The Roots Music Report's
Top Jazz Album Chart
for the Year of 2021

 
Album Title Band/Artist Name Label Sub Genre
1Sunday at PilarsChris RottmayerPilarsTraditional Jazz
2The Weather is Here, Wish You Were BeautifulThe Jeff Benedict Big Big BandGroovy PandaContemporary Jazz
3Baker's CircleDave StrykerStrikezoneContemporary Jazz
4Uncommon MeasuresLyle WorkmanBlue CanoeFusion
5TranquilityLes SablerNew VistaSmooth Jazz
6It's All Your FaultMike LeDonneSavantJazz
7All RiseGregory PorterDeccaJazz
8Honoring Louis ArmstrongJohn Redmon & The Thomas J. Dawson, Jr. iOrchestraReachingTraditional Jazz
9For the RecordVinnie Riccitelli OctetSelf-ReleaseTraditional Jazz
10Til We Meet AgainNorah JonesBlue NoteCrossover Jazz
11Straight from the SoulHannah BaiardiSelf-ReleaseContemporary Jazz
12Best BuddiesTroy RobertsToy RobotContemporary Jazz
13Jobim ForeverAntonio AdolfoAAMLatin Jazz
14That's LifeWillie NelsonSonyJazz
15The United States Vs. Billie HolidayAndra DayWarnerJazz
16'Round Midnight (Re-Imagined)Amber WeekesAmber Inn ProductionsContemporary Jazz
17BreatheDr. Lonnie SmithBlue NoteClassic Jazz
18Crossover (feat. Nicky Orta & Abel Pabon)Jorge GarciaSelf-ReleaseJazz
19ConnectionsSteve HuntSpice RackFusion
20I Told You SoDelvon Lamarr Organ TrioColemineContemporary Jazz
21The Mulligan ChroniclesDavid LarsenSelf-ReleaseTraditional Jazz
22I'd PreferAlexander McCabeWAMCOTraditional Jazz
23Mirror MirrorEliane EliasCandidJazz
24I Just Want to Be HorizontalSamoa Wilson with the Jim Kweskin BandKingswoodRagtime
25Bassic InstinctDavid FinckBurton AvenueTraditional Jazz
26Artspoke the Best of (2007-2018)Stu HammGuitar OneFusion
27Beautiful ThingsKenny ShankerWise CatJazz
28JukeboxWayne AlpernHenri Elkan Music Co.Crossover Jazz
29DistanceKenny CarrZoozazzFusion
30The Joy of PlayingBenjamin Schnake EnsembleSelf-ReleaseLatin Jazz
31I'll Never Be the SameJack BrandfieldGut StringTraditional Jazz
32Houston Person Live in ParisHouston PersonHighNoteJazz
33Grateful DeadicationDave McMurrayBlue NoteJazz
34I Love ParisMelbreezeBlue CanoeContemporary Jazz
35A Gift to PopsThe Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong All StarsVerveJazz
36Sing a Song of BirdRoseanna VitroSkylineJazz
37Lost in CentraliaProject AlcazarGuitar OneFusion
38More MusicJoey DeFrancescoMack AvenueJazz
39Ones Upon a TimePaul BrownWoodward AvenueContemporary Jazz
40Preaching to the ChoirVincent HerringSmoke SessionsJazz
41Latin Jazz Project, Vol. 2Ray ObiedoRhythmusSmooth Jazz
42What I Meant to SaySteve MillionOriginContemporary Jazz
43NextDave HowardSelf-ReleaseFusion
44City of SoundsJoe FarnsworthSmoke SessionsClassic Jazz
45New LoveCharnett MoffettMotemaJazz
46Take TwoJohn DePaola QuartetPhat PlanetTraditional Jazz
47Future ShockMichael WhalenSpoutFusion
48MendóAlex CubaSelf-ReleaseLatin Jazz
49Colors of BrazilKenney PolsonRosettaLatin Jazz
50SquintJulian LageBlue NoteAvant-Garde Jazz
51Con MotoBill DiCosimo and Edgar PagánSub CatLatin Jazz
52What Comes NextPeter BernsteinSmoke SessionsJazz
53JMB4Joe Marcinek BandSelf-ReleaseJazz
54For Jimmy, Wes and OliverChristian McBrideMack AvenueBig Band
55400Acute InflectionsSelf-ReleaseCrossover Jazz
56TransmigrationMakram Aboul HosnSelf-ReleaseContemporary Jazz
57My Funny ValentineGrace HaggertySelf-ReleaseTraditional Jazz
58Road TripSlide AttackSelf-ReleaseContemporary Jazz
59Look Up!Band of Other BrothersEar UpJazz
60Florida RaysFlying Horse Big BandSelf-ReleaseBig Band
61Let's RideThe Smooth Jazz AlleySelf-ReleaseSmooth Jazz
62Art of ProtestSonic Portraits Jazz Various ArtistsSonic Portraits JazzContemporary Jazz
63Color in MotionJenny KlukkenSelf-ReleaseJazz
64Time TravelerNnenna FreelonSelf-ReleaseJazz
65Symbiotic SoulsLuico HopperSelf-ReleaseSmooth Jazz
66This Bitter EarthVeronica SwiftMack AvenueJazz
67Tres LibreDan MorettiRoots GroovesContemporary Jazz
68Untitled (Rise)SaultForever Living OriginalsCrossover Jazz
69Love is for All TimeLorraina MarroSelf-ReleaseContemporary Jazz
70Sounds from the Ancestors Kenny Garrettmack AvenueClassic Jazz
71Caught in the GrooveNilsBajaContemporary Jazz
72SuperBlue (feat. Charlie Hunter)Kurt EllingEditionContemporary Jazz
73With Every TurnRoberto RestucciaTrippin N RhythmSmooth Jazz
74How Deep is the OceanPat CoilBurton AvenueTraditional Jazz
75Love is the KeySue MaskalerisJazilianLatin Jazz
76SentimentBrendan RothwellSelf-ReleaseContemporary Jazz
77Take Me out to the Ball GameTom Kubis Big BandSelf-ReleaseJazz
78Who's the Old Guy NowBen SidranBonsaï MusicJazz
79No Turning BackLowell HopperSelf-ReleaseSmooth Jazz
80Anything Mose!John ChinJinsyJazz
81Sir DukeMercer Hassy OrchestraSelf-ReleaseJazz
82Michael Stephenson Meets Alexander Claffy with His TrioMichael Stephenson & Alexander ClaffyCeller LiveContemporary Jazz
83Too Close for ComfortGeorge CablesHigh NoteJazz
84Dedications – Jazz from Planet FlippoDave Flippo TrioOppilfJazz
85Finger PaintingNick ColionneTrippin N RhythmContemporary Jazz
86FrankensteinWayne AlpernHenri ElkanCrossover Jazz
87Keep Steppin DownBrennen Schedler QuartetRuthanneContemporary Jazz
88Nascentia (Birth)Steve SlaglePanoramaContemporary Jazz
89Folk Songs, Jazz JourneysAlex MartinPajarito VerdeLatin Jazz
90RestlessJackson PotterWise CatContemporary Jazz
91Sky Blossom: Songs from My Tour of DutyAlexis ColeZoho MusicTraditional Jazz
92Magic Dance: the Music of Kenny BarronGreg AbateWhaling City SoundContemporary Jazz
93Alta VistaDavid CorreaZocaloLatin Jazz
9425 YearsEdward SimonRidgewayLatin Jazz
95Time of My LifeDylan NauRocketSnakeJazz
96AcceptanceBilly ChildsMack AvenueMainstream Jazz
97Shadows Fall (Feat. Joshua White)Jonathan KarrantSelf-ReleaseTraditional Jazz
98Invisible TimeGhost Jazz TrioSelf-ReleaseFusion
99All About LoveTony SaundersBaja/TSRSmooth Jazz
100RiseLawson RollinsInfinitaFusion
101A Fresh PerspectiveIan Charleton Big BandSelf-ReleaseBig Band
102Kinds of LoveRenee RosnesSmoke SessionsJazz
103CountermelodyEvan ArntzenDot TimeContemporary Jazz
104Plays the Music of Buddy MontgomeryIsaiah J. ThompsonWj3Jazz
105SolitudeFrank KohlSelf-ReleaseTraditional Jazz
106Don't Stop the CarnivalMercer Hassy OrchestraMHOJazz
107Deviate from StandardsDavid LarsenSelf-ReleaseTraditional Jazz
108MosaicRahsaan BarberJazz Music CityJazz
109We Want All the Same ThingsErin Propp & Larry RoyChronographCrossover Jazz
110The Art of ConversationLeo SidranNardisMainstream Jazz
111Thank You Mr. MabernLeon Lee DorseyJazz Avenue 1Jazz
112L.A. Source CodesWill LyleSelf-ReleaseJazz
113New Orleans High Society New Orleans High Society1718Traditional Jazz
114BridgesJesse RyanSelf-ReleaseJazz
115The Latin Side of Horace SilverConrad HerwigSavantLatin Jazz
116SerendipityJohn SteinWhaling City SoundJazz
1172020 HindsightGrant FergusonGuitar OneFusion
118Lovesome Thing (feat. Emmet Cohen)Anaïs RenoHarbingerTraditional Jazz
119A Centering PeaceBrian Woodruff SextetQJOGContemporary Jazz
120Coming Down RosesBilly Test TrioATMTraditional Jazz
121The Hidden StandardPaul SilbergleitBluJazzBig Band
122Y’all Don’t (Really) Care About Black WomenMelanie CharlesVerveJazz
123Ella: the Lost Berlin Tapes (Live)Ella FitzgeraldVerveClassic Jazz
124Open SkyArt HiraharaPosi-ToneJazz
125Live at VitellosMichael WolffSunnysideJazz
126Lost in a DreamKristin CallahanIvy DoorContemporary Jazz
127What's the HurryKenny WashingtonLower 9thContemporary Jazz
128Songs from the DeepEric EssixEssentialContemporary Jazz
129ArtemisArtemisBlue NoteJazz
130Introducing Kendall CarterKendall CarterEladnexJazz
131Midtown WalkFrancesco AmentaAMIJazz
132All in AllDan WilenskyPolyglot MusicJazz
133Time OuttakesThe Dave Brubeck QuartetBrubeck EditionsJazz
134AdjustmentsScott Kinsey and Mer SalBlue CanoeFusion
135Five Down BluesThe Kyle Asche Organ TrioCellar LiveContemporary Jazz
136Desde LejosThe Dominican Jazz ProjectSummitJazz
137Dreams of Waking: Music for a Better WorldDara TuckerGreen HillJazz
138Jimi2B3Self-ReleaseFusion
139Not a NoveltyJennifer Wharton's BonegasmSunnysideJazz
140The Trio, Vol. 1Dave BassSelf-ReleaseJazz
141Bredux: Collected EdgesKayle BrecherPenchant FourAvant-Garde Jazz
142FireflyAlexa TarantinoPosi-ToneJazz
143Solo LiveEdward SimonRidgewayJazz
144Sexy SomethinTony SaundersSan FranciscoSmooth Jazz
145Live in HawaiiDoug MacDonaldSelf-ReleaseClassic Jazz
146The LowdownIan Hendrickson-SmithCellar LiveContemporary Jazz
1473-ReeManuel MuzzuSelf-ReleaseSmooth Jazz
148Samba De MaracatuJoe ChambersBlue NoteClassic Jazz
149In Harmony (Live)Roy Hargrove & Mulgrew MillerResonanceContemporary Jazz
150Dream DancerBeverley Beirne33 JazzJazz
151Rainbow SignRon MilesBlue NoteJazz
152Gary Bartz JID006Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed MuhammadJazz is DeadCrossover Jazz
153Future StrideEmmet CohenMack AvenueContemporary Jazz
154Major InfluenceGraham DechterCapriTraditional Jazz
155My Original PlanJoanie PallattoSouthportContemporary Jazz
156Monsters' ImpromptuLee HeerspinkSelf-ReleaseContemporary Jazz
157Still Doing Our ThingBehn GillecePosi-ToneJazz
158KineticSteven Feifke Big BandOutside In Music Big Band
159InflexionRussell Ferrante TrioBlue CanoeTraditional Jazz
160MusaLauren HendersonBrontosaurusContemporary Jazz
161Freelance SubversivesWill BernardRopeadopeCrossover Jazz
162Freedom Jazz DanceLeon Lee DorseyJazz Avenue 1Jazz
163Masters & Baron Meet Blanton & WebsterMark Masters EnsembleCapriMainstream Jazz
164SharkskinAcme Jazz GarageSolar GroovesJazz
165Distant VoicesDavid JanewaySteepleChaseTraditional Jazz
166Long in the ToothThe Budos BandDaptoneJazz
167Open WorldChad Lefkowitz-BrownLa ReserveBig Band
168The Story Behind the StoryDavid BoswellMy Quiet MoonContemporary Jazz
169Love, Dad (feat. Jake Newcomb)Larry Newcomb QuartetEssential MessengerSwing
 

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