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Charlie Haden, Brad Mehldau 'Long Ago and Far Away' makes stereophile - Best Jazz Albums of 2018

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"Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast," and there's plenty of breast-beating savagery out there, so I've continued to listen, and here is my dispatch on the Best Jazz Albums (10 new and two historical discoveries) of 2018. A more discursive version of this list, with descriptions and an audio track from each album, appears here in Slate (my editors indulge me now and then). Exclusively for this blog's readers, I append, below, some notes on the entries' sound quality.

New Albums

1. Keith Jarrett, La Fenice (ECM, 2 CDs).

2. Cecile McLorin Salvant, The Window (Mack Avenue, CD or LP).

3. Fred Hersch Trio, Live in Europe (Palmetto).

4. Ben Allison, Quiet Revolution (Sonic Camera).

5. Dave Douglas Quintet, Brazen Heart: Live at Jazz Standard-Saturday (Greenleaf, 2CDs).

6. Frank Kimbrough, Monk's Dreams (Sunnyside, 6CDs).

7. Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau, Long Ago and Far Away (Impulse).

8. Steve Coleman & Five Elements, Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol.1 (The Embedded Sets) (Pi, 2CDs).

9. Dave Douglas & Joe Lovano, Scandal (Greenleaf).

10. Charles Lloyd & the Marvels + Lucinda Williams, Vanished Gardens (Blue Note, CD or LP).

Historical Albums

1. Miles Davis & John Coltrane, The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol.6 (Columbia Legacy, 4CDs).

2. Erroll Garner, Nightconcert (Mack Avenue).
 

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