2018 was a fabulous year for me because each and every moment of it was full of good jazz! I hope the same went for you as well.
If you read my previous articles, you’d see, my approach to jazz is a bit diverse, let’s say, kind of innovative and quite mixed. When different genres get together around a jazzy tune, well, that always gets me so well (obviously, respect to those classical ones too)! In this perspective, 2018 was a fruitful year for me because I discovered many rare albums and artists, and oh well, with some extraordinary ones I even had the opportunity to build close friendships and save some jazzy memories into my head forever. I feel so lucky. Thank you, 2018.
Alright, so here we go with my top 10 albums from 2018 (that play-button was hit for too many times!):
1. Ezra Collective – Juan Pablo: The Philosopher (MY ONE AND ONLY, I listen to this everyday)
2. Joe Armon-Jones – Starting Today
3. EABS & Tenderlonious – Kraksa / Svantetic (2019 brings a new album… Shhh… can’t wait!)
4. Various Artists – We out Here (All my favourite artists from London Jazz Scene; my top two songs from this one are Kokoroko – Abusey Junction and Ezra Collective – Pure Shade)
5. Ezra Collective – Mace Windu Riddim
6. John Coltrane – Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Respect!)
7. Moses Boyd – Displaced Diaspora
8. Apostolis Anthimos – Parallel Worlds (live video link below)
9. Makaya McCraven – Universal Beings
10. Cazzip Project – Stories (I love these guys!)
Which of these were also in your 2018-top-10-list? Which do you think you’re discovering now after reading this article (well, go ahead and hit that search button on Spotify)? And of course, you are more than welcome to share your favourite albums with me, I’d love to dig and discover some new jazzy tunes.
I wish all of you a wonderful 2019, full of freedom and jazz!