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Best of jazz – year 1995

Discover the Best of Jazz selection for 1995 with our ten best jazz albums released that year. Once again, the albums are listed in no particular order: all are amazing in their own ways. At the end of the article, you will also find a playlist with a track to represent each of those ten albums, plus ten extra, for nearly two and half hours of breath-taking music.

The 10 Best Jazz Albums of 1995

Best Jazz 1995

Paul Bley, Evan Parker, Barre Phillips – Time Will Tell

Paul Bley, Evan Parker, Barre Phillips - Time Will Tell
Paul Bley, Evan Parker, Barre Phillips
Time Will Tell
(ECM Records)

“Something grandly intimate is taking place here, for while there may not be much to hold on to in this sound-world of fleeting statements, we are left with an overwhelming amount to mull over. The title of this album is, therefore, an appropriate one, for only time will tell whether or not its sounds will find a secure place in your listening.”
— ECM Reviews

Paul Bley: piano; Evan Parker: tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone; Barre Phillips: bass
Release date 1995
Free Jazz, Free Improvisation

Paul Bley Wikipedia


David S. Ware Quartet – Cryptology

David S. Ware Quartet - Cryptology
David S. Ware Quartet
Cryptology
(Homestead Records)

“It’s a sharp lesson for anyone who thinks free jazz is just a euphemism for no discipline”.
—David Fricke, Rolling Stone Magazine

David S. Ware: tenor sax; Matthew Shipp: piano; William Parker: bass; Whit Dickey: drums
Release date 1995
Free Jazz

David S. Ware Bandcamp


Keith Jarrett – Keith Jarrett At The Blue Note

Keith Jarrett At The Blue Note
Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett At The Blue Note
(ECM Records)

“In June 1994 over three extraordinary nights at the celebrated Blue Note in New York City, Keith Jarrett’s Standards Trio took American jazz to new heights. Keith Jarrett At The Blue Note – The Complete Recordings (six CDs) captures every tune from every set from every night – a unique documentation of one of this decade’s greatest performances.”
ECM Reviews

Keith Jarrett: piano; Gary Peacock: double-bass; Jack DeJohnette: drums
Release date October 1, 1995
Contemporary Jazz

Keith Jarrett Wikipedia


Charlie Haden & Hank Jones – Steal Away (Spirituals, Hymns And Folk Songs)

Charlie Haden & Hank Jones - Steal Away
Charlie Haden & Hank Jones
Steal Away (Spirituals, Hymns And Folk Songs)
(Verve Records)

“We’re here to bring beauty to the world and make a difference in this planet. That’s what art forms are about.”
— Charlie Haden

Hank Jones: piano; Charlie Haden: bass
Release date 1995
Post Bop

Hank Jones Charlie Haden


Tomasz Stanko Quartet – Matka Joanna

Tomasz Stanko Quartet - Matka Joanna
Tomasz Stanko Quartet
Matka Joanna
(ECM Records)

“Twenty years after Balladyna Tomasz Stanko returned with Matka Joanna, featuring his quartet with a Polish-Swedish-English configuration of world-class musicians. [The album] takes its title from the 1961 film Matka Joanna od Aniolow (Mother Joan of the Angels) by Jerzy Kawalerowicz and is dedicated to this important Polish director, the album’s track titles limning an appropriately “cloistral” frame of reference.”
— ECM Reviews

Tomasz Stańko: trumpet; Bobo Stenson: piano; Anders Jormin: bass; Tony Oxley: drums
Release date 1995
Contemporary Jazz

ECM

Dave Douglas – In Our Lifetime

Dave Douglas - In Our Lifetime
Dave Douglas
In Our Lifetime
(New World Records)

“My own feelings about the direction in which jazz should go are that there should be much less stress on technical exhibitionism and much more on emotional content, on what might be termed humanity in music and the freedom to say all that you want.”
—Booker Little (1938-1961); trumpeter and composer, ground inspiration for this In Our Lifetime.

Dave Douglas: trumpet; Uri Caine: piano; Chris Speed: clarinet, tenor sax; Josh Roseman: trombone; Joey Baron: drums; James Genus: bass; Marty Ehrlich: bass clarinet.
Release date 1995
Contemporary Jazz

New World Records

Romano, Sclavis, Texier, Le Querrec – Carnet De Routes

Romano, Sclavis, Texier, Le Querrec - Carnet De Routes

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Carnet De Routes
(Label Bleu)[/white_box]

An album like a memory, as much musical as visual (the last member of the quartet is a photographer) of a magnificent and beautiful Africa, truly experienced during several trips by the group, in search for a path slightly aside from free jazz and more in communion with African music.

Louis Sclavis: clarinet, soprano saxophone; Henri Texier: double bass; Aldo Romano: drums; Guy Le Querrec: photos
Release date November 2, 1995
Contemporary Jazz, Free Improvisation

Wikipedia (fr)

Matthew Shipp – Symbol Systems

Matthew Shipp - Symbol Systems
Matthew Shipp
Symbol Systems
(No More Records)

This is the first solo recording by Matthew Shipp at the same time as No More Records first release (re-edited by hatOLOGY in 1998)

Matthew Shipp: piano
Release date 1995
Free Jazz, Contemporary Jazz

Wikipedia Matthew Shipp


Marty Ehrlich’s Dark Woods Ensemble – Just Before The Dawn

Marty Ehrlich's Dark Woods Ensemble
Marty Ehrlich’s Dark Woods Ensemble
Just Before The Dawn
(New World Records)

“This music needs to be heard by all who love a good joust from improvising musicians who fully understand shadings, nuance, power and glory. Highly recommended, and a high point in Ehrlich’s substantial discography.”
— Allmusic.com

Marty Ehrlich: alto saxophone, clarinet, flute; Mark Helias: bass; Don Elias: percussion; Erik Friedlander: cello; Vincent Chancey: French horn.
Release date 1995
Free Jazz, Contemporary Jazz

New World Records

Ray Anderson, Han Bennink, Christy Doran – Cheer Up

Ray Anderson, Han Bennink, Christy Doran - Cheer Up
Ray Anderson, Han Bennink, Christy Doran
Cheer Up
(hat ART)

“This trio’s first recording, the wonderful Azurety, met with acclaim by critics and music fans alike for its gleeful abandon, musically astute terrorism, and tunes that were stop-on-a-dime tight. The trio, which was initially together just for a tour, is now a working unit and this second recording proves it. … This date is killer — a blast to listen to. Guaranteed to cheer you up, even if you don’t need it”.
—Thom Jurek, Allmusic.com

Ray Anderson: trombone, tuba; Han Bennink: drums; Christy Doran: guitars
Release date 1995
Post Bop, Avant-garde Jazz

Wikipedia

Albums’ List

  • Time Will Tell by Paul Bley, Evan Parker, Barre Phillips
  • Cryptology by David S. Ware Quartet
  • Keith Jarrett At The Blue Note by Keith Jarrett
  • Steal Away (Spirituals, Hymns And Folk Songs) by Charlie Haden & Hank Jones
  • Matka Joanna by Tomasz Stanko Quartet
  • In Our Lifetime by Dave Douglas
  • Carnet De Routes by Romano, Sclavis, Texier, Le Querrec
  • Symbol Systems by Matthew Shipp
  • Just Before The Dawn by Marty Ehrlich’s Dark Woods Ensemble
  • Cheer Up by Ray Anderson, Han Bennink, Christy Doran

The 1990s

Discover all the other 1990s jazz selections: 1990 – 1991 – 1992 – 1993 – 1994 – 1996 – 1997 – 19981999

Playlist “Best Jazz 1995”

Here is a link to the Spotify Playlist Best Jazz 1995, with a track for each album listed above plus 10 tracks from 10 other amazing 1995 jazz albums, including Brad Mehldau, John Surnam, St Germain, Henry Threadgill, and more!

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