Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top 10 of 2014

Here are 10 albums I enjoyed in 2014:

1. Pat Metheny Unity Group - Kin (<-->) (Nonesuch)
The guitarist combines the sounds of his many projects - Pat Metheny Group, Unity Band, Orchestrion & more - into one cohesive whole.

2. Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band - Landmarks (Blue Note)
The Fellowship returns once again with another collection of songs that traverse music genres with ease.

3. James Farm - City Folk (Nonesuch)
A leader-less all-star quartet performing music that both honors tradition and is reflective of its time.

4. Jacob Young - Forever Young (ECM)
The Norwegian guitarist's third album for ECM features beautiful melodies and heartfelt improvisations performed by an international quintet.

5. Snarky Puppy - We Like It Here (Ropeadope)
The latest in a series of live-in-the-studio releases by this Dallas/NYC collective features an infectious mix of jazz, funk and world music executed with equal parts passion and precision.

6. Dirty Loops - Loopified (Verve)
7. Pink Floyd - The Endless River (Columbia)
8. Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways (Roswell)
9. U2 - Songs of Innocence (Island)
10. Coldplay - Ghost Stories (Parlophone)

What music did you enjoy in 2014?