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Best of 2015

Jez Nelson surveys the year in jazz with a review of some of the best new recordings of 2015. He is joined by guest critics, who share their own highlights and new discoveries.

Jez Nelson surveys the year in jazz with a look back at some of the best new recordings of the past twelve months. Joining him in the studio are guest critics John Fordham and Helen Mayhew who share their own highlights and discoveries from 2015, including RnB-infused beats from pianist Robert Glasper; a blustery, richly-orchestrated track from the latest album by composer, bandleader and former Gil Evans protégée Maria Schneider; and an inventive take on the music of Earth, Wind & Fire by young British bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Chris Elcombe.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Misha Mullov-Abbado Quintet


    • New Ansonia.
    • Edition.
  • The Robert Glasper Trio

    Stella By Starlight

    • Covered.
    • Blue Note.
  • Liberty Ellman


    Composer: Liberty Ellman

    • Radiate.
    • Pi Recordings.
  • Colin Towns Mask Orchestra


    • Drama.
    • Provocateur Records.
  • Thomas Strønen's Time Is A Blind Guide

    Lost Souls

    • Time Is A Blind Guide.
    • ECM.
  • Tipping Point

    The Earthworm’s Eye View

    • The Earthworm’s Eye View.
    • Lamplight Social.
  • Maria Schneider Orchestra


    • The Thompson Fields.
    • ArtistShare.
  • Ornette Coleman


    • Change Of The Century.
    • Atlantic.
  • Kris Davis

    Always Leave Them (Wanting More)

    • Save Your Breath.
    • Clean Feed.
  • Liam Noble

    Wouldn’t It Be Loverly

    • A Room Somewhere.
    • Whirlwind Recordings.


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