We run through Nextbop's Favorite Albums of 2015. It's a show that's the easiest to make since the decisions and order were essentially made long ago, but then it's kind of a two week process, so maybe it's more complicated than I thought.
The Line-Up for 18 December 2015
I'm not quite sure what more I could say here about jazz in 2015. There may not have been some overarching narrative that guided how art was made and released. Some folks who have worked together for years finally released an album that said so. Some folks released large ensemble albums that made huge splashes, as sprawling debuts, par for the course, or as the muscular realization of what the artist was building to anyway. Some folks came back to us and others kept trodding along, growing constantly and impressively. Artists make art. Musicians make music. Lovers and listeners tend to some things more than others. Here's what we clung to.
I like that we make this list every year. No, it's not as well read as our other posts. It doesn't exactly fit what we do. But I like the rounded nature of this, that there's a humor in making a jazz and non-jazz list, of the other vast majority of the market share while still including folks who are still just as independent. Many on this list are jazz musicians anyway, because we just can't help ourselves and our tastes. Here's our picks from that collective taste that we just can't help.
We all have our favorites. We also have our need to make sense of the world. I hold to the belief that genre is important because while some can say there are only two kinds of music, good and bad, that still doesn't help describe the music much. Direction is important, so is mood. However, virtuosity rules over all. I feel like listening to many different kinds of music and sometimes my mood shifts. These were my favorites of the albums that I've played just as fervently this year as the jazz albums I've listened to, whenever the mood so suited.
Twas the night after Christmas and all through the station, not a creature was stirring except ADH, still vivacious. Well, maybe vivacious, it rhymes. That and this show was pretty simple to put together since it's all from Nextbop/Art of Cool's Favorite Jazz Albums of 2014 list. That and the aforementioned lack of stirring through the station because no one showed up today, so I'm making a show pretty quickly and free of distractions. That also means I've crammed as much of that list into this hour as I could.
The Line-Up for 26 December 2014