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2006 could very well have been All About Jazz's best year yet in terms of new developments. MY AAJ and regional calendar of events were launched in July and we've been actively building "MY" memberships and spreading the word about the calendar ever since. We also topped one million monthly readers for the first time (in November), we're rapidly approaching one million MP3 downloads, and we added Chris May and Samuel Chell to our editorial staff.
That's the year in review and the year ahead in a nutshell; now onto the music...
I featured nearly 150 publisher's picks this year and highlighted the top 30 belowthey represent the most memorable in my 2006 listening experience.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.