David Adler

In my opinion, 2006 has been a remarkably good year for jazz on disc, and I’ve found it all but impossible to do right by all the gifted artists I’ve heard. My monthly lists for the year, as published in All About Jazz-New York, can be found here: adlermusic.com/BC75486761/index.html. But there are more still that deserve mention.

My Top Ten list is limited to recordings that had the most visceral impact. In addition, I was struck by this year’s large number of memorable solo and duo albums, so I listed them for good measure. I have posted additional year-in-review comments on my blog at (lerterland.blogspot.com/2006/11/year-in-review_28.html), so please check in.

Top Ten Jazz Releases

  • Andrew Hill, Time Lines (Blue Note)
  • Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet, Way Out East (Songlines)
  • Lee Konitz, New Nonet (OmniTone)
  • Bennie Maupin, Penumbra (Cryptogramophone)
  • Ornette Coleman, Sound Grammar (Sound Grammar)
  • Liberty Ellman, Ophiuchus Butterfly (Pi)
  • John Hollenbeck, Joys & Desires (Intuition)
  • Ignacio Berroa, Codes (Blue Note)
  • Francisco Mela, Melao (AYVA Music)
  • Michelle Rosewoman, The In Side Out (Advance Dance Discs)

Solo Discs

  • Keith Jarrett, The Carnegie Hall Concert (ECM)
  • Ralph Towner, Time Line (ECM)
  • Peter Madsen, Prevue of Tomorrow (Playscape)
  • Greg Burk, The Way In (482 Music)
  • Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Solo (Blue Note)
  • Matthew Shipp, One (Thirsty Ear)
  • Pete Malinverni, Theme and Variations (Reservoir)
  • Russ Lossing, All Things Arise (Hatology)
  • Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou, Ethiopiques, Vol. 21: Ethiopia Song
  • Jean-Paul Bourelly, News from a Darked Out Room (Phonector)
  • Elliot Sharp, Sharp? Monk? Sharp! Monk! (Clean Feed)
  • Ran Blake, All That Is Tied (Tompkins Square)
  • Charles Gayle, Time Zones (Tompkins Square)

Duo Discs

  • Pat Metheny & Brad Mehldau, Metheny Mehldau (Nonesuch)
  • Brad Mehldau & Renée Fleming, Love Sublime (Nonesuch)
  • Wadada Leo Smith & Adam Rudolph, Compassion (Meta)
  • Vijay Iyer & Rudresh Mahanthappa, Raw Materials (Savoy)
  • Houston Person & Bill Charlap, You Taught My Heart to Sing (HighNote)
  • Bob Sneider & Paul Hofmann, Escapade (Sons of Sound)
  • Robert Dick & Ursel Schlicht, Photosphere (NEMU)
  • Deidre Rodman & Steve Swallow, Twin Falls (Sunnyside)
  • Armen Donelian & Marc Mommaas, All or Nothing at All (Sunnyside)
  • Marc Mommaas & Nikolaj Hess, Balance (Sunnyside)
  • Dave Burrell & Billy Martin, Consequences (Amulet)
  • Andrew Rathbun & George Colligan, Renderings (Fresh Sound New Talent)
  • Michael Kanan & Nat Su, Dreams & Reflections (Fresh Sound New Talent)
  • Ken Filiano & Steve Adams, The Other Side of This (Clean Feed)
  • David Liebman & Bobby Avey, Vienna Dialogues (Zoho)
  • Larry Koonse & Darek Oles, Storybook (Jazz Compass)
  • Dominique Eade & Jed Wilson, Open (Jazz Project)
  • Nancy King & Fred Hersch, Live at Jazz Standard (MaxJazz)