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Best of jazz – year 2000

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Best Jazz 2000

Anouar Brahem Trio

Best jazz 2000 - Anouar Brahem Trio - Astrakan Café
Anouar Brahem Trio
“Astrakan Café (1)”
from Astrakan Café
(ECM)

“Tunisian oud virtuoso Anouar Brahem counts as one of ECM’s most important ‘discoveries’ of the last decade. After his highly successful trans-cultural recording ‘Thimar’, he returns to a more purely Middle Eastern music on ‘Astrakan Café’, with the trio that has been his first priority for several years. The improvisational exchanges between Brahem, clarinetist Barbaros Erköse, and percussionist Lassad Hosni are exceptionally fluid, and the atmospheres that they create by turns mysterious, hypnotic, dramatic…”
ECM

Anouar Brahem: Oud | Barbaros Erköse: Clarinet | Lassad Hosni: Bendir, Darbouka
Released in September 2000
Contemporary Jazz

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St Germain

Best jazz 2000 - St Germain - Tourist
St Germain
“Rose Rouge”
from Tourist
(Blue Note)

As of 2018, Tourist has sold over four million copies worldwide!

Ludovic Navarre: producer | Pascal Ohsé: trumpet | Claudio De Queiroz: baritone saxophone | Edouard Labor: saxophones, flute | Alexandre Destrez: keyboards | Ernest Ranglin: guitar | Idrissa Diop: talking drum | Edmundo Carneiro: percussion
Released in May 2000
Deep House, Future Jazz, Downtempo

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Andrew Hill

Best jazz 2000 - Andrew Hill - Dusk
Andrew Hill
“15/8”
from Dusk
(Palmetto Records)

“With Dusk, Andrew Hill makes it plain that his uncompromising musical vision is intact, undiluted, and perhaps more advanced than ever”
David R. Adler

Andrew Hill: piano | Marty Ehrlich: bass clarinet, alto saxophone | Greg Tardy: bass clarinet, tenor saxophone | Ron Horton: trumpet | Scott Colley: bass | Billy Drummond: drums
Released in May 2000
Avant-garde Jazz, Post Bop

Wikipedia

David S. Ware

Best jazz 2000 - David S. Ware - Surrendered
David S. Ware
“Peace Celestial”
from Surrendered
(Columbia)

“All in all, Surrendered might truly represent one of Ware’s finest recordings to date as no two songs sound alike which makes for a divergent and noteworthy mix while Steven Joerg’s sharp and insightful production only enhances the overall scenario”
Glenn Astarita

David S. Ware: tenor sax | Matthew Shipp: piano | William Parker: bass | Guillermo E. Brown: drums
Released in May 2000
Free Jazz

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Tony MacAlpine, Bunny Brunel, Dennis Chambers

Best jazz 2000 - Tony MacAlpine, Bunny Brunel, Dennis Chambers - CAB
Tony MacAlpine, Bunny Brunel, Dennis Chambers
“CAB”
from CAB
(Tone Center)

Cab delivers an aggressive fusion Super Session, bringing together three of the most revered instrumentalists of our time.”
Guitar9

Tony MacAlpine: guitar, keyboard | Bunny Brunel: keyboard, bass, engineering, mixing, production | Dennis Chambers: drums | Brian Auger: organ
Released in March 2000
Jazz-Rock, Fusion

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Matthew Shipp Quartet

Best jazz 2000 - Matthew Shipp Quartet - Pastoral Composure
Matthew Shipp Quartet
“Gesture”
from Pastoral Composure
(Thirsty Ear)

“One of Shipp’s more accessible albums, making it a great place to start for those interested in checking out this important modern jazz pianist”
Joslyn Layne

Matthew Shipp: piano | Roy Campbell: trumpet, pocket trumpet, flugelhorn | William Parker: bass | Gerald Cleaver: drums
Released in 2000
Free Jazz, Post Bop

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Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette

Best jazz 2000 - Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette - Whisper Not (Live In Paris 1999)
Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette
“Whisper Not”
from Whisper Not (Live In Paris 1999)
(ECM)

“It’s a reframing of what always was, and ever will be, a profound talent”
Tyran Grillo

Keith Jarrett: Piano | Gary Peacock: Double-Bass | Jack DeJohnette: Drums
Released in September 2000
Post Bop, Contemporary Jazz

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Avishai Cohen

Avishai Cohen - Colors
Avishai Cohen
“Arka”
from Colors
(Stretch Records)

“The composer wrote 13 selections for this program and each is a meeting of artistic colors, each rare and emanating its own originality through Cohen’s sense of harmony, expansive tones, and polyrhythms.”
Paula Edelstein

Avishai Cohen: Piano, Fender Rhodes Piano, Acoustic & Electric Basses, Percussion | Jimmy Greene: Soprano & Tenor Saxophones, Flute | Avi Lebovich, Steve Davis: Trombone | Tom Chin, Jesse Mills: Violin | Kenji Bunch: Viola | Fred Sherry: Cello | Amos Hoffman: Oud and Guitar | Jason Lindner: Piano | Yagil Bavas: Acoustic Bass | Jeff Ballard, Antonio Sanchez: Drums
Released in August 2000
Post Bop, Contemporary Jazz

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Bobo Stenson Trio

Bobo Stenson Trio - Serenity
Bobo Stenson Trio
“Serenity”
from Serenity
(ECM)

The Penguin Guide to Jazz selected Serenity as part of its suggested Core Collection.

Bobo Stenson: piano | Anders Jormin: bass | Jon Christensen: drums
Released in June 2000
Contemporary Jazz

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Medeski Martin & Wood

Medeski Martin & Wood - The Dropper
Medeski Martin & Wood
“We Are Rolling”
from The Dropper
(Blue Note)

The Dropper is a complex blend of Latin jazz, haunting soundscapes, hip-hop grooves, and John Medeski’s trademark organ funk”
Zac Johnson

John Medeski: keyboards | Billy Martin: drums and percussion | Chris Wood: basses
Released in October 2000
Avant-jazz-funk

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Pat Metheny

Pat Metheny - Trio 99→00
Pat Metheny
“(Go) Get It”
from Trio 99→00
(Warner Bros. Records)

Metheny won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo for “(Go) Get It

Pat Metheny: electric and acoustic guitars | Larry Grenadier: double bass | Bill Stewart: drums
Released in February 2000
Jazz

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Branford Marsalis Quartet

Branford Marsalis Quartet - Contemporary Jazz
Branford Marsalis Quartet
“In The Crease”
from Contemporary Jazz
(Columbia)

“But I think we’re finally playing good contemporary music. We’ve gone through what we needed to, as people and as musicians, to be at the top of our game. We’re not students anymore; we’ve gone through ‘university.’ Now we can just play good tunes.”
— Branford Marsalis

Branford Marsalis: Saxophones | Eric Revis: bass | Jeff “Tain” Watts: drums | Joey Calderazzo: piano
Released in August 2000
Contemporary jazz

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Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell - Ghost Town
Bill Frisell
“Outlaw”
from Ghost Town
(Nonesuch)

“But the overall mood here is relatively dark, though consistently beautiful”
AllMusic

Bill Frisell: electric and acoustic guitars, 6 string banjo, loops & bass
Released in 2000
Contemporary jazz

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Jason Moran

Jason Moran - Facing Left
Jason Moran
“Later”
from Facing Left
(Blue Note)

“It’s impossible not to view him as one of the most striking originals to emerge in jazz in years. With rare technical assurance and a bold sense of vision, Moran has made a record for the ages”
JazzTimes

Jason Moran: piano, Hammond B3 organ, Fender Rhodes piano | Tarus Mateen: bass | Nasheet Waits: drums
Released in June 2000
Contemporary Jazz, Post Bop

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Bill Dixon With Tony Oxley

Bill Dixon With Tony Oxley - Papyrus - Volume I
Bill Dixon With Tony Oxley
“Papyrus”
from Papyrus – Volume I
(Soul Note)

“On Papyrus Volume I Dixon and Oxley provide the listener with a series of miniatures that go straight to the heart as though the twosome were transfixed in some sort of mystical aura”
All About Jazz

Bill Dixon: trumpet, piano | Tony Oxley: drums, percussion
Released in January 2000
Free Jazz, Free Improvisation

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Erik Truffaz

Erik Truffaz - The Mask
Erik Truffaz
“Sweet Mercy”
from The Mask
(Blue Note)

The Mask is a compilation of the three previous albums published by EMI France – Out of Dream, The Dawn, and Bending new Corners – but this time released on Blue Note and highlighting exclusively instrumental pieces.

Erik Truffaz: trumpet | Patrick Muller: piano, Fender Rhodes | Marcello Giuliani: bass | Marc Erbetta: drums, percussion
Released in June 2000
Contemporary Jazz

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James Carter

James Carter - Chasin' The Gypsy
James Carter
“Artillerie Lourde = Heavy Artillery”
from Chasin’ The Gypsy
(Atlantic)

Chasin’ the Gypsy is an homage to Django Reinhardt.
“This is the spirit marriage a tribute should be. It swings like a horse thief, parlays Fransay, and adores the melody.”
Robert Christgau

James Carter: bass saxophone, tenor saxophone, mezzo-soprano saxophone, soprano saxophone | Regina Carter: violin | Jay Berliner: steel-string acoustic guitar | Romero Lubambo: classical guitar | Charles Giordano: accordion | Steve Kirby: bass | Cyro Baptista: percussion | Joey Baron: drums
Released in 2000
Free Jazz, Gypsy Jazz, Contemporary Jazz

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Terence Blanchard

Terence Blanchard - Wandering Moon
Terence Blanchard
“Luna Viajera”
from Wandering Moon
(Sony Classical)

For “I Thought About You”, the album was nominated in 2000 for Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo.
“Trumpeter Blanchard has released some fine recordings in the ’90s, but this one may be the best of them all”
Michael G. Nastos

Terence Blanchard: trumpet | Aaron Fletcher: alto saxophone | Dave Holland: bass | Eric Harland: drums | Edward Simon: piano | Branford Marsalis: tenor saxophone | Brice Winston: tenor saxophone
Released in February 2000
Post Bop

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Chucho Valdés

Chucho Valdés - Live At The Village Vanguard
Chucho Valdés
“Como Traigo La Yuca”
from Live At The Village Vanguard
(Blue Note)

Live At The Village Vanguard won Chucho Valdés the Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album.

Chucho Valdés: Piano | Francisco Rubio Pampin: Acoustic Bass | Roberto Vizcaíno Guillot: Congas, Drums | Raul Pineda Roque: Drums
Released in April 2000
Afro-Cuban Jazz

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Charles Lloyd

Charles Lloyd - The Water Is Wide
Charles Lloyd
“The Water Is Wide”
from The Water Is Wide
(ECM)

“After the highly successful Voice In The Night album, the most widely praised of all his ECM recordings, the great saxophonist from Memphis, Tennessee, follows up with an imaginatively programmed album that takes his music to the next level.”
ECM

Charles Lloyd: Tenor Saxophone | Brad Mehldau: Piano | John Abercrombie: Guitar | Larry Grenadier: Double-Bass | Billy Higgins: Drums | Derek Oles: Double-Bass
Released in August 2000
Contemporary Jazz

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Playlist Best Jazz 2000

Albums’ List

Here is the entire short list of our best jazz 2000 albums:

  • Anouar Brahem Trio – Astrakan Café
  • St Germain – Tourist
  • Andrew Hill – Dusk
  • David S. Ware – Surrendered
  • Tony MacAlpine, Bunny Brunel, Dennis Chambers – CAB
  • Matthew Shipp Quartet – Pastoral Composure
  • Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette – Whisper Not (Live In Paris 1999)
  • Avishai Cohen – Colors
  • Bobo Stenson Trio – Serenity
  • Medeski Martin & Wood – The Dropper
  • Pat Metheny – Trio 99→00
  • Branford Marsalis Quartet – Contemporary Jazz
  • Bill Frisell – Ghost Town
  • Jason Moran – Facing Left
  • Bill Dixon With Tony Oxley – Papyrus – Volume I
  • Erik Truffaz – The Mask
  • James Carter – Chasin’ The Gypsy
  • Terence Blanchard – Wandering Moon
  • Chucho Valdés – Live At The Village Vanguard
  • Charles Lloyd – The Water Is Wide

2000’s

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