Here is my list of some of the most interesting and in my opinion worthy offerings that were released this year. There very well maybe some deserving artists and releases that for whatever reason I was not able to get a chance to listen to, so my apologies.This is a very subjective listing, but I believe an inclusive one making room for different genres; for new as well as established artists.
Here in no particular order is my list of the best " JAZZ" of 2104 :
Ernie Watts Quartet : A Simple Truth- Flying Dolphin Records A masterful album from a masterful musician whose sound is all his own.
Dr. John Ske De Dat De Dat The Spirit of Louis Armstrong- Proper Records
Jane Ira Bloom Sixteen Sunsets- Outline records
Joe Beck -Get me- Whaling City Sound
Adam Unsworth/Byron Olson/John Vancore- Balance A brilliant compositional tour de force.
Michael Blake-Tiddy Boom- Sunnyside Records. Just a wonderful album.
David Ullman 8 Corduroy- Little Sky Records A great new work by the ambitious guitarist/composer
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Matt Wilson Quartet with john Medeski : Gathering Call - Palmeto Records
Dan Weiss Fourteen- PI Records
Denny Zeitlin Trio Stairway tot the Stars- Sunnyside
Dewa Budjana Joged Kahyangan- MoonJune Records
Ben Allison: The Stars Look Very Different Today- Sonic Camera Records
Pete Robbins: Pyramid- Hate Laugh Music
Janis Siegel : Nightsongs- Palmetto Records
Jimmy Cobb: The Original Mob- Smoke Sessions
Freddy Bryant-Dreamscape-GJK Sound
Jeff Ballard Trio: Time's Tales- Okeh/Sony Masterworks
Elizabeth Sheppard- Rewind- Linus Entertainment
Dhafer Yousef: Birds Requiem-Okeh
Steven Richman's Harmonie Ensemble/New York: Henry Mancini Music for Peter Gunn - Harmonia Mundi USA
Michael Wollny Trio- Weltentraum- ACT Music
Zara McFarland: If You Knew Her - Brownswood Recordings
Sammy Figueroa/Glaucia Nasser: Talisman- Savant Records
David Bixler's Auction Project: Slink-Bixler Music
Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden: Last Dance: ECM Records
Marc Weinstien: Latin Jazz Underground: Zoho
Click here for a sample of Latin Underground
Enjoy all of this great music and support the musicians by buying their cds and going to see them "live" whenever you get the chance. Have a wonderful holiday and keep listening and reading!