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Mark Corroto's Best Releases Of 2020


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Goodbye to 2020 and for the most part good riddance. Unless of course, we are talking about great music. Hopefully, your self isolation bubble had good sounds. Keeping in mind the global pandemic will not end soon, here's a list of my top 18 releases for 2020. I hope they can ease the pain of social distancing.

Quin Kirchner
The Shadows And The Light
Astral Spirits

Rudresh Mahanthappa
Hero .Trio
Whirlwind Recordings

Matthew Shipp
The Piano Equation
Tao Forms

Jon Irabagon
I Don't Hear Nothin' But The Blues Volume 3:  Anatomical Snuffbox
Irabbagast Records

James Brandon Lewis / Chad Taylor
Live in Willisau
Intakt Records

Daniel Bingert
Berit In Space

Peter Brötzmann / Maâlem Mokhtar Gania / Hamid Drake
The Catch Of A Ghost
I Dischi Di Angelica

Claire Daly
Rah! Rah!
Ride Cymbal

Fred Hersch
Songs From Home
Palmetto Records

Un Poco Loco
Umlaut Records

Roscoe Mitchell Quartet
Come And See What There Is To See
The Label

Alexander von Schlippenbach
Slow Pieces For Aki
Intakt Records

Ambrose Akinmusire
On The Tender Spot Of Every Calloused Moment
Blue Note Records

Webber / Morris Big Band
Both Are True
Greenleaf Records

Chris Pitsiokos
Speak In Tongues And Hope For The Gift Of Interpretation
Relative Pitch Records

Dave Rempis / Jeff Parker / Ingebrigt Håker Flaten / Jeremy Cunningham
Stringers & Struts
Aerophonic Records

Craig Taborn / Junk Magic
Compass Confusion
Pyroclastic Records

Marshall Allen / Sun Ra Arkestra
Strut Records

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