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Gavin Bryars – the Fifth Century
John Adams – Fellow Traveler
Henry Kaiser, Leo Smith – Yo Miles
Southwest Chamber Music, Leo Smith – Composer Portrait Series
Leo Smith – Ten Freedom Summers
Anthony Braxton – Duets 1976
Denny Zeitlin and Charlie Haden – Time Remembers One Time Once
Geri Allen & Time Line – Live!
Arvo Part – Choral & Instrumental Works
Loscil – Plume
Emerson, Lake and Powell
Yes – Tales From Topographic Oceans
Yes – Drama

Young guitarist with amazing technique plays her arrangement of Silent Night.

I’m very happy to share with you my arrangement of “Silent Night” played on my beautiful 12-string Baton Rouge guitar. I mixed up elements of fingerstyle and classical guitar… I hope you enjoy what you see and hear 🙂
I wish you all a wonderful Christmas time!
Julia

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20160305_105007Hey gang…here’s some things I noticed in 2016. Budget restrictions mean I couldn’t check out everything I wanted to.

Here’s lists of things I listened to in 2016. I’ve been keeping track so I can go back and see if I need to go back and listen to anything again.

Rough year, let’s hope 2017 is better!

No particular order…

Other

Ches Smith with Craig Taborn and Matt Maneri – The Bell (ECM)
Bill Frisell – When You Wish Upon a Star (Okeh)
Nels Cline – Lovers (Blue Note)
Ralph Alessi – Quiver (ECM)
Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, Time/Life: Songs for the Whales and Other Beings (Impulse!)
Henry Threadgill’s Ensemble Double-Up, Old Locks and Irregular Verbs (Pi)
Wadada Leo Smith: America’s National Parks (Cuneiform)
Tyshawn Sorey – The Inner Spectrum Of Variables (Pi)
Kris Davis – Duopoly
Masabumi Kikuchi – Black Orpheus (ECM)
Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny (Nonesuch)
John Scofield – Country for Old Men (Impulse!)
Gavin Bryars – The Fifth Century, Contemporary Music for Voices and Saxophones (ECM)

Reissues and Historical

Anthony Braxton – Quintet (Basel) 1977 (Hatology)
Peter Erskine with John Taylor and Palle Danielsson – As It Was (ECM)
Bill Evans, Some Other Time: The Lost Session from The Black Forest (Resonance)
Larry Young: In Paris: The ORTF Recordings, 1964-65 (Resonance)
Frank Zappa / Meat Light: The Uncle Meat Project/Object (Zappa)

A lot of cool releases from ECM

Markus Stockhausen, Florian Weber – Alba (ECM)
Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Matthew Garrison – In Movement (ECM)
Andrew Cyrille Quartet – The Declaration of Musical Independence (ECM)
Vijay Iyer, Wadada Leo Smith – A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke (ECM)
Michael Formanek Ensemble Kolossus, The Distance (ECM)

Ambient

Thomas Koner – Tiento de la Luz (Denovali)
Bing & Ruth – Tomorrow Was the Golden Age
Brian Eno – The Ship (Warp)

Want List

Richard Poole, Marilyn Crispell, Gary Peacock: In Motion (Intakt)
Kepler Quartet, Ben Johnston – String Quartets Nos. 6, 7 & 8  (New World Records)
Mary Halvorson – Away With You (Firehouse 12)

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Leo Smith – America’s National Parks
Tyshawn Sorey – The Inner Spectrum of Variables
Rolling Stones – Blue and Lonesome
Ches Smith with Craig Taborn and Matt Maneri – The Bell
Vijay Iyler – Historicity
Trio 3 + Vijay Iyler – Wiring
Mostly Other People Do The Killing – the Coimbra Concert
John Adams – the Wound Dresser & Fearful Symmetries
Gavin Bryars – Three Viennese Dancers
Leo Brouwer – Rara
Bing & Ruth – Tomorrow Was The Golden Age

George Grella’s 2016 list

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52 of the best new releases of the year, 52 out of the the 430 (as of this writing) new releases I listened to. Every year I fiddle with how to make and present these lists, and the idea here is obvious; one record to every week. For this I used the criteria of releases that I would gladly listen to, non-stop, for an entire week. That is, music that not only satisfied critical thinking, but that was a complete pleasure in the way it swamped critical thinking and just occupied the pleasure centers of my mind and body. Each note or sound was like a brick in a marvelous structure, and I wanted to hear it being built, piece by piece, over and over again. I could add an “honorable mentions” list with recordings that could move in an out of my 52, depending on mood, but I’ll that…

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George Grella 2016 best Jazz

The Big City

Let me qualify that header before things get out of control here: this not only snapshot of constantly shifting thoughts, but specifically conforms to the ballot Francis Davis sent out for his 11th annual Jazz Critics Poll. Despite NPR losing interest in jazz, they are still going to host the poll, the results of which will be up sometime in December. So I guess that’s something.

Now, one explanation and one major caveat. My experience with these releases—what led me to choose and rank them—is that, among the bevy of fine new jazz recordings I’ve heard this year (at least 200), these are the ones that completely satisfied me without any critical thought. I mean this in the best way; I listened but gave myself over completely to the music, and trusted each and every moment to bring me musically and logically to the next. The music occupied my mind…

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