A theme for this year's list? How about "Jazz Unbound?" I initially planned on placing my picks into different categories, as I've often done in the past. But I thought better of it. The releases that caught my ear in 2015 cover the entire spectrum of possibilitywinning straight-ahead outings, audacious affairs, dynamic debuts, intimate encounters, stellar suites, extravagant aural feasts, sublime solo statements, everything else in betweenso why box them all up in separate places? I had the pleasure of covering more than one hundred and fifty albums for All About Jazz this year. Thesein no rank, order, or categoryare the two dozen that made a lasting impact:
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