The top UK jazz of 2022 so far as we creak on by the brazier with the lights off trussed up under thick blankets nourished only by gruel ever on towards the yule. Click on each entry for reviews and more details. Supersedes earlier lists. Up to the end of the year further updates and rerankings on this page may well appear.
What a remarkable debut full of originality by relative newcomer DoomCannon and along with Emma Rawicz and Vega Trails the three top debutants who 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 so if you are into Alfa Mist, Robert Glasper and J Dilla you will be in your element. Vega Trails pare things right back and provided some of the best bass grooves of the year. The James Taylor Quartet we take for granted but are the most enduring and still significant acid jazz era band to remain meaningful here with superb Lalo Schifrin-type orchestrations and a very beefy sound. Beware the windows might rattle when you turn this one up which you must. Gareth Williams has produced one of his best albums which is a treat to hear. With Chris Laurence and Palle Danielsson both involved the bass role in the trio sound is also significant. Trevor Watkis' Dizzy Reece homage is the best deep dive of a hard bop collection in a classic sense to come along all year while Kokoroko tap Afrojazz better than most. For the art of the song and vocals jazz the songbook of theatre composer Ross Lorraine by a gathering of most of the UK's top jazz singers is a welcome delight and way up high on the list. 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. Further listening has made us revise our thoughts on the number one choice - certainly A View With A Room by Trish Clowes steals the spot because of its compositional depth as well as its spirited attitude and marks a new phase in the career of a remarkable improviser. Latest update 27 September 2022. Updates and re-rankings may appear here before the end of December
Trish Clowes Photo: press