The Best of Modern Jazz Music in 2014

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A list of the best modern jazz albums of 2014. These are the top albums that have been released this year and are worth checking out.


It’s no exaggeration to say that 2014 was one of the strongest years for jazz in recent memory. Dozens of A-list artists released new albums, while many up-and-comers continued to stake their claim in the genre.

There were plenty of great records to choose from, but these 10 releases stood out above the rest. From straight-ahead jazz to progressive improvisation and everything in between, these are the best modern jazz albums of 2014.

The Best of Modern Jazz Music in 2014

It’s been another great year for jazz music, with plenty of new and exciting releases to choose from. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best modern jazz albums of 2014. We’ll be considering a range of factors, including technical ability, originality, creativity, and overall listenability.

The Best of Modern Jazz Music in 2014: Albums

As the end of the year approaches, it’s time to look back and reflect on some of the best music that came out in 2014. In the world of jazz, there were a lot of great albums released this year. Here are just a few of the best:

-To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar
-Invisible Man by Trombone Shorty
-The Godfather by Fred Wesley
-Saxophone Colossus by Sonny Rollins
-The Blue Notebook by Jason Moran
-The Bright Mississippi by Allen Toussaint

The Best of Modern Jazz Music in 2014: Singles

There were plenty of great jazz albums released in 2014, but there were also plenty of great jazz singles. Here are some of the best.

“Don’t Run Away” by Gregory Porter
Porter’s voice is as smooth as silk, and it floats effortlessly over this soulful track. This was one of the big singles from his album Liquid Spirit, which won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

“Q&A” by Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green
This is a playful, energetic track from saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and trumpeter Bunky Green. It’s taken from their album A Jukebox in My Head.

“Blackbird Blackbird” by Trombone Shorty
Trombone Shorty’s “Blackbird Blackbird” is a fun, upbeat track that features some great soloing from Shorty himself. It’s taken from his album Say That to Say This.

“Moody’s Mood for Love” by José James
José James’ moody take on the Etta James classic is simply gorgeous. It features a wonderful vocal performance from James, and some lovely saxophone work from development project Bandcamp user Joshua Redman.


It has been an amazing year for jazz music, with a wide variety of sounds and styles on offer. From the soulful and mellow sounds of Gregory Porter to the more experimental sounds of saxophonist Kamasi Washington, there has been something for everyone. We can only hope that 2015 will be just as good.

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