Favourite Recordings from 2021


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As per usual, the first One Man's Jazz of a new year features music from my favourite recordings of the previous year, selected from a wide range of artists from 38 countries. I thought 2021 was a fine year for releasing some very good creative music, despite the dire effect of the pandemic on the rest of the music biz. Three artists really stood out for me in '21: William Parker, James Brandon Lewis and Wadada Leo Smith. They all had multiple releases that were excellent. Your choices may be different—as they should be. I'll have a few more faves in next week's show. Best wishes for a healthy and safe and busy 2022 from One Man's Jazz.


  • Gard Nilssen's Supersonic Orchestra "Jack" from If You Listen Carefully, The Music Is Yours (Odin) 00:00
  • Isaiah Collier & The Chosen Few "Part I -Forgiveness" from Cosmic Transitions (Division 81) 07:44
  • Host speaks 17:41
  • William Parker "Baldwin" from The Majesty Of Jah (Cenering/AUM Fideliity) 20:56
  • William Parker "The Majesty Of Jah" from The Majesty Of Jah (Cenering/AUM Fideliity) 29:08
  • Benoit Delbecq "Family Trees" from The Weight Of Light (Pyroclastic) 37:24
  • Host speaks 41:32
  • Mankwe Ndosi & Body MemOri "Slide-Shift-Shine" from Felt/Not Said (ESP-Disk) 43:06
  • Unscientific Italians "Rob Roy" from Play The Music Of Bill Frisell (Hora) 53:28
  • Host speaks 1:00:32
  • James Brandon Lewis Red Lily Quinitet "Chemurgy" from Jesup Wagon (Tao Forms) 1:02:58
  • Resilient Vessels "Resilient Vessels" from esilient Vessels Live At The Cell (RRGems) 1:12:50
  • Francesca Remigi & Archipelago "The Shooting" from Il Laberinto Dei Topi (Emme) 1:20:52
  • Host speaks 1:28:48
  • Artifacts "In Response To" from ..And Then There's This (Astral Spirits) 1:30:01
  • Artifacts "Soprano Song" from ...And Then There's This (Astral Spirits) 1:33:17
  • The Claudia Quintet "Diversity " from Evidence-based (Flexatonic) 1:36:45
  • Host speaks 1:43:52
  • Mario Pavone Dialect Trio + 1 "Okwa" from Blue Vertical (Out Of Your Head) 1:46:21
  • Friends & Neighbors "Untitled" from The Earth Is # (Clean Feed) 1:53:48
  • Host speaks 2:00:18
  • Danilo Gallo & Dry Dark Tears "No Boundaries" from A View Through A Slot (Clean Feed) 2:01:33
  • Danilo Gallo, Kathya West & Alberto Dipace "Time" from Last Coat Of Pink (Caligola) 2:07:05
  • Broken Shadows "Toy Dance" from Broken Shadows (Intakt) 2:14:56
  • Broken Shadows "Dogon A.D." from Broken Shadows (Intakt) 2:18:55
  • Host speaks 2:25:50
  • Irreversible Entanglements "Six Sounds" from Open The Gates (Intl. Anthem) 2:27:00
  • Barry Altschul's 3-Dom Factor "Be Out S'Cool" from Long Tall Sunshine (NotTwo) 2:37:26
  • Host speaks 2:45:20
  • Wadada Leo Smith "Song For World Forgiveness" from A Love Sonnet For Billie Holiday (Tum Records) 2:47:11

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