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Bobbi Booker's Hot Five of 2023

Joseph V. Labolito
Temple University

Without question, 2023 gave us some great music. From new releases and debuts to limited reissues and archival finds, there was something special for almost anyone.

We asked our jazz hosts to give us their five favorite tracks of 2023, so have a listen and read what they have to say. With pleasure, we present WRTI's Hot Fives.

Meshell Ndegeocello, "The 5th Dimension (featuring The HawtPlates)"

Meshell Ndegeocello's '5th Dimension' from 'The Omnichord Real Book' captivates with its sultry basslines, pulsing lyrics and ethereal atmosphere make it an entrancing and thought-provoking musical journey.

Dee Daniels, "Let Freedom Ring (The Ballad of John Lewis)"

Let Freedom Ring (The Ballad of John Lewis)" by Dee Daniels is a powerful anthem that captivates as it pays a heartfelt tribute to John Lewis, a true hero of civil rights. This song's emotional depth and resonant vocals leave a lasting impact.

Gene Harris, "It's Your Love"

Gene Harris remains a tragically underappreciated artist, with a catalog brimming with hidden gems of soulful jazz excellence. "It's Your Love" exemplifies his distinctive blend of blues and gospel, a musical treasure awaiting discovery by discerning listeners.

Isaiah J. Thompson, "The Power of the Spirit"

Isaiah J. Thompson's "The Power of the Spirit" invokes a sense of serenity and connection and is a musical masterpiece that touches the heart.

Jay Hoggard, "A Child is Born"

Jay Hoggard, a spiritual explorer who effortlessly blends the vibrant sounds of the African Diaspora in his music, creates an enchanting track - "A Child Is Born" - that makes one feel deeply connected and uplifted.

Bobbi I. Booker is an award-winning multimedia journalist and radio personality whose velvety voice has been a mainstay in the Delaware Valley for over two decades. She can be heard on Spirit Soul Music, Sundays from 6 to 9 a.m., and Jazz Through the Night, weeknights from 12 midnight to 6 a.m.