The titles listed below are among the most exceptional albums I've heard in a year filled with great music. Considering the quantity of recordings released in a years time, attempting to mention every high-quality session received would result in a list of ponderous proportions. As such, I have narrowed this list down to the records I repeatedly returned to throughout the year.
I love jazz because it has allowed me to find my own voice.
I was first exposed to jazz as a child through my parents.
The best show I ever attended was Cassandra Wilson and Dianne Reeves. AMAZING!!!
The first jazz record I bought was Carmen Sings Monk.
My advice to new listeners is to listen with your heart and feel with your experiences.