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My best of Jazz 2020 in no particular ranking

06 Dec 2020 2:58 PM | Ralph A. Miriello

Big Band:

John Hollenbeck w Kate McGarry, Theo Bleckmann and Gary Versace and the Franfurt Radio Band: Song You Like A Lot, Flexatonic Records

Maria Schneider: Data Lords: Artists Share

Dave Stryker w Bob Mintzer and WDR Big Band : Blue Soul: Strikezone Records

John Beasley's Monk'estra: Monk'estra Plays John Beasley: Mack  Avenue Records

The Ed Palmero Big Band: The Great Un-American Songbook Vol III: Sky Cat Records

Gregg August: Gregg August Dialogues on Race Vol 1: Self Produced

Modern Jazz Smaller Groups:

Jerry Bergonzi: Nearly Blue: Savant Records

Jeff Cosgrove w John Medeski and Jeff Lederer: Histroy Gets Ahead of the Story: Grizzley Music

Wolfgang Musthspiel w Scott Colley and Brian Blade: Angular Blues ECM Records

Gregoire Maret w Romain Collin and Bill Frisell: Americana: ACT Records

Brian Landrus: For Now: Blueland Records

Ricardo Grilli: 1962 : Tone Rogue Records

John Scofield w Bill Stewart and Steve Swallow: Swallow Tales: ECM Records

Aaron Parks Little Big III: Dreams of a Mechanical Man: Ropeadope Records

Dayna Stephens w Ben Street and Eric Harland: Liberty: Contagious Music

Eric Revis: Slipknots Through a Looking Glass; Pyroclastic Records

Chamber Jazz and Jazz  Opera:

Ryan Keberle, Frank Woeste and Vincet Courtois: Reverso The MElodic Line: Outhere Music

Pete Malinverni and Juliet Kurtzman: Candlelight: Love in the Time of Cholera: Self-Produced

John Ellis and Andy Bragen: The Ice Siren: Parade Light Records

Best Debut Jazz Album :

Raphael Pannier Quartet: Faune: French Paradox

Best Vocal Jazz Album:

Somi w John Beasley and the Franfurt Radio Band: Holy Room Live at Alte Opre

Best Latin Jazz Album:

Chico Pinheiro: City of Dreams: Buriti Records

Best Historical Jazz Releases:

Thelonious Monk Quartet: Live at Pao Alto : Impulse Records

Bill Evans w Eddie Gomez and Jack Dejohnette: Bill Evans Live at Ronnie Scott's : Resonance Records

Nat King Cole: Nat King Cole Hittin' the Ramp  The Early Years 1936-1945: Resonance Records

Additional worthy music from this year:

Aaron Diehl w Pal Skivie and Gregory Hutchinson: The Vagabond: Mack Avenue Records

Rudresh Mahanthappa: Hero Trio : Whirlwind Records

Chick Corea w Christian McBride and Brian Blade: Trilogy 2: Concord records

Edgar Djangirov: Rhapsodize: Twelev Tone Resonance

Steve Cardenas: Blue Has A Range: Sunnyside records

Amina Figarova Edition 113: Persistence: AmiFi Records

Kenny Barron w Dave Holland and Joanthan Blake: Without Deception: Dare 2 Records

Marvin Stamm and Mike Holober: Live @ Maureen's Jazz Cellar: Big Miles Music

Denny Zeitlin w Buster Williams and Matt Wilson: Denny Zeitlin Live at Mezzrow: Sunnyside Records

Martin Wind, Philip Catherine and Ack Van Rooyen: White Noise: Liaka Records

Rez Abbazi w Neil Alexander and Michael Sarin: Django Shift: Whirlwind Records

Chris Dingman: Embrace: Inner Arts Inniative

Jason  Palmer:The Concert: 12 MUsings for Isabella: Giant Steps Arts

John DiMartino: Passion Flower: The Music of Billy Strayhorn: Sunnyside Records

Than Alexa: Ona: Self-Produced

Sirkis/Bialis IQ: Our New World: Moonjune Records

Dave Douglas: Dizzy Atmsophere: Dizzy at Zero Gravity: Greenleaf Music

Marcin Wasilewski Trio w Joe Lovano: Artic Riff: ECM

Keb'Mo': Oklahoma: Concord records

Craig  Taborn: Junk Magic- Compass Confusion: Pyroclastic records

Jeff Hamilton Trio: Catch Me if You Can: Capri Records

Guiseppe Paradiso Meridian 71: Metropolitan Sketches: Self Produced

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