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Avant Music News Most Popular Reviews of 2019

Below is a list of our most popular (i.e., well-read) original reviews of the year. We will soon be publishing our annual best-of lists across two posts.

  1. Magma – Zess (2019; Seventh Records) (6/21/2019)
  2. John Zorn – The Book Beri’ah (2018; Tzadik) (7/3/2019)
  3. David Torn, Tim Berne and Ches Smith – Sun of Goldfinger (2019; ECM Records) (2/16/2019)
  4. The Dead C – Rare Ravers (2019; Ba Da Bing Records) (2/1/2019)
  5. Matt Mitchell – Phalanx Ambassadors (2019; Pi Recordings) (6/2/2019)
  6. Various Artists – Anthology of Contemporary Music from Africa Continent [Unexplained Sounds Group]; Maurice Louca – Elephantine [Sub Rosa SRV474] (2/18/2019)
  7. Sam Rivers – Emanation [No Business Records NBCD118] (5/26/2019)
  8. Jaimie Branch – Fly or Die II – Bird Dogs of Paradise (2019; International Anthem) (9/17/2019)
  9. Tomeka Reid Quartet – Old New (2019; Cuneiform Records) (9/29/2019)
  10. Anna Webber – Clockwise (2019; Pi Recordings) (2/24/2019)
  11. Merzbow / Keiji Haino / Balazs Pandi – Become the Discovered, Not the Discoverer (2019; RareNoiseRecords) (8/21/2019)
  12. Philipp Gropper’s Philm – Consequences (2019; Why Play jazz) (5/19/2019)
  13. Massimo Pupillo & Tony Buck – Time Being and Unseen (2019; Trost Records) (3/8/2019)
  14. Sunn O))) – Pyroclasts (2019; Southern Lord) (10/24/2019)
  15. Matthew Shipp Trio – Signature (2019; ESP Disk) (2/16/2019)
  16. Pat O’Reilly – Three Sheets to the Wind (2019; Gold Bolus) (3/23/2019)
  17. exclusiveOr / Architeuthis Walks on Land / International Contemporary Ensemble – “modules” [Carrier 044] (11/5/2019)
  18. Sly & The Family Drone – Gentle Persuaders (2019; Love Love Records) (3/3/2019)
  19. Sonar with David Torn – Tranceportation Vol​.​ 1 (2019; RareNoiseRecords) (11/10/2019)
  20. Ni – Pantophobie (2019; Dur et Doux Records) (2/22/2019)
  21. Alexander Noice – Noice (2019; Orenda Records) (8/3/2019)
  22. Whit Dickey – Tao Quartets: Peace Planet (2019; Aum Fidelity) (5/28/2019)
  23. Jessica Pavone – In the Action (2019; Relative Pitch Records) (1/27/2019)
  24. PoiL – Sus (2019; Dur et Doux) (4/28/2019)
  25. Post-Haste Reed Duo – Donut Robot! [Bandcamp]; Lori Freedman – Excess [Dame cqb 1923] (4/1/2019)