Best albums discovered in 2017

















Jazz & yonder

The best:

Angles – Epileptical West
Anouar Brahem – Blue Maqams
Atlantis Jazz Ensemble – Oceanic Suite
Barney Wilen – Moshi
Ben Goldberg & Charlie Hunter – Go Home
Black Chamber – Black Chamber
Dizzy Gillespie – The Real Thing
Grant Green – Matador
Harold Johnson – House on Elm Street
Mary Halvorson Quartet – Paimon: Book Of Angels Volume 32 (Zorn)
Johnny Hammond – Black Feeling!
King Curtis – Soul Meeting
Luis Gasca – Luis Gasca
Melanie De Biasio – Lilies
Nat Adderley – Soul of the Bible
Nordmann – The Boiling Ground
Oded Tzur – Translator’s Note
Sun Ra – Super sonic jazz
The jazz crusaders – At the Lighthouse
VA – Spiritual Jazz 7: Islam
Yemen – Music Of The Yemenite Jews

The rest:

Amir ElSaffar – Inana
Angles – Every Woman Is a Tree
Archie Shepp – The Cry Of My People
Colin Vallon Trio –  Le vent
Duke Pearson – Angel Eyes
Florian Pelissier Quintet – Cap de bonne espérance
Grant Green – Sunday Mornin’
Grant Green & Donald Byrd – His Majesty King Funk
Nat Adderley – Calling Out Loud
Nubya Garcia – Nubya’s 5ive
Mankunku Quartet – Yakhal Inkomo
Vagif Mustafazade – Roads
Sun Ra – The Night of the Purple Moon

Groovy, funky & spiced

The best:

Classica Afrobeat Orchestra – Shrine on you
Compro Oro – Bombarda
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band – 55
Cosmic Analog Ensemble – Navigations Nocturnes: The Mundane and the Cosmic
Curtis Mayfield – Curtis/Live
Dijf Sanders – JAVA
Ebony Rhythm Band – Soul Heart Transplant
Iconili – Tupi novo mundo
Moderator – The World Within
Nomade Orquestra – Nomade Orquestra
The Olympians – The Olympians
The Pharaohs – Awakening
Skeletons – Smile
The Sorcerers – The Sorcerers
Soulive – Rubber Soulive
TAPEMAN NO. 1 – “Songs for the Malcoun”

The rest:

Afro Social Club – Sittin’ on a Bomb
Dokkerman & the Turkeying Fellaz – Illegal Move
Ethioda – Ethiopian Jazz Groove
The Heliocentrics – A World of Masks
Ikebe Shakedown – The Way Home
Jimi Tenor – Saxentric
Shabaka and the Ancestors – Wisdom of Elders
The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble – Sure Fire Soul Ensemble

The hip and the hop and the beats

The best:

Josh Furey – Archaeology
Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 3
SixToo – Almost A Dot On The Map.
Xfour & Freddy Bracker – Hamnesia

The rest:

Akın Sevgör  – Arsnova (2016)
Auntie Flo – The Soniferous Garden
Chinese Man – Shikantaza
Coely – Different Waters
Degiheugi – The Broken Symphony
Fred Yaddaden – Unreleased, Remixs & Collabs
Living Legends – Classic
Mop Mop – Isle Of Magic
1352.Harmonics – Freddy Bracker’s Escapades

Orbiting guitar

The best:

Cian Nugent – Childhood, Christian Lies & Slaughter
James Blackshaw – Fantômas: Le Faux Magistrat
Lilium – Transmission Of All The Good-Byes
Ryley Walker – All Kinds of You
Glenn Jones – Fleeting

The rest:

James Blackshaw – All Is Falling
Lilium – Felt
Ryley Walker – Primrose Green
Voice of the seven woods – Voice of the seven woods

Classical & beyond

The best:

Daigo Hanada – And This Is How It Ends
François Couturier & Tarkovsky Quartet – Nuit Blanche
Jacaszek – Treny
Max Richter -Sleep
Ólafur Arnalds – For Now I Am Winter
VA – … and darkness came…

The rest:

Ben Lukas Boysen & Sebastian Plano – Everything
Jacaszek – Glimmer

Away from the West

The best:

Kayhan Kalhor & Ali Bahrami – Fard I Will Not Stand Alone

The rest:

Ablaye Cissoko & Constantinople – Jardins migrateurs
Cosmic Analog Ensemble – “Bala Kahraba”
Cosmic Analog Ensemble – Muhadathat Vol 1 & 2
Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita – Transparent Water

Miscellaneous

The best:

Sunbirds – Sunbirds
Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation – Remains To Be Heard
Contemporary Noise Quartet – Theatre Play Music
Jan Swerts – Schaduwland
Michael Arthur Holloway – Guilt Noir
Nicolas Jaar and Various Artists – Don’t Break My Love
Tin Hat Trio – Book of silk
Yellow Days – Harmless Melodies E
øresund Space Collective – West, space and love
Yadayn – Pendel

The rest:

Al Doum & the Faryds – Positive Force
Garth Knox & The Saltarello Trio – Book of Angels, Vol. 30 (Zorn)
Grateful Dead – Aoxomoxoa
Hazmat Modine – Bahamut
John Zorn – Filmworks XI: 2002, Volume One: Secret Lives
John Zorn – Filmworks XI: Secret Lives
Tin Hat Trio– Foreign Legion
VA – Speedball Experience

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