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Best of jazz – year 2001

Listen and enjoy the best jazz 2001 selection (playlist on Spotify and hereunder, after the detailed list) with 20 amazing tracks extracted from 20 amazing jazz albums.

Best Jazz 2001

William Parker Quartet

Best Jazz 2001 - William Parker Quartet - O'Neal's Porch
William Parker Quartet
“O’Neal’s Porch”
from O’Neal’s Porch
(AUM Fidelity)

“For its historical breadth, spiritual depth, and sheer exhilaration, this is the jazz album of the year.”
— Jazziz

William Parker: bass | Lewis Barnes: trumpet | Rob Brown: alto saxophone | Hamid Drake: drums
Released in January 2001
Free Jazz

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Yesterdays New Quintet

Best Jazz 2001 - Yesterdays New Quintet - Angles Without Edges
Yesterdays New Quintet
“Julani”
from Angles Without Edges
(Stones Throw Records)

Angles Without Edges is the first album released by hip hop producer Madlib’s Jazz project, Yesterdays New Quintet. Although a fictional quintet or virtual band, in reality, it is Madlib playing the instruments while giving credit to fictional characters.”
Wikipedia

Yesterdays New Quintet: Ahmad Miller, Monk Hughes, Joe McDuffrey, Malik Flavors, Otis Jackson Jr
Released in December 2001
Afro-Cuban Jazz, Breaks, Future Jazz, Contemporary Jazz

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Akosh S. Unit

Best Jazz 2001 - Akosh S. Unit - Kebelen
Akosh S. Unit
“Ék”
from Kebelen
(Universal Music Jazz France)

Live free improvisation pieces re-worked in studio, Kebelen is the 1st opus of Akosh 2nd free jazz trilogy with Lenne and Vetek.

Akosh Szelevényi: Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Flute, Bombarde, Kalimba, Vocals, Trombone, Trumpet | Quentin Rollet: Alto Saxophone | Bernard Malandin: Double Bass | Philippe Foch: Drums, Percussion | Mokhtar Choumane : Ney, Kaval | Nicolas Guillemet: Soprano Saxophone | Joe Doherty: Violin, Viola, Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Flute | Bertrand Cantat: Vocals
Released in April 2001
Free Improvisation

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Chucho Valdés

Best Jazz 2001 - Chucho Valdés - Solo - Live In New York
Chucho Valdés
“Rumba Guajira”
from Solo – Live In New York
(Blue Note)

“Each selection sounds like an old acquaintance; however, Valdés takes the time to apply his magic”
— Jim Santella

Chucho Valdés: Piano
Released in February 2001
Contemporary Jazz, Latin Jazz

Wikipedia

Irène Schweizer

Best Jazz 2001 - Irène Schweizer - Chicago Piano Solo
Irène Schweizer
“So Oder So”
from Chicago Piano Solo
(Intakt Records)

“Everything working together. Technically, that’s the meaning of the word «concert.» Agreement in design or plan. It was one such concert, and for times like that we count our lucky stars”
— John Corbett

Irène Schweizer: piano
Released in January 2001
Free Improvisation

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Tim Berne, Craig Taborn, Tom Rainey

Best Jazz 2001 - Tim Berne, Craig Taborn, Tom Rainey - The Shell Game
Tim Berne, Craig Taborn, Tom Rainey
“Heavy Mental (For Wayne Krantz)”
from The Shell Game
(Thirsty Ear)

“The Shell Game is one of the most sonically differentiated jazz records of recent years.”
— Down Beat

Tim Berne: alto saxophone | Craig Taborn: keyboards, electronics | Tom Rainey: drums
Released in March 2001
Free Jazz

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Dave Holland Quintet

Best Jazz 2001 - Dave Holland Quintet - Not For Nothin'
Dave Holland Quintet
“Billows Of Rhythm”
from Not For Nothin’
(ECM)

“This is postmodern poetic singing at its finest. Who said jazz is a dead art form? Let he or she who has the ears to hear, hear; the Dave Holland Quintet is carrying the banner of creative music in the jazz tradition in the 21st century.”
Thom Jurek

Dave Holland: Double-Bass | Chris Potter: Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone | Robin Eubanks: Trombone, Cowbell | Steve Nelson: Vibraphone, Marimba | Billy Kilson: Drums
Released in September 2001
Contemporary Jazz

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Billy Bang

Billy Bang - Vietnam The Aftermath
Billy Bang
“Saigon Phunk”
from Vietnam: The Aftermath
(Justin Time)

“Bang spent six months in basic training and another two weeks learning jungle warfare, arriving in South Vietnam just before the Tet Offensive. Starting out as an infantryman, he did one tour of combat duty, rising to the rank of sergeant before he mustered out […] Billy Bang explored his experience in Vietnam in two albums: Vietnam: The Aftermath and Vietnam: Reflections, recorded with a band which included several other veterans of that war.”
Wikipedia

Billy Bang: violin | Ted Daniel: trumpet | Frank Lowe: tenor saxophone | Sonny Fortune: flute | John Hicks: piano | Curtis Lundy: bass | Ron Brown: percussion | Michael Carvin: drums | Butch Morris: conductor on “TET Offensive”
Released in October 2001
Free Jazz

Soulive

Soulive - Doin' Something
Soulive
“Bridge To ‘Bama”
from Doin’ Something
(Blue Note)

Bridge to ‘Bama is based on a hip-hop groove that Alan Evans concocted, but tenor saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart adds a little jazz and soul flavor. As the song progresses, Neal Evans plays a piano solo that would probably be heard in a jazz combo. Then the song takes another left turn with a fast techno beat before returning to the original groove.”
— Michael Fortuna

Eric Krasno: guitar | Alan Evans: drums | Neal Evans: Hammond B3 organ, bass keys
Released in Mars 2001
Jazz-Funk

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David “Fathead” Newman

David Fathead Newman - Keep The Spirits Singing
David “Fathead” Newman
“Cousin Esau”
from Keep The Spirits Singing
(HighNote Records, Inc.)

“The Texas tenor tradition inhabits his playing like the slight Texas accent Newman never lost. Fathead performs enjoyable, intricate, intense, sophisticated music. His solos are finely crafted there are no superfluous notes.”
— Jazz Depot

David “Fathead” Newman: tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, flute | Steve Turre: trombone | John Hicks: piano | Steve Novosel : bass | Winard Harper: drums | Steve Kroon: percussion
Released in January 2001
Jazz

Wikipedia

Jason Moran

Jason Moran - Black Stars
Jason Moran
“Draw The Light Out”
from Black Stars
(Blue Note)

Gary Giddins of the Village Voice exclaimed “Black Stars is possibly a Blue Note benchmark, definitely one of the year’s outstanding discs”

Jason Moran: piano | Sam Rivers: tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone. flute, piano | Tarus Mateen: bass | Nasheet Waits: drums
Released in August 2001
Contemporary Jazz

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Charles Lloyd

Charles Lloyd - Hyperion With Higgins
Charles Lloyd
“Darkness On The Delta Suite”
from Hyperion With Higgins
(ECM)

“You go low and you get high and then you catch fire’. This second installement picks up the tempo. The jazz of ‘Hyperion’ is hotter. Lloyd’s tenor sax is fierier, John Abercrombie has much more solos space to fulfill as only he can, and Brad Mehldau’s solos are also more outgoing”
ECM

Charles Lloyd: Tenor Saxophone, Taragato, Maracas | Brad Mehldau: Piano | John Abercrombie: Guitar | Larry Grenadier: Double Bass | Billy Higgins: Drums
Released in September 2001
Post Bop, Contemporary Jazz

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Janusz Zdunek 4 Syfon

Janusz Zdunek 4 Syfon - Baterie
Janusz Zdunek 4 Syfon
“Coda Be Be”
from Baterie
(Not Two Records)

Janusz Zdunek: trumpet | Tomasz Glazik: saxophone | Wladyslaw Refling: bass | Jacek Buhl: drums | Guest – Krzysztof Gruse: vocals
Released in 2001
Contemporary Jazz

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Marilyn Crispell, Gary Peacock, Paul Motian

Marilyn Crispell, Gary Peacock, Paul Motian - Amaryllis
Marilyn Crispell, Gary Peacock, Paul Motian
“Requiem”
from Amaryllis
(ECM)

“There’s a great depth of communication, a rare delicacy”
— Marilyn Crispell

Marilyn Crispell: Piano | Gary Peacock: Double-Bass | Paul Motian: Drums
Released in March 2001
Contemporary Jazz

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Orlando “Cachaíto” López

Orlando Cachaíto López - Cachaito
Orlando “Cachaíto” López
“Mis Dos Pequeñas”
from Cachaito
(World Circuit)

This is Candelario Orlando López Vergara first ‘solo’ album. Better known as Cachaíto, he was a Cuban bassist and composer; gained international fame after his involvement in the Buena Vista Social Club recordings.

Orlando “Cachaíto” López: Bass | Carlos Gonzalez: Bongos | Miguel ‘Anga’ Diaz: Congas, Percussion | Manuel Galban: Electric Guitar | Alejandro Pichardo: Guiro, Claves | Bigga Morrison: Organ, Clavinet | Amadito Valdes: Timbales
Released in April 2001
Afro-Cuban jazz

Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette

Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette - Inside Out
Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette
“Riot”
from Inside Out
(ECM)

As suggested to Peacock and DeJohnette “Where’s the form? Don’t ask. Don’t think. Don’t anticipate. Just participate. It’s all there somewhere inside. And then suddenly it forms itself… We need to be even more in tune with each other to play this way, without material; and even more attentive. Every possibility is available if you take away the tunes, but only some are valid under the circumstances. It is only our sensitivity to the flux that determines whether the music succeeds or fails.”
Keith Jarrett

Keith Jarrett: Piano | Gary Peacock: Double-Bass | Jack DeJohnette: Drums
Released in September 2001
Contemporary Jazz, Free Jazz

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Jing Chi, Vinnie Colaiuta, Robben Ford, Jimmy Hasli

Jing Chi, Vinnie Colaiuta, Robben Ford, Jimmy Hasli - Jing Chi
Jing Chi, Vinnie Colaiuta, Robben Ford, Jimmy Hasli
“The Hong Kong Incident”
from Jing Chi
(Tone Center)

Robben Ford: guitar | Jimmy Haslip: bass | Vinnie Colaiuta: drums
Released in 2001
Jazz Fusion

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Łoskot

Łoskot - Śmierdzące Kwiatuszki
Łoskot
“Razem Na Basenie”
from Śmierdzące Kwiatuszki
(Folk)

Mikołaj Trzaska: alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, harmonica, voice | Olo Walicki: bass guitar, double bass | Piotr Pawlak: guitar, voice | Tomasz Gwinciński: drums, voice
Released in 2001
Free Jazz, Fusion

Rabih Abou-Khalil

Rabih Abou-Khalil - The Cactus Of Knowledge
Rabih Abou-Khalil
“The Lewinsky March”
from The Cactus Of Knowledge
(Enja Records)

“The masterful Lebanese oud player Rabih Abou-Kahlil-now living in Germany, where he is best known-has made it his business to combine elements of his native musical language with jazz, while weaving in rock and other ideas from American musical soil. His ongoing refinement process, not merely a continuation of past ideas, is amply evident on his ambitious new album”
Josef Woodard

Rabih Abou-Khalil: oud, bass oud | Dave Ballou: trumpet | Eddie Allen: trumpet | Tom Varner: French horn | Dave Bargeron: euphonium | Michel Godard: tuba | Gabriele Mirabassi: clarinet | Antonio Hart: alto saxophone | Ellery Eskelin: tenor saxophone | Vincent Courtois: cello | Nabil Khaiat: frame drums | Jarrod Cagwin: drums
Released in 2001
Jazz, Folk, World, & Country

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Bill Frisell With Dave Holland And Elvin Jones

Bill Frisell With Dave Holland And Elvin Jones
Bill Frisell With Dave Holland And Elvin Jones
“Tell Your Ma, Tell Your Pa”
from Bill Frisell With Dave Holland And Elvin Jones
(Nonesuch)

“An impromptu meeting of these three unique voices resulted in instant musical chemistry, as they revisited—and often transformed—Frisell’s compositions and a pair of standards”
Nonesuch

Bill Frisell: guitars | Dave Holland: bass | Elvin Jones: drums
Released in 2001
Contemporary Jazz

Wikipedia

Playlist Best Jazz 2001

Best Jazz 2001 Albums’ List

Here is the entire list of the 20 albums we highlighted for this Best Jazz 2001 selection

  • William Parker Quartet – O’Neal’s Porch
  • Yesterdays New Quintet – Angles Without Edges
  • Akosh S. Unit – Kebelen
  • Chucho Valdés – Solo – Live In New York
  • Irène Schweizer – Chicago Piano Solo
  • Tim Berne, Craig Taborn, Tom Rainey – The Shell Game
  • Dave Holland Quintet – Not For Nothin’
  • Billy Bang – Vietnam: The Aftermath
  • Soulive – Doin’ Something
  • David “Fathead” Newman – Keep The Spirits Singing
  • Jason Moran – Black Stars
  • Charles Lloyd – Hyperion With Higgins
  • Janusz Zdunek 4 Syfon – Baterie
  • Marilyn Crispell, Gary Peacock, Paul Motian – Amaryllis
  • Orlando “Cachaíto” López – Cachaito
  • Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette – Inside Out
  • Jing Chi, Vinnie Colaiuta, Robben Ford, Jimmy Hasli – Jing Chi
  • Łoskot – Śmierdzące Kwiatuszki
  • Rabih Abou-Khalil – The Cactus Of Knowledge
  • Bill Frisell With Dave Holland And Elvin Jones – Bill Frisell With Dave Holland And Elvin Jones

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