As promised here's my list of my favorite jazz release of 2005.
I've grouped them into two catagories, New Releases and Newly Discovered or Released Material.
In the Newly Discovered or Released Material catagory and 2005 was a big year for this catagory:
One Down, One Up - Live At The Half Note - The John Coltrane Quartet
Impulse. Recorded back in 1965 for an FM broadcast these shows have long been foder for bootleggers. My only complaint is the high price and short length of the release, the bootlegs indicate that more useable material from these dates exists. Impulse does get high marks for cleaning up the sound.
Town Hall, New York City, June 22, 1945 - Dizzy Gillespie - Charlie Parker
Uptown Records. This, along with the following CD, may be the find of the decade. A must have. And it sounds surprisingly good.
Thelonious Monk Quartet With John Coltrane At Carnegie Hall
Blue Note Recorded in 1957, this along with the release above is a must have.
The Cellar Door Sessions - Miles Davis
Columbia Recorded at a Washington, D.C. nightclub back in 1970 by the second version of Miles electric band, this six CD set finally releases all the music recorded for the "Live Evil" record. Not for the faint of heart.
New Releases Catagory:
Gold Sounds - James Carter, Cyrus Chestnut, Ali Jackson, Reginald Veal Brown Brothers If you've been hanging around this forum awhile you've read Wes and I raving about this CD. If not, go back and check out the Gold Sounds thread. This may be my number one jazz disc of 2005.
Not In Our Name - Charlie Haden and Liberation Music Orchestra Verve It may take ten years for Charlie Haden and Carla Bley to get back together and put out another Liberation Music Orchestra record but it always worth the wait. Another winner from jazz's best protest group.
Upriver - Yo Miles! Cuneiform Records This double CD is the third release by this Henry Kaiser/Leo Smith co-led ensemble dedicated to the music of electric Miles Davis. And it's a hybrid SACD to boot. Much more uptempo than the second release which is nice return to form.
Radiance - Keith Jarrett ECM A double CD of live solo piano by the modern master of the form. Truly a wonder and the goat belches are kept to a minimum.
African Flashback - Romano Sclavis Texier Label Bleu The third release by this great trio which is completely unknown outside of Europe. Actually they are a quartet, with the fourth member being the French photographer Guy Le Querec (who is listed as playing "Leica") and each release comes with a booklet of his photographs. The music ain't too bad either.
The Color of Memory - The Vandermark 5 Atavistic Once, if not twice, a year Ken Vandermark and his band release a new CD and more often than not it makes many top ten lists. 2005 was no exception. Also of note was the 12 disc set "Alchimia" recorded live in Poland and released on the Not Two label. Recommended for completists only.
I'm quite sure that I've missed or forgotten many good releases, in fact I've only just picked up the new Brad Mehldau "Day Is Done" and even after one hearing I can tell that it's a winner, so please add to and comment on the list.