2014 Festive 50 – Numbers 10-1

Here they are – my favourite 10 CDs of 2014. I hope you have found something in the Festive 50 to interest you. And if there are some you don’t know maybe you’ll be tempted to find out more about them. That’s the point of thejazzbreakfast, after all – to share an enthusiasm or two. Please add your own lists in the comments, and I always look forward to any contrary views. Actually, I don’t make any claims that these are necessarily the best jazz CDs to be issued in 2014. They are just the ones I have enjoyed most out of the many I have reviewed on this site in the last 11½ months:


guitarBill Frisell

Guitar In The Space Age

(Okeh Records/Sony 88843074612)

Full review here


Pigfoot coverPigfoot

21st Century Acid Trad

(Village Life 131112 VL)

Full review here


businessKaren Mantler

Business Is Bad

(Xtra Watt 14)

Full review here


extendedTord Gustavsen Quartet

Extended Circle

(ECM 376 0239)

Full review here


solitudeBranford Marsalis

In My Solitude: Live At Grace Cathedral

(Marsalis Music/Okeh 88875011652)

Full review here


life to everythingPhronesis

Life To Everything

(Edition Records EDN1050)

Full review here


natureArve Henriksen

The Nature Of Connections

(Rune Grammofon RCD2161/RLP3161)

Full review here


circularityJulian Argüelles


(Cam Jazz CAMJ7872-2)

Full review here


all riseJason Moran

All Rise

(Blue Note 2073201)

Full review here


joy in spite of everythingStefano Bollani

Joy In Spite Of Everything

(ECM 378 4459)

Full review here

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  1. Positively the last list of 2014: My live and recorded highlights | mike collins

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