My Top 3 Jazz Albums of 2019

Happy New Year

Wishing all of you a fantastic 2020!

I meant to complement my Top of the Year 2019 article I wrote on classical music with a similar one for Jazz. I didn’t get to finish that last year, so at least it is the first thing I do in the still very fresh year of 2020. Hope all of you had a nice New Year’s Eve last night.

Why is this post called “Top 3” and not “Top 5” as I typically do? Well, for one I did review significantly less albums in 2019 than in the years before, due to very extensive business travel.

Furthermore however, I find less and less new Jazz albums that truly excite me. Not sure if it is the Jazz scene, or my taste is evolving. Anyhow, let’s get to it.

Keith Jarrett – Munich 2016

Keith Jarrett Munich 2016 ECM 2019 24 96

Any new Keith Jarrett solo album is an event, but this is a particularly nice one. I’m slightly biased as me attending the 2015 concert in Lucerne that was part of the same tour triggered me to start this blog in the first place Highly recommended. You’ll find my original review of Munich 2016 here.

GoGo Penguin – Ocean in a Drop

GoGo Penguin Ocean In A Drop Music For A Film Blue Note 2019

Ocean In A Drop is a very special album. Not even originally intended to be released, it really captures a very special atmosphere of an improvised film soundtrack. I still haven’t seen the movie it refers to, but keep going back to the album on a regular basis.

Triosence: scorpio rising

Triosence: Scorpio Rising 2019 24 96

I’ve written about Triosence previously (here and here), but never got to formally review this album. They are a relatively unknown group from Germany, but their style is very much to my taste. So this may be the most subjective of my recommendations. Triosence are all about melody. Therefore, some may consider them a bit too mainstream. So check them out before you buy, but if you like modern trio jazz, they are a worthy discovery. You’ll find it here (Qobuz)

So, over to you, enlighten me! I’m sure I’ve missed plenty of good new releases in 2019 that should have been mentioned here. What would you recommend I check out?

Wishing you again a Happy New Year and thank you for all the great feedback and discussions we had in 2019!

Author: Musicophile

I'm not a professional musician, I don't work in the music industry, I'm just what the name says, somebody who loves music. I've been in love with music for all of my life, took piano lessons for nearly 10 years, and played in several amateur Jazz groups. I go to concerts, both classical and Jazz, quite regularly. And I collect music previously on vinyl and CDs, now on my computer, and am slightly OCD on my music collection. You can reach me at Musicophile1(AT)

16 thoughts on “My Top 3 Jazz Albums of 2019”

  1. I can’t enlighten you on new jazz or classical as I am too busy looking to you to enlighten me. 🙂 I meant to get to your five classical but I will most certainly get to these three jazz (or two, since I’ve listened to Jarrett.) Here’s to another year of more blogging and perhaps less extensive business travel.

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    1. Thanks Jim! Fully agree on the “more blogging” part, not so sure I can commit yet to the less business travel. I should just combine the two even more. Wishing you a great 2020!


  2. Dear Christian,

    I wish you a Happy New Year !
    And a little more time for yourself of course…

    Here’s my jazz albums 2019 (short)list :

    Yaron Herman Trio Songs of the Degrees
    Marko Churnchetz Trio Place to Live
    Fred Nardin Trio Look Ahead
    Helge Lien Trio 10
    Shahin Novrasli From Baku to N.Y.C.
    Laurent Coulondre Michel on my Mind
    The Bad Plus Activate Infinity
    Enrico Rava & Joe Lovano Roma (live)
    Chick Corea Trilogy 2 (live)
    EST Live in Gothenburg
    Brandford Marsalis Quartet The Secret between the Shadow and the Soul
    Fresu-Galliano-Lundgren Mare Nostrum III
    Jazzmeia Horn (1) Love and Liberation
    Dominic Miller Absinthe
    Matthew Halsall Oneness-Colour Yes-Sending my Love

    and a special mention to Dan Tepfer’s Natural Machines on YouTube…

    (1) the only singer who can currently compete with Cécile McLorin Salvant regarding sheer voice.

    Beside, “older” tracks are turning in a loop such as Shahin Novrasli’s Song of Ashug (Emanation 2017) or When the World was One from Matthew Halsall (2014) reminding me in some way of John Coltrane’s My Favourite Things. Nothing less !

    Faithfully yours,



    1. I wish you a pleasant journey through the land of jazz, the land of freedom.
      Have also a look at my suggestions on Musicophile top 5 jazz albums 2018.
      All the best!

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    1. Thanks Ser. I know, I was planning on doing this post. However, I must admit that I simply didn’t find enough Jazz albums in 2020 that I was passionate above to get even a Top 5 list together. Sad but true.


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