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John Chacona

03 Dec 2017 6:22 PM | John Chacona

Usual disclaimers apply:  I only rate what I've heard, and I've probably missed a lot. That's half the fun of reading this list.  I don't get reissue boxes, so those aren't here.  I'm following the Francis Davis format here.  It's easier that way.  

Let the @s begin!

My favorite 2017 new releases

1.     Matt Mitchell:  A Pouting Grimace (Pi Recordings)

2.     Tomas Fujiwara: Triple Double (Firehouse 12)

3.     Matt Mitchell:  F├śRAGE (Screwgun)

4.     Craig Taborn:  Daylight Ghosts (ECM)

5.     Mike Reed:  Flesh & Bone (482 Music)

6.     Eric Revis: Sing Me Some Cry (Clean Feed)

7.     Tyshawn Sorey:  Verisimilitude (Pi Recordings)

8.     Mary Halvorson Quartet: Paimon: Book of Angels 32 (Tzadik)

9.     Wadada Leo Smith: Najwa (Tum Records)

10.  Matt Wilson:  Honey and Salt (Palmetto)

Vocal album

Jen Shyu: Song of Silver Geese (Pi Recordings)

Debut album

Kate Gentile:  Mannequins (Skirl Records)

Latin jazz CD

David Virelles: Gnosis (ECM)

Just missed

Jaimie Branch:  Fly or Die (International Anthem), Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan: Small Town (ECM), Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School: The Twilight Fall (Browtasaurus), Billy Mintz: Ugly Beautiful (Thirteenth Note Records), Hermon Mehari: Bleu (Unlabeled Records), Sam Newsome: Sopranoville (self), Manuel Valera Trio: The Seasons (MAVO Records), Kenny Warren Quartet: Thank You for Coming to Life (Whirlwind), Gato Libre: Neko (Libra), Aruan Ortiz: Cubanism (Intakt), Brandon Seabrook:  Die Trommel Fatale (New Atlantis Records), Roscoe Mitchell: Bells For The South Side (ECM), Vein:  Vein Plays Ravel (Double Moon Records), Gary Peacock Trio: Tangents (ECM), Lena Bloch: Heart Knows (Fresh Sound New Talent), The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Cochonerie (Aerophonic Records), Wadada Leo Smith: Solo - Reflections And Meditations On Monk (Tum Records), Vinnie Sperazza: Hide Ye Idols (Loyal Label)

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