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Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2011

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Another year is in the books, but the music created and/or released during these twelve months is still around, continuing to serve as a reminder of jazz's majesty. While some continue to complain that jazz is stagnant or at death's door, the finest albums released in 2011 say otherwise. I had the distinct pleasure of reviewing approximately 170 recordings released in this calendar year, and the following list represents the best of the bunch (Note: they are not ranked in order of preference):














































































































Soren Moller
Soren Moller
Soren Moller

piano

Christian X Variations
(Audial Records)

Dida Pelled
Dida Pelled
b.1988
guitar

Plays And Sings
(Red Records)

Paul Motian
Paul Motian
Paul Motian
1931 - 2011
drums

The Windmills Of Your Mind
(Winter & Winter)

JD Allen
JD Allen

sax, tenor

Victory!
(Sunnyside Records)

Miguel Zenon
Miguel Zenon
Miguel Zenon
b.1976
saxophone

Alma Adentro—The Puerto Rican Songbook
(Marsalis Music)

Fred Hersch
Fred Hersch
Fred Hersch
b.1955
piano

Alone At The Vanguard
(Palmetto Records)

Tierney Sutton
Tierney Sutton
Tierney Sutton
b.1963
vocalist

American Road
(BFM Jazz)

Judy Wexler
Judy Wexler
Judy Wexler

vocalist

Under A Painted Sky
(Jazzed Media)

Sir Roland Hanna
Sir Roland Hanna
Sir Roland Hanna
1932 - 2002
piano

Colors From A Giant's Kit
(IPO Recordings)

Freddie Hubbard
Freddie Hubbard
Freddie Hubbard
1938 - 2008
trumpet

Pinnacle
(Resonance Records)

David Binney
David Binney
David Binney
b.1961
saxophone

Graylen Epicenter
(Mythology Records)

Roseanna Vitro
Roseanna Vitro
Roseanna Vitro
b.1954
vocalist

The Music Of Randy Newman
(Motema Music)

Jane Ira Bloom
Jane Ira Bloom
Jane Ira Bloom

sax, soprano

Wingwalker
(Outline Music)

Donny McCaslin
Donny McCaslin
Donny McCaslin
b.1966
saxophone

Perpetual Motion
Greenleaf Music

Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
b.1930
saxophone

Road Shows, Vol. 2
(Doxy Records)

Josh Nelson
Josh Nelson
Josh Nelson
b.1978
piano

Discoveries
(Steel Bird Music)

Mark Weinstein
El Cumbanchero
(Jazzheads Records)

Pablo Held
Pablo Held
Pablo Held
b.1986
piano

Glow
(Pirouet Records)

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