In no particular order:
Matt Stevens – Ghost
Genius looped instrumental guitar tunes with intensity and humanity
Vijay Iyer – Solo
Quite brilliant. Completely absorbing individual music. Like no solo jazz piano you ever heard before.
Steve Lawson and Trip Wamsley – Slow Food
Two great musicians improvising beautifully. They both happen to play bass but you might not notice that.
Breathtaking from the first note.
Trip Wamsley and Steve Lawson – Infrablab
Trip took a very different approach to the sessions building some intriguing soundscapes.
Das Racist – Sit Down, Man
Restored my faith in hip-hop as a viable, creative and massively enjoyable genre!
Esperanza Spalding – Chamber Music Society
A unique and beautiful record by a brilliant musician. Not what some might have expected, it’s fusion of jazz and chamber music with Brazilian overtones. Full review.