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Alan Chase · "Best Of List" for 2004 · Dec 31st

I have to admit, this was a hard list for me to put together. It seems to me that a lot of what has been coming out in jazz lately, just doesn’t grab me. Must be a sign of advancing age.

So here are the recordings that did at least move me to some degree, as always alphabetically by artist.

Honorables

Wynton Marsalis, The Magic Hour and Greg Osby, Public, both on Blue Note; Shawn Monteiro, One Special Night, Whaling City Records; David Sanchez, Coral, Columbia.

Boxes and re-issues

Miles Davis, Seven Steps To Heaven, The Complete 1963-64 Recordings, Columbia Legacy; Jackie McLean, Action, Blue Note RVG; Sam Rivers, Contours, Blue Note Connoisseur Series.

Beyond

The Allman Brothers Live At Alltel Pavillion, Instant Live; Eric Clapton, Me & Mr. Johnson, Reprise Records; Guy Davis, Legacy, Red House Records; Keb’ Mo, Keep It Simple, Epic-Okeh Records; Paul Rishell & Annie Raines, Goin’ Home, Tone-Cool/Artemis Records; Susan Tedeschi, Live From Austin, New West Records.

Alan Chase is a freelance journalist in the seacoast area of New Hampshire. He writes for The Wire Magazine(NH). He is also Acting President of the Blues Bank Collective of Portsmouth NH, for whom he also writes and edits their online newsletter. Visit the site.

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