IT HAS BEEN A THRILL to either review or provide label copywriting for a wondrous diversity of album releases during 2016. I offer my gratitude to all concerned for the privilege of listening and appraising, as well as the ongoing life enhancement this music provides (an album is for life, not just for Christmas!).
In a year which has seen an extraordinary output of outstanding jazz and jazz-related recordings – and more reviews and views at this site than ever before – once again it seems virtually impossible to select ‘the best’. But it feels right to reflect on the past twelve months. So I have chosen to highlight, here, a dozen albums which have made a particular impression on me (though fluctuating, emotive responses to music – what it’s all about – would suggest that this selection could easily change at the drop of a hat!).
So, if you’re looking for recommendations… in no particular order, do investigate the following:
Andre Canniere The Darkening Blue copywriting for label
Marius Neset / London Sinfonietta Snowmelt review
Snowpoet Snowpoet review
John Ellis Evolution: Seeds & Streams review
Snarky Puppy Culcha Vulcha review
Tim Garland ONE review
Shez Raja Gurutopia review
Phronesis Parallax review
The Impossible Gentlemen Let’s Get Deluxe review
Nigel Price Organ Trio Heads & Tales, Volume 2 copywriting for label
Roberto Olzer Trio The Moon and the Bonfires review
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra E.S.T. Symphony review
Thank you to all the astonishingly creative musicians who continue to feed our souls so richly.
Here’s to 2017!