Well, It's that time again, time to recap my personal music year in review! In this first part, I'm listing my favorite jazz releases of 2007 and the best live shows I witnessed this year.
Top Ten New Jazz Releases Of 2007
(Listed Alphabetically, Not By Ranking)
BUCHBINDER, DAVID: Odessa/Havana CD (Tzadik)
CLINE, NELS (SINGERS): Draw Breath CD (Cryptogramophone)
EL SAFFAR, AMIR: Two Rivers CD (Pi Recordings)
MEKURIA, GETATCHEW, AND THE EX AND GUESTS: Moa Anbessa CD (Terp Records)
MITCHELL, NICOLE (BLACK EARTH ENSEMBLE): Black Unstoppable CD (Delmark)
MORRIS, JOE/VANDERMARK/GRAY: Rebus CD (Clean Feed)
PARKER, WILLIAM/RAINING ON THE MOON: Corn Meal Dance CD (Aum Fidelity)
PASQUA, ALAN: The Antisocial Club CD (Cryptogramophone)
POWERHOUSE SOUND: Oslo/Chicago: Breaks (Atavistic)
TERRITORY BAND - 6 WITH FRED ANDERSON: Collide CD (Okka Disk)
JAZZ ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ken Vandermark - Pictured Above In Full Flight On Baritone Sax!!!!!
Top Three Live Shows 2007
(Again, Listed Alphabetically, Not By Ranking)
Nels Cline Singers - 4/25/07 - At Yoshi’s in Oakland, CA (Pictured Above)
The Valerie Project - 11/2/07 - At the Brookdale Lodge, located deep in mountains near Santa Cruz, CA.
The Wooden Shjips / The Nothing People - 3/29/07 - At the Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco, CA