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The Line-Up for 29 December 2017

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Happy New Year! I always feel listless after the Season of Lists ends so I figured I'd let the season linger on a bit longer by playing through my favorite albums of the year for my last show of the year. It's the radio version of my list, which made things particularly easy to program. There should be all sorts of new things next week, I can feel it.

The Line-Up for 29 December 2017

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Brian Kiwanuka's Favorite Jazz Albums of 2017

Brian Kiwanuka
Contributing Writer
bkiwanuka91@gmail.com

It may seem a bit odd that a year-end list on a jazz publication only includes seven albums. As always, there has been a good amount of quality jazz releases this year. However, some of these records captivated me so much that I ended up devoting an obscene amount of time to them. Highlights include how Gerald Clayton returned and somehow matched the high quality of his last record and Mary Halvorson in general, who continues to be unflinchingly experimental, unique and brilliant - as a sidewoman and a bandleader. My favorite jazz moment of the year has to be when I saw Halvorson’s outstanding octet at the Village Vanguard, but as that concert was unfortunately not recorded, I will happily settle for the great records below.

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Brian Kiwanuka's Favorite Non-Jazz Albums of 2017

Brian Kiwanuka
Contributing Writer
bkiwanuka91@gmail.com

Maybe it’s not saying much, as I feel like I have been coming to this conclusion often yearly, but there were some truly fantastic records released this year. It would be a bit dishonest if I didn’t mention that as someone who fell in love with music through hip-hop, the genre is definitely the one that I keep up with the most. Left-field hip hop - the more lyrically abstract and experimental stuff - had some releases that I’m sure I will be consistently returning to. In regards to other genres, I discovered the music of a singer/songwriter from Peru who, with just two succinct albums, is now one of my favorite current musicians. Speaking of singers/songwriters, another one of my favorites also dropped a great album this year. Check out my top 10 non-jazz records of 2017 below.

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The Line-Up for 22 December 2017

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Merry Christmas, everyone! This week's Line-Up runs down Nextbop's Favorite Jazz Albums of 2017, so it's a particularly good show to catch. (It's also a particularly easy show to program, but that's another point altogether.)

The Line-Up for 22 December 2017

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Anthony Dean-Harris' Favorite Jazz Albums of 2017

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

These albums, my favorites of 2017, didn't merely stay with me. They didn't just stay in rotation or live on my phone. They were part of my life, the subject of many a moment. They haunted me delightfully. They were the products of artists who made music to make people feel things and were very much successful when it came specifically to me. When it comes to the subject of art, our responses to it is, of course, emotional, subjective. "Best" can't truly be quantified; "favorite" difficult to explain, but still, we try. It's what we do.