The Best Jazz Albums of the 2000's

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An appendix to my book "A History of Jazz Music"

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The best of the decade

(very very very tentative - i am sure i forgot many)
  1. Spring Heel Jack: Disappeared
  2. Spring Heel Jack: Amassed
  3. Marty Ehrlich: Malinke's Dance
  4. John Butcher: Fixations
  5. Territory Band: A New Horse for the White House (october 2005)
  6. Jane Ira Bloom: Chasing Paint (2002)
  7. Franz Koglmann: Fear Death By Water (2003)
  8. Denman Maroney: Fluxations (New World)
  9. Kolkhoze Printanium: Kolkhoznitsa Vol 1
  10. Ivo Perelman: Suite for Helen F (2003)
  11. Acoustic Ladyland: Last Chance Disco (Babel)
  12. Brad Mehidau: Largo (Warner)
  13. Dave Douglas: Mountain Passages (Green Leaf)
  14. Marty Ehrlich: The Long View (Enja)
  15. Either/Orchestra: Ethiopiques 20: Live In Addis (Buda Musique)
  16. Keith Rowe: The Room (Earstwhile)
Honorable mention (and some of these may be upgraded to the top 20 at some point):
  • 33.3: Plays Music
  • Abdullah Ibrahim: African Symphony (Enja)
  • Acoustic Alchemy: The Beautiful Game
  • Acoustic Ladyland: Skinny Grinn (Babel)
  • Agusti Martinez: Are Spirits What I Hear (Etude)
  • Alex Von Schlippenbach: Monk's Casino (Intakt)
  • Andrew Hill: A Beautiful Day (Palmetto)
  • Andrew Hill: Passing Ships (Blue Note)
  • Andrew Hill: Time Lines
  • Andrew Hill: Dusk
  • Angelica Sanchez: Mirror Me (Omnitone)
  • Antripodean Collective: Funcall
  • Antripodean Collective: The Massacre of the Egos
  • Bad Plus: These Are The Vistas (Columbia)
  • Benny Greb's Grebfruit (2005)
  • Bill Dixon: Papyrus
  • Bill Frisell: Disfarmer
  • Bill Frisell: Ghost Town
  • Bob Belden: Black Dahlia
  • Bobby Previte: The 23 Constellations of Joan Miro (Tzadik)
  • Bobby Previte: The 23 Constellations (Tzadik)
  • Bobo Stenson: Trio Serenity
  • Brad Mehldau: Art of the Trio: Progression
  • Branford Marsalis: Eternal (Marsalis)
  • Carla Bley: Appearing Nightly (Watt)
  • Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra: Not In Our Name (Verve)
  • Clark Terry: One on One
  • Claudia Quintet: I Claudia (Cuneiform)
  • Claudia Quintet: I
  • Crispell, Peacock, Motian: Amaryllis
  • Darcy James Argue: Infernal Machines
  • Dave Douglas: Freak In (Bluebird)
  • Dave Douglas: Strange Liberation (Bluebird)
  • Dave Douglas: The Infinite (RCA)
  • Dave Douglas: Witness
  • Dave Douglas: El Trilogy
  • Dave Holland: Critical Mass
  • Dave Holland: Extended Play (ECM)
  • Dave Holland: Pass it On (Dare2)
  • Dave Holland: Over Time (Dare2)
  • Dave Hurley: Outer Nebula, Inner Nebula (Porter)
  • David Berkman: Communication Theory
  • David Murray: Octect Plays
  • David Ware: Corridors & Parallels
  • David Ware: Freedom Suite (Aum)
  • David Ware: Threads (Thirsty Ear)
  • Diana Krall: The Girl in the Other Room (Verve)
  • Django Bates: You Live and Learn (Lost Marble)
  • Don Byron: Ivey-Divey (Blue Note)
  • Edmund Welles: Agrippa's 3 Books (Self-Released)
  • Evan Parker: Memory/Vision (2002)
  • Evan Parker: The Eleventh Hour (2004)
  • Fred Hersch: Songs Without Words
  • Free Music Ensemble: Cuts (Okkadisk)
  • George Lewis: Endless Shout
  • Geri Allen: The Life of a Song (Telarc)
  • Gilad Atzmon: Exile (Justin Time)
  • Greg Osby: The Invisible Hand
  • Guillermo Gregorio: Faktura
  • Hamiet Bluiett: Blueback (Justin Time)
  • Henry Threadgill: Everybody's Mouth's A Book
  • Henry Threadgill: This Brings to Us
  • Hilmar Jensson: Meg Nem Sa (Skirl)
  • Hiromi: Another Mind (Telarc)
  • Jan Garbarek: In Praise of Dreams (ECM)
  • Jane Ira Bloom: Like Silver Like Song (2004)
  • Jason Moran: Black Stars
  • Jason Moran: Modernistic (Blue Note)
  • Jason Moran: The Bandwagon (Blue Note)
  • Jetemy Pelt: Close to My Heart (Maxjazz)
  • Joe Lovano/ Us Five: Folk Art (Blue Note)
  • Joe Maneri: Going To Church
  • Joe Morris: Colorfield
  • Joe Zawinul: Faces and Places (ESC)
  • Joshua Redman: Elastic (Warner)
  • Joshua Redman: Passage of Time
  • Keith Jarrett: Always Let Me Go (ECM)
  • Keith Jarrett: Whisper Not
  • Ken Vandermark Territory Band: Atlas (2001)
  • Ken Vandermark Territory Band: Map Theory (2002)
  • Ken Vandermark: Alchemia (Not Two)
  • Kenny Garrett: Beyond the Wall
  • Leo Smith: Tabligh (Cuneiform)
  • Leo Smith: The Year of the Elephant (Pi)
  • Leo Smith: Golden Quartet
  • Marco Minneman: Broken Orange (2003)
  • Mats Gustafsson: Catapult (Doubt)
  • Matthew Shipp: New Orbit (2001)
  • Michael Attias: Renku (Playscape)
  • Michael Brecker: Wide Angles (2003)
  • Myra Melford: Dance Beyond the Color
  • Nels Cline: Instrumentals (Cryptogramophone)
  • Nels Cline: Destroy All Nels Cline
  • New Orchestra: Entropy (2004)
  • New Orchestra: Inscape
  • Nicholas Payton: Sonic Trance (Warner)
  • Okkyung Lee: I Saw The Ghost Of An Unknown Soul And It Said (Ecstatic Peace)
  • Outward Sound Ensemble: Cloudburst
  • Paul Dunmall: The Great Divide (Cuneiform)
  • Paul Dunmall: I Wish You Peace (Cuneiform)
  • Paul Motian: Garden of Eden
  • Paul Motian: Holiday for Strings (Winter)
  • Paul Rucker: History of an Apology (Jackson Street)
  • Peter Broetzmann: Fuck DeBoere
  • Randy Sandke: Inside Out (Nagel)
  • Randy Weston: Ancient Future (Mutablemusic)
  • Repeat: Select Dialect
  • Rez Abbasi: Things To Come (Sunnyside)
  • Robert Glasper: In My Element
  • Robert Glasper: Mood (Fresh Sound)
  • Roscoe Mitchell: Song For my Sister (Pi)
  • Roy Campbell: Ethnic Stew
  • Scott Rosenberg: Creative Orchestra Music (New World)
  • Sonny Rollins: This Is What I Do
  • Splattercell: OAH
  • Spring Heel Jack: Live (Thirsty Ear)
  • Steve Lehman: Travil Transformation and Flow
  • Steve Turre: In The Spur of the Moment
  • Supersilent: 5 (Rune Grammofon)
  • Sven Ake Johansson: Six Little Pieces for Quintet
  • Terence Blanchard: Flow (Blue Note)
  • Thomas Buckner: Alone Together Apart (Mutablemusic)
  • Tim Berne: Science Friction (Screwgun)
  • Tom Harrell: Paradise
  • Tomasz Stanko: Lontano
  • Tomasz Stanko: Soul of Things (ECM)
  • Tord Gustavsen: Changing Places (ECM)
  • Triangles: Triangles
  • Triosk: Moment Returns (Leaf)
  • Vijay Iver: Historicity
  • Vijay Iyer: Blood Sutra (Artists House)
  • Vijay Iyer: Reimagining (Savoy)
  • Wayne Shorter: Alegria (Verve)
  • Wayne Shorter: Beyond The Sound Barrier (Verve)
  • William Parker: O'Neal's Porch
  • William Parker: Painter's Spring
  • Wynton Marsalis: All Rise
  • Yeah No: Swell Henry (Squealer)
  • Zeena Parkins: Necklace
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