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Best Jazz of 2014

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It’s so hard to keep up on jazz, especially for the person with only a casual interest. That’s why, every year, critic Gene Seymour and some musicians get together on our show to talk about what they liked and why. On this show, pianists Noah Baerman and Jen Allen round out the panel.

SONGS (in order of appearance):

  1. Song excerpted in intro: Kelly Bucheger, "Silo City Soundcheck"
  2. Kerry Politzer, “Dilemma”
  3. Helen Sung, “Brother Thelonious”
  4. Kenny Barron & Dave Holland, “The Oracle”
  5. Sonny Rollins, “Someday I’ll Find You”
  6. Noah Baerman, “Time Is Now”
  7. Allen Lowe, “Jim Crow Variations”
  8. Ryan Keberle, “Zone”
  9. Brian Blade, “He Died Fighting”
  10. Matt Wilson& John Medeski, “Pumpkin’s Delight”
  11. Jimmy Greene, “Ana’s way”
  12. David Weiss, “Passage to Eternity”
  13. Ambrose Akinmusire, “Rollcall for those Absent"


  1. Brian Charette, "Time of the Season"
  2. Steve Wilson & Lewis Nash, "Woody 'N' You"
  3. Kenny Barron & Dave Holland, "The Only One"
  4. David Weiss, "When Words Fail"
  5. Marc Ribot, "The Wizard"

We had a glitch in the system at the beginning of today's show, which cut off the end of the intro! Here it is in its entirety:

The full catalog of intros can be found here!

What jazz had you tapping your feet or feeling something special? Comment below, email Colin@wnpr.org, or tweet @wnprcolin.


  • Gene Seymour is a film, television, and music critic who blogs at GeneSeymour.com
  • Jen Allen is pianist and composer, whose latest album is “Pieces of Myself”
  • Noah Baerman is a pianist, educator, author, and composer. His latest album is called “Ripples”

Betsy Kaplan contributed to this show.

Colin McEnroe is a radio host, newspaper columnist, magazine writer, author, playwright, lecturer, moderator, college instructor and occasional singer.
Chion Wolf is the host of the radio show and podcast 'Audacious' on Connecticut Public.
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