Here's my annual list of favorite Jazz albums for the year. I listen to a lot of Jazz and Reggae and these are the twelve Jazz albums that would break through the constant background music and make me stop and look to see what's playing. By the end of the year I just knew.
Some years an album or two would be heads above the others. This year I enjoyed all of these works equally but if you don't buy much jazz check out Lucian Ban's "Songs from Afar"
So here are the Masked12 for 2016
Charles Lloyd & the Marvels - I Long to See You
Lucian Ban - Songs from Afar
Larry Young - In Paris: The ORTF Recordings
Renee Rosnes - Written in the Rocks
Vijay Iyler & Wadada Leo Smith - A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke
Jack DeJohnette-Ravi Coltrane-Matt Garrison - In Movement
Eli Degibri - Cliff Hangin'
Omar Sosa & Paolo Fresu - Eros
Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano - Heritage
Enrico Pieranuzi - New Spring
Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra - Time/Life
Tom Harrell - Something Gold, Something Blue