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Monday, December 12, 2016

Happy New Ears 2016: Your Nominations


Greetings friends of free jazz:

This year we are introducing a more streamlined and more inclusive New Ears poll by combining the New Ears and Album of the Year list. From our reviewers top 10 lists (which will be published later this month), we have selected the first five albums and your nominations will help fill in the last 5 slots. Through the end of the week, we are taking your suggestions for the New Ears/Album of the Year. Once we tally the submissions, we will present a final list for you to help us vote on.

The criteria: suggest any album that fits the free jazz/avant-garde idiom that you wish, however, the album's that make the top album of the year list will only be ones that were covered (or will be covered) on the Free Jazz Blog by Dec 31st.

Use the comments section to nominate, deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Dec 17th.


The list so far:
  • Anna Högberg Attac -  Self-Titled (Omlott) 
  • Fire! – She Sleeps, She Sleeps (Rune Grammofon) 
  • Mary Halvorson Octet - Away With You (Firehouse 12) 
  • Tyshawn Sorey - Inner Spectrum of Variables (Pi) 
  • Wadada Leo Smith - America's National Parks (Cuneiform)

Runners up: Battle Trance - Blade of Love (NNA Tapes/New Amsterdam Records); Joëlle Léandre – A Woman’s Work… (Not Two); Susana Santos Silva, Lotte Anker, Sten Sandell, Torbjörn Zetterberg, John Fält: Life and Other Transient Storms (Clean Feed); Eve Risser White Desert Orchestra, Les Deux Versants Se Regardent (Clean Feed)

Have fun!
The Free Jazz Collective

78 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nuova Camerata - Chant (Improvising Beings)


Greetings,
Adrien

Peter said...

Piero Bittolo Bon's Bread & Fox – Big Hell On Air (Auand)

Anonymous said...

Lina Allemano's Titanium Riot - Kiss The Brain

Tobias said...

Pascal Niggenkemper: Talking Trash (Clean Feed)

Best, Tobias

Paul said...

Peter Evans Quintet - Genesis

Jason Dowd said...

Eric Revis Trio - Crowded Solitudes

R. Samolot said...

The Claudia Quintet – Super Petite

Anonymous said...

Evan Parker- As the Wind

Anonymous said...

Henry Threadgill- Old Locks and Irregular Verbs

Anonymous said...

Pascal Niggenkemper: Talking Trash (Clean Feed)
Nuova Camerata: Chant (Improvising Beings)

best, gregory

Anonymous said...

Judson Trio, Joëlle Léandre, Mat Maneri, Gerald Cleaver - An Air Of Unreality,
Joe McPhee - Chris Corsano Duo - 25.7.12 (Otoroku - DS015),
Joe McPhee - Flowers (Cipsela - CIP005),
Anthony Braxton - 3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011 (Firehouse 12 Records - FH12-01-02-020),
Vijay Iyer / Wadada Leo Smith - A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke,
Made To Break ‎– N N N,
Peter Brötzmann, William Parker, Hamid Drake - Song Sentimentale,
Peter Evans - Lifeblood (More Is More Records - 161)

Anonymous said...

Anthony Braxton - Trillium J (New Braxton House - NBH906),
Barry Guy, Blue Shroud Band - Tensegrity (Not Two Records - MW 938-2),
Henry Threadgill, Ensemble Double Up - Old Locks And Irregular Verbs (Pi Recordings - PI64),
Konstrukt & Peter Brötzmann - The Message: Live At Kargart (Holidays Records - HOL-089),
Roscoe Mitchell - Sustain And Run Ao Vivo Jazz Na Fabrica (Selo SESC SP),
Large Unit - Ana (PNL - PNL033)

Claudio Vedovati said...

Anthony Braxton - 3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011 (Firehouse 12)

Loki Motive said...

Peter Evans Quintet - Genesis (More is More Records)
Ingrid Laubrock - Serpentines (Intakt Records (Intakt CD 272))
Barry Guy - The Blue Shroud (Intakt Records (Intakt CD 266))
Anthony Braxton - 3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011 (Firehouse Records
Augustin Brousseloux, Jean-Marc Foussat, Quentin Rollet - Qui A Vu Ce Mystère... (Improvising Beings (ib54))

Luis Baptista said...

Peter Evans Quintet - Genesis
Peter Evans - Lifeblood

Richard said...

I'm definitely for the Eve Risser making it. Also,

Lisa Ullen-Quarrtsiluni

And for an off the wall suggestion:

Sun Ra & Merzbow-Strange City

Paul-D said...

Adam Gołębiewski & Fred Lonberg-Holm - Relephant
Agusti Fernandez & Rafał Mazur - Ziran

fabio said...

wadada leo smith america's national park

Anonymous said...

Dave Rempis / Joshua Abrams / Avreeayl Ra + Jim Baker ‎– Perihelion (Aerophonic Records)
Joe McPhee - Jérôme Bourdellon ‎– Octoblue (Label Usine)
Dave Rempis / Elisabeth Harnik / Michael Zerang ‎– Wistfully (Aerophonic Records)

MJG said...

Evan Parker - As The Wind (Psi)
Laboratorio Musicale Suono C + Peter Brotzmann - DEcomposition (Setola Di Maiale)
Fred Frith Trio - Another Day In Fucking Paradise (Intakt)
Steve Lehman - Selebeyone (Pi Recordings)
Search Ensembles - s/t (and/OAR)
Sarathy Korwar - Day To Day (Ninja Tune)

Anonymous said...

Mats Gustafsson - MG 50: Peace and Fire
Heather Leigh & Peter Brotzmann - Ears Are Filled With Wonder
Linda Sharrock/(In) The Abissity Of The Grounds - Gods

Anonymous said...

Moonbow - "When the sleeping fish turn red and the skies start to sing in C major I will follow you till the end"

A sick album from Scandinavia!

Greetings,
Paul

Anonymous said...

ARASHI - Akira Sakata / Johan Berthling / Paal Nilssen-Love - Semikujira

barbara lima said...

Genesis, from the master Peter Evans

Anonymous said...

Tim Daisy ‎– Relucent - Music For Marimba, Radios, And Turntables (Relay Recordings)

Anonymous said...

Eve Risser White Desert Orchestra, Les deux versants se regardent

Mark Dresser Seven, Sedimental You

Henry Threadgill, Old Locks and Irregular Verbs

Vijay Iyer & Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke

Anonymous said...

Guy/Crispell/Lytton- Deep Memory

Steve N. said...

Steve Lehman - Sélébéyone
The Comet is Coming - Channel the Spirits
Ergo - As Subtle as Tomorrow
Lume - Xabregas 10
Duboc, Despres, Loutelier - Tournesol

Anonymous said...

Anthony Braxton - 3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011
Ingrid Lubbock - Serpentine
Warped Dreamer - Lumahongva
Barry Guy - The Blue Shroud

lordDukkha said...

Peter Kuhn Trio - The Other Shore (NoBusiness Records NBCD88) (2016)
Peter Kuhn - No Coming, No Going - The Music Of Peter Kuhn, 1978-79 (NoBusiness Records NBCD 89-90) (2016)
Nathan Hubbard/Skeleton Key Orchestra - Furiously Dreaming (ORENDA 0031) (2016)

Anonymous said...

Pascal Niggenkemper: Talking Trash
Thomas Heberer, Achim Kaufmann & Ken Filiano - Interstices
Eve Risser White Desert Orchestra, Les deux versants se regardent
Anthony Braxton - 3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011

Philippe said...

Pascal Niggenkemper - Talking Trash (Clean Feed)
Eve Risser White Desert Orchestra - Les Deux Versants Se Regardent (Clean Feed)
Lisa Ullén & Ninna de Henney - Quarrtsiluni (Lamour)
Anthony Braxton - 3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011 (Firehouse 12 Records)

Anonymous said...

Guy/Crispell/Lytton - Deep Memory

Predrag Vlahovic said...

Ternoy, Cruz, Orins - Qeqertarsuatsiaat [Circum-Disc]

Anonymous said...

Lume - Xabregas 10
Mark Dresser Seven - Sedimental You
Nuova Camerata - Chant

Anonymous said...

Tomasz Dąbrowski S-O-L-O 30th Birthday / 30 Concerts / 30 Cities (Barefoot Records)
Steve Lehman - Selebeyone (Pi Recordings)
Vijay Iyer / Wadada Leo Smith - A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke

Anonymous said...

Mary Halvorson Octet - Away With You (Firehouse 12)
Nuova Camerata - Chant (Improvising Beings)
Wadada Leo Smith - America's National Parks (Cuneiform)

Anonymous said...

Konvoj Ensemble - MIRA (Konvoj Records 009)

Anonymous said...

Anthony Braxton - 3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011

Francis said...

D'UNE RIVE A L'AUTRE, Sylvain Guérineau/Itaru Oki/Kent Carter/Makoto Sato
FOUR PILLARS OF DESTINY, Maki Hachiya/Shota Koyama/Hugues Vincent/Yuta Yokoyama
CHANT, Nueva Camerata

Herri said...

- Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith - A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke
- Henry Threadgill Ensemble Double Up - Old Locks and Irregular Verbs
- Ingrid Laubrock - Serpentines
- Peter Evans - Lifeblood
- Pascal Niggenkemper - Talking Trash

mario pereira said...

Agusti Fernandez: Ziran
Peter Evans: Lifeblood
Peter Evans Quintet: Genesis
Fred Frith: Another day in fucking paradise
Anthony Braxton: 3 compositions

Maarten said...

Okkyung Lee/Bill Orcutt - Live at Cafe OTO (OTOroku, 2016)

IloveSatie said...

Agusti Fernandez: Ziran
Nuova Camerata: Chant
Peter Evans: Lifeblood

Anonymous said...

Nuova Camerata - Chant (Improvising Beings)
Evan Parker - As The Wind (Psi)
Guy/Crispell/Lytton- Deep Memory (Intakt)

ZielonyGrzyb said...

LAM (Zimpel, Dys, Zemler) - LAM (Instant Classic)
Wacław Zimpel - Lines (Instant Classic)
Hubert Zemler - Pupation of Dissonance (Bôłt)
Ches Smith - The Bell (ECM)
Mikołaj Trzaska - Muzyka z filmu Wołyń (Polskie Radio)

Karl Ackermann said...

Nate Wooley, Seven Storey Mountain V (Pleasure Of Text Records)

Raquel said...

lifeblood, peter evans

Anonymous said...

Paul Dunmall with Steve Noble, John Edwards, Mark Sanders - Chords of Connections (FMR)

Scott said...

Taylor Ho Bynum, Enter the Plustet (Firehouse 12)
Ingrid Laubrock, Serpentines (Intakt)
Anthony Braxton, 3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011 (Firehouse 12)
Henry Threadgill, Ensemble Double Up, Old Locks And Irregular Verbs (Pi Recordings)
Elder Ones (Amirtha Kidambi), Holy Science

Anonymous said...

Wadada Leo Smith / America's National Parks
Vijay Iyer, Wadada Leo Smith / A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke
Peter Evans Quintet / Genesis

Anonymous said...

Vijay Iyer, Wadada Leo Smith / A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke
Wadada Leo Smith / America's National Parks
Peter Evans / Genesis
Mary Halvorson Octet / Away With You

Lafcadio said...

José Bruno Parrinha: Garden
Anthony Braxton: 3 Compositions [EEMHM] 2011
Susana Santos Silva et al.: Life and Other Transient Storms
Peter Evans: Genesis
Frantz Loriot: Systematic Distortion Orchestra The Assembly
(in this order)

Marcin Krasuski said...

- Steve Lehman - Selebeyone (Pi)
- Black Bombaim & Peter Brotzmann (Lovers & Lolypops)
- LAM Trio (Zimpel, Dys, Zemler) - LAM (Instant Classic)
- Shabaka and the Ancestors - Wisdom of Elders (Brownswood Recordings)

Maria M said...

Ches Smith - The Bell
Guy/Crispell/Lytton - Deep Memory
Peter Evans - Lifeblood
Peter Evans Quintet - Genesis
Claudia Quintet - Super Petite

Cheers!

MuzicaDeVest.ro said...

Good recordings in those lists, I'll add few ones which are too bold for ignoring them, besides the ones mentioned above

Robert Dick - Our Cells Know (Tzadik)
Angharad Davies & Tisha Mukarji - ffansion/fancies (Another Timbre)
Valerio Tricoli - Clonic Earth (PAN)
John Tilbury, John Lely, Dirar Kalash, Christian Wolf - Seaside (Another Timbre)
Moor Mother - Fetish Bones (Don Giovanni Records)
Barry Guy, Marilyn Crispell, Paul Lytton - deep memory (Intakt)
William Parker feat. Lisa Sokolov and Cooper Moore - stan's hat flapping in the wind (AUM)


Tommy said...

Anna Högberg Attack - S/T
A great album and they're even better live!

Joe McPhee - Flowers
Haven't bought many records this year, but this is a thing of beauty.

Creative Jazz Fans said...

Fire! – She Sleeps, She Sleeps (Rune Grammofon)
Henry Threadgill - Old Locks and Irregular Verbs (Pi Recordings)
Switchback – Live in Ukraine (Multikulti)
ARASHI - Akira Sakata / Johan Berthling / Paal Nilssen-Love – Semikujira (Trost Records)

Ian Guedes Maia said...

Ches Smith - The Bell (ECM)
Claudia Quintet - Super Petite (Cuneiform)
Henry Threadgill - Old Locks And Irregular Verbs (Pi)
Craig Taborn, Christian McBride, Tyshawn Sorey - Flaga: Book of Angels, Volume 27 (Tzadik)
Mary Halvorson Octet - Away With You (Firehouse 12)
Tyshawn Sorey - Inner Spectrum of Variables (Pi)
Wadada Leo Smith - America's National Parks (Cuneiform)

António said...

Great year for portuguese musicians:

* Sei Miguel: (Five) Stories Untold (Clean Feed Records)
* RED Trio + John Butcher: Summer Skyshift (Clean Feed Records)
* Parrinha | Lopes | Jacinto: Garden (Clean Feed Records)
* Nuova Camerata: Chant (Improvising Beings)

Ziryab said...

Anthony Braxton: 3 Compositions [EEMHM] 2011
Wadada Leo Smith: America's National Parks
Ingrid Laubrock: Serpentines
Pascal Niggenkemper: Talking Trash
Eve Risser White Desert Orchestra: Les Deux Versants Se Regardent

Gennaro Z. said...

Great list!
I add some albums, without repeating the first five and the "runners up" selected by The Free Jazz Collective reviewers:
- Rova Channeling Coltrane "Electric Ascension + Cleaning The Mirror" (Rogue Art)
- Fire! Orchestra "Ritual" (Rune Grammofon)
- Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp "Corpo" (Leo)
- Peter Brötzmann / William Parker / Hamid Drake ‎"Song Sentimentale" (Otoroku)
- Vandermark's Made to Break "Before The Code: Live", "Dispatch To The Sea", "N N N" (AGR)
- DKV Trio / The Thing "Collider" (Not Two)
- Julie Kjaer / John Edwards / Steve Noble "Dobbeltgaenger" (Clean Feed)
- Switchback "Live in Ukraine" (Multikulti Project)
Ciao!

Yuri Lieke said...

- Ingrid Laubrock, Serpentines
- Konvoj Ensemble, Mira
- Peter Evans, Lifeblood
- Matthew Shipp, Corpo
- Ches Smith, The Bell
- Peter Evans Quintet, Genesis

Niccolò Paganini said...

****************
* VIOLIN POWER *
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Théo Ceccaldi & Joëlle Léandre: Elastic (Cipsela)
Nuova Camerata: Chant (Improvising Beings)
Dominique Pifarély Quartet: Tracé provisoire (ECM)
Christoph Erb & Frantz Loriot: Sceneries (Creative sources)

Alexis said...

Joëlle Léandre 10 – Can You Hear Me ?
Orchestre National de Jazz – Europa Rome
Nuova camerata – Chant
Guérineau, Oki, Carter, Sato – D’une rive à l’autre
Duboc, Despres, Loutelier - Tournesol

laszloderdak said...
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laszloderdak said...

dkv trio & the thing - Collider (Not Two)
Steve Swell Quintet - Soul Travelers(Rogueart)
Peter Brötzmann, William Parker, Hamid Drake - Song Sentimentale(Otoruku)
Steve Swell - The Chicago Plan (Clean Feed)
Rodrigo Amado, Miguel Mira, Gabriel Ferrandini - Desire & Freedom (Not Two)

Anonymous said...

Sarah Murcia, Never Mind the Future (Ayler Records)
Fire ! She sleeps, she sleeps (Rune Grammophon)
Desprez-Duboc-Loutelier, Tournesol (Dark Tree records)

Anonymous said...

Starlite Motel - Awosting Falls. ( Clean Feed)
Black Bombaim - Black Bombaim & Peter Brötzmann. (Shhpuma/L&L)
Ivo Perelman - the Art of Improv Trio. vol.4. (Leo)
Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio - Desire & Freedom. (Not Two)
Red Trio & John Butcher - Summer Skyshift. (Clean Feed)
Nate Wooley - Argonautica. (Firehouse)
Mark Dresser - Sedimental you. (Clean Feed)
Mats Gustafsson - MG50 Peace & Fire. (Trost)
Fail Better - Owt. (No Business)
Susana Santos Silva - Life and Other Transient Storms. (Clean Feed)

Pierre Mol said...

My podium:

1- Lifeblood, of Peter Evans
2- Tracé Provisoire, of Dominique Pifarely
3- Genesis, of Peter Evans

Free Jazz Jeff said...

2016 Noteworthy Nominees

--> PARKER/GOUBAND/NAUSEEF - As the Wind
--> JOE MCPHEE - Flowers
--> SZILARD MEZEI FLUTE & STRINGS TRIO - Feher Virag
--> FERNANDEZ/MAZUR - Ziran

** Unjustly-left-out-of-2015-but-reviewed-on-the-FJB-2016 **
--> IRENE SCHWEIZER/HAN BENNINK - Welcome Back

Anonymous said...

Sergey Kuryokhin - "The spirit Lives"
joe MCPHEE- Barrow Street Blues
Wadada Leo Smith / America's National Parks
Michael Vlatkovich - Mortality
Giancarlo Tossani Synapser + Ralph Alessi - Newswork

Anonymous said...

Many thanks Stefan and team for your spledid coverage - it has been such a great year for this music. I'm still processing albums recently acquired (particularly from anothertimbre) but this is my current top five in order:

1. Perihelion Rempis / Abrams / Ra + Baker
2. Mujô Jean-Brice Godet Quartet
3. Full Blast RISC
4. She Sleeps, She Sleeps Fire!
5. A Zoology of the Future Jonas Cambien Trio

My #2 was not reviewed by y'all but I highly recommend it.

Anonymous said...

Nacka Forum – We Are The World
Nate Wooley - Argonautica
PSM - Lis
A Conrad Trio - Screaming While Playing
Dim Lighting - Your Miniature Motion

Arthur Jachine said...

Black Bombaim & Peter Brotzmann - S/T
Roji - The Hundred Headed Women
Charlie Hunter - Everybody Has A Plan Until They...
Hamasyan, Henriksen, Aarset, Bang - Atmospheres
Supersilent - 13
Waclaw Zimpel - Lines
Andrew Cyrille Quartet - The Declaration Of Musical Independence
Jakob Bro, Thomas Morgan, Joey Baron - Streams
Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith - A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke

freddiefreejazz said...


1. Wadada Leo Smith & Vijay Iyer – A cosmic Rhythm With each Stroke (ECM) *****
2. Ralph Alessi – Quiver (ECM) *****
3. Fabrice Martinez – Rebirth *****
4. Ellery Eskelin – Willisau Live (Hat Hut)*****
5. Ches Smith – The Bell (ECM) *****
6. Michel Benita – River Silver (ECM) *****
7. Fire ! She Sleeps, She Sleeps (Rune Grammophon) *****
8. Mary Halvorson – Away with You (Intakt)
9. Taylor Ho Binum – Enter The Plustet *****
10. Wadada Leo Smith – America’s National Parks (Cuneiform) *****

11. Olivier Bost – Les incendiaires ****
12. Roswell Rudd – Strength and Power (autoprod) ****
13. Mark Dresser – Sedimendal You (Clean Feed) ****
14. Simon Nabatov – Picking Orders (Leo) ****
15. Aruan Ortiz – Hidden Voices (Intakt) ****
16. Nate Wooley – Argonautica (Intakt) ****
17. Fred Hersch – Night at the Vanguard (Palmetto) ****
18. Dave Liebman / Richie Beirach – Balladscapes ****
19. Best reissue : a) Steve Kuhn - Watch What Happens (MPS) *****
20. Best reissue : b) Fred Hersch - Sarabande (1986-2016) with Charlie Haden (Sunnyside) *****

Paul said...

Of course the last nomination has 20 entries. Ha.

Thanks all for your contributions. Stay tuned for Monday when voting begins.

freddiefreejazz said...

Yeah... Just forget the last 10 then... Ha.