2006 Music Rundown

This post is on my favorite music of the year, both the new stuff and some older things I got into. There’s plenty that I don’t hear, so this is just what I happened upon.Best of 2006 (no particular order):

Dave Holland Quintet – Critical Mass
Pat Metheny / Ornette Coleman – Song X, 20th Anniversary Edition
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Show Your Bones
Yo La Tengo – I am not afraid of you and I will beat your ass
Bob Dylan – Modern Times
Cat Power – The Greatest
Juana Molina – Son
The Decemberists – The Crane Wife
Donald Fagen – Morph the Cat
Sonic Youth – Rather Ripped

Other good 2006 releases:
Ornette Coleman – Sound Grammar
Bob Dylan – No Direction Home
Keith Jarrett – Live at Carnegie Hall
Scritti Politti – White Bread Black Beer
Frisell, Carter, Motion – s/t
Paul Motian Band – Garden of Eden

Older stuff I liked a lot in 2006:
Bing Crosby – box set of hits 1930-1957
Dave Holland – quintets, big band, lots of good CDs
Paul Motian – On Broadway standards, Monk in Motian, again, lots of good stuff
Monk/Trane Live in 1957
Sam Cooke – Night Beat
Kenny Garrett – the Coltrane tribute, Pursuance, is excellent

Update: Best Live Shows! I’m afraid I only got out to about 20 shows this year, and the ones I enjoyed most:
Bob Dylan & His Band – Oct 14, Memorial Coliseum
Yo La Tengo & Why? – Oct 16, Crystal Ballroom
Mission of Burma – Sept 16, Doug Fir
Os Mutantes – July 21, Webster Hall, NYC
William Parker Quartet – May 21, The Fez
Jonathan Richman – Dec 9, Dante’s

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