As the year comes to a close, Joe’s new album ‘Love Is A Pendulum‘ (Motéma Music) has been included in a number of Best of 2015 lists including the DownBeat Magazine best albums of 2015 round up. Special thanks to the wonderful Raul Midón for giving ‘Love Is A Pendulum’ a very prominent thumbs up as his pick of 2015.
Joining the year-end parade of “Best Of” listings, WPFW conducted the 2015 Jazz Programmer’s Poll, which asked programmers to list their picks for the top ten new releases of 2015. Here are the results
Jazz Times – Top 50 of 2015
Democrat & Chronical (Rochester NY)
THE BEST JAZZ. Those of us who love jazz feel blessed to live in a town with the world-class Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Eastman School of Music, a rare and special jazz radio station (Jazz 90.1) and a great tradition of homegrown jazz talent.
That point came home to me when I compiled my list of the best jazz albums of 2015. Nine of the 10 albums involve artists who’ve been favorites of the Rochester jazz festival. Two of the artists — vibraphonist Joe Locke and pianist Vijay Iyer — spent formative years in Rochester (and Iyer was born here). And, I swear, the local angles weren’t why I selected these CDs. They simply are my favorites of the year — and just happen to have happy links to Rochester.
Love Is a Pendulum, a superbly poetic, thoughtful, and beautifully crafted suite, composed by Joe Locke.