Ken Franckling

The 10 best new jazz releases:

  1. Wayne Shorter, Beyond the Sound Barrier” (Verve)
  2. Dave Holland Big Band, “Overtime” (Dare2 Records)
  3. Joe Lovano, “Joyous Encounter” (Blue Note)
  4. Derrick Gardner and the Jazz Prophets, “Slim Goodie” (Impact Jazz)
  5. Tierney Sutton, “I”m With the Band” (Telarc)
  6. Either/Orchestra (with Mulatu Astatque) - Ethiopiques 20: Live in Addis (Buda Musique)
  7. Christian Jacob Trio, “Styne & Mine” (WilderJazz)
  8. Anat Cohen, “Place & Time” (Anzic Records)
  9. Billy Bang, “Vietnam: Reflections” (Justin Time)
  10. Nora York, “What I Want” (Say Yes Records/Artist’s Share)

The best jazz boxed sets, reissues or newly unearthed historical recordings:

  1. “Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall” (Blue Note)
  2. Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, “Town Hall, New York City, June 22, 1945″ (Uptown)
  3. Dexter Gordon, “Bopland” (Savoy Jazz)
  4. Bill Evans, “The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961″ (Riverside)
  5. Wayne Shorter, “Night Dreamer” (Blue Note)

The 10 best new songs of the year:

  1. Kurt Rosenwinkel, “Use of Light” from Deep Song (Verve)
  2. Wayne Shorter, “Over Shadow Hill Way” from Beyond the Sound Barrier (Verve)
  3. Anat Cohen, “87 North” from Place & Time (Anzic Records)
  4. Robert Glasper, “Rise and Shine” from Canvas (Blue Note)
  5. Billy Bang, “Waltz of the Water Puppets” from Vietnam: Reflections (Justin Time)
  6. Dafnis Prieto, “Danzon Santa Clara” from About the Monks (Zoho)
  7. Avishai Cohen, “Toledo” from At Home (Razdaz Recordz)
  8. Robin Eubanks/Dave Holland, “Mental Images” from the Dave Holland Big Band’s Overtime (Dare2 Records)
  9. Miriam Sullivan, “Spirit Song, Part 2″ from Luis Perdomo”s Focus Point (RKM Music)
  10. Roberto Magris. “Blues for My Sleeping Baby” from Check-in (Soul Note)

Best jazz related DVDs of 2005

  1. Gerry Mulligan, “The Age of Steam” (Artist”s House)
  2. Phil Woods, “A Life in E Flat” (Jazzed Media)

Ken Franckling is a contributing writer and photographer for All About Jazz-New York, Hot House, Jazz Improv and Jazziz.