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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
(ACT)

Henry Threadgill
In For A Penny, In For A Pound
(Pi)

Vijay Iyer
Break Stuff
(ECM)

Mary Halvorson
Meltframe
(Firehouse 12)

Fred Hersch
Solo
(Palmetto Records)

Keith Jarrett
Creation
(ECM)

Miho Hazama
Time River
(SunnySide)

Satoko Fujii
Ichicgo Icihie
Libra

Steve Coleman
Synovial Joints
(Pi)

Tomeka Reid
Tomeka Reid Quartet
(Thirsty Ear)

Mette Henriette
Mette Henriette
(ECM)

Nicole Glover
First Record
(Self Produced)

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

Red Garland
Swinging on the Korner: Live at the Keystone Korner
(Elemental)

Barry Harris
Plays Tadd Dameron
(Xanadu)

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