WRTI 90.1's Top 100 Jazz Countdown of 2017: The List!

Dec 25, 2017

In the final days of 2017, we celebrated the new jazz releases that made it a truly banner (musical) year with a Top 100 Countdown.

It was quite a party!

Top 100 Jazz Countdown of 2017—The List!

  1. Charlie Haden/Liberation Music Orchestra—Blue in Green—Time/Life

  2. George Cables—Melodius Funk—The George Cables Songbook

  3. Norah Jones—Once I Had a Laugh—Day Breaks

  4. Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber—Seraphim—Havana Blue (Live)

  5. Tom Giacabetti—Fantasy of You and Me in Love—Tender Heart: Songs of Giacabetti & Gilstrap

  6. Delfeayo Marsalis & The Uptown Jazz Orchestra—Fanfare for the Common Man—Make America Great Again!

  7. George Burton—Second Opinion—The Truth of What I Am

  8. Richie Cole—That Sunday, That Summer—Richie Cole Plays Ballads and Love Songs

  9. The Bad Plus—Staring at the Sun—It’s Hard

  10. Orrin Evans—Half the Battle—(hashtag) Knowing is Half the Battle

  11. Gregory Porter—When You Wish upon a Star—Jazz Loves Disney

  12. Steve Slagle—I Know That You Know—Alto Manhattan

  13. Heads of State—Sippin’ at Bells—Four in One

  14. Terell Stafford—No, No, No (That Ain’t the Way It Go)—Forgive & Forget

  15. Cory Weeds—Shining Star—Let’s Groove: The Music of Earth Wind & Fire

  16. Dan Pratt—New Day—Hymn for the Happy Man

  17. Emmet Cohen—Two Bass Hit—Masters Legacy Series Vol. 1

  18. Tom Harrell—Four the Moment—Moving Picture

  19. Peter Erskine & the Dr. Um Band—Dreamsville—Second Opinion

  20. Organic Trio—The Flower—Saturn’s Spell

  21. Curtis Stigers & The Danish Radio Band—Come Fly with Me—One More for the Road (Live)

  22. Carol Robbins—Deep Canyon (feat. Larry Koonse)—Taylor Street

  23. Joey DeFrancesco—So Near, So Far—Project Freedom

  24. Gerry Gibbs & Thrasher People—Birdland—Weather or Not

  25. Curtis Brothers Quartet—Afro Blue—Syzygy

  26. Organissimo—All You Need is Love—B3TLES (A Soulful Tribute to the Fab Four)

  27. Jeremy Pelt—Cry Freedom—Make Noise!

  28. Don Aliquo Sr. & Don Aliquo Jr.—The September One—Fathers and Sons

  29. Martin Bejerano—Old School—Trio Miami

  30. Kevin Eubanks—Time Line—East West Time Line

  31. Billy Childs--Rebirth—Rebirth

  32. Harold Mabern—The Nearness of You—Right on Time (feat. John Webber & Joe Farnsworth)

  33. Kurt Rosenwinkle—Caipi—Caipi

  34. Jeff “Tain” Watts—14E (feat. Gregoire Maret)—Blue, Vol. 2

  35. Jimmy Greene—Amantes—Flowers-Beautiful Life, Vol. 2

  36. Lily Anel—Another Place, Another Time—Another Place, Another Time

  37. Steve Nelson—Soul Leo—Brothers Under the Sun

  38. Larry Coryell—If Miles Were Here—Barefoot Man: Sanpaku

  39. Christian Sands—Bud’s Tune—REACH

  40. SF JAZZ Collective—So What—Music of Miles Davis & Original Compositions Live

  41. Regina Carter—Reach for Tomorrow—Ella: Accentuate the Positive

  42. Sean Jones—Piscean Dichotomy—Live from Jazz at the Bistro

  43. Dayna Stephens—Woodside Waltz (feat. Julian Lage)——Gratitude

  44. Gerald Clayton—Patients Patience—Tributary Tales

  45. Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra—Piazza Navona (ft. Jon Batiste & Wynton Marsalis)——The Music of John Lewis (ft. Batiste & Marsalis)

  46. Diana Krall—Night and Day—Turn up the Quiet

  47. Bria Skonberg—Dance Me to the End of Love—With a Twist

  48. Bobby Watson—The Guitarist “For Grant Green”—Made in America

  49. Akiko Tsuruga—The Lady is a Tramp—So Cute, So Bad

  50. Louis Hayes—Song for My Father (ft. Gregory Porter)—Serenade for Horace

  51. The Danish Radio Big Band & Charlie Watts—Paint it Black (feat. Per Gade & Gerard Presencer)—Charlie Watts Meets The Danish Radio Big Band

  52. Dylan Taylor—Hittin’ and Missin’ (ft. Larry Coryell & Mike Clark)——One in Mind (feat. Larry Coryell & Mike Clark)

  53. Jazzmeia Horn—Tight—A Social Call

  54. Larry Newcomb Quartet—You’d Be So Nice to Come Home to—Living Tribute

  55. Flying Horse Big Band—Dreamsville—Big Man on Campus

  56. DeJohnette/Grenadier/Medeski/Scofield—Lay Lady Lay—Hudson

  57. Brent Laidler—No Matter Where Noir (feat. Ned Boyd)——No Matter Where Noir

  58. Latvian Radio Big Band & Randy Brecker—A Quick Ride in a Jazz Mobile—Big Band Minimalism: Works of Mats Holmquist

  59. B.J. Jansen—Street Walk—Common Ground

  60. Mark Winkler—Walk Between the Raindrops (feat. Jackie Ryan)—The Company I Keep

  61. Grant Stewart Trio—Un Poco Loco—Roll On

  62. Tom Rizzo—School Days—Day and Night

  63. Melody Gardot—The King of 52nd Street (Chan’s Declaration)—The Passion of Charlie Parker

  64. Sarah McKenzie—Don’t Be a Fool—Paris in the Rain

  65. Alan Broadbent—Naima—Developing Story

  66. Stanton Moore—Java—With You in Mind

  67. Tardo Hammer Trio—I Found a Million Dollar Baby—Swinging on a Star

  68. Katie Thiroux—Some Cats Know (feat. Ken Peplowski)—Off Beat

  69. Cyrus Chestnut—Nardis—There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit

  70. John Pizzarelli—I Concentrate on You/Wave —Sinatra and Jobim @ 50 (feat. Daniel Jobim)

  71. The Pete Malinverni Trio—Wade in the Water (feat. Steve Wilson)—Heaven

  72. Douye—But Beautiful—Daddy Said So

  73. Bill Cunliffe—Solfeggietto —Bachanalia

  74. Russell Malone—Little B’s Poem—Time for the Dancers

  75. Matt White—Adam in the Garden—The Super Villain Jazz Band: Worlds Wide

  76. Kandace Springs—Soul Eyes (feat. Terence Blanchard)—Soul Eyes

  77. Dave Stryker—Footprints—Strykin’ Ahead

  78. John Beasley—I Mean You—MONK’estra, Vol. 2

  79. Christian McBride Big Band--Thermo—Bringin’ It

  80. Cecile McLorin Salvant—The Worm—Dreams and Daggers

  81. Bill Charlap Trio—There’s a Small Hotel—Uptown, Downtown

  82. Johnny O’Neal—Saving All My Love for You—In the Moment

  83. Kermit Ruffins and Irvin Mayfield—Good Morning New Orleans—A Beautiful World

  84. Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra—Four by Five (feat. Helen Sung)—Handful of Keys

  85. Blue Note All-Stars—Second Light—Our Point of View

  86. Mike Boone Quartet—Punjab (Live)—Beneath the Surface

  87. Joey Alexander—Evidence—Joey. Monk. Live!

  88. Harold Mabern—So What—To Love and Be Loved

  89. Temple University Studio Orchestra with Terell Stafford & Dick Oatts—Luck Be a Lady—Luck be a Lady: A Tribute to Frank

  90. Vincent Herring—Amsterdam after Dark—Hard Times

  91. Lizz Wright—Barley—Grace

  92. Gregory Porter—Pick Yourself Up—Nat “King” Cole & Me

  93. Sherman Irby & Momentum—Smile Please—Cerulean Canvas

  94. Pat Martino—El Hombre—Formidable

  95. Hiromi & Edmar Castaneda—Cantina Band—Live in Montreal

  96. Delfeayo Marsalis—Autumn Leaves—Kalamazoo (An Evening with Delfeayo Marsalis)

  97. Michelle Lordi—This Time the Dream’s on Me—Dream a Little Dream

  98. The Verve Jazz Ensemble—Tis Autumn—Swing-A-Nova

  99. Stacey Kent—To Say Goodbye—I Know I Dream: The Orchestra Sessions

  100. Ghost Train Orchestra—Walking Home in Spring—Book of Rhapsodies, Vol. II