The Top 50: Writers’ Ballots

Top 10 new and top 5 historical/reissue recordings

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Note: The combined rankings by our writers was used to compile our overall top 50 list for 2016.

David R. Adler

New Releases
1. Esperanza Spalding Emily’s D+Evolution (Concord)
2. Mike Moreno Lotus (World Culture)
3. Dan Weiss Sixteen: Drummers Suite (Pi)
4. Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society Real Enemies (New Amsterdam)
5. Tony Moreno Quintet Short Stories (Mayimba)
6. Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau Nearness (Nonesuch)
7. Rez Abbasi & Junction Behind the Vibration (Cuneiform)
8. Nels Cline Lovers (Blue Note)
9. Michael Formanek Ensemble Kolossus The Distance (ECM)
10. Stephan Crump Rhombal (Papillon)

Historical
1. Various Artists Savory Collection, Vol. 1: Body and Soul—Coleman Hawkins & Friends (NJMIH/Apple Music)
2. Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra All My Yesterdays (Resonance)
3. Miles Davis Quintet Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series Vol. 5 (Columbia/Legacy)
4. Noble Sissle and Eubie BlakeSissle & Blake Sing Shuffle Along (Harbinger)
5. Bill Evans Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest (Resonance)

Larry Appelbaum

New Releases
1. Nels Cline Lovers (Blue Note)
2. Catherine Russell Harlem on My Mind (Jazz Village)
3. John Scofield Country for Old Men (Impulse!)
4. Iro Haarla Ante Lucem (ECM)
5. Wadada Leo Smith America’s National Parks (Cuneiform)
6. Bria Skonberg Bria (OKeh)
7. Andrew Cyrille & Bill McHenry Proximity (Sunnyside)
8. Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra Time/Life (Impulse!)
9. Branford Marsalis Quartet, Special Guest Kurt Elling Upward Spiral (OKeh)
10. Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau Nearness (Nonesuch)

Historical
1. Count Basie and Lester Young Classic 1936-1947 Count Basie and Lester Young Studio Sessions (Mosaic)
2. Erroll Garner Ready Take One (Legacy)
3. Miles Davis Quintet Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series Vol. 5 (Columbia/Legacy)
4. Bill Evans Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest (Resonance)
5. Various Artists Savory Collection, Vol. 1: Body and Soul—Coleman Hawkins & Friends (NJMIH/Apple Music)

Bill Beuttler

New Releases
1. Henry Threadgill Ensemble Double Up Old Locks and Irregular Verbs (Pi)
2. Vijay Iyer/Wadada Leo Smith A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke (ECM)
3. Jason Moran The Armory Concert (Yes)
4. John Zorn Flaga: The Book of Angels Vol. 27 (Tzadik)
5. Tyshawn Sorey The Inner Spectrum of Variables (Pi)
6. Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society Real Enemies (New Amsterdam)
7. Julian Lage Arclight (Mack Avenue)
8. Avishai Cohen Into the Silence (ECM)
9. Mary Halvorson Octet Away With You (Firehouse 12)
10. Aziza Aziza (Dare2)

Historical
1. Larry Young In Paris: The ORTF Recordings (Resonance)
2. Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra All My Yesterdays (Resonance)
3. Bill Evans Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest (Resonance)
4. Sarah Vaughan Live at Rosy’s (Resonance)
5. João Gilberto and Stan Getz Getz/Gilberto ’76 (Resonance)

Philip Booth

New Releases
1. Orrin Evans #knowingishalfthebattle (Smoke Sessions)
2. Aziza Aziza (Dare2)
3. Jack DeJohnette/Ravi Coltrane/Matthew Garrison In Movement (ECM)
4. Matt Wilson’s Big Happy Family Beginning of a Memory (Palmetto)
5. Nolatet Dogs (Royal Potato Family)
6. Jane Ira Bloom Early Americans (Outline)
7. Hendrik Meurkens harmonicus rex (Height Advantage)
8. Marquis Hill The Way We Play (Concord Jazz)
9. René Marie Sound of Red (Motéma)
10. John Beasley MONK’estra, Vol. 1 (Mack Avenue)

Shaun Brady

New Releases
1. Henry Threadgill Ensemble Double Up Old Locks and Irregular Verbs (Pi)
2. Michael Formanek Ensemble Kolossus The Distance (ECM)
3. Rez Abbasi & Junction Behind the Vibration (Cuneiform)
4. Stephan Crump Rhombal (Papillon)
5. Kris Davis Duopoly (Pyroclastic)
6. Murray, Allen & Carrington Power Trio Perfection (Motéma)
7. Nels Cline Lovers (Blue Note)
8. Julian Lage Arclight (Mack Avenue)
9. Jaimeo Brown Transcendence Work Songs (Motéma)
10. Bobby Avey Inhuman Wilderness (InnerVoice)

Historical
1. Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra All My Yesterdays (Resonance)
2. Various Artists Savory Collection, Vol. 1: Body and Soul—Coleman Hawkins & Friends (NJMIH/Apple Music)
3. Art Pepper Live at Fat Tuesday’s (Elemental)
4. Bill Evans Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest (Resonance)
5. Lyle Mays Quartet The Ludwigsburg Concert (Jazzhaus)

Nate Chinen

New Releases
1. Mary Halvorson Octet Away With You (Firehouse 12)
2. Jason Moran The Armory Concert (Yes)
3. Andrew Cyrille The Declaration of Musical Independence (ECM)
4. Wadada Leo Smith America’s National Parks (Cuneiform)
5. Jeff Parker The New Breed (International Anthem)
6. Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense Moving Still (Pi)
7. Logan Richardson Shift (Blue Note)
8. Kris Davis Duopoly (Pyroclastic)
9. Avishai Cohen Into the Silence (ECM)
10. John Zorn Flaga: The Book of Angels Vol. 27 (Tzadik)

Historical
1. Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra All My Yesterdays (Resonance)
2. Various Artists Savory Collection, Vol. 1: Body and Soul—Coleman Hawkins & Friends (NJMIH/Apple Music)
3. Larry Young In Paris: The ORTF Recordings (Resonance)
4. Bill Evans Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest (Resonance)
5. Erroll Garner Ready Take One (Legacy)

Sharonne Cohen

New Releases
1. Brian Lynch Madera Latino (Hollistic MusicWorks)
2. Kris Davis Duopoly (Pyroclastic)
3. Marquis Hill The Way We Play (Concord Jazz)
4. Alfredo Rodriguez Tocororo (Mack Avenue)
5. Jack DeJohnette/Ravi Coltrane/Matthew Garrison In Movement (ECM)
6. Julian Lage Arclight (Mack Avenue)
7. JD Allen Americana: Musings on Jazz and Blues (Savant)
8. Tom Harrell Something Gold, Something Blue (HighNote)
9. Wadada Leo Smith & John Lindberg Celestial Weather (TUM)
10. Avishai Cohen Into the Silence (ECM)

Historical/Reissues
1. John Coltrane A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters (Impulse!/Verve)
2. Stan Getz Moments In Time (Resonance)
3. Wes Montgomery One Night in Indy (Resonance)
4. John Abercrombie The First Quartet (ECM)
5. Bill Evans Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest (Resonance)

Thomas Conrad

New Releases
1. Wolfgang Muthspiel Rising Grace (ECM)
2. Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra Time/Life (Impulse!)
3. Avishai Cohen Into the Silence (ECM)
4. Charles Lloyd & the Marvels I Long to See You (Blue Note)
5. Brad Mehldau Trio Blues and Ballads (Nonesuch)
6. Henry Threadgill Ensemble Double Up Old Locks and Irregular Verbs (Pi)
7. Pat Metheny The Unity Sessions (Nonesuch)
8. Branford Marsalis Quartet, Special Guest Kurt Elling Upward Spiral (OKeh)
9. Francesco Diodati Yellow Squeeds Flow, Home. (Auand)
10. Tyshawn Sorey The Inner Spectrum of Variables (Pi)

Historical
1. Bill Evans Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest (Resonance)
2. Sonny Rollins Holding the Stage: Road Shows Vol. 4 (Doxy/OKeh)
3. Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra All My Yesterdays (Resonance)
4. Woody Shaw & Louis Hayes The Tour Volume One (HighNote)
5. John Coltrane A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters (Impulse!/Verve)

Owen Cordle

New Releases
1. Lou Caputo Not So Big Band Uh Oh! (JazzCat 47)
2. Stryker/Slagle Band Expanded Routes (Strikezone)
3. Jim Snidero MD66 (Savant)
4. Dr. Lonnie Smith Evolution (Blue Note)
5. Ken Peplowski Enrapture (Capri)
6. Eric Alexander Second Impression (HighNote)
7. Marlene VerPlanck The Mood I’m In (Audiophile)
8. Al Strong LoveStrong Vol. 1 (Al Strong)
9. Matt Wilson’s Big Happy Family Beginning of a Memory (Palmetto)
10. Jerry Bergonzi Spotlight on Standards (Savant)

Historical
1. Sonny Rollins Holding the Stage: Road Shows Vol. 4 (Doxy/OKeh)
2. Quincy Jones and His Orchestra Live in Ludwigshafen 1961 (Jazz Haus)
3. Blue Mitchell & Sonny Red Baltimore 1966 (Uptown)

Ken Franckling

New Releases
1. Aziza Aziza (Dare2)
2. Scott Hamilton/Harry Allen Live! (GAC)
3. Tierney Sutton Band The Sting Variations (BFM Jazz)
4. Gregory Porter Take Me to the Alley (Blue Note)
5. Roberta Piket One for Marian: Celebrating Marian McPartland (Thirteenth Note)
6. Greg Abate & Phil Woods Kindred Spirits: Live at Chan’s (Whaling City Sound)
7. Noah Preminger Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground (self-released)
8. Jane Bunnett & Maqueque Oddara (Linus)
9. Horace Bray Dreamstate (self-produced)
10. Matt Wilson’s Big Happy Family Beginning of a Memory (Palmetto)

Historical
1. Bill Evans Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest (Resonance)
2. Lyle Mays Quartet The Ludwigsburg Concert (Jazzhaus)
3. Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra All My Yesterdays (Resonance)
4. Sonny Rollins Holding the Stage: Road Shows Vol. 4 (Doxy/OKeh)
5. Erroll Garner Ready Take One (Legacy)

Andrew Gilbert

New Releases
1. Henry Threadgill Ensemble Double Up Old Locks and Irregular Verbs (Pi)
2. Tom Harrell Something Gold, Something Blue (HighHote)
3. Matt Wilson’s Big Happy Family Beginning of a Memory (Palmetto)
4. JD Allen Americana: Musings on Jazz and Blues (Savant)
5. Andrew Cyrille & Bill McHenry Proximity (Sunnyside)
6. George Coleman A Master Speaks (Smoke Sessions)
7. Myra Melford + Ben Goldberg Dialogue (BAG Production)
8. Jessica Jones Quartet Moxie (New Artists)
9. Edward Simon The Latin American Songbook (Sunnyside)
10. Ratatet Arctic (Ridgeway Records)

Historical
1. Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra All My Yesterdays (Resonance)
2. Shirley Horn Live At the 4 Queens (Resonance)
3. Larry Young In Paris: The ORFT Recordings (Resonance)
4. Wes Montgomery One Night in Indy (Resonance)
5. Teddy Edwards The Inimitable Teddy Edwards (Xanadu)

Steve Greenlee

New Releases
1. Jane Ira Bloom Early Americans (Outline)
2. Mette Henriette Mette Henriette (ECM)
3. The Delegation Evergreen (Canceled World) (ESP)
4. Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra Make American Great Again! (Troubadour Jass)
5. Craig Hartley Books on Tape Vol. 2 (Skidoo)
6. Andrew Cyrille Quartet The Declaration of Musical Independence (ECM)
7. Wadada Leo Smith America’s National Parks (Cuneiform)
8. Richard Sussman The Evolution Suite (Zoho)
9. Matt Wilson’s Big Happy Family Beginning of a Memory (Palmetto)
10. JD Allen Americana: Musings on Jazz and Blues (Savant)

Historical
1. John Abercrombie The First Quartet (ECM)
2. Sonny Sharrock Ask the Ages (M.O.D. Technologies)
3. David S. Ware & Matthew Shipp Duo Live in Sant’Anna Arresi, 2004 (AUM Fidelity)
4. João Gilberto and Stan Getz Getz/Gilberto ’76 (Resonance)
5. Stan Getz Moments in Time (Resonance)

Evan Haga

New Releases
1. Jack DeJohnette/Ravi Coltrane/Matthew Garrison In Movement (ECM)
2. Charles Lloyd & the Marvels I Long to See You (Blue Note)
3. Robert Glasper Experiment ArtScience (Blue Note)
4. Julian Lage Arclight (Mack Avenue)
5. Henry Threadgill Ensemble Double Up Old Locks and Irregular Verbs (Pi)
6. Esperanza Spalding Emily’s D+Evolution (Concord)
7. Donny McCaslin Beyond Now (Motéma)
8. Marquis Hill The Way We Play (Concord Jazz)
9. Nels Cline Lovers (Blue Note)
10. Matt Wilson’s Big Happy Family Beginning of a Memory (Palmetto)

Historical
1. Bill Evans Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest (Resonance)
2. Sonny Rollins Holding the Stage: Road Shows Vol. 4 (Doxy/OKeh)
3. Larry Young In Paris: The ORTF Recordings (Resonance)
4. Miles Davis Quintet Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series Vol. 5 (Columbia/Legacy)
5. John Coltrane A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters (Impulse!/Verve)

Tad Hendrickson

New Releases
1. Nels Cline Lovers (Blue Note)
2. Henry Threadgill Ensemble Double Up Old Locks and Irregular Verbs (Pi)
3. Kris Davis Duopoly (Pyroclastic)
4. Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society Real Enemies (New Amsterdam)
5. Mary Halvorson Octet Away With You (Firehouse 12)
6. Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra Time/Life (Impulse!)
7. Jack DeJohnette/Ravi Coltrane/Matthew Garrison Movement (ECM)
8. Battle Trance Blade of Love (New Amsterdam)
9. DKV Trio/The Thing Collider (NotTwo)
10. Aziza Aziza (Dare2)

Geoffrey Himes

New Releases
1. Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense Moving Still (Pi)
2. Charles Lloyd & the Marvels I Long To See You (Blue Note)
3. Gregory Porter Take Me to the Alley (Blue Note)
4. John Scofield Country for Old Men (Impulse!)
5. Franklin Kiermyer Closer to the Sun (Mobility)
6. Henry Threadgill Ensemble Double Up Old Locks and Irregular Verbs (Pi)
7. SFJazz Collective The Music of Michael Jackson and Original Compositions (SFJazz)
8. Warren Wolf Convergence (Mack Avenue)
9. René Marie Sound of Red (Motéma)
10. Matt Wilson’s Big Happy Family Beginning of a Memory (Palmetto)

Historical
1. Bill Evans Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest (Resonance)
2. Various Artists Savory Collection, Vol. 1: Body and Soul—Coleman Hawkins & Friends (NJMIH/Apple Music)
3. Van Morrison It’s Too Late To Stop Now Vols. II, III, IV & DVD (Exile/Legacy)
4. Joe Lovano Quartet Classic! Live at Newport (Blue Note)
5. Sarah Vaughan Live at Rosy’s (Resonance)

Willard Jenkins

New Releases
1. Randy Weston The African Nubian Suite (African Rhythms)
2. Jack DeJohnette/Ravi Coltrane/Matthew Garrison In Movement (ECM)
3. Jameio Brown Transcendence Work Songs (Motéma)
4. Herlin Riley New Direction (Mack Avenue)
5. Logan Richardson Shift (Blue Note)
6. John Beasley MONK’estra Vol. 1 (Mack Avenue)
7. Dr. Lonnie Smith Evolution (Blue Note)
8. Little Johnny Rivero Music in Me Truth Revolution
9. SFJazz Collective The Music of Michael Jackson and Original Compositions (SFJazz)
10. Norah Jones Day Breaks (Blue Note)

Historical
1. Miles Davis Quintet Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series Vol. 5 (Columbia/Legacy)
2. Sonny Rollins Holding the Stage: Road Shows Vol. 4 (Doxy/OKeh)
3. Woody Shaw Field Recordings of a Jazz Master (ITG)
4. Shirley Horn Live at the 4 Queens (Resonance)
5. Abbey Lincoln Love Having You Around: Live at the Keystone Korner Vol. 2 (HighNote)

Aidan Levy

New Releases
1. JD Allen Americana: Musings on Jazz and Blues (Savant)
2. Henry Threadgill Ensemble Double Up Old Locks and Irregular Verbs (Pi)
3. Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra Time/Life (Impulse!)
4. Vijay Iyer/Wadada Leo Smith A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke (ECM)
5. Tyshawn Sorey The Inner Spectrum of Variables (Pi)
6. Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society Real Enemies (New Amsterdam)
7. Andrew Cyrille The Declaration of Musical Independence (ECM)
8. Melissa Aldana Back Home (Wommusic)
9. John Zorn Flaga: The Book of Angels, Vol. 27 (Tzadik)
10. Theo Croker Escape Velocity (OKeh)

Historical
1. Sonny Rollins Holding the Stage: Road Shows Vol. 4 (Doxy/OKeh)
2. Larry Young In Paris: The ORTF Recordings (Resonance)
2. John Coltrane A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters (Impulse!/Verve)
3. John Cage and Sun Ra John Cage Meets Sun Ra: The Complete Concert (Modern Harmonic)
4. Don Cherry, John Tchicai, Irène Schweizer, Léon Francioli, Pierre Favre ‎Musical Monsters (Intakt)
5. Bill Evans Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest (Resonance)

Matt R. Lohr

New Releases
1. Derrick Hodge The Second (Blue Note)
2. Jaimeo Brown Transcendence Work Songs (Motéma)
3. Dr. Lonnie Smith Evolution (Blue Note)
4. Anthony Wilson Frogtown (Goat Hill)
5. Robert Glasper Experiment ArtScience (Blue Note)
6. Aziza Aziza (Dare2)
7. Theo Croker Escape Velocity (OKeh)
8. Macy Gray Stripped (Chesky)
9. Matt Wilson’s Big Happy Family Beginning of a Memory (Palmetto)
10. Bill Charlap Trio Notes From New York (Impulse!)

Historical
1. John Coltrane The Atlantic Years—In Mono (Rhino)
2. Art Pepper Live at Fat Tuesday’s (Elemental)
3. Jeri Southern Blue Note, Chicago, March 1956 (Uptown)
4. Joe Lovano Quartet Classic! Live at Newport (Blue Note)
5. Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra All My Yesterdays (Resonance)

Christopher Loudon

New Releases
1. Madeleine Peyroux Secular Hymns (Impulse!/Verve)
2. Branford Marsalis Quartet, Special Guest Kurt Elling Upward Spiral (OKeh)
3. Gregory Porter Take Me to the Alley (Blue Note)
4. Sara Serpa & André Matos All the Dreams (Sunnyside)
5. Catherine Russell Harlem on My Mind (Jazz Village)
6. Cyrille Aimée Let’s Get Lost (Mack Avenue)
7. Ian Shaw The Theory of Joy (Jazz Village)
8. Sara Gazarek and Josh Nelson Dream in the Blue (Steel Bird)
9. Allan Harris Nobody’s Gonna Love You Better: Black Bar Jukebox Redux (Love)
10. Nicolas Bearde Invitation (Right Groove)

Historical
1. Bill Evans Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest (Resonance)
2. Shirley Horn Live at the 4 Queens (Resonance)
3. Sarah Vaughan Live at Rosy’s (Resonance)
4. Abbey Lincoln Love Having You Around: Live at the Keystone Korner Vol. 2 (HighNote)
5. Frank Sinatra World On a String (Capitol)

Lee Mergner

New Releases
1. John Scofield Country for Old Men (Impulse!)
2. Charles Lloyd & the Marvels I Long to See You (Blue Note)
3. Jack DeJohnette/Ravi Coltrane/Matthew Garrison In Movement (ECM)
4. René Marie Sound of Red (Motéma)
5. Miroslav Vitous Music of Weather Report (ECM)
6. Branford Marsalis Quartet, Special Guest Kurt Elling Upward Spiral (OKeh)
7. JD Allen Americana: Musings on Jazz and Blues (Savant)
8. Matt Wilson’s Big Happy Family Beginning of a Memory (Palmetto)
9. Joey Alexander Countdown (Motéma)
10. Nels Cline Lovers (Blue Note)

Historical
1. Miles Davis Quintet Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series Vol. 5 (Columbia/Legacy)
2. Shirley Horn Live at the 4 Queens (Resonance)
3. Jane Bunnett Spirits of Havana (Linus)
4. Art Pepper Unreleased Art: Vol. 9 (Widow’s Taste)
5. Blue Mitchell & Sonny Red Baltimore 1966 (Uptown)

John Murph

New Releases
1. Jaimeo Brown TranscendenceWork Songs (Motéma)
2. Avishai Cohen Into the Silence (ECM)
3. Murray, Allen & Carrington Power Trio Perfection (Motéma)
4. Tom Harrell Something Gold, Something Blue (HighNote)
5. Renee Rosnes Written in the Rocks (Smoke Sessions)
6. Yussef Kamaal Black Focus (Brownswood)
7. Donny McCaslin Beyond Now (Motéma)
8. Esperanza Spalding Emily’s D+Evolution (Concord)
9. Richard Bona, Mandekan Cubano Heritage (Qwest)
10. Christie Dashiell Time All Mine (House Studio)

Historical
1. Erroll Garner Ready Take One (Legacy)
2. Shirley Horn Live at the 4 Queens (Resonance)
3. Larry Young In Paris: The ORTF Recordings (Resonance)
4. Ray Charles The Atlantic Years—In Mono (Rhino)
5. John Coltrane The Atlantic Years—In Mono (Rhino)

Jennifer Odell

New Releases:
1. Herlin Riley New Direction (Mack Avenue)
2. Nolatet Dogs (Royal Potato Family)
3. Mike Dillon Functioning Broke (Royal Potato Family)
4. Snarky Puppy Culcha Vulcha (GroundUP)
5. Miles Davis/Robert Glasper Everything’s Beautiful (Legacy)
6.
Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses Comeback Children (self-released)
7.
Nicholas Payton Textures (Paytone Records)
8.
Esperanza Spalding Emily’s D+Evolution (Concord)
9.
Jack DeJohnette/Ravi Coltrane/Matthew Garrison In Movement (ECM)
10.
Dr. Lonnie Smith Evolution (Blue Note)

Historical
1. Mahalia Jackson Moving on Up a Little Higher (Shanachie)
2. Sarah Vaughan Live at Rosy’s (Resonance)
3. Stan Getz Moments In Time (Resonance)
4. James P. Johnson Classic James P. Johnson Sessions (1921-1943) (Mosaic)
5. Joe Lovano Quartet Classic! Live at Newport (Blue Note)

Britt Robson

New Releases
1. Jeff Parker The New Breed (International Anthem)
2. Roswell Rudd/Jamie Saft/Trevor Dunn/Balazs Pandi Strength & Power (Rare Noise)
3. JD Allen Americana: Musings on Jazz and Blues (Savant)
4. Tom Tallitsch Gratitude (Posi-Tone)
5. Mary Halvorson Octet Away With You (Firehouse 12)
6. Jack DeJohnette/Ravi Coltrane/Matthew Garrison In Movement (ECM)
7. LUME Xabregas 10 (Clean Feed)
8. Jaimeo Brown Transcendence Work Songs (Motéma)
9. Ryan Keberle & Catharsis Azul Infinito (Greenleaf)
10. Herlin Riley New Direction (Mack Avenue)

Mike Shanley

New Releases
1. JD Allen Americana: Musings on Jazz and Blues (Savant)
2. Don Friedman Strength and Sanity (Newvelle)
3. Melissa Aldana Back Home (Wommusic)
4. Henry Threadgill Ensemble Double Up Old Locks and Irregular Verbs (Pi)
5. Michael Formanek Ensemble Kolossus The Distance (ECM)
6. Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord 2016:EPs (Hot Cup)
7. Greg Ward & 10 TonguesTouch My Beloved’s Thought (Greenleaf)
8. Hearts & Minds Hearts & Minds (Astral Spirits/Monofonus)
9. Barry Guy/Marilyn Crispell/Paul Lytton Deep Memory (Intakt)
10. Jason Roebke Octet Cinema Spiral (No Business)

Historical
1. Larry Young In Paris: The ORTF Recordings (Resonance)
2. Bill Evans Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest (Resonance)
3. Sonny Rollins Holding the Stage: Road Shows Vol. 4 (Doxy/OKeh)
4. Blue Mitchell & Sonny Red Baltimore 1966 (Uptown)
5. David S. Ware & Matthew Shipp Duo Live In Sant’Anna Arresi, 2004 (AUM Fidelity)

Jeff Tamarkin

New Releases
1. Uri Caine Calibrated Thickness (816)
2. Esperanza Spalding Emily’s D+Evolution (Concord)
3. Julian Lage Arclight (Mack Avenue)
4. Terry Adams Talk Thelonious (Clang!)
5. Cuong Vu/Pat Metheny Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny (Nonesuch)
6. Georgie Fame & the Last Blue FlamesSwan Songs (Three Line Whip)
7. Adam O’Farrill Stranger Days (Sunnyside)
8. Jack DeJohnette/Ravi Coltrane/Matthew Garrison In Movement (ECM)
9. Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis The Abyssinian Mass (Blue Engine)
10. Arturo O’Farrill Sextet Boss Level (Zoho)

Historical
1. Lyle Mays Quartet The Ludwigsburg Concert (Jazzhaus)
2. John Coltrane The Atlantic Years—In Mono (Rhino)
3. Miles Davis Quintet Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series Vol. 5 (Columbia/Legacy)
4. Sarah Vaughan Live at Rosy’s (Resonance)
5. Frank Sinatra A Voice on Air (1935-1955) (Columbia/Legacy)

George Varga

New Releases
1. Henry Threadgill Ensemble Double Up Old Locks and Irregular Verbs (Pi)
2. Jack DeJohnette/Ravi Coltrane/Matthew Garrison In Movement (ECM)
3. Donny McCaslin Beyond Now (Motéma)
4. Tom Harrell Something Gold, Something Blue (HighNote)
5. Gregory Porter Take Me To the Alley (Blue Note)
6. John Scofield Country for Old Men (Impulse!)
7. Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, Steve Swallow Andando el Tiempo (ECM)
8. The Claudia Quintet Super Petite (Cuneiform)
9. Julian Lage Arclight (Mack Avenue)
10. Joey Alexander Countdown (Motéma)

Historical
1. John Coltrane The Atlantic Years—In Mono (Rhino)
2. Miles Davis Quintet Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series Vol. 5 (Legacy)
3. Count Basie and Lester Young Classic 1936-1947 Count Basie and Lester Young Studio Sessions (Mosaic)
4. Larry Young In Paris: The ORTF Recordings (Resonance)
5. Stan Getz Moments in Time (Resonance)

Michael J. West

New Releases
1. Brandee Younger Wax and Wane (Revive)
2. Aruan Ortiz Trio Hidden Voices (Intakt)
3. Murray, Allen & Carrington Power Trio Perfection (Motéma)
4. George Burton The Truth of What I Am > The Narcissist (Inner Circle)
5. Steve Lehman Sélébéyone (Pi)
6. Robert Glasper Experiment ArtScience (Blue Note)
7. Laurence Hobgood Trio Honor Thy Fathers (Circumstantial)
8. Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society Real Enemies (New Amsterdam)
9. Jeff Guthery Black Paintings (self-released)
10. ELEW And to the Republic (Sunnyside)

Historical
1. Brother Ah & the Sounds of Awareness Key to Nowhere (Manufactured)
2. Larry Young In Paris: The ORTF Recordings (Resonance)
3. Count Basie and Lester Young Classic 1936-1947 Count Basie and Lester Young Studio Sessions (Mosaic)
4. Bill Evans Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest (Resonance)
5. Erroll Garner Ready Take One (Legacy)

Josef Woodard

New Releases
1. John Scofield Country for Old Men (Impulse!)
2. David Bowie Blackstar (ISO/Columbia)
3. Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra Time/Life (Impulse!)
4. Steve Lehman Sélébéyone (Pi)
5. Kris Davis Duopoly (Pyroplastic)
6. Vijay Iyer/Wadada Leo Smith A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke (ECM)
7. Supersilent 13 (Smalltown Supersound)
8. Aziza Aziza (Dare2)
9. Marius Neset Snowmelt (ACT)
10. Brad Mehldau 10 Years Solo Live (Nonesuch)

Historical
1. Albert Ayler Bells & Prophecy, Expanded Edition (ESP-Disk)
2. Bill Evans Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest (Resonance)
3. Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra All My Yesterdays (Resonance)
4. John Coltrane A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters (Impulse!/Verve)
5. Wes Montgomery One Night in Indy (Resonance)