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Mark Corroto's Best Jazz Albums Of 2022


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Year end "Best of" lists are curious beasts. If you asked me last week, I would have listed Wadada Leo Smith's The Emerald Duets (TUM) and John Hébert's Sounds Of Love (Sunnyside) as the best releases of the past year. And most definitely when you inquire next week, I'll certainly tell you to add JD Allen's Americana Volume 2 (Savant) and the Peter Brötzmann & Keiji Haino duo The Intellect Given Birth To Here (Eternity) Is Too Young (Black Editions) to my list. Then again, I've been continually spinning the Ghost Trance Septet Plays Anthony Braxton (El Negocito Records) and Gard Nilssen Acoustic Unity Elastic Wave (ECM) discs. I've found these picks to be a constantly changing, but since the editors of AAJ put a gun to me head (metaphorically, that is) below is my current current list of best releases for 2022.

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Florian Arbenz Hammer Recordings

David Murray
Brand New World Trio
Intakt Records

Jason Palmer
Live From Summit Rock In Seneca Village
Giant Step Arts

Tyshawn Sorey
Yeros7 Music

Steve Hirsh
Mahakala Music

Martin Kuchen
A Muted Reality

John Escreet
Seismic Shift
Whirlwind Recordings

Zoh Amba
Mahakala Music

Gabriele Mitelli
Three Tsuru Origami
We Insist! Records

William Parker
Universal Tonality
Centering Records / AUM Fidelity

Ivo Perelman
ESP Disk

Sun Ra Arkestra
Living Sky
Omni Sound

Eve Risser
Clean Feed Records

Avram Fefer
Juba Lee
Clean Feed Records




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