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So many reviews this year, in so many genres, that I've split them into two categories"Jazz" and "Latin, World & Experimental"in response to the feeling that I was trying to compare apples to oranges. They're presented in more or less chronological order, and the guiding principle was whether I had a clear memory of the recording even before I went back to listen to it again. A few of these were drawn from Multiple Review articles, and I cheated a bit with one where I reviewed a live album release concert rather than the album. If I had to choose just one? In a very strong year of ECM releases, Wolfgang Muthspiel's Rising Grace is a highlight in his discography, in contemporary jazz guitar music, and in the recent ECM catalog.
I love Jazz because of its freedom.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teenager years.
I have met Art Blakey in Juan-les-Pins, my drum teacher Orphelia took us to his concert, it was magical!
The best Jazz shows I ever attended were Art Blakey, Michel Petrucciani, Miton Nascimento, Naná Vasconcelos.
The first jazz record I bought was Jazz from Hell by Frank Zappa.