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Best of jazz – year 2004

The Best Jazz 2004 in 20 tracks and albums to discover what the year had to offer.

The selection has no rank nor order, just ready to be listened to as it is or in shuffle. The entire playlist is available just after the art covers list.

Best Jazz 2004

Medeski Martin & Wood

Best Jazz 2004 - Medeski Martin & Wood - End Of The World Party (Just In Case)
Medeski Martin & Wood
“Shine It”
from End Of The World Party (Just In Case)
(Blue Note)

“These are theme songs for the next generation soundtracks that may accompany the end of the world in a more positive setting”
— Medeski Martin & Wood

John Medeski: keyboards | Billy Martin: drums, Percussion | Chris Wood: bass
Released in September 2004
Fusion, Future Jazz, Jazz-Funk

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Akosh S. Solo

Best Jazz 2004 - Akosh S. Solo - Aki
Akosh S. Solo
“Ünnep”
from Aki
(Universal Music Jazz France)

Solo recording at the church “Mindszentek” of Vàmosszabadi, Hungary, 22 september 2003.

Akosh Szelevényi: tárogató, flute, soprano saxophone, clarinet
Released in January 2004
Free Jazz, Contemporary Jazz

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Paal Nilssen-Love, Ken Vandermark

Best Jazz 2004 - Paal Nilssen-Love, Ken Vandermark - Dual Pleasure 2
Paal Nilssen-Love, Ken Vandermark
“Train Hits The Station”
from Dual Pleasure 2
(Smalltown Superjazzz)

“Their approach to the duo context is ferocious in its intensity, combining extreme rhythmic velocity with formal deconstruction and re-assembly, and a freedom to use any genre at any time.”
Paalnilssen-love.com

Paal Nilssen-Love: drums | Ken Vandermark: bass clarinet, tenor saxophone
Released in August 2004
Free Jazz

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Goran Kajfeš

Best Jazz 2004 - Goran Kajfeš - Headspin
Goran Kajfeš
“The Man With The Golden Arm”
from Headspin
(Amigo)

Won a Grammis (Swedish music awards) in 2004 for “Jazz of the Year”

Goran Kajfeš: trumpet, bass | Per “Ruskträsk” Johansson: alto flute | Johan Berthling: double bass | Janne Robertson: drums | Jesper Nordenström: electric piano, organ
Released in May 2004
Jazzy Hip-Hop, Contemporary Jazz

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Don Byron

Best Jazz 2004 - Don Byron - Ivey-Divey
Don Byron
“I Want To Be Happy”
from Ivey-Divey
(Blue Note)

Don Byron was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo in 2005 for his bass clarinet solo on “I Want to Be Happy“.

Don Byron: clarinet, bass clarinet,tenor saxophone | Jason Moran: piano | Jack DeJohnette: drums
Released in September 2004
Post Bop

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Monk Hughes & The Outer Realm

Best Jazz 2004 - Monk Hughes & The Outer Realm - A Tribute To Brother Weldon
Monk Hughes & The Outer Realm
“A Piece For Brother Weldon”
from A Tribute To Brother Weldon
(Stones Throw Records)

A Tribute to Brother Weldon is a tribute album to jazz musician Weldon Irvine by hip hop producer Madlib’s Jazz project under the alias of Monk Hughes. The album features music by Weldon Irvine and was released in 2004 following his death in 2002.”
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Monk Hughes: Bass, Keyboards | Otis Jackson Jr.: Drums, Loops, Kalimba | Joe McDuphrey: Electric Piano, Synthesizer, Piano | Morgan Adams III: Organ, Synthesizer , Percussion
Released in July 2004
Acid Jazz

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Ibrahim Electric

Ibrahim Electric - Ibrahim Electric
Ibrahim Electric
“Endangered Beat”
from Ibrahim Electric
(Ilk Music)

“Ibrahim Electric is a Danish band situated primarily in Copenhagen, Denmark. Ibrahim Electric are widely famous in Denmark for their experimental music, many genres, including jazz, funk, afro-beat, surf and many more.”
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Jeppe Tuxen: Organ | Niclas Knudsen: Guitar | Stefan Pasborg: Drums
Released in 2004
Contemporary Jazz

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Tomasz Stanko Quartet

Tomasz Stanko Quartet - Suspended Night
Tomasz Stanko Quartet
“II (Suspended Variations)”
from Suspended Night
(ECM)

Suspended Night builds upon the conceptual framework established by its predecessor – the bulk of the album is devoted to a series of haunting and soulful Suspended Variations – but the improvisational quotient is expanded, as all participants take more solo space and more chances.”
ECM

Tomasz Stanko: trumpet | Marcin Wasilewski: piano | Slawomir Kurkiewicz: double-bass | Michal Miskiewicz: drums
Released in February 2004
Contemporary Jazz

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Craig Taborn

Craig Taborn - Junk Magic
Craig Taborn
“Junk Magic”
from Junk Magic
(Thirsty Ear)

“The album’s title was also the name of the band, which was formed to be Taborn’s electronic group, allowing him to explore the interactions of composition, improvisation, and electronics. The name came from Sam Shepard’s writings.”
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Craig Taborn: Piano & Keyboards & Programming | Mat Maneri: Viola | Aaron Stewart: Tenor Sax | David King: Drums
Released in April 2004
Future Jazz

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Magma

Magma - KA
Magma
“K.A I”
from K.A
(Seventh Records)

“K.A was Magma’s first full-length studio release in over 20 years. The material was largely composed by drummer Christian Vander in 1973–74, and fragments of it can be heard on Magma’s 1977 live album Inédits. K.A is sung almost entirely in Magma’s constructed language Kobaïan.”
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Christian Vander: vocals, drums, percussion | Stella Vander: vocals, percussion | Isabelle Feuillebois: vocals | Himiko Paganotti: vocals | Antoine Paganotti: vocals | James Mac Gaw: guitar | Emmanuel Borghi: piano, Fender Rhodes | Frédéric d’Oelsnitz: Fender Rhodes | Philippe Bussonnet: bass
Released in 2004
Jazz-Rock, Fusion, Prog Rock

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Jan Garbarek

Jan Garbarek - In Praise Of Dreams
Jan Garbarek
“In Praise Of Dreams”
from In Praise Of Dreams
(ECM)

“If dreams are movies for the mind, the album is aptly titled – its atmospheres are evocative and decidedly ‘filmic’.”
ECM

Jan Garbarek: Saxophones | Kim Kashkashian: Viola | Manu Katché: Drums
Released in September 2004
Contemporary Jazz

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Chris Potter Quartet

Chris Potter Quartet - Lift - Live At The Village Vanguard
Chris Potter Quartet
“Boogie Stop Shuffle”
from Lift – Live At The Village Vanguard
(Sunnyside)

“In some ways, Chris Potter’s career has led up to this recording. A brilliant live performer, his ecstatic improvisations and searching, inventive compositions, have earned him lavish praise his entire career.”
Sunnyside

Chris Potter: tenor and soprano saxophones | Kevin Hays: piano, Fender Rhodes | Scott Colley: bass | Bill Stewart: drums, percussion
Released in May 2004
Contemporary Jazz, Post Bop

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Charles Lloyd, Billy Higgins

Charles Lloyd, Billy Higgins - Which Way Is East
Charles Lloyd, Billy Higgins
“Tagi”
from Which Way Is East
(ECM)

Recorded in January 2001 and released in 2004, “Which Way Is East” contains the last recordings by Billy Higgins before he died in May 2001

Charles Lloyd: tenor and alto saxophones, bass, alto and C flutes, piano, taragato, Tibetan oboe, percussion, maracas, voice | Billy Higgins: drums, percussion, guitar, guimbri, Syrian “one string,” various Senegalese and Guinean hand drums, Indian hand drum, Juno’s wood box, voice
Released in Mars 2004
Contemporary Jazz

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Alice Coltrane

Alice Coltrane - Translinear Light
Alice Coltrane
“Blue Nile”
from Translinear Light
(Impulse!)

Translinear Light is the last studio album released by Alice Coltrane […]. Produced by her son, Ravi Coltrane, who also played, it is the final album of Coltrane’s career.”
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Alice Coltrane: Wurlitzer organ, piano, synthesizer | Ravi Coltrane: percussion, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, sleigh bells | James Genus: bass | Jeff “Tain” Watts: drums
Released in September 2004
Space-Age, Modal

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Mylab

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Mylab
“Land Trust Picnic”
from Mylab
(Terminus Records)

“Horvitz and Martine’s ability to assemble and mix such an incredibly diverse range of pop, rock, jazz, folk, urban, bluegrass, traditional and alternative artists produced the kind of adventurous record that would have made the late, great Sun-Ra proud. “
Terminus Records

Tucker Martine: Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Synthesizer | Wayne Horvitz: pianos, Hammond B-3, pump organ, synthesizers | Doug Wieselman: Guitar | Timothy Young: Guitar | Andy Roth: Drums | Danny Barnes: Banjo | Keith Lowe: Acoustic Bass, Electric Bass
Released in February 2004
Art Rock, Contemporary Jazz, Experimental

Anthony Braxton, György Szabados, Vladimir Tarasov

Anthony Braxton, György Szabados, Vladimir Tarasov - Triotone
Anthony Braxton, György Szabados, Vladimir Tarasov
“Improvisation 3”
from Triotone
(Leo Records)

Live at the 9th festival of jazz and improvised music in Kanizsa, Serbia-Montenegro at Art-House, Cnesa.

Anthony Braxton: Reeds | György Szabados: Piano | Vladimir Tarasov: Percussion
Released in December 2004
Free Improvisation, Free Jazz, Contemporary Jazz

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Ravish Momin’s Trio Tarana

Ravish Momin's Trio Tarana - Climbing The Banyan Tree
Ravish Momin’s Trio Tarana
“String Drum Tarana”
from Climbing The Banyan Tree
(Clean Feed)

“It is fair to say that Tarana is without precedent in improvised music. A true synthesis of North African, South, and East Asian motifs with the classical organization and the immediacy of free improv has probably not existed prior to Climbing the Banyan Tree. “
Allen Clifford

Ravish Momin is an Indian-born drummer, electronic music producer and educator residing in New York City.

Ravish Momin: drums, percussion | Jason Kao Hwang: violon | Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz: bass, oud
Released in November 2004
Free Jazz, Fusion

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El-P Feat. The Blue Series Continuum

El-P Feat. The Blue Series Continuum - High Water
El-P Feat. The Blue Series Continuum
“Get Your Hand Off My Shoulder, Pig”
from High Water
(Thirsty Ear)

“Made in conjunction with jazz pianist Matthew Shipp and the group for which he is artistic director, The Blue Series Continuum, the album is a striking departure from El-P’s usual style, almost completely eschewing conventional ideas of hip hop in favor of electronically-tinged jazz fusion compositions, bordering on the avant-garde. “
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El-P: composition, production, arrangement, mixing | Matthew Shipp: piano | Daniel Carter: reeds, flute | Steve Swell: trombone | Roy Campbell: trumpet | William Parker: double bass | Guillermo E. Brown: drums
Released in March 2004
Acid Jazz, Future Jazz

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The Great Jazz Trio

The Great Jazz Trio
“Someday My Prince Will Come”
from Someday My Prince Will Come
(Eighty-Eight’s)

“When Hank Jones expounds upon “Satin Doll” or “Someday My Prince Will Come,” it’s not like anything you’ve heard before. His creativity continues to produce vibrant improvisations, unlike the standard treatment.”
Jim Santella @AllAboutJazz

Hank Jones: piano | Richard Davis: bass | Elvin Jones- drums
Released in September 2004
Bop, Post Bop, Hard Bop

Dave Douglas

Dave Douglas
“A Single Sky”
from Strange Liberation
(Bluebird)

Strange Liberation received widespread critical acclaim and did well on the jazz album charts, reaching number three on Billboard’s and number one on CMJ’s.

Dave Douglas: trumpet | Bill Frisell: guitar | Chris Potter: tenor saxophone, bass clarinet | Uri Caine: Fender Rhodes | James Genus: bass | Clarence Penn: drums, percussion
Released in January 2004
Contemporary Jazz

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Best Jazz 2004 Playlist

Best Jazz 2004 Albums’ List

Here is the list of the 20 best jazz 2004 albums:

  • Medeski Martin & Wood – End Of The World Party (Just In Case)
  • Akosh S. Solo – Aki
  • Paal Nilssen-Love, Ken Vandermark – Dual Pleasure 2
  • Goran Kajfeš – Headspin
  • Don Byron – Ivey-Divey
  • Monk Hughes & The Outer Realm – A Tribute To Brother Weldon
  • Ibrahim Electric – Ibrahim Electric
  • Tomasz Stanko Quartet – Suspended Night
  • Craig Taborn – Junk Magic
  • Magma – K.A
  • Jan Garbarek – In Praise Of Dreams
  • Chris Potter Quartet – Lift – Live At The Village Vanguard
  • Charles Lloyd, Billy Higgins – Which Way Is East
  • Alice Coltrane – Translinear Light
  • Mylab – Mylab
  • Anthony Braxton, György Szabados, Vladimir Tarasov – Triotone
  • Ravish Momin’s Trio Tarana – Climbing The Banyan Tree
  • El-P Feat. The Blue Series Continuum – High Water
  • The Great Jazz Trio – Someday My Prince Will Come
  • Dave Douglas – Strange Liberation

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