Best records of 2019

David Torn, Tim Berne, Ches Smith
Sun of Goldfinger (ECM Records)

This is not free jazz. This is not jazz even. It is too organised, too manipulated, it is too much crafted, too worked, it is not enough the immediate expression of authentic feelings. Yet that does not matter. It is Torn’s vision on music, and the result is brilliant. It is massive, dark and compelling. It is mysterious and overwhelming. It’s possibly one of the most amazing listening experiences you will hear this year, and possibly for years to come. (source)