2018 Album Picks

2018 was such a great year for new music, here are some of my favorites in no particular order. Still a few dozen 2018 releases have not heard yet so let me know what I’ve missed or fogotten (and yes, some of these may be late 2017 releases, I’m cheating a bit as I first heard them in early 2018).

Andrew Cyrille/Wadada Leo Smith/Bill FrisellLebroba (USA)

BCUCEmakhosini (South Africa)

James Creole ThomasOmas Sextet (Haiti/USA)

Minyo CrusadersEchoes Of Japan (Japan)

Tenderlonious The Shakedown (UK)

Christopher HoffmanMultifarium (USA)

Palm Unit – Hommage à Jef Gilson (France)

Salif KeitaUn Autre Blanc (Mali/France)

Oyama Yutaka & Shima YusukeWa Jazz Vol. 2 (Japan)

Seckou Keita & Catrin FinchSoar (Mali/Wales)

Cookin’ On Three BurnersLab Experiments Vol.2 (Australia)

Nina MirandaFreedom Of Movement (Brazil/UK)

Justin AdamsRibbon (UK)

Angélique KidjoRemain In Light (Benin/USA)

Mark Wade TrioMoving Day (USA)

Chip WickhamShamal Wind (UK)

LucibelaLaço Umbilical (Cape Verde)

Mao SoneInfinite Creature (Japan)

Makaya McCravenUniversal Beings (USA/UK)

Kasai MasaiSunshine Music (Congo/UK)

Nat BirchallCosmic Language (UK)

Eric Harland Voyager – 13th Floor (USA)

Emanative–  Earth (UK)

Sidi Touré –  Toubalbero (Mali)

Thabang TabaneMatjale (South Africa)




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