Best music of 2007
Posted: Wed Dec 19 2007
Top ten jazz, folk and world albums of 2007
From Senegalese supergroups to the home-grown future of jazz
1 Portico Quartet
‘Knee Deep In The North Sea’ (Vortex)Charismatic and brilliant new ‘gateway jazz’ outfit likely to snare a new generation into the ways of the music.Read review
‘Aman Iman’ (Independiente)Motorik, hypnotic rocked-out grooves from the Touareg axe-masters.Read review
3 Linda Thompson
‘Versatile Heart’ (Rounder)Folk legend teams up with Antony Hegarty for one of her best records yet – and that’s saying something.Read review
‘Empirical’ (Destin-E)Astonishing future-jazz debut from one of London’s most out-there (in the good sense) young outfits.
5 Simphiwe Dana
‘The One Love Movement On Bantu Biko Street’ (WCJ)Glorious Afro-soul anthems from this potentially major South African talent.
6 Wolfgang Muthspiel/Dhafer Youssef
‘Glow’ (Material R)Austrian jazz guitar meets Tunisian oud, with explosive – and surprisingly unpretentious – results.
7 David Torn
‘Prezens’ (ECM)Guitar virtuoso Torn returns to ECM for this understatedly flashy collection of wig-ins.
8 Orchestra Baobab
‘Made In Dakar’ (World Circuit)Senegalese supergroup make up for lost time with this irresistibly funky rhumba/mbalax outing.
9 Robert Glasper
‘In My Element’ (Blue Note)The first step in piano virtuoso Glasper’s avowed odyssey to unite jazz and hip hop.
10 Martin Simpson
‘Prodigal Son’ (Blue Note)Ry Cooder-ish soundscapes from the man who makes slide blues sound like a living language.
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