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Rob Shepherd

23 Dec 2021 12:54 PM | Rob Shepherd

Here are my top ten for 2021. I also list another 15, with commentary on the whole twenty-five, over at PostGenre.


  1. Kaidi Tatham, An Insight to All Minds(First Word)
  2. Kenny Garrett, Sounds From the Ancestors (Mack Avenue)
  3. Natural Information Society & Evan Parker, Descension (Out of Our Constrictions) (Aguirre/Eremite)
  4. Wadada Leo Smith-Jack DeJohnette-Vijay Iyer, A Love Sonnet for Billie Holiday (TUM)
  5. Archie Shepp & Jason Moran, Let My People Go (Archieball)
  6. Pino Palladino and Blake Mills, Notes With Attachments (Impulse!)
  7. Sylvie Courvoisier & Mary Halvorson, Searching for the Disappeared Hour(Pyroclastic)
  8. James Brandon Lewis Red Lily Quintet, Jesup Wagon (Tao Forms)
  9. Terence Blanchard, Absence (Blue Note)
  10. Brandee Younger, Somewhere Different (Verve)


  1. Marcos Resende & Index, Marcos Resende & Index (1976, Far Out)
  2. Khan Jamal, Infinity (1982, Jazz Room)
  3. John Coltrane, A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle (1965, Impulse)


  • Jen Shyu & Jade Tongue, Zero Grasses: Ritual for the Losses (Pi)


  • Sara Schoenbeck, Sara Schoenbeck(Pyroclastic)


  • Arturo O'Farrill, . . . Dreaming in Lions . . . (Blue Note)
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