From Wynton Marsalis to Vijay Iyer, the best jazz albums of 2016

Laurin Talese: ”Gorgeous Chaos” (Bassic Black Entertainment): The first time I heard Talese, five years ago in Philadelphia, she made a vivid impression via the sumptuousness of her instrument and the creativity of her vocal lines. She sounds still more accomplished on her album “Gorgeous Chaos,” Talese bringing heart and spontaneity to standards, obscurities and originals alike. In all of this material, she emerges as an uncommonly persuasive storyteller, accompanied on select tracks by bassist Christian McBride, keyboardist Robert Glasper and other noteworthy instrumentalists who clearly believe in her. “Gorgeous Chaos” should serve as an excellent calling card for a singer very much on the rise.
— Chicago Tribune (Howard Reichs)