Music Year 2010 [Frozen]

This is my year-end list for records released in 2010, frozen as of Jan. 24, 2011. The actual Music Year 2010 will continue to be updated to Dec. 31, 2011, after which updating becomes impractical.

For records in hand, * identifies an advance copy, ** something borrowed. Some albums released in previous years are included here, noted by a "-NN" (e.g., -09 for 2009) -- these are mostly imports or self-releases, often hard to figure out official dates, but they were unknown (to me, at least) before the current year.

New Records

  1. Billy Bang: Prayer for Peace (TUM)
  2. Rudresh Mahanthappa & Steve Lehman: Dual Identity (Clean Feed)
  3. Robyn: Body Talk (Konichiwa/Cherrytree/Interscope)
  4. V.V. Brown: Travelling Like the Light (Capitol)
  5. Adam Lane's Full Throttle Orchestra: Ashcan Rantings (Clean Feed, 2CD)
  6. Bruno Mars: Doo-Wops & Hooligans (Elektra)
  7. Dessa: A Badly Broken Code (Doomtree)
  8. William Parker: I Plan to Stay a Believer: The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield (AUM Fidelity, 2CD)
  9. Big Boi: Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (Def Jam)
  10. The Roots: How I Got Over (Def Jam)
  11. Vampire Weekend: Contra (XL)
  12. The Mark Lomax Trio: The State of Black America (Inarhyme)
  13. Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Roc-A-Fella) [**]
  14. Angles: Epileptical West: Live in Coimbra (Clean Feed)
  15. Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love (Nonesuch)
  16. Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Forty Fort (Hot Cup)
  17. Cornershop: Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast (Ample Play) [**]
  18. M.I.A.: Maya (XL/Interscope) [**]
  19. The Whitefield Brothers: Earthology (Now-Again) [**]
  20. Dyan Valdés/Eddie Argos: Fixin' the Charts, Vol. 1: Everybody Was in the French Resistance . . . Now! (Cooking Vinyl) [**]
  21. First Meeting: Cut the Rope (Libra)
  22. The Left: Gas Mask (Mello Music) **
  23. Wadada Leo Smith and Ed Blackwell: The Blue Mountain's Sun Drummer (1986, Kabell)
  24. Manu Chao: Radio Bemba: Baionarena Live (Nacional/Because, 2CD) **
  25. Elizabeth Cook: Welder (Thirty One Tigers) **
  26. Arcade Fire: The Suburbs (Merge) [**]
  27. Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra: India & Africa: A Tribute to John Coltrane (Water Baby)
  28. The Nels Cline Singers: Initiate (Cryptogramophone, 2CD)
  29. Lisa Mezzacappa's Bait & Switch: What Is Known (Clean Feed)
  30. The National: High Violet (4AD) [**]
  31. Lean Left: The Ex Guitars Meet Nilssen-Love/Vandermark Duo, Volume 1 (Smalltown Superjazz)
  32. The Books: The Way Out (Temporary Residence) [**]
  33. David S. Ware: Onecept (AUM Fidelity)
  34. Henry Threadgill Zooid: This Brings Us To: Volume II (Pi)
  35. Myra Melford's Be Bread: The Whole Tree Gone (Firehouse 12)
  36. Tin Hat: Foreign Legion (BAG)
  37. The Microscopic Septet: Friday the Thirteenth: The Micros Play Monk (Cuneiform)
  38. El Guincho: Pop Negro (Young Turks/XL) [**]
  39. Fred Hersch Trio: Whirl (Palmetto)
  40. Steve Swell's Slammin' the Infinite: 5000 Poems (Not Two)
  41. Taylor Swift: Speak Now (Big Machine)
  42. Girl Talk: All Day (Illegal Art) **
  43. Belle and Sebastian: Write About Love (Matador) [**]
  44. Nicki Minaj: Pink Friday (Universal Motown) [**]
  45. Benjamin Herman: Hypochristmastreefuzz [Special Edition] (Dox, 2CD)
  46. Macy Gray: The Sellout (Concord) **
  47. Bill Frisell: Beautiful Dreamers (Savoy Jazz)
  48. Russ Lossing: Personal Tonal (Fresh Sound New Talent) **
  49. Stephan Crump with Rosetta Trio: Reclamation (Sunnyside)
  50. The Hold Steady: Heaven Is Whenever (Vagrant)
  51. Jenny and Johnny: I'm Having Fun Now (Warner Brothers) [**]
  52. New York Art Quartet: Old Stuff (1965, Cuneiform)
  53. Allison Miller: Boom Tic Boom (Foxhaven)
  54. Tommy Babin's Benzene: Your Body Is Your Prison (Drip Audio)
  55. Tomasz Stanko Quintet: Dark Eyes (ECM)
  56. Jon Irabagon: Foxy (Hot Cup)
  57. Ben Syversen: Cracked Vessel (Ben Syversen)
  58. Oleg Kireyev/Keith Javors: Rhyme & Reason (Inarhyme)
  59. Lyrics Born: As U Were (Decon) **
  60. Ivo Perelman/Gerry Hemingway: The Apple in the Dark (Leo)
  61. Tom Zé: Estudando a Bossa: Nordeste Plaza (Luaka Bop) **
  62. No Age: Everything in Between (Sub Pop) **
  63. 7L & Esoteric: 1212 (Fly Casual) **
  64. Freddy Cole: Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B (High Note)
  65. Nasheet Waits: Equality: Live at MPI (Fresh Sound New Talent -09) **
  66. Marilyn Crispell/David Rothenberg: One Night I Left My Silent House (ECM)
  67. Shad: TSOL (Decon) [**]
  68. Henry Grimes/Rashied Ali: Spirits Aloft (Porter) [**]
  69. Humanization 4tet: Electricity (Ayler)
  70. Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip: The Logic of Chance (Sunday Best) **
  71. Gogol Bordello: Trans-Continental Hustle (American) [**]
  72. Anat Cohen: Clarinetwork: Live at the Village Vanguard (Anzic)
  73. 3ology: With Ron Miles (Tapestry)
  74. John Hicks & Frank Morgan: Twogether (High Note)
  75. Shangaan Electro: New Wave Dance Music From South Africa (Honest Jons)
  76. Of Montreal: False Priest (Polyvinly) **
  77. Shakira: Sale el Sol (Sony Latin Music/Epic) [**]
  78. Rodrigo Amado: Searching for Adam (Not Two)
  79. Alexander McCabe: Quiz (CAP)
  80. Ismael Dueñas Trio: Jazz Ateu (Quadrant)
  81. James Blood Ulmer: In and Out (In+Out)
  82. Anthony Braxton: 19 Standards (Quartet) 2003 (2003, Leo, 4CD)
  83. LoneLady: Nerve Up (Warp) **
  84. Paal Nilssen-Love/Ken Vandermark: Milwaukee Volume (Smalltown Superjazz)
  85. Scissor Sisters: Night Work (Downtown) **
  86. Ivo Perelman/Daniel Levin/Torbjörn Zetterberg: Soulstorm (Clean Feed, 2CD)
  87. T.I.: No Mercy (Grand Hustle) **
  88. Konono No. 1: Assume Crash Position (Crammed Discs) **
  89. Marcin & Bartlomiej Brat Oles: Duo (Fenomedia -08)
  90. The Stryker/Slagle Band: Keeper (Panorama)
  91. Ivo Perelman/Dominic Duval/Brian Willson: Mind Games (Leo -09)
  92. The-Dream: Love King (Def Jam) [**]
  93. Lower Dens: Twin-Hand Movement (Gnomonsong) **
  94. Richard Thompson: Dream Attic (Shout! Factory) **
  95. Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars: Rise & Shine (Cumbancha)
  96. Paquito D'Rivera: Tango Jazz: Live at Jazz at Lincoln Center (Sunnyside)
  97. Calle 13: Entren Los Que Quieran (Sony Music Latin) **
  98. Rakaa: Crown of Thorns (Decon) **
  99. Steve Reich: Double Sextet/2x5 (Nonesuch) **
  100. The Soft Pack (Kemado) **
  101. The Apples in Stereo: Travellers in Space and Time (Yep Roc) **
  102. Ghostface Killah: Apollo Kids (Def Jam) **
  103. King Sunny Ade: Bábá Mo Túndé (Indigedisc, 2CD) **
  104. Chromeo: Business Casual (Big Beat) **
  105. Burkina Electric: Paspanga (Cantaloupe)
  106. Conference Call: What About . . . . ? (Not Two, 2CD)
  107. Kate Nash: My Best Friend Is You (Geffen) **
  108. Lars Vaular: Helt Om Natten, Helt Om Dagen (Bonnier/Cosmos) **
  109. Reflection Eternal [Talib Kweli + Hi-Tek]: Revolutions Per Minute (Warner Brothers) **
  110. Zs: New Slaves (The Social Registry) **
  111. Loudon Wainwright III: 10 Songs for the New Depression (Second Story Sound) **
  112. John Zorn: Interzone (Tzadik) **
  113. Jon Langford & Skull Orchard: Old Devils (Bloodshot) **
  114. Ellery Eskelin/Gerry Hemingway: Inbetween Spaces (Auricle)
  115. Sage Francis: Li(f)e (Anti-) **
  116. Shelby Lynne: Tears, Lies and Alibies (Everso) **
  117. RED Trio (Clean Feed)
  118. Terrence McManus/Gerry Hemingway: Below the Surface Of (Auricle)
  119. The Magnetic Fields: Realism (Nonesuch) [**]
  120. Liz Phair: Funstyle (Rocket Science Ventures) [**]
  121. Juhani Aaltonen Quartet: Conclusions (Tum)


Records in hand, but which haven't yet been graded.

  • Antonio Adolfo/Carol Saboya: Lá e Cá/Here and There (AAM)
  • Vijay Anderson: Hardboiled Wonder Land (Not Two)
  • E.J. Antonio: Rituals in the Marrow: Recipe for a Jam Session (Blue Zygo)
  • Laurie Antonioli: American Dreams (Intrinsic Music)
  • Charlie Apicella & Iron City: Sparks (Carlo Music)
  • Artswest: The Vocal Jazz Collective: Redefintiion (OA2)
  • Ab Baars: Time to Do My Lions (Wig)
  • Chase Baird: Crosscurrent (Jazz Hang)
  • The Lynn Baker Quartet: Azure Intention (OA2)
  • Cheryl Bentyne: The Gershwin Songbook (ArtistShare)
  • Bernal Eckroth Ennis: La Voz de Tres (Jota Sete)
  • Tyler Blanton: Botanic (Ottimo)
  • Anthony Branker & Ascent: Dance Music (Origin)
  • Bossa Brasil & Maurício de Souza Group: Here. There . . . (Pulsa Music)
  • Henry Brun and the Latin Playerz: 20th Anniversary (Rockport)
  • Roger Cairns and Gary Fukushima: The Dream of Olwen (AHP)
  • Fay Claassen: Sing! (Challenge)
  • David Cook: Pathway (Bju'ecords)
  • George Cotsirilos Trio: Past Present (OA2)
  • Patty Cronheim: Days Like These (Say So)
  • Tom Culver: I Remember You: Tom Culver Sings Johnny Mercer (Rhombus)
  • Dadi: Bem Aqui (Sunnyside)
  • Henry Darragh: Tell Her for Me (Henry Darragh)
  • David's Angels: Substar (Kopasetic)
  • Roger Davidson Quintet: Brazilian Love Song (Soundbrush)
  • Jenny Davis: Inside You (Jenny Davis)
  • Colin Dean: Shiwasu (Roots and Grooves)
  • Joey DeFrancesco/Robi Botos/Vito Rezza/Phil Dwyer: One Take: Volume Four (Alma)
  • Chris Donnelly: Solo (ALMA)
  • Peggy Duquesnel: Summertime Lullaby (Joyspring Music)
  • Yelena Eckemoff: Cold Sun (Yelena Music)
  • Erika: Obsession (Erika)
  • Kellylee Evans: Nina (Plus Loin Music)
  • Exploding Star Orchestra: Stars Have Shapes (Delmark)
  • Andy Farber and His Orchestra: This Could Be the Start of Something Big (Black Warrior)
  • Fernandez & Wright: Unsung (New Market Music)
  • Anna Figarova: Sketches (Munich)
  • Four: On a Warm Summer's Evenin' (Jazz Hang)
  • Free Fall: Gray Scale (Smalltown Superjazz)
  • Dan Gailey Jazz Orchestra: What Did You Dream? (OA2)
  • Roy Gaines and His Orchestra: Tuxedo Blues (Black Gold)
  • Eddie Gomez/Cesarius Alvim: Forever (Plus Loin Music)
  • Gord Grdina Trio with Mats Gustafsson: Barrel Fire (Drip Audio)
  • Randy Halberstadt: Flash Point (Origin)
  • Susie Hansen: Representante de la Salsa (Jazz Caliente)
  • Laura Harrison: Now . . . . Here (59 Steps)
  • Pablo Held: Music (Pirouet)
  • Ben Holmes Trio (self-released -09)
  • John L. Holmes y Los Amigos: The Holmes Stretch (John L Holmes)
  • Whitney James: The Nature of Love (Stir Stick Music)
  • Jazz Folk: Jazz in the Stone Age (1 Hr Music)
  • The Jazz Passengers: Reunited (Justin Time)
  • Norman Johnson: If Time Stood Still (Pacific Coast Jazz)
  • Matt Jorgensen: Tatooed by Passion: Music Inspired by the Paintings of Dale Chisman (Origin)
  • Darrell Katz/Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra: A Wallflower in the Amazon (Accurate)
  • Annie Kozuch: Here With You (Annie Kozuch)
  • Kristy: My Romance (Alma)
  • Dana Lauren: It's You or No One (Dana Lauren Music)
  • Anne LeBaron: 1, 2, 4, 3 (Innova, 2CD)
  • Gordon Lee: This Path (OA2)
  • The David Liebman Trio: Lieb Plays the Blues à la Trane (Challenge)
  • Elisabeth Lohninger: Songs of Love and Destruction (Lofish Music)
  • Earl MacDonald: Re: Visions (Death Defying)
  • Bob Mamet Trio: Impromptu (Counterpoint)
  • Ethan Mann/Chip Crawford/Greg Bandy: It's All About a Groove (Petunia)
  • Karen Marguth (Wayfae Music -09)
  • Marhaug: All Music at Once (Smalltown Superjazz)
  • Eugene Marlow's Heritage Ensemble: Celebrations (MEII Enterprises)
  • Thomas Marriott: Constraints & Liberations (Origin)
  • Chris Massey's "Nue Jazz Project": Vibrainium (Chris Massey Music)
  • Lisa Maxwell: Return to Jazz Standards (CDBaby)
  • Chad McCullough/Michal Vanoucek: The Sky Cries (Origin)
  • Barton McLean: Soundworlds (Innova)
  • Terrence McManus: Brooklyn EP (self-released)
  • Pablo Menéndez & Mezcla: I'll See You in Cuba (Zoho)
  • Stephen Micus: Bold as Light (ECM)
  • Antoinette Montague: Behind the Smile (In the Groove)
  • Negroni's Trio: Just Three (Mojito)
  • Jovino Santos Neto: Veja O Som/See the Sound (Adventure Music, 2CD)
  • Margaret Noble: Frakture (Amnesty International)
  • Vince Norman/Joe McCarthy Big Band: Bright Future (OA2)
  • Hubert Nuss: The Book of Colours (Pirouet)
  • Bill O'Connell: Rhapsody in Blue (Challenge)
  • Mike Olson: Incidental (Henceforth)
  • Lutalo "Sweet Lu" Olutosin: Tribute to Greatness (Sweet Lu Music)
  • Markku Ounaskari/Samuli Mikkonen: Kuára (ECM)
  • Michael Pagán/Colorado Saxophone Quartet: 12 Preludes & Fugues (Tapestry)
  • Chico Pinheiro: There's a Storm Inside (Sunnyside)
  • Leslie Pintchik Quartet: Live in Concert (Pintch Hard, DVD+CD)
  • Suzanne Pittson: Out of the Hub: The Music of Freddie Hubbard (Vineland)
  • Tobias Preisig: Flowing Mood (ObliqSound) *
  • Gene Pritsker: Varieties of Religious Experience Suite (Innova)
  • Project Trio (Project Trio)
  • The Reese Project: Eastern Standard Time (In the Groove)
  • RG Royal Sound Orchestra: Impact (RG)
  • Aldo Romano: Origine (Dreyfus Jazz)
  • Kurt Rosenwinkel and OJM: Our Secret World (Word of Mouth Music)
  • Alison Ruble: Ashland (Origin)
  • Salo: Sundial Lotus (Innova)
  • Phil Sargent: A New Day (Sargent Jazz)
  • Scanner with the Post Modern Jazz Quartet: Blink of an Eye (Thirsty Ear) *
  • Dolores Scozzesi: A Special Taste (Rhombus)
  • Scurvy: Fracture (Johnny Butler Jazz) *
  • Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra: Jimmy Heath: The Endless Search (Origin)
  • Serafin: Love's Worst Crime (Serafin)
  • Marcus Shelby Orchestra: Soul of the Movement (Porto Franco)
  • Harrison Smith Quartet: Telling Tales (33 Records)
  • Joan Soriano: El Duque de la Bachata (IASO, CD+DVD)
  • Soulive: Rubber Soulive (Royal Family)
  • Nick Stefanacci Band: 26 Years (NS)
  • John Stein/Ron Gill: Turn Up the Quiet (Whaling City Sound)
  • Subtle Lip Can (Drip Audio)
  • Milton Suggs: Things to Come (Skiptone Music)
  • Jacqui Sutton: Dolly & Billie (Toy Blue Typewriter)
  • Will Swindler's Elevenet: Universe B (OA2)
  • Taeko: Voice (Flat Nine)
  • Benjamin Taubkin: Piano Masters Series Vol. 1 (Adventure Music)
  • Cecil Taylor & Tony Oxley: Ailanthus/Altissima: Bilateral Dimenions of 2 Root Songs (Triple Point, 2LP)
  • Dan Tepfer Trio: Five Pedals Deep (Sunnyside) [B+(***)]
  • Times 4: Eclipse (Groove Tonic Media)
  • Gabriele Tranchina: A Song of Love's Color (Jazzheads)
  • Chandler Travis: Philharmonic Blows! (Sonic Trout)
  • Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington: Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Two (OA2)
  • The United States Air Force Band Airmen of Note: The Jazz Heritage Series 2010 Radio Broadcasts (United States Air Force Band, 3CD)
  • The Vinson Valega Group: Biophilia (Consilience Productions)
  • Roland Vazquez Band: The Visitor (RVD)
  • Ray Vega & Thomas Marriott: East-West Trumpet Summit (Origin)
  • Vlada: All About You (Glad Vlad)
  • Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band: Fields of Moons (Jazzheads)
  • Christian Weidner: The Inward Song (Pirouet)
  • Lenny White: Anomaly (Abstract Logix)
  • Max Wild: Tamba (ObliqSound)
  • Curtis Woodbury (Jazz Hang)
  • Yeahwon (ArtistShare)
  • Joel Yennior Trio: Big City Circus (Brass Wheel)

Also Noted:

Records in hand, graded B+ or below, in roughly declining order:

  • Vijay Iyer: Solo (ACT)
  • Bryan and the Haggards: Pretend It's the End of the World (Hot Cup)
  • Billy Fox's Blackbirds & Bullets: Dulces (Clean Feed)
  • Dawn of Midi: First (Accretions)
  • Girls: Broken Dreams Club (True Panther Sounds, EP) **
  • Randy Weston and His African Rhythms Sextet: The Storyteller (Motéma Music) **
  • Abraham Inc.: Tweet Tweet (Table Pounding) *
  • Deadbeat: Radio Rothko (The Agriculture) **
  • Rachid Taha: Bonjour (Knitting Factory Works) **
  • Standard Fare: The Noyelle Beat (Bar/None) **
  • Dave Douglas & Keystone: Spark of Being: Expand (Greenleaf Music) **
  • Das Racist: Sit Down, Man (mixtape) **
  • Rakalam Bob Moses/Greg Burk: Ecstatic Weanderings (Jazzwerkstatt)
  • Sun Ra Arkestra [under the direction of Marshall Allen]: Live at the Paradox (In+Out)
  • Anat Fort: And If (ECM)
  • Eskmo (Ninja Tune) **
  • Jaruzelski's Dream: Jazz Gawronski (Clean Feed)
  • The Vaselines: Sex With an X (Sub Pop) **
  • Nobu Stowe: Confusion Bleue (Soul Note)
  • John McNeil/Bill McHenry: Chill Morn He Climb Jenny (Sunnyside)
  • Kno: Death Is Silent (Venti Uno) **
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard: A. Enlightenment B. Endarkment (Hint: THere Is No C) (Bordello) **
  • Jason Adasiewicz: Sun Rooms (Delmark)
  • Marshall Allen/Matthew Shipp/Joe Morris: Night Logic (RogueArt)
  • Holy Fuck: Latin (Young Turks) **
  • Lorraine Feather: Ages (Jazzed Media) **
  • Ricardo Gallo's Tierra de Nadie: The Great Fine Line (Clean Feed)
  • Skyzoo & Illmind: Live From the Tape Deck (Duck Down Music) **
  • Chucho Valdes & the Afro-Cuban Messengers: Chucho's Steps (Four Quarters) **
  • Rebecca Martin: When I Was Long Ago (Sunnyside)
  • Disappears: Lux (Kranky, EP) **
  • Phosphorescent: Here's to Taking It Easy (Dead Oceans) **
  • Adam Schroeder: A Handful of Stars (Capri)
  • The Claudia Quintet + Gary Versace: Royal Toast (Cuneiform)
  • Far East Movement: Free Wired (Interscope) **
  • Care Bears on Fire: Get Over It! (S-Curve) **
  • Dave Holland Octet: Pathways (Dare2) *
  • Aeroplane Trio: Naranja Ha (Drip Audio, CD+DVD)
  • Hilario Duran Trio: Motion (Alma)
  • Jason Moran: Ten (Blue Note)
  • Brandon Wright: Boiling Point (Posi-Tone)
  • Mike Reed's People, Places & Things: Stories and Negotiations (482 Music)
  • Tarbaby: The End of Fear (Posi-Tone)
  • Gold Panda: Lucky Shiner (Spunk) **
  • Mary Halvorson Quintet: Saturn Sings (Firehouse 12) **
  • Les Savy Fav: Root for Ruin (Frenchkiss) **
  • Bernardo Sassetti Trio: Motion (Clean Feed)
  • Nik Bärtsch's Ronin: Llyrìa (ECM)
  • Steve Turre: Delicious and Delightful (High Note)
  • Balkan Beat Box: Blue Eyed Black Boy (Crammed Discs) **
  • Old 97's: The Grand Theatre: Volume One (New West) [**]
  • Ralph Alessi: Cognitive Dissonance (CAM Jazz)
  • Kesha: Animal (Jive) **
  • Rova & Nels Cline Singers: The Celestial Septet (New World)
  • Paal Nilssen-Love/Ken Vandermark: Chicago Volume (Smalltown Superjazz)
  • Ken Filiano & Quantum Entanglements: Dreams From a Clown Car (Clean Feed)
  • BLOB: Earphonious Swamphony (Innova)
  • Chaise Lounge: Symphony Lounge (Big Round)
  • Julian Argüelles Trio: Ground Rush (Clean Feed)
  • Laurie Anderson: Homeland (Nonesuch) *
  • The Pernice Brothers: Goodbye, Killer (Ashmont) **
  • Rihanna: Loud (Def Jam) **
  • Stephen Gauci/Kris Davis/Michael Bisio: Three (Clean Feed)
  • Mary Gauthier: The Foundling (Razor & Tie) **
  • Trygve Seim/Andreas Utnem: Purcor (ECM)
  • Jin Hi Kim/Gerry Hemingway: Pulses (Auricle)
  • Pierre de Gaillande: Bad Reputation: Pierre de Gaillande Sings Georges Brassens (Barbès) **
  • Asleep at the Wheel/Leon Rausch: It's a Good Day (Bismeaux) **
  • Afrocubism (World Circuit/Nonesuch)
  • Peter Evans Quartet: Live in Lisbon (Clean Feed) *
  • Peter Epstein & Idée Fixe: Abstract Realism (Origin)
  • Scott DuBois: Black Hawk Dance (Sunnyside)
  • Sleigh Bells: Treats (Mom & Pop Music) **
  • The Convergence Quartet: Song/Dance (Clean Feed)
  • The Black Angels: Phosphene Dream (Light in the Attic) **
  • Stephan Crump/James Carney: Echo Run Pry (Clean Feed)
  • Ketil Bjørnstad: Remembrance (ECM)
  • James Moody: 4B (IPO)
  • Care Bears on Fire: Girls Like It Loud (S-Curve, EP) **
  • Ivo Perelman/Brian Willson: The Stream of Life (Leo)
  • MC Esoteric: Saving Seamus Ryan (Fly Casual -09) **
  • Zed Trio: Lost Transitions (Ayler)
  • Ziggurat Quartet: Calculated Gestures (Origin)
  • Eminem: Recovery (Interscope) **
  • Kylie Minogue: Aphrodite (Astralwerks) **
  • Tony Allen: Secret Agent (World Circuit/Nonesuch)
  • Bobby Bare Jr.: A Storm, a Tree, My Mother's Head (Thirty Tigers) **
  • Robert David Hall: Things They Don't Teach You in School (Robert David Hall Music)
  • Erica Lindsay/Sumi Tonooka: Initiation (ARC)
  • Lean Left: The Ex Guitars Meet Nilssen-Love/Vandermark Duo, Volume 2 (Smalltown Superjazz)
  • Matt Herskowitz: Jerusalem Trilogy (Justin Time)
  • Nas/Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley: Distant Relatives (Def Jam) [**]
  • Hugo Antunes: Roll Call (Clean Feed)
  • The Ullmann/Swell 4: News? No News! (Jazzwerkstatt)
  • Paul Motian/Chris Potter/Jason Moran: Lost in a Dream (ECM)
  • Rich Halley Quartet: Live at the Penofin Jazz Festival (Pine Eagle)
  • Howard Wiley and the Angola Project: 12 Gates to the City (HNIC Music)
  • Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet + 1: 3 Nights in Oslo (Smalltown Superjazz, 5CD)
  • Akala: Doublethink (Illa State) **
  • Twista: The Perfect Storm (Get Gang Money) **
  • Michaël Attias: Twines of Colesion (Clean Feed)
  • Evan Parker/Barry Guy/Paul Lytton + Peter Evans: Scenes in the House of Music (Clean Feed)
  • Jason Adasiewicz's Rolldown: Varmint (Cuneiform -09)
  • Chris Dahlgren & Lexicon: Mystic Maze (Jazzwerkstatt)
  • James Hand: Shadow on the Ground (Rounder -09) **
  • Parralox: Metropolis (Conzoom) **
  • Harold O'Neal: Whirling Mantis (Smalls)
  • Mike Mainieri: Crescent (NYC, 2CD)
  • Eric Bibb: Booker's Guitar (Telarc) **
  • Hole: Nobody's Daughter (Mercury) **
  • Neil Young: Le Noise (Reprise) **
  • Mose Allison: The Way of the World (Anti-)
  • Ben Goldberg: Go Home (BAG -09)
  • Jeff Healey: Last Call (Stony Plain)
  • Gaida: Levantine Indulgence (Palymra)
  • Curtis Fuller: I Will Tell Her (Capri, 2CD)
  • Decoy & Joe McPhee: Oto (Bo Weavil)
  • Carlos Bica + Matéria-Prima (Clean Feed)
  • Love Is All: Two Thousand and Ten Injuries (Polyvinyl) **
  • Drive-By Truckers: The Big To-Do (ATO) [**]
  • Jason Stein's Locksmith Isidore: Three Kinds of Happiness (Not Two)
  • William Parker: At Somewhere There (Barnyard)
  • Andrew Lamb Trio: New Orleans Suite (Engine)
  • Carolina Chocolate Drops: Genuine Negro Jig (Nonesuch) [**]
  • Gabriel Johnson: Fra_ctured (Electrofone)
  • Ben Goldberg Quartet: Baal: The Book of Angels, Vol. 15 (Tzadik) **
  • Merle Haggard: I Am What I Am (Vanguard) **
  • Kirk Knuffke: Amnesia Brown (Clean Feed)
  • Aida Severo (Slam -09)
  • David Smith Quintet: Anticipation (Bju'ecords)
  • Roscoe Mitchell and the Note Factory: Far Side (ECM)
  • Grant Stewart: Around the Corner (Sharp Nine) **
  • Nels Cline: Dirty Baby (Cryptogramophone, 2CD)
  • Contact: Five on One (Pirouet)
  • Madonna: The Sticky & Sweet Tour (Warner Brothers) **
  • Masada String Trio: Haborym: Book of Angels, Volume 16 (Tzadik) **
  • Drake: Thank Me Later (Universal Motown) **
  • Adam Rudolph/Ralph Jones: Yèyí (Meta) **
  • Bobby Avey: A New Face (JayDell)
  • Soren Moller & Dick Oatts: The Clouds Above (Audial)
  • Titus Andronicus: The Monitor (XL) **
  • Mavis Staples: You Are Not Alone (Anti-) **
  • Tord Gustavsen Ensemble: Restored, Returned (ECM)
  • OK Go: Of the Blue Colour of the Sky (Capitol) **
  • Los Campesinos: Romance Is Boring (Arts & Crafts) **
  • Charles Lloyd Quartet: Mirror (ECM) *
  • Abdullah Ibrahim & WDR Big Band Cologne: Bombella (Sunnyside)
  • Sebastiano Meloni/Adriano Orrù/Tony Oxley: Improvised Pieces for Trio (Big Round)
  • Satoko Fujii Ma-Do: Desert Ship (Not Two)
  • Los Lobos: Tin Can Trust (Shout! Factory) **
  • The Chemical Brothers: Further (Astralwerks) **
  • Gia Notte: Shades (Gnote)
  • The Dreamers: Ipos: The Book of Angels, Vol. 14 (Tzadik) **
  • David Weiss & Point of Departure: Snuck In (Sunnyside)
  • Ellen Rowe Quartet: Wishing Well (PKO)
  • The Dead Weather: Sea of Cowards (Third Man/Warner Brothers) **
  • Remi Álvarez/Mark Dresser: Soul to Soul (Discos Intolerancia)
  • Brian Drye: Bizingas (NCM East)
  • Trichotomy: Variations (Naim Jazz)
  • Spoon: Transference (Merge) **
  • The Dominant 7/The Jazz Arts Messengers: Fourteen Channels (Tapestry)
  • Ehud Asherie: Modern Life (Posi-Tone)
  • Joan Jeanrenaud/PC Muñoz: Pop-Pop (Deconet)
  • Kenny Burrell: Be Yourself (High Note)
  • John Skillman's Barb City Stompers: De Kalb Blues (Delmark)
  • Bako Dagnon: Sidiba (Discograph) **
  • Scenes [John Stowell/Jeff Johnson/John Bishop]: Rinnova (Origin)
  • Nils Petter Molvaer: Hamada (Thirsty Ear)
  • The Giuseppi Logan Quintet (Tompkins Square)
  • Karl Seglem: (Ozella)
  • Brian Landrus: Foward (Cadence Jazz)
  • Little Boots: Hands (Elektra) **
  • Lindstrøm & Christabelle: Real Life Is No Cool (Smalltown Supersound) **
  • Four Tet: There Is Love in You (Domino) **
  • Billy Jenkins: I Am a Man From Lewisham (VOTP) **
  • Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté: Ali and Toumani (World Circuit/Nonesuch)
  • The Bundles (K) **
  • Jaguar Love: Hologram Jams (Fat Possum) **
  • Jerry Bergonzi: Three for All (Savant)
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green: Apex (Pi)
  • Crystal Castles: Crystal Castles (II) (Last Gang/Universal Motown) **
  • Nadav Snir-Zelniker: Thinking Out Loud (OA2)
  • Mort Weiss: Raising the Bar (SMS Jazz)
  • Nilson Matta's Brazilian Voyage: Copacabana (Zoho)
  • John Fedchock NY Sextet: Live at the Red Sea Jazz Festival (Capri)
  • Frank Carlberg: Tivoli Trio (Red Piano)
  • Mirio Cosottini/Andrea Melani/Tonino Miano/Alessio Pisani: Cardinal (Grimedia Impressus -09)
  • Joe Gilman: Americanvas (Capri)
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis: Vitoria Suite (Decca, 2CD) **
  • Barb Jungr: The Men I Love: The New American Songbook (Naim)
  • John Zorn: In Search of the Miraculous (Tzadik) **
  • Rafi Malkiel: Water (Tzadik)
  • Das Racist: Shut Up, Dude (mixtape) **
  • Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin: Let It Sway (Polyvinyl) **
  • Stefano Battaglia/Michele Rabbia: Pastorale (ECM)
  • Fight the Big Bull: All Is Gladness in the Kingdom (Clean Feed)
  • Afterfall (Clean Feed)
  • MC Paul Barman: Thought Balloon Mushroom Cloud (Househusband) **
  • Goldfrapp: Head First (Mute) **
  • Marty Stuart: Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions (Sugar Hill) **
  • Dave Glasser: Evolution (Here Tiz)
  • Mike Fahie: Anima (Bju'ecords)
  • Russell Malone: Triple Play (MaxJazz) **
  • The Radio Dept.: Clinging to a Scheme (Labrador) **
  • Doug Webb: Midnight (Posi-Tone)
  • Dan Block: Plays the Music of Duke Ellington: From His World to Mine (Miles High)
  • Pete Robbins: Silent Z Live (Hate Laugh Music)
  • Correction: Two Nights in April (Ayler)
  • Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo: Zakopane (Libra)
  • Pablo Aslan: Tango Grill (Zoho)
  • David S. Ware: Saturnian (Solo Saxophones, Volume 1) (AUM Fidelity)
  • Chicago Underground Duo: Boca Negra (Thrill Jockey)
  • Emilio Solla & the Tango Jazz Conspiracy: Bien Sur! (Fresh Sound World Jazz)
  • The Black Eyed Peas: The Beginning (Interscope) **
  • Corey Christiansen Quartet: Outlaw Tractor (Origin)
  • Michael Janisch: Purpose Built (Whirlwind)
  • Jason Robinson: The Two Faces of Janus (Cuneiform)
  • Celph Titled & Buckwild: Nineteen Ninety Now (No Sleep) **
  • Maxfield Gast Trio: Side by Side (Militia Hill)
  • Jacob Duncan/John Goldsby/Jason Tiemann: The Innkeeper's Gun (Bass Lion Music)
  • Deerhunter: Halcyon Digest (4AD) **
  • Beach Fossils (Captured Tracks) **
  • The Lou Grassi Po Band with Marshall Allen: Live at the Knitting Factory Volume 1 (Porter)
  • Dave Mihaly's Shimmering Leaves Ensemble: Eastern Accents in the Far West (Porto Franco)
  • Oliver Lake Organ Quartet: Plan (Passin Thru) **
  • Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3: Northern Aggression (Yep Roc) **
  • The Ray Anderson-Marty Ehrlich Quartet: Hear You Say: Live in Willisau (Intuition)
  • School of Seven Bells: Disconnect From Desire (Vagrant) **
  • Portico Quartet: Isla (Real World)
  • Aram Shelton Quartet: These Times (Singlespeed Music)
  • Maxfield Gast: Eat Your Beats (Militia Hill)
  • William Hooker Trio: Yearn for Certainty (Engine)
  • Catherine Russell: Inside This Heart of Mine (World Village) **
  • R. Kelly: Love Letter (Jive) **
  • The Dymaxion Quartet: Sympathetic Vibrations (Dymaxion Quartet) *
  • Clayton Brothers: The New Song and Dance (ArtistShare)
  • Billy Jenkins: Born Again (VOTP) **
  • Raúl Jaurena & His Tango Orchestra: Fuerza Milongnera (Soundbrush)
  • Frank Gratkowski/Hamid Drake (Valid)
  • Michael Formanek: The Rub and Spare Change (ECM)
  • Teengirl Fantasy: 7AM (Merok) **
  • Lightspeed Champion: Life Is Sweet! Nice to Meet You (Domino) **
  • Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro: ¡Sin Rumba No Hay Son! (World Village)
  • Oles Brothers with Rob Brown: Live at SJC (Fenomedia -09)
  • William Parker Organ Quartet: Uncle Joe's Spirit House (Centering)
  • Die Antwoord: $O$ (Cherrytree/Interscope) **
  • Flying Lotus: Cosmogramma (Warp) **
  • Patrick Cornelius: Fierce (Whirlwind)
  • Amabutho: Sikelela (Alma)
  • Atmosphere: To All My Friends, Blood Makes the Blade Holy (Rhymesayers Entertainment) **
  • Matt Bauder: Day in Pictures (Clean Feed)
  • Tommy Smith/Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Torah (Spartacus) **
  • Food [Thomas Strønen/Iain Ballamy]: Quiet Inlet (ECM)
  • Bonobo: Black Sands (Ninja Tune) **
  • Patrick Cornelius: Fierce (Whirlwind)
  • Meg Okura and the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Orchestra: Naima (Meg Okura)
  • Jim Hall & Joey Baron: Conversations (ArtistShare)
  • Two Door Cinema Club: Tourist History (Glassnote) **
  • Dave Bass Quartet: Gone (Dave Bass Music)
  • John Prine: In Person & On Stage (Oh Boy)
  • Black Milk: Album of the Year (Fat Beats) **
  • Teebs: Ardour (Brainfeeder) **
  • Colin Stranahan: Life Condition (Tapestry/Capri)
  • Matt Wilson: Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O (Palmetto) **
  • Antonio Sanchez: Live in New York at Jazz Standard (CAM Jazz, 2CD)
  • Sheryl Crow: 100 Miles From Memphis (A&M) **
  • Marcos Amorim Trio: Portraits (Adventure Music)
  • YelaWolf: Trunk Muzik 0-60 (Interscope) **
  • Marina & the Diamonds: The Family Jewels (Chop Shop/Atlantic) **
  • Jason Collett: Rat a Tat Tat (Arts & Crafts) **
  • Roky Erickson: True Love Cast Out All Evil (Anti-) **
  • Ikonika: Contact, Love, Want, Have (Hyperdub) **
  • Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs: God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise (RCA) **
  • Joe Hertenstein/Pascal Niggenkemper/Thomas Heberer: HNH (Clean Feed)
  • Tom Johnson: Rational Melodies (New World)
  • Ehud Asherie: Organic (Posi-Tone)
  • Eli Degibri: Israeli Song (Anzic)
  • Omar Hakim/Rachel Z: The Trio of OZ (OZmosis) *
  • Klezwoods: Oy Yeah! (Accurate)
  • Hadley Caliman & Pete Christlieb: Reunion (Origin)
  • Lil Wayne: I Am Not a Human Being (Universal Motown) **
  • Jamie Begian Big Band: Big Fat Grin (Innova)
  • Nelly: 5.0 (Motown) **
  • John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension: To the One (Abstract Logix)
  • Jean-Marc Foltz/Matt Turner/Bill Carrothers: To the Moon (Ayler)
  • The Dave Liebman Group: Turnaround: The Music of Ornette Coleman (Jazzwerkstatt)
  • Let's Wrestle: In the Court of the Wrestling Let's (Merge) **
  • LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening (DFA/Virgin) **
  • Suresh Singaratnam: Lost in New York (Suresong Music)
  • Oval: O (Thrill Jockey, 2CD) **
  • Gotan Project: Tango 3.0 (XL) **
  • Bobby Jackson: The Café Extra-Ordinaire Story (Jazzman)
  • Free Energy: Stuck on Nothing (Astralwerks/Caroine) **
  • NERD: Nothing (Star Trak) **
  • Jamey Johnson: The Guitar Song (Mercury Nashville, 2CD) **
  • Marty Ehrlich: Fables (Tzadik) **
  • Mike Mainieri/Marnix Busstra Quartet: Trinary Motion (NYC, 2CD)
  • Efterklang: Magic Chairs (4AD) **
  • Perry Robinson Trio: From A to Z (Jazzwerkstatt)
  • The Glenious Inner Planet (Blue Bamboo)
  • El DeBarge: Second Chance (Geffen) **
  • Tribecastan: 5 Star Cave (Evergreene Music)
  • John Adams: I Am Love [A Film by Luca Guadagnino] (Nonesuch) **
  • Sarah Manning: Dandelion Clock (Posi-Tone)
  • Tift Merritt: See You on the Moon (Fantasy) **
  • Eddy Current Suppression Ring: Rush to Relax (Goner) **
  • Denny Zeitlin: Precipice (Sunnyside)
  • So Percussion/Matmos: Treasure State (Cantaloupe) **
  • Either/Orchestra: Mood Music for Time Travellers (Accurate)
  • Harlem: "Hippies" (Matador) **
  • Dave Holland/Pepe Habichuela: Hands (Dare2)
  • Torben Waldorff: American Rock Beauty (ArtistShare)
  • Quasi: American Gong (Kill Rock Stars) **
  • Mahjongg: The Long Shadow of the Paper Tiger (K) **
  • Blake Shelton: Hillbilly Bone (Warner Brothers, EP) **
  • Beach House: Teen Dream (Sub Pop) **
  • The Bad Plus: Never Stop (E1 Entertainment) **
  • Jaga Jazzist: One-Armed Bandit (Ninja Tune) **
  • Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet: Natural Selection (Sunnyside)
  • Marnie Stern (Kill Rock Stars) **
  • Bryan Ferry: Olympia (Virgin) **
  • This Moment in Black History: Public Square (Smog Veil) **
  • Wellstone Conspiracy: Motives (Origin)
  • Brad Mehldau: Highway Rider (Nonesuch)
  • Tide Tables [Paul Kikuchi/Alexander Vittum]: Lost Birdsongs (Prefecture -09)
  • Hank Williams III: Rebel Within (Sidewalk) **
  • Terror Danjah: Undeniable (Hyperdub) **
  • Jay Phelps: Jay Walkin' (Specific Jazz) **
  • Scott Hamilton/Alan Barnes: Hi-Ya (Woodville) **
  • Thomas Savy: French Suite (Plus Loin Music)
  • Dan Weiss Trio: Timshel (Sunnyside)
  • Mario Romano Quartet: Valentina (Alma)
  • Steve Cardenas: West of Middle (Sunnyside)
  • Robyn: Body Talk, Pt. 1 (Konichiwa, EP) **
  • Louis Sclavis/Craig Taborn/Tom Rainey: Eldorado Trio (Clean Feed)
  • Marc Mommaas: Land (Sunnyside)
  • Pet Shop Boys: Pandemonium Live (Caroline) **
  • Rosario Giuliani: Lennie's Pennies (Dreyfus Jazz)
  • Mycale: Mycale: The Book of Angels, Volume 13 (Tzadik) **
  • Petra van Nuis & Andy Brown: Far Away Places (String Damper)
  • Sarah Wilson: Trapeze Project (Brass Logic)
  • Ski Beatz: 24 Hour Karate School (DD172/Def Jam) **
  • Brad Goode: Tight Like This (Delmark)
  • Chie Imaizumi: A Time of New Beginnings (Capri)
  • Kihnoua: Unauthorized Caprices (Not Two)
  • Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses: Junky Star (Lost Highway) **
  • Andrew Oliver Sextet: 82% Chance of Rain (OA2)
  • Ab Baars/Meinrad Kneer: Windfall (Evil Rabbit)
  • Goldbug: The Seven Dreams (1k)
  • Dr. John and the Lower 911: Tribal (429) **
  • Olivier Manchon: Orchestre de Chambre Miniature, Volume 1 (ObliqSound)
  • Uffie: Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans (Ed Banger/Elektra) **
  • The Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz and Percussion Ensemble: Miles Away (Stones Throw) **
  • The Thermals: Personal Life (Kill Rock Stars) **
  • Bill Carrothers: Joy Spring (Pirouet)
  • The Secret Sisters (Universal Republic) **
  • Odean Pope: Odean's List (In+Out)
  • Pat Metheny: Orchestrion (Nonesuch)
  • Ralph Towner/Paolo Fresu: Chiaroscuro (ECM)
  • The Black Keys: Brothers (Nonesuch) **
  • Alan Jackson: Freight Train (Arista) **
  • Janelle Monáe: The Archandroid (Bad Boy) **
  • Federico Britos: Voyage (Sunnyside)
  • Chris Colangelo: Elaine's Song (C Note)
  • Justin Janer: Following Signs (Janer Music)
  • Dosh: Tommy (Anticon) *
  • Marc Ribot: Silent Movies (Pi)
  • Erik Friedlander: Fifty: Miniatures for Improvising Quintet (Skipstone) **
  • Scott Colley: Empire (CAM Jazz)
  • Benny Sharoni: Eternal Elixir (Papaya)
  • John Zorn: The Goddess: Music for the Ancient of Days (Tzadik) **
  • Steve Davis Quintet: Live at Smalls (Smalls Live) **
  • Mulatu Astatke: Mulatu Steps Ahead (Strut) **
  • Hugo Carvalhais: Nebulosa (Clean Feed)
  • Empirical: Out 'n' In (Naim Jazz)
  • Adrian Iaies Trio: A Child's Smile (Sunnyside)
  • Jim Rotondi: 1000 Rainbows (Posi-Tone)
  • Luis Bonilla: Twilight (Planet Arts)
  • Leonard Cohen: Songs From the Road (Columbia) **
  • Corroncho (Expression) **
  • Johnny Cash: American VI: Ain't No Grave (Lost Highway) **
  • Empty Cage Quartet & Soletti Besnard: Take Care of Floating (Rude Awakening)
  • Randy Klein: Sunday Morning (Jazzheads)
  • Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden: Jasmine (ECM)
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg: IRM (Elektra) **
  • The John Moore Rock and Roll Trio: Roll Your Activator Volume 1 (Greaser 2000) **
  • Billy Cobham Colin Towns HR-Bigband: Meeting of the Spirits: A Celebration of the Mahavishnu Orchestra (In+Out)
  • Johnny Griffin: Live at Ronnie Scott's (In+Out)
  • Jerry Leake: Cubist (Rhombus Publishing)
  • Hat: Local (Hatmusic)
  • Dr. Lonnie Smith: Spiral (Palmetto)
  • Orlando Le Fleming: From Brooklyn With Love (19/8)
  • Jay Clayton: In and Out of Love (Sunnyside)
  • Laura Marling: I Speak Because I Can (Astralwerks) **
  • Wolfgang Muthspiel & Mick Goodrick: Live at the Jazz Standard (Material)
  • Kele: The Boxer (Glassnote) **
  • Aruán Ortiz Quartet: Alameda (Fresh Sound New Talent -09)
  • John Hiatt: The Open Road (New West) **
  • Terje Rypdal: Crime Scene (ECM)
  • Freedy Johnston: Rain on the City (None) **
  • Urs Leimgruber/Evan Parker: Twine (Clean Feed)
  • Jared Gold: Out of Line (Posi-Tone)
  • Newman Taylor Baker Singin' Drums: Drum Suite Life (Innova)
  • Hamilton de Holanda Quintet: Brasilianos 2 (Adventure Music, CD+DVD)
  • Guilty Simpson: OJ Simpson (Stones Throw) **
  • Niklas Barnö/Joel Grip/Didier Lasserre: Snus (Ayler)
  • Out to Lunch: Melvin's Rockpile (Accurate)
  • Matthew Shipp: 4D (Thirsty Ear) *
  • Foals: Total Life Forever (Sub Pop) **
  • Owen Howard: Drum Lore (Bju'ecords)
  • Amir ElSaffar/Hafez Modirzadeh: Radif/Suite (Pi)
  • Ergo: Multitude, Solitude (Cuneiform -09)
  • Roberto Cipelli/Paolo Fresu/Philippe Garcia/Gianmaria Testa/Attilio Zanchi: F. à Léo (Justin Time)
  • Retta Christie: With David Evans & Dave Frishberg, Volume 2 (Retta)
  • Joëlle Léandre/François Houle/Raymond Strid: Last Seen Headed: Live at Sons D'Hiver (Ayler)
  • Peter Brötzmann/Paal Nilssen-Love: Woodcuts (Smalltown Superjazz)
  • Ryan Cohan: Another Look (Motéma)
  • Tricky: Mixed Race (Domino) **
  • Tierra Negra & Muriel Anderson: New World Flamenco (Tiera Negra)
  • Peter Bernstein Quartet: Live at Smalls (Smalls Live) **
  • Eric Felten: Seize the Night (Melotone)
  • Judith Berkson: Oylam (ECM)
  • Jim Lewis/Andrew Downing/Jean Martin: On a Short Path From Memory to Forgotten (Barnyard)
  • Rhymefest: El Che (Rose Hip) **
  • Gerry Gibbs and the Electric Thrasher Orchestra: Play the Music of Miles Davis 1967-1975 (Whaling City Sound, 2CD)
  • Domenic Landolf: New Brighton (Pirouet)
  • Avishai Cohen: Aurora (Blue Note)
  • Tokyo Police Club: Champ (Mom & Pop Music) **
  • Bettie Serveert: Pharmacy of Love (Second Motion) **
  • Mumford & Sons: Sigh No More (Glasnote) **
  • Paul Meyers Quartet: Featuring Frank Wess (Miles High)
  • The Holmes Brothers: Feed My Soul (Alligator) **
  • Keefe Jackson Quartet: Seeing You See (Clean Feed)
  • Salvatore Bonafede Trio: Sicilian Opening (Jazz Eyes)
  • Rich Corpolongo Trio: Get Happy (Delmark)
  • Jacám Manricks: Trigonometry (Posi-Tone)
  • Sheryl Bailey: A New Promise (MCG Jazz)
  • John Blake Jr.: Motherless Child (ARC)
  • Jim Guttmann: Bessarabian Breakdown (Kleztone)
  • Alper Yilmaz: Over the Clouds (Kayique)
  • Liam Sillery: Phenomenology (OA2)
  • Orrin Evans: Faith in Action (Posi-Tone)
  • Jean-Michel Pilc: True Story (Dreyfus)
  • Thomson Kneeland: Mazurka for a Modern Man (Weltschmerz)
  • Samuel Torres: Yaoundé (BLC)
  • Danny Barnes: Pizza Box (ATO) **
  • Rusko: O.M.G.! (Mad Decent) **
  • Tia Fuller: Decisive Steps (Mack Avenue)
  • Chris Greene Quartet: Merge (Single Malt)
  • NoMoreShapes: Creesus Crisis (Drip Audio)
  • The Drums (Moshi Moshi) **
  • Geri Allen & Timeline: Live (Motéma Music) **
  • Strong Arm Steady: In Search of Stoney Jackson (Stones Throw) **
  • Lawnmower: West (Clean Feed)
  • Tobias Gebb & Unit 7: Free at Last (Yummy House)
  • Eli "Paperboy" Reed: Come and Get It (Capitol) **
  • Ted Nash: Portrait in Seven Shades (Jazz at Lincoln Center) **
  • Dan Pratt Organ Quartet: Toe the Line (Posi-Tone)
  • Reed's Bass Drum: Which Is Which (Reed's Bass Drum)
  • Easton Corbin (Mercury Nashville) **
  • Anika (Stones Throw) **
  • Currensy: Pilot Talk II (DD172) **
  • Paul Carr: Straight Ahead Soul (Paul Carr Jazz)
  • Damian Erskine: So To Speak (DE)
  • The Bickel/Marks Group With Dave Liebman (Zoho)
  • Eric Reed & Cyrus Chestnut: Plenty Swing, Plenty Soul (Savant)
  • Elliott Sharp: Octal Book Two (Clean Feed)
  • The Extra Lens: Undercard (Merge) **
  • Currensy: Pilot Talk (DD172) **
  • Carolyn Leonhart: Tides of Yesterday (Savant)
  • Hilary Kole: You Are There (Justin Time)
  • Ralph Lalama Quartet: The Audience (Mighty Quinn)
  • Tracey Thorn: Love and Its Opposite (Merge) **
  • The Trio [Peter Erskine/Chuck Berghofer/Terry Trotter]: Live @ Charlie O's (Fuzzy Music)
  • Polar Bear: Peepers (Leaf Label) [**]
  • Ran Blake/Sara Serpa: Camera Obscura (Inner Circle Music)
  • Dan Adler/Joey DeFrancesco/Byron Landham: Back to the Bridge (Emdan Music)
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: History of Modern (Blue Noise) **
  • John Pizzarelli: Rockin' in Rhythm: A Tribute to Duke Ellington (Telarc) **
  • Steve Tibbetts: Natural Causes (ECM)
  • John Hébert Trio: Spiritual Lover (Clean Feed)
  • Bruce Williamson Quartet: Standard Transmission (Origin)
  • Bona: The Ten Shades of Blues (Decca)
  • Vincent Herring & Earth Jazz: Morning Star (Challenge)
  • Norma Winstone: Stories Yet to Tell (ECM)
  • Surfer Blood: Astro Coast (Kanine) **
  • Beat Kaestli: Invitation (Chesky)
  • Sei Miguel: Esfingico (Clean Feed)
  • Greg Reitan: Antibes (Sunnsyide)
  • Melanie Mitrano: All Things Gold (Big Round)
  • Prana Trio: The Singing Image of Fire (Circavision)
  • Free Unfold Trio: Ballades (Ayler)
  • Norrbotten Big Band: The Avatar Sessions: The Music of Tim Hagans (Fuzzy Music)
  • Hal Galper: E Pluribus Unum: Live in Seattle (Origin)
  • David Bixler & Arturo O'Farrill: The Auction Project (Zoho)
  • Meat Beat Manifesto: Answers Come in Dreams (Metropolis) **
  • Frightened Rabbit: The Winter of Mixed Drinks (Fat Cat) **
  • Dave Nelson & the 32nd Street Quintet: 32nd Street (Independently Released)
  • Major Lazer: Lazers Never Die (Interscope, EP) **
  • Freddie Gibbs: Str8 Killa (Decon, EP) **
  • Madlib: Madlib Medicine Show No. 1: Before the Verdict (Now Again) **
  • Kris Davis/Ingrid Laubrock/Tyshawn Sorey: Paradoxical Frog (Clean Feed)
  • Lloyd Miller/The Heliocentrics: (OST) (Strut) **
  • Stacey Kent: Raconte-Moi . . . (Blue Note) **
  • Daniel Levin Quartet: Bacalhau (Clean Feed)
  • Terry Riley: Autodreamological Tales (Tzadik) **
  • Dave Frank: Portrait of New York (Jazzheads)
  • Clem Snide: The Meat of Life (429) **
  • Toots Thielemans: European Quartet Live (Challenge)
  • John Escreet: Don't Fight the Inevitable (Mythology)
  • Mason Brothers: Two Sides One Story (Archival)
  • Ken Thomson and Slow/Fast: It Would Be Easier If (Intuition)
  • Amy Briggs: Tangos for Piano (Ravello)
  • Secret Cities: Pink Graffiti (Western Vinyl) **
  • Achim Kaufmann/Robert Lanferman/Christian Lillinger: Grünen (Clean Feed)
  • Steve Colson: The Untarnished Dream (Silver Sphinx)
  • The Kora Band: Cascades (Origin)
  • The Gaslight Anthem: American Slang (Side One Dummy)
  • Blow Your Head: Diplo Presents Dubstep (Mad Decent) **
  • Florian Ross: Mechanism (Pirouet)
  • Evan Christopher: The Remembering Song (Arbors) **
  • Leslie Pintchik: We're Here to Listen (Pintch Hard)
  • Glasser: Ring (True Panther Sounds) **
  • Sylvie Courvoisier & Mark Feldman: Oblivia (Tzadik) **
  • Mina Cho: Originality (Blink Music)
  • Max Richter: Infra (Fat Cat) **
  • Jónsi: Go (XL) **
  • Tomas Janzon: Experiences (Changes Music)
  • I Never Meta Guitar: Guitarists for the 21st Century (Clean Feed)
  • Onra: Long Distance (All City) **
  • Dr. Dog: Shame, Shame (Anti-) **
  • LCD Soundsystem: London Sessions (Virgin) **
  • Jeff Antoniuk and the Jazz Update: Brotherhood (JAJU)
  • Makoto Ozone: Jungle (Verve) *
  • Rose Elinor Dougall: Without Why (Scarlett Music) **
  • Steve Raegele: Last Century (Songlines)
  • Broken Social Scene: FOrgiveness Rock Record (Arts & Crafts) **
  • James Blake: Klavierwerke (R&S, EP) **
  • Theo Bleckmann: I Dwell in Possibility (Winter & Winter)
  • Ralph Bowen: Due Reverence (Posi-Tone)
  • Superchunk: Majesty Shredding (Merge) **
  • Etran Finatawa: Tarkat Taiji/Let's Go (Riverboat) **
  • Sándor Szabó/Kevin Kastning: Returning (Greydisc)
  • Tom Rainey Trio: Pool School (Clean Feed)
  • The Corin Tucker Band: 1,000 Years (Kill Rock Stars) **
  • Black Mountain: Wilderness Heart (Jagjaguwar) **
  • Tom Rizzo: Imaginary Numbers (Origin)
  • Kesha: Cannibal (RCA, EP) **
  • The Legendary Shack Shakers: Agri-dustrial (Colonel Knowledge) **
  • Mariem Hassan: Shouka (Nube Negra) **
  • Texas Tornados: ¡Esta Bueno! (Bismeaux) **
  • Ches Smith & These Arches: Finally Out of My Hands (Skirl)
  • Wildbirds & Peacedrums: Rivers (The Control Group) **
  • Pete Levin: Jump! (Pete Levin Music)
  • Sam Newsome: Blue Soliloquy (self-released)
  • Gayngs: Relayted (Jagjaguwar) **
  • John Lee Hooker, Jr.: Live in Istanbul Turkey (Steppin' Stone)
  • Alan Ferber: Music for Nonet and Strings/Chamber Songs (Sunnyside)
  • Jerry Lee Lewis: Mean Old Man (Verve Forecast) **
  • The Wynton Marsalis Quintet & Richard Galliano: From Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf: Live in Marciac (Rampart Street Music) **
  • Usher: Versus (LaFace) **
  • Chilly Gonzales: Ivory Tower (Arts & Crafts) **
  • Madlib: Madlib Medicine Show #7: High Jazz (Madlib Invazion) **
  • Gwilym Simcock: Blues Vignette (Basho, 2CD)
  • Stevens, Siegel & Ferguson Trio: Six (Konnex)
  • Delorean: Subiza (True Panther Sounds) **
  • Rebecca Coupe Franks: Check the Box (RCF)
  • Best Coast: Crazy for You (Mexican Summer) **
  • Kali Z. Fasteau: Animal Grace (Flying Note)
  • Mimicking Birds (Glacial Pace) **
  • Paquito D'Rivera: Panamericana Suite (MCG Jazz)
  • Electric Wire Hustle (BBE) **
  • John Zorn/Fred Frith: Late Works (Tzadik) **
  • Robert Wyatt/Gilad Atzmon/Ros Stephen: For the Ghosts Within (Domino)
  • Neel Nurgai Ensemble (Innova)
  • Pantha du Prince: Black Noise (Rough Trade) **
  • Justin Townes Earle: Harlem River Blues (Bloodshot) **
  • Toro y Moi: Causers of This (Carpark) **
  • Jon Gold: Brazil Confidential (Zoho)
  • Avey Tare: Down There (Paw Tracks) **
  • Jerome Sabbagh/Ben Monder/Daniel Humair: I Will Follow You (Bee Jazz)
  • Jacky Terrasson: Push (Concord)
  • Kelis: Flesh Tone (Interscope) **
  • Carrie Rodriguez: Love and Circumstance (Ninth Street Opus) **
  • Jessica Williams: Touch (Origin)
  • Paul Thorn: Pimps and Preachers (Perpetual Obscurity) **
  • Matt Slocum: Portraits (Chandra)
  • Devin the Dude: Suite #420 (E1 Music) **
  • Jacob Melchior: It's About Time (Jacob Melchior)
  • Jack Rose: Luck in the Valley (Thrill Jockey) **
  • Ken Fowser & Behn Gillece: Little Echo (Posi-Tone)
  • Bill Cunliffe/Holly Hofmann: Three's Company (Capri)
  • The Inhabitants: A Vacant Lot (Drip Audio)
  • Carrie Wicks: I'll Get Around to It (OA2)
  • Zola Jesus: Stridulum (Sacred Bones, EP) **
  • Gucci Mane: The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted (2010, Warner Brothers) **
  • Mike Pride's From Bacteria to Boys: Betweenwhile (AUM Fidelity)
  • Mercury Falls: Quadrangle (Porto Franco)
  • Michael Pagán Trio: Three for the Ages (Capri)
  • Tony Malaby's Tamarindo: Live (Clean Feed)
  • Tineke Postma: The Traveller (Etcetera Now)
  • Gail Pettis: Here in the Moment (OA2)
  • Gil Scott-Heron: I'm New Here (XL) **
  • Xavier Charles/Ivar Grydeland/Christian Wallumrød/Ingar Zach: Dans les Arbres (ECM)
  • Maximum Balloon (DGC/Interscope) **
  • Rufus Reid: Out Front (Motema)
  • Eri Yamamoto Trio: In Each Day, Something Good (AUM Fidelity)
  • Grass Widow: Past Time (Kill Rock Stars, EP) **
  • Deadstring Brothers: São Paulo (Bloodshot) **
  • Mike LeDonne: The Groover (Savant)
  • Wallace Roney: If Only for One Night (High Note)
  • Lucian Ban & John Hébert: Enesco Re-Imagined (Sunnyside)
  • Jan Garbarek/The Hilliard Ensemble: Officium Novum (ECM New Series)
  • Gamelan Madu Sari: Hive (Songlines)
  • Hot Chip: One Life Stand (EMI) **
  • Dave King: Indelicate (Sunnyside)
  • Sherman Irby Quartet: Live at the Otto Club (Black Warrior)
  • Geri Allen: Flying Toward the Sound (Motéma Music) **
  • Nneka: Concrete Jungle (Decon) **
  • John Ellis & Double-Wide: Puppet Mischief (ObliqSound)
  • Eric Boeren 4tet: Song for Tracy the Turtle: Live at Jazz Brugge 2004 (Clean Feed)
  • Robert Plant: Band of Joy (Rounder) **
  • Hadley Caliman: Straight Ahead (Origin)
  • Hiroe Sekine: A-Mé (Sekai Music)
  • The Britton Brothers Band: Uncertain Living (Record Craft)
  • Mitch Marcus Quintet: Countdown 2 Meltdown (Porto Franco)
  • Usher: Raymond V Raymond (LaFace) **
  • Ken Peplowski: Noir Blue (Capri)
  • Erykah Badu: New Amerykah, Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh (Universal/Motown) **
  • Daniel Smith: Blue Bassoon (Summit)
  • Garaj Mahal & Fareed Haque: Discovery (Moog Music)
  • Drakkar Sauna: 20009 (Marriage -09) **
  • Kid Cudi: Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager (Universal Motown) [**]
  • Sufjan Stevens: The Age of Adz (Asthmatic Kitty) **
  • Shout Out Louds: Work (Merge) **
  • Roberto Fonseca: Akokan (Enja/Justin Time)
  • Field Music: Field Music (Measure) (Memphis Industries) **
  • Swans: My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky (Young God) **
  • VW Brothers [Paul van Wageningen/Marc van Wageningen]: Muziek (Patois)
  • Willie Nelson: Country Music (Rounder) **
  • Myron Walden: Countryfied (Demi Sound)
  • Kneebody: You Can Have Your Moment (Winter & Winter)
  • Aaron Goldberg: Home (Sunnyside)
  • John Mellencamp: No Better Than This (Rounder) **
  • Caribou: Swim (Merge) **
  • Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse: Dark Night of the Soul (Capitol) **
  • Sofia Rei Koutsovitis: Sube Azul (World Village/Harmonia Mundi)
  • Steven Schoenberg: Live: An Improvisational Journey (Quabbin)
  • Kalle Kalima & K-18: Some Kubricks of Blood (Tum)
  • Lee Konitz/Chris Cheek/Stephane Furic Leibovici: Jugendstil II (ESP-Disk) **
  • Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: I Learned the Hard Way (Daptone)
  • Carmen Souza: Protegid (Galileo Music)
  • TGB: Evil Things (Clean Feed)
  • Mikrokolektyw: Revisit (Delmark)
  • Jeremy Siskind: Simple Songs: For When the World Seems Strange (Bju'ecords)
  • Jorrit Dijkstra: Pillow Circles (Clean Feed)
  • Paul Dunmall/Chris Corsano: Identical Sunsets (ESP-Disk) **
  • Richard Sussman Quintet: Live at Sweet Rhythm (Origin)
  • Tom Harrell: Roman Nights (High Note)
  • Warpaint: The Fool (Rough Trade) **
  • Organissimo: Alive & Kickin' (Big O)
  • She & Him: Voluem Two (Merge) **
  • The Ian Carey Quintet: Contextualizin' (Kabocha)
  • Gato Libre: Shiro (Libra)
  • The Fall: Your Future Our Clutter (Domino) **
  • Steve Davis: Images (Posi-Tone)
  • Broken Bells (Columbia) **
  • Carlos Barretto Lokomotiv: Labirintos (Clean Feed)
  • Avery Sharpe Trio: Live (JKNM)
  • Marco Benevento: Between the Needles and Nightfall (Royal Potato Family)
  • François Couturier: Un Jour Si Blanc (ECM)
  • Cochemea Gastelum: The Electric Sound of Johnny Arrow (Mowo!)
  • Regina Carter: Reverse Thread (E1 Entertainment) **
  • Helen Sung: Going Express (Sunnyside)
  • Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth: Deluxe (Clean Feed)
  • Stanton Moore: Groove Alchemy (Telarc) **
  • Glee: The Music, the Power of Madonna (Columbia, EP) **
  • The Fresh & Onlys: Play It Strange (In the Red) **
  • Manu Katché: Third Round (ECM)
  • Future Islands: In Evening Air (Thrill Jockey) **
  • Owen Pallett: Heartland (Domino) **
  • Dither (Henceforth)
  • YU: Before Taxes (Mello Music Group) **
  • Richie Beirach/Dave Liebman: Quest for Freedom (Sunnyside)
  • Band of Horses: Infinite Arms (Fat Possum) **
  • Debbie Poryes Quartet: Catch Your Breath (OA2)
  • Peggo: In Love (Big Round)
  • Myron Walden/In This World: What We Share (Demi Sound) *
  • Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee Bridgewater (Emarcy) **
  • The Volebeats (Rainbow Quartz) **
  • John Zorn: Dictée/Liber Novus (Tzadik) **
  • Shining: Blackjazz (Indie) **
  • Danilo Pérez: Providencia (Mack Avenue) **
  • Ricardo Silveira: Até Amanhã/'Til Tomorrow (Adventure Music)
  • Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn (Columbia) **
  • DJ/Rupture & Matt Shadetek: Solar Life Raft (The Agriculture -09) **
  • Geof Bradfield: African Flowers (Origin)
  • Ran Blake/Christine Correa: Out of the Shadows (Red Piano)
  • Taylor Ho Bynum/Tomas Fujiwara: Stepwise (Not Two) **
  • Yellow Swans: Going Places (Type) **
  • Jason Robinson: Cerberus Reigning (Accretions)
  • Twin Shadow: Forget (Terrible) **
  • Mike Marshall/Caterina Lichtenberg: Caterina Lichtenberg and Mike Marshall (Adventure Music)
  • Luísa Maita: Lero-Lero (Cumbancha)
  • Gregory Porter: Water (Motema)
  • Sean Bergin's New Mob: Chicken Feet: Live at the Bimhuis (Pingo)
  • Sam Weiser: Sam I Am (Disappear) *
  • Yeasayer: Odd Blood (Secretly Canadian) **
  • Aaron Immanuel Wright: Eleven Daughters (Origin)
  • Bob Sneider & Paul Hofmann: Serve and Volley (Origin)
  • Joe Chambers: Horace to Max (Savant)
  • Matt and Kim: Sidewalks (Fader) **
  • Jason Derülo (Warner Brothers) **
  • Jeremy Pelt: Men of Honor (High Note)
  • Robyn: Body Talk, Pt. 2 (Konichiwa, EP) **
  • Doug Beavers 9: Two Shades of Nude (Origin)
  • Nikki Yanofsky: Nikki (Decca)
  • John Legend/The Roots: Wake Up! (GOOD/Columbia) **
  • Nathan Eklund Group: Coin Flip (OA2)
  • John Grant: Queen of Denmark (Bella Union) **
  • Houston Person: Moment to Moment (High Note)
  • Dierks Bentley: Up on the Ridge (Capitol) **
  • Madlib: Madlib Medicine Show #5: The History of the Loop Digga (Madlib Invasion) **
  • Sharon Van Etten: Epic (Ba Da Bing) **
  • The Tallest Man on Earth: The Wild Hunt (Dead Oceans) **
  • Cynthia Felton: Come Sunday: The Music of Duke Ellington (Felton Entertainment)
  • Lissie: Catching a Tiger (Fat Possum) **
  • Dave Liebman Big Band: As Always (MAMA)
  • Eric Hofbauer: American Fear! (Creative Nation Music) **
  • Taylor Haskins: American Dream (Sunnyside)
  • Master Musicians of Bukkake: Totem Two (Important) **
  • Nellie McKay: Home Sweet Mobile Home (Verve) **
  • Richard Cole: Inner Mission (Origin)
  • Jason Robinson and Anthony Davis: Cerulean Landscapes (Clean Feed)
  • The Pickpocket Ensemble: Memory (Pickpocket Ensemble)
  • John Zorn: What Thou Wilt (Tzadik) **
  • Kings Go Forth: The Outsiders Are Back (Luaka Bop) **
  • Daft Punk: Tron: Legacy [Original Soundtrack] (Walt Disney) **
  • Rod Stewart: Fly Me to the Moon: The Great American Songbook, Volume V (J) **
  • Greg Ward's Fitted Shards: South Side Story (19-8)
  • Norah Jones: . . . Featuring Norah Jones (Blue Note) **
  • Salem: King Night (IAmSound) **
  • Toby Keith: Bullets in the Gun (Show Dog Nashville) **
  • Johnny Butler: Solo (Johnny Butler Jazz)
  • Lauren Hooker: Life of the Music (Miles High)
  • Cassandra Wilson: Silver Pony (Blue Note) **
  • Aloe Blacc: Good Things (Stones Throw) **
  • Salif Keita: La Différence (Decca) **
  • Wild Nothing: Gemini (Captured Tracks) **
  • Mark Ronson & the Business Intl: Record Collection (RCA) **
  • Boris Kozlov: Double Standard (Borisbass)
  • Tim Warfield: A Sentimental Journey (Criss Cross) **
  • Ludacris: Battle of the Sexes (Disturbing Tha Peace) **
  • Mary Stallings: Dream (High Note)
  • Buddy Guy: Living Proof (Silvertone) **
  • The Service Industry: Calm Down (Saustex) **
  • Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Harvesting Semblances and Affinities (Pi)
  • Sierra Maestra: Sonando Ya (World Village)
  • Absolute Ensemble: Absolute Zawinul (Sunnyside)
  • Bo van de Graaf: Sold Out: 25 Soundtracks (Icdisc)
  • Herbie Hancock: The Imagine Project (Hancock) **
  • Massive Attack: Heligoland (Virgin) **
  • Gidon Kremer: De Profundis (Nonesuch) **
  • Bettye Lavette: Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook (Anti-) **
  • Junip: Fields (Mute) **
  • Mark Weinstein: Timbasa (Jazzheads)
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Mojo (Warner Brothers) **
  • The Like: Release Me (Downtown) **
  • The Love Language: Libraries (Merge) **
  • Conrad Herwig: The Latin Side of Herbie Hancock (Half Note)
  • Tom Jones: Praise & Blame (Lost Highway) **
  • Myron Walden/In This World: To Feel (Demi Sound) *
  • Grupo Fantasma: El Existential (Nat Geo) *
  • George Brooks Summit: Spirit and Spice (Earth Brother Music)
  • Prester John: Desire for a Straight Line (Innova)
  • Joe Morris/Nate Wooley: Tooth and Nail (Clean Feed)
  • Elton John/Leon Russell: The Union (Decca) **
  • Mark O'Connor: Jam Session (OMAC)
  • Gorillaz: Plastic Beach (Virgin) **
  • Robbie Fulks: Happy: Plays the Music of Michael Jackson (Bloodshot) **
  • The Wee Trio: Capitol Diner Vol. 2 Animal Style (Bionic)
  • Ted Leo and the Pharmacists: The Brutalist Bricks (Matador) **
  • Kenny Chesney: Hemingway's Whiskey (BNA) **
  • Ratko Zjaca/John Patitucci/Steve Gadd/Stanislav Mitrovic/Randy Brecker: Continental Talk (In+Out)
  • Jazmine Sullivan: Love Me Back (J) **
  • Tim Moltzer + Markus Reuter: Descending (1k)
  • Phil Woods with the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble: Solitude (Jazzed Media)
  • Nelda Swiggett: This Time (OA2)
  • Katy Perry: Teenage Dream (Capitol) **
  • The Waitiki 7: New Sounds of Exotica (Pass Out)
  • Bill Charlap/Renee Rosnes: Double Portrait (Blue Note) **
  • Cee Lo Green: The Lady Killer (Elektra) **
  • Dan Dean: 251 (Origin)
  • Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica: Presents . . . The Unforgettable Sounds of Esquivel (Tiki)
  • These New Puritans: Hidden (Domino) **
  • Punch Brothers: Antifogmatic (Nonesuch) **
  • Casiokids: Topp Stemning På Lokal Bar (Polyvinyl) **
  • Eric Vloeimans' Gatecrash: Heavensabove! (Challenge Jazz)
  • Deer Tick: The Black Dirt Sessions (Partisan) **
  • Speak (Origin)
  • The Wayne Brasel Quartet: If You Would Dance (Brajazz)
  • Ben Monder/Bill McHenry: Bloom (Sunnyside)
  • Little Women: Throat (AUM Fidelity)
  • Yusef Lateef/Adam Rudolph: Towards the Unknown (Meta) **
  • Matt Garrison: Familiar Places (D Clef)
  • Jace Everett: Red Revelations (Wrasse) **
  • The Element Choir: At Rosedale United (Barnyard)
  • Greg Burk and Vicente Lebron: Unduality (Accurate)
  • Open Graves [Paul Kikuchi/Jesse Olsen]: Hollow Lake (Prefecture -09)
  • Greg Lewis: Organ Monk (Greg Lewis)
  • The Pizzarelli Boys: Desert Island Dreamers (Arbors) **
  • Dave Anderson Quartet: Clarity (Pony Boy)
  • Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra: Mezzanine (Owl Studios)
  • The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights (Warner Brothers) **
  • Allison Moorer: Crows (Rykodisc) **
  • Michael Zilber: The Billy Collins Project: Eleven on Turning Ten (OA2)
  • The Chieftains/Ry Cooder: San Patricio (Hear Music) **
  • Peppe Merolla: Stick With Me (PJ Productions)
  • The Besnard Lakes: The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night (Jagjaguwar) **
  • Sufjan Stevens: All Delighted People EP (Asthmatic Kitty) **
  • Bobby McFerrin: Vocabularies (Emarcy)
  • Alex Brown: Pianist (Sunnyside)
  • Denise Donatelli: When Lights Are Low (Savant)
  • Christian Scott: Yesterday You Said Tomorrow (Concord) **
  • Carl Fischer & Organic Groove Ensemble: Adverse Times (Fischmusic)
  • Ivo Perelman/Rosie Hertlein/Dominic Duval: Near to the Wild Heart (Not Two)
  • Sunny Jain: Taboo (Bju'ecords)
  • Matthew Dear: Black City (Ghostly International) **
  • Wolf Parade: Expo 86 (Sub Pop) **
  • John Burnett Orchestra/Buddy De Franco: Down for Double (Delmark)
  • Pharez Whitted: Transient Journey (Owl Studios)
  • Margret: Com Voce (Sunnyside)
  • Dave Sharp's Secret Seven: 7 (Vortex Jazz)
  • Big Crazy Energy New York Band: Inspirations, Vol. 1 (Rosa)
  • Frank Glover: Abacus (Owl Studios)
  • Laura Bell Bundy: Achin' and Shakin' (Mercury Nashville) **
  • Fang Island (Sargent House) **
  • Blue Cranes: Observatories (Blue Cranes)
  • Lil Wayne: Rebirth (Universal Motown/Cash Money) **
  • The Budos Band: The Budos Band III (Daptone) **
  • Anaïs Mitchell: Hadestown (Righteous Babe) **
  • Antony and the Johnsons: Swanlights (Secretly Canadian) **
  • Christian Wallumrød Ensemble: Fabula Suite Lugano (ECM)
  • Roberto Occhipinti: A Bend in the River (Alma)
  • Darrell Scott: A Crooked Road (Full Light, 2CD) **
  • Lady Antebellum: Need You Now (Capitol Nashville) **
  • Local Natives: Gorilla Manor (Frenchkiss) **
  • B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray (Grand Hustle/Atlantic) **
  • Alejandro Escovedo: Street Songs of Love **
  • Sarah Partridge: Perspective (Peartree)
  • Esperanza Spalding: Chamber Music Society (Heads Up)
  • Garaj Mahal: More Mr. Nice Guy (Owl Studios)
  • Grinderman: Grinderman 2 (Anti-) **
  • Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: Before Today (4AD) **
  • Véronique Dubois/François Carrier: Being With (Leo)
  • Fond of Tigers: Continent & Western (Drip Audio)
  • DJ Roc: The Crack Capone (Planet Mu) **
  • Kat Parra: Dos Amantes (JazzMa)
  • MGMT: Congratulations (Columbia) **
  • The Stanley Clarke Band (Heads Up)
  • Wavves: King of the Beach **
  • Against Me!: White Crosses (Sire) **
  • The Morning Benders: Big Echo (Rough Trade) **
  • Deftones: Diamond Eyes (Reprise) **
  • Metropole Orkest/John Scofield/Vince Mendoza: 54 (Emarcy)
  • Joe Locke: For the Love of You (Koch) **
  • Diddy: Last Train to Paris (Bad Boy) **
  • Dino Saluzzi: El Encuentro (ECM)
  • Guillermo Klein: Domador de Huellas: Music of "Chuchi" Leguizamon (Sunnyside)
  • The Walkmen: Lisbon (Fat Possum) **
  • Joey DeFrancesco: Never Can Say Goodbye: The Music of Michael Jackson (High Note)
  • Natasha Bedingfield: Strip Me (Epic/Phonogenic) **
  • Waka Flocka Flame: Flockaveli (Warner Brothers) **
  • Gary Allan: Get Off on the Pain (MCA Nashville) **
  • Klaxons: Surfing the Void (Polydor) **
  • Gretchen Wilson: I Got Your Country Right Here (Redneck) **
  • Saltman Knowles: Yesterday's Man (Pacific Coast Jazz)
  • Kenny Werner: No Beginning No End (Half Note)
  • Puttin' On the Ritz: White Light/White Heat (Hot Cup) *
  • Liars: Sisterworld (Mute) **
  • Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin (Walt Disney) **
  • EEA [Peter Epstein/Larry Engstrom/David Ake]: The Dark (Origin)
  • Maria Neckam: Deeper (Sunnyside)
  • Trombone Shorty: Backatown (Verve Forecast) **
  • Jamie Ousley: Back Home (Tie)
  • Mark Egan: Truth Be Told (Wavetone)
  • Jamie Cullum: The Pursuit (Verve) *
  • Gonjasufi: A Sufi and a Killer (Warp) **

Compilations/Vault Music:

Compilations of old music, mostly reissued, plus some previously unreleased finds. There is much debate as to whether the latter should be treated as new releases regardless of how old the music is. No doubt there is a fuzzy border line, but records that are known to be 100% previously unreleased are marked with [n].

  1. Tabu Ley Rochereau: The Voice of Lightness Vol. 2: Congo Classics 1977-1993 (Sterns, 2CD)
  2. Etoile de Dakar: Once Upon a Time in Senegal: The Birth of Mbalax 1979-1981 (Sterns, 2CD)
  3. African Pearls: Congo: Pont Sur Le Congo (Syllart, 2CD)
  4. D.O. Misiani and Shirati Jazz: The King of History (Sterns)
  5. Roots of OK Jazz: Congo Classics 1955-1956 (Crammed Discs) [**]
  6. Ravi Shankar: Rare and Glorious (1962-88, Times Square, 2CD)
  7. Commitment: The Complete Recordings 1981/1983 (1980-83, No Business, 2CD)
  8. Beatles Beginnings: Quarrymen One: Skiffle - Country - Western (1926-59, Rhythm and Blues -09) **
  9. Bloody War: Songs 1924-1939 (Tompkins Square) [**]
  10. Beatles Beginnings: Quarrymen Two: Rock 'n' Roll (1952-59, Rhythm and Blues -09) **
  11. Yes We Can: Songs About Leaving Africa (Out Here) **
  12. Art Pepper: Unreleased Art, Vol. V: Stuttgart May 25, 1981 (Widow's Taste) [n]


  • Art-i-facts: Great Performances From 40 Years of Jazz at NEC (1973-2008, New England Conservatory)
  • Dave Brubeck: Legacy of a Legend (1955-70, Columbia/Legacy, 2CD)
  • Bob Dylan: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 [The Bootleg Series, Vol. 9] (Columbia/Legacy, 2CD)
  • Frank Fairfield's Pawn Records Presents: Unheard Ofs & Forgotten Abouts (1916-64, Tompkins Square)
  • Lena Horne: The Essential Lena Horne (1941-75, Masterworks/Legacy, 2CD)
  • Mike Marshall: An Adventure 1999-2009 (1999-2009, Adventure Music)
  • Nigeria Afrobeat Special: The New Explosive Sound in 1970s Nigeria (Soundway)
  • The NYFA Collection: 25 Years of New York New Music (Innova, 5CD)
  • Steve Tibbetts: Compilation: Acoustibbetts/Elektrobitts/Exotibbetts (Steve Tibbets, 3CD)
  • Tribute to JJ Cale, Volume 1: The Vocal Sessions (Zoho)

Also Noted:

  • Irene Kral: Second Chance (1975, Jazzed Media) ** [n]
  • Alan Jackson: 34 Number Ones (1989-2008, Arista, 2CD) **
  • African Pearls: Sénégal: Echo Musical (1970s, Syllart, 2CD) **
  • Walter Gibbons: Jungle Music (1976-86, Strut, 2CD) **
  • Catalyst: The Complete Recordings, Vol. 1 (1972, Porter) **
  • Issa Juma & Super Wanyika Stars: World Defeats the Grandfathers (1982-86, Sterns) **
  • Otis Redding & His Orchestra: Live on Sunset Strip (1966, Stax, 2CD) **
  • Next Stop . . . Soweto, Vol, 1 (1969-75, Strut) **
  • Arild Andersen: Green in Blue: Early Quartets (1975-78, ECM, 3CD)
  • Bollywood Remembers: Laxmikant Pyareli: Best of the EMI Years (1963-91, Times Square, 2CD)
  • Lena Horne Sings: The M-G-M Singles (1946-48, Verve/Hip-O Select)
  • Black Tambourine (1989-92, Slumberland) **
  • Blaze Foley: The Dawg Years (1975-78, Fat Possum) **
  • Tin Huey: Before Obscurity: Bushflow Tapes (1974-79, Smog Veil -09) **
  • Fucked Up: Couple Tracks (2002-09, Matador, 2CD) **
  • King Khan: Songs From the Films of Shahrukh Khan (1992-2002, Times Square)
  • Kleenex/Liliput: Live Recordings, TV-Clips & Roadmovie (1979-83, Kill Rock Stars, CD+DVD) **
  • Placebo: Covers (1997-2005, Virgin) **
  • The Method Actors: This Is Still It (1980-81, Acute) **
  • Larry Coryell: Prime Picks: The Virtuoso Guitar of Larry Coryell (1998-2003, High Note)
  • Chick Corea: Solo Piano: Improvisations/Children's Songs (1971-83, ECM, 3CD)
  • Elliott Smith: An Introduction to Elliott Smith (1994-2003, Kill Rock Stars) **
  • The Units: History of the Units: The Early Ears 1977-1983 (Community Library) **
  • John Lennon: Power to the People: The Hits (1970-80, Capitol) **
  • Catalyst: The Complete Recordings, Vol. 2 (1974-75, Porter) **
  • Cedar Chest: The Cedar Walton Songbook [The Composer Collection Volume 6] (High Note)
  • Francis Albert Sinatra/Antonio Carlos Jobim: The Complete Reprise Recordings (1967, Concord) **
  • Music of the Sphere: Thelonious Monk Songbook [The Composer Collection Volume 5] (High Note)
  • Come and Get It: The Best of Apple Records (1968-73, Capitol) B- **
  • Keith Richards: Vintage Vinos (1988-92, Mindless) **


Reissues are new releases of old records: records that have been previously released under the same name (although we're also on the lookout for trivial rename jobs). They may have extra bonus cuts, maybe even a whole extra disc of cuts; "twofers" are also included here.

  1. John Lennon: Imagine (1971, Capitol) **
  2. John Lennon: Plastic Ono Band (1970, Capitol) **
  3. Sounds of Liberation (1972, Porter) [**]
  4. Eero Koivistoinen & Co.: 3rd Version (1973, Porter)
  5. Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street [Deluxe Edition] (1972, Universal Republic, 2CD) [**]
  6. John Lennon/Yoko Ono: Milk and Honey (1980-83, Capitol) **
  7. Miles Davis: Bitches Brew: 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition (1969-70, Columbia/Legacy, 3CD+DVD) *


Also Noted:

  • Archie Shepp: The New York Contemporary Five (1963, Delmark)
  • Scott Fields Ensemble: Fugu (1995, Clean Feed)
  • Gabor Szabo: Jazz Raga (1967, Light in the Attic)
  • Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street [Rarities Edition] (1972, UME) **
  • John Vanore & Abstract Truth: Curiosity (1991, Acoustical Concepts)
  • Mary Hopkin: Earth Song/Ocean Song (1971, Capitol) **
  • Phil Wilson/Makoto Ozone: Live!! At the Berklee Performance Center (1982, Capri)
  • Billy Preston: That's the Way God Planned It (1969, Capitol) **
  • Badfinger: Magic Christian Music (1969, Capitol) **
  • John Lennon/Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy: Stripped Down (1980, Capitol, 2CD) **
  • Pete Lockett's Network of Sparks: One (1999, Summerfold)
  • John Lennon: Rock 'n' Roll (1975, Capitol) **
  • Badfinger: No Dice (1970, Capitol) **
  • Mary Hopkin: Postcard (1969, Capitol) **
  • Billy Preston: Encouraging Words (1970, Capitol) **
  • The Modern Jazz Quartet: Under the Jasmin Tree/Space (1967-69, Capitol) **
  • John Lennon/Yoko Ono: Some Time in New York City (1972, Capitol, 2CD) **
  • James Taylor (1968, Capitol) **
  • Badfinger: Straight Up (1971, Capitol) **
  • John Lennon: Mind Games (1973, Capitol) **
  • Badfinger: Ass (1972-73, Capitol) **
  • Jackie Lomax: Is This What You Want? (1969, Capitol) **
  • John Lennon: Walls and Bridges (1974, Capitol) **
  • John Tavener: The Whale/Celtic Requiem (1970-71, Capitol) **


I don't review DVDs. I don't watch DVDs. I don't record them in my database -- well, almost never, anyhow. Part of this is that I don't have the time, the eyes, or at the moment even the equipment. I never request DVDs. Still, some publicists insist on sending them anyway. Here's a list. They're all pending, and will probably remain that way until hell freezes over.

  1. Mikrokolektyw: Dew Point (Delmark)
  2. Ana Popovic Band: Live From the Heart of Italy (Artistexclusive)
  3. John Scofield: New Morning: The Paris Concert (Inakustik)


I always come up empty for song lists at year-end poll time. So I thought I'd start here.

  1. Laurie Anderson: "Only an Expert" (Homeland)
  2. T.I.: "Big Picture" (No Mercy)
  3. Bruno Mars: "Just the Way You Are" (Doo-Wops & Hooligans)
  4. Girls: "The Oh So Protective One" (Broken Dreams Club)
  5. Dyan Valdés/Eddie Argos: "Creeque Allies" (Fixin' the Charts, Vol. 1: Everybody Was in the French Resistance . . . Now!)
  6. M.I.A.: "Born Free" (Maya)