14. Veronica Swift This Bitter Earth (Mack Avenue)
Swift is forthright and fearless on this absolute stunner. Pulling from disparate sources, she addresses scourges like sexism, bigotry, domestic abuse, and fake news with serious smarts. Delivering the music of Broadway, the Brill Building, Disney, and the Dresden Dolls (among others) with a maturity and depth of understanding that belies her years, she both typifies and transcends the jazz label with this project.