Up into the top 20 and included are a fascinating double album debut from a young Norwegian saxophonist, the best of the Billie Holiday tributes in her centenary year, and separate albums from a tuba player and saxophonist who have often played as a duo. I ‘fess up that No.19 is by my nephew, but I didn’t write the review to which this entry is linked.
Far too agile a hornman to have any trouble in a china shop. Full review here.
Brian Homer found it a “a very mature and polished record”. Full review here.
Tony Dudley-Evans believes ECM’s confidence in this young musician is well-placed. Full review here.
Slow Eastbound Train
Very different from what a tuba-led album might sound like. Full review here.
Yesterday I Had The Blues
James is suitably restrained, as Billie would have wanted, and he has an all-star trio. Full review here.
The saxophonist and his young band are simply super-duper. Full review here.
All that is exciting in contemporary European jazz. Full review here.
Life-enriching music from Nikki Iles and Norma Winstone heading the dream line-up. Full review here.
Vijay Iyer Trio
A band that makes the most of the spaces in between. Full review here.
Time Is A Blind Guide
A beguilling album of drums, strings and piano full of hidden depths. Full review here.
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