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.


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.


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