We got the jazz, we got the jazz. 2017 had some great jazz too. We covered some terrific records all across the jazz board. Whether it was straight ahead, nu-jazz, future jazz, cinematic jazz, and then some, we really enjoyed hearing what was out there. Believe us, there were a ton of good records we didn’t cover on the site either, but we covered the most we could. So here are ten plus one jazz records we loved in 2017. (In no particular order). We hope you dig ’em as much as we did. Enjoy!
Hapshire And Foat: Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand
What else can we say to our most favorite jazz related record of the year. Join multi-instrumentalist warren Hampshire from The Bees and super cool Greg Foat together and they give us a banger of a record featuring Italian soundtrack, Folk, and American jazz sounds throughout. Really great music here if you have not got on to them yet.
Will Sessions: Kindred Live
This live session was passed on to us by our man TD in Boston. We fell in love with it immediately. In the spirit of Herbie Hancock, Chick Correa, Miles Davis and others, this jazz fusion tornado fires on all cylinders and has an extra bonus of Amp Fiddler on Fender Rhodes. Magnificent all around.
Ross McHenry Trio: The Outsiders
This lovely jazz record out of the First Word camp struck a nerve with us this year. No stranger to the label, it’s the first for Ross McHenry with a trio. A beautiful record that pushes jazz’s past, present, and future.
Joe Armon-Jones & Maxwell Owin: Idiom
What we loved about this record, is that it pushed jazz boundaries to the fullest. London’s jazz scene was set afire by these lads and while the record contained elements of dub, house, soul, and more, it embodied the spirit of jazz through and through. YAM records let’s us know what young jazz sounds like in old London town.
The Colors That Rise: 2020
Bridging the gap between jazz and club music, CTR inject many styles into their music. This is future jazz with nods to the past and a wide open road to the future of this music. Young and eager, we are looking forward to more from this duo.
EABS: Repetitions (Letters to Krzysztof Komeda)
The Polish septet EABS (Electro-Acoustic Beat Sessions) is an outfit that combines traditional Polish jazz with many other elements to interpret modern jazz music in their own way. Repetitions (Letters to Krzysztof Komeda) is dedicated to the Krzysztof Komeda, a legend in the Polish jazz scene, and explores many of his lesser known works and compositions. Don’t sleep on this release.
Nautilus feat Fleur Earth: Root Down
This jazz interpretation of the Beasties/ Jimmy Smith from Japan’s Nautilus featuring the ever so lovely Fleur Earth is just what we needed in 2017. Plus it’s presented by Oonops, I mean what more can you want?
Cosmic Analog Ensemble: Les Sourdes Oreilles
You say you like your jazz on the soundtrack side with some psych, funk, and other treats rolled up in it? Well, Lebanon’s Charif Megarbane, the muti-intrumentalist and producer put this together with shades of Axelrod and MacDermot. One of our favorite releases in 2017.
Takashi Nakazato: Piste Libre
This latin jazz banger from Japanese Nu-Jazz maestro Takashi Nakazato might have been slept on like the record label said, but we were happy to discover this percussion filled beauty is one we hope you enjoy as much as we did.
Kamasi Washington: Harmony of Difference EP
I don’t think we have to say much about Kamasi Washington. Everythin ghe touches turns to gold, and we fell deep in love with “Truth”, and were just over the moon with this release from the Jazz giant.