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Ray Alexander's Best of Jazz 2016

A look at some of the best jazz had to offer in a very good year.

Edited by Magnus Thyvold

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Ray Alexander, 'Fascinating Rhythm' on CJUM-FM in Winnipeg, MB

Top Albums in Jazz For 2016-Compiled By Ray Alexander, Host of 'Fascinating Rhythm' on CJUM-FM in Winnipeg and the internet:

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The Top 200 of 2016

The definitive list of the best records of 2016 - including electronic, hip hop, international, jazz, loud and folk roots & blues.

Best of 2016

KenMODE's Jesse Mathewson
CFUV Music Director Troy Lemberg
When you get paid to listen to music all the time, you have an advantage finding the best and the over-looked.

Anita Eccleston Best Local Releases
If home is where the heart is, local is where the music starts.

Best of Jazz

Michael Kaeshammer Jazz Picks of 2016: Jim Dupuis
Jazz Picks of 2016: Shelley Gummeson
Jazz Picks of 2016: Ray Alexander
A look at some of the best jazz had to offer in a very good year

!earshot Top 200 of 2016

For the year 2016
TW  Artist - Title - (Label)
1 Basia Bulat Can Con
Good Advice - (Secret City)
IV - (Arts & Crafts)
3 Nap Eyes Can Con
Thought Rock Fish Scale - (You've Changed)
4 Black Mountain Can Con
IV - (Dine Alone)
5 The Pack A.D. Can Con
Positive Thinking - (Cadence Music Group)
6 Andy Shauf Can Con
The Party - (Arts & Crafts)
7 A Tribe Called Red Can Con
We Are The Halluci Nation - (Pirates Blend)
8 Grimes Can Con
Art Angels - (4AD)
9 Tanya Tagaq Can Con
Retribution - (Six Shooter)
10 Wintersleep Can Con
The Great Detachment - (Dine Alone)
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Specialty Charts #1s
>Jessy Lanza - Oh No - (Geej Recordings)
Hip Hop
> A Tribe Called Red - We Are The Halluci Nation - (Pirates Blend)
> Bombino - Azel - (Self-Released)
> BADBADNOTGOOD - IV - (Arts & Crafts)
> Striker - Stand In The Fire - (Self-Released)
>Daniel Romano - Mosey - (New West)

Top International Albums:

  1. Presidential Suite - Ted Nash Big Band (Motema)
  2. Upward Spiral - Branford Marsalis Qt., feat. Kurt Ellling (Okeh)
  3. Notes From New York - Bill Charlap Trio (Impulse)
  4. Live In Athens, Greece - Mark Murphy/Spiros Exaras (Musical Theatre Project)
  5. The Thompson Fields - Maria Schneider Orchestra (Artistshare)
  6. Brel - David Linx & The Brussels Jazz Orchestra (Jazz Village)
  7. The Songbook Sessions -Ella-Jane Monheit with Nicholas Payton (Emerald CIty)
  8. The Beautiful Day-Kurt Elling SIngs Christmas (Okeh)
  9. Basically Baker - Vol 2 -The Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra (Patois)
  10. Tenderly - Stacy Kent with Robeerto Menescal (Linn)
  11. Eight Track 11 _ Dave Stryker Qt. (Strike Zone)
  12. Nobody's Gonna Love You Better - ALlan Harris (LOve Productions)
  13. Exotica  (Black Olive Jazz)
  14. Live IN Cuba - Jazz At LIncoln Centre Orchestra (Blue Engine)
  15. My Blue Heaven - Daryl Sherman (Muzak)
  16. Vanheusanism-Tribute To Jimmy Van Heusen-Daniela Schachter (Purple Butterfly Music)
  17. DYAD Plays Jazz Arias (Ringwood Recs.)
  18. Inside/Out - KristenLee Sergeant (Whaling City)
  19. Live At The Green Mill, 1954y Kessel (Mosern Harmonic) (lost treasure!)
  20. Under The Moon - Jazz Standards & Lullabies (The Secret Mountain)

Canadian Releases

  1. When It's Christmas Time - Johnny Summers/Calgary Jazz Orch. (Summertime Music)
  2. It's Easy To Remember - Cory Weeds Quintet, feat. David Hazeltine (Cellar Live)
  3. Drinky - Tim Tamashiro/COry Weeds Sextet (Cellar Live)
  4. Blue Canvas - Brandi Disterheft Trio, feat. Harold Mabern (Justin Time)
  5. Oop! - Al Muirhead Trio, feat. P.J. Perry/Tommy Banks (Chronograph)
  6. You'll Never KNow - Heather Bamrick/Mark Kieswetter Sextet (HBC)

  7. Kick Off Your Shoes - Bob Watts Trio, feat. Pablo Cardenas (Ogden Point Music)
  8. Guess Who I Saw Today? - Kinga with Bill King Septet (Factor Canada)
  9. Volare, The Italian American Songbook - Antonio Ciacca Quintet (Cellar Live)
  10. This I Know - June Garber (JG)
  11. Volume 1 _Stu Harrison Trio, with Terry Clarke and Neil Swainson (ne NIght Stand)
  12. Things We Did Last Summer - Organik Vibe Trio (Cellar Live)
  13. Oddara - Jane Bunnett with Maqueque (Linus)

Best Books

  1. Sinatra's Century - 100 Notes-David Lehman
  2. How To LIsten To Jazz - Ted Gioia (Basic Books)
  3. Conversations In Jazz;- The Ralph J. Gleason Interviews (Yale Univ. Press)
  4. The Iconic Images of Ted WIlliams (ACC Editions)
  5. The Man That Got Away - The LIfe & Times of Harold Arlen - Walter Rimler (Unive. of Illinois Press)
  6. Jazz Heavyweight - Stan Levey (Santa Monica Press)
  7. Whisper Not -Autobio of Benny Golson (Temple Press)


  1. Miles Ahead - Don Cheadle
  2. Bess - Queen Latifah
  3. Born To Be Blue - Ethan Hawke/Robert Budreau
  4. Time Remebered:Bill Evans
  5. The Frank Sinatra Collection (Eagle Rock)


  1. Count Basie & Lester Young Studio Sessions (Mosaic)
  2. Cannonball Adderley Quintet, feat. Nancy Wilson-1961-62 (Discovery)
  3. Monk In France (1961) (Jazz Classics)
  4. Oscar Peterson Trio Plays The Jerome Kern SOngbook
  5. Jazz On FIlm-T New Wave 11 (Moochin' Music)

Best Concerts In WInnipeg

  1. Ann Hampton Callaway/Winnipeg Symphony Orch. -Centennial Concert Hall
  2. Denzal SInclaire/WSO (Cent. Concert Hall)
  3. P.J. Perry/Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra (WPg. Art Gallery)
  4. Cyrill Aimee Quintet - The Izzy Asper Jazz Performances
  5. Oliver Jones Trio at the West End Cultural Centre - WPg. Jazz Festival

Ray's Picks For The Hall Of Fame: Jon Hendricks, Kenny Burrell, Mark Murphy, Hoagy Carmichael, and Oliver Nelson.

Noteable Passings: Toots Thielemans, Ruday van Gelder, Bobby Hutcherson, Pete Fountain, Don Friedman, Joe Temperly,
Claude WIlliams, Randy Jones, Pal Bley, Laurie Bowers, George Reznick from WInnipeg , and Bob Cranshaw.

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