George Grella 2016 best Jazz



No particular order…


Jack DeJohnette – Made in Chicago
Tim Berne’s Snakeoil – You’ve Been Watching Me
John Luther Adams – The Wind in High Places
Max Richter – SLEEP
Harvey Valdes – Roundabout
Jurica Jelic – Cognitive Dissonance
Jurica Jelic – Sve nijanse Dinare / All shades of Dinara
James Ross- Bardo Thodol and Heaven
Marco Oppedisano- Resolute
Keith Jarrett- Creation
Joseph Benzola – Tuareg
Africa Express Presents… Terry Riley’s In C Mali
Björk – Vulnicura
Kenny Wheeler – Songs for Quintet
Gary Peacock – Now This
Julian Lage – World’s Fair
Vijay Iyler – Break Stuff
Jerry Pergolesi, Contact, Brian Eno – Discreet Music
David Cross & Robert Fripp – Starless Starlight


Billy Gibbons – Perfectamundo
Jimi Hendrix – Freedom: the Atlanta Pop Festival
King Crimson – Live at the Orpheum
King Crimson – Thrak box


John Abercrombie – The First Quartet box
Led Zeppelin reissues

Want list: things I want to check out. Based on previous experience, these look pretty good.

Matt Mitchell – Vista Accumulation
Milford Graves/Bill Laswell, Space/Time – Redemption
Stephen Haynes – Pomegranate
Pat Metheny and others – Hommage à Eberhard Weber
Mary Halvorson – Meltframe
Rudresh Mahanthappa – Bird Calls
Anna Thorvaldsdottir – In The Light of Air
Karlheinz Stockhausen – Complete Early Percussion Works (Mode)
Harmonia – Complete Works

edit: things I heard later

Valentina Lisitsa plays Philip Glass – The Hours, Metamorphosis, Mad Rush



songbirdsongs *

 Opus One


A Northern Suite/Night Peace

 Opus One


Forest Without Leaves

 Owl Records


The Far Country * 

New Albion


Earth and the Great Weather

New World Records


Clouds of Forgetting, Clouds of Unknowing *

New World Records


Dark Wind

Cold Blue Music


The Light That Fills the World *

Cold Blue Music


In the White Silence *

New World Records


Strange and Sacred Noise

Mode Records


The Mathematics of Resonant Bodies *

Cantaloupe Music


for Lou Harrison *

New World Records


red arc/blue veil * 

Cold Blue Music


The Place We Began *

Cold Blue Music


Four Thousand Holes 

Cold Blue Music



Mode Records



Cantaloupe Music


Become Ocean * 

Cantaloupe Music


The Wind in High Places *

Cold Blue Music


Just Strings, John Luther Adams, Lou Harrison *

Microfest Records



Cantaloupe Music


The Stone People

Cantaloupe Music

* = listen

2012 – Cold Blue Two (Cold Blue artist compilation with Sky with Four Sons by John Luther Adams )

2012 – Cornelius Dufallo – Journaling (Innova, includes Three High Places by John Luther Adams with Cornelius Dufallo, Violin/Electronics)


Alex Ross’ rough diagram of Become Ocean.

a597460e455b1ffc-10604701_10152877704408939_2680894832698653855_omy list, in no particular order…


Nels Cline and Julian Lage – Room (Mack Avenue)
Kenny Barron and Dave Holland – The Art of Conversation (Impulse!/Blue Note Records)
Paul Bley – Play Blue – Oslo Concert (ECM)
Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden – Last Dance (ECM)
Wolfgang Muthspiel – Driftwood (ECM)
Vijay Iyer – Mutations (ECM)
Joe Morris – Balance (Clean Feed Records)


David Sylvian – there’s a light that enters houses with no other house in sight
Anna Thorvaldsdottir – Aerial (Deutsche Grammophon)
John Luther Adams – Become Ocean (Cantaloupe)
Sarah Cahill, Mamoru Fujieda – Patterns of Plants (Pinna)
A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Atomos (Kranky)
Harold Budd – Jane 12-21 (Darla Records)
Philip Glass – The Complete Piano Etudes (Orange Mountain Music)
The Dublin Guitar Quartet Performs Philip Glass (Orange Mountain Music)
Harry Partch – Plec­tra and Per­cus­sion Dances (Bridge Records)


Fripp and Eno – Live in Paris 28.05.1976 (Discipline Global Mobile)
John Coltrane, Offering: Live At Temple University (Impulse!/Resonance)
Charlie Haden, Jim Hall (Impulse!)
Miles Davis: Miles At The Fillmore – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3 (Columbia/Legacy)
King Crimson – Starless (Discipline Global Mobile)


Steve Lacy – Black Saint/Soul Note box, Vol.2
Jimmy Lyons – Black Saint/Soul Note box
Brian Eno – The Shutov Assembly (All Saints, includes bonus disc)
Captain Beefheart – Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 to 1972, (Lick My Decals Off, Baby, The Spotlight Kid, Clear Spot, plus out takes – Rhino/Warner Bros.)
Jon Hassell – City: Works of Fiction (All Saints, includes two bonus discs) ()
Ralph Towner/John Abercrombie – Five Years Later (ECM)


Robert Plant – Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar (Nonesuch)
Pink Floyd – Endless River (Columbia)

want list:

Wadada Leo Smith, The Great Lakes Suites (Tum Records)
Ron Miles, Circuit Rider (Enja)
Morton Feldman – Two Pianos and other pieces, 1953-1969 (Another Timbre)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHarold Budd recently did some interviews with the release of Budd Box, a set of reissues from All Saints Records and a two CD retrospective compilation, Wind in Lonely Fences, 1970 – 2011.

  1. A Quietus Interview: “I’m So Minimal, I’m Not Even Minimalist!”: Harold Budd Interviewed
  2. Composer Harold Budd Isn’t Afraid to Make Pretty Music
  3. Art Without Risk is Pointless: a Conversation with avant-garde composer Harold Budd
  4. Harold Budd: the composer with no urge to make music

Other posts about Harold Budd on this blog.

June 26, 2014 found another one:

6. The Mouth Magazine interview: Harold Budd


533411_3524710589544_159331864_nSome rules for students and teachers
from John Cage

RULE ONE: Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for awhile.

RULE TWO: General duties of a student – pull everything out of your teacher;
pull everything out of your fellow students.

RULE THREE: General duties of a teacher – pull everything out of your students.

RULE FOUR: Consider everything an experiment.

RULE FIVE: be self-disciplined – this means finding someone wise or smart
and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way.
To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.

RULE SIX: Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there’s only make.

RULE SEVEN: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something.
It’s the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things.

RULE EIGHT: Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re
different processes.

RULE NINE: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.

RULE TEN: “We’re breaking all the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that?
By leaving plenty of room for X quantities.”

Always be around.
Come or go to everything.
Always go to classes.
Read anything you can get your hands on.
Look at movies carefully, often.
Save everything – it might come in handy later.



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)

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