Best Jazz Albums 2018: A list of lists

(by John Dupuis) Jan 03 2019

A new bizarre obsession seems to have taken hold, to join the Best Science Books one. Sad! No -- happy!

This particular post collects lists of "best of the year" jazz albums I've found across various websites. For the purposes of this project, I'm not giving each list its own post and showcasing the albums that are part of the list. That's an awful lot of work, which I'm reserving for the science books project which is more core to the mission of this blog.

Note: I've included a few not-exclusively-jazz lists if they've happened to include either jazz sections or lots of jazz-ish/jazz-adjacent items. If this project has any happy outcome, it would have to be my readers broadening their musical horizons by discovering great new music through these lists, the wider and more varied the better. If I've missed any important list, please let me know in the comments. In particular, I'm really looking to expand my coverage beyond English-language lists. I've got a few in French and other languages but would love to include a much greater diversity. I hope to update this list of lists at least one more time, likely in mid-January.

I've also done lists for 2015, 2016, 2017 and look forward to doing another for 2019 in twelve months time!

Lists with a significant Canadian focus are in bold.

 

 

My top 10 Albums? Not possible to come up with any sort of consistent permanent best list, but sure, here goes, 10ish selections in alphabetical order of course. And by "best" I really mean a few albums that made an impression. I'll also concentrate on maybe a few that didn't get as much attention in the lists above.

  • America's Child, Shemekia Copeland
  • Beloved of the Sky, Renee Rosnes
  • Both Directions at Once, John Coltrane
  • Code Girl, Mary Halvorson
  • Equilibrium, Samuel Blais
  • Landfall, Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet
  • Lebroba, Andrew Cyrille
  • Ours/Theirs, Thumbscrew
  • Portraits: Songs of Joni Mitchell, Marianne Trudel & Karen Young
  • Starebaby, Dan Weiss
  • Universal Beings, Makaya McCraven
  • Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, Jeremy Dutcher

 

Favourite concerts? A few of those too!

  • Turboprop, January 12, The Rex
  • Mario Allard Quintet, March 23, Diese Onze
  • Not The Music feat. Joe McPhee, April 29, The Music Gallery
  • Robi Botos, June 8, Gallery 345
  • Francois Bourassa Quartet, June 27, TD Toronto Jazz Festival
  • Cecile McLorin Salvant, June 28, Festival international de Jazz de Montréal
  • Christine Jensen dirige L'Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal : Hommage à Carla Bley, July 2, FIJM
  • The Jensen Sisters Quintet feat. Helen Sung, July 3, FIJM
  • Nick Fraser Quartet w Tony Malaby, September 12, The Rex
  • Larnell Lewis, September 15, Kensington Market Jazz Festival
  • Ugly Beauties (Marilyn Lerner), September 16, KMJF
  • Samuel Blais Quartet, September 25, The Rex
  • Jaime Baum Septet +, October 19, The Jazz Gallery (NYC)
  • Andrea Ramolo, November 3, Auerhouse

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Best Science Books 2018: Best Science Books of 2018 recommended by Barbara Kiser

(by John Dupuis) Dec 05 2018

I'm back! It's been a bit of a blog hiatus, but I'm back! And picking up with the best science books where I left off!

As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I've done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, href="http://confessions.scientopia.org/category/best-science-books-2016/">2016, and 2017.

And here we are in 2018!

As in previous years, my definition of "science books" is pretty inclusive, including books on technology, engineering, nature, the environment, science policy, public health, history & philosophy of science, geek culture and whatever else seems to be relevant in my opinion.

Today's list is The Best Science Books of 2018 recommended by Barbara Kiser.

  • Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray by Sabine Hossenfelder
  • The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life by David Quammen
  • Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto by Alan Stern & David Grinspoon
  • The Biological Mind: How Brain, Body, and Environment Collaborate to Make Us Who We Are by Alan Jasanoff
  • A Lab of One’s Own: Science and Suffrage in the First World War by Patricia Fara

And check out my previous 2018 lists here!

You can also check out my appearances on the Science for the People Gifts for Nerds podcasts for the last few years: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and now 2018!

Most of the lists I use are sourced via the Largehearted Boy master list.

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Best Science Books 2018: Amazon.com Best Science Books

(by John Dupuis) Nov 29 2018

I'm back! It's been a bit of a blog hiatus, but I'm back! And picking up with the best science books where I left off!

As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I've done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, href="http://confessions.scientopia.org/category/best-science-books-2016/">2016, and 2017.

And here we are in 2018!

As in previous years, my definition of "science books" is pretty inclusive, including books on technology, engineering, nature, the environment, science policy, public health, history & philosophy of science, geek culture and whatever else seems to be relevant in my opinion.

Today's list is Best science books of 2018 plus from related lists Biographies & Memoirs; Business & Leadership; History; Nonfiction.

  • Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking
  • How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan
  • Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker
  • The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life by David Quammen
  • When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink
  • She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer
  • Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon by Robert Kurson
  • Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray by Sabine Hossenfelder
  • The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth by Michio Kaku
  • What Is Real?: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics by Adam Becker
  • The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World by Charles C. Mann
  • Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms by Hannah Fry
  • The Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife by Lucy Cooke
  • The Man Who Caught the Storm: The Life of Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras by Brantley Hargrove
  • Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water’s Edge by Susan Hand Shetterly
  • The Big Ones: How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us (and What We Can Do About Them) by Lucy Jones
  • Gross Anatomy: Dispatches from the Front (and Back) by Mara Altman
  • Saving Tarboo Creek: One Family’s Quest to Heal the Land by Scott Freeman and Susan Leopold Freeman
  • Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science's Highest Honor by Brian Keating
  • Orca: How We Came to Know and Love the Ocean's Greatest Predator by Jason M. Colby
  • Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage by Brian Castner
  • Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet by Claire L. Evans
  • Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
  • Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy
  • AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order by Kai-Fu Lee
  • LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media by P. W. Singer, Emerson T. Brooking
  • Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O'Brien
  • The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy by Anna Clark

And check out my previous 2018 lists here!

You can also check out my appearances on the Science for the People Gifts for Nerds podcasts for the last few years: 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 right here!

Most of the lists I use are sourced via the Largehearted Boy master list.

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Best Science Books 2018: New York Times 100 Notable Books

(by John Dupuis) Nov 28 2018

I'm back! It's been a bit of a blog hiatus, but I'm back! And picking up with the best science books where I left off!

As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I've done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, href="http://confessions.scientopia.org/category/best-science-books-2016/">2016, and 2017.

And here we are in 2018!

As in previous years, my definition of "science books" is pretty inclusive, including books on technology, engineering, nature, the environment, science policy, public health, history & philosophy of science, geek culture and whatever else seems to be relevant in my opinion.

Today's list is The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2018.

  • American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic by Victoria Johnson
  • Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
  • The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth's Ultimate Trophy by Paige Williams
  • Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy
  • Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Stephen Pinker
  • Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O'Brien
  • How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan
  • The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century by Deborah Blum
  • She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer
  • The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life by David Quammen
  • What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha

And check out my previous 2018 lists here!

You can also check out my appearances on the Science for the People Gifts for Nerds podcasts for the last few years: 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 right here!

Most of the lists I use are sourced via the Largehearted Boy master list.

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Best Science Books 2017: Wired Top Tech Books

(by John Dupuis) Jan 05 2018

As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I've done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

And here we are in 2017!

As in previous years, my definition of "science books" is pretty inclusive, including books on technology, engineering, nature, the environment, science policy, public health, history & philosophy of science, geek culture and whatever else seems to be relevant in my opinion.

Today's list is Wired Top Tech Books Part I and Part II.

  • Betaball: How Silicon Valley and Science Built One of the Greatest Basketball Teams in History by Erik Malinowski
  • (Not) Getting Paid to Do What You Love: Gender, Social Media, and Aspirational Work by Brooke Erin Duffy
  • Ours to Hack and to Own edited by Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider
  • Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest by Zeynep Tufekci
  • Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech by Sara Wachter-Boettcher
  • The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies by Jason Fagone
  • The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture by Brian Dear
  • iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy—and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood—and What That Means for the Rest of Us by Jean M. Twenge
  • The Know-It-Alls: The Rise of Silicon Valley as a Political Powerhouse and Social Wrecking Ball by Noam Cohen
  • Troublemakers: How a Generation of Silicon Valley Upstarts Invented the Future by Leslie Berlin
  • Who Can You Trust? How Technology Brought Us Together—and Why It Could Drive Us Apart by Rachel Botsman

And check out my previous 2017 lists here!

You can also check out my appearances on the Science for the People Gifts for Nerds podcasts for the last few years: 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 right here!

Many of the lists I use are sourced via the Largehearted Boy master list.

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Best Science Books 2017: Science Friday Best Science Books Of 2017

(by John Dupuis) Jan 04 2018

As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I've done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

And here we are in 2017!

As in previous years, my definition of "science books" is pretty inclusive, including books on technology, engineering, nature, the environment, science policy, public health, history & philosophy of science, geek culture and whatever else seems to be relevant in my opinion.

Today's list is Science Friday Best Science Books Of 2017. Deborah Blum list only. Maria Popova list already featured as part of Brain Pickings post.

  • Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions by Richard Harris
  • Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy
  • American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee
  • The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature's Great Connectors by David George Haskell
  • Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything by Lydia Kang,‎ Nate Pedersen
  • Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America by Mary Otto
  • The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan
  • Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods by Danna Staaf

And check out my previous 2017 lists here!

You can also check out my appearances on the Science for the People Gifts for Nerds podcasts for the last few years: 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 right here!

Many of the lists I use are sourced via the Largehearted Boy master list.

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Best Science Books 2017: ScienceNews favorite science books of 2017

(by John Dupuis) Dec 26 2017

As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I've done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

And here we are in 2017!

As in previous years, my definition of "science books" is pretty inclusive, including books on technology, engineering, nature, the environment, science policy, public health, history & philosophy of science, geek culture and whatever else seems to be relevant in my opinion.

Today's list is ScienceNews favorite science books of 2017.

  • Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States by James C. Scott
  • The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet by Henry Fountain
  • Eclipse: Journeys to the Dark Side of the Moon by Frank Close
  • Rise of the Necrofauna: The Science, Ethics, and Risks of De-Extinction by Britt Wray
  • Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats by Maryn McKenna
  • Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong-and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini
  • Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us by Sam Kean
  • Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt
  • The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston
  • The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan
  • How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog): Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution by Lee Alan Dugatkin,‎ Lyudmila Trut
  • Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence by Sarah Scoles
  • A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution by Jennifer A. Doudna,‎ Samuel H. Sternberg

And check out my previous 2017 lists here!

You can also check out my appearances on the Science for the People Gifts for Nerds podcasts for the last few years: 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 right here!

Many of the lists I use are sourced via the Largehearted Boy master list.

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Best Science Books 2007: GeekWire Holiday science book guide for 2017: Give them the cosmos for Christmas

(by John Dupuis) Dec 24 2017

As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I've done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

And here we are in 2017!

As in previous years, my definition of "science books" is pretty inclusive, including books on technology, engineering, nature, the environment, science policy, public health, history & philosophy of science, geek culture and whatever else seems to be relevant in my opinion.

Today's list is GeekWire Holiday science book guide for 2017: Give them the cosmos for Christmas.

  • Magnitude: The Scale of the Universe by Kimberly Arcand and Megan Watzke
  • Otherworlds: Visions of Our Solar System by Michael Benson
  • Big Pacific: Passionate, Voracious, Mysterious, Violent by Rebecca Tansley
  • The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids--And the Kids We Have by Bonnie Rochman
  • Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly Weinersmith and Zach Weiner
  • The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston
  • Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions by Richard Harris
  • Wicked Bugs: The Meanest, Deadliest, Grossest Bugs on Earth by Amy Stewart, Briony Morrow-Cribbs
  • Exploring Space: From Galileo to the Mars Rover and Beyond by Martin Jenkins
  • Try This Extreme: 50 Fun and Safe Experiments for the Mad Scientist in You by Karen Romano Young

And check out my previous 2017 lists here!

You can also check out my appearances on the Science for the People Gifts for Nerds podcasts for the last few years: 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 right here!

Many of the lists I use are sourced via the Largehearted Boy master list.

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Best Science Books 2017: Brain Pickings 7 Favorite Science Books of 2017

(by John Dupuis) Dec 22 2017

As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I've done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

And here we are in 2017!

As in previous years, my definition of "science books" is pretty inclusive, including books on technology, engineering, nature, the environment, science policy, public health, history & philosophy of science, geek culture and whatever else seems to be relevant in my opinion.

Today's list is Brain Pickings 7 Favorite Science Books of 2017.

  • The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks
  • The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors by David George Haskell
  • Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy
  • Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation by Alan Burdick
  • The Great Unknown: Seven Journeys to the Frontiers of Science by Marcus du Sautoy
  • The Dialogues: Conversations about the Nature of the Universe by Clifford V. Johnson
  • Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space by Janna Levin

And check out my previous 2017 lists here!

You can also check out my appearances on the Science for the People Gifts for Nerds podcasts for the last few years: 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 right here!

Many of the lists I use are sourced via the Largehearted Boy master list.

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Best Jazz Albums 2017: A list of lists

(by John Dupuis) Dec 21 2017

A new bizarre obsession seems to have taken hold, to join the Best Science Books one. Sad! No, happy!

I've also done lists for 2015 and 2016 and look forward to doing another for 2018 in twelve months time!

This particular post collects lists of "best of the year" jazz albums I've found across various websites. For the purposes of this project, I'm not giving each list its own post and showcasing the albums that are part of the list. That's an awful lot of work, which I'm reserving for the science books project which is more core to the mission of this blog.

Note: I've included a few not-exclusively-jazz lists if they've happened to include either jazz sections or lots of jazz-ish items. If this project has any happy outcome, it would have to be my readers broadening their musical horizons by discovering great new music through these lists, the wider and more varied the better.

If I've missed any important list, please let me know in the comments. In particular, I'm really looking to expand my coverage beyond English-language lists. I've got a few in French and even on in Italian and I'd love get more. I"ll likely update this list of lists at least one more time, likely in the first or second week of January 2018.

 

 

Some additional resources: Metacritic Music Critic Top Ten Lists

My top 10 Albums? Not possible to come up with any sort of consistent permanents best list, but sure, here goes, in alphabetical order of course. And by "best" I really mean a few albums that made an impression. I'll also concentrate on maybe a few that didn't get as much attention in the lists above.

  • A Rift In Decorum, Ambrose Akinmusire
  • Eternal Stories, Michel Portal, Richard Héry, Xavier Tribolet, Quatuor Ebène
  • Far From Over, Vijay Iyer Sextet
  • Freedom Highway, Rhiannon Giddens
  • Infinitude, Christine & Ingrid Jensen w Ben Monder
  • Ladilikan, Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet
  • Live from the Fox Oakland, Tedeschi Trucks Band
  • Our Point Of View, Blue Note All-Stars
  • Signs LIVE!, Peter Bernstein Quartet
  • The Passion Of Charlie Parker, Various artists
  • Under the Influence Suite, Orchestre National de Jazz Montréal, Christine Jensen, dir.

 

Favourite concerts? A few of those too!

  • Coco Love Alcorn, Auer House (house concert)
  • Dave Liebman & Mike Murley Quartet, The Rex
  • Joel Frahm w/Turboprop, The Rex
  • Mike Downes Quartet, Gallery 345
  • DKV, The Burdock (TONE fest)
  • Christine and Ingrid Jensen / Infinitude, L'Astral (FIJM)
  • Joshua Redman Still Dreaming, Maison Symphonique (FIJM)
  • Lizz Wright, Monument National (FIJM)
  • Dave Young Quintet, The Rex
  • Lina Allemano Trio, Handlebar (KMJF)
  • A Tribute to Muddy Waters & Howling Wolf featuring Paul DesLauriers, Julian Fauth, Dylan Wickens, Guy Belanger and Jack de Keyzer, Danny Marks host, Hugh's Room

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