It's been a rough year. Most of my friends are sticking up their middle finger to 2016, as am I. I can only wonder which heroes of mine will bite the dust in 2017...but that's for another Blogarrhea. The following annual all-list blog is not supposed to represent the most important or the best-selling or even the most accomplished CDs of 2016. I have done nothing my entire life but listen to music and tell people about it. So these are the ones I got the most excited about. Before the lists commence, please note that Leonard Cohen's 'You Want It Darker' (Columbia) and Paul Simon's 'Stranger To Stranger' (Concord) are my two favorite CDs of 2016. That said, on with the show.
Drummer Jack DeJohnette, 73, has played on more ECM records than any other musician. Why, then, is the 'In Movement' ECM debut of his new trio with tenor/soprano/sopranino saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and electric bassist/electronics master Matthew Garrison major jazz news?
Although just a tad under what finding The Holy Grail would mean to Christian culture, the discovery of 'Some Other Time: The Lost Session From The Black Forest' (Resonance Records) by legendary pianist Bill Evans [1929-1980] is something akin to a revelation.
Jack DeJohnette, one of the most influential drummers of the 20th Century, dips back to his 1960s radical roots in a one-off gig back home to resurrect the flag of the avant-garde on 'Made In Chicago.' Then, surprisingly enough, he talks to us!