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Matthew Ruddick

Author of Funny Valentine, an acclaimed new biography of the jazz trumpet player and singer, Chet Baker.
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Friday, 30 December 2016 09:22

Top Picks Of 2016

At the end of the year, we ask our reviewers for their top picks of the year. Last year, there was a lot of crossover, but this year, everyone highlighted different albums - such was the diverse range of fantastic new music. The CDs below range from the classic jazz trio to jazz-funk, cool European sounds to experimental free jazz, soul-jazz to retro. In short, there's something for everyone. We hope you enjoyed our CD and gig reviews throughout the year, and our interviews too. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support, and wish you all the best for 2017.

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London Jazz Meetup owner and fan of ‘plugged in’ jazz.

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I love my jazz and I bless the funk. I play percussion for all and sundry and go by @Mr Cool.

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Laboratory scientist with a love of evolving music that defies boundaries.