We asked 50 writers to choose an album from the past three and a half decades that he or she was dying to tell the world about. The results are surprising, and the essays personal-a fond look back at 35 years of recorded jazz. To augment the section, we’ve printed some rare and wonderful photos from our archives.
From the opening of jazz’s Taj Mahal in New York City to major artists self-releasing their CDs, from an unlikely tribute album rising up to be the album of the year to the incredible amounts of musical creativity in the face of ongoing economic uncertainy-this is the year in jazz.
We give you release dates and data on some of the biggest CDs scheduled for release this year. (Including the Big Sur-gazing Charles Lloyd’s duets CD with Billy Higgins.) Use it as a guide-but please, no wagering.
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