Saturday, August 25, 2007

My friend Brian P. inquired as to my top ten for 2007. I was momentarily flummoxed, but came up with the following list (not in any particular order):


Dave Douglas - Live at the Jazz Standard (just reviewed)
Marc Ribot - Asmodeus: Book Of Angels: Vol.7
William Parker - Alphaville Suite
David Murray - Sacred Ground
The Claudia Quintet - For
Nels Cline Singers– Draw Breath
The Bad Plus - Prog
Sam Rivers - Aurora
William Parker's Little Huey Big Band - For Percy Heath
Charles Tolliver - With Love


Watermelon Slim - The Wheel Man
Richard Thompson - Sweet Warrior
James "Blood" Ulmer - Bad Blood In the City
The White Stripes - Icky Thump

There's been a lot of good music so far this year especially in jazz, and shows how diverse the musical spectrum is from the guitar driven fusion of Marc Ribot to the cheeky modern jazz of Dave Douglas and The Bad Plus. There have been a surprising number of great large band records by the likes of Sam Rivers, William Parker and Charles Tolliver. Still three months to go, so let's hope the great music keeps coming.

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