The following selection is our definitive “Best Jazz Albums of 2022” list. As you are about to discover, 2022 was another great year for jazz!
First, all the jazz clubs and venues suddenly reopened, and it was possible to see and listen to the music we love and the artists we worship live again! It is hard to believe that less than one year ago, the music scene was non-existent. This is such a relief! Now that we deeply understand the fragility of this ecosystem, it feels important—and even better—to go out and enjoy what is definitely not a given.
Secular Psalms is an album by trumpeter Dave Douglas, featuring Tomeka Reid, Berlinde Deman, Marta Warelis, Frederik Leroux, and Lander Gyselinck. The compositions are inspired by Jan van Eyck’s “Ghent Altarpiece,” as well as music by 15th-century Flemish composer Guillaume Dufay. Secular Psalms was recorded separately by each musician between May 2020—August 2021, and it was released on April 1, 2022, by Greenleaf Music.
On April 30, International Jazz Day will be celebrated all over the world, and the host city this year is Cape Town, South Africa.
April is also the start of a busy period when a lot of heavy jazz albums get released, so there’s lots of good times ahead of us!
To start the celebration here is an amazing April 2022 Selection of albums that have already been released or will be released this month. These albums got our full attention and should be worth your time.
The albums are listed in order of release date.
Discover the Best of Jazz selection for 1995 with our ten best jazz albums released that year. Once again, the albums are listed in no particular order: all are amazing in their own ways. At the end of the article, you will also find a playlist with a track to represent each of those ten albums, plus ten extra, for nearly two and half hours of breath-taking music.
Discover the BestofJazz selection for 1999, with the 10 best jazz albums released that year. Once again, the albums are listed in no particular order; they are all amazing in their own ways. At the end of the article, you will also find a playlist with a track from each of those 10 albums, plus 10 extra, for more than two hours of breathtaking music.