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These are the 2023 "Best of Jazz" lists and commentaries compiled by Members of the Jazz Journalists Association. They are displayed in the order received, with the most recent on top. 

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  • 13 Dec 2022 10:49 PM | Anonymous

    Poll 2022


      Lifetime achievement: Amina Claudine Myers

    Violin: Gwen Laster

    Viola: Melanie Dyer

    Cello: Lester St. Louis

    Harp: Zeena Parkins

    Flute: Nicole Mitchell

    Clarinet: Ned Rothenberg

    Bassoon: Claire de Brunner

    Trumpet: Mac Gollehon

    French Horn: Vincent Chancey

    Trombone: Steve Swell

    Tuba: Joe Daley

    Soprano saxophone: Sam Newsome

    Alto saxophone: Darius Jones

    Tenor saxophone: James Brandon Lewis

    Baritone saxophone: Claire Daly

    Electric guitar: Chris Cochrane

    Acoustic guitar: Marco Capelli

    Various fretted instrument: Cynthia Sayer (plectrum banjo)

    Upright bass: Ken Filiano

    Electric bass: Jamaaladeen Tacuma

    Piano: Mara Rosenbloom

    Drumset: Michael Wimberly

    Percussion: Warren Smith

    Vibraphone: Patricia Brennan

    Multi-instrumentalist: Scott Robinson

    Vocals: Fay Victor

    Spoken Word: Tracie Morris

    DUO: Elliott Sharp and Tracie Morris

    SMALL GROUP: Ceramic Dog

    LARGE ENSEMBLE: Ed Palermo Big Band


    New Releases

    1)    Sun Ra Arkestra, Living Sky (Omni Sound)

    2)    Ches Smith, Interpret It Well (Pyroclastic)

    3)    Elliott Sharp and Eric Mingus, Songs From the Rogue State (Zoar)

    4)    We Free Strings, Love in the Form of Sacred Outrage (ESP-Disk)

    5)    Bi Ba Doom, Graceful Collision (Astral Spirits)

    6)    Mac Gollehon, The End is the Beginning (Nefarious Industries)

    7)    Heroes Are Gangleaders, LeAutoRoiOgraphy (577)

    8)    Gene Pritsker’s Sound Liberation, Let’s Save the World Suite (Composers Concordance)

    9)    John Zorn, Meditations on the Tarot (Tzadik)

    10)Cint Bahr, Puzzle Box (MoonJune)

    Historical albums/Unearthed Gems

    1)    No Safety, Spill (Cuneiform)

    2)    Cecil Taylor, The Complete, Legendary, Live Return Concert (Oblivion)

    3)    Nikki Giovanni, The Way I Feel (Modern Harmonic)

    Vocal album: Elliott Sharp and Eric Mingus, Songs from the Rogue State (Zoar)


    Debut album: Bi Ba Doom, Graceful Collision (Astral Spirits)

    Live album: No Safety, Live at the Knitting Factory (Cuneiform)

    Solo album: Ava Mendoza, New Spells (Relative Pitch)

    Large ensemble album: Sun Ra Arkestra, Living Sky (Omni Sound)

    Record labels of the year:Cuneiform, 577, Modern Harmonic

    Venues of the year: Café Bohemia (Manhattan), 411 Kent (Brooklyn)

    The music has experienced an expanse over recent years, particularly with spoken word coming into a newly rediscovered place up front. I feel this advancement, only in part an homage to the Beat Generation, compiles the best of free jazz, post-mod composition and a bold, Left outspokenness. 

  • 12 Dec 2022 5:02 PM | Rick Mitchell

    Here are my 25 favorite jazz tracks to be featured on the year-end-best episode of my radio program The Motif, KBOO-FM in Portland, Oregon. The top ten albums correspond to my poll ballot, though not in this order. 

    "On the Way to Be Free," Chicago Soul Jazz Collective (On the Way to Be Free, Chicago Soul Jazz Collective Meets Dee Alexander, jMarq) 

    "Respected Destroyer," Terri Lyne Carrington (The New Standard Vol. 1, Candid) 

    "Navegando (Las Estrellas Nos Guian)," Miguel Zenon (Musica de las Americas, Miel Music) 

    "Blood Count," Charles Lloyd Trios (Chapel, Blue Note) 

    "Newport Aperitif/Diminuendo & Crescendo in Blue," Steven Bernstein and the Hot 8 (A Manifesto of Henryisms, Community Music Vol. 3, Royal Potato Family) 

    "Finger Buster," Emmet Cohen (Uptown in Orbit, Mack Avenue)

    "Monroe," Bill Frisell (Four, Blue Note) 

    "Autumn Leaves," Tyshawn Sorey Trio (Mesmerism, Yeros 7 Music) 

    "Moon Song," Cecile McLoren Salvant (Ghost Song, Nonesuch) 

    "Marshall's Groove," Sun Ra Arkestra (Living Sky, Omni Sound)

    "Invitation," Ahmad Jamal (Emerald City Nights Live at the Penthouse 1965-1966, Jazz Detective) 

    "Pent-up House," Al Foster (Reflections, Smoke Sessions)

    "Sittin' at the Bar," Eugenie Jones (Players, Open Mic Records) 

    "Wade in the Water," Javon Jackson (The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni, Solid Jackson Records) 

    "In These Times," Makaya McCraven (In These Times, International Anthem Recording)

    "Prayer," Joel Ross (The Parable of the Poet, Blue Note) 

     "Witness," Immanuel Wilkins (The 7th Hand, Blue Note) 

    "David's Tumbao," Duran/Virelles (Front Street Duets, Alma)

    "Cairo Street Ride," Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra (In the Valley, Stricker Street)

    "Homesick," Doug Wamble (Blues In the Present Tense, Halcyonic) 

    "Unonkanyamba," Ndudozo Makhathini (In the Spirit of Ntu, Blue Note) 

    "You've Got It Bad Girl," Donald Byrd (Cookin' With Blue Note at Montreux, Blue Note) 

    "Tributary," Julian Lage (View with a Room, Blue Note)

    "Sweet Pumpkin," Samara Joy (Linger Awhile, Verve) 

    "This World Is a Mean World," JD Allen (Americana Vol. 2, Savant) 

    Favorite Non-Jazz Album

    I Am the Moon, Tedeschi Trucks Band (Fantasy, Four Discs, available separately or in a boxed set) 

  • 12 Dec 2022 9:56 AM | John Szwed

    1  Jim McNeeley/Frankfurt Radio BigBand/Chris Potter  Ritual   Double Moon

    2  David Virelles      Nuna     Pi

    3  Mary Halvorson      Belladonna     Nonesuch

    4  Charles Lloyd     Sacred Thread     Blue Note

    5  Matt Shipp  World Construct   ESP

    7  Sun Ra     Living Sky  Omni

    8  Billy Drummond & Freedom of Ideas.  Valse Sinistre  Cellar Music Group

    9  Marta Sanchez   SAAM    Whirlwind

    10   Steve Cardenas / Ben Allison /Ted Nash  Healing Power: The Music of Carla Bley    Sunnyside

    10 Eve Risser Red Desert Orchestra   Clean Feed



    Lennie Tristano     Personal Recordings     Mosaic

    Sun Ra    Universe in Blue     Cosmic Myth

    Max Roach   We Insist    Candid



    Peter Stampfel     20th Century in 100 Songs   Louisiana Red Hot


    Dafnis Prieto    Cantar   Dafnison Music


  • 08 Dec 2022 8:34 PM | Ralph A. Miriello


    Geoff Keezer And Friends : "Playdate"

    Tyshawn Sorey Trio +1 Greg Osby : "The Off-Off-Broadway Guide to Synergism"

    Dave Stryker: "As We Are" 

    Peter Erskine Trio "Live in Italy"

    Mary Halvorsen: "Amaryliss"

    Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trio D'Ete: "Turning Point"

    Grant Geisman:"Blooz"

    Boris Kozlov: "First Things First"

    Jeff Coffin: "Between Dreaming and Joy"

    Dave Liebman: "Trust and Honesty"

    Steve Feifke & Bijon Watson: Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra

    Reverso: "Harmonic Alchemy"

    Pete Malinverni: "On the Town"

    Oz Noy, Ugoma Okegow, Ray Marchica: "Riverside"

    Yellowjackets: "Parallel Motion"

    Martin Wind and the NY Bass Quartet: "Air"

    Michael Blake: "Combobulate"

    Steve Cardenas, Ben  Allison & Ted Nash: "Healing Power-The Music of Carla Bley"

    Pasquale Grasso: "BeBop!"

    JD Allen: "Americana Vol2"

    Kevin Eubanks & Orrin Evans: "EEE"

    Michael Dease: "Best Next Thing"

    Jon Cowherd Trio: "Pride & Joy"

    Michael Wollny Trio: "Ghosts"

    Marshall Gilkes: "Cyclic Journey"

    Best Vocal Albums:

    Claudia Acuna: "Duo"

    Giacomo Gates: "You"

    Flora Purim: "If You Will"

    Cecile McLorin Savant: "Ghost Song"

    Sarah Gazarek: "Vanity"

    Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Aymee Nuviola: "Live at Marciac"


    Miguel Zenon: "Musica de Las Americas"


    Bill Evans: Morning Glory/ Inner Spirit (2 albums)

    Ahmad Jamal: Emerald City Nights: (2 albums)

    Mingus the lost tapes at Ronnie Scott's : 

  • 04 Dec 2022 6:43 PM | Danica Pantovic

    2022 List 

    Home.S. Esbjørn Svensson Solo, ACT 

    I AM Beyond by Isaiah Collier & Michael Shekwoaga Ode, HHV Records

    Ghost Song by Cecile McLorin Salvant, Nonesuch

    Jazz is Expensive/Live in Saalfelden by Kühn Fu, Berthold Records

    Elastic Wave by Gard Nilssen Acustic Unity, ECM

    Louise by Emile Parisien, ACT

    Wind Rose by Majamisty TriO, Mistyland

    Melange by Schime & Muzikon, Sequoia Music

    Catching the Wind by Vladimir Samardžić, SKC NS

    Fruška Džungla (Jungle) by Dragon's Fuel, HORZ


    3 Generations by Nils Landgren, ACT

  • 02 Dec 2022 5:51 PM | David Basse

    TOP TEN 2022

    SAMARA JOY                              LINGER AWHILE    

    STEVE DAVIS                               BLUESTHETIC 



    BEN MORRIS                               POCKET GUIDES




    BEN SIDRAN                                SWING STATE

    TIERNEY SUTTON                       PARIS SESSIONS 2


  • 02 Dec 2022 9:44 AM | Deleted user

    Favorite new jazz releases of 2022

    1. Dave Wilson Quartet, Stretching Supreme (self-released)

    2. Lynne Arriale, The Lights Are Always On (Challenge)

    3. Wayne Shorter, Terri Lyne Carrington, Leo Genovese, esparanza spalding, Live st the Detroit Jazz Festival (Candid)

    4. Jo Harrop, The Heart Wants (Lateralize)

    5. Javon Jackson, The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni (Solid Jackson)

    6. Samara Joy, Linger Awhile (Verve)

    7. Steven Feifke and Bijon Watson, … present Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra (Cellar)

    8. Sam Kirmayer, In This Moment (Cellar Music)

    9. Ricky Ford, Paul's Scene (Whaling City)

    10. Chris Cortez, Live at Blue Bamboo (Blue Bamboo)

    Favorite 2022 vocal recordings:

    1. Jo Harrop, The Heart Wants (Lateralize)

    2. Samara Joy, Linger Awhile (Verve)

    3. Tierney Sutton, Paris Sessions 2 (BFM Jazz)

    4. Mark Winkler, Late Bloomin' Jazzman (Café Pacific)

    5. Carol Sloane, Live at Birdland (Club 44)

    6. San Gabriel 7 featuring Sinne Eeg, Under the Stars (JRL-SGS)

    7. Catherine Russell, Send For Me (Dot Time)

    8. Kim Nalley Band, I Want a Little Boy (self-released)

    9. Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Aymée Nuviola, Live in Marciac (5Passion)

    10. Xiomara Torres, La Voz Del Mar (Patois)

    Favorite historical/reissues of 2022 (includes any recordings made over 10 years ago, whether newly released or reissued):

    1. Bill Evans, Morning Glory (Resonance)

    2. Ahmad Jamal, Emerald City Nights: Live at the Penthouse1965-1966 (Jazz Detective)

    3. Dave Brubeck Trio, Live From Vienna 1967 (Derry Music)

    4. Charles Mingus, Mingus: The Los Album From Ronnie Scott's (Resonance)

    5. Ella Fitzgerald, Ella at the Hollywood Bowl: The Irving Berlin Songbook (Verve)

    6. Elvin Jones, Revival: Live at Pookie's Pub(Blue Note)

    7. Chet Baker Trio, Live in Paris (Elemental)

    8. Clark Terry, Big Bad Band, Live in Holland 1979 (Storyville)

    9. Frank Kimbrough, 2003-2006 (Palmetto)

    10. Peck Allmond Quartet, Live at Yoshi's 1994 (Eastlawn)

    Favorite 2022 debut recording:

    Timothy Norton, Visions of Phaedrus(Truth Revolution Recording Collective)

    Favorite 2022 Latin/Brazilian jazz recordings:

    1. Oscar Hernández & Alma Libre, Visión (Ovation)

    2. Miguel Zenón, Música de las Américas (Miel)

    3. Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Aymée Nuviola, Live in Marciac (5Passion)

    4. Xiomara Torres, La Voz Del Mar (Patois)

    5. Juan Carlos Quintero, Table for Five (Moondo)

    Favorite new compositions from CDs released in 2022, listed alphabetically:

    • Lynne Arriale, ”Sounds Like America” from The Lights Are Always On (Challenge)

    • Bob Bowman, “Yae San”” from Josh Nelson/Bob Bowman Collective, Tomorrow is Not Promised (Steel Bird)

    • Yelena Eckemoff, “Like Rain Upon the Mown Grass” from I Am a Stranger in This World (L&H)

    • Yosef Gutman and Gilad Ronen, “Joshua” from Yosef Gutman, Upside Down Mountain (independent)

    • Jo Harrop, Natalie Williams, James McCredie, Hannah Vasanth, “Weather the Storm” from Jo Harrop, The Heart Wants (Lateralize)

    • Timothy Norton, “King's Inn” from Visions of Phaedrus (Truth Revolution Recording Collective)

    • Rick Roe, “Agent 88” from Roe Bickley Kramer, Lucid Dream (RNR Unknown)

    • Jamieson Trotter and Mark Winkler, “Old Enough” from Mark Winkler, Late Bloomin' Jazzman (Café Pacific)

    • Walt Weiskopf, “Other Jewels” from Walt Weiskopf European Quartet, Diamonds and Other Jewels (AMM)

    • Miguel Zenón, “Imperios” from Música de las Américas (Miel)

  • 29 Nov 2022 7:24 AM | Matty Bannond

    Here’s my top ten albums that I reviewed in 2022, in alphabetical order…

    Full Circle - Nadje Noorhuis.

    Ibio-Ibio - Camilla George.

    I get along without you very well - Ellen Arkbro & Johan Graden.

    Marram - Matt Carmichael

    Pale Blue Dot - Georg Demel Quartett.

    Spiritual Car Wash - Taxi Consilium.

    The Good Spirits Part 2 - Denis Gäbel.

    The Sound of Listening - Mark Guiliana.

    White Juju - Soweto Kinch.

    Wolves and Mirrors - Wolves and Mirrors.

  • 28 Nov 2022 10:19 PM | Anonymous member

    Below are my favorite 25 albums for 2022.

    They are listed in alphabetical and not any hierarchical order.


    Pablo Ablanedo - Chistreza

    Afro Bop Alliance - The Pan American Nutcracker Suite

    Kenny Barron - The Source

    Andrea Brachfeld - Evolution

    Tito Carrillo - Urbanessence

    Terri Lyne Carrington - New Standards Vol 1

    Sarah Elizabeth Charles - Blank Canvas

    Anat Cohen - Quartetinho

    Roxy Coss - Disparate Parts

    Luis DenizEl - Tinajón

    Marshall Gilkes - Cyclic Journey

    Robert Glasper - Black Radio III

    Rafael Greco - Dice Que Vive (Signs Of Life)

    Connie Han - Secrets of Inanna 

    Conrad Herwig - The Latin Side of Mingus

    Samara Joy - Linger Awhile

    Ryan Keberle - Sonhos Da Esquina

    Brian Lynch - Songbook Vol. 2: Dance The Way U Want To

    Makaya McCraven - In These Times

    Kham Meslien - Fantômes... Futurs

    Hailey Niswanger & Mia Garcia - Between All Things

    Rufus Reid - Celebration

    Cécile McLorin Salvant - Ghost Song

    Dave Stryker - As We Are

    Miguel Zenón - Musica De Las Americas


    Michael Ambrosino

    Programmer/Producer/Host of Currents, Dialogs, Tapas and Los Olvidados


  • 06 Mar 2022 9:40 AM | Wilbert Sostre

    Top 3 Jazz Albums from Puerto Rico Jazz Musicians 2021

    1. Miguel Zenon & Luis Perdomo - El Arte del Bolero

    2. Carlos Henriquez - South Bronx Story

    3. Charlie Sepulveda - This is Latin Jazz

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