A further mix of jazz with myriad influences, from folk to soul to classical, and with a few U.S. discs in among the Europeans. I realise it is slightly strange to see a young band from Denmark’s second largest city ranked way above the trio that forms Wayne Shorter’s quartet, but as I have stressed all along, these are the albums that most favourably tickled my senses, placed in some kind of order, rather than an attempt at a year’s “best”.
The Half-Finished Heaven
Organic, natural, brimming with stress-busters and very good for us all. Full review here.
Danilo Pérez/John Patitucci/Brian Blade
Children Of The Light
Wayne’s men are doing it for themselves. Full review here.
Drummer who brings his many projects and friends together. Full review here.
Giovanni Guidi Trio
This Is The Day
More music I heard live in the Sendesaal in Bremen on ECM Club Night. Coming to Cheltenham in 2016, I hear. Full review here.
Freedom & Surrender
The honey-larynxed singer in joyous mood. Full review here.
Loads of post-jazz/rock atmoshphere from a (confusingly) Norwegian band. Full review here.
A pianist who understands that melody is key, but so is rhythm. Full review here.
Tom Green Septet
Young London trombonist who makes his band sound bigger. Full review here.
Sco’ and Lov’ reunited after all these years – hurrah! Full review here.
(Jaeger Community Music)
An unexpected and refreshing delight which has its origins in a cottage among the Danish dunes. Full review here.
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