Music Year 2024

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., -23 for 2023) -- 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 2023 until the end of calendar 2024, especially where the record was known to exist in 2023 and I'm just getting around to it.

New Records

A
A-
  1. Emmeluth's Amoeba: Nonsense (Moserobie)
  2. The Paranoid Style: The Interrogator (Bar/None) **
  3. Ballister: Smash and Grab (Aerophonic)
  4. Advancing on a Wild Pitch: Disasters, Vol. 2 (Hot Cup) **
  5. Jim Snidero: For All We Know (Savant)
  6. Amanda Gardier: Auteur: Music Inspired by the Films of Wes Anderson (self-released)
  7. Samo Salamon/Vasil Hadzimanov/Ra-Kalam Bob Moses: Dances of Freedom (Samo)

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.

  • Albare: Beyond Belief (AM) [02-12]
  • Alon Farber Hagiga With Dave Douglas: The Magician: Live in Jerusalem (Origin) [02-24]
  • David Friesen: This Light Has No Darkness (Origin) [02-24]
  • Zach Rich: Solidarity (OA2) [02-23]
  • Lynne Arriale Trio: Being Human (Challenge) [03-01]
  • Jeremy Rose & the Earshift Orchestra: Discordia (Earshift Music) [03-01]
  • Jacob Shulman: High Firmament/Ferment Below (Endectomorph Music, 2CD) [03-01]
  • David Leon: Bird's Eye (Pyroclastic) [03-08]
  • Håkon Skogstad: 8 Concepts of Tango (Øra Fonogram) [03-15]
  • Remy Le Boeuf's Assembly of Shadows: Heartland Radio (SoundSpore) [03-16]
  • Ian Carey & Wood Metal Plastic: Strange Arts (Slow & Steady) [03-22]
  • Bob Anderson: Live! (Jazz Hang) [03-29]
  • Jack Wood: The Gal That Got Away: The Best of Jack Wood, Featuring Guest Niehaud Fitzgibbon (Jazz Hang) [03-29]
  • Fay Victor/Herbie Nichols SUNG: Life Is Funny That Way (Tao Forms, 2CD) [04-05]
  • Dave Rempis/Pandelis Karayorgis/Jakob Heinemann/Bill Harris: Truss (Aerophonic/Drift) [04-23]
  • Stephan Crump: Slow Water (Papillon Sounds) [05-03]

Also Noted:

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

B+(***)
  • Acceleration Due to Gravity: Jonesville: Music by and for Sam Jones (Hot Cup, EP)
  • Ben Allison/Steve Cardenas/Ted Nash: Tell the Birds I Said Hello: The Music of Herbie Nichols (Sonic Camera) **
  • Anne Foucher & Jean-Marc Foussat: Chair Ça (Fou)
  • Jean-Marc Foussat/Daunik Lazro: Trente-Cinq Minutes & Vingt-Trois Secondes (Fou)
  • Friends & Neighbors: Circles (Clean Feed) **
  • Satoko Fujii Tokyo Trio: Jet Black (Libra)
  • Gordon Grdina/Christian Lillinger: Duo Work (Attaboygirl)
  • Gordon Grdina's the Marrow: With Fathieh Honari (Attaboygirl)
  • Enrique Heredia Trio: Plays Herbie Nichols (Fresh Sound) **
  • Kaze: Unwritten (Circum/Libra)
  • Anni Kiviniemi Trio: Eir (We Jazz) **
  • Eliza McLamb: Going Through It (Royal Mountain) **
  • Riley Mulherkar: Riley (Westerlies)
  • Adam Schroeder/Mark Masters: CT! Adam Schroeder & Mark Masters Celebrate Clark Terry (Capri)
  • Josh Sinton: Couloir & Book of Practitioners Vol. 2: Book W (Form Is Possibility, 2CD)
  • Matthew Shipp/Steve Swell: Space Cube Jazz (RogueArt) *
  • Sunny Five [Tim Berne/David Torn/Ches Smith/Devin Hoff/Marc Ducret]: Candid (Intakt) **
B+(**)
  • Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble: Elegy for Thelonious (Sunnyside)
  • Willi Carlisle: Critterland (Signature Sounds) **
  • Mina Cho's Grace Beat Quartet: "Beat Mirage" (International Gugak Jazz Institute)
  • Daggerboard: Escapement (Wide Hive)
  • The Rob Dixon/Steve Allee Quintet: Standards Deluxe (self-released)
  • Peter Erskine and the Jam Music Lab All-Stars: Bernstein in Vienna (Origin)
  • Chad Fowler/Shanyse Strickland/Sana Nagano/Melanie Dyer/Ken Filiano/Anders Griffen: Birdsong (Mahakala Music) **
  • Jose Gobbo Trio: Current (self-released)
  • Mary Halvorson: Cloudward (Nonesuch) **
  • Jon Irabagon's Outright!: Recharge the Blade (Irabbagast) **
  • Liquid Mike: Paul Bunyan's Slingshot (self-released) **
  • Richard Nelson/Makrokosmos Orchestra: Dissolve (Adhyâropa)
  • Lothar Ohlmeier/Tobias Klein: Left Side Right (Trytone)
  • Ulysses Owens Jr. and Generation Y: A New Beat (Cellar Music) **
  • Dave Pietro: The Talisman (SteepleChase) **
  • Reggie Quinerly: The Thousandth Scholar (Redefinition)
  • Peter Stampfel/Eli Smith/Walker Shepard: Wildernauts (Don Giovanni) **
  • The Dave Stryker Trio With Bob Mintzer: Groove Street (Strikezone)
B+(*)

  • Bill Anschell: Improbable Solutions (Origin)
  • Stix Bones/Bob Beamon: Olimpik Soul (BONE Entertainment)
  • Burial: Dreamfear/Boy Sent From Above/b> (XL, EP) **
  • Commodore Trio: Communal - EP (self-relesed, EP)
  • Christian Fabian Trio: Hip to the Skip (Spicerack)
  • Abdullah Ibrahim: 3 (Gearbox) **
  • Jon Irabagon: Survivalism (Irabbagast) **
  • Ethan Iverson: Technically Acceptable (Blue Note) **
  • Doug MacDonald: Sextet Session (DMAC Music)
  • Andy Pratt: Trio (Thrift Girl)
  • Robert Prester & Adriana Samargia: Quenara (Commonwealth Ave. Productions)
  • Ches Smith: Laugh Ash (Pyroclastic)
  • Tucker Brothers: Live at Chatterbox (Midwest Crush Music)
B
  • Annie Chen: Guardians (JZ Music)
B-
  • Glass Beach: Plastic Death (Run for Cover) **
C+

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 anything containing any previously released material is collected here, and anything that is wholly previously unreleased is treated as new, above.

A-
  1. Mal Waldron/Terumasa Hino: Reminscent Suite (1973, BBE) **

Pending

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

  • Roberto Magris: Love Is Passing Thru: Solo/Duo/Trio/Quartet (2004, JMood) [03-01]

Also Noted:

B+(***)
  • Pharoah Sanders: Festival de Jazz de Nice, Nice, France, July 18, 1971 (1971, Kipepeo Publishing) **

B+(**)
  • George Cartwright's GloryLand PonyCat: Black Ants Crawling (Mahakala Music) **
  • Lou Reed: Hudson River Wind Meditations (2007, Light in the Attic) **
B+(*)
  • Ghetto Brothers: Power-Fuerza (1972, Vampisoul) **
B
B-
C+