2020 Favorite Albums

    SO many to choose from as usual, here are 25 that stuck out to me as my favorite of this year’s new releases. May be added to as I remember more! First three in bold stand out as being all-time great ones.

    Mao Ya – Moon Over City Ruins (China/Japan)

    Oumou Sangare – Acoustic (Mali)

    Joel Ross – Who Are You? (USA)

    Siti Muharam – Siti of Unguja (Romance Revolution on Zanzibar) (Zanzibar)

    Lionel Louke – HH (USA)

    Redman, Mehldau, McBride, Blade – Round Again (USA)

    Bongeziwe Mabandia – iimini (South Africa)

    Mah Damba – Hakiki Kele (Mali)

    Little Simz – Drop 6 (UK)

    Chip Wickham – Blue To Red (UK)

    Lakecia Benjamin – Pursuance: The Coltranes (USA)

    Derrick Hodge – Color of Noize (USA)

    Groupe RTD – The Dancing Devils of Djibouti – (Djibouti)

    Minyo Crusaders & Frente Cumbiero – Present Minyo Cumbiero (Japan/Colombia)

    Keith Jarrett – Budapest Concert (USA)

    Afel Boucom – (Mali)

    Anteloper – Tour Beats Vol. 1 (USA)

    Aragaki Mutsumi – Another World Of Okinawan Music (Okinawa)

    Jeff Parker – Suite For Max Brown (USA)

    Sarathy Korwar & Upak Collective – Night Dreamer Direct To Disc Sessions (India/UK)

    Gregory Porter – All Rise (USA)

    Okan – Expira (Canada / Cuba)

    C.Scott – Axiom (USA)

    Mark de Clive Lowe – Dreamweavers (USA/Italy)

    Matthew Shipp – The Unidentifiable (USA)

    Chalres Tolliver – Connect (USA)

    Criolo & Milton Nascimento – Existe Amor (Brazil)

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