KMUW's Best Music of 2019

 

KMUW music hosts Jedd Beaudoin, Carla Eckels and Chris Heim share their selections for the best music releases of 2019 - including world music, jazz, R&B and gospel, blues and archival releases.

Join us throughout January 2020 for a month-long feature of the Best of 2019.

Albums:

  1. Venture Out—The Cavves
  2. Es De Fantasía—MariaElena
  3. Unnatural Currents—Pretend Friend
  4. Laugh It Off—Kill Vargas
  5. Mojo—Evann McIntosh
  6. Fuwa Fuwa Music—Miki Moondrops 
  7. Let The End Times Roll—Not Cops
  8. Medicine Machine—Sutphin  
  9. Nothing Amazing Happens Here—TV Boy
  10. Collections in the Void—Golden Living Room

EPs/Singles:

  1. Best Days—Cartwheel/Hands Like Glaciers—Old News (tie)
  2. Awaken/Abandon/Adapt—Standing In The Colour
  3. Everything Must Go—Twin Cities
  4. “Left Eye”—Jim Vegas
  5. “Voodoo Doll”—Yasmin Nur
  6. Live At The Hook & Ladder—Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations
  7. Trapped Here—Dusty Grant
  8. “Settled/The Places We Used To Go”—Kill Vargas
  9. Fledglings—Jack Korbell
  10. A Clamoring—The Coma Calling

  1. Tad Robinson – Real Street (Severn)
  2. Billy Price – Dog Eat Dog (Gulf Coast)
  3. Bob Corritore - Do the Hip Shake, Baby! (Vizztone)
  4. Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men – Tall, Dark and Handsome (Thirty Tigers)
  5. Billy Branch & Sons of Blues – Roots and Branches (Alligator)
  6. Mighty Mike Schermer – Bad Tattoo (Vizztone)
  7. Robin Trower – Coming Closer to the Day (Provogue)
  8. Jimmie Vaughan – Baby, Please Come Home (Last)
  9. Big Joe & the Dynaflows – Rockhouse Party (Severn)
  10. Annika Chambers – Kiss My Sass (Vizztone)
  11. Cash Box Kings – Hail to the Kings (Alligator)
  12. North Mississippi All Stars – Up and Rolling (New West)
  13. Junior Watson – Nothing To It But To Do It (Little Village Foundation)
  14. Lee Boys – Live on the East Coast (M.C. Records)
  15. Rockin’ Johnny & Quique Gomez – Dos Hombres Wanted (Vizztone)
  16. Walter Trout – Survivor Blues (Provogue)
  17. Biscuit Miller – Chicken Grease (American Showplace Music)
  18. Jersey Swamp Cats – Go Cat Go! (Jersey Swamp Cats)
  19. Toronzo Cannon – The Preacher, The Politician, or the Pimp (Alligator)
  20. Dwayne Dopsie – Bon Ton (Louisiana Red Hot)
  21. Reese Wynans – Sweet Release (J&R Adventures)
  22. Bad Influence – Got What You Need (Badblues)
  23. Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – Kingfish (Alligator)
  24. Levee Town – City Hall (Levee Town)
  25. Various artists – The Time for Peace Is Now (Luaka Bop)

  1. Minyo Crusaders – Echoes of Japan (Mais Um Discos)
  2. Los Wembler’s de Iquitos – Vision del Ayahuasca (Barbes)
  3. Various Artists – Red Gold Green & Blue (Trojan Jamaica)
  4. Mao Ya – Moon Over City Ruins (Rhymoi Music)
  5. Garifuna Collective – Aban (Stone Tree)
  6. Cimarron – Orinoco (Cimarron)
  7. Umut Adan – Bahar (Riverboat)
  8. Rhiannon Giddens – There Is No Other (Nonesuch)
  9. Dizzy Mandjeku & Ale Kuma – De Palenque a Matonge (Zephyrus)
  10. Debashish Bhattacharya – Joy! Guru! (Unzipped Fly)
  11. Adir Jan – Leyla (Trikont)
  12. Guo Gan Trio – Gobi Desert (Felmay)
  13. Lajko Felix & Volosi - Lajko Felix & Volosi (Fono)
  14. Constantinople & Ablaye Cissoko – Traversees (Autra)
  15. Equus – Tailwind Home (Equus)
  16. Kaja – Origo (Kakafon)
  17. Otova Yo – Do You Love (ARC Music)
  18. Wuta Mayi – La Face Cachee (Wuta Mayi)
  19. Gyedu-Blay Ambolley - 11th Street, Sekondi (Agogo)
  20. Dona Onete – Rebajo (Mais Um Discos)
  21. Blato Zlato – In the Wake (Blato Zlato)
  22. Los Pirañas– Historia Natural (Glitterbeat)
  23. Coladera – La Dotu Lado (Agogo)
  24. Angelique Kidjo – Celia (Verve)
  25. Söndörgő -  Nyolc 8 Nyolc (Sndrg Music)

  1. Steve Khan – Patchwork (Tone Center)
  2. Corey Christiansen – La Proxima (Origin)
  3. Chick Corea – Antidote (Concord)/Trilogy 2 (Concord)
  4. Joe Fiedler – Open Sesame (Multiphonics)
  5. Monty Alexander – Wareika Hill Rastamonk Vibrations (MACD)
  6. Edmar Castaneda & Gregoire Maret – Harp vs. Harp (Act Music)
  7. Catherine Russell – Alone Together (Dot Time)
  8. Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan – Epistrophy (ECM)
  9. Dan McCarthy – City Abstract (Origin)
  10. Hiromi – Spectrum (Telarc)
  11. Erroll Garner – Octave Remastered Series (Mack Avenue/Octave Music)
  12. John Coltrane – Blue World (Impulse)
  13. Hendrik Meurkens – Cobb’s Pocket (In and Out)
  14. Lioness – Pride and Joy (Posi-Tone)
  15. Pete Coco – Lined with a Groove (Pete Coco Music)
  16. Paul Combs – Unknown Dameron (Summit)
  17. Ethan Iverson Quartet – Common Practice (ECM)
  18. Al Foster – Inspirations & Dedications (Smoke Sessions)
  19. Allison Miller’s Boom Tick Boom – Glitter Wolf (Royal Potato Family)
  20. Jim Snidero – Waves of Calm (Savant)
  21. Chuck Redd – Groove City (Delphine)
  22. Ellen Rowe Octet – Momentum (Smokin’ Sleddog)
  23. JV’s Boogaloo Squad – Going to Market (Flatcar)
  24. Betty Carter – The Music Never Stops (Blue Engine)
  25. Mary Stallings – Songs Were Made to Sing (Smoke Sessions)

Strange Currency's Best Releases of 2019

  1. New Songs For The 20th Century—Chris Stamey
  2. The Help Machine—Fastball
  3. Gypsy—Eilen Jewell
  4. Charlie Parr—Charlie Parr
  5. Higher Ground—Jon Regen
  6. Texas Piano Man—Robert Ellis
  7. Close To Home—Chuck Mead
  8. Live The Love Beautiful—Drivin N Cryin
  9. The Dark & The Light—Shawn James
  10. Sugar Drops—Davina & The Vagabonds
  11. Bone Almanac—Philip B. Price
  12. Blue With Lou—Nils Lofgren
  13. These Times—The Dream Syndicate
  14. Heavy Age—Unwed Sailor 
  15. High Line—SUSS
  16. Quiet River of Dust Vol.2—Richard Reed Parry
  17. Solstice—Luther Dickinson & Sisters of the Strawberry Moon
  18. Carrying On—Kacy & Clayton
  19. Zed For Zulu—Those Pretty Wrongs
  20. The Floating World—Rob Laufer
  21. Interpreting The Masters Vol.2: A Tribute To Van Halen—The Bird And The Bee
  22. Wake Up Again—Eleni Mandell
  23. Evergreen—Beth Bombara
  24. Medium Cool—Luther Russell
  25. Cordelia Elsewhere—Drunken Prayer

Strange Currency's Best Reissues/Archival Releases of 2019

  1. Dead Man’s Pop—The Replacements
  2. Abbey Road—The Beatles
  3. 1999—Prince
  4. Karma For Cheap: Reincarnated—Aaron Lee Tasjan
  5. Misora—Sachiko Kanenobu
  6. Steady On: 30th Anniversary Acoustic Edition—Shawn Colvin
  7. Songs From Robin Hood Lane—Alex Chilton 
  8. Rolling Thunder Revue—Bob Dylan
  9. Cosmic Thing—The B-52s
  10. Live At Woodstock—Creedence Clearwater Revival

Soulsations' Best Releases Of 2019

Dec 16, 2019

  1.   The Brand New Heavies – TBNH
  2. Kirk Franklin – Long, Live, Love
  3. Chaka Khan – Hello Happiness
  4. Gene Moore – Tunnel Vision
  5. Philip Bailey – Love Will Find A Way
  6. Marvin Gaye – You’re the Man
  7. Tony Momrelle – Best Is Yet To Come
  8. Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis featuring Sounds of Blackness – Til I Found You
  9. Donnie McClurkin – A Different Song
  10. JSoul – Neutronic Suite
  11. Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers – Goshen
  12. Raphael Saadiq  - Jimmy Lee
  13. Travis Greene – Broken Record
  14. Jermaine Milton – Chapters Of A Worshipper
  15. Pleasure – For Your Pleasure
  16. Incognito – Tomorrow’s New Dream
  17. Rahsaan Patterson -Heroes and Gods
  18. PJ Morton – Paul
  19. H.E.R. – I Used To Know Her
  20. Carvin Winans – In The Softest Way
  21. Peabo Bryson – Stand For Love 
  22. Angie Stone – Full Circle
  23. Will Downing –  Romantique, Pt. 1
  24. India.Arie – Worthy
  25. One Way featuring Al Hudson – #New Old School
  26.  Lasperanza - Seeds