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Best of / Year End


Mark F. Turner's Best of 2015

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The number of artists that continue to produce quality jazz is not slowing and that's a beautiful thing. It's becoming more difficult to differentiate between so many varied releases but here are few that stood out in 2015. Kamasi Washington The Epic (Brainfeeder) Straight-ahead, hard swinging and Afrocentric, Los Angeles based composer/saxophonist Kamasi Washington delivers an epic adventure with his 172 minute opus that includes a jazz ensemble, choir, and ...


Nenad Georgievski's Best of 2015

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2015 was not an easy year. I became a dad for the third time while I was working on a Film festival for music documentaries. The festival itself was an uphill battle, but I managed to get it organized with astounding success. In the meantime I was writing constantly or was listening to music, as if my life depended on it. The Top 10 is actually a process of sifting through hundreds of records and panning for gold. Plenty of ...


2015: The Year in Jazz

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The year 2015 was a curious blend of ups and downs, with glimmers of optimism offset by its losses. Venues opened to great fanfare, but others closed for a variety of reasons. UNESCO's International Jazz Day became firmly entrenched as the exclamation point on Jazz Appreciation Month activities in April. Daily arts journalism took a hit with music writers leaving significant newspapers. A prominent trumpeter found himself under FBI investigation for program funding in New Orleans. The jazz world again ...


Top 15 "Read" Interviews: 2015

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All About Jazz tracks how often an interview is read, and the interviews listed below represent our top 15 published in 2015. Kind of Purple: Jazz musicians on Prince Prince by Kurt Gottschalk Published: December 17, 2015 Bill Laswell: No Boundaries Bill Laswell by Nenad Georgievski Published: March 30, 2015 Steven Wilson: Intuitive Indulgences and Pop Proclivities ...


Top 15 "Read" Articles: 2015

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All About Jazz tracks how often an article is read, and the articles listed below represent our top 15 published in 2015. Deconstructing Money Jungle Duke Ellington by Graham E Peterson Published: October 23, 2015 John Coltrane and the Meaning of Life John Coltrane by Douglas Groothuis Published: January 22, 2015 Kind of Purple: Jazz Musicians on ...


Top 15 "Recommended" Articles: 2015

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All About Jazz tracks how often an article is recommended, and the articles listed below represent our top fifteen published in 2015. Paul Jost: The First Thing is Heart Paul Jost by Chris M. Slawecki Published: February 12, 2015 Ron Aprea: On John Lennon, Jazz Legends, And Life In Music Ron Aprea by Dan Bilawsky Published: August 16, 2015 ...


Jakob Baekgaard's Best of 2015

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These ten albums are just a few of the many great releases of 2015. Music was and still is a light in a world filled with problems and fear. When it is best, it encourages openness and contemplation and brings us closer together as humans. John Law These Skies In Which We Rust 33xtreme The piano as an instrument holds a special place in my heart and the British pianist John Law ...


Top 25 MP3 Downloads: 2015

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All About Jazz tracks how often a featured MP3 is downloaded, and the following represent our top 25 in 2015. If you missed them the first time around, give them a listen now, and enjoy! Other Minds By: Mario Dueñas From: Beliefs  (Self Produced) Featured: 2015-12-28 Astrologic By: Ernesto Aurignac From: UNO  (Self Produced) Featured: 2015-12-31 The ...

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