Friday, July 03, 2015

Fave Jazz of 2015, Jan. through June

While there are still many new 2015 releases in my "inbox" that I'm yet to thoroughly digest, or even get to at all (notably some Intakt releases), plus the fact that I'm just starting to sort through to advance copies of music about to be released (from Pi, NoBusiness, Clean Feed and RogueArt, among others), I thought it might be worhtwhile to stop and take a look at the records that have made the strongest impressions from January through June. Below is a list of 30 or so of my fave new jazz (in all its many, various guises) albums released in 2015 thus far. Reissues or music that has otherwise been previously available is not included.
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bird Calls (ACT)
  • Kirk Knuffke: Arms and Hands (Royal Potato Family)
  • Max Johnson Trio: Something Familiar (Fresh Sound New Talent)
  • Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth: Epicenter (Clean Feed)
  • Detail: First Detail (Rune Grammofon)
  • Henry Threadgill Zooid: In For a Penny, In For a Pound (Pi Recordings)
  • Gebhard Ullman's Basement Reearch: Hat and Shoes (Between the Lines)
  • Mikko Innanen with William Parker and Andrew Cyrille: Song For a New Decade (TUM Records)
  • Gard Nilssen's Acoustic Unity: Firehouse (Clean Feed)
  • Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook-Up:After All Is Said (482 Music)
  • Team Hegdal: Vol. 3 (Particular Recordings)
  • Mario Pavone: Blue Dialect (Clean Feed)
  • Rich Halley 4: Creating Structure (Pine Eagle Records)
  • Devin Grey and RelativE ResonancE: RelativE ResonancE (Skirl)
  • Ben Goldberg: Orphic Machine (Royal Potato Family)
  • Myra Melford: Snowy Egret (Enja)
  • Jack DeJohnette Made In Chicago: Made In Chicago - Live at the Chicago Jazz Festival (ECM)
  • Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Jeremiah (Hot Cup)
  • ObLik: order disorder (2014, Ormo Records)
  • Jeremy Pelt: Tales, Musings and other Reveries (Highnote)
  • Rempis Percussion Quartet: Cash and Carry (Aerophonic Records)
  • Ran Blake: Ghost Tones: Portraits of George Russell (A-side Records)
  • Makaya McCraven: In the Moment (International Anthem)
  • Charles Evans: On Beauty (More is More Records)
  • James Brandon Lewis: Days of FreeMan (OKeh)
  • Billy Mintz: The 2nd Bass Band... Live (Billy Mintz)
  • Wooley/Rempis/Niggenkemper/Corsano: From Wolves to Whales (Aerophonic Records)
  • Steve Coleman: Synovial Joints (Pi Recordings)
  • Vijay Iyer Trio: Break Stuff (ECM)
  • Skydive Trio: Sun Moee (Hubro)

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