Looking back: 2015

As every year following is my personal Best of list in terms of records I heard, concerts I saw, etc. and as every year, it was not easy to pick out of the great amount of good music released or great performances, which I was happy enough to hear and see. In the album section there are no OKeh Records releases, as they would obviously take most of the top spots, as I really like the artists and records I work with.

 

Best Albums:

Tigran Hamasyan                                             Luys I Luso

Hakon Kornstad                                               tenor battle

Brad Mehldau                                                   10 Years Solo Live

Jef Neve                                                              One

Melody Gardot                                                 Currency of Man

John Scofield                                                     Past Presence

Christian McBride Trio                                  Live at the Village Vanguard

Perez Patitucci Blade                                     Children of Light

Cecile McLorin Salvant                                  For One to Love

Robert Glasper                                                 Covered

Kamasi Washington                                       The Epic

Kurt Elling                                                          Passion World

Bugge Wesseltoft                                            Bugge & friends

Eivind Aarset                                                     I.E.

Various                                         Entre 20 Aguas – a la musica de Paco de Lucia

Doran, Stucky, Studer, Tacuma                  Call me Helium

Various                                                                Homage a Eberhard Weber

Chris Potter                                                        Imaginery Cities

Maria Schneider                                              The Thompson Fields

Antonio Lizana                                                 Quimeras de mar

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Best of Live:

Best live act of the year has – again- been Branford Marsalis – I saw him in 2015 a few times: whether it was with the quartet, solo or with the quartet and Kurt Elling, he always manages to draw me in, touch and surprise me and maintains a level of musicianship that is simply astonishing.

Dee Dee Bridgewater, Irvin Mayfield Jr. & The NOJO      Rotterdam and Alicante

Marc Ribot & The Young Philadelphians                               Madrid

Jose James                                                                                         Rotterdam

James Brandon Lewis Trio                                                           Vitoria

John Scofield with Joe Lovano                                                   Madrid

Rebekka Bakken                                                                              Madrid

Gregory Porter                                                                                 Madrid

Taylor Eigsti’s Free Agency                                                        New York

Kurt Elling                                                                               Madrid & New Orleans

Avishai Cohen (tp)                                                                         Madrid

Bugge Wesseltoft, Dan Berglund & Henrik Schwartz      Rotterdam

Christian Mc Bride Trio                                                                Madrid

Ganavya                                                                                              Madrid

Airelle Besson                                                                                  Bremen

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Best of the rest – among the many books I read last year I think that Leonardo Padura’s The Man Who Loved Dogs was the most impressive – a great birthday present from a close friend who seem to know what I may enjoy reading. Some great TV – An honorable woman, True Detective (Season 2), and documentaries about Nina Simone and Amy Winehouse.

Remembering the people in the business I knew whom we lost in 2015 – Ornette Coleman, Bruce Lundvall, Bob Belden and Natalie Cole, whom I met a few times working two of her Verve releases internationally in the early/mid 2000’s. A great lady with a good sense of humor and a very professional attitude. Rest In Peace.

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