AllMusic 2015 Year In Review
Favorite Jazz Albums - Works featuring Chick Corea, Kenny Wheeler, John Scofield, David Sanborn, Joshua Redman, Pat Metheny and Charlie Hunter headline our list of the year's best jazz albums.
Space Time Continuum
Sophisticated, accomplished collection of straight-ahead acoustic jazz from the pianist, with guests including saxophonist Benny Golson.
This large-scale work based on Allen Grossman's poetry is a masterful creation of artful sophistication and accessibility.
Chick Corea / Béla Fleck
Compiled from over seven years of concerts, this set offers inspired evidence of two brilliant musicians in intimate dialogue.
A hallucinatory and surprisingly organic collaboration between the trumpeter and electronic musician Shigeto.
Time and the River
The saxophonist celebrates his 40th anniversary as a bandleader, re-teams with Marcus Miller, and issues a killer set of grooves and ballads.
David Torn explores the outer limits of electric guitar and looping on Only Sky.
The singer, songwriter, producer, and arranger offers an encounter with musical traditions of Africa and the Caribbean via spiritual L.A. soul.
This Is Not a Miracle
Originally recorded live in the studio, Thomas Strønen's extensive post-production results in the band's most groove-oriented effort.
Ghost Train Orchestra
Second installment of snappy vintage jazz from the late '20s arranged for Brooklyn-based nonet by bandleader/trumpeter Brian Carpenter.
The ECM debut of this Danish guitarist with bassist Thomas Morgan and a drummer is remarkable for its understated ideas.
Scofield reunites his '90s quartet with saxophonist Joe Lovano for a creatively inspired, emotionally resonant session.
Yesterday I Had the Blues
To celebrate the jazz legend's 100th birthday, the singer and a killer trio deliver a riveting set in tribute to her influence and legacy.
A massive, accessible, revelatory debut by the veteran L.A. saxophonist, his large band (with Thundercat), strings, and a choir.
At 70, the pianist changes his method to produce a new solo work culled from five improvised performances.
A yearning, literate collection of songs from around the world held together by Elling's nuanced, lyrical vocals.
Reunited with his longtime trio, the Beninese guitarist dazzles with a live-in-the-studio concert of all new material.
With an all-star international cast, the bassist creates massive grooves and infectious melodies to link the past to the future.
Marta Sánchez Quintet
The debut album by the Madrid-born pianist/composer's N.Y.C.-based quintet delivers creative jazz with both nuance and adventurousness.
The Norwegian trumpeter and quintet beautifully illustrates a musical journey from his homeland to North America.
The pianist leads yet another exemplary creative jazz quintet, with music inspired by Uruguayan author, historian, and journalist Eduardo Galeano.
Utilizing granular elements of Parker's music, Mahanthappa crafts an ecstatic tribute to the legendary bop saxophonist.
The Kandinsky Effect
The cutting-edge sax-bass-drums trio continues to explore the nexus between creative jazz and electronica on its second Cuneiform release.
The Souljazz Orchestra
The Canadian sextet uses Afro-beat as a launch pad for hard-grooving explorations of Latin, Caribbean, and Ivorian club sounds.
After a series of collaborative albums, the Swedish avant jazz-funk trio delivers a houserocking gem.