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.”





Joey Alexander


Robi Botos

Old Soul

Holly Cole


John Coltrane

Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album

Thompson Egbo-Egbo

A New Standard

James Francies


Stefon Harris


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


Alfredo Rodriguez

The Little Dream

John Scofield

Combo 66

Eric St-Laurent

Mustard Arizona

Jeremy Ledbetter Trio

Got a Light?

Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop


Kamasi Washington

Heaven and Earth