Program #2233

On this special episode of New Sounds, John Schaefer presents his annual, highly subjective, completely opinionated list of the ten best new-music releases of 2003. Some hints as to what made the cut this year: a Mardi Gras party record, a CD of short eerie songs, a percussion feast, a Greek singer, a British composer, and one or two guitarists for good measure. Also, be sure and tune in for the 18th annual New Sounds Listener Poll show on the next episode of New Sounds.

PROGRAM #2233 A completely opinionated list of the Top 10 new music recordings of 2003





10. Cesaria Evora

Voz D'Amor

Voz D'Amor [3:30]

Bluebird Jazz#54380**, available at*

9. Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd

In What Language?

Plastic Bag [4:00]

Pi #09

8. Savina Yannatou

Terra Nostra

With The Moon I'm Walking [3:00]

ECM #1856

7. Carla Kihlstedt

Two Foot Yard

Last Resort [3:30]

Tzadik #7706

6. Richard Thompson

1000 Years of Popular Music

So Ben Mi Ca Bon Tempo [3:30]

Beeswing # 003

5. Daniel Lanois


Space Kay [2:00]

Anti #86661** Info at OR available for purchase at*

4. Revolutionary Snake Ensemble

Year of the Snake

Parade [5:00]

Innova #599**

3. Caetano Veloso

The Best of Caetano Veloso

Un Tom [2:30]

Nonesuch #79808

2. Joby Talbot

The Dying Swan & Billiardman

Incubator [4:30]

The Dying Swan is Black Box #1078, Available for purchase at* Billiardman is still a private CD. This piece is on Billiardman, but also appears as String Qt. #2 on The Dying Swan

1. Bill Frisell

The Intercontinentals

Boubacar [6:00]

Nonesuch #79661***, Or available at*

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