Top 10 Albums of 2023 – EC’s Picks

The great ECM label continues to offer some great music that covers my interests in contemporary jazz and world musics so well. The releases here are just the tip of the iceberg. More than ever, I find music doesn’t neatly fit into a single genre box so it shouldn’t be a surprise to find an eclectic list here. There’s some incredible female writers and vocalists on this list, all performing from a deep place of honesty.

Artist Album Label
1 MeShell Ndegeocello Omnichord the Real Book Blue Note
2 Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, Shahzad Ismaily Love in Exile ECM
3 Kayhan Kalhour & Toumani Diabate The Sky Is the Same Colour Everywhere Real World
4 Roisin Murphy Hit Parade Ninja Tune
5 Yungchen Lhamo One Drop Of Kindness Real World
6 Sinikka Langeland, Mathias Eick, Trygve Seim, Mats Eilertsen, Thomas Strønen Wind and Sun ECM
7 Marina Tomás Amado and Maria Cruz Millet Arar Microscopi
8 Kavita Shah Cape Verdean Blues Folkalist
9 Anders Jormin, Lena Willemark, Karin Nakagawa, Jon Fält Pasado en Claro ECM
10 Anohni and the Johnsons My Back Was A Bridge For You Secretly Canadian
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