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
Over the course of his professional acting career, famed actor Robert Mitchum starred in no fewer than sixty movies. From major blockbusters such as Midway (1976),The Longest Day (1962), and Cape Fear (1962) to smaller roles in movies such as Crossfire (1937), Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944), The Locket (1946), and so many others, Mitchum starred in a variety of films throughout his career. Now another piece of Mitchum’s storied career will see the light of day once more next month when Timeless Media Group will release his 1958 action flick Thunder Road.
Timeless Media Group will re-issue Thunder Road on Tuesday, April 7th on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. The movie sees Mitchum starring as Korean War veteran Lucas Doolin in this movie opposite Gene Barry (The War of the Worlds, Bat Masterson, Burke’s Law) and Kelly Smith (Hey Boy! Hey Girl!). Having returned from the war, Doolin is now a moonshine runner with the law hot on his heels. Audiences can check out a clip from the movie online now via Shout! Factory’s website at http://www.shoutfactory.com/film/film-crime/thunder-road and pre-order the movie there, too. It will retail for MSRP of $19.97. But audiences that pre-order the movie now can get it at a reduced price of $16.97. More information on this and other titles from TMG is available online at: