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Nextbop's Favorite Jazz Albums of 2016

Nextbop Staff
info@nextbop.com / @nextbop

There's no universal theme or overall consensus in jazz this year. No overblown hype machine, no clamoring for a seemingly agreed upon savior, no important trendsetting bucking of past conventions to take on new ones. Artists made art this year, as they do every year, and in the realm of jazz, they made art together. Collaborators collaborated, improvisors improvised. We, observers and fans, observed and celebrated. This is what art is for, like this year, and in some cases moreso this year, as any other.

--ADH, EiC

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Nextbop's Favorite Non-Jazz Albums of 2016

Nextbop Staff
info@nextbop.com / @nextbop

It was difficult to find engagement in this year's music. This was a year of loss, of disappointment, of scattershot feelings and even moreso scattershot expression. This isn't to say there want immense work of quality, which makes discovering it even more intriguing. There wasn't a lot of overlap in our staff lists this year, which made for a group of rather exciting selections for our favorite music. Check it out.

--ADH, EiC