Saturday, October 1, 2022

A List of 2022 Albums

To prove that I've been listening to more than just live Goose shows recently, here's a list of 20 new or newish albums that have been my favorites from January 'til now. My taste in music is always in flux, especially this year. I'm tired of hearing what I'm hearing and I'm tired of liking what I like. What that in mind, here's where where my search has temporarily touched down.

Scary Goldings featuring John Scofield - IV
As good or at least almost as good as A Go Go.

Nathan Salsburg - Psalms
Hebrew psalms set to music that is highly listenable, singable and playable.

Jake Xerxes Fussell - Good and Green Again
The song-catcher is back with perhaps his best collection to date.

Los Bitchos - Let the Festivities Begin
An all female band bringing back memories of Laika and the Cosmonauts - totally in my wheelhouse.

Black Flower - Magma
The Belgian ensemble continues to work within and expand upon Ethio-jazz.

Ilhan Ersahin, Dave Harrington, Kenny Wollesen - Invite Your Eye
Post-buzz, late night, Nublu music.

Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder - Get on Board
The best blues album I've heard in a long, long time.

The Smile - A Light for Attracting Attention
Radiohead for poseurs like me.

Symphonic Tone Poem for Brother Yusef - Bennie Maupin and Adam Rudolph
Just listen, just slow down.

Horsegirl - Versions of Modern Performance
Strong contender for album of the year.

Jasmine Myra - Horizons
England is a hot-bed of jazz right now.

Shabaka Hutchings - Afrikan Culture
England is a hot-bed of jazz right now.

The Magic Beans - Unzipped
These cats are beating other cats at their own game.

Michael Houser - Door Harp
Some of the prettiest melodies I've ever heard are on this reissue.

The London Odense Ensemble - Jaiyede Sessions Volume 1
London jazz meets Danish jams.

Felbm - Elements of Nature
I have a soft spot for DIY music.

Amir Bresler - House of Arches
Talk about a planet of drums.

Vieux Farka Toure & Khruangbin - Ali
Appointment listening.

Marisa Anderson - Still, Here
This is what I call Americana.

Flock - Flock
London is a hot-bed of jazz right now? Ha!

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