This is all I can think of, of course this list doesn’t cover the old music I’ve discovered.
…in no particular order.
Peter Brendler and John Abercrombie – The Angle Below (SteepleChase Records)
Abercrombie also has a new quartet release on ECM, the 39 Steps, but this excellent guitar and bass duet shouldn’t be ignored.
Matt Mitchell – Fiction (Pi Recordings)
Much anticipated first solo album by the Snakeoil pianist does not disappoint. Mitchell is joined by percussionist Chas Smith for a set of knotty improvisations based on his Etudes. Kicks ass too.
Harold Budd – Perhaps (Root Strata)
This is the solo piano album that launched my current interest in Harold Budd. Finally out on CD, this was originally a download only. Soft, quiet minimal piano.
This has been a year of reissues for Budd. All Saints Records came out with Buddbox, seven classics from their catalog and also a fine comp, Wind in Lonely Fences.
Dennis Johnson – November (Irritable Hedgehog)
Pianist R. Andrew Lee performs this formerly obscure minimalist classic, clocking in at almost five hours. Many thanks also go to Kyle Gann for transcribing the piece from an old performance…much has been written by others about this, look it up. Brilliant.
The Orb with Lee Scratch Perry – More Tales from the Orbservatory (The End Records)
Follow up to last years The Orbserver in the Star House, I’d lost track of the Orb for years when I found this. Party time!
Jon Kimura Parker – Rite (CD Baby)
I just had to check out Parkers solo piano transcriptions of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Petrouchka…I’ve been a fan of those pieces since I was a teenager and his performance is stunning.
Quest – Circular Dreaming (enja)
Burning set of tunes from Shorter era Miles by saxophonist David Liebman and Quest. As exciting as the original performances.
Adam Rudolph & Go: Organic Orchestra (meta records)
Wayne Shorter – Without a Net (Blue Note)
Don Cherry – Live in Stockholm (Caprice Records)
Snakeoil – Shadow Man (ECM)
Craig Taborn – Chants (ECM)
Eberhard Weber – Résumé (ECM)
Chris Potter – The Sirens (ECM)
Lucian Ban and Mat Maneri – Transylvanian Concert (ECM)
Barry Altschul – The 3dom Factor (TUM Records)
John Coltrane – Sun Ship: Complete Sessions (Impulse)
Miles Davis – Live In Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol 2 (Sony Legacy)
Soon to purchase:
Ralph Towner – Travel Guide (ECM)
Angelica Sanchez and Wadada Leo Smith – Twine Forest (Clean Feed)
John Stowell & Dave Liebman – Blue Rose (Origin)
Morton Feldman: Violin & Orchestra (ECM)
Mathew Rosenblum – Mobius Loop / Rascher Saxophone Quartet (Bmop/Sound)
The Art Of David Tudor 1963–1992 (New World Records)
Jon Gibson – The Dance (Orange Mountain Music)
Black Sabbath – 13
Black Sabbath – Live… Gathered in Their Masses
Deep Purple – Now What?!
Rainbow – Black Masquerade – Rockpalast ’95
King Crimson – Road to Red
Yes – Close To The Edge (Steven Wilson remix)
I’ll add things later with an edit, if I think of anything.
edit: here’s one…
Bern Nix – Negative Capability (56Kitchen Records)
edit: 1/1/2014 here’s another one.
Brian Chase – Drums & Drones (Pogus)