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UK Vibe ‘Best of 2019’ – Steve Williams

Steve’s 20 favourite albums of 2019:

1. Mark Lomax II – 400: An Afrikan Epic (CFG Multimedia)

2. Adam Rudolph’s Go Organic Orchestra with Brooklyn Raga Massive – Ragmala: A Garland of Ragas (Meta)

3. BRAHJA (aka Devin Brahja Waldman) – Brahja (RR Gems)

4. The Curtis Brothers – Algorithm (Truth Revolution)

5. Mikkel Nordsø Quintet – Out There (Stunt)

6. Scopes – Scopes (Whirlwind Recordings)

7. Scatter The Atoms That Remain – Exultation (Dot Time)

8. Leon Maria Plecity – Otherworld (JazzHausMusik)

9. Nat Birchall – The Storyteller – A Musical Tribute to Yusef Lateef (Jazzman)

10. Mark Lotz Trio – The Wroclaw Sessions (Audio Cave)

11. Muriel Grossmann – Reverence (RR Gems / Dreamlandrecords)

12. Benjamin Boone / Philip Levine – The Poetry of Jazz Vol. 2 (Origin)

13. Ashley Henry – Beautiful Vinyl Hunter (Sony Music)

14. Alexi Tuomarila Trio – Sphere (Edition)

15. Plume – Escaping The Dark Side (jazz&people)

16. Club d’Elf – Night Sparkles Live (Face Pelt)

17. Etuk Ubong – Tales of Life (Jazzaggression)

18. Petter Eldh – Koma Saxo (We Jazz)

19. Jason Palmer – Rhyme and Reason (Giant Step Arts)

20. Peter Lin & TNT Quartet – New Age Old Ways (Self-released)

UK Vibe ‘Best of 2019’ – Kevin Ward

In alphabetical order:

Joe Armon-Jones – Turn To Clear View (Brownswood Recordings)
BaBa ZuLa – Derin Derin (Glitterbeat)
BRAHJA (aka Devin Brahja Waldman) – Brahja (RR Gems)
John Coltrane – Blue World (Impulse!)
The Comet is Coming – Trust In The Lifeforce Of Deep Mystery (Impulse!)
Earth – Full Upon Her Burning Lips (Sargent House)
Amirtha Kidambi’s Elder Ones – From Untruth (Northern Spy)
Ezra Collective – You Can’t Steal My Joy (Enter The Jungle)
The Flaming Lips – The King’s Mouth (Bella Union)
El Khat – Saadia Jefferson (Batov)
Kokoroko ‎– Kokoroko (Brownswood Recordings)
Kongo Dia Ntotila – 360° (Pussyfoot)
Mother Earth – Soona Than Much Layta (Self-released)
Georgia Anne Muldrow – VWETO II (Mello Music Group)
Neue Grafik Ensemble – Foulden Road (Total Refreshment Centre)
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry – Heavy Rain (On-U Sound)
Pond – Tasmania (Marathon Artists)
Phil Ranelin – Collected Works 2003-2019 (Wide Hive)
Steam Down – Free My Skin (Decca)
24-7 Spyz – The Soundtrack To The Innermost Galaxy (Fraternity Music Group / Gumbo)

UK Vibe ‘Best of 2019’ – Imran Mirza

Catching Flies ‘Komorebi’ from Silver Linings (Indigo Soul)
The Comet is Coming ‘Unity’ from Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery (Impulse!)
Mark de Clive-Lowe ‘The Offering’ from Heritage (Ropeadope)
Ishmael Ensemble ‘Lapwing’ from A State of Flow (Severn Songs)
Jason McGuiness Feat. Keyon Harrold ‘Empyrean Tones’ from Empyrean Tones (Common Good)
Scrimshire Feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow ‘Thru You’ from Listeners (Albert’s Favourites)
Ghost Funk Orchestra ‘Modern Scene’ from A Song For Paul (Colemine)
ATOMGA ‘Lucidity’ (Color Red)
14KT ‘Down The Street From Peace’ from For My Sanity (First Word)
Alfa Mist Feat. Jordan Rakei ‘Door’ from Structuralism (Sekito)
Bobby Oroza ‘Alone Again’ from This Love (Big Crown)
Koma Saxo ‘Cyclops Dance’ from Koma Saxo (We Jazz)
Cykada ‘Dimension Stepper’ from Cykada (Astigmatic)
Quantic Feat. Denitia ‘You Used to Love Me’ Alfa Mist Remix (Tru Thoughts)
Tensei Feat. A Billi Free & Brandee Younger ‘Liquid Tongues’ from Constellations (Tokyo Dawn)
Building Instrument ‘Lanke’ from Mangelin Min (Hubro)
Bryony Jarman-Pinto ‘Threads’ from Cage and Aviary (Tru Thoughts)
Lasperanza Feat. Heidi Vogel and Keni Stevens ‘Under The Moon and Over The Sky’ from Seeds (Dome)
JEDI ‘Momento’ Full Album (Color Red)
Durand Jones & The Indications Feat. Aaron Frazer ‘Don’t You Know’ from American Love Call (Colemine)

UK Vibe ‘Best of 2019’ – Molly Gallegos

My favourite albums of 2019
(In No Particular Order)

Orieta Chrem – Tótems (Matraca)
Mitú – Tandem (Ajabu!)
Nicola Cruz – Siku (ZZK)
Mateo Kingman – Astro (AYA)
Various – Flora y Fauna: Ecosistema de Folklore Digital Argentino (Pura/Discos Crack)
Combo Chimbita – Ahomale (ANTI‐)
Quitapenas – Tigrada (Cosmica)
Helado Negro – This is How You Smile (Universal Music Australia)
Liniker e os Caramelows – Goela Abaixa (Self-released)
Catalina – Multifacética (Self-released)
Los Retros – Retrospect (Stones Throw)
Girl Ultra – Nuevos Aires (Finesse/Empire)
La Santa Cecilia – La Santa Cecilia (Rebeleon/Universal)
Sister Mantos – Songs in the Key of Destroy Capitalism (Self-released)
Making Movies – ameri’kana (3/2 Recordings)
Fémina – Perlas y Conchas (Self-released)
Juana Molina – ForFun (Crammed Discs)
Y la Bamba – Mujeres (Tender Loving Empire)
Daymé Arocena – Sonocardiogram (Brownswood Recordings)

UK Vibe ‘Best of 2019’ – Mike Gates

Mike Gates’ Best of 2019:

1. Dr. Mark Lomax, II – 400: An Afrikan Epic (CFG Multimedia)

2. Nat Birchall – The Storyteller: A Musical Tribute to Yusef Lateef (Jazzman)

3. Bridges with Seamus Blake – Continuum (AMP Music & Records)

4. Plume – Escaping the Dark Side (jazz&people)

5. Muriel Grossmann – Reverence (RR Gems / Dreamlandrecords)

6. Ethan Iverson Quartet with Tom Harrell – Common Practice (ECM)

7. Liam Noble – The Long Game (Edition)

8. Tom Syson – Different Coloured Days (Self-released)

9. Julian Lage – Love Hurts (Mack Avenue)

10. Esbjörn Svensson Trio – Live in Gothenburg (ACT Music)

11. Espen Berg Trio – Free To Play (Odin)

12. Szabolcs Oláh Quintet – Crystal Book (Self-released)

13. Kit Downes – Dreamlife of Debris (ECM)

14. Rebecca Nash/Atlas – Peaceful King (Whirlwind Recordings)

15. Adam Rudolph’s Go Organic Orchestra – Ragmala (Meta)

16. Crosscurrents Trio [Dave Holland / Zakir Hussain / Chris Potter] – Good Hope (Edition)

17. Enrico Rava / Joe Lovano – Roma (ECM)

18. Anton Eger – Æ (Edition)

19. Andy Hay – Many Rivers (Self-released)

20. Mike Walker – Ropes (Market Square)

UK Vibe ‘Best of 2019’ – Andy Allen

Andy Allen’s Rhythm Chronicles favourite new releases of 2019:

A Man Called Adam – Ou Pas (Other)
Aldorande – Beauty Island (Favorite)
Nat Birchall – Love Theme From “Spartacus” (Jazzman)
Camarão Orkestra – Nação África (Favorite)
John Coltrane – Blue World (Impulse!)
Darkhouse Family – All The Way feat. Tyler Daley & Kaidi Tatham (First Word)
Mark de Clive-Lowe – Offering (Ropeadope)
EVM128 – Changes feat. Renato Paris [Renato’s Live Version] (Studio Rockers)
Greg Foat – The Dreaming Jewels [Full Album] (Athens Of The North)
14KT pres. Iamabeenie – The Power Of Same feat. Muhsinah (First Word)
Muriel Grossmann – Reverence [Full Album] (RR Gems / Dreamlandrecords)
Matthew Halsall – Distant Land (Gondwana)
Matthew Halsall – It’s What We Do (Gondwana)
Billy Hoyle – Infinite Instance (House Of Beige)
Javonntte – Blue Lady (Ten Lovers Music)
Deborah Jordan – Stay With You feat. Oz & LaNote (Futuristica Music)
Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka [Full Album] (Polydor)
Oso Leone – Virtual U (Apollo)
Han Litz Group – Elaboration Of The Spirits (Han Litz)
Daniel Maunick – One Nite Stand (Far Out Recordings)
The Midnight Hour [Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad] – Harmony feat. Loren Oden (The Midnight Hour)
Mildlife – How Long Does It Take? (Heavenly)
Myele Manzanza – Itaru’s Phone Booth (First Word)
Mosambique – Big City Moves (Jazzland)
Natural Lateral – Cogito Ergo Jam [Full Album] (Social Joy)
Anderson .Paak – King James (Aftermath/12 Tone Music)
Theo Parrish with Maurissa Rose – This Is For You (Sound Signature)
The Pendletons – Blessings For The World (Bastard Jazz)
Jordan Rakei – Origin [Full Album] (Ninja Tune)
Resavoir – Taking Flight feat. Brandee Younger (International Anthem)
Ronin Arkestra – Stranger Searching (Albert’s Favourites)
Ruby Rushton – Eleven Grapes (22A)
Saul – Earth & Rain feat. Poppy Ajudha (Rhythm Section International)
Scrimshire – Won’t Get Better feat. Emma-Jean Thackray (Albert’s Favourites)
Seed Ensemble – The Dream Keeper feat. Cherise Adams-Burnett (Jazz re:freshed)
Sivey – Nobody Else (CoOp Presents)
Summer Children – Samba Bacchanalia (Kid)
Georgie Sweet – Sorry (Futuristica Music)
Dwight Trible – Mothership (Gearbox)
Etuk Ubong – Suddenly (Jazzaggression)
Yelfris Valdes – After Sly (Musica Macondo)
Marcos Valle – Odisseia (Far Out Recordings)
Ash Walker – Aquamarine [Full Album] (Night Time Stories)
Leon Ware – For The Rainbow (Be With Records)
Brandee Younger – Soulris feat. Ravi Coltrane (Self-released)

UK Vibe ‘Best of 2019’ – Brian Goucher

Brian Goucher’s Best of 2019 (In no order)

A Different Sound – Eclectic (Chamber Nickel)
Bastards Of Soul ‘The Waiting Time’ (Eastwood Music Group 45)
Arthur Adams ‘Tear The House Down’ from Here to Make You Feel Good (Cleopatra Blues)
Black & Blues “Chains” (BGP/Flying Dutchman 45 – Unissued early 70s)
Gloria (Rosebud) Black ‘Would You Believe’ (Odav 45 – Unissued Slow Version)
Kelly Finnigan ‘Impressions Of You’ from The Tales People Tell (Colemine)
Sugar Ray Rayford ‘My Cards Are On The Table’ from Somebody Save Me (Forty Below)
The Jay Vons ‘Maybe I Loved You’ from The Word (La Castanya)
Little Anne ‘What Should I Do (Alt Take)’ from Detroit’s Secret Soul (Kent)
Roland Johnson Feat. Emily Wallace ‘Still Here’ from Set Your Mind Free (Blue Lotus)
Laville ‘The Truth’ from The Wanderer (Acid Jazz)
Beres Hammond ‘I Will Take You There’ from Never Ending (VP Music)
Miles Davis Feat. Randy Hall ‘I Love What We Make Together’ from Rubberband (Warner/Rhino)
The Brand New Heavies with Laville ‘Dontcha Wanna’ from TBNH (Acid Jazz)
Menahan Street Band Feat. Saundra Williams ‘There’s A New Day Coming’ (Dunham 45)
Calvin Richardson – Gold Dust (Shanachie)
J. Red The Nephew – Platinum Soul (Soulmop Music)
Reggie Boone – Made Of Love (Moma Moma Music)
Authentics Feat. Ronnie Walker ‘No One Will Ever Know’ (MD 45 Unissued early 70s)
Cool Million Feat. Boogie Black & A.Tobin ‘Save Your Love’ from Stronger (Sedsoul)

Best jazz albums of 2018

To read our full year-end round up jump HERE


1. Muriel Grossmann – Golden Rule (RRgems)
Review here


2. Ayanda Sikade – Movements (Self-released)
Review here


3. Jamie Saft Quartet – Blue Dream (RareNoise)
Review here


4. Sinsuke Fujieda – Hyper Harmony (SoFa)


5. Web Web – Dance of the Demons (Compost)
Review here


6. Nat Birchall – Cosmic Language (Jazzman)
Review here


7. Ill Considered – 3 (Ill Considered Music)
Review here


8. Woven Entity – Two (Enid)
Review here


9. Makaya McCraven – Universal Beings (International Anthem)
Review here


10. Adrien Chicot – City Walk (Gaya Music Production)
Review here


11. Bruno Råberg Trio – Tailwind (Red Piano)
Review here


12. Spirit Fingers – Spirit Fingers (Shanachie)
Review here


13. Trygve Seim ‘Helsinki Songs’ (ECM)
Review here


14. Tenderlonious Featuring The 22archestra – The Shakedown (22a)


15. Maisha – There is a Place (Brownswood Recordings)


16. Kamasi Washington – Heaven and Earth (Young Turks)


17. Kamaal Williams – The Return (Black Focus)


18. Snowpoet – Thought You Knew (Edition)
Review here


19. Butcher Brown – AfroKuti: A Tribute to Fela (Self-released)


20. Menagerie – The Arrow Of Time (Freestyle)

Go HERE for our extensive list of promotional albums received at Vibe HQ and purchases made by the team with a 2018 date stamp from which those choices were made.

Guest Top 20 of 2018: Oliver Brunetti @ Olindo Records

Top New Albums (in no order)

Makaya McCraven – Universal Beings (International Anthem)
Insólito UniVerso – La Candela del Río (Olindo Records)
Woven Entity – Two (Enid)
Waaju – Waaju (Olindo Records)
Rodrigo Tavares – Congo (Hive Mind)
Sarathy Korwar – My East Is Your West (Gearbox)
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Book of Sound (Honest Jon’s Records)
Various Artists – We Out Here (Brownswood Recordings)
Jessica Lauren – Almería (Freestyle)
Emanative – Earth (Jazzman)
Children of Zeus – Travel Light (First Word)
The Expansions – Murmuration (Albert’s Favourites)
Ben LaMar Gay – Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun (International Anthem)
Nu Guinea – Nuova Napoli (NG)
Allysha Joy – Acadie:Raw (Gondwana)
Nat Birchall – Cosmic Language (Jazzman)
Moses Boyd – Displaced Diaspora (Exodus)
Sons of Kemet – Your Queen Is A Reptile (Impulse!)
Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids – An Angel Fell (Strut)
Sean Khan – Palmares Fantasy (Far Out Recordings)

Best EPs/Singles

Dengue Dengue Dengue – Semillero (On The Corner)
Modified Man – Modifications: Set 2 (Albert’s Favourites)
Nat Birchall – Tunji / Mode For Trane (JAZZ45)
The Scorpios ‎– Mashena / Samha (Afro7)
Kaidi Tatham – In My Life (2000 Black)

Top Remixes

Yazz Ahmed – The Lost Pearl (Hector Plimmer Remix) (Naim Absolute)
Jaubi – Lahore State of Mind (Al Dobson Jr Remix) (Astigmatic)

Top Reissues/Archive Releases/Compilations

Jesse Sharps Quintet and P.A.P.A. – Sharps and Flats (Outernational Sounds)
John Coltrane – Both Directions at Once (The Lost Album) (Impulse Records)
Momo “Wandel” Soumah* ‎– Matchowé (Buda Musique)
Various – Levanta Poeira – Afro-Brazilian music & rhythms from 1976 – 2016 (compiled by Tahira) (Jazz&Milk Recordings)
Various – Musica Per L’Immagine II (compiled by Lorenzo Bandiera) (Fly By Night Music)
Various – Disques Debs International Vol. 1 (compiled by Hugo Mendez & Emile Omar) (Strut)
Il Guardiano Del Faro – Oasis (Time Capsule)
Creative Arts Ensemble – One Step Out (Outernational Sounds)
Bobby Rodriguez ‎– Simply Macrame (Jazz Detective)
Victor Assis Brasil ‎– Esperanto (Far Out Recordings)

Best Gigs

Jaimie Branch: Fly or Die – Cafe Oto, November
Ben LeMar Gay – Cafe Oto, November
Insólito UniVerso – Sylvia’s House (London Fields), December
The Cookers – Church of Sound, May
Brandee Younger – Church of Sound, October
Waaju + 30/70 – TRC @ Giant Steps, July
Arun Ghost – Corsica Studios, November
Okumu Herbert Skinner – Jazz re:freshed @ Mau Mau Bar, September
Tal Janes x Yusuf Ahmed – SET Dalston, September
Collocutor play Miles Davis’ ‘On The Corner’ – Total Refreshment Centre, March
Ill Considered & Emma-Jean Thackray – Total Refreshment Centre, March
BCUC – Total Refreshment Centre, January

TEAM VIBE: Best of 2018 – Ian Ward

(In no order)

Nat Birchall – Cosmic Language (Jazzman)
Review here

Abstract Orchestra – Madvillain Vol.1 (ATA)
Review here

1000 Kings – Raw Cause (Jazz re:freshed)
Review here

Muriel Grossmann – Golden Rule (RR Gems)
Review here

Sons of Kemet – Your Queen is a Reptile (Impulse!)
Review here

Ed Motta – Criterion of the Senses (MustHave/Membran)
Review here

Moses Boyd – Displaced Diaspora (Exodus)

Ambrose Akinmusiere – Origami Harvest (Blue Note)

Al Doum and The Faryds – Spirit Rejoin (Les Disques Bongo Joe)

Kikagaku Moyo – Masana Temples (Guruguru Brain)

John Coltrane – Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!)

Uniting of Opposites – Ancient Lights (Tru Thoughts)

Jason Isbell and the 400 unit – Live from the Ryman (Southeastern)

Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert – Here Lies The Body (Rock Action)

Kamasi Washington – Heaven and Earth (Young Turks)

Peter Gall – Paradox Dreambox (Traumton)

Maisha – There Is A Place (Brownswood Recordings)

White Denim – Performance (City Slang)

Nu Guinea – Nuova Napoli (NuGuinea)

Tenderlonious Featuring The 22archestra – The Shakedown (22a)

Ian Ward