Downbeat magazine: Best CD's of 2001


Downbeat Magazine’s Best CD’s of 2001:

In the January, 2002, issue of Downbeat magazine, there is an article that lists the best CD’s that were reviewed during 2001. The following shortened list contains only the CD’s that were rated 5-star (highest rating) or 4.5 stars. The list of 4-star CD’s was too long to reproduce here.
For the complete list, plus extensive reviews of other CD’s which Downbeat overlooked last year, buy the January, 2002, issue.

5-Star CD’s:
Jazz:
1. Dave Holland: Not for Nothin’. (ECM 1758)
2. Bob Belden: Black Dahlia (Blue Note 23883)

Re-issues:
1. Curtis Mayfield: Curtis/Live! (Rhino 79333)
2. Patato and His Latin Percussion Friends: Authority (LP Music Group 103)
3. Carlos “Patato” Valdez: Ready for Freddy (LP Music Group 104)
4. The Band: The Band (Capitol 25389)
5. Bob Marley & The Wailers: Catch a Fire (Tuff Gong / Island 314 548 893)

4.5 Star CD’s:
Jazz:
1. Theo Bleckman: Origami (Songlines 1534)
2. Trio Clusone: Rara Avis (hatOLOGY 523)
3. Ani DeFranco: Revelling/Recknoning (Righteous Babe 024)
4. Dave Douglas: Witness (Bluebird 09026-63763)
5. Steve Earle: Transcendental Blues (E-Squared 75103)
6. Bill Frisell: Blues Dream (Nonesuch 79615)
7. Hagans/Belden: Re-Animation LIVE! (Blue Note 27544)
8. Italian Instabile Orchestra: Litania Sibilante (enja 9405)
9. Peter Janson: Nordic Meeting (Dragon 353)
10. Keith Jarrett (Standards Trio): Whisper Not (ECM 1724/25)
11. Charlie Kohlhase Quintet: Plays the Music of Roswell Rudd: Eventuality (Nada 002)
12. Orlando Cachaito Lopez: Cachaito (World Circuit/Nonesuch 79630)
13. Rob McConnell: Tentet (Justin Time 150)
14. Geoff Muldaur: Password (Hightone 8125)
15. Max Nagl Ensemble: Ramasuri (hatOLOGY 575)
16. William Parket Quartet: O’Neal’s Porch (Centering Music 1003)
17. Henry Threadgill & Zooid: Up Popped The Two Lips (Pi Recordings 02)
18. Ralph Towner: Anthem (ECM 1743)
19. McCoy Tyner: Jazz Roots (Telarc 83507)
20. Chucho Valdes: Solo – Live in New York (Blue Note 93456)
21. Eric Watson: Full Metal Quartet (Owl 159 572)
22. Walt Weiskopf Nonet: Siren (Criss Cross 1187)

Re-Issues:
1. Mildred Bailey: The Complete Columbia Recordings (Mosaic 10-204)
2. The Band: Music from Big Pink (Capitol 25390)
3. The Band: Rock of Ages (Capitol 30181)
4. Johnny Cash: Love, God, Murder (Columbia/Legacy 63809)
5. Miles Davis: The Complete ‘In a Silent Way’ Sessions (Columbia/Legacy 63809)
6. Wild Bill Davison: Pretty Wild (Arbors 19175)
7. Duke Ellington: The Reprise Studio Sessions (Mosaic 193)
8. Fela Kuti: Stalemate/Fear Not For Men (MCA 314 547 381)
9. Los Lobos: El Cancionero Mas Y Mas (Warner Archives/Rhino 76670)
10. Bob Marley & The Wailers: Live! (Universal/Island 896)
11. Curtis Mayfield: Curtis (Rhino 79332)
12. Charles Mingus: Tijuana Moods (Bluebird 63840)
13. Thelonious Monk: The Columbia Years 1962-1968 (Columbia/Legacy 64887)
14. Art Pepper: Art Pepper + Eleven (JVC XRCD 60245)
15. Art Pepper: Meets the Rhythm Section (JVC XRCD 60087)
16. Rainer Ptacek: Live at the Performance Center (Glitterhouse 483)
17. Rainer Ptacek: Alpaca Lips (Glitterhouse 482)
18. Frank Strozier: Fantastic Frank Strozier (VeeJay 8550)
sdcampbell
Great Post! Thanks.

Greg
Thanks for continuing input. I printed it out and will use it for thought. Dave Holland is tops on my own list too. As i write I listen to Charles Lloyd, The Water is Wide. Db did't give him no respect but He is on my short list for this year too.

I've just about finished the book.

Cheers
Craig K