As regular readers will know marlbank has been keeping an eye on the top releases in 2019. The next and last update for 2019 will be published on 31 December. Jazz list purdah otherwise until then.

Love and Liberation (Concord) by Jazzmeia Horn

Near and Now (ACT) by Gwilym Simcock       

Modern Ancestors (Afrasia) by Carmen Lundy   

Mothership (Gearbox) by Dwight Trible    

New Frontier (Esoteric Antenna) by the Steve Howe trio   

Golden Valley Is Now (Intakt) by Reid Anderson/Dave King/Craig Taborn    

7 The Long Game (Edition) by Liam Noble  

8 O’Higgins & Luft Play Monk & Trane (Ubuntu) by Dave O’Higgins and Rob Luft

Paradise (Company) by Mattson 2   

10 Common Practice (ECM) by Ethan Iverson quartet with Tom Harrell 

UK best-of

1 Gwilym Simcock Near and Now (ACT)
2 Steve Howe trio, New Frontier (Esoteric Antenna)
3 Liam Noble The Long Game (Edition)
4 Dave O’Higgins and Rob Luft O’Higgins & Luft Play Monk & Trane (Ubuntu)
5 Jean Toussaint Allstar 6tet Live at the Jazz Cafe 091218 (Lyte)
6 Huw Warren and Mark Lockheart New Day (CAM Jazz)
7 The Comet Is Coming Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery (Impulse!)
8 Paul Booth Travel Sketches (Ubuntu)
9 Nérija Blume (Domino)
10 Emilia Mårtensson Loredana (Babel)