If you're just opening your eyes to the Charlotte scene in 2014, I can already tell you something about it - there's going to be plenty more jazz from big-name artists.
For once, the jazz year in Charlotte will not be put to shame by the jazz lineup at Spoleto Festival USA - partly because a Spotlight on Spoleto program on January 17 at the Mint Museum brings us Spoleto headliner René Marie to kick off our roster of topnotch attractions.
In honor of the new order, I thought it would be nice to step up my own jazz coverage at the Loaf, previewing the delights to come and summing up the year gone by. First, I'm looking back, fortifying the Top 10 I contributed to JazzTimes with a Top 25 and an equally long roll call of sumptuous also-rans. Happy, jazzy New Year, and enjoy!
Best of the Rest
Ben Goldberg - Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues (Bag Production)
Bobby Matos & His Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble - Mambo Jazz Dance (Lifeforce Jazz / Planetworks)
Boyd Lee Dunlop - The Lake Reflections (Mr. B Sharp)
Cécile McLorin Salvant - WomanChild (Mack Avenue)
Chucho Valdés & The Afro-Cuban Messengers - Border-Free (Jazz Village)
Cyrus Chestnut - Soul Brother Cool (WJ3)
Dave Douglas Quintet - Time Travel (Greenleaf)
David Murray Infinity Quartet - Be My Monster Love (Motéma)
David Weiss - Endangered Species: The Music of Wayne Shorter (Motéma)
Enrico Pieranunzi, Marc Johnson, & Paul Motian - Live At The Village Vanguard (Cam)
Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo - Melody Magic (Azica)
Gilad Hekselman - This Just In (Jazz Village)
Gregory Tardy - Standards & More (SteepleChase)
Jaimeo Brown - Transcendence (Motéma)
Jason Moran + Trio 3 - Refraction - Breakin' Glass (Intakt)
Jeff Lederer - Swing N' Dix (Little (i) Music)
Joshua Redman - Walking Shadows (Nonesuch)
Kenny Garrett - Pushing the World Away (Mack Avenue)
René Marie - I Wanna Be Evil: With Love to Eartha Kitt (Motéma)
Ryan Truesdell/Gil Evans Project - Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans (ArtistShare)
Steve Swallow Quintet - Into the Woodwork (ECM)
Tom McDermott - Bamboula (Minky)
Walter Norris & Leszek Możdżer - The Last Set: Live at the A-Trane (Act Music & Vision)
Warren Wolf - Wolfgang (Mack Avenue)
Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet - Latin Jazz - Jazz Latin (Patois)
Delette Nycum was my great-grandmother.
Goddamn this town is a drag.
His voice just creeps me out. That is all.