1    
ARTIST:  Rez Abbasi        
TRACK:   Butterfly    
ALBUM:   Intents and Purposes    
GENRE:  Jazz

2    
ARTIST:  John Luther Adams        
TRACK:   Canticles of the Sky: Sky With Four Suns        
ALBUM:   The Wind in High Places    
GENRE:   Contemporary Classical Music

3    
ARTIST:   Adele        
TRACK:   Sweetest Devotion        
ALBUM:   25    
GENRE:   Pop/Soul

4    
ARTIST:  Afiara Quartet & Skratch Bastid        
TRACK:   Ow! (Rob Teehan)        
ALBUM:   Spin Cycle    
GENRE:   String Quartet + Sound Manipulation

5    
ARTIST:  Africa Express        
TRACK:   Terry Riley's In C Mali        
ALBUM:   Terry Riley's In C Mali    
GENRE:   African Minimalism

6    
ARTIST:  Kiran Ahluwalia        
TRACK:   Hayat        
ALBUM:   Sanata: Stillness    
GENRE:   Indian/Saharan/Jazz Fusion

7    
ARTIST:  Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet         
TRACK:   Lonely Woman        
ALBUM:   Ten    
GENRE:   Afro-Peruvian Jazz

8    
ARTIST:  Altan        
TRACK:   The Tin Key/Sam Kelly's Jig/The Gravediggers        
ALBUM:   The Widening Gyre    
GENRE:   Irish Jig

9    
ARTIST:  Anonymous 4        
TRACK:   Shall We Gather at the River        
ALBUM:   1865 - Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War    
GENRE:   Americana / A Cappella

10    
ARTIST:  Laurie Antonioli & Richie Beirach        
TRACK:   Haunted Heart        
ALBUM:   Varuna    
GENRE:   Jazz Vocal and Piano Duets

11    
ARTIST:  Arga Bileg Ethno Jazz Band and Heiri Kanzig Quintet        
TRACK:   Oguulel        
ALBUM:   Agula: Swiss-Mongolian Music Exchange Project     
GENRE:   Swiss-Mongolian-Jazz-World Music Fusion

12    
ARTIST:  Daymé Arocena        
TRACK:   Madres        
ALBUM:   Nueva Era    
GENRE:   Cuban Singer-Songwriter

13    
ARTIST:  Asleep at the Wheel (w. Amos Lee)        
TRACK:   I Hear Ya Talkin'        
ALBUM:   Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys    
GENRE:   Western Swing

14    
ARTIST:  Daniel Bachman        
TRACK:   Levee        
ALBUM:   River    
GENRE:   American Primitive Guitar

15    
ARTIST:  Daniel Bachman        
TRACK:   Won't You Cross Over to That Other Shore    
ALBUM:   River    
GENRE:   American Primitive Guitar

16    
ARTIST:  Julien Baker        
TRACK:   Blacktop    
ALBUM:   Sprained Ankle    
GENRE:  Singer-Songwriter

17    
ARTIST:  Sara Bareilles        
TRACK:   What's Inside    
ALBUM:   What's Inside: Songs from the Waitress    
GENRE:   Pop

18    
ARTIST:  Dave Barnes        
TRACK:   Tell Her You Do    
ALBUM:   Hymns for Her    
GENRE:   Singer-Songwriter

19    
ARTIST:  Barrio Lindo        
TRACK:   Capuchino Pecho Blanco        
ALBUM:   A Guide to the Birdsong of South America    
GENRE:   Bird Song + South American Electronica

20    
ARTIST:  John Bence    
TRACK:   Disquiet        
ALBUM:  Disquiet    
GENRE:   Suite for Voice, Cello & Sound Manipulation

21    
ARTIST:  Björk        
TRACK:   Atom Dance        
ALBUM:   Vulnicura    
GENRE:   Icelandic Pop

22    
ARTIST:  Sonny Black        
TRACK:   Blues is King        
ALBUM:   Heart and Soul    
GENRE:   Blues

23    
ARTIST:  Terence Blanchard (w. PJ Morton)        
TRACK:   Compared to What        
ALBUM:   Breathless    
GENRE:   Jazz/R&B/Hip-Hop

24    
ARTIST:  Joey Calderazzo        
TRACK:   I Never Knew        
ALBUM:   Going Home    
GENRE:   Jazz

25    
ARTIST:  Laura Cannell        
TRACK:   Born from the Soil    
ALBUM:  Beneath Swooping Talons    
GENRE:   Early/Traditional/Experimental Music

26        
ARTIST:  Laura Cannell        
TRACK:   Time Burns Falling Stars        
ALBUM:  Beneath Swooping Talons        
GENRE:   Early/Traditional/Experimental Music

27        
ARTIST:  Eliza Carthy & Tim Erkisen        
TRACK:   Sweet Susan        
ALBUM:  Bottle        
GENRE:   Traditional Anglo-American Folk Music

28        
ARTIST:  Olivia Chaney        
TRACK:   False Bride        
ALBUM:  The Longest River        
GENRE:   British Folk Music

29        
ARTIST:  Phyllis Chapell        
TRACK:   Song to a Seagull        
ALBUM:  Naked World        
GENRE:   South Asian Joni Mitchell

30        
ARTIST:  Benjamin Clementine        
TRACK:   Adios        
ALBUM:  At Least for Now        
GENRE:   Singer-Songwriter

31        
ARTIST:  Anat Cohen            
TRACK:   Bachiao    
ALBUM:  Luminosa        
GENRE:   Brazilian Jazz

32        
ARTIST:  Jacob Collier        
TRACK:   Georgia on My Mind            
ALBUM:  YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNG7zLUr7Pg        
GENRE:   One Man Band

33        
ARTIST:  Conspirare/Shawn Kirchner        
TRACK:   Soneto 53: Tu sangre en la mia            
ALBUM:  Pablo Neruda: The Poet Sings        
GENRE:   Choral Settings of Neruda Poems

34        
ARTIST:  Shemekia Copeland        
TRACK:   Outskirts Of Love            
ALBUM:  Outskirts Of Love        
GENRE:   Blues

35        
ARTIST:  Jane Antonia Cornish        
TRACK:   Nocturne I            
ALBUM:  Continuum        
GENRE:   Contemporary Classical Music

36        
ARTIST:  Kat Dahlia        
TRACK:   Just Another Due            
ALBUM:  My Garden        
GENRE:   Singer-Songwriter

37        
ARTIST:  Corey Dargel        
TRACK:   There's Nothing There            
ALBUM:  OK It's Not OK        
GENRE:   Art Pop

38        
ARTIST:  Lucas Debargue         
TRACK:   Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit              
ALBUM:  YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnnLASyR5-c        
GENRE:  Classical Music

39        
ARTIST:  The Decembrists        
TRACK:   Lake Song            
ALBUM:   What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World        
GENRE:   Pop

40        
ARTIST:  Alexandre Desplat        
TRACK:   Suffragette            
ALBUM:  Soundtrack to Suffragette        
GENRE:   Film Soundtrack

41        
ARTIST:  Kassé Mady Diabaté         
TRACK:   Toumaro            
ALBUM:  Kirike        
GENRE:   Traditional Malian Music

42        
ARTIST:  Diagrams        
TRACK:   Gentle Morning Song            
ALBUM:  Chromatics        
GENRE:   Pop

43        
ARTIST:  Dave Douglas        
TRACK:   Wake Up Claire            
ALBUM:  Brazen Heart        
GENRE:   Jazz

44        
ARTIST:  Lara Downes            
TRACK:   I'll Be Around            
ALBUM:  A Billie Holiday Songbook    
GENRE:  Classical Arrangements of Billie Holiday Songs

45        
ARTIST:  Elina Duni            
TRACK:   Dallëndyshe            
ALBUM:  Dallëndyshe        
GENRE:   Jazz/World Music

46        
ARTIST:  Bob Dylan            
TRACK:   I'm a Fool to Want You            
ALBUM:  Shadows in the Night        
GENRE:   Dylan Does Sinatra

47        
ARTIST:  The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers            
TRACK:   Little Light            
ALBUM:  Heavenly Fire        
GENRE:   Contemporary Gospel

48        
ARTIST:  Justin Townes Earle            
TRACK:   Why            
ALBUM:  Absent Fathers        
GENRE:   Folk-Country

49        
ARTIST:  Mark Egan            
TRACK:   Direction Home            
ALBUM:  Direction Home        
GENRE:   Jazz Fusion

50        
ARTIST:  Eighth Blackbird            
TRACK:   Son Lux: To Love            
ALBUM:  Filament        
GENRE:   Contemporary Classical Music

51        
ARTIST:  Kurt Elling            
TRACK:   Loch Tay Boat Song            
ALBUM:  Passion World        
GENRE:   Jazz Vocals

52        
ARTIST:  Kurt Elling            
TRACK:   Where the Streets Have No Name    
ALBUM:   Passion World        
GENRE:   Jazz Vocals

53        
ARTIST:  Kirk Elliott & Orchestra of Unmitigated Gaul            
TRACK:   In Vino Blabitas                
ALBUM:   Widdershins: The Legend of Tristan Shoute        
GENRE:   Medieval/Modern Mashup

54        
ARTIST:  Kevin Eubanks & Stanley Jordan            
TRACK:   Morning Sun                
ALBUM:  Duets        
GENRE:   Jazz Guitar Duets

55        
ARTIST:  Robin Eubanks Mass Line Big Band            
TRACK:   Yes We Can - Victory Dance                
ALBUM:   More Than Meets the Ear    
GEMRE:  Big Band Jazz

56        
ARTIST:  Eyedea            
TRACK:   Ode to Hip-Hop                
ALBUM:  The Many Faces of Mikey        
GENRE:  Hip-Hop

57        
ARTIST:  Faith Healer            
TRACK:   Again                
ALBUM:  Cosmic Troubles        
GENRE:   Pop-Rock

58        
ARTIST:  Amina Figarova            
TRACK:   Moving Upwards                
ALBUM:  Blue Whisper        
GENRE:   Jazz

59        
ARTIST:  Roberto Fonseca & Fatoumata Diawara            
TRACK:   Sowa                
ALBUM:  At Home (Live in Marciac)        
GENRE:   Mali-Cuba-Jazz-Funk Fusion

60        
ARTIST:  Brian Gallagher            
TRACK:   The Future Song                
ALBUM:  All That's Ahead        
GENRE:   Singer-Songwriter

61        
ARTIST:  Gao Hong            
TRACK:   Cluck Old Hen                
ALBUM:  Pipa Potluck        
GENRE:   World Music Fusion

62        
ARTIST:  Jan Garbarek            
TRACK:   Resumé Variations            
ALBUM: Hommage à Eberhard Weber        
GENRE:   Jazz

63        
ARTIST:  Jacob Garchik            
TRACK:   Refuge in the Ruins of Castle Martense                
ALBUM:  Ye Olde        
GENRE:   Jazz-Rock with a Medieval Tinge

64        
ARTIST:  The Gary McFarland Legacy Orchestra            
TRACK:   Blue Hodge                
ALBUM:  Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland        
GENRE:   Jazz

65        
ARTIST:  Aaron Goldberg            
TRACK:   Background Music                
ALBUM:  The Now        
GENRE:   Jazz

66        
ARTIST:  Judd Greenstein & Michi Wiancko            
TRACK:   Free Pile    
ALBUM:  Soundtrack to The Mend        
GENRE:   Film Soundtrack

67        
ARTIST:  J.J. Grey & Mofro            
TRACK:   Home in the Sky                
ALBUM:  Ol'Glory        
GENRE:   Soul/Rock/R&B

68        
ARTIST:  Rachel Grimes                
TRACK:   The Air, Her Heart                
ALBUM:  The Clearing        
GENRE:   Ambient/Classical

69        
ARTIST:  Laura Groves                
TRACK:   Mystique                
ALBUM:  Committed Language        
GENRE:   Soulful Electropop

70        
ARTIST:  Marika Hackman                
TRACK:   Let Me In                 
ALBUM:  We Slept at Last        
GENRE:   Singer-Songwriter

71        
ARTIST:  Charlie Haden & Gonzalo Rubalcaba                 
TRACK:   Sandino                
ALBUM:  Tokyo Adagio        
GENRE:   Jazz

72        
ARTIST:  Wolfgang Haffner                
TRACK:   Remembrance                
ALBUM:  Kind of Cool        
GENRE:   Jazz

73        
ARTIST:  Emily Hall                
TRACK:   Mantra                
ALBUM:  Folie à Deux        
GENRE:   Ambient Art Songs

74        
ARTIST:  Emily Hall                
TRACK:   Ode to the Pylon                
ALBUM:  Folie à Deux        
GENRE:   Ambient Art Songs

75        
ARTIST:  Mary Halvorson                
TRACK:   Sadness                
ALBUM:  Meltframe        
GENRE:   Solo Jazz Guitar

76        
ARTIST:  Tigran Hamasyan                
TRACK:   Ov Zarmanali                 
ALBUM:  Luys i Luso        
GENRE:   Armenian Sacred Music

77        
ARTIST:  Ross Hammond                
TRACK:   Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen                
ALBUM:  Flight        
GENRE:   Solo Guitar

78        
ARTIST:  Hanoi Masters (Quoc Hung)                
TRACK:   The Wind Blows it Away                
ALBUM:  War is a Wound, Peace is a Scar        
GENRE:   Vietnamese Music

79        
ARTIST:  Darren Hayman                
TRACK:   May Day 1894                
ALBUM:  Chants for Socialists        
GENRE:   Folk-Pop-Rock

80        
ARTIST:  Miho Hazama                
TRACK:   The Urban Legend                
ALBUM:  Time River    Contemporary     
GENRE:   Big Band Jazz

81        
ARTIST:  Miho Hazama                
TRACK:   Magdalena (Song by a Perfect Circle)                
ALBUM:  Time River    Contemporary     
GENRE:   Big Band Jazz

82        
ARTIST:  Heads of State                
TRACK:   Crazy He Calls Me                
ALBUM:  Search for Peace        
GENRE:   Jazz

83        
ARTIST:  Fred Hersch                
TRACK:   Both Sides Now                
ALBUM:  Solo    
GENRE:   Jazz

84        
ARTIST:  Drew Holcombe & the Neighbors                        
TRACK:   American Beauty                
ALBUM:  Medicine        
GENRE:   Folk/Country Singer-Songwriter

85        
ARTIST:  Hamilton de Holanda                    
TRACK:   First Caprice                    
ALBUM:  Caprichos        
GENRE:   Brazilian Mandolin Music

86        
ARTIST:  Ray Wylie Hubbard                    
TRACK:   Mr. Musselwhite's Blues                    
ALBUM:  The Ruffian's Misfortune        
GENRE:   Roots Rock

87        
ARTIST:  Ibeyi                    
TRACK:   Oya                    
ALBUM:  Ibeyi        
GENRE:   African-Influenced Soul Music

88        
ARTIST:  Indiana                    
TRACK:   Never Born                    
ALBUM:  No Romeo    
GENRE:   Singer-Songwriter

89        
ARTIST:  Vijay Iyer                    
TRACK:   Blood Count                    
ALBUM:  Break Stuff        
GENRE:   Jazz

90        
ARTIST:  Ahmad Jamal                    
TRACK:   The Shout                    
ALBUM:  Live in Marciac: August 5, 2014        
GENRE:   Jazz

91        
ARTIST:  Chris James and Patrick Rynn                    
TRACK:   Good Idea at the Time                    
ALBUM:  Trouble Don't Last        
GENRE:   Blues

92        
ARTIST:  José James                    
TRACK:   Good Morning Heartache                    
ALBUM:  Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday        
GENRE:   Jazz

93        
ARTIST:  Paavo Järvi/Estonian National Symphony Orchestra                    
TRACK:   The Sun Shines Over Our Motherland                    
ALBUM:  Shostakovich: Cantatas        
GENRE:   Modern Classical Music

94        
ARTIST:  Eilen Jewell                    
TRACK:   Songbird                    
ALBUM:  Sundown Over Ghost Town        
GENRE:   Country/Americana

95        
ARTIST:  Jorge & Mateus                    
TRACK:   Nocaute                        
ALBUM:  Os Anjos Cantam        
GENRE:   Brazilian Pop

96        
ARTIST:  Joyce (with Kenny Werner)                    
TRACK:   Some Other Time                        
ALBUM:  Poesia        
GENRE:   Jazz/Brazilian

97        
ARTIST:  Robert Earl Keen                    
TRACK:   Poor Ellen Smith                        
ALBUM:  Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions        
GENRE:   Bluegrass/Americana

98        
ARTIST:  Angélique Kidjo & Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra                    
TRACK:   Malaikia                        
ALBUM:  Sings        
GENRE:   Symphonic Afropop

99        
ARTIST:  The Knights                    
TRACK:   Steve Reich: Duet for Two Violins and Strings                        
ALBUM:  The Ground Beneath Our Feet        
GENRE:   Contemporary Classical Music

100        
ARTIST:  Bassekou Kouyaté and Ngoni Ba                    
TRACK:   Siran Fen                        
ALBUM:  Ba Power        
GENRE:   Afrobeat

101        
ARTIST:  Kronos Quartet                
TRACK:   Cercle du Nord III (Derek Charke)                        
ALBUM:  Tundra Songs        
GENRE:   Contemporary Classical Music

102        
ARTIST:  Jimmy LaFave                
TRACK:   Revival                        
ALBUM:  Blue Nightfall        
GENRE:   Singer-Songwriter

103            
ARTIST:  Julian Lage                    
TRACK:   40's                        
ALBUM:  World's Fair        
GENRE:   Solo Guitar

104            
ARTIST:  Kendrick Lamar                    
TRACK:   These Walls                        
ALBUM:  To Pimp a Butterfly        
GENRE:   Hip-Hop

105            
ARTIST:  Sonny Landreth                    
TRACK:   Key to the Highway                            
ALBUM:  Bound by the Blues        
GENRE:   Electric Blues

106            
ARTIST:  Lane 8 (with Solomon Grey)                    
TRACK:  Diamonds                            
ALBUM:  Rise        
GENRE:   Electropop

107            
ARTIST:  Queen Latifah                    
TRACK:  Downhearted Blues                            
ALBUM:  Bessie (Music from the HBO Film)        
GENRE:   Blues

108            
ARTIST:  Horacio Lavandera                    
TRACK:  Romance                            
ALBUM:  Dino Saluzzi: Imágenes – Music for Piano        
GENRE:   Genre-Crossing Contemporary Piano Music

109            
ARTIST:  Ben Lee                    
TRACK:  Everybody Dies    
ALBUM:  Love is the Great Rebellion        
GENRE:   Singer-Songwriter

110            
ARTIST:  Daniel Lentz                    
TRACK:   Dorchester Tropes: Pocapawnet                                
ALBUM:   In the Sea of Ionia        
GENRE:   Contemporary Classical Music

111            
ARTIST:  Barington Levy                    
TRACK:  Murdera                                
ALBUM:  Acousticalevy            
GENRE:   Reggae

112            
ARTIST:  The Lilac Time                    
TRACK:  She Writes a Symphony                                
ALBUM: No Sad Songs            
GENRE:   Folk-Pop

113            
ARTIST:  Son Little                    
TRACK:  I'm Gone                            
ALBUM:  Son Little            
GENRE:   Nu-Soul

114            
ARTIST:  Martin Lubenov's Jazzta Prasta                    
TRACK:  Rural Dance                        
ALBUM: Impressions            
GENRE:   Balkan Jazz

115            
ARTIST:  Lyambiko                    
TRACK:  Muse                            
ALBUM:  Muse            
GENRE:   Jazz-Pop

116            
ARTIST:  Rudresh Mahanthappa                    
TRACK:  Gopuram                            
ALBUM:  Bird Calls                
GENRE:   Jazz

117            
ARTIST:  Dan Mangan + Blacksmith                    
TRACK:  Kitsch                            
ALBUM:  Club Meds                
GENRE:   Rock

118            
ARTIST:  Harry Manx                    
TRACK:  Veenarama                            
ALBUM:  20 Strings and the Truth                
GENRE:   Delta Blues/Indian Classic Music Fusion

119            
ARTIST:  Laura Marling                    
TRACK:  Strange                            
ALBUM:  Short Movie                
GENRE:   Singer-Songwriter

120            
ARTIST:  Laura Marling                    
TRACK:  Warrior                            
ALBUM:  Short Movie                
GENRE:   Singer-Songwriter

121            
ARTIST:  Pablo Márquez                    
TRACK:  Chaya de la albahaca                            
ALBUM:  El Cuchi Bien Temperado                
GENRE:   Guitar Music of Gustavo 'Cuchi' Leguizamón

122            
ARTIST:  Mbongwana Star                    
TRACK:  1 Million C'est Quoi?                            
ALBUM:  From Kinshasa                
GENRE:   EDM/Congolese Music

123            
ARTIST:  Brad Mehldau                    
TRACK:  On the Street Where You Live                            
ALBUM:  10 Years Solo Live    
GENRE:   Solo Jazz Piano

124            
ARTIST:  Marcus Miller                    
TRACK:  Preacher's Kid (Song for William H)                            
ALBUM:  Afrodeezia                
GENRE:   Funk/Jazz/R&B

125            
ARTIST:  The Milk Carton Kids                    
TRACK:  Asheville Skies                            
ALBUM:  Monterey    Folk-Pop

126            
ARTIST:  Monsieur Doumani                    
TRACK:  The Bland                            
ALBUM:  Sikoses                
GENRE:   Folk-Pop from Cyprus

127            
ARTIST:  Gabriela Montero                    
TRACK:  Improvisation #2                            
ALBUM:  Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2                
GENRE:   Classical Music + Improvisations

128            
ARTIST:  Allison Moorer                    
TRACK:  Like It Used to Be                                
ALBUM:  Down to Believing                
GENRE:   Country Rock

129            
ARTIST:  Shawn Mullins                    
TRACK:  The Great Unknown                                
ALBUM:  My Stupid Heart                
GENRE:   Country/Folk/Americana

130            
ARTIST:  Fabiano do Nascimento (with Airto)                    
TRACK:  Etude                            
ALBUM:  Dança dos Tempos
GENRE:   Brazilian Guitar Music

131            
ARTIST:  Fabiano do Nascimento (with Airto)                    
TRACK:  Forro Brasil                            
ALBUM:  Dança dos Tempos    
GENRE:   Brazilian Guitar Music

132            
ARTIST:  Josh Nelson                    
TRACK:  How You Loved Me on Mars                            
ALBUM:  Exploring Mars    
GENRE:   Jazz-Pop Art Song

133            
ARTIST:  Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard                    
TRACK:  Unfair Weather Friend                            
ALBUM:  Django and Jimmie    
GENRE:   Country

134            
ARTIST:  Danielle Nicole                    
TRACK:  Don't Think Twice, It's Alright                            
ALBUM:  Danielle Nicole                
GENRE:   Blues/Rock/Roots

135            
ARTIST:  North Mississippi Allstars and Anders Osborne                    
TRACK:  Back Together                            
ALBUM:  Freedom & Dreams                
GENRE:   Blues/Rock/Roots

136            
ARTIST:  NOW Ensemble                    
TRACK:  Judd Greenstein: City Boy                            
ALBUM:  Dreamfall                
GENRE:   Contemporary Classical Music

137            
ARTIST:  Original Cast                    
TRACK:  My Shot                            
ALBUM:  Hamilton                
GENRE:   Hip-Hop/R&B/Broadway

138            
ARTIST:  José Luis Pastor                    
TRACK:  Cantiga de Santa María 384 - CSM 2                             
ALBUM:  The Evidence: Works for Medieval Guitar                
GENRE:   Early Music

139            
ARTIST:  Gretchen Peters                    
TRACK:  Blackbirds                            
ALBUM:  Blackbirds                
GENRE:   Country/Folk/Roots

140            
ARTIST:  Jean-Michel Pilc    
TRACK:  C Scale Warm Up                            
ALBUM:  What Is This Thing Called?                
GENRE:   Piano Music

141            
ARTIST:  Gregory Porter    
TRACK:   Sinnerman                            
ALBUM:  Nina Revisited... A Tribute to Nina Simone                
GENRE:   Updated Soul-Pop

142            
ARTIST:  Chris Potter        
TRACK:   Lament                            
ALBUM:  Underground Orchestra                
GENRE:   Noir Jazz

143            
ARTIST:  Prism Quartet        
TRACK:   Miguel Zenón: X Marks the Square                        
ALBUM:  Heritage/Evolution Vol. 1                
GENRE:   Jazz-Oriented Chamber Music for Saxophones

144            
ARTIST:  Reggie Quinerly (with Warren Wolf)        
TRACK:   Tavares                        
ALBUM:  Invictus                
GENRE:   Jazz

145            
ARTIST:  Quixosis        
TRACK:   Aguas                        
ALBUM:  Aguas                
GENRE:   Ecuadoran Electronica

146            
ARTIST:  Enrico Rava        
TRACK:   Diva                        
ALBUM:  Wild Dance                
GENRE:   Jazz

147            
ARTIST:  Red Baraat        
TRACK:   Bhangale Occhale                        
ALBUM:  Gaadi of Truth                
GENRE:   World Music/Jazz/Funk Hybrid

148            
ARTIST:  The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band        
TRACK:   Let's Jump a Train                        
ALBUM:  So Delicious                
GENRE:   Rootsy Blues Rock

149            
ARTIST:  Terry Riley        
TRACK:   The Heaven Ladder, Book 5: Jaztine                        
ALBUM:  ZOFO Plays Terry Riley                
GENRE:   Contemporary Music for 2 Pianists (on 1 Piano)

150            
ARTIST:  River Whyless        
TRACK:   Maple Sap                        
ALBUM:  River Whyless    
GENRE:  Folk/Pop

151            
ARTIST:  Roomful of Teeth        
TRACK:   Beneath (composed by Caleb Burhans)                        
ALBUM:  Render    
GENRE:  Contemporary Choral Music

152            
ARTIST:  Roomful of Teeth        
TRACK:   Render (composed by Brad Wells)                        
ALBUM:  Render    
GENRE:  Contemporary Choral Music

153            
ARTIST:  St. Germain    
TRACK:   Sittin' Here                            
ALBUM:  St. Germain    
GENRE:  EDM/African Music/Nu Jazz

154            
ARTIST:  St. Germain        
TRACK:   Voilà                             
ALBUM:  St. Germain    
GENRE:  EDM/African Music/Nu Jazz

155            
ARTIST:  Antonio Sanchez        
TRACK:   Nar-this                            
ALBUM:  Three Times Three    
GENRE:  Jazz

156            
ARTIST:  Fazıl Say         
TRACK:   Göğe Bakma Durağı                            
ALBUM:  Yeni Şarkılar    
GENRE:  Turkish Art Songs

157            
ARTIST:  András Schiff         
TRACK:   Ungarische Melodie in H-Moll, D. 817                            
ALBUM:  Franz Schubert    
GENRE:  Schubert Played on Fortepiano

158            
ARTIST:  Maria Schneider        
TRACK:   Walking by Flashlight                            
ALBUM:  The Thompson Fields    
GENRE:  Contemporary Big Band Jazz

159            
ARTIST:  Kendrick Scott    
TRACK:   Make Believe                            
ALBUM:  We Are the Drum    
GENRE:  Jazz

160            
ARTIST:  Seasick Steve    
TRACK:   Don't Ask Me                            
ALBUM:  Sonic Soul Surfer    
GENRE:  Blues

161            
ARTIST:  Seryn    
TRACK:  The Fire                            
ALBUM:  Shadow Shows    
GENRE:  Folk-Pop-Rock

162            
ARTIST:  Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds    
TRACK:  Weather Below                            
ALBUM:  Borderline    
GENRE:  Soul Rock

163            
ARTIST:  Sarah Kirkland Snider                            
TRACK:  The Guest                            
ALBUM:  Unremembered    
GENRE:  Contemporary Classical Art Song Cycle

164            
ARTIST:  So Percussion                            
TRACK:  Bryce Dessner: Music for Wood and Strings (Reprise)                            
ALBUM:  Bryce Dessner: Music for Wood and Strings    
GENRE:  Contemporary Classical Music

165            
ARTIST:  SOAK (aka Bridie Monds-Watson)                            
TRACK:  24 Windowed House                            
ALBUM:  Before We Forgot How to Dream    
GENRE:  Irish Singer-Songwriter

166            
ARTIST:  Omar Sosa            
TRACK:   A Lost Love Reprise                            
ALBUM:  Ile    
GENRE:   Jazz/Afro-Cuban

167            
ARTIST:  Songhoy Blues            
TRACK:   Soubour                            
ALBUM:  Music in Exile                    
GENRE:   West African Blues-Rock

168            
ARTIST:  Omar Souleyman            
TRACK:   Bahdeni Nami                                
ALBUM:  Bahdeni Nami                    
GENRE:   Syrian Wedding Music

169            
ARTIST:  The Steeldrivers            
TRACK:   Long Way Down                                
ALBUM:  The Muscle Shoals Recordings                    
GENRE:   Americana/Bluegrass/Folk

170            
ARTIST:  Becca Stevens            
TRACK:   I Asked                                
ALBUM:  Pefect Animal                    
GENRE:   Singer-Songwriter

171            
ARTIST:  Becca Stevens            
TRACK:   Tillery                                
ALBUM:  Pefect Animal                    
GENRE:   Singer-Songwriter

172            
ARTIST:  Sufjan Stevens            
TRACK:   Death With Dignity                                
ALBUM:  Carrie & Lowell                    
GENRE:   Singer-Songwriter

173            
ARTIST:  Allen Stone            
TRACK:   Perfect World                            
ALBUM:  Radius                
GENRE:   Soul/R&B

174            
ARTIST:  Jayme Stone (with Margaret Glaspy)            
TRACK:   Shenandoah                            
ALBUM:  Lomax Project    
GENRE:  Folk/Roots

175            
ARTIST:  Tamikrest            
TRACK:   Tisnant an Chatma                            
ALBUM:  Taksera (Live)    
GENRE:  Malian Folk-Pop

176            
ARTIST:  Otis Taylor            
TRACK:   Cold and Midnight                            
ALBUM:  Hey Joe Opus Red Meat    
GENRE:  Trance Blues

177            
ARTIST:  Jacky Terrasson            
TRACK:   Take Five (Take One)                            
ALBUM:  Take This    
GENRE:  Jazz

178            
ARTIST:  Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band            
TRACK:   Mewo Akoma                            
ALBUM:  Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band    
GENRE:  Ghanaian Highlife

179            
ARTIST:  Thundercat            
TRACK:   Song for the Dead                            
ALBUM:  The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam                
GENRE:   R&B/Nu Jazz

180            
ARTIST:  Thus Owls            
TRACK:   Shields    
ALBUM:  Black Matter                
GENRE:   Pop

181            
ARTIST:  Joe Topping            
TRACK:   No Matter Where I Ramble                            
ALBUM:  The Vagrant Kings                
GENRE:   Contemporary Folk

182            
ARTIST:  Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment            
TRACK:   Miracle    
ALBUM:  Surf        
GENRE:   Hip-Hop

183            
ARTIST:  Shana Tucker            
TRACK:   November                
ALBUM:  Shine                
GENRE:   Pop/Soul

184            
ARTIST:  Shankar Tucker            
TRACK:   Dhuan Dhuan                
ALBUM:  Filament        
GENRE:   Clarinet Music with Indian/Jazz/Electronic Fusion

185            
ARTIST:  The Unthanks            
TRACK:   Mount the Air                
ALBUM:  Mount the Air        
GENRE:   Neo-Folk with Jazz Tinges

186            
ARTIST:  Ryley Walker            
TRACK:   Primrose Green                
ALBUM:  Primrose Green        
GENRE:   Singer-Songwriter

187            
ARTIST:  Joanna Wallfisch (with Dan Tepfer)            
TRACK:   Rational Thought                
ALBUM:  The Origin of Adjustable Things        
GENRE:   Austere Vocal Jazz

188            
ARTIST:  Joanna Wallfisch (with Dan Tepfer)            
TRACK:   This is How You Make Me Feel                
ALBUM:  The Origin of Adjustable Things        
GENRE:   Austere Vocal Jazz

189            
ARTIST:  Kamasi Washington            
TRACK:   Cherokee                
ALBUM:  The Epic        
GENRE:   Post-Coltrane Jazz/R&B

190            
ARTIST:  Kamasi Washington            
TRACK:   Re Run Home                
ALBUM:  The Epic        
GENRE:   Post-Coltrane Jazz/R&B

191            
ARTIST:  Watkins Family Hour            
TRACK:   Hop High                            
ALBUM:  Watkins Family Hour        
GENRE:   Americana/Roots

192            
ARTIST:  Weather Report            
TRACK:   Joe and Wayne Duet (Tokyo 1978)            
ALBUM:  The Legendary Live Tapes        
GENRE:   Keyboard/Sax Jazz Duet

193            
ARTIST:  Kenny Werner            
TRACK:   Try to Remember            
ALBUM:  The Melody    
GENRE: Jazz Piano Trio

194            
ARTIST:  The West Bridge Band            
TRACK:   Baluhya            
ALBUM:  Kibera Esbera (Kenya)        
GENRE:   Kenyan Dance Music

195            
ARTIST:  William Elliott Whitmore            
TRACK:   Have Mercy            
ALBUM:  Radium Death        
GENRE:   Americana/Roots

196            
ARTIST:  Brian Wilson            
TRACK:   The Right Time            
ALBUM:  No Peer Pressure        
GENRE:   Pop

197            
ARTIST:  Cassandra Wilson            
TRACK:   Crazy He Calls Me            
ALBUM:  Coming Forth by Day        
GENRE:   Jazz

198            
ARTIST:  Wilten Boys’ Choir (condcuted by Johannes Stecher)            
TRACK:   An den Wassern zu Babel            
ALBUM:  Arvo Pärt: Babel        
GENRE:   Conetmporary Choral Music for Boys' Choir

199            
ARTIST:  Wolff & Clark Expedition            
TRACK:   In Walked Bud            
ALBUM:  Expedition 2        
GENRE:   Jazz

200            
ARTIST:  Lizz Wright                
TRACK:   River Man        
ALBUM:  Freedom and Surrender        
GENRE:   Jazz/R&B/Pop

201            
ARTIST:  The Zombies            
TRACK:   Chasing the Past            
ALBUM:  Still Got That Hunger        
GENRE:   Rock
Ted Gioia
In a few days, I will be sharing my selections for the 100 best albums of 2015 -- all styles,
all genres. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite individual tracks from the year.
These are drawn from the more than 1,000 new releases I listened to during the year.
Here's a link to a Spotify playlist that features many of these tracks. Happy listening!
201 Recommended Tracks from 2015
(in alphabetical order)      
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Selected articles by Ted Gioia
available on the web

The African Origins of the Love Song
The Rise of the Fragmented Novel
Why Are Music Scholars Ignoring Musical Universals?
The Adventurer's Guide to Finnegans Wake
Notes on Conceptual Fiction
Has Music Criticism Turned Into Lifestyle Reporting?
Vladimir Nabokov, Sci-Fi Writer
If John Coltrane Had Lived
The Decline of Satire
The Backlash Against Jazz
The Con Man Who Invented American Popular Music
The Bumbling Shostakovich
The Rise of Artisan Music
What We've Learned About the NSA
The 8 Memes of the Postmodern Mystery
Ted Gioia Interviews Composer Terry Riley
Why the Fuss About Jonathan Franzen?
Slaves for Love: How Bondage Shaped the Love Song
A Conversation About Jazz with Ted Gioia
The 100 Best Recordings of 2014
The 100 Best Recordings of 2013
The 100 Best Recordings of 2012
The 100 Best Recordings of 2011
The Weirdest 1960s Novel of Them All
Franco: The James Brown of Africa
How Alice Got to Wonderland
The King of Western Swing
Post Cool
The Year of Magical Reading
How to Fix Online Music
My 10 Favorite Novels on Music
A Conversation with Ted Gioia about Love Songs
The Music of the Tango
The Letter That Changed the Course of Modern Lit
Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook
Do Blues Musicians Need to be Really, Really Old?
The Unconventional Sci-Fi of Kurt Vonnegut
Twelve Essential Tango Recordings
Alan Lomax and the FBI
Robert Musil and The Man Without Qualities
A History of Cool Jazz in 100 Tracks
Why Only Revolutions Will Not Be Televised
David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest
The Crisis in Music (video lecture)
How Music Videos Changed Love Songs
Why Bessie Smith Matters
The New Revolt of the Masses
Apple's New Paradigm for Music
Fix-Up Artist: The Chaotic SF of A.E. van Vogt
Jazz Vocals in the New Millennium
A History of New Orleans Music in 100 Tracks
The Making of Ulysses
The Great American Novel That Wasn't
In Search of Dupree Bolton
Gulliver's Travels and the Birth of Genre Fiction
Five Essays on Novelist John Fowles
Where Did Our Revolution Go?
How Lester Young Changed the English Language
The Reinvention of the Cowboy Novel
The Many Lives of James Joyce
The Complex Gender History of the Love Song
William Gaddis's The Recognitions
5 Lessons the Music Biz Can Learn from TV
Hipsters: The New Scapegoats
B.B. King's Best Performances
The Most Mysterious Woman in Sci-Fi
12 Memorable Works of Hispanic Fiction
Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice
The Alt Reality Nobel Prize
The Decline of a Great Jazz Record Label
Don DeLillo's Underworld
Milton Nascimento: 12 Essential Tracks
When Science Fiction Grew Up
The Most Influential Film of the 20th Century
Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch
Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections
Curse You, Neil Armstrong!
Bill Evans: 12 Essential Tracks
Early Vintage Wynton Marsalis
Remembering Cordwainer Smith
My Favorite American Novel
Q&A with Ted Gioia
The Jazz Pianist JFK Saved
A Look Back at Martin Gardner
Robert Heinlein at One Hundred
The Fourteen Skies of Michael Chabon
Is Bird Dead?
Philip K. Dick's VALIS
Why Lester Young Matters
Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire
Who is Grace Kelly?
Italo Calvino's Winter's NIght
Jonathan Lethem's The Fortress of Solitude
Could Chet Baker Play Jazz?
Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow
The Jazzy Side of Frank Zappa
Fritz Leiber at 100
Günter Grass's The Tin Drum
David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas
Harlem Jazz: 12 Essential Tracks
Mark Z. Danielweski's House of Leaves
The Postmodern Mystery: 50 Essential Works
Art Tatum at 100: 12 Essential Tracks
Fringe Guitar
J.G. Ballard's Crash
Interview with Dana and Ted Gioia
The Puzzling Case of Robert Sheckley
Robert Johnson and the Devil
Fear and Self-Loathing in Scandinavia
Herbie Hancock: 12 Essential Tracks
Remembering Drums of Passion
Keith Jarrett: 12 Essential Tracks
In Defense of The Hobbit
Brad Mehldau: 12 Essential Tracks
David Foster Wallace's The Pale King
The South Asian Tinge in Jazz
Assessing Brad Mehldau at Mid-Career
Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian
Can Clubs Legally Ask Musicians to Play for Free?
Jonathan Littell's The Kindly Ones
Lennie Tristano: 12 Essential Tracks
Virginia Woolf's Orlando
Why Cool is Dead
A Tribute to Richard Matheson
Denny Zeitlin on Mosaic
The Chronicles of Narnia
Tito Puente: The Complete 78s (1949-1955)
Toni Morrison's Beloved
The Tragedy of Richard Twardzik
Michael Chabon's Telegraph Avenue
The Science Fiction of Samuel Delany
Can Tarzan Survive in a Post-Colonial World?
Ian McEwan's Atonement
Can a Dictionary be a Novel?
New Details About the Young William Gaddis
Interview with Ted Gioia (on Delta Blues)
William Gaddis's JR
Roberto Bolaño's 2666
Talking to Myself About the State of Jazz
Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain
Italo Calvino's Neglected Sci-Fi Masterpiece
Philip Roth's American Pastoral
Ken Kesey's Novel-in-a-Box
How I Learned I Was a Jazz Fan
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My 201 Favorite Tracks of 2015
The 100 Best Albums of 2014
The 100 Best Albums of 2013
The 100 Best Albums of 2012
The 100 Best Albums of 2011


BACKGROUND  

I am often asked how I compile my
annual list of the 100 best albums.
Here is some background information.  

What styles of music do I include in
my listening?
 

I listen to all genres and all styles of
music. I like to listen to music that is
fresh and different, and this spurs me
to search outside the dominant
commercial categories and hit
releases. But I also listen to the
heavily promoted albums from the
major labels.    

How much music do I listen to?   

I like to hear new music every day.   
During 2015 I listened to more
than 1,000 new  album releases.
(The exact number was 1,016.)  

Why do I compile this list?

Like any music lover, I enjoy
sharing my favorite music with others.
But in the last few years, a different
motivation has spurred me. I believe
that the system of music discovery is
broken in the current day. There is
more music recorded than ever before,
but it is almost impossible for listeners
to find the best new recordings. The
most creative work in music is
increasingly found on self-produced
projects and releases from small
indie labels— to an extent hardly
conceivable only a decade ago.  Very
little of this music ever shows up on
the radio, where formats seem to get
narrower and narrower with each
passing year.  Music fans once heard
good new music at indie record stores,
but most of them have closed. Or
they could read reviews in the
newspaper, but both the newspapers
and the music reviews are shrinking or
disappearing. And the big record
labels are the worst culprits of all,
picking acts for their looks or their
potential appeal to fourteen-year-olds,
or some other egregious reason, and
in general jumping on the most trivial
passing fads. On the other hand,
the Internet presents an almost
infinite amount of music and music
commentary—yet where do fans
even begin to separate the good from
the bad and ugly?  My personal solution
to this dilemma has been to listen to
lots and lots of music, and try to
identify recordings of quality and
distinction. I share my list because
I know, from past experience, that
many other listeners are frustrated
with the broken system of music
discovery, and are also looking for
good new music.  

What criteria do I apply?  

I have no axe to grind.  My list is
filled with music I enjoy, and suspect
others will too—especially if they
have a reasonably good ear, and
an open mind.  I like recordings that
show some flair and creativity, a
sense of style, solid musicianship,
and an emotional commitment to
the moment of performance. I
appreciate it when an artist
possesses a sense of musical
tradition; on the other hand, I don’t
want to see slavish imitation of the
past.  When music strikes me as
too formulaic or contrived or cold,
I start to lose interest.  Like any critic,
I want my readers to think that I am
cool and hip and oh-so-up-to-date,
but I learned some time ago that
many of the best recordings are
decidedly uncool and unhip.  So if
you want to laugh at me for honoring
a Broadway musical or the soundtrack
to an action moive, go right ahead.
But also check out some of the lesser-
known titles on the list...you might just
be pleasantly surprised by what you hear.

Are any recordings excluded from
consideration for this list?

If I played any role in the release of a
recording—for example, wrote liner notes
—they are excluded from consideration
for my end-of-year lists. For this reason,
For One to Love by Cécile McLorin
Salvant is not included here. Also, I
compile the list at the end of November,
and by necessity cannot consider
albums released in December.

Happy listening!