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02 January 2007


Dr. Jazz

A couple of my clients made my Top 10. But here it is in the least possible biased form I can put it in:

1. Chris Potter - Underground (Universal France/Sunnyside)
2. Edward Simon - Unicity (CamJazz/Sunnyside)
3. Bennie Maupin - Penumbra (Cryptogramaphone)
4. Kenny Garrett - Beyond the Wall (Nonesuch)
5. Charles Lloyd - Sangam (ECM)
6. World Saxophone Quartet - Political Blues (Justin Time)
7. Andrew Hill - Timelines (Blue Note)
8. Avishai Cohen - Continuo (RazDaz/Sunnyside)
9. Branford Marsalis - Braggtown (Marsalis Music)
10. Keith Jarrett - The Carnegie Hall Concert (ECM)

Honorable Mention (not in order)

* Donny McCaslin - Soar (Sunnyside)
* Kenny Werner - Democracy (Half Note)
* Walter Smith III - Introducing Walter Smith III (Fresh Sound New Talent)
* Roberta Gambarini - Easy to Love (Groovin’ High/Kindred Rhythm)
* Stefon Harris - African Tarantella (Blue Note)
* Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Big Band - Dizzy’s Business (MCG Jazz/Telarc)
* Yosvany Terry - Metamorphosis (ewe/Kindred Rhythm)
* Craig McIver - Reflections Passing (Dreambox Media)
* Brian Lynch/Eddie Palmieri Project - Simpatico (ArtistShare)
* Bill Frisell/Ron Carter/Paul Motian - s/t (Nonesuch)


* Lee Morgan - The Gigolo (Blue Note)
* Hank Mobley - Dippin’ (Blue Note)
* Charles Mingus - At UCLA 1965 (Sue Mingus Music/Sunnyside)

Box Sets

* Sonny Stitt - Stitt’s Bits: The Legendary Bebop Recordings 1949-1952 (Fantasy/Concord)
* Weather Report - Forecast: Tomorrow (Columbia Legacy)

I have yet to post it on my own blog because I'm planning on doing detailed descriptions and analysis for each one.



I don't know if this is helpful, but I have a strong suspicion that that Hill tribute that Nels did with Bobby is one of the years best (based on the 1 track on his myspace page, and what I know about the participants. But new CDs are expensive.

Masquerade Ball Masks

Ha, I like your taste in music, and your writing style is so funny and witty! Although I'm not into jazz too much, I can still appreciate it because it is so well written. Great blog!

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