Thursday, December 13, 2012

Slate's Best Jazz Albums of 2012

Continuing our year-end "best of" extravaganza, here is Slate magazine's list of the best jazz albums of 2012:

1.       Ravi Coltrane, Spirit Fiction (Blue Note).

2.       Vijay Iyer Trio, Accelerando (ACT).

3.       Fred Hersch Trio, Alive at the Vanguard (Palmetto).

4.       Ted Nash, The Creep (Plastic Sax).

5.       Chick Corea / Eddie Gomez / Paul Motian, Further Explorations (Concord).

6.       Dave Douglas, Be Still (Greenleaf).

7.       Frank Kimbrough Trio, Live at Kitano (Palmetto).

8.       Ron Miles, Quiver (Enja).

9.       Jenny Scheinman, Mischief & Mayhem (Jenny Scheinman).

10.   John Abercrombie, Within a Song (ECM).
The list seems a little light on things to delight the saxophone-o-phile, it seems to me, but there are recordings from Ravi Coltrane and Ted Nash, and I know Jon Irabagon is on the Dave Douglas recording and Joe Lovano is on the Abercrombie.  Personally, I'd especially like to check out the Iyer, Nash, Corea, and Douglas recordings.  I heard Fred Hersch in concert earlier this year, and he was terrific, but I purchased one of his CD's at that time and that should hold me for a while Hersch-wise (until I've checked out some other artists).  Slate has kindly provided clips of each of these recordings; check it out

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