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John Chacona's Best Releases Of 2020

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It's tempting to say that this was the year the music died, and for clubs, concert and festival stages, that might generally be true. Yet, in this most confounding and contrary of years it's thoroughly fitting that as live music grew silent, recordings roared with eloquence, fury and, yes, beauty. Here are the releases that most captivated, moved, consoled and inspired me.

Tyshawn Sorey
Unfiltered
Self Produced


Mary Halvorson's Code Girl
Artlessly Falling
Firehouse 12


Irreversible Entanglements
Who Sent You?
International Anthem


Ingrid Laubrock+Kris Davis
Blood Moon
Intakt Records


Manuel Valera New Cuban Express Big Band
José Martí En Nueva York
Greenleaf Music


Dayna Stephens Quartet
Right Now! Live at the Village Vanguard
Contagious Music


Eric Revis
Slipknots Through A Looking Glass
Pyroclastic Records


Thumbscrew
The Anthony Braxton Project
Cuneiform


Matthew Shipp
The Piano Equation
Tao Forms


Ambrose Akinmusire
On the tender spot of every calloused moment
Blue Note


Shabaka And The Ancestors
We Are Sent Here By History
Impulse!


Stephanie Richards
Supersense
Northern Spy


Ingrid Laubrock
Dreamt Twice, Twice Dreamt
Intakt Records


Camila Nebbia
Aura
ears & eyes Records


Maria Schneider
Data Lords
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