Best Jazz of 2004? Please Participate


My top seven, in order:

1. Strange Liberation, Dave Douglas
2. The Out-of-Towners, Keith Jarrett
3. Lullabluebye, Frank Kimbrough
4. Storyteller, Marilyn Crispell
5. The Great Divide, Von Freeman
6. Life of a Song, Geri Allen
7. Suspended Night, Tomasz Stanko (2004 or 2003?)
jfz
Never been good at rating music as my opinion changes too frequently. However, I have some recordings that I have loved from this past year, and play all the time:
•Chris Potter - Lift
•Geri Allen - Life of a Song
•Ahmad Jamal - In Search of Momentum
•James Carter - Live at Baker's keyboard Lounge
Thought that Strange Liberation (great disc) was a big improvement over Freak In. Haven't heard any of your other picks, but hope to fix that problem soon.

Could clear the room, (but great anyway):

Stuart Liebig/ Locustland
Michael Vlatkovich/ Queen Dynamo
Craig Taborn/ Junk Magic
Previte-Hunter/ Groundtruther Latitude
Big Satan, (Berne/Rainey/Ducret)/ Souls Saved Hear
Trevor Dunn's Trio Convulsant/ Sister Phantom Owl Fish
Falaise-Samworth-Tanguay-Van der Schyff/ The Unexpected One
Frank Gratkowski Quartet/ Facio
Nels Cline Singers/ The Giant Pin

Less likely to clear the room:

Stahls Bla/ Schlachtplatte
Tony Wilson Quintet/ Horseplay
Trio Derome, Guilbeault, Tanguay/ 10 Compositions
Bift, ( Excellent guit., Sax, Drums trio, you can get this new for $5 at cd Baby)

Really unlikely to clear the room:

Jon Balke/ Diverted Travels
Stuart Liebig/ Minim
Ned Rothenberg-Sync/ Harbinger
Pip Pyle's Bash/ Belle Illusion
Tony Malaby/ Adobe
Rathbun-Howard Quintet/ Days Before and After
Terminal 4/ When I'm Falling
Christian Jormin 3/ Sol Salutis

Your mother in law will not hate these, (still great and both are gorgeous recordings):

Steven Bernstein/ Diaspora Hollywood
Enrico Rava/ Easy Living
JESSICA WILLIAMS- LIVE AT YOSHI'S
MULGREW MILLER- LIVE AT YOSHI'S 1
KENNY WERNER PEACE- LIVE AT THE BLUE NOTE
BARRY HARRIS- LIVE IN NEW YORK
JASON LINDNER- LIVE/UK
JFZ,

I know you have class my man, as you put Von Freeman, "The Great Divide" on your list. Based on that, I may have to pick up your first 4 choices.
I really enjoy Ramsey Lewis Trio - Time Flies.
Drhst20- if you trust JFZ, you should also pick up "Life of a Song, Geri Allen," it's the best sounding DSD recording I've heard, and should be wonderful on your EMM Labs gear.
kana813,
Thanks for the tip. I will be sure to take a listen.
1. Hiromi - Brain - Excellent, fun cd by a young artist with interesting sound and a touch of classical influence
2. Keith Jarrett - The Out-of-Towners
3. Patricia Barber - A Fortnight in France
I forgot Easy Living and Mulgrew Miller's Live at Yoshi's. My thanks to everyone, and a special thanks to duanegoosen - for such an extensive list. I'm looking forward to trying some of the discs on your list, Duane.
Picked up - Enrico Rava/ Easy Living, my mother in law
and I think it's great. Mahalo for the tip.
Another one to add from 2004: Brad Mehldau's Anything Goes
Roy Haynes' "Fountain of Youth" Bill Charlap's "Somewhere" and "OH!" featuring John Schofield, Joe Lovano, Dave Holland, and Al Foster. These have been in heavy rotation for the last year!
Gotta add one more: Denny Zeitlin Trio "Slickrock." If you've never heard of DZ, check it out! Bet you'll like it!