The past year was one iconic bad a year on almost all fronts, but not in music. If you dig deeper than the muddy surface that’s filled with mediocrity and commercialism, there are true gems waiting to be discovered. 2016 was the year of jazz. We can even say, it witnessed a jazz renaissance. There were so many upcoming new talents, returning veterans, legends unearthing old lost records and live performances. In fact, there is so much good jazz to 2016 that it cannot be summed up in one list. I picked my personal favorite releases for this list, so I might have missed a few notable records. If you have any suggestions to be added, we’d appreciate if you share them with us in the comments section.

John Raymond & Real Feels – Real Feels

Michael Formanek’s Ensemble Kolossus – The Distance

Donny McCaslin – Beyond Now


Dr. Lonnie Smith – Evolution

Shabaka And The Ancestors – Wisdom of Elders


Tyshawn Sorey – The Inner Spectrum of Variables

Check it on Bandcamp.



Dinosaur  – Together, As One


Esbjörn Svensson Trio – E.S.T. SYMPHONY

Brad Mehldau Trio – Ballads and Blues

Logan Richardson – Shift




Miles Davis & Robert Glasper –  Everything’s Beautiful

Phronesis – Parallax

Dhafer Youssef – Diwan of Beauty and Odd

Tim Garland One