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Mark Corroto's Best Releases of 2017

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And what a year it was. With all hurricanes, raging fires, and end-of-the-world politics, we were fortunate to have the magical salve that is music. Complied here are my favorite releases of this past year. I tried to pare down a long list of 50 to 10, but it was impossible. The music you see below ...

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Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2017

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No genre breakdown this year. I've included every release that I rated at 4.5 stars or better, plus a number of 4 star reviews (that was the hard part, as there were lots of those). ECM had an exceptionally strong year, and I had trouble limiting my selection even this much. This is a chronological list, ...

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Troy Collins' Best Releases of 2017

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Considering the quantity of recordings released in a year's time, attempting to compile a comprehensive end of the year list mentioning every first-rate session would be difficult at best. The ten titles listed below represent a fertile cross-section of some of the most compelling modern jazz heard in 2017.

William Parker Quartets

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Karl Ackermann's Best Releases of 2017

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2017 was an exceptional year for artists who elude convention; veterans such as Wadada Leo Smith and relative newcomers like Abdul Moimême gave us unique musical insights. It was an outstanding year for solo recordings. Along with Smith and Moimême, Rob Mazurek, Matthew Shipp, Irish multi-instrumentalist Aine O'Dwyer, Cuban pianist Aruán Ortiz, Italian pianist Stefano Battaglia, ...

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Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases of 2017

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The music keeps moving forward, evolving to higher levels. My search for the best jazz recordings of 2017 led me to these marvelous CDs.

Wadada Leo Smith
Najwa
Tum Records

Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith offers up a “guitar" album, and the quality of musicianship, the concept and originality rise to the ...

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C. Michael Bailey’s Best Recordings of 2017

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This year marks my 20th contributing to AAJ. Twenty years ago, I was 38 years old looking for an outlet for my music writing that had somehow avoided me until I came across an opportunity disguised as a call for articles from one Michael Ricci in jny: Philadelphia. I emailed my review of Art Pepper's San ...

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Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2017

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Few things are a given, yet we can always count on a flood of new music making its way into the world over the course of a year. In 2017 some of the best jazz found its path by looking forward, doubling back, and/or branching out. In short, this music and the dedicated artists who make ...

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Il meglio del 2016 Secondo Paolo Peviani

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Dal punto di vista discografico, quella del 2016 è stata un'annata molto ricca. Nessun picco straordinario ma tanti buoni, ottimi dischi, da ascoltare e riascoltare con attenzione. Dal mio piccolo e per forza di cose parziale osservatorio, ho avuto l'impressione che i grandi nomi del jazz -al netto di qualche eccezione -non abbiano prodotto grandi cose. ...

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Il meglio del 2016 Secondo Vic Albani

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Kate Bush
Before the Dawn
(Fish People)
Nels Cline
Lovers
(Blue Note Records)
Andrew Cyrille
The Declaration of Musical Independence
(ECM Records)
Dave Douglas, Frank Woeste
Dada People
(Greenleaf Music)
Taylor Ho Bynum
Enter the PlusTet
(Firehouse 12 Records) ...

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Il Meglio del 2016 Secondo Ludovico Granvassu

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Che anno! La musica di alta qualità continua ad arrivare inarrestabile. La preparazione di questa lista è stata quasi dolorosa per la scelta crudele di limitare il numero dei CD a 12 e quello dei concerti a 10. Ma tant'è. Questi saranno CD e concerti che rimarranno per me indelebilmente legati al 2016, con una menzione ...


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