Here’s my top 40 list for this year. I found a lot to enjoy, and barely scratched the surface of all the interesting jazz records that came through our house. I hope to dig into them in January.

I’ve made a 40-song playlist with a track from each of these records on Spotify.

My complete list of charts from 1987-2021 is available here.

1 SOBERISH – Liz Phair
2 WILDS – Andy Shauf
3 COURSE IN FABLE – Ryley Walker
4 I KNOW I’M FUNNY HAHA – Faye Webster
5 FIR WAVE – Hannah Peel
6 LAST TIME I SAW GRACE – New Bums
7 PETER STAMPFEL’S 20TH CENTURY – Peter Stampfel
8 UNCOMMON WEATHER – The Reds, Pinks & Purples
9 THE CROWDED MIND – Dazy
10 WINK – Chai

11 THE FUTURE BITES – Steven Wilson
12 ALWAYS SOMETHING – UV-TV
13 LILY WE NEED TO TALK NOW – Lily Konigsberg
14 FLAT WHITE MOON – Field Music
15 WISH YOU WERE HERE TOUR REVISITED – 2nd Grade
16 DREAMERS ARE WAITING – Crowded House
17 DEBONAIR – Horsey
18 VERTIGO DAYS – The Notwist
19 CAPE COD COTTAGE – Brendan Eder Ensemble
20 AN OVERVIEW ON PHENOMENAL NATURE – Cassandra Jenkins

21 QUEENS OF THE SUMMER HOTEL – Aimee Mann
22 HERITAGE – Hilma Nikolaisen
23 POHORYLLE – Margo Cilker
24 SLING – Clairo
25 BLACK METAL 2 – Dean Blunt
26 OTHER YOU – Steve Gunn
27 WINDSWEPT ADAN – Ichiko Aoba
28 SPENCER CULLUM’S COIN COLLECTION – Spencer Cullum
29 OH GOOD IT’S – al Riggs
30 NEW LONG LEG – Dry Cleaning

31 TIME NO CHANGES – Chad Taylor & Chris Schlarb
32 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU – The Avalanches
33 FIBATTY – Glenn Richards
34 TO SEE THE NEXT PART OF THE DREAM – Parannoul
35 DESTINY WAIVING – Ulrich Schnauss & Mark Peters
36 VOYAGE OUT – Floatie
37 FOR FREE – David Crosby
38 PALBERTA5000 – Palberta
39 ENDLESS ARCADE – Teenage Fanclub
40 THREESOME VOL 2 EP – The Lickerish Quartet