2012

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Top 10 Jazz Albums:
1. Edmar Castaneda, Double Portion (Arpa y Voz)
2. Sam Rivers/Dave Holland/Barry Altschul, Reunion: Live in New York (Pi)
3. Laurent Coq/Miguel Zenon, Rayuela (Sunnyside)
4. Vijay Iyer, Accelerando (ACT)
5. David Virelles, Continuum (Pi)
6. Ehud Asherie/Harry Allen, Upper West Side (Posi-tone)
7. Jon Irabagon, I Don’t Hear Nothin’ But the Blues, vol. 2 (Irrabagast)
8. Mark Masters Ensemble, Ellington Saxophone Encounters
9. Branford Marsalis, Four MFs Playin’ Tunes (Marsalis Music)
10. Ryan Truesdell/Gil Evans Project, Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans (Artist Share)

Other really excellent new jazz albums:
Billy Hart/Ethan Iverson/Mark Turner/Ben Street, All Our Reasons (ECM)
Devin Gray, Dirigo Rataplan (Skirl)
Aaron Novik, Secrets of Secrets (Tzadik)
Wayne Escoffery, The Only Son of One (Sunnyside)
Wadada Leo Smith, Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform)
FLY, Year of the Snake (ECM)
The Cookers, Believe (Motema)
Virginia Mayhew, Mary Lou Williams – The Next 100 Years (Remna Records)
Victor Goines, Twilight
Hafez Modirzadeh, Post-Chromodal Out (Pi)
John Surman, Saltash Bells (ECM)
John Abercrombie, Within a Song (ECM)
Orrin Evans, Flip the Script (Posi-tone)
Henry Threadgill Zooid, Tomorrow Sunny/The Revelry, Spp (Pi)
Sheila Jordan/Harvie S, Yesterdays (High Note)
Keith Jarrett, Sleeper (ECM)
Jeff Johnson, Suitcase (Origin)
Jon Irabagon, Unhinged (Irrabagast)
Jon Lundbom, No New Tunes (Hot Cup)
Sam Newsome, Art of the Soprano
Lee Konitz/Bill Frisell/Gary Peacock/Joey Baron, Enfants Terrible (Half Note)
Mary Halvorson, Bending Bridges
Dave Douglas, Be Still (Greenleaf)
Donny McCaslin, Casting Gravity (Greenleaf)
Houston Person, Naturally (High Note)
Louis Sclavis, Sources (ECM)
Nik Bartsch, Live (ECM)

Great hip hop albums:
Shabazz Palaces, Live at KEXP (SubPop)
THEESatisfaction, awE NaturalE (SubPop)
Oddisee, People Hear What they See (Mello Music Group)
El-P, Cancer for Cure (Fat Possum)
Killer Mike, R.A.P. Music (Williams Street)

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