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Nigel Burgess' Highlights of 2016 Jukebox Listen

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This was one album certainly worth the wait for.  A complete work of art that should never be used to cherry pick certain tracks.  Just chill and enjoy as Michael intended it.

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Michael Kiwanuka
Love & Hate
POLYDOR
Funk. Soul. Rhythm & Blues
£24.99


This was one album certainly worth the wait for. A complete work of art that should never be used to cherry pick certain tracks. Just chill and enjoy as Michael intended it.

One of the discoveries of 2016.  This record is timeless.  If you like minimalist classical piano with a hint of hip hop influence, then this is one album you must own.

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Duval Timothy
Brown Loop
I SHOULD CARE RECORDS
Jazz
£16.50


One of the discoveries of 2016. This record is timeless. If you like minimalist classical piano with a hint of hip hop influence, then this is one album you must own.

2016 has been a wonderful year for the supremely talented drummer, producer, composer and electronic musician Moses Boyd.  This vibrant dancefloor orientated jazz 12 inch is essential listening and proves that the future of UK jazz is in very safe hands.

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Moses Boyd
Rye Lane Shuffle
EXODUS RECORDS
Jazz
£9.25


2016 has been a wonderful year for the supremely talented drummer, producer, composer and electronic musician Moses Boyd. This vibrant dancefloor orientated jazz 12 inch is essential listening and proves that the future of UK jazz is in very safe hands.

Anybody that can follow-up a highly rated debut album with a single sided album of one 25 minute track is either mad or extremely talented.  The latter is true, this is one very special piece of music that takes the listener on an intimate and sensational journey.

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Melanie De Biasio
Blackened Cities
PIAS
Jazz
£12.99


Anybody that can follow-up a highly rated debut album with a single sided album of one 25 minute track is either mad or extremely talented. The latter is true, this is one very special piece of music that takes the listener on an intimate and sensational journey.

Everybody knows how special Gregory’s voice is and this album provides further evidence that this is one genuine talent that can soften the hardest heart.

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Gregory Porter
Take Me To The Alley
BLUE NOTE
Jazz
£26.50


Everybody knows how special Gregory’s voice is and this album provides further evidence that this is one genuine talent that can soften the hardest heart.

London saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings joins up with a group of South African musicians led by trumpeter Mandla Mlangeni.  Recorded in a single day with a strong influence of Sun Ra.  Vibrant and exploratory music of the highest calibre.

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Shabaka And The Ancestors
Wisdom Of Elders
BROWNSWOOD
Jazz
£19.99


London saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings joins up with a group of South African musicians led by trumpeter Mandla Mlangeni. Recorded in a single day with a strong influence of Sun Ra. Vibrant and exploratory music of the highest calibre.

'Part 4 in the series of Marc Mac's "beats'n'knowledge" mixtapes. The series started 10 years ago in 2006 with "It's Right To Be Civil". This album couldn't be more timely, what with the Brexit and US elections. The more things change the more they stay the same.

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Marc Mac
Generation X
OMNIVERSE
Hip Hop. Beats
£14.99


'Part 4 in the series of Marc Mac's "beats'n'knowledge" mixtapes. The series started 10 years ago in 2006 with "It's Right To Be Civil". This album couldn't be more timely, what with the Brexit and US elections. The more things change the more they stay the same.

Double album released on Record Store Day following the discovery of tapes in family archives.  The only studio album, to feature the Bill Evans Trio with brilliant drummer, Jack DeJohnette, and great bassist Eddie Gomez.

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Bill Evans
Some Other Time : The Lost Session From The Black Forest
RESONANCE RECORDS
Jazz
£25.00


Double album released on Record Store Day following the discovery of tapes in family archives. The only studio album, to feature the Bill Evans Trio with brilliant drummer, Jack DeJohnette, and great bassist Eddie Gomez.

Air’s 1971 solitary self-titled album was reissued in 2016, and I nearly missed it.  Thanks to If Music I discovered a folk-funk opus centred around the haunting beauty of Googie Coppola’s voice, soaring across jazzy breaks.  This is one album that you really do need.

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Air
Air
BE WITH RECORDS
Folk. Pop. Rock. Psyche.
£23.99


Air’s 1971 solitary self-titled album was reissued in 2016, and I nearly missed it. Thanks to If Music I discovered a folk-funk opus centred around the haunting beauty of Googie Coppola’s voice, soaring across jazzy breaks. This is one album that you really do need.

The title track’s crisp rhythms echo 1970s Herbie Hancock; elsewhere broken beats support toasting trumpet.  A superb debut showing yet again that the London jazz scene is alive and well.

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Yussef Kamaal
Black Focus
BROWNSWOOD
Jazz
£17.99


The title track’s crisp rhythms echo 1970s Herbie Hancock; elsewhere broken beats support toasting trumpet. A superb debut showing yet again that the London jazz scene is alive and well.