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Best Jazz Releases of 2012 (so far)

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Initial post: Jul 9, 2012 10:43:29 AM PDT
WH says:
We passed the halfway mark in the year. What have been for you the best jazz releases of 2012? (NOT reissues of older works, but new jazz). Here's my list:

1. John Moulder, The Eleventh Hour: Live at the Green Mill (Origin) The Eleventh Hour: Live At The Green Mill
2. Vijay Iyer, Accelerando (ACT) Accelerando
3. Pat Metheny, Unity Band (Nonesuch) Unity Band
4. Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer, Signing (Motema) Signing
5. Enrico Pieranunzi, Permutations (CamJazz) Permutations

6. Johnathan Blake, The Eleventh Hour (Sunnyside) Eleventh Hour
7. Jeff Parker, Bright Light in Winter (Delmark) Bright Light In Winter
8. Brad Mehldau, Ode (Nonesuch) Ode
9. Tom Harrell, Number Five (High Note) Number Five
10. Scott DuBois, Landscape Scripture (Sunnyside) Landscape Scripture

11. The Odd Trio, The Birth of the Minotaur (self-released)
12. Jenny Scheinman, Mischief & Mayhem (self-released)
13. Wayne Escoffery, The Only Son of One (Sunnyside)
14. Ben Wendel, Frame (Sunnyside)
15. Floratone [Bill Frisell], Floratone II (Savoy Jazz)

Posted on Jul 9, 2012 9:45:16 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 12, 2012 7:12:44 PM PDT
willm says:
1 Alfred Harth/Carl Stone-"Gift Fig"

2 "Dusted Machinery"-Toshimaru Nakamura - no-input mixing desk
John Butcher - saxophones, acoustic and feedback

3 Daylight-Two concert recordings 2010/11. Mark Sanders - drums
John Butcher - saxophones

4 Ten Freedom Summers (4CD) [Box Set]
Wadada Leo Smith

RED Trio + Nate Wooley

6 Brotzmann, Peter:Solo + Trio Roma [2 CDs]

Bobby Bradford-cornet

Frode Gjerstad-alto saxophone, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet

Paal Nilssen-Love-drums, percussion

8 FABULA Axel Dorner-trumpet

Ernesto Rodrigues-viola

Abdul Moimeme-prepared electric guitar

Ricardo Guerreiro-computer

9 Impossibility in its Purest Form
CDs | Eddie Prévost | Sebastian Lexer | Seymour Wright

Sebastian Lexer - piano+
Eddie Prévost - percussion
Seymour Wright - alto saxophon

Taylor, Cecil / Pauline Oliveros

Solo - Duo - Poetry [DVD]

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012 10:38:20 PM PDT
I second the Iyer and the Frisell.

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 12:28:43 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 10, 2012 12:34:18 AM PDT
Ali Haluk says:
not ranking as "best" but sharing my "short insights" for the albums that i had a chance to listen from 2012:

brad mehldau - Ode - not as good as "art of trio vol. 3" or "day is done" but impressive contemporary trio music... all originals for this special trio written by mehldau.

enrico pieranunzi - Permutations - better interplay than mehldau's trio, touching deeper, imho.

vijay iyer - Accelerando - comme ci comme ça after my personal best "historicity"

steve lehman - Dialect Fluorescent - the more i listen the more i love... very smilar to "travail, transformation and flow" in terms of composition structure but interpreted by trio this time.

tim berne - Snakeoil - wow

marty ehrlich's rite quartet - Frog Leg Logic - another achievment from my favorite reed player

trio m (m. melford, m. dresser, m. wilson) - Guest House - very close to "big picture", so it's so beautiful again

billy hart - All Our Reasons - nice quartet session

kenny garrett - Seeds From the Underground - i love his "intense" playin style of alto...

steve kuhn Wisteria - i was expecting more

masabumi kikuchi - Sunrise - a farewell to paul motian... and the serenity in so-called "ecm music"...

my last order have not come yet, waiting for wadada leo smith's "ten freedom summers" and ravi coltrane's "spirit friction"... also wondering branford marsalis' new quartet... hope to "report" soon :-)

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 1:10:45 AM PDT
inner exile says:
While I'm wary of superlatives, young Texan guitarist Mike Moreno's latest release called "Another Way" (WorldMusicCulture) is surprisingly good. Personnel: Aaron Parks - piano, Matt Brewer - double bass, Ted Poor - drums, Warren Wolf - vibraphone on 4 cuts.

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 1:52:44 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 10, 2012 1:55:43 AM PDT
I've actually acquired a fair amount of new for 2012 titles (mostly jazz, some classical) thus far. 5 that especially stand out to me/knocked my socks off are:

1. David S. Ware Planetary Unkown Live at Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2011.
2. Henry Threadgill Zooid Tomorrow Sunny / The Revelry, Spp.
3. Andy Sheppard Trio Libero.
4. e.s.t. 301.
5. Arild Andersen Celebration.

I guess that's reverse alphabetical order by artist...

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 9:01:47 AM PDT
WH says:
Thanks all for the recommendations. I'm glad to see this thread beginning to take off. My hope in starting it was to get alerted to some new releases that I hadn't seen or hadn't had time to explore. My listing was threadbare, and so let me go back and add a few comments similar to that Ali H. did.

First, a question for New Unoriginal: Could you add a few comments about the new e.s.t.? I enjoyed their work, but always worry about posthumous releases. How does this compare with their other works?

Concerning a few on my list:
1. John Moulder, The Eleventh Hour: Live at the Green Mill (Origin). Moulder is a Chicago-based guitarist. His previous record Bifrost had this ECM crystalline sound. This one, recorded in one of the best jazz clubs in Chicago, is both rawer and richer. Moulder has an incredible repetoire of guitar styles, from quiet acoustic Jim-Hall-like to noisy blazing John Scofield-like. The first number is, to my ear, the least engaging. Check out track #2: "African Sunset." The pianist here, Jim Trompeter (great name, by the way), sounds like McCoy Tyner in his opening solo. The 2nd & 3rd, "Cold Sea Triptych", is my favorite. Here's a full review by Dave Sumner (who normally does reviews for eMusic):

Over on All About Jazz, you can download a free mp3 from the record:

4. Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group, Signing (Motema). Locke is a great vibes player, and Keezer is an excellent pianist. This combination of instruments can potentially clash, but when it works (think: Bobby Hutcherson / McCoy Tyner or Chick Corea/Gary Burton), it has amazing range, with two chordal instrumental of such different timbres. Check out the opening track. Also there is a great interview over on All About Jazz with Locke:

There is also a free mp3 you can download there:

I'll post something on some of others later.

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 12:18:36 PM PDT
inner exile says:
Although I have had no experience with it yet, in-demand drummer Johnathan Blake's debut album called "The Eleventh Hour" (SunnySide) sounds appetizing enough. The core quintet also features current jazz heavy-weights: Jaleel Shaw, Mark Turner, Kevin Hays, Ben Street; w/ guests of similar calibre, like: Tom Harrell, Gregoire Maret, Robert Glasper, and Tim Warfield.
The title track can be listened to here:

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 12:41:00 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 10, 2012 12:41:55 PM PDT
WH says:
Hanyi, as you probably noticed, I listed the Johnathan Blake high on my list. (I'm struck by the fact that both John Moulder and Blake both entitled their new records "The Eleventh Hour"). It's a great band that he's assembled. If you go to Sunnyside's website, you can stream the record in its entirety. Here's the link:

I think that after listening to it, you'll be sold. Enjoy.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 8:15:06 AM PDT
E. Dill says:
Neneh Cherry & The Thing - The Cherry Thing (does anyone remember "Buffalo Stance"?)

Charles Gayle Trio - Streets

John Zorn - The Gnostic Preludes

Vijay Iyer - Accelerando

John Zorn - Nosferatu

Tim Berne - Snake Oil

Mary Halvorson Quintet - Bending Bridges

Hayden Who - Candles

Jenny Scheinman - Mischief & Mayhem

Eivind Opsvik - Overseas IV

(enough for now....I must control myself or the "list police" will come get me again like during my last visit to the jazz forums)


Posted on Jul 11, 2012 9:27:18 AM PDT
E. Dill says: "(enough for now....I must control myself or the "list police" will come get me again like during my last visit to the jazz forums)"

Uh huh, and then you'll have another childish tantrum; lengthy paragraph after paragraph recounting your life-long history of list making and the abuse heaped upon your poor soul :-(

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2012 11:17:12 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 11, 2012 11:18:36 AM PDT
Mr. P says:
1. Be Good - Gregory Porter
Be Good

2. Black Radio - Rober Glasper
Black Radio

3. Live - Randy Crawford & Joe Sample

4. Radio Music Society [Deluxe Edition CD/DVD] - Esperanza Spalding
Radio Music Society [Deluxe Edition CD/DVD]

5. Another Country - Cassandra Wilson
Another Country

6. Some of ... The Only Son of One - Wayne Escoffery
Only Son of One

7. At The Crossroads - James Carter Organ Trio [yup its 2011 release but still gettin heavy rotation!]
At the Crossroads

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2012 2:32:53 PM PDT
E. Dill says:

You ARE a piece of and your bud. You accuse me of bringing up the past all the time. The past is YOU and people LIKE YOU. Thank God, I haven't had to deal with too many of them personally, but you're not exactly in select company with your behavior. Often people find the crap you spew much more enjoyable than music itself.

When people lie about YOUR intent, you simply ignore them, right? I'd bet you don't. You have no knowledge of my "life long history", other than a few isolated instances where I dealt with jerks like you and mentioned them as a pattern of behavior. THAT was my mention of my past.

Anyone reading the crap you spewed forth toward me on that "other board" would surely find it odd that you'd be accusing me of "childish tantrums".

Off and out. Print out a copy of any list I bother to compile and wipe your behind with it. It means little to me. Your BS doesn't interfere with my enjoyment of music one iota.


Posted on Jul 11, 2012 4:20:40 PM PDT
I'm way into Marcus Miller's new album "Renaissance" which features some young jazz heavies like Sean Jones on trumpet & Gretchen Parlato does some guess vocals.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 4:40:32 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 11, 2012 4:41:30 PM PDT
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, 20 Dozen

Bill Evans, Live at Art D'Lugoff's Top of The Gate [2 CD]

Steve Turre, Woody's Delight

While the Evans was obviously recorded some years ago, it is not a reissue, and was never previously released.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 5:28:28 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 12, 2012 10:04:23 AM PDT
EarlRandy says:
My favorites so far, in no particular order:
Kenny Garrett - Seeds From The Underground
Tom Harrell - Number Five
Esperanza Spaulding - Radio Music Society

Okay release:
Robert Glasper - Black Radio
Mike Moreno - Another Way
Sara Gazarek - Blossom & Bee

Ravi Coltrane - Spirit Fiction
Jeremy Pelt - Soul

A few CDs from recent years I've bought recently that have impressed me greatly:
Herculaneum - Herculaneum III (2009) - Pianoless septet/sextet with 4-horn front line; songs might be full band, trio, or in between.
Herculaneum - Orange Blossom (2006)
SF Jazz Collective - Live In New York 2011: Season 8: Music of Stevie Wonder - Oh so good
Gilad Hekselman - Hearts Wide Open (2011) - Very nice

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 7:07:40 PM PDT
WH says:
Susan, Thanks for the heads up on the new Bill Evans. Hadn't heard about that. Could you give a quick review of the Steve Turre? I'm a huge fan of Woody Shaw and I have at least one Woody Shaw record in which the young Steve Turre is playing on it. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2012 11:09:08 AM PDT

We had the opportunity to see the Steve Turre group live a few months ago, the same group that was on the recording. I think, personally, that "Woody's Delight" is one of Steve's best, and I'm a big fan of just about everything he's done. The piano player, Larry Willis, knocked us out in live performance and Billy Harper on tenor was excellent as well. However, the music bears no relationship to Steve's work with Woody Shaw, just a dedication.

The Evans, by the way, is quite good, on a par with most of his work.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2012 11:14:55 AM PDT
Mr. P says:
I had no idea Steve Turre was still going....but then of course most musicians dont stop going. He used to be with Ray Charles band back in the day.

Yup, makes sense he still doin it.... I met Joe Sample last Monday....who's 73! Tho he dont look it. And he said to me his family thinks he crazy....but his still loves the life!

Posted on Jul 12, 2012 11:35:38 AM PDT
Steve Turre is in his mid-60s, relatively young for a jazz musician, so I suspect that he will be around for a while. On a personal note, he is divorced from Akua Dixon, a jazz chellist and vocalist, which is personally sad because both of them are wonderful people and were very close at one time. Fortunately, their children are grown and on their own.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2012 11:51:20 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 12, 2012 11:54:10 AM PDT
Mr. P says:
erm....Jazz musicians are not necessarily old Miss W!

Steve Turre is 'Relatively' young for a jazz musician of his backgorund and considering he been round for so long. Jazz musicians are not necessarily the same age group as he is.....

Remeber, Jazz aint necessarily a music of a certain age group or generation....thats only what the mainstream music corporations want u 2 believe [well until they find a cheezy crooner like Michael Buble!]

There are young Jazz musicians today only in their 20's and 30's that we celebrate here.

The music, the road and families....rarely mixes.

Posted on Jul 12, 2012 12:01:52 PM PDT
WH says:
Susan, Thanks for the review. The Turre is now officially on my wish-list. I'd love to see the group live. I saw him about 10 years. Fabulous, a true virtuoso of a hard-to-wield instrument.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2012 1:45:35 PM PDT
Great list Ed. Why you gotta be such an egg-head about everything?!?

Posted on Jul 12, 2012 7:39:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 12, 2012 7:45:57 PM PDT
willm says:
Have to mention ,Tres Hongos-you can find their eponymous new disc @Squidco.They'll be playing ,W Cola,SC(Avant South) on July 18.We've got live jazz galore,'round these parts.Legends,Trevor Watts and Veryan Weston were here last week,right after ,John Butcher.On a sad note,fellow Brit saxophonist,Lol Coxhill died July 10...
Here's a 30 minute piece from Tres Hongos(I've seen all these young guys in various configurations and they are excellent:Frank Rosaly-drums,Jacob Wick-trumpet and Marc Riordan-piano)

And these guys ARE young.Jazz ain't over just because you are:-)

Free tunage:

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2012 8:03:56 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 12, 2012 8:08:58 PM PDT
E. Dill says:

<<Great list Ed.>>

Thanks, I think. I enjoyed yours too. (The one on the 2000-2010 board).

<<Why you gotta be such an egg-head about everything?!?>>

I guess that will depend on whether you come back like last time with a second post questioning my reasons for the list. If I make a list about music, the reason is music. I guess my egg-headedness is partly because I NEVER EVER get pissed at people making lists about music. I like them. I learn from them. If the subject bores me, I simply ignore them and go on.
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