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John Kelman's Best Releases of 2014


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2014 was another challenging year, with a personal health matter that began in early summer (thankfully finally diagnosed, non-life threatening and now being treated, though still waiting for signs of improvement) slowing down both travel and the usual breakneck writing in a significant way. Since the rule of this list is that any titles on it must have been reviewed, there are many releases that deserved consideration but are exempt because there was insufficient time to review them.

So, bearing that in mind, here are just a few of the top recorded events in jazz and beyond for 2014 (and in no particular order):

Jazz New Releases

Stefano Bollani
Joy In Spite Of Everything

Pat Metheny

Brian Blade
(Blue Note)

Christine Jensen
(Justin Time)

Norma Winstone
Dance Without Answer

Marius Neset

Robin Eubanks
KLassik RocK Vol. 1

Tord Gustavsen
Extended Circle

David Binney
(Criss Cross)

Arild Andersen

Saxophone Summit

Mike Pope
Cold Truth Warm Heart

Steve Khan
(Tone Center)

Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden
Last Dance

Tom Guarna

Jazz Reissues and Historical Releases

Jon Hassell
City: Works of Fiction
(All Saints)

Keith Jarrett
Hamburg '72

Miles Davis
Miles at Fillmore

Miroslav Vitous
Miroslav Vitous Group

Jaco Pastorius
Modern American Music

Ralph Towner/John Abercrombie
Five Years Later

Progressive/Fusion/Funk New Releases

John McLaughlin
Boston Record
(Abstract Logix)

The Karman Line

Static Motion

Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen
Enfant Terrible
(Rune Grammofon)


Tim Bowness
Abandoned Dancehall Dreams
(Inside Out)

Progressive/Fusion/Funk Reissues

King Crimson

Led Zeppelin
2014 Remasters

The Yes Album

New Discoveries (incl. new groups)

Jon Cowherd

Brad Mehldau/Mark Guiliana
Mehliana: Taming the Dragon

Claudio Fasoli
London Tube

Medeski Martin & Wood/Nels Cline
Woodstock Sessions, Vol. 2
(Woodstock Sessions)

David Virelles

Wolfgang Muthspiel

Beyond: Is It Jazz? Is It not? Does it really matter? New Releases

Arve Henriksen
The Nature of Connections
(Rune Grammofon)

Erik Honore

Anja Lechner/Francois Couturier
Moderato Cantabile

Susanna and Ensemble NeoN
The Forester
(Susanna Sonata)

Nils Petter Molvaer

Solveig Slettahjell/Various Artists
Norwegian Woods

Beyond: Is It Jazz? Is It not? Does it really matter? Reissues

Manfred Eicher/Various Artists
Selected Signs III-VIII

Mike Bloomfield
From His Head...

Paul Simon
Complete Albums Collection



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