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Mike Jurkovic's Best Releases of 2017: Pianos Lead the Way


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There are some years when certain artists and their instrument stand tallest among the tall. This year it was piano players. Established names, exciting discoveries. Creation music for repeated listening, relentless invention, insight, humor, new equations. Each with a particular turn, a defining touch, that takes you past the chaos of our harshest days.

Django Bates
The Study of Touch
ECM Records

Vijay Iyer Sextet
Far From Over

John Daversa
Wobbly Dance Flower
BFM Jazz

Emmet Cohen
Master Legacy Series Vol. 1 Featuring Jimmy Cobb
Cellar Live

Benedikt Jahnel Trio
The Invariant
ECM Records

Victor Gould
Fresh Sound New Talent

Thelonious Monk
Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960
Sam Records/Sage

Colin Vallon Trio
ECM Records

Bill Evans Trio
Another Time: The Hilversum Concert
Resonance Records

Anouar Brahem
Blue Maqams
ECM Records

Andrea Claburn
Lot 49 Labs

Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Matthew Garrison
In Movement
ECM Records

Marc Copland
Inner Voice Jazz

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