Looking back on the year in jazz, there was excellence of all kinds.

In 2022, we heard breakout albums by rising stars like Melissa Aldana, Immanuel Wilkins, Roxy Coss, Joey Alexander, Luis Deniz, Caity Gyorgy and Samara Joy, all of whom proved why they’re among the best and brightest young talents in jazz. We also enjoyed strong entries to the catalogues of established and perpetually adored modern icons like Cécile McLorin Salvant, Gerald Clayton, Trombone Shorty, Snarky Puppy and Julian Lage, who remained at the top of their game. Then there were beloved veterans such as Brad Mehldau, Catherine Russell, John Scofield, Sheila Jordan, Terri Lyne Carrington, Bill Frisell and Dave Liebman, who continued to show why their names are so well-renowned in the jazz idiom.

In Canada, the jazz scene thrived once again. We were treated to innovative and inspired efforts by the likes of Roberto Occhipinti, Ranee Lee, Lou Pomanti, Jocelyn Gould, Monkey House, Neil Swainson, Carol Welsman, Michael Kaeshammer, Ernesto Cervini, Dan McCarthy, Lauren Falls and many more, proving once again that the country’s musical ecosystem is ripe with jazz talent that deserves a place on the world stage.

Plus, we also got to hear plenty of newly discovered and recently reissued albums by legends like Ella Fitzgerald, Donald Byrd, Elvin Jones, Louis Armstrong, Houston Person and Oscar Peterson.

It all combined for a year of great music — and a terrific time to be an enjoyer of jazz. Here are 25 of our favourite albums from 2022.