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My favorite albums of 2017

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  1. Deaf_in_ LA_1974

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    its on youtube as Bob Rutman, but recording name is Robert Rutman or one album as spacebow

    I think hes been doing it for 30-40 years, its definitely avante garde or droney, its not a folky addition for him
     
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  2. scompton

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    I just watch that video and mother one. Great stuff.
     
  3. scompton

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    Jazz

    I'm in the harder genres now. With my first pass at jazz, I was able to knock it down to 35. I've gotten it down to 15 and don't really want to eliminate any more. As it is, I've eliminated some great albums.
    1. Yacine Boularès/Vincent Segal/Nasheet Waits - Abu Sadiya
    2. Yazz Ahmed - La Saboteuse
    3. Idris Rahman/Leon Brichard/Emre Ramazanoglu/Yahael Camara-Onono - ILL CONSIDERED
    4. jaimie branch - Fly or Die
    5. Anouar Brahem - Blue Maqams
    6. Tomas Fujiwara - Triple Double
    7. Colin Stetson - All This I Do For Glory
    8. The Comet Is Coming - Death To The Planet
    9. Craig Taborn - Daylight Ghosts
    10. Gyan Riley/Julian Lage - Midsummer Moons
    11. Tim Berne's Snakeoil - Incidentals
    12. Binker and Moses - Journey To The Mountain Of Forever
    13. Collocutor - The Search
    14. BANANA - LIVE
    15. Gary Peacock Trio - Tangents
    Honorable Mentions, some of these are here only because they were purchased late in the year and I really haven't listened enough.

    Aalberg/Kullhammar/Zetterberg/Santos - Basement Sessions Vol.4 (The Bali Tapes)
    Benny Greb - Grebfruit 2
    Björn Meyer - Provenance
    Elliott Sharp (with Mary Halvorson and Marc Ribot) - Err Guitar
    GLiTS - Getting Lost in Tiny Spaces
    Harris Eisenstadt - Recent Developments
    Idris Rahman/Leon Brichard/Tom Skinner - WILDFLOWER
    Krokofant - Krokofant III
    Led Bib - Umbrella Weather
    Louis Sclavis/Dominique Pifarély/Vincent Courtois, - Asian Fields Variations
    Mary Halvorson - Paimon: John Zorn's The Book of Angels Volume 32
    Nicole Mitchell - Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds
    Paolo Fresu/Uri Caine - Two Minuettos (Live in Milano)
    Raoul Bjorkenheim / eCsTaSy - Doors of Perception
    Roscoe Mitchell - Bells For The South Side
    The Heliocentrics - A World Of Masks
    Tyshawn Sorey - Verisimilitude

     
  4. scompton

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    Yacine Boularès/Vincent Segal/Nasheet Waits - Abu Sadiya

    Yacine Boularès – Soprano Saxophone, Bass Clarinet
    Vincent Segal – Cello, Percussion
    Nasheet Waits – Drums

    This was my most played release from 2017, partly because I bought it in January but also because it's great. The music has a North African sound to my ears and at times Segal does a drone with bowed cello which I love. Boularès and Segal are new to me and I enjoy their playing a lot.

    I can't describe the music any better than Yacine Boularès does

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    The whole album is up on YouTube
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  5. scompton

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    Yazz Ahmed - La Saboteuse

    Yazz Ahmed – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
    Shabaka Hutchings – Bass Clarinet
    Dave Manington – Bass Guitar
    Martin France – Drums
    Naadia Sheriff – Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes/Wurlitzer]
    Samuel Hällkvist – Guitar
    Corrina Silvester – Percussion
    Noel Langley – Trumpet [additional]
    Lewis Wright – Vibraphone
    Fartun Tahir – Voice [Spoken Word]

    This one was talked up a lot on the Jazz and Conversation thread. Another album with some Arabic influences although not as much as the previous album. Yazz Ahmed is Bahraini/British. Her music is more British than Bahraini. She's part of the exlosion of jazz coming out of the UK. Five of my top 15 are from Britain, along with three of the honorable mentions.

    Bandcamp: La Saboteuse, by Yazz Ahmed

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    Idris Rahman/Leon Brichard/Emre Ramazanoglu/Yahael Camara-Onono - ILL CONSIDERED

    Idris Rahman - Saxophone
    Leon Brichard - Bass
    Yahael Camara-Onono - Percussions
    Emre Ramazanoglu - Drums

    Another British band . Shortly after I bought this, I loved it so much I bought every release from this year that Idris Rahman was co-leader on, Ill Considered Live and Wildflower. If you believe their blurb on Bandcamp, they recorded this in a couple of hours, with no planning and no talking between takes. This is really a great album. I discovered it in November and have played it a lot since.

    Bandcamp: ILL CONSIDERED, by Idris Rahman, Leon Brichard, Emre Ramazanoglu, Yahael Camara-Onono

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  7. scompton

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    jaimie branch - Fly or Die

    jaimie branch - trumpet
    Tomeka Reid - cello
    Jason Ajemian - bass
    Chad Taylor - drums.

    Cameos by:
    Matt Schneider – guitar
    Ben Lamar Gay – cornet
    Josh Berman – cornet

    This is Branch's debut as a leader and it's a great album. It mixes free jazz with electronics and, occasionally, drones. One of the great artists living in Brooklyn and putting out great music, by way of Chicago in her case. I love the cover art too. It's what first attracted me to the album on Bandcamp. This is on the International Anthem label which put out some stellar albums this year. Two of my list of Avant Garde albums are also on this label.

    My only complaint about this album is that it's too short.

    Bandcamp: Fly or Die, by jaimie branch
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  8. scompton

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    Anouar Brahem - Blue Maqams

    Anouar Brahem: oud
    Dave Holland: double bass
    Jack DeJohnette: drums, percussion
    Django Bates: piano

    A great line up. This is another album with a Arabic sound. I tend to like jazz that mixes other things in and I live Arabic music so it's perfect in jazz for me. This is a mellower album than almost everything else on the list which is typical for ECM albums IMO. I know some people don't like it when someone says ECM has a house sound, but I think they do. Sure there are exceptions but those exceptions prove the rule to me. This along with the rest of the ECM catalog is now available on all of the steaming sites.

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    Tomas Fujiwara - Triple Double

    Tomas Fujiwara – drums
    Gerald Cleaver - drums
    Mary Halvorson – guitar
    Brandon Seabrook - guitar
    Taylor Ho Bynum – cornet
    Ralph Alessi - trumpet

    Another group out of Brooklyn. This is a double trio of drums, guitar and trumpet, an interesting combination. I'll pretty much by anything with Fujiwara, Halvorson or Ho Bynum so this was a no brainer. Mayr Halvorson in particular, she's my favorite active guitarist. The rest of the band are no slouches either. The only one I'm not familiar with is Brandon Seabrook. This is a bit out there so might not be to everyone's taste.

    Bandcamp: Triple Double, by Tomas Fujiwara

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    Colin Stetson - All This I Do For Glory

    Stetson is the king of the drone. When you listen to this, keep in mind this is one person playing a sax, no other instruments, no effects and no loops. He uses circular breathing to keep the music constantly playing. He has a contact mike on his throat to pick up vocalizations and contact mikes on the saxes for the percussive sounds the keys make. Truly remarkable music. This is another artist that is an auto buy for me

    Bandcamp: All This I Do For Glory, by Colin Stetson

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    The Comet Is Coming - Death To The Planet

    King Shabaka: tenor sax
    Betamax Killer: drums
    Danalogue The Conqueror: keys

    More great music out of London. This time lead by Shabaka Hutchings, who by 2016's standards, had an unproductive 2017. Like 2016 though, everything he's on that I know of is great. Unfortunately another short album too. It's only an EP.

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    Craig Taborn - Daylight Ghosts

    Craig Taborn - Piano, Electronics
    Chris Lightcap - Double Bass, Bass Guitar
    Dave King - Drums, Percussion [Electronic Percussion]
    Chris Speed - Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet

    This is one of the exceptions to the rule for ECM, although it's not that out there compared to other Taborn projects. Another great line up. I'm very happy the ECM catalog is available for streaming. I've been very hesitant to buy ECM albums because I don't really like the house sound that much. I bought more ECM albums last year, after they started streaming than in the last few years combined. The three in this list are all ones from artists I love so I probably would have bought them anyway, but it's nice to be able to hear them first.


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    Gyan Riley/Julian Lage - Midsummer Moons

    Acoustic guitar duet playing John Zorn's music inspired by Shakespeare. If all you've heard of Zorn's music is the avant garde stuff, this will surprise you. A lot of his recent music will also surprise you too. He's been putting out some beautiful melodic music over the past 10 years, including this one. He still is putting out the extremely dissonant stuff as well.

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    Tim Berne's Snakeoil - Incidentals

    Tim Berne - alto saxophone
    Oscar Noriega - clarinet, bass clarinet
    Ryan Ferreira - electric guitar
    Matt Mitchell - piano, electronics
    Ches Smith - drums, vibes, percussion, timpani
    David Torn - guitar (tracks 1 & 5)

    Another ECM album and another exception to the rule. Tim Berne is an artist who everything he touches is golden to my ears. This is free jazz so might not appeal to everyone.


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    Binker and Moses - Journey To The Mountain Of Forever

    Binker Golding - Tenor Sax
    Moses Boyd - Drums

    Guest artists
    Evan Parker - Saxophones
    Tori Handsley - Harp
    Yussef Dayes - Drums & percussion
    Sarathy Korwar - Tabla
    Byron Wallen - Trumpet​

    More jazz from London. I first heard of Binker and Moses this year and bought both of their albums after streaming this one. They descibe themselves as semi free jazz but it's very groove oriented to me. Some great guest artists on this.

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    Collocutor - The Search

    Tamar Osborn - baritone and soprano sax and alto flute
    Simon Finch - trumpet and flugelhorn
    Mike Lesirge - tenor and soprano sax
    Suman Joshi - bass
    Marco Piccioni - guitar
    Magnus Mehta - percussion
    Maurizio Ravalico - percussion

    The last album on the list out of London. As for a lot of the music coming out of London that I like so much, this was a new discovery for me this year. This is their second album and I haven't gone back to listen to the first. There a lot of world music influences in this music. The write up on Bandcamp talks about the music growing out of the musical multi-culturism of London.

    Bandcamp: The Search, by Collocutor

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    BANANA - LIVE

    Stephen Black - Clarinet, Saxophone
    Huw Evans - Guitar, Synthesizer
    Josh Klinghoffer - Marimba, Synthesizer
    Cate Le Bon - Piano, Vibraphone
    Stella Mozgawa - Bass, Marimba, Percussion
    Josiah Steinbrick - Vibraphone, Piano

    This is heavy on the vibes which is why I like it. Mallet instruments are my favorite instruments to listen to. This band formed to be the opening act and backing band for a Kate Le Bon tour. It has members of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Warpaint and Cate Le Bon, not what you expect for a jazz group. It's very infectious music. This is another EP that I wish was a full album.


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    Gary Peacock Trio - Tangents

    Gary Peacock - Double Bass
    Joey Baron - Drums
    Marc Copland - Piano

    The last album of the jazz list and the final ECM album. This is a more typical ECM album than the Taborn or Berne albums and the only one on the list that is close to traditional jazz. Beautiful music. The photo on the cover is beautiful too. When I first saw it I assumed it was an Elliot Porter photo but it's Elliot Peacock. Because of the last name, and the fact that he's credited in discogs with the cover photos on three Gary Peacock albums, I assume he's Gary Peacock's son.

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    Classical

    This doesn't include early music which was in an earlier list. For the most part, this is 21st century music with a few albums of older compositions thrown in. The only pre-20th century music, is the transcription of Bach for marimba.

    1. Christoph Sietzen - Attraction
    2. Various Artists - Rory Boyle: Music for Clarinet
    3. Roderik Povel/Nathalie Forget/Studium Chorale - Niels Rønsholdt: Songs of Doubt
    4. Various Artists - Flaminis aura - works by Tommie Haglund
    5. Various Artitsts - Carter: Late Works
    6. Various Artists - Aho: Saxophone Concerto and Quintet
    7. Los Angeles Percussion Quartet - Beyond
    8. Nicolas Horvath - Rääts: Complete Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1
    9. Jeremy Kerner/Isaura String Quartet - Daniel Corral: Refractions
    10. Kuniko Kato - Bach: Solo works for marimba
    11. Barbara Hannigan - Crazy Girl Crazy
    12. Tetraktis Ensemble - Ionisation - Percussion Music by Varèse, Reich, Chavez, Chavez, Chavez, Cowell, Harrison, Cage
    13. Third Coast Percussion - Philippe Manoury: The Book of Keyboards
    14. Emil Jonason - Emil Jonason plays Lindberg and Golijov
    15. Various Artists - Tüür: Peregrinus ecstaticus - Le poids des vies non vécues - Noesis
    16. Due East/Third Coast Percussion - Jeff Herriott: The Stone Tapestry
    17. Various Artists - Harrison: Violin Concerto, Grand Duo & Double Music
    18. Daniel Bjarnason - Recurrence (ISO Project, Vol. 1)
    19. Ensemble Aleph - Kagel: The 8 Pieces of the Wind Rose
    20. Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble - Hushers

    A single that is actually my favorite release. I just didn't want to put a single in the list
    Roomful of Teeth - How A Rose​

    I also didn't want to put these two EPs in the list, but they are excellent.
    Tamsin Waley-Cohen - Waley-Cohen: Permutations & Unveil
    Various Artists - Molly Joyce: Lean Back and Release​

    Boxed set I didn't want to put in the list.
    Jeroen Van Veen - Minimal Piano Collection: Volume XXI-XXVIII​
     
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    Christoph Sietzen - Attraction

    Great solo percussion or solo percussion and prerecorded tape. Half way through the title track I knew this would be one of my favorite albums of the year.

    Spotify: Attraction

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    Various Artists - Rory Boyle: Music for Clarinet

    Next to mallet instruments, wind instruments are my favorites. Any time I see a percussion or wind album, I'm interested. Now days, I don't buy without sampling first unless they are very cheap.

    This is great contemporary chamber music for clarinet. A number of the pieces were composed specifically for this album. This music really makes me want to move.

    Spotify: Rory Boyle: Music for Clarinet

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    This video isn't the performance on the album, but it is the same piece played by Fraser Langton

     
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    I have to say, I hate the change to google image search. It used to be great for searching for alternate sizes and they dropped that feature.
     
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    Roderik Povel/Nathalie Forget/Studium Chorale - Niels Rønsholdt: Songs of Doubt

    While I like choral music, I usually don't like songs. This is the second albums of songs by Rønsholdt that I love. This is really unlike most art song. For one thing, it's accompanied by ondes Martenot instead of piano. The vocal lines occasionally use very odd harmonies that make it sound like it's electronic music, but it is just straight singing. The ondes Martenot is the only electronics, and only instrument. This is really remarkable music.

    Spotify: Niels Rønsholdt: Songs of Doubt

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    Various Artists - Flaminis aura - works by Tommie Haglund

    Like a number of the albums on this list, the composer is new to me. This is very accessible 21st century music. It includes a concerto for cello, orchestra and tape, a string quartet, a string trio and a string orchestral piece. I bought this after just listening to samples the day it was released. Afterwards, I saw the rave review on Musicweb International

    Spotify: Flaminis aura: Works by Tommie Haglund

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    Various Artists - Carter: Late Works

    Elliot Carter is a composer I keep meaning to explore further. This album was a no brainer, especially since I only have one other version of one of the works on this album. My collection of Carter's music is a little over represented by the piano sonata, string quartets and Gra. Very good group of players on this. I especially like Epigrams, a piano trio played by Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Isabelle Faust and Jean-Guihen Queyras

    Spotify: Carter: Late Works

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