Jazzwise Top 20 Jazz Albums of 2015

Matana RobertsMatana Roberts Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee

Constellation

Roberts’ great artistic triumph here is the enormous coherence with which the disparate elements – her stories and the lived experiences of others; modern and ancestral sounds – flow into one entity. Deep pain, poignancy, resilience and rapture permeate a work of ambition and enormous attention to detail. Very possibly career-defining. (Kevin Le Gendre)

 

Blinker and MosesBinker And Moses Dem Ones

Gearbox

Each particular facet of the black diasporan musical culture into which the duo taps is rechanneled with sufficient maturity and imagination to make the point that the players don’t see their harmonically denuded context solely as an outlet by which to further the great Trane-Rashied Ali legacy. (Kevin Le Gendre)

 

TigranTigran Hamasayan Mockroot

Nonesuch

There’s a strong element of rock opera about proceedings throughout: ‘The Roads That Bring Me Closer To You’ has a keening pomp-prog element. It’s hugely ambitious in scope – bombastically so in places, even – and ultimately hard to resist. Tigran is an original and should be cherished as such. (Robert Shore)

 

Colin TownsColin Towns Mask Orchestra Drama

Provocateur

Drama by name but epic in form with over 140 minutes of music, this double CD captures much of Towns’ fiercely committed theatre work. Towns has crafted the material into a dynamically programmed release that more than stands alone whether you know the production or not. (Andy Robson)

 

 

Liane CarrollLiane Carroll Seaside

Linn Records

 

Liane Carroll brings the entire spectrum of her artistry to bear on this 10-track love letter to her hometown of Hastings. For anyone who had the pleasure of hearing her perform the Joe Stilgoe-penned title track earlier this year at the Old Vic, Evan Jolly’s widescreen, brass-rich arrangement on the album takes the song to completely new levels of gorgeousness. (Peter Quinn)

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