Thursday, December 20, 2012

Peter Hum's Best Jazz of 2012

Another list of best jazz recordings of 2012 (yay!), this one from Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen’s Jazzblog (one of the blogs on the esteemed AJS Blog List Supreme).  Hum actually provides a list of Honorable Mentions in addition to his top 10 list, so we get two lists for the price of one!  I like Hum’s taste in jazz, and his lists have given me a few ideas for recordings I’d like to review myself.  On the page where he provides these lists, he gives links to a number of his reviews of these recordings, which offer lots of insights and good info, as well as best debut and vocal CDs, and a couple of lists of special interest to Canadian jazz lovers; check it out here.

Top Discs of 2012
1.       Snakeoil, Tim Berne (ECM)
2.       Four MFs Playin’ Tunes, Branford Marsalis Quartet (Marsalis Music)]
3.       Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans, Ryan Truesdell (ArtistShare)
4.       Sleeper, Keith Jarrett (ECM)
5.       Ode, Brad Mehldau Trio (Nonesuch)
6.       Star of Jupiter, Kurt Rosenwinkel (Wommusic)
7.       Accelerando, Vijay Iyer Trio (ACT)
8.       Frame, Ben Wendel (Sunnyside)
9.       All Our Reasons, Billy Hart (ECM)
10.   Swim, Joel Miller (Origin Records)

Honorable Mentions of 2012:
1.       Casting For Gravity, Donny McCaslin Group (Greenleaf Music)
2.       Be Still, Dave Douglas (Greenleaf Music)
3.       Where Do You Start? Brad Mehldau Trio (Nonesuch)
4.       Dialect Fluorescent, Steve Lehman (Pi Recordings)
5.       Alive at the Vanguard, Fred Hersch Trio (Palmetto)
6.       An Attitude For Gratitude, Matt Wilson’s Arts and Crafts (Palmetto)
7.       Universal Mind, Luis Perdomo (RKM Music)
8.       Rayuela, Miguel Zenon/Laurent Coq (Sunnyside)
9.       The Creep, Ted Nash (Plastic Sax)
10.   Unanimous, Ulysses Owens Jr. (Criss Cross)
11.   Finger-Songwriter, Jeremy Siskind (Brooklyn Jazz Underground)
12.   Da Vinci, Fred Hersch and Nico Gori (Bee Jazz)
13.   Triveni II, Avishai Cohen (Anzic)

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