Mark F. Turner's Best Releases of 2016

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Another year of outstanding releases which not only unveiled new artists but also fresh material from those I've admired over many years. While the roots of jazz were formed during the music diaspora from Africa to America its branches are continually grafting and evolving—artistically, culturally, and geographically as musicians and composers find creative ways to express the music. As usual, the task is arduous but here are my picks for 2016.

Logan Richardson
Blue Note

Mike Baggetta
Fresh Sound New Talent

Myra Melford / Ben Goldberg
Self Produced

Esperanza Spalding
Emily's D+Evolution
Concord Music Group

Twin Talk
Twin Talk
ears&eyes Records

Richard Sears

Jason Palmer / Cedric Hanriot
City Of Poets
Whirlwind Recordings

Nate Wooley
Firehouse 12 Records

Beekman Vol. 02

Kris Davis
Pyroclastic Records

Tyshawn Sorey
The Inner Spectrum of Variables
Pi Recordings

James Brandon Lewis Trio
No Filter
BNS Records

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