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A Look Back at the Best Jazz of 2015

It's a yearly tradition: Jazz critic Gene Seymour releases his list of the best jazz albums of the year, and musicians Jen Allen and Noah Baerman gather 'round the table with their own picks. If you're buying a last-minute gift for a finger-poppin' hep cat, this episode will solve your problem.

What were your favorite jazz songs and albums of 2015? 


  • Sarah Elizabeth Charles - “Bells” from Inner Dialogue
  • Gary Bartz, Larry Willis, Buster Williams, Al Foster - “Lotus Blossom” from Heads of State
  • Joshua Kwassman & Brother Spirit - “Heartwork” from Heartwork
  • Kamasi Washington - “Change of the Guard” from The Epic
  • Robert Glasper - “Reckoner” from Covered
  • Cecile McLorin Salvant - “Wives & Lovers” from For One to Love
  • Chris Dingman - “Voices of the Ancient” from Waking Dreams
  • Ike Sturm & Evergreen - “Origins” from Shelter of Trees
  • Josh Evans - “Chronic Mistakes” from Hope And Despair
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa - “Talin is Thinking” from Bird Calls
  • Pete Rodriguez - “Soy La Ley” from El Conde Negro


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

Chion Wolf contributed to this show.

Colin McEnroe is a radio host, newspaper columnist, magazine writer, author, playwright, lecturer, moderator, college instructor and occasional singer. Colin can be reached at colin@ctpublic.org.

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