Hrayr Attarian's Best Releases of 2015

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The year 2015 was truly an exciting one for jazz as it saw many superb releases. If I had, however, the proverbial gun to the head to just choose just one it would be Rudresh Mahanthappa's Bird Calls (ACT, 2015). Nevertheless, the cream of the crop of the year is listed below in five triads. The three best small combo albums are listed on the first row. The three best solo efforts on the second row The three best large ensemble recordings on the third row. The three best debuts on the fourth row. And the three best reissues on the last row.

Rudresh Mahanthappa
Bird Calls

Henry Threadgill
In For A Penny, In For A Pound

Vijay Iyer
Break Stuff

Mary Halvorson
(Firehouse 12)

Fred Hersch
(Palmetto Records)

Keith Jarrett

Miho Hazama
Time River

Satoko Fujii
Ichicgo Icihie

Steve Coleman
Synovial Joints

Tomeka Reid
Tomeka Reid Quartet
(Thirsty Ear)

Mette Henriette
Mette Henriette

Nicole Glover
First Record
(Self Produced)

Wes Montgomery
In the Beginning: Early Recordings from 1949-1958

Red Garland
Swinging on the Korner: Live at the Keystone Korner

Barry Harris
Plays Tadd Dameron

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