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Best Jazz 2018: NPR Critics Poll

Discussion in 'music' started by kjb, Jan 9, 2019.

  1. kjb

    kjb pfm Member

    Over the past 5 years or so this has become my favourite end of year list, the one that has led to the most interesting music and the one that has had the biggest impact on my wallet.

    https://www.npr.org/2019/01/05/682193795/the-2018-npr-music-jazz-critics-poll

    A few in this year's list have featured in the new jazz thread but there's a lot of other things I've simply not heard of, let alone heard.

    The Wayne Shorter record that tops the poll is interesting in that it is only available in very expensive physical formats. Has anyone here heard it? It a big outlay to buy it on the basis of reviews alone.

    As a fan of jazz guitar, the other record that interests me is the Miles Okazaki's Compete Monk on guitar which is only available digitally and not as physical product. I've spent some time listing to it on Bandcamp - it is fascinating and rather beautiful.

    Much of 2018 will be spent working through the list , tracking things down and, if previous years are anything to go by, buying copies of favourites.

    The list also has linked to the 190 + polls that were submitted. Iv'e found quite a few good records by digging into these lists, finding ones where 5 or more match things I've heard and liked and looking up the other records on the list.

    Has anyone got links to websites that might flag up some of the records during the year rather than only finding out about them retrospectively in end of year lists?

    Kevin
     
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  2. Graham H

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