Rhapsody Streamnotes: Year 2019 Index

July 27

  1. 6lack: 6pc Hot Ep (2020, Interscope, EP) B+(*)
  2. Juhani Aaltonen/Jonas Kullhammar/Christian Meaas Svendsen/Ilmari Heikinheimo: The Father, the Sons & the Junnu (2019 [2020], Moserobie) A-
  3. Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: Faces of Souls (2015-19 [2020], Leo) B+(*)
  4. Riz Ahmed: The Long Goodbye (2020, Mongrel) B+(*)
  5. Aksak Maboul: Figures (2020, Crammed Discs) B+(**)
  6. Anteloper: Tour Beats Vol. 1 (2020, International Anthem, EP) B+(*)
  7. Arca: Kick I (2020, XL) B+(*)
  8. Bananagun: The True Story of Bananagun (2020, Full Time Hobby) B+(*)
  9. Conrad Bauer/Matthias Bauer/Dag Magnus Narvesen: The Gift (2018 [2020], NoBusiness) B+(**)
  10. Beauty Pill: Sorry You're Here (2020, Taffety Punk Theatre Company) B+(***)
  11. Beauty Pill: Please Advise (2020, Northern Spy, EP) B+(*)
  12. Clint Black: Out of Sane (2020, Blacktop/Thirty Tigers) B+(*)
  13. Blaer: Yellow (2019 [2020], Ronin Rhythm) B+(**)
  14. Bombay Bicycle Club: Everything Else Has Gone Wrong (2020, Island) B
  15. Adam Caine Quartet: Transmissions (2018 [2020], NoBusiness) A-
  16. Car Seat Headrest: Making a Door Less Open (2020, Matador) A-
  17. James Carney Sextet: Pure Heart (2020, Sunnyside) B+(***)
  18. François Carrier/Masayo Koketsu/Daisuke Fuwa/Takashi Itani: Japan Suite (2019 [2020], NoBusiness) B+(***)
  19. The Chicks: Gaslighter (2020, Columbia) B+(***)
  20. Gerald Clayton: Happening: Live at the Village Vanguard (2020, Blue Note) B+(**)
  21. Clem Snide: Forever Just Beyond (2020, Ramseur) B+(**)
  22. Jeff Cosgrove/John Medeski/Jeff Lederer: History Gets Ahead of the Story (2018 [2020], Grizzley Music) B+(***)
  23. Dena DeRose: Ode to the Road (2020, High Note) B+(***)
  24. Robert Dick & Adam Caine: The Damn Think (2017 [2019], Chant) B+(*)
  25. Drakeo the Ruler: Thank You for Using GTL (2020, Stinc Team) B+(**)
  26. Dramarama: Color TV (2020, Pasadena) B+(*)
  27. Dream Wife: So When You Gonna . . . (2020, Lucky Number) A-
  28. Gregory Dudzienski Quartet: Beautiful Moments (2019 [2020], OA2) B+(*)
  29. Baxter Dury: The Night Chancers (2020, Heavenly) B+(*)
  30. Extra Soul Perception: New Tangents in Kampala, London & Nairobi Vol. 1 (2019 [2020], Extra Soul Perception, EP) B+(*)
  31. Agustí Fernández/Liudas Mockunas: Improdimensions (2019 [2020], NoBusiness) B+(***)
  32. Field Music: Making a New World (2020, Memphis Industries) B+(*)
  33. Asher Gamedze: Dialectic Soul (2020, On the Corner) B+(**)
  34. Ricardo Grilli: 1962 (2020, Tone Rogue) B+(**)
  35. David Guetta/Morten: New Rave (2020, Parlophone, EP) B+(**)
  36. Bartosz Hadala Group: Three Short Stories (2020, Zecernia) B+(**)
  37. Jon Hassell: Seeing Through Sound (Pentimento Volume Two) (2020, Ndeya) B+(***)
  38. Hegge: Feeling (2020, Particular) B+(***)
  39. Derrick Hodge: Color of Noize (2020, Blue Note) B
  40. Horse Lords: The Common Task (2020, Northern Spy) B+(*)
  41. John Pål Inderberg Trio: Radio Inderberg (2019 [2020], AMP Music) B+(***)
  42. Jarv Is: Beyond the Pale (2020, Rough Trade) A-
  43. Jockstrap: Wicked City (2020, Warp, EP) B
  44. Edward "Kidd" Jordan/Joel Futterman/William Parker/Hamid Drake: A Tribute to Alvin Fielder: Live at Vision Festival XXIV (2019 [2020], Mahakala Music) B+(***)
  45. Camden Joy: Updated Just Now (2020, self-released, EP) B+(**)
  46. KA: Descendants of Cain (2020, Iron Works) B+(***)
  47. Khruangbin: Mordechai (2020, Dead Oceans) B+(*)
  48. King Krule: Man Alive! (2020, True Panther Sounds) B
  49. Quin Kirchner: The Shadows and the Light (2019 [2020], Astral Spirits) B+(***)
  50. Okkyung Lee: Yeo-Neun (2020, Shelter Press) B+(**)
  51. Jeremy Levy Jazz Orchestra: The Planets: Reimagined (2019 [2020], OA2) B-
  52. Luka Productions & Kandiafa: Music From Saharan WhatsApp 06 (2020, Sahel Sounds, EP) B+(**)
  53. Lupe Fiasco/Kaelin Ellis: House (2020, 1st & 15, EP) B+(*)
  54. Machine Girl: U-Void Synthesizer (2020, 1818199 DK2) B-
  55. Stephen Malkmus: Groove Denied (2019, Matador) B+(**)
  56. Stephen T. Malkmus: Traditional Techniques (2020, Matador) B+(*)
  57. Lori McKenna: The Balladeer (2020, CN) A-
  58. Brad Mehldau: Suite: April 2020 (2020, Nonesuch) A-
  59. Nicole Mitchell/Lisa E. Harris: EarthSeed (2017 [2020], FPE) C-
  60. Noshir Mody: An Idealist's Handbook: Identity, Love and Hope in America 2020 (2020, self-released) B
  61. Hedvig Mollestad: Ekhidna (2020, Rune Grammofon) A-
  62. Moor Jewelry: True Opera (2020, Don Giovanni) A-
  63. Quinsin Nachoff: Pivotal Arc (2018 [2020], Whirlwind) B+(*)
  64. Thiago Nassif: Mente (2020, Gearbox) A-
  65. Willie Nelson: First Rose of Spring (2020, Legacy) B+(***)
  66. Carlos Niño & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson: Chicago Waves (2018 [2020], International Anthem) B+(*)
  67. No Age: Goons Be Gone (2020, Drag City) B+(**)
  68. Pearl Jam: Gigaton (2020, Monkeywrench/Republic) B
  69. Pere Ubu: By Order of Mayor Pawlicki: Live in Jarocin (2017 [2020], Cherry Red) B+(**)
  70. Pink Siifu & Yungmorpheus: Bag Talk (2019, Field-Left) B+(**)
  71. Pink Siifu: Negro (2020, Field-Left) B
  72. Margo Price: That's How Rumors Get Started (2020, Loma Vista) B+(*)
  73. Francis Quinlan: Likewise (2020, Saddle Creek) B+(*)
  74. Joshua Redman/Brad Mehldau/Christian McBride/Brian Blade: Round Again (2019 [2020], Nonesuch) B+(***)
  75. Jorge Roeder: El Suelo Mio (2020, T-Town) B+(*)
  76. Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen: Hold My Beer, Vol. 2 (2020, Lil' Buddy Toons) B+(*)
  77. Rose City Band: Summerlong (2020, Thrill Jockey) B+(*)
  78. Claire Rousay: A Heavenly Touch (2020, Already Dead) B
  79. Sault: Untitled (Black Is) (2020, Forever Living Originals) B+(***)
  80. Øyvind Skarbø/Fredrik Ljungkvist/Kris Davis/Ole Morten Vågan: Inland Empire (2016 [2020], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  81. Cory Smythe: Accelerate Every Voice (2018 [2020], Pyroclastic) B-
  82. Soft Machine: Live at the Baked Potato (2019 [2020], Moonjune) B+(*)
  83. Stephane Spira/Giovanni Mirabassi: Improkofiev (2020, Jazzmax) B+(**)
  84. Leni Stern: 4 (2020, LSR) B-
  85. Grant Stewart Quartet: Rise and Shine (2019 [2020], Cellar Live) B+(**)
  86. Tim Stine Trio: Fresh Demons (2018 [2020], Astral Spirits) B+(**)
  87. The Streets: None of Us Are Getting Out of This Life Alive (2020, Island) B+(**)
  88. Moses Sumney: Grae (2020, Jagjaguwar) B
  89. Taylor Swift: Folklore (2020, Republic) B+(***)
  90. Threadbare [Jason Stein/Ben Cruz/Emerson Hunton]: Silver Dollar (2019 [2020], NoBusiness) A-
  91. Tenille Townes: The Lemonade Stand (2020, Columbia Nashville) B+(**)
  92. Etuk Ubong: Africa Today (2019 [2020], Night Dreamer) B+(**)
  93. Summer Walker: Life on Earth (2020, LVRN/Interscope, EP) B
  94. Jessie Ware: What's Your Pleasure? (2020, Interscope) A-
  95. Marcin Wasilewski Trio/Joe Lovano: Arctic Riff (2019 [2020], ECM) B+(**)
  96. Bobby Watson: Keepin' It Real (2020, Smoke Sessions) B
  97. The Weeknd: After Hours (2020, Republic) B
  98. Gillian Welch & David Rawlings: All the Good Times Are Past & Gone (2020, Acony) B+(**)
  99. Westside Gunn: Flygod Is an Awesome God II (2020, Griselda) B+(*)
  100. Hailey Whitters: The Dream (2020, Pigasus) B+(**)
  101. Larry Willis: I Fall in Love Too Easily (2019 [2020], High Note) B+(**)
  102. Wire: 10:20 (2010-20 [2020], Pink Flag) B+(*)
  103. X: Alphabetland (2020, Fat Possum) B+(*)
  104. Yaeji: What We Drew (2020, XL) B+(*)
  105. Yonic South: Wild Cobs (2019, La Tempesta, EP) B+(**)
  106. Yonic South: Twix and Dive (2020, La Tempesta, EP) B+(**)
  107. Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers: Just Coolin' (1959 [2020], Blue Note) B+(***)
  108. Abraham Burton: Live at Visiones, NYC 1993 (1993 [2020], self-released, EP) B+(***)
  109. Vincent Chancey/Wilber Morris/Warren Smith: The Spell: The Vincent Chancey Trio Live 1987 (1987 [2020], NoBusiness) B+(*)
  110. DUX Orchestra: Duck Walks Dog (With Mixed Results) (1994 [2020], NoBusiness) B+(**)
  111. The Mark Harvey Group: A Rite for All Souls (1971 [2020], Americas Musicworks, 2CD) B+(***)
  112. Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers: Get in Union (1959-66 [2020], Global Jukebox) B+(**)
  113. Nublu Orchestra Conducted by Butch Morris: Live in Bergamo (2008 [2020], Nublu) B+(***)
  114. Owl Xounds Exploding Galaxy: The Coalescence (2007 [2020], ESP-Disk) B+(***)
  115. Sam Rivers Trio: Ricochet [Sam Rivers Archive Project, Volume 3] (1978 [2020], NoBusiness) B+(***)
  116. The Shaggs: Shaggs' Own Thing (1975 [2020], Light in the Attic) B-
  117. Artists United Against Apartheid: Sun City (1985, Manhattan) A-
  118. Harold Budd/Brian Eno: The Pearl (1984, Editions EG) B+(**)
  119. Freddy Cole: "Waiter, Ask the Man to Play the Blues": Freddy Cole Plays & Sings Some Lonely Ballads (1964, Dot) A-
  120. Freddy Cole: The Cole Nobody Knows (1973, First Shot) B
  121. Freddy Cole: One More Love Song (1978, Poker) B
  122. Freddy Cole: I'm Not My Brother, I'm Me (1990 [2004], High Note) B+(***)
  123. Freddy Cole: This Is the Life (1993 [2003], Savoy Jazz) B+(**)
  124. Freddy Cole: To the Ends of the Earth (1997, Fantasy) B+(**)
  125. Freddy Cole: Love Makes the Changes (1998, Fantasy) B+(***)
  126. Freddy Cole: Le Grand Freddy: Freddy Cole Sings the Music of Michel Legrand (1994-99 [1999], Fantasy) B+(**)
  127. Freddy Cole: This Love of Mine (2005, High Note) B+(***)
  128. Freddy Cole: He Was the King (2016, High Note) B+(*)
  129. Simon H. Fell: The Exploding Flask of Muesli: Electroacoustic & Electronic Works 1994-2002 (1994-2002 [2013], Bruce's Fingers) B+(*)
  130. Simon H. Fell: Le Bruit De La Musique (2015 [2016], Confront) B+(*)
  131. Jimmy G. and the Tackheads: The Federation of Tackheads (1985, Capitol) A-
  132. Hampton Hawes: Everybody Likes Hampton Hawes: Vol. 3: The Trio (1956 [1990], Contemporary/OJC) B+(**)
  133. Hampton Hawes Quartet: All Night Session! Volume 1 (1956 [1991], Contemporary/OJC) B+(***)
  134. Hampton Hawes Quartet: All Night Session! Volume 2 (1956 [1992], Contemporary/OJC) B+(**)
  135. Hampton Hawes: The Green Leaves of Summer (1964, Contemporary) B+(**)
  136. Hampton Hawes Trio: The Séance (1966 [1990], Contemporary/OJC) B+(***)
  137. Hampton Hawes: Trio at Montreux (1971 [1976], Jas) B+(**)
  138. Hampton Hawes/Cecil McBee/Roy Haynes: Live at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago: Volume Two (1973 [1989], Enja) B+(**)
  139. Hampton Hawes: Something Special (1976 [1994], Contemporary) B+(***)
  140. Jackie McLean: Strange Blues (1957 [1967], Prestige) B+(**)
  141. Jackie McLean: Fat Jazz (1957 [1958], Jubilee) B+(**)
  142. Jackie McLean: Vertigo (1959-63 [2000], Blue Note) B+(***)
  143. Jackie McLean Quartet: Tune Up (1966 [1993], SteepleChase) B+(**)
  144. Jackie McLean feat. Dexter Gordon: Vol. 2: The Source (1973 [1987], SteepleChase) B+(***)
  145. Jackie McLean/Dexter Gordon: Montmartre Summit 1973 (1973 [1991], SteepleChase, 2CD) B+(***)
  146. Jackie McLean: A Ghetto Lullaby (1973 [1991], SteepleChase) B+(***)
  147. Jackie McLean & the Cosmic Brotherhood: New York Calling (1974 [1987], SteepleChase) B+(***)
  148. Jackie McLean With The Great Jazz Trio: New Wine in Old Bottles (1978, East Wind) B+(***)
  149. William Parker: In Order to Survive (1993 [1995], Black Saint) A-
  150. William Parker/Giorgio Dini: Temporary (2009, Silta) B+(*)
  151. Sam Rivers: A New Conception (1966 [1967], Blue Note) B+(***)
  152. Sam Rivers: Streams: Recorded in Performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival (1973, Impulse!) B+(**)
  153. Sam Rivers: Trio Live (1973 [1998], Impulse!) A-
  154. Sam Rivers: Hues (1971-73 [1975], Impulse!) B+(**)
  155. Sam Rivers: Crystals (1974, Impulse!) B+(**)
  156. Sam Rivers: The Quest (1976, RED) B+(**)
  157. Sam Rivers: Paragon (1977, Fluid) B+(***)
  158. Sam Rivers: Waves (1978 [1979], Tomato) B+(***)
  159. Sam Rivers: Contrasts (1979 [1980], ECM) A-
  160. Sam Rivers Quartet: Crosscurrent: Live at Jazz Unité (1981 [1982], Blue Marge) A-
  161. Sam Rivers/Noël Akchote/Tony Hymas/Paul Rogers/Jacques Thollot: Configuration (1996, Nato) B+(**)
  162. Sam Rivers: Concept (1995-96 [1997], RivBea) B+(**)
  163. Sam Rivers & Alexander von Schlippenbach: Tangens (1997 [1998], FMP) B+(***)
  164. Sam Rivers/Doug Matthews/Anthony Cole/Jonathan Powell/David Manson: Fluid Motion (2002, Isospin Labs) B+(***)
  165. Sam Rivers: Celebration (2003 [2004], Posi-Tone) B+(**)
  166. Sam Rivers/Adam Rudolph/Harris Eisenstadt: Vista (2003 [2004], Meta) B+(***)
  167. Sam Rivers/Ben Street/Kresten Osgood + Bryan Carrott: Purple Violets (2004 [2005], Stunt) B+(**)
  168. Jessie Ware: Glasshouse (2017, Interscope) B+(*)
  169. Beauty Pill: Beauty Pill Describes Things as They Are (2015, Butterscotch) B+(*)

June 29

  1. 79rs Gang: Expected the Unexpected (2020, Sinking City) B+(***)
  2. Ambrose Akinmusire: On the Tender Spot of Every Calloused Moment (2020, Blue Note) B+(**)
  3. Al Bilali Soudan: Tombouctou (2020, Clermont Music) A-
  4. Sebastien Ammann: Resilience (2018 [2020], Skirl) B+(**)
  5. AuB: AuB (2020, Edition) B+(*)
  6. Lucian Ban/John Surman/Mat Maneri: Transylvanian Folk Songs: The Bela Bartók Field Recordings (2020, Sunnyside) B+(**)
  7. Gary Bartz and Maisha: Night Dreamer Direct-to-Disc Sessions (2019 [2020], Night Dreamer) B+(***)
  8. Will Bernard: Freelance Subversives (2020, Ropeadope) B
  9. Jehnny Beth: To Love Is to Live (2010, Caroline) B+(*)
  10. Black Eyed Peas: Translation (2020, Epic) B+(***)
  11. Body Count: Carnivore (2020, Century Media) B+(**)
  12. Don Braden/Joris Teepe Quartet: In the Spirit of Herbie Hancock: Live at De Witte (2019 [2020], O.A.P.) B+(***)
  13. Phoebe Bridgers: Punisher (2020, Dead Oceans) B+(**)
  14. Caitlin Cannon: The TrashCannon Album (2020, Caitlin Cannon) B+(**)
  15. César Cardoso: Dice of Tenors (2020, self-released) B+(*)
  16. Daniel Carter/Patrick Holmes/Matthew Putman: Whoadie (2018-19 [2020], 577) C+
  17. Daniel Carter/Matthew Shipp/William Parker/Gerald Cleaver: Welcome Adventure! Vol. 1 (2019 [2020], 577) B+(***)
  18. Caterpillar Quartet: Threads (2019 [2020], ESP-Disk) B+(**)
  19. Chromeo: Quarantine Casanova (2020, Chromeo, EP) B+(**)
  20. Emmet Cohen Featuring Benny Golson & Albert "Tootie" Heath: Masters Legacy Series Volume 3 (2019, self-released) B+(**)
  21. Emmet Cohen Featuring George Coleman: Masters Legacy Series Volume 4 (2019, self-released) B+(***)
  22. Elysia Crampton: Orcorara 2010 (2020, Pan) B
  23. Whit Dickey: Morph (2019 [2020], ESP-Disk, 2CD) A-
  24. Whit Dickey Trio: Expanding Light (2019 [2020], Tao Forms) A-
  25. Dinosaur: To the Earth (2019 [2020], Edition) B+(**)
  26. Dion: Blues With Friends (2020, Keeping the Blues Alive) B+(*)
  27. Dave Douglas: Dizzy Atmosphere: Dizzy Gillespie at Zero Gravity (2019 [2020], Greenleaf Music) B+(**)
  28. Lajos Dudas: The Lake and the Music (2020, JazzSick) B+(***)
  29. Beth Duncan: I'm All Yours (2020, Saccat) B
  30. Bob Dylan: Rough and Rowdy Ways (2020, Columbia) A-
  31. Kahil El'Zabar Ft. David Murray: Kahil El'Zabar's Spirit Groove (2019 [2020], Spiritmuse) A-
  32. Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band: The Intangible Between (2020, Smoke Sessions) B+(**)
  33. John Finbury: Quatro (2020, Green Flash Music) B
  34. Jean-Marc Foussat/Daunik Lazro/Evan Parker: Café Oto 2020 (2020, Fou, 2CD) B+(**)
  35. Fra Fra: Funeral Songs (2020, Glitterbeat) B
  36. Freddie Gibbs/The Alchemist: Alfredo (2020, ESGN/ALC/Empire) B+(*)
  37. GoGo Penguin: GoGo Penguin (2020, Blue Note) B+(***)
  38. Wendy Gondeln/Mats Gustafsson/Wolfgang Voigt: The Shithole Country & Boogie Band (2016-18 [2020], Corbett vs. Dempsey) B+(***)
  39. CeeLo Green: CeeLo Green Is Thomas Callaway (2020, Easy Eye Sound) B
  40. Haim: Women in Music Pt. III (2020, Columbia) B+(**)
  41. Hamell on Trial: The Pandemic Songs (2020, self-released) A-
  42. Daniel Hersog: Night Devoid of Stars (2019 [2020], Cellar Live) B+(**)
  43. Hinds: The Prettiest Curse (2020, Mom + Pop) A-
  44. Human Feel: The Tower Tapes #5 (2019 [2020], Jazz Club Ferrara) B+(**)
  45. Jason Kao Hwang: Human Rites Trio (2019 [2020], True Sound) A-
  46. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit: Reunions (2020, Southeastern) B+(*)
  47. Anne Mette Iversen Quartet + 1: Racing a Butterfly (2020, Bjurecords) A-
  48. Carly Rae Jepsen: Dedicated Side B (2020, School Boy) B+(**)
  49. Norah Jones: Pick Me Up Off the Floor (2020, Blue Note) B+(*)
  50. Jumpstarted Plowhards: Round One (2019, Recess, EP) B+(*)
  51. KeiyaA: Forever, Ya Girl (2020, Keiya) B+(**)
  52. Lady Gaga: Chromatica (2020, Interscope) B+(***)
  53. John Law's Congregation: Configuration (2018 [2020], Ubuntu Music) B+(***)
  54. Ute Lemper: Rendezvous With Marlene (2020, Jazzhaus) B+(***)
  55. Little Simz: Drop 6 (2020, AWAL, EP) B+(*)
  56. Corb Lund: Agricultural Tragic (2020, New West) B+(**)
  57. Madre Vaca: Winterreise (2020, Madre Vaca) B
  58. Rudresh Mahanthappa: Hero Trio (2020, Whirlwind) A-
  59. Sabir Mateen/Patrick Holmes/Federico Ughi: Survival Situation (2018 [2020], 577) B+(**)
  60. Medhane: Cold Water (2020, TBHG) B+(*)
  61. Medhane: Full Circle (2020, TBHG, EP) B
  62. MIKE: Weight of the World (2020, 10k) B+(*)
  63. Mike and the Moonpies: Touch of You: The Lost Songs of Gary Stewart (2020, Prairie Rose) B+(**)
  64. Benjamin Moussay: Promontoire (2019 [2020], ECM) B+(**)
  65. Eva Novoa: Satellite Quartet (2017 [2020], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(*)
  66. Aaron Parks: Little Big II: Dreams of a Mechanical Man (2019 [2020], Ropeadope) B+(**)
  67. Perfume Genius: Set My Heart on Fire Immediately (2020, Matador) B+(*)
  68. Bobby Previte/Jamie Saft/Nels Cline: Music From the Early 21st Century (2019 [2020], RareNoise) B+(*)
  69. Stephen Riley: Friday the 13th (2018 [2020], SteepleChase) B+(***)
  70. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: Sideways to New Italy (2020, Sub Pop) B+(**)
  71. Rent Romus/Heikki Koskinen/Life's Blood Ensemble: Manala (2019 [2020], Edgetone) B+(***)
  72. Whitney Rose: We Still Go to Rodeos (2020, MCG) B+(**)
  73. Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio: Angels Around (2020, Heartcore) B+(**)
  74. Run the Jewels: RTJ4 (2020, Jewel Runners/RBC/BMG) A-
  75. Dua Saleh: Rosetta (2020, Against Giants, EP) B+(*)
  76. John Scofield: Swallow Tales (2019 [2020], ECM) B+(***)
  77. Sara Serpa: Recognition (2019 (2020), Biophilia) B+(**)
  78. Matthew Shipp: The Piano Equation (2020, Tao Forms) B+(**)
  79. Walter Smith III/Matthew Stevens/Micah Thomas/Linda May Han Oh/Nate Smith: In Common 2 (2020, Whirlwind) B+(*)
  80. Sonar With David Torn: Tranceportation (Volume 2) (2019 [2020], RareNoise) B+(***)
  81. Alister Spence: Whirlpool: Solo Piano (2019 [2020], Alister Spence Music, 2CD) B+(*)
  82. Sunwatchers: Oh Yeah? (2020, Trouble in Mind) B
  83. Chad Taylor Trio: The Daily Biological (2019 [2020], Cuneiform) A-
  84. Thank Your Lucky Stars: Girl in Her 29s (2020, Sounds Deevine) A-
  85. Pam Tillis: Looking for a Feeling (2020, Stellar Cat) B+(*)
  86. Bill Warfield and the Hell's Kitchen Funk Orchestra: Smile (2020, Planet Arts/43 Street) B
  87. Westside Gunn: Hitler Wears Hermes VII (2019, Griselda) B+(*)
  88. Westside Gunn: Flygod Is an Awesome God (2019, Griselda) B+(*)
  89. Westside Gunn: Pray for Paris (2020, Griselda) B+(*)
  90. Dan Willis and Velvet Gentlemen: The Monk Project (2018-19 [2020], Belle Avenue) B
  91. Jaime Wyatt: Neon Cross (2020, New West) B+(*)
  92. Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad: Jazz Is Dead 001 (2020, Jazz Is Dead, EP) B+(*)
  93. Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad: Jazz Is Dead 002: Roy Ayers (2020, Jazz Is Dead, EP) B+(**)
  94. Willem Breuker/Han Bennink: New Acoustic Swing Duo (1967-68 [2019], Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2CD) B+(***)
  95. Grayson Capps: South Front Street: A Retrospective 1997-2019 (1997-2019 [2020], The Royal Potato Family) B+(*)
  96. Joe Harriott Quintet: Jazz for Moderns (1962 [2020], Gearbox, EP) B+(**)
  97. Misha Mengelberg/Peter Brötzmann/Evan Parker/Peter Bennink/Paul Rutherford/Derek Bailey/Han Bennink: Groupcomposing (1970 [2018], Corbett vs. Dempsey) B+(*)
  98. Bobby Shew/Bill Mays: Telepathy (1978 [2019], Fresh Sound) B+(**)
  99. Wussy: Ghosts (2006-19 [2020], self-released) B+(***)
  100. Neil Young: Homegrown (1974-75 [2020], Reprise) B+(**)
  101. Al Bilali Soudan: Al Bilali Soudan (2012, Clermont Music) B+(**)
  102. Gary Bartz Ntu Troop: Juju Street Songs (1972-73 [1997], Prestige) B+(**)
  103. Gary Bartz Ntu Troop: I've Known Rivers and Other Bodies (1973, Prestige) B+(***)
  104. Gary Bartz: Shadows (1991 [1992], Timeless) B+(**)
  105. Gary Bartz: The Red and Orange Poems (1994, Atlantic) B+(**)
  106. Big Joe: Keep Rocking and Swinging (1977, Live and Love) B+(***)
  107. Paul Bley/Paul Motian: Notes (1987 [1988], Soul Note) B+(***)
  108. Paul Bley: Reality Check (1994 [1996], SteepleChase) B+(**)
  109. Paul Bley: Notes on Ornette (1996 [1997], SteepleChase) B+(***)
  110. Paul Bley/Evan Parker/Barre Phillips: Sankt Gerold (1996 [2000], ECM) B+(***)
  111. Paul Bley: Play Blue: Oslo Concert (2008 [2014], ECM) B+(*)
  112. Don Braden Quintet: The Time Is Now (1991, Criss Cross) B+(**)
  113. Don Braden: Organic (1994 [1995], Epicure) B+(**)
  114. Don Braden: Brighter Days (2001, High Note) B+(*)
  115. Clifford Brown/Max Roach: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street (1956 [2002], Verve) A-
  116. Milt Buckner & Hal Singer: Milt & Hal [The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions] (1966 [2004], Black & Blue) B+(**)
  117. Dave Burrell: Black Spring (1977, Marge) B+(**)
  118. The Channels Featuring Earl Lewis: Golden Oldies (1956-59 [2014], Essential Music Group) B+(*)
  119. Emmet Cohen Featuring Jimmy Cobb: Masters Legacy Series Volume 1 (2017, Cellar Live) B+(***)
  120. Emmet Cohen Featuring Ron Carter: Masters Legacy Series Volume 2 (2017 [2018], Cellar Live) B+(**)
  121. Emmet Cohen Trio: Dirty in Detroit (2017 [2018], self-released) B+(**)
  122. Miles Davis: Big Fun (1969-72 [2000], Columbia/Legacy, 2CD) B+(***)
  123. Lajos Dudas: Radio Days: Birthday Edition 75 (2016, JazzSick) B+(***)
  124. Lajos Dudas: Some Great Songs Vol. 2 (2017, JazzSick) B+(**)
  125. Joe Harriott & Co. Feat John Dankworth & Tubby Hayes: Helter Skelter: Live, Rare and Previously Unreleased Recordings 1955-1963 (1955-63 [2017], Acrobat) B+(**)
  126. The Joe Harriott Quintet: Abstract (1961-62 [2015], J. Joes J. Edizioni Musicali) B+(***)
  127. The Joe Harriott Double Quintet: Indo-Jazz Suite (1966, Atlantic) B+(***)
  128. Joe Harriott Quintet: Swings High (1967 [2004], Cadillac) B+(**)
  129. Hyphy Hitz (2004-07 [2007], TVT) B+(***)
  130. If Deejay Was Your Trade: The Dreads at King Tubby's 1974-1977 (1974-77 [1994], Blood & Fire) A-
  131. Ranee Lee: Seasons of Love (1997, Justin Time) B+(*)
  132. Booker Little: Booker Little 4 & Max Roach (1958 [1959], United Artists) B+(**)
  133. Mister Charlie's Blues (1926-1938) (1926-38 [1970], Yazoo) B+(**)
  134. Paul Motian: Conception Vessel (1972 [1973], ECM) B+(**)
  135. Paul Motian: Tribute (1974 [1975], ECM) B+(***)
  136. Paul Motian Trio: Le Voyage (1979, ECM) B+(**)
  137. Paul Motian: Pslam (1981 [1982], ECM) B+(***)
  138. Paul Motian: It Should've Happened a Long Time Ago (1984 [1985], ECM) B+(*)
  139. Paul Motian Trio: Sound of Love: At the Village Vanguard (1995 [1997], Winter & Winter) A-
  140. Paul Motian and the Electric Bebop Band: Flight of the Blue Jay (1996 [1997], Winter & Winter) B+(**)
  141. Paul Motian: Trio 2000 + One (1997 [1999], Winter & Winter) B+(**)
  142. Paul Motian and the E.B.B.B.: Europe (2000 [2001], Winter & Winter) B+(*)
  143. Paul Motian and the E.B.B.B.: Holiday for Strings (2001 [2002], Winter & Winter) B+(**)
  144. Paul Motian Trio 2000 + Two: Live at the Village Vanguard Volume III (2006 [2010], Winter & Winter) B+(***)
  145. Paul Motian Trio 2000 + Two: On Broadway Volume 5 (2008 [2009], Winter & Winter) A-
  146. David Murray: Let the Music Take You (1978, Marge) B+(***)
  147. David Murray: Intergoogieology (1978, Black Saint) B+(**)
  148. David Murray: The London Concert (1978 [1999], Cadillac, 2CD) B+(***)
  149. David Murray Quartet: A Sanctuary Within (1991 [1992], Black Saint) A-
  150. Ogún Meji Duo: #BlackLivesMatter (2014, CFG Multimedia) B+(***)
  151. The Odean Pope Saxophone Choir: The Saxophone Shop (1985 [1986], Soul Note) B+(***)
  152. Dudu Pukwana & Bob Stuckey: Night Time Is the Right Time: 60s Soho Sounds (1967-68 [2010], Cadillac) B
  153. Buddy Rich/Max Roach: Rich Versus Roach (1959 [1990], Mercury) B+(**)
  154. Max Roach/Clifford Brown: The Best of Max Roach and Clifford Brown in Concert (1954 [1956], GNP) B+(***)
  155. Max Roach: Max Roach + 4 (1956-57 [1990], Emarcy) A-
  156. Max Roach: Jazz in 3/4 Time (1956-57 [1957], Emarcy) B+(*)
  157. Max Roach: The Max Roach 4 Plays Charlie Parker (1957-58 [1995], Verve) B+(***)
  158. Max Roach: Award-Winning Drummer (1958 [1960], Time) B+(**)
  159. Max Roach: Percussion Bitter Sweet (1961, Impulse!) B+(***)
  160. Max Roach: It's Time: His Chorus and Orchestra (1962, Impulse!) B+(***)
  161. Max Roach Quartet: Speak, Brother, Speak! (1962 (1963], Fantasy) A-
  162. Max Roach: The Max Roach Trio Featuring the Legendary Hasaan (1964 [1965], Atlantic) B+(***)
  163. Max Roach: Drums Unlimited (1965-66 [1966], Atlantic) B+(**)
  164. Max Roach: Members, Don't Git Weary (1968, Atlantic) B+(***)
  165. Max Roach Quartet: Pictures in a Frame (1979, Soul Note) B+(**)
  166. Max Roach: M'Boom (1979 [1980], Columbia) B+(***)
  167. Max Roach: Live in Berlin (1984 [2009], Jazzwerkstatt) B+(***)
  168. Pharoah Sanders: Izipho Zam (My Gifts) (1969 [1973], Strata-East) B+(***)
  169. Hal Singer: Rent Party (1948-56 [1994], Savoy Jazz) A-
  170. Hal Singer With Charlie Shavers: Blue Stompin' (1959 [1994], Prestige/OJC) B+(***)
  171. Hal Singer: Blues and News (1971, Futura) B+(**)
  172. Hal Singer/Jef Gilson: Soul of Africa (1974, Le Chant Du Monde) A-
  173. Hal Singer: Senior Blues (1991, Carrere) B+(**)
  174. Hal Singer & Massimo Faraò Trio: We're Still Buddies (2001 [2005], Azzurra Music) B+(*)
  175. Hal Singer: Challenge (2010, Marge) A-
  176. Keith Tippett Tapestry Orchestra: Live at Le Mans (1998 [2009], Edition, 2CD) B
  177. Stan Tracey: Showcase (1958, Vogue) B+(*)
  178. The Stan Tracey Quartet: Jazz Suite: Inspired by Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood (1965, Columbia) A
  179. Stan Tracey/Keith Tippett: Supernova (1977 [2008], Resteamed) B+(**)
  180. The New Stan Tracey Quartet: For Heaven's Sake (1995 [1996], Cadillac) B+(***)
  181. Stan Tracey: Solo : Trio (1997 [1998], Cadillac) B+(***)
  182. Stan Tracey & Danny Moss: Just You, Just Me (2003 [2004], Avid) B+(***)
  183. Stan Tracey Quartet: Senior Moment (2008 [2009], Resteamed) B+(**)
  184. Stan Tracey Quintet: The Flying Pig (2013 [2014], Resteamed) B+(***)
  185. Ben Webster/Stan Tracey: Soho Nights Vol. 1 (1968 [2008], Resteamed) B+(***)
  186. Ben Webster/Stan Tracey: Soho Nights Vol. 2 (1964 [2012], Resteamed) A-
  187. World Saxophone Quartet: Steppin' With the World Saxophone Quartet (1978 [1979], Black Saint) B
  188. World Saxophone Quartet: W.S.Q. (1980 [1981], Black Saint) B+(*)
  189. World Saxophone Quartet: Revue (1980 [1982], Black Saint) B+(*)
  190. World Saxophone Quartet: Live in Zürich (1981 [1984], Black Saint) B+(*)
  191. World Saxophone Quartet: Live at Brooklyn Academy of Music (1985 [1986], Black Saint) B
  192. World Saxophone Quartet: Four Now (1995 [1996], Justin Time) B+(**)
  193. World Saxophone Quartet: Takin' It 2 the Next Level (1996, Justin Time) B
  194. World Saxophone Quartet: 25th Anniversary: The New Chapter (2000 [2001], Justin Time) B

May 27

  1. Tetuzi Akiyama/Nicolas Field/Gregor Vidic: Interpersonal Subjectivities (2017 [2019], Astral Spirits) A-
  2. Anáhuac: Y_y (2017 [2018], Astral Spirits) B
  3. Anáhuac: Ascua (2018 [2020], Astral Spirits) B+(*)
  4. Brian Andres Trio Latino: Mayan Suite (2019 [2020], Bacalao) B+(*)
  5. The Bad Plus: The Tower Tapes #4 (2019 [2020], Jazz Club Ferrara) B+(**)
  6. Danny Barnes: Man on Fire (2020, ATO) B+(***)
  7. Majid Bekkas: Magic Spirit Quartet (2018 [2020], ACT Music) B+(*)
  8. Josh Berman/Paul Lytton/Jason Roebke: Trio Discrepancies (2018 [2019], Astral Spirits) B+(**)
  9. Tim Berne's Snakeoil: The Tower Tapes #1 (2017 [2020], Jazz Club Ferrara) B+(**)
  10. Blueface: Dirt Bag (2019, Cash Money, EP) B+(***)
  11. Blueface: Find the Beat (2020, Cash Money) B+(**)
  12. Broken Shadows: The Tower Tapes #2 (2020, Jazz Club Ferrara) A-
  13. Chris Byars: On the Shoulders of Giants (2019 [2020], SteepleChase) B+(**)
  14. Chris Cogburn/Juan García/Ignaz Schick: Anáhuac (2016 [2020], Astral Spirits) B+(**)
  15. Ronnie Cuber: Four (2019, SteepleChase) B+(***)
  16. The Dream Syndicate: The Uiverse Inside (2020, Down There) B+(*)
  17. Steve Earle: Ghosts of West Virginia (2020, New West) B+(***)
  18. Joe Ely: Love in the Midst of Mayhem (2020, Rack 'Em) B+(*)
  19. Wayne Escoffery: The Humble Warrior (2019 [2020], Smoke Sessions) B+(*)
  20. Dave Glasser: Hypocrisy Democracy (2019 [2020], Here Tiz) A-
  21. Bob Gluck: Early Morning Star (2019 [2020], FMR) B+(*)
  22. Joel Harrison +18: America at War (2019 [2020], Sunnyside) B+(***)
  23. Dylan Hayes Electric Band: Songs for Rooms and People (2020, Blujazz) B
  24. Art Hirahara: Balance Point (2020, Posi-Tone) B+(*)
  25. Anna Högberg Attack: Lena (2019 [2020], Omlott) B+(***)
  26. The Howling Hex: Knuckleball Express (2020, Fat Possum) B+(**)
  27. Sam Hunt: Southside (2020, MCA Nashville) B+(*)
  28. KVL: Volume 1 (2019, Astral Spirits) B+(*)
  29. Brian Landrus/Fred Hersch/Drew Gress/Billy Hart: For Now (2019 [2020], BlueLand) B+(*)
  30. Jinx Lennon: Border Schizzo Fffolk Songs for the Fuc**d (2020, Septic Tiger) B+(**)
  31. Lil Wayne: Funeral (2020, Young Money) B+(**)
  32. Mark Lomax, II & the Urban Art Ensemble: 400 Years Suite (2019 [2020], CFG Multimedia) A
  33. LP and the Vinyl: Heard and Sceen (2019 [2020], OA2) B
  34. Rob Luft: Life Is the Dancer (2019 [2020], Edition) B
  35. Nduduzo Makhathini: Modes of Communication: Letters From the Underworld (2020, Blue Note) B+(**)
  36. Alain Mallet: Mutt Slang II: A Wake of Sorrows Engulfed in Rage (2018 [2020], Origin) B+(*)
  37. Chad Matheny: United Earth League of Quarantine Aerobics (2020, Dreams of Field, EP) A-
  38. Joe McPhee/Dave Rempis/Tomeka Reid/Brandon Lopez/Paal Nilssen-Love: Of Things Beyond Thule Vol. 2 (2018 [2020], Aerophonic) B+(**)
  39. Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes: What Kinda Music (2020, Beyond the Groove) B+(**)
  40. Mdou Moctar: Mixtape Vol. 1 (2020, self-released) B+(***)
  41. Ted Moore Trio: The Natural Order of Things (2019 [2020], Origin) B+(**)
  42. Josh Nelson Trio: The Discovery Project: Live in Japan (2019 [2020], Steel Bird) B+(**)
  43. Arturo O'Farrill/The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: Four Questions (2020, Zoho) B
  44. Lido Pimienta: Miss Colombia (2020, Anti-) B+(**)
  45. Adam Rudolph/Ralph M. Jones/Hamid Drake [Karuna Trio]: Imaginary Archipelago (2020, Meta) B+(***)
  46. Shelly Rudolph: The Way We Love (2010-17 [2020], OA2) B
  47. Charles Rumback: June Holiday (2018 [2020], Astral Spirits) B+(**)
  48. Darrell Scott: Sings the Blues of Hank Williams (2020, Full Light) B
  49. Brandon Seabrook With Cooper-Moore & Gerald Cleaver: Exultation (2019 [2020], Astral Spirits) B+(***)
  50. Shabazz Palaces: The Don of Diamond Dreams (2020, Sub Pop) B+(**)
  51. Snotty Nose Rez Kids: Born Deadly (2020, Fontana North, EP) B+(**)
  52. Martial Solal & Dave Liebman: Masters in Paris (2016 [2020], Sunnyside) B+(***)
  53. Dayna Stephens Trio: Liberty (2019 [2020], Contagious Music) B+(***)
  54. Craig Taborn/Dave King: The Tower Tapes #3 (2019 [2020], Jazz Club Ferrara) B+(***)
  55. TeeJayx6: The Swipe Sessions (2019, The Family Entertainment) B+(***)
  56. Michael Thomas: Event Horizon (2019 [2020], Giant Step Arts, 2CD) B+(***)
  57. Azu Tiwaline: Draw Me a Silence Part I (2020, IOT, EP) B+(**)
  58. Gary Versace: All for Now (2019 [2020], SteepleChase) B+(**)
  59. Rod Wave: Pray 4 Love (2020, Alamo) B+(**)
  60. Webber/Morris Big Band: Both Are True (2018 [2020], Greenleaf Music) B+(**)
  61. Hayley Williams: Petals for Armor (2020, Atlantic) B+(*)
  62. Charli XCX: How I'm Feeling Now (2020, Asylum) B+(***)
  63. Apala: Apala Groups in Nigeria 1967-70 (1967-70 [2020], Soul Jazz) B+(*)
  64. Derek Bailey/Greg Goodman: Extracting Fish-Bones From the Back of the Despoiler (1992 [2017], The Beak Doctor) B+(**)
  65. Alan Braufman: Valley of Search (1975 [2018], Valley of Search) A-
  66. Alan Braufman & Cooper-Moore: Live at WKCR May 22, 1972 (1972 [2019], Valley of Search, EP) B+(**)
  67. Emperor X: Nineteen Live Recordings (2005-13 [2020], Dreams of Field) B+(*)
  68. The Good Life: The Animals Took Over (2009 [2020], self-released) A-
  69. John Gruntfest/Greg Goodman: In This Land All the Birds Wore Hats and Spurs (1984-2008 [2017], The Beak Doctor) A-
  70. Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Egypt 80: Perambulator (1983 [2020], Knitting Factory) B+(***)
  71. The MacroQuarktet: The Complete Night: Live at the Stone NYC (2007 [2020, Out of Your Head, 2CD) B+(***)
  72. Eddie Russ: Fresh Out (1974 [2019], Soul Jazz) B
  73. Nina Simone: Fodder on My Wings (1982 [2020], Verve) B+(**)
  74. Stone Crush: Memphis Modern Soul 1977-1987 (1977-87 [2020], Light in the Attic) B+(**)
  75. Muhal Richard Abrams: Young at Heart/Wise in Time (1969 [1996], Delmark) B+(**)
  76. Muhal Richard Abrams: Think All, Focus One (1994 [1995], Black Saint) B+(***)
  77. Muhal Richard Abrams: Song for All (1995 [1997], Black Saint) B+(***)
  78. George Adams: Sound Suggestions (1979, ECM) B+(*)
  79. George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet: Live at Montmartre (1985 [1986], Timeless) B+(**)
  80. Air: Montreux Suisse Air: Live at Montreux 1978 (1978, Arista Novus) B+(*)
  81. Air: Live Air (1976-77 [1980], Black Saint) B+(*)
  82. Air: Air Mail (1980 [1981], Black Saint) B+(**)
  83. Ray Anderson/Mark Helias/Gerry Hemingway: Oahspe (1978 [1979], Auricle) B+(***)
  84. Ray Anderson/Han Bennink/Frank Möbus/Ernst Glerum/Paul Van Kemenade: Who Is in Charge? (2010 [2011], Kemo) B+(***)
  85. Ray Anderson/Han Bennink/Ernst Glerum/Paul Van Kemenade: Checking Out (2016, Kemo) B+(***)
  86. The Art Ensemble of Chicago: Bap-Tizum (1972 [1973], Atlantic) B
  87. Art Ensemble of Chicago: Nice Guys (1978 [1979], ECM) B+(***)
  88. Art Ensemble of Chicago: Full Force (1980, ECM) B+(***)
  89. Art Ensemble of Chicago: The Third Decade (1984 [1985], ECM) B+(**)
  90. BassDrumBone [Ray Anderson/Mark Helias/Gerry Hemingway]: Cooked to Perfection (1986-96 [1999], Auricle) B+(**)
  91. Tim Berne Sextet: The Ancestors (1983, Soul Note) B+(*)
  92. Tim Berne: Mutant Variations (1983 [1984], Soul Note) B+(***)
  93. Arthur Blythe: Blythe Spirit (1981, Columbia) B+(***)
  94. Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy: I Only Have Eyes for You (1985, ECM) B+(***)
  95. Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy: Avant Pop (1986, ECM) A-
  96. John Butcher/Gerry Hemingway: Buffalo Pearl (2005 [2008], Auricle) B+(***)
  97. Don Cherry/Dewey Redman/Charlie Haden/Ed Blackwell: Old and New Dreams (1979, ECM) B+(**)
  98. Don Cherry/Dewey Redman/Charlie Haden/Ed Blackwell [Old and New Dreams]: Playing (1980 [1981], ECM) B+(***)
  99. Tommy Flanagan: Thelonica (1982 [1983], Enja) B+(**)
  100. Charlie Haden/Paul Motian Feat. Geri Allen: Etudes (1987 [1988], Soul Note) A-
  101. Gerry Hemingway: Kwambe (1978, Auricle) B+(*)
  102. Gerry Hemingway: Solo Works (1981, Auricle) B
  103. Gerry Hemingway Quintet: Outerbridge Crossing (1985 [1987], Sound Aspects) B+(*)
  104. Gerry Hemingway: Tubworks (1985 [1988], Sound Aspects) B+(*)
  105. Gerry Hemingway Quintet: Slamadam (1991-94 [1995], Random Acoustics) B+(***)
  106. Gerry Hemingway: Acoustic Solo Works 1983-94 (1983-94 [1996], Random Acoustics) B+(*)
  107. Gerry Hemingway Quintet: Perfect World (1995 [1996], Random Acoustics) A-
  108. Gerry Hemingway Quintet: Waltzes, Two-Steps & Other Matters of the Heart (1996 [1999], GM) B+(***)
  109. Gerry Hemingway Quartet: Johnny's Corner Song (1997 [1998], Auricle) B+(**)
  110. Gerry Hemingway/Thomas Lehn [Tom & Gerry]: Kinetics (2003-06 [2008], Auricle) B+(*)
  111. Gerry Hemingway: Kernelings: Solo Works 1995-2012 (1995-2012 [2014], Auricle) B+(**)
  112. Luís Lopes: Noise Solo at ZBD Lisbon (2011-12 [2013], LPZ) B+(*)
  113. Jimmy Lyons: Other Afternoons (1969 [1979], Affinity) B+(**)
  114. Jimmy Lyons Quintet: Wee Sneezawee (1983 [1984], Black Saint) A-
  115. Jimmy Lyons Quintet: Give It Up (1985, Black Saint) B+(***)
  116. Pamelo Mounk'a: No. 1 Africain: Ça Ne Se Prete Pas (1982, Star Musique) B+(*)
  117. Pamelo Mounk'a: Propulsion! (1983, Disques Sonics) A-
  118. Pamelo Mounk'a: L'Essentiel (1981-84 [1993], Syllart) A-
  119. Pamelo Mounk'a: L'Indispensable (1982-85 [1993], Syllart) B+(***)
  120. Pamelo Mounk'a: L'Incontournable (1982-85 [1993], Syllart) B+(***)
  121. New Air: Live at Montreal International Jazz Festival (1983 [1984], Black Saint) B+(***)
  122. Old and New Dreams: Live in Saalfelden 1986 (1986 [2017], Condition West) B+(***)
  123. Oregon: Oregon (1983, ECM) B
  124. Oregon: Crossing (1984 [1985], ECM) B+(*)
  125. Sonny Rollins: With the Modern Jazz Quartet (1951-53 [1982], Prestige/OJC) B+(**)
  126. Sonny Rollins: Sonny Rollins [Volume 1] (1956 [1957], Blue Note) B+(**)
  127. Sonny Rollins: Sonny Rollins Volume 2 (1957, Blue Note) B+(**)
  128. Sonny Rollins: Sonny Rollins Plays (1956-57 [2010], Essential Music Group) B+(***)
  129. Sonny Rollins Featuring Jim Hall: The Quartets (1962 [1986], RCA Bluebird) B+(***)
  130. Sonny Rollins & Don Cherry: Live at the Olympia '63 (1963 [2010], Master Classics) B+(***)
  131. Sonny Rollins/Don Cherry Quartet: The Complete 1963 Copenhagen Concert (1963 [2014], Doxy, 2CD) B+(**)
  132. Sonny Rollins: Live in Tokyo, Japan '63 (1963 [2010], Master Classics) B+(**)
  133. Sonny Rollins: Sonny Rollins & Co. 1964 (1964 [1995], RCA Bluebird) A-
  134. Sonny Rollins: Horn Culture (1973, Milestone) A-
  135. Sonny Rollins: The Cutting Edge (1974, Milestone) B+(*)
  136. Sonny Rollins: The Way I Feel (1976, Milestone) B+(***)
  137. Sonny Rollins: Easy Living (1977, Milestone) B+(***)
  138. Sonny Rollins: Don't Stop the Carnival (1978, Milestone) B+(**)
  139. Sonny Rollins: Don't Ask (1979, Milestone) B
  140. Sonny Rollins: Love at First Sight (1980, Milestone) B+(***)
  141. Sonny Rollins: No Problem (1981, Milestone) B+(**)
  142. Sonny Rollins: Reel Life (1982, Milestone) B+(*)
  143. Sonny Rollins: The Solo Album (1985, Milestone) B+(**)
  144. Sonny Rollins: Old Flames (1993, Milestone) B+(**)
  145. Henry Threadgill Sextett: Subject to Change (1984 [1985], About Time) B+(**)
  146. Kenny Wheeler: Gnu High (1975, ECM) B+(***)
  147. Kenny Wheeler: Around 6 (1979 [1980], ECM) B+(**)
  148. Kenny Wheeler: Double, Double You (1983 [1984], ECM) A-
  149. William Elliott Whitmore: Kilonova (2018, Bloodshot) B+(**)
  150. WHO [Michel Wintsch/Gerry Hemingway/Bänz Oester]: Identity (1999, Leo) B+(***)
  151. WHO Trio: WHO Zoo (Acoustic) (2011-13 [2014], Auricle) B+(***)
  152. WHO Trio: WHO Zoo (Electric) (2011-13 [2014], Auricle) B+(***)
  153. Hal Willner: Whoops, I'm an Indian (1998, Pussyfoot) B+(***)
  154. Fiona Apple: Fetch the Bolt Cutters (2020, Epic) A-
  155. Aruán Ortiz With Andrew Cyrille and Mauricio Herrera: Inside Rhythmic Falls (2019 [2020], Intakt) A-

April 27

  1. Against All Logic: 2017-2019 (2017-19 [2020], Other People) B+(***)
  2. Robby Ameen: Diluvio (2019 [2020], Origin) B+(*)
  3. John Anderson: Years (2020, Easy Eye Sound) B+(**)
  4. Thomas Anderson: Analog Summer (Four-Tracks and Then Some) (2020, Out There) B+(**)
  5. Erlend Apneseth: Fragmentarium (2019 [2020], Hubro) B+(***)
  6. Fiona Apple: Fetch the Bolt Cutters (2020, Epic) B+(***)
  7. Harrison Argatoff: Toronto Streets Tour (2019 [2020], self-released) B+(*)
  8. Omer Avital Qantar: New York Experience (2019 [2020], Jazz & People) B+(*)
  9. Jeich Ould Badou: Music From Saharan WhatsApp 03 (2020, Sahel Sounds, EP) B+(*)
  10. Kelsea Ballerini: Kelsea (2020, Black River) B+(*)
  11. #Bloomerangs: Moments and Fragments (2020, Instru Dash Mental) B+(*)
  12. The Ian Carey Quintet + 1: Fire in My Head: The Anxiety Suite (2019 [2020], Slow & Steady) B+(**)
  13. Marshall Chapman: Songs I Can't Live Without (2020, Tall Girl) B+(**)
  14. The Chats: High Risk Behaviour (2020, Bargain Bin) B+(*)
  15. Chicago Underground Quartet: Good Days (2018-19 [2020], Astral Spirits) B+(***)
  16. Childish Gambino: 3.15.20 (2020, RCA) B
  17. Gerald Cleaver: Signs (2017-19 [2020], 577) B
  18. Avishai Cohen Big Vicious: Big Vicious (2020, ECM) B+(**)
  19. Alex Cunningham & Claire Rousay: Specifically the Water (2020, Astral Spirits) B+(*)
  20. Jennifer Curtis & Tyshawn Sorey: Invisible Ritual (2020, New Focus) B+(**)
  21. Chris Dingman: Embrace (2020, Inner Arts Initiative) B+(*)
  22. Kaja Draksler Octet: Out for Stars (2019 [2020], Clean Feed) B-
  23. Jay Electronica: A Written Testimony (2020, Roc Nation) B+(*)
  24. The Exbats: Kicks, Hits and Fits (2020, Burger) B+(***)
  25. Colin Fisher Quartet: Living Midnight (2019, Astral Spirits) B+(***)
  26. Nick Fraser/Kris Davis/Tony Malaby: Zoning (2019, Astral Spirits) B+(**)
  27. Gordon Grdina Septet: Resist (2017 [2020], Irabbagast) B+(*)
  28. Jimmy Greene: While Looking Up (2020, Mack Avenue) B+(***)
  29. Grrrl Gang: Here to Stay (2017-18 [2020], Damnably, EP) B+(**)
  30. Jeff Hamilton Trio: Catch Me If You Can (2019 [2020], Capri) B+(*)
  31. Alexander Hawkins/Tomeka Reid: Shards and Constellations (2019 [2020], Intakt) B+(**)
  32. Kirby Heard: Mama's Biscuits (2019, self-released) B+(**)
  33. Heroes Are Gang Leaders: Artificial Happiness Button (2020, Ropeadope) A-
  34. Lilly Hiatt: Walking Proof (2020, New West) B+(**)
  35. Jasper Høiby: Planet B (2019 [2020], Edition) A-
  36. Sigurd Hole: Lys/Mørke (2019 [2020], Eivesang, 2CD) B+(*)
  37. Large Unit/Fendika: EthioBraz (2018 [2019], PNL) A-
  38. Gabe Lee: Farmland (2019, Torrez Music Group) B+(**)
  39. Gabe Lee: Honky Tonk Hell (2020, Torrez Music Group) B+(**)
  40. James Brandon Lewis/Chad Taylor: Live in Willisau (2019 [2020], Intakt) A-
  41. Luís Lopes Humanization 4tet: Believe, Believe (2018 [2020], Clean Feed) B+(***)
  42. Grégoire Maret/Romain Collin/Bill Frisell: Americana (2020, ACT Music) B+(**)
  43. Laura Marling: Song for Our Daughter (2020, Chrysalis/Partisan) B+(**)
  44. Brian Marsella: Gatos Do Sul (2020, Tzadik) B
  45. Ashley McBryde: Never Will (2020, Warner Nashville) B+(**)
  46. Joe McPhee/Dave Rempis/Tomeka Reid/Brandon Lopez/Paal Nilssen-Love: Of Things Beyond Thule Vol. 1 (2018 [2020], Aerophonic) B+(**)
  47. Hailu Mergia: Yene Mircha (2020, Awesome Tapes From Africa) B+(**)
  48. Ras Michael: Live by the Spirit (2020, Hen House Studios) B+(**)
  49. Mono: Before the Past: Live From Electrical Audio (2019, Temporary Residence) B+(*)
  50. The Mountain Goats: Songs for Pierre Chuvin (2020, Merge) B+(**)
  51. Mr. Wrong: Create a Place (2020, Water Wing, EP) B+(***)
  52. Mythic Sunship: Changing Shapes: Live at Roadburn (2019 [2020], El Paraiso) B+(**)
  53. Simon Nabatov: Time Labyrinth (2019 [2020], Leo) B
  54. Simon Nabatov: Plain (2019 [2020], Clean Feed) B+(*)
  55. The Necks: Three (2020, Northern Spy) B+(**)
  56. Farnell Newton: Rippin' & Rumblin' (2020, Posi-Tone) B+(**)
  57. Gard Nilssen's Supersonic Orchestra: If You Listen Carefully the Music Is Yours (2019 [2020], Odin) A-
  58. Onipa: We No Be Machine (2020, Strut) B+(***)
  59. Grant Peeples: Bad Wife (2020, Rootball) B+(*)
  60. Chris Poland: Resistance (2020, Ropeadope) B+(*)
  61. Porridge Radio: Every Bad (2020, Secretly Canadian) B+(*)
  62. Tineke Postma: Freya (2018 [2020], Edition) B+(**)
  63. Princess Nokia: Everything Is Beautiful (2020, Platoon) B+(***)
  64. Princess Nokia: Everything Sucks (2020, Platoon) B+(**)
  65. Quelle Chris & Chris Keys: Innocent Country 2 (2020, Mello Music Group) B+(***)
  66. Tom Rainey/Ingrid Laubrock: Stir Crazy (2020, self-released) B+(**)
  67. Jessie Reyez: Before Love Came to Kill Us (2020, Island) B+(**)
  68. Andreas Røysum Ensemble: Andreas Røysum Ensemble (2020, Motvind) B+(**)
  69. Samo Salamon/Igor Matkovic/Kristijan Krajncan: Common Flow (2019 [2020], Sazas) A-
  70. Samo Salamon/Igor Matkovic/Kristijan Krajncan: Rare Ebb (2019 [2020], Sazas) B+(**)
  71. Rina Sawayama: Sawayama (2020, Dirty Hit) B-
  72. Diane Schuur: Running on Faith (2020, Jazzheads) B+(***)
  73. Serengeti: Ajai (2020, Cohn) B+(**)
  74. Matthew Shipp/Mark Helias/Gordon Grdina: Skin and Bones (2018 [2019], Not Two) B+(***)
  75. Skepta, Chip and Young Adz: Insomnia (2020, SKC M29) B+(**)
  76. Viktor Skokic Sextett: Basement Music (2020, Jazzland) B+(***)
  77. Torben Snekkestad/Agustí Fernández/Barry Guy: The Swiftest Traveler (2018 [2020], Trost) B+(**)
  78. Soccer Mommy: Color Theory (2020, Loma Vista) B+(***)
  79. Emilio Solla Tango Jazz Orchestra: Puertos: Music From International Waters (2019, Avantango) B+(**)
  80. Sufjan Stevens & Lowell Brams: Aporia (2020, Asthmatic Kitty) B+(*)
  81. STRFKR: Future Past Life (2020, Polyvinyl) B+(**)
  82. The Strokes: The New Abnormal (2020, Cult/RCA) B+(*)
  83. Nora Jane Struthers: Bright Lights, Long Drives, First Words (2020, Blue Pig Music)
  84. Dave Stryker With Bob Mintzer and the WDR Big Band: Blue Soul (2019 [2020], Strikezone) B+(*)
  85. Superposition: Superposition (2018-19 [2020], We Jazz) B+(***)
  86. Tamikrest: Tamotaït (2020, Glitterbeat) B+(**)
  87. Sophie Tassignon: Mysteries Unfold (2020, RareNoise) B+(*)
  88. The Tender Things: How to Make a Fool (2020, Spaceflight) B
  89. Thundercat: It Is What It Is (2020, Brainfeeder) B
  90. The TNEK Jazz Quintet: Plays the Music of Sam Jones (2020, TNEK Jazz) B+(*)
  91. Yves Tumor: Heaven to a Tortured Mind (2020, Warp) B+(**)
  92. Stein Urheim: Downhill Uplift (2018 [2020], Hubro) B
  93. Lou Volpe: Before & After (2020, Jazz Guitar) B+(**)
  94. Wako: Wako (2019 [2020], Øra Fonogram) B+(*)
  95. Anne Waldman: Sciamachy (2020, Fast Speaking Music) B+(**)
  96. Lucinda Williams: Good Souls Better Angels (2020, Highway 20) A-
  97. African Head Charge: Churchical Chant of the Iyabinghi (1991-94 [2020], On-U Sound) B+(**)
  98. Tony Allen/Hugh Masekela: Rejoice (2010 [2020], World Circuit) A-
  99. Cadence Revolution: Disques Debs International Vol. 2 (1970s [2020], Disques Debs/Strut) A-
  100. Future/Zaytoven: Beast Mode (2015 [2020], Epic/Freebandz) B+(**)
  101. Noah Howard: Live in Europe Vol. 1 (1975 [2020], Sconsolato) B+(**)
  102. Jamaica All Stars [Studio One] (1970-74 [2020], Studio One) B+(*)
  103. Léve Léve: Sao Tomé and Principe Sounds 70s-80s (1970s-80s [2020], Bongo Joe) B+(***)
  104. Ana Mazzotti: Ninguem Vai Me Segurar (1974 [2019], Far Out) B+(**)
  105. Ana Mazzotti: Ana Mazzotti (1977 [2019], Far Out) B+(***)
  106. Ranil Y Su Conjunto Tropical: (Limited Dance Edition) ([2020], Analog Africa) A-
  107. Ranil Y Su Conjunto Tropical: Stay Safe and Sound Ranil Selection!! ([2020], Analog Africa) B+(***)
  108. Lennie Tristano: The Duo Sessions (1968 [2020], Dot Time) B+(**)
  109. Yabby You: King Tubby's Prophecies of Dub (1976 [2020], Pressure Sound) B+(***)
  110. Blue Lu Barker: 1946-1949 (1946-49 [2000], Classics) A-
  111. Arnett Cobb and His Orchestra: 1946-1947 (1946-47 [1999], Classics) B+(***)
  112. Arnett Cobb: Smooth Sailing (1959, Prestige) A-
  113. Arnett Cobb: Movin' Right Along (1960, Prestige) A-
  114. Arnett Cobb With the Red Garland Trio: Blue and Sentimental (1960 [1993], Prestige) B+(***)
  115. Arnett Cobb: Deep Purple [The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions] (1973 [1995], Black & Blue) B+(***)
  116. Arnett Cobb: Jumpin' at the Woodside [The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions] (1974 [2001], Black & Blue) A-
  117. Arnett Cobb: The Wild Man From Texas [The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions] (1976 [1997], Black & Blue) B+(***)
  118. Arnett Cobb/Jimmy Heath/Joe Henderson: Tenor Tribute Vol. 2 (1988 [1993], Soul Note) B+(***)
  119. Miles Davis/Stan Getz/Gerry Mulligan/Lee Konitz/Sonny Rollins/Zoot Sims: Conception (1949-51 [1956], Prestige) B+(**)
  120. Disques Debs International Volume 1: An Island Story: Biguine, Afro Latin & Musique Antillaise 1960-1972 (1960-72 [2018], Disques Debs/Strut) B+(***)
  121. Duke Ellington: At the Hollywood Empire (1949 [2004], Storyville) B+(***)
  122. Bill Evans Trio With Lee Konitz & Warne Marsh: Crosscurrents (1977 [1992], Fantasy/OJC) B+(***)
  123. Dexter Gordon: Jazz at Highschool (1967 [2002], Storyville) B+(***)
  124. Lil Green: Romance in the Dark: 1940-1946 (1940-46 [1971], RCA) A-
  125. Al Grey/Arnett Cobb: Ain't That Funk for You (1977 [2002], Black & Blue) B+(***)
  126. Orüj Güvenç & Tümata: Rivers of One (1997, Interworld) A-
  127. Jasper Høiby: Fellow Creatures (2016, Edition) B+(***)
  128. Mike Huckaby: The Jazz Republic (1997, Cross Section, EP) B+(**)
  129. Illinois Jacquet Quartet: Live at Schaffhausen, Switzerland March 18, 1978 (1978 [2015], Storyville) B+(***)
  130. Lee Konitz: At Storyville (1954 [1988], Black Lion) A-
  131. Lee Konitz: Konitz (1954 [1989], Black Lion) B+(**)
  132. Lee Konitz: Body and Soul (1954 [2003], Black Lion) B+(***)
  133. Lee Konitz: The Real Lee Konitz (1957, Atlantic) A-
  134. Lee Konitz: Very Cool (1957, Verve) B+(*)
  135. The Lee Konitz Quartet: Tranquility (1957, Verve) B+(***)
  136. Lee Konitz: An Image: Lee Konitz With Strings (1958, Verve) B
  137. Lee Konitz: You and Lee (1959 [1960], Verve) B
  138. Lee Konitz Quintet: Peacemeal (1969 [1970], Milestone) B+(*)
  139. Lee Konitz: Spirits (1971 [1972], Milestone) B+(***)
  140. Lee Konitz: Lone-Lee (1974 [1987], SteepleChase) B+(**)
  141. Lee Konitz: Lee Konitz Nonet (1977, Chiaroscuro) B+(***)
  142. Lee Konitz: Tenorlee (1977 [1978], Candid) B+(*)
  143. Lee Konitz Nonet: Yes, Yes, Nonet (1979 [1986], SteepleChase) B+(**)
  144. Lee Konitz Quartet: New York Album (1987 [1988], Soul Note) B+(***)
  145. Lee Konitz: Zounds (1990 [1992], Soul Note) B+(**)
  146. Lee Konitz Trio: Free With Lee (1993, Philology) B+(**)
  147. Lee Konitz/Renato Sellani: Speakin' Lowly (1993 [1994], Philology) A-
  148. Lee Konitz: It's You (1996, SteepleChase) B+(***)
  149. Lee Konitz: Dearly Beloved (1996 [1997], SteepleChase) A-
  150. Lee Konitz: Pride (1999 [2000], SteepleChase) B+(***)
  151. Lee Konitz: Parallels (2001, Chesky) B+(**)
  152. Giuseppi Logan: More (1965 [1966], ESP-Disk) B+(***)
  153. Myra Melford/Zeena Parkins/Miya Masaoka: MZM (2014-16 [2017], Infrequent Seams) B+(*)
  154. Mr. Wrong: Babes in Boyland (2017, Water Wing, EP) B+(**)
  155. Papa Bue's Viking Jazzband: Greatest Hits (1958-70 [1989], Storyville) B+(***)
  156. Sun Ra: Celestial Love (1984 [2015], Enterplanetary Koncepts) B+(*)
  157. Sarah Riedel/Carl Svensson/Viktor Skokic: Perfectly Still (2012, Footprint) B+(*)
  158. Buddy Tate: Celebrity Club Orchestra (1954 [2016], Black & Blue) A-
  159. Buddy Tate/Claude Hopkins: Buddy and Claude (1960 [1999], Prestige) B+(**)
  160. Buddy Tate/Milton Buckner: When I'm Blue [The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions] (1967 [1995], Black & Blue) B+(*)
  161. Buddy Tate: Buddy Tate & His Celebrity Club Orchestra [The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions] (1968 [2002], Black & Blue) B+(***)
  162. Buddy Tate: Buddy Tate and His Buddies (1973, Chiaroscuro) B+(***)
  163. Buddy Tate: The Texas Twister (1975 [1987], New World) B+(***)
  164. Buddy Tate: The Texas Tenor (1975 [2014], Storyville, 2CD) B+(**)
  165. Buddy Tate: Body and Soul: Live in Dublin 1976 (1976, [2008], Nagel Heyer) B+(**)
  166. Buddy Tate/Abdullah Ibrahim: Buddy Tate Meets Abdullah Ibrahim: The Legendary 1977 Encounter (1977 [1996], Chiaroscuro) B+(**)
  167. Lucinda Williams: The Ghosts of Highway 20 (2016, Highway 20, 2CD) B+(***)

March 30

  1. 070 Shake: Modus Vivendi (2020, GOOD Music/Def Jam) B+(**)
  2. Terry Allen and the Panhandle Mystery Band: Just Like Moby Dick (2020, Paradise of Bachelors) B+(***)
  3. Bad Bunny: YHLQMDLG (2020, Rimas) B+(**)
  4. Kenny Barron/Dave Holland Trio Featuring Johnathan Blake: Without Deception (2019 [2020], Dare2) A-
  5. Gerald Beckett: Mood (2019 [2020], Pear Orchard) B
  6. Marc Benham: Biotope (2020, SteepleChase) B+(**)
  7. Lakecia Benjamin: Pursuance: The Coltranes (2020, Ropeadope) B+(*)
  8. Steve Beresford & John Butcher: Old Paradise Airs (2019 [2020], Iluso) B+(*)
  9. Jerry Bergonzi: Nearly Blue (2019 [2020], Savant) A-
  10. Antoine Berjeaut: Moving Cities (2017 [2019], I See Colors) B+(**)
  11. Tim Berne's Snakeoil: The Fantastic Mrs. 10 (2019 [2020], Intakt) B+(***)
  12. Andy Bianco: NYC Stories (2020, Next Level) B+(*)
  13. Daniel Bingert: Berit in Space (2019 [2020], Moserobie) B+(***)
  14. Jeb Bishop Flex Quartet: Re-Collect (2015 [2019], Not Two) A-
  15. Jeb Bishop/Jaap Blonk/Weasel Walter/Damon Smith: JeJaWeDa: Pioneer Works Vol. 1 (2019, Balance Point Acoustics) B+(*)
  16. Raoul Björkenheim: Solar Winds (2019 [2020], Long Song) B+(***)
  17. Boogat: El Gato Y Los Rumberos (2020, Ray-On, EP) B
  18. Benjamin Boone With the Ghana Jazz Collective: Joy (2019 [2020], Origin) B
  19. Calle Loiza Jazz Project: There Will Never Be Another You (2019 [2020], self-released) B+(**)
  20. Caribou: Suddenly (2020, Merge) B+(**)
  21. François Carrier/Tomek Gadecki/Marcik Bozek/Michel Lambert: Wide (2018 [2019], FMR) B+(***)
  22. Chicago Farmer: Flyover Country (2020, Chicago Farmer) A-
  23. Brandy Clark: Your Life Is a Record (2020, Warner) A-
  24. Cornershop: England Is a Garden (2020, Ample Play) A-
  25. CP Unit: One Foot on the Ground Smoking Mirror Shakedown (2018 [2020], Ramp Local) B+(***)
  26. Jeremy Cunningham: The Weather Up There (2020, Northern Spy) B+(**)
  27. Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats: Unlocked (2020, Loma Vista, EP) B+(*)
  28. Davido: A Good Time (2019, RCA) B+(***)
  29. Day Dream: Originals (2019 [2020], Corner Store Jazz) B+(**)
  30. Destroyer: Have We Met (2020, Merge) B+(*)
  31. Aaron Diehl: The Vagabond (2020, Mack Avenue) B+(*)
  32. Vito Dieterle: Anemone (2018 [2020], Ride Symbol) B+(***)
  33. Vito Dieterle/Joel Forrester: Status Sphere (2019 [2020], Ride Symbol) B+(**)
  34. Beatrice Dillon: Workaround (2017-19 [2020], Pan) B+(**)
  35. John DiMartino: Passion Flower: The Music of Billy Strayhorn (2019 [2020], Sunnyside) B+(**)
  36. Yelena Eckemoff: Nocturnal Animals (2018 [2020], L&H Production, 2CD) B+(**)
  37. Sarah Elgeti Quartet With Friends: Dawn Comes Quietly (2019 [2020], Gateway Music) B
  38. Liberty Ellman: Last Desert (2019 [2020], Pi) B+(***)
  39. Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group: Earth (2018 [2020], Whaling City Sound) B+(*)
  40. Fat Tony & Taydex: Wake Up (2020, Carpark, EP) B+(***)
  41. Amina Figarova Edition 113: Persistence (2018 [2020], AmFi) B
  42. Nick Finzer: Cast of Characters (2019 [2020], Outside In Music) B+(*)
  43. Fire! Orchestra: Actions (2018 [2020], Rune Grammofon) B+(**)
  44. Elliot Galvin: Live in Paris at Fondation Louis Vuitton (2018 [2020], Edition) B+(*)
  45. Naama Gheber: Dearly Beloved (2019 [2020], Cellar Music) B+(**)
  46. Vincent Glanzmann/Gerry Hemingway: Composition O (2017 [2020], Fundacja Sluchaj) B+(***)
  47. Al Gold: Al Gold's Paradise (2019 [2020], self-released) A-
  48. The Good Ones: Rwanda, You Should Be Loved (2019, Anti-) B+(*)
  49. Alex Goodman: Impressions in Blue and Red (2019 [2020], Outside In Music, 2CD) B+(***)
  50. Joyce Grant: Surrounded by Blue (2019 [2020], Craftedair/Blujazz) B
  51. Grimes: Miss Anthropocene (2020, 4AD) B+(***)
  52. Muriel Grossmann: Reverence (2019, RR Gems) A-
  53. The Haden Triplets: The Family Songbook (2020, Trimeter) B+(**)
  54. Wolfgang Haffner: Kind of Tango (2019 [2020], ACT Music) B
  55. Ross Hammond/Oliver Lake/Mike Pride: Our Place on the Wheel (2020, Prescott) A-
  56. Harrison²: Trout in Swimwear (2019 [2020], self-released) B+(***)
  57. Paul Heaton/Jacqui Abbott: Manchester Calling (2020, Virgin EMI) B+(**)
  58. The Heliocentrics: Infinity of Now (2020, Madlib Invazion) B+(***)
  59. Monika Herzig: Eternal Dance (2019 [2020], Savant) B+(*)
  60. Lisa Hilton: Chalkboard Destiny (2019, Ruby Slippers) B+(**)
  61. JC Hopkins Biggish Band: New York Moment (2019 [2020], Twee-Jazz) B+(**)
  62. J Hus: Big Conspiracy (2020, Black Butter) B+(**)
  63. Christopher Icasiano: Provinces (2018 [2020], Origin) B
  64. Idle Hands: Solid Moments (2019 [2020], Posi-Tone) B+(*)
  65. Irreversible Entanglements: Who Sent You? (2019 [2020], International Anthem) A-
  66. Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis: The Music of Wayne Shorter (2015 [2020], Blue Engine, 2CD) B-
  67. Dawda Jobarteh: I Met Her by the River (2018, Stern's Africa) B
  68. Kirk Knuffke: Brightness: Live in Amsterdam (2020, Royal Potato Family) B+(*)
  69. Landgren & Lundgren: Kristallen (2018 [2020], ACT Music) B+(**)
  70. Urs Leimgruber/Andreas Willers/Alvin Curran/Fabrizio Spera: Rome-ing (2018 [2019], Leo) B+(**)
  71. Dua Lipa: Future Nostalgia (2020, Warner) A-
  72. Charles Lloyd: 8: Kindred Spirits (Live From the Lobero) (2018 [2020], Blue Note) B+(**)
  73. Hayoung Lyou: Metamorphosis (2019 [2020], Endectomorph Music) B+(***)
  74. Paul Lytton/Nate Wooley: Known/Unknown (2018 [2020], Fundacja Sluchaj) B+(*)
  75. Harold Mabern: Mabern Plays Mabern (2018 [2020], Smoke Sessions) B+(**)
  76. Denise Mangiardi: Brown Book (2019 [2020], Alice's Loft Music) B+(**)
  77. Thomas Marriott: Trumpet Ship (2016 [2020], Origin) B+(*)
  78. Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet: When Angels Fall (2019, WMQ/Agora Muzyka) A-
  79. Christian McBride: The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons (2013 [2020], Mack Avenue) B+(**)
  80. Thollem McDonas/William Parker/Nels Cline: Gowanus Sessions II (2012 [2020], ESP-Disk) B+(**)
  81. Mike McGinniss/Elias Bailey/Vinnie Sperrazza: Time Is Thicker (2020, Open Stream Music) B+(**)
  82. Joe McPhee/John Edwards/Klaus Kugel: A Night in Alchemia (2018 [2020], Not Two) A-
  83. Megan Thee Stallion: Suga (2020, 300 Entertainment, EP) A-
  84. Pat Metheny: From This Place (2020, Nonesuch) B+(*)
  85. Mac Miller: Circles (2018 [2020], Warner) A-
  86. Roscoe Mitchell With Ostravska Banda: Performing Distant Radio Transmission Also Nonaah Trio, Cutouts for Woodwind Quintet and 8.8.88 (2019 [2020], Wide Hive) B+(*)
  87. John Moreland: LP5 (2020, Old Omens) B+(**)
  88. Tami Neilson: Chicka Boom! (2020, Outside) B+(**)
  89. Never Weather: Blissonance (2019 [2020], Ridgeway) B+(*)
  90. Nutria: Meeting in Progress (2019 [2020], Ears & Eyes) B+(***)
  91. Agnes Obel: Myopia (2019 [2020], Blue Note) B+(**)
  92. Shunzo Ohno: Runner (2019 [2020], Pulsebeats) B
  93. Arúan Ortiz With Andrew Cyrille and Mauricio Herrera: Inside Rhythmic Falls (2019 [2020], Intakt) B+(**)
  94. Kassa Overall: I Think I'm Good (2020, Brownswood) B+(*)
  95. Keith Oxman: Two Cigarettes in the Dark (2018 [2020], Capri) B+(***)
  96. Painted Faces: Tales From the Skinny Apartment (2017 [2019], ESP-Disk) B-
  97. Evan Parker/Paul Lytton: Collective Calls (Revisited) (Jubilee) (2019 [2020], Intakt) A-
  98. Jonah Parzen-Johnson: Imagine Giving Up (2020, We Jazz) B+(**)
  99. Jeremy Pelt: The Art of Intimacy, Vol. 1 (2019 [2020], HighNote) B+(*)
  100. Vanderlei Pereira and Blindfold Test: Vision for Rhythm (2020, Jazzheads) B+(*)
  101. Charles Pillow Ensemble: Chamber Jazz (2019 [2020], Summit) B
  102. Jure Pukl: Broken Circles (2019 [2020], Whirlwind) B+(**)
  103. Radical Empathy Trio: Reality and Other Imaginary Places (2017 [2019], ESP-Disk) B+(*)
  104. Gloria Reuben & Marty Ashby: For All We Know (2018 [2020], MCG Jazz) B+(**)
  105. Reverso [Frank Woeste/Vincent Courtois/Ryan Keberle]: The Melodic Line (2019 [2020], Out Note) B+(*)
  106. Stephen Riley: Oleo (2018 [2019], SteepleChase) B+(***)
  107. Caroline Rose: Superstar (2020, New West) B
  108. Dan Rosenboom: Absurd in the Anthropocene (2020, Gearbox) B+(**)
  109. Suzanna Ross: Is Bewitched* . . . *Not Bothered, Not Bewildered (2019 [2020], self-released) B
  110. Chanda Rule + Sweet Emma Band: Hold On (2018 [2020], Blujazz/PAO) B+(**)
  111. Felipe Salles Interconnections Ensemble: The New Immigrant Experience: Music Inspired by Conversations With Dreamers (2019 [2020], Tapestry, 2CD) B+(*)
  112. Carl Saunders: Jazz Trumpet (2019 [2020], Summit) B+(***)
  113. Schapiro 17: New Shoes: Kind of Blue at 60 (2019 [2020], Summit, 2CD) B+(***)
  114. Alexander von Schlippenbach/Dag Magnus Narvesen Duo: Liminal Field (2018 [2019], Not Two) A-
  115. The Secret Sisters: Saturn Return (2020, New West) B+(*)
  116. Sestetto Internazionale: Live in Munich 2019 (2019 [2020], Fundacja Sluchaj) B+(***)
  117. Dave Sewelson: More Music for a Free World (2018 [2020], Mahakala Music) A-
  118. SFJazz Collective: Live: SFJazz Center 2019: 50th Anniversary: Miles Davis In a Silent Way and Sly & the Family Stone Stand! (2019 [2020], SFJazz) B+(**)
  119. Shabaka and the Ancestors: We Are Sent Here by History (2015 [2020], Impulse!) A-
  120. Tim Shaghoian: Gentle Beacons (2019 [2020], Origin) B+(*)
  121. Paul Shaw Quintet: Moment of Clarity (2019 [2020], Summit) B+(***)
  122. Shopping: All or Nothing (2020, FatCat) A-
  123. Sløtface: Sorry for the Late Reply (2020, Nettwerk) B+(***)
  124. Jay Som: Anak Ko (2020, Polyvinyl) B+(**)
  125. Kandace Springs: The Women Who Raised Me (2020, Blue Note) B
  126. Moses Sumney: Grae: Part 1 (2020, Jagjaguwar) B
  127. Swamp Dogg: Sorry You Couldn't Make It (2020, Joyful Noise) B+(**)
  128. Curt Sydnor: Deep End Shallow (2019 [2020], Out of Your Head) B-
  129. Ohad Talmor: Long Form (2015 [2020], Intakt) B+(***)
  130. The Third Mind: The Third Mind (2020, Yep Roc) A-
  131. Torres: Silver Tongue (2020, Merge) B+(*)
  132. Oded Tzur: Here Be Dragons (2019 [2020], ECM) B+(**)
  133. The United States Air Force Band Airmen of Note: Air Power! (2019 [2020], self-released) B-
  134. U.S. Girls: Heavy Light (2020, 4AD) B-
  135. Waxahatchee: Saint Cloud (2020, Merge) A-
  136. Torbjörn Zetterberg & Den Stora Fragan: Are You Happy (2019 [2020], Moserobie) A-
  137. Waclaw Zimpel: Massive Oscillations (2020, Ongehoord) B+(**)
  138. 16-17: Phantom Limb (1995-2018 [2020], Trost) B
  139. Terry Allen + Panhandle Mystery Band: Pedal Steel + Four Corners (1985-93 [2019], Paradise of Bachelors, 3CD) B+(*)
  140. Duke Ellington: Uppsala 1971 (1971 [2019], Storyville) B+(**)
  141. Brent Jensen: The Sound of a Dry Martini: Remembering Paul Desmond (2001 [2020], Origin) B+(**)
  142. Hank Jones: In Copenhagen: Live at Jazzhus Sklukefter 1983 (1983 [2018], Storyville) B+(***)
  143. Hank Jones Trio: Live at Jazzhus Slukefter Vol. 2 (1983 [2020], Storyville) B+(***)
  144. Antoinette Konan: Antoinette Konan (1986 [2019], Awesome Tapes From Africa) B+(*)
  145. Mogadisco: Dancing Mogadishu (Somalia 1972-1991) (1972-91 [2019], Analog Africa) B+(***)
  146. New Improvised Music From Buenos Aires (2012-17 [2019], ESP-Disk) B+(***)
  147. New Stories: Speakin' Out (1999 [2020], Origin) B+(***)
  148. Charlie Parker: The Savoy 10-Inch LP Collection (1944-48 [2020], Craft, 4EP) B+(**)
  149. Arthur Russell: Iowa Dream (1974-85 [2019], Audika) B+(*)
  150. Pharoah Sanders: Live in Paris 1975 (1975 [2020], Transversales Disque) B+(**)
  151. The John Tchicai Quartet: Live at the Stone (2007 [2020], Minus Zero) B+(*)
  152. Waco Brothers: Resist! (1995-2005 [2020], Bloodshot) A-
  153. Ben Webster: Ben Webster's First Concert in Denmark (1965 [2019], Storyville) A-
  154. Marc Benham: Fats Food: Autour De Fats Waller (2016, Frémeaux & Associés) B+(*)
  155. Jeb Bishop: 98 Duets (1998, Wobbly Rail) B+(*)
  156. Jeb Bishop Trio: 2009 (2009, Better Animal) B+(***)
  157. Jeb Bishop: Three Valentines & Goodbye (2016 [2017], 1980) B
  158. John Coltrane Featuring Pharoah Sanders: Live in Seattle (1964 [1994], Impulse!, 2CD) B+(*)
  159. Martin Creed: Thoughts Lined Up (2016, Telephone) B+(***)
  160. Dexter Gordon: Atlanta Georgia May 5, 1981 (1981 [2003], Storyville) B+(***)
  161. Harold Mabern: Iron Man: Live at Smoke (2018, Smoke Sessions, 2CD) A-
  162. Charlie Parker: In Sweden 1950: The Complete Recordings (1950 [2002], Storyville) B+(**)
  163. Evan Parker/Agustí Fernández: The Voice Is One (2009 [2012], Not Two) B+(***)
  164. Evan Parker & Joe McPhee: What/If/They Both Could Fly (2012 [2013], Rune Grammofon) B+(***)
  165. Pharoah Sanders: Deaf Dumb Blind (Summun Bukmun Umyun) (1970, Impulse!) B+(***)
  166. Pharoah Sanders: Thembi (1970-71 [1971], Impulse!) B+(*)
  167. Pharoah Sanders: Black Unity (1971, Impulse!) B+(**)
  168. Pharoah Sanders: Live at the East (1971 [1972], Impulse!) B+(*)
  169. Pharoah Sanders: Love in Us All (1972-73 [1974], Impulse!) B+(**)
  170. Pharoah Sanders: Love Will Find a Way (1978, Arista) B
  171. Pharoah Sanders: Save Our Children (1998, Verve) B+(*)
  172. Pharoah Sanders/Graham Haynes: With a Heartbeat (2003, Evolver) B+(***)
  173. Archie Shepp/Don Cherry/J.C. Moses/John Tchicai/Don Moore: Archie Shepp & the New York Contemporary Five (1963 [2004], Storyville) A-
  174. Archie Shepp/Lars Gullin Quintet: The House I Live In (1963 [1980], SteepleChase) B+(***)
  175. Swamp Dogg: 13 Prime Weiners, Everything on It: The Best of Swamp Dogg (1970-76 [2013], Essential Media Group) A-
  176. Swamp Dogg: You Ain't Never Too Old to Boogie (1976 [2013], Essential Music Group) B+(**)
  177. Swamp Dogg: Don't Give Up on Me: The Lost Country Album (1976 [2013], Essential Music Group) B+(*)
  178. Swamp Dogg: Finally Caught Up With Myself (1977 [2013], Essential Music Group) B+(*)
  179. Swamp Dogg: An Opportunity . . . Not a Bargain!!! (1977 [2013], Essential Music Group) B+(***)
  180. Swamp Dogg: Swamp Dogg (1981 [2013], Essential Music Group) B
  181. Swamp Dogg: Resurrection (2007 [2013], Essential Music Group) B
  182. Waco Brothers: Waco Express: Live and Kickin' at Schuba's Tavern Chicago (2008, Bloodshot) B+(***)
  183. Waco Brothers & Paul Burch: The Great Chicago Fire (2012, Bloodshot) B+(*)
  184. Ben Webster: At Montmartre 1965-1966 (1965-66 [2003], Storyville) B+(**)
  185. Ben Webster: In Norway (1970 [2013], Storyville) B+(**)
  186. Ben Webster: Live at Stampen Stockholm 1969-1973 (1969-73 [2004], Storyville) B+(***)

February 28

  1. Carol Albert: Stronger Now (2019 [2020], Cahara) B-
  2. Lila Ammons: Genealogy (2019 [2020], Lila Ammons Music) B+(**)
  3. Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow: Life Goes On (2019 [2020], ECM) B+(***)
  4. Moses Boyd: Dark Matter (2020, Exodus) B+(**)
  5. The Coachella Valley Trio: Mid Century Modern (2019 [2020], DMAC) B+(*)
  6. Frank Colón: Latin Lounge (2019 [2020], Technoprimal Music) B+(**)
  7. Lara Driscoll: Woven Dreams (2019 [2020], Firm Roots Music) B+(***)
  8. Drive-By Truckers: The Unraveling (2020, ATO) A-
  9. Ellen Edwards: A New York Session (2019 [2020], Stonefire Music, EP) B-
  10. John Ellis and Andy Bragen: The Ice Siren (2016 [2020], Parade Light) B
  11. Eminem: Music to Be Murdered By (2020, Aftermath/Shady/Interscope/Goliath) A-
  12. Georgia: Seeking Thrills (2020, Domino) B+(***)
  13. Gilfema: Three (2019 [2020], Sounderscore) B+(*)
  14. Holy Fuck: Deleter (2020, Last Gang) B+(***)
  15. Kesha: High Road (2020, Kemosabe) B+(*)
  16. Kuzu [Dave Rempis/Tashi Dorji/Tyler Damon]: Purple Dark Opal (2019 [2020], Aerophonic) B+(***)
  17. Les Amazones D'Afrique: Amazones Power (2020, RealWorld) B+(**)
  18. Delfeayo Marsalis Uptown Jazz Orchestra: Jazz Party (2019 [2020], Troubadour Jass) B+(**)
  19. Valery Ponomarev Big Band: Live! Our Father Who Art Blakey: The Centennial (2019 [2020], Summit) B
  20. Purna Loka Ensemble: Metaraga (2018-19 [2020], Origin) B+(**)
  21. RJ & the Assignment: Hybrid Harmony (2019 [2020], self-released) B
  22. Gil Scott-Heron: We're New Again: A Reimagining by Makaya McCraven (2010-19 [2020], XL) B+(**)
  23. Mark Segger Sextet: Lift Off (2019 [2020], 18th Note) B+(***)
  24. Sergi Sirvent Octopussy Cats: Flax-Golden Tales (2017 [2019], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(**)
  25. Dave Soldier: Zajal (2019 [2020], Mulatta) B+(*)
  26. Tame Impala: The Slow Rush (2020, Interscope) B+(*)
  27. The Westerlies: Wherein Lies the Good (2018 [2020], Westerlies) B+(***)
  28. Rashied Ali Quintet: First Time Out: Live at Slugs 1967 (1967 [2020], Survival) B+(*)
  29. Duke Ellington: The Washingtonians (1924-26 [2019], Squatty Roo) B
  30. Bryan Ferry: Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1974 (1974 [2020], BMG) B+(**)
  31. Ronnie Lane: Just for a Moment: The Best of Ronnie Lane (1973-97 [2019], UMC) B+(***)
  32. John Vanore: Primary Colors (1984-85 [2020], Acoustical Concepts) B+(**)
  33. Cat Anderson and His Orchestra: Cat's in the Alley (1958-59 [2011], Fresh Sound) B+(***)
  34. Cat Anderson: Cat Speaks [The Defnitive Black & Blue Sessions] (1977 [2003], Black & Blue) B+(***)
  35. Cat Anderson: Plays WC Handy [The Defnitive Black & Blue Sessions] (1978 [1997], Black & Blue) A-
  36. Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington: The Great Summit: The Master Takes (1961 [2000], Roulette) A
  37. Benny Bailey: In Sweden: 1957-1959 Sessions (1957-59 [2011], Fresh Sound) B+(**)
  38. Benny Bailey: Grand Slam (1978 [1998], Storyville) B+(***)
  39. Josephine Baker: Breezin' Along [Art Deco Series] (1926-27 [1995], Columbia/Legacy) B+(***)
  40. Chris Barber's Jazz & Blues Band: Echoes of Ellington (1976 [2008], Timeless, 2CD) B+(**)
  41. Arne Domnérus: Dompan! (2000 [2001], Fresh Sound) B+(***)
  42. Duke Ellington: The Best of Early Ellington (1926-31 [1996], Decca) A+
  43. Duke Ellington: The Centennial Collection (1927-41 [2004], Bluebird) B+(**)
  44. Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn: Great Times! Piano Duets (1950 [1989], Riverside/OJC) B+(*)
  45. Duke Ellington: Historically Speaking: The Duke (1956, Bethlehem) B+(*)
  46. Duke Ellington: Duke Ellington Presents . . . (1956, Bethlehem) B+(**)
  47. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: A Drum Is a Woman (1956 [1957], Columbia) B-
  48. Duke Ellington: At the Alhambra: Recorded in Paris, 1958 (1958 [2002], Pablo) A-
  49. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Featuring Paul Gonsalves (1962 [1991], Fantasy/OJC) A-
  50. Duke Ellington: The Duke: The Essential Collection: 1927-1962 (1927-62 [2000], Columbia/Legacy, 3CD) A-
  51. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: The Great Paris Concert (1963 [1973], Atlantic, 2CD) A-
  52. Duke Ellington: Duke Ellington's My People (1963 [1964], Contact) B+(**)
  53. Duke Ellington: In the Uncommon Market (1963 [1986], Pablo) B+(***)
  54. Duke Ellington: Duke Ellington's Concert of Sacred Music (1965 [1966], RCA) B+(*)
  55. Duke Ellington: Soul Call (1966 [1999], Verve) B+(**)
  56. Duke Ellington/Boston Pops/Arthur Fiedler: The Duke at Tanglewood (1966, RCA Victor Red Seal) B+(**)
  57. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: The Popular Duke Ellington (1966 [1967], RCA Victor) A-
  58. Duke Ellington: Solos, Duets and Trios (1932-67 [1990], RCA Bluebird) B+(***)
  59. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Berlin '65/Paris '67 (1965-67 [1997], Pablo) B+(***)
  60. Duke Ellington/Ella Fitzgerald/Oscar Peterson: The Greatest Jazz Concert in the World (1967 [1990], Pablo, 3CD) B+(***)
  61. Duke Ellington: 1969 All-Star White House Tribute to Duke Ellington (1969 [2002], Blue Note) B+(***)
  62. Duke Ellington: Duke Ellington's 70th Birthday Concert (1969 [1995], Blue Note, 2CD) B+(***)
  63. Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Up in Duke's Workshop (1969-72 [1990], Pablo/OJC) A-
  64. Duke Ellington: In Sweden 1973 (1973 [1999], Caprice) B+(**)
  65. Duke Ellington: Duke's Big 4 (1973 [1974], Pablo) B+(**)
  66. Duke Ellington: The Private Collection, Volume Two: Dance Concerts, California, 1958 (1958 [1987], Saja) A-
  67. Duke Ellington: The Private Collection, Volume Six: Dance Dates, California, 1958 (1958 [1989], Saja) B+(***)
  68. Duke Ellington: The Private Collection, Volume Seven: Studio Sessions, 1957 & 1962 (1957-62 [1989], Saja) B+(***)
  69. Duke Ellington: The Private Collection, Volume Eight: Studio Sessions, 1957, 1965, 1966, 1967, San Francisco, Chicago, New York (1957-67 [1989], Saja) B+(**)
  70. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: 1927-1928 (1927-28 [1990], Classics) B+(***)
  71. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: 1928 (1928 [1990], Classics) B+(***)
  72. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: 1928-1929 (1928-29 [1990], Classics) A-
  73. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: 1929 (1929 [1991], Classics) B+(***)
  74. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: 1929-1930 (1929-30 [1991], Classics) B+(***)
  75. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: 1930 (1930 [1991], Classics) A-
  76. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: 1930, Volume 2 (1930 [1991], Classics) A-
  77. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: 1930-1931 (1930-31 [1991], Classics) B+(***)
  78. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: 1931-1932 (1931-32 [1991], Classics) A-
  79. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: 1932-1933 (1932-33 [1992], Classics) B+(***)
  80. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: 1933 (1933 [1992], Classics) B+(***)
  81. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: 1933-1935 (1933-35 [1992], Classics) B+(***)
  82. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: 1936-1937 (1936-37 [1992], Classics) B+(***)
  83. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: 1938 (1938 [1993], Classics) B+(***)
  84. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: 1938 Vol. 2 (1938 [1993], Classics) B+(***)
  85. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: 1938 Vol. 3 (1938 [1993], Classics) A-
  86. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: 1939 (1939 [1994], Classics) B+(***)
  87. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: 1939-1940 (1939-40 [1993], Classics) B+(***)
  88. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: 1950 (1950 [2001], Classics) B+(**)
  89. Ella Fitzgerald: Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook (1956-57 [1991], Verve, 3CD) B+(**)
  90. Ella Fitzgerald: The Very Best of the Duke Ellington Song Book (1956-57 [2007], Verve) B+(***)
  91. Ella Fitzgerald: Ella at Duke's Place (1965 [1966], Verve) B+(**)
  92. Paul Gonsalves/Harry Carney/Mitchell "Booty" Wood: Stanley Dance Presents the Music of the Great Ellingtonians (1960-61 [2008], Fresh Sound, 2CD) B+(**)
  93. Al Haig/Jamil Nasser Combo: Expressly Ellington (1978 [1979], Spotlite) B+(***)
  94. Coleman Hawkins and His All-Stars: The Complete Jazztone Recordings 1954 (1954 [2010], Fresh Sound) A-
  95. Earl Hines/Jonah Jones/Buddy Tate/Cozy Cole: Back on the Street (1972, Chiaroscuro) A-
  96. Jonah Jones: 1936-1945 (1936-45 [1997], Classics) B+(**)
  97. Jonah Jones: Confessin' [The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions] (1978 [1999], Black & Blue) B+(***)
  98. Don Redman and His Orchestra Featuring Coleman Hawkins: At the Swing Cats Ball (1957 [2005], Fresh Sound) B+(*)
  99. Nina Simone: Nina Simone Sings Duke Ellington (1961 [1962], Colpix) B+(*)
  100. Zoot Sims: Passion Flower: Zoot Sims Plays Duke Ellington (1979-80 [1997], Pablo/OJC) B+(**)
  101. Sarah Vaughan: How Long Has This Been Going On? (1978, Pablo) B+(***)
  102. Sarah Vaughan: Duke Ellington: Song Book One (1979 [1980], Pablo) B+(***)
  103. Sarah Vaughan: Duke Ellington: Song Book Two (1979 [1980], Pablo) B+(**)
  104. Vienna Art Orchestra: Duke Ellington's Sound of Love, Vol. 2: Live at Porgy & Bess, Vienna (2003, EmArcy) A-
  105. Ben Webster: Plays Duke Ellington (1967-71 [2002], Storyville) A-
  106. The World's Greatest Jazz Band of Yank Lawson & Bob Haggart: Plays Duke Ellington (1973 [1999], Jazzology) B+(***)

January 31

  1. Snoh Aalegra: Ugh, Those Feels Again (2019, Artrium) B+(**)
  2. Acid Arab: Jdid (2019, Crammed Discs) B+(*)
  3. Add-2: Jim Crow: The Musical (2019, Add-2 Productions) A-
  4. Harry Allen/Mike Renzi: Rhode Island Is Famous for You (2019, GAC) B+(***)
  5. Altin Gün: Gece (2019, ATO) B+(**)
  6. Franck Amsallem: Gotham Goodbye (2018 [2019], Jazz & People) B+(***)
  7. Joe Armon-Jones: Turn to Clear View (2019, Brownswood) B
  8. Daymé Arocena: Sonocardiogram (2019, Brownswood) B
  9. BaianaSystem: O Futuro Não Demora (2019, Máquina De Louco) B+(***)
  10. John Bailey: Can You Imagine? (2019 [2020], Freedom Road) B+(**)
  11. BCUC: The Healing (2019, Buda Musique) B+(**)
  12. BCUC: Emakhosini (2018, Buda Musique) B+(*)
  13. Beans on Toast: Cushty (2017, Xtra Mile) B+(**)
  14. Beans on Toast: A Bird in the Hand (2018, Beans on Toast Music) B+(***)
  15. Beans on Toast: The Inevitable Train Wreck (2019, Beans on Toast Music) A-
  16. Benny Benack III: A Lot of Livin' to Do (2019 [2020], LA Reserve) B+(**)
  17. Daniel Bernardes & Drumming GP: Liturgy of the Birds: In Memoriam Olivier Messiaen (2018 [2019], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  18. Lea Bertucci: Resonant Field (2017 [2019], NNA Tapes) B+(*)
  19. Big K.R.I.T.: K.R.I.T. Iz Here (2019, Multi Alumni) B+(**)
  20. Jim Black Trio: Reckon (2019 [2020], Intakt) A-
  21. Black Alien: Abaixo De Zero: Hello Hell (2019, Extrapunk Extrafunk) B+(*)
  22. Black to Comm: Seven Horses for Seven Kings (2019, Thrill Jockey) B
  23. Blacks' Myths: Blacks' Myths II (2019, Atlantic Rhythms) B+(**)
  24. Pip Blom: Boat (2019, Heavenly) B+(***)
  25. Boy Harsher: Careful (2019, Nude Club) A-
  26. Bremer/McCoy: Utopia (2019, Luaka Bop) B
  27. Zach Brock/Matt Ulery/Jon Deitemyer: Wonderment (2018 [2019], Woolgathering) B+(**)
  28. Brockhampton: Ginger (2019, Question Everything/RCA) B+(**)
  29. Apollo Brown: Sincerely, Detroit (2019, Mello Music Group) A-
  30. Burna Boy: African Giant (2019, Atlantic) B+(*)
  31. Charly Bliss: Supermoon (2019, Barsuk, EP) B+(**)
  32. Diabel Cissokho: Rhythm of the Griot (2019, Kafou Music) B+(**)
  33. Gary Clark Jr.: This Land (2019, Warner Brothers) B
  34. Luke Combs: What You See Is What You Get (2019, River House/Columbia Nashville) B+(**)
  35. Crazy P: Age of the Ego (2019, Walk Don't Walk) B+(***)
  36. Theo Croker: Star People Nation (2019, Sony Masterworks) B
  37. Czarface: The Odd Czar Against Us (2019, Silver Age) A-
  38. Czarface: A Double Dose of Danger (2019, Silver Age, EP) B+(*)
  39. Jeff Davis: The Fastness (2019, Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(***)
  40. Jamael Dean: Black Space Tapes (2019, Stones Throw) B+(*)
  41. Bertrand Denzler/Dominic Lash: Pivot (2019, Spoonhunt) B-
  42. Dreamville: Revenge of the Dreamers III (2019, Dreamville) B+(*)
  43. Mr Eazi: Life Is Eazi, Vol. 2: Lagos to London (2018, Banku Music) B+(***)
  44. Ekiti Sound: Abeg No Vex (2019, Crammed Discs) B+(**)
  45. Daniel Erdmann's Velvet Revolution: Won't Put No Flag Out (2019, Budapest Music Center) B+(**)
  46. Dori Freeman: Every Single Star (2019, Blue Hens Music) B+(***)
  47. Fruit Bats: Gold Past Life (2019, Merge) B+(*)
  48. Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: Entity (2019 [2020], Libra) B+(***)
  49. (Sandy) Alex G: House of Sugar (2019, Domino) B
  50. Jan Garbarek/The Hilliard Ensemble: Remember Me, My Dear (2014 [2019], ECM New Series) B+(*)
  51. Geometry [Kyoko Kitamura/Taylor Ho Bynum/Joe Morris/Tomeka Reid]: Geometry of Distance (2018 [2019], Relative Pitch) B+(*)
  52. Ghost Rhythms: Live at Yoshiwara (2019, Cuneiform) B+(*)
  53. Go: Organic Orchestra & Brooklyn Raga Massive: Ragmala: A Garland of Ragas (2018 [2019], Meta) B+(***)
  54. Gordon Grdina/Matt Mitchell/Jim Black: Gordon Grdina's Nomad Trio (2019 [2020], Skirl) B+(**)
  55. Halsey: Manic (2020, Capitol) B+(***)
  56. Scott Hamilton Quartet: Danish Ballads . . . & More (2019, Stunt) A-
  57. Scott Hamilton: Jazz at the Club: Live From Sociëtat De Witte (2018 [2019], O.A.P.) B+(***)
  58. Scott Hamilton: Street of Dreams (2019, Blau) B+(***)
  59. Hash Redactor: Drecksound (2019, Goner) B+(**)
  60. Tim Heidecker: Another Year in Hell: Collected Songs From 2018 (2018 [2019], Jagjaguwar, EP) B
  61. Hieroglyphic Being: Synth Expressionism/Rhythmic Cubism (2019, On the Corner) A-
  62. Laurence Hobgood: Tesseterra (2019, Ubuntu Music) B+(**)
  63. Christopher Hollyday & Telepathy: Dialogue (2019 [2020], Jazzbeat Productions) B+(**)
  64. William Hooker: Symphonie of Flowers (2019, ORG Music) B+(**)
  65. Jenny Hval: The Practice of God (2019, Sacred Bones) B+(***)
  66. Ibibio Sound Machine: Doko Mien (2019, Merge) B+(**)
  67. IPT: Diffractions (2018 [2019], ForTune) B+(***)
  68. Irreversible Entanglements: Homeless/Global (2019, International Anthem, EP) B+(**)
  69. Bobby J From Rockaway: Summer Classics (2019, Make Noise) B+(**)
  70. JackBoys and Travis Scott: JackBoys (2019, Cactus Jack/Epic, EP) B+(*)
  71. Michael Janisch: Worlds Collide (2019, Whirlwind) B+(**)
  72. The Japanese House: Good at Falling (2019, Dirty Hit) B+(*)
  73. Jealous of the Birds: Wisdom Teeth (2019, Atlantic, EP) B+(**)
  74. Lauren Jenkins: No Saint (2019, Big Machine) B+(**)
  75. Cody Jinks: After the Fire (2019, Late August) B+(***)
  76. Cody Jinks: The Wanting (2019, Late August) B+(**)
  77. Henry Kaiser/Anthony Pirog/Jeff Sipe/Tracy Silverman/Andy West: Five Times Surprise (2018 [2019], Cuneiform) B+(**)
  78. Egil Kalman & Fredrik Rasten: Weaving a Fabric of Winds (2019, Shhpuma) B
  79. Aly Keïta/Jan Galega Brönnimann/Lucas Niggli: Kalan Teban (2019 [2020], Intakt) A-
  80. Oumar Konaté: I Love You Inna (2018 [2019], Clermont Music) A-
  81. Sarathy Korwar: More Arriving (2019, The Leaf Label) A-
  82. Peter Lemer Quintet: Son of Local Colour (2018 [2019], ESP-Disk) B+(**)
  83. Kim Lenz: Slowly Speeding (2019, Blue Star) B+(**)
  84. Lightning Bolt: Sonic Citadel (2019, Thrill Jockey) B+(*)
  85. Christian Lillinger: Open Form for Society (2018 [2019], Plaist Music) B+(***)
  86. Arto Lindsay/Joe McPhee/Ken Vandermark/Phil Sudderberg: Largest Afternoon (2019 [2020], Corbett vs. Dempsey) B+(**)
  87. Fred Lonberg-Holm/Joe McPhee: No Time Left for Sadness (2019 [2020], Corbett vs. Dempsey) B+(**)
  88. Brian Lynch Big Band: The Omni-American Book Club: My Journey Through Literature in Music (2019, Hollistic MusicWorks) A-
  89. John McLaughlin/Shankar Mahadevan/Zakir Hussain: Is That So? (2020, Abstract Logix) B+(**)
  90. Brad Mehldau: Finding Gabriel (2017-18 [2019], Nonesuch) B
  91. Anna Meredith: Fibs (2019, Moshi Moshi) B
  92. The Messthetics: Anthropocosmic Nest (2019, Dischord) B+(*)
  93. Microtub: Chronic Shift (2018 [2019], Bohemian Drips) B
  94. Microwave: Death Is a Warm Blanket (2019, Pure Noise) B+(*)
  95. Hedvig Mollestad Trio: Smells Funny (2019, Rune Grammofon) B+(**)
  96. Moor Mother: Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes (2019, Don Giovanni) B+(**)
  97. Allison Moorer: Blood (2019, Autotelic) A-
  98. Gurf Morlix: Impossible Blue (2019, Rootball) B+(**)
  99. Bob Mould: Sunshine Rock (2019, Merge) B+(**)
  100. Andrew Munsey: High Tide (2019, Birdwatcher) B+(**)
  101. The Murder Capital: When I Have Fears (2019, Human Season) B+(*)
  102. Murs: The Iliad Is Dead and the Odyssey Is Over (2019, Jamla/Empire) A-
  103. Aaron Novik: The Fallow Curve of the Planospheres (2019, Avant LaGuardia) B+(*)
  104. Otoboke Beaver: Itekoma Hits (2019, Damnably) B+(**)
  105. Jeff Parker: Suite for Max Brown (2020, International Anthem) B+(**)
  106. J. Pavone String Ensemble: Brick and Mortar (2019, Birdwatcher) B
  107. The Pernice Brothers: Spread the Feeling (2019, Ashmont) B+(*)
  108. Pet Shop Boys: Hotspot (2020, X2) B+(***)
  109. Ralph Peterson & the Messenger Legacy: Legacy Alive: Volume 6 at the Sidedoor (2019, Onyx Productions) B+(**)
  110. Portico Quartet: Memory Streams (2019, Gondwana) B+(*)
  111. Post Malone: Hollywood's Bleeding (2019, Republic) B
  112. The Regrettes: How Do You Love? (2019, Warner Brothers) B+(***)
  113. Rex Orange County: Pony (2019, RCA) B
  114. Emily Scott Robinson: Traveling Mercies (2019, Tone Tree Music) B+(***)
  115. Mark Ronson: Late Night Feelings (2019, RCA) B+(*)
  116. Kurt Rosenwinkel Bandit 65: Searching the Continuum (2019, Heartcore) B+(***)
  117. Serengeti: Music From the Graphic Novel Kenny Vs the Dark Web (2019, Burnco, EP) B+(**)
  118. Shed: Oderbruch (2019, Ostgut Ton) B+(***)
  119. Ed Sheeran: No. 6 Collaborations Project (2019, Atlantic) B+(**)
  120. Sturgill Simpson: Sound & Fury (2019, Elektra) B+(***)
  121. Skyzoo & Pete Rock: Retropolitan (2019, Mello Music Group) B+(**)
  122. Sly Horizon: The Anatomy of Light (2018 [2019], Iluso) B+(*)
  123. Gary Smulyan & Ralph Moore Quintet: Bird's Eye Encounter! (2018 [2019], Fresh Sound) B+(**)
  124. Jim Snidero: Project-K (2019 [2020], Savant) B+(***)
  125. Son Volt: Union (2019, Transmit Sound) B+(*)
  126. Omar Souleyman: Shlon (2019, Mad Decent/Because) A-
  127. Soundwalk Collective With Patti Smith: The Peyote Dance (2019, Bella Union) B+(*)
  128. Soundwalk Collective With Patti Smith: Mummer Love (2019, Bella Union) B+(**)
  129. Special Request: Vortex (2019, Houndstooth) A-
  130. Special Request: Bedroom Tapes (2019, Houndstooth) B+(***)
  131. Special Request: Offworld (2019, Houndstooth) A-
  132. Vinny Sperrazza/Jacob Sacks/Masa Kamaguchi: Play Sonny Rollins (2018 [2019], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(*)
  133. The Steel Woods: Old News (2019, Woods Music) B-
  134. Harry Styles: Fine Line (2019, Columbia) C+
  135. Sunn O))): Life Metal (2019, Southern Lord) B-
  136. Leo Svirsky: River Without Banks (2019, Unseen Worlds) B+(**)
  137. Earl Sweatshirt: Feet of Clay (2019, Tan Cressida/Warner, EP) B+(*)
  138. Veronica Swift: Confessions (2019, Mack Avenue) B+(**)
  139. Rebecca Trescher: Where We Go (2019, Enja/Yellowbird) B+(**)
  140. Dwight Trible: Mothership (2019, Gearbox) B+(*)
  141. Tropical Fuck Storm: Braindrops (2019, Joyful Noise) B+(*)
  142. Tuba Skinny: Some Kind-a-Shake (2018 [2019], self-released) B+(***)
  143. William Tyler: Goes West (2019, Merge) B+(**)
  144. Summer Walker: Over It (2019, Interscope) B
  145. Amber Weekes: Pure Imagination (2019 [2020], Amber Inn Productions) B+(*)
  146. Kanye West: Jesus Is King (2019, GOOD Music/Def Jam) B-
  147. Wilco: Ode to Joy (2019, dBpm) B+(*)
  148. Will of the People [Haftor Medbøe]: Will of the People (2019, Copperfly) B+(**)
  149. Wire: Mind Hive (2020, Pink Flag) B+(***)
  150. Yola: Walk Through Fire (2019, Easy Eye Sound/Nonesuch) B+(*)
  151. Brandee Younger: Soul Awakening (2019, self-released) B+(***)
  152. Fred Anderson Quartet: Live Volume V (1994 [2019], FPE) B+(***)
  153. Louis Armstrong & His All Stars: The Complete Newport 1956 & 1958 Recordings (1956-58 [2019], Legacy) A-
  154. Burnt Sugar/The Arkestra Chamber: Twentieth Century Mixtapes: Groiddest Schnizzits: Volume One (2001-17 [2019], Trugroid/Avantgroidd) B+(***)
  155. Burnt Sugar/The Arkestra Chamber: Twentieth Century Mixtapes: Groiddest Schnizzits: Volume Three (1999-2017 [2019], Trugroid/Avantgroidd) B+(***)
  156. Guy Clark: The Best of the Dualtone Years (2006-13 [2017], Dualtone, 2CD) B+(***)
  157. Julie Coker: A Life in the Limelight: Lagos Disco & Itsekiri Highlife 1976-1981 (1976-81 [2019], Kalita) B+(*)
  158. Miles Davis: The Lost Quintet (1969 [2019], Sleepy Night) B+(***)
  159. Endless Boogie: Vol. I, II (2005 [2019], No Quarter, 2CD) A-
  160. Smokey Haangala: Aunka Ma Kwacha (1976 [2019], Séance Center) B+(*)
  161. ICP Tentet: Tetterettet (1977 [2019], Corbett vs. Dempsey) A-
  162. Jaye P. Morgan: Jaye P. Morgan (1976 [2019], Wewantsounds) B
  163. John Prine: Chicago '70: The Early Sessions (1970 [2019], Hobo) B+(***)
  164. Professor Longhair: Live on the Queen Mary (1975 [2019], Harvest) B+(***)
  165. Sun Ra Arkestra: Live in Kalisz 1986 (1986 [2019], Lanquidity) A-
  166. Patrice Rushen: Remind Me: The Classic Elektra Recorddings 1978-1984 (1978-84 [2019], Strut) B+(*)
  167. Martial Solal: And His Orchestra: 1956-1962 (1956-62 [2019], Fresh Sound) B+(**)
  168. Laurie Spiegel: Unseen Worlds (1991 [2019], Unseen Worlds) A-
  169. Jim Sullivan: U.F.O. (1969 [2019], Light in the Attic) B
  170. Jim Sullivan: Jim Sullivan (1972 [2019], Light in the Attic) B+(*)
  171. Horace Tapscott With the Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra: Flight 17 (1978 [2019], Nimbus/Outernational) B+(***)
  172. This Is Toolroom 2019 (Edits) (2019, Toolroom) B+(***)
  173. June Tyson: Saturnian Queen of the Sun Ra Arkestra (1968-92 [2019], Modern Harmonic/Sundazed) B+(**)
  174. Hank Williams: The Complete Health & Happiness Recordings (1949 [2019], BMG, 2CD) A-
  175. Harry Allen Quartet: London Date (2015 [2016], Trio) B+(***)
  176. Murs/9th Wonder: Brighter Daze (2015 [2016], Jamla) B+(***)
  177. Ben Webster/Don Byas: Giants of the Tenor Sax (1944-45 [1988], Commodore) B+(**)
  178. Ben Webster and His Quartet: Wayfaring Webster (1970 [2000], DayBreak) B+(**)
  179. 75 Dollar Bill: I Was Real (2019, Thin Wrist) A-
  180. Stella Donnelly: Beware of the Dogs (2019, Secretly Canadian) A-
  181. Craig Finn: I Need a New War (2019, Partisan) A-
  182. Kalie Shorr: Open Book (2019, self-released) A-