Music Year 2015

This is my year-end list for records released in 2015. A frozen copy as of Jan. 31, 2016, is here. Post-freeze changes are marked in this color (except for re-orderings. These will be added up to Dec. 31, 2016, at which point enough will be enough -- the file may still be changed as ungraded records are belatedly graded, but no new records will be added.

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., -14 for 2014) -- 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. Lyrics Born: Real People (Mobile Home) [**]
  2. Irène Schweizer/Han Bennink: Welcome Back (Intakt)
  3. Sleaford Mods: Key Markets (Harbinger Sound) [**]
  4. Blackalicious: Imani, Vol. 1 (OGM) [**]
  5. James McMurtry: Complicated Game (Complicated Game) [**]
  6. Henry Threadgill Zooid: In for a Penny, In for a Pound (Pi, 2CD)
  7. Laurie Anderson: Heart of a Dog (Nonesuch) [**]
  8. Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (Mom + Pop Music) [**]
  9. Schlippenbach Trio: Features (Intakt) *
  10. Mike Reed's People Places & Things: A New Kind of Dance (482 Music)
  11. Paris: Pistol Politics (Guerrilla Funk, 2CD) [**]
  12. Joe Fiedler Trio: I'm In (Multiphonics Music)
  13. Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth: Epicenter (Clean Feed)
  14. Heems: Eat Pray Thug (Megaforce)
  15. Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts: Manhattan (Rough Trade) **
  16. Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp a Butterfly (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope) [**]
  17. Charles McPherson: The Journey (Capri)
  18. Ezra Furman: Perpetual Motion People (Bella Union) **
  19. Rich Halley 4: Creating Structure (Pine Eagle)
  20. Rodrigo Amado: This Is Our Language (Not Two)
  21. Mort Weiss: Mort Weiss Is a Jazz Reality Show (SMS Jazz)
  22. Daveed Diggs: Small Things to a Giant (Deathbomb Arc -12) **
  23. Low Cut Connie: Hi Honey (Ardent Music/Contender) **
  24. Amir ElSaffar: Crisis (Pi)
  25. Steve Swell: Steve Swell's Kende Dreams: Hommage à Bartók (Silkheart)
  26. John O'Gallagher Trio: The Honeycomb (Fresh Sound New Talent) *
  27. Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas: Sound Prints: Live at Monterey Jazz Festival (Blue Note) **
  28. Liberty Ellman: Radiate (Pi)
  29. Marilyn Crispell/Gerry Hemingway: Table of Changes (Intakt)
  30. Gabriel Amargant: And Now for Something Completely Different (Fresh Sound New Talent) **
  31. Gwenno: Y Dydd Olaf (Heavenly) **
  32. Craig Finn: Faith in the Future (Partisan) **
  33. Ashley Monroe: The Blade (Warner Music) **
  34. Marty Grosz Meets the Fat Babies: Diga Diga Doo (Delmark)
  35. William Parker/Raining on the Moon: Great Spirit (AUM Fidelity) **
  36. New Order: Music Complete (Mute) **
  37. Nozinja: Nozinja Lodge (Warp) **
  38. Mikko Innanen: Song for a New Decade (TUM, 2CD)
  39. The Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble: Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland (Planet Arts)
  40. Old Time Musketry: Drifter (NCM East)
  41. Carly Rae Jepsen: E-MO-TION (Interscope/Schoolboy Silent) **
  42. Milford Graves & Bill Laswell: Space/Time · Redemption (TUM)
  43. The Yawpers: American Man (Bloodshot) **
  44. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Ba Power (Glitterbeat) **
  45. Dr. Yen Lo: Days With Dr. Yen Lo (Pavlov Institute) **
  46. Food: This Is Not a Miracle (ECM) **
  47. Ursula 1000: Voyeur (Insect Queen) **
  48. Hieroglyphic Being & J.I.T.U. Ahn-Sahm-Buhl: We Are Not the First (RVNG Intl) **
  49. Ryan Truesdell: Lines of Color (Blue Note/ArtistShare)
  50. Nat Birchall: Invocations (Jazzman) **
  51. Scott Hamilton: Scott Hamilton Plays Jule Styne (Blue Duchess)
  52. Chico Freeman/Heiri Känzig: The Arrival (Intakt)
  53. Boz Scaggs: A Fool to Care (429 Records) **
  54. Mdou Moctar: Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai [Original Soundtrack Recording] (Sahel Sounds) **
  55. Audio One: What Thomas Bernhard Saw (Audiographic) **
  56. Gard Nilssen's Acoustic Unity: Firehouse (Clean Feed)
  57. Halsey: Badlands (Astralwerks) **
  58. !Mayday!: Future/Vintage (Strange Music) **
  59. The Mountain Goats: Beat the Champ (Merge) **
  60. Sons of Kemet: Lest We Forget What We Came Here to Do (Naim Jazz) **
  61. The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Cash and Carry (Aerophonic)
  62. Barry Altschul & 3Dom Factor: Tales of the Unforeseen (TUM)
  63. Nicole Mitchell/Tomeka Reid/Mike Reed: Artifacts (482 Music)
  64. Peaceful Solutions: Barter 7 (self-released) **
  65. Charles Gayle Trio: Christ Everlasting (ForTune) **
  66. Bully: Feels Like (Startime International/Columbia) **
  67. Tuxedo (Stones Throw) **
  68. Eszter Balint: Airless Midnight (Red Herring) **
  69. Asleep at the Wheel: Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (Bismeaux) **
  70. 79rs Gang: Fire on the Bayou (Sinking City/Urban Unrest) **
  71. Ray Wylie Hubbard: The Ruffian's Misfortune (Bordello) **
  72. Michael Zerang & the Blue Lights: Songs From the Big Book of Love (Pink Palace) **
  73. Beans on Toast: The Grand Scheme of Things (Xtra Mile) **
  74. BadBadNotGood & Ghostface Killah: Sour Soul (Lex) **
  75. Allen Lowe: In the Diaspora of the Diaspora: We Will Gather When We GAther (Constant Sorrow)
  76. Daniel Rosenboom: Astral Transference & Seven Dreams (Orenda, 2CD) **
  77. Harry Allen's All-Star Brazilian Band: Flying Over Rio (Arbors) **
  78. The Kandinsky Effect: Somnambulist (Cuneiform) **
  79. François Carrier/Michel Lambert/Rafal Mazur: Unknowable (Not Two)
  80. Tinariwen: Live in Paris (Anti-) **
  81. The Chills: Silver Bullets (Fire) **
  82. Svenska Kaputt: Suomi (Moserobie)
  83. Matthew Shipp: Matthew Shipp Plays the Music of Allen Lowe: I Alone: The Everlasting Beauty of Monotony (Constant Sorrow)
  84. Ernest Dawkins Live the Spirit Residency Big Band: Memory in the Center: An Afro Opera: Homage to Nelson Mandela (Dawk)
  85. The Ragpicker String Band (Yellow Dog) **
  86. Dmitry Baevsky: Over and Out (Jazz Family)
  87. Michael McNeill Trio: Flight (self-released)
  88. Joe McPhee/Jamie Saft/Joe Morris/Charles Downs: Ticonderoga (Clean Feed)
  89. The Mowgli's: Kids in Love (Republic) **
  90. Laura Marling: Short Movie (Ribbon Music) **
  91. Radical Dads: Universal Coolers (Old Flame) **
  92. Omar Souleyman: Bahdeni Nami (Monkeytown) **
  93. Murs: Have a Nice Day (Strange Music) **
  94. François Carrier/Steve Beresford/John Edwards/Michel Lambert: Outgoing (FMR)
  95. Nate Wooley Quintet: (Dance to) the Early Music (Clean Feed)
  96. Jim Snidero: Main Street (Savant)
  97. Mbongwana Star: From Kinshasa (World Circuit) **
  98. Grimes: Art Angels (4AD) **
  99. Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment: Surf (self-released) **
  100. Protoje: Ancient Future (Indiggnation Collective/Overstand) **
  101. Have Moicy 2: The Hoodoo Bash (Red Newt) **
  102. Tomas Fujiwara & the Hook Up: After All Is Said (482 Music) **
  103. Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble: The Otherworld Cycle (Edgetone)
  104. Matthew Shipp Trio: The Conduct of Jazz (Thirsty Ear)
  105. James Brandon Lewis: Days of FreeMan (Okeh) **
  106. Veruca Salt: Ghost Notes (El Camino) **
  107. Shamir: Ratchet (XL) **
  108. Alaska Thunderfuck: Anus (Sidecar) **
  109. JD Allen: Graffiti (Savant)
  110. Downtown Boys: Full Communism (Don Giovanni) **
  111. Ulrich Gumpert Quartett: A New One (Intakt)
  112. Noah Preminger: Pivot: Live at the 55 Bar (self-released)
  113. Larry Ochs/Don Robinson Duo: The Throne (Not Two) **
  114. OZO: A Kind of Zo (Shhpuma/Clean Feed)
  115. Beegie Adair/Don Aliquo: Too Marvelous for Words (Adair Music Group)
  116. Songhoy Blues: Music in Exile (Atlantic) **
  117. Amy LaVere and Will Sexton: Hallelujah I'm a Dreamer (Archer) **
  118. Desaparecidos: Payola (Saddle Creek) **
  119. Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: Callas (Leo, 2CD)
  120. Giorgio Moroder: Deja-Vu (RCA) **
  121. Martin Speicher/Peter Geisselbrecht/Jörg Fischer: Spicy Unit (Spore Print)
  122. John Moreland: High on Tulsa Heat (Old Omens) **
  123. Leonard Cohen: Can't Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour (Columbia) **
  124. Alan Jackson: Angels and Alcohol (Capitol Nashville) **
  125. Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique: Love Is Free (Konichiwa/Cherrytree/Interscope, EP) **
  126. Battles: La Di Da Di (Warp) **
  127. Willie Nelson/Merle Haggard: Django and Jimmie (Legacy) **
  128. Erik Friedlander: Oscalypso: Tribute to Oscar Pettiford (Skipstone)
  129. Michael Gibbs & the NDR Bigband: Play a Bill Frisell Set List (Cuneiform) **
  130. Steve Hauschildt: Where All Is Fled (Kranky) **
  131. Christoph Irniger Trio: Octopus (Intakt)
  132. Ray Anderson's Organic Quartet: Being the Point (Intuition) **
  133. Andrew Jamieson: Heard the Voice (Edgetone)
  134. Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Mauch Chunk (Hot Cup)
  135. Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp/Whit Dickey: Butterfly Whispers (Leo)
  136. Allen Lowe: In the Diaspora of the Diaspora: Man With Guitar: Where's Robert Johnson? (Constant Sorrow)
  137. Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman: Lice (Stones Throw, EP) **
  138. Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin: Ichigo Ichie (Libra)
  139. Max Richter: From Sleep (Deutsche Grammophon) **
  140. Future: DS2 (Epic) **
  141. Skylar Spence: Prom King (Carpark) **
  142. Erykah Badu: But You Caint Use My Phone (Control Freaq) **
  143. Archy Marshall: A New Place 2 Drown (True Panther Sounds) **
  144. Paul Dunmall/Matthew Bourne/Steve Davis/Dave Kane: Mandalas in the Sky (Babel) **
  145. Tribu Baharú: Pa'l Más Exigente Bailador (self-released) **
  146. Tomeka Reid Quartet (Thirsty Ear) **
  147. John Kruth: The Drunken Wind of Life: The Poem/Songs of Tin Ujevic (Smiling Fez) **
  148. Fred Hersch: Solo (Palmetto) **
  149. Arca: Mutant (Mute) **
  150. Hieroglyphic Being: The Acid Documents (Soul Jazz) **
  151. Jerry Bergonzi: Rigamaroll (Savant)
  152. Shopping: Why Choose (FatCat) **
  153. Metric: Pagans in Vegas (Metric) **
  154. Lil Dicky: Professional Rapper (self-released, 2CD) **
  155. Ochion Jewell Quartet: Volk (self-released)
  156. The Drive-By Truckers: It's Great to Be Alive! (ATO, 3CD) **
  157. Elysia Crampton: American Drift (Blueberry) **
  158. Fabiano Do Nascimento: Dança Dos Tempos (Now-Again) **
  159. Josh Berman Trio: A Dance and a Hop (Delmark)
  160. Colin Stetson/Sarah Neufeld: Never Were the Way She Was (Constellation) **
  161. Allen Lowe: In the Diaspora of the Diaspora: Where a Cigarette Is Smoked by Ten Men (Constant Sorrow)
  162. Katie Thiroux: Introducing Katie Thiroux (BassKat)
  163. Oliver Lake/William Parker: To Roy (Intakt)
  164. Plastician: All the Right Moves (self-released) **

Pending:

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

  • Kansas: Miracles Out of Nowhere (Epic/Legacy)

Also Noted:

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

  • 75 Dollar Bill: Wooden Bag (Other Music) **
  • Juhani Aaltonen & Iro Haarla: Kirkastus (TUM)
  • Tony Adamo: Tony Adamo & the New York Crew (Urban Zone)
  • The Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet: 10 (Zoho)
  • All Included: Satan in Plain Clothes (Clean Feed)
  • Harry Allen: For George, Cole and Duke (Blue Heron) **
  • Harry Allen: Something About Jobim (Stunt) **
  • Gregg Allman: Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA (Rounder) **
  • Gonçalo Almeida/Martin van Duynhoven/Tobias Klein: Vibrate in Sympathy (Clean Feed)
  • Julian Argüelles: Let It Be Told (Basho) **
  • Julian Argüelles: Tetra (Whirlwind) **
  • Atomic: Lucidity (Jazzland)
  • Ab Baars Trio: Slate Blue (Wig)
  • Babyface: Return of the Tender Lover (Def Jam) **
  • Joey Bada$$: B4.DA.$$ (Cinematic Music Group) **
  • Adam Baldych & Helge Lien Trio: Bridges (ACT) **
  • Ballister: Worse for the Wear (Aerophonic)
  • Bobby Bare Jr.: Don't Follow Me (I'm Lost) [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (Bloodshot) **
  • Stefano Battaglia Trio: In the Morning: Music of Alec Wilder (ECM) **
  • Michael Bates: Northern Spy (Stereoscopic) **
  • Beach House: Thank Your Lucky Stars (Sub Pop) **
  • Louie Belogenis: Blue Buddha (Tzadik) *
  • Tim Berne's Snakeoil: You've Been Watching Me (ECM) **
  • Debashish Bhattacharya: Slide Guitar Ragas From Dusk Till Dawn (Riverboat) **
  • Andrew Bishop: De Profundis (Envoi)
  • Raoul Björkenheim Ecstasy: Out of the Blue (Cuneiform) **
  • Black Top: #Two (Babel) **
  • Ran Blake: Ghost Tones: Portraits of George Russell (A-Side) **
  • Blanck Mass: Dumb Flesh (Sacred Bones) **
  • Bomba Estéreo: Amanecer (Sony Music Latin) **
  • The Bottle Rockets: South Broadway Athletic Club (Bloodshot) **
  • Boytoy: Grackle (Papercup Music) **
  • Action Bronson: Mr. Wonderful (Atlantic/Vice) **
  • Peter Brötzmann/Steve Swell/Paal Nilssen-Love: Krakow Nights (Not Two)
  • The Dan Brubeck Quartet: Celebrating the Music and Lyrics of Dave & Iola Brubeck (Blue Forest, 2CD)
  • Sarah Buechi: Shadow Garden (Intakt)
  • The Katie Bull Group Project: All Hot Bodies Radiate (Ashokan Indie)
  • João Camões/Jean-Marc Foussat/Claude Parle: Bien Mental (Fou)
  • Cannibal Ox: Blade of the Ronin (iHipHop) **
  • Brandi Carlile: The Firewatcher's Daughter (ATO) **
  • François Carrier/Michel Lambert: Io (FMR)
  • Carter Tutti Void: f(x) (Industrial) **
  • Joan Chamorro & Andrea Motis: Feeling Good (Whaling City Sound)
  • Childbirth: Women's Rights (Suicide Squeeze) **
  • Ciara: Jackie (Epic) **
  • Anat Cohen: Luminosa (Anzic)
  • Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance: Synovial Joints (Pi)
  • The Coneheads: L.P. 1 (Erste Theke Tonträger, EP) **
  • Damily: Very Aomby (Helico) **
  • Caroline Davis Quartet: Doors: Chicago Storylines (Ears & Eyes)
  • Deerhunter: Fading Frontier (4AD) **
  • Michael Dees: The Dream I Dreamed (Jazzed Media)
  • Lana Del Rey: Honeymoon (Interscope) **
  • Benoit Delbecq/Miles Perkin/Emile Biayenda: Ink (Clean Feed)
  • Giovanni Di Domenico/Peter Jacquemyn/Chris Corsano: A Little Off the Top (NoBusiness) *
  • Jorrit Dijkstra: Neither Odd nor Even (Driff)
  • John Dikeman/William Parker/Hamid Drake: Live at La Resistenza (El Negocito)
  • Disappears: Irreal (Kranky) **
  • Akua Dixon: Akua Dixon (Akua's Music)
  • DJ Sandji: 100% Balani Show (Sahel Sounds) **
  • DMX Krew: There Is No Enduring Self (Breakin) **
  • Doomtree: All Hands (Doomtree) **
  • DRKWAV: The Purge (Royal Potato Family) **
  • Elina Duni Quartet: Dallëndyshe (ECM) **
  • Anderson East: Delilah (Low Country Sound/Elektra) **
  • Harris Eisenstadt: Golden State II (Songlines)
  • Paul Elwood: Nice Folks (Innova)
  • Oran Etkin, What's New? Reimagining Benny Goodman (Motéma) **
  • Orrin Evans: The Evolution of Oneself (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group: The Puzzle (Whaling City Sound)
  • The Fall: Sub-Lingual Tablet (Cherry Red) **
  • John Fedchock Quartet: Live: Fluidity (Summit)
  • Lorenzo Feliciati: Koi (Rare Noise) *
  • Garrison Fewell: Invisible Resonance Trio (Creative Nation Music) **
  • Floating Points: Elaenia (Luaka Bop) **
  • Sullivan Fortner: Aria (Impulse!) **
  • The Foxymorons: Fake Yoga (Foxyphoton) **
  • Free Nelson Mandoomjazz: Awakening of a Capital (RareNoise) *
  • David Friesen & Glen Moore: Bactrian (Origin)
  • Oleg Frish: Duets With My American Idols (Time Out Media)
  • Donnie Fritts: Oh My Goodness (Single Lock) **
  • Satoko Fujii Tobira: Yamiyo Ni Karasu (Libra)
  • Chantale Gagné: The Left Side of the Moon (self-relased)
  • Laszlo Gardony: Life in Real Time (Sunnyside)
  • Abba Gargando (Sahel Sounds) **
  • Charles Gayle/William Parker/Hamid Drake: Live at Jazzwerkstatt Peitz (Jazzwerkstatt) **
  • Ghost Train Orchestra: Hot Town (Accurate)
  • GLOSS: Demo (self-released, EP) **
  • Ben Goldberg: Orphic Machine (BAG) **
  • Michael Monroe Goodman: The Flag, the Bible, and Bill Monroe (MammerJam) **
  • Jerry Granelli Trio + 3: What I Hear Now (Addo)
  • Devin Gray: RelativE ResonancE (Skirl)
  • Nigel Hall: Ladies & Gentlemen . . . Nigel Hall (Feel Music) **
  • Rich Halley 4: Eleven (Pine Eagle)
  • Mary Halvorson: Meltframe (Firehouse 12)
  • Scott Hamilton & Jeff Hamilton Trio: Live in Bern (Capri)
  • Helena Hauff: Discreet Desires (Ninja Tune/Werkdiscs) **
  • Stephen Haynes: Pomegranate (New Atlantis) **
  • Angel Haze: Back to the Woods (self-released) **
  • Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott: Wisdom, Laughter and Lines (Virgin EMI) **
  • Mark Helias Open Loose: The Signal Maker (Intakt) *
  • Heroes Are Gang Leaders: The Avant Age Garde I AMs of the Gal Luxury (Flat Langton's Arkeyes)
  • Wayne Horvitz: Some Places Are Forever Afternoon (Songlines) **
  • Hu Vibrational: Presents the Epic Botanical Beat Suite (MOD Technologies)
  • Paul Hubweber/Frank Paul Schubert/Alexander von Schlippenbach/Clayton Thomas/Willi Kellers: Intricacies (NoBusiness, 2CD)
  • Lord Huron: Strange Trails (Iamsound) **
  • Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet: 2 (Trouble in Mind) **
  • Vijay Iyer Trio: Break Stuff (ECM) **
  • Jason James (New West) **
  • Guus Janssen: Meeting Points (Bimhuis)
  • Jlin: Dark Energy (Planet Mu) **
  • JME: Integrity (Boy Better Know) **
  • Max Johnson Trio: Something Familiar (Fresh Sound New Talent) **
  • Henry Kaiser & Ray Russell: The Celestial Squid (Cuneiform) **
  • Kammerflimmer Kollektief: Désarroi (Staubgold) **
  • Kaze: Uminari (Circum-Libra)
  • Stefan Keune/Dominic Lash/Steve Noble: Fractions (NoBusiness) *
  • Becky Kilgore/Nicki Parrott: Two Songbirds of a Feather (Arbors) **
  • Kneebody + Daedelus: Keedelus (Brainfeeder) **
  • Kirk Knuffke: Arms & Hands (Royal Potato Family) **
  • Ted Kooshian: Clowns Will Be Arriving (Summit)
  • The Susan Krebs Chamber Band: Simple Gifts (GreenGig Music)
  • Ernie Krivda: Requiem for a Jazz Lady (Capri)
  • Martin Küchen/Johan Berthling/Steve Noble: Night in Europe (NoBusiness)
  • Martin Küchen/Jon Rune Strøm/Tollef Østvang: Melted Snow (NoBusiness) *
  • Kyle: Smyle (Indie Pop) **
  • Brian Landrus Trio: The Deep Below (BlueLand/Palmetto)
  • Nancy Lane: Let Me Love You (self-released)
  • Ingrid Laubrock Anti-House: Roulette of the Cradle (Intakt)
  • Lifted: 1 (PAN) **
  • Lnrdcroy: Much Less Normal (Firecracker) **
  • Joe Locke: Love Is a Pendulum (Motéma Music)
  • LoneLady: Hinterland (Warp) **
  • Allen Lowe/Matthew Shipp/Kevin Ray/Jake Millett: In the Diaspora of the Diaspora: Ballad for Albert (Constant Sorrow)
  • Old Man Luedecke: Domestic Eccentric (True North) **
  • Jon Lundbom and Big Five Chord: Jeremiah (Hot Cup)
  • Made to Break: Before the Code (Trost) **
  • Madonna: Rebel Heart (Interscope) **
  • Melanie Martinez: Cry Baby (Atlantic) **
  • Rob Mazurek/Exploding Star Orchestra: Galactic Parables: Volume 1 (Cuneiform, 2CD) **
  • Nick Mazzarella Trio: Ultraviolet (International Anthem)
  • Makaya McCraven: In the Moment (International Anthem) [**]
  • Mekons/Robbie Fulks: Jura (Bloodshot) **
  • Myra Melford: Snowy Egret (Enja/Yellowbird)
  • Merzbow/Balasz Pandi/Mats Gustafsson/Thurston Moore: Cuts of Guilt/Cuts Deeper (Rare Noise, 2CD) *
  • Marco Mezquida Mateos: Live in Terrassa (UnderPool)
  • Michete: Cool Tricks (self-released, EP) **
  • Miguel: Wildheart (RCA) **
  • Møster!: When You Cut Into the Present (Hubro) **
  • Whitey Morgan & the 78s: Sonic Ranch (Whitey Morgan Music) **
  • Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Hannover (Jazzwerkstatt) **
  • Kacey Musgraves: Pageant Material (Mercury Nashville) **
  • Simon Nabatov/Mark Dresser: Projections (Clean Feed)
  • Hailey Niswanger: PDX Soul (Calmit Productions)
  • Niyaz: Fourth Light (Six Degrees) **
  • No Fun: How I Spent My Bummer Vacation (Concrete Jungle) **
  • Noonday Underground: Body Parts for Modern Art (Stubbie) **
  • Larry Novak: Invitation (Delmark)
  • Curtis Nowosad: Dialectics (Cellar Live)
  • Dawn Oberg: Bring (Blossom Theory) **
  • Oblik: Order Disorder (Ormo) **
  • Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: Cuba: The Conversation Continues (Motema Music, 2CD) **
  • Michael Oien: And Now (Fresh Sound New Talent) *
  • Open Field + Burton Greene: Flower Stalk (Cipsela)
  • Lindi Ortega: Faded Gloryville (Last Gang) **
  • Kresten Osgood, Masabumi Kikuchi, Ben Street & Thomas Morgan: Kikuchi/Street/Morgan/Osgood (ILK Music) **
  • The Paranoid Style: Rock and Roll Just Can't Recall (Worldwide Battle, EP) **
  • Evan Parker/Peter Jacquemyn: Marsyas Suite (El Negocito) **
  • Mario Pavone: Blue Dialect (Clean Feed)
  • Gary Peacock Trio: Now This (ECM) **
  • Ivo Perelman/Whit Dickey: Tenorhood (Leo)
  • Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: Complementary Colors (Leo)
  • Rod Picott: Fortune (Welding Rod) **
  • Chris Pitsiokos Trio: Gordian Twine (New Atlantis) **
  • A Place to Bury Strangers: Transfixiation (Dead Oceans) **
  • Plus Sized Dan: Plus Sized Dan With Marshall Ruffin (self-released) **
  • Pusha T: King Push Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude (Def Jam) **
  • The Resonance Ensemble: Double Arc (Not Two) **
  • Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen: Hold My Beer, Vol. 1 (Lil' Buddy Toons) **
  • Charles Rumback: In the New Year (Ears & Eyes)
  • Robert Sabin: Humanity Part II (Ranula Music)
  • John Scofield: Past Present (Impulse!) **
  • Jill Scott: Woman (Atlantic) **
  • Richard Sears Trio: Skyline (Fresh Sound New Talent)
  • Aram Shelton/Fred Lonberg-Holm/Frank Rosaly: Resounder (Singlespeed Music)
  • Shopping: Consumer Complaints (FatCat) **
  • Rae Sremmurd: Sremm Life (Eardrum/Interscope) **
  • Denia Ridley & the Marc Devine Trio: Afterglow (ITI Music)
  • Claire Ritter: Soho Solo (Zoning)
  • RJD2/STS: STS X RJD2 (RJ's Electrical Connections) **
  • Roots Magic: Hoodoo Blues & Roots Magic (Clean Feed)
  • Nisse Sandström Quintet: Live at Crescendo (Moserobie)
  • Elliott Sharp: Octal: Book Three (Clean Feed)
  • Alex Sipiagin: Balance 38-58 (Criss Cross) **
  • Skrillex/Diplo: Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü (Mad Decent/OWSLA) **
  • Skydive Trio: Sun Moee (Hubro) **
  • Wadada Leo Smith & John Lindberg: Celestial Weather (TUM)
  • Snarky Puppy/Metropole Orkest: Sylva (Impulse!) **
  • The Sonics: This Is the Sonics (Revox) **
  • The Souljazz Orchestra: Resistance (Strut) **
  • Spin Marvel: Infolding (RareNoise) *
  • Mavis Staples: Your Good Fortune (Anti, EP) **
  • Vince Staples: Summertime '06 (Def Jam, 2CD) **
  • Sufjan Stevens: Carrie & Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty) **
  • John Stowell/Michael Zilber Quartet: Live Beauty (Origin)
  • Dave Stryker: Messin' With Mister T (Strikezone)
  • Jazmine Sullivan: Reality Show (RCA) **
  • Sun Kil Moon: Universal Themes (Caldo Verde) **
  • Survival Unit III: Straylight (Pink Palace) **
  • Steve Swell: Kanreki: Reflection & Renewal (Not Two, 2CD)
  • Steve Swell: The Loneliness of the Long Distasnce Improviser (Swell)
  • Tanya Tagaq: Animism (Six Shooter) **
  • Aki Takase/Ayumi Paul: Hotel Zauberberg (Intakt)
  • Tal National: Zoy Zoy (Fat Cat) **
  • Terakaft: Alone (Ténéré) (Out Here) **
  • The Thing: Shake (Thing) **
  • Pat Thomas: Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band (Strut) **
  • Richard Thompson: Still (Fantasy) **
  • Tiny People Having a Meeting (Fast Speaking Music)
  • Samba Touré: Gandadiko (Glitterbeat) **
  • Meghan Trainor: Title (Epic) **
  • Gebhard Ullmann Basement Research: Hat and Shoes (Between the Lines)
  • Universal Indians w/Joe McPhee: Skullduggery (Clean Feed)
  • The Warren Vaché Quintet Remembers Benny Carter (Arbors) **
  • Ken Vandermark/Paal Nilssen-Love: The Lions Have Eaten One of the Guards (Audiographic) **
  • Javier Vercher: Wish You Were Here (Musikoz)
  • Marlene VerPlanck: The Mood I'm In (Audiophile) **
  • Charenée Wade: Offering: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson (Motéma) **
  • Mat Walerian-Matthew Shipp Duo: The Uppercut: Live at Okuden (ESP-Disk) **
  • Eli Wallace/Jon Arkin/Karl Evangelista: Cabbages, Captain, & King (Edgetone)
  • Johannes Wallmann: The Town Musicians (Fresh Sounds New Talent) *
  • Leo Welch: I Don't Prefer No Blues (Big Legal Mess) **
  • White Reaper: White Reaper Does It Again (Polyvinyl) **
  • Wilco: Star Wars (dBpm) **
  • Bradley Williams: Investigation (21st Century Entertainment, 2CD)
  • Mark Winkler: Jazz and Other Four Letter Words (Cafe Pacific)
  • Wolff & Clark: Expedition 2 (Random Act) *
  • Wreckless Eric: America (Fire) **
  • X__X: Albert Ayler's Ghosts Live at the Yellow Ghetto (Smog Veil, EP) **
  • Jamie XX: In Colour (XL/Young Turks) **
  • John Yao and His 17-Piece Instrument: Flip-Flop (See Tao)
  • Yells at Eels: In Quiet Waters (ForTune) **
  • Yo La Tengo: Stuff Like That There (Matador) **
  • Young Guv: Ripe 4 Luv (Slumberland) **
  • Young Thug: Slime Season 2 (self-released) **
  • Youth Worship: LP1 (Self Harm) **
  • Michael Zerang & the Blue Lights: Hash Eaters and Peacekeepers (Pink Palace, EP) **
  • John Adams/San Francisco Symphony/Michael Tilson Thomas: Absolute Jest/Grand Pianola Music (SFS) **
  • Aguankö: Invisible (Aguankö Music)
  • Albare: Only Human (Alfi)
  • Alessio Alberghini/Garrison Fewell: Inverso (Floating Forest)
  • Joey Alexander: My Favorite Things (Motéma) **
  • Jovan Alexandre: Collective Consciousness (Xippi)
  • Aimée Allen: Matter of Time (Azuline)
  • Stephen Anderson/360° Jazz Initiative: Distracted Society (Summit)
  • Annie Girl and the Flight: Bodies (United for Opportunity, EP) **
  • Aphex Twin: Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments, Pt. 2 (Warp, EP) **
  • Gene Argel: Luminescent (Origin)
  • Takeshi Asai: French Trio Vol. 2 (De Trois Cités)
  • ASAP Rocky: At.Long.Last.ASAP (Polo Grounds/RCA) **
  • The Bad Plus/Joshua Redman: The Bad Plus Joshua Redman (Nonesuch) **
  • Priscilla Badhwar: Mademoiselle (self-released, EP)
  • Aram Bajakian: Music Inspired by the Color of Pomegranates (Sanasar) **
  • Juan Pablo Balcazar: Reversible (Fresh Sound New Talent) **
  • Dan Ballou: Solo Trumpet (Clean Feed)
  • Bathysphere (Driff)
  • Karl Berger/Kirk Knuffke: Moon (NoBusiness, 2CD)
  • David Berkman: Old Friends and New Friends (Palmetto)
  • Bilal: In Another Life (E1) **
  • Bizingas: Eggs Up High (NCM East)
  • Terence Blanchard: Breathless (Blue Note) **
  • Samuel Blaser: Spring Rain (Whirlwind) **
  • Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers: Loved Wild Lost (Little Sur) **
  • Blur: The Magic Whip (Parlophone) **
  • Geof Bradfield Quintet: Our Roots (Origin)
  • Bobby Bradford-Frode Gjerstad Quartet: The Delaware River (NoBusiness) *
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater: Dee Dee's Feathers (Okeh) **
  • Jakob Bro: Gefion (ECM) **
  • Peter Brötzmann/Peeter Uuskyla: Red Cloud on Silver (Omlott) **
  • Maureen Budway: Sweet Candor (MCG Jazz)
  • Art "Turk" Burton and Congo Square: Spirits: Then & Now (ATB)
  • Will Butler: Policy (Merge) **
  • Joey Calderazzo: Going Home (Sunnyside)
  • Cam: Untamed (Arista Nashville) **
  • João Camões/Rodrigo Pinheiro/Miguel Mira: Earnear (Tour de Bras)
  • Terri Lyne Carrington: The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul (Concord) **
  • Cécile & Jean-Luc Cappozzo: Soul Eyes (Fou)
  • Kenny Carr: Idle Talk (self-released)
  • Hugo Carvalhais: Grand Valis (Clean Feed)
  • Ernesto Cervini: Turboprop (Anzic)
  • The Chemical Brothers: Born in the Echoes (Virgin EMI) **
  • Chicago Reed Quartet: Western Automatic (Aerophonic)
  • Christine and the Queens: Saint Claude (Neon Gold, EP) **
  • Eric Church: Mr. Misunderstood (EMI Nashville) **
  • Chvrches: Every Open Eye (Glassnote) **
  • Scott Clark 4tet: Bury My Heart (Clean Feed)
  • Clem Snide: Girls Come First (Zaphwee) **
  • Benjamin Clementine: At Least for Now (Virgin EMI) **
  • Colleen: Captain of None (Thrill Jockey) **
  • George Colligan & Theoretical Planets: Risky Notion (Origin)
  • Romain Collin: Press Enter (ACT)
  • Agedoke Steve Colson: Tones for Harriet Tubman/Sojourner Truth/Frederick Douglass (Silver Sphinx, 2CD)
  • Dani Comas: Epokhé (UnderPool)
  • Container: LP (Spectrum Spools) **
  • The Convergence Quartet: Owl Jacket (NoBusiness) *
  • Stephan Crump/Mary Halvorson: Secret Keeper: Emerge (Intakt) *
  • Adrian Cunningham: Ain't That Right! The Music of Neal Hefti (Arbors) **
  • Czarface: Every Hero Needs a Villain (Brick) **
  • Linda Dachtyl: A Late One (Chicken Coup/Summit)
  • Isaac Darche: Team & Variations (Challenge)
  • Kris Davis Infrasound: Save Your Breath (Clean Feed) **
  • Stephen Davis/Ralph Alessi/Kris Davis: Sugar Blade (Babel) **
  • De Beren Gieren: One Mirrors Many (Clean Feed)
  • Bram De Looze: Septych (Clean Feed)
  • Deux Maisons: For Sale (Clean Feed)
  • Andrew Diehl: Space Time Continuum (Mack Avenue) **
  • Jorrit Dijkstra/Pandelis Karayorgis/Nate McBride/Curt Newton: Matchbox (Driff)
  • Dilly Dally: Sore (Partisan) **
  • The Dining Rooms: Do Hipsters Love Sun (Ra?) (Schema) **
  • Andrew Diruzza Quintet: Shapes and Analogies (self-released)
  • Dahi Divine: The Element (Right Direction)
  • DJ Paypal: Sold Out (Brainfeeder) **
  • Dog Party: Vol. 4 (Asian Man) **
  • Marcelo Dos Reis/Luis Vicente/Théo Ceccaldi/Valentin Ceccaldi: Chamber 4 (FMR)
  • Dave Douglas: High Risk (Greenleaf Music)
  • Dave Douglas Quintet: Brazen Heart (Greenleaf Music)
  • Open Mike Eagle: A Special Episode Of (Mello Music Group, EP) **
  • Steve Earle & the Dukes: Terraplane (New West) **
  • Mathias Eick: Midwest (ECM) **
  • Joe Ely: Panhandle Rambler (Rack 'Em) **
  • Ellery Eskelin: Solo Live at Snugs (Hatology) **
  • Eskmo: SOL (Apollo) **
  • Duane Eubanks Quintet: Things of That Particular Nature (Sunnyside) **
  • The Eye: The Future Will Be Repeated (Ba Da Bing) **
  • Carlos Falanga: Gran Coral (UnderPool)
  • Father: Who's Gonna Get F***** First? (Awful) **
  • John Fedchock New York Big Band: Like It Is (MAMA)
  • Hugo Fernandez: Cosmogram (Origin)
  • Field Music: Music for Drifters (Memphis Industries) **
  • The Fireworks: Switch Me On (Shelflife) **
  • Flako: Natureboy (Five Easy Pieces) **
  • Brandon Flowers: The Desired Effect (Virgin EMI) **
  • Föllakzoid: III (Sacred Bones) **
  • Robert Forster: Songs to Play (Tapete) **
  • Daniel Fortin: Brinks (Fresh Sound New Talent)
  • Nils Frahm: Solo (Erased Tapes) **
  • Nick Fraser: Too Many Continents (Clean Feed)
  • Kinky Friedman: The Loneliest Man I Ever Met (Avenue A) **
  • Jacob Garchik: Ye Olde (Yestereve)
  • Maxfield Gast: Ogo Pogo (Militia Hill)
  • Georgia (Domino) **
  • Ghostface Killah/Adrian Younge: Twelve Reasons to Die II (Linear Labs) **
  • Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio: Live in Studio (Whaling City Sound)
  • Clark Gibson + Orchestra: Bird With Strings: The Lost Arrangements (BluJazz)
  • Rhiannon Giddens: Tomorrow Is My Turn (Nonesuch) **
  • David Gilmore: Energies of Change (Evolutionary Music) **
  • Ginkgoa: EP Ginkgoa (self-released, EP) **
  • Girl Band: Holding Hands With Jamie (Rough Trade) **
  • Girlpool: Before the World Was Big (Wichita) **
  • Robert Glasper: Covered: The Robert Glasper Trio Recorded Live at Capitol Studios (Blue Note) **
  • Otzir Godot: In- (Epatto)
  • Wycliffe Gordon: Somebody New (Blues Back) **
  • Patty Griffin: Servant of Love (PGM) **
  • Giovanni Guidi Trio: This Is the Day (ECM) **
  • Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet: Family First (Beat Music Productions) **
  • Haiku Salut: Etch and Etch Deep (How Does It Feel to Be Loved) **
  • Hamilton [Original Broadway Cast Recording] (Atlantic, 2CD) **
  • Ross Hammond: Flight (Prescott) *
  • Brian Harnetty: Rawhead & Bloodybones (Dust-to-Digital) **
  • Harth/Fischer/Daemgen: Confucius Tarif Reduit (Spore Point)
  • Miho Hazama: Time River (Sunnyside)
  • Heads of State: Search for Peace (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Albert "Tootie" Heath/Ethan Iverson/Ben Street: Philadelphia Beat (Sunnyside) **
  • Amy Helm: Didn't It Rain (E1) **
  • Eddie Henderson: Collective Portrait (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Lauren Henderson: A La Madrugada (self-released)
  • Carlos Henriquez: The Bronx Pyramid (Blue Engine) **
  • Holly Herndon: Platform (4AD) **
  • Joe Hertenstein/Pascal Niggenkemper/Thomas Heberer: HNH2 (Clean Feed)
  • Bret Higgins: Bret Higgins' Atlas Revolt (Tzadik) *
  • Dre Hocevar Trio: Coding of Evidentiality (Clean Feed)
  • The H2 Big Band: It Could Happen (Origin)
  • Lafayette Harris, Jr. Trio: Bend to the Light (Airmen)
  • Mike Holober: Balancing Act (Palmetto)
  • Holychild: The Shape of Brat Pop to Come (Glassnote) **
  • Charlie Hunter Trio: Let the Bells Ring On (CHT Publishing) **
  • Hypercolor (Tzadik) *
  • I Love Makonnen: Drink More Water 5 (OVO Sound) **
  • I Never Meta Guitar Three (Clean Feed)
  • Innerroute: Fourmation (self-released)
  • The Internet: Ego Death (Odd Future/Columbia) **
  • Jon Irabagon: Behind the Sky (Irabbagast)
  • Keith Jarrett: Creation (ECM) **
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Live in Cuba (Blue Engine, 2CD) **
  • Tobias Jesso, Jr.: Goon (True Panther Sounds) **
  • Per Texas Johansson: De Långa Rulltrapporna I Flemingsberg (Moserobie)
  • Steve Johns: Family (Strikezone)
  • Darius Jones Quartet: Le Bébé de Brigitte (Lost in Translation) (AUM Fidelity) **
  • Joyfultalk: Muuixx (Drip Audio)
  • Tyler Kaneshiro & the Highlands: Amber of the Moment (self-released)
  • Manu Katché: Live in Concert (ACT)
  • Justin Kauflin: Dedication (Qwest/Jazz Village)
  • Keith Kelly Ask Not: A Grand Apparatus, Discarded (Edgetone)
  • Bill Kirchner: An Evening of Indigos (Jazzheads, 2CD)
  • Kirk Knuffke: Lamplighter (Fresh Sound New Talent) **
  • Kode9: Nothing (Hyperdub) **
  • The Kropotkins: Portents of Love (Mulatta) **
  • Deborah Latz: Sur L'Instant (June Moon)
  • Ingrid Laubrock: Ubatuba (Firehouse 12)
  • Left Exit Mr K: Featuring Michael Duch & Klaus Holm (Clean Feed)
  • Urs Leimgruber/Alex Huber: Lightnings (Wide Ear)
  • Martin Leiton: Poetry of Sound (UnderPool)
  • Gaetano Letizia/Mike Clark/Wilbur Krebs: Froggy & the Toads (self-released)
  • Oded Lev-Ari: Threading (Anzic)
  • Daniel Levin/Mat Maneri: The Transcendent Function (Clean Feed)
  • Linda Gail Lewis: Hard Rockin' Woman! (Lanark) **
  • The Liberation Music Collective: Siglo XXI (self-released)
  • Lightning Bolt: Fantasy Empire (Thrill Jockey) **
  • John Lindberg/Anil Eraslan: Juggling Kukla (NoBusiness) *
  • Lions: Lions EP (self-released, EP) **
  • Charles Lloyd: Wild Man Dance (Blue Note) **
  • Frantz Loriot/Manuel Perovic Notebook Large Ensemble: Urban Furrow (Clean Feed)
  • Los Lobos: Gates of Gold (429/Savoy Jazz) **
  • Russ Lossing: Eclipse (Aqua Piazza)
  • Lionel Loueke: Gaia (Blue Note) **
  • Roberto Magris: Enigmatix (JMood)
  • Jenna Mammina & Rolf Sturm: Spark (Water Street Music)
  • The Mavericks: Mono (Valory) **
  • Christian McBride Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard (Mack Avenue) **
  • Roy McGrath Quartet: Martha (JL Music)
  • J.D. McPherson: Let the Good Times Roll (New Rounder) **
  • Tobias Meinhart: Natural Perception (Enja/Yellowbird)
  • Meridian Brothers: Los Suicidas (Soundway, EP) **
  • Bob Merrill: Cheerin' Up the Universe (Accurate)
  • Metallic Taste of Blood: Doctoring the Dead (Rare Noise) *
  • Mika: No Place in Heaven (Casablanca) **
  • Rhett Miller: The Traveler (ATO) **
  • Milo: So the Flies Don't Come (Ruby Yacht) **
  • Billy Mintz: The 2 Bass Band . . . Live (Thirteenth Note)
  • Matt Mitchell: Vista Accumulation (Pi, 2CD)
  • Danny Mixon: Pass It On (self-released)
  • Modest Mouse: Strangers to Ourselves (Columbia) **
  • Allison Moorer: Down to Believing (E1) **
  • Gurf Morlix: Eatin' at Me (Rootball) **
  • Gunnar Mossblad & Cross Currents: R.S.V.P. (Summit)
  • Tisziji Muñoz & Marilyn Crispell: The Paradox of Independence (MRI) **
  • Róisin Murphy: Hairless Toys (PIAS) **
  • New York Gypsy All Stars: Dromomania (self-released) **
  • Pascal Niggenkemper: Look With Thine Ears: Solo (Clean Feed)
  • Noertker's Moxie: Simultaneous Windows (Edgetone)
  • The Nu Band: The Cosmological Constant (Not Two) **
  • Caili O'Doherty: Padme (Odo)
  • Olavi Trio: Oh, La Vie! (TUM)
  • Oneohtrix Point Never: Garden of Delete (Warp) **
  • César Orozco & Kamarata Jazz: No Limits for Tumbao (Alfi)
  • Evan Parker/Joe Morris/Nate Wooley: Ninth Square (Clean Feed)
  • Tess Parks and Anton Newcombe: I Declare Nothing ('a' Records) **
  • Parquet Courts: Monastic Living (Rough Trade, EP) **
  • Charlie Parr: Stumpjumper (Red House) **
  • Lisa Parrott: Round Tripper (Serious Niceness)
  • Nicki Parrott: Sentimental Journey (Venus) **
  • Renaud Penant Trio: Want to Be Happy (ITI Music)
  • Luis Perdomo & Controlling Ear Unit: Twenty-Two (Hot Tone Music)
  • Ivo Perelman/Mat Maneri/Tanya Kalmanovitch: Villa Lobos Suite (Leo)
  • Ivo Perelman/Mat Maneri/Joe Morris: Counterpoint (Leo)
  • Danilo Pérez/John Patitucci/Brian Blade: Children of the Light (Mack Avenue) **
  • Oscar Perez: Prepare a Place for Me (Myna)
  • Physical Therapy: Hit the Breaks (Liberation Technologies, EP) **
  • Enrico Pieranunzi: Proximity (CAM Jazz) **
  • Kate Pierson: Guitars and Microphones (Lazy Meadow Music) **
  • Lucas Pino: No Net Nonet (Origin)
  • PINS: Wild Nights (Bella Union) **
  • Potsa Lotsa Plus: Plays Love Suite by Eric Dolphy (Jazzwerkstatt) **
  • Chris Potter Underground Orchestra: Imaginary Cities (ECM) **
  • Prism Quartet: Heritage/Evolution, Volume 1 (Innova, 2CD) **
  • Protomartyr: The Agent Intellect (Hardly Art) **
  • Rabit: Communion (Tri Angle) **
  • Enrico Rava Quartet/Gianluca Petrella: Wild Dance (ECM) **
  • Tom Rainey Trio: Hotel Grief (Intakt)
  • John Raymond: Foreign Territory (Fresh Sound New Talent) *
  • Gloria Reuben: Perchance to Dream (MCG Jazz)
  • Rival Consoles: Howl (Erased Tapes) **
  • Pete Rock: PeteStrumentals 2 (Mello Music Group) **
  • Jason Roebke: Every Sunday (Clean Feed)
  • Adam Rudolph/Go: Organic Guitar Orchestra: Turning Towards the Light (Cuneiform) **
  • Samo Salamon Bassless Trio: Little River (Sazas)
  • Walter Salas-Humara: Work: Part One (Sonic Pyramid) **
  • Marta Sánchez Quintet: Partenika (Fresh Sound New Talent)
  • Michael Sarian & the Chabones: The Escape Suite (self-released)
  • Maria Schneider Orchestra: The Thompson Fields (ArtistShare)
  • Schnellertollermeier: X (Cuneiform) **
  • Benny Sharoni: Slant Signature (Papaya)
  • Andy Sheppard: Surrounded by Sea (ECM) **
  • Shlohmo: Dark Red (True Panther Sounds) **
  • Susana Santos Silva/Torbjörn Zetterberg/Hampus Lindwall: If Nothing Else (Clean Feed)
  • Skyzoo: Music for My Friends (First Generation Rich) **
  • Slobber Pup: Pole Axe (Rare Noise) *
  • Slutever: Almost Famous (self-released, EP) **
  • Snik: Metasediment Rock (Clean Feed)
  • Bjørn Solli: Aglow: The Lyngør Project Vol. 1 (Lyngør)
  • Spinifex: Veiled (Trytone)
  • The Spook School: Try to Be Hopeful (Fortuna Pop) **
  • Terell Stafford: Brotherlee Love: Celebrating Lee Morgan (Capri) **
  • Pops Staples: Don't Lose This (1999, dBpm) **
  • Ben Stapp & the Zozimos: Myrrha's Red Book: Act 1 (Evolver)
  • Statik Selektah: Lucky 7 (Showoff/Duck Down Music) **
  • Sophie: Product (Numbers, EP) **
  • Mike Sopko/Bill Laswell/Thomas Pridgen: Sopko Laswell Pridgen (self-released)
  • Grant Stewart: Trio (Cellar Live) **
  • Sult: Svimmelhed (Humbler/Conrad Sound -14)
  • Sun Ra Arkestra Under the Direction of Marshall Allen: Babylon Live (In+Out) **
  • Curt Sydnor: Materials and Their Destiny (Ears & Eyes)
  • Tamikrest: Taksera (Glitterbeat) **
  • Taraf de Haïdouks: Of Lovers, Gamblers and Parachute Skirts (Crammed Discs) **
  • Jacky Terrasson: Take That (Impulse) **
  • Vance Thompson's Five Plus Six: Such Sweet Thunder (Shade Street)
  • David Torn: Only Sky (ECM) **
  • Boubacar Traoré: Mbalimaou (Lusafrica) **
  • Steve Turre: Spiritman (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Chucho Valdés: Tribute to Irakere (Live in Marciac) (Jazz Village) **
  • Manuel Valera & Groove Square: Urban Landscape (Destiny)
  • Jacob Varmus Septet: Aegean: For Three Generations of Jazz Lovers (Crows' Kin)
  • Viet Cong (Jagjaguwar) **
  • Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo: Swing Zing! (FV)
  • Eyal Vilner Big Band: Almost Sunrise (Gut String)
  • Lou Volpe: Tremembering Ol' Blue Eyes (Songs of Sinatra) (Jazz Guitar)
  • Waco Brothers: Cabaret Showtime (Bloodshot) **
  • Mark Wade Trio: Event Horizon (self-released)
  • Ryley Walker: Primrose Green (Dead Oceans) **
  • Kamasi Washington: The Epic (Brainfeeder, 3CD) **
  • Dale Watson: Call Me Insane (Red House) **
  • Waxahatchee: Ivy Tripp (Wichita) **
  • Waxwing: A Bowl of Sixty Taxidermists (Songlines) **
  • Katharina Weber/Fred Frith/Fredy Studer: It Rolls (Intakt)
  • Daniel Weltlinger: Koblenz (Rectify)
  • Kenny Werner: The Melody (Pirouet)
  • White Out With Nels Cline: Accidental Sky (Northern Spy) **
  • Carrie Wicks: Maybe (OA2)
  • Cassandra Wilson: Coming Forth by Day (Legacy) **
  • Tony Wilson 6Tet: A Day's Life (Drip Audio)
  • Ben Winkelman Trio: The Knife (OA2)
  • John Wojciechowski: Focus (Origin)
  • Juli Wood Quartet: Synnkä Metsä (Dark Forest) (OA2)
  • Nate Wooley/Dave Rempis/Pascal Niggenkemper/Chris Corsano: From Wolves to Whales (Aerophonic)
  • Nate Wooley/Ken Vandermark: East by Northwest (Audiographic) **
  • Worriers: Imaginary Life (Don Giovanni) **
  • Wussy: Public Domain, Volume 1 (Shake It, EP) **
  • Savina Yannatou/Primavera en Salonico: Songs of Thessaloniki (ECM) **
  • Yelawolf: Love Story (Shady) **
  • Neil Young + Promise of the Real: The Monsanto Years (Reprise) **
  • Young Fathers: White Men Are Black Men Too (Big Dada) **
  • Young Thug: Barter 6 (300/Atlantic) **
  • Torbjörn Zetterberg & Den Stora Frågan: Om Liv Död (Moserobie)
  • Carlos "Zíngaro": Live at Mosteiro de Santa Clara a Velha (Cipsela)
  • Zomba Prison Project: I Have No Everything Here (Six Degrees) **
  • Zs: XE (Northern Spy) **
  • Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet [RAAQ]: Intents and Purposes (Enja) **
  • Africans With Mainframes: Commission Number 3 (Bio Rhythm, EP) **
  • Alabama Shakes: Sound & Color (ATO)
  • Bob Albanese: Time Remembered (Mayimba)
  • The Alchemist and Oh No: Welcome to Los Santos (Mass Appeal) **
  • Béatrice Alunni/Marc Peillon: Dance With Me (ITI)
  • Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin: Lost Time (Yep Roc) **
  • Scott Amendola: Fade to Orange (Sazi) **
  • Ancient Methods: Turn Ice Realities Into Fire Dreams (Hands, EP) **
  • Lotte Anker/Fred Frith: Edge of the Light (Intakt) **
  • Christian Artmann: Fields of Pannonia (self-released)
  • Julien Baker: Sprained Ankle (6131 Record) **
  • Baltazanis: End of Seas (self-released)
  • Dave Bass: NYC Sessions (Whaling City Sound)
  • Beauty School: Residual Ugly (Humbler)
  • Belle and Sebastian: Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance (Matador) **
  • Daniel Bennett Group: The Mystery at Clown Castle (Manhattan Daylight)
  • Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap: The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern (Columbia) **
  • Steven Bernstein/Paolo Fresu/Gianluca Petrella/Marcus Rojas: Brass Bang! (Bonsaï Music) **
  • Best Coast: California Nights (Harvest) **
  • Pat Bianchi Trio: A Higher Standard (21-H)
  • Big Boi + Phantogram: Big Grams (Epic, EP) **
  • Big K.R.I.T.: It's Better This Way (self-released) **
  • Luciano Biondini: Senza Fine (Intakt)
  • June Bisantz: It's Always You: June Bisantz Sings Chet Baker Vol. 2 (self-released)
  • Michael Blum/Jim Stinnett: Commitment (self-released)
  • Don Braden: Luminosity (Creative Perspective Music)
  • Breakfast in Fur: Flyaway Garden (Bar/None) **
  • Joshua Breakstone: 2nd Avenue (Capri)
  • Leon Bridges: Coming Home (Columbia) **
  • Andy Brown: Soloist (Delmark)
  • A Bu Trio: 88 Tones of Black and White (Blujazz, CD+DVD)
  • Dewa Budjana: Hasta Karma (Moonjune)
  • Built to Spill: Untethered Moon (Warner Brothers) **
  • Marnix Busstra: Firm Fragile Fun (Buzz Music)
  • Mike Campbell: Close Enough for Love (ITI)
  • Kenny Carr: Exit Moon (Zoozazz Music)
  • Chamber 3: Grassroots (OA2)
  • Chaise Lounge: A Very Chaise Lounge Christmas (Modern Songbook)
  • Brian Charette/Will Bernard/Rudy Royston: Alphabet City (Posi-Tone) **
  • Chastity Belt: Time to Go Home (Hardly Art) **
  • Tom Collier: Across the Bridge (Origin)
  • Colours Jazz Orchestra: Home Away From Home: Plays the Music of Ayn Inserto (Neu Klang)
  • Jonah Considine: Golden Flu (Nein, EP) **
  • Gaz Coombes: Matador (Hot Fruit) **
  • Shemekia Copeland: Outskirts of Love (Alligator) **
  • Larry Coryell: Heavy Feel (Wide Hive) **
  • Cowboys & Frenchmen: Rodeo (Outside In Music) *
  • Stanley Cowell: Juneteenth (Vision Fugitive) **
  • Crack Ignaz: Kirsch (Melting Pot) **
  • Cuir: Chez Ackenbush (Fou)
  • Darts & Arrows: Altamira (Ears & Eyes)
  • Guy Davis: Kokomo Kidd (M.C.) **
  • Steve Davis: Say When (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Dan Deacon: Gliss Rifter (Domino) **
  • Dead Sara: Pleasure to Meet You (Pocket Kid) **
  • Deafheaven: New Bermuda (Anti) **
  • Death Grips: The Powers That B (Electro Magnetic/Harvest, 2CD) **
  • Charlie Dennard: 5 O'Clock Charlie (self-released)
  • Jeff Denson/Lee Konitz: Jeff Denson Trio + Lee Konitz (Ridgeway)
  • Jason Derulo: Everything Is 4 (Warner Brothers) **
  • Destroyer: Poison Season (Merge) **
  • Diet Cig: Over Easy (Father/Daughter, EP) **
  • Chris Dingman: The Subliminal & the Sublime (Inner Arts Initiative)
  • Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition Mob Band: Bathtub Gin (Motéma Music) **
  • Marcelo Dos Reis/Angélica V. Salvi: Concentric Rinds (Cipsela)
  • Lila Downs: Balas y Chocolate (RCA) **
  • Drake/Future: What a Time to Be Alive (Cash Money) **
  • Kaja Draksler/Susana Santos Silva: This Love (Clean Feed)
  • Benjamin Duboc/Jean-Luc Petit: Double-Basse: This Is Not Art (Clean Feed)
  • Justin Townes Earle: Absent Fathers (Vagrant) **
  • Kirsten Edkins: Art & Soul (self-released)
  • Electric Squeezebox Orchestra: Cheap Rent (OA2)
  • Elephant9 with Reine Fiske: Silver Mountain (Rune Grammofon) **
  • Eliane Elias: Made in Brazil (Concord) **
  • Emika: Klavirni (Emika) **
  • Empress Of: Me (Terrible/XL) **
  • Eska (Naim Edge) **
  • Robin Eubanks Mass Line Big Band: More Than Meets the Ear (ArtistShare)
  • Sergi Felipe: Whisper Songs (UnderPool -11)
  • Sergi Felipe/Whisper Songs: Bombú Es Libre En El Espacio (UnderPool -13)
  • Nick Finzer: The Chase (Origin)
  • Clare Fischer: Out of the Blue (Clavo)
  • The Greg Foat Group: The Dancers at the Edge of Time (Jazzman) **
  • Four Tet: Morning/Evening (Text) **
  • Fresh Cut Orchestra: From the Vine (self-released) **
  • Janice Friedman Trio: Live at Kitano (CAP)
  • Romulo Fróes: Por Elas Sem Elas (YB Music, EP) **
  • Future: 56 Nights (Freebandz, EP) **
  • Michael Gallant Trio: Live Plus One (Gallant Music)
  • Gang of Four: What Happens Next (Metropolis) **
  • Giant Sand: Heartbreak Pass (New West) **
  • Polly Gibbons: Many Faces of Love (Resonance)
  • Clay Giberson: Minga Minga (Origin)
  • Aaron Goldberg: The Now (Sunnyside)
  • Chris Golinski/Tim McNally/Boaz Roberts: Rodeo (Edgetone)
  • Grandpa's Cough Medicine: 180 Proof (self-released) **
  • John Grant: Grey Tickles, Black Pressure (Partisan) **
  • Cee Lo Green: Heart Blanche (Atlantic) **
  • William Clark Green: Ringling Road (Bill Grease) **
  • Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell: The Traveling Kind (Nonesuch) **
  • Joel Harrison 5: Spirit House (Whirlwind) **
  • Health: Death Magic (Loma Vista) **
  • Ted Hearne: The Source (New Amsterdam) **
  • John Hébert: Rambling Confessions (Sunnyside) **
  • Gilad Hekselman: Homes (Jazz Village) **
  • Helen: The Original Faces (Kranky) **
  • Don Henley: Cass County (Capitol) **
  • Mette Henriette (ECM, 2CD) **
  • Vince Herring: Night and Day (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Will Herrington: Solace (self-released)
  • Scott Hesse Trio: The Stillness of Motion (Origin)
  • Keigo Hirakawa: And Then There Were Three (self-released)
  • Hommage à Eberhard Weber (ECM) **
  • Hop Along: Painted Shut (Saddle Creek) **
  • Jenny Hval: Apocalypse, Girl (Sacred Bones) **
  • I Love Makonnen: I Love Makonnen 2 (OVO Sound, EP) **
  • Inventions: Maze of Woods (Temporary Residence) **
  • Aaron Irwin Quartet: A Room Forever (self-released)
  • Jason Isbell: Something More Than Free (Southeastern) **
  • Janet Jackson: Unbreakable (Rhythm Nation) **
  • Ahmad Jamal: Live in Marciac: August 5th 2014 (Jazz Village) **
  • José James: Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday (Blue Note) **
  • Jeff Jenkins Organization: The Arrival (OA2)
  • Joanna Gruesome: Peanut Butter (Slumberland) **
  • Anders Jormin/Lena Willemark/Karin Nakagawa: Trees of Light (ECM) **
  • Kanaku y El Tigre: Quema Quema Quema (Strut/Tigers Milk) **
  • Kelela: Hallucinogen (Warp/Cherry Coffee, EP) **
  • Robert Kennedy Trio: Big Shoes (self-released)
  • Elle King: Love Stuff (RCA) **
  • Knife Pleats: Hat Bark Beach (Jigsaw) **
  • Kirk Knuffke: Little Cross (SteepleChase) **
  • Knxwledge: Hud Dreams (Stones Throw) **
  • Michael Kocour: Wherever You Go, There You Are (OA2)
  • Frank Kohl Quartet: Invisible Man (Pony Boy)
  • Heikki Koskinen/Teppo Hauta-Aho/Mikko Innanen: Kellari Trio (Edgetone)
  • Lona Kozik/Chris Golinski: Spelaeology (Edgetone)
  • Krokofant: Krokofant II (Rune Grammofon) **
  • Julian Lage: World's Fair (Modern Lore) **
  • Lama + Joachim Badenhorst: The Elephant's Journey (Clean Feed)
  • Lame Drivers: Chosen Era (Jigsaw) **
  • Adam Larson: Selective Amnesia (Inner Circle Music)
  • Sam Lee & Friends: The Fade in Time (The Nest Collective) **
  • Left Lane Cruiser: Dirty Spliff Blues (Alive Naturalsound) **
  • Daniel Levin/Rob Brown: Divergent Paths (Cipsela)
  • The Libertines: Anthems for Doomed Youth (Virgin EMI) **
  • Lil Wayne: The Free Weezy Album (Young Money/Republic) **
  • Lizzo: Big Grrrl Small World (BGSW) **
  • Los Bosnáis: Nordeste (Elefant, EP) **
  • Mundell Lowe/Lloyd Wells/Jim Ferguson: Poor Butterfly (Two Helpins' of Collards)
  • Romero Lubambo: Setembro: A Brazilian Under the Jazz Influence (Sunnyside) **
  • Hans Luchs: Time Never Pauses (OA2)
  • Lupe Fiasco: Tetsuo & Youth (Atlantic) **
  • Doug MacDonald: Solo Plus (BluJazz)
  • Maddie & Tae: Start Here (Dot) **
  • Shai Maestro Trio: Untold Stories (Motema)
  • The Magic Words: The Day We Ran Away (Magic Words Demos) (self-released)
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bird Calls (ACT) *
  • Major Lazer: Peace Is the Mission (Mad Decent) **
  • Whitney Marchelle: Dig Dis (Blujazz)
  • Marina and the Diamonds: Froot (Atlantic) **
  • Will Mason Ensemble: Beams of the Huge Night (New Amsterdam) **
  • Nilson Matta: East Side Rio Drive (World Blue)
  • Phil Maturano: At Home Everywhere (self-released)
  • Meek Mill: Dreams Worth More Than Money (Atlantic/MMG) **
  • Pete McCann: Range (Whirlwind) **
  • Donny McCaslin: Fast Future (Greenleaf Music) **
  • Barney McClure: Show Me! (OA2)
  • Chad McCullough & Bram Weijters: Abstract Quantities (Origin)
  • Dave McDonnell Group: The Time Inside a Year (Delmark)
  • Nellie McKay: My Weekly Reader (429) **
  • Terrence McManus and John Hébert: Saints and Sinners (Rowhouse Music) **
  • Chris McNulty: Eternal (Palmetto)
  • Stephan Micus: Nomad Songs (ECM) **
  • Marcus Miller: Afrodeezia (Blue Note) **
  • Mark Christian Miller: Crazy Moon (Sliding Jazz Door Productions)
  • Bob Mintzer Big Band: Get Up! (MCG Jazz)
  • Monster Rally & Jay Stone: Foreign Pedestrians (Gold Robot) **
  • Àlvar Montfort/Lucas Martinez/Jordi Matas/Abel Boquera/Pep Mula: Underpool 4 (UnderPool)
  • Van Morrison: Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue (RCA) **
  • Gilligan Moss: Ceremonial (EMI, EP) **
  • Brad Myers: Prime Numbers (Colloquy)
  • Kyle Nasser: Restive Soul (AISA)
  • The Necks: Vertigo (Northern Spy) **
  • Richard Nelson/Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: Deep River (Heliotrope)
  • Neon Indian: Vega Intl. Night School (Mom + Pop Music) **
  • Marius Neset: Pinball (ACT) **
  • Larry Newcomb Quartet: Live Intentionally! (Essential Messenger)
  • The Nightingales: Mind Over Matter (Louder Than War) **
  • Novelist x Mumdance: 1 Sec EP (XL, EP) **
  • Obnox: Know America (Ever/Never) **
  • Oddisee: The Good Fight (Mello Music Group) **
  • Eric Olsen ReVision Quartet: Sea Changes (BluJazz)
  • Ought: Sun Coming Down (Constellation) **
  • Matt Panayides: Conduits (Pacific Coast Jazz)
  • Sarah Partridge: I Never Thought I'd Be Here (Origin)
  • Ben Paterson: For Once in My Life (Origin)
  • Peach Kelli Pop: Peach Kelli Pop III (Burger, EP) **
  • Gretchen Peters: Blackbirds (Scarlet Letter) **
  • John Petrucelli Quintet: The Way (self-released)
  • Roberta Piket: Emanation (Solo: Volume 2) (Thirteenth Note)
  • Plunge: In for the Out (Immersion)
  • The Pop Group: Citizen Zombie (Freaks R Us)
  • Natalie Prass (Spacebomb) **
  • Reggie Quinerly: Invictus (Redefinition Music)
  • R5: Sometime Last Night (Hollywood) **
  • Billie Rainbird: Deep Blue (Phantom)
  • Fred Randolph: Song Without Singing (Creative Spirit)
  • Nathaniel Rateliff: Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (Stax) **
  • Raury: All We Need (Columbia) **
  • Dave Rawlings Machine: Nashville Obsolete (Acony) **
  • Mason Razavi/Bennett Roth-Newell: After You (First Orbit Sounds Music)
  • Jeff Richman: Hotwire (Nefer)
  • RMaster: New Anime Nation, Vol. 10 (Anime) **
  • Rocket From the Tombs: Black Record (Fire) **
  • Daniel Romano: If I've Only One Time Askin' (New West) **
  • Royal Headache: High (What's Your Rupture?) **
  • Harvie S/Sheryl Bailey: Plucky Strum (Whaling City Sound)
  • Cecile McLorin Salvant: For One to Love (Mack Avenue) **
  • Arturo Sandoval: Live at Yoshi's (ALFI) **
  • Alejandro Sanz: Sirope (Universal) **
  • Christian Scott: Stretch Music (Ropeadope) **
  • Scottish National Jazz Orchestra/Makoto Ozone: Jeunehomme: Mozart Piano Concerto No 9 K-271 (Spartacus) *
  • Marc Seales: American Songs Volume 3: Place & Time (Origin)
  • Seinabo Sey: Pretend (Virgin) **
  • Shatner's Bassoon: The Self Titled Album Shansa Barsnaan (Wasp Millionaire) **
  • Joan Shelley: Over and Even (No Quarter) **
  • Shopping: Urge Surfing (self-released) **
  • Rotem Sivan Trio: A New Dance (Fresh Sound New Talent)
  • Troye Sivan: Blue Neighbourhood (Capitol) **
  • Sleater-Kinney: No Cities to Love (Sub Pop) **
  • Steve Smith and Vital Information NYC Edition: Viewpoint (BFM Jazz)
  • Spanglish Fly: New York Boogaloo (Caco World Music) **
  • Speedy Ortiz: Foil Deer (Carpark) **
  • Chris Stapleton: Traveller (Mercury Nashville) **
  • Steel Bridge Trio: Different Clocks (Relay) **
  • Matthew Stevens: Woodwork (Whirlwind) **
  • Dexter Story: Wondem (Soundway) **
  • Susanne Sundfør: Ten Love Songs (Sonnet Sound) **
  • Swamp Dogg: The White Man Made Me Do It (SDEG) **
  • Earl Sweatshirt: I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside (Columbia/Tan Cressida) **
  • Tame Impala: Currents (Caroline) **
  • Tenement: Predatory Headlights (Don Giovanni) **
  • They Might Be Giants: Glean (Idlewild) **
  • Brianna Thomas: You Must Believe in Love (Sound on Purpose)
  • Toro y Moi: What For? (Carpark) **
  • Torres: Sprinter (Partisan) **
  • Total Babes: Heydays (Wichita) **
  • The Dan Trudell Trio: Dan Trudell Plays the Piano (self-released)
  • Two Fresh: Torch (self-released, EP) **
  • Tyler, the Creator: Cherry Bomb (Odd Future) **
  • Helen Tzatzimakis: Soulfully (Cobalt Music)
  • Voicehandler: Song Cycle (Humbler)
  • Vox Arcana: Caro's Song (Relay) **
  • Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet: Intercambio (Patois)
  • Joanna Wallfisch with Dan Tepfer: The Origin of Adjustable Things (Sunnyside)
  • Ward Thomas: From Where We Stand (WTW Music) **
  • Tyla Gang: Stereo Tactics (Cherry Red) **
  • Marco von Orelli 5: Alluring Prospect (Hatology) **
  • Bill Warfield and the Hell's Kitchen Funk Orchestra: Mercy Mercy Mercy (Blujazz)
  • Juan Wauters: Who Me? (Captured Tracks) **
  • Anna Webber's Percussive Mechanics: Refraction (Pirouet) **
  • The Weeknd: Beauty Behind the Madness (Republic) **
  • Barrence Whitfield & the Savages: Under the Savage Sky (Bloodshot) **
  • Webb Wilder: Mississippi Moderne (Landslide) **
  • Wildhoney: Sleep Through It (Deranged) **
  • Wildhoney: Your Face Sideways (Topshelf, EP) **
  • Brad Allen Williams: Lamar (Sojourn)
  • Patrick Williams: Home Suite Home (BFM)
  • Brian Wilson: No Pier Pressure (Capitol) **
  • Dave Wilson Quartet: There Was Never (Zoho)
  • Florian Wittenburg: Aleatoric Inspiration (NurNichtNur)
  • Wolf Alice: My Love Is Cool (Dirty Hit/RCA) **
  • Chelsea Wolfe: Abyss (Sargent House) **
  • Lizz Wright: Freedom & Surrender (Concord) **
  • Michiyo Yagi/Joe McPhee/Paal Nilssen-Love/Lasse Marhaug: Soul Stream (PNL) **
  • Omri Ziegele Billiger Bauer: So Viel Schon Hin: 15 Herbstlieder (Intakt)
  • Zun Zun Egui: Shackles' Gift (Bella Union) **
  • Adele: 25 (XL) **
  • Algiers (Matador) **
  • Karrin Allyson, Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein (Motéma) **
  • American Wrestlers (Fat Possum) **
  • Animation: Machine Language (Rare Noise) *
  • The Arcs: Yours, Dreamily (Nonesuch) **
  • Tiffany Austin: Nothing but Soul (Con Alma)
  • Ab Baars Trio & NY Guests: Invisible Blow (Wig)
  • John Basile: Penny Lane (StringTime Jazz)
  • Bastet: Eye of Ra (self-released)
  • Beach House: Depression Cherry (Sub Pop) **
  • Beach Slang: The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us (Polyvinyl) **
  • Beat Funktion: Olympus (DO Music)
  • Beauty Pill: Beauty Pill Describes Things as They Are (Butterscotch) **
  • Perry Beekman: S'Wonderful: Perry Beekman Sings and Plays Gershwin (self-released)
  • The Bellfuries: Workingman's Bellfuries (Hi-Style) **
  • Randy Bernsen: Grace Notes (Jericho Jams)
  • Justin Bieber: Purpose (Def Jam) **
  • Blue Muse: Blue Muse Live (Dolphinium)
  • Randy Brecker/Bobby Shew/Jan Hasenöhrl: Trumpet Summit Prague (Summit)
  • Randy Brecker: Randy Pop: Live (Piloo)
  • Cam: Welcome to Cam Country (Arista Nashville, EP) **
  • Car Seat Headrest: Teens of Style (Matador) **
  • Harley Card: Hedgerow (self-released)
  • Brett Carson: Quattuor Elephantis (Edgetone)
  • Casa: Futuro (Clean Feed)
  • Kasey Chambers: Bittersweet (Sugar Hill) **
  • The Claudettes: No Hotel (Yellow Dog) **
  • Lorin Cohen: Home (Origin)
  • Tom Collier: Alone in the Studio (Origin)
  • Lainie Cooke: The Music Is the Magic (Onyx Music)
  • Easton Corbin: About to Get Real (Mercury Nashville) **
  • Chick Corea & Béla Fleck: Two (Concord, 2CD) **
  • Cornershop: Hold On It's Easy (Ample Play) **
  • Jamie Cullum: Interlude (Blue Note) **
  • Dâm-Funk: Invite the Light (Stones Throw) **
  • Dej Loaf: #AndSeeThatsTheThing (Columbia, EP) **
  • Deradoorian: The Expanding Flower Planet (Anticon) **
  • The Deslondes (New West) **
  • Kristin Diable: Create Your Own Mythology (Speakeasy) **
  • Drake: If You're Reading This It's Too Late (Cash Money/Motown) **
  • Andrew Drury: Content Provider (Soup & Sound)
  • Dungen: Allas Sak (Mexican Summer) **
  • Dyke Drama: Tender Resignation (Salinas, EP) **
  • Charles Evans: On Beauty (More Is More)
  • EZTV: Calling Out (Captured Tracks) **
  • Father John Misty: I Love You, Honeybear (Sub Pop) **
  • Lorraine Feather: Flirting With Disaster (Jazzed Media) **
  • Amina Figarova: Blue Whisper (In + Out)
  • Florence + the Machine: How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Island/Republic) **
  • Foals: What Went Down (Warner Brothers) **
  • Jean-Marc Foussat & Jean-Luc Petit: . . . D'Où Vient La Lumière! (Fou)
  • Vance Gilbert: Nearness of You (Disismye Music)
  • The Go! Team: The Scene Between (Memphis Industries) **
  • Richie Goods & Nuclear Fusion: Three Rivers (Richman)
  • Colleen Green: I Want to Grow Up (Hardly Art) **
  • Anna von Hausswolff: The Miraculous (Other Music) **
  • Dale Head: Swing Straight Up (Blujazz)
  • John Hollenbeck: Songs We Like a Lot (Sunnyside) **
  • Julia Holter: Have You in My Wilderness (Domino) **
  • Hot Jazz Jumpers: The Very Next Thing (On the Bol)
  • The Ted Howe Jazz Orchestra: Pinnacle (Hot Stove)
  • Sam Hunt: Between the Pines: Acoustic Mixtape (MCA Nashville) **
  • Ibeyi (XL) **
  • Abdullah Ibrahim: The Song Is My Story (Sunnyside) **
  • Roger Ingram: Skylark (One Too Tree) **
  • Jon Irabagon: Inaction Is an Action (Irabbagast)
  • Ivan & Alyosha: It's All Just Pretend (Dualtone) **
  • Eugenie Jones: Come Out Swingin' (Openmic)
  • Toby Keith: 35 MPH Town (Show Dog Nashville) **
  • Kenosha Kid: Inside Voices (self-released)
  • Emma Larsson: Sing to the Sky (Origin)
  • Urs Leimgruber/Jacques Demierre/Barre Phillips: 1 - 3 - 2 - 1 (Jazzwerkstatt) **
  • Daniel Levin Quartet: Friction (Clean Feed)
  • Amy London/Darmon Meader/Dylan Pramuk/Holli Ross: Royal Bopsters Project (Motéma) **
  • Low: Ones and Sixes (Sub Pop) **
  • Mark Lyken/Emma Dove: Mirror Lands (Time Released Sound) **
  • Shelby Lynne: I Can't Imagine (New Rounder) **
  • Harold Mabern: Afro Blue (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Marsa Fouty: Concerts (Fou)
  • Josh Maxey: Celebration of Soul (Miles High)
  • Levon Mikaelian: United Shades of Artistry (self-released)
  • Jason Miles/Ingrid Jensen: Kind of New (Whaling City Sound)
  • Kristine Mills: Bossa Too (InkWell Publishing)
  • Hudson Mohawke: Lantern (Warp) **
  • Ben Monder: Amorphae (ECM) **
  • The Montgomery Hermann Quinlan Sextet: Hear, Here (Summit)
  • Nero: Between II Worlds (Cherrytree/Interscope) **
  • Opus: Definition (BluJazz)
  • Panda Bear: Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper (Domino) **
  • John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet: Brooklyn (Three Faces) **
  • Kim Pensyl: Foreign Love Affair (Summit)
  • Jack Perla: Enormous Changes (Origin)
  • Simon Phillips: Protocol III (Phantom)
  • Pixel: Golden Years (Cuneiform) *
  • Bucky Pizzarelli: Renaissance: A Journey From Classical to Jazz (Arbors) **
  • John Pizzarelli: Midnight McCartney (Concord) **
  • Powertrio: Di Lontan (Clean Feed)
  • Quantic: The Western Transient: A New Constellation (Tru Thoughts) **
  • Dawn Richard: Blackheart (Our Dawn) **
  • Keith Richards: Crosseyed Heart (Mindless/Virgin) **
  • Eve Risser: Des Pas Sur La Neige (Clean Feed)
  • Roots Manuva: Bleeds (Big Dada) **
  • Jamison Ross: Jamison (Concord) **
  • Sachal: Slow Motion Miracles (Okeh) *
  • Kendrick Scott Oracle: We Are the Drum (Blue Note) **
  • Travis Scott: Rodeo (Grand Hustle/Epic) **
  • Sheer Mag: II 7" (Wilsuns RC/Katorga Works, EP) **
  • Shopping: Gizzard Shingles (self-released) **
  • Adam Shulman Sextet: Here/There (OA2)
  • Herb Silverstein: Younger Next Year (self-released)
  • Daniel Smith: Jazz Suite for Bassoon (Summit)
  • Enoch Smith Jr.: Misfits II: Pop (Misfitme Music)
  • Songsmith Collective (Blujazz)
  • Luciana Souza: Speaking in Tongues (Sunnyside) **
  • The Spanish Donkey: Raoul (Rare Noise) *
  • Ben Stapp & the Zozimos: Myrrha's Red Book: Act II (Evolver)
  • Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line: Wake (Blue Pig Music) **
  • Swervedriver: I Wasn't Born to Lose You (Cobraside) **
  • Davide Tammaro: Ghosts (self-released)
  • Thundercat: The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam (Brainfeeder, EP) **
  • Tin/Bag: The Stars Would Be Different (Epigraph, EP) **
  • Titus Andronicus: The Most Lamentable Tragedy (Merge) **
  • Turnpike Troubadours (Bossier City) **
  • Unhinged Sextet: Clarity (OA2)
  • U.S. Girls: Half Free (4AD) **
  • Ramana Vieira: Fado Da Vida (Fate of Life)
  • Kurt Vile: B'lieve I'm Goin Down . . . (Matador) **
  • The Michael Waldrop Big Band: Time Within Itself (Origin)
  • Bastian Weinhold: Cityscape (Frame Music)
  • Mark Wingfield: Proof of Light (Moonjune)
  • Michiyo Yagi/Lasse Marhaug/Paal Nilssen-Love: Angular Mass (PNL) **
  • Dwight Yoakam: Second Hand Heart (Warner Brothers)
  • Dennis Angel: On Track (Timeless Grooves)
  • Laurie Antonioli & Richie Beirach: Varuna (Origin)
  • Kevin Bachelder/Jason Lee Bruns: Cherry Avenue (Panout Music Group)
  • Björk: Vulnicura (One Little Indian) **
  • Ann Hampton Callaway: The Hope of Christmas (MCG Jazz)
  • Dheepa Chari: Patchwork (self-released)
  • Dawes: All Your Favorite Bands (Hub) **
  • Dr. Dre: Compton (Aftermath/Interscope) **
  • Paquito D'Rivera & Quinteto Cimarron: Aires Tropicales (Paquito/Sunnyside) **
  • Andrew Drury: The Drum (Soup & Sound)
  • C Duncan: Architect (Fat Cat) **
  • East West Quintet: Anthem (self-released)
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress (Constellation) **
  • Tigran Hamasyan: Luys I Luso (ECM) **
  • Hiatus Kaiyote: Choose Your Weapon (Flying Buddha) **
  • Kehlani: You Should Be Here (self-released) **
  • Diana Krall: Wallflower (Verve) **
  • Ku-Umba Frank Lacy & Mingus Big Band: Mingus Sings (Sunnyside) **
  • Luis Lopes/Jean-Luc Guionnet: Live at Culturgest (Clean Feed)
  • John Mills: Invisible Designs (Fable)
  • Mount Eerie: Sauna (PW Elverum & Sun) **
  • Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee (Constellation) **
  • Todd Rundgren/Emil Nikolaisen/Hans-Peter Lindstrøm: Runddans (Smalltown Supersound) **
  • Jen Shyu & Jade Tongue: Sounds and Cries of the World (Pi)
  • Judy Silvano with Michael Abene: My Dance (JSL)
  • Ike Sturm + Evergreen: Shelter of Trees (Kilde)
  • John Tropea: Gotcha Rhythm Right Here (STP)
  • Carrie Underwood: Storyteller (19/Arista Nashville) **
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Multi-Love (Jagjaguwar) **
  • Fetty Wap (RGF 300/Atlantic) **
  • Galen Weston: Plugged In (Blujazz)
  • Doug Webb: Triple Play (Posi-Tone) **
  • Ben Williams: Coming of Age (Concord Jazz) **
  • Thomas Bergeron: Sacred Feast (self-released)
  • FKA Twigs: M3LL155X (Young Turks, EP) **
  • Quttinirpaaq: Dead September (Rural Isolation Project) **
  • James Taylor: Before This World (Concord) **
  • Zubatto Syndicate: Zubatto Syndicate 2 (Boscology) *
  • Bob Dylan: Shadows in the Night (Columbia) **
  • Kurt Elling: Passion World (Concord) **
  • Ira Hill: Tomorrow (self-released)
  • Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra: Joyful Jazz (MCG Jazz)
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Big Band Holidays (Blue Engine)
  • Liturgy: The Ark Work (Thrill Jockey) **

Reissues/Historic Music:

In previous years I tried to separate reissues from compilations, including newly released vault items in the latter. This made sense when I was reviewing a lot of Recycled Goods material, but led to other problems with year-end lists, so as of 2013 anything containing any previously released material is collected here, and anything that is wholly previously unreleased is treated as new, above.

  1. Anthony Braxton: Trio and Duet (1974, Delmark/Sackville)
  2. Ata Kak: Obaa Sima (1994, Awesome Tapes From Africa) **
  3. Wild Bill Davison: The Jazz Giants (1968, Delmark/Sackville)
  4. Savant: Artificial Dance (1981-83, RVNG Intl) **
  5. Willem Breuker Kollektief: Angoulême 18 Mai 1980 (Fou, 2CD)
  6. Red Garland Trio: Swingin' on the Korner (1977, Elemental Music, 2CD)
  7. Erroll Garner: The Complete Concert by the Sea (1955, Columbia/Legacy, 3CD)
  8. Mike Osborne: Dawn (1966-70, Cuneiform) **
  9. Bob Marley & the Wailers: Easy Skanking in Boston '78 (Island/Tuff Gong) **
  10. Punk 45: Extermination Nights in the Sixth City: Cleveland, Ohio: Punk and the Decline of the Mid-West 1975-82 (Soul Jazz) **
  11. Dead Moon: Live at Satyricon (1993, Voodoo Doughnut) **
  12. Miles Davis: Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975 [The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4] (Columbia/Legacy, 4CD) **
  13. Lost in Mali: Off the Beaten Track From Bamako to Timbuktu (Riverboat) **
  14. Patrick Cowley: Muscle Up (1973-81, Dark Entries) **
  15. George Lewis: The George Lewis Solo Trombone Album (1976, Delmark/Sackville)
  16. Youssou N'Dour Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar: Fatteliku: Live in Athens (Real World) **
  17. Peter Brötzmann/Joe McPhee/Kent Kessler/Michael Zerang: Tales Out of Time (2002, Hatology) **
  18. Sonny Sharrock: Ask the Ages (1991, MOD Technologies)
  19. Rastafari: The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83 (Soul Jazz) **
  20. Joi: Joi Sound System (1999-2007, RealWorld, 2CD) **
  21. The Rough Guide to the Blues Songsters: Reborn and Remastered (1926-35, World Music Network) **
  22. Bobby Bradford & John Carter Quintet: No U Turn: Live in Pasadena 1975 (Dark Tree)
  23. Bobby Rush: Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History of Bobby Rush (1964-2014, Omnivore, 4CD) **
  24. Next Stop Soweto, Vol. 4: Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco and Mbaqanga 1975-1985 (Strut) **

Pending:

Also Noted:

  • David Borden: Music for Amplified Keyboard Instruments (1981, Spectrum Spools) **
  • John Carter/Bobby Bradford: Self Determination Music (1970, Flying Dutchman/BGP) **
  • James Clay: The Kid From Dallas: Tenorman (1956-57, Fresh Sound) **
  • Hamid Drake/Michael Zerang: For Ed Blackwell (1995, Pink Palace) **
  • The Ex: The Ex at Bimhuis (1991-2015) (Ex, 2CD) **
  • Free Jazz Group Wiesbaden: Frictions/Frictions Now (1969-71, NoBusiness)
  • The Stan Getz Quartet: The Steamer (1956, Classic Standard) **
  • Highlife on the Move: Selected Nigerian & Ghanaian Recordings From London & Lagos 1954-66 (Soundway, 2CD) **
  • Billie Holiday: Banned From New York City: Live 1948-1957 (Uptown, 2CD) **
  • Sheila Jordan: Better Than Anything: Live (1991, There) **
  • Kenny Knight: Crossroads (1980, Paradise of Bachelors) **
  • Humphrey Lyttelton: Humphrey Lyttelton in Canada (1983, Sackville/Delmark)
  • Joe McPhee/Paal Nilssen-Love: Candy (2007-14, PNL, 7CD) **'); ?>
  • Nu Yorica! Culture Clash in New York City: Experiments in Latin Music 1970-77 (1970-77 [2015], Soul Jazz, 2CD) **
  • Ork Records: New York, New York (1975-79, Numero Group, 2CD) **
  • Punk 45: Burn Rubber City, Burn! Akron, Ohio: Punk and the Decline of the Mid-West 1975-80 (Soul Jazz) **
  • The Rough Guide to Psychedelic Cumbia (1969-2014, World Music Network) **
  • The Rough Guide to Psychedelic Samba (2009-14, World Music Network) **
  • Idrissa Soumaoro: Djitoumou (2010, Lusafrica) **
  • Sun Ra and His Arkestra: To Those of Earth . . . and Other Worlds (1956-83, Strut, 2CD) **
  • Amara Touré: 1973-1980 (1973-80, Analog Africa) **
  • The Velvet Underground: The Complete Matrix Tapes (1969, Polydor, 4CD) **
  • David S. Ware/Apogee: Birth of a Being (1977, AUM Fidelity, 2CD) **
  • Dale Watson: Truckin' Sessions, Vol. 3 (Red River) **
  • Yabby You: Dread Prophecy: The Strange and Wonderful Story of Yabby You (1972-85, Shanachie, 3CD) **
  • John Abercrombie: The First Quartet (1978-80, ECM, 3CD) **
  • John Carter: Echoes From Rudolph's (1976-77, NoBusiness, 2CD)
  • Joe Castro: Lush Life: A Musical Journey (1954-66, Sunnyside, 6CD) **
  • Alex Chilton: Ocean Club '77 (Norton) **
  • Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen: Live in San Francisco 1971 (Sundazed) **
  • Connie Converse: How Sad, How Lovely (1954, Squirrel Thing) **
  • Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness (1989-98, Strut) **
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: The Conny Plank Session (1970, Grönland, EP) **
  • Tubby Hayes Quartet: The Syndicate: Live at the Hopbine 1968 Vol. 1 (Gearbox) **
  • Trevor Jackson Presents: Science Fiction Dancehall Classics (1981-87, On-U Sound, 2CD) **
  • Manu Katché: Touchstone for Manu (2004-12, ECM) **
  • The Kingbees (1980, Omnivore) **
  • Karin Krog: Don't Just Sing: An Anthology: 1963-1999 (Light in the Attic) **
  • Steve Lacy: Shots (1977, Hatology) **
  • Mariah: Utakata No Hibi (1983, Shan-Shan) **
  • Nouakchott Wedding Songs (Sahel Sounds) **
  • PC Music Volume 1 (2013-15, PC Music) **
  • Percussions: 2011 Until 2014 (2011-14, Text) **
  • The Rough Guide to African Rare Groove: Volume 1 (World Music Network) **
  • The Rough Guide to Psychedelic Salsa (World Music Network) **
  • Arthur Russell: Corn (1982-83, Audika) **
  • Schlippenbach Trio: First Recordings (1972, Trost) **
  • Sherwood at the Controls, Volume 1: 1979-1984 (On-U Sound) **
  • Sonny Simmons: Reincarnation (1991, Arhoolie) **
  • J.B. Smith: No More Good Time in the World for Me (1965-66, Dust-to-Digital, 2CD) **
  • Sun Ra: The Magic City (1965, Enterplanetary Koncepts) **
  • Tad Britton: Cicada (1992-93, Origin)
  • The Continental Drifters: Drifted: In the Beginning & Beyond (1992-2001 [2015], Omnivore, 2CD) **
  • Charlie Haden/Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Tokyo Adagio (2005, Impulse) **
  • Phil Haynes: Sanctuary (1999, Corner Store Jazz)
  • The Red Line Comp: A DCHC Compilation (self-released) **
  • The Rough Guide to Latin Disco (1975-2014, World Music Network) **
  • Ed Sanders: Yiddish-Speaking Socialists of the Lower East Side (2006, Okraina, EP) **
  • Ty Segall: Ty-Rex (2011-13, Goner, EP) **
  • Soft Machine: Switzerland 1974 (Cuneiform) **
  • The Staple Singers: Freedom Highway Complete: Recorded Live at Chicago's New Nazareth Church (1965, Epic/Legacy) **
  • Gloria Ann Taylor: Love Is a Hurtin' Thing (1971-77, Luv N' Haight) **
  • Neil Young: Bluenote Café (1987-88, Reprise, 2CD) **
  • Buena Vista Social Club: Lost and Found (1996-2000, World Circuit) **
  • Dion: Recorded Live at the Bitter End August 1971 (Omnivore) **
  • The Rough Guide to the Best Arabic Music You've Never Heard (World Music Network) **
  • Keith Jarrett: Barber/Bartók (1984-85, ECM New Series) **
  • Revive Music Presents Supreme Sonacy, Vol. 1 (Revive Music/Blue Note) **
  • LeAnn Rimes: All-Time Greatest Hits (1996-2007, Curb) **

DVDs

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.

Songs

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