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Tom Hull – On The Web Best of 2014 list by Tom Hull

The Best Jazz Albums of 2014

1.Steve Lehman Octet: Mise en Abîme (Pi)
2.Duduvudu: The Gospel According to Dudu Pukwana (Edgetone)
3.Paul Shapiro: Shofarot Verses (Tzadik)
4.Revolutionary Snake Ensemble: Live Snakes (Accurate)
5.Digital Primitives: Lipsomuch/Soul Searchin’ (Hopscotch, 2CD)

CF3136.Velkro: Don’t Wait for the Revolution (Clean Feed)
7.Ivo Perelman: The Other Edge (Leo)
8.Rent Romus’ Life’s Blood Ensemble: Cimmerian Crossroads (Edgetone)


CF 2929.Kris Davis Trio: Waiting for You to Grow (Clean Feed)
10.Craig Handy: Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith (Okeh)
11.Allen Lowe: Mulatto Radio: Field Recordings: 1-4 (Constant Sorrow, 4CD)
12.Farmers by Nature: Love and Ghosts (AUM Fidelity, 2CD)
13.Waclaw Zimpel To Tu Orchestra: Nature Moves (Fortune)
14.Jonas Kullhammar: Gentlemen (2014, Moserobie)
15.Regina Carter: Southern Comfort (Sony Masterworks)

CF 29316.Jonas Kullhammar/Torbjörn Zetterberg/Espen Aalberg: Basement Sessions Vol. 2 (Clean Feed)
17.Rich Halley 4: The Wisdom of Rocks (Pine Eagle)
18.Ben Flocks: Battle Mountain (self-released)
19.Peter Van Huffel/Michael Bates/Jeff Davis: Boom Crane (Fresh Sound New Talent)
20.John Hollenbeck/Alban Darche/Sébastien Boisseau/Samuel Blaser: JASS (Yolk)
21.Barbara Morrison: I Love You, Yes I Do (Savant)
22.Mary Halvorson/Michael Formanek/Tomas Fujiwara: Thumbscrew (Cuneiform)
23.Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Liverevil (Hot Cup, 2CD)
24.Bobby Avey: Authority Melts From Me (Whirlwind)
25.Wadada Leo Smith/Jamie Saft/Joe Morris/Balasz Pandi: Red Hill (Rare Noise)
26.Free Nelson Mandoomjazz: The Shape of Doomjazz to Come/Saxophone Giganticus (RareNoise)
27.Dave Douglas/Chet Doxas/Steve Swallow/Jim Doxas: Riverside (Greenleaf Music)
28.François Carrier/Michel Lambert/Alexey Lapin: The Russian Concerts (FMR)
29.Joachim Kühn/Alexey Kruglov: Duo Art: Moscow (ACT)
30.Tom Rainey: Obbligato (Intakt)
31.Catherine Russell: Bring It Back (Jazz Village)
32.Michael Blake: Tiddy Boom (2014, Sunnyside)
33.Anne Waldman: Jaguar Harmonics (Fast Speaking Music)
CF29434.Eric Revis: In Memory of Things Yet Seen (Clean Feed)
35.Jason Ajemian: Folklords (Delmark)
36.Sonny Simmons/Delphine Latil/Thomas Bellier: Beyond the Planets (Improvising Beings, 2CD)
37.The Mark Lomax Trio: Isis & Osiris (Inarhyme)

CF29738.Rodrigo Amado: Wire Quartet (Clean Feed)
39.The Core Trio: The Core Trio With Matthew Shipp (self-released)
40.Mike DiRubbo: Threshold (Ksanti)
41.Michael Griener/Rudi Mahall/Jan Roder/Christof Thewes: Squakk: Willisau & Berlin (Intakt)

CF30742.Adam Lane’s Full Throttle Orchestra: Live in Ljubljana (Clean Feed)
43.Sonny Rollins: Road Shows: Volume 3 (2001-12, Okeh)
44.Marlene VerPlanck: I Give Up, I’m in Love (Audiophile)
45.Ivo Perelman/Karl Berger: Reverie (Leo)
46.The Microscopic Septet: Manhattan Moonrise (Cuneiform)
47.Audio One: An International Report (Audiographic)
48.Billy Bang/William Parker: Medicine Buddha (2009 [2014], NoBusiness)
49.The Young Mothers: A Mothers Work Is Never Done (Tektite)
50.Kali Z. Fasteau: Piano Rapture (Flying Note)
51.Andy Biskin Ibid: Act Necessary (Strudelmedia)
52.William Hooker & Liudas Mockunas: Live at the Vilnius Jazz Festival (NoBusiness)

CF31453.Zanussi 5: Live in Coimbra (Clean Feed)
54.Marcin Wasilewski Trio w/Joakim Milder: Spark of Life (ECM)
55.Ezra Weiss Sextet: Before You Know It: Live in Portland (Roark)
56.Assif Tsahar/Gerry Hemingway/Mark Dresser: Code Re(a)d (Hopscotch)
57.Noah Preminger: Background Music (Fresh Sound New Talent)
58.Richard Galliano: Sentimentale (Resonance)
CF309CD59.Cortex: Live! (Clean Feed)
60.Greg Abate Quartet: Motif (Whaling City Sound)
61.Sam Newsome: The Straight Horn of Africa: A Path to Liberation [The Art of the Soprano, Vol. 2] (self-released)
62.Vijay Iyer: Mutations (ECM)
63.Dave Burrell/Steve Swell: Turning Point NoBusiness)
64.Wadada Leo Smith: The Great Lakes Suites (TUM, 2CD)
65.Lajos Dudas Quartet: Live at Salzburger Jazzherbst (Jazz Sick -13)
CF312CD66.Luis Lopes Lisbon Berlin Trio: The Line (Clean Feed)
67.Moskus: Mestertyven (Hubro)
68.James Brandon Lewis: Divine Travels (Okeh)

http://tomhull.com/ocston/nm/notes/eoyjazz-14.php

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Wondering Sound Best of 2014 list by Staff Contributor

To outsiders, jazz has the tendency to seem like an ossified genre — “serious” records for “serious” people, with anything significant having happened decades ago. If you needed any more proof that this thinking is absolutely ridiculous, this list is it. Here are 25 records from artists that are bold, brash, exciting and forward-thinking, unafraid of flirting with other genres, but reconfiguring them into something new and daring. The 25 Best Jazz Albums of 2014 represent the vanguard of contemporary music, pushing things forward one note at a time.

25. Rafael Karlen – The Sweetness of Things Half-Remembered (Pinnacles Music / CD Baby)
CF30324. Angles 9 – Injuries (Clean Feed)
23. The Cookers – Time and Time Again (Motema Music,Llc / Entertainment One Distribution)
22. Tyshawn Sorey Trio – Alloy (Pi Recordings)
21. Jane Ira Bloom – Sixteen Sunsets (Pure Audio)
20. Get the Blessing – Lope and Antilope (Naim Jazz / The Orchard)
19. Sam Newsome – The Straight Horn of Africa: A Path of Liberation (CD Baby)
18. Omer Avital – New Song (Motema Music,Llc / Entertainment One Distribution)
17. Steve Wilson/Lewis Nash Duo – Duologue (MCG Jazz)
16. The Bad Plus – The Rite of Spring (Masterworks)
15. John Ellis & Andy Bragen – MOBRO (MRI / The Orchard)
14. The Westerlies – Wish the Children Would Come On Home (Songlines Recordings / The Orchard)
13. Darius Jones and Matthew Shipp, Cosmic Lieder – The Darkseid Recital (AUM Fidelity / Virtual)
12. Billy Hart Quartet – One Is the Other (ECM)
11. Miguel Zenon – Identities Are Changeable (Miel Music / CD Baby)
10. Farmers By Nature – Love and Ghosts (AUM Fidelity / Virtual)
CF 2929. Kris Davis Trio – Waiting for You to Grow (Clean Feed)
8. Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band – Mother’s Touch (Posi-Tone Records / The Orchard)
7. Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio – Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio (Concord)
6. Oliver Lake Organ Quartet – What I Heard (Passin’ Thru)
5. Mitchell/Taborn/Baku – Conversations II (Wide Hive Records)
CF3014. Pharoah & the Underground – Spiral Mercury (Clean Feed)
3. Trio 3 With Vijay Iyer – Wiring (Intakt)
2. Sean Jones – Im•pro•vise (Never Before Seen) (Mack Avenue / The Orchard)
1. Steve Lehman Octet – Mise en Abime (Pi Recordings)

http://www.wonderingsound.com/list/best-jazz-albums-of-2014/

All About Jazz review by Glenn Astarita

CF314Zanussi 5 – Live In Coimbra (CF 314)
****
Here, Norwegian master bassist Per Zanussi is the leader and director of operations. Recorded live at a Portuguese jazz festival, the three-man reed section weaves mega contrasts and disparate tonalities into the mix with subtle or pronounced variances, contrapuntal phrasings, and sweltering, rough-hewn ostinatos. They embrace Middle Eastern modalities, free bop, funk and other genres via tempestuous solo spots, tuneful choruses and powerful exchanges, equating to a kaleidoscopic exhibition.

On the final track “All Wrath,” the band dishes out a manifold array of applications, highlighting its diversity. The musicians launch a mid-tempo Latin tinged vamp, where the reedman tinker and toy atop the beat, then launch into blustery, brawny and snaking unison choruses. The frontline pops, squeaks and plunges into a heavy-handed groove and at times, signal a revision of a typical 60s style mainstream Latin-jazz sequence often heard in adventure flicks. However, they find refuge within a modernists’ like slant and churn out boisterous solo spots, emphasized by Eirik Hegdal’s frothy baritone sax lines above the resounding bass and drums pulse. But matters quiet down with understated ebb and flow process as they veer into a jazz waltz motif and bop, amid a few immersions into modern mainstream jazz fare. One of many positive attributes is how the quintet executes transparent shifts in strategy, where surprises occur on a continual and purposeful basis. An air of excitement underscores this first-rate program.

http://www.allaboutjazz.com/live-in-coimbra-per-zanussi-clean-feed-records-review-by-glenn-astarita.php

The Quietus Best of 2014 list by Stewart Smith

With so much creative and exciting jazz and improvised music out there, no single list could hope to represent it all. So, a disclaimer: this top twenty is an entirely personal selection, determined by my own tastes, knowledge and access. It’s largely on the avant-garde side of things, but that doesn’t mean this music is inaccessible or overly cerebral. This is some of the most beautiful, inventive and passionate music I’ve heard this year, and there’s no shortage of great tunes, riffs or rhythms alongside the skronking and scraping. To reflect the global spread of this music, I’ve tried to cover a number of British, European and Japanese artists alongside the American masters. There will inevitably be great albums I’ve overlooked, so feel free to add your recommendations in the comments section below. We’ll be back in January with the regular roundup of new releases, reissues and event previews. But for now, party on and free the jazz!

-Wadada Leo Smith – Great Lakes Suite (Tum)
-Wadada Leo Smith – Red Hill (RareNoise)
-Akira Sakata & Giovanni di Domenico – Iruman (Mbari)
-Sakata, Berthling, Nilssen-Love – Arashi (Trost)
-Jemeel Moondoc – The Zookeeper’s House (Relative Pitch)
-Rodgrigo Amado Motion Trio & Peter Evans – The Freedom Principle / Live In -Lisbon (No Business)
-Billy Bang & William Parker – Medicine Buddah (No Business)
-William Hooker & Liudas Mockunas (No Business)
-Peter Brötzmann, Jason Adasiewicz, John Edwards, Steve Noble – Mental Shake (Otoroku)
-Kidd Jordan, Peter Kowald, Alvin Fielder – Trio And Duo In New Orleans (No Business)
CF301-Pharoah And The Underground – Spiral Mercury (Clean Feed)
-Large Unit – Erta Ale (PLN)
-Max Johnson, Ingrid Laubrook, Mat Maneri, Tomas Fujiwara – The Prisoner (No Business)
-Black Top feat Steve Williamson (Babel Label)
-Farmers By Nature: Gerald Cleaver, William Parker, Craig Taborn – Love & Ghosts (Aum Fidelity)
-Nicole Mitchell’s Sonic Projections – The Secret Escapades Of Velvet Anderson (Rogue Art)
-Raymond MacDonald & Marilyn Crispell – Parallel Moments (Babel Label)
-Alexander Hawkins – Song Singular (Babel Label)
-Alexander Hawkins Ensemble – Step Wide, Step Deep (Babel Label)
-East West Collective – Humeurs (Rogue Art)
-Nate Wooley, Hugo Antunes, Chris Corsano – Malus (No Business)
-Dave Liebman & Steve Dalchinsky (Rogue Art)
-Dead Neandthertals & Colin Webster – Prime (Gaffer Records)

http://thequietus.com/articles/16949-best-jazz-albums-2014

All About Jazz Italia review by Vincenzo Roggero

CF307Adam Lane’s Full Throttle Orchestra – Live in Ljubljana (CF 307)
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Ljubljana Jazz Series è l’ennesima idea vincente di Pedro Costa che arricchisce il già eccellente catalogo Clean Feed con una serie di registrazioni live effettuate durante il prestigioso festival d’inizio estate che anima la graziosa capitale slovena, rassegna con la quale l’etichetta portoghese ha da qualche anno inaugurato una proficua partnership.

L’ensemble in questione è un ottetto magistralmente guidato dal contrabbassista Adam Lane -autore di tutti i brani e dei relativi arrangiamenti-composto da ottimi musicisti in stato di grazia e particolarmente ispirati. La musica possiede la tumultuosa vitalità sprigionata dai gruppi di Charles Mingus, la leggerezza melodica delle piccole formazioni di Duke Ellington, la complessità tipica della sperimentazione, il groove contagioso del funky e della great black music.

Le composizioni -complesse nella struttura, articolate nell’organizzazione-vengono modificate in tempo reale dall’interazione dei musicisti, ma conservano una fluidità di fondo, una elasticità ed un senso del ritmo davvero notevole. È musica che fonde magnificamente cuore e pensiero, eccitazione fisica ed ebbrezza mentale, immediatezza comunicativa e stratificazione percettiva, insomma il piedino batte inesorabilmente mentre la mente ha il suo bel daffare.

http://www.allaboutjazz.com/live-in-ljubljana-adam-lanes-full-throttle-orchestra-clean-feed-records-review-by-vincenzo-roggero.php