John Kelman's Best Releases of 2011

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Selected picks representing the top recorded events in jazz and beyond for 2011. Note that only albums that have been reviewed can qualify....

Jazz New Releases


Storms/Nocturnes
VIA

(Origin)

Iro Haarla Quintet
Vespers

(ECM)

Motif
Facienda

(Jazzland)



Craig Taborn
Avenging Angel

(ECM)

SFJAZZ Collective
Music of Stevie Wonder

(SFJAZZ)

David Binney
Graylen Epicenter

(Mythology)



Joel Harrison
The Music of Paul Motian

(Sunnyside)

Charles Lloyd/Maria Farantouri
Athens Concert

(ECM)

Bill Frisell/858 Quartet
Sign of Life

(Savoy Jazz)



Dave Liebman/Richie Beirach
Unspoken

(OutNote)

Enrico Rava Quintet
Tribe

(ECM)

James Farm
James Farm

(Nonesuch)



The Jeff Gauthier Goatette
Open Source

(Cryptogramophone)

Vince Mendoza
Nights on Earth

(Horizontal)

Harris/Sanchez/Scott
Ninety Miles

(Concord Picante)




Jazz Reissues & Historical Releases


Brad Mehldau
Art of the Trio: Recordings

(Nonesuch)

Jaco Pastorius
60th Anniversary Collection

(Warner Japan)

John Surman
Flashpoint: NDR Jazz...

(Cuneiform)



Jøkleba
Jøkleba!/nu jøk?

(Universal Norway)

Eric Vloeimans
V-Flow

(Challenge)

Ketil Bjørnstad
Early Piano Music

(Hubro)




Progressive/Fusion/Funk New Releases


Steven Wilson
Grace for Drowning

(Kscope)

Tommy Smith
Karma

(Spartascus)

Van Der Graaf Generator
A Grounding in Numbers

(Esoteric)



Human Element
Human Element

(Abstract Logix)

Jakszyk/Fripp/Collins
A Scarcity of Miracles

(Panegyric)

Transatlantic
More Never is Enough

(Radiant)





Progressive/Fusion/Funk Reissues & Historical Releases


King Crimson
Discipline

(DGM Live)

Soft Machine
Tales of Taleisin

(Esoteric)

King Crimson
Starless and Bible Black

(DGM Live)




New Discoveries (including new groups)


Blue Touch Paper
Stand Well Back

(Provocateur)

Jasper Blom Quartet
Dexterity

(Mainland)

Ola Kvernberg
Liarbird

(Jazzland)



Mats Eilertsen
SkyDive

(Hubro)

Meadow
Blissful Ignorance

(Edition)

Jack DeJohnette Group
Live at Yoshi's 2010

(Golden Beams)




Beyond: Is it jazz? Is it not? Does it really matter?


Nils Petter Molvær
Baboon Moon

(Sula/Thirsty Ear)

Håkon Kornstad
Symphonies in My Head

(Jazzland)

Humcrush/Sidsel Endresen
Ha!

(Rune Grammofon)



Sinikka Langeland
The Land That Is Not

(ECM)

Paul Simon
So Beautiful or So What

(Hear Music)

Various Artists
Johnny Boy Would Love This

(Hole in the Rain)

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