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Favourite Recordings of 2022

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From an extended all-ECM special last show to close 2022 to this week's favourite shows of 2022 to open a new year. And let me wish you a healthy and productive 2023 while I have the floor. I've picked out music from a goodly number of my favourite releases out of an awful lot of great music released in 2022. The only tracks not on the list are the ones by Maximiliano Kirszner, Javier Moreno and Lisa Marie Simmons, but they're interesting recordings too!


  • Art Ensemble Of Chicago "Ja" from Nice Guys (ECM) 00:00
  • Host speaks 08:33
  • Santiago Leibson Sexteto "Quote" from Aperecersé (Self-released) 10:40
  • Vinny Golia, Bernard Santacruz & Cristiano Calcagnile "Evanesce" from To Live And Breathe (Darktree) 19:09
  • John Escreet Trio "RD" from Seismic Shift (Whirlwind) 25:54
  • Jakob Bro & Joe Lovano "Sound Creation" from Once Around The Room—Tribute to Paul Motian (ECM) 31:16
  • Host speaks 36:33
  • William Parker "Silver Sunshine" from Universal Tonality (Centering) 38:22
  • Samo Salamon, Arild Andersen & Rakalam Bob Moses "You Take My Arm" from Pure And Simple (Samo) 48:33
  • Mali Obomsawin "Lineage" from Sweet Tooth (Out Of Your Head) 56:06
  • Tarbaby "Paix" from Dance Of The Evil Toys (Clean Feed) 1:03:51
  • Host speaks 1:09:06
  • Heroes Are Gang Leaders "Shrimpy Grits" from Le Auto RoiOgraphy (577 Records) 1:11:15
  • Dreamstruck "Transits" from With Grace In Mind (FSR Records) 1:18:50
  • Lisa Hoppe's Third Reality "Imaginary Being No. 2" from Dinner With Abstract Poetry (Self-released) 1:25:07
  • James Brandon Lewis Quartet "A Lotus Speaks" from MSM-Molecular Systematic Music Live (Intakt) 1:30:26
  • Host speaks 1:41:16
  • The Gathering Orchestra "Freedom's Sweet Part 1" from Healing Suite (The Village) 1:43:23
  • Jon Irabagon Quartet "Rising Sun" from Rising Sun (Irabagast ) 1:51:58
  • Host speaks 2:01:56
  • Maximiliano Kirszner Quartet "Se Esmerila" from Trama (Ears&Eyes) 2:03:16
  • Andrew Cyrille, William Parker & Enrico Rava "Improvisation No. 1" from 2 Blues For Cecil (Tum Records) 2:11:56
  • Artur Malecki & The Creature "White Tiger" from Widoki (FSR Records) 2:22:45
  • Host speaks 2:31:36
  • Zoh Amba "The Drop And The Sea" from Bhakti (Mahakala Music) 2:33:25
  • Javier Moreno "Fulgord" from Relojeros Ya No Quedan (Ears&Eyes) 2:43:33
  • Lisa Marie Simmons & Marco Cremaschini "Individually One" from Notespeak 12 (Ropeadope) 2:50:41
  • Roberto Ottaviano & Alexander Hawkins "Oh Lord, Please Don't Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me" from Charlie's Blue Skylight ( Dodiculune) 2:52:43
  • Host speaks 2:56:35
  • Wadada Leo Smith "The River Of Abundance" from The Emerald Duets—Paradise The Gardens & Fountains (Tum) 2:59:15

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