Лучшие джазовые альбомы 2020 по версии AllMusic / Favorite Jazz Albums of 2020

Лучшие джазовые альбомы 2020 по версии AllMusic / Favorite Jazz Albums of 2020

There was no shortage of high-quality jazz in 2020: the Webber/Morris Big Band and Gregg August both tackled how big band music can sound in 2020, while Mary Halvorson, Joel Harrison, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen continued to push the boundaries of jazz guitar, and hip-hop influences weighed heavily on standout albums from Kassa Overall, Takuya Kuroda, and Archie Shepp.

On the Tender Spot of Every Calloused Moment

Ambrose Akinmusire - On the Tender Spot of Every Calloused Moment

The trumpeter and his quartet reinforce the sometimes gauzy but always inseparable union of jazz and blues in the Black experience.


Artemis - Artemis

The all women jazz collective's debut showcases their improvisational virtuosity and deeply textured sound.

Big Vicious

Avishai Cohen / Big Vicious - Big Vicious

Four albums into a deal with ECM, the trumpeter melts genre boundaries with the band he formed on returning to Israel in 2013.


Brian Blade / Christian McBride / Brad Mehldau / Joshua Redman - RoundAgain

Ebullient interplay and a relaxed intensity mark the reunion of Redman's original '90s acoustic quartet.

Angular Blues

Brian Blade / Scott Colley / Wolfgang Muthspiel - Angular Blues

The guitarist resumes his trio explorations for ECM with a diverse, beautifully played program of originals and standards on acoustic and electric guitars.

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The seasoned Richmond, Virginia jazz-funk quintet consolidate their known powers and reveal new ones on their major-label debut.

Scintillating Beauty

Cat Toren - Scintillating Beauty

Hypnotic second album from the Brooklyn-based pianist's group showcasing their spiritual jazz-influenced sound.

The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons

Christian McBride - The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons

The bassist movingly frames the words of four iconic Civil Rights leaders with harmonically sophisticated jazz and choral arrangements.

Be Water

Christian Sands - Be Water

The jazz pianist draws inspiration from the philosophy and skill of martial arts legend Bruce Lee.


Christopher Hollyday / Telepathy - Dialogue

The altoist's second album with his Telepathy ensemble continues his resurgence after a 26-year absence.

Ocean Bridges

Damu the Fudgemunk / Raw Poetic / Archie Shepp - Ocean Bridges

The saxophonist, his nephew Raw Poetic, Damu the Fudgemunk, and a band deliver a seamless, creative, and completely improvised jazz/hip-hop fusion.

Color of Noize

Derrick Hodge - Color of Noize

The veteran bassist and producer assembles a new band to record unheard material in the studio, blurring genre boundaries to explore the uncharted.

El Duelo

Diego Urcola Quartet / Diego Urcola - El Duelo

A vibrantly cross-pollinated quartet session spotlighting the longtime creative partnership between Urcola and D'Rivera.

Alive in the Wilderness

Endless Field - Alive in the Wilderness

The duo's transcendent, ASMR-inducing second album, recorded outdoors at various remote locations in Southern Utah.

Night Dreamer Direct-to-Disc Sessions

Gary Bartz / Maisha - Night Dreamer Direct-to-Disc Sessions

A deep, joyous set between the legendary American alto saxophonist and London's premier jazz-funk ensemble cut live to disc.


Gilfema - Three

The Lionel Loueke-led trio coalesce their global jazz, Afro-beat, and fusion influences on their inventive third album.

Dialogues On Race, Vol. 1

Gregg August - Dialogues On Race, Vol. 1

A sprawling, poignant, and cannily timed modern big band meditation on America's racial tensions that includes vocalists and strings.

All Rise

Gregory Porter - All Rise

The Grammy-winning singer returns to his original, crossover soul and jazz sound on his romantic, richly produced sixth album.


Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen - Ekhidna

Commissioned by the Vossajazz Festival and re-created in the studio, this sextet outing is the fiery guitarist's first outside her longstanding trio.

Who Sent You?

Irreversible Entanglements - Who Sent You?

Poet supreme Camae Ayewa and her supporting quartet kick out a second stunning set of furious and grooving free jazz.

Black Magic

Jason Miles / Kind of New - Black Magic

On this groove-drenched set of contemporary jazz and funky fusion the band pulls out all the stops.

While Looking Up

Jimmy Greene - While Looking Up

The saxophonist offers a buoyant, harmonically nuanced album as an antidote to our divisive and troubled times.

Love Letter

Jimmy Heath - Love Letter

A romantic, gorgeously understated final album from the esteemed jazz saxophonist.

America at War

Joel Harrison - America at War

On his second large-ensemble recording, the New York guitarist and composer offers a meditation on America's obsession with armed conflict.

Who Are You?

Joel Ross - Who Are You?

The vibraphonist's sophomore album of expansive, harmonically and tonally colorful jazz.

Swallow Tales

John Scofield / Bill Stewart / Steve Swallow - Swallow Tales

An intimate and textured trio date from the guitarist, spotlighting bassist Steve Swallow's compositions.

Mama, You Can Bet!

Jyoti - Mama, You Can Bet!

Georgia Anne Muldrow's third jazz-rooted album (under the name given to her by Alice Coltrane) is just as distinctive as the first two.

The Women Who Raised Me

Kandace Springs - The Women Who Raised Me

Pivotal vocalists spanning genres and generations are honored in fine style on the Blue Note singer and pianist's third album.

I Think I'm Good

Kassa Overall - I Think I'm Good

The New York-based drummer and backpack producer takes on the subject of mental illness while further dissolving boundaries between jazz and hip-hop.

Budapest Concert

Keith Jarrett - Budapest Concert

An improvised concert from perhaps his final European tour finds the pianist keenly exploring the musical spirits that have informed his career.

Secrets Are the Best Stories

Kurt Elling - Secrets Are the Best Stories

Teaming with pianist Danilo Pérez and others, the singer examines poignant topics on a beautiful but uncharacteristically melancholy set.

Angels Around

Kurt Rosenwinkel - Angels Around

The guitarist's second album on his own Heartcore Records is an intimate, endlessly inventive trio session.

Woven Dreams

Lara Driscoll - Woven Dreams

A delicately layered, sophisticated debut from the Chicago jazz pianist and her trio.

Universal Beings E&F Sides

Makaya McCraven - Universal Beings E&F Sides

A set of 14 unreleased pieces for the soundtrack to the 2018 Universal Beings tour documentary add up to much, much more than a set of extras.

Arctic Riff

Marcin Wasilewski / Joe Lovano / Marcin Wasilewski Trio - Arctic Riff

Evocative and harmonically nuanced meeting between the sax heavyweight and the Polish pianist.

Data Lords

Maria Schneider Orchestra / Maria Schneider - Data Lords

The composer and her 18-piece orchestra offer a double-length meditation on humans as the battlefield between natural and digital worlds.

Artlessly Falling

Mary Halvorson / Mary Halvorson's Code Girl - Artlessly Falling

The second provocative offering from the guitarist's vocal group features new members and three cameos from Robert Wyatt.

Dark Matter

Moses Boyd - Dark Matter

A debut that represents everything great about jazz eclecticism. Cool, relevant, and vital in combining the strands of disparate musical communities.


Nubya Garcia - Source

After two acclaimed EPs, the London-based saxophonist's debut album weds striking modern jazz to Afro-Caribbean musical traditions.

Here Be Dragons

Oded Tzur - Here Be Dragons

On his ECM debut, the composer and saxophonist leads his quartet through a series of intimate, resonant, and elegant musical conversations.

From This Place

Pat Metheny - From This Place

The jazz composer and guitarist assembles a new quartet and orchestra on his first recording of new studio material in six years.


Romain Collin / Bill Frisell / Grégoire Maret - Americana

A love letter to the culture and music of the U.S. from two top-notch European-born jazz talents and an iconic American guitarist.

Rainbow Sign

Ron Miles - Rainbow Sign

Composed as his father was dying, the trumpeter and his all-star quintet provide an intimate dialogue of emotional and spiritual resonance.

Satin Doll

Sam Gendel - Satin Doll

A futuristic jazz standards album from the saxophonist and electronic musician that pushes the songs into ever-more-cosmic galaxies.

We Are Sent Here by History

Shabaka & the Ancestors - We Are Sent Here by History

On their Impulse! debut, Shabaka Hutchings' South African band delve deeply into spiritual and Township music to prepare humanity for extinction.

Wild Wild East

Sunny Jain - Wild Wild East

The drummer explodes the American cowboy and immigrant archetypes with his kaleidoscopic mix of Bollywood and Spaghetti Western-inspired themes, surf rock, Indian classical, and jazz.

Fly Moon Die Soon

Takuya Kuroda - Fly Moon Die Soon

The Brooklyn trumpeter continues to expand his hybridized blend of jazz, hip-hop, and acidic, '70s-style funk.

Now Then

Tani Tabbal / Tani Tabbal Trio - Now Then

The longtime Roscoe Mitchell drummer leads his trio in a vibrant, creative session.

Both Are True

Webber/Morris Big Band / Webber / Anna Webber - Both Are True

The 18-piece New York band makes its debut with an offering that questions and helps to redefine what a big band is.

Nocturnal Animals

Yelena Eckemoff - Nocturnal Animals

The Russian-born pianist and composer and her top-flight rhythm section explore the lives of night creatures in a bracing, evocative set.

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