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Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2016


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So many reviews this year, in so many genres, that I've split them into two categories—"Jazz" and "Latin, World & Experimental"—in response to the feeling that I was trying to compare apples to oranges. They're presented in more or less chronological order, and the guiding principle was whether I had a clear memory of the recording even before I went back to listen to it again. A few of these were drawn from Multiple Review articles, and I cheated a bit with one where I reviewed a live album release concert rather than the album. If I had to choose just one? In a very strong year of ECM releases, Wolfgang Muthspiel's Rising Grace is a highlight in his discography, in contemporary jazz guitar music, and in the recent ECM catalog.


Konstantin Ionenko
(Fancy Music)

Michael Formanek
The Distance
(ECM Records)

Tord Gustavsen
What was said
(ECM Records)

Andreas Loven
District Six
(Losen Records)

Cuong Vu
Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny
(Nonesuch Records)

Daniela Schachter
Vanheusenism: A Tribute to Jimmy Van Heusen
(Self Produced)

Vinnie Zummo
The Coyote
(Vaz Music)

Nels Cline
(Blue Note Records)

Jakob Bro
(ECM Records)

Wadada Leo Smith
America's National Parks
(Cuneiform Records)

Alyssa Allgood
Out Of The Blue
(Jerujazz Records)

Wolfgang Muthspiel
Rising Grace
(ECM Records)

Frank Kimbrough
(Pirouet Records)

Latin, World & Experimental

Nils Okland
(ECM Records)

Carol Saboya
(AAM Music)

Mike Freeman
Blue Tjade
(VOF Recordings)

Rhythm Future Quartet
(Self Produced)

Dominican Jazz Project
The Dominican Jazz Project
(Summit Records)

Ravi Shankar
In Hollywood, 1971
(Northern Spy Records)

Sao Paulo Underground
Cantos Invisíveis
(Cuneiform Records)

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