' Music Year 2011 [Frozen]

Music Year 2011 [Frozen]

This is my year-end list for records released in 2011, frozen as of Jan. 18, 2012. The actual Music Year 2011 will continue to be updated to Dec. 31, 2012, 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., -10 for 2010) -- 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. Dan Raphael/Rich Halley/Carson Halley: Children of the Blue Supermarket (Pine Eagle)
  2. Lobi Traore: Bwati Kono "In the Club" (Kanaga System Krush)
  3. The Mekons: Ancient & Modern 1911-2011 (Bloodshot)
  4. Avram Fefer/Eric Revis/Chad Taylor: Eliyahu (Not Two)
  5. Jimmie Dale Gilmore/The Wronglers: Heirloom Music (Neanderthal Noise) [**]
  6. Allen Lowe: Blues and the Empirical Truth (Music & Arts, 3CD)
  7. Dave Alvin: Eleven Eleven (Yep Roc) [**]
  8. ICP Orchestra: ICP 049 (ICP -10)
  9. Todd Snider: Live: The Storyteller (Thirty Tigers/Aimless, 2CD)
  10. Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya: Sotho Blue (Sunnyside)
  11. Muhal Richard Abrams: SoundDance (Pi, 2CD)
  12. Sonny Rollins: Road Shows Vol. 2 (Doxy/Emarcy)
  13. Raphael Saadiq: Stone Rollin' (Columbia)
  14. Lupe Fiasco: Lasers (Atlantic) [**]
  15. Das Racist: Relax (Greedhead) [**]
  16. Mayer Hawthorne: How Do You Do (Universal Republic) [**]
  17. The Weeknd: House of Balloons (mixtape) **
  18. Girls: Father, Son, Holy Ghost (True Panther Sounds) [**]
  19. Frank Ocean: Nostalgia, Ultra (mixtape) **
  20. Teddybears: Devil's Music (Big Beat/Atlantic) [**]
  21. Cunninlynguists: Oneirology (RBC) **
  22. Fucked Up: David Comes to Life (Matador) **
  23. David Murray Cuban Ensemble: Plays Nat King Cole: En Español (Motéma)
  24. TV on the Radio: Nine Types of Light (Interscope) [**]
  25. Kanye West/Jay-Z: Watch the Throne (Roc-A-Fella)
  26. Wussy: Strawberry (Shake It) **
  27. Drive-By Truckers: Go-Go Boots (ATO/Red) [**]
  28. Matt Lavelle: Goodbye New York, Hello World (Music Now!)
  29. Ellery Eskelin Trio: New York (Prime Source)
  30. De Nazaten & James Carter: For Now (Strotbrocck)
  31. Fruit Bats: Tripper (Sub Pop) **
  32. Terakaft: Aratan N Azawad (World Village) [**]
  33. Tommy Smith: Karma (Spartacus)
  34. Ted Rosenthal: Out of This World (Playscape)
  35. Serengeti: Family & Friends (Anticon) **
  36. Class Actress: Rapprocher (Carpark) **
  37. Group Doueh: Zayna Jumma (Sublime Frequencies)
  38. Adam Pieronczyk: Komeda: The Innocent Sorcerer (Jazzwerkstatt)
  39. Tyshawn Sorey: Oblique - I (Pi)
  40. Buck 65: 20 Odd Years (WEA Canada) **
  41. Elzhi: Elmatic (Jae B Group) **
  42. Pistol Annies: Hell on Heels (Columbia Nashville) [**]
  43. Tinariwen: Tassili (Anti-) **
  44. Steve Cropper: Dedicated: A Salute to the 5 Royales (429) [**]
  45. Low Cut Connie: Get Out the Lotion (self-released)
  46. Emperor X: Western Teleport (Bar/None) [**]
  47. Poly Styrene: Generation Indigo (Future Noise)
  48. Tom Waits: Bad as Me (Anti-)
  49. Ry Cooder: Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down (Nonesuch) [**]
  50. Bootsy Collins: Tha Funk Capital of the World (Megaforce) **
  51. Merle Haggard: Working in Tennessee (Vanguard)
  52. The Dirt Drifters: This Is My Blood (Warner Brothers) [**]
  53. Hot Chelle Rae: Whatever (RCA) **
  54. Blaqstarr: Divine EP (NEET, EP) **
  55. Viceversah: Shine Not Burn (AR Classic) **
  56. Peter Stampfel/Jeffrey Lewis: Come on Board (self-released) **
  57. Mathias Eick: Skala (ECM)
  58. Darius Jones: Big Gurl (Smell My Dream) (AUM Fidelity)
  59. Rainbow Arabia: Boys and Diamonds (Kompakt)
  60. Limousines: Get Sharp (Dangerbird) **
  61. Colin Stetson: New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges (Constellation) **
  62. Carlo De Rosa's Cross-Fade: Brain Dance (Cuneiform)
  63. Bombino: Agadez (Cumbancha) **
  64. Generation Bass Presents: Transnational Dubstep (Six Degrees) [**]
  65. Bibio: Mind Bokeh (Warp) **
  66. Ernest Dawkins' New Horizons Ensemble: The Prairie Prophet (Delmark)
  67. Wadada Leo Smith's Organic: Heart's Reflections (Cuneiform, 2CD)
  68. Andrew Cyrille & Haitian Fascination: Route de Frères (TUM)
  69. Rudresh Mahanthappa: Samdhi (ACT)
  70. Alexis Cuadrado: Noneto Ibérico (Bju'ecords)
  71. The Baseball Project: Vol. 2: High and Inside (Yep Roc) **
  72. The Chris Byars Octet: Lucky Strikes Again (SteepleChase)
  73. Starlicker: Double Demon (Delmark)
  74. David S. Ware/Cooper-Moore/William Parker/Muhammad Ali: Planetary Unknown (AUM Fidelity)
  75. Jake Fryer/Bud Shank Quartet: In Good Company (Capri)
  76. Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton: Play the Blues: Live From Jazz at Lincoln Center (Reprise, CD+DVD)
  77. Claire Ritter: The Stream of Pearls Project (Zoning)
  78. Maïkotron Unit: Ex-Voto (Jazz From Rant)
  79. 9th Wonder: The Wonder Years (Traffic Entertainment) [**]
  80. FAB Trio: History of Jazz in Reverse (TUM)
  81. Yaala Ballin: On the Road (Gallery)
  82. Connie Smith: Long Line of Heartaches (Sugar Hill) **
  83. Miranda Lambert: Four the Record (RCA Nashville) [**]
  84. Scroobius Pip: Distraction Pieces (Speech Development) **
  85. Cornershop: Cornershop and the Double-O Groove Of (Ample Play) **
  86. Luis Lopes: Lisbon Berlin Trio (Clean Feed)
  87. Kieran Hebden/Steve Reid/Mats Gustafsson: Live at the South Bank (Smalltown Superjazz, 2CD)
  88. Hail Mary Mallon: Are You Gonna Eat That? (Rhymesayers Entertainment) **
  89. Jill Scott: The Light of the Sun (Blues Babe/Warner Bros.) [**]
  90. Marcus Strickland: Triumph of the Heavy: Volume 1 & 2 (Strick Muzik, 2CD)
  91. Side A: A New Margin (Clean Feed)
  92. Joe McPhee/Michael Zerang: Creole Gardens (A New Orleans Song) (NoBusiness)
  93. Gerry Hemingway Quintet: Riptide (Clean Feed)
  94. Joe Fiedler Trio: Sacred Chrome Orb (YSL)
  95. Harrison Bankhead Sextet: Morning Sun Harvest Moon (Engine) **
  96. Jason Stein Quartet: The Story This Time (Delmark)
  97. Charles Lloyd Quartet with Maria Farantouri: Athens Concert (ECM, 2CD)
  98. Andrew Atkinson Quartet: Live: Keep Looking Forward (self-released)
  99. Deborah Pearl: Souvenir of You: New Lyrics to Benny Carter Classics (Evening Star) [?]
  100. J Mascis: Several Shades of Why (Sub Pop) **
  101. Britney Spears: Femme Fatale (Jive)
  102. Brian Charette: Learning to Count (SteepleChase)
  103. William Elliot Whitmore: Field Songs (Anti-) **
  104. James Carter Organ Trio: At the Crossroads (Emarcy)
  105. Eliane Elias: Light My Fire (Concord) [?]
  106. Hayes Carll: KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories) (Lost Highway) [**]
  107. Phil Ranelin: Perseverance (Wide Hive) **
  108. Swollen Members: Dagger Mouth (Suburban Noize) **
  109. Note of Hope: A Celebration of Woody Guthrie (429) [**]
  110. Lim: With Marc Ducret (Kopasetic) **
  111. La Cherga: Revolve (Asphalt Tango)
  112. Middle Brother (Partisan) **
  113. Jerry Leake & Randy Roos: Cubist Live (Rhombus Publishing)
  114. Jerry Bergonzi: Convergence (Savant)
  115. Honey Ear Trio: Steampunk Serenade (Foxhaven)
  116. Lucinda Williams: Blessed (Lost Highway)
  117. BLNRB: Welcome to the Madhouse (Out Here)
  118. Inzinzac: Inzinzac (High Two)
  119. New York Dolls: Dancing Backward in High Heels (429) [**]
  120. Lydia Loveless: Indestructible Machine (Bloodshot) **
  121. Moon Hotel Lounge Project: Into the Ojalá (Frosty Cordial)


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

  • Afro Bop Alliance: Una Más (OA2)
  • Aimtoronto Orchestra: Year of the Boar (Barnyard)
  • Amikaeyla & Trelawny Rose: To Eva, With Love: A Celebration of Eva Cassidy Live! (Patois)
  • Bryan Anthony: A Night Like This (Mercator Media)
  • Available Jelly: Plushlok, Baarle-Nassau, Set 1 (Ramboy)
  • Available Jelly: Plushlok, Baarle-Nassau, Set 2 (Ramboy)
  • Axel's Axiom: Uncommon Sense (Armored)
  • Matt Baker: Underground (self-released)
  • Pat Battstone and Richard Poole: Mystic Nights (Bat's Tones Music)
  • Chris Bauer: In a Yuletide Groove: Harmonica Jazz for the Holidays (self-released)
  • Sylvia Bennett: Sonrie (Out of Sight Music)
  • David Budway: A New Kiss (MaxJazz)
  • Michel Camilo: Mano A Mano (Decca) *
  • Michael Campagna: Moments (Challenge)
  • Mindy Canter: Fluteus Maximum (Mindela Music)
  • Marco Cappelli: In the Shadow of No Towers (Mode)
  • Fredrik Carlquist: Playing Cool (FCJazz)
  • Tito Carrillo: Opening Statement (Origin)
  • Erik Charlston: Jazz Brasil: Essentially Hermeto (Sunnyside)
  • Liz Childs Quartet: Take Flight (self-released)
  • Maureen Choi: Quartet (self-released)
  • The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra: The Symphonic Celtic Album (Silva Screen)
  • Tony R Clef: Tuesday Afternoon (Big Round)
  • Louis Cole and Genevieve Artadi: Think Thoughts (self-released)
  • Mike Cottone: Just Remember (Mike Cottone Music)
  • Kevin Crabb: Waltz for Dylan (Crabbclaw)
  • Norman David and the Eleventet: At This Time (CoolCraft)
  • Ryan Davidson Trio (Debris Field)
  • Jonathan Elias: Path to Zero: Prayer Cycle (Downtown)
  • The Falconaires: Sharing the Freedom (The USAF Academy Band)
  • Danny Fox Trio: The One Constant (Songlines)
  • Carlos Franzetti/Allison Brewster Franzetti: Alborada (Amapola)
  • Chantale Gagné: Wisdom of the Water (self-released)
  • The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra: All Out of Peaches (New Folk)
  • David Greenberger/Jupiter Circle: Never Give Up Study (Pel Pel)
  • David Greenberger/Ralph Carney: OH, PA (Pel Pel)
  • David Greenberger/Bangalore: How I Became Uncertain (Pel Pel)
  • David Greenberger/Mark Greenberg: Tell Me That Before (Pel Pel)
  • Grupo Falso Baiano: Simplicidade: Live at Yoshi's (Massaroca)
  • The Habit: Lincoln Has Won (Reel to Reel)
  • Jürgen Hagenlocher: Leap in the Dark (Intuition)
  • Tianna Hall: Never Let Me Go (Blue Bamboo Music)
  • Taylor Haskins: Recombination (19/8)
  • Nick Hempton: The Business (Posi-Tone)
  • Pamela Hines Trio with April Hall: Lucky's Boy (Spice Rack)
  • Holshauser, Bennink & Moore: Live in NYC (Ramboy)
  • Human Element (Abstract Logix)
  • In One Wind: How Bright a Shadow! (Primary)
  • Jackson Garrett: Let Sleeping Dogs Lie (self-released)
  • Kenny & Leah: All About Love (K&L)
  • Edgar Knecht: Good Morning Lilofee (Ozella)
  • Sinikka Langeland Group: The Land That Is Not (ECM) *
  • Neil Leonard: Marcel's Window (Gasp)
  • The George Lernis Jazz Quartet: Shapes of Nature (self-released)
  • Elisabeth Lohninger Band: Christmas in July (JazzSick)
  • Alex Lopez: We Can Take This Boat (Lopez Music)
  • Ellis Marsalis: A New Orleans Christmas Carol (ELM)
  • Lisa Maxwell: Happy (Happy)
  • Jocelyn Medina: We Are Water (self-released)
  • Michael Moore Quintet: Amsterdam (Ramboy)
  • Michael Moore Quintet: Rotterdam (Ramboy)
  • Michael Moore Quartet: Easter Sunday (Ramboy)
  • Youn Sun Nah: Same Girl (ACT -10)
  • Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto: Current (Adventure Music)
  • The New World Jazz Composers Octet: Breaking News (Big and Phat)
  • Mark O'Connor Quintet: Suspended Reality (OA2)
  • Mark O'Toole: The Crooner (self-released)
  • Matt Panayides: Tapestries of Song (Pacific Coast Jazz)
  • Sam Pannunzio: Goin' Home (Eastside Jazz)
  • Evan Parker/Wes Neal/Joe Sorbara: At Somewhere There (Barnyard)
  • Alexis Parsons (Ellick)
  • Alan Pasqua: Twin Bill: Two Piano Music of Bill Evans (BFM Jazz)
  • Oscar Peterson: Unmistakable [Zenph Re-Performance] (Sony Masterworks)
  • Tan Ping: Paradise (Goody Heart Productions)
  • Planet Z: Planet Z Featuring Susan Aquila (Blue Chair)
  • Ponykiller: The Wilderness (Housecore)
  • Rampersaud Shaw Martin Neal Krakowiak: Halcyon Science 130410 (Barnyard)
  • Lola Regenthal: With You (Origin)
  • Kate Reid: The Love I'm In (self-released)
  • Nadav Remez: So Far (Bju'ecords)
  • Arrica Rose & the . . . 's: Let Alone Sea (Poprock)
  • John Samorian: Out on a Limb (self-released)
  • Lalo Schifrin: Invocations: Jazz Meets the Symphony #7 (Aleph)
  • Matt Slocum: After the Storm (Chandra)
  • Cinzia Spata: Into the Moment (Koine)
  • Stranahan/Zaleski/Rosato: Anticipation (Capri)
  • Sultans of String: Move (Independent)
  • Kayla Taylor: You'd Be Surprised (SMartyKat)
  • Dan Tepfer: Goldberg Variations/Variations (Sunnyside)
  • TriBeCaStan: New Deli (Evergreene Music)
  • TRP (The Reese Project): Evening in Vermont (Rhombus)
  • Turn Around Norman: We Turn Around (TAND)
  • The United States Air Force Band: The Jazz Heritage Series 2011 Radio Broadcasts (United States Air Force Band, 3CD)
  • Jim Van Slyke: The Sedaka Sessions (LML Music)
  • Yvonne Washington with Gary Norman: Trust in Me (Mercator Media)
  • Bastian Weinhold: River Styx (self-released)
  • Mark Weinstein: El Cumbanchero (Jazzheads)

Also Noted:

Records in hand, graded B+ or below, in alphabetical order within grade slots:

  • Agogic (Table & Chairs)
  • Ralph Alessi and This Against That: Wiry Strong (Clean Feed)
  • Harry Allen: Rhythm on the River (Challenge)
  • JD Allen Trio: Victory! (Sunnyside)
  • Ben Allison: Action-Refraction (Palmetto) **
  • An Horse: Walls (Mom & Pop) **
  • Ernestine Anderson: Nightlife (High Note)
  • The Antlers: Burst Apart (Frenchkiss) **
  • Architecture in Helsinki: Moment Bends (Downtown) **
  • Lynne Arriale: Convergence (Motéma)
  • Art Brut: Brilliant! Tragic! (Cooking Vinyl) **
  • ASAP Rocky: LiveLoveASAP (RCA/Polo Grounds Music) **
  • Clint Ashlock Big Band: New Jazz Order (self-released)
  • Omer Avital: Free Forever (Smalls)
  • Marcia Ball: Roadside Attractions (Alligator) **
  • BANN [Seamus Blake/Jay Anderson/Oz Noy/Adam Nussbaum]: As You Like (Jazz Eyes)
  • BassDrumBone: The Other Parade (Clean Feed)
  • Michael Bates: Acrobat: Music for, and by, Dmitri Shostakovich (Sunnyside) [?]
  • Beastie Boys: Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (Capitol) **
  • Bebop Trio (Creative Nation Music)
  • The Louie Belogenis Trio: Tiresias (Porter)
  • Daniel Bennett Group: Peace & Stability Among Bears (Bennett Alliance)
  • Tim Berne: Insomnia (Clean Feed)
  • Tim Berne/Jim Black/Nels Cline: The Veil (Cryptogramophone)
  • Sarah Bernstein: Unearthish (Phase Frame Music)
  • The B-52s: With the Wild Crowd! (Eagle) **
  • Carlos Bica: Things About Carlos Bica & Azul (Clean Feed)
  • David Binney: Graylen Epicenter (Mythology)
  • Scott H. Biram: Bad Ingredients (Bloodshot) **
  • Jim Black/Trevor Dunn/Oscar Noriega/Chris Speed: Endangered Blood (Skirl)
  • Ran Blake/Dominique Eade: Whirlpool (Jazz Project)
  • Anthony Branker & Word Play: Dialogic (Origin)
  • Jane Ira Bloom: Wingwalker (Outline)
  • Danny Brown: XXX (Fool's Gold) **
  • Bryan and the Haggards: Still Alive and Kickin' Down the Walls (Hot Cup)
  • Jaki Byard: A Matter of Black and White: Live at the Keystone Korner, Vol. 2 (1978-79, High Note)
  • Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet: Apparent Distance (Firehouse 12)
  • Uri Caine Trio: Siren (Winter & Winter) **
  • The Cambodian Space Project: 2011: A Space Odyssey (Metal Postcard) **
  • Kate Campbell: Two Nights in Texas (Large River Music) **
  • Laura Cantrell: Kitty Wells Dresses: Songs of the Queen of Country Music (Spit & Polish) **
  • Marco Cappelli Acoustic Trio: Les Nuages en France (Mode/Avant)
  • Ralph Carney's Serious Jass Project: Seriously (Smog Veil)
  • Carolina Chocolate Drops: Carolina Chocolate Drops/Luminiscent Orchestrii (Nonesuch, EP) **
  • François Carrier/Michel Lambert/Alexey Lapin: All Out (FMR)
  • François Carrier/Alexey Lapin/Michel Lambert: Inner Spire (Leo)
  • Bruno Chevillon/Tim Berne: Old and Unwise (Clean Feed)
  • Clams Casino: Instrumentals (mixtape) **
  • Common: The Dreamer/The Believer (Warner Brothers) **
  • The Cookers: Cast the First Stone (Plus Loin Music)
  • Cut Off Your Hands: Hollow (Frenchkiss) **
  • Joseph Daley Earth Tones Ensemble: The Seven Deadly Sins (Jaro) **
  • Claire Daly Quintet: Mary Joyce Project: Nothing to Lose (Daly Bread)
  • DaVinci: Feast or Famine (SWTBRDS, EP) **
  • Dead Cat Dance: Chance Episodes (Cuneiform)
  • Death Cab for Cutie: Codes and Keys (Atlantic) **
  • Deer Tick: Divine Providence (Partisan) **
  • Del the Funky Homosapien: Golden Era (The Council) **
  • Todd DelGiudice: Pencil Sketches (OA2)
  • Brigitte DeMeyer: Rose of Jericho (BDM Music) **
  • Disappears: Guider (Kranky) **
  • Armen Donelian: Leapfrog (Sunnyside)
  • Dave Douglas: Rare Metals [Greenleaf Portable Series Volume 1] (Greenleaf Music)
  • Dave Douglas: United Front: Brass Ecstasy at Newport (Greenleaf Music) **
  • Dave Douglas/So Percussion: Bad Mango [Greenleaf Portable Series Volume 3] (Greenleaf Music)
  • Steve Earle: I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (New West) **
  • Echoes of Swing: Message From Mars (Echoes of Swing)
  • Egyptrixx: Bible Eyes (Night Slugs) **
  • Harris Eisenstadt: Canada Day II (Songlines) **
  • Harris Eisenstadt: September Trio (Clean Feed)
  • Marty Ehrlich's Rites Quartet: Frog Leg Logic (Clean Feed)
  • Amir ElSaffar Two Rivers Ensemble: Inana (Pi)
  • EMA: Past Life Martyred Saints (Souterrain Transmissions) **
  • Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire: Lost in Translation (Mishka) **
  • Farmers by Nature [Gerald Cleaver, William Parker, Craig Taborn]: Out of This World's Distortions (AUM Fidelity)
  • Agustí Fernández: El Laberint de la Memória (Mbari Musica)
  • T-Model Ford and GravelRoad: Taledragger (Alive) **
  • Fountains of Wayne: Sky Full of Holes (Yep Roc) **
  • Erik Friedlander: Bonebridge (Skipstone)
  • The Front Bottoms (Bar/None)
  • Gang of Four: Content (Yep Roc) **
  • Giacomo Gates: The Revolution Will Be Jazz: The Songs of Gil Scott-Heron (Savant)
  • Ghostpoet: Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam (Brownswood) **
  • Gold-Bears: Are You Falling in Love? (Slumberland) **
  • Vinny Golia Quartet: Take Your Time (Relative Pitch) **
  • Dennis González/João Paulo: So Soft Yet (Clean Feed)
  • G-Side: The One . . . Cohesive (Slow Motion Soundz) **
  • Charlie Haden Quartet West: Sophisticated Ladies (Decca) **
  • Scott Hamilton/Rossano Sportiello: Midnight at NOLA's Penthouse (Arbors) **
  • Eric Harland: Voyager: Live by Night (Sunnyside)
  • Harriet Tubman: Ascension (Sunnyside)
  • PJ Harvey: Let England Shake (Vagrant) **
  • Roy Haynes: Roy-Alty (Dreyfus)
  • Julius Hemphill/Peter Kowald: Live at Kassiopeia (1987, NoBusiness, 2CD)
  • William Hooker: Crossing Points (1992, NoBusiness)
  • Sierra Hull: Daybreak (Rounder) **
  • I Compani: Mangiare (Icdisc)
  • Iceage: New Brigade (What's Your Rupture?) **
  • Mikko Innanen & Innkvisitio: Clustrophy (TUM)
  • Isolée: Well Spent Youth (Pampa) **
  • Anne Mette Iversen Quartet: Milo Songs (Bju'ecords)
  • Vijay Iyer with Prasanna & Nitin Mitta: Tirtha (ACT)
  • Nicolas Jaar: Space Is Only Noise (Circus) **
  • Jazz Spastiks and Junclassic: Mode 7 (Hipnott) **
  • Garland Jeffreys: The King of In Between (Luna Park) **
  • Darren Johnston's Gone to Chicago: The Big Lift (Porto Franco)
  • Mamani Keita: Gagner l'Argent Français (No Format) **
  • Kembe X: Self Rule (mixtape) **
  • Killer Mike: PL3DGE (SMC) **
  • Dave King Trucking Company: Good Old Light (Sunnyside)
  • Lisa Kirchner: Something to Sing About (Albany)
  • The Klezmatics: Live at Town Hall (Soundbrush, 2CD) **
  • Lee Konitz: Insight (1989-95, Jazzwerkstatt)
  • Alison Krauss & Union Station: Paper Airplane (Rounder) **
  • Ernie Krivda: Blues for Pekar (Capri)
  • Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80: From Africa With Fury: Rise (Knitting Factory) **
  • Lady Gaga: Born This Way (Streamline/Interscope) **
  • The Landrus Kaleidoscope: Capsule (BlueLand)
  • Jeff Lederer: Sunwatcher (Jazzheads)
  • Jens Lekman: An Argument With Myself (Secretly Canadian, EP) **
  • Jeffrey Lewis: A Turn in the Dream-Songs (Rough Trade) **
  • Los Chicharrons: Roots of Life (Tummy Touch) **
  • Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Quavers! Quavers! Quavers! Quavers! (Hot Cup)
  • Brian Lynch: Unsung Heroes (Hollistic Music Works)
  • Tony Malaby: Tony Malaby's Novella (Clean Feed)
  • Mambo Legends Orchestra: ¡Ten Cuidao! Watch Out! (Zoho, 2CD)
  • René Marie: Black Lace Freudian Slip (Motéma) **
  • Boban & Marko Markovic Orchestra Versus Fanfare Ciocárlia: Balkan Brass Battle (Asphalt Tango)
  • Pat Martino: Undeniable: Live at Blues Alley (High Note)
  • Nilson Matta & Roni Ben-Hur: Mojave (Motéma)
  • Terrence McManus: Transcendental Numbers (NoBusiness)
  • Brad Mehldau & Kevin Hays: Modern Music (Nonesuch)
  • Sei Miguel/Pedro Gomes: Turbina Anthem (NoBusiness)
  • Mac Miller: Blue Slide Park (Rostrum) **
  • Yoko Miwa Trio: Live at Scullers Jazz Club (self-released)
  • Nils Petter Molvaer: Baboon Moon (Thirsty Ear) *
  • Mostly Other People Do the Killing: The Coimbra Concert (Clean Feed, 2CD)
  • Motörhead: The World Is Yours (UDR) **
  • Mountain Goats: All Eternals Deck (Merge) **
  • Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers: Rambler's Call (Rebel -10) **
  • Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers: Starlight Hotel (Signature Sounds) **
  • Nanette Natal: Sweet Summer Blue (Benyo Music)
  • New York Standards Quartet: Unstandard (Challenge)
  • Nine 11 Thesaurus: Ground Zero Generals (The Social Registry)
  • Nordeson Shelton: Incline (Singlespeed Music)
  • Nordic Connect: Spirals (ArtistShare)
  • Sean Nowell: Stockholm Swingin' (Posi-Tone)
  • NY Jazz Initiative: Mad About Thad (Jazzheads)
  • Obits: Moody, Standard and Poor (Sub Pop) **
  • Oneohtrix Point Never: Replica (Software) **
  • Other Dimensions in Music featuring Fay Victor: Kaiso Stories (Silkheart)
  • Michael Pedicin: Ballads (Jazz Hut)
  • Ivo Perelman Quartet: The Hour of the Star (Leo)
  • Houston Person: So Nice (HighNote)
  • Phonte: Charity Starts at Home (HBD) **
  • Rod Picott: Welding Burns (Welding Rod) **
  • Augusto Pirodda: No Comment (Jazzwerkstatt) [?]
  • Premier Roeles: Ka Da Ver (Vindu)
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band & the Del McCoury Band: American Legacies (McCoury Music) **
  • The Psychic Paramount: II **
  • Joshua Redman/Aaron Parks/Matt Penman/Eric Harland: James Farm (Nonesuch)
  • The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Montreal Parade (482 Music) **
  • Júlio Resende Trio: You Taste Like a Song (Clean Feed)
  • Matana Roberts: Live in London (Central Control) **
  • Daniel Rosenthal: Lines (American Melody)
  • Roswell Rudd: The Incredible Honk (Sunnyside)
  • Bobby Sanabria: Tito Puente Masterworks Live!!! (Jazzheads)
  • SBTRKT (Young Turks) **
  • John Scofield: A Moment's Peace (Emarcy)
  • Karl Seglem: Ossicles (Ozella)
  • SFE: Positions & Descriptions: Simon H. Fell Composition No. 75 (Clean Feed)
  • Shackleton: Fabric 55 (Fabric) **
  • Matthew Shipp: Art of the Improviser (Thirsty Ear, 2CD)
  • Matthew Shipp/Joe Morris: Broken Partials (Not Two) **
  • Paul Simon: So Beautiful or So What (Hear Music/Concord)
  • Sims: Bad Time Zoo (Doomtree) **
  • The Skull Defekts: Peer Amid (Thrill Jockey) **
  • Sean Smith Quartet: Trust (Smithereen)
  • Wadada Leo Smith's Mbira: Dark Lady of the Sonnets (TUM)
  • SMOD (Nacional) **
  • Sonic Liberation Front: Meets Sunny Murray (High Two)
  • Spank Rock: Everything Is Boring and Everyone Is a F---ing Liar (Bad Blood) **
  • Terell Stafford: This Side of Strayhorn (MaxJazz)
  • Joan Stiles: Three Musicians (Oo-Bla-Dee)
  • George Strait: Here for a Good Time (MCA Nashville) **
  • John Surman: Flashpoint: NDR Workshop - April '69 (1969, Cuneiform, CD+DVD)
  • Jamaldeen Tacuma: For the Love of Ornette (Jazzwerkstatt)
  • Tinie Tempah: Disc-Overy (Capitol) **
  • Sidi Touré & Friends: Sahel Folk (Thrill Jockey)
  • Vieux Farka Touré: The Secret (Six Degrees) **
  • Frank Turner: England Keep My Bones (Epitaph) **
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band: Revelator (Sony Masterworks) **
  • André Vasconcellos: 2 (Adventure Music)
  • Vicious World: Plays the Music of Rufus Wainwright (Spinaround)
  • Melvin Vines: Harlem Jazz Machine (Movi)
  • Larry Vuckovich: Somethin' Special (Tetrachord)
  • Robag Wruhme: Thora Vukk (Pampa) **
  • Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat: Everything's Getting Older (Chemikal Underground) **
  • Withered Hand: Good News (Absolutely Kosher) **
  • Watermelon Slim/Super Chikan: Okiesippi Blues (Northern Blues Music) **
  • Walt Weiskopf Quartet: Recorded Live April 8, 2008 Koger Hall University of South Carolina (Capri)
  • Kenny Wheeler: One of Many (CAM Jazz)
  • Doug Webb: Renovations (Posi-Tone)
  • Ezra Weiss: The Shirley Horn Suite (Roark)
  • Mort Weiss: Mort Weiss Meets Bill Cunliffe (SMS Jazz)
  • Wellstone Conspiracy: Humble Origins (Origin)
  • Kenny Werner: Balloons (Half Note)
  • Gerald Wilson Orchestra: Legacy (Mack Avenue) **
  • Wire: Red Barked Tree (Pink Flag) **
  • Andrea Wolper: Parallel Lives (Jazzed Media)
  • World Saxophone Quartet: Yes We Can (Jazzwerkstatt)
  • Miguel Zenón: Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook (Marsalis Music) **
  • Zomby: Dedication (4AD) **
  • Antonio Adolfo: Chora Baião (AAM)
  • Afrikan Sciences: Means and Ways (Deepblak) **
  • AgesandAges: Alright Your Restless (Knitting Factory Works) **
  • Ambrose Akinmusire: When the Heart Emerges Glistening (Blue Note) **
  • Amina Alaoui: Arco Iris (ECM)
  • Eric Alexander: Don't Follow the Crowd (High Note)
  • Alias: Fever Dream (Anticon) **
  • Aimée Allen: Winters & Mays (Azuline Music)
  • Amadou & Mariam: Remixes (Nonesuch) **
  • The Ambush Party (De Platenbakkerij)
  • The Ames Room: Bird Dies (Clean Feed)
  • AraabMUZIK: Electronic Dream (Duke Productions) **
  • Arrive: "There Was . . ." (Clean Feed)
  • Arthur's Landing (Strut) **
  • Christian Artmann: Uneasy Dreams (self-released)
  • Pablo Aslan Quintet: Piazzolla in Brooklyn (Soundbrush)
  • Aurelio: Laru Beya (Sub Pop) **
  • AWOL One & Factor: The Landmark (Fake Four) **
  • Bad Meets Evil: Hell: The Sequel (Shady/Interscope) **
  • Mike Baggetta Quartet: Source Material (Fresh Sound New Talent)
  • Banquet of the Spirits: Caym: The Book of Angels Volume 17 (Tzadik) **
  • Stefano Battaglia Trio: The River of Anyder (ECM)
  • Battles: Gloss Drop (Warp) **
  • Stephane Belmondo: The Same as It Never Was Before (Sunnyside)
  • David Berkman: Self-Portrait (Red Piano) **
  • Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra: MTO Plays Sly (Royal Potato Family) *
  • Ketil Bjørnstad/Svante Henryson: Night Song (ECM)
  • Dan Blake: The Aquarian State (Bju'ecords)
  • Rory Block: Shake 'Em on Down: A Tribute to Mississippi Fred McDowell (Stony Plain) **
  • Matt Blostein/Vinnie Sperrazza: Paraphrase (Yeah-Yeah)
  • T.K. Blue: Latinbird (Motéma)
  • Blueprint: Adventures in Counter Culture (Rhymesayers Entertainment) **
  • BNJMN: Black Square (Rush Hour) **
  • Bones & Tones (Freedom Art)
  • Bottle Rockets: Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening With Bottle Rockets (Bloodshot) **
  • Ralph Bowen: Power Play (Posi-Tone)
  • Bobby Bradford/Mark Dresser/Glenn Ferris: Live in LA (Clean Feed)
  • Charles Bradley: No Time for Dreaming (Daptone) **
  • The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble: Mr. Machine (!K7) **
  • Wolfert Brederode Quartet: Post Scriptum (ECM)
  • Zach Brock: The Magic Number (Secret Fort)
  • Burial: Street Halo (Hyperdub, EP) **
  • Greg Burk Trio: The Path Here (482 Music)
  • Kenny Burrell: Tenderly: Solo Guitar Concert (High Note)
  • The New Gary Burton Quartet: Common Ground (Mack Avenue) **
  • Colbie Caillat: All of You (Universal Republic) **
  • Frank Carlberg: Uncivilized Ruminations (Red Piano)
  • Brian Carpenter's Ghost Train Orchestra: Hothouse Stomp: The Music of 1920s Chicago and Harlem (Accurate)
  • François Carrier: Entrance 3 (Ayler)
  • Terri Lyne Carrington: The Mosaic Project (Concord) **
  • Ron Carter: Ron Carter's Great Big Band (Sunnyside)
  • Ernesto Cervini Quartet: There (Anzic)
  • Kasey Chambers: Little Bird (Sugar Hill) **
  • Marshall Chapman: Big Lonesome (Tall Girl -10) **
  • Eric Church: Chief (Capitol Nashville) **
  • Gerald Cleaver/Uncle June: Be It as I See It (Fresh Sound New Talent) **
  • Cloning Americana: For Which It Stands (Sunnyside)
  • Todd Clouser: A Love Electric (Ropeadope)
  • Avishai Cohen: Seven Seas (Sunnyside)
  • Freddy Cole: Talk to Me (High Note)
  • Com Truise: Galactic Melt (Ghostly International) **
  • Laurence Cook/Eric Zinman: Double Action (Ayler)
  • The Cool Kids: When Fish Ride Bicycles (Green Label Sounds) **
  • Comet Gain: Howl of the Lonely Crowd (What's Your Rupture?) **
  • Country Mice: Twister (Woo Woo) **
  • Jacques Coursil: Trails of Tears (Sunnyside)
  • Shirley Crabbe: Home (MaiSong)
  • Crooked Fingers: Breaks in the Armor (Merge) **
  • Adam Cruz: Milestone (Sunnyside) **
  • Da Cruz: Sistema Subversiva (Six Degrees) **
  • Cults (In the Name Of/Columbia) **
  • Mark Dagley: Mystery of the Guitar (Abaton Book)
  • Kris Davis: Aeriol Piano (Clean Feed)
  • Kimya Dawson: Thunder Thighs (Great Crap Factory) **
  • Deaf Center: Owl Splinters (Type) **
  • Chuck Deardorf: Transparence (Origin)
  • Dels: Gob (Big Dada) **
  • The Dynamic Les DeMerle Band: Gypsy Rendezvous, Volume Two (Origin)
  • Dessa: Castor, the Twin (Doomtree) **
  • The Dirtbombs: Party Store (In the Red) **
  • Mike DiRubbo: Chronos (Posi-Tone)
  • Mike DiRubbo & Larry Willis: Four Hands, One Heart (Ksanti)
  • DJ Quik: The Book of David (Mad Science) **
  • DJ Shadow: The Less You Know, the Better (Verve) **
  • Dave Douglas: Orange Afternoons [Greenleaf Portable Series Volume 2] (Greenleaf Music)
  • Benjamin Drazen: Inner Lights (Posi-Tone)
  • Kermit Driscoll: Reveille (Nineteen-Eight)
  • Dropkick Murphys: Going Out in Style (Born & Bred) **
  • Lajos Dudas/Hubert Bergmann: What's Up Neighbor? (Jazz Sick)
  • Baxter Dury: Happy Soup (Regal) **
  • Yelena Eckemoff: Flying Steps (Yelena Music)
  • Yelena Eckemoff: Grass Catching the Wind (Yelena Music)
  • Eco D'Alberi: Eco D'Alberi (Porter)
  • Joe Ely: Satisifed at Last (Rack 'Em) **
  • Emika (Ninja Tune) **
  • Empirical: Elements of Truth (Naim Jazz) **
  • Orrin Evans: Freedom (Posi-Tone)
  • Evidence: Cats and Dogs (Rhymesayers Entertainment) **
  • Kali Z. Fasteau/William Parker/Cindy Blackman: An Alternate Universe (Flying Note)
  • Michael Feinberg: With Many Hands (self-released)
  • James Ferraro: Far Side Virtual (Hippos in Tanks) **
  • Scott Fields/Matthias Schubert: Minaret Minuets (Clean Feed)
  • Scott Fields & Multiple Joyce Orchestra: Moersbow/OZZO (Clean Feed)
  • Fight Like Apes: The Body of Christ and the Legs of Tina Turner (Model Citizen) **
  • FivePlay Jazz Quintet: Five of Hearts (Auraline)
  • The Flail: Live at Smalls (Smalls Live)
  • Flow Trio: Set Theory: Live at the Stone (Ayler)
  • Joel Forrester/Phillip Johnston: Live at the Hillside Club (Asynchronous)
  • Ken Fowser/Behn Gillece: Duotone (Posi-Tone)
  • Paolo Fresu: Mistico Mediterraneo (ECM)
  • Bill Frisell: All We Are Saying . . . (Savoy Jazz)
  • Bill Frisell: Sign of Life (Savoy Jazz)
  • Satoko Fujii Min-Yoh Ensemble: Watershed (Libra)
  • Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: Eto (Libra)
  • Curtis Fuller: The Story of Cathy & Me (Challenge)
  • Rob Garcia 4: The Drop and the Ocean (Bju'ecords)
  • The Jeff Gauthier Goatette: Open Source (Cryptogramophone)
  • Ruth Gerson: Deceived (Wrong) **
  • David Gibson: End of the Tunnel (Posi-Tone)
  • Vince Gill: Guitar Slinger (MCA Nashville) **
  • The Go! Team: Rolling Blackouts (Memphis Industries) **
  • Otzir Godot: Kas Kas (Epatto -09)
  • Aaron Goldberg and Guillermo Klein: Bienestan (Sunnyside)
  • Mac Gollehon: Odyssey of Nostalgia (American Showplace Music)
  • Jerry Gonzalez: Jerry Gonzalez y el Comando de la Clave (Sunnyside)
  • Grieves: Together/Apart (Rhymesayers Entertainment) **
  • The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble: Music of Georges I. Gurdjieff (ECM)
  • Gutbucket: Flock (Cuneiform)
  • Iro Haarla Quintet: Vespers (ECM)
  • Tim Hagans: The Moon Is Waiting (Palmetto)
  • Rich Halley Quartet: Requiem for a Pit Viper (Pine Eagle)
  • Handsome Furs: Sound Kapital (Sub Pop) **
  • Donald Harrison: This Is Jazz: Live at the Blue Note (Half Note)
  • Werner Hasler/Karl Berger/Gilbert Paeffgen: Hasler/Paeffgen/Berger (NoBusiness)
  • Kevin Hays: Variations (Pirouet)
  • Ig Henneman Sextet: Cut a Caper (Stichting Wig)
  • Mace Hibbard: Time Gone By (MHM)
  • Lisa Hilton: Underground (Ruby Slippers)
  • Art Hirahara: Noble Path (Posi-Tone)
  • Marika Hughes: Afterlife Music Radio: 11 New Pieces for Solo Cello (DD)
  • Marika Hughes: The Simplest Thing (DD)
  • Julia Hülsmann Trio: Imprint (ECM)
  • Hunx & His Punx: Too Young to Be in Love (Hardly Art) **
  • Robert Hurst: Bob Ya Head (Bebob)
  • Jason Kao Hwang/Edge: Crossroads Unseen (Euonymous)
  • Hybrid 10tet: On the Move (BBB)
  • Imelda May: Mayhem (Decca) **
  • Iron Dog: Field Recordings 1 (Iron Dog Music)
  • Etta James: The Dreamer (Verve Forecast) **
  • Daniel Jamieson's Danjam Orchestra: Sudden Appearance (OA2)
  • Sarah Jarosz: Follow Me Down (Sugar Hill) **
  • Billy Jenkins: Jazz Gives Me the Blues (VOTP) **
  • Eileen Jewell: Queen of the Minor Key (Signature Sounds) **
  • Darren Johnston/Aram Shelton/Lisa Mezzacappa/Kjell Nordeson: Cylinder (Clean Feed)
  • Grace Jones: Hurricane (PIAS America) **
  • Melvin Jones: Pivot (Turnaround)
  • Kidd Jordan: On Fire (Engine) **
  • Joy Kills Sorrow: This Unknown Science (Signature Sounds) **
  • J-Rocc: Some Cold Rock Stuf (Stones Throw) **
  • Kaze: Rafale (Libra)
  • Robert Earl Keen Jr.: Ready for Confetti (Lost Highway) **
  • Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers: Gift Horse (Vanguard) **
  • Natalia Kills: Perfectionist (Interscope) **
  • The Kills: Blood Pressures (Domino) **
  • Kitty, Daisy & Lewis: Smoking in Heaven (Verve Forecast) **
  • Søren Kjaergaard/Ben Street/Andrew Cyrille: Femklang (ILK) **
  • Jan Klare/Jeff Platz/Meinrad Kneer/Bill Elgart: Modern Primitive (Evil Rabbit)
  • Landon Knoblock/Jason Furman: Gasoline Rainbow (Fractamodi)
  • Kode9 and the Spaceape: Black Sun (Hyperdub) **
  • Adam Kolker: Reflections (Sunnyside)
  • Lee Konitz/Brad Mehldau/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian: Live at Birdland (ECM)
  • Korallreven: An Album by Korallreven (Acephale) **
  • Femi Kuti: Africa for Africa (Knitting Factory)
  • Talib Kweli: Gutter Rainbows (Duck Down Music) **
  • Oliver Lake & Jahi Sundance: Lakes at the Stone (Passin Thru) **
  • Kendrick Lamar: Section.80 (Top Dawg Entertainment) **
  • The Brian Landrus Quartet: Traverse (Blueland)
  • Okkyung Lee: Noisy Love Songs (Tzadik) **
  • Sonia Leigh: 1978 December (Southern Ground)
  • Let's Wrestle: Nursing Home (Merge) **
  • Daniel Levin: Inner Landscape (Clean Feed)
  • Daniel Levin Quartet: Organic Modernism (Clean Feed)
  • Helge Lien: Natsukashii (Ozella)
  • Lil B: I'm Gay (I'm Happy) (BasedWorld) **
  • The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams (Egyptian/Columbia) **
  • Mark Alban Lotz & Istak Köpek: Istanbul Improv Sessions May 4th (Evil Rabbit)
  • Joe Lovano/Us Five: Bird Songs (Blue Note)
  • Steven Lugerner: These Are the Words/Narratives (self-released, 2CD)
  • Magnetic Man (Columbia) **
  • Main Attrakionz: 808s and Dark Grapes II (Mishka) **
  • Will Martina: The Dam Levels (self-released)
  • Nicolas Masson: Departures (Fresh Sound New Talent)
  • Mates of State: Mountaintops (Barsuk) **
  • Christian McBride: Conversations With Christian (Mack Avenue) **
  • Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood: MSMW Live: In Case the World Changes Its Mind (Indirecto, 2CD)
  • Brad Mehldau: Live in Marciac (Nonesuch, 2CD+DVD)
  • Eddie Mendenhall: Cosine Meets Tangent (Miles High)
  • Metta Quintet: Big Drum/Small World (Jazzreach)
  • MIA: Vicki Leekx (mixtape -10) **
  • Miles Español: New Sketches of Spain (Entertainment One, 2CD) *
  • Minks: By the Hedge (Captured Tracks) **
  • Nicole Mitchell: Awakening (Delmark)
  • Moby: Destroyed (Mute) **
  • Soren Moller: Christian X Variations (Audial)
  • Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman: World Wide Rebel Songs **
  • Carol Morgan Quartet: Blue Glass Music (Blue Bamboo Music)
  • Ana Moura: Coliseu (World Village) **
  • Leszek Mozdzer: Komeda (ACT)
  • Wolfgang Muthspiel: Drumfree (Material)
  • Native Soul: Soul Step (Talking Drum)
  • Willie Nelson/Wynton Marsalis: Here We Go Again: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles (Blue Note) **
  • New Tricks: Alternate Side (New Tricks)
  • The New Universe Music Festival 2010 (Abstract Logix, 2CD)
  • Randy Newman: The Randy Newman Songbook Vol. 2 (Nonesuch) **
  • Nuriya: Tanita (2011, Musica Almaya) **
  • Harold Lopez Nussa Trio: El País de las Maravillas (World Village) *
  • Bill O'Connell: Triple Play Plus Three (Zoho)
  • Ocote Soul Sounds: Taurus (ESL Music)
  • Nils Økland/Sigbjørn Apeland: Lysøen/Homage to Ole Bull (ECM)
  • Old 97s: The Grand Theatre Vol. 2 (New West) **
  • Harold O'Neal: Marvelous Fantasy (Smalls)
  • Orchestre National de Jazz: Around Robert Wyatt (Bee Jazz)
  • Orchestre National de Jazz: Shut Up and Dance (Bee Jazz, 2CD)
  • Orchestre Poly-Rythmo: Cotonou Club (Strut) **
  • Oregon: In Stride (CAM Jazz -10)
  • Christian Pabst Trio: Days of Infinity (Challenge)
  • Peaking Lights: 936 (Not Not Fun) **
  • Dida Pelled: Plays and Sings (Red)
  • Rich Pellegrin Quintet: Three-Part Odyssey (OA2)
  • Oscar Peñas: From Now On (Bju'ecords)
  • Ken Peplowski: In Search of . . . (Capri)
  • Andy Petr: Rapper Turned Singer (Mixpak, EP) **
  • Enrico Pieranunzi Latin Jazz Quintet: Live at Birdland (CAM Jazz -10)
  • Jean-Michel Pilc: Essential (Motéma)
  • Alex Pinto Quartet: Inner State (self-released)
  • Pitom: Blasphemy and Other Serious Crimes (Tzadik) *
  • Plunge: Tin Fish Tango (Immersion)
  • Noah Preminger: Before the Rain (Palmetto)
  • Pusha T: Fear of God II: Let Us Pray (Decon) **
  • Q.E.D. [Ben Thomas/Chris Stover/Alex Chadsey]: Yet What Is Any Ocean . . . (Origin)
  • Random Axe (Duck Down Music) **
  • Mark Rapp's Melting Pot: Good Eats (Dinemec)
  • The Rapture: In the Grace of Your Love (DFA) **
  • Steve Reich: WTC 9/11 (Nonesuch) **
  • Michel Reis: Point of No Return (Armored)
  • Rihanna: Talk That Talk (Def Jam) **
  • Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens de Couleur Libre (Constellation) **
  • The Roots: Undun (Def Jam) **
  • Saigon: The Greatest Story Never Told (Suburban Noize) **
  • Samo Salamon Trio: Almost Almond (Sanje)
  • Angelica Sanchez: A Little House (Clean Feed)
  • Poncho Sanchez/Terence Blanchard: Chano y Dizzy! (Concord Picante) **
  • Ximena Sariñana (Warner Brothers) **
  • Jake Saslow: Crosby Street (14th Street)
  • Dred Scott: Prepared Piano (Robertson -09)
  • Dred Scott Trio: Going Nowhere (Ropeadope)
  • Mark Segger Sextet: The Beginning (18th Note)
  • Serengeti & Polyphonic: Bells and a Floating World (Anticon -10) **
  • Shabazz Palaces: Black Up (Sub Pop) **
  • Shakira: Live From Paris (Sony Latin Music) **
  • The Lee Shaw Trio: Live at Art Gallery Reutlingen (ARC)
  • Showbiz ft. KRS-One: Godsville (DITC) **
  • Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder: The Key Is in the Window (Tzviryu Music)
  • Jen Shyu/Mark Dresser: Synastry (Pi)
  • Audrey Silver: Dream Awhile (Messy House)
  • Alex Sipiagin: Destinations Unknown (Criss Cross) **
  • Skrillex: More Monsters and Sprites (Big Beat/Atlantic, EP) **
  • Jim Snidero: Interface (Savant)
  • Soft Metals (Captured Tracks) **
  • Sonic Youth: Simon Werner A Disparu (SYR) **
  • The Spokes: Not So Fast (Strudelmedia)
  • Stalley: Lincoln Way Nights (Intelligent Trunk Music) **
  • Colin Stetson: Those Who Didn't Run (Constellation, EP): **
  • John Stowell/Michael Zilber Quartet: Shot Through With Beauty (Origin)
  • The Streets: Computers and Blues (679) **
  • Ira Sullivan & Stu Katz: A Family Affair (Origin)
  • Travis Sullivan: New Directions (Posi-Tone)
  • Helen Sung: (Re)Conception (SteepleChase)
  • The Tierney Sutton Band: American Road (BFM Jazz)
  • Craig Taborn: Avenging Angel (ECM)
  • Tarana: After the Disquiet (EP) (self-released, EP)
  • Tegan and Sara: Get Along (Vapor) **
  • Telekinesis: 12 Desperate Straight Lines (Merge) **
  • 13 & God: Own Your Ghost (Anticon)
  • 3 Cohens: Family (Anzic)
  • Times New Viking: Dancer Equired! (Merge) **
  • Toro y Moi: Underneath the Pine (Carpark) **
  • Boubacar Traoré: Mali Denhou (Lusafrica) **
  • Gianluigi Trovesi/Gianni Coscia: Frère Jacques: Round About Offenbach (ECM)
  • Tunnel Six: Lake Superior (OA2)
  • William Tyler: Behold the Spirit (Tompkins Square) **
  • Diego Urcola Quartet: Appreciation (CAM Jazz)
  • Warren Vaché: Ballads and Other Cautionary Tales (Arbors) **
  • Colin Vallon Trio: Rruga (ECM)
  • Johnny Varro: Speak Low (Arbors) **
  • Cuong Vu 4-tet: Leaps of Faith (Origin)
  • Giancarlo Vulcano: Unfinished Spaces (Distant)
  • The War on Drugs: Slave Ambient (Secretly Canadian) **
  • Kenny Werner with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra: Institute of Higher Learning (Half Note)
  • Wilco: The Whole Love (Anti-) **
  • Cedar Walton: The Bouncer (High Note)
  • Marty Williams: Long Time Comin' (In Moon Bay)
  • Anthony Wilson: Campo Belo (Goat Hill)
  • Marcin Wasilewski Trio: Faithful (ECM)
  • Weasel Walter/Mary Halvorson/Peter Evans: Electric Fruit (Thirsty Ear)
  • David Weiss & Point of Departure: Snuck Out (Sunnyside)
  • Gillian Welch: The Harrow & the Harvest (Acony) **
  • Neil Welch: Boxwork (Table & Chairs)
  • White Denim: D (Downtown) **
  • Wild Flag (Merge) **
  • Ben Williams: State of Art (Concord Jazz) **
  • Hank Williams III: Ghost to a Ghost/Gutter Town (Hank3, 2CD) **
  • Jessica Williams Trio: Freedom Trane (Origin)
  • YACHT: Shangri-La (DFA) **
  • Sam Yahel: From Sun to Sun (Origin)
  • Yuck: Yuck (Fat Possum) **
  • Samir Zarif: Starting Point (Mythology)
  • John Zorn: Nova Express (Tzadik) **
  • Rez Abbasi's Invocation: Suno Suno (Enja) **
  • Ryan Adams: Ashes & Fire (Capitol) **
  • Jason Adasiewicz's Sun Roms: Spacer (Delmark)
  • Mario Adnet: More Jobim Jazz (Adventure Music)
  • Howard Alden: I Remember Django (Arbors) **
  • Gregg Allman: Low Country Blues (Rounder) **
  • Fabian Almazan Trio: Personalities (Biophilo)
  • Eliane Amherd: Now and From Now On (ELI)
  • AsGuests: Universal Mind (Origin)
  • Astronautalis: This Is Our Science (Fake Four) **
  • Austra: Feel It Break (Domino) **
  • Katy B: On a Mission (Columbia) **
  • Susana Baca: Afrodiaspora (Luaka Bop) **
  • Baloni: Fremdenzimmer (Clean Feed)
  • Billy Bang/Bill Cole: Billy Bang/Bill Cole (Shadrack)
  • Rahsaan Barber: Everyday Magic (Jazz Music City)
  • John Basile: Amplitudes (StringTime Jazz)
  • The Belle Brigade (Reprise) **
  • Black Lips: Arabia Mountain (Vice) **
  • Mary J. Blige: My Life II . . . The Journey Continues (Act 1) (Geffen) **
  • Blood Orange: Coastal Grooves (Domino) **
  • The Bloody Hollies: Yours Until the Bitter End (Alive) **
  • Bon Iver (Jagjaguwar) **
  • Randy Brecker with DR Big Band: The Jazz Ballad Song Book (Red Dot Music)
  • Bright Eyes: The People's Key (Saddle Creek) **
  • British Sea Power: Valhalla Dancehall (Rough Trade) **
  • Katie Bull: Freak Miracle (Innova)
  • Jane Bunnett & Hilario Duran: Cuban Rhapsody (ALMA)
  • Kate Bush: Director's Cut (Fish People/EMI) **
  • David Caceres: David Caceres (Sunnyside)
  • Michael Cain: Solo (Native Drum Music)
  • Uri Caine/Arditti String Quartet: Twelve Caprices **
  • Anna Calvi: Anna Calvi (Domino) **
  • Vinicius Cantuária & Bill Frisell: Lágrimas Mexicanas (E1) **
  • William Carn's Run Stop Run (Mythology)
  • Bill Carrothers Trio: A Night at the Village Vanguard (Pirouet, 2CD)
  • Cerebral Ballzy (Williams Street, EP) **
  • Chase and Status: No More Idols **
  • Childish Gambino: Camp (Glassnote) **
  • Guy Clark: Songs and Stories (Dualtone) **
  • Cloud Nothings: Cloud Nothings (Carpark) **
  • Cecilia Coleman Big Band: Oh Boy! (PandaKat)
  • Steve Coleman and Five Elements: The Mancy of Sound (Pi)
  • Francis Coletta/Jonas Tauber: Port Saïd Street (Origin)
  • Marc Copland: Crosstalk (Pirouet)
  • Marc Copland/John Abercrombie: Speak to Me (Pirouet)
  • Patrick Cornelius: Maybe Steps (Posi-Tone)
  • Larry Coryell: With the Wide Hive Players (Wide Hive) **
  • Yamandu Costa/Hamilton de Holanda: Live! (Adventure Music)
  • François Couturier: Tarkovsky Quartet (ECM)
  • Coyote Poets of the Universe: Pandora's Box (Square Shaped)
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.: It's a Corporate World (Warner Brothers) **
  • John Daversa: Junk Wagon: The Big Band Album (BFM Jazz)
  • Death Grips: Exmilitary (Third Worlds) **
  • Darwin Deez (Lucky Number) **
  • Joey DeFrancesco: 40 (High Note)
  • Papa John DeFrancesco: A Philadelphia Story (Savant)
  • Michael Dessen Trio: Forget the Pixel (Clean Feed)
  • Destroyer: Kaputt (Merge) **
  • Al Di Meola: Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody (Telarc) *
  • DJ Diamond: Flight Muzik (Planet Mu) **
  • Claire Dickson: Scattin' Doll (NDR)
  • Chris Dingman: Waking Dreams (Between Worlds Music) *
  • Doomtree: No Kings (Doomtree) **
  • The Drums: Portamento (Frenchkiss) **
  • Shauli Einav: Opus One (Plus Loin Music)
  • Robert Ellis: Photographs (New West) **
  • Shane Endsley and the Music Band: Then the Other (Low Electrical)
  • Peter Erskine/Bob Mintzer/Darek Oles/Alan Pasqua: Standards 2: Movie Music (Fuzzy Music)
  • John Escreet: The Age We Live In (Mythology)
  • European Movement Jazz Orchestra: EMJO: Live in Coimbra (Clean Feed)
  • Orrin Evans: Captain Black Big Band (Posi-Tone)
  • Peter Evans Quintet: Ghosts (More Is More)
  • Willie Evans Jr: Introducin' (High Water Music) **
  • Explosions in the Sky: Take Care, Take Care, Take Care (Temporary Residence) **
  • Jeff Fairbanks' Project Hansori: Mulberry Street (Bju'ecords)
  • Falty DL: You Stand Uncertain (Planet Mu) **
  • Fattigfolket: Park (Ozella Music)
  • The Feelies: Here Before (Bar/None) **
  • The Felice Brothers: Celebration, Florida (Fat Possum) **
  • Florence + the Lungs: Ceremonials (Universal Republic) **
  • Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside: Dirty Radio (Partisan) **
  • The Four Bags: Forth (NCM East)
  • Fourthought (Nambulo Music)
  • Danny Frankel: The Interplanetary Note/Beat Conference (self-released -10)
  • Fred Fried and Core: EnCore (Ballet Tree)
  • Eleanor Friedberger: Last Summer (Merge) **
  • Fujiya & Miyagi: Ventriloquizing (Yep Roc) **
  • Hal Galper Trio: Trip the Light Fantastic (Origin)
  • Laszlo Gardony: Signature Time (Sunnyside)
  • Tania Gill: Bolger Station (Barnyard)
  • Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra: Córdoba (Zoho)
  • Girls Guns and Glory: Sweet Nothings (Lonesome Day) **
  • Glows in the Dark: Beach of the War Gods (self-released)
  • Otzir Godot: Drum Poems (Epatto)
  • Gold Panda: DJ-Kicks (!K7) **
  • Larry Goldings: In My Room (BFM Jazz)
  • Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs: Nobody Will Be There (Damaged Goods, EP) **
  • Danny Grissett: Stride (Criss Cross) **
  • Danny Paul Grody: In Search of Light (Students of Decay) **
  • Grouper: A/A: Alien Observer (Yellowcentric) **
  • Grouper: A/A: Dream Loss (Yellowcentric) **
  • Grouplove: Never Trust a Happy Song (Canvasback/Atlantic) **
  • David Guetta: Nothing but the Beat (Capitol) **
  • Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone: Departure of Reason (Thirsty Ear) *
  • Sir Roland Hanna: Colors From a Giant's Kit (IPO) **
  • Tom Harrell: The Time of the Sun (High Note)
  • Stefon Harris/David Sanchez/Christian Scott: Ninety Miles (Concord Picante) **
  • Joel Harrison String Choir: The Music of Paul Motian (Sunnyside)
  • Atsuko Hashimoto: . . . Until the Sun Comes Up (Capri)
  • Tim Hecker: Ravedeath 1972 (Kranky) **
  • Gilad Hekselman: Hearts Wide Open (Le Chant du Monde)
  • Joe Henry: Reverie (Anti-) **
  • Yaron Herman Trio: Follow the White Rabbit (ACT)
  • Fred Hersch: Alone at the Vanguard (Palmetto)
  • John Hiatt: Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns (New West) **
  • High Fiddelity: Tell Me! (High Fiddelity)
  • Marquis Hill: New Gospel (self-released)
  • Fred Ho and the Green Monster Big Band: The Sweet Science Suite (Mutable/Big Red Media) **
  • Ari Hoenig: Lines of Oppression (Naïve) **
  • Holy Ghost!: Holy Ghost! (DFA) **
  • Honeyhoney: Billy Jack (Lost Highway) **
  • Hot Club of Cowtown: What Makes Bob Holler (Proper) **
  • Jason Kao Hwang/Spontaneous River: Symphony of Souls (Mulatta)
  • Ida Maria: Katla (Mercury) **
  • Idaho: You Were a Dick (Talitres) **
  • Iron & Wine: Kiss Each Other Clean (Warner Brothers) **
  • Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit: Here We Rest (Lightning Rod) **
  • Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: Race Riot Suite (Royal Potato Family)
  • Maria Jameau and Blue Brazil: Gema (Challenge)
  • Keith Jarrett: Rio (ECM, 2CD)
  • Jazzvox Presents: In Your Own Backyard (OA2)
  • Joan as Police Woman: The Deep Field (PIAS) **
  • Darius Jones/Matthew Shipp: Cosmic Lieder (AUM Fidelity)
  • Etta Jones & Houston Person: The Way We Were: Live in Concert (2000, High Note)
  • Grace Jones: Hurricane Dub (PIAS America) **
  • Sean Jones: No Need for Words (Mack Avenue) **
  • Tony Jones: Pitch, Rhythm, and Consciousness (New Artists)
  • Dave Juarez: Round Red Light (Posi-Tone)
  • Junior Boys: It's All True (Domino) **
  • Benji Kaplan: Meditações No Violão (Circo Mistico)
  • Toby Keith: Clancy's Tavern (Show Dog Nashville) **
  • Wiz Khalifa: Rolling Papers (Atlantic) **
  • Kid Creole and the Coconuts: I Wake Up Screaming (Strut) **
  • Paul Kikuchi: Portable Sanctuary Vol. 1 (Present Sounds)
  • Stan Killian: Unified (Sunnyside)
  • King Creosote & Jon Hopkins: Diamond Mine (Double Six) **
  • AJ Kluth's Aldric: Anvils and Broken Bells (OA2)
  • Kathleen Kolman: Dream On (Walkin' Foot Productions)
  • Ben Kono: Crossing (19/8)
  • Kool Keith: The Legend of Tashan Dorsett (Junkaelic) **
  • Lenny Kravitz: Black and White America (Roadrunner) **
  • Kuedo: Severant (Planet Mu) **
  • Lama: Oneiros (Clean Feed)
  • Travis Laplante: Heart Protector (Skirl)
  • Avril Lavigne: Goodbye Lullaby (RCA) **
  • Adia Ledbetter: Take 2: Rendezvous With Yesterday (Jazzijua)
  • Ledisi: Pieces of Me (Verve Forecast) **
  • Mike LeDonne: Keep the Faith (Savant)
  • Les Doigts de l'Homme: 1910 (ALMA)
  • Lil Wayne: Tha Carter IV (Motown/Cash Money)
  • Little Dragon: Ritual Union (Peacefrog) **
  • Amy London: Let's Fly (Motéma)
  • Los Campesinos!: Hello Sadness (Arts & Crafts) **
  • The Low Anthem: Smart Flesh (Nonesuch) **
  • Duda Lucena Quartet: Live (Borboleta)
  • Tom Luer: Project Popular (Origin)
  • Vincent Lyn: Heaven Bound (Budo)
  • Shelby Lynne: Revelation Road (Everso) **
  • Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks: Mirror Traffic (Matador) **
  • Denman Maroney: Double Zero (Porter)
  • Laura Marling: A Creature I Don't Know (Virgin) **
  • Jessie Marquez: All I See Is Sky (Carena)
  • Delfeayo Marsalis: Sweet Thunder (Troubadour Jass)
  • Jessica Lea Mayfield: Tell Me (Nonesuch) **
  • Mazes: A Thousand Heys (Fat Cat) **
  • Marilyn Mazur: Celestial Circle (ECM)
  • Christian McBride Big Band: The Good Feeling (Mack Avenue) **
  • Martina McBride: Eleven (Universal Republic) **
  • Donny McCaslin: Perpetual Motion (Greenleaf Music)
  • Chad McCullough & Bram Weijters: Imaginary Sketches (Origin)
  • Bill McHenry: Ghosts of the Sun (Sunnyside)
  • Lori McKenna: Lorraine (Signature Sounds) **
  • John Medeski & Lee Shaw: Together Again: Live at the Egg (ARC)
  • Megafaun (Hometapes) **
  • Susie Meissner: I'm Confessin' (Lydian Jazz)
  • Francisco Mela & Cuban Safari: Tree of Life (Half Note)
  • Memory Tapes: Player Piano (Carpark) **
  • Pat Metheny: What's It All About (Nonesuch)
  • Metronomy: The English Riviera (Because) **
  • Buddy Miller: The Majestic Silver Strings (New West) **
  • MellowHype: BlackenedWhite (Fat Possum) **
  • Silvano Monasterios: Unconditional (Savant)
  • Thurston Moore: Demolished Thoughts (Matador) **
  • Martin Moretto: Martin Moretto Quintet (self-released)
  • Paul Motian: The Windmills of Your Mind (Winter & Winter) **
  • Motif: Art Transplant (Clean Feed)
  • Alphonse Mouzon: Angel Face (Tenacious)
  • Mozik (self-released)
  • Murs: Love + Rockets, Vol. 1: The Transformation (DD172) **
  • Youssou N'Dour: Dakar-Kingston (Decca) **
  • Josh Nelson: Discoveries (Steel Bird)
  • Willie Nelson: Remember Me, Vol. 1 (R&J) **
  • The Nice Guy Trio: Sidewalks and Alleys/Walking Music (Porto Franco)
  • Olavi Trio & Friends: Triologia (TUM)
  • Mark O'Leary/Peter Friis-Nielsen/Stefan Pasborg: Støj (Ayler)
  • The Oscuro Quintet: Music for Tango Ensemble (Big Round)
  • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: Belong (Slumberland) **
  • Brad Paisley: This Is Country Music (Arista Nashville) **
  • Evan Parker & Konstrukt: Life at Akbank Jazz Festival (Re:konstrukt) **
  • Chris Parrello + Things I Wonder (Popopomo Music)
  • Jeremy Pelt: The Talented Mr. Pelt (High Note)
  • Lee "Scratch" Perry: Rise Again (MOD Technologies) **
  • Pilc Moutin Hoenig: Threedom (Motéma)
  • Prince Polo: Brooklyn Bodega (DubShot) **
  • Debbie Poryes/Bruce Williamson: Two & Fro (OA2)
  • The Postelles (+1) **
  • Potsa Lotsa: The Complete Works of Eric Dolphy (Jazzwerkstatt, 2CD) **
  • Mike Prigodich: A Stitch in Time (Mexican Mocha Music)
  • Scott Ramminger: Crawstickers (Arbor Lane Music)
  • Enrico Rava Quintet: Tribe (ECM)
  • Red Hot + Rio 2 (Entertainment One, 2CD) *
  • R|E|D|S: Sign of Four (Origin)
  • Greg Reitan: Daybreak (Sunnyside)
  • Rufus Reid & Out Front: Hues of a Different Blue (Motéma)
  • Rivulets: We're Fucked (Important) **
  • Rocket From the Tombs: Barfly (Fire) **
  • Rose Hill Drive: Americana (Slow and Shirley) **
  • Jochen Rueckert: Somewhere Meeting Nobody (Pirouet)
  • Florencia Ruiz: Luz de la Noche (Light of the Night) (Adventure Music)
  • Sanda: Gypsy in a Tree (Barbes)
  • Scenes: Silent Photographer (Origin)
  • Elliott Sharp: Binibon (Henceforth)
  • Avery Sharpe: Running Man (JKNM)
  • Marcus Shelby Orchestra: Soul of the Movement (Porto Franco)
  • Matthew Shipp/William Parker/Beans/Hprizm: Knives From Heaven (Thirsty Ear)
  • Liam Sillery: Priorité (OA2)
  • Sleeping in the Aviary: You and Me, Ghost (Science of Sound) **
  • Corey Smith: The Broken Record (Average Joe's) **
  • Enoch Smith Jr.: Misfits (self-released)
  • Sole and the Skyrider Band: Hello Cruel World (Fake Four) **
  • John Stein: Hi Fly (Whaling City Sound)
  • Andrew Sterman: Wet Paint (Innova)
  • Rick Stone Trio: Fractals (Jazzand)
  • Jane Stuart: Don't Look Back (JSM)
  • JC Stylles: Exhilaration and Other States (Motéma)
  • The Sway Machinery: The House of Friendly Ghosts Vol. 1 (JDub) *
  • Sunny Sweeney: Concrete (Republic Nashville) **
  • Frank Tate: Thanks for the Memory: Frank Tate's Musical Tribute to Bobby Short (Arbors) **
  • Those Darlins: Screws Get Loose (Oh Wow Dang) **
  • Tin/Bag: Bridges (MabNotesMusic)
  • Toca Loca: Shed (Henceforth)
  • Amon Tobin: ISAM (Ninja Tune) **
  • Tune-Yards: Whokill (4AD) **
  • Tycho: Dive (Ghostly International) **
  • Tyler, the Creator: Goblin (Odd Future) **
  • Jeremy Udden's Plainville: If the Past Seems So Bright (Sunnyside)
  • Ursa Minor: Showface (self-released)
  • Chad VanGaalen: Diaper Island (Sub Pop) **
  • John Vanore & Abstract Truth: Contagious Words (Acoustical Concepts)
  • The Tommy Vig Orchestra 2012: Welcome to Hungary! (Klasszikus Jazz) *
  • Ricardo Villalobos/Max Loderbauer: Re: ECM (ECM, 2CD) *
  • Alex Vittum: Prism (Prefecture)
  • Giancarlo Vulcano: My Funny Detective (Distant Second)
  • Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet: To Hear From There (Patois)
  • Greg Ward's Phonic Juggernaut (Thirsty Ear) *
  • Mark Weinstein: Jazz Brasil (Jazzheads)
  • Wild Beasts: Smother (Domino) **
  • Hype Williams: One Nation (Hippos in Tanks) **
  • Jeff Williams: Another Time (Whirlwind)
  • Lucinda Williams: Blessed: Kitchen Tapes (Lost Highway)
  • Mark Winkler: Sweet Spot (Cafe Pacific)
  • Woody Witt: Pots and Kettles (Blue Bamboo Music)
  • Yelawolf: Radioactive (Shady) **
  • Chris Young: Neon (RCA Nashville) **
  • Youth Lagoon: The Year of Hibernation (Fat Possum) **
  • Denny Zeitlin: Labyrinth: Live Solo Piano (Sunnyside)
  • Adebisi Shank: This Is the Second Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank (Sargent House) **
  • Trace Adkins: Proud to Be Here (Show Dog Universal) **
  • Geri Allen: A Child Is Born (Motéma)
  • And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead: Tao of the Dead (Superball Music) **
  • Bill Anschell: Figments (Origin)
  • Apparat: The Devil's Walk (Mute) **
  • Arbouretum: The Gathering (Thrill Jockey) **
  • Atlas Sound: Parallax (4AD) **
  • Patti Austin: Sound Advice (Shanachie)
  • Diego Barber: The Choice (Sunnyside)
  • Patricia Barber: Monday Night: Live at the Green Mill Vol. 2 ( Fast Atmosphere) **
  • Danny Barnes: Rocket (ATO/Red) **
  • The Beets: Stay Home (Captured Tracks) **
  • Beirut: The Rip Tide (Pompeii) **
  • Big Sugar: Revolution Per Minute (Bread & Water) **
  • James Blake: James Blake (Atlas) **
  • Ran Blake: Grey December: Live in Rome (Tompkins Square) **
  • Bombay Bicycle Club: A Different Kind of Fix (Island) **
  • A.A. Bondy: Believers (Fat Possum) **
  • JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound: Want More (Bloodshot) **
  • Jeff Bridges (Blue Note) **
  • Luke Bryan: Tailgates & Tanlines (Capitol Nashville) **
  • Kate Bush: 50 Words for Snow (Anti-) **
  • Buzz Bros Band: Ppff Unk (Buzz)
  • Brent Canter: Urgency of Now (Posi-Tone)
  • The Cars: Move Like This (Hear Music) **
  • The Chain Gang of 1974: Wayward Fire (Modern Art) **
  • Cinque: Catch a Corner (ALMA)
  • The Civil Wars: Barton Hollow (Sensibility) **
  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: Hysterical (CYHSY) **
  • Kelly Clarkson: Stronger (RCA) **
  • Emmet Cohen: In the Element (BadaBeep)
  • Edwyn Collins: Losing Sleep (Heavenly) **
  • Chick Corea/Stefano Bollani: Orvieto (ECM)
  • Cut Copy: Zonoscope (Modular) **
  • Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi: Rome **
  • The Decemberists: The King Is Dead (Capitol) **
  • Matija Dedic Trio: MD in NYC (Origin)
  • Delicate Steve: Wondervisions (Luaka Bop) **
  • Dengue Fever: Cannibal Courtship (Fantasy) **
  • Dex Romweber Duo: Is That You in the Blue? (Bloodshot) **
  • Lars Dietrich: Stand Alone (self-released)
  • Eldar Djangirov: Three Stories (Masterworks Jazz)
  • The Dodos: No Color (Frenchkiss) **
  • Dollshot: Dollshot (Underwolf) []
  • Jack Donahue: Parade: Live in New York City (Two Maples)
  • Dum Dum Girls: He Gets Me High (Sub Pop, EP) **
  • Dum Dum Girls: Only in Dreams (Sub Pop) **
  • Duran Duran: All You Need Is Now (Tape Modern) **
  • Elbow: Build a Rocket Boys (Fiction/Polydor) **
  • Falkner Evans: The Point of the Moon (CAP)
  • Feist: Metals (Cherrytree/Interscope) **
  • 5 After 4: Rome in a Day (Alma)
  • Foo Fighters: Wasting Light (RCA) **
  • Colt Ford: Every Chance I Get (Average Joe's) **
  • Foster the People: Torches (Columbia) **
  • Friendly Fires: Pala (XL) **
  • Ellie Goulding: Lights (Cherrytree/Interscope) **
  • Game: The R.E.D. Album (DGC/Interscope) **
  • Gang Gang Dance: Eye Contact (4AD) **
  • Garage a Trois: Always Be Happy, but Stay Evil (The Royal Potato Family) **
  • Volker Goetze Orchestra: NY 10027 (G*Records)
  • Jared Gold: All Wrapped Up (Posi-Tone)
  • GRASS on Fire: Gowanus Reggae and Ska Society Plays Catch a Fire (Mightly Gowanus)
  • Noah Haidu: Slipstream (Posi-Tone)
  • Emmylou Harris: Hard Bargain (Nonesuch) **
  • Warren Haynes: Man in Motion (Stax) **
  • Thomas Heberer's Clarino: Klippe (Clean Feed)
  • Pablo Held: Glow (Pirouet)
  • Magos Herrera: México Azul (Sunnyside)
  • Fred Ho and the Green Monster Big Band: Year of the Tiger (Innova) **
  • Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica: Presents . . . Third River Rangoon (Tiki)
  • Robert Hurst: Unrehurst Volume 2 (Bebob)
  • Lia Ices: Grown Unknown (Jagjaguwar) **
  • Chris Isaak: Beyond the Sun (Vanguard) **
  • Jessie J: Who Are You (Universal Republic) **
  • Kambar Kalendarov & Kutman Sultanbekov: Jaw (Cantaloupe Music)
  • The Karindula Sessions: Tradi-Modern Sounds From Southeast Congo (Crammed Discs) **
  • Majid Khaliq: The Basilisk (self-released)
  • Kid Koala: Space Cadet [Original Still Picture Score] (Ninja Tune) **
  • Jonathan Kreisberg: Shadowless (New for Now Music)
  • Itai Kriss: The Shark (Avenue K)
  • La Vida Boheme: Nuestra (Nacional) **
  • Nguyên Lê: Songs of Freedom (ACT)
  • Le Boeuf Brothers: In Praise of Shadows (19/8)
  • Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears: Scandalous (Lost Highway)
  • Lisa Lindsley: Everytime We Say Goodbye (self-released)
  • Steve Lipman: There's a Song in My Heart (Locomotion)
  • LMFAO: Sorry for Party Rocking (Interscope) **
  • Theophilus London: Timez Are Weird These Days (Reprise) **
  • The Lonely Island: Turtleneck & Chain (2011, Universal Republic) **
  • Jennifer Lopez: Love? (Island) **
  • Nick Lowe: The Old Magic (Yep Roc) **
  • Curtis Macdonald: Community Immunity (Greenleaf Music)
  • Thomas Marriott: Human Spirit (Origin)
  • Master Musicians of Bukkake: Totem Three (Important) **
  • M83: Hurry Up, We're Dreaming (Mute, 2CD) **
  • Miracles of Modern Science: Dog Year (self-released) **
  • My Morning Jacket: Circuital (ATO) **
  • Tracy Nelson: Victim of the Blues (Delta Groove) **
  • Marius Neset: Golden Xplosion (Edition) **
  • New York Electric Piano: Keys to the City: Volumes 1 & 2 (Buffalo Puppy, 2CD)
  • Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams (Reprise) **
  • Nikki Jean: Pennies in a Jar (S-Curve) **
  • Oz Noy: Twisted Blues Volume 1 (Abstract Logix)
  • Operation ID: Legs (Table & Chairs)
  • Beata Pater: Blue (B&B)
  • Oscar Perez Nuevo Comienzo: Afropean Affair (Chandra)
  • Panda Bear: Tomboy (Paw Tracks) **
  • Dolly Parton: Better Day (Dolly) **
  • Josh T. Pearson: Last of the Country Gentlemen (Mute) **
  • Peggy Sue: Acrobats (Yep Roc) **
  • Pet Shop Boys: The Most Incredible Thing (Parlophone, 2CD) **
  • Plan B: The Defamation of Strickland Banks (679/Atlantic) **
  • Planningtorock: W (DFA) **
  • Portugal. The Man: In the Mountain in the Cloud (Atlantic) **
  • Ed Reed: Born to Be Blue (Blue Shorts)
  • Eric Reed: The Dancing Monk (Savant)
  • REM: Collapse Into Now (Warner Brothers) **
  • Roots Manuva: 4everevolution (Big Dada) **
  • Dino Saluzzi: Navidad de los Andes (ECM)
  • Jonathan Scales: Character Farm & Other Short Stories (Le Rue)
  • Gil Scott-Heron/Jamie XX: We're New Here (XL) **
  • Screeching Weasel: First World Manifesto (Fat Wreck Chords) **
  • Sara Serpa: Mobile (Inner Circle Music)
  • Kenny Shanker: Steppin' Up (Posi-Tone)
  • Blake Shelton: Red River Blue (Warner Brothers) **
  • Sloan: The Double Cross (Yep Roc) **
  • Smith Westerns: Dye It Blonde (Fat Possum) **
  • Sonore: Cafe Oto/London (Trost) **
  • The Taal Tantra Experience: Sixth Sense (Ozella)
  • Teddy Thompson: Bella (Verve Forecast) **
  • They Might Be Giants: Join Us (Idlewild) **
  • Touché Amoré: Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me (Deathwish, EP) **
  • The Unthanks: Last (Rough Trade) **
  • Nicholas Urie: My Garden (Red Piano)
  • Freddy V: Easier Than It Looks (Watersign Productions)
  • Dave Valentin: Pure Imagination (High Note)
  • Geoff Vidal: She Likes That (Arts and Music Factory)
  • Kurt Vile: Smoke Ring for My Halo (Matador) **
  • Roseanna Vitro: The Music of Randy Newman (Motéma)
  • Abigail Washburn: City of Refuge (Rounder) **
  • Westchester Jazz Orchestra: Maiden Voyage Suite (WJO)
  • Andréa Wood: Dhyana (Wood)
  • Nate Wooley Quintet: (Put Your) Hands Together (Clean Feed)
  • Wye Oak: Civilian (Merge) **
  • Yellow Ostrich: The Mistress

  • Active Child: You Are All I See (Vagrant) **
  • Adele: 21 (XL) **
  • Arctic Monkeys: Suck It and See (Domino) **
  • Maya Azucena: Cry Love (Half Note) **
  • Beady Eye: Different Gear, Still Speeding (Dangerbird) **
  • George Benson: Guitar Man (Concord)
  • Björk: Biophilia (One Little Indian) **
  • Chris Brown: F.A.M.E. (Jive) **
  • Richard Buckner: Our Blood (Merge) **
  • Taylor Ho Bynum/Joe Morris/Sara Schoenbeck: Next (Porter)
  • James Carter: Caribbean Rhapsody (Decca)
  • Rondi Charleston: Who Knows Where the Time Goes (Motéma)
  • Cold Cave: Cherish the Light Years (Matador) **
  • Come Sunday: Crosscurrents (self-released)
  • Roxy Coss (self-released)
  • Crystal Stilts: In Love With Oblivion (Slumberland) **
  • Deep Blue Organ Trio: Wonderful! (Origin)
  • Deerhoof: Deerhoof vs. Evil (Polyvinyl) **
  • Chris Donnelly: Metamorphosis (Alma)
  • Drake: Take Care (Universal Republic) **
  • Peter Eldridge: Mad Heaven (Palmetto)
  • Electric Six: Heartbeats and Brainwaves! (Metropolis) **
  • Kurt Elling: The Gate (Concord) **
  • Fleet Foxes: Helplessness Blues (Sub Pop) **
  • Ford & Lopatin: Channel Pressure (Mexican Summer) **
  • Alekos Galas: Mediterranean Breeze (Ehos -10)
  • Gay for Johnny Depp: What Doesn't Kill You, Eventually Kills You (Shinebox) **
  • Lalah Hathaway: Where It All Begins (Stax) **
  • The Horrors: Skying (XL) **
  • Wanda Jackson: The Party Ain't Over (Nonesuch) **
  • Mastodon: The Hunter (Reprise) **
  • Lloyd: King of Hearts (Interscope) **
  • Lykke Li: Wounded Rhymes (Atlantic) **
  • John Maus: We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves (Ribbon) **
  • Matt Nathanson: Modern Love (Vanguard) **
  • Richard Nelson Large Ensemble: Pursuit (Heliotrope)
  • Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: 40 Acres and a Burro (Zoho)
  • Okkervil River: I Am Very Far (Jagjaguwar) **
  • Open Graves with Stuart Dempster: Flightpatterns (Prefecture)
  • Gretchen Parlato: The Lost and Found (ObliqSound) **
  • Radiohead: The King of Limbs (TBD) **
  • Rave On: Buddy Holly (Hear Music) **
  • Ashton Shepherd: Where Country Grows (MCA Nashville) **
  • Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers: Teenage and Torture (Knitting Factory Works) **
  • SebastiAn: Total (Big Beat/Atlantic/Ed Banger/Because) **
  • Patrick Stump: Soul Punk (Island) **
  • The Summer Set: Everything's Fine (Razor & Tie) **
  • Susan SurfTone: Shore (Acme Brothers)
  • Storms/Nocturnes [Geoffrey Keezer/Joe Locke/Tim Garland]: Via (Origin)
  • Tech N9ne: All 6's and 7's (Strange Music) **
  • Anthony Wilson: Seasons: Live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Goat Hill)
  • Zebrahead: Get Nice (Rude) **
  • Glen Campbell: Ghost on the Canvas (Surfdog) **
  • Phil Dwyer Orchestra: Changing Seasons (ALMA)
  • Justice: Audio, Video, Disco (Elektra) **
  • Low: C'mon (Sub Pop) **
  • Bill Orcutt: How the Thing Sings (Editions Mego) **
  • Owl City: All Things Bright and Beautiful (Universal Republic) **
  • Beyoncé: 4 (Columbia) **
  • James Blake: Enough Thunder (Atlas, EP) **
  • The Strokes: Angles (RCA) **
  • Thompson Square: Thompson Square (Stoney Creek) **
  • Mark Moultrup: Relaxin' . . . On the Edge (Mark Moultrip Music)
  • People Like Us: Welcome Abroad (Illegal Art) **

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. Roy Orbison: The Monument Singles: A Sides (1960-1964) (Monument/Legacy)
  2. Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Tell My Sister (1977-78, Nonesuch, 3CD)
  3. Wall of Sound: The Very Best of Phil Spector 1961-1966 (1961-66, Phil Spector/Legacy) [**]
  4. Plastic People of the Universe: Magical Nights (1969-85, Munster, 2CD -10)
  5. Cartagena! Curro Fuentes & the Big Band Cumbia and Descarga Sound of Colombia 1962-72 (Soundway) [**]
  6. Robert Johnson: The Complete Recordings [The Centennial Collection] (1936-37, Columbia/Legacy, 2CD)
  7. Nigeria 70: Sweet Times: Afro-Funk, Highlife and Juju From 1970s Lagos (Strut)
  8. Neil Young: International Harvesters: A Treasure (1984-85, Reprise) [**]
  9. Afro Latin: Via Kinshasa (Syllart, 2CD)
  10. Sofrito: Tropical Discotheque (1976-2010, Strut)
  11. Johnny Cash: Bootleg Vol I: Personal File (1973-83, Columbia/Legacy, 2CD) [**]
  12. Eddy Current Suppression Ring: So Many Things (2003-04, Goner) **
  13. Vijana Jazz Band: The Koka Koka Sex Battalion: Rumba, Koka Koka & Kamata Sukuma (1975-80, Sterns) **
  14. Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Odditties (1973-90, Quebeservice -10) **
  15. Sorry Bamba: Volume One 1970-1979 (Thrill Jockey) **
  16. Afro Latin: Via Dakar (Syllart, 2CD)
  17. Miles Davis Quintet: Live Europe 1967: Bootleg Vol. 1 (Columbia/Legacy, 3CD+DVD)


  • Tony Bennett: The Classic Christmas Album (1968-2008, Columbia/Legacy)
  • The Descendents [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (Sony Masterworks)
  • Larkin's Jazz (Proper, 4CD)
  • Sufis at the Cinema: 50 Years of Bollywood Qawwali and Sufi Song 1958-2007 (Times Square)

Also Noted:

  • Be My Baby: The Very Best of the Ronettes (1963-66, Phil Spector/Legacy) **
  • Miles Davis: Bitches Brew Live (1969-70, Columbia/Legacy)
  • Bachata Roja: Amor y Amargue (1960s-80s, IASO) **
  • The Dave Brubeck Quartet: Last Time Out: December 26, 1967 (1967, Columbia/Legacy, 2CD)
  • Eartha Kitt: The Essential Eartha Kitt (1952-57, RCA/Legacy, 2CD)
  • True Soul: Deep Sounds From the Left of Stax (1960s-70s, Now-Again) **
  • El Rego (1966-70s, Daptone) **
  • Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers: The Sesjun Radio Shows (1978-83, T2 Entertainment, 2CD)
  • Blaze Foley: Duct Tape Messiah [Soundtrack From the Documentary Film] (1975-89, Lost Art) **
  • Da Doo Ron Ron: The Very Best of the Crystals (1961-63, Phil Spector/Legacy) **
  • Corrie en de Grote Brokken: Vier! (Brokken)
  • Django Reinhardt: The Essential Django Reinhardt (1949-50, RCA/Legacy, 2CD)
  • Lajos Dudas: 50 Years With Jazz Clarinet: The Best of Lajos Dudas (Jazz Sick, 2CD)
  • Chris Barber: Memories of My Trip (1958-2010, Proper, 2CD) **
  • Stephin Merritt: Obscurities (1992-99, Merge) **
  • Bob Dylan: In Concert: Brandeis University 1963 (Columbia/Legacy) **
  • The Sound of Love: The Very Best of Darlene Love (1962-75, Phil Spector/Legacy) **
  • True Soul: Deep Sounds From the Left of Stax, Volume 2 (Now-Again) **
  • Clarence "Jelly" Johnson: Low Down Papa (1920s, Delmark)
  • Johnny Cash: Bootleg Vol II: From Memphis to Hollywood (1955-69, Columbia/Legacy, 2CD) **
  • Ladytron: Best of 00-10 (Emperor Norton) **
  • Freddie Hubbard: Pinnacle: Live & Unreleased From the Keystone Korner (1980, Resonance) **
  • Gorillaz: The Singles Collection 2001-2011 (Virgin) **
  • Neil Diamond: The Bang Years 1966-1968 (Legacy) **
  • Vagrants: I Can't Make a Friend 1965-1968 (Light in the Attic) **
  • The Flying Burrito Brothers: Authorized Bootleg: Fillmore East, New York, N.Y.: Late Show, November 7, 1970 (Hip-O Select) **
  • Sounds and Silence: Travels With Manfred Eicher (1980-2008, ECM)
  • Amy Winehouse: Lioness: Hidden Treasures (2002-11, Universal Republic) **


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. Duke Ellington: Meets Coleman Hawkins/And John Coltrane (1962, Impulse)
  2. Sonny Rollins: On Impulse!/There Will Never Be Another You (1965, Impulse)
  3. Randy Weston: Blue Moses (1972, CTI/Masterworks Jazz)
  4. Archie Shepp: For Losers/Kwanza (1968-69, Impulse)
  5. Isolée: We Are Monster (2005, Pampa) **
  6. Art Blakey: Jazz Messengers!!!!!/A Jazz Message (1961-63, Impulse)
  7. Billy Bang's Survival Ensemble: Black Man's Blues/New York Collage (1977-78, NoBusiness, 2CD)


  • Dee Bell: Sagacious Grace (1990, Laser)

Also Noted:

  • The Reatards: Teenage Hate/Fuck Elvis Here's the Reatards (1998, Goner) **
  • Pharoah Sanders: Village of the Pharoahs/Wisdom Through Magic (1971-73, Impulse)
  • Coleman Hawkins: Today and Now/Desafinado (1963, Impulse)
  • Jim Hall: Concierto (1975, CTI/Sony Masterworks)
  • Freddie Hubbard: Straight Life (1970, CTI/Sony Masterworks)
  • Ahmad Jamal: Poinciana Revisited/Freeflight (1969-71, Impulse)
  • Gabor Szabo: The Sorcerer/More Scorcery (1967, Impulse)
  • Deodato: Prelude (1972, CTI/Sony Masterworks)
  • Stanley Turrentine: Salt Song (1971, CTI/Sony Masterworks)
  • McCoy Tyner: Inception/Reaching Fourth (1962-63, Impulse)
  • Stanley Turrentine: Don't Mess With Mister T. (1973, CTI/Sony Masterworks)
  • Milt Jackson: Statements/Jazz 'n' Samba (1962-64, Impulse)
  • George Benson: Beyond the Blue Horizon (1971, CTI/Sony Masterworks)
  • Paul McCartney: McCartney (1970, Hear Music, 2CD) **
  • Warren Smith: Dragon Dave Meets Prince Black Knight From the Darkside of the Moon (1988, Porter)
  • Elvin Jones: Illumination/Dear John C. (1962-65, Impulse)
  • Freddie Hubbard: First Light (1971, CTI/Sony Masterworks)
  • Joe Farrell: Outback (1970, CTI/Masterworks Jazz)
  • Heikki Sarmanto Big Band: Everything Is It (1972, Porter)
  • Vesa-Matti Loiri: 4+20 (1971, Porter)
  • George Benson: Body Talk (1973, CTI/Sony Masterworks)
  • Albert Ayler: Love Cry/The Last Album (1967-69, Impulse)
  • Kali Z. Fasteau: Prophecy (1990-92, Flying Note)
  • Don Sebesky: Giant Box (1973, CTI/Sony Masterworks)
  • Shirley Scott: For Members Only/Great Scott!! (1963-64, Impulse)
  • The Jayhawks: Tomorrow the Green Grass [Legacy Edition] (1995, American/Legacy, 2CD) **
  • Paul Desmond: Pure Desmond (1974, CTI/Sony Masterworks)
  • George Benson: White Rabbit (1971, CTI/Sony Masterworks)
  • Milt Jackson: Sunflower (1972, CTI/Sony Masterworks)
  • Hubert Laws: In the Beginning (1974, CTI/Sony Masterworks)
  • Ron Carter: All Blues (1973, CTI/Sony Masterworks)
  • Curtis Fuller: Soul Trombone/Cabin in the Sky (1961-62, Impulse)
  • Alice Coltrane: Universal Consciousness/Lord of Lords (1971-72, Impulse)
  • Airto: Fingers (1973, CTI/Masterworks Jazz)
  • Paul McCartney: McCartney II (1979, Hear Music, 2CD) **
  • Jackie Cain & Roy Kral: A Wilder Alias (1973, CTI/Masterworks Jazz)
  • I, Brute Force: Confections of Love (1966-69, Bar/None) **


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.

  • The New Universe Music Festival 2010 (Abstract Logix, 2DVD)
  • Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá: Viola Tango Rock Concerto (Navona)


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

  1. Mac Miller: "Up All Night" (Blue Slide Park)