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Mark Sullivan's Best Jazz & Beyond Albums Of 2022


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Another great year for recordings. The pandemic's influence faded, but several of the albums on my list were still created remotely. My picks leaned towards the experimental side: a bit more "beyond" than "jazz." I could have easily listed another ten albums released by ECM Records and Blue Note Records—to name two established labels I have always especially loved—which both had strong years. Here's to 2022, and Happy New Year!

Theo Croker
Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic XII: Sketches of Miles
ACT Music

The Howard Hughes Suite
High & Lonesome
Self Produced

Charged Particles
Live at the Baked Potato!
Summit Records

Stephan Thelen
Fractal Guitar 2 -Remixes
MoonJune Records

Avishai Darash
Andalusian Love Song

Roger Clark Miller
Eight Dream Interpretations for Solo Electric Guitar Ensemble
Cuneiform Records

The Muffins
Baker's Dozen
Cuneiform Records

Mata Atlantica
Retiro e Ritmo
7D Media

Stephan Thelen
Fractal Guitar 3
MoonJune Records

Mountain Coast
Shifting Paradigm Records

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