Our musical cup runneth over! From the looks of the KUVO “Current” shelf, 2020 has been a great year for music – and the variety has been remarkable! This week is your opportunity to vote for your favorites jazz albums of 2020. We’ll tally the collective opinions and publish the results next week here on KUVO.org.
Seasoned veterans were super productive. Christian McBride was behind a big band project and an epic historical work. In fact, there are a couple of historical, spoken word projects that got noticed in 2020 – perspective for troubled times. Tribute projects are always part of the jazz scene – in 2020 we received fresh takes on the classic work of American giants like Charlie Parker and Alec Wilder.
Local artists are on your ballot. Colorado artists give no quarter when it comes to turning out world-class jazz, teaching music by day, and swinging like crazy on their own music. One student big band made it to your ballot as well.
The modern masters are still productive, and new artists on the scene made their musical statement as they work to establish a footing in the genre. The Marsalis brothers continue their contributions, Wynton with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in New York, Delfeayo with his orchestra in New Orleans. Way to cover the country with great tunes!
We’ve got a TV music director and a movie star – musician on your ballot. And the collaborations – the supergroups – oh my! The Black Arts Jazz Collective and ARTEMIS, stellar!
Latin and modern, large ensembles and trios, young and old, bluesy and funky, the music of 2020 was a pleasure to present. And there are no real losers in this listener poll. But we’re looking forward to celebrating your choices. So don’t leave us hanging. Make your selections!
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