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    2020 - album of the year, your choice.

    Please one choice only. Any elaboration on the reason of choice is most welcome.

    I start with mine: Furvent - Le Grand Sbam

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    Tyshawn Sorey - Unfiltered.

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    I hate to go with what some would consider an obvious choice for me, but I’d say Aka Moon - Opus 111. It’s their best work in 10 years and shows how far Cassol has come as a composer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thedunno View Post
    Tyshawn Sorey - Unfiltered.
    I have heard this. I’d be curious why it makes your number one. It is well done, but so sprawling that it’s difficult to consume.
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    Tough call, but I'll go with:
    Vinny Golia, John Hanrahan, Henry Kaiser, Wayne Peet & Mike Watt - A Love Supreme Electric

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poisoned Youth View Post
    I have heard this. Id be curious why it makes your number one. It is well done, but so sprawling that its difficult to consume.
    I dunno. It just hits all the right notes for me. Fantastic bunch of musicians he gathered for this one. There is no other album I spend so much time with this year.

    Some parts are obviously scored, some parts obviously improvised. Most of it is somewhere in between. Its just a fascinating listen and I do not think I will ever get tired of this one.

    I have become a big Tyshawn Sorey fan this year. I bought about 10 hours of his music.

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    I haven't bought much this year but the one I just got is excellent.

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    It's tough for me to choose just one in a year that had some really great music (in spite of everything else).

    My pick would be The Slow Rush by Tame Impala. I was already a big fan of Kevin Parker, but this one has eclipsed his past albums for me by a wide margin. He's a meticulous musician and producer, coming very close to Todd Rundgren IMO (definitely influenced by him, but with a different sound). And I love those blown-out drum sounds.

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    Soften the Glare-Glint.

    Searingly awesome fusion. Amazing playing, but no over-the-top soloing at all, great compositions top to bottom, and fantastic production.

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    Valentin & Tho Ceccaldi: Constantine
    Excellent fusion of jazz, progressive rock, North African ethnic influences, chanson, tango, pop and much more.

    (My review in Finnish: https://pienemmatpurot.com/2020/12/0...stantine-2020/ )
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    I've got a fairly solid top 15, but if you just want the #1 choice, my nod has to go to Wobbler.
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    The Necks - Three

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    Blue Oyster Cult - The Symbol Remains: Better than I ever hoped it could be.

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    Wakeman - Red Planet

    He is back in the seat again...and he's dragged down the old Hammond from the attic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveSly View Post
    Blue Oyster Cult - The Symbol Remains: Better than I ever hoped it could be.
    Have to check that one out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Progatron View Post
    I've got a fairly solid top 15, but if you just want the #1 choice, my nod has to go to Wobbler.
    Ι want the rest of it too, but on another thread. I want this to be some sort of a poll from PE people.

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    Arcade Messiah - The Host. John Bassett decided to amalgamate his disparate musical projects under the Arcade messiah banner and came up with a great album. I played it to death (well not quite - I might give it a spin right now )
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    I'll go with Isobar's self-titled debut. Looking forward to the follow-up.

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    All these submissions and not a single repeat. So no consensus at all.
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    Tycho - Simulcast

    Outstanding album.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aith01 View Post
    It's tough for me to choose just one in a year that had some really great music (in spite of everything else).

    My pick would be The Slow Rush by Tame Impala. I was already a big fan of Kevin Parker, but this one has eclipsed his past albums for me by a wide margin. He's a meticulous musician and producer, coming very close to Todd Rundgren IMO (definitely influenced by him, but with a different sound). And I love those blown-out drum sounds.
    I love this album !!

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    Kavus Torabi "Hip to the Jag". This is an album I can throw on and just get lost in and it takes me to a comfortable place.

    My other fav is Bob Drake "Planets and Animals". Both very different but both are super inventive and rewards repeated spins.

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    I like this one:
    No matter how corrupt, greedy, and heartless our government, our corporations, our media, and our religious and charitable institutions may become, the music will still be wonderful. - Kurt Vonnegut

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    I will probably discover the best album of 2020 several years hence. For now, though, I really like two songs on Lunatic Soul's Through Shaded Woods: "The Fountain" and "Transition II"; the latter is 28 minutes long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chalkpie View Post
    Kavus Torabi "Hip to the Jag". This is an album I can throw on and just get lost in and it takes me to a comfortable place.

    My other fav is Bob Drake "Planets and Animals". Both very different but both are super inventive and rewards repeated spins.
    I still need to hear these.

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