Robert Middleton

My Favorite Jazz Albums of 2019 (so far)

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There have been some really good jazz albums released this year - especially by my favorite artists. 

These are my 20 favorites for 2019, so far (in the order in which I got them). My only criteria for favorite albums is that I'm compelled to listen to them many times (sometimes for years).

* for albums from artists that are new for me this year

What are your favorites for this year? 

Glitter Wolf - Allison Miller 

Infinity - Tom Harrell

Animi - Shauli Einav

Voyage - Daniel Herskedal

Stomping Off From Greenwood - Greg Ward

Pacifica - The Vampires

Come What May - Joshua Redman

Scopes - Scopes, Ben Van Gelder, Tony Tixier

Ten - Beats & Pieces Big Band

*Very Stable Genius - Bryan McAllister

The Balance - Abdullah Ibrahim

Hidden Corners - Jamie Saft Quartet

Beyond Us - Angles 9

Where are You? - Kevin Hays, Mark Turner & Marc Miralta

*The Hunter - Skyjack

SuperBigmouth - Chris Lightcap

Live At Yoshiwara - Ghost Rhythms

Golden Valley is Now - Reid Anderson, Dave King & Craig Taborn

Good Hope - Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain & Chris Potter

Blue Dawn - Blue Nights - Wallace Roney

Cheers, RM

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I really like Eric Reed’s “Everybody Gets The Blues”. 

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I would include as favorite newly recorded 2019 jazz releases:

Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedrito Martinez, Duologue

Christian Scott, Ancestral Recall

Amirtha Kidambi and Elder Ones, From Untruth

John Chin, Fifth

Tom McDermottt Meets Scott Joplin

Ahmad Jamal, Ballades

Abdullah Ibrahim, The Balance

James Carter Organ Trio, Live from Newport Jazz Festival

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Ordered this one... Good Hope - Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain & Chris Potter.

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15 hours ago, kh1958 said:

Ordered this one... Good Hope - Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain & Chris Potter.

It's really good. Love anything that Holland and Potter do, but with Hussain, it's a magical combination. One of the best of the year, IMHO. Do you have Sangam by Charles Lloyd with Hussain and Eric Harland? One of my very favorite albums. Never gets old.

 
 
 
 
16 hours ago, kh1958 said:

I would include as favorite newly recorded 2019 jazz releases:

Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedrito Martinez, Duologue

Christian Scott, Ancestral Recall

Amirtha Kidambi and Elder Ones, From Untruth

John Chin, Fifth

Tom McDermott Meets Scott Joplin

Ahmad Jamal, Ballades

Abdullah Ibrahim, The Balance

James Carter Organ Trio, Live from Newport Jazz Festival

Thanks, I'll check out some of these!

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1 minute ago, Robert Middleton said:

It's really good. Love anything that Holland and Potter do, but with Hussain, it's a magical combination. One of the best of the year, IMHO. Do you have Sangam by Charles Lloyd with Hussain and Eric Harland? One of my very favorite albums. Never gets old.

I saw the Holland/Hussain/Potter combination (with several other musicians) live a couple of years ago and have been hoping for a recording.

I don't have that Charles Lloyd; sounds like I need it.

 

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3 minutes ago, kh1958 said:

I saw the Holland/Hussain/Potter combination (with several other musicians) live a couple of years ago and have been hoping for a recording.

I don't have that Charles Lloyd; sounds like I need it.

 

You DO need it. LOL. I love jazz albums that stand alone, that don't sound quite like anything else. And this fits the bill. Hussain has some amazing solos and Llloyd really soars. It's in the top 50 of all my albums.

Cheers, RM 

By the way, I mentioned the one by Ghost Rhythms. Their previous CD "Madeline" is an alternate soundtrack to Hitchcock's Vertigo. An astounding piece of music. Nothing out there remotely like it. Double album. You can hear it on: Bandcamp: https://ghostrhythms.bandcamp.com/album/madeleine

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I second the hosannas for Sangam.  :) 

* * * * 

Wish I could contribute something to this thread. But nearly all of my spending/investigating recently has been focused on older stuff.

 

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1 hour ago, HutchFan said:

I second the hosannas for Sangam.  :) 

* * * * 

Wish I could contribute something to this thread. But nearly all of my spending/investigating recently has been focused on older stuff

Well, we focus on what we like the most. I'm kinda obsessed with collecting new jazz. It's a little overwhelming because there's always something new coming out.

When I think of my collection, I think of "old jazz" as everything before 1969 and "new jazz" as everything after. My collection is 20% old and 80% new.  

Nice to see you here, HF. It's been a long time since the AAJ Forum!

Cheers, RM

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5 minutes ago, Teasing the Korean said:

They still make jazz records?  Who knew?

Yeah, pure vinyl. But I haven't bought one in more than 30 years.  :lol:

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2 hours ago, HutchFan said:

I second the hosannas for Sangam.  :) 

* * * * 

Wish I could contribute something to this thread. But nearly all of my spending/investigating recently has been focused on older stuff.

 

I'm an idiot.   Charles Lloyd does a concert at a local small theater pretty well every year.   I skipped one year and it was the concert at which he recorded Sangam-- a record I love. 

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6 minutes ago, Robert Middleton said:

Yeah, pure vinyl. But I haven't bought one in more than 30 years.  :lol:

Oh, I meant jazz in any format.  

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17 minutes ago, Teasing the Korean said:

They still make jazz records?  Who knew?

Certainly not you.

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And I was looking forward to a list from TTK!! :ph34r:

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2 hours ago, Teasing the Korean said:

Here it is:

You're a funny guy. 99% of what is referenced here must be boring to you. :alien:

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1 hour ago, jlhoots said:

You're a funny guy. 99% of what is referenced here must be boring to you. :alien:

Not boring.  Not on my radar.  

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4 hours ago, Teasing the Korean said:

Oh, I meant jazz in any format.  

Well, they're spitting 'em out as a prodigious rate.

Ninety-three for me so far this year.

Makin' 'em and bakin' 'em. 

And some are mighty delicious. 

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My favorite this year:

3 Nights in L.A.

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58 minutes ago, Coda said:

My favorite this year:

3 Nights in L.A.

Excellent!!

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2 hours ago, Coda said:

My favorite this year:

3 Nights in L.A.

Oooh, is this private eye jazz or noir-esque?

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"Exotica is not dead, it just smells bad." Cotton Underwood.

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3 hours ago, Coda said:

My favorite this year:

3 Nights in L.A.

Yeah, this looks like a good one! Garzone is great but only have a few of his albums. Plus Erskine and Pasquale. And three discs!

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