AllMusic 2014 Year In Review
Favorite Jazz Albums - Big names like Branford Marsalis, Jason Moran and Nels Cline make appearances on our list of best jazz albums of the year, alongside younger artists like Theo Croker, Tumi Mogorosi and Hiromi.
An inimitable spin on the sax-bass-drums trio form, covering Ornette, Coltrane, and even "All of Me" along with the reedman's spirited originals.
Pérez explores the folkloric traditions of his homeland with a mix of jazz, classical, and Latin American sounds.
The ECM debut by this up-and-coming pianist offers a bold jazzman's take on Afro-Cuban ritual music that is at once striking and deeply moving.
On her return to original material, the Canadian pianist and songwriter delivers a striking new direction. Lionel Loueke guests.
Hiromi / The Trio Project
On her third album with this trio, the pianist delivers genuine surprise with advanced compositions and colorful grooves.
Returning to the world of Italian opera, Bo van de Graff and company celebrate Verdi's 200th birthday in freewheeling Dutch jazz style.
The quartet's sophomore offering builds on the strengths of its debut with tunes that meld near pop accessibility with modern jazz sophistication.
A jazz saxophonist's loving tribute to his daughter who was killed in the Sandy Hook shootings in 2012.
To Future Memories
To Future Memories is a marvelous offering -- Its roots may lie in outside jazz, but its discipline and songlike qualities are numerous and profound.
This Norse sax-guitar-drums power trio delivers an exciting debut that walks the line between electric jazz, prog rock, and metal.
Now featuring Dave Liebman, the freewheeling trio still sounds like a larger band thanks to mastery of live electronics and looping.
Nels Cline / Julian Lage
An excellent conversational meeting between two very different jazz guitarists that juxtaposes energy and ideas in ten colorful presentations.
Nels Cline Singers
The Nels Cline Singers fifth album shows that they're still making some of the most interesting, adventurous, genre-smashing music of the early 21st century.
The Italian bandleader and composer creates a classic-sounding, seamless integration of jazz, Latin, Brazilian, and soul.
Nils Wogram's Root 70
Swinging, expressive, harmonically advanced chamber jazz from Wogram's longstanding quartet and three empathetic string players.
Otis Brown III
The Thought of You
On his Blue Note debut, the noted drummer assembles a killer core band and three special vocal guests to deliver an ambitious, affirmative set.
On his debut for Resonance Records, the iconic accordionist and his quintet deliver a gorgeous program of international jazz standards and originals.
A simply irresistible high-energy avant jazz-rock quartet album from Belgium, suitable for retaining on hard drives everywhere.
The Lagos Music Salon
On her OKeh debut, the American vocalist and songwriter delves deeply into her direct experience with Nigerian music and culture.
The jazz trumpeter's funky, soul- and hip-hop infused Blue Note debut produced by vocalist Jose James.
The Bad Plus
Six months after their rigorous reading of The Rite of Spring, the Minnesota trio returns to its own musical universe with a bracing set of originals.
The Ocular Concern
The Portland creative jazz quintet -- plus strings and bandoneon -- defy expectations with an appealing, wide-ranging stylistic blend.
The Souljazz Orchestra
Here the Canadian sextet and friends deliver their most sophisticated recording to date, yet never sacrifice groove for ambition.
The trumpeter's vibrant, '70s jazz fusion-infused third album, with production and vocals from Dee Dee Bridgewater.
A fully realized, beautifully played, inspiring modern jazz that uses the music's post-1960 history to craft a statement as timeless as its spiritual subject.
Field Notes extends the B-3 trio tradition by using the rudiments of greasy tuneology in tandem with a wider jazzman's palette of colors and textures.
If You Knew Her
The second album from the jazz producer, songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist is richer, more imaginative than her MOBO-nominated debut.