Mark Corroto's Best Releases of 2011

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Every year, the task of picking the best releases seems to be quite an onerous assignment. This year was especially difficult because, of the four hundred or so discs I listened to, many kept resurfacing for more attention. As I write, I haven't yet spun the new (yes, new) releases by Albert Ayler
Albert Ayler
Albert Ayler
1936 - 1970
sax, tenor
(Stockholm, Berlin 1966 (Hatology)) and Evan Parker
Evan Parker
Evan Parker
b.1944
sax, tenor
(At Somewhere There (Barnyard Records)).

What I am saying is, I certainly missed a few killer recordings and that this list of twelve notable releases is incomplete and imperfect. I did love every one of them, though, and I am certainly thankful that jazz artists continue to record and perform authentic music.






Noah Preminger
Noah Preminger
Noah Preminger
b.1986
saxophone

Before the Rain
(Palmetto)





Animation
Asiento
(Rare Noise)





The Claudia Quintet
What Is The Beautiful?
(Cuneiform



Peter Evans
Peter Evans
Peter Evans

trumpet
Quintet
Ghosts
(More Is More Records)





Harris Eisenstadt
Canada Day II
(Songlines Recordings)





Agusti Fernandez
El Laberint de la Memoria
(Mbari Musica)





Francois Carrier
Francois Carrier
Francois Carrier
b.1961
sax, alto
Trio + 1
Entrance 3
(Ayler Records)





Wadada Leo Smith's Organic
Heart's Reflections
(Cuneiform Records)





Akira Sakata
Akira Sakata
Akira Sakata
b.1945
sax, alto

And That's The Story Of Jazz...
(Family Vineyards Records)





Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
b.1930
saxophone

Road Shows, Vol. 2
(Doxy Records)





Greg Ward
Greg Ward
Greg Ward

saxophone

Phonic Juggernaut
(Thirsty Ear)





Gerry Hemingway Quintet
Riptide
(Clean Feed)

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