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Budd Kopman's Best Releases of 2016

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Of the seventy or so albums I was fortunate to review this year (with many still waiting in the wings), the releases below (in chronological order) are those that moved me the most and hence that I remember the clearest, even after a year. The quality of the music is uniformly high, and leaving something off ...

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Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases Of 2016

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The music keeps moving forward, evolving to higher levels. My search for the best jazz recordings of 2016 led me to these marvelous CDs.

Wadada Leo Smith
America's National Parks
Cuneiform Records

Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith has attempted in, the new millennium, to create his magnum opus. He may have succeeded ...

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Daniel Schlaeppi/Marc Copland: More Essentials

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The experience of this duo outing, More Essentials, begins with the packaging, the cover art, a gorgeous photo of two jelly fish immersed in the softened hues of shallow submersion in the sea. The disc spins, an introductory bass solo by Daniel Schlaeppi that leads into Miles Davis' “Blue In Green," with pianist Marc Copland's liquid, ...

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Marc Mommaas / Nikolaj Hess: Ballads & Standards

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Many, if not most, of today's jazz players end up, sooner or later, becoming composers. Hence, on top of searching for and hopefully finding their personal means of expression when performing (composing in real-time), they now must also develop a personal compositional style which fits their aesthetic outlook, and which is accessible enough by other players ...

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Daniel Schlaeppi/Marc Copland: More Essentials

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More Essentials is just that, a continuation, after much touring, of the partnership between bassist Daniel Schlaeppi and pianist Marc Copland. The extremely high standards set by its predecessor, Essentials are more than met by this second release.

The structure of this release is the same as before: tunes, some more, some less well ...

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Daniel Schlaeppi: Essentials

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Bassist Daniel Schlaeppi, in response to his efforts in playing, recording and producing top-notch jazz for the past ten years, won a six month scholarship to come to New York in 2010.

During his stay, he heard Marc Copland's New York Trio with Gary Peacock and Bill Stewart, and afterward sent Copland an email ...

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Daniel Schlaeppi: Voices Live

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For what more could one ask?

A live gig, excellently recorded; an appreciative audience; a band which is sharp as a tack that comes charging out of the gate smoking, playing music to which one cannot help but move.

The previous live album of bassist Daniel Schlaeppi, was Dimensions Live, and he ...

Daniel Schlaeppi / Jurg Bucher / Colin Vallon: Dimensions Live

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The very fine Dimensions Live is the second release from the band led by bassist Daniel Schläppi, which contains saxophonist Jürg Bucher and pianist Colin Vallon, the first simply named Dimensions (Brambus, 2003). Schläppi has also released Forces (Catwalk, 2007) on which he joined forces with Vallon, trombonist Nils Wogram, and teamed up with guitarist Tomas ...

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Daniel Schlaeppi: Forces

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Bassist Daniel Schläppi, whose previous release was Indian Summer (Catwalk, 2006) with guitarist Tomas Sauter, establishes himself as both a composer of note and someone who can bring together fine players and get the best from them with Forces.

The quartet, led by Schläppi consists of virtuoso trombonist Nils Wogram, also heard on ...