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Nils Jacobson's Best of 2006

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Over the course of 2006, I listened to about 800 new recordings. The discs below represent the high points of this experience. A few releases from 2005 are also included (as noted) because they popped up on the radar after I made last year's list.

Jazz


Yosvany Terry Cabrera
Metamorphosis

(Kindred Rhythm)

Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet
Husky

(Hyena)

John Taylor
Angel of the Presence

(CamJazz)



Thomas Chapin Trio
Ride

(Playscape)

Sound in Action Trio
Gate

(Atavistic)

Tomasz Stanko Quartet
Lontano

(ECM)



Steve Lantner Quartet
Paradise Road

(Skycap)

John Ettinger
Kissinger in Space

(Ettinger Music)

Ben Riley's Monk Legacy Septet
Memories of T

(Concord)


Reissues/Compilations


The Microscopic Septet
Seven Men In Neckties
[1980-85]
Surrealistic Swing [1986-90]
(Cuneiform)

David Murray Trio
3D Family

[1978]
(Hatology)

Nils Petter Molvaer
An American Compilation

[2004-05]
(Thirsty Ear)


Box Sets


Tortoise
A Lazarus Taxon

[1994-2005]
(Thrill Jockey)

The Miles Davis Quintet
The Legendary Prestige
Quintet Sessions
[1957-65]
(Prestige)

John Coltrane
Fearless Leader

[1955-58]
(Prestige)


Senegal


Daby Balde
Introducing Daby Balde
[2005]
(World Music Network)

Cheikh Lo
Lamp Fall

(Nonesuch)

Nuru Kane
Sigil

(Riverboat)


North Africa/Middle East


Maurice El Médioni
Meets Roberto Rodriguez
Descarga Oriental

(Piranha)

Souad Massi
Mesk Elil (Honeysuckle)

[2005]
(Wrasse)

Marcel Khalifé
Taqasim


(Nagam)


Southern Africa


Various Artists
Hugh Masekela Presents
The Chisa Years 1965-76

(BBE)

Lulendo
Angola


(Buda Musique)

The Green Arrows
4-Track Recording Session

[Compilation 1974-79]
(Alula)


Greater Mexico


Fandango, Duende Y Taraf
Las Tres Orillas del Atlántico

(Producciones Alebrije)

Various Artists
Rolas De Aztlán
[2005]
(Smithsonian Folkways)

Lila Downs
La Cantina

(Narada)


Other


Nik Bärtsch's Ronin
Stoa

(ECM)

Soothsayers
Tangled Roots

(Red Earth)

Novalima
Afro

(Quango)



Son De La Frontera
Son De La Frontera

(World Village)

Ojos de Brujo
Girando baritone
[2005]
(Diquela)

The Necks
Chemist

(ReR)


Spoofs


Coleman Hawkins
Body and Soul Remixed!

(Verve)

Jimmy Smith
Me and Mr. Johnson

(Johnson & Johnson)

Madonna
'Bone Madonna

(Blonde Dissolution)



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