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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
(ECM)

Pat Metheny
Kin
(Nonesuch)

Brian Blade
Landmarks
(Blue Note)

Christine Jensen
Habitat
(Justin Time)

Norma Winstone
Dance Without Answer
(ECM)

Marius Neset
Lion
(ACT)

Robin Eubanks
KLassik RocK Vol. 1
(Artistshare)

Tord Gustavsen
Extended Circle
(ECM)

David Binney
Anacapa
(Criss Cross)

Arild Andersen
Mira
(ECM)

Saxophone Summit
Visitation
(Artistshare)

Mike Pope
Cold Truth Warm Heart
(19/8)

Steve Khan
Subtext
(Tone Center)

Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden
Last Dance
(ECM)

Tom Guarna
Rush
(BJU)


Jazz Reissues and Historical Releases


Jon Hassell
City: Works of Fiction
(All Saints)

Keith Jarrett
Hamburg '72
(ECM)

Miles Davis
Miles at Fillmore
(Legacy)

Miroslav Vitous
Miroslav Vitous Group
(ECM)

Jaco Pastorius
Modern American Music
(Omnivore)

Ralph Towner/John Abercrombie
Five Years Later
(ECM)


Progressive/Fusion/Funk New Releases


John McLaughlin
Boston Record
(Abstract Logix)

sPacemoNkey
The Karman Line
(Hubro)

Sonar
Static Motion
(Cuneiform)

Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen
Enfant Terrible
(Rune Grammofon)

InterStatic
Arise
(RareNoiseRecords)

Tim Bowness
Abandoned Dancehall Dreams
(Inside Out)


Progressive/Fusion/Funk Reissues


King Crimson
Starless
(Panegyric)

Led Zeppelin
2014 Remasters
(Atlantic)

Yes
The Yes Album
(Panegyric)


New Discoveries (incl. new groups)


Jon Cowherd
Mercy
(ArtistShare)

Brad Mehldau/Mark Guiliana
Mehliana: Taming the Dragon
(Nonesuch)

Claudio Fasoli
London Tube
(Abeat)

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

David Virelles
Mbókò
(ECM)

Wolfgang Muthspiel
Driftwood
(ECM)


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


Arve Henriksen
The Nature of Connections
(Rune Grammofon)

Erik Honore
Heliographs
(Hubro)

Anja Lechner/Francois Couturier
Moderato Cantabile
(ECM)

Susanna and Ensemble NeoN
The Forester
(Susanna Sonata)

Nils Petter Molvaer
Switch
(Okeh)

Solveig Slettahjell/Various Artists
Norwegian Woods
(ACT)


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


Manfred Eicher/Various Artists
Selected Signs III-VIII
(ECM)

Mike Bloomfield
From His Head...
(Legacy)

Paul Simon
Complete Albums Collection
(Legacy)

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