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John Kelman's Best Releases of 2011


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Selected picks representing the top recorded events in jazz and beyond for 2011. Note that only albums that have been reviewed can qualify....

Jazz New Releases



Iro Haarla Quintet




Craig Taborn
Avenging Angel


SFJAZZ Collective
Music of Stevie Wonder


David Binney
Graylen Epicenter


Joel Harrison
The Music of Paul Motian


Charles Lloyd/Maria Farantouri
Athens Concert


Bill Frisell/858 Quartet
Sign of Life

(Savoy Jazz)

Dave Liebman/Richie Beirach


Enrico Rava Quintet


James Farm
James Farm


The Jeff Gauthier Goatette
Open Source


Vince Mendoza
Nights on Earth


Ninety Miles

(Concord Picante)

Jazz Reissues & Historical Releases

Brad Mehldau
Art of the Trio: Recordings


Jaco Pastorius
60th Anniversary Collection

(Warner Japan)

John Surman
Flashpoint: NDR Jazz...


Jøkleba!/nu jøk?

(Universal Norway)

Eric Vloeimans


Ketil Bjørnstad
Early Piano Music


Progressive/Fusion/Funk New Releases

Steven Wilson
Grace for Drowning


Tommy Smith


Van Der Graaf Generator
A Grounding in Numbers


Human Element
Human Element

(Abstract Logix)

A Scarcity of Miracles


More Never is Enough


Progressive/Fusion/Funk Reissues & Historical Releases

King Crimson

(DGM Live)

Soft Machine
Tales of Taleisin


King Crimson
Starless and Bible Black

(DGM Live)

New Discoveries (including new groups)

Blue Touch Paper
Stand Well Back


Jasper Blom Quartet


Ola Kvernberg


Mats Eilertsen


Blissful Ignorance


Jack DeJohnette Group
Live at Yoshi's 2010

(Golden Beams)

Beyond: Is it jazz? Is it not? Does it really matter?

Nils Petter Molvær
Baboon Moon

(Sula/Thirsty Ear)

Håkon Kornstad
Symphonies in My Head


Humcrush/Sidsel Endresen

(Rune Grammofon)

Sinikka Langeland
The Land That Is Not


Paul Simon
So Beautiful or So What

(Hear Music)

Various Artists
Johnny Boy Would Love This

(Hole in the Rain)



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