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
(Stockholm, Berlin 1966
(Hatology)) and Evan Parker
(At Somewhere There
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 Before the Rain
(Rare Noise) The Claudia Quintet What Is The Beautiful?
(Cuneiform Peter Evans
(More Is More Records) Harris Eisenstadt Canada Day II
(Songlines Recordings) Agusti Fernandez El Laberint de la Memoria
(Mbari Musica) Francois Carrier
Trio + 1 Entrance 3
(Ayler Records) Wadada Leo Smith's Organic Heart's Reflections
(Cuneiform Records) Akira Sakata And That's The Story Of Jazz...
(Family Vineyards Records) Sonny Rollins Road Shows, Vol. 2
(Doxy Records) Greg Ward Phonic Juggernaut
(Thirsty Ear) Gerry Hemingway Quintet Riptide