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Coltrane, Elling, and McGarry/Ganz/Versace make Jazz History Online's 'best recordings of 2018'

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Well, it looks like we've survived another year. 2018 may have been less fun than 2017 (or the end of 2016 for that matter) but our beloved music is still alive and well--despite the ravings of certain uninformed critics. CDs are still around, along with vinyl (and now, cassettes too?) while digital downloads may be losing favor. Predicting the future of the music industry is almost as difficult as forecasting political trends, so instead we will celebrate the best music, books and videos of the year, and offer a farewell to the giants who left us in 2018.

For Best recordings, books and videos of the year, John Coltrane, "Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album" on Impulse gets the pick for Retro Reviews (new releases), and for Best Vocal CDs, both Kurt Elling, "The Questions" on Okeh and Kate McGarry/Keith Ganz/Gary Versace, "The Subject Tonight is Love" on Binxtown got the pick.

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