I'll send you out to look at some others' lists, but won't make them myself. Why? In 2006, I did buy the new disc of the Dave Holland Quintet, Critical Mass, and I picked up the new one by Joe Locke/Geoffrey Keezer Group while at their gig at Water Street, and I just recently downloaded a couple of tracks from Ornette Coleman's new album Sound Grammar (on many of the 2006 lists this year) to add to my new IPod Nano (Christmas present to myself...). What I didn't do is hear enough of the new jazz albums out there this year to realistically give you a top 10. This blog is mostly about live jazz anyway. So here it goes, a few more top 2006 jazz lists:
- Our own WGMC Jazz 90.1 Top 100 of 2006. The staff of Jazz90.1 cast their votes for the top 100 albums of the year in jazz and in other categories, including Blues, Latin and Soul Jazz.
- Village Voice Jazz Critic's Poll.
- Ejazznews.com Top 50 Jazz 2006.
- The Top 10 from the Jazz and Blues Reviews blog.
Dan Ouellette over at Billboard noted that at least when looking at the charts, jazz had an "unadventurous year," writing:
But for jazz aficionados who like their music melodically sublime, harmonically sophisticated and rhythmically alert and jarring, the death knell for the idiom rings prematurely. There's still vibrancy in a feast of 2006's forward-looking jazz projects -- none of which charted.
So, they didn't chart? Big deal. We've heard some great new jazz in 2006. Again, I invite you to leave a comment and let us all know which albums and/or new jazz artists really hit with you this year.