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Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2016

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Another year is almost in the books. And while there were many things to fret about in 2016, a lack of good music wasn't one of them. A quick look back at the year reminds us that jazz legends remain strong, rising stars continue to rapidly ascend, newcomers are making their presence felt, and the dearly departed are gracing us from the great beyond. I had the pleasure of listening to hundreds of new jazz albums for review consideration this ...

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Karl Ackermann's Best of 2016

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2016 has proven that jazz and creative music in general, are healthier than ever. Artists like Steve Lehman, Nate Wooley and Vijay Iyer continue to push the envelope while those like Bob Gluck find ways to make the old, very new. This list is--for the most part--outside the mainstream because that is where artists risk the most to tell their stories; it is where many listeners go to be challenged. Nate Wooley Seven Storey Mountain V ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...


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