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 Silverstein & Michael RossSilver 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
35Pure ImaginationAmber WeekesSelf-ReleaseJazz
36Hit ItBK TrioSelf-ReleaseContemporary Jazz
37The Fine LineBob SheppardChallengeJazz
38AudacityBuster WilliamsSmoke SessionsJazz
39ReincarnationWarren WolfMack AveJazz
40The RippleJeff Rupert with George GarzoneRupe MediaMainstream Jazz
41Passion - Latin JazzRaquel CepedaSelf-ReleaseLatin Jazz
42RubberbandMiles DavisRhinoJazz
43Keep on RunningRobben FordConcordJazz
44Fool's JourneyMatt DeMerrittSelf-ReleaseContemporary Jazz
45Star People NationTheo CrokerSonyJazz
46Far out ExchangeScott Brown & David SchlossbergSelf-ReleaseFusion
47Dreamers DoKat EdmonsonSpinneretteJazz
48WarnaJoey AlexanderVerveJazz
49Electric FantasticThe Moore-McColl Jazz SocietySelf-ReleaseContemporary Jazz
50TruthSeth Weaver Big BandOutside In Music Big Band
51DuetsKevin Eubanks & Stanley JordanMack AvenueJazz
52Free As the BirdsJay PhelpsRopeadope LLCJazz
53Sugar DropsDavina and The VagabondsRed HouseJazz
54Straight Up GuitarJurgen BurdorfSelf-ReleaseJazz
55East West: Music for Big BandsMichael ZilberOriginBig Band
56QuatroDouyéRhombusJazz
57ExposureRoberto RestucciaSelf-ReleaseJazz
58MikiMiki YamanakaCellar LiveJazz
59DialogueChristopher HollydayJazzBeatJazz
60Days Like TheseTroy RobertsToy Robot MusicJazz
61On These Streets (A Baltimore Story)Todd MarcusStricker StreetJazz
62UptownThe Fat BabiesDelmarkJazz
63Jazz is Dead 001Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed MuhammadJazz is DeadCrossover Jazz
64Bijou Voyou CaillouFlorian Pellissier QuintetHeavenly SweetnessJazz
65The Music of Wayne Shorter (feat. Wayne Shorter)Jazz At Lincoln Center OrchestraBlue EngineBig Band
66New Sounds from the Jazz AgeLizzie ThomasSelf-ReleaseJazz
67Sunday at PilarsChris RottmayerPilarsTraditional Jazz
68HumanityHumanity QuartetCellar LiveJazz
69Luziades (feat. Sébastien Barrier, Xavier Parlant & Clément Denis)Silvia Ribeiro FerreiraLaborie JazzJazz
70Point of ViewAbisko LightsFine musicJazz
71ValentineBill FrisellBlue NoteJazz
72The Vagabond Aaron DiehlMack AvenueJazz
73Crazy TimeShuffle DemonsSelf-ReleaseJazz
74Sun on SandJoshua Redman & Brooklyn RiderNonesuch Jazz
75ArvolesAvishai Cohen TrioRazdazJazz
76Hard Jazz Kenny CarrZoozazzFusion
77A Love RequitedMyele ManzanzaFirst WordFusion
78Egyptian SecretsThe Adam Deitch QuartetGolden WolfJazz
79Let's GoSam FazioSelf-ReleaseCrossover Jazz
80Falling FlowersErik DeutschLohiFusion
81A Wall Becomes a BridgeKendrick Scott OracleBlue NoteContemporary Jazz
82Concentric CirclesThe Kenny Barron QuintetBlue NoteJazz
83Intuition: Songs from the Minds of WomenAlicia OlatujaResilienceJazz
84You Can't Lose with the BluesLafayette Harris Jr.SavantJazz
85EclipseJoey AlexanderMotemaJazz
86Chronology of a Dream: Live at the Village VanguardJon BatisteVerveJazz
87Event HorizonEvent Horizon Jazz QuartetEhjqJazz
88KingMakerJoel RossBlue NoteJazz
89New Monk TrioLaurent De WildeGazeboJazz
90United We Swing: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas (feat. Wynton Marsalis)Wynton Marsalis SeptetBlue EngineJazz
91All in My MindDr. Lonnie SmithBlue NoteJazz
92Set Your Heart FreeDonna SingerEmerald BabyContemporary Jazz
93NadiFazerSquamaJazz
94ArtemisiaErik FriedlanderArconomX MusicJazz
95Battle CryVirginia SchenckAirborne EcstasyJazz
96SolidarityJerome JenningsIolaJazz
97Come FallEllen DotyAlmaJazz
98Ask for ChaosGilad HekselmanMotemaJazz
99Come What MayJoshua Redman QuartetNonesuchJazz
100A Thing Called JoeGuilhem Flouzat TrioSunnysideJazz
101European HitsYves TheilerBauer StudiosJazz
102The Movement Revisited: a Musical Portrait of Four IconsChristian McBrideMack AvenueBig Band
103Wind off the HudsonBill O'ConnellSavantJazz
104Eric Alexander with StringsEric AlexanderHighnoteJazz
105Same Day Delivery: Leslie Pintchik (Live)Leslie PintchikPintchardJazz
106EpilogueFrank CunimondoMCG JazzJazz
107The CrossingFrank KohlSelf-ReleaseContemporary Jazz
108EnkiJavier Ortí GroupRizomaJazz
109Modern Flows, Vol. 2Marquis HillBlack UnlimitedJazz
110A Jazz Celebration of the Allman Brothers BandBig Band of BrothersNew WestJazz
111For 2 AkisShinya Fukumori TrioECMJazz
112AsrarPhilippe El HageSelf-ReleaseJazz
113Plays Dom SalvadorDuduka Da Fonseca TrioSunnysideJazz
114Groove On!Euge GrooveShanachie Ent. Corp.Jazz
115Long HaulJessica LurieChantJazz
116Spangle-Lang LaneRyan PorterAlpha PupJazz
117Love & Peace (with Eric Schaefer & Chris Jennings)Joachim KühnACTJazz
118Sharing (feat. Thomas Fonnesbæk, Justin Kauflin & Billy Williams)Thomas Fonnesbæk TrioStoryvilleJazz
119TwioWalter Smith IIISelf-ReleaseJazz
120Freedom Suite EnsuiteClovis NicolasSunnysideJazz
121Live in CaliforniaDan CostaSelf-ReleaseLatin Jazz
122BrasilScott WilkieBeachMusic StudiosLatin Jazz
123AguasOmar SosaOTAJazz
124TrilogyChick Corea TrioConcordJazz
125Color TheoryJosh LawrencePosi-ToneJazz
126Never Stop IIThe Bad PlusLegbreakerJazz
127Far from overVijay Iyer SextetECMJazz
128Eternal Life: Jeff Buckley Songs and SoundsNegative Press ProjectRidgewayJazz
129The Django Experiment IIIStephane WrembelSelf-ReleaseJazz
130Mabern Plays MabernHarold MabernSmoke SessionsJazz
131Omnisphere (feat. Alarm Will Sound)Medeski Scofield Martin & WoodIndirectoJazz
132Before DawnOddgeir Berg TrioOzella MusicJazz
133A Tuba to CubaPreservation Hall Jazz BandSub PopJazz
134Be WaterChristian SandsMack AvenueJazz
135But BeautifulCharlotte IllingerDouble MoonJazz
136While Looking UpJimmy GreeneMack AvenueJazz
137Cinema Scenes (with Stefan Gfrerrer & Roman Werni)Klaus PaierACT MusicJazz
138Shadow WorkMammal HandsGondwanaSmooth Jazz
139ConnectionsDiego RiveraPosi-ToneJazz
140Alive in HarlemSteve Slagle TrioPanoramaJazz
141Elbow GreaseAlan RosenthalStreet of StarsJazz
142Moments PreservedSullivan FortnerUniversal MusicJazz
143From This Place Pat Metheny TrioNonesuchJazz
144Someday My Prince Will ComeAlexis ColeVenusJazz
145You Must Believe in SpringJosie FalboSouthportJazz
146Before the WindClaudio FilippiniCam JazzJazz
147Can You Imagine?John BaileyFreedom RoadJazz
148The Time We Have (Meld 1)Don PaulSelf-ReleaseJazz
149SolitudeFrank KohlSelf-ReleaseTraditional Jazz
150130th & LenoxTomas JanzonSelf-ReleaseJazz
151Rainbow SignRon MilesBlue NoteJazz
152Bird at 100Vincent Herring/Bobby Watson/Gary BartzSmoke SessionsJazz
153Taking a Chance on LoveLinda PurlReachingTraditional Jazz
154Songs of FreedomUlysses Owens Jr.ResilienceJazz
155A Humdrum StarGoGo PenguinDeccaJazz
156On a Smiling Gust of WindFlorian Favre TrioTraumtonJazz
157Morning LightKen FowserPosi-ToneJazz
158Tomorrow's New DreamIncognitoBluey Music LimitedSmooth Jazz
159For Jimmy, Wes and OliverChristian McBrideMack AvenueBig Band
160We Are Sent Here by History Shabaka and the AncestorsImpulse!Jazz
161Beyond SundayJorge Rossy Vibes Quintetjazz&peopleJazz
162Seymour Reads the Constitution!Brad MehldauNonesuchJazz
163I'm Just a Lucky So and SoHouston PersonHighNoteJazz
164Activate InfinityThe Bad PlusEditionContemporary Jazz
165PresenceChuck LoebChristlizJazz
166The Diary of Patrick XavierStu HammSelf-ReleaseFusion
167VeritasAlex Skolnick TrioPalmettoJazz
168Public DomainCharlie HunterSelf-ReleaseJazz
169Alone Together (Live in Concert)Pat MartinoHighNoteJazz
170Out of DustLaila BialiACTJazz
171Everybody WinsAmendola vs. BladesRoyal Potato FamilyJazz
172Iron StarletConnie HanMack AvenueJazz
173The Music InsideChuck LoebShanachieJazz
174Absurd in the AnthropoceneDan RosenboomGearboxJazz
175Blue DreamJamie Saft QuartetRare NoiseJazz
176Dream a Little...Champian FultonCellar LiveJazz
177The Complete Quartets with Sonny ClarkGrant GreenBlue noteJazz
178PatchworkSteve KhanShrapnelLatin Jazz
179Dream NotesGiorgia Santoro & Pat BattstoneLeoAvant-Garde Jazz
180Blue WorldJohn ColtraneImpulse!Jazz
181Pickin'Tommy EmmanuelAcoustic DiscJazz
182The Upstate Project (feat. Larry Grenadier & Jeff Ballard)Rebecca MartinSunnysideJazz
183Te Lo DijeHarold López-NussaMack AvenueLatin Jazz
184ArtemisArtemisBlue NoteJazz
185Love and LiberationJazzmeia HornConcordJazz
186Morning SunMunyungo JacksonDjembeJazz
187Relaxin' with NickNicholas PaytonSmoke SessionsJazz
188Trane's DelightPoncho SanchezConcord PicanteJazz
189Blue Dawn - Blue NightsWallace RoneyHighNoteJazz
190Double Live at Green Lady LoungeGuitar ElationJazz DaddyJazz
191All Too Soon: the Music of Duke EllingtonRodney WhitakerOriginJazz
192For Being ThereChurch on MondayCherrywoodMainstream Jazz
193HmmmSenri OeSonyJazz
194AcceptanceBilly ChildsMack AvenueMainstream Jazz
195This Dream of YouDiana KrallVerveJazz
196James Carter Organ Trio: Live from Newport JazzThe James Carter Organ TrioBlue NoteJazz
197Stepping outJames Saxsmo Gates804JazzJazz
198ClarityAlexa TarantinoPosi-ToneJazz
199The Tnek Jazz Quintet Plays the Music of Sam JonesThe Tnek Jazz QuintetSelf-ReleaseJazz
200WorkRay BlueJazzheadsJazz
201True Love: a Celebration of Cole PorterHarry Connick, Jr.VerveJazz
202Hand Painted DreamPeter Hand Big BandSavantJazz
203Abiah Sings NinaAbiahMadoh Music GroupJazz
204Frank Wagner's Floating HolidayFrank WagnerMEII EnterprisesContemporary Jazz
205Igbo Alakorin (The Singer's Grove) Vol. I & IIDavid VirellesEl Tivoli MusicJazz
206TetrahedronErnesto CerviniAnzicJazz
207Untitled (Rise)SaultForever Living OriginalsCrossover Jazz
208My Left Hand Man: a Tribute to Mulgrew MillerRichie GoodsRichman MusicContemporary Jazz
209FruitCharles TrudelCharles TrudelJazz
210AlmeríaJessica LaurenFreestyleJazz
211Our StoryChristian ArtmannSunnysideJazz
212Temporary KingsMark Turner & Ethan IversonECMJazz
213SourceNubya GarciaConcordContemporary Jazz
214Every Little Thing CountsRebecca Coupe FranksSelf-ReleaseJazz
215Brazilian WhispersAndrea BrachfeldOriginJazz
216Just a Bit FurtherTrinom3Cellar LiveJazz
217Rites of AscensionNick Maclean QuartetBrowntasaurasJazz
218Because I LovedDeanne MatleySelf-ReleaseJazz
219Wander WonderAllison Au QuartetSelf-ReleaseJazz
220Les Rêves ErrantsTrio Jonathan TurgeonSelf-ReleaseJazz
221The Lion, Camel & ChildJohnny Griffith QuintetGBJazz
222VenaRachel TherrienBonsaïJazz
223City AbstractDan McCarthyOriginAvant-Garde Jazz
224True LoveJohn DokesSelf-ReleaseJazz
225EvolveSharel Cassity & ElektraRelsha MusicJazz
226Flipped IIJesse FischerSelf-ReleaseJazz
227PardesAmos Hoffman & Noam LemishSelf-ReleaseJazz
228High and LowSam KirmayerCellar Live!Jazz
229Blue SoulDave StrykerStrikezoneBig Band
230Laila BialiLaila BialiSelf-ReleaseJazz
231Toy TunesLarry GoldingsPirouetJazz
232Ley LinesEmma-Jean ThackrayThe Vinyl FactoryJazz
233Blued DharmaAdrean Farrugia And Joel FrahmGBJazz
234Dream Logic ProjectScott Marshall and the Jazztice LeagueSelf-ReleaseJazz
235On the Steps of St-Paul'sHuu BacQuachJazz
236Pictures at an African ExhibitionDarryl Yokley's Sound ReformationSelf-ReleaseJazz
237A Love Letter to LenaClairdeeDeclareJazz
238MigrationsJacques Kuba SeguinOdd SoundJazz
239Heart TonicCaroline DavisSunnysideJazz
240UbiquitéMartin LizotteDuprinceJazz
241If You Could See Me NowJoe MagnarelliCellar LiveJazz
242Standards: What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?Alexander ClaffySMK JazzJazz
 

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