Britt Robson's 100 Best CDs of 2006

If you've seen my votes in other forums you know I'm prone to changing my mind, plus there will inevitable additions as things I haven't heard yet blow me away in the coming months. All that said, every one of these discs offers superb music that I won't be ashamed to claim a decade from now.


1. Ghostface Killah, "Fishscale," Def Jam. 2. Bob Dylan, "Modern Times," Sony. 3. Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch & Fats Kaplan, "Lost John Dean," Compass 4. Ornette Coleman, "Sound Grammar," Sound Grammar. 5. Christina Aguilera, "Back To Basics," RCA. 6. Greg Brown, "The Evening Call," Red House. 7. The Hold Steady, "Boys and Girls in America," Vagrant. 8. Delfeayo Marsalis, "Minions Dominion," Troubadour Jass. 9. Ali Farka Toure, "Savane," Nonesuch. 10. Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band, "Dizzy's Business," MCG. 11. Nas, "Hip Hop is Dead," Def Jam. 12. Los Lobos, "The Town and the City," Hollywood. 13. Lupe Fiasco, "Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor," Atlantic. 14. Jane Bunnett, "Radio Guantanamo:Guantanamo Blues Project, Vol 1," Blue Note. 15. Big City Rock, "Big City Rock," Atlantic. 16. Bobby Previte, "The Coalition of the Willing," Ropeadope. 17. Pearl Jam, "Pearl Jam," J. 18. Dave Douglas, "Meaning and Mystery," Green Leaf. 19. Gomez, "How We Operate," Red Ink. 20. Roy Hargrove, "Nothin' Serious," Verve. 21. Tool, "10,000 Days," Volcano. 22. Branford Marsalis Quartet, "Braggtown," Marsalis Music. 23. The Coup, "Pick A Bigger Weapon," Epitaph. 24. William Parker, "Long Hidden: The Olmec Series," AUM Fidelity. 25. Bassdrumbone, "The Line Up," Clean Feed. 26. My Chemical Romance, "The Black Parade," Reprise. 27. Gnarls Barkley, "St. Elsewhere," Downtown. 28. Paul Motion Band, "Garden of Eden," ECM. 29. Michael Franti & Spearhead, "Yell Fire!" Anti. 30. Classical Jazz Quartet, "Play Rachmaninov," Kind of Blue. 31. Dave Holland Quintet, "Critical Mass," Dare2. 32. Deftones, "Saturday Night Wrist," Maverick. 33. Corinne Bailey Rae, "Corinne Bailey Rae," Capitol. 34. Sonny Rollins, "Sonny, Please," Doxy. 35. Jaco Pastorius Big Band, "The Word Is Out," Heads Up. 36. Van Hunt, "On The Jungle Floor," Capitol. 37. Chris Smither, "Leave the Light On," Signature. 38. Phil Woods Quintet, "American Songbook," Kind of Blue. 39. Madeleine Peyroux, "Half the Perfect World," Rounder. 40. Drive-By Truckers, "A Blessing and a Curse," New West. 41. Joe Lovano, "Streams of Expression," Blue Note. 42. Remy Ma, "There's Something About Remy," Umvd. 43. Ray Davies, "Other People's Lives," V2. 44. Carolina Chocolate Drops, "Dona Got a Rambling Mind," Music Maker. 45. John Legend, "Once Again," Sony. 46. Irma Thomas, "After the Rain," Rounder. 47. Scott Hamilton, "Nocturnes and Seranades," Concord. 48. Christian Scott, "Rewind That," Concord. 49. Elton John, "The Captain and the Kid," Interscope. 50. Cedar Walton, "One Flight Down," Highnote.

51. Hard-Fi, "Stars of CCTV," Atlantic. 52. Neil Young, "Living With War," Reprise. 53. The Roots, "Game Theory," Def Jam. 54. Bruce Springsteen, "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions," Sony. 55. Art Ensemble of Chicago, "Non-Cognitive Aspects of the City: Live at Iridium," Pi. 56. TV On the Radio, "Return to Cookie Mountain," 4ad. 57. Eric Alexander, "It's All in the Game," Highnote. 58. Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Stadium Arcadium," Warner Brothers. 59. Edsel Gomez, "Cubist Music," Zoho. 60. Wayne Hancock, "Tulsa," Bloodshot. 61. Clipse, "Hell Hath No Fury," Startrak. 62. Keith Jarrett, "The Carnegie Hall Concert," ECM. 63. Ladysmith Black Mambazo, "Long Walk To Freedom," Heads Up. 64. Honeydogs, "Amygdala," Copycats. 65. Sierre Leone's Refugee All Stars, "Living Like a Refugee," Anti. 66. Paul Simon, "Surprise," Warner Brothers. 67. Hi-Tek, "Hi-Teknology Vol. 2: The Chip," Babygrande. 68. Susana Baca, "Travesias," Luaka Bop. 69. Zero 7, "The Garden," Atlantic. 70. Diego Urcola, "Viva," Camjazz. 71. Van Morrison, "Pay The Devil," Lost Highway. 72. Mulgrew Miller, "Live at the Kennedy Center," MaxJazz. 73. Killers, "Sam's Town," Island 74. Martirio y Chano Dominguez, "Acoplados," Rtve Classics. 75. The Dixie Chicks, "Taking The Long Way," Sony. 76. Soledad Brothers, "The Hardest Walk," Alive. 77. Tom Waits, "Orphans," Anti. 78. George Cables Trio, "A Letter to Dexter," Kind of Blue. 79. Avishai Cohen, "Continuo," Sunnyside. 80. Donal Clancy, "Close to Home," Compass. 81. Francisco Mela, "Melao," Ayva. 82. The Who, "Endless Wire," Republic. 83. Charnett Moffett, "Internet," Piadrum. 84. T.I., "King," Atlantic. 85. Terje Rypdal, "Vossabrygg," ECM. 86. Johnny Cash, "American V: A Hundred Highways," Lost Highway. 87. Jay-Z, "Kingdom Come," Def Jam. 88. Nancy Wilson, "Turned to Blue," MCG. 89. J. Dilla, "Donuts," Stone's Throw. 90. Frank Morgan, "Reflections," Highnote. 91. David S. Ware Quartet, "BalladWare," Thirsty Ear. 92. Audioslave, "Revelations," Sony. 93. Patricia Barber, "Mythologies," Blue Note. 94. Vijay Iyer and Rudresh Mahanthappa, "Raw Materials," Savoy. 95. Birdman & L'il Wayne, "Like Father, Like Son," Cash Money. 96. Chris Potter, "Underground," Sunnyside. 97. OK Go, "Oh No," Capitol. 98. Akon, "Konvicted," Universal. 99. Joey DeFrancesco, "Organic Vibes," Concord. 100. JJ Cale & Eric Clapton, "The Road to Escondido," Reprise.

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