Jakob Baekgaard's Best Releases of 2014

Jakob Baekgaard By

Sign in to view read count
2014 proved to be another fruitful year for jazz. The artists on this list represent many different musical directions, but that is the wonder of jazz. It is so many things and the world would indeed be poorer if the idiom was restricted to one particular sound. These artists all have a fresh approach to the music, but, at the same time, they respect tradition. Argentinian pianists Francisco Lo Vuolo and Paula Shocron know the language of the standards and even Danish saxophonist Lars Greve's enchanting dialogues with nature has its predecessor on saxophonist Peter Brötzmann's and drummer Han Benninks Schwarzwaldfahrt (FMP, 1977).

Once again, tradition was transformed and artists collaborated across continents, and old treasures, like Ethiopian master Hailu Mergia's masterpiece Tche Belew, were (re)discovered. It was also proven that the elusive Nordic sound is still thriving, with Norwegian pianist Jan Gunnar Hoff's Fly North being a particularly convincing example of the genre.

Paula Shocron
(Kuai Music)

Francisco Lo Vuolo
In Walked Francis

Hailu Mergia
Tche Belew
(Awesome Tapes From Africa)

Lars Greve
(Hiatus Label)

Simon Toldam
Kig Op 14
Ilk Music

Mark Turner
Lathe of Heaven

Christian Vuust
Urban Hymn
(Self Produced)

Jan Gunnar Hoff
Fly North
(Losen Records)

Gjertrud Lunde
(Ozella Music)

Jakob Buchanan
Some People & Some Places
(Self Produced)

Mimi Jones
(Hot Tone Music)

Samo Salamon & The Slovene Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra
Free Strings: Orchestrology
(Self Produced)


Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and through our retail affiliations you'll support us in the process.


Rare vinyl LPs and CDs from over 1,000 independent sellers


CDs, Vinyl, Blu-Ray DVDS, Prime membership, Alexa, SONOS and more


Specializing in high resolution and CD-quality downloads


Specializing in music, movies and video games


Marketplace for new, used, and vintage instruments and gear