Top 3 Jazz albums 2017

Released November 2017

Ron Miles - I Am A Man

Ron Miles - I Am A Man

Ron Miles (cornet), Brian Blade (drums), Bill Frisell (guitar),  Jason Moran (piano), and Thomas Morgan (bass).

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Release May 2017

Bill Frisell & Tomas Morgan - Small Town

Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan - Small Town 

Bill Frisell (guitar) and Thomas Morgan (double bass)

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Released April 2017

Ferenc Snétberger - Titok

Ferenc Snétberger - Titok

Ferenc Snétberger  (guitar), Anders Jormin (double bass), and Joey Baron (drums).

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Runner up

Anouar Brahem - Blue Maqams --- [Anouar Brahem (oud), Dave Holland (double bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums), and Django Bates (piano)]

 

Cdb posted:
Peet posted:

Good to see that Django is still out there making music. I lost track of him the last years but will check this album out.

He’s brilliant on the excellent Anouar Brahem album Blue Maqams mentioned above.

clive

Hey thanks.... will check it out.

christian u posted:

Django Bates with The Frankfurt Radio Big Band:

Saluting Sgt. Pepper

the album is on the Jazzwise list as well, with this review;

[quote]A heady brew of Beatles, Bates and beefy big band, Saluting Sgt. Peppercould easily have been one seriously over-egged concoction. But though we are whisked away on a Wurlitzer of multi-tracked voices and instrumentation, Bates and the assembled masses have pulled off a master stroke of wit and imagination delivered with discipline. What holds it together is that Bates has remained loyal to the original album’s concept: the arrangements are essentially the same, as is the running order, preserving the flow of one song into another. Bates has also retained familiar musical coat hooks from the original that orient us throughout the project, like Ringo’s fills, that meat and potatoes piano, all the vocals (a heroic performance from Dahl). But around those loved elements, Bates interleaves colours and rhythmic reinventions that complement the songs while maintaining a deep respect, and, crucially, an even deeper affection for the music and the emotions it evokes. Somehow Bates finds musical equivalents for the studio effects (most obviously on that iconic close to ‘A Day In The Life’), sometimes he joyously builds on what’s already there (a choir of clarinets on ‘When I’m 64’), or he cheekily inserts, as with the extra beat in ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. Because it’s so tightly visioned, there’s little room for the band to stretch out, except on the reprise of ‘Lonely Hearts Club Band’, which kicks in funky and dirty. But all that does is make you want to hear how special this could be live. Andy Robson[/quote]

 

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