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    Best of 2005

    Sure, I know it's only early December, but I've compiled my pretty-short-list of what I really liked this year. I'd like to see what others liked in 2005.

    Kenny Wheeler - What Now?

    Either/Orchestra - Ethiopiques

    Joshua Redman - Momentum (saw them live!)

    Monk and Coltrane at Carnegie Hall

    John Surman - Way Back When

    Joe Lovano - Joyous Encounter

    Jessica Williams - At Yoshi's Vol II

    Garage a Trois - Outre Mer

    Chales Lloyd - Jumping the Creek

    Anat Cohen - Place and Time

    Terrence Blanchard - Flow

    Nguyen Le - Walking on a Tiger's Tail

    Kurt Rosenwinkel - Deep Song

    Mingus Big Band - I Am Three

    Steve Turre - The Spirits Up Above

    And yes.... Jason Miles - Miles to Miles (makes me smile)

    Best Reissue - Andrew!!!

    Best Discovery of 2005 - Graham Collier (everything, but esp Down Another Road)


    Happy Holidays!
    RM

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    Some of this year's favourites actually came out at the back end of last year, but I didn't catch up with them until this year. I've included them anyway.

    Fantasy - Harold Mabern
    Too Damn Hot - Lonnie Smith
    Up City - Calvin Newborn
    Boogaloo to the Beastie Boys - Reuben Wilson & Andrew Beals
    This is it! - Melvin Sparks
    What's new - Jimmy Ponder
    All Soul - Houston Person
    Fun House - Reuben Wilson
    Live at 3361*BLACK 1st & 2nd - Junior Mance

    PLUS - one that I've been trying to get for some time, but my importer's suppliers seem to be both permanently out of stock: Calvin Newborn - New Born.

    Favourite reissues
    A Night in Roppungi - Etta Jones & Houston Person
    Brown Sugar - Freddie Roach
    Say it loud - Lou Donaldson
    This is Ernie Andrews

    MG

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    My Top 10

    Vijay Iyer - Reimagining (Savoy Jazz)
    Ben Monder - Oceana (Sunnyside
    David S. Ware - Quartets Live in the World (Thirsty Ear)
    Konono No. 1 - Congotronics Vol. 1 (Crammed)
    Mingus Big Band, Dynasty, Orchestra - I Am Three (Sue Mingus Music)
    Dave Holland Big Band - Overtime (Sunnyside)
    John Zorn - Classic Guide to Strategy Vol. 3 (Tzadik)
    Louciana Souza - Duos II (Sunnyside)
    New Talent Jazz Orchestra - The Sound of NY Jazz Underground (Fresh Sound New Talent)
    Kurt Rosenwinkel - Deep Song (Verve)
    John Ellis - One Foot in the Swamp (Hyena)

    Matt Merewitz (AAJ contributor)

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    Mm, forgot Canonball's Money in the pocket

    MG

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    10 favorite jazz releases, in no particular order:

    Monk/Coltrane - At Carnegie Hall
    Vijay Iyer - Reimagining
    Paul Motian - I Have the Room Above Her
    Mark Dresser & Denman Maroney - Time Changes
    Greg Osby - Channel Three
    Dave Douglas - Mountain Passages
    William Parker - Sound Unity
    Luciana Souza - Duos II
    FME - Cuts
    Bill Frisell - East West

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    I'll throw in a few no one's mentioned yet:

    Jazz Mandolin Project - Deep Forbidden Lake
    James Carter - Gold Sounds
    Brad Mehldau - Day is Done
    Mark Murphy - Once to Every Heart

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    surely coltrane's "one down, one up" belongs to this list.

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    Geez... how does one know? Who remembers what CDs came out this year? Is there a list somewhere?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewJazz4Mike
    Geez... how does one know? Who remembers what CDs came out this year? Is there a list somewhere?
    If you didn't buy it, you're unlikely to think it's one of your favourites.

    MG

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    Quote Originally Posted by the magnificent goldberg
    If you didn't buy it, you're unlikely to think it's one of your favourites.

    MG
    Yeah, but I've bought quite a few... maybe a couple hundred CDs. Without looking at each CDs release date, how can I remember which ones are from 2005?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewJazz4Mike
    Yeah, but I've bought quite a few... maybe a couple hundred CDs. Without looking at each CDs release date, how can I remember which ones are from 2005?
    I haven't bothered with that; if it came out towards the end of 2004 but I didn't catch it until this year, I've counted it. Anyway, you don't have to look at them all; just the ones you think are candidates.

    MG

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    OK, anyway... heres a few good ones. Probably forgetting a bunch too.

    Dave Holland Big Band - Overtime
    Charles Lloyd - Jumping the Creek
    Laurence Hobgood - Crazy World
    Maria Schneider - Concert in the Garden
    LCJO - A Love Supreme
    Ted Nash - Espada de la Noche
    Brad Mehldau - Day Is Done
    Drew Gress - 7 Black Butterflies
    Harry Connick / Branford Marsalis - Occasion
    Robert Glasper - Canvas
    Greg Osby - Channel Three
    Conrad Herwig - Obligation
    Wayne Shorter - Beyond the Sound Barrier
    Eric Alexander / Vincent Herring - The Battle, Live at Smoke


    Top Reissues:

    Bill Evans - Complete 1961 Live at the Village vanguard
    Pat Metheny / Ornette Coleman - Song X

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewJazz4Mike
    Yeah, but I've bought quite a few... maybe a couple hundred CDs. Without looking at each CDs release date, how can I remember which ones are from 2005?

    Well, I cheat. I load most of the CDs I buy into iTunes and the year they came out is listed so I simply sort for the year and then pick the ones I liked the best. And then I can also arrange playlists by year. Kind of fun, for instance to listen to all my CDs from 1959.

    Cheers,
    RM

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    with Monk and Coltrane at Carnegie Hall a close runner up

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    Mehldau - Day Is Done (with my thanks to those who recommended it!!!)
    Wheeler - What Now?
    Monk and Coltrane

    I can't remember what else I bought came out in 2005. I love Steve Bernstein's "Diaspora Hollywood", for example, but I think it came out in 2004 (although I bought it in 05 - from someone's suggestion on a list about a year ago)

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