Wadada Leo Smith – Ten Freedom Summers
Wadada Leo Smith & Louis Moholo-Moholo – Ancestors
Ravi Coltrane – Spirit Fiction
Sam Rivers – Reunion Live in New York 2007
Irene Schweizer – To Whom It May Concern – Piano Solo Tonhalle Zürich
William Parker – Centering Unreleased Early Recordings 1976-1987
Jason Robinson – Tiresian Symmetry
Marilyn Crispell – Play Braxton
Fred Ho & Quincy Saul – The Music Of Cal Massey
Aki Takase – New Blues
Andrew Lamb – Rhapsody in Black
Bill Evans – Live At Art D’Lugoff’s
The Group f. Billy Bang – Live 1987
Branford Marsalis – Four MFs Playin’ Tunes [Bonus Track]
Dave Douglas – Be Still
Han Bennink Trio – Bennink & Co.
Chris Vasi – Monk’s Playground
Jessica Williams – Songs of the Earth
Orrin Evans – Flip the Script
Eric Reed – The Baddest Monk
Eric Revis – Parallax
The Cookers – Believe
Improv is where I felt the pinch of the dilation of my leisure time last year. Yet, I have to face the cold fact brought to the surface by boxing up the giant collection of jazz vinyl that listening, especially deep listening, is becoming a particularly zen-like encounter with sound spun in the precise moment. In other words, the/my fool’s game is in relief: I won’t be listening to many of the, for example, sixty or so Dexter Gordon records ever again.
I haven’t really dealt with Wadada Leo Smith and William Parker from last year; their contribution totals eleven plus hours and dealing with it means consorting with the giants for some multiple of those hours. I’m sure to make the time, and urge you to do so, too.