As the 2010s come to an end, it’s time to look back on what was an innovative and exhilarating decade of modern jazz.

The first decade of this millennium saw a resurgence of traditional bebop among then-newcomers like Roy Hargrove and Christian McBride, and that set the stage for a whole new wave of sounds and styles to come. Over the past 10 years, we heard new takes on jazz that bent and twisted the music into compelling new shapes.

The music evolved alongside the culture of the decade, absorbing influences from hip-hop, R&B and Latin music in prominent ways. Artists like Robert Glasper and Snarky Puppy blew audiences away with their outright defiance of genre norms. Others like Roberto Fonseca and Alfredo Rodríguez led a wave of artists who helped the sounds of Cuba break through into a new widespread, mainstream audience. And other newcomers like Gregory Porter, Esperanza Spalding and Cécile McLorin Salvant exploded onto the scene to critical acclaim, popular appeal and industry accolades.

It was a decade in which the artists who thrived were forward-thinking, yet still respectful of jazz’s traditions and long legacy.

Here are 20 of our favourite albums from the 2010s.