ROGER MITCHELL picks his favourite albums for the year
A top 10 is a little like a star rating — how can diverse albums be assessed against each other according to some sort of merit test? But I’ve been happy over the past few years to prepare such a list for the Sunday Herald Sun‘s Play liftout because it is another way for people to hear about albums they may like to buy and enjoy. Reviewers were given 15 words in which to describe each album. I chose from albums I’d reviewed during the year, so there are many good albums not considered because I did not manage to review them. The main test I applied for this top 10 was to ask myself which albums I had played most since writing the review.
1 Joe Chindamo
Another Place, Some Other Time
Interpretations of Coen brothers film music vie with the originals in their power to move.
2 Mike Nock Trio
An Accumulation Of Subtleties
Double CD of studio and live sessions is an accumulation of creativity, spontaneity and vibrancy.
3 Tomasz Stanko Quintet
Polish trumpeter Stanko’s sublimely mournful playing is a brooding presence on his simple, moving compositions.
4 Stu Hunter
Pianist/composer Stu Hunter’s imaginative, compelling second suite is more enthralling and engrossing than his first.
5 Way Out West
The Effects Of Weather
Asian themes seamlessly mesh with jazz grooves, building stories through complex rhythms and horn overlays.
6 Howard Cairns Quintet
Luxuriant harmonies mingle with melodies and timbres to create moods variously dark, spirited and humorous.
Boggy Creek Bop
Reed-only quartet offers many moods and styles, proving you can never have too much sax.
8 Allan Browne Quintet
Une Saison En Enfer
Rimbaud’s poem inspires harmonically rich, darkly beautiful pieces with dreamy musing, wistful longing and majesty.
9 Jex Saarelaht Quartet
Standout Stonnington Jazz concert brilliantly captured is testament to the quality of pianist Saarelaht’s quartet.
10 Luke Howard Trio
Sensitive bass and drums accompaniment allows the piano’s lyrical, crystalline beauty to shine. forth.