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Chris May's Best Releases of 2011

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2011 produced a bigger than usual crop of engaging new albums and important reissues. In no special order, here are ten new releases and five reissues: la crème de la crème.




























































































The Waitiki 7
In Hi-Fi
(Pass Out)

Dub Colossus
Addis
(Real World)

Alice Coltrane
Alice Coltrane
Alice Coltrane
1937 - 2007
piano

Impulse! Reissues
(Impulse!)

Archie Shepp
Archie Shepp
Archie Shepp
b.1937
saxophone

Wo!man
(Archie Ball)

Fela Kuti
Fela Power Show
(Knitting Factory)

Arun Ghosh
Arun Ghosh
Arun Ghosh

clarinet

Primal Odyssey
(Camoci)

Club d'Elf
Club d'Elf
Club d'Elf

band/orchestra

Electric Moroccoland
(Face Pelt)

Terry Branam
Aram Bajakian's Kef
(Tzadik)

Stan Getz
Stan Getz
Stan Getz
1927 - 1991
sax, tenor

Clef Studio Albums
(Verve)

Steven Bernstein
MTO Plays Sly
(Royal Potato Family)

Billy Jenkins
Billy Jenkins
Billy Jenkins
b.1956

Jazz Gives Me The Blues
(VTOP)

Various Artists
First Impulse
(Impulse!)

Ojos de Brujo
Corriente Vital
(Warner Music)

Dawda Jobarteh
Northern Light
(Sterns)

Randy Weston
Randy Weston
Randy Weston
b.1926
piano

Blue Moses
(CTI Masterworks)

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