Year in Review

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Mark Sullivan's Favorite Recordings of 2021

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2021 may have been a year best forgotten in many ways, as the pandemic continued to make “normal life" look like a distant memory. There was a brief bright spot after the introduction of the vaccines, only to be crushed by the emergence of the Delta variant, then the Omicron. Yet somehow there was plenty of glorious music of all kinds. Here are my favorites (including a few exceptional reissues) with too many excellent releases to choose from. The list ...

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C. Andrew Hovan's Best Recordings of 2021

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Even as it seemed that jazz continued its trajectory into the outer limits, there was no lack of pure swinging excellence to experience this past year. Although many of these releases probably flew under the radar of jazz followers with wider ranging tastes, this reviewer always finds it necessary to remind us all how vital and engaging the mainstream vernacular can be in the right hands. In addition, drummers placed at the top with highly musical efforts, while the ever-popular ...

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Jack Bowers: Top 15 Albums of 2021

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In spite of the Covid pandemic (and sometimes because of it!), 2021 was a splendid year for big-band albums, with eleven receiving 4 1/2-star reviews and one (Out on the Coast by the David Angel Big Band) earning five stars. The dominant dozen are listed here alongside top-rated smaller-group albums by Cory Weeds, Gerry Gibbs and Graham Dechter. One of the albums, Open World, by Chad Lefkowitz-Brown's Global Jazz Orchestra, was “virtually" recorded by musicians from seventeen countries, reaffirming that ...

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Doug Hall's Best Recordings Of 2021

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To echo the converging sentiments and “high-fives" for a slew of extraordinary releases under a continued full-frontal assault of Covid Revenge part 2, there is a lot to embrace. I found myself sweeping though streaming releases and recordings of a vast variety of jazz genre. Seeing new faces and old and making discoveries. Such a wide ranging source of jazz material for 2021 that one needs an extra ear. Contributions from legends like Chick Corea (posthumous) and Pharoah Sanders, to ...

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John Pietaro's Best In Jazz And New Music 2021

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This year in which we celebrated the return of live performance and simultaneously foresaw a rise in virus numbers and the resumption of show and venue closings, the pervasive issue remains on the anti-vax know-nothings affecting the lives of the careful, caring and compliant. Health regs and advisories as simple as getting a lifesaving vaccine are not too much to ask for, yet conservative talking heads retain their manipulative stronghold over the frightened Right, conveniently confounding vaccine mandates as anti-liberty. ...

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Ian Patterson's Best Albums Of 2021

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The great musical feast continues unabated, despite everything the world can throw at it. It is the buffet with no horizon. You might get very big eyes surveying all the goodies before you, but you can only consume just so much. This list represents but a personal cross-section of some of those albums that stood out. Thank you all. Joe Lovano, Marilyn Crispell, Carmen CastaldiGarden Of Expression ECM Records Joe Lovano's second ...

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Most Read Album Reviews: 2021

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All About Jazz tracks how often an album review is read, and the reviews listed below represent our most popular in 2021. Eberhard Lyle Mays Reviewed by John Kelman August 20, 2021 XXXX Wollny / Parisien / Lefebvre / Lillinger Reviewed by Phillip Woolever The Complete Live at the Lighthouse Lee Morgan Reviewed by Mike Jurkovic July 26, 2021 Music is Our Friend: Live ...


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