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Hrayr Attarian's Best Releases of 2011

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Jazz is a distinctly American art form with a universal appeal. Rooted in African-American culture, its various branches cover almost every country on earth. For this year end list I have chosen nine albums by international jazz musicians that were released in 2011. Here they are, in alphabetical order.


Amina Alaoui
Arco Iris
(ECM)

Tineke Postma
Tineke Postma
Tineke Postma
b.1978
saxophone

The Dawn Of Light
(Challenge Records)

Ibrahim Maalouf
Diagnostic
(Harmonia Mundi)



Katya Sourikova
Ivan's Dream
(Weave Records)

Etienne Charles
Etienne Charles
Etienne Charles
b.1983
trumpet

Kaiso
(Culture Shock Music)

Ingrid Laubrock
Ingrid Laubrock
Ingrid Laubrock
b.1970
saxophone

The Madness of Crowds
(Intakt Records)



Cyminology
Cyminology
Cyminology

band/orchestra

Saburi
(ECM)

Enrico Rava
Enrico Rava
Enrico Rava
b.1943
trumpet

Tribe
(ECM)

Satoko Fujii
Satoko Fujii
Satoko Fujii
b.1958
piano

Watershed
(Libra Records)

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