Here we are on the heels of Annus Horriblis still clinging to traditions both minuscule and grand like year end best of lists. So in the spirit of the season and survival, here's a 2020 playlist. Listen to these in this order or random play and perhaps the year in retrospect won't appear so damn bad. Nubya Garcia Source
This one's the bomb. The whole damn trip. Just catching up to it but sooner is better than never and can't stop playing it now. Lakecia Benjamin Pursuance: The Coltranes
This following Source
should give you more than a good idea where the future of jazz lays. Maria Schneider Data Lords
Though her career is far from over, this is by far her most challenging and rewarding achievement thus far. Charles Lloyd 8 Kindred Spirits
Truly amazing what some folks envision and accomplish as they get older. Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967)
Five discs of genius from beginning to end. Dave Brubeck Time OutTakes
Lots of if this had been that and that this and isn't it funny how history is written on a whim?
Sun of Goldfinger Congratulations To You
Screwgun Records Tim Berne
, David Torn
and Ches Smith
tearing it all apart because it needs to be.
Tim Berne's Snakeoil The Fantastic Mrs. 10
Modern mayhem Mach 10. Charles Mingus @Bremen '64 & '75
There was no music or stage that could hold all of Mingus's fury and frenetic creativity. Even in '75 ALS couldn't hold him down. Sonny Rollins Rollins In Holland
Rollins bares all his disillusionment with the record industry in one three day swoop. Aaron Parks Little Big II: Dreams of A Mechanical Man
Despite the underlying news of the day, Parks is in a heightened state of melodic contentment and assurance throughout the whole. Stephanie Richards Supersense
Top grade experimental avant-garde and then some. Anne Mette Iversen Racing Butterflies
Brooklyn Jazz Underground
Iverson's deft and nervy, new swing bop/pop never disappoints. Keith Jarrett Budapest Concert
A one night stand of long lasting beauty.
The Nels Cline
Singers Share The Wealth
Blue Note Records
Stimulus check or no stimulus check, you owe yourself this one. Anyone with an ear for this amazing form of spontaneous combustion does. Andy Milne The reMission
Almost forgot this one. Don't you.