The best jazz 2020 in 20 essential albums.
3 solos, 3 duets, 3 quartets, 3 quintets, 3 larger ensembles, 1 artist of the year, and 1 archive of the year.
No rank, no order, just 20 albums and a playlist summing it up at the end of this post to enjoy outstanding music.
Father’s Wing is an album by the Rob Mazurek Quartet, with Rob Mazurek on the piccolo trumpet, electronics, and bells, Kris Davis on the piano, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten on the double-bass, and Chad Taylor on the drums. The album was recorded on August 4, 2019, by Ken Christianson, at Pro Musica, in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States, and it was released on February 4, 2022, by Rogue Art.
Jesup Wagon is the new album by tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, with the Red Lily Quintet (bassist William Parker, drummer Chad Taylor, cornetist Kirk Knuffke, and cellist Chris Hoffman), which was recorded, mixed, and mastered in late 2020 at Park West Studios, in Brooklyn, New York. Jesup Wagon was released on May 7, 2021, by TAO Forms.