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Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2017


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Few things are a given, yet we can always count on a flood of new music making its way into the world over the course of a year. In 2017 some of the best jazz found its path by looking forward, doubling back, and/or branching out. In short, this music and the dedicated artists who make it continued to uphold a legacy paradoxically built on tradition, change, absorption, and refraction. I had the pleasure of listening to more than four hundred albums over the past year, and I covered approximately one hundred of them for All About Jazz. These twenty-five stood tallest in that crowd (Note: selections on this list are NOT ranked):

Ron Miles
I Am A Man

Christian McBride Big Band
Bringin' It
(Mack Avenue Records)

Tomas Fujiwara
Triple Double
(Firehouse 12 Records)

Fred Hersch
Open Book
(Palmetto Records)

Hilary Gardner/Ehud Asherie
The Late Set
(Anzic Records)

Josh Nelson
The Sky Remains
(Origin Records)

Paul Jones
(Outside In Music)

Brian Landrus Orchestra
(BlueLand Records)

Scott DuBois
Autumn Wind
(ACT Music)

Adam Rogers
(Self Produced)

Charles Lloyd New Quartet
Passin' Thru
(Blue Note Records)

Dan Tepfer Trio
Eleven Cages
(Sunnyside Records)

Ariel Pocock
Living In Twilight
(Justin Time Records)

Terry Gibbs
92 Years Young: Jammin' At The Gibbs House
(Whaling City Sound)

John McLean/Clark Sommers Band
Parts Unknown
(Origin Records)

Diego Barber
One Minute Later
(Sunnyside Records)

Anat Cohen & Marcello Gonçalves
Outra Coisa
(Anzic Records)

Peter Campbell
Loving You: Celebrating Shirley Horn
(Self Produced)

Sarah Partridge
Bright Lights & Promises: Redefining Janis Ian
(Origin Records)

Billy Childs
(Mack Avenue Records)

Michael Attias
Nerve Dance
(Clean Feed Records)

Sonny Rollins & Horace Silver
Swiss Radio Days, Vol. 40—Zurich 1959
(TCB Music)

Jerome Jennings
The Beast
(Self Produced)

Michel Camilo
Live In London
(Redondo Music)

Philipp Gerschlauer/David Fiuczynski
MikroJazz!: Neue Expressionistische Musik
(RareNoise Records)

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