Keyboard Magazine's 2016 Top 10 Music Lists

Author:
Publish date:
Image placeholder title

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 EvansSome Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black Forest (Resonance Records)
Chris BrownSix Primes (New World Records)
Larry YoungIn Paris: The ORTF Recordings (Resonance Records)
Erik SatieErik Satie and Friends (Sony Classics)
Ray Charles OrchestraZurich 1961 (TCB)
Dizzy Gillespie & FriendsConcert of the Century—A Tribute to Charlie Parker (Justin Time)
Miles Davis QuintetFreedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series Vol. 5 (Legacy)
Weather ReportThe Legendary Tapes 1978-1981 (Legacy)
Orli Shaham/Oberlin OrchestraGinastera: One Hundred—A Centennial Celebration of Alberto Ginastera, 1916-2016 (Oberlin Music)
Lincoln Mayorga/Harmonie EnsembleGeorge Gershwin—Concerto in F

Barbara Schultz—Managing Editor
Little RichardMono Box (Fantasy)
Regina SpektorRemember Us to Life (Sire)
Jon DoeThe Westerner (Cool Rock/Thirty Tigers)
Neko Case, kd lang, and Laura Veirscase/lang/veirs (Anti)
Elizabeth CookExodus of Venus (Agent Love/Thirty Tigers)
Colvin & EarleColvin & Earle (Fantasy)
The Rolling StonesBlue & Lonesome (Interscope)
Fantastic NegritoLast Days of Oakland (Blackball Universe)
The MavericksAll Night Live (Mono Mundo Recordings)
Billy Bragg and Joe HenryShine a Light: Field Recordings from the Great American Railroad (Cooking Vinyl)

Jerry Kovarsky—Editor at Large
Larry YoungIn Paris: The ORTF Recordings (Resonance Records)
Dr. Lonnie SmithEvolution (Blue Note)
Snarky PuppyCulcha Vulcha (Decca)
Fred HerschSolo (Palmetto)
Weather ReportThe Legendary Tapes 1978-1981 (Legacy)
Miles Davis QuintetFreedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series Vol. 5 (Legacy)
YellowjacketsCohearance (Mack Avenue)
John BeasleyJohn Beasley presents MONKestra Vol. 1 (Mack Avenue)
Scott KinseyNear Life Experience (Abstract Logix)
HiromiSpark/The Trio Project (Telarc)

Jon Regen—Editor at Large
Adele25 (XL/Columbia)
(Snuck this in: Although it came out November 2015, it's up for a Grammy this year.)
Terrace MartinVelvet Portraits (Ropeadope)
Kenny Barron TrioBook of Intuition (Impulse)
David BowieBlackstar (Columbia)
Joey AlexanderCountdown (Motema Music)
Bruce Hornsby & The NoisemakersRehab Reunion (Universal)
Band of Other BrothersCity of Cranes (Ear Up)
Jason RebelloHeld (Edition)
Bat for LashesThe Bride (Parlophone)
Dr. Lonnie SmithEvolution (Blue Note)

Geary Yelton—Senior Correspondent
Stick MenProg Noir (iapetus)
IAMXEverything Is Burning (Orphic)
Jeff BeckLoud Hailer (Atco)
Daniel Thomas FreemanThe Infinite and the Unknowable (Blink in the Endless)
Forrest FangSleepwalker’s Ocean (Projekt)
Martin NonstaticNebulae Live at the Planetarium (Ultimae)
RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool (XL)
Paul Hepker & Mark KilianEye in the Sky (soundtrack: Lakeshore)
Johann JohannssonArrival (soundtrack: Deutsche Grammophon )
Steve JablonskyDeepwater Horizon (soundtrack: Summit/Warner)

Robbie Gennet—Senior Correspondent
The Lemon TwigsDo Hollywood (4AD)
Tegan and SaraLove You To Death (Vapor)
Matt Chamberlain& Brian Haas Prometheus Risen (Royal Potato Family)
NolatetDogs (Royal Potato Family)
Holly BowlingBetter Left Unsung (Royal Potato Family)
VulfpeckThe Beautiful Game (Vulf)
Woody GossSolo Rhodes (self released on Bandcamp)

Music Video Releases 
Various ArtistsSoundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music (Acorn Media)
Nina Simone
What Happened, Miss Simone? (Eagle Vision)
Martha ArgerichMartha Argerich Box (EuroArts Music International)
Daniel BarenboimDaniel 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 MehtaLiszt Piano Concerto No. 2/Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 (Sony)
TotoLive At Montreaux 1991 (Eagle Vision)
Deep Purple
Live at the NEC (Eagle Vision)
Frank ZappaEat That Question—Frank Zappa In His Own Words (Sony)
StyxLive At The Orleans Arena, Las Vegas (Eagle Vision)