The Best Jazz Album 2022 – A Comparative Survey

Last year, I looked at “best of” lists from the English-speaking world and complied a survey  comprising the New York Times, The Guardian, JazzWise, Pitchfork and Slate. This year, I took a slightly different approach and combined the Anglo-Saxon view provided by the New York Times and The Guardian with two German sources, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Public Radio).

As a result, the survey contains more (continental) European artists. But like last year, there is very little overlap and the compilation is pretty diverse. 

Last year’s “winner” Charles Lloyd features again and tops The Guardian’s list. No album made it onto more than two of the four top ten lists. This year, re-relases or posthumous releases by Esbjörn Svensson and Miles Davis were selected.

The albums on that list that I listened most to the ones by Oded Tzur and Julia Hülsmann. The Apple music data revealed that Shabaka’s “African Culture” was a 2022 album in my personal top ten, with “Call it a European Paradox” a favourite track.

The “The 17th Annual Francis Davis Jazz Poll” compiles its “best of” lists on the basis of ballots cast by more that 150 jazz writers – the ultimate meta lists in five categorgies: New Album, Reissues/Archival, Debuts, Vocals and Latin.

Finally, I suggest you check out the list compiled by Ana Gavrilovska at Sick Sad Motherslug – interesting selection that is definitely not mainstream. She is one of the “The 17th Annual Francis Davis Jazz Poll” contributors.

The Guardian

The New York Times

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Bayerischer Rundfunk


Charles Lloyd: “Trios: Sacred Thread”

Cécile McLorin Salvant: “Ghost Song”

Nduduzo Makhathini: “In the Spirit of Ntu“

Terri Lyne Carrington: „New Standards“


Mary Halvorson: “Amaryllis/Bella-donna”

Immanuel Wilkins:  “The 7th Hand”

Mary Halvorson: “Amaryllis/Bella-donna“

Jacob Collier: “Piano Ballads”


Cecil Taylor: “The Complete, Legendary, Live Return Concert”

Fred Moten, Brandon López and Gerald Cleaver: “Moten/López/ Cleaver”

Pablo Held: “Adventures“

Daniel Erdmann & Christophe Marguet: “Pronto!”


Makaya McCraven: “In These Times”

Anteloper: “Pink Dolphins”

DOMI and JD Beck: “Not Tight”

Ganna: “Home”


Avishai Cohen: “Naked Truth”

David Virelles: “Nuna”

Émile Parisien: “Louise“

Julia Hülsmann Quartett: “The Next Door”


The Joe Harriott Quintet: “Swings High”

Samara Joy: “Linger Awhile”

Melissa Aldana: “12 Stars“

Eva Klesse: “Songs Against Loneliness”


Oded Tzur: “Isabela”

Moor Mother: “Jazz Codes”

Terri Lyne Carrington: “New Standards“

Otha & Lindermayr: “MMMMH”


Sun Ra Arkestra: “Living Sky”

Angelica Sanchez Trio: “Sparkle Beings”

Joshua Redman: “Long Gone“

Enrico Rava / Fred Hersch: “The Song is You”


Esbjörn Svensson: “HOME.S.”

Makaya McCraven: “In These Times”

Immanuel Wilkins: “The 7th Hand“

Olga Reznichenko: “Somnambule”


Kokoroko: “Could We Be More”

Samora Pinderhughes: “Grief”

Miles Davis: “What It Is“

Esbjörn Svensson: “HOME.S.”

Photo: Dirk Neven, Oded Tzur Quartet Junushoff Wageningen 23 september 2021 – Oded Tzur (51524360869), CC BY 2.0



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