Top 50 New Recordings of 2017!

A little bird whispered in my ear that they consider A Sleepin’ Bee in his Top 30 picks for 2017.  Scott Yanow posted this story on his blog.  The company in the list is mighty fine.  Look for Scott’s review of A Sleepin’ Bee in February’s Downbeat Magazine.

Photo THE 50 TOP JAZZ RECORDINGS OF 2017

As is always true, no “best of” list of jazz recordings for a particular year would be complete unless it included hundreds of recordings. Jazz has been in a golden age ever since recordings became widely available in the early 1920s, and there is certainly no sign of it slowing down. On my best of 2017 list, I have limited myself to 50 releases (30 new and 20 reissue/historic CDs) covering a wide variety of styles and listed in alphabetical order by the leader’s name. Do not hesitate to get all of them! Each is special in its own way.

30 TOP NEW RELEASES

Cyrus Chestnut – There’s A Sweet, Sweet Spirit – HighNote
Emmett Cohen – Masters Legacy Series Vol. 1 – Cellar Live
Richie Cole – Latin Lover – Richie Cole Presents
The Cookers – The Call Of The Wild and Peaceful Heart – Smoke Sessions
Carsten Dahl Trio – Simplicity – Storyville
Richard Dowling – The Complete Piano Works Of Scott Joplin – Rivermont
Terry Gibbs – 92 Years Young – Whaling City Sound
Kelly Green – Life Rearranged – Self-Released
Rebecca Hardiman – Honoring Ella – Self-Released
Heads Of State – Four In One – Smoke Sessions
Oscar Hernandez & Alma Libre – The Art Of Latin Jazz – Origin
Eric Hofbauer Quintet – Reminiscing In Tempo – Creative Nation Music
Jay Hoggard – Harlem Hieroglyphs – JHVM
Jazzmeia Horn – A Social Call – Prestige
Dick Hyman – Solo At The Sacramento Jazz Festivals – Arbors
Rebecca Kilgore and Bernd Lhotzky – This And That – Arbors
Lauren Kinhan – A Sleepin’ Bee – Dotted i
Mark Masters Ensemble – Blue Skylight – Capri
Gary Meek – Originals – Self-Released
Eddie Palmieri – Sabiduria – Ropeadope
Chris Potter – The Dreamer Is The Dream – ECM
River Raisin Ragtime Revue – Music Of Reginald R. Robinson – R4 Recordings
Teri Roiger – Ghost Of Yesterday – Dot Time
Bianca Rossini – Vento do Norte – Apaixonada Music/BDM Records
Cecile McLorin Salvant – Dreams And Daggers – Mack Avenue
Jason Stein – Lucille – Delmark
Gabrielle Stravelli – Dream Ago – Big Modern Music
Veronica Swift – Lonely Woman – Hodstef Music
Jim Turner – Magic Fingers – Solo Art
Stephane Wrembel – The Django Experiment I – Water Is Life Records

-Scott Yanow

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