Phil’s Picks has focused a lot lately on rock and other genres of music in the vastness of the musical universe. Today, the focus shifts away from those genres to something a little bit less mainstream. In today’s list, Phil’s Picks presents the year’s best new Jazz and blues records. This year’s list presents a wide variety of acts, from more well-known acts such as The Rolling Stones, Joe Bonamassa and Yellowjackets to perhaps lesser known, but still talented acts such as Hazmat Modine, Takuya Kuroda and others. It wasn’t an easy list to work up, either. That’s because there was so much great material out there this year. Combining jazz and blues into one list didn’t make things any easier. But it got done.
As with every other list, the Top 10 New Jazz and Blues Albums features the year’s top 10 new jazz and blues albums. It also includes five honorable mention titles for a total count of 15 albums. That is not to take away anything from those honorable mention titles. They are enjoyable in their own right and deserved to be noted, too. Enough rambling. Here, for everyone’s consideration, is Phil’s Picks’ 2016 Top 10 New Jazz and Blues Albums.
PHIL’S PICKS 2016 TOP 10 NEW JAZZ AND BLUES ALBUMS
- Joe Bonamassa – Blues of Desperation
- Yellowjackets – Cohearance
- Joseph C. Smith Orchestra – Songs of the Night
- John Coletrane – Trane 90
- The Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome
- James Hunter Six – Hold On!
- Takuya Kuroda – Ziggerzagger
- Fela Ransom Kuti & His Koola Lubites – High Life: Jazz & Afro Soul (’63 – ’69)
- Gregory Porter – Take Me To The Alley
- Quinn Sullivan – Midnight Highway
- Charles Lloyd & The Marvels – I Long To See You
- Logan Richardson – Shift
- Hazmat Modine – Extra – Deluxe – Supreme
- Keely Smith – The Intimate Keely Smith
- Jazz Haunts & Magic Vaults – The New Lost Classics of Resonance
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