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2017 'Best of Jazz' Selected by JJA Members

These are the 2017 "Best of Jazz" lists and commentaries compiled by
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  • 29 Nov 2017 5:31 PM | John Szwed

       New

    1  Charles Lloyd   Passin’ Thru (Live)   ECM

    2  Tim Berne’s Snake Oil   Incidentals   ECM

    3  David Liebman and Joe Lovano  Compassion: The Music of John Coltrane        Resonance

    4  Rez Abasi  Unfiltered   Whirlwind Records

    5  John Vanore   Stolen Moments: Celebrating Oliver Nelson   Acoustical Concepts

    6  Lisa Mezzacappa   Glorious Ravage    New World

    7  Michael Musillami & Rich Syracuse   Bird Calls   Playscape

    8  Jane Ira Bloom   Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson    Outline

    9  Gard Nilssen’s Complete Unity Live in Europe     Clean Feed  

    10 Anouar Brahem   Blue Maqams   ECM

        Reissue:

    1  Classic Savoy Be-bop Sessions 1945-49       Mosaic

    2  Don Cherry, John Tchicai, Irene Schweizer, Leon Francioli, Pierre Favre   Musicak Monsters  Intakt

    3  Thelonious Monk   La Liaisons Dangereuses 1960    Sam Records

         Latin

    David Virelles   Gnosis    ECM

         Vocal

    Jen Shyu   Song of Silver Geese   Pi

     


  • 28 Nov 2017 5:20 PM | Ken Franckling
    The 10 best new jazz releases of 2017
    1. Jimmy Scott, I Go Back Home (Eden River)
    2. Hudson, Hudson (Motéma)
    3. Matt Wilson, Matt Wilson’s Honey and Salt (Palmetto)
    4. Jeff Rupert and Richard Drexler, Imagination (Rupe Media)
    5. Ingrid and Christine Jensen, Infinitude (Whirlwind)
    6. Benedikt Jahnel Trio, The Invariant (ECM)
    7. Yoko Miwa Trio, Pathways (Ocean Blue Tear Music)
    8. Joachim Kühn New Trio, Beauty & Truth (ACT)
    9. Gary Meek, Originals (self-produced)
    10. University of Northern Colorado Jazz Lab Band I, The Romeo and Juliet Project (Artist Alliance)

    2017's top vocal recording

    Jimmy Scott, I Go Back Home (Eden River)

    2017’s best debut recording:

    Roxy Coss, Chasing the Unicorn (Posi-Tone)

    The best historical/reissues of 2017 (includes any recordings made over 10 years ago, whether newly released or reissued):

    1. Wes Montgomery / Wynton Kelly Trio, Smokin’ in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966) (Resonance)
    2. Thelonious Monk, Les Liaisons Dangerouses 1960 (Sam/Saga)
    3. The Three Sounds featuring Gene Harris, Groovin’ Hard: Live at the Penthouse 1964-1968 (Resonance)
    4. Nat King Cole Trio, Swiss Radio Days Vol 43 – Zurich 1950 (TCB)
    5. Art Pepper, Art Pepper Presents West Coast Sessions! Vol. 3: Lee Konitz (Omnivore)


    2017’s best Latin/Brazilian jazz recordings:

    1. Eliane Elias, Dance of Time (Concord Jazz)
    2. Ignacio Berroa, Straight Ahead from Havana (Codes Drum)
    3. Antonio Adolfo, Hybrido – From Rio to Wayne Shorter (AAM)
    4. Steve Khan, Backlog (Tone Center)
    5. Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Septet, Diablo en Brooklyn (Saponegro)


    The 10 best new compositions from CDs released in 2017, listed alphabetically:

    • Ambrose Akinmusire, “Withered” from A Rift in Decorum (Blue Note)
    • Lili Añel, “Another Place, Another Time” from Another Place, Another Time (Wall-I)
    • Roxy Coss, “Free to Be” from Chasing the Unicorn (Posi-Tone)
    • Jack DeJohnette, “Song for World Forgiveness“ from Hudson (Motéma)
    • Akua Dixon, “Let’s Dance” from Akua’s Dance (Akua’s Music)
    • Miles Donahue, “The Bug” from The Bug (Whaling City Sound)
    • Art Hirahara, “Kin-Ka: Gold Coin” from Central Line (Posi-Tone)
    • John Hollenbeck, “The Kiss” from University of Northern Colorado Jazz Lab Band I, The Romeo and Juliet Project (Artist Alliance)
    • Benedikt Jahnel, “The Circuit” from The Invariant (ECM)
    • Mike Longo, “Only Time Will Tell” from Mike Longo Trio, Only Time Will Tell (Consolidated Artists Productions)
  • 28 Nov 2017 1:35 PM | Anonymous

    Favorite Jazz of 2017 

    • A Meeting Of Spirits by Gary Husband (Edition)

    • No Answer by Dusan Jevtovic (MoonJune)

    • Hà Nội Duo by Nguyên Lê & Ngô Hồng Quang (ACT)

    • Talinka by Talinka (Fanfare)

    • World Peace Trio by Dharmawan, Musallam, Atzmon (ENJA)

    • Reflections by Xavi Reija (self-release)

    • Hudson by DeJohnette, Grenadier, Medeski, Scofield (Motéma)

    • Spirit Of Trane by Gilad Atzmon (Fanfare)

    • My Foolish Heart by Ralph Towner (ECM)

    • Blue Maqams by Anouar Brahem (ECM)

    and many others

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