Jazzwise Magazine’s 20 best albums of 2017

The publication has unveiled its annual rundown of the best jazz releases of the year

The UK’s Jazzwise Magazine has published its rundown of the 20 best jazz releases of 2017, with Cecile McLorin Salvant at the top of the list with her ‘Dreams and Daggers’ LP – the publication says she’s one of the most exciting jazz singers to emerge in years. Other albums on the list include saxophonist Denys Baptiste with a tribute to his hero John Coltrane, Pianist Ahmad Jamal, trumpeter Christian Scott and John McLaughlin’s Grammy nominated album recorded live at Ronnie Scott’s. The full list is below…

Cécile McLorin Salvant - Dreams and Daggers (Mack Avenue)

Denys Baptiste - The Late Trane (Edition)

Ahmad Jamal - Marseille (Jazz Village)

Phronesis - The Behemoth (Edition)

Charles Lloyd New Quartet - Passin’ Thru (Blue Note)

John McLaughlin & The Fourth Dimension - Live @ Ronnie Scott’s (Abstract Logix)

Jazzmeia Horn - A Social Call (Prestige)

Django Bates with The Frankfurt Radio Big Band - Saluting Sgt. Pepper (Edition)

WollnyParisien / Peirani / Schaerer / Wollny - Out of Land (ACT)

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah - Diaspora (Ropeadope)

Anouar Brahem - Blue Maqams (ECM)

Craig Taborn - Daylight Ghosts (ECM)

Tomasz Stańko New York Quartet - December Avenue (ECM)

Alexander Hawkins - Unit[e] (Alexander Hawkins Music)

Nicole Mitchell - Mandoria Awakening II: Emerging Worlds (FPE)

Courtney Pine - Black Notes From The Deep (Freestyle)

Ambrose Akinmusire - A Rift In Decorum: Live at the Village Vanguard (Blue Note)

Jeremy Pelt - Make Noise (HighNote)

Vijay Iyer Sextet - Far From Over (ECM)

Binker & Moses - Journey To The Mountain of Forever (Gearbox)

You can read more about each album, and about the magazine HERE

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