Back in April this year internationally acclaimed British saxophonist Tim Garland returned to the UK jazz scene in emphatic style (following his Grammy Award-winning arranging work and world tours with legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea), releasing his stunning jazz-rock and folk influenced album, One. Hailed at the time by leading Jazzwise writer Stuart Nicholson as "a truly memorable album that's head and shoulders above any other British jazz recording of the last couple of decades" – the album has just been confirmed as the winner of Jazzwise's prestigious Albums of the Year Critics Poll, racking up more points than any other release of the past 12 months.
Other notable releases from 2016 also receiving critical acclaim from Jazzwise's team of award-winning writers include the sumptuously swinging set, Upward Spiral, from saxophonist Branford Marsalis and singer Kurt Elling; the barnstorming trumpet-fuelled Together, As One from Laura Jurd's Dinosaur; former Bowie sax man Donny McCaslin's superb Beyond Now and much-feted pianist Brad Mehldau's Ballads and Blues.
Mention must also be made of the winner of the Reissues/Archive category, Bill Evans' Some Other Time: Lost Session From The Black Forest, an astonishing set of previously unissued studio sessions released through the painstakingly diligent work of Resonance Records' Zev Feldman, who rightly won a Grammy for his efforts with the label.
The full Top 20 New and Reissue/Archive charts and all of the individual Jazzwise writers' charts are published in the Dec/Jan double issue which goes on sale on Thursday 24 November - subscribe now to save money and receive a fantastic FREE CDbe now to save money and receive a fantastic FREE CD
– Mike Flynn and Jon Newey