Derek Taylor's Best of 2006

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Another year gone and an especially bountiful one for excellent jazz and improvised music. Paring down to a modest number was particularly difficult to accomplish, but here are several handfuls of my favorite releases from 2006.

Thomas Chapin Trio


Trio 3
Time of Being


Bill & Kenny Barron Quartet
Live at Cobi's, Vol. 2

Buck Hill


Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Quintet
Live in Lisbon
(Clean Feed)

The Gauci Trio
We're Coming Just One Time

(Cadence Jazz)

Roscoe Mitchell Trio
No Side Effects


Ellery Eskelin
Quiet Music
(Prime Source)

Iskra 1903
Chapter Two: 1981-3


Cooper-Moore/Assif Tsahar/Chad Taylor
Digital Primitives

Loren Conners
Night Through
(Family Vineyard)

Pica Pica


Evan Parker
Topography of the Lungs


Roswell Rudd
Blown Bone


Rashaan Roland Kirk
Brotherman in the Fatherland


Fred Anderson


Larry Kart
Jazz In Search of Itself

(Yale University Press)

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