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John Chacona

28 Dec 2022 3:29 PM | John Chacona

Not a big fan of rankings, nor of presuming that I know which recordings were the year's best. So here are my ten favorite recordings released between Dec. 1, 2021 and Dec. 1, 2022, arranged in alpha order by title.

Similar lists appear at PostGenre and will post soon at Tom Hull's mammoth yearend concatenation. I'll probably have more to say about these recordings--and probably a few late additions--at my own site, let's call this, depending on my ambition.

Amyrillis and Belladonna, Mary Halvorson (Nonesuch)

For The Love Of Fire And Water, Myra Melford's Fire And Water Quintet (RogueArt)

Ghost Song, Cécile McLorin Salvant (Nonesuch)

Good Time Music: Community Music, Vol. 2, Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra with Catherine Russell (Royal Potato Family)

New Gospel Revisited , Marquis Hill (Edition Records, Ltd.)

New Standards Vol. 1, Terri Lyne Carrington (Candid)

Other Zones, Michael Formanek Quartet (Circular File Records)

Séances, Trevor Dunn’s Trio-Convulsant avec Folie à Quatre (Pyroclastic Records)

Seismic Shift, John Escreet (Whirlwind Records)

The Bottom, Luke Stewart's Silt Trio (Cuneiform)

Reissues or Historical albums

Albert Ayler, Revelations (Elemental Music)
Ahmad Jamal, Emerald City Nights: Live At The Penthouse 1963-1964 (Jazz Detective Records)
Cecil Taylor, The Complete, Legendary, Live Return Concert (Oblivion Records)


  • 589 recordings qualified for consideration (509 qualified last year; I get a lot of music).
  • Of these, 24 made the not-so-shortlist for this page
  • Here are the other 14 as they stand today (in alpha order by artist):

JD Allen, Americana, Vol. 2

David Binney, Tomorrow’s Journey

Amanda Ekery, Some (more) Short Songs

Bill Frisell, Four

Art Hirahara, Verdant Valley

Miles Okazaki, Thisness

Aaron Parks, Volume 1

Redman, Mehldau, McBride, Blade, LongGone

Matthew Shipp Trio, World Construct

Tyshawn Sorey Trio, Mesmerism

Tyshawn Sorey Trio +1, The Off-Off Broadway Guide to Synergism

Thumbscrew, Multicolored Midnight

Dan Weiss, Dedication

various artists, John Zorn's Bagatelles

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