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Jim Worsley's Best Jazz Albums Of 2022


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2022 has been another fertile year for jazz, both old and new. As this is now the season of giving and reflection, I share with you ten standout records that I had the privilege of reviewing. They are placed in random order for equal credibility. If, however, one did put a saxophone to my head to top the list it would come down to Daniel Rotem's stunning tribute to John Coltrane or ARCeology. The latter is a powerful hybrid of fusion and big band featuring the ARC Trio and the John Daversa Big Band. Both records are surprising omissions from Grammy consideration. Two records from this list, Bird Lives and Live In Italy, have deservingly been selected for Grammy consideration.

I hope this music adds joy to the season. Happy Holidays.

Bill Evans
Morning Glory
Resonance Records

Bill Evans
Inner Spirit
Resonance Records

Mike Miller
Blue Canoe Records

Gonzalo Rubalcaba

John Beasley
Bird Lives
ACT Music

Jimmy Haslip
ARCeology: The Music of MSM Schmidt
Blue Canoe Records

Daniel Rotem
Wise One: Celebrating The Music of John Coltrane
Self Produced

Yako Trio
Fair Weather Friends

Allan Holdsworth & Alan Pasqua
Blue Canoe Records

Alan Pasqua, Peter Erskine, Darek Oles
Live In Italy
Fuzzy Music


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