AllMusic 2017 Year In Review

Favorite Jazz Albums -

 Up and comers like Keyon Harrold, Jazzmeia Horn and Ross McHenry sat comfortably alongside stalwarts such as Chick Corea, Courtney Pine and Mike Stern in 2017, resulting in albums that both respect the jazz's origins while continuing to push its boundaries.
Marseille

Ahmad Jamal

Marseille

A gorgeous, dreamlike homage to the coastal French city that clearly holds a special place in the pianist's heart.

A Rift in Decorum: Live at the Village Vanguard

Ambrose Akinmusire

A Rift in Decorum: Live at the Village Vanguard

A challenging, sprawling live album of all-original material from the trumpeter and his quartet.

Familia: Tribute to Bebo & Chico

Arturo O'Farrill / Chucho Valdés

Familia: Tribute to Bebo & Chico

A virtuosic blend of old traditions and forward-thinking musicality makes up this ambitious celebration of two Afro-Cuban family legacies.

Towards Language

Arve Henriksen

Towards Language

The Norwegian trumpeter and some longtime collaborators continue their exploration and discovery in expanding the boundaries of jazz.

Cross My Palm with Silver

Avishai Cohen

Cross My Palm with Silver

The Israeli-born trumpeter's second ECM album of atmospheric, classically influenced jazz.

Our Point of View

Blue Note All-Stars

Our Point of View

A highly engaging, forward-looking jazz supergroup celebrates Blue Note's 75th Anniversary.

Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau

Brad Mehldau / Chris Thile

Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau

A generous, organically realized collaboration between the genre-bending bluegrass singer/mandolin player and the lauded jazz pianist.

Body and Shadow

Brian Blade / Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band

Body and Shadow

Celebrating their 20-year anniversary and fifth album, this ensemble stand apart in seamlessly weaving American folk forms and jazz.

The Musician

Chick Corea

The Musician

An engrossing live album and documentary set culled from Corea's six-week birthday stint at the Blue Note in 2016.

The Dreamer Is the Dream

Chris Potter

The Dreamer Is the Dream

The saxophonist's third leader disc for ECM showcases the considerable rhythmic invention -- and muscle -- of his quartet.

Bringin' It

Christian McBride / Christian McBride Big Band

Bringin' It

The bassist's second full-length album featuring his dynamic big band.

All This I Do for Glory

Colin Stetson

All This I Do for Glory

On his return to live-in-the-studio, warts-and-all solo recording, the saxophonist/composer delivers a percussive, airy, emotionally resonant album.

Danse

Colin Vallon Trio / Patrice Moret / Julian Sartorius / Colin Vallon

Danse

This adventurous and accessible date by the Swiss trio should help establish an audience beyond Europe's borders and jazz's confines.

Black Notes from the Deep

Courtney Pine

Black Notes from the Deep

For the first time in 12 years the British jazzman returns to his tenor, backed by his rhythm section and guest soulman Omar Lye-Fook.

Daylight Ghosts

Craig Taborn

Daylight Ghosts

An engaging, experimental quartet date from the pianist with Chris Speed, Chris Lightcap, and the Bad Plus' Dave King.

There's a Sweet Sweet Spirit

Cyrus Chestnut

There's a Sweet Sweet Spirit

The pianist's superb third High Note release features bassist Buster Williams, drummer Lenny White, and vibraphonist Steve Nelson.

Dreams and Daggers

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Dreams and Daggers

An emotionally layered set of live and studio recordings featuring the singer and her trio, as well as the classical string ensemble the Catalyst Quartet.

Memphis... Yes, I'm Ready

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Memphis... Yes, I'm Ready

The jazz diva travels to Memphis to cut an album of R&B, soul, blues, and gospel classics with plenty of sass and style.

Blue Maqams

Django Bates / Anouar Brahem / Jack DeJohnette / Dave Holland

Blue Maqams

With an all-star rhythm section, the Tunisian oud master delivers a nearly perfect meld of Arabic modal music and jazz improvisation.

The Study of Touch

Django Bates

The Study of Touch

On his debut as a leader for ECM, the pianist showcases his trio's unique, sophisticated, creative acumen without losing his sense of humor.

Dance of Time

Eliane Elias

Dance of Time

On this excellent follow-up to Made In Brazil, the pianist, her band, and a star-studded guest list explore the depth and dimension of samba.

Song of No Regrets

Eric Alexander

Song of No Regrets

The saxophonist investigates songs by Sergio Mendes, Stevie Wonder, and others on this warm Latin-tinged effort, featuring Jon Faddis.

Nat King Cole & Me

Gregory Porter

Nat King Cole & Me

A lovingly crafted tribute to one of Porter's biggest influences featuring lush orchestral arrangements from Vince Mendoza.

Agrima

Indo-Pak Coalition / Rudresh Mahanthappa

Agrima

After nine long years, this trio reunites for a most provocative, boundary-shattering date that creates a new kind of Indo-jazz fusion.

Social Call

Jazzmeia Horn

Social Call

A virtuoso debut from the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition winner.

Make Noise!

Jeremy Pelt

Make Noise!

Nuanced acoustic post-bop session from the trumpeter with a vibrant Latin influence.

What If

Jerry Douglas

What If

The prolific Dobro maestro and his septet revisit the past and carve out new ground as bluegrass, jazz, country-rock, and blues collide.

Flowers: Beautiful Life, Vol. 2

Jimmy Greene

Flowers: Beautiful Life, Vol. 2

An ebullient, rhythmically vibrant second volume of music inspired by the saxophonist's daughter, who died at Sandy Hook.

Up and Coming

John Abercrombie / John Abercrombie Quartet

Up and Coming

The lineage in this band enables its members to explore an abundance of creative ideas with subtlety, empathy, and confidence.

The Mugician

Keyon Harrold

The Mugician

The trumpeter's ambitious, socially conscious sophomore album mixes jazz, hip-hop, and R&B in a fertile psychedelic cauldron.

Anti-Hero

Kneebody

Anti-Hero

The ninth album of genre-bending, instrumental post-jazz from the exploratory quintet.

Umbrella Weather

Led Bib

Umbrella Weather

Coming off hiatus on a new label, the British quintet delivers the most focused, diverse, and sophisticated record in its catalog.

Honey & Salt

Matt Wilson

Honey & Salt

A playful, deeply felt tribute to the work of poet Carl Sandburg.

Piano Song

Matthew Shipp

Piano Song

On his final Thirsty Ear date, the pianist/composer and his trio deliver an accessible but no less questing set of new tunes.

Tipico

Miguel Zenón

Tipico

A sophisticated, kinetic, and deeply poetic quartet session from the acclaimed Puerto Rican saxophonist.

Trip

Mike Stern

Trip

The groundbreaking guitarist fights back from a potentially career-ending accident to deliver one of his finest and most diverse albums.

Uprising

Miles Mosley

Uprising

A funky, bold, and deeply soulful Verve debut from the Los Angeles bassist/vocalist and West Coast Get Down member.

Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds

Nicole Mitchell

Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds

The flutist/composer delivers a narrative concept that explores the intersections of duality in a startlingly unique musical language.

So It Is

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

So It Is

The PHJB's second album of all-original material is an ebullient, Afro-Latin-influenced party album produced with TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek.

Nightfall

Quercus

Nightfall

This folk-jazz trio delivers its sophomore recording from a studio, reinventing folk, pop, and jazz standards with depth and elegance.

Gnosis

Ramon Diaz / Nosotros Ensemble / David Virelles

Gnosis

The pianist's large-scale performance work was recorded in a New York studio, and explores transculturation and traditions in jazz and Cuban music.

Ella: Accentuate the Positive

Regina Carter

Ella: Accentuate the Positive

The violinist pays homage to the legendary vocalist with a set of well-curated, surprisingly reworked standards.

Bells for the South Side

Roscoe Mitchell

Bells for the South Side

Recorded at Chicago's Museum of Modern Art, four of the artist's trios play separately and in various combinations to deliver a monolithic and inspired document.

The Outsiders

Ross McHenry

The Outsiders

The debut album by the Shaolin Afronauts' bassist's new trio displays an innovative, original brand of purposefully executed Antipodean jazz.

With You in Mind

Stanton Moore

With You in Mind

The Galactic drummer's trio and a host of NOLA luminaries pay a heartfelt, soulful tribute to the late Allen Toussaint's music and genius.

Passin' Thru

The Charles Lloyd Quartet / Charles Lloyd / Charles Lloyd New Quartet

Passin' Thru

The great saxophonist's new quartet celebrates ten years together with this startling, inspired live offering.

Incidentals

Tim Berne / Tim Berne's Snakeoil

Incidentals

The saxophonist and composer's complex compositional ideas come to fruition with complex group interplay and communication to deliver a strong, dark, and bold creation.

The Source

Tony Allen

The Source

The legendary Afrobeat drummer's earthy, harmonically sophisticated and endlessly funky full-length Blue Note debut.

Verisimilitude

Tyshawn Sorey

Verisimilitude

The drummer and composer returns to work with his trio, erasing all boundary lines between vanguard music, classical, and jazz.

Far from Over

Vijay Iyer / Vijay Iyer Sextet

Far from Over

The pianist draws upon late-'60s Miles Davis and Mwandishi-era Herbie Hancock for this daring, exploratory sextet date.