We have selected this Top Four chart for the best Jazz albums in 2017 (first update):
- Up and Coming by John Abercrombie Quartet, which was also indicated as Best Jazz Album in January 2017. You can read the previous entry in this blog for the major information on this beautiful release. Check out the quartet playing live in 2011.
- Dusty Shelters by Anne Quillier Sextet. The second album from this funny and innovative sextet which includes Anne Quillier at the piano, Pierre Horckmans at clarinettes, Aurélien Joly at trompette et bugle, Grégory Sallet at saxophone, Michel Molines at contrebasse, and Guillaume Bertrand at the drums. This release confirms the the desire of the six musicians to explore writing and improvisation, and the final result is definitely enjoyable. Check out the sextet playing live in 2014.
- Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau (S/T), the curious and controversial album that sees the famous and prolific French pianist playing together with mandolinist and bluegrass singer Chris Thile. The album, which contains a mix of covers and original songs, was also included within Guerino’s Top Ten albums of January 2017. Check out the duo playing live the song Independence Day.
- Playing in the Dark by Adrien Chicot. The second release from the talended pianist, here performing with Sylvain Romano on bass and Jean-Pierre Arnaud on drums. A sincere and intriguing collection of fairly simple and melodic pieces that keep a certain freshness as immediate as possible. Check out the trio performing some tunes from this album.