Wednesday, December 28, 2022

The music that kept my spirits up in 2022

Albert Ayler proclaimed that Music is the healing force of the universe.

Some of the best medicine of 2022 came from these new releases: 

Patricia BrennanMore Touch (Pyroclastic)

Whit Dickey Quartet - Root Perspectives (TAO Forms)

Avram Fefer Quartet - Juba Lee (Clean Feed)

Tomas Fujiwara’s Triple Double - March (Firehouse 12)

Just Jones - Just Justice (ESP-Disk’)

Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp - Fruition (ESP-Disk’)

Enrico Rava and Fred Hersch - The Song is You (ECM)

Matthew Shipp Trio - World Construct (ESP-Disk’)

Wadada Leo SmithEmerald Duets (TUM)

Tyshawn Sorey Trio - Mesmerism (Yeros7 Music)

Tyshawn Sorey Trio +1 - The Off-Off Broadway Guide to Synergism (Pi Recordings)

Dan Weiss TrioDedication (Cygnus)

Megumi Yonezawa - Resonance (Sunnyside)

It was also another banner year for archival and historical projects:

Albert Ayler - Revelations (Complete ORTF Fondation Maeght Recordings) 
(Elemental Music)

Joe Henderson - The Complete Joe Henderson Blue Note Studio Sessions - (Mosaic)

Freddie Hubbard - The Complete Blue Note & Impulse ‘60s Studio Sessions - (Mosaic)

Ahmad Jamal - Emerald City Nights: Live At The Penthouse 1963-1964 and 1965-1966  (Jazz Detective)

Elvin Jones - Revival : Live At Pookie’s Pub (Blue Note)

Charles Mingus - The Lost Album from Ronnie Scott's (Resonance)

Mal Waldron - Searching in Grenoble : The 1978 Solo Piano Concert (Tompkins Square)

And many thanks to the publicists and record labels who keep my in-box full. 

Above all, grateful thanks to all the musicians!!

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