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Nate Chinen's Top 10 (Actually 21) Albums Of 2017

The best albums of 2017 delivered both comfort and challenge — both salve and spur. (That also applies to the honorable mentions listed, any of which could easily have come off the bench.)

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KMHD's Top Singles Of 2017

In jazz, single cuts can contain a dimensionality and completeness that takes pop music a whole album to achieve.  And, as we witness a transition from albums to singles as the primary format for new music releases - a top singles list is essential.

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KMHD's Top 10 Jazz Albums Of 2017

Here at KMHD, we listened to an incredible volume of amazing music in 2017. It’s been a year of releases that remind us why this sound is so important — it uplifts, inspires, reflects and makes space for honesty.

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Beegie Adair On Piano Jazz

The in-demand country pianist brings her impeccable sense of swing to the American Songbook.

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Bootsy Collins On World Cafe

Bootsy in the house, baby! The great bassist performs tunes from World Wide Funk, his first album in six years.

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Claudio Roditi On Piano Jazz

The versatile trumpeter made his way from Brazil to the New York jazz scene in the 1970s. Hear him perform with host Marian McPartland in this 1996 episode.

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Ellyn Rucker On Piano Jazz

On this 1993 episode, the versatile vocalist and pianist joins host Marian McPartland to play the title song from her album This Heart Of Mine.

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The Vast, Versatile Range Of Cécile McLorin Salvant

One of the most distinctive singers and songwriters in jazz, Salvant brings a modern perspective to old songs on her latest record, Dreams and Daggers.

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How Grover Washington Jr. Defined And Transcended 'Smooth Jazz'

In this radio episode, Jazz Night in America takes you to a tribute concert honoring the late musician, whose soulful sound was more than just "smooth."