Latest update 26 November 2022.
What a remarkable debut full of originality by relative newcomer DoomCannon the top debutant to make the list. Dominic Canning is known for his work with singer Celeste, Nubya Garcia, and with Steam Down, and digging into the album the exhilarating ride of 'Amalgamation' hints at 1970s jazz-rock. If you are into Alfa Mist, Robert Glasper and J Dilla you will be in your element. Dreamers underlines once again the remarkable staying power of the saxophonist Mark Lockheart delivering some of the best chamber jazz of the year and as for Courtney Pine one of his most intimate and moving albums in a long career. Xhosa Cole has come up with the duos album of the year, the emphasis firmly on percussion and on diasporic spoken word story telling. Warriors is vintage Mark Kavuma while Ezra Collective blend Afrobeat, jazz, hip-hop, grime and so much more in a winning brew. Let Spin impressed with their best album to date and continue to push forward at the ever shifting interface between punk, electronica and jazz-rock. Piano trio album of the year by a British artist is the latest from Kit Downes in Enemy guise and one of the Norwich legend's best albums in a remarkable career to date. Judith Owen has achieved the liveliest vocals album of the year and what a pleasure to type that fun is cool again. Soweto Kinch and the London Symphony Orchestra have delivered a hard hitting polemical achievement, Soweto's best album since 2012's The Legend of Mike Smith.
1 Courtney Pine, Spirituality, Destin-E
2 Soweto Kinch and the London Symphony Orchestra, White Juju, LSO Live
Out on 2 December.
3 Judith Owen, Come On & Get It, Twanky
4 DoomCannon, Renaissance, Brownswood
5 Kit Downes trio, Vermillion, ECM
6 Let Spin Thick as Thieves Efpi
7 Ezra Collective, Where I'm Meant To Be, Partisan
8 Mark Lockheart, Dreamers, Edition
9 Xhosa Cole, Ibeji, Stoney Lane Records
10 The Banger Factory, Warriors, Banger Factory Records
Courtney Pine and Zoe Rahman. Photo: press