Chris Parker’s 2011 Round-up .
Chris has sent in a “list of ten UK releases, in no particular order, plus an eleventh for good measure, plus three CDs from the rest of the world that have given an old man a great deal of pleasure this year.” The links are to Chris’s reviews – he has produced over seventy reviews for LondonJazz this year.
Top Ten releases (UK artists, in no particular order)
Kit Downes Trio: Quiet Tiger (Basho SRCD 34-2)
Eclectica!: Flight of Fancy (MGPCD004)
Julian Siegel Quartet: Urban Theme Park (Basho SRCD 35-2)
Impossible Gentlemen: Impossible Gentlemen (Basho SRCD 36-2)
Simon Allen Quintet: Any Minute Now (SACD001)
John Surman: Flashpoint (Cuneiform Rune 315)
Howard Riley: The Complete Short Stories (NoBusiness Records NBCD 21–26)
Stan Tracey Quartet: A Child’s Christmas Jazz Suite(ReSteamed RSJ111)
Mike Gibbs: Here’s a Song for You (Fuzzy Moon FUZ005)
Joe Harriott: The Joe Harriott Story (Properbox 160)
Plus the eleventh:
Phil Robson‘s The Immeasurable Code (Whirlwind, WR4620), writes Chris, “was also one of the year’s most satisfying releases, and gets to stand on its own like this because I didn’t review it myself.” The link is to Tom Gray’s review.
Three more (non-UK) that couldn’t be left out
Keith Jarrett: Rio (ECM 277 6645)
Iro Haarla Quintet: Vespers (ECM 274 3616)
Wadada Smith’s Organic: Heart’s Reflections (Cuneiform Rune 330/331; my CD of the Year)