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  • 08 Dec 2022 8:34 PM | Ralph A. Miriello

    BEST NEW RELEASES OF 2022 :  

    Geoff Keezer And Friends : "Playdate"

    Tyshawn Sorey Trio +1 Greg Osby : "The Off-Off-Broadway Guide to Synergism"

    Dave Stryker: "As We Are" 

    Peter Erskine Trio "Live in Italy"

    Mary Halvorsen: "Amaryliss"

    Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trio D'Ete: "Turning Point"

    Grant Geisman:"Blooz"

    Boris Kozlov: "First Things First"

    Jeff Coffin: "Between Dreaming and Joy"

    Dave Liebman: "Trust and Honesty"

    Steve Feifke & Bijon Watson: Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra

    Reverso: "Harmonic Alchemy"

    Pete Malinverni: "On the Town"

    Oz Noy, Ugoma Okegow, Ray Marchica: "Riverside"

    Yellowjackets: "Parallel Motion"

    Martin Wind and the NY Bass Quartet: "Air"

    Michael Blake: "Combobulate"

    Steve Cardenas, Ben  Allison & Ted Nash: "Healing Power-The Music of Carla Bley"

    Pasquale Grasso: "BeBop!"

    JD Allen: "Americana Vol2"

    Kevin Eubanks & Orrin Evans: "EEE"

    Michael Dease: "Best Next Thing"

    Jon Cowherd Trio: "Pride & Joy"

    Michael Wollny Trio: "Ghosts"

    Marshall Gilkes: "Cyclic Journey"


    Best Vocal Albums:

    Claudia Acuna: "Duo"

    Giacomo Gates: "You"

    Flora Purim: "If You Will"

    Cecile McLorin Savant: "Ghost Song"

    Sarah Gazarek: "Vanity"

    Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Aymee Nuviola: "Live at Marciac"

    BEST LATIN JAZZ ALBUM:

    Miguel Zenon: "Musica de Las Americas"

    BEST HISTORICAL RECORDINGS

    Bill Evans: Morning Glory/ Inner Spirit (2 albums)

    Ahmad Jamal: Emerald City Nights: (2 albums)

    Mingus the lost tapes at Ronnie Scott's : 

  • 04 Dec 2022 6:43 PM | Danica Pantovic

    2022 List 

    Home.S. Esbjørn Svensson Solo, ACT 

    I AM Beyond by Isaiah Collier & Michael Shekwoaga Ode, HHV Records

    Ghost Song by Cecile McLorin Salvant, Nonesuch

    Jazz is Expensive/Live in Saalfelden by Kühn Fu, Berthold Records

    Elastic Wave by Gard Nilssen Acustic Unity, ECM

    Louise by Emile Parisien, ACT

    Wind Rose by Majamisty TriO, Mistyland

    Melange by Schime & Muzikon, Sequoia Music

    Catching the Wind by Vladimir Samardžić, SKC NS

    Fruška Džungla (Jungle) by Dragon's Fuel, HORZ

    Bonus

    3 Generations by Nils Landgren, ACT




  • 02 Dec 2022 5:51 PM | David Basse

    TOP TEN 2022

    SAMARA JOY                              LINGER AWHILE    

    STEVE DAVIS                               BLUESTHETIC 

    SAN GABRIEL 7 / SINNE EEG    UNDER THE STARS

    JOSH NELSON/BOB BOWMAN TOMORROW IS NOT PROMISED

    BEN MORRIS                               POCKET GUIDES

    BILL CHARLAP TRIO                  STREET OF DREAMS

    IDIT SHNER & MHONDORO        HEAT WAVE

    SIMEON DAVIS GROUP             OF NARRATIVES & NOCTURNES

    BEN SIDRAN                                SWING STATE

    TIERNEY SUTTON                       PARIS SESSIONS 2

    http://davidbasse.com 




  • 02 Dec 2022 9:44 AM | Ken Franckling

    Favorite new jazz releases of 2022

    1. Dave Wilson Quartet, Stretching Supreme (self-released)

    2. Lynne Arriale, The Lights Are Always On (Challenge)

    3. Wayne Shorter, Terri Lyne Carrington, Leo Genovese, esparanza spalding, Live st the Detroit Jazz Festival (Candid)

    4. Jo Harrop, The Heart Wants (Lateralize)

    5. Javon Jackson, The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni (Solid Jackson)

    6. Samara Joy, Linger Awhile (Verve)

    7. Steven Feifke and Bijon Watson, … present Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra (Cellar)

    8. Sam Kirmayer, In This Moment (Cellar Music)

    9. Ricky Ford, Paul's Scene (Whaling City)

    10. Chris Cortez, Live at Blue Bamboo (Blue Bamboo)


    Favorite 2022 vocal recordings:

    1. Jo Harrop, The Heart Wants (Lateralize)

    2. Samara Joy, Linger Awhile (Verve)

    3. Tierney Sutton, Paris Sessions 2 (BFM Jazz)

    4. Mark Winkler, Late Bloomin' Jazzman (Café Pacific)

    5. Carol Sloane, Live at Birdland (Club 44)

    6. San Gabriel 7 featuring Sinne Eeg, Under the Stars (JRL-SGS)

    7. Catherine Russell, Send For Me (Dot Time)

    8. Kim Nalley Band, I Want a Little Boy (self-released)

    9. Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Aymée Nuviola, Live in Marciac (5Passion)

    10. Xiomara Torres, La Voz Del Mar (Patois)


    Favorite historical/reissues of 2022 (includes any recordings made over 10 years ago, whether newly released or reissued):

    1. Bill Evans, Morning Glory (Resonance)

    2. Ahmad Jamal, Emerald City Nights: Live at the Penthouse1965-1966 (Jazz Detective)

    3. Dave Brubeck Trio, Live From Vienna 1967 (Derry Music)

    4. Charles Mingus, Mingus: The Los Album From Ronnie Scott's (Resonance)

    5. Ella Fitzgerald, Ella at the Hollywood Bowl: The Irving Berlin Songbook (Verve)

    6. Elvin Jones, Revival: Live at Pookie's Pub(Blue Note)

    7. Chet Baker Trio, Live in Paris (Elemental)

    8. Clark Terry, Big Bad Band, Live in Holland 1979 (Storyville)

    9. Frank Kimbrough, 2003-2006 (Palmetto)

    10. Peck Allmond Quartet, Live at Yoshi's 1994 (Eastlawn)


    Favorite 2022 debut recording:

    Timothy Norton, Visions of Phaedrus(Truth Revolution Recording Collective)


    Favorite 2022 Latin/Brazilian jazz recordings:

    1. Oscar Hernández & Alma Libre, Visión (Ovation)

    2. Miguel Zenón, Música de las Américas (Miel)

    3. Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Aymée Nuviola, Live in Marciac (5Passion)

    4. Xiomara Torres, La Voz Del Mar (Patois)

    5. Juan Carlos Quintero, Table for Five (Moondo)


    Favorite new compositions from CDs released in 2022, listed alphabetically:

    • Lynne Arriale, ”Sounds Like America” from The Lights Are Always On (Challenge)

    • Bob Bowman, “Yae San”” from Josh Nelson/Bob Bowman Collective, Tomorrow is Not Promised (Steel Bird)

    • Yelena Eckemoff, “Like Rain Upon the Mown Grass” from I Am a Stranger in This World (L&H)

    • Yosef Gutman and Gilad Ronen, “Joshua” from Yosef Gutman, Upside Down Mountain (independent)

    • Jo Harrop, Natalie Williams, James McCredie, Hannah Vasanth, “Weather the Storm” from Jo Harrop, The Heart Wants (Lateralize)

    • Timothy Norton, “King's Inn” from Visions of Phaedrus (Truth Revolution Recording Collective)

    • Rick Roe, “Agent 88” from Roe Bickley Kramer, Lucid Dream (RNR Unknown)

    • Jamieson Trotter and Mark Winkler, “Old Enough” from Mark Winkler, Late Bloomin' Jazzman (Café Pacific)

    • Walt Weiskopf, “Other Jewels” from Walt Weiskopf European Quartet, Diamonds and Other Jewels (AMM)

    • Miguel Zenón, “Imperios” from Música de las Américas (Miel)

  • 29 Nov 2022 10:25 AM | Scott Thompson

    Scott Thompson PR is working the new release by Grammy® nominee, Guggenheim Fellow and Steinway artist Elio Villafranca entitled Standing by the Crossroads with Cecile McLorin Salvant, Vincent Herring, Dayna Stephen, Freddie Hendrix, John Kreisberg and more. Thompson is also working the new Nestor Torres & Corey Allen release Dominican Suite.

  • 29 Nov 2022 7:24 AM | Matty Bannond

    Here’s my top ten albums that I reviewed in 2022, in alphabetical order…


    Full Circle - Nadje Noorhuis.

    Ibio-Ibio - Camilla George.

    I get along without you very well - Ellen Arkbro & Johan Graden.

    Marram - Matt Carmichael

    Pale Blue Dot - Georg Demel Quartett.

    Spiritual Car Wash - Taxi Consilium.

    The Good Spirits Part 2 - Denis Gäbel.

    The Sound of Listening - Mark Guiliana.

    White Juju - Soweto Kinch.

    Wolves and Mirrors - Wolves and Mirrors.

  • 28 Nov 2022 10:19 PM | Michael Ambrosino

    Below are my favorite 25 albums for 2022.

    They are listed in alphabetical and not any hierarchical order.

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    Pablo Ablanedo - Chistreza

    Afro Bop Alliance - The Pan American Nutcracker Suite

    Kenny Barron - The Source

    Andrea Brachfeld - Evolution

    Tito Carrillo - Urbanessence

    Terri Lyne Carrington - New Standards Vol 1

    Sarah Elizabeth Charles - Blank Canvas

    Anat Cohen - Quartetinho

    Roxy Coss - Disparate Parts

    Luis DenizEl - Tinajón

    Marshall Gilkes - Cyclic Journey

    Robert Glasper - Black Radio III

    Rafael Greco - Dice Que Vive (Signs Of Life)

    Connie Han - Secrets of Inanna 

    Conrad Herwig - The Latin Side of Mingus

    Samara Joy - Linger Awhile

    Ryan Keberle - Sonhos Da Esquina

    Brian Lynch - Songbook Vol. 2: Dance The Way U Want To

    Makaya McCraven - In These Times

    Kham Meslien - Fantômes... Futurs

    Hailey Niswanger & Mia Garcia - Between All Things

    Rufus Reid - Celebration

    Cécile McLorin Salvant - Ghost Song

    Dave Stryker - As We Are

    Miguel Zenón - Musica De Las Americas

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    Michael Ambrosino

    Programmer/Producer/Host of Currents, Dialogs, Tapas and Los Olvidados

    33third.org

  • 06 Mar 2022 9:40 AM | Wilbert Sostre

    Top 3 Jazz Albums from Puerto Rico Jazz Musicians 2021

    1. Miguel Zenon & Luis Perdomo - El Arte del Bolero

    2. Carlos Henriquez - South Bronx Story

    3. Charlie Sepulveda - This is Latin Jazz

  • 01 Feb 2022 9:51 AM | Geoffrey Himes

    GEOFFREY HIMES: BEST ALBUMS OF 2021

     

    TWENTY BEST JAZZ ALBUMS OF 2021:

    • 1.      Charles Lloyd & the Marvels: Tone Poem (Blue Note)
    • 2.      Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Soundprints: Other Worlds (Greenleaf)
    • 3.      Matthew Shipp: Codebreaker (Tao Forms)
    • 4.      Vijay Iyer: Uneasy (ECM)
    • 5.      Amir El Saffar Rivers of Sound The Other Shore (Out Note)
    • 6.      East Axis: Cool with That (ESP-Disk)
    • 7.      David Sanford Big Band featuring Hugh Ragin: A Prayer for Lester Bowie (Greenleaf)
    • 8.      Henry Threadgill: Zooid Poof (Pi)
    • 9.      Johnathan Blake: Homeward Bound (Blue Note)
    • 10.  Abdullah Ibrahim: Solotude (Gearbox)
    • 11.  Allison Miller & Jane Ira Bloom: Tues Days (Outline)
    • 12.  Jihye Lee Orchestra: Daring Mind (Motema)
    • 13.  Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: Virtual Birdland (Zoho)
    • 14.  William Parker: Painters Winter (AUM Fidelity)
    • 15.  Julian Lage: Squint Blue Note
    • 16.  Gonzalo Rubalcaba Ron Carter Jack DeJohette Skyline (Passion)
    • 17.  James Brandon Lewis: Jesup Wagon Tao
    • 18.  Lionel Loueke: Close Your Eyes (Sounderscore)
    • 19.  Pat Metheny Side Eye: NYC V1.IV (Metheny Group)
    • 20.  Esperanza Spalding: Songwrightsapothecarylab (Concord Jazz)

     

    TWENTY BEST NON-JAZZ ALBUMS OF 2021:

     

    • 1.      James McMurtry: The Horses and the Hounds (New West)
    • 2.      Charley Crockett: Music City USA (Son of Davy/Thirty Tigers)
    • 3.      Valerie June: The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers (Fantasy)
    • 4.      Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi: They're Calling Me Home (Nonesuch)
    • 5.      Robert Plant / Alison Krauss: Raise the Roof  (Rounder)
    • 6.      Hayes Carll: You Get It All (Dualtone)
    • 7.      Mickey Guyton: Remember Her Name (Capitol Nashville)
    • 8.      Olivia Rodrigo: “Driver's License” from Sour (Geffen)
    • 9.      Lindsey Buckingham: Lindsey Buckingham (Reprise)
    • 10.  Lil Nas X: Montero (Columbia
    • 11.  Taylor Swift: Red (Taylor’s Version) (Republic)
    • 12.  Billie Eilish: Happier than Ever (Inerscope)
    • 13.  Julien Baker Little Oblivions (Matador)
    • 14.  The Black Keys: Delta Kream (Nonesuch)
    • 15.  The Hold Steady: Open Door Policy (Partisan)
    • 16.  Yasmin Williams Urban Driftwood (Spinster)
    • 17.  Lucy Dacus: Home Video (Matador)
    • 18.  Eric Church: Heart & Soul (EMI Nashville/Big EC)
    • 19.  The Dropkick Murphys: Turn Up That Dial (Born & Bred)
    • 20.  Lady Blackbird: Black Acid Soul (Foundation)

     

    THE FIVE BEST HISTORICAL JAZZ ALBUMS:

    • 1.      Sam Rivers Quartet: Braids (No Business)
    • 2.      Hasaan Ibn Ali: Metaphysics and Retrospect in Retirement of Delay: The Solo Recordings (Omnivore)
    • 3.      John Coltrane: A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle (Impulse)
    • 4.      Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers: First Flight to Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings (Blue Note)
    • 5.      Sheila Jordan: Comes Love: Lost Session 1960 (Capri)

    THE FIVE BEST HISTORICAL NON-JAZZ ALBUMS:

    • 1.      The Beach Boys: Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions: 1969-1971 (Universal/Capitol/Brother)
    • 2.      Bob Dylan: Springtime in New York: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16, 1980-1985 (Columbia/Legacy)
    • 3.      Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concert (Columbia/Legacy)
    • 4.      Various Artists: It's a Good Feeling: The Latin Soul of Fania Records, The Singles (Craft Latino)
    • 5.      Buck Owens: The Capitol Albums (Omnivore)

     

  • 25 Jan 2022 4:46 PM | Michael Ambrosino

    33third.org's Top ten Albums for 2021

    Another banner year for Jazz made all the more remarkable given COVID and the polarized response to the pandemic in the US.

    Here's is my write up of the very best for 2021

    Enjoy!

    Michael Ambrosino / 33third.org

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