BEST OF JAZZ 2022
The year 2022 has had its share of challenges for me, not the least of which was a decision to relocate from the Atlanta, GA area to the Pacific Northwest outside of Portland, OR in Washington state. That all-consuming decision gave me little time to pursue my passionate avocation- listening to and reviewing new and newly reissued or recently unearthed old jazz recordings that deserved note, acknowledgment, and in many instances praise. To try and establish a worthy list to create the traditional year-end recap of the best was, needless to say, a sprint in these last weeks.
There is so much diversity that can easily fall into the ever-expanding category of jazz music. In addition, the overwhelming volume of material being so successfully produced, recorded, and released by a myriad of talented musicians makes it even more difficult to give them all the recognition they deserve. Let's face it, if you love good music, ratings are nothing but one person's guideline to possible avenues of interest and enjoyment. As for labels and categories, the lines have been blurred for quite some time. Purists who love specific categories will never be satisfied if an artist doesn't play music that fits specific rules of qualification. To me, the variety and creativity are what makes jazz so inclusive and so beautiful. Vive la differénce! There seems to never have been more great music to choose from as was produced this year and the possibilities seem endless.
With no further delay, here is my admittedly limited list of the best of jazz for the year 2022, in no particular order of excellence or preference. I hope you will enjoy listening to these selections and are moved enough to get to know these artists better and support their musical efforts by purchasing their incredible work. Happy Holidays to all!
Best of Jazz 2022
Geoff Keezer and Friends: Playdate: MarKeez Records
Grant Geisman: Blooz: Mesa/Blueman Records
w/Randy Brecker, Robben Ford, Tom Scott, Joe Bonamassa, Russell Ferrante, John Jorgensen, Jimmy Cox, Emilio Palame, David Garfield, Trey Henry, Kevin Axt, Ray Brinker, Bernie Dresel, Ricardo Pasillas, Kevin Winard.
Peter Erskine Trio: Live in Italy: Fuzzy Music
w Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua & Darek Oles
The Tyshawn Sorey Trio +1 w Greg Osby: The Off-Off-Broadway Guide to Synergism:
Pi Records w/ Tyshawn Sorey, Greg Osby, Aaron Diehl & Russell Hall
Dave Stryker: As We Are: Strikezone Records
w Julian Shore, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Sara Caswell, Monica K. Davis, Bennie van Gutzeit & Marika Hughes: