SELECTED from all of the albums I have had the great pleasure of hearing and writing about this year, the following (in no particular order) especially stand out for the recollection of their initial impact, followed by their lasting artistic and emotional engagement.
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Jovino Santos Neto & André Mehmari with Hermeto Pascoal Guris
Vein Vein Plays Ravel
Yazz Ahmed La Saboteuse
Georgia Mancio & Alan Broadbent Songbook
Oli Rockberger Sovereign
Sue Rynhart Signals
Julian Costello Quartet Transitions
Marius Neset Circle of Chimes
Tommy Smith Embodying the Light
Phronesis, Julian Argüelles, Frankfurt Radio Big Band The Behemoth
Brass Mask Live
Eyal Lovett Trio featuring Gilad Hekselman Tales from a Forbidden Land
A heartfelt ‘thank you’ to so many extraordinary musicians, worldwide, who enrich life so significantly.
Bring on 2018!