Troy Collins' Best of 2007

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Considering the sheer multitude of recordings released in a year's time, narrowing down what amounts to hundreds of recordings heard to a mere handful is never easy. The titles listed below define for me the most exceptional and rewarding albums heard in a year filled with great music.

New Releases


The Bad Plus
Prog

(Heads Up)

Michael Brecker
Pilgrimage

(Heads Up)

Nels Cline Singers
Draw Breath

(Cryptogramophone)



Peter Evans
The Peter Evans Quartet

(Firehouse 12)

Exploding Star Orchestra
We Are All From Somewhere Else

(Thrill Jockey)

Satoko Fujii Quartet
Bacchus

(Muzak)



Human Feel
Galore

(Skirl)

Mostly Other People Do The Killing
Shamokin!!!

(Hot Cup)

Michael Musillami Trio w/Mark Feldman
The Treatment

(Playscape)



Powerhouse Sound
Oslo/Chicago: Breaks

(Atavistic)

Charles Tolliver Big Band
With Love

(Blue Note)

Gebhard Ullmann
New Basement Research

(Soul Note)


New Discoveries


James Carney
Green-Wood

(Songlines)

Harris Eisenstadt
The All Seeing Eye/Octets

(Poobah)

Amir ElSaffar
Two Rivers

(Pi)



Ross Hammond
Teakayo Mission

(Prescott)

Kneebody
Low Electrical Worker

(Colortone Media)

Sacks/Opsvik/Maneri/Motian
Two Miles a Day

(Loyal/Yeah Yeah)



Robert Sabin
Romero

(Ranula)

Russ Spiegel
Chimera

(Steeplechase)

Wagner/Drake/Ozaki
Trio

(Valid)


Historical Reissues


Booker Ervin
The Freedom Book

(Prestige)

Joe Henderson
Power To The People

(Milestone)

Joseph Jarman
As If It Were The Seasons

(Delmark)



Fred Katz
Folk Songs For Far Out Folk

(Reboot)

Sun Ra
The Night Of The Purple Moon

(Atavistic)

George Russell
Ezz-Thetics

(Riverside)

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