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Best of jazz – year 2015

One playlist – just hereunder or directly on Spotify – with 20 outstanding jazz tracks from 20 outstanding EPs or albums that made 2015.

The tracks are placed with no rank.

You will also find all the art covers and links to the artists’ websites letting you discover more of their work (current and past).

If you believe we are missing key tracks in this playlist, just post a comment or get in touch through our ‘about‘ page

Best Jazz 2015

Omer Klein

Best Jazz 2015 - Omer Klein - Fearless Friday
Omer Klein
“Yemen”
from Fearless Friday
(Neuklang)

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Nicholas Payton

Best Jazz 2015 - Nicholas Payton - Letters
Nicholas Payton
‎”L (For Melvin Lastie)”
from Letters
(Paytone Records)

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Makaya McCraven

Best Jazz 2015 - Makaya McCraven - In The Moment
Makaya McCraven ‎
“First Thing First”
from In The Moment
(International Anthem)

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Orchestre National De Jazz, Olivier Benoit

Best Jazz 2015 - Orchestre National De Jazz - Europa Berlin
Orchestre National De Jazz, Olivier Benoit
‎”Révolution”
from Europa Berlin
(ONJazz Records)
Website

Ibrahim Maalouf

Best Jazz 2015 - Ibrahim Maalouf - Red & Black Light
Ibrahim Maalouf
‎”Essentielles”
from Red & Black Light
(Impulse!)

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Oddjob

Best Jazz 2015 - Oddjob - Folk
Oddjob
“Folk #6”
from Folk
(Caprice Records)
Website

Kamasi Washington

Best Jazz 2015 - Kamasi Washington - The Epic
Kamasi Washington
‎”Change Of The Guard”
from The Epic
(Brainfeeder)

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Tigran Hamasyan

Tigran Hamasyan - Mockroot
Tigran Hamasyan
‎”Entertain Me”
from Mockroot
(Nonesuch)

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Cassius Lambert

Cassius Lambert - Quote
Cassius Lambert
“Bontu”
from Quote
(Kaprifol Records)
Website

Thomas Enhco

Thomas Enhco - Feathers
Thomas Enhco
“Looking For The Moose”
from Feathers
(Universal Music France)

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Sons Of Kemet

Sons Of Kemet - Lest We Forget What We Came Here To Do
Sons Of Kemet
‎”In Memory Of Samir Awad”
from Lest We Forget What We Came Here To Do
(Naim Jazz)

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The Bad Plus, Joshua Redman

The Bad Plus, Joshua Redman - The Bad Plus Joshua Redman
The Bad Plus, Joshua Redman
‎”As This Moment Slips Away”
from The Bad Plus Joshua Redman
(Nonesuch)

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Thundercat

Thundercat - The Beyond-Where The Giants Roam
Thundercat
“Them Changes”
from The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam
(Brainfeeder)

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Gangs

Gangs - Gangs Ep
Gangs
“The Real Thing”
from Gangs Ep
(New Los Angeles)

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Lionel Loueke

Lionel Loueke - Gaïa
Lionel Loueke
‎”Gaïa”
from Gaïa
(Blue Note)

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Karl Hector & The Malcouns

Karl Hector & The Malcouns - Ka Rica-Tar
Karl Hector & The Malcouns
‎”Kingdom Of D’mt”
from Ka Rica-Tar
(Now-Again Records)
Soundcloud

Vijay Iyer Trio

Vijay Iyer Trio - Break Stuff
Vijay Iyer Trio
‎”Hood”
from Break Stuff
(ECM)

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Charles Lloyd

Charles Lloyd - Wild Man Dance
Charles Lloyd
‎”Flying Over The Odra Valley”
from Wild Man Dance
(Blue Note)

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Rudresh Mahanthappa

Rudresh Mahanthappa - Bird Calls
Rudresh Mahanthappa
“Bird Calls #2”
from Bird Calls
(ACT)

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Kourosh Oliver Floyd Adhamy

Kourosh Oliver Floyd Adhamy - Drafts 1
Kourosh Oliver Floyd Adhamy
“Nakata”
from Drafts 1
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Bandcamp

Best Jazz 2015 Playlist:

Best Jazz 2015 Albums’ List:

  • Omer Klein – Fearless Friday
  • Nicholas Payton – Letters
  • Makaya McCraven – In The Moment
  • Orchestre National De Jazz, Olivier Benoit – Europa Berlin
  • Ibrahim Maalouf – Red & Black Light
  • Oddjob – Folk
  • Kamasi Washington – The Epic
  • Tigran Hamasyan – Mockroot
  • Cassius Lambert – Quote
  • Thomas Enhco – Feathers
  • Sons Of Kemet – Lest We Forget What We Came Here To Do
  • The Bad Plus, Joshua Redman – The Bad Plus Joshua Redman
  • Thundercat – The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam
  • Gangs – Gangs Ep
  • Lionel Loueke – Gaïa
  • Karl Hector & The Malcouns – Ka Rica-Tar
  • Vijay Iyer Trio – Break Stuff
  • Charles Lloyd – Wild Man Dance
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa ‎- Bird Calls
  • Kourosh Oliver Floyd Adhamy – Drafts 1

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