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Anthony Dean-Harris' Favorite Non-Jazz Albums of 2017

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

I'm not exactly sure how my favorite non-jazz album list comes together. My moods shift here and there in the moment or throughout the year. I have things that come in and out of rotation for various reasons. Yet, these are the things that somehow filled out those other ends of bike rides and assorted commutes. Lists like these aren't necessarily why you, dear reader, are here, but they are the compliments to the musical moods we all have. A list like this is the further articulation of my year's musical fullness, and I'm glad to have had these albums around in the last year, among others, to keep my interest.

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Nextbop's Favorite Jazz Albums of 2017

Nextbop Staff
info@nextbop.com / @nextbop

We have a small, volunteer staff here at Nextbop. Folks who read us here contribute work, adding to the collective of voices that we so cherish here and giving additional perspective that Sebastien and I lack at times. It's why, when it comes to end-of-year lists, our collective of voices is so important. It's nice to see the overlaps in taste and to gain insights into albums that never even hit our radar. This frequently results in ties which, considering how many ties we have in our year-end lists, means we should probably make our lists alphabetical, but I'm just not ready to do that quite yet. There's something nice in seeing the clear overlaps in taste, in ultimately assessing what our favorites are, in using the power of spreadsheets to see where we come together. There's so much wrapped up in our favorites, for anyone and anything, and this is the time to celebrate all that entails.

--ADH, EiC
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Nextbop's Favorite Non-Jazz Albums of 2017

Nextbop Staff
info@nextbop.com / @nextbop

The Nextbop favorite non-jazz list is always a fascinating beast because it exemplifies the widest interests of the staff. It frequently doesn't coalesce around many of the same ideas. There are numerous ties (for this and our jazz list). There's frequently something off the wall from someone that isn't at all a common pick, as if that couldn't be expected from a group of jazz writers. At Nextbop, we're known for finding the newest in jazz music but that kind of open mind requires range, range we're more than happy to reveal to you each year in this list.

--ADH, EiC