It's that time of year again, as jazz journalists, DJs, critics, and bloggers are publishing their annual "Best Of" lists. And once again, for the eighth consecutive year, St. Louis Jazz Notes eschews the compilation of such a list, instead offering a meta-list with links to all of the other "Best Jazz of 2014" lists we can locate.
As in the past, the meta-list is alphabetized by writers' names. When a list was collaborative or presented as a staff-written project, the name of the publication or media outlet is used instead, with the writers' names noted if available. This post will be updated multiple times over the next several weeks as more lists become available. Here's what's out there so far:
Active scouting for more lists will continue for at least a couple more weeks, but your input is welcome, too. If you've seen any other 2014 year-end jazz lists that aren't mentioned here, please use the comments (or send me an email) to share the information. And if you like, please feel free also to use the comments to discuss your own favorite jazz releases, shows and moments of 2014.
Finally, if you want to re-visit StLJN's past "best of" list round-ups, here are the meta-lists for 2007 (parts 1 and 2), 2008 (parts 1 and 2), 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Updated 12/29/14 with six more lists. Updated 12/30/14 with seven more lists. Updated 12/31/14 with five more lists. Updated 1/1/15 with seven more lists. Updated 1/2/15 with eight more lists Updated 1/3/15 with eight more lists. Updated 1/4/15 with two more lists. Updated 1/5/15 with five more lists. Updated 1/8/15 with three more lists. Updated 1/11/15 with four more lists. Updated 1/14/15 with three more lists.