The jazz clubs all closed, and so did everything else. But thankfully, the music never stopped.

This was a challenging year for most people. Yet jazz artists from around the world went on to release an impressive amount of great music — for some, the best of their careers. That music brought us a sense of excitement and hope at a time when we needed it most.

One day, these musicians will be seeing us in the audience once again, finally able to soak in the sounds of live music. Until then, we have these standout records (along with so many others) to bring the joys of life to our best and worst days.

Here are 25 of our favourite albums from 2020.