head (2010, Thirty Tigers) B+(***) 
  • 's Young Criminals' Starvation League: Undefeated (2014, Bloodshot) B 
  • Don't Follow Me (I'm Lost) [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (2015, Bloodshot) B+(***) 

Bargou 08: Targ (2017, Glitterbeat) B+(*) 

BJ Barham: Rockingham (2016, self-released) A− 

Mamane Barka: Introducing Mamane Barka (2009, World Music Network) B+(**) 

Andrew Barker:

  • /Paul Dunmall/Tim Dahl: Luddite (2012 [2014], New Atlantis) B+(**) 
  • Barker Trio: Avert Your I (2017 [2018], Astral Spirits) B+(*) 

Guy Barker: Soundtrack (2001 [2002], Provocateur) B+(***) 

Simon Barker/Henry Kaiser/Bill Laswell/Rudresh Mahanthappa: Mudang Rock (2017 [2018], Fractal Music) B+(***) 

MC Paul Barman:

  • Thought Balloon Mushroom Cloud (2010, Househusband) B+(***) 
  • (((Echo Chamber))) (2018, Mello Music Group) B+(***) 

Danny Barnes:

  • Pizza Box (2010, ATO) B+(**) 
  • Rocket (2011, ATO/Red) B 

Courtney Barnett:

  • The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas (2012-13 [2014], Mom + Pop Music) B+(*) 
  • Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (2015, Mom + Pop Music) A− 
  • /Kurt Vile: Lotta Sea Lice (2017, Matador) B+(*) 
  • Tell Me How You Really Feel (2018, Mom + Pop Music) B+(***) 

Baroness: Blue Record (2009, Relapse) B+(*) 

Darren Barrett:

  • Energy in Motion: The Music of the Bee Gees (2014, dB Studios) B− 
  • Live and Direct 2014 (2014, dB Studios) B 

Ray Barretto: Acid (1968, Fania) A− 

Kenny Barron:

  • Scratch (1985, Enja) B+(**) 
  • Green Chimneys (1983-87 [1988], Criss Cross) B+(***) 
  • /Dave Holland: The Art of Conversation (2014, Blue Note) B+(***) 
  • Book of Intuition (2015 [2016], Impulse) B+(**) 
  • Concentric Circles (2018, Blue Note) B+(**) 

Steve Barta: Symphonic Arrangement: Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio (2015 [2016], Steve Barta Music) B 

Bruce Barth: Daybreak (2013 [2014], Savant) B+(**) 

Nik Bärtsch:

  • 's Mobile: Continuum (2015 [2016], ECM) A− 
  • 's Ronin: Awase (2017 [2018], ECM) A− 

Gary Bartz: Coltrane Rules: Tao of a Musical Warrior (2012, Oyo) B+(***) 

The Baseball Project:

  • Vol. 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails (2008, Yep Roc) B+(***) 
  • Vol. 2: High and Inside (2011, Yep Roc) A− 
  • 3rd (2014, Yep Roc) B+(***) 

Basement Jaxx:

  • Scars (2009, Ultra) B+(*) 
  • Junto (2014, Atlantic Jaxx) B+(**) 

Basement Research: Live in Münster (1999 [2007], Not Two) B+(***) 

Count Basie:

  • On My Way & Shoutin' Again (1962 [2009], Verve) B+(*) 
  • Basie Land (1963 [2009], Verve) A− 

Al Basile: Swing n' Strings (2013 [2014], Sweetspot) B+(**) 

John Basile: Penny Lane (2015, StringTime Jazz) B 

William Basinski:

  • 92982 (1982 [2009], 2062) B+(**) 
  • A Shadow in Time (2017, Temporary Residence) B 

Dave Bass: NYC Sessions (2012 [2015], Whaling City Sound) B+(*) 

BassDrumBone: The Long Road (2013-16 [2016], Auricle, 2CD) B+(***) 

Bastet: Eye of Ra (2015, self-released) B 

Bastille: Bad Blood (2013, Virgin) B 

Bat for Lashes:

  • Two Suns (2009, Astralwerks) B− 
  • The Haunted Man (2012, Capitol) B 
  • The Bride (2016, Parlophone) B− 

Django Bates:

  • Beloved: The Study of Touch (2016 [2017], ECM) B+(*) 
  • Saluting Sgt. Pepper (2016 [2017], Edition) B 

Michael Bates: Northern Spy (2015, Stereoscopic) B+(***) 

Baths:

  • Cerulean (2010, Anticon) B+(***) 
  • Obsidian (2013, Anticon) B+(**) 

Bathysphere: Bathysphere (2015, Driff) B+(**) 

Batida:

  • Batida (2012, Soundway) A− 
  • Dois (2014, Soundway) B+(**) 

Jon Batiste/Chad Smith/Bill Laswell: The Process (2014, MOD Technologies) B+(***) 

Stefano Battaglia:

  • In the Morning: Music of Alec Wilder (2014 [2015], ECM) B+(***) 
  • Pelagos (2016 [2017], ECM, 2CD) B+(**) 

Battle Trance:

  • Palace of Wind (2014, New Amsterdam) B+(**) 
  • Blade of Love (2016, New Amsterdam) B+(*) 

Battles:

  • Mirrored (2007, Warp) B 
  • Gloss Drop (2011, Warp) B+(**) 
  • La Di Da Di (2015, Warp) A− 

Matt Bauder and Day in Pictures: Nightshades (2013 [2014], Clean Feed) B+(***) 

Andrzej Bauer/Adam Baldych/Cezary Duchnowski/Cezary Konrad: Trans-Fuzja (2012 [2016], ForTune) B+(**) 

Chris Bauer: In a Yuletide Groove: Harmonica Jazz for the Holidays (2011, self-released) B− 

Conrad Bauer:

  • /Johannes Bauer: Bauer Bauer (1993 [1995], Intakt) B+(**) 
  • /Peter Kowald/Günter Sommer: Between Heaven and Earth (2001 [2003], Intakt) A− 
  • Hummelsummen (2002 [2003], Intakt) B+(**) 

Jamie Baum: Bridges (2018, Sunnyside) B+(*) 

David Bazan: Curse Your Branches (2009, Barsuk) B+(*) 

BBU!: Bell Hooks (2012, Mishka) A− 

Be Your Own Pet: Get Awkward (2008, Ecstatic Peace) B 

The Beach Boys:

  • Surfin' Safari (1962, Capitol) B+(**) 
  • Surfin' U.S.A. (1963, Capitol) B− 
  • Surfer Girl (1963, Capitol) B+(***) 
  • Little Deuce Coupe (1962-63 [1963], Capitol) B+(**) 
  • Shut Down Volume 2 (1964, Capitol) B+(*) 
  • All Summer Long (1964, Capitol) B+(***) 
  • The Beach Boys Today! (1965, Capitol) B+(***) 
  • Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!) (1965, Capitol) A− 
  • Beach Boys' Party! (1965, Capitol) A− 
  • That's Why God Made the Radio (2012, Capitol) B+(**) 

Beach Fossils:

  • Beach Fossils (2010, Captured Tracks) B+(**) 
  • Clash the Truth (2013, Captured Tracks) B 

Beach House:

  • Teen Dream (2010, Sub Pop) B+(**) 
  • Bloom (2012, Sub Pop) B 
  • Depression Cherry (2015, Sub Pop) B  
  • Thank Your Lucky Stars (2015, Sub Pop) B+(***) 
  • 7 (2018, Sub Pop) B+(**) 

Beach Slang: The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us (2015, Polyvinyl) B 

Beady Eye: Different Gear, Still Speeding (2011, Dangerbird) B− 

Willis Earl Beal:

  • Acousmatic Sorcery (2011 [2012], XL) B+(*) 
  • Nobody Knows (2013, Hot Charity/XL) B 

Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop: Love Letter for Fire (2016, Sub Pop/Black Cricket) B+(*) 

Beans on Toast:

  • The Grand Scheme of Things (2014, Xtra Mile) A− 
  • Rolling Up the Hill (2015, Xtra Mile) A− 
  • A Spanner in the Works (2016, Xtra Mile) B+(**) 

Nicholas Bearde: Invitation (2015 [2016], Right Groove) B+(*) 

John Beasley:

  • Presents MONK'estra Vol. 1 (2016, Mack Avenue) B− 
  • Presents MONK'estra Vol. 2 (2017, Mack Avenue) B 

Walter Beasley:

  • Beasley (1987 [2008], Verve) B− 
  • Just Kickin' It (1989 [2008], Verve) C 
  • Intimacy (1992 [2008], Verve) C+ 

Beastie Boys: Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (2011, Capitol) B+(***) 

Beat Funktion:

  • Voodooland (2014, DO Music) B− 
  • Olympus (2015, DO Music) B 

The Beatles:

  • Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1964-65 [2016], Universal/Apple) A− 
  • 1967-1970 (1967-70 [2010], Apple, 2CD) A 
  • Anthology 1 (1958-94 [1995], Capitol, 2CD) B+(**) 
  • Anthology 2 (1965-95 [1996], Capitol, 2CD) B+(**) 
  • Anthology 3 (1968-70 [1996], Apple/Capitol, 2CD) B 

Beats Antique: Shadowbox (2016, Antique) B+(***) 

The Beau Brummels: Introducing the Beau Brummels (1965, Autumn) B+(**) 

Gerry Beaudoin: The Return: The Gerry Beaudoin Trio With Harry Allen (2011, Francesca) B+(**)  

The Beautiful South:

  • BBC Sessions (1989-98 [2007], UMVD, 2CD) B+(**) 
  • Golddiggas: Headnodders & Pholk Songs (2004, Sony Music [UK]) A− 
  • Superbi (2006, Sony/BMG [UK]) A− 

Beauty Pill: Beauty Pill Describes Things as They Are (2015, Butterscotch) B 

Beauty School: Residual Ugly (2015, Humbler) B+(*) 

Francis Bebey:

  • African Electronic Music 1975-1982 (1975-82 [2012], Born Bad) A− 
  • Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984 (1982-84 [2014], Born Bad) B+(**) 

Sidney Bechet: The Complete Sidney Bechet Volumes 3/4 (1941) (1941 [1986], RCA, 2CD) A− 

Beck:

  • Modern Guilt (2008, Interscope) B+(**) 
  • Morning Phase (2014, Capitol) B− 
  • Colors (2017, Capitol) B 

Gordon Beck:

  • Gyroscope (1968 [2002], Art of Life) B+(**) 
  • One for the Road (1995, JMS) B+(*) 

Joe Beck: Get Me (2006 [2014], Whaling City Sound) B+(***) 

Gerald Beckett:

  • The Messenger (2013 [2014], Summit) B 
  • Oblivion (2017, Summit) B+(*) 

Harry Beckett:

  • Still Happy (1974 [2016], My Only Desire, EP) B 
  • Flugelhorn 4+3: All Four One (1991, Spotlite) B 

Shirantha Beddage: Momentum (2014 [2016], Factor) B+(***) 

Natasha Bedingfield: Strip Me (2010, Epic/Phonogenic) B− 

Bee Gees:

  • Bee Gees' 1st (1967, Atco) B 
  • Horizontal (1968, Atco) C 
  • Idea (1968, Atco) C+ 
  • Odessa (1969, Atco) C 

Beekman: Vol. 02 (2015 [2016], Ropeadope) B+(***) 

Perry Beekman: S'Wonderful: Perry Beekman Sings and Plays Gershwin (2015, self-released) B 

The Beets:

  • Spit in the Face of People Who Don't Want to Be Cool (2009, Captured Tracks) B 
  • Stay Home (2011, Captured Tracks) B 

Albert Beger:

  • Listening (2004, Earsay) B+(**) 
  • /Gerry Hemingway: There's Nothing Better to Do (2011 [2012], OutNow) B+(*) 

Bix Beiderbecke: Volume 2: At the Jazz Band Ball (1927-28 [1990], Columbia) A− 

Burkhard Beins, Martin Pfleiderer & Peter Niklas Wilson: Yarbles (1996 [1997], Hatology) B+(*) 

Beirut:

  • The Flying Club Cup (2007, Ba Da Bing!) B 
  • The Rip Tide (2011, Pompeii) B 

Martin Bejerano: Trio Miami (2016, Figgland) B+(*) 

Bill Belasco: Three Musicians (2016, Summit) B+(*) 

Drake Bell: Ready Steady Go! (2014, Surfdog) B− 

Luke Bell: Luke Bell (2016, Bill Hill) B+(***) 

Lurrie Bell:

  • Young Man's Blues: The Best of the JSP Sessions (1989-90 [1997], JSP) B+(***) 
  • Blues in My Soul (2013, Delmark) A− 

William Bell: This Is Where I Live (2016, Stax) B 

Bell X1: Chop Chop (2013, Belly Up) B+(*) 

Belle and Sebastian:

  • Write About Love (2010, Matador) A− 
  • The Third Eye Centre (2002-10 [2013], Matador) B 
  • Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance (2015, Matador) B+(*) 

The Belle Brigade: The Belle Brigade (2011, Reprise) B+(*) 

The Bellfuries: Workingman's Bellfuries (2015, Hi-Style) B 

Louie Belogenis: Blue Buddha (2015, Tzadik) B+(***) 

Tigger Benford & Party: Vessel of Gratitude (2014, self-released) B+(*) 

Gorka Benitez: Gasteiz (2012 [2014], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(**) 

Aaron Bennett/Darren Johnston/Lisa Mezzacappa/Tim Rosaly: Shipwreck 4 (2015 [2016], NoBusiness) B+(*) 

Daniel Bennett: The Mystery at Clown Castle (2014 [2015], Manhattan Daylight) B+(*) 

Dave Bennett:

  • Clarinet Is King: Songs of Great Clarinetists (2010, Arbors) B+(*) 
  • Blood Moon (2017, Mack Avenue) B+(**) 

Heather Bennett: Lazy Afternoon (2018, Summit) B 

Richard X Bennett:

  • Experiments With Truth (2017, Ropeadope) B+(**) 
  • What Is Now (2017, Ropeadope) B+(**) 

Tony Bennett:

  • Live at the Sahara: Las Vegas, 1964 (1964 [2013], Columbia/Legacy) B+(*) 
  • The Classic Christmas Album (1968-2008 [2011], Columbia/Legacy) B+(*) 
  • /Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek (2014, Interscope) B+(*) 
  • /Bill Charlap: The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern (2015, Columbia) B+(*) 

Han Bennink:

  • Parken (2009, ILK) B+(***) 
  • Bennink & Co. (2012, ILK) A− 

Brendan Benson: My Old, Familiar Friend (2009, ATO) B− 

George Benson:

  • It's Uptown (1966, Columbia) B+(***) 
  • Shape of Things to Come (1968 [2007], Verve) B+(*) 
  • Tell It Like It Is (1969 [2008], Verve) B 
  • I Got a Woman and Some Blues (1969 [2008], Verve) C 

Bent Shapes: Wolves of Want (2015 [2016], Slumberland) B+(**) 

Bentcousin: Bentcousin (2016, Team Love) B+(**) 

Dierks Bentley:

  • Up on the Ridge (2010, Capitol) B 
  • Home (2012, Capitol Nashville) B+(*) 
  • Black (2016, Capitol Nashville) B 
  • Riser (2014, Captiol Nashville) B− 

Brook Benton: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Brook Benton (1959-70 [2000], Mercury) A− 

Cheryl Bentyne:

  • Lost Love Songs (2003-11 [2016], Summit) B+(***) 
  • Rearrangements of Shadows: The Music of Stephen Sondheim (2017, ArtistShare) B− 

Benyoro: Benyoro (2014, self-released) B+(***) 

Kris Berg & the Metroplexity Big Band: Time Management (2014, Summit/MAMA) B+(*) 

Karl Berger/Kirk Knuffke: Moon (2013-14 [2015], NoBusiness, 2CD) B+(**) 

Thomas Bergeron: Sacred Feast (2015, self-released) C+ 

Borah Bergman:

  • /Andrew Cyrille: The Human Factor (1992 [1993], Soul Note) B+(***) 
  • /Hamid Drake: Reflections on Ornette Coleman and the Stone House (1995, Soul Note) B+(*) 
  • /Peter Brötzmann/Frode Gjerstad: Left (1996 [2016], Not Two) B+(**) 
  • Luminescence (2008 [2009], Tzadik) A− 

Jerry Bergonzi:

  • Inside Out (1989 [1990], Red) B+(**) 
  • Rigamaroll (2012 [2015], Savant) A− 

Gunnar Bergsten/Peter Nordahl: Play Lars Gullin (2000 [2004], Proprius) B+(***) 

Antoine Berjeaut: Wasteland (2013 [2014], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(*) 

David Berkman:

  • Self-Portrait (2011, Red Piano) B+(**) 
  • Old Friends and New Friends (2014 [2015], Palmetto) B+(**) 

Rick Berlin: Paper Airplane (2010, Hi-N-Dry) B+(**) 

Josh Berman: A Dance and a Hop (2015, Delmark) A− 

Mili Bermejo/Dan Greenspan: Arte Del Dúo (2016, Ediciones Pentagrama) B+(***) 

Tim Berne:

  • Shadow Man (2013, ECM) B+(***) 
  • You've Been Watching Me (2014 [2015], ECM) B+(***) 
  • Incidentals (2014 [2017], ECM) B+(***) 

Eraldo Bernocchi:

  • /Prakash Sontakke: Invisible Strings (2016, RareNoise) B+(***) 

Ernaldo Bernocchi:

  • Rosebud (2017, RareNoise) B+(*) 

Randy Bernsen: Grace Notes (2015, Jericho Jams) B 

Peter Bernstein:

  • Heart's Content (2002 [2003], Criss Cross) B+(***) 
  • Live at Smalls (2008 [2010], Smalls Live) B+(**) 
  • Let Loose (2016, Smoke Sessions) B+(*) 
  • Signs LIVE! (2015 [2017], Smoke Sessions, 2CD) B+(**) 

Sarah Bernstein: Still/Free (2015 [2016], Leo) B+(***) 

Ignacio Berroa: Straight Ahead From Havana (2017, Codes Drum Music) B+(**) 

Berry: Everything, Compromised (2018, Joyful Noise) B− 

Chuck Berry:

  • After School Session (1955-57 [1957], Chess) B+(***) 
  • One Dozen Berrys (1957 [1958], Chess) B+(***) 
  • Chuck Berry Is on Top (1955-59 [1959], Chess) A− 
  • Rockin' at the Hops (1960, Chess) B+(**) 
  • New Juke Box Hits (1961, Chess) B+(*) 
  • Twist (1955-61 [1962], Chess) A− 
  • On Stage (1963, Chess) B− 
  • St. Louis to Liverpool (1957-64 [2004], Chess) A− 
  • Chuck Berry in London (1965, Chess) B+(***) 
  • Fresh Berry's (1965, Chess) B+(**) 
  • Chuck Berry's Golden Hits (1966 [1989], Mercury) B− 
  • Chuck Berry in Memphis (1967, Mercury) B+(*) 
  • Live at Fillmore Auditorium (1967, Mercury) B 
  • From St. Louie to Frisco (1968, Mercury) B+(*) 
  • Concerto in B-Goode (1969, Mercury) B+(*) 
  • Back Home (1970, Chess) B+(***) 
  • San Francisco Dues (1971, Chess) B− 
  • The London Chuck Berry Sessions (1972, Chess) B 
  • Bio (1973, Chess) B+(**) 
  • Chuck Berry (1975, Chess) B+(**) 
  • Rock It (1979, Atco) B+(*) 
  • Rock 'N Roll Rarities (1957-64 [1986], Chess) B+(***) 
  • Chuck (1991-2014 [2017], Dualtone) A− 

Steven Bernstein/Paolo Fresu/Gianluca Petrella/Marcus Rojas: Brass Bang! (2014 [2015], Bonsaï Music) B+(*) 

David Bertrand: Palmyra & Other Places (2017, Blujazz) B+(*) 

The Besnard Lakes: The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night (2010, Jagjaguwar) B 

Best Coast:

  • Crazy for You (2010, Mexican Summer) B+(*) 
  • The Only Place (2012, Mexican Summer) B+(**) 
  • Fade Away (2013, Mexican Summer, EP) B+(***) 
  • California Nights (2015, Harvest) B+(*) 

Bettie Serveert:

  • Palomine (1992, Matador) B+(**) 
  • Private Suit (2000, Hidden Agenda) B+(***) 
  • Log 22 (2003, Hidden Agenda) B+(***) 
  • Pharmacy of Love (2009 [2010], Second Motion) B+(**) 
  • Oh, Mayhem! (2013, Second Motion) B+(***) 

Beverly: Careers (2014, Kanine) B+(*) 

Girma Bèyènè & Akalé Wubé: Éthiopiques 30: "Mistakes on Purpose" (2017, Buda Musique) A− 

Beyoncé:

  • B'Day (2006, Columbia) B+(*) 
  • I Am . . . Sasha Fierce (2008, Music World/Columbia, 2CD) C+ 
  • 4 (2011, Columbia) C 
  • Beyoncé (2013, Columbia) B+(**) 
  • Lemonade (2016, Parkwood/Columbia) A− 

Debashish Bhattacharya: Slide Guitar Ragas From Dusk Till Dawn (2015, Riverboat) B+(***) 

Bhi Bhiman: Bhiman (2012, Boocoo Music) B+(***) 

Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine: White People and the Damage Done (2013, Alternative Tentacles) B+(*) 

Pat Bianchi Trio: A Higher Standard (2015, 21-H) B+(*) 

Gianni Bianchini: Type I (2016 [2017], self-released) B+(**) 

Eric Bibb:

  • Booker's Guitar (2008 [2010], Telarc) B+(***) 
  • Deeper in the Well (2011 [2012], Stony Plain) A− 
  • Jericho Road (2013, Stony Plain) B+(*) 
  • Blues People (2014, Stony Plain) B+(*) 

Bibio:

  • Mind Bokeh (2011, Warp) A− 
  • Silver Wilkinson (2013, Warp) B+(*) 
  • A Mineral Love (2016, Warp) B 
  • Phantom Brickworks (2017, Warp) B 

Carlos Bica & Azul: More Than This (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(***) 

Bicep: Bicep (2017, Ninja Tune) B+(**) 

Justin Bieber: Purpose (2015, Def Jam) B 

Nick Biello: Vagabond Soul (2016 [2018], Blujazz) B+(**) 

Big Baby Gandhi:

  • Big Fucking Baby (2011, mixtape) A− 
  • No 1 2 Look Up 2 (2012, mixtape) B+(***) 
  • Unreleased Freestyles + Other Bad Song Ideas (2013, self-released, EP) B 
  • /Yuri Beats: America Eats Its Babies (2013, Greedhead, EP) B 

Big Boi:

  • Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (2010, Def Jam) A 
  • Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors (2012, Def Jam) B+(*) 
  • /Phantogram: Big Grams (2015, Epic, EP) B+(*) 
  • Boomiverse (2017, Epic) B+(***) 

Big Bold Back Bone: In Search of the Emerging Species (2015 [2017], Shhpuma) B 

Big Freedia:

  • Just Be Free (2014, Queen Diva) B+(*) 
  • 3rd Ward Bounce (2018, Asylum Worldwide, EP) B 

Big Heart Machine: Big Heart Machine (2017 [2018], self-released) B 

Big K.R.I.T.:

  • Return of 4Eva (2011, mixtape) B+(***) 
  • 4Eva N a Day (2012, mixtape) A− 
  • Live From the Underground (2012, Def Jam) A− 
  • Cadillactica (2014, Def Jam) A− 
  • It's Better This Way (2015, self-released) B+(*) 
  • 4Eva Is a Mightly Long Time (2017, Multi Alumni/BMG, 2CD) B+(***) 

Big Lazy: Don't Cross Myrtle (2014, Tasankee) B+(***) 

The Big Pink: A Brief History of Love (2009, 4AD) B+(*) 

Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys: Swingin' West (1995, Hightone) B+(*) 

Big Satan: I Think They Liked It Honey (1996 [1997], Winter & Winter) B+(***) 

Big Sean: Hall of Fame (2013, Def Jam) B+(*) 

Big Sugar: Revolution Per Minute (2011, Bread & Water) B 

Big Thief:

  • Masterpiece (2016, Saddle Creek) B+(*) 
  • Capacity (2017, Saddle Creek) B+(**) 

Big Ups:

  • Eighteen Hours of Static (2014, Tough Love/Dead Labour) A− 
  • Before a Million Universes (2016, Exploding/Tough Love) B+(***) 

Bigg Jus: Machines That Make Civilization Fun (2012, Mush) B+(*) 

Bike for Three!: More Heart Than Brains (2009, Anticon) B+(***) 

Bilal:

  • A Love Surreal (2013, E1) B+(**) 
  • In Another Life (2015, E1) B+(**) 

Billy Joe + Norah: Foreverly (2013, Reprise) B 

Steve Bilodeau: The Sun Through the Rain (2017, self-released) B+(*) 

Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses: Junky Star (2010, Lost Highway) B+(**) 

Binker and Moses:

  • Dem Ones (2014 [2015], Gearbox) B+(***) 
  • Journey to the Mountain of Forever (2016 [2017], Gearbox, 2CD) B+(**)  Alive in the East? (2017 [2018], Gearbox) A− 

David Binney:

  • Lifted Land (2012 [2013], Criss Cross) B+(*) 
  • Anacapa (2014, Criss Cross) B+(*) 
  • The Time Verses (2016 [2017], Criss Cross) B+(**) 

Luciano Biondini: Senza Fine (2014 [2015], Intakt) B+(*) 

Scott H. Biram:

  • Bad Ingredients (2011, Bloodshot) B+(***) 
  • Nothin' but Blood (2014, Bloodshot) B+(***) 
  • The Bad Testament (2017, Bloodshot) B+(**) 

Birdman & Lil Wayne: Like Father, Like Son (2006, Cash Money/Universal) B+(***) 

Nat Birchall:

  • World Without Form (2012, Sound Soul and Spirit) B+(***) 
  • Live in Larissa (2013 [2014], Sound Soul and Spirit) A− 
  • Invocations (2015, Jazzman) A− 
  • Creation (2016, Sound Soul & Spirit) B+(***) 
  • Cosmic Language (2018, Jazzman) B+(***) 
  • /Al Breadwinner: Sounds Almighty (2018, Tradition Disc) B+(**) 

Andrew Bird:

  • Armchair Apocrypha (2007, Fat Possum) B+(**) 
  • Noble Beast (2009, Fat Possum) B+(*) 
  • Break It Yourself (2012, Mom + Pop Music) B+(**) 
  • Hands of Glory (2012, Mom + Pop Music, EP) B+(*) 

Tyrone Birkett/Emancipation: Postmodern Spirituals: The Promised Land (2013 [2014], Araminta Music) B+(**) 

June Bisantz: It's Always You: June Bisantz Sings Chet Baker Vol. 2 (2015, self-released) B+(*) 

Andrew Bishop: De Profundis (2015, Envoi) B+(***) 

Elvin Bishop:

  • Raisin' Hell: Live! (1976 [1977], Capricorn) A−  Can't Even Do Wrong Right (2014, Alligator) B+(**) 

Jeb Bishop: /Harris Eisenstadt/Jason Roebke: Tiebreaker (2008, Not Two) B+(**) 

Todd Bishop: Travelogue (2014, Origin) B 

Bishop Nehru/MF Doom: NehruvianDOOM (2014, Lex) B+(**) 

Michael Bisio: Live at Vision Fest. XII (2008 [2009], Not Two) B+(**) 

Andy Biskin:

  • Ibid: Act Necessary (2012 [2014], Strudelmedia) A− 
  • 16 Tons: Songs From the Alan Lomax Collection (2018, Andorfin) B+(**) 

Bitori: Legend of Funana: The Forbidden Music of the Cape Verde Islands (1997 [2016], Analog Africa) B+(***) 

Bizingas: Eggs Up High (2015, NCM East) B+(**) 

B.J. the Chicago Kid: In My Mind (2016, Motown) A− 

Björk:

  • Debut (1993, Elektra) B+(*) 
  • Post (1995, Elektra) B 
  • Greatest Hits (1993-2001 [2002], Elektra) B+(***) 
  • Volta (2007, Atlantic) B+(**) 
  • Voltaic (2007 [2009], Nonesuch) B+(*) 
  • Biophilia (2011, One Little Indian) B− 
  • Vulnicura (2015, One Little Indian) B 
  • Utopia (2017, One Little Indian) B+(*) 

Raoul Björkenheim:

  • /Krakatau: Ritual (1988-90 [1996], Cuneiform) B+(***) 
  • /Ingebrigt Håker Flaten/Paal Nilssen-Love: Scorch Trio (2002, Rune Grammofon) B+(***)  
  • Ecstasy (2012 [2014], Cuneiform) B+(***) 
  • Ecstasy: Out of the Blue (2014 [2015], Cuneiform) B+(***) 
  • Ecstasy: Doors of Perception (2017, Cuneiform) A−  
  • Triad: Beyond (2016 [2017], Eclipse Music) B+(**) 

Maggie Björklund: Shaken (2014, Bloodshot) B 

Aloe Blacc:

  • Good Things (2010, Stones Throw) B 
  • Lift Your Spirit (2013 [2014], XIX/Interscope) B+(*) 

Jim Black:

  • Somatic (2011 [2012], Winter & Winter) B+(***) 
  • /AlasNoAxis: Antiheroes (2012 [2013], Winter & Winter) B+(*) 
  • The Constant (2015 [2016], Intakt) B+(***) 
  • /Óskar Gudjónsson/Elias Stemeseder/Chris Tordini: Mala Mute (2016 [2017], Intakt) B+(*) 

The Black Angels: Phosphene Dream (2010, Light in the Attic) B+(***) 

Black Art Jazz Collective: Presented by the Side Door Jazz Club (2016, Sunnyside) B+(**) 

Black Bombaim:

  • Titans (2012, Lovers & Lollypops) B+(***) 
  • /La La La Ressonance: Black Bombaim & La La La Ressonance (2013 [2014], PAD/Lovers & Lollypops) B+(**) 
  • Far Out (2014, Lovers & Lollipops) A− 
  • /Peter Brötzmann: Black Bombaim & Peter Brötzmann (2016, Clean Feed) A− 

The Black Eyed Peas:

  • The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) (2009, Interscope) A− 
  • The Beginning (2010, Interscope) B+(**) 

Black Foxxes: Reiði (2018, Spinefarm) B 

The Black Keys: Brothers (2010, Nonesuch) B+(**) 

Black Kids: Partie Traumatic (2008, Almost Gold/Columbia) B+(***) 

Black Light Burns: Cruel Melody (2007, I Am Wolfpack) B+(*) 

Black Lips:

  • Good Bad Not Evil (2007, Vice) B+(*) 
  • Arabia Mountain (2011, Vice) B+(*) 
  • Satan's Graffiti or God's Art? (2017, Vice) B+(*) 

Black Milk:

  • Album of the Year (2010, Fat Beats) B+(**) 
  • /Danny Brown: Black and Brown (2011, Fat Beats, EP) B+(**) 

Black Moth Super Rainbow:

  • Eating Us (2009, Graveface) A− 
  • Cobra Juicy (2012, Frenchkiss/Rad Cult) B+(*) 

Black Mountain: Wilderness Heart (2010, Jagjaguwar) B+(*) 

Black Prairie: A Tear in the Eye Is a Wound in the Heart (2012, Sugar Hill) B+(**) 

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Baby 81 (2007, RCA) B+(**) 

Black Tambourine: Black Tambourine (1989-92 [2010], Slumberland) B+(**) 

Black Top: #Two (2014 [2015], Babel) B+(***) 

Black Truth Rhythm Band: Ifetayo (1976 [2011], Soundway) B+(**) 

Black Uhuru:

  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1979-80 [1981], Taxi) B+(***) 
  • The Best of Black Uhuru [20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection] (1979-84 [2004], Island) A− 
  • Brutal (1986, RAS) B+(**) 
  • Brutal Dub (1986, RAS) B 
  • Now (1990, Mesa) B+(**) 

Blackalicious: Amani, Vol. 1 (2015, OGM) A− 

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings: Kings and Queens (2011, FU:M) B− 

Daniel Blacksberg: Perilous Architecture (2012 [2014], NoBusiness) B+(***) 

Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band:

  • Landmarks (2010 [2014], Blue Note) B+(*) 
  • Body and Shadow (2017, Blue Note) B− 

Rubén Blades: Tangos (2010 [2014], Sunnyside) B 

James Blake:

  • Klavierwerke (2010, R&S, EP) B+(*) 
  • James Blake (2011, Atlas) B 
  • Enough Thunder (2011, Atlas, EP) C 
  • Overgrown (2013, Polydor) B 
  • The Colour in Anything (2016, Polydor) B− 

Michael Blake:

  • In the Grand Scheme of Things (2012, Songlines) B 
  • Tiddy Boom (2014, Sunnyside) A− 
  • Fulfillment (2016, Songlines) B+(*) 

Ran Blake:

  • Plays Solo Piano (1965 [2013], ESP-Disk) B 
  • Painted Rhythms: The Compleat Ran Blake Volume II (1985 [1988], GM) B 
  • /Anthony Braxton: A Memory of Vienna (1988 [2009], Hatology) B+(**) 
  • Something to Live For (1998 [1999], Hatology) B+(*) 
  • Horace Is Blue: A Silver Noir (1999 [2000], Hatology) B+(*) 
  • Grey December: Live in Rome (2010 [2011], Tompkins Square) B 
  • Ghost Tones: Portraits of George Russell (2010 [2015], A-Side) B+(***) 

Robt Sarazin Blake: Recitative (2017, Same Room, 2CD) A− 

Seamus Blake:

  • Superconductor (2015 [2016], 5Passion) B− 
  • /Chris Cheek: Let's Call the Whole Thing Off (2015 [2016], Criss Cross) B+(**) 

Robert Sarazin Blake with Jefferson Hamer and the Powderkegs: Put It All Down in a Letter (2011, Same Room) A− 

Art Blakey:

  • The Jazz Messengers (1956 [1997], Columbia/Legacy) A−  Ugetsu (1963 [2011], Riverside/OJC) B+(**) 
  • Soul Finger (1965 [2009], Verve) B+(**) 

Terence Blanchard:

  • Choices (2009, Concord) B+(*) 
  • Magnetic (2013, Blue Note) B+(*) 
  • Breathless (2015, Blue Note) B+(**) 
  • Live (2018, Blue Note) B+(*) 

Blanck Mass:

  • Dumb Flesh (2015, Sacred Bones) B+(***) 
  • World Eater (2017, Sacred Bones) B+(*) 

Mykki Blanco: Mykki (2016, !K7) B+(*) 

Bobby Bland: Two Steps From the Blues (1956-60 [1961], Duke/MCA) A− 

Bobby Bland: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bobby Bland (1961-74 [2000], MCA) A− 

Blaqstarr:

  • Divine EP (2011, NEET) A− 
  • The Blaq-Files (2002-06) (2002-06 [2014], Jeffree's/Mad Decent, EP) B+(*) 

Samuel Blaser:

  • Boundless (2010 [2011], Hatology) B+(*) 
  • /Paul Motian: Consort in Motion (2010 [2011], Kind of Blue) B+(***) 
  • A Mirror to Machaut (2013, Songlines) B+(**) 
  • Spring Rain (2014-15 [2015], Whirlwind) B+(**) 
  • /Marc Ducret/Peter Bruun: Taktlos Zürich 2017 (2017 [2918], Hatology) B+(*) 

Karl Blau: Introducing Karl Blau (2016, Raven Marching Band) B 

Bleachers: Gone Now (2017, RCA) B+(*) 

Theo Bleckmann:

  • /Fumio Yasuda: Berlin: Songs of Love and War, Peace and Exile (2007, Winter & Winter) B+(***) 
  • Hello Earth! The Music of Kate Bush (2011 [2012], Winter & Winter) B+(**) 
  • Elegy (2016 [2017], ECM) B+(*) 

Bleeding Rainbow: Yeah Right (2013, Kanine) B+(*) 

Carla Bley:

  • Tropic Appetites (1973-74 [1974], Watt) B+(*) 
  • Dinner Music (1976 [1977], Watt) B+(**) 
  • Social Studies (1980 [1981], Watt) B+(*) 
  • Live! (1981 [1982], Watt/ECM) A− 
  • I Hate to Sing (1981-83 [1984], Watt/ECM) B+(***) 
  • Heavy Heart (1983 [1984], Watt/ECM) B+(**) 
  • Night-glo (1985, Watt/ECM) B− 
  • Sextet (1986-87 [1987], Watt/ECM) B+(*) 
  • Fleur Carnivore (1988 [1989], Watt/ECM) B+(***) 
  • /Steve Swallow: Go Together (1992 [1993], Watt/ECM) B+(*) 
  • Big Band Theory (1992 [1993], Watt/ECM) B+(**) 
  • /Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow: Songs With Legs (1994 [1996], Watt/ECM) B+(**) 
  • Big Band: Goes to Church (1996, Watt/ECM) B+(*) 
  • Fancy Chamber Music (1997 [1998], Watt/ECM) B 
  • /Steve Swallow: Are We There Yet? (1998 [1999], Watt/ECM) B+(*) 
  • 4X4 (1999 [2000], Watt/ECM) B+(*) 
  • /Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow: Trios (2013, ECM) B+(***) 
  • /Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow: Andando el Tiempo (2015 [2016], ECM) B+(***) 

Paul Bley: Barrage (1964 [1965], ESP-Disk) B+(**) 

Paul Bley:

  • /John Surman/Bill Frisell/Paul Motian: The Paul Bley Quartet (1987 [1988], ECM) B+(**) 
  • /Gary Peacock: Partners (1989 [1991], Owl) B+(***) 
  • /Jimmy Giuffre/Steve Swallow: The Life of a Trio: Sunday (1989 [1990], Owl) B+(***) 
  • 12 (+6) in a Row (1990 [2008], Hatology) B+(***) 
  • /Gary Peacock: Mindset (1992 [1997], Soul Note) B+(**) 

Mary J Blige:

  • What's the 411? (1992, Uptown/MCA) B+(**) 
  • No More Drama (2001, MCA) B+(**) 
  • Growing Pains (2007, Geffen) B+(***) 
  • Stronger With Each Tear (2009, Geffen) B+(**) 
  • My Life II . . . The Journey Continues (Act 1) (2011, Geffen) B+(*) 
  • The London Sessions (2014, Capitol) B+(***) 
  • Strength of a Woman (2017, Capitol) B+(***) 

Blitzen Trapper: Wild Mountain Nation (2007, Sub Pop) B 

Blind Boys of Alabama: I'll Find a Way (2013, Masterworks) B 

BLK JKS: After Robots (2009, Secretly Canadian) B− 

Bloc Party: A Weekend in the City (2007, Vice/Atlantic) B 

Lena Bloch:

  • Feathery (2012 [2014], Thirteenth Note) B+(***) 
  • Heart Knows (2017, Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(*) 

Dan Block: Block Party: A Saint Louis Connection (2015 [2018], Miles High) B+(***) 

Rory Block: Shake 'Em on Down: A Tribute to Mississippi Fred McDowell (2011, Stony Plain) B+(**) 

Blockhead: Interludes After Midnight (2012, Ninja Tune) B+(***) 

Blonde Redhead: 23 (2007, 4AD) B+(**) 

Blondie: Pollinator (2017, BMG) B 

Alpha Blondy & the Solar System: Grand Bassam Zion Rock (1996 [2011], VP) B+(*) 

Blood & Burger: Guitar Music (2002 [2003], Dernière Bande) B+(**) 

Blood Orange:

  • Coastal Grooves (2011, Domino) B+(*) 
  • Cupid Deluxe (2013, Domino) B+(***) 
  • Freetown Sound (2016, Domino) A− 
  • Negro Swan (2018, Domino) B+(**) 

The Bloody Hollies: Yours Until the Bitter End (2011, Alive) B+(*) 

Jane Ira Bloom:

  • Mighty Lights (1982 [1983], Enja) B+(***) 
  • The Red Quartets (1997-99 [1999], Arabesque) A− 
  • Sometimes the Magic (2000 [2001], Arabesque) B+(**) 
  • Chasing Paint: Meets Jackson Pollock (2002 [2003], Arabesque) A− 
  • Like Silver, Like Song (2004 [2005], ArtistShare) B+(***) 
  • Early Americans (2015 [2016], Outline) A− 
  • Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson (2017, Outline, 2CD) B+(***) 

Arthur Blythe: Put Sunshine in It (1985, Columbia) B 

Blu:

  • NoYork! (2011, New World Color) A− 
  • No York E Mo Work (Rmx Z 1.3) (2012, download) B 
  • Her Favorite Colo(u)r (2009 [2011], Nature Sounds) B+(*) 
  • Good to Be Home (2014, Nature Sounds, 2CD) B+(***) 

T.K. Blue: A Warm Embrace (2013 [2014], Blujazz) B− 

Blue Cheer: Vincebus Eruptum (1968, Philips) B+(*) 

Blue Muse: Blue Muse Live (2015, Dolphinium) B 

Blue Note All-Stars: Our Point of View (2017, Blue Note, 2CD) B+(**) 

Blue Notes Tribute Orkestra: Live at the Bird's Eye (2012 [2017], self-released) B+(*) 

Blueprint: Adventures in Counter Culture (2011, Rhymesayers Entertainment) B+(**) 

Michael Blum:

  • /Jim Stinnett: Commitment (2015, self-released) B+(*) 
  • Chasin' Oscar: A Tribute to Oscar Peterson (2015 [2016], self-released) B+(*) 

Martin Blume/Tobias Delius/Achim Kaufmann/Dieter Manderscheid: Frames & Terrains (2016 [2018], NoBusiness) B+(**) 

Blur:

  • Leisure (1991, SBK) B 
  • Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993, SBK) B− 
  • 13 (1999, Virgin) B+(**) 
  • The Magic Whip (2015, Parlophone) B+(**) 

Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers: Loved Wild Lost (2015, Little Sur) B+(**) 

The Michael Blum Quartet: Initiation (2014, self-released) B+(*) 

Dean Blunt:

  • /Inga Copeland: Black Is Beautiful (2012, Hyperdub) B+(*) 
  • The Redeemer (2013, Hippos in Tanks) B 
  • Black Metal (2014, Rough Trade) B+(*) 

Blushh + Maddie Ross: Split (2017, self-released, EP) B+(**) 

BNJMN: Black Square (2011, Rush Hour) B+(**) 

Boards of Canada: Tomorrow's Harvest (2013, Warp) B 

B.o.B.:

  • The Adventures of Bobby Ray (2010, Grand Hustle/Atlantic) B− 

B.o.B:

  • Strange Clouds (2012, Atlantic) B− 

Eric Bobo/Latin Bitman: Welcome to the Ritmo Machine (2011, Nacional) B+(**) 

Willie Bobo: Bobo Motion (1967 [2008], Verve) B− 

Fiorenzo Bodrato: Travelling Without Moving (2012 [2014], CMC) B+(***) 

Body Count: Bloodlust (2017, Century Media) B+(***) 

Body/Head: Coming Apart (2013, Matador) B− 

Erik Bogaerts/Hendrik Lasure/Pit Dahm: Bogaerts & Lasure + Dahm (2016, self-released) B− 

Mike Bogle: Live at Stoney's (2015 [2016], MBP/Groove) B 

Erin Boheme: What a Life (2012 [2013], Heads Up) B+(*) 

Boi Akih: Liquid Songs (2016, TryTone) B+(*) 

Bola: Volume 7 (2009 [2012], Awesome Tapes From Africa) B+(***) 

Jason Boland and the Stragglers: Dark & Dirty Mile (2013, Proud Souls Entertainment) B+(**) 

Bolt: Shuffle (2013 [2014], Driff) B+(***) 

Bombay Bicycle Club: A Different Kind of Fix (2011, Island) B 

Bomb the Music Industry!: Vacation (2011, Really) B+(*) 

Bomba Estéreo:

  • Elegancia Tropical (2012 [2013], Soundway) A− 
  • Amanecer (2015, Sony Music Latin) B+(***) 
  • Ayo (2017, Sony Music Latin) B+(**) 

Bombino:

  • Agadez (2011, Cumbancha) A− 
  • Nomad (2013, Nonesuch) B+(***) 
  • Azel (2016, Partisan) B+(***) 
  • Deran (2018, Partisan) B+(***) 

Bonde do Rolê: With Lasers (2007, Domino) B+(**) 

A.A. Bondy: Believers (2011, Fat Possum) B 

Luiz Bonfa:

  • Composer of Black Orpheus Plays and Sings Bossa Nova (1962 [2008], Verve) B+(**) 
  • The Brazilian Scene (1965 [2008], Verve) B− 
  • /Maria Toledo: Braziliana (1965 [2008], Verve) B+(**) 

Bon Iver:

  • For Emma, Forever Ago (2006-07 [2008], Jagjaguwar) B 
  • Bon Iver (2011, Jagjaguwar) B+(*) 
  • 22, a Million (2016, Jagjaguwar) B+(*) 

Jean-François Bonnel and His Swinging Jazz Cats: With Thanks to Benny Carter (2017, Arbors) B+(**) 

Joe Bonner: Triangle (1975 [2009], Why Not) B+(***) 

Bonobo: Black Sands (2010, Ninja Tune) B+(**) 

Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band: Gorilla (1967, Liberty) B+(*) 

Boogaloo Assassins: Old Love Dies Hard (2013, Sicario, EP) B+(***) 

Benjamin Booker:

  • Benjamin Booker (2014, ATO) B+(***) 
  • Witness (2017, ATO) B+(***) 

James Booker:

  • Junco Partner (1976, Rounder) B+(**) 
  • Gonzo: Live 1976 (1976 [2014], Rockbeat, 2CD) A− 

The Books: The Way Out (2010, Temporary Residence) A− 

Benjamin Boone/Philip Levine: The Poetry of Jazz (2012-14 [2018], Origin) A− 

Pat Boone: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Pat Boone (1955-62 [2000], MCA) B− 

Boozoo Bajou: 4 (2014, Apollo) A− 

Christiane Bopp/Jean-Luc Petit: L'Écorce et la Salive (2015 [2016], Fou) B+(*) 

Mihály Borbély:

  • Hungarian Jazz Rhapsody (2014, BMC) B+(***) 
  • Be by Me Tonight/Gyere Hozzám Estére (2016, BMC) B+(**) 

David Borden: Music for Amplified Keyboard Instruments (1981 [2015], Spectrum Spools) B+(***) 

Borderlands Trio [Stephan Crump/Kris Davis/Eric McPherson]: Asteroidea (2015 [2017], Intakt) A− 

Boredoms: Super AE (1998, Birdman) B+(**) 

Thomas Borgmann:

  • /Wilber Morris/Denis Charles: The Last Concert: Dankeschön (1998 [2000], Silkheart) B+(***) 
  • One for Cisco (2015 [2016], NoBusiness) B+(***) 

Janice Borla: Promises to Burn (2013 [2014], Tall Grass) B+(*) 

Itamar Borochov: Outset (2011 [2014], RealBird) B+(**) 

Lukasz Borowicki: People, Cats & Obstacles (2014, Fortune) B+(**) 

Bossa Brasil and Maurício de Souza Group: Here. There . . . (2010, Pulsa Music) B+(*) 

Bottle Rockets:

  • 24 Hours a Day (1997, Atlantic) B+(***) 
  • Leftovers (1998, Doolittle) B+(**) 
  • Brand New Year (1999, Dolittle) B+(*) 
  • Zoysia (2006, Bloodshot) B+(**) 
  • Lean Forward (2009, Bloodshot) B+(*) 
  • Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening With Bottle Rockets (2007 [2011], Bloodshot) B+(**) 
  • South Broadway Athletic Club (2015, Bloodshot) B+(***) 

Bibi Bourelly:

  • Free the Real (Pt. 1) (2016, Circa 13/Def Jam, EP) B+(*) 
  • Free the Real (Pt. 2) (2016, Circa 13/Def Jam, EP) B 

Joe Bourne: Upbeat and Sweet (2016 [2017], Summit) C 

Wade Bowen: Wade Bowen (2014, Amp) B+(*) 

Kris Bowers: Heroes + Misfits (2012 [2014], Concord Jazz) B− 

David Bowie:

  • Live Santa Monica '72 (1972 [2008], Virgin/EMI) A− 
  • Bowie at the Beeb: The Best of the BBC Radio Sessions 68-72 (1968-72 [2000], Virgin, 2CD) B+(**) 
  • David Live (1974 [2005], Virgin EMI, 2CD) B 
  • Stage (1978 [2005], Virgin EMI) B+(**) 
  • Tonight (1984, EMI America) B− 
  • Never Let Me Down (1987, EMI America) B− 
  • Black Tie White Noise (1993, Virgin) B 
  • The Buddha of Suburbia (1993 [2007], Virgin) B 
  • Outside (1995, Virgin) B− 
  • Earthling (1997, Virgin) B 
  • Hours . . . (1999, Virgin) B− 
  • Heathen (2002, ISO/Columbia) B 
  • The Next Day (2013, Columbia) B+(*) 
  • Nothing Has Changed (1995-2014 [2014], Columbia/Legacy) B+(*) 
  • Darkstar (2016, Columbia) B+(***) 

Joseph Bowie/Oliver Lake: Live at 'A SPACE' 1976 (1976 [2017], Delmark/Sackville) B+(**) 

Lester Bowie: The 5th Power (1978, Black Saint) C+ 

Phil Bowler: Phil Bowler & Pocket Jungle (2013 [2014], Zoho Music) B+(*) 

Boytoy: Grackle (2015, Papercup Music) B+(***) 

Carla Bozulich: Boy (2014, Constellation) B+(***) 

Andrea Brachfeld: If Not Now, When? (2017 [2018], Jazzheads) B+(*) 

Charles Brackeen: Bannar (1987, Silkheart) B+(*) 

Don Braden:

  • After Dark (1993 [1994], Criss Cross) B+(**) 
  • Luminosity (2010-14 [2015], Creative Perspective Music) B+(*) 

Geof Bradfield:

  • Our Roots (2014 [2015], Origin) B+(**) 
  • Birdhoused (2017, Cellar Live) B+(**) 

Bobby Bradford:

  • /John Carter: No U Turn: Live in Pasadena 1975 (1975 [2015], Dark Tree) A− 
  • /John Carter: Comin' On (1988 [2011], Hatology) A− 
  • /Frode Gjerstad/Ingebrigt Håker Flaten/Paal Nilssen-Love: Reknes (2008 [2009], Circulasione Totale) B+(***) 
  • /Hafez Modirzadeh: Live at the Open Gate (2013 [2016], NoBusiness) B+(**) 
  • /Frode Gjerstad: The Delaware River (2014 [2015], NoBusiness) B+(**) 
  • /Hafez Modirzadeh: Live at the Magic Triangle (2016 [2017], NoBusiness) B+(**) 

Charles Bradley:

  • No Time for Dreaming (2011, Daptone) B+(**) 
  • Victim of Love (2013, Daptone) B+(**) 
  • Changes (2016, Daptone) B+(*) 

Ruby Braff:

  • Linger Awhile (1953-55 [1999], Vanguard) B+(**) 
  • /Ellis Larkins: 2 x 2: Ruby Braff and Ellis Larkins Play Rodgers and Hart (1955, Vanguard) B+(***) 
  • Hi-Fi Salute to Bunny (1957, RCA) A− 
  • Braff Plays Wimbledon: First Set (1996, Zephyr) B+(***) 
  • Braff Plays Wimbledon: Second Set (1996, Zephyr) B+(***) 

Cristina Braga & Brandenburger Symphoniker: Whisper (2015 [2016], Enja) B− 

Billy Bragg & Wilco:

  • Mermaid Avenue, Vol. III (1998-2000 [2012], Nonesuch) B+(**) 
  • Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions (1998-2000 [2012], Nonesuch, 3CD) A− 

Anouar Brahem: Blue Maqams (2017, ECM) B+(**) 

Aziza Brahim: Abbar El Hamada (2016, Glitterbeat) B+(**) 

Brakes:

  • The Beatific Visions (2007, Rough Trade) B+(***) 
  • Touchdown (2009, FatCat) B+(***) 

Cory Branan: The No-Hit Wonder (2014, Bloodshot) B+(*) 

Jaimie Branch: Fly or Die (2017, International Anthem) B+(**) 

Brand New: Science Fiction (2017, Procrastinate! Music Traitors) B 

Brandt Brauer Frick:

  • Mr. Machine (2011, !K7) B+(**) 
  • Miami (2013, !K7) B+(**) 

Naftule Brandwein: King of the Klezmer Clarinet (1922-41 [1997], Rounder) A− 

Anthony Branker:

  • /Word Play: The Forward (Towards Equality) Suite (2014, Origin) B+(***) 
  • /Imagine: Beauty Within (2016, Origin) B+(**) 

Craig Brann: Lineage (2017 [2018], SteepleChase) B+(**) 

Anthony Braxton:

  • Trio and Duet (1974 [2014], Delmark/Sackville) A− 
  • News From the '70s (1971-76 [1999], Felmay) B+(***) 
  • Quintet (Basel) 1977 (1977 [2000], Hatology) B+(***) 
  • Performance (Quartet) 1979 (1979 [2007], Hatology) A− 
  • The Essential Anthony Braxton: The Arista Years (1974-80 [2018], Arista/Legacy, 2CD) A− 
  • Open Aspects (Duo) 1982 (1982 [1993], Hat Art) B+(**) 
  • Quartet (Coventry) 1985 (1985 [2002], Leo, 2CD) B+(*) 
  • Quartet (Birmingham) 1985 (1985 [2002], Leo, 2CD) B+(***) 
  • Quartet (London) 1985 (1985 [1990], Leo, 2CD) A− 
  • Eugene (1989) (1989, Black Saint) B+(*) 
  • Seven Compositions (Trio) 1989 (1989 [2008], Hatology) A− 
  • /Marilyn Crispell: Duets: Vancouver 1989 (1989 [1990], Music & Arts) B+(***) 
  • Wesleyan (12 Alto Solos) 1992 (1992 [1995], Hat Art) B+(*) 
  • Quartet (Willisau) 1991 Studio (1991 [2018], Hatology, 2CD) A− 
  • Quartet (Santa Cruz) 1993 (1993 [1997], Hat Art, 2CD) A− 
  • /Sonny Simmons/Brandon Evans/Andre Vida/Mike Pride/Shanir Blumenkranz: Parallactic 54 (Sextet) 2003 (2003, Parallactic/Thought Authority) B+(***) 
  • /Chris Dahlgren: ABCD (2003 [2006], Not Two) B+(**) 
  • Quintet (London) 2004: Live at the Royal Festival Hall (2004 [2005], Leo) B+(**)  Quartet (Moscow) 2008 (2008, Leo) B+(**) 

Anthony BraxtonBeyond Quantum:

  • 2008, Tzadik (A-) 081114 

Anthony Braxton:

  • Echo Echo Mirror House (2011 [2013], Victo) B+(*) 
  • 3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011 (2011 [2016], Firehouse 12) B+(**) 
  • Quartet (Warsaw) 2012 (2012 [2013], ForTune) A− 

Toni Braxton:

  • /Babyface: Love Marriage & Divorce (2014, Motown) B+(***) 
  • Sex & Cigarettes (2018, Def Jam) B+(**) 

Sam Braysher With Michael Kanan: Golden Earrings (2016 [2017], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(***) 

Renato Braz: Saudade (2005-15 [2016], Living Music) C 

Brazilian Girls: New York City (2008, Verve Forcast) B+(***) 

Brazilian Groove Band: Anatomy of Groove (2009, Far Out) B 

Brazzamerica: Brazzamerica (2016, self-released) B+(**) 

Breakfast in Fur: Flyaway Garden (2015, Bar/None) B+(*) 

Joshua Breakstone:

  • With the Wind and the Rain (2013 [2014], Capri) B+(*) 
  • 2nd Avenue (2014 [2015], Capri) B+(*) 

Joshua Breakstone/The Cello Quartet:

  • 88 (2016, Capri) B+(**) 

Randy Brecker:

  • /Bobby Shew/Jan Hasenöhrl: Trumpet Summit Prague (2012 [2015], Summit) B 
  • Randy Pop: Live (2015, Piloo) B 

The Brecker Brothers: Return of the Brecker Brothers (1992 [2008], Verve) B 

The Breeders: All Nerve (2018, 4AD) B+(*) 

Goran Bregovic:

  • Alkohol (2008 [2009], Wrasse) A−  
  • Welcome to Goran Bregovic (Best Of) ([2009], Wrasse) B+(*) 

Patrick Breiner: Mileage (2013 [2014], Sulde) B+(*) 

Peter Brendler: Outside the Line (2014, Posi-Tone) B+(***) 

John Wolf Brennan/Alex Cline/Daniele Patumi/Tscho Theissing/John Voirol: Shooting Stars and Traffic Lights (1993-97 [2006], Leo) B+(**) 

Willem Breuker:

  • Live in Berlin (1975, FMP) A− 
  • /Leo Cuypers: . . . Superstars (1978, FMP) B+(***) 
  • Angoulême 18 Mai 1980 (1980 [2015], Fou, 2CD) A− 
  • In Holland (1981, BV Haast) B 
  • To Remain (1983-89 [1989], BV Haast) B− 
  • /Loes Luca: Deze Kant Op, Dames!/This Way, Ladies (1992 [1993], BV Haast) B+(*) 
  • The Parrot (1980-95 [1996], BV Haast) B+(**) 
  • /Loes Luca: Kurt Weill (1983-97 [1998], BV Haast) B+(***) 
  • Psalm 122 (1998, BV Haast) B− 

Phoebe Bridgers: Stranger in the Alps (2017, Dead Oceans) B+(*) 

Jeff Bridges: Jeff Bridges (2011, Blue Note) B 

Leon Bridges:

  • Coming Home (2015, Columbia) B+(*) 
  • Good Thing (2018, Columbia) B+(*) 

Dee Dee Bridgewater:

  • Dee Dee Bridgewater (1976, Atlantic) B 
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater (1980, Elektra) B− 
  • Live in Paris (1986 [1987], Impulse) B+(*) 
  • In Montreux (1990 [1991], Verve) B 
  • Love and Peace: A Tribute to Horace Silver (1994 [1995], Verve) A− 
  • Red Earth (2006 [2007], Emarcy) B+(*) 
  • Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959) (2009 [2010], Emarcy) B+(*) 
  • Dee Dee's Feathers (2014 [2015], Okeh) B+(**) 
  • Memphis . . . Yes, I'm Ready (2017, Okeh) B+(*) 

Len Bright Combo: Wreckless Eric Presents the Len Bright Combo (1986 [2013], Fire, EP) B+(**) 

Bright Eyes:

  • A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997 (1995-97 [1998], Saddle Creek) B+(*) 
  • Letting Off the Happiness (1997-98 [1998], Saddle Creek) B 
  • Fevers and Mirrors (1999 [2000], Saddle Creek) B+(*) 
  • Lifted or the Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground (2002, Saddle Creek) B+(**) 
  • I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning (2005, Saddle Creek) B+(***) 
  • Cassadaga (2007, Saddle Creek) B+(***) 
  • The People's Key (2011, Saddle Creek) B+(*) 

Bright Moments: Natives (2012, Luaka Bop) B 

Sheela Bringi: Incantations (2014, Black Swan Sounds) B+(**) 

British Sea Power: Valhalla Dancehall (2011, Rough Trade) B+(*) 

Tad Britton: Cicada (1992-93 [2015], Origin) B+(*) 

Jakob Bro:

  • Gefion (2013 [2015], ECM) B+(**) 
  • Streams (2015 [2016], ECM) B 
  • Returnings (2016 [2018], ECM) B 

Alan Broadbent With the London Metropolitan Orchestra: Developing Story (2017, Eden River) B+(*) 

Brockhampton:

  • Saturation (2017, Question Everything/Empire) B+(*) 
  • Saturation II (2017, Question Everything/Empire) B+(**) 

Owen Broder: Heritage: The American Roots Project (2017 [2018], ArtistShare) B 

Brockhampton:

  • Saturation III (2017, Question Everything/Empire) B+(**) 

Broken Bells: Broken Bells (2010, Columbia) B+(*) 

Broken Social Scene:

  • You Forgot It in People (2002, Arts & Crafts) B+(***) 
  • Broken Social Scene (2005, Arts & Crafts) B+(**) 
  • Forgiveness Rock Record (2010, Arts & Crafts) B+(*) 

Brian Bromberg: Full Circle (2016, Artistry) B 

David Bromberg: The Blues, the Whole Blues, and Nothing but the Blues (2016, Red House) B+(***) 

Till Brönner: Chattin' With Chet (2000 [2011], Verve) B 

Action Bronson:

  • Dr. Lecter (2011, Fine Fabric Delegates) A− 
  • Blue Chips (2012, Fool's Gold) B+(***) 
  • /Party Supplies: Blue Chips 2 (2013, Fool's Gold) B+(**) 
  • Mr. Wonderful (2014 [2015], Atlantic/Vice) B+(***) 
  • Blue Chips 7000 (2017, Vice/Atlantic) B+(**) 

Archie Bronson Outfit: Coconut (2010, Domino) B+(***) 

Jonatha Brooke: My Mother Has 4 Noses (2014, Bad Dog) A− 

Brooklyn Blowhards: Brooklyn Blowhards (2015 [2016], Little (i) Music) B+(***) 

Bob Brookmeyer: The Dual Role of Bob Brookmeyer (1954-55 [1990], Prestige/OJC) B+(**) 

JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound:

  • Want More (2011, Bloodshot) B 
  • Howl (2013, Bloodshot) B 

Tina Brooks: The Waiting Game (1961 [2002], Blue Note) A− 

Brookzill!: Throwback to the Future (2016, Tommy Boy) B+(*) 

Bobby Broom: My Shining Hour (2014, Origin) B+(**) 

Brother Ali:

  • The Truth Is Here (2009, Rhymesayers Entertainment) B+(**) 
  • Us (2009, Rhymesayers Entertainment) B+(**) 
  • The Bite Marked Heart (2012, Rhymesayers, EP) B+(*) 
  • Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color (2012, Rhymesayers Entertainment) B+(*) 
  • All the Beauty in This Whole Life (2017, Rhymesayers Entertainment) B+(**) 

The Brother Brothers: Tugboats E.P. (2017, self-released, EP) B− 

Brother Reade: Rap Music (2007, Record Collection) A− 

Brothers Osborne: Pawn Shop (2016, EMI Nashville) B+(*) 

Peter Brötzmann:

  • /Fred Van Hove/Han Bennink Plus Albert Mangelsdorff: Live in Berlin '71 (1971, FMP, 2CD) B+(**) 
  • /Misha Mengelberg/Han Bennink: 3 Points and a Mountain . . . Plus (1979 [1999], FMP, 2CD) B+(***) 
  • 14 Love Poems (Plus 10 More) (1984 [2004], FMP) B+(*) 
  • /Sonny Sharrock: Whatthefuckdoyouwant (1987 [2014], Trost) B+(**) 
  • /Joe McPhee/Kent Kessler/Michael Zerang: Tales Out of Time (2002 [2015], Hatology) A− 
  • /Johannes Bauer/Mikolaj Trzaska: Goosetalks (2008 [2010], Kilogram) B+(*) 
  • /Masahiko Satoh/Takeo Moriyama: Yatagarasu (2011 [2012], Not Two) B+(**) 
  • /Steve Noble: I Am Here Where Are You (2013, Trost) B+(*) 
  • /John Edwards/Steve Noble: Soul Food Available (2013 [2014], Clean Feed) B+(***) 
  • /Peeter Uuskyla: Red Cloud on Silver (2014 [2015], Omlott, 2LP) B+(**) 
  • /ICI Ensemble: Beautiful Lies (2014 [2016], Neos Jazz) B+(*) 
  • /Steve Swell/Paal Nilssen-Love: Krakow Nights (2015, Not Two) B+(***) 
  • /Heather Leigh: Ears Are Filled With Wonder (2015 [2016], Not Two) B 
  • /Steve Swell/Paal Nilssen-Love: Live in Copenhagen (2016, Not Two) A− 
  • /Steve Swell/Paal Nilssen-Love: Live in Tel Aviv (2016 [2017], Not Two) B+(**) 
  • /Heather Leigh: Sex Tape (2016 [2017], Trost) B− 

Bill Brovold & Jamie Saft: Serenity Knolls (2016 [2017], Rare Noise) B+(*) 

Andy Brown: Soloist (2014 [2015], Delmark) B+(*) 

Andy Brown: Direct Call (2015 [2016], Delmark) B+(*) 

Apollo Brown & Skyzoo: The Easy Truth (2016, Mello Music) B+(***) 

Ari Brown: Groove Awakening (2013, Delmark) B+(***) 

Chris Brown: F.A.M.E. (2011, Jive) B− 

Clifford Brown: The Beginning and the End (1952-56 [1973], Columbia) B+(***) 

Danny Brown:

  • XXX (2011, Fool's Gold) B+(***) 
  • Old (2013, Fool's Gold) B+(***) 
  • Atrocity Exhibition (2016, Warp) A− 

Jaimeo Brown Transcendence: Work Songs (2016, Motéma) B+(***) 

James Brown:

  • Cold Sweat (1967, King) A− 
  • Papa's Got a Brand New Bag (1965, King) B+(***) 
  • Say It Loud I'm Black and I'm Proud (1969, King) A− 

John Brown: Quiet Time (2007 [2014], Brown Boulevard) B+(**) 

Justin Brown: Nyeusi (2015-17 [2018], Biophilia) B 

Marion Brown:

  • Porto Novo (1967-70 [1994], Black Lion) B+(***) 
  • Afternoon of a Georgia Faun (1970, ECM) B 
  • Duets Vol. 1 (1970 [2012], 1201/Black Lion Vault) B+(**) 
  • Geechee Recollections/Sweet Earth Flying (1973-74 [2012], Impulse) B+(***) 

Mel Brown: The Wizard/Blues for We (1968-69 [2012], Impulse) C+ 

Norman Brown: Just Between Us (1992 [2008], Verve) B 

Otis Brown III: The Thought of You (2014, Blue Note) B 

Rich Brown: Abeng (2015 [2016], self-released) B+(**) 

Rob Brown:

  • Live at Firehouse 12 (2008 [2009], Not Two) B+(**) 
  • /Daniel Levin: Natural Disorder (2008 [2010], Not Two) B+(*) 

VV Brown:

  • Travelling Like the Light (2009 [2010], Capitol) A 
  • Samson & Delilah (2013, YOY) B+(*) 

Zac Brown Band: The Foundation (2008, Home Grown/ROAR/Big Picture/Atlantic) B+(*) 

Dan Brubeck: Celebrating the Music and Lyrics of Dave & Iola Brubeck (2013 [2015], Blue Forest, 2CD) B+(***) 

Dave Brubeck: Jazz Goes to College (1954, Columbia) B+(***) 

Kyle Bruckmann:

  • Wrack: . . . Awaits Silent Tristero's Empire (2013 [2014], Singlespeed) B+(**) 
  • Degradient: Dear Everyone (2017, Not Two, 2CD) B+(**) 

Brute Force: Confections of Love (1966-67 [2010], Bar/None) D+ 

Luke Bryan:

  • Tailgates & Tanlines (2011, Capitol Nashville) B 
  • Crash My Party (2013, Capitol Nashville) C 

Bryan and the Aardvarks: Sounds From the Deep Field (2017, Biophilia) B− 

Don Bryant: Don't Give Up on Love (2017, Fat Possum) B+(*) 

A Bu: 88 Tones of Black and White (2014 [2015], Blujazz, CD+DVD) B+(*) 

Michael Bublé: Crazy Love (2009, 143/Reprise) B+(*) 

Buck 65:

  • Situation (2007, Strange Famous) A− 
  • 20 Odd Years (2010 [2011], WEA Canada) A− 
  • Neverlove (2014, WEA Canada) B+(**) 

Tim Buckley: Goodbye and Hello (1967, Asylum) B+(*) 

Richard Buckner: Our Blood (2011, Merge) B− 

The Budos Band: The Budos Band III (2010, Daptone) B− 

Dewa Budjana: Hasta Karma (2014 [2015], Moonjune) B+(*) 

Maureen Budway: Sweet Candor (2014 [2015], MCG Jazz) B+(**) 

Sarah Buechi:

  • Shadow Garden (2015, Intakt) B+(***) 
  • Flying Letters (2013 [2014], Intakt) B+(*) 
  • Contradiction of Happiness (2017 [2018], Intakt) B+(*) 

Buena Vista Social Club: Lost and Found (1996-2000 [2015], World Circuit) B 

Jarod Bufe: New Spaces (2017 [2018], OA2) B+(***) 

Buffalo Jazz Octet: Live at Pausa Art House (2016 [2017], Cadence Jazz) A− 

Buffalo Springfield: Last Time Around (1968, Atco) B 

The Bug:

  • London Zoo (2008, Ninja Tune) B+(*) 
  • Angels & Devils (2014, Ninja Tune) B+(*) 

Jake Bugg: Jake Bugg (2012 [2013], Mercury) B 

Buika: La Noche Más Larga (2013, Warner Music Latina) B+(*) 

Built to Spill:

  • Ultimate Alternative Wavers (1992, C/Z) B+(***) 
  • There's Nothing Wrong With Love (1994, Up) A− 
  • Keep It Like a Secret (1999, Warner Brothers) A− 
  • Ancient Melodies of the Future (2001, Warner Brothers) B 
  • You in Reverse (2006, Warner Brothers) B+(**) 
  • There Is No Enemy (2009, Warner Brothers) B+(*) 
  • Untethered Moon (2015, Warner Brothers) B+(*) 

Bulbul: Hirn Fein Hacken (2014, Exile on Mainstream) B+(**) 

The Katie Bull Group Project: All Hot Bodies Radiate (2013 [2015], Ashokan Indie) B+(***) 

Bully:

  • Feels Like (2015, Startime International/Columbia) A− 
  • Losing (2017, Sub Pop) B+(**) 

John Bunch: Do Not Disturb (2010, Arbors) B+(***) 

The Bundles: The Bundles (2009, K) B+(***) 

Laura Bell Bundy: Achin' and Shakin' (2010, Mercury Nashville) B− 

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque: Oddara (2016, Linus Entertainment) B 

Paul Burch: Words of Love: Songs of Buddy Holly (2011, Perfect Sounds) B 

Rob Burger: City of Strangers (2009, Tzadik) B 

Greg Burk: The Detroit Songbook (2017 [2018], SteepleChase) B+(**) 

Burna Boy: Outside (2018, Atlantic) B+(*) 

Burnt Sugar/The Arkestra Chamber:

  • Not April in Paris: Live From Banlieus Bleues (2004, Trugroid) B+(***) 
  • If You Can't Dazzle Them With Your Brilliance, Then Baffle Them With Your Blisluth (2004 [2005], Trugroid, 2CD) B+(***) 
  • More Than Posthuman: Rise of the Mojosexual Cotillion (2006, Trugroid, 2CD) B+(***) 
  • Chopped and Screwed: Volume 2 (2007, Trugroid) B 
  • All You Zombies Dig the Luminosity (2016-17 [2017], Avant Groidd) B+(***) 

Burial:

  • Untrue (2007, Hyperdub) B+(***) 
  • Street Halo (2011, Hyperdub, EP) B+(**) 
  • Kindred (2012, Hyperdub, EP) B+(***) 
  • Street Halo/Kindred (2011-12 [2012], Hyperdub) A− 
  • Truant/Rough Sleeper (2012, Hyperdub, EP) A− 
  • Rival Dealer (2013, Hyperdub, EP) B+(**) 
  • Young Death/Nightmarket (2016, Hyperdub, EP) B+(*) 
  • Subtemple/Beachfires (2017, Hyperdub, EP) B 

Chris Burn: Music for Three Rivers (1995-97 [1997], Victo) B+(*) 

T Bone Burnett: Tooth of Crime (2008, Nonesuch) B+(**) 

Burning Ghosts:

  • Burning Ghosts (2015 [2016], Orenda) B+(**) 
  • Reclamation (2017, Tzadik) B+(***) 

Dave Burrell:

  • /Bob Stewart: The Crave (1994 [2016], NoBusiness) A− 
  • /Steve Swell: Turning Point (2013 [2014], NoBusiness) A− 

Kenny Burrell:

  • A Night at the Vanguard With the Kenny Burrell Trio (1959 [2008], Verve) B+(*) 
  • A Generation Ago Today (1966-67 [2018], Verve) B+(*) 

Art "Turk" Burton and Congo Square: Spirits: Then & Now (1983-2015 [2015], ATB) B+(**) 

Gary Burton: Common Ground (2011, Mack Avenue) B+(**) 

Busdriver:

  • Fear of a Black Tangent (2005, Mush) A− 
  • Road Kill Overcoat (2007, Epitaph) B+(**) 
  • Jhelli Beam (2009, Anti-) B+(**) 
  • Perfect Hair (2014, Big Dada) C 
  • Electricity Is on Our Side (2018, Temporary Forever) B− 

Mark Buselli: Untold Stories (2013 [2014], OA2) B+(**) 

Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra: Basically Baker Vol. 2: The Big Band Music of David Baker (2016, Patois, 2CD) B+(*) 

Kate Bush:

  • The Kick Inside (1978, EMI America) B+(**) 
  • Lionheart (1978, EMI America) B+(**) 
  • Never for Ever (1980, EMI America) B+(*) 
  • The Dreaming (1982, EMI America) B 
  • Director's Cut (2011, Fish People/EMI) B+(*) 
  • 50 Words for Snow (2011, Anti-) B 

Joe Bushkin: Live at the Embers 1952 (1952 [2016], Dot Time) B+(***) 

Bushwick Gospel Singers: Songs of Worship Vol. 2 (2014, The Church of Universal Knowing) B+(***) 

Marnix Busstra: Firm Fragile Fun (2015, Buzz Music) B+(*) 

John Butcher:

  • Thirteen Friendly Numbers (1991 [2004], Unsounds) B+(*) 
  • Bell Trove Spools (2010-11 [2012], Northern Spy) B 
  • /Ståle Liavik Solberg: So Beautiful, It Starts to Rain (2015 [2016], Clean Feed) B+(**) 
  • /Damon Smith/Weasel Walter: Catastrophe of Minimalism (2008 [2017], Ballace Point Acoustics) B+(**) 

Chris Butler: Easy Life (1970 [2014], Future Fossil) A− 

Will Butler: Policy (2015, Merge) B+(**) 

Henry Butler/Steven Bernstein: Viper's Drag (2014, Impulse) B+(***) 

Oguz Buyukberber:

  • /Tobias Klein: Reverse Camouflage (2015 [2016], TryTone) B+(**) 
  • /Simon Nabatov: Wobbly Strata (2014 [2016], TryTone) B+(**) 

Buzzcocks: The Way (2014, 1-2-3-4 Go) B 

Jaki Byard:

  • The Late Show: An Evening With Jaki Byard: Live at the Keystone Korner, Vol. 3 (1979 [2014], High Note) B+(**) 
  • /The Apollo Stompers: Phantasies II (1988 [1991], Soul Note) B+(**) 

Chris Byars:

  • Two Fives (2014 [2015], SteepleChase) B+(**) 
  • The Music of Frank Strozier (2015 [2017], SteepleChase) B+(**) 
  • New York City Jazz (2016 [2018], SteepleChase) B+(**) 

Taylor Ho Bynum:

  • /SpiderMonkey Strings: Other Stories (2003-05 [2005], 482 Music) B+(*) 
  • The Middle Picture (2005-06 [2007], Firehouse 12) B+(**) 
  • Asphalt Flowers Forking Paths (2008, Hatology) B+(**) 
  • /Spidermonkey Strings: Madeleine Dreams (2009, Firehouse 12) B 
  • /Tomas Fujiwara: Stepwise (2009 [2010], Not Two) B+(***) 
  • Navigation (The Complete Firehouse 12 Recordings) (2012 [2013], Firehouse 12, 4CD) B+(***) 
  • Enter the Plustet (2016, Firehouse 12) A− 

The Byrds:

  • Dr. Byrds and Mr. Hyde (1969, Columbia) B 
  • The Ballad of Easy Rider (1969, Columbia) B− 

David Byrne:

  • Live From Austin TX (2001 [2007], New West) B+(***) 
  • /Brian Eno: Everything That Happens Will Happen Today (2006-08 [2008], Todomundo) B− 
  • /Fatboy Slim: Here Lies Love (2010, Nonesuch, 2CD) B+(*) 
  • /St. Vincent: Love This Giant (2012, 4AD) B+(*) 
  • American Utopia (2018, Nonesuch) B 

Julie Byrne:

  • Not Even Happiness (2017, Ba Da Bing) B+(**) 

Cabaret Voltaire: #7885 Electropunk to Technopop (1978-85 [2014], Mute) A− 

Camila Cabello: Camila (2018, Syco/Epic) B+(**) 

George Cables:

  • Why Not? (1975 [2009], Why Not) B+(***) 
  • Icons & Influences (2013 [2014], HighNote) B+(***) 
  • The George Cables Songbook (2016, HighNote) B+(***) 

Cachao: Descargas Cubanas (1957 [1994], Panart) A− 

Cachao's Mambo All Stars: Como Siempre (2009, Sony/Eventus) B+(**) 

The Cactus Blossoms: You're Dreaming (2016, Red House) B+(*) 

Cadence Weapon: Hope in Dirt City (2012, Upper Class) B+(***) 

Rex Cadwallader/Mike Aseta/Arti Dixson/Tiffany Jackson: A Balm in Gilead (2015 [2016], Stanza USA) B− 

Daniel Caesar: Freudian (2017, Golden Child) B+(*) 

Caffeine: Caffeine (1993 [1994], Okka Disk) A− 

Cage: Depart From Me (2009, Definitive Jux) B 

Colbie Caillat: All of You (2011, Universal Republic) B+(**) 

Lou Caimano/Eric Olsen: Dyad Plays Jazz Arias (2015 [2016], self-released) B 

Uri Caine:

  • Bedrock: Plastic Temptation (2009 [2010], Winter & Winter) B 
  • /Arditti String Quartet: Twelve Caprices (2010 [2011], Winter & Winter) B+(*) 
  • Siren (2010 [2011], Winter & Winter) B+(***) 
  • Calibrated Thickness (2015 [2016], 816 Music) B+(***) 

Cakes Da Killa: The Eulogy (2013, Mishka) B+(**) 

Joey Calderazzo: Going Home (2014 [2015], Sunnyside) B+(**) 

John Cale: Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood (2012, Domino) B+(**) 

Calexico: Algiers (2012, Anti-) B 

Call Super:

  • Suzi Ecto (2014, Houndstooth) A− 
  • Arpo (2017, Houndstooth) A− 

Ann Hampton Callaway: The Hope of Christmas (2015, MCG Jazz) B− 

Will Calhoun: Celebrating Elvin Jones (2016, Motéma) B 

Calle 13:

  • Entren Los Que Quieran (2010, Sony Music Latin) A− 
  • MultiViral (2014, El Abismo/Sony Music Latin) B+(***) 

Terry Callier:

  • Occasional Rain (1972 [2008], Verve) B 
  • What Color Is Love (1973 [2008], Verve) B 

Anna Calvi: Anna Calvi (2011, Domino) B+(*) 

Cam:

  • Welcome to Cam Country (2015, Arista Nashville, EP) B 
  • Untamed (2015, Arista Nashville) B+(**) 

Jonas Cambien:

  • A Zoology of the Future (2016, Clean Feed) B+(***) 
  • /Adrian Myhr: Simiskina (2017, Clean Feed) B+(*) 
  • We Must Mustn't We (2018, Clean Feed) B+(***) 

The Cambodian Space Project: 2011: A Space Odyssey (2011, Metal Postcard) B+(***) 

Camera Obscura: My Maudlin Career (2009, 4AD) B+(*) 

João Camões:

  • /Jean-Marc Foussat/Claude Parle: Bien Mental (2015, Fou) B+(***) 
  • /Rodrigo Pinheiro/Miguel Mira: Earnear (2015, Tour de Bras) B+(**) 
  • /Jean-Marc Foussat: À La Face Du Ciel! (2014 [2016], Shhpuma) B+(***) 

Cornell Campbell Meets Soothsayers: Nothing Can Stop Us (2013, Strut) B+(**) 

Glen Campbell:

  • Big Bluegrass Special (1962, Capitol) B+(*) 
  • Meet Glen Campbell (2008, Capitol) C 
  • Ghost on the Canvas (2011, Surfdog) C+ 

Kate Campbell: Two Nights in Texas (2010 [2011], Large River Music) B+(***) 

Mike Campbell: Close Enough for Love (2014 [2015], ITI) B+(*) 

Peter Campbell: Loving You: Celebrating Shirley Horn (2016 [2017], self-released) B+(**) 

Roy Campbell Pyramid:

  • Communion (1994, Silkheart) B+(**) 
  • Ethnic Stew and Brew (2000 [2001], Delmark) A− 

Camper Van Beethoven:

  • La Costa Perdida (2013, 429 Records) B 
  • El Camino Real (2014, 429 Records) B+(**) 

Can:

  • Monster Movie (1969, Mute) A− 
  • The Lost Tapes (1968-77 [2012], Mute, 3CD) A− 
  • Tago Mago (1971, United Artists) B+(***) 

Canibus: C of Tranquility (2010, Interdependent Media) B+(***) 

The Cannanes:

  • Howling at All Hours (2013, Chapter Music) B+(**) 
  • Small Batch (2013, Exro FM, EP) B+(**) 

Laura Cannell: Simultaneous Flight Movement (2016, Brawl) B+(*) 

Cannibal Ox: Blade of the Ronin (2015, iHipHop) B+(***) 

Freddy Cannon: Boom Boom Rock 'n' Roll: The Best of Freddy Cannon (1959-81 [2009], Shout! Factory) B+(**) 

Gerald Cannon: Combinations (2017, Woodneck) B+(**) 

Toronzo Cannon: The Chicago Way (2016, Alligator) B+(*) 

Laura Cantrell:

  • Trains and Boats and Planes (1996-2008 [2008], Diesel Only, EP) B+(*) 
  • Kitty Wells Dresses: Songs of the Queen of Country Music (2011, Spit & Polish) B+(***) 
  • No Way There From Here (2013 [2014], Thrift Shop) A− 

Vinicius Cantuária & Bill Frisell: Lágrimas Mexicanas (2011, E1) B+(*) 

Cécile & Jean-Luc Cappozzo: Soul Eyes (2015, Fou) B+(**) 

Jean-Luc Cappozzo/Didier Lasserre: Ceremony's a Name for the Rich Horn (2014 [2016], NoBusiness, EP) B− 

Marialuisa Capurso/Jean-Marc Foussat: En Respirant (2016, Fou) B 

Lou Caputo Not So Big Band: Uh Oh! (2015 [2016], JazzCat 47) B+(*) 

Car Seat Headrest:

  • Teens of Style (2015, Matador) B 
  • Teens of Denial (2016, Matador) B+(***) 
  • Twin Fantasy (2018, Matador) B+(***) 

Carate Urio Orchestra: Ljubljana (2015 [2016], Clean Feed) B+(*) 

Harley Card:

  • Hedgerow (2012 [2015], self-released) B 
  • The Greatest Invention (2015 [2018], self-released) B+(*) 

Steve Cardenas: Melody in a Dream (2012 [2014], Sunnyside) B+(*) 

Care Bears on Fire:

  • Get Over It! (2009 [2010], S-Curve) B+(***) 
  • Girls Like It Loud (2010, S-Curve, EP) B+(***) 

Ian Carey: Interview Music (2015 [2016], Kabocha) B+(***) 

Caribou:

  • Andorra (2007, Merge) B 
  • Swim (2010, Merge) B+(*) 
  • Our Love (2014, Merge) B+(**) 

Rüdiger Carl: Zwei Quintette (1987 [1988], FMP) B+(**) 

Juan Pablo Carletti/Tony Malaby/Christopher Hoffman: Niño/Brujo (2013 [2014], NoBusiness) B+(***) 

Brandi Carlile:

  • Bear Creek (2012, Columbia) B 
  • The Firewatcher's Daughter (2015, ATO) B+(***) 
  • By the Way, I Forgive You (2018, Low Country Sound/Elektra) B− 

Judy Carmichael/Harry Allen: Can You Love Once More? (2016, GAC) A− 

Carn Davidson 9: Murphy (2017, self-released) B 

Carpenters: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Carpenters (1970-78 [2002], A&M) C+ 

Hayes Carll:

  • Trouble in Mind (2008, Lost Highway) A 
  • KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories) (2011, Lost Highway) A− 
  • Lovers and Leavers (2016, Highway 87) B+(***) 

Loyle Carner: Yesterday's Gone (2017, AMF) B 

Carolina Chocolate Drops:

  • Genuine Negro Jig (2009 [2010], Nonesuch) B+(***) 
  • Carolina Chocolate Drops/Luminescent Orchestrii (2011, Nonesuch, EP) B+(***) 
  • Leaving Eden (2011 [2012], Nonesuch) B+(***) 

The Carper Family: Old-Fashioned Gal (2013, South Central Music) B+(**) 

Kenny Carr:

  • Idle Talk (2014 [2015], self-released) B+(**) 
  • Exit Moon (2015, Zoozazz Music) B+(*) 

Malonie Carre: Forever (2014, self-released) B 

François Carrier:

  • /Michel Lambert/Alexey Lapin: The Russian Concerts (2013 [2014], FMR) A− 
  • /Michel Lambert/Alexey Lapin: The Russian Concerts Volume 2 (2013 [2014], FMR) B+(***) 
  • /Michel Lambert: Io (2013 [2015], FMR) B+(***) 
  • /Michel Lambert/Rafal Mazur: Unknowable (2014 [2015], Not Two) A− 
  • /Steve Beresford/John Edwards/Michel Lambert: Outgoing (2014 [2015], FMR) A− 
  • /Michel Lambert/Rafal Mazur: The Joy of Being (2015 [2016], NoBusiness) B+(***) 
  • /Michel Lambert/Alexey Lapin: Freedom Is Space for the Spirit (2014 [2017], FMR) A− 
  • /Michel Lambert/Rafal Mazur: Oneness (2015 [2017], FMR) A− 
  • /Michel Lambert: Out of Silence (2015 [2017], FMR) A− 
  • /Michel Lambert/Rafal Mazur: Beyond Dimensions (2016 [2018], FMR) B+(***) 

Rodney Carrington: El Niño Loco (2009, Capitol Nashville) B+(**) 

Terri Lyne Carrington:

  • The Mosaic Project (2011, Concord) B+(**) 
  • Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue (2013, Concord) B+(*) 

Teri Lyne Carrington:

  • The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul (2015, Concord) B+(**) 

Baikida Carroll: Shadows and Reflections (1982, Soul Note) B+(**) 

The Cars:

  • Greatest Hits (1978-85 [1985], Elektra) B+(**) 
  • Move Like This (2011, Hear Music) B 

Brett Carson: Quattuor Elephantis (2014 [2015], Edgetone) B 

Carter Tutti Void:

  • Transverse (2012, Mute) B+(***) 
  • f(x) (2015, Industrial) B+(***) 

Carlene Carter:

  • Stronger (2008, Yep Roc) B 
  • Carter Girl (2014, Rounder) B+(**) 

Daniel Carter:

  • /William Parker/Roy S. Campbell Jr./Rashid Bakr: Other Dimensions in Music (1989 [1995], Silkheart) B+(*) 
  • /Toby Kasavan/Mark Hennen/William Parker: Feels Like It (2000 [2007], BDE-BDOP) B+(*) 
  • /Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz/Kevin Zubek: Chinatown (2003, Not Two) B+(***) 
  • /Alberto Fiori/Tom Abbs/Federico Ughi: Perfect Blue (2008 [2010], Not Two) B+(**) 
  • /William Parker/Matthew Shipp: Seraphic Light (2017 [2018], AUM Fidelity) A− 

John Carter:

  • /Bobby Bradford: Flight for Four (1969, Flying Dutchman) A− 
  • /Bobby Bradford: Self Determination Music (1970, Flying Dutchman) B+(***) 
  • Echoes From Rudolph's (1976-77 [2015], NoBusiness, 2CD) B+(**) 
  • Dauwhe (1982, Black Saint) B+(**) 

Regina Carter:

  • Reverse Thread (2010, E1 Entertainment) B+(*) 
  • Southern Comfort (2013 [2014], Sony Masterworks) A− 
  • Ella: Accentuate the Positive (2017, Okeh/Masterworks) B+(*) 

Ron Carter:

  • /Herbie Hancock/Tony Williams: Third Plane (1977 [1983], Milestone/OJC) B+(***) 
  • /Vitoria Maldonado: Brasil L.I.K.E. (2016, Summit) B+(*) 

The Carters: Everything Is Love (2018, Parkwood/Roc Nation) B+(***) 

Playboi Carti:

  • Playboi Carti (2017, AWGE/Interscope) B+(*) 
  • Die Lit (2018, AWGE/Interscope) B+(*) 

George Cartwright:

  • Dot (1994, Cuneiform) B+(*) 
  • The Memphis Years: Terminal Moraine (2000, Cuneiform) B+(**) 

Hugo Carvalhais: Grand Valis (2014 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(**) 

Dick Cary's Tuesday Night Friends: Got Swing? (2000 [2001], Arbors) B+(**) 

Casa: Futuro (2012 [2015], Clean Feed) B 

Julian Casablancas: Phrazes for the Young (2009, RCA) B− 

Neko Case:

  • Blacklisted (2002, Bloodshot) B+(*) 
  • Live From Austin TX (2003 [2007], New West) B− 
  • Middle Cyclone (2009, Anti-) B 
  • The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You (2013, Anti-) B+(**) 
  • /KD Lang/Laura Veirs: Case/Lang/Veirs (2016, Anti-) B+(**) 
  • Hell-On (2018, Anti-) B+(*) 

Johnny Cash:

  • Songs of Our Soil (1958-59 [2002], Columbia/Legacy) A− 
  • Ride This Train (1959-60 [2002], Columbia/Legacy) B+(**) 
  • The Sound of Johnny Cash (1962-62 [1962], Columbia) B+(*) 
  • Blood, Sweat and Tears (1962 [1963], Columbia) B+(***) 
  • Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash (1958-63 [1963], Columbia) B+(**) 
  • Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian (1964, Columbia) A− 
  • Orange Blossom Special (1964 [2002], Columbia/Legacy) B+(*) 
  • Sings the Ballads of the True West (1959-65 [2002], Columbia/Legacy) B+(***) 
  • Everybody Loves a Nut (1965-66 [1966], Columbia) B− 
  • Happiness Is You (1962-65 [1966], Columbia) B 
  • /June Carter: Carryin' On With Johnny Cash & June Carter (1967 [2002], Columbia/Legacy) B+(**) 
  • From Sea to Shining Sea (1967 [1968], Columbia) B+(**) 
  • Bootleg Vol II: From Memphis to Hollywood (1955-69 [2011], Columbia/Legacy, 2CD) B+(**) 
  • The Johnny Cash Show (1970, Columbia) B+(*) 
  • I Walk the Line [Soundtrack] (1970, Columbia) B 
  • Little Fauss and Big Halsy [Soundtrack] (1971, Columbia) B+(*) 
  • Man in Black (1971, Columbia) B+(***) 
  • A Thing Called Love (1972, Columbia) B 
  • Johnny Cash På Österåker (1972 [2007], Columbia/Legacy) B+(**) 
  • Any Old Wind That Blows (1973, Columbia) A− 
  • /June Carter Cash: Johnny Cash and His Woman (1973, Columbia) B 
  • Ragged Old Flag (1974, Columbia) B 
  • Johnny Cash Sings Precious Memories (1975, Columbia) C− 
  • John R. Cash (1975, Columbia) B 
  • Look at Them Beans (1975, Columbia) B+(*) 
  • Strawberry Cake (1975 [1976], Columbia) B+(**) 
  • One Piece at a Time (1976, Columbia) B+(***) 
  • The Last Gunfighter Ballad (1976 [1977], Columbia) B+(**) 
  • The Rambler (1976-77 [1977], Columbia) B 
  • I Would Like to See You Again (1976-77 [1978], Columbia) B+(**) 
  • Gone Girl (1978, Columbia) B+(**) 
  • Silver (1979 [2002], Columbia/Legacy) B+(*) 
  • Rockabilly Blues (1979-80 [1980], Columbia) B 
  • The Baron (1980-81 [1981], Columbia) B 
  • /Jerry Lee Lewis/Carl Perkins: The Survivors Live (1981 [1982], Columbia) B 
  • The Adventures of Johnny Cash (1981-82 [1982], Columbia) B+(*) 
  • Johnny 99 (1983, Columbia) B+(*) 
  • Bootleg Vol I: Personal File (1973-83 [2011], Columbia/Legacy, 2CD) A− 
  • Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul of Truth (1975-83 [2012], Columbia/Legacy, 2CD) A− 
  • Out Among the Stars (1981-84 [2014], Columbia) B+(***) 
  • Rainbow (1984-85 [1985], Columbia) B− 
  • /Waylon Jennings: Heroes (1984-85 [1986], Columbia) B− 
  • Live From Austin TX (1987 [2005], New West) B+(**) 
  • 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Johnny Cash (1985-89 [2002], Mercury Nashville) B− 
  • 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Johnny Cash Volume 2 (1985-90 [2007], Mercury Nashville) B+(*) 
  • American VI: Ain't No Grave (2002-03 [2010], Lost Highway) B+(**) 

Rosanne Cash:

  • The List (2009, Manhattan) A− 
  • The River & the Thread (2014, Blue Note) B+(**) 

Glenn Cashman's Southland Nonet: Music Without Borders (2012 [2013], Primrose Lane) B+(**) 

Cashmere Cat: 9 (2017, Mad Love/Interscope) B+(*) 

Casiokids: Topp Stemning På Lokal Bar (2010, Polyvinyl) B 

Lynn Cassiers: Imaginary Band (2017 [2018], Clean Feed) B+(*) 

Joe Castro: Lush Life: A Musical Journey (1954-66 [2015], Sunnyside, 6CD) B+(**) 

Mario Castro: Estrella de Mar/Promotional Edition (2014, Interrobang) B− 

Cat Power:

  • Jukebox (2008, Matador) B− 
  • Sun (2012, Matador) B+(*) 

Frank Catalano/Jimmy Chamberlin:

  • Love Supreme Collective (2014, Ropeadope) B+(*) 
  • Bye Bye Blackbird (2016, Ropeadope) B+(*) 

Catalyst:

  • The Complete Recordings, Vol. 1 (1972 [2010], Porter) B+(***) 
  • The Complete Recordings, Vol. 2 (1974-75 [2010], Porter) B 

The Catheters:

  • Static Delusions and Stone-Still Days (2002, Sub Pop) B+(***) 
  • Howling . . . It Grows and Grows!!! (2004, Sub Pop) B+(**) 

Caleb Caudle: Paint Another Layer on My Heart (2014, This Is American Music) B+(***) 

Cauldron: Burning Fortune (2011, Earache) B+(*) 

Causa Sui: Pewt'r Sessions 3 (2014, El Paraiso) B+(**) 

Cavanaugh: Time and Materials (2015 [2016], Mello Music) B+(**) 

Dan Cavanaugh/Dave Hagedorn: 20 Years (2017 [2018], UT Arlington) B+(*) 

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds:

  • Push the Sky (2013, Bad Seeds) B 
  • Skeleton Tree (2016, Bad Seeds) B− 

Cavern of Anti-Matter:

  • Void Beats/Invocation Trex (2016, Duophonic) B+(***) 
  • Hormone Lemonade (2018, Duophonic) B+(**) 

The CCM Jazz Orchestra as James Bond: Nobody Does It Better (2013 [2017], Summit) B+(**) 

Drew Ceccato/Adam Tinkle: Eidolon (2014, Edgetone) B+(*) 

The Cellar and Point: Ambit (2011-13 [2014], Cuneiform) B 

Celph Titled & Buckwild: Nineteen Ninety Now (2010, No Sleep) B+(**) 

Ceramic Dog:

  • Your Turn (2013, Northern Spy) A− 
  • YRU Still Here? (2018, Northern Spy) A− 

Cerebral Ballzy: Cerebral Ballzy (2011, Williams Street, EP) B+(*) 

Ernesto Cervini:

  • Turboprop (2014 [2015], Anzic) B+(**) 
  • Turboprop: Rev (2013-16 [2017], Anzic) B+(**) 

The Chain Gang of 1974: Wayward Fire (2011, Modern Art) B 

Chairlift: Something (2012, Columbia/DMZ/Kanine) B+(*) 

Chaise Lounge:

  • A Very Chaise Lounge Christmas (2015, Modern Songbook) B+(*) 
  • Gin Fizz Fandango (2015 [2016], Modern Songbook) B+(***) 

The Chalets: Check In (2005 [2007], Setanta) B+(***) 

Chamber 3:

  • Grassroots (2013 [2015], OA2) B+(*) 
  • Transatlantic (2016 [2018], OA2) B+(*) 

Chamber 4: City of Light (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(**) 

Kasey Chambers:

  • /Shane Nicholson: Rattlin' Bones (2008, Essence/Sugar Hill) B+(**) 
  • Little Bird (2010 [2011], Sugar Hill) B+(**) 
  • /Shane Nicholson: Wreck & Ruin (2012, Sugar Hill) B+(***) 
  • Bittersweet (2015, Sugar Hill) B 

The Chambers Brothers: Time Has Come: The Best of the Chamber Brothers (1966-71 [1996], Columbia/Legacy) B+(**) 

Joan Chamorro & Andrea Motis: Feeling Good (2012 [2015], Whaling City Sound) B+(***) 

Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra: Shrimp Tale (2013 [2014], Crown Heights Audio Network) B+(*) 

Chance the Rapper:

  • Acid Rap (2013, self-released) A− 
  • Coloring Book (2016, self-released) A− 

Tom Chang: Tongue & Groove (2012 [2014], Raw Toast) B+(**) 

Manu Chao: Radio Bemba: Baionarena Live (2008 [2010], Nacional/Because, 2CD) A− 

Marshall Chapman:

  • Big Lonesome (2010, Tall Girl) B+(**) 
  • Blaze of Glory (2013, Tall Girl) B+(***) 

Michael Chapman: Time Past Time Passing (2008, Electric Ragtime) A− 

Brian Charette:

  • Square One (2014, Posi-Tone) B+(**) 
  • /Will Bernard/Rudy Royston: Alphabet City (2014 [2015], Posi-Tone) B+(*) 
  • Kürrent (2017, Dim Mak) B+(*) 
  • /George Coleman: Groovin' With Big G (2017 [2018], SteepleChase) B+(***) 

Dheepa Chari: Patchwork (2015, self-released) B− 

Mark Charig/Georg Wolf/Jörg Fischer: Free Music on a Summer Evening (2010 [2014], Spore Print) B+(*) 

Bill Charlap:

  • /Renee Rosnes: Double Portrait (2009 [2010], Blue Note) B 
  • Notes From New York (2015 [2016], Impulse) B+(*) 
  • Uptown Downtown (2017, Impulse!) B+(**) 

Etienne Charles: San Jose Suite (2015 [2016], Culture Shock) B+(**) 

Ray Charles: The Genius Hits the Road (1956-72 [2009], Concord) B+(*) 

Charli XCX:

  • True Romance (2013, Iamsound) B+(**) 
  • Sucker (2014, Atlantic) A− 
  • Vroom Vroom (2016, Vroom Vroom, EP) B+(*) 
  • Number 1 Angel (2017, Asylum) A− 
  • Pop 2 (2017, Asylum) B+(***) 

Charly Bliss: Guppy (2017, Barsuk) B+(**) 

Chase and Status: No More Idols (2011, Universal) B+(*) 

Chastity Belt:

  • Time to Go Home (2015, Hardly Art) B+(*) 
  • I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone (2017, Hardly Art) B+(*) 

Chat Noir: Nine Thoughts for One Word (2016, Rare Noise) B+(*) 

Rhys Chatham: Pythagorean Dream (2016, Foom) B+(***) 

Sébastien Chaumont: Still Walkin' (2011-13 [2014], ITI) B+(**) 

Chubby Checker: The Best of Chubby Checker: 1959-1963 [Cameo Parkway] (1959-63 [2005], ABKCO) A− 

Chris Cheek: Saturday Songs (2015 [2016], Sunnyside) B 

Chelsea Light Moving: Chelsea Light Moving (2013, Matador) B+(**) 

The Chemical Brothers:

  • Brotherhood (1995-2008 [2008], Virgin) A− 
  • Brotherhood + Electronic Battle Weapons (1992-2008 [2008], Virgin, 2CD) A− 
  • Further (2010, Astralwerks) B+(***) 
  • Born in the Echoes (2015, Virgin EMI) B+(**) 

Cher:

  • 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Cher (1971-79 [2000], MCA) B+(*) 
  • 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Cher Volume 2 (1987-98 [2004], Hip-O) B− 

Don Cherry:

  • Organic Music Society (1971-72 [2012], Caprice) B+(*) 
  • /John Tchicai/Irène Schweizer/Léon Francioli/Pierre Favre: Musical Monsters (1980 [2016], Intakt) A− 
  • Home Boy (Sister Out) (1985 [2018], Wewantsounds) B+(***) 

Neneh Cherry: Blank Project (2014, Smalltown Supersound) B+(***) 

Cherub: Year of the Caprese (2014, Columbia) B+(*) 

Kenny Chesney: Hemingway's Whiskey (BNA) B 

Chic:

  • Chic (1977, Atlantic) B 
  • C'est Chic (1978, Atlantic) B+(**) 
  • Les Plus Grand Succès de Chic (Chic's Greatest Hits) (1977-79 [1979], Atlantic) B+(***) 
  • Real People (1980, Atlantic) A− 

Chicago Edge Ensemble: Decaying Orbit (2016 [2017], self-released) A− 

Chicago Reed Quartet: Western Automatic (2014 [2015], Aerophonic) B+(**) 

Chicago/London Underground: A Night Walking Through Mirrors (2016 [2017], Cuneiform) A− 

Chicago Underground Duo:

  • Age of Energy (2010 [2012], Northern Spy) B+(***) 
  • Locus (2014, Northern Spy) B+(***) 
  • /São Paulo Underground/Pharoah Sanders: Pharoah & the Underground (2013 [2014], Clean Feed) B+(*) 

Chicano Batman: Freedom Is Free (2017, ATO) B− 

Chicha Libre:

  • Canibalismo (2012, Barbès) B+(*) 
  • Cuatro Tigres (2013, Barbès, EP) B+(*) 

Chiddy Bang: Breakfast (2012, Virgin) A− 

The Chieftains: /Ry Cooder: San Patricio (2010, Hear Music) B 

The Child of Lov: The Child of Lov (2013, Domino) B+(*) 

Tyler Childers: Purgatory (2017, Hickman Holler) B+(**) 

Childbirth: Women's Rights (2015, Suicide Squeeze) B+(***) 

Childish Gambino:

  • Camp (2011, Glassnote) B+(*) 
  • Awaken, My Love! (2016, Glassnote) B+(*) 

Billy Childs:

  • Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro (2014, Masterworks) B− 
  • Rebirth (2017, Mack Avenue) B− 

The Chills:

  • Kaleidoscope World (1982-84 [1989], Homestead) B+(*) 
  • Somewhere Beautiful (2011-12 [2013], Fire) B+(**) 
  • Silver Bullets (2015, Fire) A− 

Alex Chilton:

  • Free Again: The 1970 Sessions (1969 [2012], Omnivore) B+(**) 
  • Ocean Club '77 (1977 [2015], Norton) B+(**) 
  • Electricity by Candlelight: NYC 2/3/97 (1997 [2013], Bar/None) B+(**) 

Chimurenga Renaissance:

  • Rize Vadzimu Rize (2014, Brick Lane) B+(*) 
  • Girlz With Gunz (2016, Glitterbeat, EP) B+(*) 

John Chin: Fifth (2014 [2016], Jinsy) B+(**) 

Chingari [Ranjit Barot, U Shrinivas, Etienne Mbappé]: Bombay Makossa (2014, Abstract Logix) B+(*) 

Chloe x Halle: The Kids Are Alright (2018, Parkwood/Columbia) B+(**) 

Roger Chong: Funkalicious (2016, self-released) B+(*) 

Chook Race: Around the House (2016, Trouble in Mind) B+(*) 

Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band:

  • Live (2010, Grigri Discs) B+(***) 
  • Chopteeth (2008, Grigri Discs) A− 

Corey Christensen:

  • Factory Girl (2015 [2016], Origin) B+(**) 

Corey Christiansen:

  • Dusk (2015 [2017], Origin) b+(*) 

Christine and the Queens:

  • Saint Claude (2015, Neon Gold, EP) B+(**) 
  • Christine and the Queens (2014 [2015], Atlantic/Because/Neon Gold) B+(**) 

Günter Christmann/Detlef Schönenberg Duo: We Play (1973, FMP) B+(***) 

Chrome Hill: The Explorer (2017 [2018], Clean Feed) B+(*) 

Chromeo:

  • Fancy Footwork (2007, Vice) B+(***) 
  • Business Casual (2010, Big Beat) A− 
  • White Women (2014, Big Beat) B+(***) 
  • Head Over Heels (2018, Big Beat/WEA) A− 

Chronixx: Chronology (2017, Soul Circle Music/Virgin) B+(*) 

Chumped: Teenage Retirement (2014, Anchorless) A− 

Eric Church:

  • Chief (2011, Capitol Nashville) B+(**) 
  • Caught in the Act: Live (2011 [2013], EMI Nashville) B+(*) 
  • The Outsiders (2014, Capitol Nashville) B+(*) 
  • Mr. Misunderstood (2015, EMI Nashville) B+(**) 

Chvrches:

  • Recover (2013, Glassnote, EP) B+(*) 
  • The Bones of What You Believe (2013, Glass Note) B 
  • Every Open Eye (2015, Glassnote) B+(**) 
  • Love Is Dead (2018, Glassnote) B+(*) 

Ciara:

  • Ciara (2013, Epic) B+(**) 
  • Jackie (2015, Epic) B+(***) 

Cigarettes After Sex: Cigarettes After Sex (2017, Partisan) A− 

Cinghiale [Mars Williams/Ken Vandermark]: Hoofbeats of the Snorting Swine (1995 [1996], Eighth Day) B+(***) 

Circa Survive: Blue Sky Noise (2010, Atlantic) B 

Albert Cirera/Hernâni Faustino/Gabriel Ferrandini/Agustí Fernández: Before the Silence (2015 [2016], NoBusiness) A− 

Circulasione Totale Orchestra: Open Port (2008 [2009], Circulsasione Totale) B+(**) 

Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba: Routes (2018, Twelve/Eight) A− 

Ablaye Cissoko/Volker Goetze: Amanké Dionti (2012, Motéma) B+(**) 

Ty Citerman: Bop Kabbalah (2013 [2014], Tzadik) B+(***) 

Cities Aviv: Come to Life (2014, Young One) B+(*) 

The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra: The Symphonic Celtic Album (2011, Silva Screen) C− 

City Yelps: Half Hour (2016, Odd Box) B+(*) 

The Civil Wars:

  • Barton Hollow (2011, Sensibility) B 
  • The Civil Wars (2013, Sensibility/Columbia) B− 

Clams Casino: Instrumentals (2011, mixtape) B+(***) 

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah:

  • Some Loud Thunder (2007, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) B− 
  • Hysterical (2011, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) B 

Clark:

  • Iradelphic (2012, Warp) B 
  • Clark (2014, Warp) B 

Brandy Clark:

  • 12 Stories (2013, Smith Music Group) A− 
  • Big Day in a Small Town (2016, Warner Brothers) A− 

Gary Clark Jr.:

  • The Bright Lights EP (2011, Warner Brothers, EP) B+(**) 
  • Blak and Blu (2012, Warner Brothers) B− 

Gary Clark, Jr.:

  • Live (2014, Warner Brothers, 2CD) B+(*) 

Gene Clark:

  • Gene Clark Sings for You (1967 [2018], Omnivore) B 
  • Gene Clark With the Gosdin Brothers (1967, Columbia) B+(*) 

Guy Clark:

  • Live From Austin TX (1989 [2007], New West) B+(**) 
  • Songs and Stories (2011, Dualtone) B+(*) 
  • My Favorite Picture of You (2013, Dualtone) A− 

Mike Clark: Carnival of Soul (2010, Owl Studios) B+(***) 

Scott Clark:

  • Bury My Heart (2015, Clean Feed) B+(**) 
  • ToNow (2017 [2018], Clean Feed) B+(*) 

Terri Clark:

  • The Long Way Home (2009, TLC/Capitol) B+(*) 
  • Some Songs (2014, Bare Track) B+(**) 

Stanley Clarke:

  • School Days (1976, Epic) C+ 
  • /Biréli Lagrène/Jean-Luc Ponty: D-Stringz (2015, Impulse!) B+(**) 

Zack Clarke: Random Acts of Order (2017, Clean Feed) B+(*) 

Kelly Clarkson: Stronger (2011, RCA) B 

Claro Intelecto: Reform Club (2012, Delsin) B+(*) 

Class Actress: Rapprocher (2011, Carpark) A− 

Classixx: Hanging Gardens (2013, Innovative Leisure) B+(*) 

The Claudettes: No Hotel (2015, Yellow Dog) B 

Claudia Quintet: Super Petite (2015 [2016], Cuneiform) B+(**) 

James Clay: The Kid From Dallas: Tenorman (1956-57 [2015], Fresh Sound) B+(***) 

Gerald Clayton:

  • Life Forum (2012 [2013], Concord) B 
  • Tributary Tales (2017, Motéma) B 

Jay Clayton & John Lindberg: As Tears Go By (1987 [2014], Jazzwerkstatt) B+(*) 

Cleaners From Venus: Blow Away Your Troubles (1981 [2012], Captured Tracks) B+(**) 

The Cleanliness & Godliness Skiffle Band: Greatest Hits (1968, Vanguard) B+(***) 

Rob Clearfield: Islands (2016, Ears & Eyes) B+(*) 

Gerald Cleaver/Uncle June: Be It as I See It (2010 [2011], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(**) 

Clem Snide:

  • The Ghost of Fashion (2001, SpinArt) B+(***) 
  • End of Love (2005, SpinArt) A− 
  • Hungry Bird (2009, 429) B+(***) 
  • The Meat of Life (2010, 429) B+(*) 
  • Girls Come First (2015, Zaphwee) B+(**) 

Dawn Clement: Tandem (2017 [2018], Origin) B+(*) 

Jack Clement: For Once and for All (2014, IRS Nashville) B+(***) 

Benjamin Clementine: At Least for Now (2015, Virgin EMI) B+(**) 

Cleric: Resurrection (2017, Figure, EP) B+(*) 

Cleric: Retrocausal (2018, Web of Memory) B− 

The Clientele: Music for the Age of Miracles (2017, Merge) B+(***) 

Jimmy Cliff:

  • Sacred Fire EP (2011, Collective Sounds, EP) B+(**) 
  • Rebirth (2012, Hip-O) B+(**) 

Alex Cline: For People in Sorrow (2011 [2013], Cryptogramophone) B+(*) 

Alex Cline: Flower Garland Orchestra: Oceans of Vows (2016 [2017], self-released, 2CD) B+(***) 

Nels Cline:

  • /Julian Lage: Room (2014, Mack Avenue) B+(*) 
  • Lovers (2013 [2016], Blue Note, 2CD) B− 
  • Currents, Constellations (2017 [2018], Blue Note) B+(*) 

The Nels Cline Singers: Macroscope (2013 [2014], Mack Avenue) B+(***) 

Clinic: Do It! (2008, Domino) B+(**) 

Clipping:

  • CLPPNG (2014, Sub Pop) B+(**) 
  • Splendor & Misery (2016, Sub Pop) B+(*) 

Close Erase:

  • Close Erase (1995 [1996], Nor CD) B+(***) 
  • No. 2 (1998 [1999], Nor CD) B+(**) 
  • Dance This (2001, BP) A− 

The Close Readers:

  • The Lines Are Open (2014, Austin) A− 
  • Group Hug (2010 [2011], Austin) B+(***) 
  • New Spirit (2012, Austin) B+(***) 

Cloud Nothings:

  • Cloud Nothings (2011, Carpark) B+(*) 
  • Attack on Memory (2012, Carpark) B+(***) 
  • Here and Nowhere Else (2014, Carpark) A− 
  • Life Without Sound (2017, Carperk) B+(**) 

Club D'Elf:

  • Fire in the Brain (Live at Berklee) (2012 [2013], BIRN Cooperative) B+(**) 
  • Live at Club Helsinki (2012 [2017], Face Pelt, 2CD) B+(***) 

Clusone 3: An Hour With . . . (1998 [2000], Hatology) B+(***) 

Coathangers:

  • Coathangers (2007, Rob's House) B+(***) 
  • Scramble (2009, Suicide Squeeze) B+(***) 
  • Suck My Shirt (2014, Suicide Squeeze) A−  

The Coathangers:

  • Nosebleed Weekend (2016, Suicide Squeeze) A− 

Cobalt: Slow Forever (2016, Profound Lore, 2CD) B 

Brent Cobb: Providence Canyon (2018, Low Country Sound/Elektra) B+(**) 

Jimmy Cobb: The Original Mob (2014, Smoke Sessions) B+(***) 

Cock Lorge: Rise (2008, Tubbys Entertainment) C+ 

Jarvis Cocker: Further Complications (2009, Rough Trade) B+(**) 

Joe Cocker:

  • Joe Cocker! (1969, A&M) B+(***) 
  • With a Little Help From My Friends (1969, A&M) B 
  • Hard Knocks (2010 [2012], 429 Records) B− 

Codeine Velvet Club: Codeine Velvet Club (2009 [2010], Dangerbird) B+(**) 

Tony Coe: Some Other Autumn (1971 [1983], Hep) A− 

Dennis Coffey: Dennis Coffey (2011, Strut) B+(*) 

Amber Coffman: City of No Reply (2017, Columbia) B+(**) 

Anat Cohen:

  • Luminosa (2014 [2015], Anzic) B+(***) 
  • /Trio Brasileiro: Rosa Dos Ventos (2017, Anzic) B 
  • /Marcello Gonçalves: Outra Coisa: The Music of Moacir Santos (2017, Anzic) B+(**) 
  • Happy Song (2016 [2017], Anzic) B+(***) 
  • /Fred Hersch: Live in Healdsburg (2016 [2018], Anzic) B+(*) 

Avishai Cohen:

  • Introducing Triveni (2009 [2010], Anzic) B+(***) 
  • Triveni: Dark Nights (2014, Anzic) B+(**) 
  • Into the Silence (2015 [2016], ECM) B+(**) 
  • Cross My Palm With Silver (2016 [2017], ECM) B+(**) 

Greg Cohen: Golden State (2014, Relative Pitch) B+(**) 

Leonard Cohen:

  • Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 (1970 [2009], Columbia/Legacy) B+(***) 
  • Songs From the Road (2008-09 [2010], Columbia/Legacy) B+(**) 
  • Old Ideas (2012, Columbia) A− 
  • Popular Problems (2014, Columbia) A− 
  • Live in Dublin (2013 [2014], Columbia, 3CD) A− 

Leoanrd Cohen:

  • Can't Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour (2012-13 [2015], Columbia) A−  

Leonard Cohen:

  • You Want It Darker (2016, Columbia) A− 

Lorin Cohen: Home (2014 [2015], Origin) B 

Al Cohn/Zoot Sims: Al and Zoot (1957 [1998], Chess) B+(**) 

Kelan Philip Cohran: Kelan Philip Cohran & the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (2012, Honest Jon's) B+(***) 

Cold Cave: Cherish the Light Years (2010 [2011], Matador) B− 

Cold Specks: I Predict a Graceful Expulsion (2012, Mute) B+(**) 

Coldplay:

  • Viva la Vida (2008, Capitol) B+(***) 
  • Mylo Xyloto (2011, Parlophone) B− 

Alexis Cole: The Greatest Gift: Songs of the Season (2009, Motéma) C+ 

Freddy Cole:

  • Singing the Blues (2014, High Note) B+(**) 
  • My Mood Is You (2018, High Note) B+(***) 

J Cole:

  • Cole World: The Sideline Story (2011, Roc Nation/Columbia) B+(**) 
  • Yours Truly (2013, self-released, EP) B+(***) 
  • Born Sinner (2013, Roc Nation/Columbia) B+(***) 
  • 2014 Forest Hills Drive (2014, RCA) B+(***) 
  • 4 Your Eyez Only (2016, Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope) B+(**) 
  • KOD (2018, Roc Nation) B+(**) 

Nat King Cole:

  • Cole Español (1958, Capitol) B+(**) 
  • A Mis Amigos (1959, Capitol) B+(**) 

Richie Cole:

  • Plays Ballads & Love Songs (2015 [2016], Mark Perna Music) B+(***) 
  • Latin Lover (2017, RCP) B+(***) 

Jeff Colella/Putter Smith: Lotus Blossom (2013 [2014], The American Jazz Institute/Capri) B+(**) 

Anthony Coleman: Freakish: Anthony Coleman Plays Jelly Roll Morton (2009, Tzadik) B+(**) 

Ornette Coleman: Celebrate Ornette: Brooklyn Prospect Park (2014 [2016], Song X, 2CD) A− 

George Coleman: A Master Speaks (2015 [2016], Smoke Sessions) A− 

Steve Coleman:

  • And the Council of Balance: Synovial Joints (2014 [2015], Pi) B+(***) 
  • Natal Eclipse: Morphogenesis (2016 [2017], Pi) A− 
  • Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. I (The Embedded Sets) (2017 [2018], Pi, 2CD) B+(***) 

Maya Jane Coles: Comfort (2013, I Am Me) B+(***) 

Collectif Spatule: Le Vanneau Huppé (2017, Aloya) B+(**) 

Collective Order: Vol. 2 (2017, self-released) B+(*) 

Colleen: Captain of None (2015, Thrill Jockey) B+(**) 

Jason Collett: Rat a Tat Tat (2010, Arts & Crafts) B+(**) 

Jacob Collier: In My Room (2016, Membran) C+ 

Tom Collier:

  • Alone in the Studio (2014 [2015], Origin) B 
  • Across the Bridge (2015, Origin) B+(*) 
  • Impulsive Illuminations (2014-15 [2016], Origin) B 

Collier & Dean: Sleek Buick (2013-14 [2014], Origin) B 

George Colligan & Theoretical Planets: Risky Notion (2014 [2015], Origin) B+(**) 

Romain Collin: Press Enter (2013 [2015], ACT) B+(**) 

Alessandro Collina/Rodolfo Cervetto/Marc Peillon/Fabrizio Bosso: Michel on Air (2014, ITI) B+(***) 

Bootsy Collins: Tha Funk Capital of the World (2011, Megaforce) A− 

Jay Collins and the Kings County Band: Rivers Blues and Other People (2012, Sundown) B+(***) 

Jeff Collins: The Keys to Christmas (2016, Crossroads) C− 

Kweku Collins: Nat Love (Closed Sessions) B+(*) 

Shirley Collins: Lodestar (2016, Domino) B+(***) 

Ornette Coleman: Something Else!!!! (1958 [2011], Contemporary/OJC) B+(***) 

Ornette Coleman:

  • Tomorrow Is the Question! (1959, Contemporary) B+(**) 
  • This Is Our Music (1960 [1961], Atlantic) A− 
  • Ornette on Tenor (1961 [1962], Atlantic) B+(***) 
  • Twins (1959-61 [1971], Atlantic) A− 
  • Beauty Is a Rare Thing: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1959-61 [1993], Rhino/Atlantic, 6CD) A  The Empty Foxhole (1966 [1967], Blue Note) B+(***) 
  • Love Call (1968, Blue Note) B+(**) 
  • Friends and Neighbors: Live at Prince Street (1970 [2013], BGP) A− 
  • The 1987 Hamburg Concert (1987 [2011], Domino, 2CD) A− 

Edwyn Collins: Losing Sleep (2011, Heavenly) B 

Colombiafrica -- The Mythic Orchestra: Voodoo Love Inna Champeta-Land (2007, Riverboat) A− 

Colomach: Colomach (1974 [2013], Soundway) B+(*) 

Colours Jazz Orchestra: Home Away From Home: Plays the Music of Ayn Inserto (2013 [2015], Neu Klang) B+(*) 

Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra: Invitation (2016 [2017], OA2) B+(**) 

Adegoke Steve Colson: Tones for Harriet Tubman/Sojourner Truth/Frederick Douglass (2015, Silver Sphinx, 2CD) B+(**) 

Alice Coltrane:

  • Huntington Ashram Monastery/World Galaxy (1969-71 [2012], Impulse) B+(*) 
  • The Ecstatic Music of Turiyasangitananda [World Spirituality Classics 1] (1982-95 [2017], Luaka Bop) B+(**) 

John Coltrane:

  • Africa/Brass (1961 [2008], Impulse) A− 
  • /Paul Quinichette: Cattin' With Coltrane and Quinichette (1957 [1990], Prestige/OJC) B+(***) 
  • Coltrane/Prestige 7105 (1957 [1987], Prestige/OJC) B+(***) 
  • /Red Garland Trio: Traneing In (1957 [1987], Prestige/OJC) B+(***) 
  • Live at the Village Vanguard (1961 [2008], Impulse) A− 
  • Live at the Village Vanguard: The Master Takes (1961 [1998], Impulse) A 
  • Impressions (1961-63 [2008], Impulse) B+(**) 
  • Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (1963 [2018], Impulse, 2CD) A− 
  • Dear Old Stockholm (1963-65 [1993], Impulse) B+(***) 
  • Living Space (1965 [1998], Impulse) A− 
  • /Archie Shepp: New Thing at Newport (1965 [2009], Impulse) B+(*)  Offering: Live at Temple University (1966 [2014], Impulse, 2CD) B+(**) 
  • Interstellar Space (1967 [1991], Impulse) A− 
  • Expression (1967 [1993], Impulse) B+(**) 

Michelle Coltrane: Awakening (2017, Blujazz) B+(**) 

Ravi Coltrane: Spirit Fiction (2012, Blue Note) B+(**) 

Shawn Colvin/Steve Earle: Colvin & Earle (2016, Fantasy) B+(*) 

Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen:

  • Live in San Francisco 1971 (1971 [2015], Sundazed) B+(**) 
  • Live From Deep in the Heart of Texas (1973 [1974], MCA) B+(***) 
  • We've Got a Live One Here (1976, Warner Brothers) B+(**) 

Dani Comas: Epokhé (2014 [2015], UnderPool) B+(**) 

Comet Gain:

  • City Fallen Leaves (2005, Kill Rock Stars) B+(***) 
  • Howl of the Lonely Crowd (2011, What's Your Rupture?) B+(**) 

The Commodores: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Commodores (1974-84 [1999], Motown) B 

Common:

  • The Dreamer/The Believer (2011, Warner Brothers) B+(***) 
  • Nobody's Smiling (2014, Def Jam) B+(***) 
  • Black America Again (2016, Def Jam) B+(**) 

Company Freak: Le Disco Social (2014, Opus Label) A− 

The Computers: Love Triangles Hate Squares (2013, One Little Indian) B 

Condo Fucks: Fuckbook (2008 [2009], Matador) B+(**) 

The Coneheads: L.P. 1 (2015, Erste Theke Tonträger, EP) B+(***) 

Confidence Man: Confident Music for Confident People (2018, Heavenly) A− 

Congo Natty: Jungle Revolution (2013, Big Dada) A− 

Wayne Coniglio/Scott Whitfield: Fast Friends (2012 [2014], Summit) B+(**) 

Mary Foster Conklin: Photographs (2014 [2016], MockTurtle Music) B+(**) 

Kevin Conlon/The Groove Rebellion: In Transit (2014, Blujazz) B+(*) 

Sean Conly: Hard Knocks (2017 [2018], Clean Feed) B+(***) 

Harry Connick, Jr.: Your Songs (2009, Columbia) B+(*) 

Chris Connor:

  • Chris Connor (1956, Atlantic) B+(*) 
  • He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (1956, Atlantic) B+(**) 
  • I Miss You So (1956-57 [1958], Atlantic) B+(**) 
  • A Jazz Date With Chris Connor (1956, Atlantic) B+(**) 
  • Chris Craft (1958, Atlantic) B+(***) 
  • Sings Ballads of the Sad Cafe (1959, Atlantic) B+(*) 
  • Witchcraft (1959, Atlantic) B+(***) 

Loren Connors & Jim O'Rourke: Are You Going to Stop . . . in Bern? (1997 [2010], Hatology) B+(*) 

Jonah Considine: Golden Flu (2015, Nein, EP) B+(*) 

Construction Party: Instruments of Change (2012, Not Two) B+(***) 

Container: LP (2015, Spectrum Spools) B+(**) 

The Continental Drifters: Drifted: In the Beginning & Beyond (1992-2001 [2015], Omnivore, 2CD) B+(*) 

Converge: All We Love We Leave Behind (2012, Epitaph) B 

The Convergence Quartet: Owl Jacket (2013 [2015], NoBusiness) B+(**) 

Connie Converse: How Sad, How Lovely (1954 [2015], Squirrel Thing) B+(**) 

Ry Cooder:

  • My Name Is Buddy (2007, Nonesuch) B+(***) 
  • I, Flathead: The Songs of Kash Buk and the Klowns (2008, Nonesuch) B+(***) 
  • Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down (2011, Nonesuch) A−  
  • Election Special (2012, Nonesuch/Perro Verde) B+(***) 
  • /Corridos Famosos: Live at the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco Aug 31-Sept 1, 2011 (2011 [2013], Nonesuch) B+(**) 
  • The Prodigal Son (2018, Fantasy) A− 

Amy Cook: Summer Skin (2012, Roothouse/Thirty Tigers) B+(*) 

Elizabeth Cook:

  • Balls (2007, Thirty Tigers) A− 
  • Welder (2010, Thirty One Tigers) A− 
  • Gospel Plow (2012, Thirty One Tigers, EP) B+(*) 
  • Exodus of Love (2016, Agent Love) A− 

Hollie Cook: Twice (2014, Mr. Bongo) B+(*) 

Taylor Cook: The Cook Book (2015 [2016], self-released) B 

Lainie Cooke: The Music Is the Magic (2014 [2015], Onyx Music) B 

Sam Cooke:

  • Hits of the 50's (1960, RCA) B− 
  • My Kind of Blues (1961, RCA) B+(*) 
  • Twistin' the Night Away (1962, RCA) A− 
  • Night Beat (1963, RCA) A− 
  • Ain't That Good News (1964, RCA) A− 

The Cookers:

  • Believer (2012, Motéma) B+(**) 
  • Time and Time Again (2014, Motéma Music) B+(**) 
  • The Call of the Wild & Peaceful Heart (2016, Smoke Sessions) B+(*) 

The Cool Kids: When Fish Ride Bicycles (2011, Green Label Sounds) B+(**) 

Gaz Coombes: Matador (2015, Hot Fruit) B+(*) 

Jack Cooper: Mists: Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra (2014, Planet Arts) B+(*) 

Shemekia Copeland: Outskirts of Love (2015, Alligator) B+(*) 

Marc Copland:

  • Haunted Heart (2001 [2010], Hatology) B+(**) 
  • /David Liebman: Lunar (2001 [2002], Hatology) B+(**) 
  • /David Liebman: Impressions (2002 [2011], Hatology) B+(**) 
  • Marc Copland And . . . (2002 [2003], Hatology) B+(***) 
  • Solo: Time Within Time (2004 [2005], Hatology) B+(**) 

Jon Corbett/Steve Done: Another Fine Mess (1994 [1995], Slam) B+(**) 

Easton Corbin:

  • Easton Corbin (2010, Mercury Nashville) B+(**) 
  • About to Get Real (2015, Mercury Nashville) B 

The Core Trio:

  • The Core Trio With Matthew Shipp (2014, self-released) A− 
  • Live Featuring Matthew Shipp (2014 [2016], Evil Rabbit) B+(**) 

Chick Corea:

  • Tones for Joan's Bones (1966 [2005], Rhino/Atlantic) B+(**) 
  • /Gary Burton: The New Crystal Silence (2007 [2008], Stretch, 2CD) B− 
  • /Eddie Gomez/Paul Motian: Further Explorations (2010 [2012], Concord, 2CD) B+(**) 
  • /Gary Burton: Hot House (2012, Concord) B− 
  • The Vigil (2013, Concord) B+(**) 
  • Trilogy (2010-12 [2014], Concord, 3CD) B+(***) 
  • /Béla Fleck: Two (2015, Concord, 2CD) B 

Jonny Corndawg: Down on the Bikini Line (2011, Nasty Memories, EP) B+(**) 

Patrick Cornelius: While We're Still Young (2014 [2016], Whirlwind) B+(*) 

Cornershop:

  • Hold On It Hurts (1993, Merge) B+(***) 
  • Woman's Gotta Have It (1995, Warner Brothers) B+(***) 
  • Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast (2009 [2010], Ample Play) A− 
  • Cornershop and the Double-O Groove Of (2011, Ample Play) A− 
  • Urban Turban: The Singhles Club (2012, Ample Play) A− 
  • Hold On It's Easy (2015, Ample Play) B 

Corrosion of Conformity: Corrosion of Conformity (2012, Candlelight) B 

Eva Cortés: Crossing Borders (2016 [2017], Origin) B+(*) 

Cortex:

  • Live! (2014, Clean Feed) A− 
  • Live in New York (2015 [2016], Clean Feed) A− 
  • Avant-Garde Party Music (2017, Clean Feed) B+(***) 

Gustavo Cortiñas Snapshot: Esse (2016 [2017], OA2) B+(*) 

Larry Coryell:

  • Lady Coryell (1968 [1969], Vanguard) B 
  • Introducing the Eleventh House With Larry Coryell (1972 [1974], Vanguard) B+(*) 
  • The Restful Mind (1974 [1975], Vanguard) B+(***) 
  • With the Wide Hive Players (2010 [2011], Wide Hive) B+(*) 
  • Heavy Feel (2014 [2015], Wide Hive) B+(*) 
  • Barefoot Man: Sanpaku (2016, Purple Pyramid) B+(*) 
  • 11th House: Seven Secrets (2016 [2017], Savoy Jazz) B+(*) 

Frankie Cosmos:

  • Zentropy (2014, Midheaven, EP) B+(*) 
  • Next Thing (2016, Bayonnet) B+(***) 
  • Vessel (2018, Sub Pop) B+(***) 

The Cosmosamatics:

  • Reeds & Birds (2004, Not Two) B+(***) 
  • Zetrons (2005, Not Two) A− 
  • Free Within the Law (2008, Not Two) B+(*) 

Roxy Coss: Restless Idealism (2014 [2016], Origin) B+(**) 

Eddie Costa: Guys and Dolls Like Vibes (1958 [2001], Verve) B+(**) 

Elvis Costello:

  • Live at the Mocambo (1978 [2009], Hip-0) A− 
  • Momofuku (2008, Lost Highway) B 
  • /The Roots: Wise Up Ghost and Other Songs (2013, Blue Note) B+(*) 

George Cotsirilos: Mostly in Blue (2017 [2018], OA2) B+(*) 

Cotton Mather: Kontiki [Deluxe Edition] (1997 [2012], Star Apple Kingdom) B+(*) 

Country Joe & the Fish:

  • Electric Music for the Mind and Body (1967, Vanguard) B+(*) 
  • I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die (1967, Vanguard) B+(*) 

Country Mice: Twister (2011, Woo Woo) B+(**) 

The Coup:

  • Sorry to Bother You (2012, Anti-) A− 
  • Sorry to Bother You: The Soundtrack (2018, UMGRI Interscope) A− 

Court Yard Hounds: Amelita (2013, Columbia) B 

The Courtneys: II (2017, Flying Nun) B+(**) 

Sylvie Courvoisier:

  • /Mark Feldman: Oblivia (2009 [2010], Tzadik) B+(*) 
  • /Mark Feldman: Birdies for Lulu (2013 [2014], Intakt) B+(**) 
  • /Mark Feldman/Ikue Mori/Evan Parker: Miller's Tale (2015 [2016], Intakt) B+(***) 
  • D'Agala (2017 [2018], Intakt) B+(***) 

Rose Cousins: Natural Conclusion (2017, Old Farm Pony) B 

Cowboys & Frenchmen:

  • Rodeo (2015, Outside In Music) B+(*) 

Cowboys and Frenchmen:

  • Bluer Than You Think (2017, Outside In Music) B+(*) 

Stanley Cowell:

  • Blues for the Viet Cong (1969 [1977], Arista/Freedom) A− 
  • Departure #2 (1990, SteepleChase) A− 
  • Live at Copenhagen Jazz House (1993 [1995], SteepleChase) B+(**) 
  • Mandara Blossoms (1995 [1996], SteepleChase) B+(*) 
  • Hear Me One (1996, SteepleChase) B+(**) 
  • Are You Real? (2014, SteepleChase) B+(***) 
  • Juneteenth (2014 [2015], Vision Fugitive) B+(*) 
  • No Illusions (2015 [2017], SteepleChase) B+(**) 

Neil Cowley:

  • Loud Louder Stop (2008, Cake) B+(***) 
  • Radio Silence (2009 [2010], Naim Jazz) B+(**) 
  • Touch and Flee (2014, Naim Jazz) B+(*) 

Patrick Cowley: Muscle Up (1973-81 [2015], Dark Entries) A− 

Bruce Cox Core-Tet: Status Cymbals (2012, self-released) B+(*) 

CP Unit: Before the Heat Death (2016 [2017]. Clean Feed) B+(***) 

Crack Ignaz: Kirsch (2015, Melting Pot) B+(*) 

Cracker: Berkeley to Bakersfield (2014, 429 Records, 2CD) B+(***) 

Carl Craig: Versus (2017, InFiné) A− 

Ian William Craig:

  • A Turn of Breath (2014, Recital) B+(*) 
  • Centres (2016, 130701) B 

Elysia Crampton:

  • American Drift (2015, Blueberry) A− 
  • Demon City (2016, Break World, EP) B+(***) 
  • Elysia Crampton (2018, Break World, EP) B+(*) 

Dan Cray: Outside In (2015 [2016], Origin) B+(**) 

Cream:

  • Fresh Cream (1966, Polydor) B+(**) 
  • Wheels of Fire (1968, Polydor) B+(*) 
  • Goodbye (1968 [1969], Polydor) B+(*) 

The Creole Choir of Cuba: Santiman (2013, Real World) B+(*) 

Marshall Crenshaw: Jaggedland (2009, 429) B+(***) 

Sandy Cressman: Entre Amigos (2016 [2017], Cressman Music) B+(*) 

The Cribs: Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever (2007, Warner Brothers) B+(**) 

Matt Criscuolo:

  • Blippity Blat (2013 [2014], self-released) B 
  • The Dialogue (2016, Jazzeria) B+(**) 

Marilyn Crispell:

  • Live in Berlin (1982 [1984], Black Saint) B+(**) 
  • Pianosolo -- A Concert in Berlin (1983 [1984], FMP) B+(**) 
  • Selected Works: 1983-1986: Solo Duo Quartet (1983-86 [2001], Leo, 2CD) A− 
  • /Reggie Workman/Doug James: Gaia (1987 [1988], Leo) A− 

Marilyn Crispell Trio:

  • Live in Zürich (1989 [1990], Leo) A− 

Marilyn Crispell:

  • Live in San Francisco (1987-89 [1990], Music & Arts) B+(**) 
  • /Irène Schweizer: Overlapping Hands: Eight Segments (1990, FMP) B+(***) 
  • /Georg Graewe: Piano Duets (1991 [1992], Leo, 2CD) A− 
  • Highlights From the 1992 American Tour (1992 [1993], Music & Arts) B+(***) 
  • Stellar Pulsations/Three Composers (1992 [1993], Leo) B 
  • /Tim Berne: Inference (1992 [1995], Music & Arts) B+(*) 
  • /Anders Jormin/Raymond Strid: Spring Tour (1994 [1995], Alice) B+(**) 
  • Live at Mills College, 1995 (1995, Music & Arts) B+(***) 
  • The Woodstock Concert (1995 [1996], Music & Arts) A 
  • /Stefano Maltese: Red (1999 [2000], Black Saint) B+(*) 
  • /Gerry Hemingway: Affinities (2009-10 [2011], Intakt) B+(***) 
  • /Gerry Hemingway: Table of Changes (2013 [2015], Intakt) A− 

Sonny Criss:

  • The Complete Imperial Sessions (1956 [2000], Blue Note, 2CD) A− 
  • The Joy of Sax/Warm and Sonny (1976 [2012], Impulse) C+ 

Theo Croker:

  • AfroPhysicist (2011 [2014], Okeh) B+(*) 
  • Escape Velocity (2015 [2016], Okeh) B+(*) 

Mikal Cronin:

  • Mikal Cronin (2011, Trouble in Mind) B 
  • MCII (2013, Merge) B+(*) 

Crooked Fingers: Breaks in the Armor (2011, Merge) B+(**) 

Steve Cropper: Dedicated: A Salute to the 5 Royales (2011, 429) A− 

Bing Crosby:

  • Bing With a Beat (1957 [2004], Bluebird) A− 
  • /Rosemary Clooney: Fancy Meeting You Here (1958-59 [2001], Bluebird) B+(**) 
  • /Louis Armstrong: Bing & Satchmo (1960 [2009], Capitol) B+(**) 

Sheryl Crow:

  • Detours (2008, A&M) B+(**) 
  • 100 Miles From Memphis (2010, A&M) B+(**) 

Rodney Crowell:

  • Ain't Living Long Like This (1978, Warner Brothers) B+(***) 
  • Sex & Gasoline (2008, Yep Roc) B+(***) 
  • Tarpaper Sky (2014, New West) A− 
  • Close Ties (2017, New West) B+(***) 
  • Acoustic Classics (2018, RC1) B+(*) 

Stephan Crump:

  • /Mary Halvorson: Secret Keeper: Super 8 (2011 [2013], Intakt) B+(**) 
  • /Mary Halvorson: Secret Keeper (2013 [2015], Intakt) B+(**) 
  • Stephan Crump's Rhombal (2016, Papillon) A− 
  • /Ingrid Laubrock/Cory Smythe: Planktonic Finales (2015 [2017], Intakt) B+(*) 

The Crusaders:

  • Pass the Plate (1971 [2008], Verve) B− 
  • Images (1978 [2009], Blue Thumb) B 

Allison Crutchfield: Tourist in This Town (2017, Merge) B+(**) 

Adam Cruz: Milestone (2010 [2011], Sunnyside) B+(**) 

The Crystals: Da Doo Ron Ron: The Very Best of the Crystals (1961-63 [2011], Phil Spector/Legacy) B+(**) 

Crystal Castles:

  • Crystal Castles (II) (2010, Last Gang/Universal Motown) B+(***) 
  • (III) (2012, Casablanca) B+(**) 

Crystal Stilts: In Love With Oblivion (2011, Slumberland) B− 

Alexis Cuadrado: Poética (2016, Sunnyside) B+(**) 

The Joe Cuba Sextet: Wanted Dead or Alive (Bang! Bang! Push, Push, Push) (1967, Fania) A− 

Ronnie Cuber: Ronnie's Trio (2017 [2018], SteepleChase) B+(*) 

The Cucumbers: The Fake Doom Years (1983-1986) (1983-86 [2016], Lifeforce) A− 

Eliana Cuevas: Espejo (2014, ALMA) B 

Cuir: Chez Ackenbush (2014 [2015], Fou) B+(*) 

Jamie Cullum: Interlude (2014 [2015], Blue Note) B 

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band/William Warfield: George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess Live (1992 [2016], Riverwalk Jazz, 2CD) B+(***) 

Cults:

  • Cults (2011, In the Name Of/Columbia) B+(**) 
  • Static (2013, Columbia) B− 

Alan Cumming: Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs: Live at the Cafe Carlyle (2016, Yellow Sound) B+(*) 

Bill Cunliffe: BACHanalia (2013-16 [2017], Metre) B− 

Adrian Cunningham: Ain't That Right! The Music of Neal Hefti (2014 [2015], Arbors) B+(**) 

Jeremy Cunningham: Re: Dawn (From Far) (2016, Ears & Eyes) B+(*) 

CunninLynguists:

  • Oneirology (2011, RBC) A− 
  • Strange Journey, Volume Three (2014, Bad Taste) B+(***) 
  • Rose Azura Njano (2017, A Piece of Strange Music/RBC) B+(**) 

CupcakKe:

  • Cum Cake (2016, self-released) A− 
  • S.T.D (Shelters to Deltas) (2016, self-released) B+(**) 
  • Audacious (2016, self-released) B+(***) 
  • Queen Elizabitch (2017, self-released) B+(**) 
  • Ephorize (2018, self-released) B+(***) 

Mestre Cupijó E Seu Ritmo: Siriá (1973-78 [2014], Analog Africa) A− 

The Cure:

  • Three Imaginary Boys (1979, Fiction) B+(*) 
  • The Head on the Door (1985, Elektra) B+(*) 
  • Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me (1987, Elektra) B 
  • Disintegration (1989, Elektra) B 

Curlew:

  • Live in Berlin (1986-87 [1990], Cuneiform) B+(***) 
  • Bee (1990 [1991], Cuneiform) B+(***) 
  • A Beautiful Western Saddle (1993, Cuneiform) B+(*) 
  • Paradise (1996, Cuneiform) B+(**) 
  • Fabulous Drop (1998, Cuneiform) B+(***) 
  • Meet the Curlews (2002, Cuneiform) B+(**) 
  • Mercury (2003, Cuneiform) B+(***) 

Currensy:

  • Pilot Talk (2009-10 [2010], DD172) B+(**) 
  • Pilot Talk II (2010, DD172) B+(**) 
  • New Jet City (2013, self-released) B+(*) 
  • /Young Roddy: Bales (2013, self-released) B+(**) 

Billy Currington: We Are Tonight (2013, Mercury Nashville) B+(*) 

Cursive:

  • Domestica (2000, Saddle Creek) B 
  • The Ugly Organ (2003, Saddle Creek) B− 

Ted Curson: Blue Piccolo (1976 [2009], Why Not) B+(***) 

King Curtis & Champion Jack Dupree: Blues at Montreux (1971 [2005], Atlantic/Rhino) A− 

Cut Copy: Zonoscope (2011, Modular) B 

Cut Off Your Hands: Hollow (2011, Frenchkiss) B+(***) 

The Cyclist: Bones in Motion (2013, Stones Throw) B+(**) 

Cymbals Eat Guitars:

  • Why There Are Mountains (2009, Sister's Den) B+(*) 
  • Pretty Years (2016, Sinderlyn) B 

Jeremiah Cymerman:

  • Purification/Dissolution (2011-12 [2012], 5049) B 
  • /Christopher Hoffman/Brian Chase: Pale Horse (2013 [2014], 5049) B+(*) 
  • /Evan Parker/Nate Wooley: World of Objects (2013 [2014], 5049) B− 

Cypress Hill/Rusko: Cypress X Rusko (2012, V2/Cooperative, EP) B+(*) 

Andrew Cyrille:

  • What About? (1969 [1992], Affinity) B+(*) 
  • & Maono: Metamusicians' Stomp (1978, Black Saint) B+(***) 
  • /Jeanne Lee/Jimmy Lyons: Nuba (1979, Black Saint) B+(***) 
  • Special People (1980 [1981], Soul Note) B+(***) 
  • /Richard Teitelbaum: Double Clutch (1981 [1997], Silkheart) B+(*) 
  • /Peter Brötzmann: Andrew Cyrille Meets Brötzmann in Berlin (1982 [1983], FMP) B+(***) 
  • Ode to the Living Tree (1994 [1995], Venus) B− 
  • Good to Go, With a Tribute to Bu (1995 [1997], Soul Note) A− 
  • Duology (2012 [2013], Jazzwerkstatt) B+(**) 
  • The Declaration of Musical Independence (2014 [2016], ECM) B+(***) 

Billy Ray Cyrus: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Billy Ray Cyrus (1992-98 [2003], Mercury Nashville) B 

Miley Cyrus:

  • Breakout (2008, Disney) B− 
  • Bangerz (2013, RCA) B+(***) 
  • Younger Now (2017, RCA) B+(*) 

Czarface: Every Hero Needs a Villain (2015, Brick) B+(**) 

Czarface:

  • /MF Doom: Czarface Meets Metal Face (2018, Silver Age) A− 

Chuck D & the Slamjamz Artist Revue: Tribb to JB (2007, Slamjamz) B+(**) 

The D.A.: You Kids! (2011, self-released) B+(***) 

Da Cruz: Sistema Subversiva (2011, Six Degrees) B+(**) 

Tomasz Dabrowski:

  • /Tyshawn Sorey Duo: Steps (2013, ForTune) B+(**) 
  • Ad Hoc: Ninjazz (2018, ForTune) B+(*) 

Linda Dachtyl: A Late One (2015, Chicken Coup/Summit) B+(**) 

Lucy Dacus:

  • No Burden (2016, Egghunt) B+(***) 
  • Historian (2018, Matador) B+(*) 

Daddy Issues:

  • Can We Still Hang (2015, Infinity Cat, EP) B+(***) 
  • Deep Dream (2017, Infinity Cat) A− 

Daft Punk:

  • Homework (1993-96 [1997], Virgin) B 
  • Alive 2007 (2007, Virgin) A− 
  • Tron: Legacy [Original Soundtrack] (2010, Walt Disney) B 
  • Random Access Memories (2013, Daft Life/Columbia) B+(**) 

Ori Dagan: Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole (2017, Scat Cat) B 

Daniele D'Agaro:

  • /Ernst Glerum/Han Bennink: Strandjutters (2002 [2003], Hatology) B+(***) 
  • /Jeb Bishop/Kent Kessler/Robert Barry: Chicago Overtones (2004 [2005], Hatology) B+(***) 
  • /Giovanni Maier/Zlatko Kaucic: Disorder at the Border Plays Ornette (2015 [2016], Not Two) B+(**) 

Dagens Ungdom: Dagens Ungdom (2014, Metronomicon Audio) B+(***) 

Bako Dagnon: Sidiba (2010, Discograph) B+(***) 

Pan Daijing: Lack (2017, Pan) B− 

Dailey & Vincent: Brothers From Different Mothers (2009, Rounder) B+(**) 

Tim Daisy:

  • Streets in Time (2012 [2013], Relay) B+(**) 
  • A Fine Day in Berlin (2013, Relay) B+(**)  /Mikolaj Trzaska: In This Moment (2012 [2014], Relay) B+(**) 
  • Relucent: Music for Marimba, Radios and Turntables (2016, Relay) B 
  • /Marc Riordan: Joyride (2016, Relay) B+(***) 
  • Celebration Sextet: The Halfway There Suite (2016, Relay) B+(**) 
  • October Music Vol. 2: 7 Compositions for Duet (2016, Relay) B+(**) 
  • Red Nation "1" (2016 [2017], Relay) B+(**) 
  • /Michael Thieke/Ken Vandermark: Triptych (2016 [2017], Relay) B+(**) 
  • Music for Lying Still (2017, Relay, EP) B+(**) 
  • 's Fulcrum Ensemble: Animation (2017 [2018], Relay) B+(***) 
  • Configurations (2018, Relay) B+(**) 

Carla Dal Forno: You Know What It's Like (2016, Blackest Ever Black) B+(*) 

Dálava: The Book of Transfigurations (2016 [2017], Songlines) B+(*) 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.: It's a Corporate World (2011, Warner Brothers) B+(*) 

Dälek:

  • From Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots (2002, Ipecac) B+(**) 
  • Abandoned Language (2007, Ipecac) B+(*) 
  • Asphalt for Eden (2016, Profound Lore) B+(*) 

Joseph Daley:

  • The Seven Deadly Sins (2010 [2011], Jaro) B+(***) 
  • /Warren Smith/Scott Robinson: The Tuba Trio Chronicles (2015 [2016], JoDa Locust Street Music) B+(**) 

Karen Dalton:

  • 1966 (1966 [2012], Delmore Recording Society) B 
  • It's So Hard to Tell Who's Going to Love You the Best (1969, Capitol) B− 

Damaged Bug: Bunker Funk (2017, Castle Face) B 

Damana (Dag Magnus Narvesen Octet): Cornua Copiae (2014 [2016], Clean Feed) A− 

Dâm-Funk:

  • Toeachizown (2009, Stones Throw, 2CD) B+(**) 
  • Invite the Light (2015, Stones Throw) B 

Benje Daneman Searchparty: Light in the Darkness (2017 [2018], ACI) C+ 

Damily: Very Aomby (2015, Helico) B+(***) 

Dana Coppafeel & Speak Easy: Dana Coppafeel & Speak Easy (2013, Uni-Fi) B+(***) 

Barbara Dane:

  • Trouble in Mind (1957 [2011], Stardust) B+(*) 
  • Anthology of American Folk Songs (1959 [2006], Empire Music Group) A− 
  • /Earl 'Fatha' Hines and His Orchestra: Livin' With the Blues (1959 [2013], Fresh Sound) B+(**) 
  • On My Way (1962 [2013, Fresh Sound) B+(***) 
  • /Lightning Hopkins: Sometimes I Believe She Loves Me (1961-65 [1996], Arhoolie) B+(**) 
  • /The Chambers Brothers: Barbara Dane and the Chambers Brothers (1966, Folkways) B+(*) 
  • FTA! Songs of the GI Resistance (1970, Paredon) B+(***) 
  • I Hate the Capitalist System (1973, Paredon) B+(*) 
  • w/Tammy Hall: Throw It Away . . . (2016, Dreadnaught Music) A− 

D'Angelo and the Vanguard: Black Messiah (2014, RCA) A− 

Danger Mouse:

  • /Sparklehorse: Dark Night of the Soul (2010, Capitol) B+(*) 
  • /Daniele Luppi: Rome (2011, Capitol) B 

Ted Daniel:

  • Tapestry (1974 [2008], Porter) B+(**) 
  • Interconnection (1975 [2014], NoBusiness, 2CD) A− 

Barbara Levy Daniels: Love Lost and Found (2013 [2014], Bidproductions) B+(***) 

Dee Daniels: Intimate Conversations (2012 [2014], Origin) B− 

Danny!: Payback (2012, Okayplayer) A− 

Daphne & Celeste: Daphne & Celeste Save the World (2018, Balatonic) B 

Daphni: Jiaolong (2012, Merge) B+(***) 

Isaac Darche: Team & Variations (2014 [2015], Challenge) B+(**) 

Daria: Strawberry Fields Forever: Songs by the Beatles (2016, OA2) B+(*) 

Darkside: Psychic (2013, Matador) B− 

Darkstar: News From Nowhere (2013, Warp) C+ 

Darts & Arrows: Altamira (2015, Ears & Eyes) B+(*) 

Das Racist:

  • Shut Up, Dude (2010, mixtape) B+(***) 
  • Sit Down, Man (2010, mixtape) A− 
  • Relax (2011, Greedhead) A− 

Daughter: If You Leave (2013, Glass Note) B 

Chris Dave: Chris Dave and the Drumhedz (2018, Blue Note) B 

Kenny Davern: Breezin' Along (1996 [1997], Arbors) B+(***) 

David's Angels: Traces (2016-17 [2017], Kopasetic) B+(*) 

Roger Davidson Trio: w/Hendrik Meurkens: Oração Para Amanhã/Prayer for Tomorrow (2016 [2017], Soundbrush) B+(**) 

Tara Davidson: Duets (2014, Addo) B+(**) 

Rick Davies: Thugtet (2015 [2017], Emlyn) B+(**) 

Tim Davies Big Band: The Expensive Train Set (2013-15 [2016], Origin) B 

Davina & the Vagabonds: Sunshine (2014, Roustabout) B+(**) 

DaVinci: Feast or Famine (2011, SWTBRDS, EP) B+(***) 

Betty Davis:

  • Betty Davis (1973 [2008], Light in the Attic) B+(***) 
  • They Say I'm Different (1974 [2008], Light in the Attic) B+(**) 
  • Is It Love or Desire (1976 [2009], Light in the Attic) B+(*) 

Caroline Davis:

  • Doors: Chicago Storylines (2013 [2015], Ears & Eyes) B+(***) 
  • Heart Tonic (2018, Sunnyside) B+(**) 

Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis & Johnny Griffin Quintet: Live at Minton's Playhouse in New York City: Complete Recordings (1961 [2012], Fresh Sound, 2CD) A− 

Elise Davis: Cheap Date (2011, self-released) B+(*) 

Guy Davis:

  • Juba Dance (2013, M.C.) B+(**) 
  • Kokomo Kidd (2015, M.C.) B+(*) 

Jeff Davis: Dragon Father (2013 [2014], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(***) 

Keith Davis: Still (2013 [2014], LoNote) B+(**) 

Kris Davis:

  • Waiting for You to Grow (2013 [2014], Clean Feed) A− 
  • Infrasound: Save Your Breath (2014 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(**) 
  • Duopoly (2015 [2016], Pyroclastic) B+(***) 
  • /Craig Taborn: Octopus (2016 [2018], Pyroclastic) A− 

Miles Davis:

  • The Complete Birth of the Cool (1948-50 [1998], Capitol Jazz) B 
  • /Sonny Rollins: Dig (1951 [2010], Prestige/OJC) B+(**) 
  • Miles Davis and Horns (1951-53 [1989], Prestige/OJC) B+(*) 
  • Blue Haze (1953-54 [1988], Prestige/OJC) B+(***) 
  • Bags Groove (1954 [2008], Prestige/RVG Remasters) A− 
  • Walkin' (1954 [1986], Prestige/OJC) B+(***) 
  • Blue Moods (1955 [1990], Debut/OJC) B 
  • /Milt Jackson: Quintet/Sextet (1956 [1989], Prestige/OJC) B+(**) 
  • Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants (1954-56 [1989], Prestige/OJC) B+(*) 
  • All of You: The Last Tour 1960 (1960 [2014], Acrobat, 4CD) B+(***) 
  • /John Coltrane: The Final Tour [The Bootleg Series Vol. 6] (1960 [2018], Columbia/Legacy, 4CD) A− 
  • In Person: Friday Night at the Blackhawk, San Francisco: Complete Volume 1 (1961 [2003], Columbia/Legacy, 2CD) A− 
  • In Person: Saturday Night at the Blackhawk, San Francisco: Complete Volume 2 (1961 [2003], Columbia/Legacy, 2CD) A− 
  • In Person: Friday and Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk: Complete (1961 [2003], Columbia/Legacy, 4CD) A− 
  • Live at the 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival (1963 [2007], MJF) B+(**) 
  • Freedom Jazz Dance [The Bootleg Series Vol. 5] (1966-68 [2016], Columbia/Legacy, 3CD) B+(*) 
  • Miles at the Fillmore (Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 3) (1970 [2014], Columbia/Legacy, 4CD) B+(***) 
  • On the Corner (1972 [2000], Columbia/Legacy) B+(***) 
  • Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975 [The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4] (1955-75 [2015], Columbia/Legacy, 4CD) A− 

Nathan Davis: Happy Girl (1965 [2006], MPS) B+(*) 

On Ka'a Davis: Djoukoujou! (2009, Tzadik) B+(***) 

Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble: Havana Blue (2013 [2016], 3Sixteen) B+(**) 

Sammy Davis Jr.: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Sammy Davis Jr. (1972-74 [2002], Polydor) B− 

Stephen Davis/Ralph Alessi/Kris Davis: Sugar Blade (2015, Babel) B+(**) 

Steve Davis:

  • Live at Smalls (2009 [2010], Smalls Live) B+(**) 
  • For Real (2013 [2014], Posi-Tone) B+(**) 
  • Say When (2014 [2015], Smoke Sessions) B+(*) 

Wild Bill Davison: The Jazz Giants (1968 [2015], Delmark/Sackville) A− 

Dawes:

  • Nothing Is Wrong (2011, ATO) C+ 
  • All Your Favorite Bands (2015, Hub) B− 

Ernest Dawkins:

  • New Horizons Ensemble: South Side Street Songs (1993, Silkheart) B+(***) 
  • Cape Town Shuffle: Live at Hothouse (2002 [2003], Delmark) A− 
  • Live the Spirit Residency Big Band: Memory in the Center: An Afro Opera: Homage to Nelson Mandela (2014 [2015], Dawk) A− 
  • New Horizons Ensemble: Transient Takes (2016 [2017], Malcom) B+(***) 

Dawn of Midi: Dysnomia (2013, Thirsty Ear) B+(***) 

Kimya Dawson:

  • Alphabutt (2008, K) B 
  • Thunder Thighs (2011, Great Crap Factory) B+(**) 

Richard Dawson:

  • Nothing Important (2014, Weird World) B 
  • Peasant (2017, Weird World) B 

Smoke Dawson: Fiddle (1971 [2014], Tompkins Square) B+(***) 

Dennis Llewellyn Day: Bossa, Blues and Ballads (2018, DDay Media Group) B+(*) 

The dB's: Falling Off the Sky (2012, Bar/None) B+(*) 

De Beren Gieren: One Mirrors Many (2015, Clean Feed) B+(**) 

Bram De Looze: Septych (2014 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(**) 

Dan Deacon:

  • Spiderman of the Rings (2007, Carpark) B 
  • Bromst (2009, Carpark) B+(**) 
  • America (2012, Domino) B+(*) 
  • Gliss Rifter (2015, Domino) B+(*) 

Dead Composers Club [Noah Preminger/Rob Garcia]: Chopin Project (2017 [2018], Connection Works) B 

Dead Moon: Live at Satyricon (1993 [2015], Voodoo Doughnut) A− 

DeBarge: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of DeBarge (1982-86 [2000], Motown) B+(*) 

De Beren Gieren & Susana Santos Silva: The Detour Fish: Live in Ljubljana (2014, Clean Feed) B+(**) 

Mark de Clive-Lowe & the Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra: Take the Space Trane (2012 [2013], Tru Thoughts) B+(**) 

Deena: Rock River (2014, Verbena Music) A− 

DEK Trio:

  • Burning Below Zero (2014 [2016], Trost) B+(***) 
  • Construct 1: Stone (2016 [2017], Audiographic) A− 
  • Construct 2: Artfacts (2017, Audiographic) B+(***) 
  • Construct 3: Ovadlo 29 (2017, Audiographic) B+(***) 

De La Soul:

  • De La Soul's Plug 1 & Plug 2 Present . . . First Serve (2012, Duck Down) A− 
  • And the Anonymous Nobody (2016, AOI) B+(**) 

Jon De Lucia Group: As the River Sings (2014 [2017], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(***) 

Dead Sara: Pleasure to Meet You (2015, Pocket Kid) B+(*) 

Deadbeat: Radio Rothko (2010, The Agriculture) B+(***) 

Deadstring Brothers: São Paulo (2010, Bloodshot) B+(*) 

The Dead Weather:

  • Sea of Cowards (2010, Third Man/Warner Brothers) B+(***) 
  • Horehound (2008-09 [2009], Third Man/Warner Brothers) A− 

Deaf Center: Owl Splinters (2011, Type) B+(**) 

Deafheaven:

  • Sunbather (2013, Deathwish) B+(***) 
  • New Bermuda (2015, Anti) B+(*) 

Elton Dean:

  • /Howard Riley/Paul Rogers/Mark Sanders: All the Tradition (1990, Slam) B+(***) 
  • The Vortex Tapes (1990, Slam) B+(**) 
  • Silent Knowledge (1995 [1996], Cuneiform) B+(***) 
  • + Roswell Rudd: Rumours of an Incident (1996 [1997], Slam) B+(**) 
  • /Paul Dunmall/Tony Levin/Paul Rogers/Roswell Rudd/Keith Tippett: Bladik (1996 [1997], Cuneiform) A− 
  • Elton Dean's Newsense (1997 [1998], Slam) B+(*) 

Suzanne Dean: Come to Paradise (2016, Ship's Bell Music) B 

Deap Vally:

  • Sistrionix (2013, Island) B+(*) 
  • Femejism (2016, Nevado) B+(***) 

Matthew Dear:

  • Asa Breed (2007, Ghostly) B+(*) 
  • Black City (2010, Ghostly International) B 
  • Beams (2012, Ghostly International) B+(*) 

Dear Eloise: Uncontrollable, Ice Age Stories (2012 [2016], Maybe Mars) B+(*) 

Death Cab for Cutie:

  • Narrow Stairs (2008, Atlantic) B+(*) 
  • The Open Door (2009, Atlantic, EP) B+(*) 
  • Codes and Keys (2011, Atlantic) B+(***) 

Death Grips:

  • Exmilitary (2011, Third Worlds) B+(*) 
  • The Money Store (2012, Epic) B+(*) 
  • No Love Deep Web (2012 [2013], Third Worlds/Harvest) B 
  • Government Plates (2013, Third Worlds) B− 
  • The Powers That B (2014-15 [2015], Electro Magnetic/Harvest, 2CD) B+(*) 
  • Bottomless Pit (2016, Third Worlds/Harvest) B+(*) 

El DeBarge: Second Chance (2010, Geffen) B+(**) 

Speech Debelle: Speech Therapy (2009, Big Dada) B+(***) 

Debo Band:

  • Debo Band (2012, Next Ambiance) B+(*) 
  • Ere Gobez (2016, FPE) B+(*) 

The Decemberists:

  • The King Is Dead (2011, Capitol) B 
  • The Hazards of Love (2009, Capitol) B+(*) 

Decoy With Joe McPhee: Spontaneous Combustion (2011 [2013], Otoroku) B+(**) 

Deer Tick:

  • Born on Flag Day (2009, Partisan) B+(***) 
  • The Black Dirt Sessions (2010, Partisan) B 
  • Divine Providence (2011, Partisan) B+(***) 
  • Relativity (2013, Partisan) B+(**) 
  • Vol. 1 (2017, Partisan) B+(*) 
  • Vol. 2 (2017, Partisan) B+(*) 

Deerhoof:

  • Friend Opportunity (2007, Kill Rock Stars) C+ 
  • Deerhoof vs. Evil (2011, Polyvinyl) B− 
  • La Isla Bonita (2014, Polyvinyl) B+(**) 

Deerhunter:

  • Cryptograms (2007, Kranky) B+(***) 
  • Halcyon Digest (2010, 4AD) B+(**) 
  • Monomania (2013, 4AD) A− 
  • Fading Frontier (2015, 4AD) B+(***) 

Michael Dees: The Dream I Dreamed (2014 [2015], Jazzed Media) B+(***) 

Darwin Deez: Darwin Deez (2010 [2011], Lucky Number) B+(*) 

Joey DeFrancesco:

  • Finger Poppin' With Joey DeFrancesco: Celebrating the Music of Horace Silver (2008 [2009], Doodlin') B+(*) 
  • and the People: Project Freedom (2017, Mack Avenue) B+(*) 

Deftones:

  • White Pony (2000, Maverick) B+(*) 
  • Diamond Eyes (2009 [2010], Reprise) B− 

Pierre de Gaillande: Bad Reputation: Pierre de Gaillande Sings Georges Brassens (2010, Barbès) B+(***)  

Eli Degibri: Cliff Hangin' (2014 [2016], Blujazz) B+(*) 

Dej Loaf:

  • Sell Sole (2014, World) B+(*) 
  • #AndSeeThatsTheThing (2015, Columbia, EP) B 

Jack DeJohnette:

  • The DeJohnette Complex (1968 [1969], Milestone) B 
  • Pictures (1976 [1977], ECM) B− 
  • New Directions (1978, ECM) B+(*) 
  • Special Edition (1979 [1980], ECM) B+(**) 
  • New Directions: In Europe (1979 [1980], ECM) B+(*) 
  • Made in Chicago (2013 [2015], ECM) A− 
  • In Movement (2015 [2016], ECM) A− 
  • /Larry Grenadier/John Meddeski/John Scofield: Hudson (Motéma) A− 

Delaney & Bonnie and Friends: D&B Together (1971 [1972], Columbia) B+(**) 

Benoît Delbecq:

  • /Miles Perkin/Emile Biayenda: Ink (2014 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(***) 
  • Spots on Stripes (2017 [2018], Clean Feed) B+(**) 

The Delegation: Evergreen (Canceled World) (2014-15 [2016], ESP-Disk, 2CD) B+(*) 

The Del-Lords: Elvis Club (2013, MRI) B+(*) 

Lana Del Rey:

  • Born to Die (2012, Interscope) B+(**) 
  • Paradise (2012, Interscope) B 
  • Ultraviolence (2014, Interscope) B+(***) 
  • Honeymoon (2015, Interscope) B+(***) 
  • Lust for Life (2017, Interscope) A− 

Del the Funky Homosapien:

  • Eleventh Hour (2008, Definitive Jux) B+(**) 
  • Golden Era (2011, The Council) B+(***) 

Gonzalo Del Val Trio: Koiné (2015 [2016], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(*) 

Delicate Steve: Wondervisions (2009 [2011], Luaka Bop) B 

The Delines: Colfax (2014, El Cortez) A− 

Della Mae: This World Oft Can Be (2013, Rounder) B 

Delorean: Subiza (2010, True Panther Sounds) B+(*) 

Dels: Gob (2011, Big Dada) B+(**) 

Deltron 3030: Event 2 (2013, Bulk) A− 

Rocco Deluca: Drugs 'N Hymns (2012, 429) B 

The Del Vikings: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Del Vikings (1956-58 [2004], Hip-O) B+(**) 

Mac DeMarco:

  • 2 (2012, Captured Tracks) B+(*) 
  • Salad Days (2014, Captured Tracks) B 

Iris DeMent: Sing the Delta (2012, Flariella) A− 

The Dynamic Les DeMerle Band: Comin' Home Baby (2014 [2016], Origin) B+(***) 

Brigitte DeMeyer:

  • Rose of Jericho (2011, BDM Music) B+(***) 
  • Savannah Road (2014, BDM Music) B+(**) 

Tom Dempsey/Tim Ferguson Quartet: Waltz New (2016 [2017], OA2) B+(**) 

Dengue Fever:

  • Venus on Earth (2008, M80) B+(**) 
  • Cannibal Courtship (2010-11 [2011], Fantasy) B 

Michael Denhoff/Ulrich Phillipp/Jörg Fischer: Trio Improvisations for Campanula, Bass and Percussion (2014, Sporeprint, 2CD) B+(***) 

Amy Denio/Pavel Fajt/Csaba Hajnóczy/Gabi Kenderesi:

  • The Danubians (1999 [2000], Cuneiform) B+(***) 

Charlie Dennard: 5 O'Clock Charlie (2015, self-released) B+(*) 

Brett Dennen: Loverboy (2011, Dualtone) B+(*) 

Corey Dennison Band: Night After Night (2017, Delmark) B+(***) 

Jeff Denson:

  • /Claudio Puntin: Two (2008-10 [2014], Pfmentum) B+(**) 
  • /Joshua White: I'll Fly Away (2013 [2014], Pfmentum) B+(***) 
  • /Lee Konitz: Jeff Denson Trio + Lee Konitz (2015, Ridgeway) B+(*) 
  • Concentric Circles (2016, Ridgeway) B− 

The Dentists: Some People Are on the Pitch They Think It's All Over It Is Now (1985 [2013], Trouble in Mind) B+(*) 

Depeche Mode:

  • Speak & Spell (1981, Sire) B 
  • A Broken Frame (1982, Sire) B− 
  • Construction Time Again (1983, Sire) B 
  • Some Great Reward (1984, Sire) B+(*) 
  • Catching Up With Depeche Mode (1980-85 [1985], Sire) B+(**) 
  • Black Celebration (1986, Sire) B 
  • Violator (1990, Sire/Reprise) B 
  • Songs of Faith and Devotion (1993, Sire/Reprise) B− 

Deradoorian: The Expanding Flower Planet (2015, Anticon) B 

Rob Derke & the NY Jazz Quartet: Blue Divide (2013 [2014], Zoho) B+(***) 

Dena DeRose: Travelin' Light: Live in Antwerp, Belgium (2010 [2012], MaxJazz) B+(*) 

Jason Derulo:

  • Jason Derülo (2010, Warner Brothers) B 
  • Talk Dirty (2014, Warner Brothers) A− 
  • Everything Is 4 (2015, Warner Brothers) B+(*) 

Desaparecidos: Payola (2015, Saddle Creek) A− 

The Deslondes:

  • The Deslondes (2015, New West) B 
  • Hurry Home (2017, New West) B 

Paul Desmond:

  • Desmond Blue (1961-62 [2002], RCA) B+(**) 
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water (1969 [2008], Verve) C− 

Ted Des Plantes' Washboard Wizards:

  • Midnight Stomp (1991, Stomp Off) B+(***) 
  • Shim-Sham-Shimmy Dance (1997 [1998], Stomp Off) A− 

Dessa:

  • A Badly Broken Code (2010, Doomtree) A 
  • Castor, the Twin (2011, Doomtree) B+(**) 
  • Parts of Speech (2013, Doomtree) B+(*) 

Michael Dessen: Resonating Abstractions (2013 [2014], Clean Feed) B+(**) 

Destiny's Child:

  • Destiny's Child (1998, Columbia) B+(*) 
  • The Writing's on the Wall (1999, Columbia) B+(**) 
  • Survivor (2001, Columbia) B+(**) 

Detroit Bop Quintet: Two Birds (2014 [2018], TQM, EP) B 

Destroyer:

  • Kaputt (2011, Merge) B+(*)  
  • Poison Season (2015, Merge) B+(*) 

Deux Maisons: For Sale (2013 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(**) 

Dev: I Only See You When I'm Dreamin' (2017, Devishot) A− 

Raheem DeVaughn: Love Behind the Melody (2008, 128/Jive/Zomba) B 

The Devil Makes Three: I'm a Stranger Here (2013, New West) B+(*) 

Devin the Dude:

  • Waitin' to Inhale (2007, Rap-A-Lot) B+(**) 
  • Suite #420 (2010, E1 Music) B+(*) 

Marc Devine: Inspiration (2017, ITI) B+(***) 

DeVotchKa: A Mad and Faithful Telling (2008, Anti-) B+(***) 

Giovanni Di Domenico/Peter Jacquemyn/Chris Corsano: A Little Off the Top (2013 [2015], NoBusiness) B+(***) 

Toumani Diabaté/Sidiki Diabaté: Toumani & Sidiki (2014, World Circuit) B+(**) 

Zani Diabaté & Les Héritiers: Tientalaw (2012, Sterns Africa) A− 

Robert Diack: Lost Villages (2018, self-released) B+(*) 

Kristin Diable: Create Your Own Mythology (2015, Speakeasy) B 

Amadou Diagne: Introducing Amadou Diagne (2012, World Music Network) B+(*) 

Dial & Oatts/Rich DeRosa/The WDR Big Band: Rediscovered Ellington: New Takes on Duke's Rare and Unheard Music (2017, Zoho) B+(*) 

Neil Diamond: The Bang Years 1966-1968 (1966-68 [2011], Legacy) B+(*) 

Diamond Rugs: Diamond Rugs (2012, Partisan) B+(**) 

Alela Diane: To Be Still (2009, Rough Trade) B+(*) 

Fatoumata Diawara: Fenfo: Something to Say (2018, Shanachie) b+(**) 

Olegario Diaz:

  • Aleph in Chromatic (2015 [2016], SteepleChase) B+(**) 
  • I Remember Chet (2017 [2018], SteepleChase) B+(***) 

Walt Dickerson:

  • Relativity (1962 [1995], New Jazz/OJC) B+(*) 
  • To My Queen (1962 [1996], New Jazz/OJC) B+(**) 
  • Tell Us Only the Beautiful Things (1975 [2009], Why Not) B+(***) 

Whit Dickey:

  • Emergence (2009, Not Two) B+(***) 
  • /Kirk Knuffke: Fierce Silence (2015 [2016], Clean Feed) B+(***) 
  • /Mat Maneri/Matthew Shipp: Vessel in Orbit (2017, AUM Fidelity) B+(***) 

Brian Dickinson: The Rhythm Method (2015 [2017], Addo) B+(*) 

James Luther Dickinson:

  • Dixie Fried (1972, Atlantic) B 
  • Jungle Jim and the Voodoo Tiger (2006, Memphis International) B+(**) 
  • I'm Just Dead, I'm Not Gone (Lazarus Edition) (2006 [2012], Memphis International) B+(***) 
  • Killers From Space (2007, Memphis International) B+(*) 
  • Dinosaurs Run in Circles (2009, Memphis International) B+(**) 

Laura Dickinson: One for My Baby: To Frank Sinatra With Love (2013 [2014], Blujazz) B+(**) 

Luther Dickinson: Rock 'N Roll Blues (2014, New West) B+(*) 

Dicks: Kill From the Heart/Hate the Police (1980-83 [2012], Alternative Tentacles) B+(***) 

Bo Diddley:

  • Bo Diddley Is a Gunslinger (1960, Checker) B+(**) 
  • /Chuck Berry: Two Great Guitars (1964, Chess) B+(*) 

Diddy: Last Train to Paris (2010, Bad Boy) B− 

Die Antwoord:

  • Tension (2012, Zef) B+(*) 
  • $O$ (2009 [2010], Cherrytree/Interscope) B+(**) 

Die Enttäuschung:

  • 4 (2006 [2007], Intakt) B+(***) 
  • Vier Halbe (2012, Intakt) B+(***) 
  • Lavaman (2017, Intakt) A− 

Aaron Diehl:

  • The Bespoke Man's Narrative (2013, Mack Avenue) B+(*) 
  • Space Time Continuum (2015, Mack Avenue) B+(**) 

Diet Cig: Over Easy (2015, Father/Daughter, EP) B+(*) 

Diet Cig: Swear I'm Good at This (2017, Frenchkiss) B+(***) 

Paul Dietrich: We Always Get There (2013 [2014], Blujazz) B+(*) 

John Di Fiore: Yellow Petals (2013 [2014], Third Freedom Music) B+(***) 

Ani DiFranco:

  • Which Side Are You On? (2010-11 [2012], Righteous Babe) A− 
  • Allergic to Water (2014, Righteous Babe) B+(*) 

Daveed Diggs: Small Things to a Giant (2012 [2015], Deathbomb Arc) A− 

Digital Primitives: Lipsomuch/Soul Searchin' (2011 [2014], Hopscotch, 2CD) A 

DIIV:

  • Oshin (2012, Captured Tracks) B+(**) 
  • Is the Is Are (2016, Captured Tracks) B+(**) 

Jorrit Dijkstra:

  • Music for Reeds and Electronics: Oakland (2013 [2014], Driff) B+(*) 
  • /Pandelis Karayorgis/Nate McBride/Curt Newton: Matchbox (2014 [2015], Driff) B+(**) 
  • Neither Odd nor Even (2014-15 [2015], Driff) B+(***) 

John Dikeman:

  • /William Parker/Hamid Drake: Live at La Resistenza (2014 [2015], El Negocito) B+(***) 
  • /Luis Vicente/Hugo Antunes/Gabriel Ferrandini: Salão Brazil (2016, NoBusiness) B+(*) 

J Dilla:

  • The Diary (2001-02 [2016], Mass Appeal/Pay Jay) B+(*) 
  • Donuts (2006, Stones Throw) B 
  • Jay Stay Paid (2009, Nature Sounds) B+(***) 

William Michael Dillon: Black Robes and Lawyers (2011, self-released) B+(**) 

Dilly Dally: Sore (2015, Partisan) B+(**) 

Dim Lighting: Your Miniature Motion (2014 [2016], Off) B+(*) 

Danny D'Imperio: The Outlaw (1994-96 [1996], Sackville) B+(**) 

Jeff Dingler: In Transit (2017, self-released) B+(**) 

Chris Dingman: The Subliminal & the Sublime (2013 [2015], Inner Arts Initiative) B+(*) 

The Dining Rooms: Do Hipsters Love Sun (Ra)? (2015, Schema) B+(**) 

Dinosaur: Together, as One (2016, Edition) B+(**) 

Dinosaur Jr.:

  • You're Living All Over Me (1987, SST) B+(**) 
  • Farm (2009, Jagjaguwar) B− 
  • Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not (2016, Jagjaguwar) B+(*) 

Dion:

  • Kickin' Child: The Lost Album 1965 (1965 [2017], Norton) C− 
  • Recorded Live at the Bitter End August 1971 (1971 [2015], Omnivore) B 
  • Tank Full of Blues (2012, Blue Horizon) B+(**) 

Aby Ngana Diop: Liital (1994 [2014], Awesome Tapes From Africa) B+(***) 

Élage Diouf: Melokáane (2015, Pump Up the World) A− 

Diplo:

  • Express Yourself (2012, Mad Decent, EP) B+(**) 
  • Random White Dude Be Everywhere (2012-14 [2014], Mad Decent) B+(***) 

The Dirt Drifters: This Is My Blood (2011, Warner Brothers) A− 

The Dirtbombs: Party Store (2011, In the Red) B+(**) 

Mike DiRubbo: Threshold (2013 [2014], Ksanti) A− 

Andrew DiRuzza: Shapes and Analogies (2015, self-released) B+(**) 

Dirty Beaches:

  • Badlands (2011, Zoo Music, EP) B+(*) 
  • Drifters/Love Is the Devil (2013, Zoo Music) B+(*) 

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band:

  • The New Orleans Album (1989 [1990], Columbia) B+(*) 
  • Jelly: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Plays Jelly Roll Morton (1992-93 [1993], Columbia) B 

Dirty Loops: Loopified (2014, Verve) C+ 

Dirty Projectors:

  • Bitte Orca (2009, Domino) C+ 
  • Swing Lo Magellan (2012, Domino) C+ 
  • Dirty Projectors (2017, Domino) C 

The Dirty Snacks Ensemble: Tidy Universe (2014 [2016], Gotta Groove) C+ 

Ron Di Salvio:

  • Songs for Jazz Legends (2006 [2014], Blujazz) B 
  • /Bart Plateau: The Puglia Suite (2017 [2018], Blujazz) B− 

Disappears:

  • Lux (2010, Kranky, EP) B+(***) 
  • Guider (2011, Kranky) B+(***) 
  • Pre Language (2012, Kranky) A− 
  • Kone (2013, Kranky, EP) B+(*) 
  • Era (2013, Kranky) B+(**) 

Disclosure: Settle (2013, Cherrytree/Interscope) B+(*) 

Disappears:

  • Irreal (2015, Kranky) B+(***) 

The Dismemberment Plan: Uncanney Valley (2013, Partisan) B+(**) 

District Five: Decoy (2017 [2018], Intakt) B+(**) 

Beth Ditto:

  • EP (2011, Columbia, EP) A− 
  • Fake Sugar (2017, Virgin) B+(***) 

Diva: A Swingin' Life (2001-12 [2014], MCG Jazz) B+(**) 

The Diva Jazz Orchestra: Special Kay! (2013 [2016], self-released) B+(**) 

Dahi Divine: The Element (2013 [2015], Right Direction) B+(**) 

Divine Fits: A Thing Called Divine Fits (2012, Merge) B+(***) 

Angelo Divino: Love A to Z (2017, self-released) B− 

Akua Dixon:

  • Akua Dixon (2014 [2015], Akua's Music) B+(***) 
  • Akua's Dance (2016 [2017], Akua's Music) B+(**) 

Bill Dixon:

  • November 1981 (1981 [1982], Soul Note) A− 
  • Thoughts (1985 [1987], Soul Note) B− 
  • Son of Sisyphus (1988 [1990], Soul Note) B 
  • /Tony Oxley: Papyrus: Volume I (1998 [1999], Soul Note) B+(**) 
  • /Tony Oxley: Papyrus: Volume II (1998 [2000], Soul Note) B+(**) 
  • Berlin Abbozzi (1999 [2000], FMP) A− 
  • Tapestries for Small Orchestra (2009, Firehouse 12, 2CD) B+(***) 

Dizzee Rascal: Maths + English (2007, XL) B+(**) 

DJ Diamond:

  • Flight Muzik (2011, Planet Mu) B+(*) 
  • Footwork or Die (2016, |Duck N' Cover) B− 

DJ Katapila: Trotro (2009 [2016], Awesome Tapes From Africa) B+(***) 

DJ Khaled: Suffering From Success (2013, Cash Money) B+(*) 

DJ Koze:

  • Amygdala (2013, Pampa) A− 
  • Knock Knock (2018, Pampa) B 

DJ Muggs: Muggs Presents: The Soul Assassins, Chapter 1 (1997, Columbia) B+(***) 

DJ Paypal: Sold Out (2015, Brainfeeder) B+(**) 

DJ Quik:

  • /Kurupt: Blaqkout (2009, Mad Science) B+(***) 
  • The Book of David (2011, Mad Science) B+(**) 
  • The Midnight Life (2014, Mad Science) B+(*) 

DJ Rashad:

  • Just a Taste, Vol. 1 (2010 [2011], Ghettophiles) B 
  • Teklife Volume 1: Welcome to the Chi (2012, Lit City Trax) B 
  • Double Cup (2013, Hyperdub) B− 

DJ Roc: The Crack Capone (2010, Planet Mu) B− 

DJ/Rupture:

  • Uproot (2008, The Agriculture) B+(**) 
  • /Matt Shadetek: Solar Life Raft (2009, The Agriculture) B+(*) 

DJ Sandji: 100% Balani Show (2015, Sahel Sounds) B+(***) 

DJ Shadow:

  • The Less You Know, the Better (2011, Verve) B+(**) 
  • The Mountain Will Fall (2016, Mass Appeal) B+(*) 

DJ Spooky: Creation Rebel (2007, Trojan/Sanctuary) B+(***) 

Django Django: Django Django (2012, Because) B 

DMX Krew: There Is No Enduring Self (2015, Breakin) B+(***) 

DKV Trio:

  • Latitude 41.88 (2014 [2017], Not Two) A− 

The DKV Thing Trio: Collider (2014 [2016], Not Two) B+(**) 

The Dø: Both Ways Open Jaws (2011, Six Degrees) B+(**) 

Tod Dockstader: Eight Electronic Pieces (1961, Folkways) B+(*) 

Johnny Dodds/Jimmy Blythe: Johnny Dodds & Jimmy Blythe 1926-1928 (1926-28 [1993], Timeless) A− 

Dobie:

  • Nothing to Fear (2012, Big Dada, EP) B+(***) 
  • But Fear Itself (2012, Big Dada, EP) B+(***) 
  • We Will Not Harm You (2013, Big Dada) A− 

The Dodos: No Color (2011, Frenchkiss) B 

John Doe and the Sadies: Country Club (2008 [2009], Yep Roc) B− 

Dog Leg Dilemma: Not This Time (2016 [2017], self-released) B+(*) 

Dog Party: Vol. 4 (2015, Asian Man) B+(**) 

Dogbrain: Blue Dog (2016, Dogbrain Music, EP) B+(***) 

Bill Doggett and His Combo: Fingertips (1963 [2013], Columbia/Legacy) B+(*) 

Dogwood: Hecate's Hounds (2018, Nusica.org) B+(**) 

Bo Dollis Jr. and the Wild Magnolias: A New Kind of Funk (2013, self-released) B+(***) 

Eric Dolphy:

  • Outward Bound (1960 [1987], New Jazz/OJC) A− 
  • Out There (1960 [1989], New Jazz/OJC) B+(**) 
  • Eric Dolphy at the Five Spot: Volume 2 (1961 [1992], Prestige/OJC) B+(**) 
  • /Booker Little: Memorial Album: Recorded Live at the Five Spot (1961 [1989], Prestige/OJC) B+(***) 

The Dominican Jazz Project: The Dominican Jazz Project (2015 [2016], Summit) B+(*) 

Chano Dominguez: Over the Rainbow (2012 [2017], Sunnyside) B+(*) 

Natty Dominique: Natty Dominique's Creole Jazz Band (1953 [1994], American Music) B+(**) 

Anna Domino:

  • East and West (1984, Les Disques du Crépuscle, EP) B+(***) 
  • East and West + Singles (1984 [2017], Les Disques du Crépuscle) A− 
  • Anna Domino (1986, Les Disques du Crépuscle) B+(**) 
  • This Time (1987, Les Disques du Crépuscle) B+(**) 

Dalton Domino: Corners (2017, Lightning Rod) B+(**) 

Fats Domino:

  • The Fats Domino Jukebox: 20 Greatest Hits the Way You Originally Heard Them (1949-61 [2002], Capitol) A 
  • Live From Austin TX (1986 [2006], New West) B+(***) 
  • Alive and Kickin' (2000 [2006], Tipitina's) A− 

Arne Domnérus & Putte Wickman: Happy Together (1995, Ladybird, 2CD) B+(**) 

Miles Donahue: The Bug (2015 [2017], Whaling City Sound) B+(*) 

Lou Donaldson: Here 'Tis (1961 [2008], Blue Note) B+(*) 

Matthieu Donarier:

  • /Albert van Veenendaal's Planetarium: The Visible Ones (2010-12 [2014], Clean Feed) B+(**) 
  • /Santiago Quintans: Sun Dome (2017, Clean Feed) B− 

Fabiano Do Nascimento:

  • Dança Dos Tempos (2015, Now-Again) A− 
  • Tempo Dos Mestres (2017, Now-Again) B+(**) 

Dorothy Donegan: Live at the 1990 Floating Jazz Festival (1990 [1991], Chiaroscuro) B+(**) 

Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition Mob Band:

  • A Little Sugar (2011 [2012], Motéma) B+(*) 
  • Bathtub Gin (2015, Motéma Music) B+(*) 
  • My Heart Belongs to Satchmo (2018, Blujazz) B+(**) 

Henrik Otto Donner & TUMO: And It Happened . . . the Music of Henrik Otto Donner (2012 [2014], TUM) B+(**) 

Donovan:

  • Sunshine Superman (1966, Epic) B+(**) 
  • Mellow Yellow (1967, Epic) B+(**) 

Don't Talk to the Cops!: Let's Quit (2012, Greedhead) B+(**) 

Doom: Born Like This (2009, Lex) B+(***) 

JJ Doom: Key to the Kuffs (2012, Lex) B+(**) 

Doomtree:

  • No Kings (2011, Doomtree) B+(*) 
  • All Hands (2015, Doomtree) B+(***) 

The Doors:

  • Waiting for the Sun (1968, Elektra) B 
  • The Soft Parade (1969, Elektra) B− 
  • L.A. Woman: 40th Anniversary (1971 [2012], Elektra, 2CD) B+(**) 

Christy Doran: What a Band (1991 [1992], Hat Art) B+(***) 

Pierre Dørge:

  • Ballad Round the Left Corner (1979 [1980], SteepleChase) B+(**) 
  • /Harry Beckett/Marilyn Mazur/Klavs Hovman: Echoez Of . . . (1990, Olufsen) B+(**) 
  • /New Jungle Orchestra: Live at Birdland (1999 [2003], Stunt) B+(***) 
  • /New Jungle Orchestra: Zim Zag Zimfoni (2000 [2001], Stunt) B+(**) 
  • Blui (2014 [2015], SteepleChase) B+(**) 
  • /New Jungle Orchestra: Ubi Zaa (2016, SteepleChase) B 
  • Soundscapes (2017 [2018], SteepleChase) B+(***) 

Kenny Dorham:

  • 'Round About Midnight at the Cafe Bohemia (1956 [2002], Blue Note, 2CD) A− 
  • The Flamboyan, Queens, NY, 1963 (1963 [2010], Uptown) B+(***) 

Marcelo Dos Reis:

  • /Luis Vicente/Théo Ceccaldi/Valentin Ceccaldi: Chamber 4 (2013 [2015], FMR) B+(**) 
  • /Angélica V. Salvi: Concentric Rinds (2013 [2015], Cipsela) B+(*) 

Dott: Swoon (2013, Graveface) B+(*) 

Double Tandem [Ab Baars/Ken Vandermark/Paal Nilssen-Love]: OX (2012, dEN) B+(***) 

Rose Elinor Dougall: Without Why (2008-10 [2010], Scarlett Music) B+(*) 

Dave Douglas:

  • Spirit Moves (2008, Greenleaf Music) B+(***) 
  • Spark of Being: Expand (2010, Greenleaf Music) B+(***) 
  • United Front: Brass Ecstasy at Newport (2010 [2011], Greenleaf Music) B+(***) 
  • /Chet Doxas/Steve Swallow/Jim Doxas: Riverside (2012 [2014], Greenleaf Music) A− 
  • /Uri Caine: Present Joys (2013 [2014], Greenleaf Music) B+(**) 
  • High Risk (2014 [2015], Greenleaf Music) B+(**) 
  • Brazen Heart (2015, Greenleaf Music) B+(**) 
  • Dark Territory (2014 [2016], Greenleaf Music) B+(*) 
  • /Frank Woeste: Dada People (2015 [2016], Greenleaf Music) B+(***) 
  • Riverside: The New National Anthem (2015 [2017], Greenleaf Music) B+(***) 
  • w/The Westerlies and Anwar Marshall: Little Giant Still Life (2016 [2017], Greenleaf Music) B+(**) 

Mike Doughty: Golden Delicious (2008, ATO) B+(*) 

Thom Douvan: Brother Brother (2013 [2014], self-released) B 

The Dovells: The Best of the Dovells: 1961-1965 [Cameo Parkway] (1961-65 [2005], ABKCO) B+(**) 

Mike Downes: Root Structure (2016 [2017], Addo) B+(*) 

Andrew Downing:

  • /Jim Lewis/David Occhipinti: Bristles (2013 [2014], Occdav Music) B+(*) 
  • Otterville (2016, self-released, 2CD) B 

Will Downing:

  • Come Together as One (1989 [2008], Verve) B 
  • A Dream Fulfilled (1991 [2008], Verve) B+(*) 

Lila Downs: Balas y Chocolate (2015, RCA) B+(*) 

Downtown Boys:

  • Full Communism (2015, Don Giovanni) A− 
  • Cost of Living (2017, Sub Pop) B+(**) 

Chet Doxas: Rich in Symbols (2017, Ropeadope) B+(*) 

Donato Dozzy: Plays Bee Mask (2013, Spectrum Spools) B+(**) 

Dr. Dog:

  • Shame, Shame (2010, Anti-) B+(*) 
  • Be the Void (2012, Anti-) B+(*) 

Dr. Dooom: Dr. Dooom, Vol. 2 (2008, Treshold) B+(**) 

Dr. Dre: Compton (2015, Aftermath/Interscope) B− 

Dr. John:

  • Gris-Gris (1968 [2000], Collectors' Choice) B 
  • City Lights (1978 [2008], Verve) B+(**) 
  • Tribal (2010, 429) B+(**) 
  • Locked Down (2012, Nonesuch) B+(**) 
  • Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch (2013 [2014], Concord) C 

Dr. Kay & His Interstellar Tone Scientists: The Search for True Happiness (2013, Bangles) B− 

Dr. Mint: Voices in the Void (2016 [2016], Orenda) B+(*) 

Dr. Yen Lo: Days With Dr. Yen Lo (2015, Pavlov Institute) A− 

Drake:

  • So Far Gone (2009, Young Money, EP) B+(**) 
  • Thank Me Later (2010, Universal Motown) B+(***) 
  • Take Care (2011, Universal Republic) B− 
  • Nothing Was the Same (2013, Cash Money/Republic) B 
  • If You're Reading This It's Too Late (2015, Cash Money/Motown) B 
  • /Future: What a Time to Be Alive (2015, Cash Money) B+(*) 
  • Views (2016, Cash Money) B+(*) 
  • More Life: A Playlist by October Firm (2017, Young Money/Cash Money) B+(*) 

Hamid Drake:

  • /Michael Zerang: For Ed Blackwell (1995 [2015], Pink Palace) B+(***) 
  • /Albert Beger/William Parker: Evolving Silence Vol. 1 (2005, Earsay) B+(***) 
  • /Albert Beger/William Parker: Evolving Silence Vol. 2 (2005 [2006], Earsay) B+(**) 

Nick Drake: Pink Moon (1972, Island) B+(*) 

Drakkar Sauna: 20009 (2009, Marriage) B+(*) 

Kaja Draksler:

  • /Susana Santos Silva: This Love (2015, Clean Feed) B+(*) 
  • Gledalec (2016 [2017], Clean Feed, 2CD) B 

Ray Draper Quintet: Tuba Sounds (1957 [2001], Prestige/OJC) B+(**) 

Dream Wife: Dream Wife (2018, Lucky Number) B+(***) 

Dreezy: No Hard Feelings (2016, Interscope) B+(*) 

Mark Dresser:

  • /Denman Maroney: Duologues (2000 [2001], Victo) B+(***) 
  • Sedimental You (2016, Clean Feed) B+(**) 
  • Modicana (2016-17 [2017], NoBusiness) B+(**) 

Dressy Bessy: Kingsized (2016, Yep Roc) B+(**) 

Kenny Drew: Trio/Quartet/Quintet: The Riverside Collection (1956-57 [1988], Riverside/OJC) B+(***) 

Kevin Drew: Spirit If . . . (2005-07 [2007], Arts & Crafts) B+(**) 

Drexciya:

  • Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller, Vol. 1 (1992-96 [2011], Clone Classic Cuts) A− 
  • Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller II (1994-98 [2012], Clone Classic Cuts) B+(**) 

Jorge Drexler: Bailar en la Cueva (2014, Warner Music Latina) B+(**) 

Phil Driscoll: Drops of Praise (2006, Jordan/Koch) B 

Drive-By Truckers:

  • Gangstabilly (1998, Soul Dump) B+(***) 
  • Alabama Ass Whuppin' (1999 [2000], Second Heaven) B+(***) 
  • Brighter Than Creation's Dark (2007 [2008], New West) A− 
  • The Fine Print: A Collection of Oddities and Rarities (2003-08 [2009], New West) A− 
  • Ugly Buildings, Whores, and Politicians: Greatest Hits 1998-2009 (1998-2009 [2011], New West) A− 
  • The Big To-Do (2010, ATO) B+(***) 
  • Go-Go Boots (2009-10 [2011], ATO/Red) A− 
  • English Oceans (2014, ATO) B+(**) 
  • It's Great to Be Alive! (2014 [2015], ATO, 3CD) A− 
  • American Band (2016, ATO) A− 

Paquito D'Rivera:

  • Jazz Meets the Classics (2012 [2014], Paquito/Sunnyside) B 
  • /Quinteto Cimarron: Aires Tropicales (2012 [2015], Paquito/Sunnyside) B− 
  • /Armando Manzanero: Paquito & Manzanero (2016, Paquito/Sunnyside) B+(*) 

DRKWAV: The Purge (2015, Royal Potato Family) B+(***) 

Dropkick Murphys: Going Out in Style (2011, Born & Bred) B+(**) 

Drumheller: Sometimes Machine (2014, Barnyard) B+(*) 

Billy Drummond: Dubai (1995 [1996], Criss Cross) A− 

Don Drummond: Don Cosmic (1960-65 [2017], Studio One) B+(***) 

The Drums:

  • The Drums (2010, Moshi Moshi) B+(**) 
  • Portamento (2011, Frenchkiss) B+(*) 

Andrew Drury:

  • The Drum (2014 [2015], Soup & Sound) B− 
  • Content Provider (2014 [2015], Soup & Sound) B 

Dub Club: Foundation Come Again (2013, Stones Throw) B+(**) 

Dub Colossus: Dub Me Tender, Vols. 1 & 2 (2011 [2013], Real World) B+(**) 

Dub Thompson: 9 Songs (2013 [2014], Dead Oceans, EP) A− 

Laura Dubin Trio: Live at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (2016 [2017], self-released, 2CD) B+(*) 

Benjamin Duboc:

  • St. James Infirmary (2013 [2014], Improvising Beings) B+(*) 
  • /Jean-Luc Petit: Double-Basse: This Is Not Art (2013 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(*) 

Scott DuBois: Autumn Wind (2017, ACT) B+(***) 

Duchess:

  • Duchess (2015, Anzic) B+(**) 
  • Laughing at Life (2016 [2017], Anzic) B+(*) 

Duck Sauce: Quack to Be Released (2014, Fool's Gold) B+(**) 

Marc Ducret: Métatonal (2014 [2015], Ayler) B+(**) 

Lajos Dudas:

  • Live at Porgy & Bess (2009 [2013], Jazz Sick) B+(***) 
  • Live at Salzburger Jazzherbst (2012 [2013], Jazz Sick) A− 
  • /Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss: Brückenschlag (2015 [2016], Jazz Sick) B+(**) 

Duduvudu: Duduvudu: The Gospel According to Dudu Pukwana (2009 [2014], Edgetone) A 

Duffy: Rockferry (2008, Island/Mercury) B+(***) 

George Duke:

  • Faces in Reflection (1974 [2008], Verve) B 
  • Feel (1974 [2008], Verve) B− 
  • I Love the Blues, She Heard My Cry (1975 [2008], Verve) B 
  • Dream Weaver (2013, Heads Up) B− 

Dum Dum Girls:

  • I Will Be (2010, Sub Pop, EP) B 
  • He Gets Me High (2011, Sub Pop, EP) B 
  • Only in Dreams (2011, Sub Pop) B 

Rebecca DuMaine and the Dave Miller Trio With Friends: Happy Madness (2016, Summit) B− 

D.D. Dumbo: Utopia Defeated (2016, 4AD) B 

Maxmillion Dunbar: House of Woo (2013, RVNG Intl.) A− 

C Duncan: Architect (2015, Fat Cat) B− 

Chris Dundas: Oslo Odyssey (2014, BLM, 2CD) B+(***) 

Dungen: Allas Sak (2015, Mexican Summer) B 

Elina Duni:

  • Dallëndyshe (2014 [2015], ECM) B+(***) 
  • Partir (2017 [2018], ECM) B+(*) 

Dunkelbunt: Raindrops and Elephants (2009, Piranha) B+(**) 

Paul Dunmall:

  • /John Adams/Mark Sanders: Ghostly Thoughts (1996 [1997], Hatology) A− 
  • /John Adams/Mark Sanders: Totally Fried Up (1998 [1999], Slam) B+(**) 
  • The Great Divide (2000 [2001], Cuneiform) B+(*) 
  • /Chris Corsano: Identical Sunsets (2010, ESP-Disk) B+(*) 
  • /Tony Bianco: Thank You to John Coltrane (2011 [2012], Slam) B+(***) 
  • /Matthew Bourne/Steve Davis/Dave Kane: Mandalas in the Sky (2013 [2015], Babel) A− 

Duo Baars Henneman & Dave Burrell: Transdans (2016 [2017], Wig) B 

Duran Duran: All You Need Is Now (2010 [2011], Tape Modern) B 

Dur-Dur Band: Volume 5 (1987 [2013], Awesome Tapes From Africa) B+(***) 

Andrew Durkin: Breath of Fire (2012-16 [2016], PJCE) B+(***) 

Baxter Dury: Happy Soup (2011, Regal) B+(**) 

Dominic Duval: Songs for Krakow (2007, Not Two) B+(*) 

Dvsn: Sept. 5th (2016, OVO Sound/Warner Brothers) B+(*) 

Dyke Drama: Tender Resignation (2015, Salinas, EP) B 

Bob Dylan:

  • In Concert: Brandeis University 1963 (1963 [2011], Columbia/Legacy) B+(**) 
  • The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert! (1966 [2016], Columbia/Legacy, 2CD) B 
  • Self Portrait (1970, Columbia) C 
  • New Morning (1970, Columbia) B+(**)  The Bootleg Series Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969-1971) (1969-71 [2013], Columbia/Legacy) B 
  • Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Vol. II (1962-71 [1971], Columbia) A− 
  • Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973, Columbia) B− 
  • Dylan (1973 [2014], Columbia/Legacy) C− 
  • Hard Rain (1976, Columbia) C+ 
  • Bob Dylan at Budokan (1978 [1979], Columbia) C 
  • Street Legal (1978, Columbia) B− 
  • Saved (1980, Columbia) B− 
  • Shot of Love (1981, Columbia) B 
  • Infidels (1984, Columbia) B− 
  • Real Live (1984, Columbia) B− 
  • Knocked Out Loaded (1986, Columbia) B 
  • Down in the Groove (1983-87 [1988], Columbia) B− 
  • /Grateful Dead: Dylan & the Dead (1987 [1989], Columbia) B− 
  • Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 (1973-90 [1994], Columbia) B+(**) 
  • Playlist: The Very Best of Bob Dylan '80s (1980-89 [2010], Columbia/Legacy) B+(*) 
  • MTV Unplugged (1995, Columbia) B+(*) 
  • Tempest (2012, Columbia) B+(**) 
  • Shadows in the Night (2015, Columbia) C 
  • Fallen Angels (2016, Columbia) C+ 
  • Triplicate (2017, Columbia, 3CD) C+ 

Krzysztof Dys: Toys (2014 [2016], ForTune) B+(**) 

EABS:

  • Puzzle Mixtape (2012-15 [2016], self-released) B+(*) 
  • Repetitions (Letters to Krzysztof Komeda) (2017, Astigmatic) B+(***) 

Dominique Eade & Ran Blake: Town and Country (2015-16 [2017], Sunnyside) B+(*) 

Jason Eady:

  • Jason Eady (2017, Old Guitar) A− 
  • I Travel On (2018, Old Guitar) B+(***) 

Open Mike Eagle:

  • Rappers Will Die of Natural Causes (2011, Hellfyre Club) B+(***) 
  • 4NML HSPTL (2012, Fake Four) B+(**) 
  • Dark Comedy (2014, Mello Music Group) B+(**) 
  • A Special Episode Of (2015, Mello Music Group, EP) B+(**) 
  • /Paul White: Hella Personal Film Festival (2016, Mello Music Group) B+(***) 
  • Brick Body Kids Still Daydream (2017, Mello Music Group) B+(**) 

Fred Eaglesmith: 6 Volts (2012, Bluewater Music) B+(*) 

Eagulls: Eagulls (2014, Partisan) B+(*) 

Justin Townes Earle:

  • Harlem River Blues (2010, Bloodshot) B+(*) 
  • Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now (2012, Bloodshot) B+(*) 
  • Single Mothers (2014, Vagrant) B+(**) 
  • Absent Fathers (2015, Vagrant) B+(*) 
  • Kids in the Street (2017, New West) B+(**) 

Steve Earle:

  • Live From Austin TX (1986 [2004], New West) A− 
  • Live From Austin TX: November 12, 2000 (2000 [2008], New West) B+(***) 
  • Townes (2009, New West) B 
  • I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (2011, New West) B+(***) 
  • The Low Highway (2013, New West) A− 
  • Terraplane (2015, New West) B+(**) 
  • & the Dukes: So You Wannabe an Outlaw (2017, Warner Brothers) A− 

Earprint: Earprint (2016, Endectomorph Music) B+(**) 

Earth Tongues: Ohio (2015 [2016], Neither/Nor, 2CD) B 

Anderson East: Delilah (2015, Low Country Sound/Elektra) B+(***) 

East India Youth: Total Strife Forever (2014, Stolen) B 

East West Quintet: Anthem (2011 [2015], self-released) B− 

Clint Eastwood & General Saint: Stop That Train (1983, Greensleeves) B+(***) 

Silke Eberhard:

  • /Dave Burrell: Darlingtonia (2010 [2012], Jazzwerkstatt) B+(***) 
  • /Ulrich Gumpert: Peanuts & Vanities (2011 [2012], Jazzwerkstart) B+(**) 
  • The Being Inn (2016 [2017], Intakt) A− 

Echoes of Swing:

  • Blue Pepper (2013, ACT) B+(*) 
  • Dancing (2016, ACT) B+(*) 

Yelena Eckemoff:

  • Desert (2015 [2018], L&H Production) B+(***) 

Rachel Eckroth: Let Go (2013 [2014], Virgo Sun) B 

Billy Eckstine:

  • Jukebox Hits 1943-1953 (1943-53 [2005], Acrobat) B 
  • Basie and Eckstine, Inc. (1959 [1994], Roulette) B+(*) 

Eddy Current Suppression Ring:

  • So Many Things (2003-04, Goner) A− 
  • Primary Colours (2007 [2008], Goner) A− 
  • Rush to Relax (2009 [2010], Goner) B+(**) 

Gilad Edelman: My Groove, Your Move (2011 [2013], Sharp Nine) B+(**) 

Mike Edison and the Rocket Train Delta Science Arkestra: I Have Fun Everywhere I Go (2008, Interstellar Roadhouse) B+(***) 

Kirsten Edkins: Art & Soul (2013 [2015], self-released) B+(*) 

Kat Edmonson: Old Fashioned Gal (2018, MRI) B+(*) 

Donald Edwards: Evolution of an Influenced Mind (2013 [2014], Criss Cross) B+(**) 

Kathleen Edwards:

  • Asking for Flowers (2008, Zoë) B+(*) 
  • Voyageur (2010-11 [2012], Zoë) B 

Colin Edwin/Lorenzo Feliciati: Twinscapes (2013 [2014], RareNoise) B+(***) 

Sinne Eeg: Dreams (2017, ArtistShare) B+(**) 

Efterklang: Magic Chairs (2010, 4AD) B+(**) 

Mark Egan: About Now (2014, Wavetone) B− 

Florian Egli Weird Beard: Everything Moves (2014 [2016], Intakt) B+(***) 

Egyptrixx: Bible Eyes (2011, Night Slugs) B+(***) 

Marty Ehrlich:

  • Fables (2010, Tzadik) B+(**) 
  • A Trumpet in the Morning (2012 [2013], New World) A− 
  • Trio Exaltation (2017 [2018], Clean Feed) B+(***) 

Peter Ehwald: Double Trouble (2013, Jazzwerkstatt) B+(***) 

Mathias Eick: Midwest (2014 [2015], ECM) B+(**) 

Taylor Eigsti: Daylight at Midnight (2010, Concord) B− 

Mats Eilertsen: Rubicon (2015 [2016], ECM) B+(***) 

Harris Eisenstadt:

  • Woodblock Prints (2010, NoBusiness) B+(**) 
  • Canada Day II (2010 [2011], Songlines) B+(***) 
  • Golden State II (2014 [2015], Songlines) B+(***) 
  • Old Growth Forest (2015 [2016], Clean Feed) B+(***) 
  • On Parade in Parede (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(**) 
  • /Mivos Quartet: Whatever Will Happen That Will Also Be (2015 [2017], NoBusiness) B+(*) 
  • Recent Developments (2016 [2017], Songlines) B+(**) 

Nathan Eklund: Craft Christmas (2011 [2012], OA2) B− 

El Guincho:

  • Pop Negro (2009 [2010], Young Turks/XL) A− 
  • Hiperasia (2016, Nacional) B 

Hanni El Khatib: Head in the Dirt (2013, Innovative Leisure) B+(**) 

El Rego: El Rego (1966-70s, Daptone) B+(**) 

Elbow: Build a Rocket Boys (2011, Fiction/Polydor) B 

Electrelane: No Shouts No Calls (2006 [2007], Too Pure) B+(*) 

The Electric Prunes:

  • I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night) (1967, Reprise) B+(**) 
  • Release of an Oath (1968, Reprise) B 

Electric Six: Heartbeats and Brainwaves! (2011, Metropolis) B− 

Electric Squeezebox Orchestra:

  • Cheap Rent (2014 [2015], OA2) B+(*) 
  • The Falling Dream (2015 [2018], OA2) B 

Electric Wire Hustle: Electric Wire Hustle (2009 [2010], BBE) B+(*) 

The Electrics: Chain of Accidents (2000 [2001], Ayler) B+(*) 

Element:

  • Element (1996, Turn Left Production) B+(***) 
  • Shaman (1998 [1999], BP) B+(***) 

Elephant9 With Reine Fiske: Silver Mountain (2015, Rune Grammofon) B+(*) 

ELEW: And to the Republic (2016, Sunnyside) B+(***) 

Mark Elf: Returns 2014 (2013 [2014], Jen Bay Jazz) B+(**) 

Eliane Elias:

  • Music From Man of La Mancha (1995 [2018], Concord) B+(*) 
  • I Thought About You: A Tribute to Chet Baker (2013, Concord) B+(**) 
  • Made in Brazil (2015, Concord) B+(*) 
  • Dance of Time (2017, Concord) B+(*) 

Marty Elkins: Walkin' by the River (2014 [2016], Nagel Heyer) B+(***) 

Kurt Elling:

  • Close Your Eyes (1994 [1995], Blue Note) B 
  • The Messenger (1994-96 [1997], Blue Note) B+(*) 
  • This Time It's Love (1997-98 [1998], Blue Note) B 
  • Flirting With Twilight (2001, Blue Note) B− 
  • Man in the Air (2003, Blue Note) B− 
  • Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman (2009, Concord) B− 
  • The Gate (2010 [2011], Concord) B− 
  • 1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project (2012, Concord) C+ 
  • Passion World (2015, Concord) C 

Duke Ellington:

  • Jungle Nights in Harlem 1927-1932 (1927-32 [1991], RCA/Bluebird) A− 
  • At the Bal Masque (1958 [1959], Columbia) B 
  • At the Bal Masque [Bonus Tracks] (1958-60 [2011], Essential Jazz Classics) B+(*) 

Duke Ellington's Spacemen:

  • The Cosmic Scene (1958 [2007], Mosaic) B+(***) 

Duke Ellington:

  • /Count Basie: First Time! The Count Meets the Duke (1961 [2009], Columbia/Legacy) B+(***) 
  • Afro-Bossa (1962-63 [1982], Discovery) A  The Conny Plank Session (1970 [2015], Grönland, EP) B+(**) 
  • The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse (1971 [1991], Fantasy/OJC) A− 
  • The Ellington Suites: The Queen's Suite/The Goutelas Suite/The Uwis Suite (1959-72 [2013], Fantasy/OJC) B+(*) 
  • /Ray Brown: This One's for Blanton (1972-73 [2000], Pablo/OJC) B+(***) 

Alton Ellis: Alton Ellis Sings Rock and Soul (1967, Coxsone) B+(*) 

John Ellis/Andy Bragen: Mobro (2011 [2014], Parade Light) B− 

Moppa Elliott:

  • Moppa Elliott's Mostly Other People Do the Killing (2004 [2005], Hot Cup) B+(***) 
  • Still Up in the Air (2015 [2016], Hot Cup) B+(**) 

Robert Ellis:

  • Photographs (2011, New West) B+(*) 
  • The Lights From the Chemical Plant (2014, New West) B 

Liberty Ellman: Radiate (2014 [2015], Pi) A− 

Joe Ely:

  • Happy Songs From Rattlesnake Gulch (2007, Rack 'Em) B+(**) 
  • Satisfied at Last (2011, Rack 'Em) B+(**) 
  • Panhandle Rambler (2015, Rack 'Em) B+(**) 

El-P:

  • Cancer4Cure (2012, Fat Possum) B+(***) 
  • /Killer Mike: Run the Jewels (2013, Fat Beats) B+(***) 
  • /Killer Mike: Run the Jewels 2 (2014, Mass Appeal) B+(**) 

Amir ElSaffar: Crisis (2015, Pi) A− 

Paul Elwood: Nice Folks (2011 [2015], Innova) B+(***) 

Elzhi: Elmatic (2011, Jae B Group) A− 

Kahil El'Zabar:

  • Ritual Trio/Billy Bang: Big M: A Tribute to Malachi Favors (2004 [2006], Delmark) A− 
  • Ritual Trio: Follow the Sun (2013, Delmark) B+(**) 

EMA:

  • Past Life Martyred Saints (2011, Souterain Transmissions) B+(***) 
  • The Future's Void (2014, Matador) B+(***) 
  • Exile in the Outer Ring (2017, City Slang) B+(**) 

James Emery:

  • Standing on a Whale Fishing for Minnows (1996 [1997], Enja) A− 
  • Spectral Domains (1997-98 [1999], Enja) B+(***) 
  • Transformations (2001 [2003], Between the Lines) B+(*) 

Emika:

  • Emika (2011, Ninja Tune) B+(**) 
  • Klavirni (2015, Emika) B+(*) 

Eminem:

  • Eminem Presents the Re-Up (2006, Shady/Interscope) B+(*) 
  • Relapse (2009, Aftermath/Interscope) B− 
  • Recovery (2010, Interscope) B(***) 
  • The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013, Aftermath) A− 
  • Revival (2017, Aftermath/Shady/Interscope) A− 

Empirical: Connection (2015 [2016], Cuneiform) B+(***) 

Emperor X:

  • Tectonic Membrane/Thin Strip on an Edgeless Platform (2004, Discos Mariscos) B+(**) 
  • Western Teleport (2011, Bar/None) A− 
  • The Orlando Sentinel (2014, self-released) B+(***) 
  • Oversleepers International (2017, Tiny Engines) B+(***) 

Empirical: Elements of Truth (2011, Naim Jazz) B+(**) 

Empress Of: Me (2015, Terrible/XL) B+(*) 

Encre:

  • Encre (2001, Clapping Music) A− 
  • Flux (2004, Clapping Music) A− 
  • Common Chord (2006, Clapping Music) B+(***) 

The End: The End (2018, RareNoise) D+ 

Marco Eneidi/Peter Kowald/Damon Smith/Spirit: Ghetto Calypso (2000 [2006], Not Two) B+(***) 

Enemy: Enemy (2016 [2018], Edition) B+(**) 

Darren English: Imagine Nation (2014 [2016], Hot Shoe) B+(*) 

The English Beat [Dave Wakeling]: Here We Go Love (2018, Here We Go) B− 

Brian Eno:

  • Small Craft on a Milk Sea (2010, Warp) B+(**) 
  • /Karl Hyde: Someday World (2014, Warp) B+(*) 
  • /Karl Hyde: High Life (2014, Warp) A− 
  • The Ship (2016, Warp) B+(*) 
  • Reflection (2017, Warp) B+(**) 

EOLA: Dang (2016, Leaving, EP) B− 

The Equity & Social Justice Quartet: The Whisper of Flowers (2013 [2014], Edgetone) B+(**) 

Christoph Erb/Jim Baker/Frank Rosaly: . . . Don't Buy Him a Parrot . . . (2014 [2017], Hatology) B+(***) 

Ari Erev: Flow (2015 [2016], self-released) B+(**) 

Noga Erez: Off the Radar (2017, City Slang) B 

Ergo:

  • If Not Inertia (2012, Cuneiform) B+(*) 
  • As Subtle as Tomorrow (2013 [2016], Cuneiform) B+(***) 

Roky Erickson:

  • The Evil One (1981 [2013], Light in the Attic) B 
  • True Love Cast Out All Evil (2010, Anti-) B+(**) 

Mark Ernestus:

  • Presents Jeri Jeri: 800% Ndagga (2013, Ndagga) B+(**) 
  • Presents Jeri Jeri: Ndagga Versions (2013, Ndagga) B+(**) 
  • Ndagga Rhythm Force: Yermande (2016, Ndagga) B+(**) 

Peter Erskine:

  • /Palle Danielsson/John Taylor: You Never Know (1992 [1993], ECM) B+(*) 
  • /Palle Danielsson/John Taylor: Time Being (1993 [1994], ECM) B+(*) 
  • /Palle Danielsson/John Taylor: As It Is (1995 [1996], ECM) B+(*) 
  • /Palle Danielsson/John Taylor: Juni (1997 [1999], ECM) B+(*) 
  • /John Taylor/Palle Danielsson: As It Was (1992-97 [2016], ECM, 4CD) B+(*) 

Ersatzmusika: Voice Letter (2007 [2008], Asphalt Tango) A− 

Wayne Escoffery: Live at Firehouse 12 (2013 [2014], Sunnyside) B+(*) 

Escort: Escort (2011 [2012], Tirk) B+(***) 

Alejandro Escovedo:

  • Real Animal (2008, Back Porch/Manhattan) B+(***) 
  • Street Songs of Love (2010, Fantasy) B− 

John Escreet: The Unknown: Live in Concert (2016, Sunnyside) A− 

Eska: Eska (2015, Naim Edge) B+(*) 

Ellery Eskelin:

  • /Andrea Parkins/Jim Black: Kulak 29 & 30 (1997 [1998], Hatology) B+(***) 
  • /Han Bennink: Dissonant Characters (1998 [1999], Hatology) A− 
  • /Andrea Parkins/Jim Black: The Secret Museum (1999 [2000], Hatology) B+(**) 
  • Forms (1990 [2004], Hatology) A− 
  • /Andrea Parkins/Jim Black: Arcanum Moderne (2002 [2003], Hatology) A− 
  • /Andrea Parkins/Jim Black: One Great Night . . . Live (2007 [2009], Hatology) B+(***) 
  • Solo Live at Snugs (2013 [2015], Hatology) B+(**) 
  • /Christian Weber/Michael Griener: Sensations of Tone (2016 [2017], Intakt) A− 
  • Trio Willisau Live (2015 [2016], Hatology) A− 

Eskmo:

  • Eskmo (2010, Ninja Tune) B+(***) 
  • Sol (2015, Apollo) B+(**) 

Gene Ess: Absurdist Theater (2016, SIMP) C 

Sleepy John Estes with Hammie Nixon: Live in Japan (1974 [2014], Delmark) B+(***) 

Ethernet: Opus 2 (2013, Kranky) B+(*) 

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble:

  • Ancestral Song: Live From Stockholm (1987 [1988], Silkheart) B+(***) 
  • Ka-Real (1997 [2000], Silkheart) B+(**) 
  • Freedom Jazz Dance (1999, Delmark) A− 
  • Black Is Back: 40th Anniversary Project (2014, Katalyst) B+(***) 

Oran Etkin: What's New? Reimagining Benny Goodman (2015, Motéma) B+(***) 

Etran Finatawa:

  • Desert Crossroads (2008, Riverboat) B+(***) 
  • Tarkat Taiji/Let's Go (2010, Riverboat) B+(*) 

Kevin Eubanks:

  • Things of That Particular Nature (2014 [2015], Sunnyside) B+(**) 
  • East/West Timeline (2017, Mack Avenue) B+(*) 

Robin Eubanks Mass Line Big Band: More Than Meets the Ear (2015, ArtistShare) B+(*) 

Bill Evans:

  • Explorations (1961 [2011], Riverside/OJC) B+(***)  How My Heart Sings! (1962 [2013], Fantasy/OJC) A− 
  • The V.I.P.s Theme (1963 [2008], Verve) B 
  • Live at Art D'Lugoff's Top of the Gate (1968 [2012], Resonance, 2CD) A− 
  • Momentum (1972 [2012], Limetree, 2CD) B+(**) 
  • On a Monday Evening (1976 [2017], Fantasy) B+(***) 

Bill Evans/Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Beauty & the Beast (2011 [2016], Spartacus) B+(**) 

Charles Evans: On Beauty (2014 [2015], More Is More) B 

Gil Evans:

  • Gil Evans & Ten (1957 [1989], Prestige/OJC) B 
  • Into the Hot (1961 [1999], Impulse) B 
  • /Steve Lacy: Paris Blues (1987 [1988], Owl) B+(**) 

Orrin Evans:

  • Listen to the Band (1999 [2000], Criss Cross) B+(***) 
  • /Captain Black Big Band: Mother's Touch (2011 [2014], Posi-Tone) B+(**) 
  • Liberation Blues (2014, Smoke Sessions) B+(**) 
  • The Evolution of Oneself (2014 [2015], Smoke Sessions) B+(***) 
  • #Knowingishalfthebattle (2016, Smoke Sessions) B+(**) 

Peter Evans:

  • The Peter Evans Quartet (2007, Firehouse 12) B+(***) 
  • Destination: Void (2013 [2014], More Is More) B+(*) 
  • /Agustí Fernández/Mats Gustafsson: A Quietness of Water (2012 [2017], Not Two) B+(*) 

Willie Evans Jr.: Introducin' (2011, High Water Music) B+(*) 

The Evenfall Quartet: Evenfall (2015 [2016], Blue Duchess) A− 

Jace Everett: Red Revelations (2010, Wrasse) B 

The Evergreen Classic Jazz Band: Early Tunes 1915-1932 (1995 [2014], Delmark) A− 

Evidence: Cats & Dogs (2011, Rhymesayers Entertainment) B+(**) 

Don Ewell:

  • Man Here Plays Fine Piano (1957, Good Time Jazz) B+(**) 
  • Denver Concert (1966 [2004], Storyville) B+(**) 

The Eye: The Future Will Be Repeated (2015, Ba Da Bing) B+(**) 

The Ex:

  • Disturbing Domestic Peace (1980 [1994], Ex) B+(**) 
  • History Is What's Happening (1982, Ex) A− 
  • Tumult (1983 [1993], Ex) B+(***) 
  • Blueprints for a Blackout (1984 [1992], Ex) B+(*) 
  • Pokkeherrie (1985 [1995], Ex) B+(***) 
  • 1936, the Spanish Revolution (1986, Ex, EP) B+(**) 
  • Too Many Cowboys (1986 [1987], Ex) B+(***) 
  • Hands Up! You're Free (1983-86 [1988], Ex) A− 
  • Joggers & Smoggers (1989, Ex, 2CD) B+(*) 
  • Dead Fish (1989 [2004], Ex, EP) B+(*) 
  • /Tom Cora: Scrabbling at the Lock (1991, Ex) B+(***) 
  • /Tom Cora: And the Weathermen Shrug Their Shoulders (1993, Ex) B+(**) 
  • Mudbird Shivers (1995, Ex) B+(***) 
  • Starters Alternators (1998, Touch & Go) B+(**) 
  • Ex Orkest: Een Rondje Holland (2000 [2001], Ex) B+(*) 
  • Dizzy Spells (2000 [2001], Touch & Go) A− 
  • 30 (1980-2006 [2009], Ex, 2CD) B+(***) 
  • Catch My Shoe (2010, Ex) B+(**) 
  • /Brass Unbound: Enormous Door (2013, Ex) A− 
  • The Ex at Bimhuis (1991-2015) (1991-2015 [2015], Ex, 2CD) B+(***) 
  • 27 Passports (2018, Ex) A 

Ex Cops:

  • True Hallucinations (2013, Other) B+(*) 
  • Daggers (2014, Downtown) B+(*) 

Ex Hex: Rips (2014, Merge) B+(***) 

Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group: Samsara (2013 [2014], Whaling City Sound) B+(*) 

ExpEAR & Drew Gress: Vesper (2015 [2017], Kopasetic) B+(***) 

Explosions in the Sky: Take Care, Take Care, Take Care (2011, Temporary Residence) B+(*) 

Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire: Lost in Translation (2011, Mishka) B+(***) 

Extra Golden: Thank You Very Quickly (2009, Thrill Jockey, EP) B 

The Extra Lens: Undercard (2010, Merge) B+(***) 

George Ezra: Wanted on Voyage (2014, Columbia) B− 

EZTV: Calling Out (2015, Captured Tracks) B 

Sister Fa: Sarabah: Tales From the Flipside of Paradise (2009, Piranha) B+(**) 

Dave "Knife" Fabris: Lettuce Prey (2010 [2014], Musea) B− 

Factor: Woke Up Alone (2013, Fake Four) B+(*) 

Factory Floor:

  • Factory Floor (2013, DFA) B+(***) 
  • 25 25 (2016, DFA) A− 

Donald Fagen: Sunken Condos (2012, Reprise) B+(**) 

John Fahey: The Dance of Death & Other Plantation Favorites (1964 [1999], Takoma) A− 

Fail Better!: Owt (2014 [2016], NoBusiness) B+(**) 

Adam Fairhall:

  • The Imaginary Delta (2011 [2012], Slam) B+(**) 
  • Friendly Ghosts (2017, Efpi) B+(***) 

Fairport Convention: Fairport Convention (1968, Polydor) B+(***) 

Th' Faith Healers: Lido (1992, Elektra) A− 

Marianne Faithfull: Give My Love to London (2014, Easy Sound) B+(*) 

Chet Faker: Built on Glass (2014, Downtown) B+(**) 

Carlos Falanga: Gran Coral (2014 [2015], UnderPool) B+(**) 

The Falcons: The Definitive Falcons Collection: The Complete Recordings (1956-63 [2014], History of Soul, 4CD) A− 

The Fall:

  • Reformation: Post TLC (2007, Narnack) A− 
  • Your Future Our Clutter (2010, Domino) B+(*) 
  • Re-Mit (2013, Cherry Red) A− 
  • Sub-Lingual Tablet (2015, Cherry Red) B+(***) 
  • Wise Ol' Man (2016, Cherry Red, EP) B+(*) 
  • New Facts Emerge (2017, Cherry Red) B+(*) 

Fall Out Boy: From Under the Cork Tree (2005, Island) B− 

Erica Falls: Home Grown (2017, self-released) B+(**) 

FaltyDL: You Stand Uncertain (2011, Planet Mu) B+(*) 

Family Atlantica: Cosmic Unity (2016, Soundway) B+(*) 

Fanfare Ciocarlia:

  • Onwards to Mars! (2016, Asphalt Tango) B+(***) 
  • 20 (1996-2016 [2016], Asphalt Tango) B+(***) 

Fang Island: Fang Island (2010, Sargent House) B− 

Fanga/Maâlem Abdallah Guinéa: Fangnawa Experience (2012, Strut) B+(**) 

Fantasia: Side Effects of You (2013, RCA) B+(**) 

Fantasma: Eye of the Sun (2014, Soundway, EP) B+(*) 

Fantastic Negrito: The Last Days of Oakland (2016, Blackball Universe) B+(***) 

Far East Movement:

  • Free Wired (2010, Interscope) B+(***) 
  • Dirty Bass (2012, Interscope) B+(***) 
  • KTown Riot (2014, Interscope, EP) B+(*) 

Fred Farell: Distant Song (2016 [2018], Whaling City Sound) B+(*) 

Chris Farlowe: The R&B Years [Charly R&B Masters Vol. 5] (1962-67 [1994], Charly) B 

Art Farmer:

  • /Gigi Gryce: When Farmer Met Gryce (1954-55 [1994], Prestige/OJC) A− 
  • Art Farmer Quintet Featuring Gigi Gryce (1955 [1991], Prestige/OJC) B+(***) 
  • /Benny Golson: Meet the Jazztet (1960 [1990], Chess) A− 
  • Out of the Past (1960-61 [1996], Chess) B+(***) 

Farmers by Nature: Love and Ghosts (2011 [2014], AUM Fidelity, 2CD) A− 

Jay Farrar/Will Johnson/Anders Parker/Yim Yames: New Multitudes (2012, Rounder) B+(**) 

Adrean Farrugia/Joel Frahm: Blues Dharma (2017 [2018], GB) A− 

Fast 'N' Bulbous: Waxed Oop (An Impetuous Stream Bubbled Up) (2009, Cuneiform) A− 

Kali Z. Fasteau:

  • Piano Rapture (2014, Flying Note) A− 
  • Intuit (2012-13 [2016], Flying Note) B+(***) 

The Fat Babies:

  • 18th & Racine (2013, Delmark) B+(***) 
  • Solid Gassuh (2016, Delmark) B+(**) 

Fat Tony:

  • Smart Ass Black Boy (2013, Young One) B+(***) 
  • MacGregor Park (2017, First One Up, EP) A− 

Father: Who's Gonna Get F***** First? (2015, Awful) B+(**) 

Faust:

  • Faust IV (1973, Virgin) B+(**) 
  • Something Dirty (2011, Bureau B) B+(**) 

Pierre Favre:

  • /Singing Drums: Souffles (1997 [1998], Intakt) B+(***) 
  • European Chamber Ensemble (1999 [2000], Intakt) B+(***) 

Piere Favre:

  • DrumSights NOW (2015 [2016], Intakt) B+(***) 

Bill Fay: Life Is People (2012, Dead Oceans) B+(**) 

FCT = Francesco Cusa Trio Meets Carlo Atti: From Sun Ra to Donald Trump (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) A− 

Fear of Men:

  • Early Fragments (2011-13 [2013], Kanine, EP) B+(**) 
  • Loom (2014, Kanine) B+(***) 

Clinton Fearon: Mi Deh Yah (2010, Makasound/Makafresh) B+(***) 

Lorraine Feather:

  • Ages (2008-09 [2010], Jazzed Media) B+(***) 
  • Attachments (2012-13 [2013], Jazzed Media) B+(*) 
  • Flirting With Disaster (2013-15 [2015], Jazzed Media) B 

John Fedchock:

  • Live: Fluidity (2013 [2015], Summit) B+(***) 
  • New York Big Band: Like It Is (2014 [2015], MAMA) B+(**) 

Heidi Feek: The Only (2013, Western Pin-Up) B+(***) 

The Feelies:

  • Here Before (2011, Bar/None) B+(*) 
  • In Between (2017, Bar/None) B+(**) 

Scott Feiner & Pandeiro Jazz: A View From Below (2013 [2014], self-released) B 

Feist:

  • The Reminder (2007, Cherry Tree/Interscope) B 
  • Metals (2011, Cherrytree/Interscope) B 
  • Pleasure (2017, Interscope) B 

Nir Felder: Golden Age (2011 [2014], Okeh) B+(***) 

David Feldman: Horizonte (2016 [2017], self-released) B+(*) 

Lorenzo Feliciati: Elevator Man (2017, RareNoise) B+(**) 

Simone Felice: Strangers (2014, Dualtone) B+(*) 

The Felice Brothers:

  • The Felice Brothers (2008, Team Love) B+(*) 
  • Celebration, Florida (2011, Fat Possum) B+(*) 
  • Favorite Waitress (2014, Dualtone) B+(***) 

Lorenzo Feliciati: Koi (2015, Rare Noise) B+(***) 

Sergi Felipe:

  • Whisper Songs (2011, UnderPool) B+(*) 
  • /Whisper Songs: Bombú Es Libre En El Espacio (2013, UnderPool) B+(*) 

Felt: 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez (2009, Rhymesayers Entertainment) B+(**) 

Freddy Fender: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Freddy Fender (1974-77 [2001], MCA Nashville) B+(***) 

Fennesz: Bécs (2013 [2014], Editions Mego) B+(*) 

Alan Ferber: Roots & Transitions (2016, Sunnyside) B 

Maynard Ferguson:

  • Octet (1955 [2008], Verve) A− 
  • Maynard Ferguson and His Birdland Dream Band (1956 [2011], Fresh Sound) B+(***) 

Agustí Fernández:

  • Lonely Woman (2004 [2005], Discmedi) B+(**) 
  • /Rafal Mazur: Ziran (2016, Not Two) B+(*) 
  • /Albert Cirera/Ramon Prats: The Liquid Trio Plays Bernoulli (2017, Sluchaj Fundacja) B+(***) 

Hugo Fernandez: Cosmogram (2014 [2015], Origin) B+(**) 

James Ferraro: Far Side Virtual (2011, Hippos in Tanks) B+(**) 

Lisa Ferraro: Serenading the Moon (2013 [2014], Pranavasonic Universal) B+(***) 

Sky Ferreira: Night Time, My Time (2013, Capitol) B+(**) 

Bob Ferrel: Bob Ferrel's Jazztopian Dream (2016 [2017], Bob Ferrel Music) B+(*) 

Violeta Ferrer/Raymond Boni: Federico García Lorca (2013 [2014], Fou) B+(*) 

Bryan Ferry:

  • Dylanesque (2007, Virgin) B+(***) 
  • Olympia (2010, Virgin) B+(**) 
  • Avonmore (2014, BMG) B+(*) 

The Bryan Ferry Orchestra: The Jazz Age (2012 [2013], BMG/Relativity) B 

Festen: Festen (2015 [2016], Clean Feed) A− 

Fever Ray:

  • Fever Ray (2009, Mute) B+(*) 
  • Plunge (2017, Rabid/Mute) B+(*) 

Garrison Fewell: Invisible Resonance Trio (2013 [2015], Creative Nation Music) B+(***) 

Lupe Fiasco:

  • The Cool (2007, Atlantic) A− 
  • Lasers (2011, Atlantic) A− 
  • Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1 (2012, Atlantic) B+(**) 
  • Tetsuo & Youth (2015, Atlantic) B+(*) 

Fickle Friends: You Are Someone Else (2018, Polydor) B+(**) 

FIDLAR: FIDLAR (2013, Mom + Pop Music) B+(***) 

Joe Fiedler:

  • Sackbut Stomp (2013, Multiphonics) B+(***) 
  • I'm In (2015, Multiphonics Music) A− 
  • Like, Strange (2017, Multiphonics Music) B+(***) 

The Field: Yesterday and Today (2009, Kompakt/Anti-) B+(***) 

Field Music:

  • Field Music (Measure) (2010, Memphis Industries) B+(*) 
  • Music for Drifters (2015, Memphis Industries) B+(**) 
  • Commontime (2016, Memphis Industries) B 

Brian Fielding: An Appropriate Response: Volume One (2015 [2016], Broken Symmetries Music) B+(**) 

Irving Fields:

  • My Yiddishe Mama's Favorites (2007, Tzadik) B+(**) 
  • /Roberto Rodriguez: Oy Vey!!! . . . Olé!!! (2006, Tzadik) B+(***) 

Lee Fields:

  • Let's Talk It Over (1979 [2013], Truth & Soul) A− 
  • Faithful Man (2012, Truth & Soul) B+(***) 
  • Emma Jean (2014, Truth & Soul) B+(**) 

Scott Fields Ensemble: Frail Lumber (2010 [2011], Not Two) B+(*) 

Fieldwork: Your Life Flashes (2002, Pi) A− 

The Fiery Furnaces: Widow City (2007, Thrill Jockey) C+ 

Amina Figarova: Blue Whisper (2015, In + Out) B 

Fight Like Apes: The Body of Christ and the Legs of Tina Turner (2011, Model Citizen) B+(**) 

Román Filiú: Quarteria (2018, Sunnyside) B+(*) 

Jean Luc Fillon: Oboman Plays Cole Porter: Begin the Night . . . (2013 [2014], Soupir Editions) B 

Filthy Friends: Invitation (2017, Kill Rock Stars) B+(*) 

Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense: Moving Still (2016, Pi) B+(**) 

Craig Finn:

  • Clear Heart Full Eyes (2012, Full Time Hobby) B+(***) 
  • Faith in the Future (2015, Partisan) A− 
  • We All Want the Same Things (2017, Partisan) A− 

James Finn: Great Spirit (2005, Not Two) B+(**) 

Nick Finzer:

  • The Chase (2014 [2015], Origin) B+(*) 
  • Hear & Now (2016 [2017], Outside In Music) B+(*) 

Melanie Fiona: The MF Life (2012, Universal Republic) B+(*) 

Fire!:

  • She Sleeps/She Sleeps (2015 [2016], Rune Grammofon) B+(**) 

Fire! Orchestra:

  • Exit (2012 [2013], Rune Grammofon) B 
  • Enter (2014, Rune Grammofon) B+(**) 

Firewater: International Orange! (2012, Bloodshot) B 

The Fireworks: Switch Me On (2015, Shelflife) B+(**) 

First Aid Kit:

  • The Lion's Roar (2012, Wichita) B− 
  • Stay Gold (2014, Columbia) B 

Clare Fischer:

  • Extension (1963 [2012], International Phonograph) B 
  • Out of the Blue (2015, Clavo) B+(*) 

Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band: ¡Intenso! (2016, Clavo) B+(**) 

Cheryl Fisher: Quietly There (2015 [2016], OA2) B+(**) 

Fist City: It's 1983, Grow Up! (2012 [2013], Black Tent Press) B+(**) 

Ella Fitzgerald: Jazz at the Philharmonic: The Ella Fitzgerald Set (1949-54 [2016], Verve) B+(*) 

Ella Fitzgerald:

  • /Louis Armstrong: Porgy and Bess (1957 [2008], Verve) B 
  • Live at Mister Kelly's (1958 [2007], Verve, 2CD) A− 
  • Ella in Hollywood (1961 [2009], Verve) A− 
  • Ella in Hamburg (1965 [2007], Verve) B+(**) 
  • /Duke Ellington: The Stockholm Concert (1966 [1994], Jazz World) B+(***) 
  • /Oscar Peterson: Ella and Oscar (1975 [2011], Pablo/OJC) B+(*) 
  • /Joe Pass: Easy Living (1986 [2011], Pablo/OJC) B+(***) 

David Fiuczynski: Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian MicroJam (2015 [2016], Rare Noise) B 

The Five Blind Boys of Alabama: Down in New Orleans (2008, Time Life) B+(**) 

Five in Orbit: Tribulus Terrestris (2015 [2016], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(**) 

FKA Twigs:

  • LP1 (2014, Young Turks) B 
  • M3LL155X (2015, Young Turks, EP) C+ 

Flako: Natureboy (2015, Five Easy Pieces) B+(**) 

The Flaming Lips:

  • The Soft Bulletin (1999, Warner Brothers) B 
  • Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002, Warner Brothers) B+(***) 
  • Embryonic (2009, Warner Bros.) B+(**) 
  • The Terror (2013, Warner Brothers) B+(**) 
  • With a Little Help From My Fwends (2014, Warner Brothers) B+(**) 

Tommy Flanagan:

  • /John Coltrane/Kenny Burrell/Idrees Sulieman: The Cats (1957 [1990], Prestige/OJC) B+(*) 
  • Overseas (1957 [1999], Prestige/OJC) A− 
  • The Tommy Flanagan Trio (1960 [1990], Prestige/OJC) B+(***) 
  • Giant Steps: In Memory of John Coltrane (1982, Enja) A− 
  • Let's Play the Music of Thad Jones (1993, Enja) B+(***) 

The Flat Five: It's a World of Love and Hate (2016, Bloodshot) B− 

Flatbush Zombies:

  • 3001: A Laced Odyssey (2016, Glorious Dead) B+(**) 
  • Vacation in Hell (2018, Glorious Dead) B+(***) 

Ingebrigt Håker Flaten:

  • Double Bass (2002-03 [2003], Sofa) B+(**) 
  • Quintet (2005 [2006], Jazzland) B+(***) 
  • The Year of the Boar (2007 [2008], Jazzland) A− 
  • Birds: Solo Electric (2007-08 [2012], Tektite) B+(*) 
  • /Håkon Kornstad: Elise (2008, Compunctio) B+(**) 
  • /Håkon Kornstad/Jon Christensen: Mitt Hjerte Altid Vanker - I: Live at Oslo Jazzfestival (2009 [2011], Compunctio) B+(**) 
  • Steel: Live in Bucharest (2010 [2012], Tektite, EP) B+(***) 

The Flatlanders:

  • The Odessa Tapes (1972 [2012], New West) B+(***) 
  • Hills and Valleys (2009, New West) B+(**) 

Béla Fleck: /Zakir Hussain/Edgar Meyer: The Melody of Rhythm: Triple Concerto & Music for Trio (2009, Koch) B+(*) 

Fleet Foxes:

  • Fleet Foxes (2008, Sub Pop) B− 
  • Helplessness Blues (2010 [2011], Sub Pop) B− 
  • Crack-Up (2017, Nonesuch) C+ 

Dom Flemons: Prospect Hill (2014, Fat Possum) B+(**) 

Benton Flippen: Old Time, New Times (1970s-93 [1994], Rounder) B+(***) 

Floating Points:

  • Elaenia (2015, Luaka Bop) B+(***) 
  • Reflections - Mojave Desert (2017, Luaka Bop) B+(*) 

Ben Flocks: Battle Mountain (2013 [2014], self-released) A− 

Flogging Molly: Float (2008, Side One Dummy) B− 

Florence + the Machine:

  • Lungs (2009, Island) B 
  • Ceremonials (2011, Universal Republic) B+(*) 
  • How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (2015, Island/Republic) B 
  • High as Hope (2018, Virgin EMI) B+(*) 

Rosie Flores: Working Girl's Guitar (2012, Bloodshot) B+(*) 

Chris Flory: The Chris Flory Quintet Featuring Scott Hamilton (2012, Arbors) B+(***) 

Flow Trio: Rejuvenation (2008 [2009], ESP) B 

Mary Flower: Misery Loves Company (2011, Yellow Dog) B+(**) 

Brandon Flowers: The Desired Effect (2015, Virgin EMI) B+(**) 

Flume: Skin (2016, Future Classic) B 

The Flying Burrito Brothers: Authorized Bootleg: Fillmore East, New York, N.Y.: Late Show, November 7, 1970 (1970 [2011], Hip-O Select) B 

Flying Lotus:

  • Cosmogramma (2010, Warp) B+(**) 
  • Until the Quiet Comes (2012, 4AD) B+(**) 
  • You're Dead (2014, Warp) B+(**) 

Billy Flynn: Lonesome Highway (2017, Delmark) B 

FME:

  • Live at the Glenn Miller Café - Feb. 27, 2002 (2002, Okka Disk) B+(***) 
  • Montage (2005 [2006], Okka Disk, 2CD) B+(**) 

Foals:

  • Antidotes (2008, Sub Pop) B+(*) 
  • Total Life Forever (2010, Sub Pop) B+(**) 
  • Tapes (2012, !K7) B+(**) 
  • Holy Fire (2013, Warner Brothers) B+(*) 
  • What Went Down (2015, Warner Brothers) B 

The Greg Foat Group: The Dancers at the Edge of Time (2015, Jazzman) B+(*) 

John Fogerty: The Blue Ridge Rangers Ride Again (2009, Verve Forecast) B+(**) 

John Fogerty:

  • Wrote a Song for Everyone (2013, Vanguard) B+(*) 

Chuck Folds: Hitting His Stride (1992 [1996], Arbors) B+(***) 

Blaze Foley:

  • The Dawg Years (1975-78 [2010], Fat Possum) B+(**) 
  • Duct Tape Messiah [Soundtrack From the Documentary Film] (1975-89 [2011], Lost Art) B+(**) 

Sue Foley: Change (2004, Ruf) B+(***) 

Föllakzoid: III (2015, Sacred Bones) B+(**) 

The Follow: Up With the Sun (2006, Oni Music) B− 

Fond of Tigers: Uninhabit (2016, Offsesson/Drip Audio) C+ 

Joe Fonda:

  • /Michael Jefry Stevens: Memphis (2008 [2009], Playscape) B+(**) 
  • /Michael Jefry Stevens: Trio (2006 [2007], Not Two) B+(**) 
  • /Michael Jefry Stevens: Trio + 2: Live in Katowice (2009 [2011], Not Two) B+(*) 

Brigitte Fontaine: Comme à la Radio (1969, Saravah) B+(***) 

Foo Fighters: Wasting Light (2011, RCA) B 

Food: This Is Not a Miracle (2013 [2015], ECM) A− 

Foot Village: Make Memories (2013, Northern Spy) B+(*) 

Colt Ford: Every Chance I Get (2011, Average Joe's) B 

Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside:

  • Dirty Radio (2011, Partisan) B+(*) 
  • Untamed Beast (2013, Partisan) B− 

T-Model Ford and GravelRoad: Taledragger (2011, Alive) B+(***) 

Ford & Lopatin: Channel Pressure (2011, Mexican Summer) B− 

The Foreign Exchange: Love in Flying Colors (2013, Foreign Exchange Music) B+(*) 

Forest Swords:

  • Engravings (2013, Tri Angle) B+(*) 
  • Compassion (2017, Ninja Tune) B− 

Michael Formanek/Ensemble Kolossus: The Distance (2014 [2016], ECM) B+(***) 

Robert Forster:

  • Intermission: The Best of the Solo Recordings 1990-1997 (1990-97 [2007], Beggars Banquet) A− 
  • The Evangelist (2008, Yep Roc) A− 
  • Songs to Play (2015, Tapete) B+(**) 

Anat Fort/Gianluigi Trovesi: Birdwatching (2013 [2016], ECM) B+(***) 

Sullivan Fortner: Aria (2014 [2015], Impulse!) B+(***) 

Daniel Fortin: Brinks (2015, Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(**) 

Ruthie Foster: Let It Burn (2012, Blue Corn Music) B+(*) 

Josephine Foster: I'm a Dreamer (2013, Fire) B+(*) 

Foster the People: Torches (2011, Columbia) B 

Fountains of Wayne: Sky Full of Holes (2011, Yep Roc) B+(***) 

The Four Bags: Waltz (2017, NCM East) B+(*) 

Four Tet:

  • There Is Love in You (2010, Domino) B+(***) 
  • Pink (2011-12 [2012], Text) A− 
  • Beautiful Rewind (2013, Text) B+(***) 
  • Percussions: 2011 Until 2014 (2011-14 [2015], Text) B+(**) 
  • Morning/Evening (2015, Text) B+(*) 
  • New Energy (2017, Text) B+(**) 

Four Tops:

  • On Top (1966, Motown) B 
  • 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Four Tops (1964-73 [1999], Motown) A− 
  • 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Four Tops Volume 2 (1972-83 [2005], Hip-O) B+(*) 

Four Year Strong: Go Down in History (2014, Pure Noise, EP) B− 

Jean-Marc Foussat:

  • /Sylvain Guérineau/Joe McPhee: Quod (2010 [2014], Fou) B+(*) 
  • L'Oiseau (2011-12 [2014], Fou) B 
  • /Ramón Lopez: Ça Barbare, Là! (2012 [2014], Fou) B+(**) 
  • /Simon Hénocq: Nopal (2013 [2014], Fou) B+(**) 
  • /Jean-Luc Petit: . . . D'Où Vient La Lumière! (2015, Fou) B 

Kim Fowley: Outrageous (1968, Imperial) C− 

Danny Fox:

  • Wide Eyed (2012 [2014], Hot Cup) B+(***) 
  • The Great Nostalgist (2016 [2018], Hot Cup) B+(***) 

Foxygen: We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic (2013, Jagjaguwar) B− 

The Foxymorons: Fake Yoga (2015, Foxyphoton) B+(***) 

Craig Fraedrich:

  • w/Trilogy and Friends: All Through the Night (2017, Summit) B+(*) 
  • Out of the Blues (2017, Summit) B− 

Nils Frahm: Solo (2015, Erased Tapes) B+(**) 

Sage Francis:

  • Human the Death Dance (2007, Epitaph) B+(**) 
  • Li(f)e (2010, Anti-) A− 

Roddy Frame: Seven Dials (2014, AED) B+(*) 

The Frame Quartet: 35mm (2009, Okka Disk) B+(***) 

François and the Atlas Mountains: E Volo Love (2012, Domino) B+(***) 

Jackson C. Frank: Jackson C. Frank (1965, EMI Columbia) B+(**) 

Aretha Franklin:

  • You Grow Closer [Peacock Gospel Classics] (1956 [2003], MCA) B 
  • Aretha: With the Ray Bryant Combo (1960-61 [1961], Columbia) A− 
  • The Electrifying Aretha Franklin (1962, Columbia) B+(**) 
  • The Tender, the Moving, the Swinging Aretha Franklin (1962, Columbia) B− 
  • Laughing on the Outside (1963, Columbia) B 
  • Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington (1964 [1995], Columbia/Legacy) B− 
  • Runnin' Out of Fools (1964, Columbia) B+(**) 
  • Yeah!!! (1965, Columbia) B+(*) 
  • Aretha Arrives (1967, Atlantic) B+(***) 
  • Lady Soul (1968, Atlantic) A 
  • Aretha Now (1968, Atlantic) A 
  • Aretha in Paris (1968, Atlantic) B+(**) 
  • This Girl's in Love With You (1970, Atlantic) B+(***) 
  • Live at Fillmore West (1971 [1972], Atlantic) B+(*) 
  • Oh Me Oh My: Aretha Live in Philly, 1972 (1972 [2007], Rhino Handmade) B+(***) 
  • Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky) (1973, Atlantic) B− 
  • Let Me in Your Life (1974, Atlantic) B 
  • Sparkle (1976, Atlantic) B+(*) 
  • The Very Best of Aretha Franklin: The '70s (1970-76 [1994], Rhino) A− 
  • Aretha (1980, Arista) B 
  • Love All the Hurt Away (1981, Arista) B+(**) 
  • Jump to It (1982, Arista) B+(**) 
  • Get It Right (1983, Arista) A− 
  • Aretha (1986, Arista) B 
  • One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism (1987, Arista, 2CD) B+(*) 
  • What You See Is What You Sweat (1991, Arista) B 
  • So Damn Happy (2003, Arista) B+(**) 
  • Sings the Great Diva Classics (2014, RCA) B+(***) 

Franz Ferdinand: Right Thoughts Right Words Right Action (2013, Domino) B+(**) 

Nick Fraser:

  • Too Many Continents (2015, Clean Feed) B+(***) 
  • Starer (2015 [2016], self-released) B+(**) 
  • Is Life Long? (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(**) 

Carol Fredette: No Sad Songs for Me (2012 [2014], Soundbrush) B+(**) 

Free Energy: Stuck on Nothing (2010, Astralwerks/Caroline) B+(**) 

Free Jazz Group Wiesbaden: Frictions/Frictions Now (1969-71 [2015], NoBusiness) B+(***) 

Free Nelson Mandoomjazz:

  • The Shape of Doomjazz to Come/Saxophone Giganticus (2013 [2014], RareNoise) A− 
  • Awakening of a Capital (2014 [2015], RareNoise) B+(***) 
  • The Organ Grinder (2016, RareNoise) B+(*) 

Free Radicals:

  • The Rising Tide Sinks All (1998, RWE) A− 
  • Our Lady of Sunny Delights (2000, Rastaman Work Ethic) B+(**) 
  • Aerial Bombardment (2004, Rastaman Work Ethic) B+(**) 
  • The Freedom Fence (2012, Free Radicals) B+(**) 
  • Freedom of Movement (2015, Free Radicals) B+(***) 
  • Outside the Comfort Zone (2017, Free Rads) A− 

Daniel Freedman: Imagine That (2016, Anzic) B+(***) 

Chico Freeman:

  • Morning Prayer (1976 [2009], Why Not) B+(**) 
  • Tradition in Transition (1982, Elektra Musician) B+(*) 
  • /Mal Waldron: Up and Down (1992, Black Saint) B+(**) 
  • /Heiri Känzig: The Arrival (2014 [2015], Intakt) A− 

Dori Freeman:

  • Dori Freeman (2015 [2016], Free Dirt) A− 
  • Letters Never Read (2017, MRI) A− 

George Freeman: 90 Going on Amazing (2005 [2017], Blujazz) B+(*) 

James Freeman: Echoes of Nature III (2016, Edgetone) B− 

Mike Freeman: Blue Tjade (2014 [2016], VOF) B+(**) 

The Fresh & Onlys: Play It Strange (2010, In the Red) B+(*) 

Fresh Cut Orchestra:

  • Mind Behind Closed Eyes (2016, Ropeadope) B+(***) 
  • From the Vine (2015, self-released) B+(*) 

Paulo Fresu:

  • Devil Quartet: Desertico (2012 [2013], Ota) B+(*)  

Paolo Fresu:

  • /Richard Gallliano/Jan Lundgren: Mare Nostrum II (2014 [2016], ACT Music) B+(**) 
  • /Omar Sosa: Eros (2016, Otá) B+(*) 

Danny Freyer: Must Be Love (2014, Blue Bend) B− 

Eleanor Friedberger: Last Summer (2011, Merge) B+(*) 

Erik Friedlander:

  • Fifty: Miniatures for Improvising Quintet (2008 [2010], Skipstone) B+(**) 
  • Nighthawks (2013 [2014], Skipstone) B+(***) 
  • Oscalypso: Tribute to Oscar Pettiford (2015, Skipstone) A− 
  • Rings (2016, Skipstone) B+(***) 
  • Artemisia (2017 [2018], Skipstone) B+(**) 

Janice Friedman: Live at Kitano (2011 [2015], CAP) B+(*) 

Kinky Friedman:

  • Live From Austin TX (1975 [2007], New West) B 
  • The Loneliest Man I Ever Met (2015, Avenue A) B+(**) 

Friendly Fires: Pala (2011, XL) B 

Friends & Neighbors:

  • Hymn for a Hungry Nation (2012-13 [2014], Clean Feed) B+(**) 
  • What's Wrong? (2015 [2016], Clean Feed) B+(***) 

Matthew Fries: Parallel States (2015 [2016], Xcappa) B+(*) 

David Friesen:

  • Where the Light Fails (2013 [2014], Origin, 2CD) B+(**) 
  • /Glen Moore: Bactrian (2015, Origin) B+(***) 
  • Circle 3 Trio: Triple Exposure (2015 [2016], Origin) B+(*) 
  • Structures (2017, Origin, 2CD) B+(*) 

Frightened Rabbit:

  • The Winter of Mixed Drinks (2010, Fat Cat) B+(*) 
  • Pedestrian View (2013, Atlantic) B 

Frikstailers: En Son de Paz (2013, ZZK) B+(***) 

Bill Frisell:

  • Ghost Town (1999 [2000], Nonesuch) B+(*) 
  • History, Mystery (2002-07 [2008], Nonesuch, 2CD) A− 
  • The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved (2012, 429) B 
  • Guitar in the Space Age (2014, Okeh) B+(***) 
  • When You Wish Upon a Star (2015 [2016], Okeh) B 
  • /Thomas Morgan: Small Town (2016 [2017], ECM) B+(**) 
  • Music IS (2017 [2018], Okeh) B+(**) 

Oleg Frish: Duets With My American Idols (2014 [2015], Time Out Media) B+(***) 

Art Fristoe Trio: Double Down (2017, Merry Lane, 2CD) B 

Fred Frith:

  • /John Butcher: The Natural Order (2009 [2014], Northern Spy) B+(**) 
  • /Darren Johnston: Everybody Is Somebody Is Nobody (2013-14 [2016], Clean Feed) B+(**) 
  • Another Day in Fucking Paradise (2015 [2016], Intakt) B+(***) 
  • You Are Here (2016 [2017], Intakt) B+(**) 

Donnie Fritts: Oh My Goodness (2015, Single Lock) B+(***) 

Jonny Fritz:

  • Dad Country (2013, ATO) B+(**) 
  • Sweet Creep (2016, ATO) B+(*) 

Romulo Fróes: Por Elas Sem Elas (2015, YB Music, EP) B+(*) 

The Front Bottoms:

  • The Front Bottoms (2011, Bar/None) B+(***) 
  • Talon of the Hawk (2013, Bar/None) B+(**) 

Ben Frost: Aurora (2014, Bedroom Community) B+(**) 

Fruit Bats:

  • The Ruminant Band (2009, Sub Pop) A− 
  • Tripper (2011, Sub Pop) A− 
  • Absolute Loser (2016, Easy Sound) B+(**) 

Tony Fruscella: Tony Fruscella (1955, Atlantic) B+(***) 

Fuck Buttons: Tarot Sport (2009, ATP) A− 

Fucked Up:

  • Couple Tracks: Singles 2002-2009 (2002-09 [2010], Matador, 2CD) B+(**) 
  • David Comes to Life (2010 [2011], Matador) A− 
  • Glass Boys (2014, Matador) B+(**) 

The Fugs: Greatest Hits 1984-2004 (1984-2004 [2007], Fugs) B+(***) 

Satoko Fujii:

  • /Mark Dresser/Jim Black: Toward, "To West" (1998 [2000], Enja) A− 
  • Jo (1998 [2000], Buzz) B+(**) 
  • /Orchestra New York: Shiki (2013 [2014], Libra) B+(**) 
  • Orchestra Berlin: Ichigo Ichie (2014 [2015], Libra) A− 
  • Tobira: Yamiyo Ni Karasu (2014 [2015], Libra) B+(***) 
  • /Joe Fonda: Duet (2015 [2016], Long Song) B+(***) 
  • Orchestra Tokyo: Peace (2014 [2017], Libra) A− 
  • Invisible Hand (2016 [2017], Cortez Sound, 2CD) A− 
  • /Natsuki Tamura: Kisaragi (2015-16 [2017], Libra) B+(*) 
  • Live at Jazz Room Cortez (2016 [2017], Cortez Sound) B 
  • Orchestra New York: Fukushima (2016 [2017], Libra) B+(**) 
  • Solo (2017 [2018], Libra) B+(**) 
  • Orchestra Berlin: Ninety-Nine Years (2017 [2018], Libra) B+(**) 
  • /Joe Fonda/Gianni Mimmo: Triad (2017 [2018], Long Song) B+(***) 

Fujiya & Miyagi: Artificial Sweeteners (2014, Yep Roc) B+(*) 

Tomas Fujiwara:

  • The Air Is Different (2012, 482 Music) A− 
  • After All Is Said (2014 [2015], 482 Music) A− 
  • Triple Double (2017, Firehouse 12) A− 

Fujiya & Miyagi: Ventriloquizing (2011, Yep Roc) B+(*) 

Robbie Fulks:

  • Happy: Plays the Music of Michael Jackson (2002 [2010], Bloodshot) B 
  • Gone Away Backward (2013, Bloodshot) B+(**) 
  • Upland Stories (2016, Bloodshot) A− 
  • /Linda Gail Lewis: Wild! Wild! Wild! (2018, Bloodshot) A− 

John Fullbright:

  • From the Ground Up (2012, Blue Dirt) B+(**) 
  • Songs (2014, Blue Dirt) B+(*) 

Larry Fuller: Larry Fuller (2013-14 [2014], Capri) B+(***) 

Tia Fuller: Diamond Cut (2018, Mack Avenue) B+(*) 

Champian Fulton & Scott Hamilton: The Things We Did Last Summer (2017, Blau) B+(*) 

Fumaça Preta:

  • Fumaça Preta (2014, Soundway) A− 
  • Impuros Fanáticos (2016, Soundway) B+(*) 

Fun.: Some Nights (2012, Fueled by Ramen) B 

The Funk Brothers: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Funk Brothers (1960-72 [2004], Motown) B 

Funkadelic: First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate (2014, The C Kunspyruzhy, 3CD) B+(*) 

The Funkees: Dancing Time: The Best of Eastern Nigeria's Afro Rock Exponents 1973-77 (1973-77 [2012], Soundway) B+(**) 

The Funky Organics: The Funky Organics (2016, Chicken Coup/Summit) B 

Ezra Furman:

  • The Year of No Returning (2013, Bar/None) B+(*) 
  • Day of the Dog (2013, Bar/None) A− 
  • Perpetual Motion People (2015, Bella Union) A− 
  • Transangelic Exodus (2018, Bella Union) B+(**) 

Joel Futterman:

  • Vision in Time (1988 [1990], Silkheart) B+(**) 
  • Berlin Images (1991, Silkheart) B+(***) 
  • /Kidd Jordan: Nickelsdorf Konfrontation (1995 [1996], Silkheart) B+(*) 
  • /Kidd Jordan/Alvin Fielder: Southern Extreme (1997 [1998], Drimala) B+(**) 
  • /Ike Levin: Live in Chicago (2007 [2017], Charles Lester Music) B+(***) 

Future:

  • Pluto (2012, Epic) B+(**) 
  • Honest (2014, Epic) B+(**) 
  • DS2 (2015, Epic) A−  
  • 56 Nights (2015, Freebandz, EP) B+(*) 
  • EVOL (2016, Epic) B+(**) 
  • Future (2017, Epic/A1/Freebandz) B+(**) 
  • Hndrxx (Epic/A1/Freebandz) B+(**) 
  • /Young Thug: Super Slimey (2017, Epic/300 Entertainment/Freebandz) B+(*) 
  • Beast Mode 2 (2018, Epic/Freebandz) A− 

Future Bible Heroes: Partygoing (2013, Merge) B+(**) 

Future Islands:

  • In Evening Air (2010, Thrill Jockey) B+(*) 
  • Singles (2013 [2014], 4AD) B+(*) 
  • The Far Field (2017, 4AD) B+(*) 

Future of the Left:

  • Travels With Myself and Another (2009, 4AD) B+(*) 
  • The Plot Against Common Sense (2012, Xtra Mile) B+(*) 
  • How to Stop Your Brain in an Accident (2013, Prescriptions) B+(**) 
  • The Peace & Truce of Future of the Left (2016, Prescriptions) B+(***) 

Alex G:

  • DSU (2014, Orchid Tapes, EP) B+(*) 
  • (Sandy): Rocket (2017, Domino) B 

Chantale Gagné: The Left Side of the Moon (2014 [2015], self-relased) B+(***) 

Gaika: Security (2016, Mixpak) B+(*) 

Jim Gailloreto's Jazz String Quintet: The Pythiad (2016 [2017], Origin Classical) B− 

Greta Gaines: Whiskey Thoughts (2008, Justice) B+(*) 

Charlotte Gainsbourg:

  • IRM (2010, Elektra) B+(**) 
  • Stage Whisper (2010 [2011], Elektra) B 
  • Rest (2017, Because Music) B+(**) 

Serge Gainsbourg: Histoire de Melody Nelson (1970-71 [2009], Light in the Attic) B+(***) 

Galactic: Carnivale Electricos (2012, Epitaph) B 

Brent Gallaher: Moving Forward (2016 [2017], V&B) B 

Gallant: Ology (2016, Mind of a Genius/Warner Brothers) B+(*) 

Michael Gallant Trio: Live Plus One (2014 [2015], Gallant Music) B+(*) 

Richard Galliano: Sentimentale (2014, Resonance) A− 

Hal Galper:

  • O's Time (2014, Origin) B+(**) 
  • /The Youngbloods: Live at the Cota Jazz Festival (2016 [2017], Origin) B+(**) 
  • Cubist (2016 [2018], Origin) A− 

Sergio Galvao/Lupa Santiago/Clement Landais/Franck Enouf: 2X2 (2017 [2018], Origin) B+(***) 

Joana Gama/Luís Fernandes/Richardo Jacinto: Harmonies (2016 [2017], Shhpuma) B+(***) 

Gambari Band: Kokuma (2016, Membran Media) A− 

Roberta Gambarini/Hank Jones: You Are There (2005 [2008], Emarcy) B+(***) 

Lee Gamble:

  • Diversions 1994-1996 (2012, Pan, EP) B+(*) 
  • Koch (2014, Pan, 2CD) B+(*) 
  • Mnestic Pressure (2017, Hyperdub) B+(*) 

Game: The R.E.D. Album (2011, DGC/Interscope) B 

Slava Ganelin/Lenny Sendersky: Hotel Cinema (2016, Leo) B+(**) 

The Ganelin Trio:

  • Poco-A-Poco (1978 [1988], Leo) B+(***) 
  • Strictly for Our Friends (1978 [2001], Leo) B+(***) 
  • Encores (1978-81 [1994], Leo) B+(**) 
  • Old Bottles (1982-83 [1995], Leo) B+(***) 
  • Con Affetto (1983 [1999], Leo) B+(**) 
  • Ttaango . . . in Nickelsdorf (1985 [2010], Leo Golden Years of New Jazz, 2CD) A− 
  • Opuses (1989 [1990], Leo) B− 

Ganelin Trio Priority: Live in Lugano (2006 [2007], Not Two) B+(**) 

The Gang Font: The Gang Font feat. Interloper (2007, Thirsty Ear) B+(*) 

Gang Gang Dance: Eye Contact (2011, 4AD) B 

Gang of Four:

  • Content (2011, Yep Roc) B+(***) 
  • What Happens Next (2015, Metropolis) B+(*) 

Gangrene: Vodka & Ayahuasca (2012, Decon) B+(***) 

Garage à Trois: Always Be Happy, but Stay Evil (2011, The Royal Potato Family) B 

Garbage: Not Your Kind of People (2012, V2) B+(*) 

Jacob Garchik: Ye Olde (2014 [2015], Yestereve) B+(**) 

Nubya Garcia: Nubya's 5ive (2017, Jazz Re:freshed) B+(**) 

Paulinho Garcia: Beautiful Love (2013 [2014], Shrinktunes) B+(**) 

Socrates Garcia Latin Jazz Orchestra: Back Home (2015 [2016], Summit) B 

Gardland: Syndrome Syndrome (2013, RVNG Intl) B+(**) 

Hillary Gardner/Ehud Asherie: The Late Set (2017, Anzic) B+(*) 

Taana Gardner:

  • Taana Gardner (1979, West End) B+(***) 

Laszlo Gardony:

  • Life in Real Time (2014 [2015], Sunnyside) B+(***) 
  • Serious Play (Solo Piano) (2017, Sunnyside) B+(*) 

Abba Gargando: Abba Gargando (2015, Sahel Sounds) B+(***) 

Melody Gardot: My One and Only Thrill (2009, Verve) B+(*) 

Ananda Gari: T-Duality (2013 [2014], Auand) B+(**) 

The Garifuna Collective: Ayó (2013, Cumbancha) B+(*) 

Red Garland: Swingin' on the Korner (1977 [2015], Elemental Music, 2CD) A− 

Bunji Garlin: Differentology (2014, RCA/VP) B+(**) 

Erroll Garner:

  • Body & Soul (1951-52 [1991], Columbia) B+(***) 
  • The Complete Concert by the Sea (1955 [2015], Columbia/Legacy, 3CD) A− 
  • Nightconcert (1964 [2018], Mack Avenue) A− 
  • The Erroll Garner Collection, Vol. 2: Dancing on the Ceiling (1961-65 [1989], Emarcy) B+(**) 
  • Ready Take One (1967-71 [2016], Legacy) B+(*) 

Kenny Garrett:

  • Standard of Language (2001-02 [2003], Warner Brothers) B+(**) 
  • Seeds From the Underground (2012, Mack Avenue) B+(**) 
  • Do Your Dance! (2016, Mack Avenue) B+(*) 

Michael Garrick:

  • A Lady in Waiting (1993 [1994], Jazz Academy) B+(***) 
  • w/Jacqui Dankworth: For Love of Duke . . . and Ronnie (1995-97 [1997], Jazz Academy) A− 

Brad Garton/Dave Soldier: The Brainwave Music Project (2017 [2018], Mulatta) B+(***) 

George Garzone:

  • Moodiology (1998 [1999], NYC) B+(**) 
  • The Fringe in New York (2000, NYC) B+(**) 
  • Among Friends (2009, Stunt) B+(***) 
  • /Jerry Bergonzi/Carl Winther/Johnny Aman/Anders Mogensen: Quintonic (2013 [2014], Stunt) B+(***) 

Gabriel Garzón-Montano: Jardin (2017, Stones Throw) B 

Gas: Narkopop (2017, Kompakt) B 

The Gaslamp Killer: Breakthrough (2012, Brainfeeder) B+(*) 

The Gaslight Anthem:

  • American Slang (2010, Side One Dummy) B+(*) 
  • Handwritten (2012, Mercury) B 

Maxfield Gast: Ogo Pogo (2014 [2015], Militia Hill) B+(**) 

Kevin Gates:

  • The Luca Brasi Story (2013, Atlantic) B+(**) 
  • Stranger Than Fiction (2013, Bread Winners Association) B+(**) 
  • By Any Means (2014, Bread Winners Association) B+(**) 
  • Islah (2016, Atlantic) B+(*) 

Gato Libre:

  • DuDu (2013 [2014], Libra) B 
  • Neko (2016 [2017], Libra) B+(**) 

Gato Preto: Tempo (2017, Unique) A− 

Gaudi: EP (2016, RareNoise, EP) B+(**) 

Mary Gauthier:

  • Between Daylight and Dark (2007, Lost Highway) B+(***) 
  • The Foundling (2010, Razor & Tie) B+(***) 
  • Trouble & Love (2014, In the Black) A− 
  • Rifles & Rosary Beads (2018, In the Black) A− 

Ben LaMar Gay: Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun (2010-18 [2018], International Anthem) B+(**) 

Gay for Johnny Depp: What Doesn't Kill You, Eventually Kills You (2011, Shinebox) B− 

Marvin Gaye:

  • The Soulful Moods of Marvin Gaye (1961, Tamla) C 
  • That Stubborn Kinda Fellow (1962, Tamla) B+(***) 
  • Hello Broadway (1964, Tamla) C− 
  • How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You (1965, Tamla) B+(***) 
  • A Tribute to the Great Nat King Cole (1965, Tamla) C+ 
  • Moods of Marvin Gaye (1966, Tamla) B+(**) 
  • /Kim Weston: Take Two (1964-66 [1966], Tamla) B+(***) 
  • /Tammi Terrell: United (1967, Tamla) B+(*) 
  • In the Groove (1968, Tamla) B+(***) 
  • M.P.G. (1969, Tamla) B+(***) 
  • 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Marvin Gaye Volume 1: The '60s (1962-69 [1999], Motown) A 

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell:

  • 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (1967-69 [2000], Motown) B+(***) 

Marvin Gaye:

  • What's Going On (1971, Tamla) A− 
  • Trouble Man (1972, Tamla) B 
  • Let's Get It On (1973, Tamla) B+(***) 
  • Live! (1974, Tamla) B 
  • I Want You (1976, Tamla) B− 
  • 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Marvin Gaye Volume 2: The '70s (1971-77 [2000], Motown) A− 
  • Here, My Dear (1978, Motown) A− 
  • In Our Lifetime (1981 [1994], Tamla) B+(***) 

Charles Gayle:

  • Spirits Before (1988 [1989], Silkheart) B+(***) 
  • Homeless (1988 [1989], Silkheart) B+(**) 
  • Vol. 1: Translations (1993 [1994], Silkheart) B+(*) 
  • Streets (2011 [2012], Northern Spy) A− 
  • /William Parker/Hamid Drake: Live at Jazzwerkstatt Peitz (2014 [2015], Jazzwerkstatt) B+(***) 
  • Christ Everlasting (2014 [2015], ForTune) A− 
  • Solar System (2016 [2017], ForTune) A− 

Gayngs: Relayted (2010, Jagjaguwar) B+(*) 

Sara Gazarek/Josh Nelson: Dream in the Blue (2015 [2016], Steel Bird) B 

Gazelle Twin: Unflesh (2014, Last Gang) B+(**) 

Tobias Gebb/Trio West: Plays Holiday Songs, Vol. 2 (2009, Yummy House) B 

Awalom Gebremariam: Desdes (2007 [2016], Awesome Tapes From Africa) B+(***) 

Heinz Geisser-Guerino Mazzola Duo: Folia/The Unam Concert (2000 [2001], Silkheart) B+(*) 

Morgan Geist: Double Night Time (2008, Environ) B+(***) 

Howe Gelb:

  • Dreaded Brown Recluse (1991, Restless) B+(***) 
  • Future Standards (2016 [2017], Fire) B+(*) 

Herb Geller:

  • Herb Geller Plays (1954-55 [1955], Emarcy) A− 
  • /Roberto Magris: An Evening With Herb Geller & the Roberto Magris Trio: Live in Europe 2009 (2009 [2014], JMood) B+(***) 

Generations Quartet: Flow (2015 [2016], Not Two) A− 

Domo Genesis: Genesis (2016, Odd Future) B+(***) 

Kate Gentile: Mannequins (2016 [2017], Skirl) B+(***) 

Camilla George Quartet: Isang (2016 [2017], Ubuntu Music) B+(*) 

Georgia: Georgia (2015, Domino) B+(**) 

Philipp Gerschlauer/David Fiuczynski: Mikrojazz: Neue Expressionistische Musik (2016 [2017], Rare Noise) B+(*) 

Alice Gerrard: Follow the Music (2014, Tompkins Square) B+(***) 

Ruth Gerson: Deceived (2011, Wrong) B+(**) 

Julian Gerstin: The One Who Makes You Happy (2017, self-released) B+(*) 

Get the Blessing: Lope and Antilope (2013 [2014], Naim Jazz) B+(*) 

Stan Getz:

  • Stan Getz in Stockholm (1955 [2008], Verve) B+(***) 
  • The Steamer (1956 [2015], Classic Standard) B+(***) 
  • /Gerry Mulligan/Harry Edison/Louis Bellson/Oscar Peterson: Jazz Giants '58 (1953-57 [2008], Verve) B+(***) 
  • /Bob Brookmeyer: Recorded Fall 1961 (1961 [2002], Verve) B+(**) 
  • Big Band Bossa Nova (1962 [2008], Verve) B+(**) 
  • /Luiz Bonfa: Jazz Samba Encore! (1963 [2008], Verve) A− 
  • With Guest Artist Laurindo Almeida (1963 [2008], Verve) A− 
  • /Joao Gilberto: Getz/Gilberto #2 (1964 [2008], Verve) B 
  • /Astrud Gilberto: Getz Au Go Go (1964 [2007], Verve) B+(*) 
  • Dynasty (1971 [2009], Verve, 2CD) A− 
  • Live at Montreux 1972 (1972 [2013], Eagle Rock) B 
  • The Best of Two Worlds (1975, Columbia) B 
  • Pure Getz (1982, Concord Jazz) B+(***) 
  • Apasionado (1989 [2009], Verve) B+(***) 

GFOTY: Call Him a Doctor (2016, PC Music, EP) B− 

Ghost Train Orchestra:

  • Hot Town (2013 [2015], Accurate) B+(***) 
  • Book of Rhapsodies Vol II (2012-17 [2017], Accurate) B+(*) 

Ghostface Killah:

  • The Big Doe Rehab (2007, Def Jam) B+(***) 
  • Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City (2009, Def Jam) A− 
  • Apollo Kids (2010, Def Jam) A− 
  • /Adrian Younge: Twelve Reasons to Die (2013, Relativity/Soul Temple) B+(***) 
  • 36 Seasons (2014, Tommy Boy) B+(***) 
  • /Adrian Younge: Twelve Reasons to Die II (2015, Linear Labs) B+(**) 

Ghostpoet:

  • Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam (2011, Brownswood) B+(***) 
  • Some Say I So I Say Light (2013, Play It Again Sam) B+(**) 
  • Dark Days + Canapés (2017, Play It Again Sam) B+(**) 

Paul Giallorenzo:

  • Force Majeure (2013 [2014], Delmark) B+(***) 
  • Flow (2017, Delmark) B+(**) 

Trevor Giancola: Fundamental (2015 [2016], self-released) B+(*) 

Giant Sand: Heartbreak Pass (2015, New West) B+(*) 

Joe Giardullo: Weather (2004, Not Two) B 

Polly Gibbons: Many Faces of Love (2014 [2015], Resonance, CD+DVD) B+(*) 

Walter Gibbons: Jungle Music (1976-86 [2010], Strut, 2CD) B+(***) 

Freddie Gibbs:

  • Str8 Killa (2010, Decon, EP) B+(*) 
  • /Madlib: Piñata (2011-13 [2014], Madlib Invazion) B+(***) 
  • You Only Live 2wice (2017, ESGN/Empire) B+(**) 
  • Freddie (2018, ESGN/Empire, EP) B+(**) 

Gerry Gibbs:

  • Thrasher Dream Trio: We're Back (2014, Whaling City Sound) B+(**) 
  • Thrasher Dream Trio: Live in Studio (2015, Whaling City Sound) B+(**) 
  • & Thrasher People: Weather or Not (2016 [2017], Whaling City Sound, 2CD) B 

Michael Gibbs:

  • Tanglewood 63 (1970, Deram) B+(*) 
  • /Joachim Kühn: Europeana: Jazzphony No. 1 (1994 [1995], ACT) B+(**) 
  • /The NDR Bigband: Play a Bill Frisell Set List (2013 [2015], Cuneiform) A− 
  • /The NDR Bigband: In My View (2013-15 [2015], Cuneiform) B+(***) 

Otis Gibbs: Grandpa Walked a Picketline (2008 [2009], Thirty Tigers) B+(***) 

Terry Gibbs:

  • Dream Band, Vol. 6: One More Time (1959 [2002], Contemporary) A− 
  • Swing Is Here!! (1960 [2009], Verve) B+(***) 
  • 92 Years Young: Jammin' at the Gibbs House (2016 [2017], Whaling City Sound) B+(***) 

Clay Giberson:

  • Minga Minga (2013 [2015], Origin) B+(*) 
  • Pastures (2015 [2016], Origin) B+(***) 

Clark Gibson + Orchestra: Bird With Strings: The Lost Arrangements (2015, BluJazz) B+(**) 

Yedo Gibson/Hernâni Faustino/Vasco Trilla: Chain (2016 [2017], NoBusiness) B+(**) 

Rhiannon Giddens:

  • Tomorrow Is My Turn (2015, Nonesuch) B+(**) 
  • Freedom Highway (2017, Nonesuch) B+(**) 

Perfect Giddimani: Live My Life Again (2017, Giddimani) B+(*) 

Gift of Gab:

  • The Next Logical Progression (2012, Quannum Projects) B+(**) 
  • Rejoice! Rappers Are Rapping Again! (2018, Giftstribution Unlimited, EP) A− 

Gigi: Maintenant (2008 [2010], Tomlab) B+(**) 

Brantley Gilbert: Just as I Am (2014, Valory) B− 

Vance Gilbert: Nearness of You (2015, Disismye Music) B 

Astrud Gilberto:

  • The Astrud Gilberto Album (1965 [2008], Verve) B 
  • Look to the Rainbow (1965-66 [2008], Verve) B− 
  • /Walter Wanderley: A Certain Smile, a Certain Sadness (1966 [2008], Verve) B 

Eliza Gilkyson: Live From Austin TX (2001 [2007], New West) B+(***) 

John Gill:

  • San Francisco Jazz Band: Turk Murphy Style (1989 [1992], GHB) A− 
  • Novelty Orchestra of New Orleans: "Smile, Darn Ya, Smile" (1991, Stomp Off) B+(***) 
  • Novelty Orchestra of New Orleans: Headin' for Better Times (1992 [1993], Stomp Off) B+(***) 
  • Dixieland Serenaders: Looking for a Little Bluebird (1994 [1996], Stomp Off) A− 
  • Dixieland Serenaders: Take Me to the Midnight Cakewalk Ball (1995 [1998], Stomp Off) A− 
  • "Listen to That Dixie Band!!" (1997 [1998], Stomp Off) B+(**) 
  • Jazz Kings: "I Must Have It!" (2004, Stomp Off) B+(***) 
  • Learn to Croon: John Gill & His Sentimental Serenaders Remember Bing Crosby (2009 [2011], Stomp Off) B+(**) 

Vince Gill:

  • Guitar Slinger (2011, MCA Nashville) B+(**) 
  • /Paul Franklin: Bakersfield (2013, MCA Nashville) B+(***) 
  • Down to My Last Bad Habit (2016, MCA Nashville) B+(*) 

Dizzy Gillespie:

  • Dizzy on the French Riviera (1962 [2009], Verve) B+(***) 
  • Dizzy Goes Hollywood (1963 [2008], Verve) B+(**) 
  • The Cool World (1964 [2008], Verve) B+(***) 
  • Live at the 1965 Monterey Jazz Festival (1965 [2007], MJF) B+(*) 
  • /Friends: Concert of the Century: A Tribute to Charlie Parker (1980 [2016], Justin Time) B+(*) 

David Gilmore:

  • Energies Of Change (2015 [2016], Evolutionary Music) B+(**) 
  • Transitions (2016 [2017], Criss Cross) B+(*) 

Jimmie Dale Gilmore/The Wronglers: Heirloom Music (2011, Neanderthal Noise) A 

Ginkgoa:

  • EP Ginkgoa (self-released, EP) B+(**) 
  • One Time (2018, self-released, EP) B+(**) 

Vince Giordano's Nighthawks: Quality Shout! (1992-93 [1993], Stomp Off) A− 

Girl Band: Holding Hands With Jamie (2015, Rough Trade) B+(**) 

Girl Talk:

  • Feed the Animals (2008, Illegal Art) A− 
  • All Day (2010, Illegal Art) A− 

Girl Unit: Club Rez EP (2012, Night Slugs, EP) B+(*) 

Girlpool:

  • Girlpool (2014, Wichita, EP) B+(**) 
  • Before the World Was Big (2015, Wichita) B+(**) 
  • Powerplant (2017, Anti-) B 

Girls:

  • Album (2009, True Panther) A− 
  • Broken Dreams Club (2010, True Panther Sounds, EP) B+(***) 
  • Father, Son, Holy Ghost (2011, True Panther Sounds) A− 

Girls' Generation:

  • Oh! (2010, SM Entertainment) B+(**) 
  • The Boys (2011 [2012], Universal) B+(*) 

Girls Guns and Glory: Sweet Nothings (2011, Lonesome Day) B+(*) 

Dave Gisler: Rabbits on the Run (2017 [2018], Intakt) B+(***) 

Jimmy Giuffre:

  • The Jimmy Giuffre Clarinet (1956 [2001], Collectables) B+(***) 
  • Emphasis, Stuttgart 1961 (1961 [1993], Hat Art) B+(***) 
  • Flight, Bremen 1961 (1961 [1993], Hat Art) B+(**) 
  • /Paul Bley/Steve Swallow: Emphasis & Flight 1961 (1961 [2003], Hatology, 2CD) B+(***) 
  • New York Concerts (1965 [2014], Elemental, 2CD) B+(***) 
  • /André Jaume: Momentum, Willisau 1988 (1988 [1997], Hatology) B+(*) 

Frode Gjerstad:

  • /Paal Nilssen-Love: Gromka (2008 [2010], Not Two) B+(**) 
  • /Steve Swell: Bop Stop (2018, Clean Feed) B+(**) 

The Gladiators:

  • Presenting the Gladiators (1969-76 [2006], Sankofa) B+(*) 
  • Studio One Singles (1969-78 [2007], Heartbeat) B+(**) 
  • Symbol of Reality (1982 [2018], Omnivore) B+(**) 

Robert Glasper:

  • Black Radio (2012, Blue Note) B+(*) 
  • Black Radio 2 (2013, Blue Note) B 
  • Covered: The Robert Glasper Trio Recorded Live at Capitol Studios (2014 [2015], Blue Note) B+(**) 
  • Everything's Beautiful (2016, Legacy) B+(**) 
  • Experiment: ArtScience (2016, Blue Note) B+(*) 

Margaret Glaspy: Emotions and Math (2016, ATO) B+(**) 

Glasser:

  • Ring (2010, True Panther Sounds) B+(*) 
  • Interiors (2013, True Panther Sounds) B+(*) 

Glee Cast:

  • Glee: The Music, Vol. 1 (2009, Columbia) B− 
  • Glee: The Music, Vol. 2 (2009, Columbia) B 
  • Glee: The Music, the Power of Madonna (2010, Columbia) B+(*) 
  • Glee: The Music, Season Tree: The Graduation Album (Columbia) B− 

Glitterbust: Glitterbust (2016, Burger) B+(*) 

Globe Unity Orchestra:

  • Globe Unity 73: Live in Wuppertal (1973, FMP) A− 
  • Rumbling (1975 [1991], FMP) B+(***) 

GLOSS: Demo (2015, self-released, EP) B+(***) 

Bob Gluck/Billy Hart/Eddie Henderson/Christopher Dean Sullivan: Infinite Spirit: Revisiting Music of the Mwandishi Band (2015 [2016], FMR) B+(***) 

Gnarls Barkley: The Odd Couple (2008, Atlantic) B+(**) 

The Go! Team:

  • Proof of Youth (2007, Sub Pop) B+(**) 
  • Rolling Blackouts (2011, Memphis Industries) B+(**) 
  • The Scene Between (2015, Memphis Industries) B 
  • Semicircle (2018, Memphis Industries) B+(**) 

GOAT:

  • World Music (2012, Rocket) B+(***) 
  • Commune (2014, Sub Pop) A− 
  • Requiem (2016, Sub Pop) B+(***) 

Will Goble: Consider the Blues (2015 [2016], OA2) B+(*) 

God Help the Girl: God Help the Girl (2009, Matador) B+(***) 

Jean-Brice Godet:

  • Mujô (2013 [2016], Fou) B+(***) 
  • Lignes De Crêtes (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(***) 

Otzir Godot: In- (2014 [2015], Epatto) B+(**) 

Godspeed You! Black Emperor:

  • F# A# ∞ (1997 [1998], Kranky) B+(**) 
  • Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven (2000, Kranky, 2CD) B+(*) 
  • 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! (2012, Constellation) B+(**) 
  • Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress (2015, Constellation) B− 

The Godz: Contact High With the Godz (1966, ESP-Disk) B+(***) 

GoGo Penguin:

  • Man Made Object (2015 [2016], Blue Note) B+(***) 
  • A Humdrum Star (2017 [2018], Blue Note) B+(*) 

Gogol Bordello:

  • Trans-Continental Hustle (2010, American) A− 
  • Pura Vida Conspiracy (2013, ATO) B+(***) 
  • Seekers and Finders (2017, Cooking Vinyl) B+(**) 

The Brett Gold New York Jazz Orchestra:

  • Dreaming Big (2016 [2017], Goldfox) B+(*) 

Gold Motel: Summer House (2010, Good as Gold) B+(*) 

Gold Panda:

  • Lucky Shiner (2010, Spunk) B+(***) 
  • DJ-Kicks (2011, !K7) B+(*) 
  • Half of Where You Live (2013, Ghostly International) B+(**) 

Gold-Bears:

  • Are You Falling in Love? (2011, Slumberland) B+(***) 
  • Dalliance (2014, Slumberland) B+(**) 

Aaron Goldberg: The Now (2009-14 [2015], Sunnyside) B+(*) 

Ben Goldberg:

  • Eight Phrases for Jefferson Rubin (1996 [1998], Victo) B+(**) 
  • Speech Communication (2009, Tzadik) B+(***) 
  • Baal: The Book of Angels, Vol. 15 (2009 [2010], Tzadik) B+(***) 
  • Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues (2008 [2013], BAG) B+(***) 
  • Unfold Ordinary Mind (2012 [2013], BAG) B+(**) 
  • /Adam Levy/Smith Dobson: Worry Later (2014, BAG Productions) B+(**)  Orphic Machine (2015, BAG) B+(***) 
  • School: Vol. 1: The Humanities (2017, BAG) B+(**) 

The Golden Palominos: Blast of Silence (Axed My Baby for a Nickel) (1986, Celluloid) B− 

Golden Pelicans:

  • S/T (2014, Total Punk, EP) B+(***) 
  • Oldest Ride Longest Line (2015, Total Punk, EP) B+(**) 
  • Disciples of Blood (2017, Goner, EP) B+(***) 

Goldfrapp:

  • Head First (2010, Mute) B+(***) 
  • The Singles (2000-12 [2012], Mute) B+(*) 
  • Silver Eye (2017, Mute) B+(*) 

GoldLink: At What Cost (2017, Squaaash Club/RCA) B+(***) 

Golem: Tanz (2014, Discos Corason) A− 

Vinny Golia:

  • Wind Quartet: Live at the Century City Playhouse: Los Angeles, 1979 (1979 [2017], Dark Tree) B+(***) 
  • /Aurora Josephson/Henry Kaiser/Mike Keneally/Joe Morris/Damon Smith/Weasel Walter: Healing Force: The Songs of Albert Ayler (2006 [2007], Cuneiform) B+(***) 
  • Take Your Time (2011, Relative Pitch) B+(***) 
  • /Steph Richards/Bert Turetzky: Trio Music (2017 [2018], PfMentum) B+(*) 

Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs:

  • Nobody Will Be There (2007 [2011], Damaged Goods, EP) B+(*) 
  • Long Distance (2012, Transdreamer) B+(*) 

Chris Golinski/Tim McNally/Boaz Roberts: Rodeo (2015, Edgetone) B+(*) 

Max Gomez: Rule the World (2013, New West) B 

Gonjasufi: A Sufi and a Killer (2010, Warp) C− 

André Gonçalves: Currents & Riptides (2016, Shhpuma) B+(***) 

Vitor Gonçalves: Vitor Gonçalves Quartet (2017, Sunnyside) B+(*) 

Paul Gonsalves/Earl Hines: Paul Gonsalves Meets Earl Hines (1970-72 [1992], Black Lion) B+(*) 

Benito Gonzalez/Gerry Gibbs/Essiet Okon Essiet: Passion Reverence Transcendence: The Music of McCoy Tyner (2016 [2018], Whaling City Sound) B+(***) 

Chilly Gonzales: Ivory Tower (2010, Arts & Crafts) B+(*) 

Dennis González:

  • New Dallas Sextet: Namesake (1987, Silkheart) B+(**)  Catechism (1987 [1996], Music & Arts) B+(**) 

Dennis Gonzalez:

  • New Dallasangeles: The Desert Wind (1989, Silkheart) B+(*) 

Dennis González:

  • The Gift of Discernment (2008, Not Two) A− 
  • /Ingebrigt Håker Flaten: The Hymn Project (2010 [2011], Daagnim) B+(**) 

GOOD Music: Cruel Summer (2012, GOOD Music/Def Jam) B+(**) 

The Good, the Bad, & the Queen: The Good, the Bad, & the Queen (2007, Honest Jons/Virgin) B 

Brad Goode: Montezuma (2013 [2014], Origin) B+(**) 

Goodie Mob: Age Against the Machine (2013, The Right/Warner Brothers) B+(*) 

Alex Goodman:

  • Border Crossing (2016, OA2) B− 
  • Second Act (2017, Lyte) B 

Benny Goodman:

  • Plays Eddie Sauter (1939-46 [1997], Hep) B+(**) 
  • Together Again! (1963 [1964], RCA) B+(**) 

Michael Monroe Goodman: The Flag, the Bible, & Bill Monroe (2015, MammerJam) B+(***) 

Richie Goods & Nuclear Fusion: Three Rivers (2014 [2015], Richman) B 

Mick Goodrick: In Pas(s)ing (1978 [2001], ECM) A− 

The Goon Sax: Up to Anything (2016, Chapter Music) B+(***) 

Dexter Gordon:

  • The Chronological Dexter Gordon 1943-1947 (1943-47 [1999], Classics) A− 
  • /Wardell Gray: Citizens Bop (1946-52 [1994], Black Lion) B+(**) 
  • Dexter Blows Hot and Cool (1955 [2010], Essential Jazz Classics) B+(***) 
  • The Resurgence of Dexter Gordon (1960, Jazzland/OJC) B+(**) 
  • Body and Soul (1967 [1988], Black Lion) B+(**) 
  • The Tower of Power (1969 [1993], Prestige/OJC) B+(**) 
  • More Power! (1969 [1994], Prestige/OJC) B+(**) 
  • The Jumpin' Blues (1970 [1994], Prestige/OJC) B+(***) 
  • The Panther! (1970 [1992], Prestige/OJC) A− 
  • Ca' Purange (1972 [1973], Prestige/OJC) B+(***) 
  • Generation (1972 [1973], Prestige/OJC) B+(*) 
  • Tangerine (1972 [1975], Prestige/OJC) B+(**) 
  • The Apartment (1974 [1975], SteepleChase) B+(***) 
  • Something Different (1975 [1980], SteepleChase) B+(***) 
  • Biting the Apple (1976 [1977], SteepleChase) B+(***) 
  • Homecoming: Live at the Village Vanguard (1976 [1977], Columbia/Legacy, 2CD) A− 
  • Tokyo 1975 (1973-77 [2018], Elemental Music) B+(***) 
  • Night Ballads: Montreal 1977 (1977 [2012], Uptown) B+(*) 
  • Round Midnight [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (1986, Columbia) B+(*) 

Jon Gordon: Along the Way (1997, Criss Cross) B+(***) 

Kevin Gordon: Gloryland (2011 [2012], Crowville Media) B+(*) 

Sax Gordon: In the Wee Small Hours (2013 [2014], Delmark) B+(**) 

Wycliffe Gordon:

  • What You Dealin' With (2001, Criss Cross) B+(***) 
  • Dreams of New Orleans (2012, Chesky) B 
  • The Intimate Ellington/Ballads and Blues (2013, Criss Cross) B+(***) 
  • Somebody New (2015, Blues Back) B+(**) 

Gorilla Mask: Iron Lung (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) A− 

Gorillaz:

  • Plastic Beach (2010, Virgin) B 
  • The Singles Collection 2001-2011 (2001-11, Virgin) B+(*) 
  • The Now Now (2018, Parlophone) B− 

Gossip: A Joyful Noise (2012, Columbia) B 

Gotan Project: Tango 3.0 (2010, XL) B+(**) 

Ayelet Rose Gottlieb: Roadsides (2014, Arogole Music) B+(***) 

Gotye: Making Mirrors (2011 [2012], Universal Republic) B 

Simon Goubert: Haïti (1991, Seventh) A− 

Victor Gould: Earthlings (2017 [2018], Criss Cross) B+(**) 

Ellie Goulding: Lights (2010 [2011], Cherrytree/Interscope) B 

Government Cheese: Government Cheese: 1985-1995 (1985-95 [2010], Cedar Creek, 2CD) B+(***) 

Dusko Goykovich: Portrait: A 70th Birthday Celebration (1949-99 [2001], Enja) A− 

Charlie Gracie: The Best of Charlie Gracie: 1956-1958 [Cameo Parkway] (1956-58 [2006], ABKCO) A− 

Johan Graden: Olägenheter (2017 [2018], Moserobie) B+(**) 

Jean Grae & Quelle Chris: Everything's Fine (2018, Mello Music Group) A− 

Gramatik: The Age of Reason (2014, Lowtemp) B+(**) 

Maria Grand: Magdalena (2018, Biophilia) B+(**) 

Grand Fatilla: Global Shuffle (2014, self-released) B+(*) 

Grandaddy: Last Place (2017, 30th Century/Columbia) B+(**) 

Ariana Grande:

  • Yours Truly (2013, Island/Republic) B+(***) 
  • My Everything (2014, Island/Republic) B+(**) 
  • Dangerous Woman (2016, Republic) B+(*) 
  • Sweetener (2018, Republic) B 

Grandpa's Cough Medicine: 180 Proof (2015, self-released) B+(*) 

Jerry Granelli:

  • Broken Circle (1996, Intuition) B+(***) 
  • Music Has Its Way With Me (1999, Perimeter) B+(***) 
  • What I Hear Now (2014 [2015], Addo) B+(***) 

Stéphane Grappelli/Joe Pass/Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen:

  • Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark (1979 [1990], Pablo/OJC) B+(**) 

Grass Roots: Grass Roots (2012, AUM Fidelity) B+(**) 

Grass Widow: Past Time (2010, Kill Rock Stars, EP) B+(*) 

Pasquale Grasso/Renaud Penant/Ari Roland: In the Mood for a Classic (2014 [2017], ITI Music) B+(**) 

Grateful Dead:

  • Grateful Dead (1967, Warner Brothers) A− 
  • Anthem of the Sun (1968, Warner Brothers) B 
  • Aoxomoxoa (1969, Warner Brothers) B+(***) 

Frank Gratkowski:

  • /Alexey Kruglov/Simon Nabatov/Oleg Yudanov: Leo Records 35th Anniversary Moscow (2014 [2015], Leo) B+(*) 
  • /Simon Nabatov: Mirthful Myths (2015 [2017], Leo) B+(**) 

Cameron Graves: Planetary Prince (2017, Mack Avenue) B− 

Georg Gräwe:

  • New Movements (1976, FMP) B+(**) 
  • Pink Pong (1977, FMP) B+(*) 

Devin Gray: RelativE ResonancE (2014 [2015], Skirl) B+(***) 

Justin Gray & Synthesis:

  • New Horizons (2017 [2018], self-released) B+(**) 

Luther Gray/Jim Hobbs/Kaethe Hostetter/Winston Braman: Lawnmower II (2012 [2014], Clean Feed) B+(***) 

Macy Gray:

  • The Sellout (2010, Concord) A− 
  • Stripped (2016, Chesky) B+(**) 

John Grant:

  • Queen of Denmark (2010, Bella Union) B 
  • Grey Tickles, Black Pressure (2015, Partisan) B+(*) 

Milford Graves:

  • Percussion Ensemble With Sunny Morgan (1965 [2003], ESP-Disk) B+(*) 
  • /Bill Laswell: Space/Time · Redemption (2013 [2015], TUM) A− 

Gordon Grdina:

  • Box Cutter: New Rules for Noise (2007, Spool) B+(***) 
  • Her Eyes Illuminate (2012, Songlines) B+(***) 
  • /Mark Helias: No Difference (2012 [2013], Songlines) B+(**) 
  • Inroads (2017, Songlines) B+(***) 

The Great American Music Ensemble: It's All in the Game (2001 [2016], Jazzed Media) A− 

The Great Harry Hillman: Tilt (2017, Cuneiform) B+(**) 

Al Green:

  • Truth N' Time (1978, Hi) B+(**) 
  • Tokyo . . . Live (1978 [1981], Motown) B+(***) 
  • Precious Lord (1982, Myrrh) B+(***) 
  • I'll Rise Again (1983, Myrrh) B+(**) 
  • Trust in God (1984, Myrrh) B 
  • He Is the Light (1986, A&M) B+(**) 
  • Lay It Down (2008, Blue Note) A− 

Cee Lo Green:

  • The Lady Killer (2010, Elektra) B 
  • Heart Blanche (2015, Atlantic) B+(*) 

Colleen Green: I Want to Grow Up (2015, Hardly Art) B 

Danny Green:

  • After the Calm (2014, OA2) B+(**) 
  • Altered Narratives (2015 [2016], OA2) B+(***) 
  • Trio Plus Strings: One Day It Will (2017 [2018], OA2) B+(**) 

Josh Green & the Cyborg Orchestra: Telepathy & Bop (2016 [2017], self-released) B+(*) 

William Clark Green: Ringling Road (2015, Bill Grease) B+(*) 

Green Day:

  • Kerplunk (1992, Lookout) B+(*) 
  • Nimrod (1997, Reprise) B+(**) 
  • Warning (2000, Reprise) A− 
  • American Idiot (2004, Reprise) B+(*) 

Green Room: Live Trajectories (1996, Leo Lab) B+(**) 

The Green Seed: Drapetomania (2014, Communicating Vessels) A−  

David Greenberger, Keith Spring, and Dinty Child: Take Me Where I Don't Know I Am (2016, Pel Pel) A− 

Chris Greene: Boundary Issues (2016 [2017], Single Malt) B 

Jimmy Greene:

  • Beautiful Life (2014, Mack Avenue) B+(*) 
  • Flowers: Beautiful Life, Volume 2 (2017, Mack Avenue) A− 

Greenhouse [Blueprint/Illogic]: Bend but Don't Break (2013, Weightless) B+(***) 

Guillermo Gregorio:

  • Ellipsis (1997, Hatology) B+(**) 
  • /Mats Gustafsson/Kjell Nordeson: Background Music (1998, Hatology) B+(**) 
  • Red Cube(d) (1998 [1999], Hatology) B+(*) 

Grenier/Archie Pelago: Grenier Meets Archie Pelago (2014, Melodic) B+(***) 

Greyboy Allstars: Inland Emperor (2013, Knowledge Room) B 

Michael Griener:

  • /Jan Roder/Christof Thewes: Squakk (2008 [2009], Jazzwerkstatt) B+(**) 
  • /Rudi Mahall/Jan Roder/Christof Thewes: Squakk: Willisau & Berlin (2012-13 [2014], Intakt) A− 

Tom Griesgraber/Bert Lams: Unnamed Lands (2013 [2014], self-released) B+(*) 

Grieves:

  • Together/Apart (2011, Rhymesayers Entertainment) B+(**) 
  • Winter & the Wolves (2014, Rhymesayers Entertainment) A− 

Johnny Griffin: You Leave Me Breathless (1967 [1972], Black Lion) B+(*) 

Patty Griffin:

  • Children Running Through (2007, ATO) B− 
  • Downtown Church (2010, Credential) B+(*) 
  • American Kid (2013, New West) B+(***) 
  • Servant of Love (2015, PGM) B+(**) 

Johnny Griffith: Dance With the Lady (2014, GB) B+(*) 

Nanci Griffith: Intersection (2012, Proper) B+(**) 

Ricardo Grilli: 1954 (2016, Tone Rogue) B+(**) 

Grimes:

  • Visions (2012, 4AD) B+(*) 
  • Art Angels (2015, 4AD) A−  

Henry Grimes/Rashied Ali:

  • Going to the Ritual (2008, Porter) B+(***) 
  • Spirits Aloft (2009 [2010], Porter) A− 

Grin: The Very Best of Grin Featuring Nils Lofgren (1969-73 [1999], Spindizzy/Epic Associated/Legacy) A− 

Grinderman:

  • Grinderman (2007, Anti-) B+(*) 
  • Grinderman 2 (2010, Anti-) B− 

Danny Grissett: Stride (2011, Criss Cross) B+(*) 

Tee Grizzley: My Moment (2017, 300/Atlantic) B+(*) 

Grizzly Bear:

  • Veckatimest (2009, Warp) B− 
  • Shields (2012, Warp) B− 

Brian Groder:

  • Reflexology (2013 [2014], Latham) B+(***) 
  • R Train on the D Line (2014 [2016], Latham) B+(**) 

Danny Paul Grody: In Search of Light (2011, Students of Decay) B+(*) 

Richard Grossman:

  • Even Your Ears (1990-92 [1998], Hatology) B+(**) 
  • Where the Sky Ended (1989-92 [2000], Hatology) B+(***) 

Stefan Grossman: Guitar Landscapes (1990, Shanachie) B+(*) 

Marty Grosz:

  • /His Honoris Causa Jazz Band: Hooray for Bix! (1957 [1958], Good Time Jazz) A− 
  • /Destiny's Tots: Sings of Love and Other Matters (1986, Jazzology) A− 
  • Songs I Learned at My Mother's Knee & Other Low Joints (1992 [1994], Jazzology) B+(**) 
  • /Collectors Items Cats: Thanks (1993, Jazzology) B+(**) 
  • Keep a Song in Your Soul (1994, Jazzology) B+(***) 
  • /His Sugar Daddies: On Revival Day: Live at the Atlanta Jazz Party! (1995, Jazzology) B+(**) 
  • Just for Fun! (1996, Nagel Heyer) B+(*)  Left to His Own Devices (2000 [2001], Jazzology) B+(*) 
  • /His Hot Puppies: Rhythm Is Our Business (2000-01 [2003], Sackville) B+(***) 
  • The James P. Johnson Songbook (2010 [2012], Arbors) A− 
  • /The Fat Babies: Diga Diga Doo (2013-14 [2015], Delmark) A− 

Grouper:

  • A/A: Dream Loss (2011, Yellowcentric) B+(*) 
  • A/A: Alien Observer (2011, Yellowcentric) B+(*) 
  • Ruins (2014, Kranky) B+(**) 
  • Grid of Points (2018, Kranky, EP) B 

Grouplove: Never Trust a Happy Song (2011, Canvasback/Atlantic) B+(*) 

Grupo Mono Blanco:

  • Soneros Jarochos: The Arhoolie Recordings 1989-1990 (1989-90 [2006], Arhoolie) B+(***) 
  • ¡Fandango! Sones Jaroches de Veracruz (2018, Smithsonian Folkways) B+(***) 

Grünen [Achim Kaufmann/Robert Landfermann/Christian Lillinger]: Pith & Twig (2012-13 [2014], Clean Feed) B+(***) 

G-Side:

  • The One . . . Cohesive (2011, Slow Motion Soundz) B+(***) 
  • Island (2011, Slow Motion Soundz) A− 

Vince Guaraldi Trio: Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus (1962 [2010], Fantasy/OJC) B+(**) 

Tom Guarna: Rush (2014, BJU) B 

David Guetta:

  • Nothing but the Beat (2011, Capitol) B+(*) 
  • Listen (2014, Atlantic) B 

Guided by Voices:

  • Live From Austin TX (2004 [2007], New West, 2CD) B 
  • Let's Go Eat the Factory (2012, GBV) B 

Giovanni Guidi:

  • This Is the Day (2014 [2015], ECM) B+(**) 
  • Ida Lupino (2015 [2016], ECM) B+(*) 

Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet:

  • Family First (2015, Beat Music Productions) B+(**) 
  • Jersey (2017, Motéma) B+(*) 

Ulrich Gumpert:

  • Günter Sommer/Manfred Herring: The Old Song (1973 [1974], FMP) B+(***) 
  • /Günter Sommer: . . . Jetzt Geht's Kloß (1978 [1979], FMP) B+(***) 
  • Workshop Band (1978-79 [2008], Jazzwerkstatt, 2CD) B+(**) 
  • /Günter Sommer: Versäuminisse (1979 [1980], FMP) B+(**) 
  • Erik Satie: Danses Gothiques/Quatre Preludes/Petite Ouverture a Danser (1989 [2013], Phil.Harmonie) B+(*) 
  • Workshop Band: Smell a Rat (1995 [2007], Jazzwerkstatt) B+(***) 
  • Quartette (2006 [2007], Intakt) B+(**) 
  • Workshop Band: Suites (2008, Jazzwerkstatt) A− 
  • /Günter Baby Sommer: La Paloma (2011 [2012], Intakt) B+(**) 
  • A New One (2014 [2015], Intakt) A− 

Steve Gunn: Way Out Weather (2014, Paradise of Bachelors) B+(*) 

Sunna Gunnlaugs: Distilled (2013, Sunny Sky) B+(*) 

Gunwale: Polynya (2016, Aerophonic) B+(***) 

Mats Gustafsson:

  • /Thurston Moore: Vi Är Alla Guds Slavar (2012 [2013], Otoroku) B+(*) 
  • /Craig Taborn: Ljubljana (2015 [2017], Clean Feed) B 

Tord Gustavsen:

  • Extended Circle (2013 [2014], ECM) B+(***) 
  • What Was Said (2015 [2016], ECM) B+(**) 

Gutbucket: Dance (2014 [2016], Gut) B+(**) 

Jeff Guthery: Black Paintings (2015 [2016], self-released) B− 

Guy:

  • Guy (1988, MCA) B+(*)  The Future (1990, MCA) B+(**) 

Barry Guy:

  • /London Jazz Composers' Orchestra/Irène Schweizer: Theoria (1991 [1992], Intakt) B+(*) 
  • Fizzles (1991 [1993], Maya) B+(**) 
  • /The Now Orchestra: Study/Witch Gong Game 11/10 (1994, Maya) B+(*) 
  • /London Jazz Composers Orcheatra/Irène Schweizer/Marilyn Crispell/Pierre Favre: Double Trouble Two (1995 [1998], Intakt) B+(**) 
  • /Mats Gustafsson/Raymond Strid/Marilyn Crispell: Gryffgryffgryffs (1996 [1997], Music & Arts) B+(**) 
  • Symmetries (2001 [2002], Maya) B+(***) 
  • /Marilyn Crispell/Paul Lytton: Phases of the Night (2007 [2008], Intakt) A− 
  • The Blue Shroud (2015 [2016], Intakt) B+(***) 
  • /Ken Vandermark: Occasional Poems (2014 [2015], Not Two, 2CD) B+(***) 

Buddy Guy:

  • Skin Deep (2008, Silvertone/Zomba) B+(*) 
  • Living Proof (2010, Silvertone) B 

Barry Guy:

  • Five Fizzles for Samuel Beckett (2009 [2014, NoBusiness, EP) B+(**) 
  • New Orchestra: Amphi/Radio Rondo (2013 [2014], Intakt) B+(*) 
  • /Marilyn Crispell/Paul Lytton: Deep Memory (2015 [2016], Intakt) B+(***) 

Gwenno:

  • Y Dydd Olaf (2014 [2015], Heavenly) A− 
  • Le Kov (2018, Heavenly) B+(**) 

Kiki Gyan: 24 Hours in a Disco: 1978-82 (1978-82 [2012], Soundway) B+(*) 

Gypsyphonic Disko: Mardi Gras Mix Tape 2013 (2013, self-released) A− 

The H2 Big Band: It Could Happen (2013 [2015], Origin) B+(**) 

Jari Haapalainen:

  • Fusion Machine (2016, Moserobie) B+(*) 
  • Fusion Madness (2017, Moserobie) B+(**) 
  • Fusion Nation (2017, Moserobie) B+(**) 

Iro Haarla: Ante Lucem (2012 [2016], ECM) B+(**) 

The Habit: Lincoln Has Won (2010 [2011], Reel to Reel) B+(***) 

Marika Hackman: I'm Not Your Man (2017, Sub Pop) B+(**) 

Charlie Haden:

  • The Golden Number (1976 [1977], A&M) B+(***) 
  • Quartet West (1986 [1987], Verve) B+(**) 
  • /Jim Hall: Charlie Haden/Jim Hall (1990 [2014], Impulse) A− 
  • The Best of Quartet West (1986-96 [2007], Verve) B+(*) 
  • /Chris Anderson: None but the Lonely Heart (1997, Naim) A− 
  • /Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Tokyo Adagio (2005 [2015], Impulse) B+(*) 
  • Sophisticated Ladies (2011, Decca) B+(***) 
  • /Hank Jones: Come Sunday (2010 [2012], Emarcy) B+(*) 
  • /Liberation Music Orchestra: Time/Life (Song for the Wahles and Other Beings) (2011-15 [2016], Impulse) A− 

Petra Haden: Petra Goes to the Movies (2013, Anti-) C+ 

Andrew Hadro: For Us, the Living (2013 [2014], Tone Rogue) B+(***) 

Elektro Hafiz: Elektro Hafiz (2016, Guerssen) B+(***) 

Merle Haggard:

  • Swinging Doors and the Bottle Let Me Down (1966, Capitol) A− 
  • Strangers (1965, Capitol) B+(***) 
  • I'm a Lonesome Fugitive (1967, Capitol) A− 
  • Branded Man (1967, Capitol) B+(**) 
  • The Legend of Bonnie & Clyde (1968, Capitol) B 
  • Mama Tried (1968, Capitol) B+(**) 
  • Okie From Muskogee (1969, Capitol) B 
  • Pride in What I Am (1969, Capitol) A− 
  • A Portrait of Merle Haggard (1969, Capitol) B+(*) 
  • The Fightin' Side of Me (1970, Capitol) B+(**) 
  • Hag (1971, Capitol) B+(***) 
  • Someday We'll Look Back (1971, Capitol) B+(***) 
  • The Best of the Best of Merle Haggard (1968-71 [1972], Capitol) B+(***) 
  • Let Me Tell You About a Song (1972, Capitol) B+(***) 
  • It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad) (1972, Capitol) B+(**) 
  • Vintage Collections (1965-72 [1996], Capitol) B+(**) 
  • If We Make It Through December (1974, Capitol) B+(**) 
  • Merle Haggard Presents His 30th Album (1974, Capitol) A− 
  • Keep Movin' On (1975, Capitol) B 
  • It's All in the Movies (1976, Capitol) B+(*) 
  • My Love Affair With Trains (1976, Capitol) B 
  • The Roots of My Raising (1976, Capitol) B+(***) 
  • 20 Greatest Hits (1966-76 [2002], Capitol) A− 
  • Best of the Capitol Years (1966-76 [2016], Capitol) A 
  • A Working Man Can't Get Nowhere Today (1975-76 [1977], Capitol) A− 
  • Ramblin' Fever (1977, MCA) B+(*) 
  • My Farewell to Elvis (1977, MCA) B− 
  • Live From Austin TX '78 (1978 [2008], New West) B+(**) 
  • The Way I Am (1980, MCA) B+(**) 
  • Back to the Barrooms (1980, MCA) B+(*) 
  • Rainbow Stew: Live at Anaheim Stadium (1980 [1981], MCA) B+(***) 
  • Big City (1981, Epic) B+(**) 
  • /George Jones: A Taste of Yesterday's Wine (1982, Epic) B 
  • Going Where the Lonely Go (1982, Epic) B+(*) 
  • That's the Way Love Goes (1983, Epic) B+(*) 
  • It's All in the Game (1984, Epic) B+(*) 
  • Kern River (1985, Epic) B+(*) 
  • Amber Waves of Grain (1985, Epic) B− 
  • A Friend in California (1986, Epic) B+(**) 
  • Out Among the Stars (1986, Epic) B 
  • /George Jones/Willie Nelson: Walking the Line (1987, Epic) B− 
  • 5:01 Blues (1989, Epic) B 
  • Chicago Wind (2005, Capitol) B+(**) 
  • The Bluegrass Sessions (2007, McCoury) B+(*) 
  • I Am What I Am (2010, Vanguard) B+(***) 
  • Working in Tennessee (2011, Vanguard) A− 

Noah Haidu: Infinite Distances (2015-16 [2017], Cellar Live) B+(**) 

Al Haig:

  • Al Haig Trio [Period Recordings] (1954 [2000], Fresh Sound) B+(***) 
  • Invitation (1974, Spotlite) B+(**) 

Haiku Salut: Etch and Etch Deep (2015, How Does It Feel to Be Loved) B+(**) 

Hail Mary Mallon:

  • Are You Gonna Eat That? (2011, Rhymesayers Entertainment) A− 
  • Bestiary (2014, Rhymesayers Entertainment) B+(***) 

Haim:

  • Days Are Gone (2013, Columbia) B+(**) 
  • Something to Tell You (2017, Polydor) B+(**) 

Luke Haines: New York in the '70s (2014, Cherry Red) B 

Jason Hainsworth: Third Ward Stories (2015 [2016], Origin) B+(***) 

Haitian Rail: Solarists (2014, New Atlantis) B+(**) 

Half Japanese: Overjoyed (2014, Joyful Noise) B+(***) 

James Hall: Lattice (2016 [2018], Outside In Music) B+(*) 

Nigel Hall: Ladies & Gentlemen . . . Nigel Hall (2015, Feel Music Group) B+(***) 

Robert David Hall: Things They Don't Teach You in School (2008 [2010], Robert David Hall Music) B+(***) 

Tom T. Hall: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Tom T. Hall (1969-84 [2000], MCA Nashville) B+(*) 

Rich Halley:

  • The Wisdom of Rocks (2013 [2014], Pine Eagle) A− 
  • Creating Structure (2014 [2015], Pine Eagle) A− 
  • Eleven (2014 [2015], Pine Eagle) B+(***) 
  • The Outlier (2015 [2016], Pine Eagle) A− 
  • /Carson Halley: The Wild (2015 [2017], Pine Eagle) A− 

Rich Halley 3:

  • The Literature (2017 [2018], Pine Eagle) A− 

Charlie Halloran: Ce Biguine! (2017, self-released) B+(**) 

Laurel Halo:

  • Quarantine (2012, Hyperdub) B 
  • Chance of Rain (2013, Hyperdub) B+(*) 
  • Dust (2017, Hyperdub) B+(*) 

Halsey:

  • Badlands (2015, Astralwerks) A− 
  • Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (2017, Astralwerks) B+(**) 

Mary Halvorson:

  • /Reuben Radding/Nate Wooley: Crackleknob (2006 [2009], Hatology) B+(**) 
  • /Jessica Pavone: On and Off (2007, Skirl) B+(*) 
  • /Jessica Pavone/Devin Hoff/Ches Smith: Calling All Portraits (2008, Skycap) B+(***) 
  • Dragon's Head (2008, Firehouse 12) A− 
  • Bending Bridges (2011 [2012], Firehouse 12) B+(**) 
  • Illusionary Sea (2012 [2013], Firehouse 12) B+(**) 
  • Ghost Loop (2012 [2013], ForTune) B+(**) 
  • /Michael Formanek/Tomas Fujiwara: Thumbscrew (2013 [2014], Cuneiform) A− 
  • Reverse Blue (2014, Relative Pitch) B+(***) 
  • Meltframe (2014 [2015], Firehouse 12) B+(***)  Thumbscrew: Convallaria (2015 [2016], Cuneiform) B+(***) 
  • Away With You (2015 [2016], Firehouse 12) B+(***) 
  • Code Girl (2016 [2018], Firehouse 12, 2CD) B+(*) 

Larry Ham/Woody Witt: Presence (2016 [2017], Blujazz) B+(*) 

Tigran Hamasyan: Luys I Luso (2014 [2015], ECM) B− 

Hamell on Trial:

  • Songs for Parents Who Enjoy Drugs (2006, Righteous Babe) B+(***) 
  • The Happiest Man in the World (2014, New West) B+(**) 
  • Tackle Box (2017, New West) A− 
  • Big Mouth Strikes Again: Hamell Live (2017, New West) A− 

Anthony Hamilton: Back to Love (2011, RCA) B+(***) 

Chico Hamilton: El Chico/The Further Adventures of El Chico (1965-66 [2012], Impulse) B− 

Chico Hamilton:

  • /Euphoria: Arroyo (1990 [1993], Soul Note) B+(**) 
  • My Panamanian Friend (1992 [1994], Soul Note) B+(**) 

Jeff Hamilton:

  • Live From San Pedro (2017 [2018], Capri) B+(**) 

Scott Hamilton:

  • Our Delight! (2005 [2006], Woodville) B+(***) 
  • Across the Tracks (2008, Concord) B+(**) 
  • /Alan Barnes: Hi-Ya (2009 [2010], Woodville) B+(**) 
  • /Rossano Sportiello: Midnight at NOLA's Penthouse (2010 [2011], Arbors) B+(***) 
  • Swedish Ballads . . . & More (2013, Charleston Square) B+(**) 
  • Dean Street Nights (2012 [2014], Woodville) B+(**) 
  • Scott Hamilton Plays Jule Styne (2015, Blue Duchess) A− 
  • /Jeff Hamilton: Live in Bern (2014 [2015], Capri) B+(***) 
  • /Harry Allen: Live! (2014 [2016], GAC) A− 

Ross Hammond:

  • Humanity Suite (2013 [2014], Prescott) B+(***) 
  • Flight (2014 [2015], Prescott) B+(**) 
  • /Sameer Gupta: Upward (2015 [2016], Prescott) B+(***) 
  • /Jon Bafus: Masonic Lawn (2016 [2017], Prescott) B+(***) 

Hanami: The Only Way to Float Free (2015 [2016], Ears & Eyes) B+(***) 

Herbie Hancock:

  • Inventions & Dimensions (1963 [1964], Blue Note) B+(*) 
  • Cantaloupe Island (1962-65 [1994], Blue Note) B+(***) 
  • Speak Like a Child (1968 [2005], Blue Note) B+(*) 
  • The Prisoner (1969 [2000], Blue Note) B+(**) 
  • Thrust (1974, Columbia) B+(**) 
  • The Imagine Project (2010, Hancock) B 

Wayne Hancock:

  • Viper of Melody (2009, Bloodshot) B+(***) 
  • Ride (2013, Bloodshot) A− 
  • Slingin' Rhythm (2016, Bloodshot) B+(**) 

James Hand:

  • The Truth Will Set You Free (2006, Rounder) B+(***) 
  • Shadow on the Ground (2009, Rounder) B+(***) 

Handsome Furs: Sound Kapital (2011, Sub Pop) B+(**) 

The Handsome Family:

  • Honey Moon (2009, Carrot Top) B+(**) 
  • Wilderness (2013, Carrot Top) B+(***) 
  • Unseen (2016, Loose Music) A− 

Craig Handy: Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith (2011 [2014], Okeh) A− 

John Handy: Hard Work/Carnival (1976-77 [2012], Impulse) B 

Sir Roland Hanna: Colors From a Giant's Kit (1990s-2002 [2011], IPO) B+(*) 

Susie Hansen: Representante de la Salsa (2010, Jazz Caliente) B 

Happy Birthday: Happy Birthday (2010, Sub Pop) B+(**) 

Fareed Haque: Trance Hypothesis (2013, Delmark) B+(**) 

Hard Working Americans:

  • Hard Working Americans (2014, Melvin/Thirty Tigers) B+(**) 
  • The First Waltz (2014, Melvin) B+(*) 
  • Rest in Chaos (2016, Melvin) B+(**) 
  • We're All in This Together (2017, Melvin) B+(***) 

Aldous Harding: Party (2017, 4AD) B 

Françoise Hardy: Françoise Hardy (1963, Disques Vogue) B+(*) 

Roy Hargrove: Emergence (2008 [2009], Emarcy) B+(*) 

Eric Harland's Voyager: Vipassana (2014, GSI Studios) B− 

Harlem: "Hippies" (2010, Matador) B+(**) 

Nancy Harms: Ellington at Night (2016, Gazelle) B+(**) 

Brian Harnetty:

  • /Bonnie "Prince" Billy: Silent City (2009, Atavistic) B+(**) 
  • The Star-Faced One: From the Sun Ra/El Saturn Archives (2013, Atavistic) B+(*) 
  • Rawhead & Bloodybones (2015, Dust-to-Digital) B+(**) 

Clay Harper: Old Airport Road (2013, Terminus) A− 

Betty Harris: The Lost Queen of New Orleans Soul (1964-69 [2016], Soul Jazz) B+(**) 

Calvin Harris: Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 (2017, Fly Eye/Columbia) B+(*) 

Emmylou Harris:

  • All I Intended to Be (2005-08 [2008], Nonesuch) B+(***) 
  • Hard Bargain (2010 [2011], Nonesuch) B 
  • /Rodney Crowell: Old Yellow Moon (2013, Nonesuch) B+(**) 
  • /Rodney Crowell: The Traveling Kind (2015, Nonesuch) B+(*) 

Lafayette Harris Jr.:

  • Bend to the Light (2011 [2015], Airmen) B+(**) 
  • Hangin' With the Big Boys (2013 [2016], Airmen) B+(**) 

Stefon Harris: Urbanus (2009, Concord) B+(**) 

Joel Harrison:

  • Stump (2013 [2014], Cuneiform) B+(***) 
  • Spirit House (2013 [2015], Whirlwind) B+(*) 

Stu Harrison: Volume I (2016, One Nightstand) B+(**) 

Keyon Harrold: The Mugician (2017, Legacy) B+(*) 

Nancy Harrow: Wild Women Don't Have the Blues/You Never Know (1960-62 [2014], Fresh Sound) B+(***) 

Deborah Harry: Necessary Evil (2007, Eleven Seven) B 

Bill Hart:

  • Touch of Blue (2016 [2017], Blue Canoe) B− 
  • Live at Red Clay Theatre (2017 [2018], Blujazz) B 

Billy Hart:

  • One Is the Other (2013 [2014], ECM) B 

Billy Hart & the WDR Big Band:

  • The Broader Picture (2016, Enja/Yellowbird) B+(***) 

John Hartford: Me Oh My, How the Time Does Fly: A John Hartford Anthology (1976-84 [2003], Flying Fish) B+(**) 

Alfred 23 Harth/Jörg Fischer/Marcel Daemgen: Confucius Tarif Reduit (2014 [2015], Spore Point) B+(**) 

Craig Hartley: Books on Tape Vol. II: Standard Edition (2015 [2016], self-released) B+(***) 

Julian Hartwell: The Julian Hartwell Project (2015, self-released) B+(**) 

PJ Harvey:

  • /John Parish: A Woman a Man Walked By (2009, Island) B+(*) 
  • Let England Shake (2011, Vagrant) B+(***) 
  • The Hope Six Demolition Project (2015 [2016], Vagrant) B+(**) 

Hasidic New Wave: Live in Cracow (1998, Not Two) B+(**) 

Taylor Haskins:

  • Fuzzy Logic (2011-13 [2014], Sunnyside) B− 
  • & Green Empire: The Point (2017, Recombination) B+(*) 

Elias Haslanger: Live at the Gallery (2013 [2014], Cherrywood) B+(*) 

Mariem Hassan:

  • Mariem Hassan Con Leyoad (2002, Nubenegra) B+(***) 
  • Shouka (2010, Nubenegra) B+(*) 
  • El Aaiún Egdat (2012, Nubenegra) B+(***) 
  • /Vadiya Mint El Hanevi: Baila Sahara Baila (2015, Nubenegra) A− 
  • La Voz Indómita (del Sahara Occidental) (2017, Nubenegra) B+(***) 

João Hasselberg & Pedro Branco:

  • From Order to Chaos (2017, Clean Feed) B+(*) 

Jon Hassell:

  • Vernal Equinox (1977 [1978], Lovely Music) B+(**) 
  • Earthquake Island (1978, Tomato) B+(*) 
  • Power Spot (1983-84 [1986], ECM) A− 
  • Maarifa Street (Magic Realism 2) (2005, Nyen) B+(**)  Listening to Pictures (Pentimento Volume One) (2018, Ndeya) A− 

Hans Hassler:

  • Hassler (2011 [2013], Intakt) B 
  • Wie Die Zeit Hinter Mir Her (2015 [2017], Intakt) B+(*) 

Hat: Twins (2012 [2014], Hot Blues) B+(***) 

Lalah Hathaway: Where It All Begins (2011, Stax) B− 

Helena Hauff: Discreet Desires (2015, Ninja Tune/Werkdiscs) B+(***) 

Steve Hauschildt:

  • Where All Is Fled (2015, Kranky) A− 
  • Strands (2016, Kranky) B+(***) 

Anna von Hausswolff: The Miraculous (2015, Other Music) B 

Hauschka: Foreign Landscapes (2010, Fat Cat) B+(**) 

Hampton Hawes:

  • Four! (1958 [1991], Contemporary/OJC) A− 
  • For Real! (1958 [1995], Contemporary/OJC) A− 

Alexander Hawkins:

  • All There, Ever Out (2012, Babel) B+(**) 
  • Song Singular (2012 [2014], Babel) B+(*) 
  • /Evan Parker: Leaps in Leicester (2015 [2016], Clean Feed) A− 
  • Unit[e] (2016-17 [2017], self-released, 2CD) B+(**) 
  • /Elaine Mitchener: Uproot (2017, Intakt) B+(**) 

Coleman Hawkins:

  • Intimate: Duo, Trio, Quartet & Quintet Recordings 1934-38 (1934-38 [2016], Acrobat) A− 
  • /Chu Berry: Tenor Giants (1938-43 [2000], Polygram) B+(***) 
  • /Henry "Red" Allen: Reunion in Hi-Fi: The Complete Classic Sessions (1957-58 [2009], Lone Hill Jazz, 2CD) A− 
  • The High and Mighty Hawk (1958, Felsted) A− 
  • Moodsville (1960 [2003], Fresh Sound) B+(**)  /Clark Terry: Back in Bean's Bag (1962 [2014], Essential Jazz Classics) A− 

H. Hawkline: I Romanticize (2017, Heavenly) B 

Mayer Hawthorne:

  • A Strange Arrangement (2009, Stones Throw) B+(*) 
  • How Do You Do (2011, Universal Republic) A− 
  • Where Does This Door Go (2013, Republic) B+(**) 
  • Man About Town (2016, Vagrant) B+(**) 

The Haxan Cloak: Excavation (2013, Tri Angle) B+(*) 

Clancy Hayes: Swingin' Minstrel (1956-58 [1963], Good Time Jazz) B+(**) 

Isaac Hayes: Hot Buttered Soul (1969, Stax) B 

Louis Hayes: Serenade for Horace (2017, Blue Note) B+(***) 

Tubby Hayes:

  • Down in the Village (1962 [1963], Fontana) B+(**) 
  • Late Spot at Scott's (1962 [2006], Verve) B+(**) 
  • The Syndicate: Live at the Hopbine 1968 Vol. 1 (1968 [2015], Gearbox) B+(**) 

Wade Hayes: Old Country Song (2017, Conabor) B 

Phil Haynes:

  • Sanctuary (1999 [2015], Corner Store Jazz) B+(*) 
  • No Fast Food: In Concert (2012 [2014], Corner Store Jazz, 2CD) B+(***) 
  • /Free Country: 60/69: My Favorite Things (2014 [2018], Corner Store Jazz, 2CD) B+(*) 

Roy Haynes: Out of the Afternoon (1962 [2007], Impulse) A− 

Stephen Haynes:

  • Parrhesia (2010, Engine Studios) B+(**) 
  • Pomegranate (2015, New Atlantis) B+(**) 

Warren Haynes: Man in Motion (2011, Stax) B 

Miho Hazama: Time River (2015, Sunnyside) B+(**) 

Angel Haze:

  • New York EP (2012, Republic, EP) B+(*) 
  • Reservation (2012, self-released) B+(***) 
  • Dirty Gold (2013, Republic) A− 
  • Back to the Woods (2015, self-released) B+(***) 

David Hazeltine:

  • Inversions (2010, Criss Cross) B+(**) 
  • For All We Know (2014, Smoke Sessions) B+(***) 
  • I Remember Cedar (2013 [2014], Sharp Nine) B+(***) 

Lee Hazlewood: The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes and Backsides (1968-71) (1968-71 [2012], Light in the Attic) B− 

Dale Head: Swing Straight Up (2015, Blujazz) B 

Heads of State:

  • Search for Peace (2015, Smoke Sessions) B+(**) 
  • Four in One (2017, Smoke Sessions) B+(**) 

Cory Healey: Beautiful Sunshine (2016, Shifting Paradigm) B+(*) 

Jeff Healey: See the Light (1988 [1995], Arista) B+(*) 

Health:

  • Get Color (2009, Lovepump United) B+(**) 
  • Death Magic (2015, Loma Vista) B+(*) 

Hear in Now [Mazz Swift/Tomeka Reid/Silvia Bolognesi]: Not Living in Fear (2012-14 [2017], International Anthem) B+(**) 

Ted Hearne: The Source (2015, New Amsterdam) B+(*) 

Heartless Bastards: The Mountain (2009, Fat Possum) B 

Hearts & Minds: Hearts & Minds (2014 [2016], Astral Spirits) B+(***) 

Heartsrevolution:

  • Ride or Die (2013, Owsla, EP) B+(*) 
  • Ride or Die (2014, Owsla) A− 

Albert "Tootie" Heath/Ethan Iverson/Ben Street: Philadelphia Beat (2014 [2015], Sunnyside) B+(**) 

The Heat Death: The Glenn Miller Sessions (2018, Clean Feed, 3CD) B+(**) 

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott:

  • What Have We Become (2014, Virgin) A− 
  • Wisdom, Laughter and Lines (2015, Virgin EMI) B+(***) 
  • Crooked Calypso (2017, Virgin EMI) B+(*) 

The Heavyweights Brass Band: This City (2017 [2018], Lulaworld) B+(***) 

John Hébert:

  • Byzantine Monkey (2009, Firehouse 12) B+(***) 
  • Rambling Confessionss (2011 [2015], Sunnyside) B+(*) 

Tim Hecker:

  • Ravedeath 1972 (2011, Kranky) B+(*) 
  • Virgins (2011-12 [2013], Kranky) B 
  • Love Streams (2016, 4AD/Paper Bag) B 

Heems:

  • Wild Water Kingdom (2012, Greedhead) A− 
  • Eat Pray Thug (2015, Megaforce) A− 

Tim Hegarty: Tribute (2013 [2014], Miles High) B+(***) 

Tim Heidecker: Too Dumb for Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs (2017, Jagjaguwar) B 

Bruno Heinen Sextet: Karlheinz Stockhausen: Tierkreis (2013, Babel) B+(***) 

Duke Heitger:

  • And His Swing Band: Rhythm Is Our Business (1998-99 [2000], Fantasy) A− 
  • Big Four: Prince of Wails (2001, Stomp Off) B+(***)  /Ken Mathieson's Classic Jazz Band: Celebrating Satchmo (2010, Lake) B+(**) 

Gilad Hekselman:

  • This Just In (2011-12 [2013], Jazz Village) B+(**) 
  • Homes (2014 [2015], Jazz Village) B+(*) 

David Helbock's Random/Control: Think of Two (2013 [2014], Traumton) B+(**) 

Jerry Heldman: Revelation(s) (1973-74 [2014], Origin, 2CD) B 

Helen: The Original Faces (2015, Kranky) B+(*) 

Mark Helias: The Signal Maker (2014 [2015], Intakt) B+(***) 

The Heliocentrics:

  • /Melvin Van Peebles: The Last Transmission (2014, Now-Again) B+(***) 
  • From the Deep (2016, Now-Again) B+(***) 
  • A World of Masks (2017, Soundway) B+(***) 

Richard Hell: Spurts: The Richard Hell Story (1973-92 [2005], Rhino) B+(**) 

Amy Helm: Didn't It Rain (2015, E1) B+(**) 

Levon Helm:

  • Dirt Farmer (2007, Vanguard) B+(**) 
  • Electric Dirt (2009, Dirt Farmer Music/Vanguard) B+(*) 

Natalie Hemby: Puxico (2017, GetWrucke) B+(**) 

Gerry Hemingway:

  • Special Detail (1990 [1991], Hat Art) B+(***) 
  • Down to the Wire (1991 [1993], Hat Art) B+(*) 
  • The Marmalade King (1994 [1995], Hat Art) B+(***) 
  • Devil's Paradise (1999 [2003], Clean Feed) B+(***) 

Gerry Hemingway/Samuel Blaser:

  • Oostum (2015 [2017], NoBusiness) B+(*) 

Julius Hemphill:

  • Dogon A.D. (1972 [1977], Arista Freedom) A− 
  • Raw Materials and Residuals (1977 [1993], Black Saint) A− 
  • /Warren Smith: Chile New York (1980 [1998], Black Saint) B+(**) 
  • Julius Hemphill Big Band (1988, Nonesuch) B+(**) 

The Julius Hemphill Sextet:

  • At Dr. King's Table (1997, New World) B+(***)  The Hard Blues: Live in Lisbon (2003 [2004], Clean Feed) B+(***) 

Eddie Henderson:

  • Collective Portrait (2014 [2015], Smoke Sessions) B+(**) 
  • Be Cool (2018, Smoke Sessions) B+(***) 

Joe Henderson:

  • Our Thing (1963 [1995], Blue Note) A− 
  • Joe Henderson Quintet at the Lighthouse (1970 [2004], Milestone/OJC) B+(**) 
  • Joe Henderson in Japan (1971 [2006], Milestone/OJC) B+(***) 
  • Relaxin' at Camarillo (1979 [1993], Contemporary/OJC) A− 
  • Joe Henderson Big Band (1992-96 [1997], Verve) B+(*) 

Lauren Henderson:

  • A La Madrugada (2015, self-released) B+(**) 
  • Ármame (2016 [2018], Brontosaurus) B+(*) 

Luke Hendon: Silk & Steel (2016, self-released) B+(*) 

Freddie Hendrix: Jersey Cat (2010 [2016], Sunnyside) B+(**) 

Nona Hendryx:

  • Mutatis Mutandis (2012, Righteous Babe) B+(*) 
  • /Gary Lucas: The World of Captain Beefheart (2017, Knitting Factory) A− 

Don Henley: Cass County (2015, Capitol) B+(*) 

Rebecca Hennessy's Fog Brass Band: Two Calls (2017, self-released) B+(*) 

Mette Henriette: Mette Henriette (2014 [2015], ECM, 2CD) B+(*) 

Arve Henriksen:

  • The Nature of Connections (2014, Rune Grammofon) B 
  • Towards Language (2016 [2017], Rune Grammofon) B 

Carlos Henriquez: The Bronx Pyramid (2015, Blue Engine) B+(**) 

Cory Henry: The Revival (2016, Ground Up) B− 

Joe Henry:

  • Civilians (2007, Anti-) B+(**) 
  • Reverie (2011, Anti-) B+(*) 
  • Invisible Hour (2014, Work Song) B+(*) 

Pierre Henry: Messe Pour Le Temps Présent (1967, Philips) B+(***) 

The Henry Clay People:

  • Somewhere on the Golden Coast (2010, TBD) A− 
  • Twenty-Five for the Rest of Our Lives (2012, TBD) B+(**) 

Hera/Hamid Drake: Seven Lines (2013, Multikulti) B+(***) 

Hercules & Love Affair: The Feast of the Broken Heart (Moshi Moshi) B 

Louis Heriveaux: Triadic Episode (2014 [2016], Hot Shoe) B+(**) 

Hermitofthewoods: Land of the Lotus Eaters (2013, Endemik Music) B+(***) 

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas: Secret Evil (2014, Instant) B+(***) 

Oscar Hernández & Alma Libre: The Art of Latin Jazz (2016 [2017], Origin) B+(**) 

Benjamin Herman: Trouble (2013 [2014], Dox) B+(*) 

Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd: Keep on Keepin' On: 1968-1970 (1968-70 [1998], Chess/GRP) B+(*) 

Holly Herndon:

  • Movement (2012, RVNG Intl.) B 
  • Platform (2015, 4AD) B+(**) 

Heron Oblivion: Heron Oblivion (2016, Sub Pop) B+(**) 

Maggie Herron: Good Thing (2014, self-released) B+(**) 

Heroes Are Gang Leaders:

  • The Avant Age Garde I AMs of the Gal Luxury (2015, Flat Langton's Arkeyes) B+(***) 
  • Highest Engines Near/Near Higher Engineers (2015 [2016], Flat Langton's Arkeyes) B+(***) 
  • Flukum (2016, Flat Langston's Arkeyes) B+(**) 

Caroline Herring: Camilla (2012, Signature Sounds) B+(*) 

Emily Herring: Gliding (2017, Eight 30) B 

Vincent Herring:

  • Uptown Shuffle (2014, Smoke Sessions) B+(**) 
  • Night and Day (2014 [2015], Smoke Sessions) B+(*) 
  • Hard Times (2017, Smoke Sessions) B+(*) 

Will Herrington: Solace (2015, self-released) B+(*) 

Fred Hersch:

  • /Charlie Haden/Joey Baron: Sarabande (1986 [1987], Sunnyside) A− 
  • /Steve LaSpina/Jeff Hirshfield: ETC (1988, RED) B+(***) 
  • Dancing in the Dark (1992 [1993], Chesky) B+(**) 
  • The Fred Hersch Trio Plays . . . (1994, Chesky) B+(**) 
  • Point in Time (1995, Enja) B+(*) 
  • Fred Hersch Plays Rodgers & Hammerstein (1996, Nonesuch) B+(***) 
  • Live at the Village Vanguard (2002 [2003], Palmetto) B+(***) 
  • /Norma Winstone: Songs & Lullabies (2002 [2003], Sunnyside) B+(**) 
  • Everybody's Song but My Own (2011, Venus) B+(***) 
  • Floating (2014, Palmetto) A− 
  • Solo (2014 [2015], Palmetto) A− 
  • Sunday Night at the Vanguard (2016, Palmetto) A− 
  • Open Book (2016-17 [2017], Palmetto) B+(***) 
  • Live in Europe (2017 [2018], Palmetto) B+(**) 

Joe Hertenstein:

  • /Achim Tang/Jon Irabagon: Future Drone (2012, Jazzwerkstatt) B+(**) 
  • /Pascal Niggenkemper/Thomas Heberer: HNH2 (2013 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(**) 

Monika Herzig: Monika Herzig's Sheroes (2016 [2018], Whaling City Sound) B+(*) 

Herzog: Cartoon Violence (2012, Exit Stencil) B+(*) 

Scott Hesse: The Stillness of Motion (2014 [2015], Origin) B+(*) 

Terrie Hessels & Ken Vandermark: Splinters (2014-15 [2016], Audiograph) B+(*) 

Boo Hewerdine: God Bless the Pretty Things (2009, Navigator) B+(*) 

Richard X. Heyman: X (2013, Turn-Up) B+(*) 

Haley Heynderickx: I Need to Start a Garden (2018, Mama Bird) B+(**) 

John Hiatt:

  • Live From Austin TX (1993 [2005], New West) B+(*) 
  • Same Old Man (2008, New West) B+(**) 
  • The Open Road (2009 [2010], New West) B+(**) 
  • Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns (2011, New West) B+(*) 
  • Here to Stay: Best of 2000-2012 (2000-12 [2013], New West) A− 
  • Terms of My Surrender (2014, New West) A− 

Lilly Hiatt: Trinity Lane (2017, New West) B+(**) 

Hiatus Kaiyote: Choose Your Weapon (2015, Flying Buddha) B− 

Bill Hicks: Philosophy: The Best of Bill Hicks (1990-93 [2001], Rykodisc) B+(**) 

Dylan Hicks:

  • Sings Bolling Greene (2012, Two Deuces) A− 
  • Ad Out (2017, Soft Launch) B+(**) 

Hieroglyphic Being:

  • The Acid Documents (2013 [2015], Soul Jazz) A− 
  • /J.I.T.U. Ahn-Sahm-Buhl: We Are Not the First (2015, RVNG Intl) A− 
  • The Disco's of Imhotep (2016, Technicolour) B+(***) 
  • The Red Notes (2018, Soul Jazz) B+(***) 

Bret Higgins: Bret Higgins' Atlas Revolt (2015, Tzadik) B+(**) 

Eddie Higgins: My Funny Valentine (2004 [2006], Venus) A− 

Tyler Higgins: Blue Mood (2016 [2018], Shhpuma) B+(*) 

Joe Higgs: Unity Is Power (1979 [2013], Pressure Sounds) B+(**) 

High Definition Quartet: Bukoliki (2015, ForTune) A− 

Hijaz: Chemsi (2011, Zephyrus) B+(**) 

Kevin Hildebrandt: Tolerance (2012 [2014], Summit) B+(**) 

Hildegard Lernt Fliegen: The Fundamental Rhythm of Unpolished Brains (2013 [2014], Yellowbird) B+(*) 

Ira Hill: Tomorrow (2015, self-released) C 

Marquis Hill: The Way We Play (2016, Concord Jazz) B+(***) 

Veda Hille: This Riot Life (2008, Ape House) A− 

Keri Hilson: No Boys Allowed (2010, Mosley) B+(*) 

Lisa Hilton: Kaleidoscope (2013 [2014], Ruby Slippers) B+(**) 

Cynthia Hilts: Lyric Fury (2014 [2017], Blond Coyote) B+(*) 

Himanshu: Nehru Jackets (2012, Greedhead) A− 

Hinds: Leave Me Alone (2016, Mom + Pop) B 

Earl Hines:

  • /Cozy Cole: Earl's Backroom and Cozy's Caravan (1958, Felsted) B+(*) 
  • Blues in Thirds (1965 [1989], Black Lion) A− 
  • Tour de Force Encore (1972 [1992], Black Lion) B+(***) 
  • One for My Baby (1974 [1995], Black Lion) A− 
  • Plays Duke Ellington, Volume Two (1971-75 [1997], New World) B+(***) 

Milt Hinton/Ralph Sutton/Gus Johnson/Jim Galloway: The Sackville All Star Christmas Record (1986 [2014], Sackville/Delmark) B+(*) 

Jutta Hipp: Jutta Hipp With Zoot Sims (1956 [1996], Blue Note) B+(**) 

Keigo Hirakawa: And Then There Were Three (2014 [2015], self-released) B+(*) 

Hiromi: Spark (2016, Telarc) B+(*) 

Hiss Golden Messenger:

  • Poor Moon (2011 [2012], Tompkins Square) B+(*) 
  • Lateness of Dancers (2014, Merge) B+(*) 

The History of Apple Pie: Out of View (2013, Marshall Teller) B+(**) 

Robyn Hitchcock: Robyn Hitchcock (2017, Yep Roc) B+(*) 

The Hives: Lex Hives (2012, Disques Hives) B+(*) 

Fred Ho and the Green Monster Big Band:

  • The Sweet Science Suite (2011, Mutable/Big Red Media) B+(*) 
  • Year of the Tiger (2004 [2011], Innova) B 

Jim Hobbs:

  • Fully Celebrated Orchestra: Peace & Pig Grease (1993 [1994], Silkheart) A− 
  • Babadita (1994, Silkheart) B+(***) 
  • /Joe Morris/Luther Gray: The Story of Mankind (2008, Not Two) B+(**) 

Steve Hobbs: Tribute to Bobby (2016 [2018], Challenge) B+(*) 

Art Hodes: Keepin' Out of Mischief Now (1988, Candid) A− 

Dre Hocevar:

  • Coding of Evidentiality (2014 [2015], Clean Feed) B+(**) 
  • Collective Effervescence (2014 [2016], Clean Feed) B+(**) 
  • Transcendental Within the Sphere of Indivisible Remainder (2016, Clean Feed) B+(*) 
  • Surface of Inscription (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) B− 

Derrick Hodge:

  • Live Today (2013, Blue Note) B 
  • The Second (2016, Blue Note) B 

Johnny Hodges:

  • Blues-A-Plenty (1958 [2011], Verve) A− 
  • /Earl "Fatha" Hines: Stride Right (1966, Verve) A− 

Florian Hoefner:

  • Luminosity (2015 [2016], Origin) B+(***) 
  • Coldwater Stories (2016 [2017], Origin) B+(**) 

Ari Hoenig: Lines of Oppression (2009 [2011], Naïve) B+(*) 

Eric Hofbauer:

  • Prehistoric Jazz Volume 1: The Rite of Spring (2014, Creative Nation Music) B+(***) 
  • Prehistoric Jazz Volume 2: Quintet for the End of Time (2014, Creative Nation Music) B+(**) 
  • Prehistoric Jazz Volume 3: Three Places in New England (2016, Creative Nation Music) B+(***) 
  • Ghost Frets (2016 [2017], Creative Nation Music) B+(***) 
  • Prehistoric Jazz Volume 4: Reminiscing in Tempo (2017, Creative Nation Music) B+(***) 

Holly Hofmann: Low Life: The Alto Flute Project (2014, Capri) B+(*) 

Amos Hoffman/Noam Lemish: Pardes (2017 [2018], self-released) B+(*) 

Kelly Hogan: I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (2012, Anti-) B+(**) 

Anna Högberg: Attack (2016, Omlott) B+(***) 

The Hold Steady:

  • Stay Positive (2008, Vagrant) A− 
  • A Positive Rage (2007 [2009], Vagrant) A−  
  • Heaven Is Whenever (2010, Vagrant) A− 
  • Teeth Dreams (2014, Razor & Tie/Washington Square) A− 

James Holden: The Inheritors (2013, Border Community) B+(**) 

Hole: Nobody's Daughter (2010, Mercury) B+(***) 

Billie Holiday:

  • Lady Sings the Blues (1955-56 [2007], Verve) B+(*) 
  • Banned From New York City: Live 1948-1957 (1948-57 [2015], Uptown, 2CD) B+(***) 

Dave Holland:

  • /Chris Potter/Lionel Loueke/Eric Harland: Aziza (2016, Dare2) A− 
  • Uncharted Territories (2018, Dare2, 2CD) A− 

John Hollenbeck: /Alban Darche/Sébastien Boisseau/Samuel Blaser: JASS (2013 [2014], Yolk) A− 

John Hollenbeck:

  • Songs We Like a Lot (2015, Sunnyside) B 

Lonnie Holley: Keeping a Record of It (2013, Dust-to-Digital) B+(**) 

The Hollies:

  • Here I Go Again (1964, Imperial) B 
  • Hear! Here! (1965, Imperial) B+(*) 
  • Bus Stop (1966, Imperial) B+(*) 
  • Evolution (1967, Epic) A− 

The Holmes Brothers: Feed My Soul (2010, Alligator) B+(**) 

Mats Holmquist: Big Band Minimalism (2015 [2017], Summit) C+ 

Mike Holober: Balancing Act (2015, Palmetto) B+(**) 

Will Holshouser/Matt Munisteri/Marcus Rojas: Introducing Musette Explosion (2014, Aviary) B+(**) 

Julia Holter:

  • Ekstasis (2012, RVNG) B 
  • Loud City Song (2013, Domino) B 
  • Have You in My Wilderness (2015, Domino) B 

Holy Fuck:

  • LP (2007, Young Turks) A− 
  • Latin (2010, Young Turks) B+(***) 

Holy Ghost!: Holy Ghost! (2011, DFA) B+(*) 

Holy Other: Held (2012, Tri Angle) B 

Holychild: The Shape of Brat Pop to Come (2015, Glassnote) B+(**) 

Homeboy Sandman:

  • Subject: Matter (2012, Stones Throw, EP) B+(***) 
  • The Good Sun (2010, High Water Music) B+(***) 
  • First of a Living Breed (2012, Stones Throw) A− 
  • Kool Herc: Fertile Crescent (2013, Stones Throw, EP) B+(*) 
  • All That I Hold Dear (2013, Stones Throw, EP) B+(**) 
  • White Sands (2014, Stones Throw, EP) B+(***) 
  • Hallways (2014, Stones Throw) A− 
  • Kindness for Weakness (2016, Stones Throw) B+(***) 
  • Veins (2017, Stones Throw, EP) B+(**) 

Anna Homler and Steve Moshier: Breadwoman & Other Tales (1985-93 [2016], RVNG Intl) B+(**) 

Honest John:

  • International Breakthrough (2015-16 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(**) 
  • w/Ab Baars: Treem (2016 [2018], Clean Feed) B+(*) 

Honey Ear Trio: Swivel (2014 [2016], Little (i) Music) A− 

Honey Island Swamp Band: Cane Sugar (2013, Louisiana Red Hot) B 

Honeyblood: Honeyblood (2014, Fat Cat) B 

Honeyhoney: Billy Jack (2011, Lost Highway) B+(*) 

Tristan Honsinger/Antonio Borghini/Tobias Delius/Axel Dörner: Hook, Line and Sinker (2016 [2017], De Platenbakakkerij, DVD) B+(*) 

Patterson Hood:

  • Murdering Oscar (and Other Love Songs) (2009, Ruth St.) A− 
  • Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance (2012, ATO) B+(***) 

John Lee Hooker:

  • John Lee Hooker on Vee-Jay 1955-1958 (1955-58 [1993], Vee-Jay) A− 
  • Don't Turn Me From Your Door: John Lee Hooker Sings His Blues (1953-61 [1992], Atco) A− 
  • Never Get Out of These Blues Alive (1971 [1972], ABC) B+(***) 

William Hooker:

  • Light: The Early Years 1975-1989 (1975-89 [2016], NoBusiness, 4CD) A− 
  • Lifeline (1988 [1989], Silkheart) B+(*) 
  • The Firmament Fury (1989 [1994], Silkheart) B+(**) 
  • /Billy Bang: Joy (Within)! (1994-95 [1996], Silkheart) B+(***) 
  • /Liudas Mockunas: Live at the Vilnius Jazz Festival (2013 [2014], NoBusiness) A− 

Hookworms:

  • Pearl Mystic (2013, Weird World) A− 
  • The Hum (2014, Weird World) B+(***) 
  • Microshift (2018, Domino) B+(*) 

Jesca Hoop: Memories Are Now (2017, Sub Pop) A− 

Hop Along:

  • Painted Shut (2015, Saddle Creek) B+(*) 
  • Bark Your Head Off, Dog (2018, Saddle Creek) B+(*) 

Adam Hopkins: Party Pack Ice (2015 [2017], pfMENTUM EP) B+(*) 

Jon Hopkins:

  • Immunity (2013, Domino) A−  
  • Singularity (2018, Domino) B+(***) 

Mary Hopkin:

  • Post Card (1969 [2010], Capitol) B 
  • Earth Song / Ocean Song (1971 [2010], Capitol) B+(*) 

Jazzmeia Horn: A Social Call (2017, Prestige) B+(**) 

Shirley Horn: Live at the 4 Queens (1988 [2016], Resonance) A− 

The Horrors:

  • Primary Colours (2009, XL) B+(**) 
  • Skying (2011, XL) B− 

Horse Lords: Interventions (2016, Northern Spy) B+(**) 

Horse Meat Disco: Volume IV (2014, Strut) B+(**) 

Ron Horton: It's a Gadget World . . . (2009, Abeat) B+(**) 

Wayne Horvitz:

  • 55: Music and Dance in Concrete (2012 [2014], Cuneiform) B 
  • Some Places Are Forever Afternoon (2015, Songlines) B+(***) 

Hospitality: Hospitality (2012, Merge) B+(*) 

Hot Chelle Rae: Whatever (2011, RCA) A− 

Hot Chip:

  • Made in the Dark (2008, Astralwerks) B+(***) 
  • One Life Stand (2010, EMI) B+(*) 
  • In Our Heads (2012, Domino) B+(*) 
  • Why Make Sense? (2015, Domino) B 

Hot Club of Cowtown: What Makes Bob Holler (2010 [2011], Proper) B+(*) 

The Hot Club of San Francisco: Hot Club Cool Yule (2009, Azica) B− 

Hot Jazz Jumpers: The Very Next Thing (2015, On the Bol) B 

The Hot Sardines:

  • The Hot Sardines (2014, Decca) A− 
  • French Fries + Champagne (2016, Decca) B+(*) 

Hot Snakes: Jericho Sirens (2018, Sub Pop) B 

The Hotelier:

  • Home, Like Noplace Is There (2014, Tiny Engines) B+(*) 
  • Goodness (2016, Tiny Engines) B+(*) 

Beth Jeans Houghton & the Hooves of Destiny: Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose (2012, Mute) B 

François Houle & Håvard Wiik: Aves (2011 [2013], Songlines) B+(*) 

How to Dress Well:

  • Total Loss (2012, Acéphale) B 
  • What Is This Heart? (2014, Domino) B 

Ben Howard: Every Kingdom (2012, Universal Republic) B 

Noah Howard:

  • Noah Howard Quartet (1966 [1993], ESP-Disk) B+(*) 
  • Schizophrenic Blues (1977 [1978], FMP) A− 
  • Berlin Concert (1975 [1977], FMP) B+(***) 

Rebecca Lynn Howard: No Rules (2008, Saguaro Road) C+ 

Dylan Howe: Subterranean: New Designs on Bowie's Berlin (2014, Motorik) B+(**) 

The Ted Howe Jazz Orchestra: Pinnacle (2013 [2015], Hot Stove) B 

Michael Howell: Looking Glass (1973, Milestone) B+(**) 

Joseph Howell: Time Made to Swing (2015 [2016], Summit) B+(***) 

Hu Vibrational: Presents the Epic Botanical Beat Suite (2014 [2015], MOD Technologies) B+(***) 

Freddie Hubbard:

  • Goin' Up (1960 [1961], Blue Note) B+(***) 
  • Hub Cap (1961, Blue Note) B+(**) 
  • The Artistry of Freddie Hubbard/The Body and the Soul (1962-63 [2012], Impulse) B− 
  • The Hub of Hubbard (1969 [1971], MPS) B+(*) 
  • /Ilhan Mimaroglu: Sing Me a Song of Songmy (1971, Atlantic) B+(*) 
  • Pinnacle: Live & Unreleased From the Keystone Korner (1980 [2011], Resonance) B+(*) 

Ray Wylie Hubbard:

  • A. Elightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C) (2010, Bordello) B+(***) 
  • The Grifter's Hymnal (2012, Bordello) A− 
  • The Ruffian's Misfortune (2015, Bordello) A− 
  • Tell the Devil I'm Gettin' There as Fast as I Can (2017, Bordello/Thirty Tigers) A− 

Joseph Huber: The Suffering Stage (2017, self-released) B+(***) 

Paul Hubweber/Frank Paul Schubert/Alexander von Schlippenbach/Clayton Thomas/Willi Kellers: Intricacies (2014 [2015], NoBusiness, 2CD) B+(***) 

Jennifer Hudson: JHUD (2014, RCA) B+(*) 

The James Hughes/Jimmy Smith Quintet: Ever Up & Onward (2015 [2016], self-released) B+(*) 

Lena Hughes: Queen of the Flat Top Guitar (1960s [2013], Tompkins Square, EP) B+(**) 

Sierra Hull: Daybreak (2011, Rounder) B+(***) 

Humcrush: Enter Humcrush (2014-15 [2017], Shhpuma) B+(**) 

Helen Humes: Sneakin' Around [The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions] (1974 [2002], Black & Blue) B+(**) 

Hunger Pangs: Meet Meat (2013, For Tune) A− 

Sam Hunt:

  • Montevalo (2014, MCA Nashville) B 
  • Between the Pines: Acoustic Mixtape (2015, MCA Nashville) B 

Van Hunt: What Were You Hoping For? (2011, Godless Hotspot) B+(*) 

Charlie Hunter:

  • Let the Bells Ring On (2015, CHT Publishing) B+(**) 
  • Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth (2016, Ground Up/Decca) B+(***) 

Ian Hunter:

  • Shrunken Heads (2007, Yep Roc) B 
  • Man Overboard (2009, New West) B+(**) 

Hunx & His Punx: Too Young to Be in Love (2011, Hardly Art) B+(**) 

Michael Hurley:

  • First Songs (1964 [2009], Folkways) B 
  • Ancestral Swamp (2007, Gnomonsong) B+(**) 
  • Ida Con Snock (2009, Gnomonsong) B+(**) 

Hurray for the Riff Raff:

  • My Dearest Darkest Neighbor (2013, Mod Mobillian/This Is American Music) B+(**) 
  • Small Town Heroes (2014, ATO) B+(**) 
  • The Navigator (2017, ATO) B+(*) 

J Hus: Common Sense (2017, Black Butter/Epic) B+(**) 

Gary Husband: A Meeting of Spirits (2005 [2017], Edition) B+(*) 

Nipsey Hussle: Victory Lap (2018, All Money In/Atlantic) B+(*) 

Bobby Hutcherson/David Sanborn/Joey DeFrancesco: Enjoy the View (2014, Blue Note) B+(*) 

Hutchinson Andrew Trio: Prairie Modern (2012 [2014], Chronograph) B+(***) 

Jenny Hval:

  • Viscera (2011, Rune Grammofon) B+(*) 
  • Apocalypse, Girl (2015, Sacred Bones) B+(*) 
  • Blood Bitch (2016, Sacred Bones) C+ 

Hvalfugl: By (2017, self-released) B+(**) 

Kang Tae Hwan: Live at Café Amores (1995 [2018], NoBusiness) B+(**) 

Jason Kao Hwang:

  • Voice (2014 [2016], Innova) B+(*) 
  • Sing House (2015 [2017], Euonymous) B+(***) 

Dick Hyman: Solo at the Sacramento Jazz Festivals 1983-1988 (1983-88 [2017], Arbors) B+(***) 

Chrissie Hynde: Stockholm (2014, Caroline) B+(*) 

Hypercolor: Hypercolor (2014 [2015], Tzadik) B+(**) 

I Am Three: Mingus Mingus Mingus (2015 [2016], Leo) B+(***) 

I Break Horses: Hearts (2011, Bella Union) B 

I Love Makonnen:

  • I Love Makonnen (2014, OVO Sound, EP) B+(*) 
  • Drink More Water 5 (2015, OVO Sound) B+(**) 
  • I Love Makonnen 2 (2015, OVO Sound, EP) B+(*) 

I See Hawks in L.A.:

  • Hallowed Ground (2008, Big Books) B+(**) 
  • New Kind of Lonely (2012, Western Seeds) B+(*) 

Susie Ibarra: Perception (2017, Decibel Music) B 

Ibeyi:

  • Ibeyi (2015, XL) B 
  • Ash (2017, XL) B+(*) 

Ibibio Sound Machine:

  • Ibibio Sound Machine (2014, Soundway) B+(*) 
  • Uyai (2017, Merge) B+(**) 

Abdullah Ibrahim:

  • Duke Ellington Presents the Dollar Brand Trio (1963 [1997], Reprise Archives) B+(**) 
  • African Piano (1969 [1973], Japo) B+(***) 
  • Ancient Africa (1973 [2017], Delmark/Sackville) B+(**) 
  • African Space Program (1973 [2013], Enja) B 
  • /Johnny Dyani: Echoes From Africa (1979 [1987], Enja) B+(**) 
  • African Dawn (1982 [1987], Enja) B+(**) 
  • /Ekaya: African River (1989, Enja) B+(***) 
  • Mukashi (2013, Intuition) B+(**) 
  • The Song Is My Story (2014 [2015], Sunnyside) B 

Ibrahim Electric: Meets Ray Anderson Again (2007 [2008], Stunt) B+(***) 

Iceage:

  • New Brigade (2011, What's Your Rupture?) B+(***) 
  • You're Nothing (2013, Matador) B 
  • Plowing Into the Field of Love (2014, Matador) B 

Ich Bin Nintendo: Lykke (2016, Shhpuma) B+(**) 

Lia Ices: Grown Unknown (2011, Jagjaguwar) B 

Icona Pop: This Is . . . Icona Pop (2013, Big Beat/Atlantic) B+(*) 

Ida Maria:

  • Fortress Round My Heart (2009, Upper 11/Fontana) B+(***) 
  • Katla (2010 [2011], Mercury) B+(*) 

Idaho: You Were a Dick (2011, Talitres) B+(*) 

Ideal Bread:

  • The Ideal Bread (2008, KMB) B+(***) 
  • Beating the Teens: Songs of Steve Lacy (2013 [2014], Cuneiform, 2CD) B+(***) 

Idles: Brutalism (2017, Bailey) B+(***) 

ICP Orchestra:

  • In Berlin (1977 [1979], FMP) B+(**) 
  • Jubilee Varia (1997 [1999], Hatology) B+(***) 
  • East of the Sun (2014, ICP) B+(**) 

Iggy & the Stooges: Ready to Die (2013, Fat Possum) B+(*) 

Tommy Igoe: The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy (2014, Deep Rhythm) B− 

Ikebe Shakedown: Stone by Stone (2014, Ubiquity) B 

Ikonika: Contact, Love, Want, Have (2010, Hyperdub) B+(**) 

Il Sogno: Birthday (2015 [2017], Gotta Let It Out) B+(**) 

Imarhan: Temet (2018, City Slang) B+(***) 

Imarhan Timbuktu: Akal Warled (2014, Clermont) B+(**) 

Imelda May: Mayhem (2010 [2011], Decca) B+(**) 

Imperial Teen:

  • The Hair the TV the Baby & the Band (2007, Merge) A− 
  • Feel the Sound (2012, Merge) B+(***) 

Inc.: No World (2013, 4AD) B+(*) 

Randy Ingram: Sky/Lift (2012 [2014], Sunnyside) B+(**) 

Roger Ingram: Sklyark (2015, One Too Tree) B 

Injury Reserve:

  • Live From the Dentist Office (2015, Las Fuegas) B+(**) 
  • Floss (2016, Las Fuegas) B+(***) 

Mikko Innanen: Song for a New Decade (2010-12 [2015], TUM, 2CD) A− 

Innerroute: Fourmation (2011 [2015], self-released) B+(**) 

Innocent When You Dream: Dirt in the Ground (2017, self-released) B+(*) 

Independence Hall Jazz Band: Louis: The Oliver Years (2002, Stomp Off) B+(**) 

Inspectah Deck & 7L & Esoteric: Czarface (2013, Brick) B+(*) 

International Orange: International Orange (2013 [2014], self-released) B+(***) 

The Internet:

  • Ego Death (2015, Odd Future/Columbia) B+(**) 
  • Hive Mind (2018, Columbia) B+(**) 

Interzone:

  • Crossing Atlas 45° (1998, Not Two) B+(*) 
  • Interzone Plays With Adam Pieronczyk (2000, Not Two) B+(***) 

Inventions: Maze of Woods (2015, Temporary Residence) B+(*) 

Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet:

  • Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet (2012 [2013], Epigraph) A− 
  • 2 (2014 [2015], Trouble in Mind) B+(***) 

IPA:

  • Lorena (2008 [2009], Bolage) B+(*) 
  • It's a Delicate Thing (2010 [2011], Bolage) B+(**) 
  • I Just Did Say Something (2016, Cuneiform) B+(**) 

Jon Irabagon:

  • /Andrew Neff/Danny Fox/Scott Ritchie/Alex Wyatt: Here Be Dragons (2009 [2012], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(*) 
  • Unhinged (2012, Irabbagast) B− 
  • /Mark Helias/Barry Altschul: It Takes All Kinds (2013 [2014], Irabbagast/Jazzwerkstatt) B+(***) 
  • Behind the Sky (2014 [2015], Irabbagast) B+(**) 
  • Inaction Is an Action (2015, Irabbagast) B 
  • /John Hegre/Nils Are Drønen: Axis (2013 [2017], Rune Grammofon) B+(*) 
  • Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics (2016-17 [2018], Irabbagast) B+(**) 

Irakere: The Best of Irakere (1978-79 [1994], Columbia/Legacy) B+(***) 

Sherman Irby & Momentum: Cerulean Canvas (2017, Black Warrior) B+(*) 

Christoph Irniger:

  • Gowanus Canal (2012 [2013], Intakt) B+(***) 
  • Italian Circus Story (2014, Intakt) B+(**) 
  • Octopus (2014 [2015], Intakt) A− 
  • Pilgrim: Big Wheel Live (2015 [2016], Intakt) B+(***) 

Iron & Wine:

  • The Shepherd's Dog (2007, Sub Pop) B+(**) 
  • Kiss Each Other Clean (2011, Warner Brothers) B+(*) 

Irreversible Entanglements: Irreversible Entanglements (2015 [2017] International Anthem/Don Giovanni) A− 

Aaron Irwin: A Room Forever (2015, self-released) B+(*) 

Chris Isaak: Beyond the Sun (2011, Vanguard) B 

Jason Isbell:

  • Sirens of the Ditch (2007, New West) B+(*) 
  • Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit (2009, Lightning Rod) B+(**) 
  • Here We Rest (2011, Lightning Rod) B+(*) 
  • Southeastern (2013, Relativity) B 
  • Something More Than Free (2015, Southeastern) B+(*) 
  • and the 400 Unit: The Nashville Sound (2017, Southeastern) B+(***)  

Ishmael Ensemble: Songs for Knotty (2017, Banoffee Pies, EP) B 

Isolée:

  • We Are Monster (2005 [2011], Pampa) A− 
  • Well Spent Youth (2011, Pampa) B+(***) 

Isotope 217:

  • Utonian_Automatic (1999, Thrill Jockey) B+(***) 
  • The Unstable Molecule (1997, Thrill Jockey) B+(*) 

Koby Israelite: Blues From Elsewhere (2013, Asphalt Tango) B 

Ital: Hive Mind (2012, Planet Mu) B+(***) 

Ital Tek: Hollowed (2016, Planet Mu) B+(**) 

The Itals: Brutal Out Deh (1981, Nighthawk) B+(***) 

Ivan & Alyosha: It's All Just Pretend (2015, Dualtone) B 

Ethan Iverson: The Purity of the Turf (2016, Criss Cross) B+(**) 

Vijay Iyer:

  • Memorophilia (1995, Asian Improv) B+(***) 
  • Architextures (1996 [1998], Asian Improv) A− 
  • Panoptic Modes (2000 [2001], Red Giant) B+(***) 
  • Blood Sutra (2003, Artists House) A− 
  • Mutations (2013 [2014], ECM) A− 
  • Break Stuff (2014 [2015], ECM) B+(***) 
  • /Wadada Leo Smith: A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke (2015 [2016], ECM) B+(**) 
  • Far From Over (2017, ECM) B+(***) 

Jessie J: Who Are You (2011, Universal Republic) B 

Ja, Panik: Libertatia (2014, Staatsakt) B+(*) 

Nicolas Jaar:

  • Space Is Only Noise (2011, Circus) B+(***) 
  • Sirens (2016, Other People) B+(**) 

Jachna Tarwid Karch: Sundial (2013-14 [2014], Fortune) B+(*) 

Dylan Jack:

  • Diagrams (2017, Creative Nation Music) B+(***) 

Jill Jack and the American SongBook Band: Pure Imagination (2016, UpHill Productions) B+(*) 

Jack Ruby: Jack Ruby (1974-77 [2011], UgExplode, EP) B+(***) 

Alan Jackson:

  • Here in the Real World (1989, Arista) B+(***) 
  • Don't Rock the Jukebox (1991, Arista) A− 
  • A Lot About Livin' (and a Little 'Bout Love) (1992, Arista) B+(**) 
  • Everything I Love (1996, Arista) B+(**) 
  • High Mileage (1998, Arista) B+(***) 
  • Under the Influence (1999, Arista) B 
  • When Somebody Loves You (2000, Arista) B 
  • Like Red on a Rose (2006, Arista Nashville) B+(*) 
  • Good Time (2008, Arista) A− 
  • 34 Number Ones (1989-2008 [2010], Arista, 2CD) B+(***) 
  • Freight Train (2010, Arista) B+(**) 
  • Thirty Miles West (2012, ACR/EMI Nashville) B+(**) 
  • Angels and Alcohol (2015, Capitol Nashville) A− 

Ali Jackson: Amalgamations (2013 [2014], Sunnyside) B+(**) 

Chubby Jackson Big Band: New York City 1949: Ooh, What an Outfit! (1949 [2014], Uptown, 2CD) B+(***) 

Gene Jackson Trio NuYorx: Power of Love (2017 [2018], Whirlwind) B+(*) 

Janet Jackson:

  • Control (1986, A&M) B+(*) 
  • Unbreakable (2015, Rhythm Nation) B+(*) 

Jason Jackson: Inspiration (2012 [2014], Jack & Hill Music/Planet Arts) B 

Javon Jackson: Expression (2014, Smoke Sessions) B+(*) 

Kate Jackson: British Road Movies (2016, Hoo Ha) B+(*) 

Keefe Jackson/Jason Adasiewicz: Rows and Rows (2015 [2016], Delmark) B+(*) 

Michael Jackson:

  • Forever, Michael (1975, Motown) B+(*) 
  • 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Michael Jackson (1971-75 [2000], Motown) B− 

Michael Gregory Jackson: Clarity (1976 [2010], ESP-Disk) B 

Millie Jackson: Exposed: The Multi-Track Sessions Mixed by Steve Levine (1972-79 [2018], Ace) B 

Milt Jackson: At the Museum of Modern Art (1965 [2008], Verve) B+(*) 

Wanda Jackson:

  • The Party Ain't Over (2011, Nonesuch) B− 
  • Unfinished Business (2012, Sugar Hill) B+(*) 

Willis Jackson/Von Freeman: Lockin' Horns (1978 [2000], 32 Jazz) B+(*) 

The Jackson 5: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Jackson 5 (1969-74 [1999], Motown) A− 

Illinois Jacquet/Leo Parker: Toronto 1947 (1947 [2013], Uptown) B+(***) 

Jaga Jazzist: One-Armed Bandit (2010, Ninja Tune) B+(**) 

Jaguar Love: Hologram Jams (2009 [2010], Fat Possum) B+(***) 

Benedikt Jahnel Trio: The Invariant (2016 [2017], ECM) B+(**) 

Jaill: That's How We Burn (2010, Sub Pop) B+(**) 

Jaipur Kawa Brass Band: Dance of the Cobra (2013, Riverboat) B+(*) 

Jam City: Classical Curves (2012, Night Slugs) B+(**) 

Jamaican Queens: Wormfood (2013, Notown) B 

Ahmad Jamal:

  • Live in Marciac: August 5th 2014 (2014 [2015], Jazz Village) B+(*) 
  • Marseille (2016 [2017], Jazz Village) B+(**) 

Etta James:

  • At Last! (1961, Argo) B+(***) 
  • The Second Time Around (1961, Argo) A− 
  • Etta James Rocks the House (1963 [1964], Argo) A− 
  • The Dreamer (2011, Verve Forecast) B+(**) 

Jason James: Jason James (2015, New West) B+(***) 

José James:

  • No Beginning No End (2013, Blue Note) B 
  • While You Were Sleeping (2014, Blue Note) B 
  • Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday (2015, Blue Note) B+(*) 
  • Love in a Time of Madness (2017, Blue Note) B+(*) 

Leela James: Fall for You (2014, J&T) B+(***) 

Luke James: Luke James (2014, Island) B+(**) 

Rick James: Street Songs (1981, Gordy) B+(*) 

Andrew Jamieson: Heard the Voice (2015, Edgetone) A− 

Jan & Dean:

  • Jan & Dean's Golden Hits (1959-62 [1962], Liberty) C+ 
  • Jan & Dean Take Linda Surfin' (1962, Liberty) B+(*) 
  • Surf City and Other Swingin' Cities (1963, Liberty) B− 
  • Drag City (1963, Liberty) A− 
  • Dead Man's Curve/The New Girl in School (1964, Liberty) B 
  • The Little Old Lady From Pasadena (1964, Liberty) A− 
  • Ride the Wild Surf (1964, Liberty) B 
  • Jan & Dean's Pop Symphony No. 1 (1966, Liberty) B− 
  • Folk 'n Roll (1966, Liberty) C− 
  • Filet of Soul (1966 [1967], Liberty) B− 

Danny Janklow: Elevation (2015 [2017], Outside In Music) B 

B.J. Jansen:

  • Ronin (2013 [2014], ARC) B+(**) 
  • Common Ground (2016 [2017], Ronin Jazz) B+(*) 

Guus Janssen: Meeting Points (1989-2014 [2015], Bimhuis) B+(***) 

Japandroids:

  • Post-Nothing (2008 [2009], Polyvinyl) B+(*) 
  • Celebration Rock (2012, Polyvinyl) B+(**) 
  • Near to the Wild Heart of Life (2017, Anti-) B+(**) 

Japanese Breakfast:

  • Psychopomp (2016, Dead Oceans) B+(*) 
  • Soft Sounds From Another Planet (2017, Dead Oceans) B+(**) 

Joseph Jarman/Marilyn Crispell: Connecting Spirits (1996, Music & Arts) B+(**) 

Jar-e: Chicas Malas (2009, Exotic) B− 

Sarah Jarosz:

  • Follow Me Down (2011, Sugar Hill) B+(**) 
  • Undercurrent (2016, Sugar Hill) B+(**) 

Keith Jarrett:

  • /Jack DeJohnette: Ruta and Daitya (1971 [1973], ECM) B+(**) 
  • Facing You (1971 [1972], ECM) B+(**) 
  • /Charlie Haden/Paul Motian: Hamburg '72 (1972 [2014], ECM) A−  Treasure Island (1974 [2009], Impulse) A− 
  • Arbour Zena (1975 [1976], ECM) B− 
  • Mysteries/Shades (1975 [2012], Impulse) A− 
  • The Survivor's Suite (1976 [1977], ECM) B+(**) 
  • Bop-Be (1976 [1978], Impulse) A− 
  • Nude Ants (1979 [1980], ECM, 2CD) B+(**) 
  • Personal Mountains (1979 [1989], ECM) B+(**) 
  • Barber/Bartók (1984-85 [2015], ECM New Series) B− 
  • /Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette: After the Fall (1998 [2018], ECM, 2CD) B+(**) 
  • Creation (2014 [2015], ECM) B+(**) 

The Jayhawks: Tomorrow the Green Grass [Legacy Edition] (1995 [2011], American/Legacy, 2CD) B 

Jay-Z:

  • Reasonable Doubt (1996, Roc-A-Fella) A− 
  • In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 (1997, Roc-A-Fella) B+(***) 
  • Vol. 2 . . . Hard Knock Life (1998, Roc-A-Fella) B+(**) 
  • The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse (2002, Roc-A-Fella) B+(**) 
  • The Black Album (2003, Roc-A-Fella) A− 
  • Kingdom Come (2006, Roc-A-Fella) B+(**) 
  • American Gangster (2007, Roc-A-Fella) B+(*) 
  • The Blueprint 3 (2009, Roc Nation) B+(**) 
  • The Hits Collection, Volume One (1998-2009, Def Jam/Roc Nation) B+(**) 
  • Magna Carta Holy Grail (2013, Roc Nation) B 
  • 4:44 (2017, Roc Nation) B+(**) 

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra:

  • Live in Cuba (2010 [2015], Blue Engine, 2CD) B+(**) 
  • Big Band Holidays (2012-14 [2015], Blue Engine) C− 
  • The Abyssinian Mass (2013 [2016], Blue Engine, 2CD) C− 
  • The Music of John Lewis (2013 [2017], Blue Engine) B+(*) 

The Jazz Couriers: England's Greatest Combo . . . The Message From Britain (1958-59 [2014], Fresh Sound) B+(**) 

The Jazz Crusaders:

  • At the Lighthouse/Pacific Jazz Records (1962 [2006], Blue Note) B+(**) 
  • Old Socks, New Shoes . . . New Socks, Old Shoes (1970 [2008], Verve) B 

The Jazz Passengers: Still Life With Trouble (2017, Thirsty Ear) B+(**) 

Jazz Spastiks and Junclassic: Mode 7 (2011, Hipnott) B+(***) 

JazzBonez: Watch It! (2013 [2014], Summit) B 

Jazzhole: Blue 72 (2014, Beave Music) B+(**) 

The J.B.'s & Fred Wesley: The Lost Album (1972 [2011], Hip-O Select) B+(*) 

Jefferson Airplane:

  • Takes Off (1966, RCA) A− 
  • After Bathing at Baxter's (1967 [2003], RCA) B+(**) 
  • Crown of Creation (1968, RCA) B+(*) 
  • Bless Its Pointed Little Head (1968 [1969], RCA) B+(**) 

Anthony Jefferson: But Beautiful (2014, self-released) B+(**) 

Blind Lemon Jefferson: The Rough Guide to Blues Legends: Blind Lemon Jefferson (1926-29 [2013], World Music Network, 2CD) A− 

Garland Jeffreys:

  • The King of In Between (2011, Luna Park) B+(***) 
  • 14 Steps to Harlem (2017, Luna Park) B+(*) 

Erik Jekabson: A Brand New Take (2015 [2016], OA2) B+(*) 

Billy Jenkins:

  • Sounds Like Bromley (1982, VOTP) B+(***) 
  • Greenwich (1985, VOTP) A− 
  • Uncommerciality: Volume One (1986, VOTP) B+(***) 
  • Uncommerciality: Volume Two (1988, VOTP) B+(***) 
  • Uncommerciality: Volume Three (1991, VOTP) A− 
  • I Am a Man From Lewisham (2010, VOTP) B+(***) 
  • Born Again (2010, VOTP) B+(**) 
  • Jazz Gives Me the Blues (2011, VOTP) B+(**) 

Jeff Jenkins Organization: The Arrival (2014 [2015], OA2) B+(*) 

John Jenkins/Clifford Jordan/Bobby Timmons: Jenkins, Jordan and Timmons (1957 [1994], New Jazz/OJC) A− 

Jerome Jennings: The Beast (2016, Iola) B+(**) 

Bill Jennings: Architect of Soul Jazz: The Complete Early Recordings 1951-1957 (1951-57 [2014], Fresh Sound, 2CD) B+(**) 

Waylon Jennings:

  • /Willie Nelson/Johnny Cash/Kris Kristofferson: Highwayman (1984 [1985], Columbia) B 
  • /Willie Nelson/Johnny Cash/Kris Kristofferson: Highwayman 2 (1989 [1990], Columbia) B− 
  • Live From Austin TX (1989 [2006], New West) B+(***) 
  • Live From Austin TX '84 (1984 [2008], New West) B+(**) 

Jenny and Johnny: I'm Having Fun Now (2010, Warner Bros.) A− 

Christine Jensen:

  • Habitat (2013 [2014], Justin Time) B+(*) 
  • /Maggi Olin: Transatlantic Conversations: 11 Piece Band Live (2013 [2016], Linedown) B+(*) 

Ingrid and Christine Jensen: Infinitude (2016, Whirlwind) B+(**) 

Jentsch Group Quartet: Fractured Pop (2009 [2017], Fleur de Son) B+(*) 

Carly Rae Jepsen:

  • Kiss (2012, 604/Interscope/Schoolboy) A− 
  • E-MO-TION (2015, Interscope/Schoolboy/Silent) A−  
  • E-MO-TION: Side B (2014-15 [2016], School Boy/Interscope, EP) B+(***) 

Tobias Jesso, Jr.: Goon (2015, True Panther Sounds) B+(**) 

The Jesus and Mary Chain: Damage and Joy (2017, ADA/Warner) B+(**) 

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts: Unvarnished (2013, Blackheart) B+(**) 

Dusan Jevtovic: No Answer (2016 [2017], Moonjune) B+(*) 

Eileen Jewell: Queen of the Minor Key (2011, Signature Sounds) B+(**) 

Ochion Jewell: Volk (2015, self-released) A− 

J.I.D: The Never Story (2017, Dreamville/Interscope) B+(***) 

Flaco Jiminez:

  • Arriba El Norte (1969-80 [1989], Rounder) B+(**) 
  • Entre Humo Y Botellas (1982-87 [1989], Rounder) B+(*) 

Jimmy Eat World: Bleed American (2001, Grand Royal) B− 

Cody Jinks: I'm Not the Devil (2016, Cody Jinks Music) B+(**) 

JJ: JJ N° 2 (2009, Sincerely Yours, EP) B+(*) 

Jlin:

  • Dark Energy (2015, Planet Mu) B+(***) 
  • Black Origami (2017, Planet Mu) B+(**) 

J-Live: All of the Above (2002, Coup d'Etat) B+(*) 

JME: Integrity (2015, Boy Better Know) B+(***) 

Joan as Police Woman: The Deep Field (2011, PIAS) B+(*) 

Joanna Gruesome:

  • Weird Sister (2013, Slumberland) B+(***) 
  • Peanut Butter (2015, Slumberland) B+(*) 

Antonio Carlos Jobim:

  • /Elis Regina: Elis & Tom (1974 [2008], Verve) A− 
  • /Gal Costa: Rio Revisited (1987 [2008], Verve) B+(**) 

David Johansen:

  • David Johansen (1978, Blue Sky) A− 
  • In Style (1979, Blue Sky) B+(**) 
  • Here Comes the Night (1981, Blue Sky) B+(***) 
  • Live It Up (1982, Blue Sky) B+(**) 
  • David Johansen and the Harry Smiths (2000, Chesky) B+(*) 

Per Texas Johansson: De Långa Rulltrapporna I Flemingsberg (2014 [2015], Moserobie) B+(**) 

Elton John/Leon Russell: The Union (2010, Decca) B 

Steve Johns: Family (2014 [2015], Strikezone) B+(**) 

Budd Johnson:

  • Blues a la Mode (1958, Felsted) A− 
  • Ya! Ya! [The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions] (1970 [2002], Black & Blue) B+(**) 
  • /Phil Woods: The Ole Dude & the Fundance Kid (1984 [1985], Uptown) A− 

Bunk Johnson:

  • In San Francisco (1943-44 [1994], American Music) B+(*) 
  • 1944 (1944 [1991], American Music) A− 
  • 1944 Second Masters (1944 [1992], American Music) B+(***) 
  • 1944/45 (1944-45 [1994], American Music) B+(***) 
  • Bunk's Brass Band and Dance Band 1945 (1945 [1992], American Music) A− 

Dexter Johnson & Le Super Star de Dakar: Live à l'Étoile (1969 [2014], Teranga Beat) B+(***) 

Eric Johnson: Live From Austin TX (1988 [2005], New West) B+(*) 

Howard Johnson and Gravity: Testimony (2016 [2017], Tuscarora) B+(**) 

Jamey Johnson:

  • That Lonesome Song (2008, Mercury Nashville) B+(**) 
  • The Guitar Song (2010, Mercury Nashville, 2CD) B+(**) 
  • Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran (2012, Mercury Nashville) B+(***) 

Lucien Johnson/Alan Silva/Makoto Soto: Stinging Nettles (2006 [2014], Improvising Beings) A− 

Max Johnson:

  • Quartet (2011 [2012], Not Two) B+(**) 
  • The Prisoner (2012 [2014], NoBusiness) B+(***) 
  • The Invisible Trio (2013 [2014], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(**) 
  • Something Familiar (2014 [2015], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(***) 
  • In the West (2014 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(*) 

Ross Johnson: Make It Stop!: The Most of Ross Johnson (1979-2006 [2008], Goner) B+(***) 

Russ Johnson:

  • Still Out to Lunch (2014, Yellowbird) B+(**) 
  • Meeting Point (2014, Relay) B+(**) 

Wilko Johnson:

  • /Roger Daltrey: Going Back Home (2014, Chess) B+(***) 
  • Blow Your Mind (2018, Chess) B+(**) 

Freedy Johnston:

  • The Trouble Tree (1990, Bar/None) A− 
  • The Way I Were (1986-92 [2004], Bar/None) B+(***) 
  • Never Home (1997, Elektra) A− 
  • Right Between the Promises (2001, Elektra) B+(**) 
  • Rain on the City (2010, None) B+(**) 

Joi: Joi Sound System (1999-2007 [2016], RealWorld, 2CD) A− 

Joint Venture: Ways (1989 [1990], Enja) B+(***) 

Karen Jonas: Oklahoma Lottery (2014, self-released) B+(***) 

Nick Jonas: Nick Jonas (2014, Island/Safehouse) B 

Jonas Brothers: A Little Bit Longer (2008, Hollywood) B+(*) 

Billy Jones: 3's a Crowd (2017, Acoustical Concepts) B 

Carolyn Lee Jones: The Performer (2013, Cat'nround Sound) B+(***) 

Darius Jones:

  • Book of Mae'bul (Another Kind of Sunrise) (2012, AUM Fidelity) B+(**) 
  • /Matthew Shipp: Cosmic Lieder: The Darkseid Recital (2011-13 [2014], AUM Fidelity) B+(*) 
  • The Oversoul Manual (2014, AUM Fidelity) B− 
  • Le Bébé de Brigitte (Lost in Translation) (2015, AUM Fidelity) B+(**) 

Eugenie Jones: Come Out Swingin' (2015, Open Mic) B 

George Jones: The Great Lost Hits (1965-72 [2010], Time Life, 2CD) B+(**) 

Grace Jones:

  • Hurricane (2004-07 [2011], PIAS America) B+(**) 
  • Hurricane Dub (2011, PIAS America) B+(*) 

Mike Jones:

  • Roaring (2015 [2016], Capri) B+(**) 
  • /Penn Jillette: The Show Before the Show: Live at the Penn & Teller Theater (2017 [2018], Capri) B+(***) 

Mimi Jones:

  • Balance (2012 [2014], Hot Tone Music) B+(*) 
  • Feet in the Mud (2015 [2016], Hot Tone Music) B+(*) 

Norah Jones:

  • The Fall (2009, Blue Note) B+(*) 
  • . . . Featuring Norah Jones (2001-10 [2010], Blue Note) B 
  • Little Broken Hearts (2012, Blue Note) B 
  • Day Breaks (2015 [2016], Blue Note) B+(**) 

Paul Jones:

  • Short History (2014, Blujazz) B+(**) 
  • Clean (2017, Outside In Music) B 

Quincy Jones:

  • The Quintessence (1961 [2007], Impulse) B+(**) 
  • Explores the Music of Henry Mancini (1964 [2009], Verve) B+(***) 
  • Smackwater Jack (1971 [2009], A&M) B 
  • You've Got It Bad Girl (1973 [2009], Verve) B− 

Sean Jones:

  • No Need for Words (2011, Mack Avenue) B+(*) 
  • Live From Jazz at the Bistro (2017, Mack Avenue) B+(*) 

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings:

  • 100 Days, 100 Nights (2007, Daptone) B 
  • I Learned the Hard Way (2010, Daptone) B+(*) 
  • Give the People What They Want (2014, Daptone) B+(*) 
  • Soul of a Woman (2017, Daptone) B+(*) 

Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra: All My Yesterdays (1966 [2016], Resonance, 2CD) A− 

Tom Jones:

  • 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Tom Jones (1965-71 [2000], Polydor) B+(**) 
  • Praise & Blame (2010, Lost Highway) B 

Jónsi: Go (2010, XL) B+(*) 

Jonwayne:

  • Oodles of Doodles (2012, Stones Throw, 2CD) B+(*) 
  • Rap Album Two (2017, The Order Label) B+(***) 

Joonsam: A Door (2014 [2016], Origin) B+(*) 

Janis Joplin: The Pearl Sessions (1970 [2012], Columbia/Legacy, 2CD) A− 

Clifford Jordan: Spellbound (1960 [1993], Riverside/OJC) A− 

Kidd Jordan:

  • New Orleans Festival Suite (1999 [2002], Silkheart) B+(***) 
  • /Alvin Fielder/Peter Kowald: Trio and Duo in New Orleans (2002-05 [2013], NoBusiness, 2CD) A− 

Louis Jordan: Five Guys Named Moe (1943-46 [1993], Charly) B+(**) 

Sheila Jordan:

  • Confirmation (1975 [2005], Test of Time) B+(***) 
  • Better Than Anything: Live (1991 [2015], There) B+(***) 
  • Believe in Jazz (2003 [2004], Ella Productions) A− 
  • /E.S.P. Trio: Straight Ahead (2004 [2005], Splasc(H)) A− 

Anders Jormin/Lena Willemark/Karin Nakagawa: Trees of Light (2013 [2015], ECM) B+(*) 

Joy Division: The Best of Joy Division (1979-80 [2008], Rhino) A− 

Joy Kills Sorrow: This Unknown Science (Signature Sounds) B+(**) 

Joyce: /Nana Vasconcelos/Mauricio Maestro: Visions of Dawn (1976 [2009], Far Out) A− 

Joyfultalk: Muuixx (2015, Drip Audio) B+(**) 

JPEGMAFIA:

  • Black Ben Carson (2016, Trashfuck) B+(*) 
  • Veteran (2018, self-released) B 

J-Rocc: Some Cold Rock Stuf (2011, Stones Throw) B+(**) 

Jü: Summa (2016 [2017], Rare Noise) B 

Jua: Colors of Life (2014, Chocolate Chi Music) B− 

The Juan MacLean:

  • The Future Will Come (2009, DFA) B+(**) 
  • In a Dream (2014, DFA) B+(***) 

Juice WRLD: Goodbye & Good Riddance (2018, self-released) B+(*) 

Juicy J: Stay Trippy (2013, Taylor Gang/Kemosabe/Columbia) B+(*) 

Juju & Jordash: Techno Primitivism (2012, Dekmantel) B+(***) 

Sherie Julianne: 10 Degrees South (2014, Azul Do Mar) B 

The Julie Ruin:

  • Run Fast (2013, Dischord) A− 
  • Hit Reset (2016, Hardly Art) A− 

Orlando Julius:

  • Super Afro Soul (1966-72 [2007], Vampi Soul, 2CD) B+(**) 
  • /Heliocentrics: Jaiyede Afro (2014, Strut) A− 

Issa Juma & Super Wanyika Stars: World Defeats the Grandfathers (1982-86 [2010], Sterns) B+(***) 

Jungle: Jungle (2014, XL) B+(**) 

Junior Boys: It's All True (2011, Domino) B+(*) 

Junip: Fields (2010, Mute) B 

Jupiter & Okwess: Kin Sonic (2017, Glitterbeat) B+(**) 

Vic Juris:

  • Songbook (1999 [2000], SteepleChase) B 
  • Eye Contact (2016 [2018], SteepleChase) B+(**) 

Justice:

  • Cross (2007, Vice/Ed Banger) B+(*) 
  • Audio, Video, Disco (2011, Elektra) C+ 
  • Access All Arenas (2013, Because) C+ 

Ka:

  • The Night's Gambit (2013, Iron Works) B+(**) 
  • Honor Killed the Samurai (2016, Iron Works) A− 

Joseph Kabasele/Le Grand Kallé: His Life, His Music (1953-83 [2013], Sterns Africa, 2CD) A− 

Beat Kaestli: Collage (2013 [2014], B+B Productions) B+(**) 

Dave Kain: Raising Kain (2014, Stop Time) B+(**) 

Kairos 4tet: Everything We Hold (2013, Naim Jazz) B+(**) 

Henry Kaiser:

  • Devil in the Drain (1987, SST) B+(*) 
  • /David Lindley: A World Out of Time, Vol. 2 (1993, Shanachie) B+(*) 
  • /Ray Russell: The Celestial Squid (2014 [2015], Cuneiform) B+(***) 

Kaleidoscope: Side Trips (1967, Epic) B+(***) 

Kalle Kalima & K-18: Buñuel de Jour (2013 [2014], TUM) B+(***) 

Hamad Kalkaba: Hamad Kalkaba and the Golden Sounds 1974-1975 (1974-75 [2017], Analog Africa) A− 

Kamaiyah: A Good Night in the Ghetto (2016, self-released) B+(**) 

Matthew Kaminski:

  • Swingin' on the New Hammond (2013 [2014], Summit) B+(*) 
  • Live at Churchill Grounds (2015 [2016], Chicken Coup) B+(*) 

Kammerflimmer Kollektief: Désarroi (2015, Staubgold) B+(***) 

Kanaku y El Tigre: Quema Quema Quema (2015, Strut/Tigers Milk) B+(*) 

The Kandinsky Effect: Somnambulist (2014 [2015], Cuneiform) A− 

Matt Kane & the Kansas City Generations Sextet: Acknowledgement (2014 [2016], Bounce-Step) B 

Kano: Made in the Manor (2016, Parlophone) B+(***) 

Vieux Kanté: The Young Man's Harp (2005 [2016], Sterns) A− 

Tyler Kaneshiro & the Highlands: Amber of the Moment (2013 [2015], self-released) B+(**) 

Noah Kaplan:

  • Descendants (2008 [2011], Hatology) B+(**) 
  • Cluster Swerve (2011 [2017], Hatology) A− 

Bobby Kapp/Matthew Shipp: Cactus (2016, Northern Spy) A− 

Pandelis Karayorgis:

  • Heart and Sack (1998, Leo Lab) A− 
  • Seventeen Pieces: Solo Piano (2004, Leo) B+(***) 
  • /Nate McBride/Curt Newton: Betwixt (2007 [2008], Hatology) B+(**) 
  • System of 5 (2008 [2011], Hatology) B+(***)  Afterimage (2014, Driff) B+(***) 

Keith Karns Big Band: An Eye on the Future (2015 [2017], Summit) C+ 

Peter Karp/Sue Foley:

  • He Said, She Said (2010, Blind Pig) B+(**) 
  • Beyond the Crossroads (2012, Blind Pig) B+(*) 

Kasai Allstars:

  • In the 7th Moon, the Chief Turned Into a Swimming Fish and Ate the Head of His Enemy by Magic (2008, Crammed Discs) B+(***) 
  • Beware the Fetish [Congotronics 5] (2014, Crammed Discs, 2CD) B+(***) 
  • /Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste: Around Félicité (2017, Crammed Discs) B+(**) 
  • Félicité Remixes (2017, Crammed Discs) B+(*) 

Brian Kastan: Roll the Dice on Life (2016 [2017], Kastan, 2CD) C+ 

Manu Katché:

  • Live in Concert (2014 [2015], ACT) B+(**) 
  • Touchstone for Manu (2004-12 [2015], ECM) B+(**) 
  • Unstatic (2016, Anteprima) B+(*) 

Darrell Katz:

  • /JCA Orchestra: Why Do You Ride? (2013 [2014], Leo) B+(*) 
  • /OddSong: Jailhouse Doc With Holes in Her Socks (2015 [2016], JCA) B 
  • /JCA Orchestra: Rats Live on No Evil Star (2016-17 [2018], JCA) B+(***) 

Justin Kauflin: Dedication (2014 [2015], Qwest/Jazz Village) B+(**) 

Manika Kaur: Satnam Waheguru: The True Name (2013 [2014], self-released) B+(**) 

Kayo Dot: Plastic House on Base of Sky (2016, The Flenser) B 

Kaytranada: 99.9% (2016, XL) A− 

Kaze:

  • Uminari (2014 [2015], Circum-Libra) B+(***) 
  • Atody Man (2017 [2018], Libra) B+(***) 

KC & the Sunshine Band:

  • Greatest Hits (1974-80 [1980], TK) A− 
  • The Best of KC & the Sunshine Band (1974-82 [1990], Rhino) A− 

Ryan Keberle:

  • & Catharsis: Into the Zone (2014, Greenleaf Music) B+(*) 
  • & Catharsis: Azui Infinito (2015 [2016], Greenleaf Music) B+(**) 
  • & Catharsis: Find the Common, Shine a Light (2017, Greenleaf Music) B+(**) 
  • /Frank Woeste: Reverso: Suite Pavel (2017 [2018], Phonoart) B+(**) 

Robert Earl Keen:

  • Live From Austin TX (2001 [2004], New West) B+(*) 
  • Ready for Confetti (2011, Lost Highway) B+(**) 

Kehlani:

  • You Should Be Here (2015, self-released) B− 
  • SweetSexySavage (2017, Atlantic) B+(*) 

Aly Keïta/Jan Galega Brönnimann/Lucas Niggli: Kalo-Yele (2015 [2016], Intakt) A 

Mamani Keita:

  • Yelema (2005 [2006], No Format) A− 
  • Gagner L'Argent Français (2011, No Format) B+(***) 

Salif Keita: La Différence (2009 [2010], Decca) B 

John Paul Keith: Memphis Circa 3AM (2013, Big Legal Mess) B+(***) 

Kool Keith:

  • Tashan Dorsett (2009, Junkadelic) B+(**) 
  • The Legend of Tashan Dorsett (2011, Junkadelic) B+(*) 

Toby Keith:

  • Bullets in the Gun (2010, Show Dog Nashville) B 
  • Clancy's Tavern (2011, Show Dog Nashville) B+(*) 
  • Hope on the Rocks (2012, Show Dog Nashville) B 
  • Drinks After Work (2013, Show Dog Nashville) B 
  • 35 MPH Town (2015, Show Dog Nashville) B 

Tyler Keith & the Apostles: Do It for Johnny (2016, self-released) B+(**) 

Ricky Kej/Wouter Kellerman: Winds of Samsara (2014, Listen 2 Africa) C 

Kel Assouf: Tikounen (2016, Igloo) B+(**) 

Kele: The Boxer (2010, Glassnote) B+(**) 

Kelela:

  • Cut 4 Me (2013, Fade to Mind) B+(*) 
  • Hallucinogen (2015, Warp/Cherry Coffee, EP) B+(*) 
  • Take Me Apart (2017, Warp) B+(**) 

Kelis:

  • Flesh Tone (2010, Interscope) B+(*) 
  • Food (2014, Ninja Tune) B− 

Roger Kellaway: New Jazz Standards Vol. 3 (2017 [2018], Summit) B+(**) 

Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers: Gift Horse (2011, Vanguard) B+(**) 

Grace Kelly: Trying To Figure It Out (2016, Pazz Productions) B+(*) 

Keith Kelly Ask Not: A Grand Apparatus, Discarded (2014 [2015], Edgetone) B+(**) 

R. Kelly: Love Letter (2010, Jive) B+(**) 

Walter Kemp 3oh!: Dark Continent (2016, Blujazz) B+(*) 

Corey Kendrick: Rootless (2016, self-released) B+(*) 

Eddie Kendricks: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Eddie Kendricks (1973-85 [2000], Motown) B+(**) 

Kenge Kenge: Introducing Kenge Kenge (2007, Riverboat) B+(**) 

Robert Kennedy: Big Shoes (2014 [2015], self-released) B+(*) 

Kenosha Kid: Inside Voices (2014 [2015], self-released) B 

Stacey Kent:

  • Raconte-Moi . . . (2010, Blue Note) B+(*) 
  • The Changing Lights (2013 [2014], Warner Jazz) B+(**) 
  • Tenderly (2015 [2016], OKeh) B+(***) 
  • I Know I Dream: The Orchestral Sessions (2017, Okeh) B+(**) 

Stan Kenton Alumni Band: Road Scholars Live (2013 [2014], Summit) B 

The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra: Storming Through the South (2016, Summit) B+(*) 

Irene Kepl: SololoS (2016, Fou) B+(*) 

Kesha:

  • Animal (2010, Jive) B+(***) 
  • Cannibal (2010, RCA, EP) B+(*) 
  • Warrior (2012, RCA) B 
  • Rainbow (2017, Kemosabe/RCA) B+(*) 

Barney Kessel:

  • /Shelly Manne/Ray Brown: The Poll Winners (1957 [1988], Contemporary/OJC) B+(*) 
  • /Shelly Manne/Ray Brown: Poll Winners Three! (1959 [1992], Contemporary/OJC) B+(***) 

Sari Kessler: Do Right (2016, Ruby Street Music) B+(*) 

Stefan Keune/Dominic Lash/Steve Noble: Fractions (2013 [2015], NoBusiness) B+(***) 

Alicia Keys:

  • As I Am (2007, J) B+(**) 
  • Here (2016, RCA) A− 

Khaled: Liberté (2009, Wrasse) A− 

Khalid: American Teen (2017, Right Hand/RCA) A− 

Wiz Khalifa:

  • Rolling Papers (2011, Atlantic) B+(*) 
  • Blacc Hollywood (2014, Atlantic) B+(**) 

Amira Kheir: Alsahraa (2014, Sterns) B+(*) 

K-Holes: Dismania (2012, Hardly Art) B+(*) 

Khun Narin: Electric Phin Band (2014, Innovative Leisure) B+(**) 

Kiasmos: Kiasmos (2014, Erased Tapes) B+(*) 

Kid606: Songs About Fucking Steve Albini (2010, Important) B+(**) 

Kid Creole:

  • Going Places: The August Darnell Years (1976-83 [2008], Strut) A− 

Kid Creole and the Coconuts:

  • To Travel Sideways (1993 [1995], Atoll) B 
  • Kiss Me Before the Light Changes (1994 [1995], Atoll) B+(**) 
  • The Conquest of You (1997, SPV) A− 
  • Lost Paradize Edits (1980-83 [2012], ZE) B+(*) 
  • I Wake Up Screaming (2011, Strut, 2CD) B+(*) 

Kid Cudi:

  • Man on the Moon: The End of Day (2009, Universal Motown) B+(***) 
  • Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager (2010, Universal Motown) B+(*) 

Kid Koala:

  • Space Cadet [Original Still Picture Score] (2011, Ninja Tune) B 
  • 12 Bit Blues (2012, Ninja Tune) A− 

Amirtha Kidambi/Elder Ones: Holy Science (2016, Northern Spy) B+(*) 

Kids See Ghosts: Kids See Ghosts (2018, GOOD/Def Jam, EP) B+(*) 

Franklin Kiermyer:

  • Further (2014, self-released) B+(**) 
  • Closer to the Sun (2015 [2016], Mobility Music) A− 

EG Kight: A New Day (2014, Blue South) B+(**) 

Masabumi Kikuchi: Black Orpheus (2012 [2016], ECM) B+(*) 

Rebecca Kilgore:

  • /Harry Allen: I Like Men (2013 [2014], Arbors) B+(*) 
  • /Nicki Parrott: Two Songbirds of a Feather (2015, Arbors) B+(***) 

The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble: I Forsee the Dark Ahead, If I Stay (2006-11 [2011], Parallel Corners) B 

Killer Mike:

  • PL3DGE (2011, SMC) B+(***) 
  • R.A.P. Music (2012, Williams Street) A− 

Killers: Hot Fuss (2004, Island/Universal) B 

The Kills:

  • Midnight Boom (2008, Domino) A− 
  • Blood Pressures (2011, Domino) B+(**) 

Natalia Kills: Perfectionist (2011, Interscope) B+(**) 

Kimbra: Vows (2011 [2012], Warner Brothers) B 

Frank Kimbrough: Solstice (2016, Pirouet) B+(**) 

Soweto Kinch: The New Emancipation (2010, Kinch) B 

Kindness: World, You Need a Change of Mind (2012, Female Energy/Polydor) C+ 

King: We Are King (2016, King Creative) B+(*) 

Albert King: Born Under a Bad Sign (1966-67 [1967], Stax) A− 

B.B. King:

  • Blues Is King (1967, Bluesway) B+(**) 
  • Live at the Apollo (1990 [2008], Verve) B 

Carole King: The Legendary Demos (1962-71 [2012, Hear Music) B− 

Dave King Trucking Company: Surrounded by the Night (2016, Sunnyside) B+(**) 

Elle King: Love Stuff (2015, RCA) B+(*) 

Ron King: Triumph (2016, self-released) B 

King Creosote & Jon Hopkins: Diamond Mine (2011, Double Six) B+(*) 

King DJ: Let Me See You Feel (2013, Bear Funk) A− 

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: Nonagon Infinity (2016, ATO) B+(*) 

King Krule: 6 Feet Beneath the Moon (2013, True Panther Sounds/XL) B+(**) 

King Krule: The OOZ (2017, True Panther Sounds) B 

King Midas Sound:

  • Waiting for You (2009, Hyperdub) B+(**) 
  • Without You (2011, Hyperdub) B+(*) 

The Kingbees: The Kingbees (1980 [2015], Omnivore) B+(**) 

Kings Go Forth: The Outsiders Are Back (2010, Luaka Bop) B 

Kings of Leon:

  • Because of the Times (2007, RCA) B+(*) 
  • Come Around Sundown (2010, RCA) B+(**) 

Lauren Kinhan: A Sleepin' Bee (2017, Dotted i) B 

The Kinks:

  • Kinks (1964, Pye) A− 
  • Kinda Kinks (1965, Pye) B+(**) 
  • The Kink Kontroversy (1965, Pye) B+(**) 
  • Face to Face (1966 [2004], Sanctuary) B+(**) 
  • Something Else by the Kinks (1967 [2004], Sanctuary) B+(**) 
  • The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1968, Sanctuary) B+(***) 
  • Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One (1970 [2004], Sanctuary) B 

Kevn Kinney: A Good Country Mile (2012, self-released) B+(***) 

Kinobe: Kinobe & Soul Beat Africa (2009, Rootstock) B+(**) 

Kira Kira: Bright Force (2017 [2018], Libra) A− 

Bill Kirchner:

  • One Starry Night (1987 [2011], Jazzheads) B+(**) 
  • An Evening of Indigos (2014 [2015], Jazzheads, 2CD) B+(**) 

Kitten: Kitten (2014, Elektra) B+(**) 

Kitty: D.A.I.S.Y. Rage (2013, self-released, EP) B 

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis:

  • Kitty, Daisy & Lewis (2008 [2009], DH/Mercer Street) B+(***) 
  • Smoking in Heaven (2011, Verve Forecast) B+(**) 

Michael Kiwanuka: Love & Hate (2016, Polydor) B+(**) 

Hayley Kiyoko: Expectations (2018, Empire/Atlantic) B+(*) 

Julie Kjaer: Dobbeltgaenger (2015 [2016], Clean Feed) A− 

Søren Kjaergaard/Ben Street/Andrew Cyrille:

  • Femklang (2011, ILK) B+(**) 
  • Syvmileskridt (2014, ILK Music) B+(***) 

Klaxons: Surfing the Void (2010, Polydor) B− 

Kleenex: /Liliput: Live Recordings, TV-Clips & Roadmovie (1979-83 [2010], Kill Rock Stars, CD+DVD) B+(*) 

John Klemmer:

  • Barefoot Ballet (1976 [2008], Verve) B+(*) 
  • Arabesque (1977 [2008], Verve) B 

The Klezmatics:

  • Brother Moses Smote the Water (2004, Piranha) B 
  • Live at Town Hall (2006 [2011], Soundbrush, 2CD) B+(***) 
  • Apikorsim/Heretics (2016, World Village) B+(***) 

Klezmer Conservatory Band: Old World Beat (1992, Rounder) B+(*) 

Guy Klucevsek: Dancing on the Volcano (2009, Tzadik) B+(**) 

K'Naan:

  • More Beautiful Than Silence (2012, Octone, EP) B+(*) 
  • Country, God or the Girl (2012, A&M/Octone) A− 

Kneebody:

  • /Daedelus: Kneedelus (2015, Brainfeeder) B+(***) 
  • Anti-Hero (2017, Motéma) B 

The Knife:

  • Silent Shout (2006, Rabid/Mute) B+(***) 
  • Shaking the Habitual (2013, Mute, 2CD) A− 

Knife Pleats: Hat Bark Beach (2015, Jigsaw) B+(*) 

Knifefight: Knifefight (2013, Anticon, EP) B+(***) 

Chris Knight:

  • Trailer II (1996 [2009], Drifter's Church) B+(***) 
  • Heart of Stone (2008, Drifter's Church) B+(***) 
  • Little Victories (2012, Drifter's Church) A 

Gladys Knight & the Pips: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Gladys Knight & the Pips (1967-73 [2000], Motown) A− 

Kenny Knight: Crossroads (1980 [2015], Paradise of Bachelors) B+(***) 

Kno: Death Is Silent (2010, Venti Uno) B+(***) 

The Knocks: So Classic (2015, Big Beat, EP) B+(*) 

Roger Knox and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts: Stranger in My Land (2013, Bloodshot) A− 

Knoxville Jazz Orchestra: Christmas Time Is Here (2012, self-released) B− 

Bumpy Knuckles/Statik Selektah: Ambition (2012, Gracie) B+(**) 

Frankie Knuckles:

  • Beyond the Mix (1991, Virgin) B+(**) 
  • Best of Frankie Knuckles (1986-87 [1998], Mirakkle) B+(**) 

Kirk Knuffke:

  • Arms & Hands (2015, Royal Potato Family) B+(***) 
  • Lamplighter (2014 [2015], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(**) 
  • Little Cross (2014 [2015], SteepleChase) B+(*) 
  • /Jesse Stacken: Satie (2015 [2016], SteepleChase) B 
  • Cherryco (2016 [2017], SteepleChase) A− 

Knxwledge: Hud Dreams (2015, Stones Throw) B+(*) 

Hans Koch-Martin Schütz-Fredy Studer and Shelley Hirsch: Walking and Stumbling Through Your Sleep (2011 [2013], Intakt) B+(*) 

Michael Kocour: Wherever You Go, There You Are (2014 [2015], OA2) B+(*) 

Kode9:

  • DJ-Kicks (2010, !K7) B+(**) 
  • /The Spaceape: Black Sun (2011, Hyperdub) B+(**) 
  • Nothing (2015, Hyperdub) B+(**) 

Franz Koglmann:

  • Schlaf Schlemmer, Schlaf Magritte (1984 [1993], Hat Art) B+(*) 
  • About Yesterday's Ezzthetics (1988 [1989], Hat Art) B+(*) 
  • Orte Der Geometrie (1989 [1990], Hat Art) B 
  • A White Line (1989 [1990], Hat Art) B+(**) 
  • O Moon My Pin-Up (1997 [2001], Hatology) B 
  • An Affair With Strauss (1999, Between the Lines) B+(**) 
  • Venus in Transit (2001, Between the Lines) B+(**) 
  • Fear Death by Water (2003, Between the Lines) B 

Frank Kohl: Invisible Man (2013 [2015], Pony Boy) B+(*) 

Habib Koité/Eric Bibb: Brothers in Bamako (2012, Stony Plain) B− 

Eero Koivistoinen:

  • Helium (1999 [2001], Texicali) B+(**) 
  • /UMO Jazz Orchestra: Arctic Blues (2005-16 [2016], Svart, 2CD) B+(*) 

Kokotob: Flying Heart (2016 [2017], Clean Feed) B+(**) 

Gayle Kolb: Getting Sentimental (2018, JeruJazz) B+(**) 

Nikola Kolodziejczyk Orchestra: Chord Nation (2011 [2014], Fortune) B+(**) 

Joe King Kologbo & the High Grace: Sugar Daddy (1980 [2017], Strut) B+(***) 

Kondi Band: Salone (2017, Strut) B+(***) 

Lee Konitz:

  • /Warne Marsh: Lee Konitz With Warne Marsh (1955 [2006], Atlantic/Rhino) A− 
  • Satori (1974 [1997], Milestone/OJC) B+(***) 
  • /Martial Solal: Star Eyes 1983 (1983 [2009], Hatology) A− 
  • /Harold Danko: Wild as Springtime (1984 [1997], Candid) A− 
  • /Franco D'Andrea: 12 Gershwin in 12 Keys (1988 [1997], Philology) B+(***) 
  • /Don Friedman/Attila Zoller: Thingin' (1995 [2010], Hatology) B+(***) 
  • Prisma: By Guenter Buhles (2000 [2018], QFTF) B 
  • /Chris Cheek/Stephane Furic Leibovici: Jugendstil II (2005 [2010], ESP-Disk) B+(*) 
  • /Dan Tepfer/Michael Janisch/Jeff Williams: First Meeting: Live in London Volume 1 (2010 [2014], Whirlwind) B+(***) 
  • Standards Live: At the Village Vanguard (2009 [2014], Enja) B+(**) 
  • Frescalalto (2015 [2017], Impulse) B+(***) 

KonKoma: KonKoma (2012, Soundway) B 

Konono No. 1:

  • Live at Couleur Café (2007, Crammed Discs) A− 
  • Assume Crash Position (2010, Crammed Discs) A− 
  • /Batida: Konono No. 1 Meets Batida (2016, Crammed Discs) A− 

Konx-Om-Pax: Caramel (2016, Planet Mu) B+(*) 

Kool A.D.:

  • 51 (2012, Greedhead/Mishka) B+(**) 
  • 63 (2013, self-released) B+(**) 
  • 19 (2013, self-released) B+(*) 
  • /Kassa Overall [Kool and Kass]: Peaceful Solutions (2013, self-released) A− 
  • Not O.K. (2013, self-released) A− 
  • Word O.K. (2014, self-released) A− 
  • /Kassa Overall: Coke Boys 5 (2014, self-released) B+(***) 
  • Official (2016, self-released, EP) B+(**) 

Ted Kooshian: Clowns Will Be Arriving (2014 [2015], Summit) B+(***) 

Korallreven: An Album by Korallreven (2011, Acephale) B+(**) 

Lefteris Kordis:

  • "Oh Raven, If You Only Had Brains . . .": Songs for Aesop's Fables (2010 [2012], Inner Circle Music) B 
  • Mediterrana (Goddess of Light) (2013-15 [2016], Inner Circle Music) B+(*) 

The Koreatown Oddity: Finna Be Past Tense (2017, Stones Throw) B+(**) 

Heikki Koskinen/Teppo Hauta-Aho/Mikko Innanen: Kellari Trio (2011 [2015], Edgetone) B+(*) 

Glenn Kotche: Adventureland (2014, Cantaloupe) B+(***) 

Kottarashky & the Rain Dogs: Demoni (2012, Asphalt Tango) A− 

Elly Kouri: I Love You Too Much (2013 [2014], RBR) B+(*) 

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba:

  • Jamo Ko (2013, Out Here) A− 
  • Ba Power (2015, Glitterbeat) A− 

Kornél Kovács: The Bells (2016, Studio Barnhus) B+(**) 

Peter Kowald:

  • Peter Kowald Quintet (1972 [1973], FMP) B+(*) 
  • /Wadada Leo Smith/Günter Sommer: Touch the Earth -- Break the Shells (1979-81 [1997], FMP) A− 
  • The Complete Duos: Europa America Japan (1986-90 [2003], FMP, 2CD) B+(***) 

Lona Kozik/Chris Golinski: Spelaeology (2015, Edgetone) B+(*) 

Krakatau:

  • Volition (1991 [1992], ECM) B 
  • Matinale (1993 [1994], ECM) B+(*) 

David Krakauer:

  • The Big Picture (2013 [2014], Table Pounding) B+(***)  Krakauer's Ancestral Groove: Checkpoint (2015 [2016], Table Pounding) B+(***) 

Irene Kral: Second Chance (1975 [2010], Jazzed Media) B+(***) 

Diana Krall:

  • Wallflower (2014 [2015], Verve) B− 
  • Turn Up the Quiet (2017, Verve) B+(***) 

Alison Krauss:

  • Paper Airplane (2011, Rounder) B+(***) 
  • Windy City (2017, Capitol) A− 

Briggan Krauss: Red Sphere (2008, Skirl) B+(*) 

Lenny Kravitz: Black and White America (2011, Roadrunner) B+(*) 

The Susan Krebs Chamber Band: Simple Gifts (2014 [2015], GreenGig Music) B+(***) 

Gidon Kremer: De Profundis (2001-08 [2010], Nonesuch) B 

Jonathan Kreisberg: Wave Upon Wave (2014, New for Now Music) B+(*) 

Kris Kristofferson: Live From Austin TX (1981 [2006], New West) B 

Ernie Krivda:

  • /Swing City: A Bright and Shining Moment (1998-2002 [2018], Capri) B+(**)  Requiem for a Jazz Lady (2014 [2015], Capri) B+(***) 

Karin Krog: Don't Just Sing: An Anthology: 1963-1999 (1963-99 [2015], Light in the Attic) B+(**) 

Krokofant: Krokofant II (2015, Rune Grammofon) B+(*) 

Krom: Krom (2013 [2014], self-released) C+ 

Kronomorfic [David Borgo & Paul Pellegrin]: Entangled (2013 [2014], OA2) B+(*) 

Kronos Quartet: Floodplain (2009, Nonesuch) B+(***) 

Uwe Kropinski: So Wie So: Acoustic Guitar Solos (2012 [2013], Jazzwerkstatt) B+(*) 

The Kropotkins: Portents of Love (2015, Mulatta) B+(**) 

Rich Krueger: Life Ain't That Long (2017 [2018], Rockink) B+(**) 

John Kruth:

  • Banshee Mandolin (1992, Flying Fish) B+(***) 
  • Eva Destruction (2006, Crustacean) B+(**) 
  • Splitsville (2008, Smiling Fez) A− 
  • The Drunken Wind of Life: The Poem/Songs of Tin Ujevic (2015, Smiling Fez) A− 

Martin Küchen:

  • /Landaeus Trio: Vinyl (2013-14 [2018], Moserobie) A− 
  • /Johan Berthling/Steve Noble: Night in Europe (2014 [2015], NoBusiness) B+(***) 
  • /Jon Rune Strøm/Tollef Østvang: Melted Snow (2014 [2015], NoBusiness) B+(***) 
  • /Mark Tokar/Arkadijus Gotesmanas: Live at Vilnius Jazz Festival (2016, NoBusiness) B+(**) 

Kuedo: Severant (2011, Planet Mu) B+(*) 

Steffen Kuehn: Leap of Faith (2015-16 [2016], Stefrecords) B+(*) 

Peter Kuhn:

  • No Coming, No Going: The Music of Peter Kuhn, 1978-1979 (1978-79 [2016], NoBusiness, 2CD) A− 
  • The Kill (1981 [1982], Soul Note) A− 
  • The Other Shore (2015 [2016], NoBusiness) A− 
  • /Dave Sewelson/Gerald Cleaver/Larry Roland: Our Earth/Our World (2015 [2016], pfMentum) A− 
  • Dependent Origination (2016 [2017], FMR) B+(***) 
  • Intention (2017 [2018], FMR) A− 

Rolf Kühn: Affairs (1997 [1998], Intuition) A− 

Leszek Kulakowski:

  • Katharsis (1999, Not Two) B+(**) 
  • Looking Ahead (2014, Fortune) B+(**) 

Joachim Kühn:

  • I'm Not Dreaming (1983, CMP) B+(*) 
  • Dynamics (1990, CMP) B+(**) 
  • /Alexey Kruglov: Duo Art: Moscow (2012 [2014], ACT) A− 
  • Beauty & Truth (2015 [2016], ACT) B+(**) 

Rolf Kühn: Spotlights (2016, Edel/MPS) B+(**) 

Jonas Kullhammar:

  • /Torbjörn Zetterberg/Espen Aalberg: Basement Sessions Vol. 2 (2012 [2014], Clean Feed) A− 
  • /Jørgen Mathisen/Torbjörn Zetterberg/Espen Aalberg: Basement Sessions Vol. 3: The Ljubljana Tapes (2013 [2014], Clean Feed) B+(**) 
  • Gentlemen (2014, Moserobie) A− 

Kishore Kumar: The Rough Guide to Kishore Kumar ([2014], World Music Network) B+(**) 

Takuya Kuroda: Rising Son (2014, Blue Note) B+(*) 

Elektra Kurtis & Ensemble Elektra: Bridges From the East (2016, Elektra Sound Works/Milo) B+(***) 

Sergey Kuryokhin: The Ways of Freedom (1981 [2001], Leo Golden Years of New Jazz) B+(***) 

Fela Kuti: The Best of the Black President 2 (1971-92 [2013], Knitting Factory, 2CD) A− 

Femi Kuti: One People One World (2018, Knitting Factory) B+(*) 

Seun Anikulapo Kuti:

  • Seun Kuti + Fela's Egypt 80 (2008, Disorient) A− 
  • From Africa With Fury: Rise (2011, Knitting Factory) B+(***) 
  • A Long Way to the Beginning (2013 [2014], Knitting Factory) B+(***) 
  • & Egypt 80: Black Times (2018, Strut) A− 

Ola Kvernberg: Liarbird (2011, Jazzland) B+(**) 

Talib Kweli:

  • Eardrum (2007, Blacksmith/Warner Brothers) B+(***) 
  • Reflection Eternal: Revolutions Per Minute (2010, Warner Brothers) A− 
  • Gutter Rainbows (2011, Duck Down Music) B+(**) 

Piere Kwenders: Makanda at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time (2017, Bonsound) B+(*) 

Kwes.: Ilp. (2013, Warp) B− 

Kyle:

  • Smyle (2015, Indie Pop) B+(***) 
  • Light of Mine (2018, Atlantic) A− 

La Dispute:

  • Wildlife (2011, No Sleep) B+(***) 
  • Rooms of the House (2014, Vagrant) B+(***) 

La Femme: Psycho Tropical Berlin (2013, Disque Pointu) B+(***) 

Pete La Roca:

  • Basra (1965 [1995], Blue Note) A− 
  • Turkish Women at the Bath (1967 [2004], Fresh Sound) A− 
  • SwingTime (1997, Blue Note) B 

La Roux:

  • La Roux (2009, Cherry Tree) B+(*) 
  • Trouble in Paradise (2014, Cherrytree/Interscope) B+(***) 

La Sera:

  • Sees the Light (2012, Hardly Art) B 
  • Music for Listening to Music To (2016, Polyvinyl) B+(**) 

La Vida Boheme: Nuestra (2011, Nacional) B 

Patti LaBelle: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Patti LaBelle (1984-97 [1999], Geffen) B 

Lack of Afro: My Groove Your Move (2009, Freestyle) B+(***) 

Ku-Umba Frank Lacy & Mingus Big Band: Mingus Sings (2014 [2015], Sunnyside) B 

Steve Lacy:

  • Early Years 1954-1956 (1954-56 [2004], Fresh Sound, 2CD) B+(**) 
  • Soprano Sax (1957 [1991], Prestige/OJC) A− 
  • The Straight Horn of Steve Lacy (1960 [1985], Candid) A− 
  • /Don Cherry: Evidence (1961 [1990], New Jazz/OJC) B+(***) 
  • Roba (1969 [1972], Saravah) B 
  • Lapis (1971 [1972], Saravah) B+(**) 
  • Scraps (1974, Saravah) B+(*)  Dreams (1975, Saravah) B+(*) 
  • Axieme (1975 [1993], RED) B+(*) 
  • /Andrea Centazzo/Kent Carter: In Concert (1976 [2006], Ictus) B+(***) 
  • The Owl (1977, Saravah) B+(*) 
  • Scratching the Seventies/Dreams (1969-77 [1997], Saravah, 3CD) B+(*) 
  • /Andrea Centazzo: Clangs (1977 [2006], Ictus) B+(**)  Clinkers (1977 [2000], Hatology) B+(***) 
  • Shots (1977 [2015], Hatology) B+(**) 
  • N.Y. Capers & Quirks (1979 [2000], Hatology) A− 
  • Troubles (1979, Black Saint) B+(***) 
  • Live at Jazzwerkstatt Peitz (1981 [2006], Jazzwerkstatt) B+(**) 
  • The Flame (1982, Soul Note) B+(*) 
  • /Andrea Centazzo: Tao (1976-84 [2006], Ictus) B+(***) 
  • /Mal Waldron: Live in Berlin (1984 [2007], Jazzwerkstatt) B+(**) 
  • 1409-2: Chirps (1985 [1991], FMP) B+(**) 
  • The Gleam (1986 [1987], Silkheart) B+(*) 
  • The Window (1987 [1988], Soul Note) A− 
  • More Monk (1989 [1991], Soul Note) B+(*) 
  • Clangs (1992 [1993], Hat Art) B+(**) 
  • /Mal Waldron: "Let's Call This . . . Esteem" (1993, Slam) B+(**) 
  • 5 x Monk 5 x Lacy (1994 [1997], Silkheart) B+(**) 
  • Five Facings/Five Pianists (1996 [2008], Jazzwerkstatt) B+(***) 
  • The Rent (1997 [1999], Cavity Search, 2CD) B+(***) 
  • The Holy La (1998 [2002], Freelance) B+(***) 
  • The Beat Suite (2001 [2003], Sunnyside) B 
  • New Jazz Meeting Baden-Baden 2002 (2002 [2006], Hatology) B+(*) 
  • November (2003 [2010], Intakt) B+(**)  Steve Lacy's Demo (2017, Three Quartet, EP) B 

Mike Ladd: Nostalgialator (2004 [2008], Definitive Jux) B 

Lady Antebellum: Need You Now (2010, Capitol Nashville) B− 

Lady Gaga:

  • The Fame (2009, Interscope) B+(*) 
  • The Fame Monster (2009, Interscope) B+(*) 
  • Born This Way (2011, Streamline/Interscope) B+(***) 
  • Artpop (2013, Interscope/Streamline) A− 
  • Joanne (2016, Streamline/Interscope) B 

Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Always With Us (2010-12 [2014], self-released) A−