Album: Jef Gilson, The Best of Jef Gilson (Jazzman)

From jazz waltzes and groovesome modal vamps to the devotional operatic mash-up of "Agnus Dei" and an incredible version of "The Creator Has A Masterplan" recorded in Madagascar in 1969, this survey of the neglected French composer/pianist Gilson hits you like a bolt from the blue.

Born Jean-François Quiévreux in Alsace in 1926, he is the missing link between Boris Vian and Jean Luc Ponty, a notable protégé. Disc of the year, already.