Music Year 2023

Of course, it's too early for a year-end list. But as the proto-fascist organization of my youth insisted, one should always be prepared. For records in hand, * identifies an advance copy, ** something borrowed or streamed. Some albums released in previous years are included here, noted by a "-NN" (e.g., -22 for 2022) -- these are mostly imports or self-releases, often hard to figure out official dates, but they were either December 2020 releases or unknown (to me, at least) before the current year.

I keep adding to the 2022 until the end of calendar 2023, especially where the record was known to exist in 2022 and I'm just getting around to it.

New Records

A
  1. Olivia Rodrigo: Guts (Geffen) **
A-
  1. James Brandon Lewis Red Lily Quintet: For Mahalia, With Love (Tao Forms, 2CD)
  2. Steve Lehman/Orchestre National de Jazz: Ex Machina (Pi) **
  3. Art Ensemble of Chicago: The Sixth Decade From Paris to Paris: Live at Sons D'Hiver (RogueArt, 2CD)
  4. George Coleman: Live at Smalls Jazz Club (Cellar)
  5. Billy Woods & Kenny Segal: Maps (Backwoodz Studioz) **
  6. The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Harvesters (Aerophonic, 2CD)
  7. Robert Forster: The Candle and the Flame (Tapete) **
  8. Arlo Parks: My Soft Machine (Transgressive) **
  9. Jason Kao Hwang Critical Response: Book of Stories (True Sound)
  10. Irreversible Entanglements: Protect Your Light (Impulse!) [**]
  11. Mark Feldman/Dave Rempis/Tim Daisy: Sirocco (Aerophonic)
  12. Lakecia Benjamin: Phoenix (Whirlwind)
  13. Ivo Perelman/Ray Anderson/Joe Morris/Reggie Nicholson: Molten Gold (Fundacja Sluchaj) **
  14. Javier Red's Imagery Converter: Life & Umbrella (Desafio Candente)
  15. Buck 65: Super Dope (self-released) **
  16. Jason Moran: From the Dancehall to the Battlefield (Yes) **
  17. Floy Krouchi/James Brandon Lewis/Benjamin Sanz: Cliffs (Off '22)
  18. Ivo Perelman/Joe Morris: Elliptic Time (Mahakala Music '22) **
  19. The Hold Steady: The Price of Progress (Positive Jams) **
  20. El Michels Affair & Black Thought: Glorious Game (Big Crown) **
  21. Morgan Wade: Psychopath (Ladylike/RCA) **
  22. Wadada Leo Smith and Orange Wave Electric: Fire Illuminations (Kabell) **
  23. Peter Brötzmann/Majid Bekkas/Hamid Drake: Catching Ghosts (ACT) **
  24. Jim Black & the Schrimps: Ain't No Saint (Intakt) **
  25. Ivo Perelman/Dave Burrell/Bobby Kapp: Trichotomy (Mahakala Music) **
  26. Christian McBride's New Jawn: Prime (Mack Avenue) **
  27. Navy Blue: Ways of Knowing (Def Jam) **
  28. Natural Information Society: Since Time Is Gravity (Aguirre/Eremite) **
  29. Debby Friday: Good Luck (Sub Pop) **
  30. Janelle Monáe: The Age of Pleasure (Wondaland/Bad Boy/Atlantic) **
  31. Iris DeMent: Working on a World (Flariella) **
  32. Das Kondensat: Andere Planeten (WhyPlayJazz)
  33. Izumi Kimura/Gerry Hemingway: Kairos (Fundacja Sluchaj)
  34. Allen Lowe and the Constant Sorrow Orchestra: In the Dark (ESP-Disk, 3CD)
  35. Kris Davis Diatom Ribbons: Live at the Village Vanguard (Pyroclastic, 2CD)
  36. Amaarae: Fountain Baby (Interscope) **
  37. The Handsome Family: Hollow (Loose) **
  38. Andy Fairweather Low: Flang Dang (Last Music) **
  39. Kresten Osgood/Bob Moses/Tisziji Muńoz: Spiritual Drum Kingship (Gotta Let It Out) **
  40. Lori McKenna: 1988 (CN) **
  41. Dave Rempis/Elisabeth Harnik/Fred Lonberg-Holm/Tim Daisy: Earscratcher (Aerophonic) **
  42. Bill Scorzari: The Crosswinds of Kansas (self-released -22) **
  43. Tyshawn Sorey Trio: Continuing (Pi)
  44. Joy Oladokun: Proof of Life (Amigo/Verve Forecast/Republic) **
  45. Jenni Muldaur/Teddy Thompson: Once More: Jenni Muldaur & Teddy Thompson Sing the Great Country Duets (Sun) **
  46. Lisa Marie Simmons/Marco Cremaschini: NoteSpeak 12 (Ropeadope) **
  47. Ivo Perelman/Elliott Sharp: Artificial Intelligence (Mahakala Music) **
  48. The Mark Lomax Trio: Tapestry (CFG Multimedia) **
  49. Romy: Mid Air (Young) **
  50. Anthony Branker & Imagine: What Place Can Be for Us? A Suite in Ten Movements (Origin)
  51. Henry Threadgill Ensemble: The Other One (Pi)
  52. Margherita Fava: Tatatu (self-released)
  53. Jason Adasiewicz: Roy's World (Corbett vs. Dempsey) **
  54. Ice Cold Bishop: Generational Curse (Epic) **
  55. Kaze & Ikue Mori: Crustal Movement (Libra)
  56. Daniel Bingert: Ariba (Moserobie)
  57. Joanna Sternberg: I've Got Me (Fat Possum) **
  58. Yo La Tengo: This Stupid World (Matador) **
  59. James Brandon Lewis Trio: Eye of I (Anti-) **
  60. The Cucumbers: Old Shoes (self-released, EP)
  61. Ember: August in March (Imani)
  62. Islandman Feat. Okay Temiz/Muhlis Berberoglu: Direct-to-Disc Sessions (Night Dreamer) **
  63. Felo Le Tee/Mellow & Sleazy: The III Wise Men (New Money Gang) **
  64. Jessie Ware: That! Feels Good! (PMR/EMI) **
  65. Benjamin Boone: Caught in the Rhythm (Origin)
  66. Mike Clark: Kosen Rufu (Wide Hive)
  67. Bettye LaVette: LaVette! (Jay-Vee) **
  68. Hein Westgaard Trio: First as Farce (Nice Things)
  69. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit: Weathervanes (Southeastern) **
  70. Chad McCullough: The Charm of Impossibilities (Calligram)
  71. Michael Jefry Stevens Quartet: Precipice (ARC)
  72. Taj Mahal: Savoy (Stony Plain) **
  73. Okwy Osadebe and Highlife Soundmakers International: Igbo Amaka (Palenque) **
  74. Clarence "Bluesman" Davis: Shake It for Me (Music Maker) **
  75. Water From Your Eyes: Everyone's Crushed (Matador) **
  76. Margaret Glaspy: Echo the Diamond (ATO) **
  77. Sam Weinberg Trio With Chris Lightcap & Tom Rainey: Implicatures (Astral Spirits) **
  78. Allen Lowe and the Constant Sorrow Orchestra: America: The Rough Cut (ESP-Disk)
  79. Noname: Sundial (self-released) **
  80. Elle King: Come Get Your Wife (RCA) **
  81. Slowthai: Ugly (Method/Universal) **
  82. Aja Monet: When the Poems Do What They Do (Drink Sum Wtr) **
  83. Jo Lawry: Acrobats (Whirlwind)

Pending:

Records in hand, but which haven't yet been graded (sorted by artist, or release date if future). Those marked ** are downloads in hand.

  • Jeff Coffin/Jordan Perlson/Viktor Krauss: Coffin/Perlson/Krauss (Ear Up) [09-15]
  • Ivan Lins: My Heart Speaks (Resonance) [09-15]
  • David Ian: Vintage Christmas Trio Melody (Prescott) [09-22]
  • Brad Turner Quintet: The Magnificent (Cellar) [09-22]
  • Sara Serpa & André Matos: Night Birds (Robalo Music) [09-29]
  • Afro Peruvian New Trends Orchestra: Cosmic Synchronicities (Blue Spiral) [10-01]
  • Bowmanville: Bowmanville (StonEagleMusic) [10-01]
  • Peter Xifaras: Fusion (Music With No Expiration) [10-01]
  • Arina Fujiwara: Neon (self-released) [10-02]
  • Astghik Martirosyan: Distance (Astghik Music) [10-06]
  • Elsa Nilsson's Band of Pulses: Pulses (Ears & Eyes) [10-06]
  • Jessica Pavone: Clamor (Out of Your Head) [10-06]
  • Farida Amadou/Jonas Cambien/Dave Rempis: On the Blink (Aerophonic) [10-10]
  • Ron Blake: Mistaken Identity (7ten33 Productions) [10-13]
  • Caroline Davis' Alula: Captivity (Ropeadope) [10-13]
  • Billy Mohler: Ultraviolet (Contagious Music) [10-13]
  • Simon Willson: Good Company (Fresh Sound New Talent) [10-13]
  • Colette Michaan: Earth Rebirth (Creatrix Music) [10-15]
  • George Gee Swing Orchestra: Winter Wonderland (self-released) [11-01]
  • Madre Vaca: Knights of the Round Table (Madre Vaca) [11-21]

Also Noted:

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

B+(***)
  • Gracie Abrams: Good Riddance (Interscope) **
  • Konrad Agnas: Rite of Passage (Moserobie)
  • Aila Trio: Shaped by Sea Waves (Edgetone) **
  • Ralph Alessi Quartet: It's Always Now (ECM) **
  • Charlie Apicella & Iron City Meet The Griots Speak: Destiny Calling (OA2)
  • Florian Arbenz/Jorge Vistel/Wolfgang Puschnig/Oren Marshall/Michael Arbenz: Conversation #8: Ablaze (Hammer '22) **
  • Florian Arbenz/Greg Osby/Arno Krijger: Conversation #9: Targeted (Hammer) **
  • Atmosphere: So Many Other Realities Exist Simultaneously (Rhymesayers Entertainment) **
  • Bambii: Infinity Club (Innovative Leisure, EP) **
  • Bar Italia: Tracey Denim (Matador) **
  • Kenny Barron: The Source (Artwork) **
  • Belle and Sebastian: Late Developers (Matador) **
  • Richard X Bennett & Matt Parker: Parker Plays X (BYNK)
  • Eric Bibb: Ridin' (Stony Plain) **
  • Gina Birch: I Play My Bass Loud (Third Man) **
  • Samuel Blaser: Routes (Enja) **
  • Itamar Borochov: Arba (Greenleaf Music)
  • Geof Bradfield Quintet: Quaver (Calligram)
  • Jaimie Branch: Fly or Die Fly or Die Fly or Die ((World War)) (International Anthem) **
  • Hailey Brinnel: Beautiful Tomorrow (Outside In Music)
  • Zach Bryan: Zach Bryan (Warner) **
  • Buselli/Wallarab Jazz Orchestra: The Gennett Suite (Patois, 2CD)
  • Chris Byars Quartet: Look Ahead (SteepleChase) **
  • Rodrigo Campos: Pagode Novo (YB Music) **
  • Carook: Best of Carook (So Far) (Atlantic) **
  • Carook: Serious Person (Part 1) (Atlantic, EP) **
  • Sara Caswell: The Way to You (Anzic)
  • Valentin Ceccaldi: Bonbon Flamme (Clean Feed) **
  • Brandy Clark: Brandy Clark (Warner) **
  • Slaid Cleaves: Together Through the Dark (Candy House Media) **
  • Chuck D as Mistachuck: We Wreck Stadiums: Homage to Rap & Baseball Heroes (SpitSLAM) **
  • Day & Taxi: Live in Baden (Clean Feed) **
  • Orhan Demir: Solo Guitar: Freedom in Jazz (Hittite '19)
  • Orhan Demir: Solo Guitar: Freedom in Jazz Vol. 3 (Hittite)
  • Christian Dillingham: Cascades (Greenleaf Music)
  • DJ Black Low: Impumelelo (Awesome Tapes From Africa) **
  • Doja Cat: Scarlet (Kemosabe/RCA) **
  • Dream Wife: Social Lubrication (Lucky Number) **
  • Mark Dresser: Times of Change (Pyroclastic)
  • Marc Ducret: Palm Sweat: Marc Ducret Plays the Music of Tim Berne (Screwgun/Out of Your Head)
  • Bob Dylan: Shadow Kingdom (Legacy) **
  • EABS Meets Jaubi: In Search of a Better Tomorrow (Astigmatic) **
  • Open Mike Eagle: Another Triumph of Ghetto Engineering (Auto Reverse) **
  • East Axis: No Subject (Mack Avenue) **
  • Yelena Eckemoff: Lonely Man and His Fish (L&H Production, 2CD) [04-28]
  • Avalon Emerson: & the Charm (Another Dove) **
  • Kent Engelhardt & Stephen Enos: Madd for Tadd: "Central Avenue Swing" & "Our Delight" (Tighten Up, 2CD)
  • Tianna Esperanza: Terror (BMG) **
  • Feeble Little Horse: Girl With Fish (Saddle Creek) **
  • Michael Feinberg: Blues Variant (Criss Cross) **
  • Nick Finzer: Dreams Visions Illusions (Outside In Music)
  • Fire! Orchestra: Echoes (Rune Grammofon) **
  • Fred Frith/Susana Santos Silva: Laying Demons to Rest (RogueArt)
  • Satoko Fujii/Otomo Yoshihide: Perpetual Motion (Ayler)
  • Tomas Fujiwara's Triple Double: March On (self-released, EP) **
  • Tomas Fujiwara: Pith (Out of Your Head)
  • Robbie Fulks: Bluegrass Vacation (Compass) **
  • Asher Gamedze: Turbulence and Pulse (International Anthem/Mushroom Hour) **
  • George: Letters to George (Out of Your Head)
  • Georgia: Euphoric (Domino) **
  • The Ghost: Vanished Pleasures (Relative Pitch) **
  • Gloss Up: Before the Gloss Up (Quality Control) **
  • Alison Goldfrapp: The Love Invention (Skint/BMG) **
  • Ricardo Dias Gomes: Muito Sol (Hive Mind) **
  • Wolfgang Haffner: Silent World (ACT) **
  • Scott Hamilton: Talk to Me, Baby (Blau -22) **
  • Gerrit Hatcher: Solo Five (Kettle Hole)
  • Phil Haynes/Drew Gress/David Liebman: Coda(s): No Fast Food III (Corner Store Jazz, 2CD)
  • Eddie Henderson: Witness to History (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Lauren Henderson: Conjuring (Brontosaurus)
  • Fred Hersch & Esperanza Spalding: Alive at the Village Vanguard (Palmetto)
  • Hieroglyphic Being: There Is No Acid in This House (Soul Jazz '22) **
  • Javon Jackson: With Peter Bradley: Soundtrack and Original Score (Solid Jackson)
  • Carly Rae Jepsen: The Loveliest Time (Silent) **
  • Per Texas Johansson: Den Sämsta Lönningen Av Alla (Moserobie)
  • Per Texas Johansson: Orkester Omnitonal (Moserobie)
  • Karol G: Mańana Será Bonito (Universal Music Latino) **
  • Jason Kush: Finally Friday (MCG Jazz)
  • Ingrid Laubrock: The Last Quiet Place (Pyroclastic)
  • Leap Day Trio: Live at the Cafe Bohemia (Giant Step Arts) **
  • Brennen Leigh: Ain't Through Honky-Tonkin' Yet (Signature Sounds) **
  • Yosef Gutman Levitt/Tal Yahalom: Tsuf Harim (Soul Song)
  • Kaytraminé [Aminé/Kaytranada]: Kaytraminé (Venice Music) **
  • Joëlle Léandre/Craig Taborn/Mat Maneri: hEARoes (RogueArt)
  • Pascal Le Boeuf: Ritual Being (SoundSpore)
  • SG Lewis: AudioLust & HigherLove (PMR/EMI) **
  • Dave Liebman: Live at Smalls (Cellar Music)
  • London Brew: London Brew (Concord) **
  • The Long Ryders: September November (Cherry Red) **
  • Russ Lossing: Alternate Side Parking Music (Aqua Piazza)
  • Lowcountry: Lowcountry (Ropeadope)
  • Bill Lowe and the Signifyin' Natives Ensemble: Sweet Cane: Suites and Other Pedagogical Prompts (Mandorla Music) **
  • Mahalia: IRL (Atlantic) **
  • The Malpass Brothers: Lonely Street (Billy Jam) **
  • Denman Maroney/Scott Walton/Denis Fournier: O KOΣMOΣ META (RogueArt '22)
  • Delfeayo Marsalis Uptown Jazz Orchestra: Uptown on Mardi Gras Day (Troubadour Jass)
  • Pete McCann: Without Question (McCannic Music)
  • Ryan Meagher: AftEarth (Atroefy)
  • Francisco Mela Featuring Cooper-Moore and William Parker: Music Frees Our Souls Vol. 2 (577) **
  • Steve Millhouse: The Unwinding (SteepleChase) **
  • Matt Mitchell: Oblong Aplomb (Out of Your Head, 2CD)
  • Tyler Mitchell Octet: Sun Ra's Journey (Cellar)
  • Model/Actriz: Dogsbody (True Panther Sounds) **
  • Gurf Morlix: I Challenge the Beast (Rootball) **
  • Megan Moroney: Lucky (Sony Music Nashville) **
  • Róisín Murphy: Hit Parade (Ninja Tune) **
  • The National: First Two Pages of Frankenstein (4AD) **
  • Near Miss: The Natural Regimen (Kettle Hole)
  • Bobbie Nelson and Amanda Shires: Loving You (ATO) **
  • Jesper Nordberg: Trio (Gotta Let It Out) **
  • Oddisee: To What End (Outer Note) **
  • Aruán Ortiz Trio: Serranias: Sketchbook for Piano Trio (Intakt) **
  • Margaux Oswald/Jesper Zeuthen: Magnetite (Clean Feed) **
  • Chuck Owen and the WDR Big Band: Renderings (MAMA)
  • Bruno Parrinha/Vine Leaf: Tales of Senses (Clean Feed) **
  • Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp/Jeff Cosgrove: Live in Carrboro (Soul City Sounds) **
  • Ivo Perelman/Aruan Ortiz/Lester St. Louis: Prophecy (Mahakala Music) **
  • Ivo Perelman/James Emery: The Whisperers (Mahakala Music) **
  • Ivo Perelman/Matt Moran: Tuning Forks (Ibeji Music) **
  • John Pizzarelli: Stage & Screen (Palmetto) **
  • Chris Potter: Got the Keys to the Kingdom: Live at the Village Vanguard (Edition) **
  • John Primer: Teardrops for Magic Slim: Live at Rosa's Lounge (Blues House) **
  • Ernesto Rodrigues/Florian Stoffner/Bruno Parrinha/Joăo Madeira: Altered Egos (Creative Sources)
  • Roots Magic Sextet: Long Old Road: Retold Pasts and Present Day Musings (Clean Feed) **
  • Whitney Rose: Rosie (MCG) **
  • Dan Rosenboom: Polarity (Orenda)
  • Rough Image: Rough Image (WV Sorcerer) **
  • Bobby Rozario: Spellbound (Origin)
  • Jeffrey Scott: Going Down to Georgia on a Hog (Music Maker) **
  • Knoel Scott/Marshall Allen: Celestial (Night Dreamer) **
  • Marina Sena: Vicio Inerente (Sony Music Brasil) **
  • Dave Sewelson/William Parker/Steve Hirsch: The Gate (Mahakala Music '22) **
  • Sexmob: The Hard Way (Corbett vs. Dempsey) **
  • Shalom: Sublimation (Saddle Creek) **
  • Matthew Shipp/Mark Helias: The New Syntax (RogueArt '22)
  • The Shootouts: Stampede (Soundly Music) **
  • Isach Skeidsvoll: Dance to Summon (Ultraääni) **
  • Skyzoo & the Other Guys: The Mind of a Saint (First Generation Rich) **
  • Sleaford Mods: UK Grim (Rough Trade) **
  • Jim Snidero: Far Far Away (Savant)
  • Snooper: Super Snőőper (Third Man) **
  • Mark Soskin/Jay Anderson: Empathy (SteepleChase) **
  • The Dave Stryker Trio: Prime (Strikezone)
  • Sunny War: Anarchist Gospel (New West) **
  • Steve Swell/Joe McPhee/Chris Corsano: Sometimes the Air Is (Mahakala Music) **
  • Brit Taylor: Kentucky Blue (Cut a Shine) **
  • Lukas Traxel: One-Eyed Daruma (We Jazz) **
  • Dan Trudell: Fishin' Again: A Tribute to Clyde Stubblefield & Dr. Lonnie Smith (OA2)
  • Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway: City of Gold (Nonesuch) **
  • Stephen Ulrich: Music From This American Life (Barbčs) **
  • Underscores: Wallsocket (Mom + Pop) **
  • Billy Valentine: Billy Valentine and the Universal Truth (Acid Jazz/Flying Dutchman) **
  • Ken Vandermark & Hamid Drake: Eternal River (Corbett vs. Dempsey) **
  • Ray Vega & Thomas Marriott: East West Trumpet Summit: Coast to Coast (Origin)
  • Liba Villavecchia Trio: Birchwood (Clean Feed) **
  • Claudia Villela: Cartas Ao Vento (Taina Music)
  • Colter Wall: Little Songs (Black Hole/La Ronda) **
  • Alex Weitz: Rule of Thirds (Outside In Music)
  • Wild Up: Julius Eastman Vol. 3: If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich? (New Amsterdam) **
  • Jess Williamson: Time Ain't Accidental (Mexican Summer) **
  • Withered Hand: How to Love (Reveal) **
  • Ben Wolfe: Unjust (Resident Arts) **
  • Wreckless Eric: Leisureland (Tapete) **
  • Yeule: Softscars (Ninja Tune) **
  • Young Fathers: Heavy Heavy (Ninja Tune) **
  • Bobby Zankel/Wonderful Sound 8: A Change of Destiny (Mahakala Music)
B+(**)
  • 6lack: Since I Have a Lover (Interscope) **
  • African Head Charge: A Trip to Bolgatanga (On-U Sound) **
  • Arooj Aftab/Vijay Iyer/Shahzad Ismaily: Love in Exile (Verve) **
  • Akmee: Sacrum Profanum (Nakama '22) **
  • Alaska & Steel Tipped Dove: The Structural Dynamics of Flow (Fused Arrow) **
  • Rauw Alejandro: Playa Saturno (Duars Entertainment/Sony Music Latin) **
  • Aline's Etoile Magique: Eclipse (Elastic)
  • Don Aliquo: Growth (Ear Up)
  • Anitta: Funk Generation: A Favela Love Story (Republic, EP) **
  • Anohni and the Johnsons: My Back Was a Bridge for You to Cross (Secretly Canadian) **
  • Vicente Archer: Short Stories (Cellar)
  • Asake: Work of Art (YBNL Nation) **
  • Dave Askren/Jeff Benedict: Denver Sessions (Tapestry)
  • Nanny Assis: Rovanio: The Music of Nanny Assis (In + Out)
  • John Bailey: Time Bandits (Freedom Road)
  • Corinne Bailey Rae: Black Rainbows (Thirty Tigers) **
  • Kelsea Ballerini: Rolling Up the Welcome Mat (Black River, EP) **
  • Caterina Barbieri: Myuthafoo (Light-Years) **
  • The Baseball Project: Grand Salami Time (Omnivore) **
  • Jon Batiste: World Music Radio (Verve) **
  • Be Your Own Pet: Mommy (Third Man) **
  • Tor Einar Bekken/Inga-Mei Steinbru: Jungle One Jungle Two Jungle Blues (self-released) **
  • William Bell: One Day Closer to Home (Wilbe) **
  • Adam Birnbaum: Preludes (Chelsea Music Festival)
  • Johnathan Blake: Passage (Blue Note) **
  • Robert Sarazin Blake: One Summer Night: Live at the 2018 Subdued Stringband Jamboree (Same Room) **
  • Rory Block: Ain't Nobody Worried: Celebrating Great Women of Song (Stony Plain -22) **
  • Blue Lake: Sun Arcs (Tonal Union) **
  • Pony Bradshaw: North Georgia Rounder (Black Mountain Music) **
  • Patrick Brennan Sonic Openings: Tilting Curvaceous (Clean Feed) **
  • Buck 65: 14 KT Gold (self-released, EP) **
  • Bully: Lucky for You (Sub Pop) **
  • Ludovica Burtone: Sparks (Outside In Music)
  • Dee Byrne: Outlines (Whirlwind) **
  • Julie Byrne: The Greater Wings (Ghostly International) **
  • Gail Caesar: Guitar Woman Blues (Music Maker) **
  • Ann Hampton Callaway: Fever: A Peggy Lee Celebration (Palmetto) **
  • Joe Chambers: Dance Kobina (Blue Note) **
  • Grian Chatten: Chaos for the Fly (Partisan) **
  • Che Noir: Noir or Never (Poetic, EP) **
  • Billy Childs: The Winds of Change (Mack Avenue) **
  • Scott Clark: Dawn & Dusk (Out of Your Head)
  • Conway the Machine: Won't He Do It (Drumwork/Empire) **
  • Bethany Cosentino: Natural Disaster (Concord) **
  • Sylvie Courvoisier & Cory Smythe: The Rite of Spring/Spectre D'Un Songe (Pyroclastic)
  • Rodney Crowell: The Chicago Sessions (New West) **
  • Andrew Cyrille: Music Delivery/Percussion (Intakt) **
  • Miley Cyrus: Endless Summer Vacation (Columbia) **
  • Maria Da Rocha/Ernesto Rodrigues/Daniel Levin/Joăo Madeira: Hoya (Creative Sources)
  • Claire Daly With George Garzone: VuVu for Frances (Daly Bread) **
  • Dave and Central Cee: Split Decision (Neighbourhood, EP) **
  • Davido: Timeless (DMW/Columbia) **
  • Jesse Davis: Live at Smalls Jazz Club (Cellar) **
  • Defprez: It's Always a Time Like This (Closed Sessions, EP) **
  • Lana Del Rey: Did You Know That There's a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd (Interscope/Polydor) **
  • Orhan Demir: Solo Guitar: Freedom in Jazz Vol. 2 (Hittite '20)
  • Jeremy Dutton: Anyone Is Better Than Here (self-released)
  • Bokani Dyer: Radio Sechaba (Brownswood)
  • Vince Ector Organotomy Trio +: Live @ the Side Door (Cabo Verde)
  • Emperor X: Suggested Improvements to Transportation Infrastructure in the Northeast Corridor (Dreams of Field, EP) **
  • Ensemble 0: Jojoni [Made to Measure Vol. 49] (Crammed Discs) **
  • Entoto Band: Entoto Band (Guitar Globetrotter) **
  • Jad Fair and Samuel Lock Ward: Happy Hearts (Kill Rock Stars) **
  • Falkner Evans: Through the Lines (CAP)
  • Fever Ray: Radical Romantics (Rabid/Mute) **
  • Amanda Fields: What, When and Without (Are and Be) **
  • Sammy Figueroa: Something for a Memory (Busco Tu Recuerdo) (Ashé)
  • Ingebrigt Hĺker Flaten & Paal Nilssen-Love: Guts & Skins (PNL) **
  • Miya Folick: Roach (Nettwerk) **
  • Anat Fort Trio: The Berlin Sessions (Sunnyside) **
  • Aldo Fosko Collective: This One Time (Hitchtone)
  • Caesar Frazier: Live at Jazzcup (Stunt) **
  • Paulo Fresu/Omar Sosa: Food (Tuk Music) **
  • Satoko Fujii: Torrent: Piano Solo (Libra)
  • Champian Fulton: Meet Me at Birdland (Champian)
  • Gabriels: Angels & Queens (Atlas Artists/Parlophone) **
  • Leo Genovese/Demian Cabaud/Marcos Cavaleiro: Estrellero (Sunnyside) **
  • Rhiannon Giddens: You're the One (Nonesuch) **
  • Girl Scout: Real Life Human Garbage (Made, EP) **
  • Bára Gisladottir: Silva (Sono Luminus)
  • Gloss Up: Shades of Gloss (Quality Control) **
  • GoGo Penguin: Everything Is Going to Be OK (XXIM) **
  • Brad Goode: The Unknown (Origin)
  • Darrell Grant's MJ New: Our Mr. Jackson (Lair Hill)
  • Devin Gray: Most Definitely (Rataplan)
  • Noah Haidu: Standards (Sunnyside)
  • Allan Harris: Live at Blue Llama Jazz Club (Love Productions/Live at Blue Llama)
  • Thomas Heberer/Ken Filiano/Phil Haynes: Spontaneous Composition (Corner Store Music '22) **
  • Aaron Yale Heisler: The Bechet Century: A Centenary Celebration of the Music of Sidney Bechet (2nd Bechet Century) **
  • Carlos Henriquez: A Nuyorican Tale (self-released)
  • High Pulp: Days in the Desert (Anti-) **
  • HIIT: For Beauty Is Nothing but the Beginning of Terror (Clean Feed) **
  • Keigo Hirakawa: Pixel (Origin)
  • Home Is Where: The Whaler (Wax Bodega) **
  • Homeboy Sandman: Rich (Dirty Looks) **
  • François Houle Genera Sextet: In Memoriam (Clean Feed) **
  • Illegal Crowns: Unclosing (Out of Your Heads)
  • Império Pacifico: Clubs Hit (Variz) **
  • Christoph Irniger Pilgrim: Ghost Cat (Intakt) **
  • Boldy James/Rich Gains: Indiana Jones (self-released) **
  • Jelly Roll: Whitsitt Chapel (BBR Music Group) **
  • Russ Johnson Quartet: Reveal (Calligram)
  • Mike Jones Trio: Are You Sure You Three Guys Know What You're Doing? (Capri)
  • Stephen Jones & Ben Haugland: Road to No-Where (OA2)
  • Barb Jungr and Her Trio: My Marquee (Marquee) **
  • JustVibez + Negro Justice: Art of the Craft (self-released) **
  • Kaisa's Machine: Taking Shape (Greenleaf Music)
  • Kala Jula & Gangbé Brass Band: Asro (Buda Musique) **
  • Bobby Kapp: Synergy: Bobby Kapp Plays the Music of Richard Sussman (Tweed Boulevard)
  • Ryan Keberle's Collectiv Do Brasil: Considerando (Alternate Side)
  • Tyler Keith & the Apostles: Hell to Pay (Black & Wyatt) **
  • Kelela: Raven (Warp) **
  • Kid Koala: Creatures of the Late Afternoon (Envision) **
  • Kiko El Crazy: Pila'e Teteo (Rimas) **
  • Kill Bill: The Rapper: Fullmetal Kaiju (Exociety) **
  • Killer Mike: Michael (Loma Vista) **
  • Kimbra: A Reckoning (self-released) **
  • Kool Keith: Black Elvis 2 (Mello Music Group) **
  • Sarathy Korwar: KAL (Real World) (The Leaf Label) **
  • Yazmin Lacey: Voice Notes (On Your Own/Believe) **
  • Julian Lage: The Layers (Blue Note, EP) **
  • Lankum: False Lankum (Rough Trade) **
  • Lĺpsley: Cautionary Tales of Youth (Believe) **
  • Large Unit: New Map (PNL '22) **
  • Large Unit: Clusterfuck (PNL '22) **
  • The Adam Larson Trio: With Love, From Kansas City (Outside In Music '22) **
  • The Adam Larson Trio: With Love, From New York (Outside In Music) **
  • Bill Laurance & Michael League: Where You Wish You Were (ACT) **
  • Le Boeuf Brothers: Hush (Soundspore)
  • Joëlle Léandre: Zurich Concert (Intakt) **
  • Mike LeDonne/Eric Alexander/Jeremy Pelt/Vincent Herring/Kenny Washington/Peter Washington: The Heavy Hitters (Cellar)
  • Gordon Lee Quartet: How Can It Be? (PJCE)
  • Jinx Lennon: Walk Lightly When the Jug Is Full (Septic Tiger) **
  • Jenny Lewis: Joy'all (Blue Note) **
  • Mark Lewis: Sunlight Shines In (Audio Daddio)
  • Max Light: Henceforth (SteepleChase)
  • Lil Tjay: 222 (Columbia) **
  • Lil Uzi Vert: Pink Tape (Generation Now/Atlantic) **
  • Lindstrřm: Everyone Else Is a Stranger (Smalltown Supersound) **
  • Johan Lindström/Norrbotten Big Band: Johan Lindström & Norrbotten Big Band (Moserobie)
  • Liv.e: Girl in the Half Pearl (In Real Life) **
  • Luis Lopes Abyss Mirrors: Echoisms (Clean Feed) **
  • Brandon Lopez: Vilevilevilevilevilevilevilevile (Tao Forms)
  • Brandon Lopez Trio: Matanzas (Relative Pitch) **
  • Alex LoRe & Weirdear: Evening Will Find Itself (Whirlwind) *
  • Baaba Maal: Being (Marathon Artists) **
  • Doug MacDonald: Big Band Extravaganza (DMAC Music)
  • Doug MacDonald Trio: Edwin Alley (DMAC Music)
  • Mandy, Indiana: I've Seen a Way (Fire Talk) **
  • Bill Mays: Autumn Serenade (Sunnyside) **
  • Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Orchestra: Lightning Dreamers (International Anthem) **
  • Ashley McBryde: The Devil I Know (Warner Music Nashville) **
  • Brian McCarthy Nonet: After|Life (Truth Revolution) **
  • Metro Boomin: Heroes & Villains (Boominati/Republic '22) **
  • Haviah Mighty: Crying Crystals (Mighty Gang) **
  • Luiz Millan: Brazilian Match (Jazz Station)
  • Kylie Minogue: Tension (BMG) **
  • Victoria Monét: Jaguar II (RCA) **
  • Gurf Morlix: Caveman (Rootball '22) **
  • Simon Moullier: Isla (self-released)
  • Move: The City (Clean Feed) **
  • MSPAINT: Post-American (Convulse) **
  • Nakhane: Bastard Jargon (Star Red/BMG) **
  • Nakibembe Embaire Group: Nakibembe Embaire Group (Nyege Nyege Tapes) **
  • Naya Bazz [Rez Abbasi/Josh Feinberg]: Charm (Whirlwind)
  • The Necks: Travel (Northern Spy) **
  • Tracy Nelson: Life Don't Miss Nobody (BMG) **
  • Willie Nelson: I Don't Know a Thing About Love: The Songs of Harlan Howard (Legacy) **
  • Lucas Niggli Sound of Serendipity Tentet: Play! (Intakt) **
  • Billy Nomates: Cacti (Invada) **
  • Aymée Nuviola: Havana Nocturne (Worldwide)
  • Kevin O'Connell Quartet Featuring Adam Brenner: Hot New York Minutes (Ignoramus Music)
  • Octo Octa: Dreams of a Dancefloor (T4T LUV NRG, EP) **
  • Rita Ora: You & I (BMG) **
  • Matt Otto: Umbra (Origin)
  • Genesis Owusu: Struggler (Ourness/AWAL) **
  • Palehound: Eye on the Bat (Polyvinyl) **
  • Christopher Parker & the Band of Guardian Angels: Yeah Yeah! (Mahakala Music) **
  • Evan Parker/Matthew Wright Trance Map+ Peter Evans/Mark Nauseef: Etching the Ether (Intakt) **
  • Emanuele Parrini/Samo Salamon/Vasco Trilla: Eating Poetry (Clean Feed) **
  • Joel Paterson: Wheelhouse Rag (Jalopy) **
  • Grant Peeples: A Murder of Songs (self-released) **
  • Pere Ubu: Trouble on Big Beat Street (Cherry Red) **
  • P!nk: Trustfall (RCA) **
  • Pink Monads: Multiple Visions of the Now (4DaRecord)
  • Yunč Pinku: Babylon IX (Platoon, EP) **
  • Peso Pluma: Génesis (Double P) **
  • Popcaan: Great Is He (OVO Sound) **
  • Marek Pospieszalski: No Other End of the World Will There Be: Based on the Works of Polish Female Composers of the 20th Century (Clean Feed) **
  • Simona Premazzi: Wave in Gravity: Solo Piano (PRE)
  • Princess Nokia: I Love You but This Is Goodbye (Arista, EP) **
  • Darden Purcell: Love's Got Me in a Lazy Mood (Origin)
  • Nate Radley & Gary Versace: Snapshots (SteepleChase) **
  • Joakim Rainer Trio: Light.Sentence (Sonic Transmissions) **
  • Raye: My 21st Century Blues (Human Re Sources) **
  • Mason Razavi: Six-String Standards (OA2)
  • Joshua Redman: Where Are We (Blue Note) **
  • Eric Reed: Black, Brown, and Blue (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Marc Ribot/Ceramic Dog: Connection (Knockwurst) **
  • Doug Richards Orchestra: Through a Sonic Prism: The Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim (self-released)
  • Mike Richmond: Turn Out the Stars (SteepleChase) **
  • Diego Rivera: Love & Peace (Posi-Tone) **
  • Smokey Robinson: Gasms (TLR) **
  • Ernesto Rodrigues/Fred Lonberg-Holm/Flak/Joăo Madeira/José Oliveira: The Giving Tree Moving On (Creative Sources)
  • Esther Rose: Safe to Run (New West) **
  • Rust Dust: Twere but It Were so Simple (Omad) **
  • Markus Rutz: Storybook (Jmarq)
  • Felipe Salles Interconnections Ensemble: Home Is Here (Tapestry)
  • Brandon Sanders: Compton's Finest (Savant)
  • Arman Sangalang: Quartet (Calligram)
  • Dave Scott: Song for Alice (SteepleChase) **
  • Kendrick Scott: Corridors (Blue Note) **
  • Travis Scott: Utopia (Cactus Jack/Epic) **
  • Brandon Seabrook: Brutalovechamp (Pyroclastic)
  • The Selva: Camarăo-Girafa (Clean Feed) **
  • Matthew Shipp: The Intrinsic Nature of Shipp (Mahakala Music) **
  • Nick Shoulders: All Bad (Gar Hole) **
  • Todd Sickafoose: Bear Proof (Secret Hatch)
  • Skech185 & Jeff Markey: He Left Nothing for the Swim Back (Backwoodz Studioz) **
  • Lauritz Skeidsvoll & Isach Skeidsvoll Duo: Chanting Moon, Dancing Sun: Live at Molde International Jazz Festival (Clean Feed) **
  • Skrillex: Don't Get Too Close (OWSLA/Atlantic) **
  • SLUGish Ensemble: In Solitude (Slow & Steady)
  • Peter Smith Trio: Dollar Dreams (Real Magic)
  • Steve Smith and Vital Information: Time Flies (Wounded Bird, 2CD)
  • Sonar With David Torn and J. Peter Schwalm: Three Movements (7d) **
  • Alan Sondheim: Galut: Ballads of Wadi-Sabi (ESP-Disk)
  • Speaker Music: Techxodus (Planet Mu) **
  • Squid: O Monolith (Warp) **
  • Tamara Stewart: Woman (self-released) **
  • Stuck: Freak Frequency (Born Yesterday) **
  • Superposition: Glaciers (Kettle Hole)
  • Aki Takase: Carmen Rhapsody (BMC) **
  • Natsuki Tamura/Ittetsu Takemura: Lightning (Libra '22) **
  • Eldad Tarmu: Tarmu Jazz Quartet (Queen of Bohemia)
  • Rachel Therrien Latin Jazz Project: Mi Hogar (Outside In Music)
  • Teddy Thompson: My Love of Country (self-released) **
  • Kris Tiner/Tatsuya Nakatini: The Magic Room (Epigraph)
  • Josie Toney: Extra (Like You Mean It) **
  • Triogram: Triogram (Circle Theory Media)
  • Erik Truffaz: Rollin' (Blue Note) **
  • Juanma Trujillo: Contour (Clean Feed) **
  • Dara Starr Tucker: Dara Starr Tucker (Green Hill Productions)
  • Tanya Tucker: Sweet Western Sound (Fantasy) **
  • Yves Tumor: Praise a Lord Who Chews but Which Does Not Consume (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds) (Warp) **
  • Kali Uchis: Red Moon in Venus (Interscope) **
  • Uncle Waffles: Asylum (Kreativekornerr) **
  • U.S. Girls: Bless This Mess (4AD) **
  • Vin Venezia: The Venetian (Innervision)
  • Alex Ventling/Hein Westgaard: In Orbit (Nice Things) **
  • David Virelles: Carta (Intakt) **
  • Maddie Vogler: While We Have Time (Origin)
  • Waco Brothers: The Men That God Forgot (Plenty Tuff) **
  • The War and Treaty: Lover's Game (Mercury Nashville) **
  • Gaia Wilmer Large Ensemble: Folia: The Music of Egberto Gismonti (Sunnyside) **
  • Lizz Wright: Holding Space: Live in Berlin (Blues & Greens '22) **
  • Jacob Young/Mats Eilertsen/Audun Kleive: Eventually (ECM) **
  • Young Thug: Business Is Business (Atlantic) **
B+(*)

  • 100 Gecs: Snake Eyes (Dog Show/Atlantic, EP, '22) **
  • 100 Gecs: 10,000 Gecs (Dog Show/Atlantic) **
  • Susan Alcorn/Patrick Holmes/Ryan Sawyer: From Union Pool (Relative Pitch) **
  • Susan Alcorn/José Lencastre/Hernâni Faustino: Manifesto (Clean Feed) **
  • Algiers: Shook (Matador) **
  • Roxana Amed/Frank Carlberg: Los Trabajos Y Las Noches (Sony Music Latin)
  • Aphex Twin: Blackbox Life Recorder 21f/In a Room7 F760 (Warp, EP) **
  • Amber Arcades: Barefoot on Diamond Road (Fire) **
  • Nia Archives: Sunrise Bang Ur Head Against Tha Wall (Island, EP) **
  • Artemis: In Real Time (Blue Note) **
  • AVA Trio: Ash (Tora, EP) **
  • Jeff Babko/David Piltch: The Libretto Show (Tudor Tones)
  • Baby Rose: Through and Through (Secretly Canadian) **
  • Jalen Baker: Be Still (Cellar)
  • Matt Barber: The Song Is You (MB)
  • Joăo Barradas: Solo II: Live at Festival D'Aix-En-Provence (Clean Feed) **
  • Bdrmm: I Don't Know (Rock Action) **
  • Gordon Beeferman/Michael Evans/Michael Foster/Shelley Hirsch: Glow (Tripticks Tapes) **
  • Will Bernard & Beth Custer: Sky (Dreck to Disk)
  • BigXthaPlug: Amar (United Masters) **
  • Selwyn Birchwood: Exorcist (Alligator) **
  • Michael Bisio/Timothy Hill: Inside Voice/Outside Voice (Origin)
  • Bktherula: LVL5 P1 (Warner, EP) **
  • Black Country, New Road: Live at Bush Hall (Ninja Tune) **
  • Michael Blake: Dance of the Mystic Bliss (P&M)
  • Blondshell: Blondshell (Partisan) **
  • Blue Moon Marquee: Scream, Holler & Howl (Ilda '22) **
  • Blur: The Ballad of Darren (Parlophone) **
  • Peter Brötzmann/Heather Leigh/Fred Lonberg-Holm: Naked Nudes [Brötz 80th at ADA 2021] (Trost) **
  • Daniel Caesar: Never Enough (Republic) **
  • John Cale: Mercy (Domino) **
  • Canadian Jazz Collective: Septology: The Black Forest Session (HGBS Blue)
  • Lewis Capaldi: Broken by Desire to Be Heavenly Sent (Captiol) **
  • Andre Carvalho: Lost in Translation Vol. II (Clean Feed) **
  • Eddie Chacon: Sundown (Stones Throw) **
  • The Chemical Brothers: For That Beautiful Feeling (Virgin EMI) **
  • The Clientele: I Am Not There Anymore (Merge) **
  • Alex Coke & Carl Michel Sextet: Emergence (PlayOn)
  • Tom Collier: Boomer Vibes Volume 1 (Summit)
  • Shirley Collins: Archangel Hill (Domino) **
  • Luke Combs: Gettin' Old (River House Artists) **
  • Mario Costa/Cuong Vu/Benoît Delbecq/Bruno Chevillon: Chromosome (Clean Feed) **
  • Theo Croker: Live in Paris (Masterworks, EP '22) **
  • Theo Croker: By the Way (Masterworks, EP) **
  • Cydnee With a C: Confessions of a Fangirl (Bread & Butter, EP) **
  • Dazegxd & Quinn: DSX.FM (DeadAir, EP) **
  • Indigo De Souza: All of This Will End (Saddle Creek) **
  • Oivia Dean: Messy (EMI) **
  • Michael Dease: The Other Side: The Music of Gregg Hill (Origin)
  • Deer Tick: Emotional Contracts (ATO) **
  • Fatoumata Diawara: London Ko (Wagram Music) **
  • McKinley Dixon: Beloved! Paradise! Jazz! (City Slang) **
  • Dropkick Murphys: Okemah Rising (Dummy Luck Music) **
  • Michael Echaniz: Seven Shades of Violet (Rebiralost) (Ridgeway)
  • Rachel Eckroth: One (Blackbird Sessions)
  • The Ekphrastics: Special Delivery (Harriet) **
  • Kahil El'Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble: Spirit Gatherer: Tribute to Don Cherry (Spiritmuse) **
  • Eluvium: (Whirring Marvels In) Consensus Reality (Temporary Residence) **
  • Everything but the Girl: Fuse (Buzzin' Fly/Virgin) **
  • Joe Farnsworth: In What Direction Are You Headed? (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Kari Faux: Real B*tches Don't Die! (Drink Sum Wtr) **
  • Feist: Multitudes (Polydor) **
  • Béla Fleck/Zakir Hussain/Edgar Meyer: As We Speak (Thirty Tigers) **
  • Michael Foster: The Industrious Tongue of Michael Foster (Relative Pitch -22) **
  • Mimi Fox Organ Trio: One for Wes (Origin)
  • Caesar Frazier: Tenacity (As We Speak) (TrackMerchant -22) **
  • Frog Squad: Special Noise (Mahakala Music) **
  • Fruit Bats: A River Running to Your Heart (Merge) **
  • Max Gerl: Max Gerl (JMI)
  • Vince Gill & Paul Franklin: Sweet Memories: The Music of Ray Price & the Cherokee Cowboys (MCA Nashville) **
  • The Sofia Goodman Group: Secrets of the Shore (Joyous)
  • Frank Gratkowski/Simon Nabatov: Tender Mercies (Clean Feed) **
  • Gordon Grdina/Mat Maneri/Christian Lillinger: Live at the Armoury (Clean Feed) **
  • Cory Hanson: Western Cum (Drag City) **
  • Jack Harlow: Jackman (Generation Now/Atlantic) **
  • PJ Harvey: I Inside the Old Year Dying (Partisan) **
  • Alexander Hawkins Trio: Carnival Celestial (Intakt) **
  • Heinali: Kyiv Eternal (Injazero) **
  • Daniel Hersog Jazz Orchestra: Open Spaces: Folk Songs Reimagined (Cellar)
  • James Holden: Imagine This Is a High Dimensional Space of All Possibilities (Border Community) **
  • Lonnie Holley: Oh Me Oh My (Jagjaguwar) **
  • Ben Howard: Is It? (Island) **
  • Ian Hunter: Defiance Part 1 (Sun) **
  • Ice Spice: Like . . ? (10K Projects/Capitol, EP) **
  • Kara Jackson: Why Does the Earth Give Us People to Love? (September) **
  • José James: On & On (2023, Rainbow Blonde) **
  • The Japanese House: In the End It Always Does (Dirty Hit) **
  • Marc Jordan: Waiting for the Sun to Rise (Linus Entertainment)
  • Sass Jordan: Bitches Blues (Stony Plain '21) **
  • JPEGMafia x Danny Brown: Scaring the Hoes (AWAL) **
  • Durand Jones: Wait Til I Get Over (Dead Oceans) **
  • Larry June and the Alchemist: The Great Escape (Empire) **
  • K-Lone: Swells (Wisdom Teeth) **
  • Faten Kanaan: Afterpoem (Fire) **
  • Jason Keiser: Shaw's Groove (OA2) **
  • Kesha: Gag Order (Kemosabe) **
  • Izumi Kimura/Cora Venus Lunny: Invisible Resistances (Fairpoint -22) **
  • Toshinori Kondo/Massimo Pupillo/Tony Buck: Eternal Triangle (I Dischi Di Angelica '22) **
  • John La Barbera Big Band: Grooveyard (Origin)
  • Ladytron: Timie's Arrow (Cooking Vinyl) **
  • Jessy Lanza: Love Hallucination (Hyperdub) **
  • Laufey: Bewitched (AWAL) **
  • Asbjřrn Lerheim/Roger Arntzen/Michiyo Yagi/Tamaya Honda: Chrome Hill Duo Meets Dojo: Live at Aketa No Mise (Clean Feed) **
  • Lil Yachty: Let's Start Here (Quality Control Music/UMG) **
  • Zack Lober: No Fill3r (Zennez)
  • Damon Locks/Rob Mazurek: New Future City Radio (International Anthem) **
  • Logic: College Park (Three Oh One/BMG) **
  • Loscil & Lawrence English: Colours of Air (Kranky) **
  • Joe Lovano Trio Tapestry [Marilyn Crispell/Carmen Castaldi]: Our Daily Bread (ECM) **
  • Mach-Hommy/Tha God Fahim: Notorious Dump Legends Vol. 2 (self-released) **
  • Manzanita Quintet: Osmosis (Origin)
  • Gia Margaret: Romantic Piano (Jagjaguwar) **
  • Gabriela Martina: Homage to Grämilis (self-released)
  • Pat Metheny: Dream Box (Modern) **
  • Metro Boomin: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse [Soundtrack From & Inspired by the Motion Picture] (Boominati/Republic) **
  • Sei Miguel: The Original Drum (Clean Feed) **
  • Dominic Miller: Vagabond (ECM) **
  • Mitski: The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We (Dead Oceans) **
  • Noshir Mody: A Love Song (self-released)
  • MUEJL [Michel Stawicki/Uygur Vural/Elisabetta Lanfredini/Joăo Madeira/Luiz Rocha]: By Breakfast (4DaRecord)
  • Meshell Ndegeocello: The Omnichord Real Book (Blue Note) **
  • Arturo O'Farrill: Legacies (Blue Note) **
  • Okonski: Magnolia (Colemine) **
  • Dave Okumu & the 7 Generations: I Came From Love (Transgressive) **
  • Orbital: Optical Delusion (London) **
  • Bill Orcutt: Jump on It (Palilalia) **
  • Kassa Overall: Animals (Warp) **
  • Overmono: Good Lies (XL) **
  • Paramore: This Is Why (Atlantic) **
  • Gretchen Parlato/Lionel Loueke: Lean In (Edition) **
  • Bruno Parrinha: Da Erosăo (4DaRecord)
  • Ed Partyka Jazz Orchestra: Hold Your Fire (Neuklang) **
  • Jeremy Pelt: The Art of Intimacy Vol. 2: His Muse (HighNote) **
  • Kim Petras: Feed the Beast (Island) **
  • Phiik & Lungs: Another Planet 4 (Tase Grip/Break All) **
  • Jean-Michel Pilc: Symphony (Justin Time) **
  • Ted Piltzecker: Vibes on a Breath (OA2)
  • Rozi Plain: Prize (Memphis Industries) **
  • Pony: Velveteen (Take This to Heart) **
  • Iggy Pop: Every Loser (Gold Tooth/Atlantic) **
  • Shelton Powe: Shelton Powe (Music Maker '22) **
  • Pretenders: Relentless (Rhino) **
  • Margo Price: Strays (Loma Vista) **
  • Bruno Rĺberg: Solo Bass: Look Inside (Orbis Music)
  • Rachael & Vilray: I Love a Love Song (Nonesuch) **
  • Rae Sremmurd: Sremm 4 Life (EarDruma/Interscope) **
  • The Rodriguez Brothers: Reunited: Live at Dizzy's Club (RodBros Music)
  • Rome Streetz: Wasn't Built in a Day (De Rap Winkel) **
  • Rent Romus/Heikki Koskinen: Itkuja Suite, Invocations on Lament (Edgetone)
  • Caroline Rose: The Art of Forgetting (New West) **
  • Ben Rosenblum Nebula Project: A Thousand Pebbles (One Trick Dog)
  • Jeff Rosenstock: Hellmode (Polyvinyl) **
  • Brandon Ross: Of Sight and Sound (Sunnyside) **
  • Rudy Royston Flatbed Buggy: Day (Greenleaf Music)
  • Taiko Saito: Tears of a Cloud (Trouble in the East)
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant: Mélusine (Nonesuch) **
  • Samia: Honey (Grand Jury) **
  • Jacques Schwarz-Bart: The Harlem Suite (Ropeadope) **
  • Sexyy Red: Hood Hottest Princess (Heavy on It) **
  • Edward Simon: Femininas: Songs of Latin American Women (ArtistShare) *
  • Skrillex: Quest for Fire (OWSLA/Atlantic) **
  • Smoke DZA & Flying Lotus: Flying Objects (The Smoker's Club, EP) **
  • Emilio Solla/Antonio Lizana: El Siempre Mar (Tiger Turn)
  • Something Blue: Personal Preference (Posi-Tone) **
  • Son Volt: Day of the Doug: The Songs of Doug Sahm (Transmit Sound) **
  • Speedy Ortiz: Rabbit Rabbit (Wax Nine) **
  • Chris Stamey: The Great Escape (Car) **
  • Bobo Stenson Trio: Sphere (ECM) **
  • Marcus Strickland Twi-Life: The Universe's Wildest Dream (Strick Music) **
  • Susanne Sundfřr: Blómi (Bella Union) **
  • Sundy Best: Feel Good Country (self-released) **
  • Superviolet: Infinite Spring (Lame-O) **
  • Tainy: Data (Neon16) **
  • Dudu Tassa/Jonny Greenwood: Jarak Qaribak (World Circuit) **
  • Techno Cats: The Music of Gregg Hill (Cold Plunge) **
  • Rich Thompson: Who Do You Have to Know? (Origin)
  • Tinariwen: Amatssou (Wedge) **
  • Tiny Ruins: Ceremony (Ba Da Bing) **
  • Tirzah: Trip9love (Domino) **
  • MF Tomlinson: We Are Still Wild Horses (Prah) **
  • The Tubs: Dead Meat (Trouble in Mind) **
  • Veeze: Ganger (Navy Wavy) **
  • Ally Venable: Real Gone (Ruf) **
  • Ramana Vieira: Tudo De Mim (All of Me) (self-released)
  • Wednesday: Rat Saw God (Dead Oceans) **
  • Alex Weiss: Most Don't Have Enough (Ears & Eyes)
  • Yaeji: With a Hammer (XL) **
  • YMA & Jadsa: Zelena (self-released, EP) **
  • Yonic South: Devo Challenge Cup (Wild Honey, EP) **
  • Young Nudy: Gumbo (RCA) **
  • Adrian Younge: Jazz Is Dead 18: Tony Allen (Jazz Is Dead) **
  • Brandee Younger: Brand New Life (Impulse) **
  • Youth Lagoon: Heaven Is a Junkyard (Fat Possum) **
  • Zulu: A New Tomorrow (Flatspot) **
  • Nicole Zuraitis: How Love Begins (Outside In Music)
B
  • The Harry Allen Orchestra: With Roses (Triangle7) **
  • JoVia Armstrong & Eunoia Society: Inception (Black Earth Music)
  • Christian Artmann: The Middle of Life (Sunnyside)
  • BC Camplight: The Last Rotation of Earth (Bella Union) **
  • Beach Fossils: Bunny (Bayonet) **
  • Sarah Bernadette: Sad Poems on My Phone (Blujazz, EP)
  • Tim Berne/Hank Roberts/Aurora Nealand: Oceans And (Intakt) **
  • Carlos Bica: Playing With Beethoven (Clean Feed) **
  • Blue Cranes: My Only Secret (Jealous Butcher/Beacon Sound)
  • Boygenius: The Record (Interscope) **
  • Clark: Sus Dog (Throttle) **
  • Angel Bat Dawid: Requiem for Jazz (International Anthem) **
  • Dinner Party: Enigmatic Society (Sounds of Crenshaw, EP) **
  • En Attendant Ana: Principia (Trouble in Mind) **
  • Orrin Evans: The Red Door (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Drayton Farley: Twenty on High (Hargrove) **
  • Ruthie Foster: Healing Time (Blue Corn Music '22) **
  • Fred Again/Brian Eno: Secret Life (Text) **
  • Gel: Only Constant (Convulse, EP) **
  • Girl Ray: Prestige (Moshi Moshi) **
  • Skip Grasso: Becoming (Barking Coda Music)
  • Hamish Hawk: Angel Numbers (Post Electric) **
  • Mette Henriette: Drifting (ECM) **
  • Jeremiah Johnson: Hi-Fi Drive By (Ruf '22) **
  • Wesley Joseph: Glow (Secretly Canadian, EP) **
  • Kate NV: Wow (RVNG Intl) **
  • Las Vegas Boneheads: Sixty and Still Cookin' (Curt Miller Music)
  • Aynsley Lister: Along for the Ride (Straight Talkin' '22) **
  • Low Cut Connie: Art Dealers (Contender) **
  • M83: Fantasy (Mute/Virgin) **
  • Donny McCaslin: I Want More (Edition) **
  • Brad Mehldau: Your Mother Should Know: Brad Mehldau Plays the Beatles (Nonesuch) **
  • Metropolitan Jazz Octet: The Bowie Project (Origin)
  • Sei Miguel Unit Core: Road Music (Clean Feed) **
  • Militarie Gun: Life Under the Gun (Loma Vista) **
  • Blake Mills: Jelly Road (New Deal/Verve Forecast) **
  • Joni Mitchell: Joni Mitchell at Newport (Rhino) **
  • Andrew Moorhead: Interleaved (OA2)
  • Van Morrison: Moving on Skiffle (Exile/Virgin, 2CD) **
  • Todd Mosby: Land of Enchantment (MMG)
  • Nourished by Time: Erotic Probiotic 2 (Scenic Route) **
  • Linda May Han Oh: The Glass Hours (Biophilia) **
  • Afonso Pais/Tomás Marques: The Inner Colours of Bogin's Outline (Clean Feed) **
  • Parannoul: After the Magic (Top Shelf) **
  • Scott Petito: Many Worlds (Planet Arts)
  • Caroline Polachek: Desire, I Want to Turn Into You (Perpetual Novice) **
  • Sebastian Rochford/Kit Downes: A Short Diary (ECM) **
  • Frankie Rose: Love as Projection (Slumberland) **
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto: 12 (Milan) **
  • Mehmet Ali Sanlikol & Whatsnext?: Turkish Hipster (Dunya)
  • SBTRKT: The Rat Road (AWAL) **
  • Screaming Females: Desire Pathway (Don Giovanni) **
  • Paul Simon: Seven Psalms (Owl/Legacy) **
  • Sam Smith: Gloria (Capitol) **
  • Walter Smith III: Return to Casual (Blue Note) **
  • Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives: Altitude (Snakefarm) **
  • Aki Takase/Alexander von Schlippenbach: Four Hands Piano Pieces (Trost) **
  • TisaKorean: Let Me Update My Status (Jazzzy) **
  • Don Toliver: Love Sick (Cactus Jack/Atlantic) **
  • Tujiko Noriko: Crépuscule I & II (Editions Mego, 2CD) **
  • Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington: Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Six (OA2)
  • Ulaan Passerine: Sun Spar (Worstward '22) **
  • Rufus Wainwright: Folkocracy (BMG) **
  • Joe Louis Walker: Weight of the World (Forty Below) **
  • Ben Wendel: All One (Edition)
  • WiFiGawd & Soudiere: 36 Chambers of Pressure Vol. 2 (Purple Posse, EP) **
  • Buster Williams: Unalome (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Denny Zeitlin: Crazy Rhythm: Exploring George Gershwin (Sunnyside) **
B-
  • Big Freedia: Central City (Queen Diva) **
  • Joe Bonamassa: Tales of Time (J&R Adventures) **
  • Depeche Mode: Memento Mori (Columbia/Mute) **
  • Wayne Escoffery: Like Minds (Smoke Sessions) **
  • Gabriel Espinosa: Bossas and Boleros (Zoho)
  • Foo Fighters: But Here We Are (Roswell/RCA) **
  • Kevin Harris & the Solution: Jazz Gumbo (Blujazz)
  • John Carroll Kirby: Blowout (Stones Throw) **
  • Greg Mendez: Greg Mendez (Forged Artifacts, EP) **
  • Vince Mendoza/Metropole Orkest: Olympians (Modern) **
  • Mat Muntz: Phantom Islands (Orenda) **
  • Graham Nash: Now (BMG) **
  • Quasi: Breaking the Balls of History (Sub Pop) **
  • Kate Soper Feat. Sam Pluta: The Understanding of All Things (New Focus '22) **
  • Sparks: The Girl Is Crying in Her Latte (Island) **
  • Sachal Vasandani & Romain Collin: Still Life (Edition '22) **
  • Greg Ward's Rogue Parade: Dion's Quest (Sugah Hoof)
  • Nadia Washington: Hope Resurgence (New) *
C+
  • The Lemon Twigs: Everything Harmony (Captured Tracks) **

Limited sampling: Records I played parts of, but not enough to grade: -- means no interest, - not bad but not a prospect, + some chance, ++ likely prospect.

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Reissues/Compilations/Vault 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.

A-
  1. Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens: Music Inferno: The Indestructible Beat Tour 1988-89 (Umsakazo) **
  2. Steve Swell's Fire Into Music: For Jemeel: Fire From the Road (2003-04, RogueArt, 3CD)
  3. François Carrier Ensemble: Openness (2006, Fundacja Sluchaj, 3CD) **
  4. Sonny Rollins With Heikki Sarmanto Trio: Live at Finlandia Hall, Helsinki 1972 (Svart) **
  5. Sonny Stitt: Boppin' in Baltimore: Live at the Left Bank (1973, Jazz Detective) **
  6. Thomas Anderson: The Debris Field: Lo-Fi Flotsam and Ragged Recriminations, 2000-2021 (Out There) **
  7. Piconema: East African Hits on the Colombian Coast (Rocafort) **
  8. Shirley Scott: Queen Talk: Live at the Left Bank (1972, Reel to Real) **
  9. D.B. Shrier: D.B. Shrier Emerges (1967, Omnivore) **
  10. Taylor Swift: Speak Now (Taylor's Version) (Republic) **
  11. Nastyfacts: Drive My Car + 2 (1981, Left for Dead, EP -22) **
  12. Pharoah Sanders Quartet: Live at Fabrik: Hamburg 1980 (Jazzline) **
  13. Brew: Heat/Between Reflections (1998-2019, Clean Feed, 2CD)
  14. JuJu: A Message From Mozambique (1972, Strut) **

Pending

Records in hand, sorted by artist, or release date if future. Those marked ** are downloads in hand.

Also Noted:

B+(***)
  • The Birth of Bop: The Savoy 10-Inch LP Collection (1944-49, Craft, 2CD) **
  • Walter Bishop Jr.: Bish at the Bank: Live in Baltimore (1966-67, Reel to Real) **
  • Anthony Branker & Ascent: Spirit Songs (2004, Origin)
  • Alan Braxe/Fred Falke: The Upper Cuts [2023 Edition] (2005, Smugglers Way) **
  • John Coltrane With Eric Dolphy: Evenings at the Village Gate (1961, Impulse!) **
  • Miles Davis: Miles Davis With Tadd Dameron Revisited: Live 1949 at the Royal Roost NYC & in Paris at Festival Internationale De Jazz (Ezz-Thetics) **
  • Joel Futterman: Inneraction (1984, Mahakala Music) **
  • Dizzy Gillespie: Portrait of Jenny (1970, BBE) **
  • Johnny Hodges Septet: In Concert: Falkoner Central, Copenhagen, March 17, 1961 (SteepleChase) **
  • The Jazz Doctors: Intensive Care: Prescriptions Filled [The Billy Bang Quartet Sessions 1983/1984] (1983-84, Cadillac) **
  • Clifford Jordan: Drink Plenty Water (1974, Harvest Song)
  • L'Orchestre National Mauritanien: Ahl Nana (1971, Radio Martiko) **
  • Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra: 60 Years (The Village) **
  • Charlie Parker: The Long Lost Bird Live Afro-Cubop Recordings (1945-54, RockBeat) **
  • Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky: Luten at Jazzwerkstatt Peitz (2011, Jazzwerkstatt) **
  • Mark Reboul/Roberta Piket/Billy Mintz: Seven Pieces/About an Hour/Saxophone, Piano, Drums (2004, ESP-Disk)
  • Pharoah Sanders: Pharoah [Expanded Edition] (1976-77, Luaka Bop) **
  • Sonic Youth: Live in Brooklyn 2011 (Silver Current) **
  • Tolerance: Divin (1981, Mesh-Key) **
  • Ali Farka Touré: Voyageur (1991-2004, World Circuit) **
  • Neil Young: Chrome Dreams (1974-77, Reprise) **
B+(**)
  • Atmosphere: Sad Clown Bad Dub II (2000, Rhymesayers Entertainment) **
  • Chet Baker: Blue Room: The 1979 Vara Studio Sessions in Holland (Jazz Detective, 2CD)
  • Roger Bekono: Roger Bekono (1989, Awesome Tapes From Africa) **
  • William Bell: Never Like This Before: The Complete 'Blue' Stax Singles 1961-1968 (Kent Soul '22) **
  • William Bell: The Man in the Street: The Complete 'Yellow' Stax Solo Singles 1968-1974 (Kent Soul) **
  • John Blum: Nine Rivers (2013, ESP-Disk)
  • Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis With Shirley Scott: Cookin' With Jaws and the Queen: The Legendary Prestige Albums (1958, Craft) **
  • Les DeMerle Sound 67: Once in a Lifetime (1967, Origin)
  • Ernesto Djédjé: Roi Du Ziglibithy (1978-82, Analog Africa '22) **
  • Dream Dolphin: Gaia: Selected Ambient & Downtempo Works (1996-2003) (Music From Memory, 2CD) **
  • Bill Evans: Treasures: Solo, Trio & Orchestral Recordings From Denmark (1965-1969) (Elemental, 2CD) **
  • Jeff Johnson: My Heart (1991, Origin)
  • Galcher Lustwerk: 100% Galcher (2013, Ghostly International -22) **
  • Abbey Rader/Davey Williams: In One Is All (1999, Abray) **
  • Arthur Russell: Picture of Bunny Rabbit (1985-86, Audika) **
  • Dick Sisto: Falling in Love (1994, SteepleChase) **
  • Nkono Teles: Love Vibration (1982-84, Soundway) **
  • Tolerance: Anonym (1979, Mesh-Key) **
  • Tyler, the Creator: Call Me if You Get Lost: The Estate Sale (2021, Columbia) **
  • Abdul Wadud: By Myself: Solo Cello (1977, Gotta Groove) **
  • Muddy Waters Blue Band Featuring Otis Spann: Live Paris 1968 (Lantower) **
B+(*)
  • Ruth Anderson/Annea Lockwood: Tęte-Ŕ-Tęte (1974-2020, Ergot) **
  • George Cartwright: The Ghostly Bee (2005, Mahakala Music) **
  • George Cartwright: A Tenacious Slew (2007, Mahakala Music) **
  • Dave Douglas and Elan Mehler: If There Are Mountains (2019, Greenleaf Music) **
  • Dredd Foole and the Din: Songs in Heat 1982 (Corbett vs. Dempsey) **
  • Roberto Magris & the JM Horns: High Quote (2012 [2023], JM)
  • Evan Parker/X-Jazz Ensemble: A Schist Story (2012, JACC '22) **
  • RP Boo: Legacy Volume 2 (2002-07, Planet Mu) **
  • Nina Simone: You've Got to Learn (1966, Verve) **
B
  • Julee Cruise: Floating Into the Night (1999, Sacred Bones) **
  • Neil Young and the Santa Monica Flyers: Somewhere Under the Rainbow: Nov. 5, 1973 (Reprise) **
B-
  • Alan Goldsher: The Complete Pocket Sessions (2019, Gold Note) **
C+
  • Luther Thomas: 11th Street Fire Suite (1978, Corbett vs. Dempsey) **