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Best Releases of 2021

Updated: Jan 4


1. Henry Threadgill, Poof (Pi Recordings) 2. Charles Lloyd & the Marvels, Tone Poem (Blue Note) 3. Terence Blanchard, Absence (Blue Note) 4. Andrew Cyrille Quartet, The News (ECM) 5. Dave Holland, Another Land (Edition) 6. Brian Lynch, Songbook, Vol. 1: Bus Stop Serenade (Hollistic Music Works) 7. Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra, Community Music, Vol. 1: Tinctures in Time (Royal Potato Family) 8. Alex Conde, Descarga for Bud (SedaJazz Records) 9. Michael Feinberg, Hard Times (Fresh Sound) 10. Dave Stryker, As We Are(Strikezone) 11. Mark Feldman, Sounding Point (ECM) 12. Eric Wyatt, A Song of Hope (Whaling City Sound) 13. Dan Wilson, Vessels of Wood (Mack Avenue) 14. Kurt Elling w/Charlie Hunter, Super Blue (Edition) 15. Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trios, Songs From My Father (Whaling City Sound) 16. John McLaughlin, Liberation Time (Abstract Logix) 17. Harvie S w/Mike Stern and Alan Dawson, Going For It (Savant) 18. Pasquale Grasso, Pasquale Plays Duke (Sony Music Masterworks) 19. Dave Stryker, Baker’s Circle (Strikezone) 20. Marc Johnson, Overpass (ECM) 21. Orrin Evans, The Magic of Now (Smoke Sessions) 22. Nicole Glover, Strange Lands (Savant) 23. Charged Particles w/Tod Dickow, Live at the Baked Potato! (Summit) 24. Don Braden/Joris Teepe Quartet, In the Spirit of Herbie Hancock (O.A.P.) 25. Fred Hersch, Breath By Breath (Palmetto) 26. John Pizzarelli, Better Days Ahead (Ghostlight Deluxe) 27. Lorne Lofsky, This Song Is New (Modica Music) 28. Greg Belisle-Chi, Koi: Performing the Music of Tim Berne (Relative Pitch) 29. Alex Sipiagin, Upstream (Posi-Tone) 30. Fay Claassen & David Linx w/WDR Big Band Köln, And Still We Sing (Jazzline) Best Historical Recordings/Reissues


1. Hasaan Ibn Ali, Metaphysics: The Lost Atlantic Album (Omnivore) 2. Roy Brooks, Understanding (Reel to Real) 3. Sheila Jordan, Comes Love: Lost Session 1960 (Capri) 4. Lee Morgan, The Complete Live at the Lighthouse (Blue Note) 5. Roy Hargrove & Mulgrew Miller, In Harmony (Resonance) 6. John Coltrane, A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle (Impulse!) 7. Oscar Peterson, A Time For Love (Two Lions/Mack Avenue) 8. Bill Evans, Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans: A Career Retrospective (1956-1980) (Craft Recordings) 9. Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, First Flight to Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings (Blue Note) 10. Sonny Rollins, In Holland (Resonance)



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