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Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2016

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Another year is almost in the books. And while there were many things to fret about in 2016, a lack of good music wasn't one of them. A quick look back at the year reminds us that jazz legends remain strong, rising stars continue to rapidly ascend, newcomers are making their presence felt, and the dearly departed are gracing us from the great beyond. I had the pleasure of listening to hundreds of new jazz albums for review consideration this year, I covered well over a hundred of them at All About Jazz, and these are the twenty-five that stand tallest in that mix (Note: This list is NOT ranked in order of preference):


Aziza
Aziza
(Dare2 Records)

Peter Eldridge
Disappearing Day
(Sunnyside Records)

Frank Kimbrough
Solstice
(Pirouet Records)

Will Vinson
Perfectly Out Of Place
(5Passion)

Ryan Keberle
Azul Infinito
(Greenleaf Music)

Scott DuBois
Winter Light
(ACT Music)

Daniel Freedman
Imagine That
(Anzic Records)

Ken Peplowski
Enrapture
(Capri Records)

Camila Meza
Traces
(Sunnyside Records)

Jimmy Scott
I Go Back Home...
(Eden River Records)

Christopher Zuar
Musings
(Sunnyside Records)

Sonny Rollins
Road Shows, Vol. 4
(Doxy Records)

Henry Threadgill
Old Locks And...
(Pi Recordings)

Leslie Pintchik
True North
(Pintch Hard Records)

Louis Heriveaux
Triadic Episode
(Hot Shoe Records)

Gregory Porter
Take Me To The Alley
(Blue Note Records)

Billy Hart / WDR Big Band
The Broader Picture
(Enja-Yellowbird Records)

Bill Frisell
When You Wish Upon...
(Okeh Records)

Bobby Avey
Inhuman Wilderness
(Innervoice Jazz)

Joe Lovano
Classic! Live At Newport
(Blue Note Records)

Ark Ovrutski
Intersection
(Origin Records)

Bokani Dyer
World Music
(Self Produced)

Jonathan Finlayson
Moving Still
(Pi Recordings)

Charles Lloyd
I Long To See
(Blue Note Records)

Kurt Elling
The Beautiful Day
(Okeh Records)

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