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Лучшие джазовые альбомы 2014 по версии AllMusic / Favorite Jazz Albums of 2014

Лучшие джазовые альбомы 2014 по версии AllMusic / Favorite Jazz Albums of 2014

Big names like Branford Marsalis, Jason Moran and Nels Cline make appearances on our list of best jazz albums of the year, alongside younger artists like Theo Croker, Tumi Mogorosi and Hiromi.

The Offense of the Drum

Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra / Arturo O'Farrill - The Offense of the Drum

Buoyed by guests and 28 percussion instruments, this date celebrates the drum as a cultural force in a spirited, wide-ranging program of big-band jazz.

The Invasion Parade

Alfredo Rodriguez - The Invasion Parade

A deep dive into Cuba's vast musical variety and wound in a thoroughly modern, utterly enchanting mix of originals, folk songs, and classics.

The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier to Paint

Ambrose Akinmusire - The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier to Paint

On his sophomore Blue Note date, this trumpeter puts the emphasis on his bold and diverse compositions to thrilling effect.

Palo Colorado Dream

 

Anthony Pirog - Palo Colorado Dream

The guitarist and loop-meister has made a big splash on the D.C. experimental music scene; here's the evidence why.

Mira

 

Arild Andersen / Tommy Smith / Paolo Vinaccia - Mira

The second offering by this trio was recorded in a studio; it's more exploratory, lyric, and deeply satisfying.

Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro

 

Billy Childs - Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro

Pianist Billy Childs celebrates the music of the late folksinger Laura Nyro.

One Is the Other

 

Billy Hart Quartet / Billy Hart - One Is the Other

This experienced quartet delivers expansive, disciplined group interplay in composition and improvisation over eight tunes.

In My Solitude: Live at Grace Cathedral

 

Branford Marsalis - In My Solitude: Live at Grace Cathedral

The great saxophonist adds depth and breadth in a new chapter of his long career by delivering a stunning solo concert.

Landmarks

 

Brian Blade / Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band - Landmarks

On its fourth album, the band returns to Blue Note and goes deeper into its exploration of song forms through modern jazz.

Morning Forest aka Nose Up Bottom Down

 

Bruno Vansina Orchestra - Morning Forest aka Nose Up Bottom Down

Colorful, vibrant, and often rhythmically charged large-ensemble jazz influenced by the likes of Gil Evans and Charles Mingus.

Thou Shalt Boogie!

 

Bushman's Revenge - Thou Shalt Boogie!

On its sixth studio album, this Norwegian trio comes across with more disciplined writing, a bigger sonic palette, and wider horizons.

Last Dance

 

Charlie Haden / Keith Jarrett - Last Dance

This volume was taken from the same sessions that resulted in the duo's lovely 2010 offering Jasmine.

Really OK

 

Chris Speed - Really OK

An inimitable spin on the sax-bass-drums trio form, covering Ornette, Coltrane, and even "All of Me" along with the reedman's spirited originals.

Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith

 

Craig Handy - Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith

A buoyant celebration inspired by the organ jazz of Jimmy Smith and the joyous New Orleans second-line tradition.

Panama 500

 

Danilo Pérez - Panama 500

Pérez explores the folkloric traditions of his homeland with a mix of jazz, classical, and Latin American sounds.

Cosmic Lieder: The Darkseid Recital

 

Darius Jones / Matthew Shipp - Cosmic Lieder: The Darkseid Recital

Three years after their auspicious debut, the pair deliver a brilliant live offering compiled from two years of performances.

Enjoy the View

 

David Sanborn / Joey DeFrancesco / Bobby Hutcherson - Enjoy the View

A swinging hard bop and soul-jazz-inflected date that harks back to classic '60 and '70s Blue Note albums.

Mbókò

 

David Virelles - Mbókò

The ECM debut by this up-and-coming pianist offers a bold jazzman's take on Afro-Cuban ritual music that is at once striking and deeply moving.

Venezuelan Suite

 

Edward Simon / Edward Simon & Ensemble Venezuela - Venezuelan Suite

Pianist/composer/arranger Edward Simon and his Ensemble Venezuela create a vibrant meld of jazz and Venezuelan folk forms.

The Signal

 

Elizabeth Shepherd - The Signal

On her return to original material, the Canadian pianist and songwriter delivers a striking new direction. Lionel Loueke guests.

Live at the Hillside Club

 

Erik Jekabson / John Santos - Live at the Hillside Club

Adventurous, organic music performed in front of a warmly receptive audience by a band that never fails to swing

Chameleon

 

Harvey Mason, Sr. - Chameleon

The journeyman drummer reimagines his '70s funk-jazz roots.

Anthem for a New Day

 

Helen Sung - Anthem for a New Day

The adept jazz pianist delivers her first quintet album, featuring trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and others.

Alive

 

Hiromi / The Trio Project - Alive

On her third album with this trio, the pianist delivers genuine surprise with advanced compositions and colorful grooves.

Verdi 2.00

 

I Compani - Verdi 2.00

Returning to the world of Italian opera, Bo van de Graff and company celebrate Verdi's 200th birthday in freewheeling Dutch jazz style.

Beating the Teens: Songs of Steve Lacy

 

Ideal Bread - Beating the Teens: Songs of Steve Lacy

Edgy, experimental group once again pays homage to the late forward-thinking jazz saxophonist.

City Folk

 

James Farm - City Folk

The quartet's sophomore offering builds on the strengths of its debut with tunes that meld near pop accessibility with modern jazz sophistication.

All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller

 

Jason Moran - All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller

A marvelous tribute that still retains its own shape and coherency.

Face Forward, Jeremy

 

Jeremy Pelt - Face Forward, Jeremy

Pelt pushes the boundaries of jazz with deep fusion and electronica influences.

Beautiful Life

 

Jimmy Greene - Beautiful Life

A jazz saxophonist's loving tribute to his daughter who was killed in the Sandy Hook shootings in 2012.

Gathering Call

 

John Medeski / Matt Wilson Quartet - Gathering Call

A joyous mix of the jazz tradition, both avant-garde and swinging, that makes the most of Wilson and Medeski's influences.

To Future Memories

 

Juhani Aaltonen - To Future Memories

To Future Memories is a marvelous offering -- Its roots may lie in outside jazz, but its discipline and songlike qualities are numerous and profound.

The Art of Conversation

 

Kenny Barron / Dave Holland - The Art of Conversation

Subtle, beautifully performed collaboration between the influential jazz pianist and bassist.

Dance Without Answer

 

Klaus Gesing / Glauco Venier / Norma Winstone - Dance Without Answer

The trio's third offering poignantly juxtaposes provocatively reimagined covers against their trademark originals.

Krokofant

 

Krokofant - Krokofant

This Norse sax-guitar-drums power trio delivers an exciting debut that walks the line between electric jazz, prog rock, and metal.

Inti

 

Machine Mass - Inti

Now featuring Dave Liebman, the freewheeling trio still sounds like a larger band thanks to mastery of live electronics and looping.

Lathe of Heaven

 

Mark Turner Quartet / Mark Turner - Lathe of Heaven

Inspired by Ursula K. Le Guin's dystopian novel, Turner delivers this deeply thoughtful pianoless quartet recording.

I've Been to Many Places

 

Matthew Shipp - I've Been to Many Places

On this captivating solo outing, the pianist revisits and re-envisions some of his musical travels and juxtaposes them with bracing new tunes.

Thumbscrew

 

Michael Formanek / Tomas Fujiwara / Mary Halvorson / Thumbscrew - Thumbscrew

Three top avant jazzers with decades of experience among them create a distinctive band identity on Thumbscrew's 2014 debut.

The Jazz Composer's Orchestra: Update

 

Michael Mantler / Nouvelle Cuisine Big Band - The Jazz Composer's Orchestra: Update

Forty-five years after the original, the composer profoundly re-envisions his tunes for a new generation, adding period material never before recorded.

Room

 

Nels Cline / Julian Lage - Room

An excellent conversational meeting between two very different jazz guitarists that juxtaposes energy and ideas in ten colorful presentations.

Macroscope

 

Nels Cline Singers - Macroscope

The Nels Cline Singers fifth album shows that they're still making some of the most interesting, adventurous, genre-smashing music of the early 21st century.

Free Souls

 

Nicola Conte - Free Souls

The Italian bandleader and composer creates a classic-sounding, seamless integration of jazz, Latin, Brazilian, and soul.

Riomar

 

Nils Wogram's Root 70 - Riomar

Swinging, expressive, harmonically advanced chamber jazz from Wogram's longstanding quartet and three empathetic string players.

The Thought of You

 

Otis Brown III - The Thought of You

On his Blue Note debut, the noted drummer assembles a killer core band and three special vocal guests to deliver an ambitious, affirmative set.

Kin <-->

 

Pat Metheny / Pat Metheny Unity Group - Kin <-->

The group's stellar sophomore effort showcases a quintet as informed by lyric feel, and emotional expression as sophistication.

Southern Comfort

 

Regina Carter - Southern Comfort

On her fine Sony debut, the violinist explores the folk traditions of the American South.

Sentimentale

 

Richard Galliano - Sentimentale

On his debut for Resonance Records, the iconic accordionist and his quintet deliver a gorgeous program of international jazz standards and originals.

Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project

 

Rufus Reid - Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project

Using Catlett's art as inspiration, Reid composed these songs that touch upon swinging post-bop and gospel, spirituals, and classical music.

Undeletable

 

Simple - Undeletable

A simply irresistible high-energy avant jazz-rock quartet album from Belgium, suitable for retaining on hard drives everywhere.

Forever Young

 

Slawomir Kurkiewicz / Michal Miskiewicz / Trygve Seim / Marcin Wasilewski / Jacob Young - Forever Young

On his third ECM date, the Norwegian guitarist showcases a fine new quintet with Trygve Seim and pianist Marcin Wasilewski's trio.

The Lagos Music Salon

 

Somi - The Lagos Music Salon

On her OKeh debut, the American vocalist and songwriter delves deeply into her direct experience with Nigerian music and culture.

Joy in Spite of Everything

 

Stefano Bollani - Joy in Spite of Everything

Using his decade-long trio and special guests Mark Turner and Bill Frisell, the Italian pianist delivers an excellent collection of colorful new material.

Viper's Drag

 

Steven Bernstein / Henry Butler / The Hot 9 - Viper's Drag

The NOLA pianist and New York trumpeter/arranger initiate the rebirth of Impulse! with a swinging party of visionary reads of early jazz and blues.

Rising Son

 

Takuya Kuroda - Rising Son

The jazz trumpeter's funky, soul- and hip-hop infused Blue Note debut produced by vocalist Jose James.

Inevitable Western

 

The Bad Plus - Inevitable Western

Six months after their rigorous reading of The Rite of Spring, the Minnesota trio returns to its own musical universe with a bracing set of originals.

Spinning Jenny

 

The Bureau of Atomic Tourism - Spinning Jenny

The transatlantic sextet of avant electric jazz heavyweights careens between chaos and calm on its freewheeling second live album.

Sister Cities

 

The Ocular Concern - Sister Cities

The Portland creative jazz quintet -- plus strings and bandoneon -- defy expectations with an appealing, wide-ranging stylistic blend.

Inner Fire

 

The Souljazz Orchestra - Inner Fire

Here the Canadian sextet and friends deliver their most sophisticated recording to date, yet never sacrifice groove for ambition.

Afro Physicist

 

Theo Croker - Afro Physicist

The trumpeter's vibrant, '70s jazz fusion-infused third album, with production and vocals from Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Extended Circle

 

Tord Gustavsen / Tord Gustavsen Quartet - Extended Circle

The pianist's quartet expands its physicality and harmonic palette on this compelling set without sacrificing its lyric core.

Project Elo

 

Tumi Mogorosi - Project Elo

A fully realized, beautifully played, inspiring modern jazz that uses the music's post-1960 history to craft a statement as timeless as its spiritual subject.

The Great Lakes Suites

 

Wadada Leo Smith - The Great Lakes Suites

These dynamite suites are fantastically performed by the composer, Henry Threadgill, Jack DeJohnette, and John Lindberg.

Field Notes

 

Wil Blades - Field Notes

Field Notes extends the B-3 trio tradition by using the rudiments of greasy tuneology in tandem with a wider jazzman's palette of colors and textures.

If You Knew Her

 

Zara McFarlane - If You Knew Her

The second album from the jazz producer, songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist is richer, more imaginative than her MOBO-nominated debut.

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