I like the end of the year because it’s a time when the everybody takes a look back on the art created in the last 365 days, and that means there are the Best Jazz of 2017 lists from a thousand sources. I like to compile them as playlists and run through them the entire year. At this point, most of the music is available on Apple subscription, so if you have that, the links below will be useful.
So, here we are, in alphabetical order:
- Jazzwise Magazine
- NPR’s Jazz Critics Poll
- NPR’s ‘The Record’ Poll
- Observer.com (incomplete – posted in May 2017)
- Apple Music Playlist (does not include Simultonality, by Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society)