AP REVIEWS: ‘TOP ALBUMS OF 2015’

ANOTHER GREAT YEAR for British and international contemporary jazz – and, out of 79 albums reviewed… well, it would be so pleasing to list 79 (I’m so tempted!).

Looking back and re-listening to the releases which I have reviewed in 2015 confirms a fantastic outpouring of creativity (and, of course, there are hundreds more albums my ears have never heard). But these are the recordings which have, on a purely personal level, made the final AP Reviews cut. Somehow, I have whittled it down to a TOP 12 (ie 12 months in the year / Twelve Days of Christmas).

But then, to recognise and recommend so many other, unanticipated gems that have come my way, I offer a further list of COMMENDED recordings – those which, over the past year, have unexpectedly captured my imagination and warmed my heart.

All are truly wonderful in their own unique way, and I thank all of these amazing jazz/improvisation artists for their energy, invention, enthusiasm… and, as a result of that, some of the most life-enhancing music imaginable.

 

AP REVIEWS – TOP 12 OF 2015
(in reverse sequence)

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12.
New Era
Entropi
Review

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11.
Never Ending January
Espen Eriksen Trio
Review

08_Wildflower150
10.
Wildflower
Wild Flower Sextet
Review

10_Range150
9.
Range
Pete McCann
Review

09_Return150
8.
Return to the Fire
Tim Garland
Review

07_Malija150
7.
The Day I Had Everything
Malija
Review

06_Strata150
6.
Strata
Ivo Neame
Review

05_Arguelles150
5.
Let It Be Told
Julian Argüelles
Review

04_Westerly150
4.
Westerly
The Printmakers
Review

03_MST150
3.
Meeting at Night
Moonlight Saving Time
Review

02_Kyle150
2.
Time Pieces
Kyle Eastwood
Review

01_Pinball150
1.
Pinball
Marius Neset
Review

 

AP REVIEWS – COMMENDED
(in reverse sequence)

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6.
The Science of Snow
Beresford Hammond
Review

iv_Szandra150
5.
Memory Palace
Szandra Szoke Quintet
Review

v_Skarkali150
4.
Skarkali
Skarkali Trio
Review

iii_Sorana150
3.
Our Lady of Stars
Sorana Santos
Review

ii_MightyFive150
2.
The Mighty Five
Alexey Kruglov & Jaak Sooäär Quartet
Review

i_Faces150
1.
Faces
David Lyttle
Review

 

Merry Christmas, a happy new year, and…

…here’s to the jazz of 2016!

Adrian.

MY ‘BEST OF 2013’
MY ‘TOP 20 OF 2014’

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