2015 Festive 50 – 20-11

Up into the top 20 and included are a fascinating double album debut from a young Norwegian saxophonist, the best of the Billie Holiday tributes in her centenary year, and separate albums from a tuba player and saxophonist who have often played as a duo. I ‘fess up that No.19 is by my nephew, but I didn’t write the review to which this entry is linked.


Verneri Pohjola



Far too agile a hornman to have any trouble in a china shop. Full review here.

Bokani's disc19

Bokani Dyer

World Music


Brian Homer found it a “a very mature and polished record”. Full review here.

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Mette Henriette

Mette Henriette


Tony Dudley-Evans believes ECM’s confidence in this young musician is well-placed. Full review here.

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Daniel Herskedal

Slow Eastbound Train


Very different from what a tuba-led album might sound like. Full review here.

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José James

Yesterday I Had The Blues

(Blue Note)

James is suitably restrained, as Billie would have wanted, and he has an all-star trio. Full review here.

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Julian Argüelles



The saxophonist and his young band are simply super-duper. Full review here.


Marius Neset



All that is exciting in contemporary European jazz. Full review here.


The Printmakers



Life-enriching music from Nikki Iles and Norma Winstone heading the dream line-up. Full review here.

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Vijay Iyer Trio

Break Stuff


A band that makes the most of the spaces in between. Full review here.

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Thomas Strønen

Time Is A Blind Guide


A beguilling album of drums, strings and piano full of hidden depths. Full review here.

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