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James Nadal's Best of 2015


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These selections start out heavy into the blues, in appreciation to those that are still playing and producing this important American art form. Gospel and soul tinged vocals as well as a Latin dance oriented orchestra are represented, as is African derived world music featuring native acoustic instrumentation. We round it out by offering a trio of jazz releases which cover the spectrum from an innovative take on the music of Miles Davis, a dynamic Spanish piano trio and a hot trumpeters stunning debut. Thank you to the musicians, producers, publicists and friends who sent the music, making it all possible.

Muddy Waters
Muddy Waters 100
(Raisin Music)

Bey Paule Band
Not Goin' Away
(Blue Dot Records)

Wee Willie Walker
If Nothing Ever Changes
(Little Village Foundation)

Shemekia Copeland
Outskirts of Love
(Alligator Records)

Lizz Wright
Freedom & Surrender
(Concord Music Group)

Jesse Fischer
(Ropeadope records)

Spanglish Fly
New York Boogaloo
(Chico World Music)


Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal
Musique De Nuit
(Six Degrees Records)

Racha Fora
Racha S'Miles
(Jazz Tokyo)

5 Journeys
(Clermont Music)

Freddie Hendrix
Jersey Cat
(Sunnyside Records)

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