UK Vibe ‘Best of 2020’ – Steve Williams (Editor)

My 20 highlights of 2020:

Anthony Pirog – Pocket Poem (Cuneiform)
Błoto – Erozje (Astigmatic)
Cat Toren’s Human Kind – Scintillating Beauty (Panoramic)
Chris Potter – There Is A Tide (Edition)
Dan Loomis – Job’s Trials: A Jazz Song Cycle (Self-released)
Elin Forkelid – Plays For Trane (Sail Cabin)
Eva Kess – Sternschnuppen-Falling Stars (Neuklang)
JISR جسر – Too Far Away (Free Soul)
Linda Sikhakhane – An Open Dialogue: Live in New York (Self-released)
Nat Birchall – Mysticism Of Sound (Ancient Archive of Sound)
Nduduzo Makhathini – Modes of Communication: Letters from the Underworlds (Blue Note)
Oiro Pena – Music From Moments (2 Headed Deer)
Phi-Psonics – The Cradle (Nightnote)
Playground4 – Hit The Ground Running (JazzHausMusik)
Rick Simpson – Everything All of the Time: Kid A Revisited (Whirlwind Recordings)
Rymden – Space Sailors (Jazzland)
Sarathy Korwar / UPAJ Collective – Night Dreamer Direct​-​To​-​Disc Sessions (Night Dreamer)
Seu Jorge & Rogê – Night Dreamer Direct​-​To​-​Disc Sessions (Night Dreamer)
Web Web – Worshippers (Compost)
Zen Zadravec – Human Revolution (Marmite)

And 10 on the archival/reissue front…

Alan Wakeman – The Octet Broadcasts 1969 and 1979 (Gearbox)
Carsten Meinert ‎– C. M. Musictrain Revisited – The Remix & More 50th Anniversary Edition (Stunt)
Guilherme Coutinho E O Grupo Stalo – Guilherme Coutinho E O Grupo Stalo 1978 (Mad About)
Harry Beckett – Joy Unlimited 1975 (Cadillac)
Ibrahim Khalil Shihab Quintet Feat. Mankuki – Spring 1968 (Matsuli Music)
Joe McPhee – Black is the Color 1969-1970 (Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Joseph Bonner ‎– Impressions Of Copenhagen 1981 (Pure Pleasure)
Mike Westbrook featuring John Surman – Love and Understanding: Citadel / Room 315 Sweden 1974 (My Only Desire)
Neil Swainson – 49th Parallel 1988 (Cellar Live/Reel to Real)
Rena Rama – Live 1975 (Caprice)

Oh and 3 Various Artists compilations that ticked all the boxes:

Door To The Cosmos (On The Corner)
The Hague Songbook Exchange (Antilounge/Challenge)
Spiritual Jazz 11: SteepleChase (Jazzman)

And let’s not forget two stunningly beautiful graphic novels:

Blue In Green by Ram V: Auther and Anand RK: Artist (Image Comics)
BIX by Scott Chantler (Gallery 13)