Fifty Favorites From 2012

People seem to love lists, especially at the end of the year ( Here is mine, in alphabetical order, based on recordings that kept my interest beyond work assignments or preparing radio programs.

Fifty Jazz Favorites from 2012

Tim Berne-Snakeoil (ECM)

George Cables-My Muse (High Note)

Anat Cohen-Claroscuro (Anzic)

Ravi Coltrane-Spirit Fiction (Blue Note)

The Cookers-Believe (Motema)

Chick Corea/Eddie Gomez/Paul Motian-Further Explorations (Concord)

Chick Corea & Gary Burton-Hot House (Concord)

Miles Davis-So What (Nederlands Jazz Archief)

Chano Dominguez-Flamenco Sketches (Blue Note)

Denise Donatelli-Soul Shadows (Savant)

Dave Douglas-Be Still (Greenleaf)

Kurt Elling-1610 Broadway (Concord)

Sidsel Endresen & Stian Westerhus-Didymoi Dreams (Rune Grammofon)

Joe Fielder’s Big Sackbut (Yellow Sound)

Fly-Year of the Snake (ECM)

Mike Formanek-Small Places (ECM)

Kenny Garrett-Seeds From The Underground (Mack Avenue)

Robert Glasper-Black Radio (Blue Note)

Billy Hart-All Our Reasons (ECM)

Fred Hersch-Alive Village Vanguard (Palmetto)

Vijay Iyer-Accelerando (ACT)

Ahmad Jamal-Blue Moon (Jazz Village)

Keith Jarrett-Sleeper (ECM)

Jazz Soul Seven-Impressions of Curtis Mayfield (BFM)

Konitz/Frisell/Peacock/Baron-Enfant Terribles (Half Note)

Joe Lovano-Cross Culture (Blue Note)

Branford Marsalis-Four MF’s Playin’ Tunes (Marsalis Music)

John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension-Now Hear This (Abstract Logix)

Brad Mehldau-Ode (Nonesuch)

Pat Metheney-Unity Band (Nonesuch)

Marcus Miller-Rennaissance (Concord)

Mizuho w/Tiger Okoshi-Dear Duke (House of Jazz)

Wes Montgomery-Echoes of Indiana Avenue (Resonance)

Lewis Nash-The Highest Mountain (Cellar Live)

Parodoxical Frog-Union (Clean Feed)

Gregory Porter-Be Good (Motema)

Sam Rivers-Reunion (Pi)

Alfredo Rodriguez-Sounds of Space (Mack Avenue)

Kurt Rosenwinkel-Star of Jupiter (Womusic)

Christian Scott-Christian aTunde Adjuah (Concord)

Sara Serpa & Ran Blake-Aurora (Clean Feed)

Wadada Leo Smith/Louis Moholo-Moholo-Ancestors (TUM)

Wadada Leo Smith-Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform)

Luciana Souza-The Book of Chet (Sunnyside)

Luciana Souza-Brazilian Duos III (Sunnyside)

Esperanza Spalding-Radio Music Society (Heads Up)

Henry Threadgill-Tomorrow Sunny/The Revelry, SPP (Pi)

Ryan Truesdell-Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans (ArtistShare)

David Virelles-Continuum (Pi)

Victor Wooten-Sword & Stone (Vix)

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