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Jim Worsley's Best Releases of 2017


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As 2017 was another exceptional year in new music, choosing the recordings that rise above is a daunting task. It is also a lot of fun. Yes, such "drudgery" to listen to countless strong musical efforts from artists all over the world. The vast spectrum of seasoned pros, to new blood, and everything in between provided a jazz lover's earful. In random order here are my top 17 for '17.

Diana Krall
Turn Up The Quiet
Verve Label Group

Mike Stern
Heads Up

DeJohnette, Grenadier, Medeski, Scofield
Moterna Music

Jing Chi
Tone Center

Geof Bradfield
Cellar Live

Dave Young / Terry Promane
Volume 2
Self Produced

Larry Coryell
Seven Secrets
Savoy Jazz

Hiromi & Edmar Castaneda
Live in Montreal
Telarc Records

Kim Simmonds
Jazzin" On The Blues
Panache Records

Tor E Bekken
Live at Bar Moskus:Upright Piano
Blue Mood Records/Grappa

Simon Phillips
Protocol IV
Phantom Records

Vijay Iyer
Far From Over
ECM Records

Gary Peacock
ECM Records

Christian McBride Big Band
Bringin' It
Mack Avenue Records

Walter Trout
We're All In This Together

Joey DeFrancesco
Project Freedom
Mack Avenue Records

Liebman/Murley Quartet
Live at U of T
Self Produced

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