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    Top CDs for 2006

    Isn't it about time we started seeing some favorite lists for 2006? I liked the "New to You" thread, but I'd like to submit my list of new releases I liked this past year. When I scanned eveything I'd bought, I was very happy with the overall quality of what came out this year.

    In no particular order:

    Best of 2006

    Mark Egan w/ John Abercrombie - As We Speak
    Steve Turre - Keep Searchin'
    House on Hill - Brad Mehldau
    Copperopolis - Charlie Hunter
    Zep Tepi - Rany Weston
    Kenny Wheeler – It Takes Two!
    Meaning and Mystery - Dave Douglas
    Live at Tonic - Christian McBride
    12 songs - Jenny Sheinman
    Underground - Chris Potter
    Critical Mass - Dave Holland
    Cowboy Justice - Ben Allison
    Michael Blake & Blake Tartare - More Like Us
    Play - Frank Kimbrough
    In the Loop - Ted Nash
    Focus - Marc Cary
    Sangam - Charles Lloyd
    Streams of Expression - Joe Lovano
    Kenny Garrett - Beyond the Wall
    African Tarantella - Stefon Harris
    Raw Materials - Vijay Iyer & Rudresh Mahanthappa
    Billly's Theme - Jessica Willliams
    Metalix - Mathias Lupri Group
    Sound Grammar - Ornette Coleman
    Andrew Hill - Time Lines
    Sudades - Trio Beyond
    Garden of Eden - Paul Motian
    San Francisco Jazz Collective - SFJC 2

    And ones I want but haven't picked up yet (I'm adding to this list as I read the picks below):

    Steve Kahn - The Green Field √
    Tomasz Stanko - Lontano √
    John Abercrombie - Structures √
    Mysterious Shorter - Nicholas Payton
    Metheny / Mehldau
    Myra Melford - The Image of Your Body √
    Larry Goldings - Quartet
    Billy Hart - Quartet √
    Donny McCaslin - Soar √
    David Binney - Cities and Desire
    David Binney - Out of Airplances √
    Nels Cline - New Monastery
    Omer Avital - Asking No Permission √
    Bobby Previte - The Coallition of the Willing
    Kidd Jordan - Palm of Soul
    Gianluca Petrella - Indigo4 √
    Kenny Wheeler - It Takes Two √
    Jon Madof Rashanim - Shalosh
    Martin Speake - Change Of Heart √
    Scott Colley - Architect of teh silent Moment √
    Atomic - Happy New Ears √


    What did you really like in 2006?

    Cheers,
    RM

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    I think these were my favourites:

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    Atomic - Happy New Ears
    Barnes Alan - Blessing in Disguise
    Binney David -Cities and Desire
    Bollani Stefano - I Visionari
    Brahem Anouar -Le Voyage de Sahar
    Browne Alan - Five Bells and Other Inspirations
    McLaughlin John -Industrial Zen
    Melford Myra -The Image of Your Body
    Oriole - Migration
    Peters Finn -Su-Ling
    Saluzzi Dino - Juan Condori
    Stanko Tomasz - Lotano
    Towner Ralph - Timeline
    Tracey Stan - For All We Know…
    Winstone Norma - It's Later Than You Think

    Other
    Bellowhead - Burlesque
    Lunasa - Se
    McSherry/O'Connor - Tripswitch
    Various - Masters of the Irish Guitar
    Toure Ali Farke - Savane
    Diabate Toumani - Boulevard De L'Independence
    Ranarim - Morgonstjarna
    Jackie Oates - Jackie Oates
    Nancy Kerr and James Fagan - Strands of Gold

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    I'm probably leaving a few out, but these are all memorably good:

    Charles Lloyd - Sangam
    Donny McCaslin - Soar
    Michael Blake - Blake Tartare
    Wycliffe Gordon - Cone's Coup
    Branford Marsalis - Braggtown
    Frank Kimbrough - Play
    Edsel Gomez - Cubist Music
    John McLaughlin - Industrial Zen
    Ted Nash - In The Loop
    Matthias Lupri - Metalix
    Dave Holland - Critical Mass
    Ron Horton - Everything in a Dream
    Brian Lynch / Eddie Palmieri Project - Simpatico
    Joe Lovano - Streams of Expression
    Luis Perdomo - Awareness

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    1. Andrew Hill – Time Lines
    2. Nik Bartsch Ronin – STOA
    3. Trio Beyond – Saudades
    4. Brad Mehldau – House On Hill
    5. Charles Lloyd – Sangam
    6. Frank Kimbrough – Play
    7. Medeski, Scofield, Martin and Wood – Out Louder
    8. John Abercrombie – Structures
    9. Paul Motian – Garden Of Eden
    10. Chirs Potter – Underground
    11. Metheney / Mehldau – S/T

    Other notables: Avashi Cohen (Bass) – Continuo, Dave Holland – Critical Mass. I am sure I left somethig out as well.

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    I will launch into an annual "best of" post with my personal picks for best new releases, reissues, and concerts of this past year. Same caution as always, except for the first few selections of each category, remaining picks are not in any descending order as far as designating favorites:

    Artist Title Label
    1 Andrew Hill Time Lines Blue Note
    2 Frank Kimbrough Play Palmetto
    3 Paul Motian Band Garden of Eden ECM
    4 Chris Potter Underground Sunnyside
    5 Randy Weston Zep Teppi Random Choice
    6 Ben Allison Cowboy Justice Palmetto
    7 Tomasz Stanko Quartet Lontano ECM
    8 Raw Materials Raw Materials Savoy
    9 Paul Motian On Broadway, Volume 4 Winter & Winter
    10 Dave Holland Quartet Critical Mass Dare 2 Records
    11 Ornette Coleman Sound Grammar Sound Grammar
    12 Bill Frisell Bill Frisell, Ron Carter, Paul Motian Nonesuch
    13 David Binney Cities and Desire Criss Cross
    14 Ted Nash and Still Evolved In The Loop Palmetto
    15 Louis Hayes & Cannonball Legacy Band Maximum Firepower Savant
    16 Jack DeJohnette and Bill Frisell The Elephant Sleeps But Still Remembers Golden Beams

    Overall a better year for new releases than last year IMHO. The depth of my list evidences that it was a good year for new and intriguing music. The top three: Andrew Hill, Frank Kimbrough, and Paul Motian would top a "best of" list any year as all three releases should stand the test of time.

    It seems that I purchased a lot of Palmetto, ECM , and Blue Note releases this last year. My musician of the year must be Paul Motian, as he participated in no less than four of the selections on my list as well as being part of two of my favorite concerts of the year.

    Reissues

    Artist Title Label
    1 Red Garland Trio At The Prelude Prestige
    2 Dizzy Gillespie Verve/Phillips Small Group Sessions Mosaic
    3 Gil Evans The Complete Pacific Jazz Sessions Blue Note
    4 Lou Blackburn The Complete Imperial Sessions Blue Note
    5 Bill Evans with Lee Konitz Play the Arrangements of Jimmy Giuffre Lonehill Jazz
    6 Yusef Lateef Eastern Sounds Prestige
    7 Herbie Nichols Trio Complete Studio Master Takes Lonehill Jazz
    8 McCoy Tyner Sahara Mobile Fidelity

    Not as strong as a year in reissues as compared to the recent past IMHO. Last year, with the releases of "undiscovered" recordings by Monk/Coltrane, Coltrane, and Parker/Gillespie certainly helped make 2005 a particularly strong reissue year. We really need more depth of field in Blue Note Connoisseurs for 2007.

    Shows/ Concerts:

    1. Paul Motian/ Joe Lovano/ Bill Frisell @ The Village Vanguard NYC 09/13/06
    2. Frank Kimbrough/ Paul Motian/Jay Anderson @ The Jazz Standard NYC 07/13/06
    3. Raw Materials (Vijay Iyer, Rudresh Mahanthappa) @ An Die Musik Baltimore 10/21/06
    4. Henry Threadgill's Zooid @ The International House, Philadelphia 03/17/06
    5. Chris Potter 's Underground Quartet @ Jazz Showcase, Chicago 02/02/06
    6. Maria Schneider Orchestra @ Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, Pittsburgh 04/08/06
    7. Randy Weston's African Rhythms & Gnawa Masters @ Tri-C Jazz Fest, Cleveland 04/27/06
    8. Tomasz Stanko Quartet @ An Die Musik, Baltimore 10/24/06
    9. Dave Holland Quintet @ Birdland NYC 01/19/06
    10. Jack DeJohnette/ Bill Frisell/ Jerome Harris @ Boulder Theater, Denver 10/08/06

    Tremendous year for live music. I was very fortunate to attend many shows and create some great memories that I will treasure.

    LWayne
    Last edited by LWayne; December 19th, 2006 at 05:58 PM. Reason: spell check

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    Hmm, already lots of consensus choices (justly so-- Stanko, Hill, Ornette et al.).

    So I'll just add the heretofore-omitted:

    Enrico Pieranunzi, 'Ballads'
    Susanne Abbuehl, 'Compass'
    Kekele, 'Kinavana'
    Pedro Luis Ferrer, 'Natural'
    various, 'Lagos All Routes'

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    Quote Originally Posted by LWayne View Post
    5 Bill Evans with Lee Konitz Play the Arrangements of Jimmy Giuffre Lonehill Jazz
    7 Herbie Nichols Trio Complete Studio Master Takes Lonehill Jazz


    Not as strong as a year in reissues as compared to the recent past IMHO. Last year, with the releases of "undiscovered" recordings by Monk/Coltrane, Coltrane, and Parker/Gillespie certainly helped make 2005 a particularly strong reissue year. We really need more depth of field in Blue Note Connoisseurs for 2007.
    Nice best of list and post.

    How did I miss the Bill Evans w/Lee Konitz and Herbie Nichols releases???

    While it may have been a disapointing year for you as far as Blue Note Re-issues went I was very happy to a get a new live Grant Green and the RVG's of Bobby Hutcherson's Happenings and Lee Morgan's - City Lights which have been OOP for many years.

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    New release:

    Andrew Hill - Time Lines
    Dave Douglas - Meaning and Mystery
    Joe Lovano - Streams of Expression
    Kenny Garrett - Beyond The Wall
    Nels Cline - New Monastery: A View Into The Music of Andrew Hill
    Odean Pope Saxophone Choir - Locked and Loaded: Live At The Blue Note

    Reissue/box set:

    Jackie McLean - It's Time, Demon's Dance
    Andrew Hill - Pax
    Charles Mingus - At UCLA 1965
    Jelly Roll Morton - The Complete Library of Congress Recordings
    John Coltrane - Fearless Leader
    Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins (RVG)

    Non-jazz:

    Built To Spill - You In Reverse
    Destroyer - Destroyer's Rubies
    Josh Ritter - The Animal Years
    Loose Fur - Born Again In The U.S.A.
    Paul Simon - Surprise
    Bert Jansch - The Black Swan


    Wishlist:


    Trio Beyond - Saudades
    Gram Parsons - The Complete Reprise Sessions

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    No doubt

    "Sinatra:Vegas"

    end of story!!!
    Paul M. Mock

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    i notice bennie maupin's "penumbra" has yet to be mentioned.
    it is truly a gem...one for the ages.
    i would, and do, highly recommend it.
    enjoy
    Last edited by jamdanaur; December 19th, 2006 at 09:15 PM. Reason: grammar

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    i really dug

    Abercrombie - Structures
    Trio Beyond - Saudaes
    Bill Frisel/Ron Carter/Paul Motion
    Metheny/Mehldau
    Chris Potter's underground
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamdanaur View Post
    i notice bennie maupin's "penumbra" has yet to be mentioned.
    it is truly a gem...one for the ages.
    i would, and do, highly recommend it.
    enjoy
    I'll 'second' this one, recommended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bev Stapleton View Post
    I think these were my favourites:

    Jazz
    Atomic - Happy New Ears
    Barnes Alan - Blessing in Disguise
    Binney David -Cities and Desire
    Bollani Stefano - I Visionari
    Brahem Anouar -Le Voyage de Sahar
    Browne Alan - Five Bells and Other Inspirations
    McLaughlin John -Industrial Zen
    Melford Myra -The Image of Your Body
    Oriole - Migration
    Peters Finn -Su-Ling
    Saluzzi Dino - Juan Condori
    Stanko Tomasz - Lotano
    Towner Ralph - Timeline
    Tracey Stan - For All We Know…
    Winstone Norma - It's Later Than You Think
    Hi Bev,

    How come 90% of your favorites I've never even heard of? Are they mostly European artists? I think I've have the market cornered and then there's all this other stuff. Arrgghh! I'll never catch up!

    Cheers,
    RM

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    Hi Rob,

    Yes, a fair few European and specifically British discs. Though there's an Australian, an Argentinian and (I think!) an Algerian in there.

    My perspective has a British slant simply because when it comes to live performance you're more likely to see British performers. The mainland Europeans are by no means household names - but I've actively focussed on that area in recent years as a result of recommendations, festival appearances and wrte-ups in the UK jazz press.

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