Schaefer's Top 10 of 2005

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 2005. Listen to what made the cut this year: a record of choral music drawn from diverse traditions, klezmer music by way of the carnival, Ethio-jazz from a live recording, a Senegalese artist, a Turkish-born electro-groove DJ, and more.

PROGRAM # A completely opinionated look at the best new music of 2005 (aired 1/4/06)





10. Michael Galasso

High Lines

Quarantine [3:00]

ECM #1713***

9. Mercan Dede


Ab-i Tarab, excerpt [4:00]

Escondida #6510***

8. Thione Seck


Woyatina [4:00]

Stern’s Africa #1100** *

7. Chanticleer

Sound In Spirit

J. Hill: In Winter’s Keeping, excerpt [3:30]

Warner Classics #61941***

6. Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars

Carnival Conspiracy

Another Glass of Wine… [4:00]

Piranha #1902***

5. Either/Orchestra

Ethiopiques, Vol 20: Live In Addis

Antchim Endelela, excerpt [4:00]

Buda #860121***

4. Cheb I Sabbah

La Kahena

Praising of the Saints, excerpt [4:00]

Six Degrees #1111***

3. Keith Jarrett


Part 16 [3:30]

ECM Records #1960/61***

2. Steve Reich

You Are (Variations)

I Hold The Eternal Before Me [4:00]

Nonesuch #79891***

1. Osvaldo Golijov


Walls Encircle The Land [3:00]

Deutsche Grammophon #0004782** *

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