Critics' Lists 2011

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Sonny Rollins at the Kennedy Center Honors, 2011

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To calculate our Top 50 Releases, we asked our contributors to submit ranked lists of 10 new releases and five historical/reissues. CDs and box sets released between Nov. 1, 2010 and Nov. 1, 2011 were eligible. Some albums may have slipped through the cracks, however, as official release dates shifted or weren’t available. Due to editorial deadlines, certain lists were submitted too late to be included in the calculations.

David R. Adler

New Releases:
1. Craig Taborn Avenging Angel (ECM)
2. Alexis Cuadrado Noneto Ibérico (BJU)
3. Ben Allison Action-Refraction (Palmetto)
4. Anthony Wilson Seasons: Live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Goat Hill)
5. Chris Dingman Waking Dreams (Between Worlds)
6. Tony Malaby Novela (Clean Feed)
7. Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra, Hothouse Stomp (Accurate)
8. Matana Roberts COIN COIN Chapter One: Gens de couleur libres (Constellation)
9. Pat Metheny What’s It All About (Nonesuch)
10. Ralph Peterson’s Unity Project Outer Reaches (Onyx)

Historical/Reissues:
1. The Bill Dixon Orchestra Intents and Purposes (Dynagroove)
2. Julius Hemphill Dogon A.D. (International Phonograph, Inc.)
3. Freddie Hubbard Pinnacle: Live and Unreleased from Keystone Korner (Resonance)
4. Jimmie Lunceford The Complete Jimmie Lunceford Decca Sessions (Mosaic)
5. Charlie Christian Electric (Uptown)

Larry Appelbaum

New Releases:
1. Terri Lyne Carrington The Mosaic Project (Concord)
2. Craig Taborn Avenging Angel (ECM)
3. Kenny Wheeler One of Many (CAM Jazz)
4. Roy Haynes Roy-Alty (Dreyfus)
5. Steve Coleman The Mancy of Sound (Pi)
6. Miguel Zenón Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook (Marsalis Music)
7. Brad Mehldau/Kevin Hays Modern Music (Nonesuch)
8. Ron Carter’s Great Big Band Ron Carter's Great Big Band (Sunnyside)
9. Charles Lloyd/Maria Farantouri Athens Concert (ECM)
10. Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya: Sotho Blue (Sunnyside)

Historical/Reissues:
1. Freddie Hubbard Pinnacle: Live and Unreleased from Keystone Korner (Resonance)
2. Bill Evans The Sesjun Radio Shows (Out of the Blue)
3. Modern Jazz Quartet The Complete Atlantic Studio Recordings of the Modern Jazz Quartet 1956-64 (Mosaic)
4. Miles Davis Quintet Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1 (Columbia/Legacy)
5. Gigi Gryce Doin’ the Gigi (Uptown)

Bill Beuttler

New Releases:
1. Sonny Rollins Road Shows, Vol. 2 (Doxy/Emarcy)
2. Rudresh Mahanthappa Samdhi (ACT)
3. Charles Lloyd/Maria Farantouri Athens Concert (ECM)
4. Charlie Haden Quartet West Sophisticated Ladies (Emarcy)
5. Konitz/Mehldau/Haden/Motian Live at Birdland (ECM)
6. Roy Haynes Roy-Alty (Dreyfus)
7. Ambrose Akinmusire When the Heart Emerges Glistening (Blue Note)
8. Miguel Zenón Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook (Marsalis Music)
9. Stefon Harris/David Sánchez/Christian Scott Ninety Miles (Concord Picante)
10. Gretchen Parlato The Lost and Found (ObliqSound)

Historical/Reissues:
1. Various Artists Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology (Smithsonian Folkways)
2. The Miles Davis Quintet Essential Albums (Prestige)
3. John Coltrane Essential Albums (Prestige)
4. Jim Hall Concierto (CTI Masterworks)
5. Thelonious Monk Thelonious Alone in San Francisco (Original Jazz Classics)

Philip Booth

New Releases:
1. 3 Cohens Family (Anzic)
2. Pilc Moutin Hoenig Threedom (Motema)
3. Joe Lovano Bird Songs (Blue Note)
4. Sonny Rollins Road Shows Vol. 2 (Emarcy)
5. Kenny Wheeler One of Many (CamJazz)
6. Sam Yahel From Sun to Sun (Origin)
7. Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra 40 Acres and a Burro (Zoho)
8. Tom Harrell Time of the Sun (HighNote)
9. John Scofield A Moment's Peace (Emarcy)
10. Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey Race Riot Suite (The Royal Potato Family)

Brent Burton

New Releases:
1. Enrico Rava Quintet Tribe (ECM)
2. Kenny Wheeler One of Many (CAM Jazz)
3. Keith Jarrett Rio (ECM)
4. Wadada Leo Smith’s Organic Heart’s Reflections (Cuneiform)
5. Chick Corea/Stefano Bollani Orvieto (ECM)
6. Raoul Bjorkenheim/Bill Laswell/Morgan Agren Blixt (Cuneiform)
7. Marcin Wasilewski Trio Faithful (ECM)
8. Cuong Vu 4-Tet Leaps of Faith (Origin)
9. Nils Petter Molvær Baboon Moon (Thirsty Ear)
10. Scorch Trio Melaza (Rune Grammofon)

Historical/Reissues:
1. Miles Davis Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1 (Sony Legacy)
2. Julius Hemphill Dogon A.D. (International Phonograph, Inc.)
3. Roscoe Mitchell Before There Was Sound (Nessa)
4. Jim Hall & Pat Metheny Jim Hall & Pat Metheny (Nonesuch)
5. The Bill Dixon Orchestra Intents and Purposes (International Phonograph, Inc.)

Nate Chinen

New Releases:
1. Ambrose Akinmusire When the Heart Emerges Glistening (Blue Note)
2. Tyshawn Sorey Oblique - 1 (Pi)
3. Craig Taborn Avenging Angel (ECM)
4. Gilad Hekselman Hearts Wide Open (Le Chant du Monde)
5. Starlicker Double Demon (Delmark)
6. Lee Konitz/Brad Mehldau/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian Live at Birdland (ECM)
7. Miguel Zenón Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook (Marsalis Music)
8. Gretchen Parlato The Lost and Found (ObliqSound)
9. Chris Dingman Waking Dreams (Between Worlds)
10. The Claudia Quintet +1 Featuring Kurt Elling and Theo Bleckmann What Is the Beautiful? (Cuneiform)

Historical/Reissues:
1. Miles Davis Quintet Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1 (Columbia/Legacy)
2. Julius Hemphill Dogon A.D. (International Phonograph, Inc.)
3. Juma Sultan Juma Sultan’s Aboriginal Music Society: Father of Origin (Eremite)
4. Roscoe Mitchell Before There Was Sound (Nessa)
5. The Bill Dixon Orchestra Intents and Purposes (International Phonograph, Inc.)

Thomas Conrad

New Releases:
1. Sonny Rollins Road Shows, Vol. 2 (Doxy/Emarcy)
2. Charles Lloyd/Maria Farantouri Athens Concert (ECM)
3. Various Artists Miles Español: New Sketches of Spain (eOne)
4. Joe Lovano Us Five Bird Songs (Blue Note)
5. Brad Mehldau Live in Marciac (Nonesuch)
6. Dino Saluzzi/Anja Lechner/Felix Saluzzi Navidad de los Andes (ECM)
7. Ambrose Akinmusire When the Heart Emerges Glistening (Blue Note)
8. Keith Jarrett Rio (ECM)
9. Chris Byars Lucky Strikes Again: Chris Byars and His Octet Plays the Music of Lucky Thompson (SteepleChase)
10. Colin Vallon Trio Rruga (ECM)

Historical/Reissues:
1. Miles Davis Quintet Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1 (Columbia/Legacy)
2. Ahmad Jamal The Complete Ahmad Jamal Trio Argo Sessions 1956-62 (Mosaic)
3. Art Pepper Blues for the Fisherman (Unreleased Art, Volume VI) (Widow’s Taste)
4. Jaki Byard A Matter of Black and White: Live At The Keystone Korner, Vol. 2 (HighNote)
5. Bill Dixon Orchestra Intents and Purposes (International Phonograph, Inc.)

Owen Cordle

New Releases:
1. The Cookers Cast the First Stone (Plus Loin)
2. Frank Macchia Son of Folk Songs for Jazzers (Cacophony)
3. Tom Harrell The Time of the Sun (HighNote)
4. Lynne Arriale Convergence (Motema)
5. Deep Blue Organ Trio Wonderful! (Origin)
6. Mike LeDonne Keep the Faith (Savant)
7. Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo Songs of Mirth and Melancholy (Marsalis)
8. Nancy Marano Magic (Laughing Face)
9. Dr. Michael White Adventures in New Orleans Jazz, Part 1 (Basin Street)
10. Eric Alexander Don't Follow the Crowd (High Note)

Historical/Reissues:
1. Freddie Hubbard Pinnacle: Live and Unreleased from Keystone Korner (Resonance)

Colin Fleming

New Releases:
1. Charles Lloyd/Maria Farantouri Athens Concert (ECM)
2. Paul Motian The Windmills of Your Mind (Winter & Winter)
3. The Cookers Cast the First Stone (Plus Loin)
4. Joe Lovano Us Five Bird Songs (Blue Note)
5. Matthew Shipp Art of the Improviser (Thirsty Ear)
6. The New Gary Burton Quartet Common Ground (Mack Avenue)
7. Kurt Elling The Gate (Concord)
8. Joshua Redman/Aaron Parks/Matt Penman/Eric Harland James Farm (Nonesuch)
9. Eric Reed The Dancing Monk (Savant)
10. Mike Garson The Bowie Variations (Reference)

Historical/Reissues:
1. Miles Davis Quintet Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1 (Columbia/Legacy)
2. Duke Ellington The Complete 1930-1942 Brunswick, Columbia and Master Recordings of Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra (Mosaic)
3. Modern Jazz Quartet The Complete Atlantic Studio Recordings of the Modern Jazz Quartet 1956-64 (Mosaic)
4. John Coltrane Live at the Jazz Gallery 1960 (Rare Live Recordings
5. Miles Davis Bitches Brew Live (Sony Legacy)

Ken Franckling

New Releases:
1. Kenny Werner Balloons (Half Note)
2. Julian Lage Group Gladwell (Emarcy)
3. Bill O’Connell Rhapsody in Blue (Challenge)
4. Lynne Arriale Convergence (Motéma)
5. The Cookers Cast the First Stone (Plus Loin)
6. Brian Lynch Unsung Heroes (HollisticMusicWorks)
7. Gretchen Parlato The Lost and Found (ObliqSound)
8. Fred Hersch Alone at the Vanguard (Palmetto)
9. Roberto Magris Quintet Morgan Rewind: A Tribute to Lee Morgan, Vol. 1 (JMood)
10. Yellowjackets Timeline (Mack Avenue)

Historical/Reissues:
1. Miles Davis Quintet Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1 (Columbia/Legacy)
2. Duke Ellington The Complete 1932-1940 Brunswick, Columbia and Master Recordings of Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra (Mosaic)
3. Bill Evans The Sesjun Radio Shows (Out of the Blue)

Andrew Gilbert

New Releases:
1. Joan Stiles Three Musicians (Oo-Bla-Dee)
2. Kenny Werner Balloons (Half Note)
3. Fab Trio History of Jazz in Reverse (TUM)
4. JD Allen Trio Victory! (Sunnyside)
5. Aaron Goldberg and Guillermo Klein Bienestan (Sunnyside)
6. Miguel Zenón Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook (Marsalis Music)
7. Andrew Cyrille & Haitian Fascination Route de Freres (TUM)
8. Tyshawn Sorey Oblique - 1 (Pi)
9. Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra Hothouse Stomp (Accurate)
10. Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures Both/And (Meta)

Historical/Reissues:
1. John Carter & Bobby Bradford Mosaic Select: John Carter & Bobby Bradford (Mosaic Select)
2. Charlie Christian Electric (Uptown)
3) Art Pepper Blues for the Fisherman: (Unreleased Art, Volume VI) (Widow’s Taste)

4) Gigi Gryce Doin’ the Gigi (Uptown)

Steve Greenlee

New Releases:
1. Jacques Coursil Trail of Tears (Sunnyside)
2. Matana Roberts COIN COIN Chapter One: Gens de couleur libres (Constellation)
3. Matana Roberts Live in London (Central Control)
4. Lee Konitz/Brad Mehldau/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian Live at Birdland (ECM)
5. Jamaaladeen Tacuma For the Love of Ornette (Jazzwerkstatt)
6. Donny McCaslin Perpetual Motion (Greenleaf)
7. The Four Bags Forth (NCM)
8. The Landrus Kaleidoscope Capsule (BlueLand)
9. JD Allen Trio Victory! (Sunnyside)
10. Cinque Catch a Corner (Alma)

Historical/Reissues:
1. Miles Davis Quintet Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1 (Columbia/Legacy)
2. Miles Davis Bitches Brew Live (Columbia/Legacy)
3. Freddie Hubbard Pinnacle (Resonance)
4. Bill Evans The Sesjun Radio Shows (Out of the Blue)
5. Charlie Christian Electric (Uptown)

Laurel Gross

New releases:
1. Sonny Rollins Road Shows, Vol. 2 (Doxy/Emarcy)
2. Lee Konitz/Brad Mehldau/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian Live at Birdland (ECM)
3. Joe Lovano Us Five Bird Songs (Blue Note)
4. Dave Douglas Brass Ecstasy United Front at Newport (Greenleaf)
5. Brad Mehldau Live in Marciac (Nonesuch)
6. Enrico Pieranunzi 1685: Enrico Pieranunzi Plays Bach Handel Scarlatti, Works and Improvisations (CAM Jazz)
7. Tom Harrrell The Time of the Sun (High Note)
8. Eric Reed Something Beautiful (WJ3)
9. Russell Malone Triple Play (MaxJazz)
10. JD Allen Trio Victory! (Sunnyside)

Historical/Reissues:
1. Duke Ellington The Complete 1932-1940 Brunswick, Columbia and Master Recordings of Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra (Mosaic)
2. Jim Hall Concierto (CTI Masterworks)
3. Thelonious Monk Monk’s Music (Original Jazz Classics)
4. Mary Lou Williams At Rick’s Café Americain (Storyville)
5. Sir Roland Hanna Colors From a Giant’s Kit (IPO)

Evan Haga

New Releases:
1. Lee Konitz/Brad Mehldau/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian Live at Birdland (ECM)
2. Sonny Rollins Road Shows, Vol. 2 (Doxy/Emarcy)
3. Charles Lloyd Quartet/Maria Farantouri Athens Concert (ECM)
4. Ambrose Akinmusire When the Heart Emerges Glistening (Blue Note)
5. Joshua Redman/Aaron Parks/Matt Penman/Eric Harland James Farm (Nonesuch)
6. Pilc Moutin Hoenig Threedom (Motéma)
7. Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play the Blues: Live From Jazz at Lincoln Center (Reprise/JALC)
8. Ben Allison Action-Refraction (Palmetto)
9. BB&C The Veil (Cryptogramophone)
10. Darius Jones Trio Big Gurl (Smell My Dream) (AUM Fidelity)

Historical/Reissues:
1. Miles Davis Quintet Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1 (Columbia/Legacy)
2. Julius Hemphill Dogon A.D. (International Phonograph, Inc.)
3. Freddie Hubbard Pinnacle: Live and Unreleased from Keystone Korner (Resonance)
4. Miles Davis Bitches Brew Live (Columbia/Legacy)
5. Roscoe Mitchell Complete Old/Quartet Sessions (Nessa)

Don Heckman

New Releases:
1. Corea, Clarke & White Forever (Concord)
2. Terell Stafford Quintet This Side of Strayhorn (MaxJazz)
3. SFJazz Collective Music of Stevie Wonder and New Compositions
(SFJazz)
4. Konitz/Mehldau/Haden/Motian Live at Birdland (ECM)
5. Stefon Harris, David Sánchez & Christian Scott Ninety Miles (Concord Picante)
6. Giacomo Gates The Revolution Will Be Jazz: The Songs of Gil Scott-Heron (Savant)
7. Gerald Clayton Bond: The Paris Sessions (Emarcy)
8. Anthony Wilson Campo Belo (Goat Hill)
9. 3 Cohens Family (Anzic)
10. Eliane Elias Light My Fire (Concord Picante)

Historical Reissues:
1. Miles Davis Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1 (Columbia/Legacy)
2. Art Pepper Blues for the Fisherman: Unreleased Art Pepper, Vol. VI, Pt. 4 (Widow’s Taste)
3. Thelonious Monk Monk’s Music (Fantasy)
4. Various Artists Impulse! @50 - First Impulse: The Creed Taylor Collection (Hip-O)
5. Ornette Coleman Something Else!!!! (Concord/OJC)

Chris Heim

New Releases:
1. Various Artists Miles Español: New Sketches of Spain (eOne)
2. Fred Hersch Alone at the Vanguard (Palmetto)
3. John Scofield A Moment’s Peace (Emarcy)
4. The New Gary Burton Quartet Common Ground (Mack Avenue)
5. Miguel Zenón Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook (Marsalis Music)
6. Vijay Iyer With Prasanna & Nitin Mitta Tirtha (ACT)
7. Joshua Redman/Aaron Parks/Matt Penman/Eric Harland James Farm (Nonesuch)
8. Burgstaller Martignon 4 Bach’s Secret Files and More Crossover Fantasies (Summit)
9. Karl Seglem Ossicles (Ozella)
10. Jessica Williams Trio Freedom Trane (Origin)

Geoffrey Himes

New Releases:
1. Bill Frisell Sign of Life: Music for 858 Quartet (Savoy Jazz)
2. Vijay Iyer With Prasanna & Nitin Mitta Tirtha (ACT)
3. Rudresh Mahanthappa Samdhi (ACT)
4. David Binney Graylen Epicenter (Mythology)
5. Captain Black Big Band Captain Black Big Band (Posi-Tone)
6. Dave Douglas Brass Fantasy Rare Metals (Greenleaf)
7. Pilc Moutin Hoenig Threedom (Motéma)
8. Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey Race Riot Suite (Kinnara/Royal Potato Family)
9. SFJAZZ Collective Music of Stevie Wonder and New Compositions—Live in New York · Season 8 (SFJazz)
10. Lee Konitz/Brad Mehldau/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian Live at Birdland (ECM)

Historical/Reissues:
1. Miles Davis Bitches Brew Live (Columbia/Legacy)
2. Miles Davis Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1
(Columbia/Legacy)
3. Julius Hemphill Dogon A.D. (International Phonograph)

Lyn Horton

New Releases:
1. Joe McPhee and Michael Zerang Creole Gardens: A New Orleans Suite (NoBusiness)
2. Matthew Shipp Art of the Improviser (Thirsty Ear)
3. Wadada Leo Smith’s Organic Heart’s Reflections (Cuneiform)
4. William Parker Crumbling In the Shadows Is Fraulein Miller’s Stale Cake (Centering)
5. Daniel Levin Quartet Organic Modernism (Clean Feed)
6. Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone Departure of Reason (Thirsty Ear)
7. Darius Jones Trio Big Gurl (Smell My Dream) (AUM Fidelity)
8. The Rempis Percussion Quartet Montreal Parade (482 Music)
9. Spanish Donkey XYX (Northern Spy)
10. Klang Other Doors (Allos Documents)

Willard Jenkins

New Releases:
1. Randy Weston The Storyteller (Motéma)
2. Terri Lyne Carrington The Mosaic Project (Concord)
3. Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play the Blues: Live From Jazz at Lincoln Center (Reprise/JALC)
4. Terell Stafford This Side of Strayhorn (MaxJazz)
5. JD Allen Trio Victory! (Sunnyside)
6. Roy Haynes Roy-Alty (Dreyfus)
7. David Murray Cuban Ensemble Plays Nat King Cole En Español (Motéma)
8. Muhal Richard Abrams SoundDance (Pi)
9. Joe Lovano Us Five Bird Songs (Blue Note)
10. Jerry Gonzalez Y El Comando de la Clave (Sunnyside)

Historical/Reissues:
1. Miles Davis Quintet Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1 (Columbia/Legacy)
2. Ahmad Jamal The Complete Ahmad Jamal Trio Argo Sessions 1956-62 (Mosaic)
3. Gigi Gryce Doin’ The Gigi (Uptown Jazz)
4. Freddie Hubbard Pinnacle: Live and Unreleased From Keystone Korner (Resonance)
5. Charlie Christian Electric (Uptown)

Mike Joyce

New Releases:
1. David Murray David Murray Cuban Ensemble Plays Nat King Cole (Motema)
2. Joe Lovano & US Five Bird Songs (Blue Note)
3. The Claudia Quintet, featuring Kurt Elling and Theo Bleckmann What Is the Beautiful? (Cuneiform)
4. Miguel Zenon Alma Adentro (Marsalis Music)
5. Bill Frisell All We Are Saying (Savoy)
6. Keith Jarrett Rio (ECM)
7. Jeremy Pelt The Talented Mr. Pelt (HighNote)
8. Pat Martino Undeniable-Live at Blues Alley (HighNote)
9. Ben Williams State of Art (Concord)
10. René Marie Black Lace Freudian Slip (Motéma)

Historical/Reissues:

1. The Miles Davis Quintet Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Volume 1 (Columbia/Legacy)
2. Dinah Washington The Fabulous Miss D!: The Keynote, Decca and Mercury Singles 1943-1953 (Verve)
3. The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings by Frank Sinatra and Count Basie (Concord)

Aidan Levy

New Releases:
1. John Zorn Nova Express (Tzadik)
2. Dave King Trucking Company Good Old Light (Sunnyside)
3. Brad Mehldau Live in Marciac (Nonesuch)
4. Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Del McCoury Band American Legacies (McCoury Music and Preservation Hall)
5. David S. Ware Planetary Unknown (AUM Fidelity)
6. Noah Preminger Before the Rain (Palmetto)
7. Shimrit Shoshan Keep It Movin’ (Shimmya)
8. Fabian Almazan Personalities (Biophilia)
9. Dred Scott Trio Going Nowhere (Dredrum)
10. Madeleine Peyroux Standing on the Rooftop (Decca)

Historical/Reissues:
1. Various Artists First Impulse: The Creed Taylor Collection/50th Anniversary (Hip-O Select)
2. Thelonious Monk Monk’s Music (Original Jazz Classics)
3. Sam Rivers and the Rivbea Orchestra Trilogy (Mosaic Select)
4. Julius Hemphill Dogon A.D. (International Phonograph)
5. Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson Ella and Oscar (Original Jazz Classics)

Christopher Loudon

New Releases:
1. René Marie Black Lace Freudian Slip (Motéma)
2. The Tierney Sutton Band American Road (BFM Jazz)
3. Kurt Elling The Gate (Concord)
4. Karrin Allyson ’Round Midnight (Concord)
5. Mark Winkler Sweet Spot (Café Pacific)
6. Ian Shaw The Abbey Road Sessions (Splash Point)
7. Madeleine Peyroux Standing on the Rooftop (Decca)
8. Sachal Vasandani Hi-Fly (Mack Avenue)
9. Gretchen Parlato The Lost and Found (ObliqSound)
10. René Marie Voice of My Beautiful Country (Motéma)

Historical/Reissues:
1. Tony Bennett The Complete Collection (Columbia/Legacy)
2. Ella Fitzgerald ’S Wonderful: Ella in Japan (Verve/Hip-O Select)
3. Nat King Cole & His Trio The Forgotten 1949 Carnegie Hall Concert (HEP)
4. Dinah Washington The Fabulous Miss D! The Keynote, Decca & Mercury Singles 1943-1953 (Verve/Hip-O Select)
5. Ray Charles Live in Concert (Concord)

Bill Meredith

New Releases:
1. Jonathan Kreisberg Shadowless (New For Now)
2. Bryan Beller Wednesday Night Live (Onion Boy)
3. Ari Hoenig Lines of Oppression (Naive)
4. Various Artists Live: The New Universe Music Festival 2010 (Abstract Logix)
5. Mike Keneally Band bakin’ at the potato! (Exowax)
6. Kurt Elling The Gate (Concord)
7. Lynne Arriale Convergence (Motéma)
8. Kermit Driscoll Reveille (Nineteen-Eight)
9. Human Element Human Element (Abstract Logix)
10. Hiromi Voice (Telarc)

Historical/Reissues:
1. Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers Ugetsu: Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers at Birdland (Original Jazz Classics)
2. Freddie Hubbard Pinnacle: Live & Unreleased From Keystone Korner (Resonance)
3. Steve Lacy Live at Jazzwerkstatt Peitz (Jazzwerkstatt)
4. Dinah Washington The Fabulous Miss D! The Keynote, Decca and Mercury Singles 1943-1953 (Verve/Hip-O Select)
5. Trey Gunn I’ll Tell What I Saw (7d Media)

Lee Mergner

New Releases:
1. Roy Haynes Roy-Alty (Dreyfus)
2. Ambrose Akinmusire When the Heart Emerges Glistening (Blue Note)
3. Joshua Redman/Aaron Parks/Matt Penman/Eric Harland James Farm (Nonesuch)
4. Orrin Evans Freedom (Posi-Tone)
5. Keith Jarrett Rio (ECM)
6. René Marie Voice of My Beautiful Country (Motéma)
7. Ben Allison Action-Refraction (Palmetto)
8. Miguel Zenón Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook (Marsalis Music)
9. Stefon Harris/David Sánchez /Christian Scott Ninety Miles (Concord Picante)
10.Joe Lovano Us Five Bird Songs (Blue Note)

Historical/Reissues:
1. Miles Davis Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1 (Columbia/Legacy)
2. Miles Davis Bitches Brew Live (Columbia/Legacy)
3. Various Artists Smithsonian Jazz Anthology (Folkways)
4. Aretha Franklin Take a Look: Aretha Franklin Complete on Columbia (Columbia/Legacy)
5. Freddie Hubbard Pinnacle: Live and Unreleased From Keystone Korner (Keystone Korner)

Bill Milkowski

New Releases:
1. Various Artists Miles Español: New Sketches of Spain (eOne)
2. Sonny Rollins Road Shows, Vol. 2 (Doxy/Emarcy)
3. Joe Lovano Us Five Bird Songs (Blue Note)
4. Joel Harrison String Choir: The Music of Paul Motian (Sunnyside)
5. John Scofield A Moment’s Peace (Emarcy)
6. Aaron Goldberg and Guillermo Klein Bienestan (Sunnyside)
7. Scott Colley Empire (CAM Jazz)
8. Corea, Clarke & White Forever (Concord Jazz)
9. Rudresh Mahanthappa Samdhi (ACT)
10. Julian Lage Group Gladwell (Emarcy)

Historical/Reissues:
1. Miles Davis Quintet Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1 (Columbia/Legacy)
2. Miles Davis Bitches Brew Live (Columbia/Legacy)
3. Freddie Hubbard Pinnacle: Live & Unreleased from Keystone Korner (Resonance)
4. John Carter and Bobby Bradford Mosaic Select: John Carter & Bobby Bradford (Mosaic Select)
5. Jaki Byard A Matter of Black and White: Live at the Keystone Korner, Vol. 2 (High Note)

John Murph

New Releases:
1. JD Allen Trio Victory! (Sunnyside)
2. Gretchen Parlato The Lost & Found (ObliqSound)
3. Terri Lyne Carrington The Mosaic Project (Concord)
4. The Claudia Quintet+1 Featuring Kurt Elling and Theo Bleckmann What Is the Beautiful? (Cuneiform)
5. Ambrose Akinmusire When The Heart Emerges Glistening (Blue Note)
6. Chris Dingman Waking Dreams (Between Worlds)
7. Zara MacFarlane Until Tomorrow (Brownswood)
8. Denys Baptiste Identity By Subtraction (Dune)
9. Kurt Elling The Gate (Concord)
10. David Binney Graylen Epicenter (Mythology)

Historical/Reissues
1. Dinah Washington The Fabulous Miss D! The Keynote, Decca and Mercury Singles 1943-1953 (Verve/Hip-O Select)
2. Miles Davis Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series, Volume 1 (Columbia/Legacy)
3. Esther Phillips Performance (Kudu/CTI Masterworks)
4. Julius Hemphill Dogon A.D. (International Phonograph, Inc.)
5. George Duke Follow the Rainbow (Soulmusic.com)

Britt Robson

New Releases:
1. Captain Black Big Band Captain Black Big Band (Posi-Tone)
2. Trio 3 + Geri Allen Celebrating Mary Lou Williams (Live at Birdland New York) (Intakt)
3. Tom Harrell Time of the Sun (HighNote)
4. James Carter Caribbean Rhapsody (Emarcy)
5. Gretchen Parlato The Lost and Found (Obliqsound)
6. Marcus Strickland Triumph of the Heavy, Volume 2 (Strick)
7. Muhal Richard Abrams SoundDance (Pi)
8. Terell Stafford This Side of Strayhorn (MaxJazz)
9. William Parker Crumbling In the Shadows Is Fraulein Miller’s Stale Cake (Centering)
10. Roy Haynes Roy-Alty (Dreyfus)

Giovanni Russonello

New releases:
1. JD Allen Trio Victory! (Sunnyside)
2. Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo Songs of Mirth and Melancholy (Marsalis Music)
3. Brian Settles & Central Union Secret Handshake (Engine)
4. Ambrose Akinmusire When the Heart Emerges Glistening (Blue Note)
5. Pilc Moutin Hoenig Threedom (Motéma)
6. Miguel Zenón Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook (Marsalis Music)
7. Gerald Clayton Bond: The Paris Sessions (Emarcy)
8. Steve Coleman & Five Elements The Mancy of Sound (Pi)
9. Ben Williams State of Art (Concord)
10. Captain Black Big Band Captain Black Big Band (Posi-Tone)

Historical/Reissues:
1. Various Artists JAZZ: The Smithsonian Jazz Anthology (Folkways)
2. Miles Davis Quintet LIVE in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1 (Columbia)
3. John Coltrane The Impulse! Albums: Volume 5 (Verve)
4. John Coltrane The Impulse! Albums: Volume 4 (Verve)
5. Thelonious Monk Monk’s Music (Concord)

Lloyd Sachs

New Releases:
1. Sonny Rollins Road Shows Vol. 2 (Doxy/Emarcy)
2. Craig Taborn Avenging Angel (ECM)
3. JD Allen Victory! (Sunnyside)
4. Giovanni Guidi We Don't Live Here Anymore (CAM Jazz)
5. Kris Davis Aeriol Piano (Clean Feed)
6. Rudresh Mahanthappa Samdhi (ACT)
7. Harrison Bankhead Sextet Morning Sun Harvest Moon (Engine)
8. Aki Takase and Han Bennink Two for Two (Intakt)
9. Gretchen Parlato The Lost and Found (Obliqsound)
10. Peter Evans Quintet Ghosts (More Is More)

Historical/Reissues:
1. The Miles Davis Quintet Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Volume 1 (Columbia/Legacy)
2. Ray Charles Live in Concert (Concord)
3. Sam Rivers Mosaic Select: Sam Rivers and the Rivbea Orchestra (Mosaic Select)
4. The Bill Dixon Orchestra Intents and Purposes (International Phonograph)
5. Joe Harriott The Joe Harriott Story (Proper)

Mike Shanley

New Releases:
1. Starlicker Double Demon (Delmark)
2. Endangered Blood Endangered Blood (Skirl)
3. Vijay Iyer with Prasanna & Nitin Mitta Tirtha (Pi)
4. The New Gary Burton Quartet Common Ground (Mack Avenue)
5. Tim Berne Insomnia (Clean Feed)
6. Dave Douglas Greenleaf Portable Series Volume 2: Orange Afternoons (Greenleaf)
7. Lee Konitz/Brad Mehldau/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian Live at Birdland (ECM)
8. Jason Stein Quartet The Story This Time (Delmark)
9. Stephan Crump/Steve Lehman Kaleidescope and Collage (Intakt)
10. Erik Friedlander Bonebridge (Skipstone)

Historical/Reissues
1. Bill Dixon Intents and Purposes (International Phonograph, Inc.)
2. Gigi Gryce Doin’ the Gigi (Uptown)
3. Duke Ellington The Complete 1932-1940 Brunswick, Columbia and Master Recordings of Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra (Mosaic)
4. Vijay Iyer Panoptic Modes (Pi)
5. Miles Davis Bitches Brew Live (Columbia/Legacy)

Jeff Tamarkin

New Releases:
1. René Marie Black Lace Freudian Slip (Motéma)
2. Ambrose Akinmusire When the Heart Emerges Glistening (Blue Note)
3. Joe Lovano Us Five Bird Songs (Blue Note)
4. Tim Hagans The Moon Is Waiting (Palmetto)
5. Joshua Redman/Aaron Parks/Matt Penman/Eric Harland James Farm (Nonesuch)
6. Pat Martino Quartet Undeniable (HighNote)
7. Julian Lage Group Gladwell (Emarcy)
8. Honey Ear Trio Steampunk Serenade (Foxhaven)
9. Craig Taborn Avenging Angel (ECM)
10. Miguel Zenón Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook (Marsalis Music)

Historical/Reissues

1. The Miles Davis Quintet Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Volume 1 (Columbia/Legacy)
2. Freddie Hubbard Pinnacle: Live and Unreleased from Keystone Korner (Resonance)
3. Bill Evans The Sesjun Radio Shows (Out of the Blue)
4. Gigi Gryce Doin’ the Gigi (Uptown)
5. Stan Getz Quintets The Clef & Norgran Studio Albums (Verve Select)

Perry Tannenbaum

New Releases:
1. Charles Lloyd/Maria Farantouri Athens Concert (ECM)
2. Orchestre National de Jazz Shut Up and Dance (Bee Jazz)
3. Ehud Asherie Organic (Posi-Tone)
4. Marcin Wasilewski Trio Faithful (ECM)
5. Francesco Cafiso Moody’n (Verve)
6. Mathias Eick Skala (ECM)
7. Alex Brown Paquito Rivera Presents Alex Brown Pianist (Paquito)
8. Lee Konitz/Brad Mehldau/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian Live at Birdland (ECM)
9. Mace Hibbard Time Gone By (Mace Hibbard)
10. Mike Cottone Just Remember (Cottone)

Historical/Reissues:
1. The Modern Jazz Quartet The Complete Atlantic Studio Recordings (Mosaic)
2. Art Pepper Blues for the Fisherman (Unreleased Art, Volume VI) (Widow’s Taste)
3. Hubert Laws In the Beginning (Verve/Universal/CTI)
4. Miles Davis Quintet Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1 (Columbia/Legacy)
5. Oscar Peterson Unmistakable (Sony Masterworks)

George Varga

New Releases:
1. Keith Jarrett Rio (ECM)
2. Joe Lovano Us Five Bird Songs (Blue Note)
3. Kenny Werner Balloons (Half Note)
4. Lee Konitz/Brad Mehldau/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian Live at Birdland (ECM)
5. Jen Shyu & Mark Dresser Synastry (Pi)
6. Miguel Zenón Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook (Marsalis Music)
7. The Jeff Gauthier Goatette Open Source (Cryptogramophone)
8. The New Gary Burton Quartet Common Ground (Mack Avenue)
9. The Claudia Quintet, featuring Kurt Elling and Theo Bleckmann What Is the Beautiful? (Cuneiform)
10. Joshua Redman/Aaron Parks/Matt Penman/Eric Harland James Farm (Nonesuch)

Historical/Reissues:
1. Miles Davis Quintet Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Volume 1 (Columbia/Legacy)
2. Duke Ellington The Complete 1932-1940 Brunswick, Columbia and Master Recordings of Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra (Mosaic)
3. The Modern Jazz Quartet The Complete Atlantic Studio Recordings of the Modern Jazz Quartet 1956-64 (Mosaic)
4. Ella Fitzgerald ’S Wonderful: Ella in Japan (Hip-O Select)
5. Aretha Franklin Take a Look: Aretha Franklin Complete on Columbia (Columbia/Legacy)

Michael J. West

New Releases:
1. Matana Roberts COIN COIN Chapter One: Gens de couleur libres (Constellation)
2. Steve Coleman and Five Elements The Mancy of Sound (Pi)
3. Toots Thielemans European Concert Live (Challenge)
4. Miguel Zenón Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook (Marsalis Music)
5. Rudresh Mahanthappa Samdhi (ACT)
6. Matthew Shipp Art of the Improviser (Thirsty Ear)
7. Eric Reed Something Beautiful (WJ3)
8. The Cookers Cast the First Stone (Plus Loin)
9. Brian Settles/Central Union Secret Handshake (Engine)
10. Stefon Harris/David Sánchez /Christian Scott Ninety Miles (Concord Picante)

Carlo Wolff

New Releases:
1. Vince Mendoza Nights on Earth (Horizontal)
2. Diego Barber The Choice (Sunnyside)
3. Andrew Cyrille & Haitian Fascination Route de Freres (TUM)
4. Omer Klein Rockets on the Balcony (Tzadik)
5. Tommy Smith Karma (Spartacus)
6. Denny Zeitlin Labyrinth/Live Solo Piano (Sunnyside)
7. Gilad Hekselman Hearts Wide Open (Le Chant du Monde)
8. Larry Goldings In My Room (BFM)
9. James Carter Caribbean Rhapsody (Emarcy)
10. Dominick Farinacci Dawn of Goodbye (eOne)

Josef Woodard

New Releases:
1. Ambrose Akinmusire When the Heart Emerges Glistening (Blue Note)
2. Muhal Richard Abrams SoundDance (Pi)
3. John Scofield A Moment’s Peace (Emarcy)
4. Joe Lovano Us Five Bird Songs (Blue Note)
5. The New Gary Burton Quartet Common Ground (Concord)
6. The Claudia Quintet +1 Featuring Kurt Elling and Theo Bleckmann What Is the Beautiful? (Cuneiform)
7. Craig Taborn Avenging Angel (ECM)
8. Karrin Allyson ’Round Midnight (Concord)
9. Keith Jarrett Rio (ECM)
10. Stefon Harris/David Sánchez /Christian Scott Ninety Miles (Concord Picante)

Historical/Reissues:
1. Freddie Hubbard Pinnacle: Live and Unreleased From Keystone Korner (Keystone Korner)
2. Steve Lacy Live at Jazzwerkstatt Peitz (Jazzwerkstatt)
3. Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers Ugetsu: Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers at Birdland (Original Jazz Classics)
4. Jimmy Smith Midnight Special (Blue Note)
5. Sun Ra Space Probe, A Tonal View of Times Tomorrow, Vol. 1 (Art Yard)

Ron Wynn

New Releases
1. Sonny Rollins Road Songs, Vol. 2 (Emarcy)
2. Joe Lovano and Us Five Bird Songs (Blue Note)
3. David Sánchez/Stefon Harris/Christian Scott Ninety Miles (Concord Picante)
4. Kurt Elling The Gate (Concord)
5. Brad Mehldau Live in Marciac (Nonesuch)
6. David Murray Cuban Ensemble Plays Nat King Cole En Español (Motema Music)
7. Roy Haynes Roy-Alty (Dreyfus)
8. Branford Marsalis/Joey Calderazzo Songs of Mirth and Melancholy (Marsalis Music)
9. Jeff Golub Three Kings (eOne Music)
10. Terri Lyne Carrington The Mosaic Project (Concord)

Historical/Reissues

1. Miles Davis Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1 (Columbia/Legacy)
2. Julius Hemphill Dogon A.D. (International Phonograph, Inc.)
3. Ornette Coleman Something Else!!! The Music of Ornette Coleman (Original Jazz Classics)
4. Thelonious Monk Thelonious Alone in San Francisco (Original Jazz Classics)
5. Bill Evans Trio Explorations (Original Jazz Classics).

Originally published in January/February 2012

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