Following my Top 5 Classical Albums of 2017 published some days ago, let me now write about my favorite Jazz albums.
2017 hasn’t been particularly impressive for me in terms of quantity of new Jazz albums that I really loved. I found myself more and more writing about classical music, or older recordings.
Not sure if this reflects a general slowdown of new Jazz releases or simply that my taste is rather particular. In any case, I also checked for reference some of the other top 2017 lists for Jazz, and didn’t find anything particularly exciting that I had missed.
But maybe you disagree? Let me know?
So here we go, here is my list for 2017. Note that while my Top 5 Classical list only had 5 star ratings, I also had to include two 4 star albums in here, just to make the numbers.
If you’ve been following my blog for a bit, you won’t be surprised to see a large number of piano trio albums here, my favorite genre.
You’ll find download links to each album in the original reviews of the albums that are linked.
Cecile McLorin Salvant: Dreams and Daggers
Well, let’s start strong anyhow: I’ve already postulated early on that Cécile McLorin Salvant could be the THE Jazz singer of the 21st century. It didn’t take rocket science nor a truffle dog to find this, in spite of her young age, she’s received praise from all over the world, including a Grammy nomination in 2014.
Dreams and Daggers is another masterpiece, with a nice mix of standards and originals, and a must have for any Jazz lover.
You´ll find my original review here.
Helge Lien: Guzuguzu
I’ve been a great fan of Helge Lien for years, since I discovered Hello Troll. Guzuguzu really confirms that he’s one of the most talented Jazz trio artists out there. As I wrote in my review, it combines “Scandinavian lyricism combined with often extremely complex rhythms”. I think there´s nothing much to add here.
See my original review here.
Triosence: Hidden Beauty
Don’t get deterred by the cover art. Germany´s Triosence is one of the stars of Jazz trio based heavily on beautiful melodies and harmonies. Some would argue this is not Jazz, I don’t even bother to argue, as I simply like it very much.
You’ll find my original review here.
Tingvall Trio: Cirklar
Tingvall Trio is another German group if you count there home base in Hamburg, but actually are much more international if you look at the members of the trio.
Cirklar is very good, if not their best album ever, but if you like their style (and they have a very strong regional following), you should really check this out.
You’ll find my original review here.
Shai Maestro Live at Moods
My last album actually isn’t an album at all. It is the captured videostream of an outstanding concert I attended this March at Moods Zurich, the best Jazz club in town.
You’ll find my original writeup of Shai Maestro´s concert here, and it was truly an outstanding concert.
But for once, you don’t have to take my word for it. Moods has recently installed what they call Moods.digital, basically a platform video streaming and archiving all concerts at Moods.
And I was really lucky, the technology just went live shortly before this concert. So with a subscription fee (you can cancel anytime if you don’t like it) you can now watch the entire back catalog of recorded concerts at moods with outstanding video and very good audio quality. Check out my article about it here. And no, I’m not getting sponsored for writing this.
What do you think?
My list is obviously very biased, very personal, but such is my entire blog.
Did I miss anything? I´d very much like to hear about your personal favorites for 2017.