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Jerome Wilson's Best of 2017

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By most measures 2017 was not the best of years. In the jazz world however, the creativity and dedication of musicians worldwide was a beacon of positivity and purpose. Matt Wilson and Jane Ira Bloom made superb connections between poetry and jazz, new artists like Simon Millerd and Laura Campisi made strong first impressions and veteran powerhouses like Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith kept on doing what they do. Here are the 12 recordings that moved me the most in the past year.

Brian Landrus
Generations
BlueLand

Dominique Eade & Ran Blake
Town and Country
Sunnyside

Matt Wilson
Honey And Salt
Palmetto

Wadada Leo Smith
Najwa
TUM

Joe Rosenberg Ensemble
Tomorrow Never Knows
Quark

Jane Ira Bloom
Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson
Outline

Harris Eisenstadt
Recent Developments
Songlines

Ingrid Jensen & Christine Jensen
Infinitude
Whirlwind

Vijay Iyer
Far From Over
ECM

Simon Millerd
Lessons And Fairytales
Songlines

Laura Campisi
Double Mirror
Self Produced

Rudresh Mahanthappa
Agrima
Self Produced

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