A list that represent only the tip of many excellent releases that I have listened to in 2011. In no particular order... New Releases: Amir ElSaffarInanaPi
Another great release by the excellent trumpet player and composer who weaves modal music of the Iraqi maqam
with the rhythms and aesthetics of modern jazz KAZERafale #2Libra/Circum Disc
Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii
and trumpet player Natsuki Tamura
team with French trumpet player Christian Pruvost and drummer Peter Orins.
Søren Kjærgaard/Ben Street
/Andrew CyrilleFemklangIlk Music
Third release by this excellent, unorthodox piano trio, focusing on weightless sound world.
HeraWhere My Complete Beloved Is MultiKulti
Magical and timeless music by the Polish ensemble, headed by reed player Waclaw Zimpel.
Nina de HeneyThreeFound You Recordings
Formidable Swedish double-bassist who dances on her third solo release. She deserves much more attention. Trondheim Jazz Orchestra
& Øyvind BrækkeMigrationsMNJ
This great orchestra always surprises. This time with Composer-trombonist Øyvind Brække, TJO offer a poetical reflections on wars and their aftermaths, after the 2008 war in Gaza.
Three sax titans: Peter Brötzmann
, Ken Vandermark
& Mats Gustafsson
, playing live. Say no more. The Swedish Radio Jazz Groupazz ApealNot Two Mats Gustafsson
pays tribute to the 50's golden age of the Swedish jazz. Tarfala TrioSYZYGY No Business Barry Guy
, Mats Gustafsson
and Raymond Strid
in an explosive, masterful improvisations.
HuntsvilleFor Flowers, Cars And Merry Wars Hubro Music
This improvisational Norwegian trio reinvents its sound and attitude with every new release, this time with darker, electrified sound. Ola KvernbergLiarbirdJazzland
Excellent compositions by this Norwegian violinist, excellent arrangements, excellent performances. Jen Shyu
+ Mark DresserSynastryPi
Master vocalist Shyu and master bassist Dresser expand the languages of their instruments. Henry KaiserA Little Stroke of LightLive Solo Guitar 2010
Majestic solo guitar improvisation. Dave Douglas
/So PercussionGreenleaf Portable Series, Volume 3: Bad MangoGreenleaf Music
One of the great releases of Dave Douglas
this year, with healty doses of humor, elegance and invention.
BassDrumBoneThe Other ParadeClean Feed
Three wise men: Gerry Hemingway
, Mark Helias
& Ray Anderson
keep rocking on their 34th anniversary. DVD's:
In honor of German sax hero Peter Brötzmann
's 70th birthday two excellent documentaries were released.
Bernard Josse in collaboration with Gérard Rouy (directors)Soldier of the RoadSoldier of the Road
René Jeuckens, Thomas Mau & Grischa Windus (Directors)BrötzmannSiegersbusch Music that deserve your attention:
Japanese pianist and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto
's Kizuna World project of musical, cinematic and visual collaboration to benefit the Japanese community of Fukushima that suffered from a massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11, this year.
A similar project of the musicians vocalist Michiro Endo, sound sculptor Otomo Yoshihide
and poet Ryoichi Wago, Project Fukushima! offer most interesting Japanese musical collaborations who contributed their compositions to benefit Fukushima.