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 tenth 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 2016" 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 2016 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 2016.
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, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Updated 12/30/16 with five more lists. Updated 12/31/16 with five more lists. Updated 1/1/17 with eleven more lists. Updated 1/2/17 with six more lists. Updated 1/3/17 with four more lists. Updated 1/4/17 with four more lists. Updated 1/5/17 with two more lists. Updated 1/6/17 with four more lists. Updated 1/7/17 with one more list. Updated 1/8/17 with one more list. Updated 1/9/17 with two more lists. Updated 1/10/17 with one more list. Updated 1/14/17 with two more lists. Updated 1/17/17 with one more list.