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Ken Franckling

05 Dec 2019 1:27 PM | Ken Franckling

The 10 best new jazz releases of 2019

  1. Tierney Sutton Band, ScreenPlay (BFM)
  2. Something Blue, Maximum Enjoyment (Posi-Tone)
  3. Tom Harrell, Infinity (HighNote)
  4. Charlie Dennard, Deep Blue (Deneaux)
  5. Akiko Tsuroga, Jeff Hamilton and Graham Dechter, Equal Time (Capri)
  6. Lisa Hilton, Oasis (Ruby Slippers)
  7. Brandon Goldberg, Let’s Play! (independent)
  8. Dave Zinno Unisphere, Stories Told (Whaling City Sound)
  9. Five Play, Live From the Firehouse Stage (5Play)
  10. James Suggs, You’re Gonna Hear From Me (Arbors)

2019’s best vocal recordings:

  1. Tierney Sutton Band, ScreenPlay (BFM)
  2. Laurie Antonioli, The Constant Passage of Time (Origin)
  3. Nancy Kelly, Remembering Mark Murphy (SubCat)
  4. Nora York with Jamie Lawrence, Swoon (Good Mood)
  5. Polly Gibbons, All I Can Do (Resonance)

 The best historical/reissues of 2019 (includes any recordings made over 10 years ago, whether newly released or reissued):

  1. Cannonball Adderley, Swingin’ in Seattle, Live at the Penthouse 1966-67 (Reel to Real)
  2. Michel Petrucciani Trio, One Night in Karlsruhe (SWR Jazzhaus)
  3. Betty Carter, The Music Never Stops (Blue Engine)
  4. John Coltrane, Blue World (Impulse!)
  5. Miles Davis, The Complete Birth of the Cool (Blue Note/Ume)

 2019’s top debut recording:

  • Brandon Goldberg, Let’s Play! (independent)

 2019’s best Latin/Brazilian jazz recordings:

  1. Señor Groove, Little Havana (Zoho)
  2. Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, On Firm Ground/Tierra Firme (Linus)
  3. Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, The Rhythm of Invention (Patois)
  4. David Sanchez, Carib (Ropeadope/Malaza)
  5. Antonio Adolfo, Samba Jazz Alley (AAM), Steve Khan Patchwork (Tone Center)

The 10 best new compositions from CDs released in 2019, listed alphabetically:

  • Dave Bass, “Agenbite of Inwit” from No Boundaries (Whaling City Sound)
  • Polly Gibbons and James Pearson, “If You Had the Chance” from All I Can Do (Resonance)
  • Miho Hazama, “Somnambulent” from Dancer in Nowhere (Sunnyside)
  • Clifford Lamb, “Blues & Hues” from Blues & Hues (Weberworks)
  • Bevan Manson, Cecily Gardner and Tierney Sutton, “Caramel” from Bevan Manson, The Jazz Cave (Meistero)
  • Bennett Paster, “Belgrade Booty Call” from Indivisible (self-produced)
  • Michael Thomas, “Without Doubt” from Terraza Big Band, One Day Wonder (Outside In)
  • Akiko Tsuruga, “Osaka Samba” from Akiko, Hamilton and Dechter, Equal Time (Capri)
  • Mike Tucker, “Requiem” from Dave Zinno Unisphere, Stories Told (Whaling City Sound)
  • Noriko Ueda, “Uneven Pieces” from Five Play, Live From the Firehouse Stage (5Play)


  • 08 Dec 2019 2:36 PM | Anonymous
    Thank-you so much Ken..for your support...and Laurie for posting this !!!!!!!!
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