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Лучшие джазовые альбомы 2018 по версии AllMusic / Favorite Jazz Albums of 2018

Лучшие джазовые альбомы 2018 по версии AllMusic / Favorite Jazz Albums of 2018

The jazz world remained unpredictable and fascinating as ever in 2018, including the virtuosic, meticulously-edited latest from Makaya McCraven, drummer Jamison Ross' nuanced sophomore release, and the unveiling of a lost album from John Coltrane.

Romaria

Andy Sheppard Quartet / Andy Sheppard

Romaria

 

An essential addition to the saxophonist's catalog and a fine extension of 2015's Surrounded by the Sea.

Music IS

Bill Frisell

Music IS

 

The guitarist's second album of intimate, layered solo performances, featuring new songs and reworked favorites.

Contra la Indecisión

Bobo Stenson / Bobo Stenson Trio

Contra la Indecisión

 

On their first effort in six years, the trio traverse folk songs, classical pieces, and a slew of originals with lyricism and brilliant colors.

Seymour Reads the Constitution!

Brad Mehldau / Brad Mehldau Trio

Seymour Reads the Constitution!

 

A warmly rendered set of originals and unexpected cover songs from the lauded pianist and his trio.

Resistance

Brandon Coleman

Resistance

 

Joyous, Herbie-inspired electronic funk from a musician heard on releases from Kamasi Washington, Flying Lotus, and Boney James.

Still Dreaming

Brian Blade / Scott Colley / Ron Miles / Joshua Redman

Still Dreaming

 

A thoughtful yet still adventurous celebration of Dewey Redman and Ornette Coleman's Old and New Dreams band.

Superette

Chris Lightcap

Superette

 

Chris Lightcap returns with a great new band and his most rock-influenced outing to date.

Christian McBride's New Jawn

Christian McBride / Christian McBride's New Jawn

Christian McBride's New Jawn

 

An adventurous pianoless quartet session from the bassist.

Kaleidoscope

Cyrus Chestnut

Kaleidoscope

 

An expansive trio date featuring jazz reworkings of several classical pieces.

The Window

Cécile McLorin Salvant

The Window

 

A dusky, intimate, and yet virtuosic duo session featuring the singer and pianist Sullivan Fortner.

The Falling Dream

Electric Squeezebox Orchestra / Erik Jekabson

The Falling Dream

 

This Bay area big band uses Latin jazz as its muse for this kaleidoscopic travelog through swing, salsa, post-bop and more.

Greatest Show on Earth

Elephant9

Greatest Show on Earth

 

Returning to the trio format after working with guitarists, the Norwegian organ trio deliver jazz-rock with deft imagination and an often dazzling intensity.

Music from Man of La Mancha

Eliane Elias

Music from Man of La Mancha

 

From the vault comes this previously unissued set of music from the iconic musical featuring two all-star rhythm sections.

Partir

Elina Duni

Partir

 

On her first solo outing, the Albanian-Swiss singer/songwriter delivers 12 songs in nine languages about love, leaving, and loss.

A Humdrum Star

GoGo Penguin

A Humdrum Star

 

The British trio's second Blue Note album finds them diving even deeper into a flowing, atmospheric, electronic-influenced sound.

After the Fall

Jack DeJohnette / Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock

After the Fall

 

The pianist's standards trio captured live in 1998; this double disc ranges from ballads to bop and beyond in an exhilarating performance.

Returnings

Jakob Bro

Returnings

 

The Danish guitarist's third ECM album is an atmospheric set featuring trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg.

All for One

Jamison Ross

All for One

 

An exuberant, deeply felt sophomore album of genre-bending jazz, gospel, and R&B from the award-winning vocalist and drummer.

You're Driving Me Crazy

Joey DeFrancesco / Van Morrison

You're Driving Me Crazy

 

On his third album in seven months, the Celtic soul man teams with Joey DeFrancesco for a set of jazz standards and redone catalog jams.

Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album

John Coltrane

Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album

 

Originally thought to be lost, an adventurous, invigorating album culled from a March 1963 session by Coltrane's classic quartet.

Listening to Pictures

Jon Hassell

Listening to Pictures

 

On his first album in nine years, the octogenarian trumpeter/theorist extrapolates on his Fourth World concept as he moves toward new sonic frontiers.

Modern Lore

Julian Lage

Modern Lore

 

The guitarist returns to his Telecaster and Arclight trio to explore the rootsy rhythms and textures of rock on this intimate, carefree outing.

Heaven & Earth

Kamasi Washington

Heaven & Earth

 

On his sophomore full-length, the Los Angeles-based saxophonist, arranger, and bandleader retains his maximalist aesthetic to excellent effect.

Concentric Circles

Kenny Barron / Kenny Barron Quintet

Concentric Circles

 

The acclaimed jazz pianist marks his 75th birthday by expanding his trio to a quintet for his engaging Blue Note debut.

Absence

Kristjan Randalu

Absence

 

This ECM debut from the Estonian pianist has a very modern sensibility that evokes a watery northern European light.

The Questions

Kurt Elling

The Questions

 

Elling's second album with saxophonist Branford Marsalis is a deeply poetic, lyrical set.

Little Big

Little Big / Aaron Parks

Little Big

 

A decade after Invisible Cinema, the journeyman pianist, bandleader and composer delivers a sequel performed by an illustrious new quartet.

The Book of Longing

Luciana Souza

The Book of Longing

 

The Brazilian vocalist/composer pairs poems by Leonard Cohen and others with sparse accompaniment and her tender vocals in a work of striking originality.

Universal Beings

Makaya McCraven

Universal Beings

 

The drummer's "organic beat music" is articulated brilliantly by editing the music of four different ensembles improvising live in four cities.

Code Girl

Mary Halvorson

Code Girl

 

The guitarist and composer's new quintet juxtaposes and recontextualizes avant-jazz, rock, folk, and improvisation in 14 provocative songs.

Zero

Matthew Shipp

Zero

 

On this effort, the pianist simultaneously delivers his most accessible solo recording, and the one most densely packed with provocative information.

Currents, Constellations

Nels Cline / Nels Cline 4

Currents, Constellations

 

The two guitarists expand the collective reach of their 2014 date Room with electricity and a rhythm section and the results are stunning.

Invisible Threads

Nelson Ayres / John Surman / Rob Waring

Invisible Threads

 

This trio with pianist Nelson Ayres and mallet percussionist Rob Waring explores melodic improvisation and group interplay with verve and elegance.

Let Your Light Shine On

Nicola Conte / Spiritual Galaxy

Let Your Light Shine On

 

The Italian composer and bandleader with his live band and guests deliver a captivating exercise in what he calls "Cosmic Afro Soul."

Maroon Cloud

Nicole Mitchell

Maroon Cloud

 

A diverse, major new work from the flutist-composer examines the numerous possibilities a developed imagination provides for personal and societal transformation.

Awase

Nik Bärtsch / Nik Bärtsch's Ronin

Awase

 

Reconvening Ronin for the first time since 2012, the composer and pianist builds out his brand of pulsing, improvisatory Zen funk.

Descansado: Songs for Films

Norma Winstone

Descansado: Songs for Films

 

The iconic British jazz singer delivers a poignant and provocative collection of songs by film composers -- some with original lyrics.

Collagically Speaking

R+R=Now

Collagically Speaking

 

The debut album of progressive, thought-provoking, groove-based jazz from keyboardist Robert Glasper's supergroup.

Early in the Mornin'

Samuel Blaser / Samuel Blaser Quartet

Early in the Mornin'

 

An earthy evocation of blues and folk traditions spun through with the trombonist's mystic free jazz energy.

Your Queen Is a Reptile

Sons of Kemet

Your Queen Is a Reptile

 

The ensemble led by Shabaka Hutchings debuts on Impulse! with a political album that sounds like a street party in the making.

Life Of

Steve Tibbetts

Life Of

 

On his first recording in eight years, the guitarist/pianist, with percussion and cello, gently examines the episodic nature of life along.

14

Supersilent

14

 

Fourteen albums in, Norway's mysterious improv trio strip their sound to its essences, delivering a musical language without boundaries.

New Bodies

Tangents

New Bodies

 

Australian quintet Tangents continue to display their "post-everything" approach to improvisation on their third full-length.

Live

Terence Blanchard

Live

 

The trumpeter leads his fusion group the E-Collective in a series of impactful live shows in cities that have suffered tragic deaths from gun violence.

Baby's Party

Till Brönner / Günter Sommer

Baby's Party

 

A surprisingly warm and relaxed set of trumpet and percussion improvisations between the German jazz luminaries.

The Other Side

Tord Gustavsen / Tord Gustavsen Trio

The Other Side

 

The pianist returns to the trio format for the first time in 11 years in a program of compelling originals, classical adaptations, and traditional songs.

Helsinki Songs

Trygve Seim

Helsinki Songs

 

Leading his first conventional jazz quartet in two decades, the Norwegian saxophonist pays tribute to many sources of inspiration.

Emanon

Wayne Shorter

Emanon

 

A conceptual four-part studio suite with orchestra, a graphic novel (enclosed), and two live discs showcasing a vital quartet, make this a compelling package.

Where the River Goes

Wolfgang Muthspiel

Where the River Goes

 

Most of the quintet from the guitarist's Rising Grace returns -- with Eric Harland on drums -- delivering original tunes in deeply intuitive interplay.

Raising Our Voice

Yellowjackets

Raising Our Voice

 

A warm, stylistically varied set from the veteran crossover jazz ensemble featuring Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza.

 
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