Saturday, November 26, 2011


Here we are again for the Free Jazz Blog Readers Poll for the best innovative listening experience of the year. Let me emphasise that we are not talking about the best album as such, but we will reward the band or musician who show us new paths for music to take in the future, while at the same time offering lots of joy to the listener. The list of best albums will be on a separate overview.

Here are the simple rules for the HAPPY NEW EARS AWARD 2011 :

Phase 1 - between now and December 3 - establishment of the shortlist - everyone can make recommendations for the most innovative listening experience of the year. The contributors to this blog will make a shortlist out of the suggestions. Of course you can only select the albums that were reviewed during the year on this blog.

Phase 2 - from December 4 till December 29 - everybody can vote on the shortlist of fifteen albums selected by the reviewers.

To kick-start, here is my (Stef's) recommendation for the longlist, but as said, more suggestions are welcome.

  1. Foton Quartet - Zomo Hall
  2. Afterfall
  3. Lisa Ullén & Nina de Heney - Carve
  4. Agustí Fernández, Barry Guy & Ramón López - Morning Glory
  5. AMM - Uncovered Correspondence
  6. Jim Black, Trevor Dunn, Oscar Noriega, Chris Speed - Endangered Blood
  7. Darren Johnston, Aram Shelton, Lisa Mezzacappa, Kjell Nordeson - Cylinder
  8. Nate Wooley & Taylor Ho Bynum - The Throes
  9. Sei Miguel & Pedro Gomes - Turbina Anthem
  10. Rob Mazurek - Calma Gente
  11. Peter Evans Quintet - Ghosts
  12. Louie Belogenis Trio - Tiresias
  13. Thomas Heberer's Clarino - Klippe
  14. Joe Hertenstein, Thomas Heberer, Joachim Badenhorst, Pascal Niggenkemper - Polylemma
  15. Guillaume Roy, Vincent Courtois, Claude Tchamitchian - Amarco
  16. Vyacheslav Gaivoronsky & Alexander Ragazanov Revelation
  17. Scoolptures - White Sickness
  18. Reed Trio - Last Train to the First Station
  19. Bruno Duplant, Paulo Chagas & David Sait - Late Winter, Early Spring
  20. Kiyoharu Kuwayama & Masayoshi Urabe - From The Abolition Port
  21. BB&C - the Veil
  22. Farmers By Nature - Out Of This World's Distortions
  23. Fire! with Jim O'Rourke - Unreleased
  24. Kontra Trio - Jeux Circulaires
  25. Bill Dixon - Envoi
  26. Tarfala - Syzygy
  27. Satoko Fujii & Min-Yoh - Watershed
  28. Kaza - Rafale
  29. RED Trio + John Butcher - Empire
  30. William Parker - Winter Sun Crying
  31. Peter Evans & Nate Wooley - High Society
  32. Daunik Lazro - Some Other Zongs
  33. Mural - Live At The Rothko Chapel
  34. Benoît Delbecq & François Houle - Because She Hoped
  35. The Limbo Ensemble - Plebiscitu

    Please share your thoughts!


    © stef


    1. I've listened to only about half the albums on this tentative list, and though there were all indeed fantastic, one stood out for me: Peter Evans Quintet - Ghosts. I might add more recommendations here for the short list, but I would hate not seeing this one there.

    2. Don't worry, I review here with Stef, Paul, Stan and Co. Even we don't get the chance, or the time, to listen to everything. Just pick what you know and send in suggestions, it's always interesting to hear of alternatives .... that way we get to learn something also.

      Big thanks for your support.

    3. Have you had a chance to hear the new Wadada Leo Smith album on TUM with Min Xiao-Fen on pipa and occasional voice and Pheeroan akLaff on drums? Beautiful music, I think you'd really enjoy it.

    4. 'Ghosts' would also be my pick of the year at this moment.

      But I'm still waiting for a bunch of albums to arrive, especially from Poland. There's a new clarinet quartet record with Zimpel en Trzaszka for instance...

    5. some suggestions:
      Matana Roberts – Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens de Couleur Libres;
      Sei Miguel / Pedro Gomes - Turbina Anthem;
      Joe McPhee & Chris Corsano - Under a Double Moon;
      Nate Wooley - (Put Your) Hands Together;
      Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges;
      Mostly Other People Do the Killing - The Coimbra Concert;
      Les Yeux de la Tete - Nerf;
      Craig Taborn – Avenging Angel;
      The Ames Room – Bird Dies;
      Gutbucket - Flock;
      RED Trio & John Butcher – Empire.

    6. Nate Wooley's solo work belongs in this list:

      - The Almond (Pogus Records)
      -[8] Syllables (unfortunately limited to 100 copies)

      Two very special albums with new trumpet music. Totally different from his duo with Peter Evans or his Trumpet/Amplifier record.

    7. 1. Tarfala
      2. Farmers by Nature
      3. Daunik Lazro
      4. RED Trio / John Butcher

    8. Les Exercices Spirituels (George E. Lewis) should also be on the list!

    9. Hi stef .. Maybe you have time to review the album Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone - Departure of reason.. I think it should be also on the list ..

    10. Ran Blake live in rome...

    11. As for the most innovative, or new, or fresh or wahtever I feel that Michael Zerang/Jim Baker/Kyle Bruckmann cd shuould be included. As well as the clarinet quartet IRCHA with Mikolaj Trzaska, Waclaw Zimpel and Joe McPhee. both among the most surprising releases of this year I've heard.

    12. -Indigo Trio & Michel Edelin - The Ethiopian Princess Meets The Tantric Priest
      -Mark Nauseef,IMori,Evan Parker,B. Laswell - Near Nadir) Tzadik
      -Frank Zappa - Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison
      -William Parker solo box
      -Leandre solo cdc+dvd
      -Leandre nicole mitchel vander schyff ,before after
      You are lucky to have the chance to listen to so much stuff.....

    13. My tips from Poland (all on Multikulti Records):

      Andrzej Przybielski - Tren Żałobny
      Piotr Mełech/Fred Lonberg-Holm - Coarse Day
      Kusiołek/Sjarov/Wójciński/Kugel – Nuntium


    14. Hi,
      great list, 2 suggestions:

      - Daunik Lazro / Benjamin Duboc / Didier Lasserre: Pourtant les cimes des arbres (Dark Tree)

      - Kris Davis: Aeriol Piano (Clean Feed)

      But I don't think they have been reviewed here.
      Whatever, thanks for your work.

    15. Humble thanks for being so kind as to put The Limbo Ensemble (of which I am one part) on your top list along with these remarkable musicians, some of which are strong influences on me. Keep up the good work!

      /Thomas Olsson

    16. Thanks for list. There are few new names for me.
      I would add the following:
      Harris Eisenstadt - September Trio
      Jason Stein Quartet - The Story This Time
      Nicole Mitchell - Awakening
      Gerry Hemingway Quintet - Riptide

    17. Of the ones listed that I've heard,
      I would vote for Farmers by Nature and BB&C.

      One that I would nominate is Giovanni Di Domenico & Alexandra Grimal - Ghibli.

      But the important thing is that I need to listen to more of these!

    18. Don't forget about Kaiso Stories by Other Dimension in Music also a new album by Henri Texier - Canto Negro is great. The last of my suggestion is De Profundis - Oles Brother & Andrzej Przybielski

      Thanks Marti

    19. Two to consider:
      BoNObo trio with mederic Collignon - toGEther (neuklang)

      Trio Grande with matthew Bourne (Hold the Line (WERF)

    20. From Stef's list (and from titles i have too) I pick following five:
      Peter Evans Quintet - Ghosts
      Farmers By Nature - Out of this worlds distortions
      Satoko Fujii & Min-Yoh - Watershed
      Endangered Blood
      Darren Johnston's Cylinder

    21. your list seems a little bit limited, too strong

      my most recommended ones this year, so far:

      - Peter Evans Quintet >> Ghosts
      - Akira Sakata & Jim O'Rourke >> And That's The Story Of Jazz...
      - Boom Box >> Jazz
      - David S. Ware >> Organica
      - Ellery Eskelin >> Trio New York

    22. Thanks, Stef. Some suggestions from my list.

      Aram Shelton - There Was...
      Gerry Hemingway – Riptide
      Kris Davis – Aeriol Piano
      Agustí Fernández - El Laberint de la Memòria
      Daniel Erdmann Quartet - How To Catch A Cloud
      Darius Jones Trio - Big Gurl (Smell My Dream)
      Ellery Eskelin Trio – Trio New York
      Jürg Wickihalder European Quartet –Jump!
      Marilyn Crispell & Gerry Hemingway – Affinities
      Peter Evans Quintet – Ghosts
      Tim Daisy & Ken Vandermark – The Conversation
      Undivided 5tet - Moves Between Clouds.

    23. fred ho -sweet science suite
      irene schweitzer -solo chicago
      just listen to them this week end

    24. Heddy Boubaker

      Sabrina Siegel

      Bruno Duplant and Paulo Chagas Late Winter, Early Spring

    25. Darren Johnston, Aram Shelton, Lisa Mezzacappa, Kjell Nordeson - Cylinder

      Undivided - Moves Between Clouds

      Darren Johnston - Big Lift

    26. Odean Pope's Universal Sounds

      Matana Roberts's Coin Coin

    27. Starlicker by Rob Mazurek. An album that really demands "new ears"!

    28. should be added:

      odean pope - unversial sounds

      boom box - jazz

    29. From Stef's list :
      Rob Mazurek - Calma Gente
      Kaze - Rafale
      William Parker - Winter Sun Crying

    30. My list:
      - Sakoto Fuji & Min-Yoh - WATERSHED (more i listen, more i liked...)
      - Bill Dixon - ENVOI
      - Angelica Sanchez - A LITLE HOUSE
      - Sei Miguel & Pedro Gomes - TURBINA ANTHEM
      - Daniel Levin Quartet - ORGANIC MODERNISM
      - Peter Evans Qintet - GHOSTS
      - Duplant, Chagas & Sait - LATE WINTER, EARLY SPRING
      - The Limbo Ensemble - PLEBISCITU
      - Nate Wooley & Taylor Ho Bynum - THE THROES
      - Thomas Herbere`Clarino - KLIPPE
      - Joelle Leandre - SOLO, DVD AND BOOK!

      Tank you so much Stef, and all fantastic Free Jazz Blog Team!
      This Fabulous era for creative music have in this blog a powerfull dynamo.

    31. Peter Evans Quintet - Ghosts, David S. Ware - Planetary Unknown, Kaiso Stories, The Ames Room, Farmers by Nature, Michael Zerang & Jim Baker & Kyle Bruckmann, Pourtant les cimes des arbres, Akira Sakata with Jim O'Rourke, Side A to name a few - are in my playlist with enormous playing counts.

      Some honorable mentions, too: Seval of Fred Lonberg-Holm, Ig Henneman Sextet- Cut a Caper, Daunik Lazro - Some other Zongs, Masayuki Takayanagi - solo, Joe Morris - Wildlife, Joe McPhee survival unit iii - syncronicity, The Rempis Percussion Quartet - Montreal Parade.

    32. KonstruKt & Peter Brötzmann – Dolunay.

      obviously KonstruKt guys are the new ears.

    33. KonstruKt & Peter Brötzmann – Dolunay.

      obviously KonstruKt guys are the new ears.

    34. Music of John Coltrane
      Dominic Duval/ Jimmy Halperin and Brian Wilson
      nobusiness records

    35. Music of John Coltrane
      Dominic Duval/ Jimmy Halperin and Brian Wilson
      nobusiness records


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