Our Music Director’s Best Albums of 2018

As JAZZ.FM91’s Music Director, Brad Barker has the substantial task of selecting what music you hear when you tune in.  Brad programs almost 80 per cent of the music you hear on JAZZ.FM91.

Over 2018, we featured close to 100 new releases. As the year is closing, we asked Brad to put his curatorial skills to the test, and narrow these 100 releases down to 20 stand-outs. Brad has pulled together a short list for Our Music Director’s Best of 2018 show which will air on New Year’s Eve.

Let Brad know your thoughts on his choices for Our Music Director’s Best of 2018 at brad@jazz.fm before December 21 st , and he may just include some in his show.

“With so many terrific recordings from Canadian artists this year, they make up more than half our list,” says Brad.  “Add legends like Coltrane and Jarrett along with young-guns Kamasi Washington and James Francies and this year proved to be a great one for recorded jazz.”

 

 

Myriad3

Vera



Joey Alexander

Eclipse



Robi Botos

Old Soul



Holly Cole

Holly



John Coltrane

Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album



Thompson Egbo-Egbo

A New Standard



James Francies

Flight



Stefon Harris

Blackout



Keith Jarrett

La Fenice



Molly Johnson

Meaning to Tell Ya



Justin Kauflin

Coming Home



Mandy Lagan

The Joni Book



Larnell Lewis

In the Moment



Toronto Jazz Orchestra

20



Alfredo Rodriguez

The Little Dream



John Scofield

Combo 66



Eric St-Laurent

Mustard Arizona



Jeremy Ledbetter Trio

Got a Light?



Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop

Abundance



Kamasi Washington

Heaven and Earth