As this ridiculous year comes to a close, and coronavirus cases are once again on the rise, we can hope next year will be better and that people will at least try to go back to resembling humans capable of sympathy and intelligent decisions. I’d like to say I’m optimistic. One area we can count on is music. I am thankful for all the great albums released this year, and know we have more excellent releases to look forward to in the coming months. Here are some notes on a few new jazz albums you might want to check out.