One of the December rituals in the jazz writing community is for each individual writer to produce a list of “Top 10 CDs of the Year.” Although I find this process to be terribly self-indulgent, ascribing import to the writer that he or she may or may not deserve, I have also found the process of thinking back on the year through the lens of the musical soundtrack that accompanied it quite enjoyable.

So I give you, o faithful readers, the Official Lubricity First Annual List of Arbitrary Length Detailing a Number Of Excellent Jazz Musical Products To Which I Have Enjoyed Listening During The Past Year:

Aaron Goldberg, Home

Allison Miller, Boom Tic Boom

Bob Mintzer, Canyon Cove

The Claudia Quintet, Royal Toast

Hot Club of Detroit, It’s About That Time

Ideal Bread, Transmit: Volume 2

Jason Moran, Ten

The Jazz Passengers, Reunited

Matt Wilson, Christmas Tree-O

Orrin Evans, Faith in Action

Phronesis, Alive

Scott Amendola Trio, Lift

Stephan Crump’s Rosetta Trio, Reclamation

Steve Coleman, Harvesting Semblances and Affinities

Trombone Shorty, Backatown

I listened to A LOT of jazz CDs this year — way more new releases than ever before, for sure — and these really stood out. Feel free to chime in with a comment and let me know if I missed some good ones — given the sheer volume of excellent music that is released each year, I’m always game for more!

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