W. Royal Stokes

10 + 2 BEST NEW RELEASES of 2006

  • Anthony Wilson Nonet - Power of Nine (Groove Note)
  • Art Ensemble of Chicago - Non-Cognitive Aspects of the City: Live at the Iridium (Pi)
  • Diana Krall - From This Moment On (Verve)
  • Don Byron - Do the Boomerang: The Music of Junior Walker (Blue Note/EMI)
  • Ingrid Jensen - At Sea (ArtistShare)
  • Jenny Scheinman - 12 Songs (Cryptogramophone)
  • Kahil El’Zabar’s Ritual Trio, featuring Billy Bang - Big M: A Tribute to Malachi Favors (Delmark)
  • Madeleine Peyroux - Half the Perfect World (Rounder)
  • Myra Melford - Be Bread: The Image of Your Body (Cryptogramophone)
  • Regina Carter - I’ll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey (Verve)
  • Sonny Rollins - Sonny, Please (Doxy)
  • Winard Harper - Make It Happen (Piadrum)


5 + 1 BEST HISTORICAL RELEASES of 2006

  • Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys - Legends of Country Music (Columbia Legacy)
  • Duke Ellington - The Complete 1936-1940 Variety, Vocalion and OKeh Small Group Sessions (Mosaic)
  • Dukes of Dixieland - Timeless: The Classic Collection (Leisure Jazz)
  • Fats Waller & His Rhythm - If You Got To Ask, You Ain’t Got It (Bluebird Legacy)
  • Kansas City Frank Melrose - Bluesiana (Delmark)
  • Weather Report - Forecast Tomorrow (Columbia Legacy)
  • The World’s Greatest Jazz Band - Manchester, England 1971 (Arbors)

W. Royal Stokes (wroyalstokes.com), author of The Jazz Scene: An Informal History from New Orleans to 1990 (Oxford University Press, 1991), Swing Era New York: The Jazz Photographs of Charles Peterson (Temple University Press, 1994), Living the Jazz Life: Conversations with Forty Musicians about Their Careers in Jazz (Oxford University Press, 2000), and Growing Up With Jazz: Twenty-Four Musicians Talk About Their Lives and Careers (Oxford University Press, 2005)