2018 Jazz Surprises

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The end of the year is the time when we usually look back and take stock. To celebrate the continuous growth and expansion of the music we love, we've decided to look back at the music that, for a reason or another, has surprised us the most this year. It features mostly young musicians, artists we were not familiar with, unexpected reissues or new projects by players we love.

Happy listening!


  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • Michael Leonhart Orchestra "Music Your Grandparents Would Like" from The Painted Lady Suite (Sunnyside) 0:17
  • Host talk 5:52
  • Rachelle Garniez "Swimming Pool Blue" from Swimming Pool Blue (Stand Clear) 7:51
  • Reinier Baas, Ben van Gelder & Metropole Orkest "Introduction to 2nd Coming, 2nd Coming of Homunculus, Do You Know Ben van Gelder" from Smash Hits (Basta) 12:18
  • Mopo "Niin Aikasin" from Mopocalypse (We Jazz) 23:02
  • Host talk 27:39
  • Dairo Miyamoto "Gnossienne #1" from Last Picture (Cristal) 28:58
  • Ben LaMar Gay "Miss Nealie Burns" from Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun (International Anthem) 34:44
  • Walking Distance "Bigment" from Freebird (feat. Jason Moran) (Sunnyside) 37:30
  • Dexter Gordon "Antabus" from Espace Cardin 1977 (Elemental) 41:47
  • Host talk 49:41
  • Anais Drago & The Jellyfish "SS 31" from Anais Drago & The Jellyfish (Another Music) 51:57
  • Camilla Battaglia "Crossing the Water" from Emit: Rotator Tenet (Dodicilune) 59:04
  • Little Rosies Kindergarten "Ip Pavlova" from Little Rosies Kindergarten (Listen Closely) 1:06:24
  • Host talk 1:15:06
  • Sketchbook Quartet "Ashley" from When Was the Last Time?, Vol. 1 (Session Work) 1:16:42
  • Otis Sandsjö "Yung" from Y-Otis (We Jazz) 1:21:03
  • Maistah Aphrica "Ochaj'n Mann" from Maistah Aphrica (Self-released) 1:27:34
  • Host talk 1:38:16
  • SLUGish Ensemble "The Tower" from Slugish Ensemble: An Eight Out of Nine (Slow & Steady) 1:40:19
  • Yellow Bird "The Robber" from Edda Lou (Enja) 1:48:09
  • Pipe Dream "Pipe Dream" from Pipe Dream (Cam) 1:51:27
  • Host talk 1:58:07
  • Rosa Brunello "Stand Up" from Volverse (Cam) 2:01:59

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