The Top 50 Releases of 2016

Our writers pick the top 40 new releases and top 10 historical/reissue recordings


Guitarist Larry Coryell Dies at 73

Fiery virtuoso helped pioneer jazz-rock fusion with his Eleventh House


Keith Jarrett: Alone in a Crowded Room

In this rare interview, the visionary pianist discusses the evolution of his improvised solo concerts. By Nate Chinen.

Keith Jarrett (photo by Sánta István Csaba)


WNO to Perform Jazz Opera "Champion" in March

Score by Terence Blanchard features blues and Afro-Caribbean rhythms

WNO to Perform Jazz Opera "Champion" in March
02-25-17    Albums

Etienne Mbappe & the Prophets: How Near How Far

Twisty fusion, low-slung funk and world-music textures all mingle and mix with joyful abandon on……Read More

02-23-17    Albums

Dizzy Gillespie & Friends: Concert of the Century

A sextet of jazz royalty gathered onstage in Montreal on Nov. 24, 1980, to pay……Read More

02-22-17    Albums

Courvoisier, Feldman, Mori, Parker: Miller’s Tale

If there is a recording that can simultaneously put kittens to sleep and send a……Read More

02-21-17    Albums

Richie Cole: Plays Ballads & Love Songs

If you’ve wondered what Richie Cole is up to these days, he’s in Pittsburgh. He……Read More

02-20-17    Albums

Gregory Porter: Live in Berlin

This past April, when Gregory Porter headlined the Royal Albert Hall, the London Telegraph’s Ivan……Read More


Taylor Ho Bynum: Enter the PlusTet

It might come as no surprise that Taylor Ho Bynum’s original work draws inspiration from……Read More

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Our Writers Pick Their Favorites for 2016
By JazzTimes

Note: The combined rankings by our writers was used to compile our overall top 50……Read More


The Top 50 Releases of 2016
By JazzTimes

We calculated our top 40 new releases and top 10 historical/reissue recordings of 2016 based……Read More


Sonny Rollins Speaks
By Michael J. West

In late October, we received a friendly but troubled call from one of our longtime……Read More


Between Rockjazz and a Hard Place
By Shaun Brady

I hesitate to call Eric Lewis’ new album a welcome return to straight-ahead jazz—even though……Read More

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