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John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2018


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Here are 12 new releases which stood out among the 200 or so discs that I heard this year, in no particular order. It's worth noting that Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii set herself the challenge to release a CD every month during 2018, to mark the milestone of her 60th birthday. Her output has been so remarkably consistent that a whole Year End list could be given over to her alone. I've reluctantly restricted myself to just two.

Louis Moholo-Moholo's Five Blokes
Uplift The People
Ogun Records

Aruán Ortiz
Live In Zurich
Intakt Records

Satoko Fujii / Joe Fonda
Long Song

Sylvie Courvoisier
Intakt Records

Jemeel Moondoc
The Astral Revelations
Rogue Art

Rodrigo Amado
A History Of Nothing

Satoko Fujii / This Is It!
Libra Records

Yoni Kretzmer's New Dilemma
Months, Weeks And Days
Out Now Recordings

Peter Evans / Barry Guy
Syllogistic Moments
Maya Recordings

Mikolaj Trzaska / Olie Brice / Mark Sanders / Riverloam Trio
Live At The Alchemia
Kilogram Records

Ken Vandermark / Nate Wooley / Sylvie Courvoisier / Tom Rainey
Noise Of Our Time
Intakt Records

Alexander von Schlippenbach / Aki Takase
Live At Cafe Amores
No Business Records



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