Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

22

James Nadal's Best Releases of 2016

James Nadal By

Sign in to view read count
Having had the honor and pleasure to review over eighty records in 2016, choosing a dozen is a difficult task. There are featured blues and soul vocalists, which are maintaining the significance of these genres alive with the authentic talent and dedication required. Included are stimulating offerings from innovative fusion and experimental artists, as well as diverse instrumental and vocal performances from Africa and the Caribbean. My sincere appreciation to all the musicians, producers, promoters, publicists and friends who send music; and to Michael Ricci our publisher and editor-in-chief for his invaluable technical assistance.


William Bell
This Is Where I Live
(Stax Records)

Pauline Jean
Nwayo
(Self Produced)

Aireene Espiritu
Back Where I Belong
(Little Village Foundation)

Michael Spiro/Wayne Wallace
Canto America
(Patois Records)

Leon Foster Thomas
Metamorphosis
(Ropeadope)

Shez Raja
Gurutopia
(Dot Time Records)

Shabaka And The Ancestors
Wisdom Of Elders
(Brownswood Recordings)

Mark Fox Quartet
Three Octaves Above The Sun
(Cherry Sound Records)

Kat Riggins
Blues Revival
(Bluzpik Media Group)

Taeko Kunishima
Iridescent Clouds
(33 Jazz)

Fidel Morales
Omío
(Omío Music World)

Cafêzz
Sol Boricua
(Talismusic Records)

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Guarachando

Guarachando

Wayne Wallace
Intercambio

Catching Up With
Best of / Year End
CD/LP/Track Review
In the Artist's Own Words
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Canto América

Canto América

Patois Records
2016

buy
Latin Jazz Jazz Latin

Latin Jazz Jazz Latin

Patois Records
2013

buy
To Hear From There

To Hear From There

Patois Records
2011

buy
 

¡Bien Bien!

Red Jazz
2010

buy
¡Bien Bien!

¡Bien Bien!

Patois Records
2009

buy

Related Articles

Read Friedrich Kunzmann's 2018 Top 5: A fine year for the ECM catalogue Best of / Year End
Friedrich Kunzmann's 2018 Top 5: A fine year for the...
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: December 11, 2018
Read C. Michael Bailey's Best Releases of 2018 Best of / Year End
C. Michael Bailey's Best Releases of 2018
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: December 7, 2018
Read Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases Of 2018 Best of / Year End
Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases Of 2018
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: December 6, 2018
Read Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2018 Best of / Year End
Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2018
by Troy Dostert
Published: December 3, 2018
Read Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2018 Best of / Year End
Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2018
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: November 30, 2018
Read Attarian's Dozen: The Twelve Best Recordings from 2018 Best of / Year End
Attarian's Dozen: The Twelve Best Recordings from 2018
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: November 30, 2018
Read "John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2017" Best of / Year End John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2017
by John Sharpe
Published: December 28, 2017
Read "Mark Corroto's Best Releases of 2017" Best of / Year End Mark Corroto's Best Releases of 2017
by Mark Corroto
Published: December 14, 2017
Read "Jerome Wilson's Best of 2017" Best of / Year End Jerome Wilson's Best of 2017
by Jerome Wilson
Published: December 17, 2017
Read "Jakob Baekgaard's Best Releases of 2017" Best of / Year End Jakob Baekgaard's Best Releases of 2017
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: December 28, 2017
Read "Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2017" Best of / Year End Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2017
by Troy Dostert
Published: December 16, 2017
Read "12 Most Read Album Reviews: 2017" Best of / Year End 12 Most Read Album Reviews: 2017
by Michael Ricci
Published: December 31, 2017