A Handful of the Top Jazz Albums Released in 2016

A sales executive and accomplished entrepreneur, Krishen Iyer formerly served as the CEO of Iyer Health Shield and I Health, a health insurance call center. Krishen Iyer now presides over a Fresno, California, real estate development firm. Recreationally, he enjoys listening to music and especially likes jazz.

With the release of a number of excellent albums, 2016 proved an exciting year for jazz fans. One of the best was Renaissance by Bucky Pizzarelli, one of the greats who played alongside musicians like Benny Goodman. Now more than 90 years old, Pizzarelli still delivers an incredible performance with a blend of classical rhythms, jazz standards, and improvisation. 

Together with Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison, celebrated drummer Jack DeJohnette produced another of the year’s great albums. Called In Movement, it brings some innovative ideas to classic songs and even introduces a bit of electronica into the mix. One of the best songs is a tribute to Miles Davis’ Blue in Green.

MAST delivered one of the most unique and inspiring albums with Love and War, which blends jazz and beat production in a new way. The man behind MAST is Tim Conley of Fresh Cut Orchestra and other popular projects. Guest appearances from Fresh Cut, Snarky Puppy, and other great bands keep Love and War fresh and engaging.