Another year of great music is in the books.

Jazz seemed to be all over the place this year — and that was a blessing. We were treated to ambitious works by exciting newcomers like Curtis Nowosad and Tara Kannangara, remarkable new releases by accomplished veterans like Branford Marsalis and Chick Corea, and even some recently unearthed recordings by late legends like John Coltrane and Miles Davis. Those morphing, multi-generational sounds made up a colourful mosaic of music that had room for everyone. It was a year that was very 21st century in its spirit.

Over the course of 2019, we featured more than 100 new releases on our airwaves. Now, we’ve put together just a small sample of some of that great new music.

“JAZZFM91’s best of 2019 showcases the vibrancy and diversity of the music and the musicians that create it,” says music director Brad Barker. “It was another incredible year of sounds from artists both established and new. Our hosts and I dug deep to come up with a list that showcases the best jazz created by musicians from all over the world and many that come from right here in Canada. Enjoy.”

Here are 10 of our favourite albums from 2019.