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The best jazz of 2021

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To round out the year, we round up the best jazz of the year. We’ve done this every year for at least the last eight years.

Here are our 2021 picks:

  • “Dark Blue Residue” from Afrika Love by Alchemy Sound Project
  • “Homeward Bound (for Ana Grace)” from Homeward Bound by Johnathan Blake
  • “Movement 6” from Promises by Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders, and The London Symphony Orchestra
  • “It Come ’Round ’Gin” from The Democracy! Suite by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Septet with Wynton Marsalis
  • “Relentless Mind” by Jihye Lee Orchestra featuring Sean Jones and Alan Ferber from Daring Mind by Jihye Lee Orchestra
  • “Leone” from Migration of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World, Volumes 1–10 by The Music of William Parker
  • “Shortie’s Portion” from Raise Up Off Me by Ralph Peterson
  • “Gotham” by Andrew Renfroe featuring Marquis Hill, Braxton Cook, Taber Gable, Rick Rosato, and Curtis Nowosad from Run in the Storm by Andrew Renfroe
  • “Wings” by Scott Robinson and Elan Mehler from Kimbrough by various artists
  • “White Out” from Two Takes, Vol. 1: Quintet by Jared Schonig
  • “The Sports Page” from This Bitter Earth by Veronica Swift
  • “Up North” from Reverso: Live by Frank Woeste, Ryan Keberle, and Vincent Courtois


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Colin McEnroe, Cat Pastor, and Dylan Reyes contributed to this show.

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