The Roots Music Report's
Top Jazz Album Chart
for the Year of 2020

 
Album Title Band/Artist Name Label Sub Genre
1All RiseGregory PorterDeccaJazz
2Pick Me Up off the FloorNorah JonesBlue NoteContemporary Jazz
3I Just Want to Be HorizontalSamoa Wilson with the Jim Kweskin BandKingswoodRagtime
4Artspoke the Best of (2007-2018)Stu HammGuitar OneFusion
52020 HindsightGrant FergusonGuitar OneFusion
6Florida RaysFlying Horse Big BandSelf-ReleaseBig Band
7The SphynxJonathan NGSelf-ReleaseJazz
8Human RevolutionZen ZadravecMarmiteContemporary Jazz
9Valve Bone Woe (with the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble)Chrissie HyndeBMGJazz
10I Love to See You Smile3D Jazz TrioSelf-ReleaseClassic Jazz
11The Story Behind the StoryDavid BoswellMy Quiet MoonContemporary Jazz
12Stuff I HeardTroy RobertsSelf-ReleaseContemporary Jazz
13Only LoveAnson WrightSaphuJazz
14More Than a SongCeCe GableSelf-ReleaseContemporary Jazz
15Look for the LightJeff ReedSelf-ReleaseContemporary Jazz
16UnlayeredEnrique HaneineElegant WalkContemporary Jazz
17KayleidoscopeKayle BrecherPenchant FourJazz
18HindsightElsa NilssonBumblebee CollectiveContemporary Jazz
19Never More HereMichael DeasePosi-ToneJazz
20Crossover (feat. Nicky Orta & Abel Pabon)Jorge GarciaSelf-ReleaseJazz
21Looking Back: Play It Again...Herb SilversteinSilver TunesTraditional Jazz
22You Must Believe in SpringSue Anne GershenzonSelf-ReleaseTraditional Jazz
23Lost in CentraliaProject AlcazarGuitar OneFusion
24RearrangedJenny DavisThree PennyJazz
25Standard DeviationWayne AlpernHenri ElkanJazz
26Incontre (feat. Dayna Stephens, Sam Yahel & Jongkuk Kim)Massimo BiolcatiSounderscoreContemporary Jazz
27Modern AncestorsCarmen LundyAfrasiaJazz
28Survival Instinct: the Evilution of the PackJustin VarnesSelf-ReleaseJazz
29ConspiracyRich WilleyWise CatJazz
30The Women Who Raised MeKandace SpringsBlue NoteJazz
31Capturing CloudsTamuz NissimStreetofstarsJazz
32Fierce HeartDavid BachIntegrity MusicContemporary Jazz
33So in LoveChris Rottmayer & Ashley LocheedTimucua Arts FoundationCrossover Jazz
34ScarabWayne AlpernHenri ElkanCrossover Jazz
35Hit ItBK TrioSelf-ReleaseContemporary Jazz
36The Fine LineBob SheppardChallengeJazz
37ReincarnationWarren WolfMack AveJazz
38The RippleJeff Rupert with George GarzoneRupe MediaMainstream Jazz
39Passion - Latin JazzRaquel CepedaSelf-ReleaseLatin Jazz
40RubberbandMiles DavisRhinoJazz
41Fool's JourneyMatt DeMerrittSelf-ReleaseContemporary Jazz
42Star People NationTheo CrokerSonyJazz
43Far out ExchangeScott Brown & David SchlossbergSelf-ReleaseFusion
44Dreamers DoKat EdmonsonSpinneretteJazz
45WarnaJoey AlexanderVerveJazz
46Electric FantasticThe Moore-McColl Jazz SocietySelf-ReleaseContemporary Jazz
47TruthSeth Weaver Big BandOutside In Music Big Band
48Sugar DropsDavina and The VagabondsRed HouseJazz
49East West: Music for Big BandsMichael ZilberOriginBig Band
50QuatroDouyéRhombusJazz
51DialogueChristopher HollydayJazzBeatJazz
52Days Like TheseTroy RobertsToy Robot MusicJazz
53UptownThe Fat BabiesDelmarkJazz
54The Music of Wayne Shorter (feat. Wayne Shorter)Jazz At Lincoln Center OrchestraBlue EngineBig Band
55New Sounds from the Jazz AgeLizzie ThomasSelf-ReleaseJazz
56Sunday at PilarsChris RottmayerPilarsTraditional Jazz
57Point of ViewAbisko LightsFine musicJazz
58ValentineBill FrisellBlue NoteJazz
59The Vagabond Aaron DiehlMack AvenueJazz
60Crazy TimeShuffle DemonsSelf-ReleaseJazz
61Sun on SandJoshua Redman & Brooklyn RiderNonesuch Jazz
62ArvolesAvishai Cohen TrioRazdazJazz
63Hard Jazz Kenny CarrZoozazzFusion
64A Love RequitedMyele ManzanzaFirst WordFusion
65Egyptian SecretsThe Adam Deitch QuartetGolden WolfJazz
66Let's GoSam FazioSelf-ReleaseCrossover Jazz
67A Wall Becomes a BridgeKendrick Scott OracleBlue NoteContemporary Jazz
68Intuition: Songs from the Minds of WomenAlicia OlatujaResilienceJazz
69You Can't Lose with the BluesLafayette Harris Jr.SavantJazz
70Chronology of a Dream: Live at the Village VanguardJon BatisteVerveJazz
71Event HorizonEvent Horizon Jazz QuartetEhjqJazz
72KingMakerJoel RossBlue NoteJazz
73Set Your Heart FreeDonna SingerEmerald BabyContemporary Jazz
74NadiFazerSquamaJazz
75Battle CryVirginia SchenckAirborne EcstasyJazz
76SolidarityJerome JenningsIolaJazz
77Come What MayJoshua Redman QuartetNonesuchJazz
78The Movement Revisited: a Musical Portrait of Four IconsChristian McBrideMack AvenueBig Band
79Wind off the HudsonBill O'ConnellSavantJazz
80Eric Alexander with StringsEric AlexanderHighnoteJazz
81Same Day Delivery: Leslie Pintchik (Live)Leslie PintchikPintchardJazz
82The CrossingFrank KohlSelf-ReleaseContemporary Jazz
83A Jazz Celebration of the Allman Brothers BandBig Band of BrothersNew WestJazz
84Live in CaliforniaDan CostaSelf-ReleaseLatin Jazz
85BrasilScott WilkieBeachMusic StudiosLatin Jazz
86Mabern Plays MabernHarold MabernSmoke SessionsJazz
87A Tuba to CubaPreservation Hall Jazz BandSub PopJazz
88While Looking UpJimmy GreeneMack AvenueJazz
89ConnectionsDiego RiveraPosi-ToneJazz
90Alive in HarlemSteve Slagle TrioPanoramaJazz
91Elbow GreaseAlan RosenthalStreet of StarsJazz
92From This Place Pat Metheny TrioNonesuchJazz
93You Must Believe in SpringJosie FalboSouthportJazz
94Can You Imagine?John BaileyFreedom RoadJazz
95The Time We Have (Meld 1)Don PaulSelf-ReleaseJazz
96SolitudeFrank KohlSelf-ReleaseTraditional Jazz
97130th & LenoxTomas JanzonSelf-ReleaseJazz
98Rainbow SignRon MilesBlue NoteJazz
99Taking a Chance on LoveLinda PurlReachingTraditional Jazz
100Songs of FreedomUlysses Owens Jr.ResilienceJazz
101Morning LightKen FowserPosi-ToneJazz
102Tomorrow's New DreamIncognitoBluey Music LimitedSmooth Jazz
103For Jimmy, Wes and OliverChristian McBrideMack AvenueBig Band
104We Are Sent Here by History Shabaka and the AncestorsImpulse!Jazz
105I'm Just a Lucky So and SoHouston PersonHighNoteJazz
106Activate InfinityThe Bad PlusEditionContemporary Jazz
107Out of DustLaila BialiACTJazz
108Everybody WinsAmendola vs. BladesRoyal Potato FamilyJazz
109Iron StarletConnie HanMack AvenueJazz
110Absurd in the AnthropoceneDan RosenboomGearboxJazz
111Dream a Little...Champian FultonCellar LiveJazz
112PatchworkSteve KhanShrapnelLatin Jazz
113Dream NotesGiorgia Santoro & Pat BattstoneLeoAvant-Garde Jazz
114Blue WorldJohn ColtraneImpulse!Jazz
115Te Lo DijeHarold López-NussaMack AvenueLatin Jazz
116ArtemisArtemisBlue NoteJazz
117Love and LiberationJazzmeia HornConcordJazz
118Morning SunMunyungo JacksonDjembeJazz
119Relaxin' with NickNicholas PaytonSmoke SessionsJazz
120Trane's DelightPoncho SanchezConcord PicanteJazz
121Blue Dawn - Blue NightsWallace RoneyHighNoteJazz
122Double Live at Green Lady LoungeGuitar ElationJazz DaddyJazz
123All Too Soon: the Music of Duke EllingtonRodney WhitakerOriginJazz
124For Being ThereChurch on MondayCherrywoodMainstream Jazz
125HmmmSenri OeSonyJazz
126AcceptanceBilly ChildsMack AvenueMainstream Jazz
127This Dream of YouDiana KrallVerveJazz
128James Carter Organ Trio: Live from Newport JazzThe James Carter Organ TrioBlue NoteJazz
129Stepping outJames Saxsmo Gates804JazzJazz
130ClarityAlexa TarantinoPosi-ToneJazz
131The Tnek Jazz Quintet Plays the Music of Sam JonesThe Tnek Jazz QuintetSelf-ReleaseJazz
132WorkRay BlueJazzheadsJazz
133True Love: a Celebration of Cole PorterHarry Connick, Jr.VerveJazz
134Hand Painted DreamPeter Hand Big BandSavantJazz
135TetrahedronErnesto CerviniAnzicJazz
136Untitled (Rise)SaultForever Living OriginalsCrossover Jazz
137My Left Hand Man: a Tribute to Mulgrew MillerRichie GoodsRichman MusicContemporary Jazz
138SourceNubya GarciaConcordContemporary Jazz
139Every Little Thing CountsRebecca Coupe FranksSelf-ReleaseJazz
140Brazilian WhispersAndrea BrachfeldOriginJazz
141VenaRachel TherrienBonsaïJazz
142City AbstractDan McCarthyOriginAvant-Garde Jazz
143True LoveJohn DokesSelf-ReleaseJazz
144Blue SoulDave StrykerStrikezoneBig Band
145A Love Letter to LenaClairdeeDeclareJazz
146MigrationsJacques Kuba SeguinOdd SoundJazz
 

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