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Jack Bowers' Best Jazz Albums Of 2022


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As the Covid pandemic slowly recedes into America's rear-view mirror, jazz groups of all sizes and shapes have begun performing and recording again, making 2022 a rather good year over-all for fans and reviewers alike. New artists, new sounds and new approaches have combined to lend assurance that jazz remains in good hands and will continue to live long and prosper. Here are some of the best albums we heard and reviewed this year, in no particular order save for the first one, a superlative recording by the Dave Slonaker Big Band.

Dave Slonaker
Origin Records

Steven Feifke
The Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra
Cellar Records

Scott Silbert
Jump Children
Self Produced

Ken Partyka
Waltz About Nothing
OA2 Records

Ben Markley
Ari's Funhouse
OA2 Records

Cory Weeds
Just Coolin'
Cellar Records

Swings Broadway
Diva Records

Rodger Fox
Reimagined! The Roger Fox big Band Plays Sir Dave Dobbyn
T-Bones Records

UNT Jazz Lab 1
Lab 2021
Unt Jazz

Ben Morris
Pocket Guides
OA2 Records

Felipe Salles
Tiyo's Songs Of Life
Tapestry Records

The Jazz Professors
Blues and Cubes
Flying Horse Records

Craig Davis
Tone Paintings
MCG Jazz

Hendrik Meurkens
Samba Jazz Odyssey
Zoho Music

Doug MacDonald
I'll See You in My Dreams
Self Produced

NYO Jazz Orchestra
We're Still Here
Self Produced

Tobias M. Hoffmann
Mons Records

Jason Marshsall
New Beginnings
Cellar Records

Fraser MacPherson
From The Pen Of...
Cellar Records




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