Keyboard Magazine's 2016 Top 10 Music Lists

December 21, 2016

As 2016 winds down and we prepare for 2017, the editors at Keyboard magazine have assembled lists of their favorite releases of the year.

These recordings encompass a variety of genres and include numerous gems that had never been commercially released before.
 
Moreover, we have added a list of the most enjoyable music videos we viewed this year. 

Our hope is that the releases below will lead you to artists you haven't heard (or remind you of some you may have missed or forgotten).
 
Enjoy the sounds and Happy New Year!

Gino Robair—Editor in Chief
Bill Evans Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black Forest (Resonance Records)
Chris Brown Six Primes (New World Records)
Larry Young In Paris: The ORTF Recordings (Resonance Records)
Erik Satie Erik Satie and Friends (Sony Classics)
Ray Charles Orchestra Zurich 1961 (TCB)
Dizzy Gillespie & Friends Concert of the Century—A Tribute to Charlie Parker (Justin Time)
Miles Davis Quintet Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series Vol. 5 (Legacy)
Weather Report The Legendary Tapes 1978-1981 (Legacy)
Orli Shaham/Oberlin Orchestra Ginastera: One Hundred—A Centennial Celebration of Alberto Ginastera, 1916-2016 (Oberlin Music)
Lincoln Mayorga/Harmonie Ensemble George Gershwin—Concerto in F

Barbara Schultz—Managing Editor
Little Richard Mono Box (Fantasy)
Regina Spektor Remember Us to Life (Sire)
Jon Doe The Westerner (Cool Rock/Thirty Tigers)
Neko Case, kd lang, and Laura Veirs case/lang/veirs (Anti)
Elizabeth Cook Exodus of Venus (Agent Love/Thirty Tigers)
Colvin & Earle Colvin & Earle (Fantasy)
The Rolling Stones Blue & Lonesome (Interscope)
Fantastic Negrito Last Days of Oakland (Blackball Universe)
The Mavericks All Night Live (Mono Mundo Recordings)
Billy Bragg and Joe Henry Shine a Light: Field Recordings from the Great American Railroad (Cooking Vinyl)

Jerry Kovarsky—Editor at Large
Larry Young In Paris: The ORTF Recordings (Resonance Records)
Dr. Lonnie Smith Evolution (Blue Note)
Snarky Puppy Culcha Vulcha (Decca)
Fred Hersch Solo (Palmetto)
Weather Report The Legendary Tapes 1978-1981 (Legacy)
Miles Davis Quintet Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series Vol. 5 (Legacy)
Yellowjackets Cohearance (Mack Avenue)
John Beasley John Beasley presents MONKestra Vol. 1 (Mack Avenue)
Scott Kinsey Near Life Experience (Abstract Logix)
Hiromi Spark/The Trio Project (Telarc)

Jon Regen—Editor at Large
Adele 25 (XL/Columbia)
(Snuck this in: Although it came out November 2015, it's up for a Grammy this year.)
Terrace Martin Velvet Portraits (Ropeadope)
Kenny Barron Trio Book of Intuition (Impulse)
David Bowie Blackstar (Columbia)
Joey Alexander Countdown (Motema Music)
Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers Rehab Reunion (Universal)
Band of Other Brothers City of Cranes (Ear Up)
Jason Rebello Held (Edition)
Bat for Lashes The Bride (Parlophone)
Dr. Lonnie Smith Evolution (Blue Note)

Geary Yelton—Senior Correspondent
Stick Men Prog Noir (iapetus)
IAMX Everything Is Burning (Orphic)
Jeff Beck Loud Hailer (Atco)
Daniel Thomas Freeman The Infinite and the Unknowable (Blink in the Endless)
Forrest Fang Sleepwalker’s Ocean (Projekt)
Martin Nonstatic Nebulae Live at the Planetarium (Ultimae)
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool (XL)
Paul Hepker & Mark Kilian Eye in the Sky (soundtrack: Lakeshore)
Johann Johannsson Arrival (soundtrack: Deutsche Grammophon )
Steve Jablonsky Deepwater Horizon (soundtrack: Summit/Warner)

Robbie Gennet—Senior Correspondent
The Lemon Twigs Do Hollywood (4AD)
Tegan and Sara Love You To Death (Vapor)
Matt Chamberlain & Brian Haas Prometheus Risen (Royal Potato Family)
Nolatet Dogs (Royal Potato Family)
Holly Bowling Better Left Unsung (Royal Potato Family)
Vulfpeck The Beautiful Game (Vulf)
Woody Goss Solo Rhodes (self released on Bandcamp)

Music Video Releases 
Various Artists Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music (Acorn Media)
Nina Simone
 What Happened, Miss Simone? (Eagle Vision)
Martha Argerich Martha Argerich Box (EuroArts Music International)
Daniel Barenboim Daniel Barenboim Box (EuroArts Music International)
Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention
 Roxy The Movie (Eagle Vision) (Yeah, yeah, we know it's from late 2015, but we got it this year...)
Khatia Buniatishvili/Zubin Mehta Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2/Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 (Sony)
Toto Live At Montreaux 1991 (Eagle Vision)
Deep Purple
Live at the NEC (Eagle Vision) 
Frank Zappa Eat That Question—Frank Zappa In His Own Words (Sony)
Styx Live At The Orleans Arena, Las Vegas (Eagle Vision) 

 
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