Aims is sonically lush, adventurous, rhythmic, and sometimes beautiful, but Teng's often didactic and high-minded lyrics demand an awful lot of you.
In Tor Lundvall's world, art reflects art. His painting and his music merge into one cloud of melancholy.
Volume 3 of a series of cover albums tackles the '80s, and is a job well done.
Reckless Kelly's eighth album opens strong, closes strong, and sags just a bit in the middle. But this is a good album from a veteran band.
This was another banner year for Latin Jazz, a genre that is so rich and established that it hardly a subset of jazz as much as a glorious thing unto itself.