People seem to love lists, especially at the end of the year (https://larryappelbaum.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/thoughts-on-top-10s/). Here is mine, in alphabetical order, based on recordings that kept my interest beyond work assignments or preparing radio programs.
My friend and fellow jazz journalist James Hale recently wrote a piece for the CBC Music Blog titled “The top 10 music list: good or evil?” http://music.cbc.ca/#/blogs/2012/12/The-top-10-music-list-good-or-evil. For reasons of space, my responses were edited down to a couple of quotes. Here are the complete answers to his three questions: