Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2018

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Every little bit of the year 2018 will soon take form as memory—first recent, then distant—but the fine music gifted to us in those twelve months will be forever present, living on in ears, hearts and minds. I had the pleasure of hearing north of 400 albums this past year, and I had the privilege of reviewing more than 75 of those for All About Jazz. These are the bunch from that review list that left the strongest impression. (Note: this list is NOT ranked. It's essentially in reverse chronological order of review publication).

Marshall Gilkes & The WDR Big Band
Always Forward
(Alternate Side Records)

Kenny Werner
The Space
(Pirouet Records)

Joe Locke
Subtle Disguise
(Origin Records)

Stefon Harris + Blackout
Sonic Creed
(Motéma Music)

Eddie Daniels
Heart Of Brazil
(Resonance Records)

JD Allen
Love Stone
(Savant Records)

Pablo Ziegler Trio
Jazz Tango
(Zoho Music)

Meg Okura & The Pan-Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble
Ima Ima
(Self Produced)

Denny Zeitlin
Wishing On The Moon
(Sunnyside Records)

Bokani Dyer Trio
(Self Produced)

Martial Solal
My One And Only Love: Live At Theater Gutersloh
(Intuition Records)

Daniel Santiago/Pedro Martins
(Adventure Music)

Edward Simon with Afinidad and Imani Winds
Sorrows And Triumphs
(Sunnyside Records)

Anat Cohen/Fred Hersch
Live In Healdsburg
(Anzic Records)

Noah Preminger-Frank Carlberg
Whispers And Cries
(Red Piano Records)

Dave Pietro
New Road: Iowa Memoirs

Kate McGarry/Keith Ganz/Gary Versace
The Subject Tonight Is Love
(Self Produced)

John Raymond & Real Feels
Joy Ride
(Sunnyside Records)

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