Jazzwise Top 20 Jazz Albums of 2015

Ryan TruesdellRyan Truesdell and the Gil Evans Project Lines of Color

Blue Note/Artist Share

Recorded at the Jazz Standard in New York City in May 2014, Lines of Color consists of six recently discovered Evans works (including 'Avalon Town', 'Just One Of Those Things', and 'Can't We Talk It Over'), some new arrangements, and three classics: 'Time of the Barracudas', 'Concorde' and 'Greensleeves'.

 

Kenny WheelerKenny Wheeler Songs For Quintet

ECM

There’s nothing sombre, nothing melancholic about this release. Each cut sings with the breath of life. Like the lark ascending, Wheeler’s solos, still graced with that easeful elegance where each note seems inevitable, rise and distill to an airy nothingness that takes our breath away even as his gently fades. (Andy Robson)

 

 

Alexander HawkinsAlexander Hawkins Trio Alexander Hawkins Trio

AH Music

Throughout, the trio’s compact raw sound and close chemistry is exhilarating, as Neil Charles’ bass strings buzz with a visceral energy yet understated groove and Tom Skinner’s drums clatter with biting propulsion, always moving together as one unit. (Selwyn Harris)

 

Sons of KemetSons of Kemet Lest We Forget What We Came Here To Do

NAIM Jazz

Shabaka Hutchings’ double drum-sax-tuba quartet isn’t your typical jazz group, anyone who’s seen them live especially will have experienced the band’s intensely sensual and exhilarating combo of rhythm and melody – we can perhaps see a loose parallel on a larger scale in the US with the positive reaction to the debut of LA based saxophonist Kamasi Washington. (Selwyn Harris)

 

 

TroykaTroyka Ornithophobia

NAIM Jazz

While Josh Blackmore experiments in real time with some tasteful beats from both contemporary electronica and jazz-rock, Kit Downes and Chris Montague artfully open up their instrumental resources to create some mesmerising arrangements.It’s both gripping and highly imaginative new music. (Selwyn Harris)

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