Perfect Sounds best of 2012 list by Chris Monsen

Favorite jazz of 2012 I handed Francis Davis my ballot for the 7th annual Jazz Critics Poll a few weeks ago, and since then several publications and writers have offered their best-of-the-year’s, top 10s and so forth. I had initially considered not posting mine until after the poll results had been announced, but after going over several other top 10’s/faves/etc., I had second thoughts. Some of the below (not many) already look like safe bets to place high on the poll, based on the lists I’ve seen. Others have (sadly) not featured as prominently elsewhere:

New albums:

Steve Lehman Trio: Dialect Fluorescent (Pi Recordings)
Grass Roots (Sean Conley, Alex Harding, Darius Jones & Chad Taylor): Grass Roots (AUM Fidelity)
Vijay Iyer Trio: Accelerando (ACT)
Ben Allison, Michael Blake & Rudy Royston: Union Square (Abeat Records)
Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things: Clean On the Corner (482 Music)
Charles Gayle Trio: Streets (Northern Spy)
Devin Gray, Dave Ballou, Ellery Eskelin & Maichael Formanek: Dirigo Rataplan (Skirl)
William Parker Orchestra with special guest Kidd Jordan: Essence of Ellington (Centering)
Jasmine Lovell-Smith’s Towering Poppies: Fortune Songs (Paintbox Records)
FLY: Year of the Snake (ECM)
Rich Halley 4: Back From Beyond (Pine Eagle Records)
Henry Threadgill Zooid: Tomorrow Snny/The Revelry, Spp (Pi Recordings) Jason Robinson: Tiresian Symmetry (Cuniform)
Mary Halvorson Quintet: Bending Bridges (Firehouse 12)
CF 266Eric Revis 11:11: Parallax (Clean Feed)
Darius Jones Quartet: Book of Mæ’bul (Another Kind of Sunrise) (AUM Fidelity)
Hugo Carvalhais: Particula (Clean Feed)
David Virelles: Continuum (Pi Recordings)
Ravi Coltrane: Spirit Fiction (Blue Note)
Tim Berne: Snakeoil (ECM)
Branford Marsalis Quartet: Four MF’s Playin’ Tunes (Marsalis Music)
Jim Black Trio: Somatic (Winter & Winter)
Wadada Leo Smith: Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneifrom Records)
The Bad Plus: Made Possible (Entertainment One Music)
Neneh Cherry & The Thing: The Cherry Thing (Smalltown Supersound)
CF 250Elliott Sharp: Aggregat (Clean Feed)
Hairy Bones: Snakelust (Clean Feed)
Henry Cole & The Afrobeat Collective: Roots Befroe Branches (self released)
Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts: An Attitude for Gratitude (Palmetto Records)
Pixel: Reminder (Cuneiform)

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