JazzTimes' Top 50 CDs: Individual Ballots

Our contributors' lists of the best releases of 2012

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Brad Mehldau in performance at Zellerbach Theater in Philadelphia
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Ryan Truesdell
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Wes Montgomery
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Vijay Iyer
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Sam Rivers
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Gregory Porter
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Keith Jarrett
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Branford Marsalis
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To calculate our Top 50 releases of 2012, available now in our January/February 2013 issue, we asked our contributors to submit ranked lists of 10 new releases and five historical/reissue releases consisting primarily of music recorded more than 10 years ago. CDs and box sets released between Nov. 1, 2011 and Nov. 1, 2012 were eligible. Some albums may have slipped through the cracks, however, as official release dates shifted or weren’t available. Certain critics chose not to disclose their ballots here; others made submissions and revisions after the calculations deadline. THE EDITORS

David R. Adler
New Releases

1. Tim Berne Snakeoil (ECM)
2. Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts An Attitude for Gratitude (Palmetto)
3. Darius Jones Book of Mae’bul: Another Kind of Sunrise (AUM Fidelity)
4. Fly Year of the Snake (ECM)
5. Orrin Evans Flip the Script (Posi-Tone)
6. Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin Live (ECM)
7. Hafez Modirzadeh Post-Chromodal Out! (Pi)
8. Linda Oh Initial Here (Greenleaf)
9. Gregory Porter Be Good (Motéma)
10. Josh Ginsburg Zembla Variations (BJU)

Historical
1. The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra and Singers Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha (New World)
2. John Kirby Sextet Biggest Little Band in the Land (Classic Jazz)
3. Bill Evans Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate (Resonance)
4. Wes Montgomery Echoes of Indiana Avenue (Resonance)
5. Hank Mobley Newark 1953 (Uptown)

Scott Albin
New Releases
1. Fred Hersch Trio Alive at the Village Vanguard (Palmetto)
2. Kenny Garrett Seeds From the Underground (Mack Avenue)
3. Chick Corea & Gary Burton Hot House (Concord)
4. Hristo Vitchev & Weber Iago Heartmony (First Orbit Sounds)
5. Pat Metheny Unity Band (Nonesuch)
6. Virginia Mayhew Quartet Mary Lou Williams: The Next 100 Years (Renma)
7. Branford Marsalis Quartet Four MFs Playin' Tunes (Marsalis Music)
8. Ben Powell New Street (Ben Powell)
9. Steve Kuhn Wisteria (ECM)
10. Joey DeFrancesco Wonderful! Wonderful! (HighNote)

Historical/Reissues
1. Thelonious Monk Quartet The Complete Columbia Studio Albums Collection (Sony Legacy)
2. Coleman Hawkins Classic Sessions 1922-1947 (Mosaic)
3. Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis & Johnny Griffin Quintet Tough Tenors Again 'N' Again (Promising)
4. Etta James The Complete Private Music Blues, Rock 'N' Soul Albums Collection (Private/RCA/Legacy)
5. Bill Evans Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate (Resonance)

Larry Appelbaum
New Releases
1. Luciana Souza The Book of Chet (Sunnyside)
2. Billy Hart/Ethan Iverson/Mark Turner/Ben Street All Our Reasons (ECM)
3. Brad Mehldau Trio Where Do You Start (Nonesuch)
4. Branford Marsalis Quartet Four MFs Playin' Tunes (Marsalis)
5. Christian Scott Christian aTunde Adjuah (Concord Jazz)
6. Gregory Porter Be Good (Motéma)
7. Konitz/Frisell/Peacock/Baron Enfants Terribles (Half Note)
8. Chick Corea & Gary Burton Hot House (Concord)
9. Wadada Leo Smith Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform)
10. David Virelles Continuum (Pi)

Historical
1. Wes Montgomery Echoes of Indiana Avenue (Resonance)
2. Louis Armstrong Satchmo at Symphony Hall (Verve)
3. Tito Puente Quatro: The Definitive Collection (Sony)
4. Jan Garbarek/Egberto Gismonti/Charlie Haden Carta de Amor (ECM)
5. Duke Ellington Columbia Studio Albums Collection (Sony)

Bill Beuttler
New Releases

1. Omer Avital Suite of the East (Anzic)
2. Brad Mehldau Where Do You Start (Nonesuch)
3. Jack DeJohnette Sound Travels (Entertainment One)
4. Daniel Freedman Bamako By Bus (Anzic)
5. Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos Carrera (Sunnyside)
6. Vijay Iyer Trio Accelerando (ACT)
7. Branford Marsalis Quartet Four MFs Playin’ Tunes (Marsalis Music)
8. Anat Cohen Claroscuro (Anzic)
9. Miguel Zenón & Laurent Coq Rayuela (Sunnyside)
10. Dave Douglas Be Still (Greenleaf)

Historical/Reissues
1. Charles Mingus The Complete Columbia & RCA Albums Collection (Sony Legacy)
2. Keith Jarrett Sleeper: Tokyo, April 16, 1979 (ECM)
3. Bill Evans Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate (Resonance)
4. The Miles Davis Quintet Essential Albums (Prestige)
5. John Coltrane Essential Albums (Prestige)

Philip Booth
New Releases

1. Tom Harrell Number Five (HighNote)
2. Gonzalo Rubalcaba XXI Century (5Passion)
3. Anat Cohen Claroscuro (Anzic)
4. Pat Metheny Unity Band (Nonesuch)
5. Kenny Wheeler Big Band The Long Waiting (CAM Jazz)
6. Eric Reed The Baddest Monk (Savant)
7. Jeff Coffin & the Mu'tet Into the Air (Ear Up)
8. Kurt Elling 1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project (Concord Jazz)
9. Duduka Da Fonseca Quintet Samba Jazz – Jazz Samba (Anzic)
10. Lionel Loueke Heritage (Blue Note)

Brent Burton
New Releases

1. John Abercrombie Quartet Within a Song (ECM)
2. Joe Morris Altitude (Aum Fidelity)
3. Bobo Stenson Indicum (ECM)
4. Fontanelle vitamin F (Southern Lord)
5. Wadada Leo Smith Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform)
6. Sam Rivers/Dave Holland/Barry Altschul Reunion: Live in New York (Pi)
7. Mary Halvorson Quintet Bending Bridges (Firehouse 12)
8. Spectrum Road Spectrum Road (Palmetto)
9. David S. Ware Planetary Unknown Live at Jazzfestival Saalfelden
2011
(Aum Fidelity)

Historical/Reissues
1. Keith Jarrett Sleeper (ECM)
2. Terje Rypdal Odyssey: In Studio & in Concert (ECM)
3. Albert Ayler Stockholm, Berlin 1966 (Hatology)
4. Don Cherry Organic Music Society (Caprice)
5. Charles Mingus The Jazz Workshop Concerts 1964-65 (Mosaic)

Shaun Brady
New Releases

1. Vijay Iyer Trio Accelerando (ACT)

2. Tim Berne Snakeoil (ECM)

3. Steve Lehman Trio Dialect Fluorescent (Pi)

4. John Abercrombie Quartet Within a Song (ECM)

5. Darius Jones Quartet Book of Mae’bul (Another Kind of Sunrise) (AUM Fidelity)

6. Fred Hersch Trio Alive At the Vanguard (Palmetto)
7. Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts An Attitude for Gratitude (Palmetto)

8. Chick Corea/Eddie Gomez/Paul Motian Further Explorations (Concord Jazz)
9. Masabumi Kikuchi Trio Sunrise (ECM)

10. Jacob Garchik The Heavens: The Atheist Gospel Trombone Album (Yestereve)

Historical/Reissues
1. Keith Jarrett Sleeper: Tokyo, April 16, 1979 (ECM)

2. Wes Montgomery Echoes of Indiana Avenue (Resonance)

3. Steve Lacy Estilhaços (Clean Feed) 

4. Clare Fischer Orchestra Extension (International Phonograph)

5. Pat Martino Alone Together with Bobby Rose (HighNote)

Nate Chinen
New Releases

1. Tim Berne Snakeoil (ECM)
2. Vijay Iyer Trio Accelerando (ACT)
3. Fly Year of the Snake (ECM)
4. Ryan Truesdell Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans (ArtistShare)
5. Yosvany Terry Today’s Opinion (Criss Cross)
6. Rafiq Bhatia Yes It Will (Rest Assured)
7. David Virelles Continuum (Pi)
8. Linda Oh Initial Here (Greenleaf)
9. Ravi Coltrane Spirit Fiction (Blue Note)
10. Dave Douglas Be Still (Greenleaf)

Historical/Reissues
1. William Parker Centering (No Business)
2. Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Palle Danielsson, Jon Christensen Sleeper: Tokyo, April 16, 1979 (ECM)
3. Coleman Hawkins Classic Coleman Hawkins Sessions 1922-1947 (Mosaic)
4. Wes Montgomery Echoes of Indiana Avenue (Resonance)

5. Clare Fischer Orchestra Extension (International Phonograph)

Sharonne Cohen
New Releases

1. FLY Year of the Snake (ECM)
2. Daniel Freedman Bamako By Bus (Anzic)
3. Sam Rivers/Dave Holland/Barry Altschul Reunion: Live in New York (Pi)
4. Aruán Ortiz Quartet Orbiting (Fresh Sound/New Talent)
5. Anat Cohen Claroscuro (Anzic)
6. Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos Carrera (Sunnyside)
7. Dave Douglas Quintet Be Still (Greenleaf)
8. Houston Person Naturally (HighNote)
9. Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts An Attitude for Gratitude (Palmetto)
10. Wadada Leo Smith & Louis Moholo-Moholo Ancestors (TUM)

Thomas Conrad
New Releases

1. Ryan Truesdell Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans (ArtistShare)
2. Sam Rivers/Dave Holland/Barry Altschul Reunion: Live in New York (Pi)
3. Animation Transparent Heart (RareNoise)
4. Bobo Stenson Trio Indicum (ECM)
5. Dave Douglas Quintet Be Still (Greenleaf)
6. Vijay Iyer Trio Accelerando (ACT)
7. Arild Andersen/Scottish National Jazz Orchestra Celebration (ECM)
8. Amina Figarova Twelve (In+Out)
9. John Abercrombie Quartet Within a Song (ECM)
10. Brad Mehldau Trio Ode (Nonesuch)

Historical/Reissues
1. Keith Jarrett/Jan Garbarek/Palle Danielsson/Jon Christensen Sleeper (ECM)
2. Clare Fischer Orchestra Extension (International Phonograph)
3. Bill Evans Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate (Resonance)
4. Hank Mobley Newark 1953 (Uptown)
5. Charles Mingus The Complete Columbia and RCA Albums Collection (Columbia/Legacy)

Owen Cordle
New Releases

1. Ryan Truesdell Centennial, Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans (ArtistShare)
2. Maceo Parker Soul Classics (Razor & Tie)
3. Frank Kimbrough Trio Live at Kitano (Palmetto)
4. Jeff Coffin & the Mu'Tet Into the Air (Ear Up)
5. Gregory Porter Be Good (Motema)
6. Joe Chambers Moving Pictures Orchestra (Savant)
7. Kate McGarry Girl Talk (Palmetto)
8. Tommy Igoe and the Birdland Big Band Eleven (Deep Rhythm)
9. Lenny Marcus Trio Sun Ray, A Tribute to Ray Bryant (Lenny Marcus)
10. LaVerne Butler Love Lost and Found Again (High Note)

Ken Franckling
New Releases

1. Ryan Truesdell Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans (artistShare)
2. Gregory Porter Be Good (Motéma)
3. Paolo Fresu & Omar Sosa Alma (Otá)
4. Ahmad Jamal Blue Moon (JazzVillage)
5. Jeff Hamilton Trio Red Sparkle (Capri)
6. Kurt Elling 1619 Broadway – The Brill Building Project (Concord Jazz)
7. Pat Metheny Unity Band (Nonesuch)
8. Edmar Castaneda Double Portion (Arpa y Voz)
9. Stacey Kent Dreamer in Concert (Blue Note)
10. Lisa Hilton American Impressions (Ruby Slippers Productions)

Historical/Reissues
1. Wes Montgomery Echoes of Indiana Avenue (Resonance)
2. Preservation Hall Jazz Band The 50th Anniversary Collection (Legacy)
3. Bill Evans Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate (Resonance)
4. Benny Goodman Orchestra featuring Anita O’Day Big Bands Live (Jazzhaus)
5. Brecker Brothers The Complete Arista Albums Collection (Legacy)

Andrew Gilbert
New Releases
1. Fred Hersch Trio Alive at the Vanguard (Palmetto)

2. Jenny Scheinman’s Mischief & Mayhem (Jenny Scheinman Music)

3. Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts An Attitude for Gratitude (Palmetto)

4. The Cookers Believe (Motema)
5. Omer Avital Suite of the East (Anzic) 

6. Trio M The Guest House (Enja)
7. Harold Mabern Mr. Lucky (HighNote)

8. Johnathan Blake The Eleventh Hour (Sunnyside)

9. Catherine Russell Strictly Romancin’ (World Village)

10. Wadada Leo Smith Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform)

Historical/Reissues
1. Hank Mobley Newark 1953 (Uptown Records)

2. Wes Montgomery Echoes of Indiana Avenue (Resonance)

3. Woody Shaw Woody Plays Woody (HighNote)

Steve Greenlee
New Releases

1. Kat Edmonson Way Down Low (Spinnerette)
2. Ahmad Jamal Blue Moon: The New York Session (Jazz Village)
3. Branford Marsalis Quartet Four MFs Playin’ Tunes (Marsalis)
4. Steve Lehman Dialect Fluorescent (Pi)
5. Spectrum Road Spectrum Road (Palmetto)
6. Tom Wetmore The Desired Effect (Crosstown)
7. Brad Mehldau Trio Ode (Nonesuch)
8. Billy Hart/Ethan Iverson/Mark Turner/Ben Street All Our Reasons (ECM)
9. Josh Ginsburg Zembla Variations (BJU)
10. Ballister Mechanisms (Clean Feed)

Historical/Reissues
1. Dave Brubeck The Columbia Studio Albums Collection 1955-1966 (Columbia/Legacy)
2. Woody Shaw Woody Plays Woody (HighNote)
3. Dexter Gordon Night Ballads Montreal 1977 (Uptown Jazz)
4. Bill Evans Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate (Resonance)
5. Cannonball Adderley Quintet Legends Live: Liederhalle Stuttgart 1969 (Jazz Haus)

Laurel Gross
New Releases

1. Brad Mehldau Trio Ode (Nonesuch)
2. Enrico Pieranunzi Trio Permutation (CAM Jazz)
3. Fred Hersch Trio Alive at the Vanguard (Palmetto)
4. Vijay Iyer Trio Accelerando (ACT Music)
5. Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos Carrera (Sunnyside)
6. Lee Konitz, Bill Frisell, Gary Peacock, Joey Baron Enfants Terribles: Live at the Blue Note (Half Note)
7. Charlie Haden/Hank Jones Come Sunday (Emarcy/Decca)
8. Branford Marsalis Quartet Four MFs Playin' Tunes (Marsalis Music)
9. FLY Year of the Snake (ECM)
10. Johnathan Blake The Eleventh Hour (Sunnyside)

Evan Haga
New Releases

1. Vijay Iyer Trio Accelerando (ACT)
2. Branford Marsalis Quartet Four MFs Playin' Tunes (Marsalis Music)
3. Steve Lehman Trio Dialect Fluorescent (Pi)

4. Sam Rivers/Dave Holland/Barry Altschul Reunion: Live in New York (Pi)
5. Konitz/Frisell/Peacock/Baron Enfants Terribles (Half Note)
6. Jacob Garchik The Heavens: The Atheist Gospel Trombone Album (Yestereve)
7. John Abercrombie Quartet Within a Song (ECM)
8. The Bad Plus Made Possible (eOne)
9. Josh Berman & His Gang There Now (Delmark)
10. Spectrum Road Spectrum Road (Palmetto)

Historical/Reissues
1. Wes Montgomery Echoes of Indiana Avenue (Resonance)
2. Preservation Hall Jazz Band The 50th Anniversary Collection (Legacy)
3. Bill Evans Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate (Resonance)
4. Pharoah Sanders In the Beginning, 1963-64 (ESP-Disk’)
5. Clare Fischer Orchestra Extension (International Phonograph)


Don Heckman
New Releases

1. Ravi Coltrane Spirit Fiction (Blue Note)
2. Pat Metheny Unity Band (Nonesuch)
3. Chick Corea and Gary Burton Hot House (Concord Jazz)
4. Anat Cohen Claroscuro (Anzic)
5. Brad Mehldau Ode (Nonesuch)
6. John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension Now Here This (Abstract Logix)
7. Eric Reed The Baddest Monk (Savant)
8. Fred Hersch Alive at the Vanguard (Palmetto)
9. Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Band Live in Hollywood (Concord Picante)
10. Cheryl Bentyne Let’s Misbehave: Cole Porter Songbook (Summit)

Historical/Reissues
1. Charlie Parker/Dizzy Gillespie The Quintet: Jazz at Massey Hall (Original Jazz Classics)
2. Duke Ellington Complete Columbia Studio Albums Collection 1951-1858 (Sony Legacy)
3. Ornette Coleman The Music of Ornette Coleman Skies of America (BGO)
4. Rahsaan Roland Kirk Anthology (WEA International)
5. Keith Jarrett Mysteries/Shades (Impulse!)

Chris Heim
New Releases

1. Steve Kuhn/Steve Swallow/Joey Baron Wisteria (ECM)
2. Ali Jackson/Aaron Goldberg/Omer Avital Yes! (Sunnyside)
3. Marc Johnson/Eliane Elias Swept Away (ECM)
4. Brad Mehldau Trio Where Do You Start (Nonesuch)
5. Elio Villafranca/Arturo Stable Dos Y Mas (Motema)
6. Chick Corea/Gary Burton Hot House (Concord)
7. Bill Anschell/Brent Jensen/Chris Symer Blueprints (Origin)
8. Luciana Souza The Book of Chet (Sunnyside)
9. Jack DeJohnette Sound Travels (E One)
10. Ahmad Jamal Blue Moon (Jazz Village)

Geoffrey Himes
New Releases

1. Lafayette Gilchrist with the New Volcanoes It Came From Baltimore: Live at the Windup Space Vol. 1 (Creative Differences)
2. Ron Miles Quiver (Enja/Yellowbird)
3. Fly Year of the Snake (ECM)
4. Branford Marsalis Quartet Four MFs Playin' Tunes (Marsalis)
5. The Brad Mehldau Trio Ode (Nonesuch)
6. Christian Scott Christian aTunde Adjuah (Concord)
7. Michael Formanek Small Places (ECM)
8. JD Allen The Matador and the Bull (Savant)
9. Todd Marcus Inheritance (Hipnotic)
10. Platform 1 Takes Off (Clean Feed)

Historical/Reissues
1. Pat Martino Alone Together With Bobby Rose (HighNote)
2. The Dexter Gordon Quartet Night Ballads: Montreal 1977 (Uptown)
3. Wes Montgomery Echoes of Indiana Avenue (Resonance)

Lyn Horton
New Releases

1. Wadada Leo Smith Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform)

2. Burton Green Live at Kerrytown (NoBusiness)

3. Darius Jones Quartet The Book of Mae’bul: Another Kind of Sunrise (AUM Fidelity)

4. Jason Stein Quartet The Story This Time (Delmark)

5. Joe McPhee and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten Brooklyn DNA (Clean Feed) 

6. Wadada Leo Smith's Mbira Dark Lady of the Sonnets (TUM Records Oy)
7. Frank Rosaly Centering and Displacement (Utech Records)

8. John Butcher and Matthew Shipp At Oto (Fataka 2)

9. Peter Brötzmann and Jason Adasiewicz Going All Fancy (Eremite)

10. Fred Lonberg-Holm's Fast Citizens Gather (Delmark)

Willard Jenkins
New Releases

1. Branford Marsalis Quartet Four MFs Playin’ Tunes (Marsalis)
2. Robert Glasper Experiment Black Radio (Blue Note)
3. Vijay Iyer Trio Accelerando (ACT)
4. Gregory Porter Be Good (Motema)
5. Chick Corea The Continents (Deutsche Grammophon)
6. Francisco Mora Catlett Afro Horn Mix (AACE)
7. The Clayton Brothers The Gathering (ArtistShare)
8. Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts An Attitude for Gratitude (Palmetto)
9. Kurt Elling 1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project (Concord Jazz)
10. Ravi Coltrane Spirit Fiction (Blue Note)

Historical/Reissues
1. Weather Report The Columbia Albums 1971-1975 (Sony Legacy)
2. Thelonious Monk It’s Monk’s Time (Sony Legacy)
3. Charles Mingus The Complete Columbia & RCA Albums Collection (Sony Legacy)
4. Woody Shaw Woody Plays Woody (HighNote)
5. Keith Jarrett Sleeper (ECM)

Scott Krane
New Releases

1. Vijay Iyer Trio Accelerando (ACT)
2. Wycliffe Gordon Dreams of New Orleans (Chesky)
3. Baptiste Trotignon Song Song Song (Naïve)
4. Anat Cohen Claroscuro (Anzic)
5. Jack DeJohnette Sound Travels (eOne)
6. Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola Not Getting Behind Is the New Getting Ahead (Charlie Hunter)
7. Fred Hersch Trio Alive at the Vanguard (Palmetto)
8. Branford Marsalis Quartet Four MFs Playin’ Tunes (Marsalis Music)
9. Mike Stern All Over the Place (Mike Stern/Heads Up)

Aidan Levy
New Releases

1. Steve Lehman Dialect Fluorescent (Pi)
2. Vijay Iyer Trio Accelerando (ACT/Vision)
3. Tim Berne Snakeoil (ECM)
4. Sam Rivers/Dave Holland/Barry Altschul Reunion: Live in New York (Pi)
5. Henry Threadgill Zooid Tomorrow Sunny/The Revelry, Spp (Pi)
6. Billy Hart All Our Reasons (ECM)
7. William Parker Orchestra Essence of Ellington: Live in Milano (AUM Fidelity)
8. Wadada Leo Smith Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform)
9. Kenny Wheeler The Long Waiting (CAM Jazz)
10. Mary Halvorson/Weasel Walter/Peter Evans Mechanical Malfunction (Thirsty Ear)

Historical/Reissues
1. Jan Garbarek Dansere (ECM)
2. Charles Mingus The Complete Columbia & RCA Albums Collection (Sony Legacy)
3. Anthony Braxton The Complete Remastered Recordings (Black Saint/Soul Note)
4. Thelonious Monk Quartet The Complete Columbia Studio Albums Collection (Sony Legacy)
5. Louis Armstrong Satchmo at the National Press Club: Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours (Smithsonian Folkways)

Christopher Loudon
New Releases

1. Ian Shaw A Ghost in Every Bar: The Lyrics of Fran Landesman (Splash Point)
2. Kate McGarry Girl Talk (Palmetto)
3. Gregory Porter Be Good (Motéma)
4. Melody Gardot The Absence (Verve)
5. Kurt Elling 1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project (Concord)
6. Mary Stallings Don’t Look Back (HighNote)
7. Paula West Live at Jazz Standard (Hi Horse)
8. Kat Edmonson Way Down Low (Spinnerette)
9. Theo Bleckmann Hello Earth! The Music of Kate Bush (Winter & Winter)
10. Joe Jackson The Duke (Razor & Tie)

Historical/Reissues
1. Louis Armstrong Satchmo at Symphony Hall, 65th Anniversary: The Complete Performances (Verve Select)
2. Clifford Brown The EmArcy Master Takes, Vol. 2 (Verve Select)
3. Beverly Kenney The Complete Royal Roost Recordings (Fresh Sound)
4. Beverly Kenney The Complete Decca Recordings (Fresh Sound)
5. Jackie & Roy In the Spotlight/Sweet and Lowdown (AIS)

Matt R. Lohr
New Releases

1. Steve Kuhn/Steve Swallow/Joey Baron Wisteria (ECM)
2. Dmitry Baevsky The Composers (Sharp Nine)
3. Joe Chambers Joe Chambers Moving Pictures Orchestra (Savant)
4. Ravi Coltrane Spirit Fiction (Blue Note)
5. Dave Douglas Be Still (Greenleaf Music)
6. Kurt Elling 1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project (Concord Jazz)
7. Cassandra Wilson Another Country (eOne)
8. Marcus Miller Renaissance (Concord Jazz)
9. Mary Halvorson Quintet Bending Bridges (Firehouse 12)

Historical/Reissues
1. Bill Evans Live From Art D'Lugoff's Top of the Gate (Resonance)
2. Teddy Edwards Quartet and Septet, introducing Helyne Stewart “Love Moods” & “Good Gravy!” (Fresh Sound)
3. Art Pepper Unreleased Art Pepper Vol. VII: Sankei Hall – Osaka, Japan (Widow's Taste)
4. Woody Shaw Woody Plays Woody (HighNote)
5. Dexter Gordon The Complete Dexter Gordon Columbia Albums Collection (Sony Legacy)

Bill Meredith
New Releases

1. Jimmy Herring Subject to Change Without Notice (Abstract Logix)
2. Tribal Tech X (Tone Center)
3. Dr. Lonnie Smith The Healer (Pilgrimage)
4. Jeff Coffin and the Mu'Tet Into the Air (EarUp)
5. Scott Henderson/Jeff Berlin/Dennis Chambers HBC (Tone Center)
6. Gary Husband Dirty and Beautiful Vol. 2 (Abstract Logix)
7. Mike Keneally Wing Beat Fantastic (Exowax)
8. John Moulder Quintet The Eleventh Hour (Origin)
9. Steve Smith and Vital Information Live! One Great Night (BFM Jazz)
10. Medeski, Scofield, Martin and Wood Live: In Case the World Changes Its Mind (Indirecto)

Historical/Reissues
1. Bill Evans Live at Art D'Lugoff's Top of the Gate (Resonance)
2. Louis Armstrong Satchmo at the National Press Club: Red Beans and
Rice-ly Yours
(Smithsonian Folkways)
3. Gerry Mulligan Sextet Legends Live (JazzHausMusik)
4. Wes Montgomery Echoes of Indiana Avenue (Resonance)
5. Stanley Clarke The Complete 1970s Epic Albums Collection (Sony Legacy)

Lee Mergner
New Releases

1. Brad Mehldau Trio Where Do You Start (Nonesuch)
2. Gregory Porter Be Good (Motema)
3. Marc Johnson/Eliane Elias Swept Away (ECM)
4. Dave Douglas Be Still (Greenleaf)
5. Kurt Elling 1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project (Concord)
6. Ravi Coltrane Spirit Fiction (Blue Note)
7. Orrin Evans Flip the Script (Posi-Tone)
8. The Bad Plus Made Possible (eOne)
9. Anat Cohen Claroscuro (Anzic)
10. Vijay Iyer Trio Accelerando (ACT)

Historical/Reissues
1. Bill Evans Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate (Resonance)
2. Wes Montgomery Echoes of Indiana Avenue (Resonance)
3. Keith Jarrett Sleeper: Tokyo, April 16, 1979 (ECM)
4. Charles Mingus The Complete Columbia & RCA Albums Collection (Sony Legacy)
5. Thelonious Monk Quartet The Complete Columbia Studio Albums Collection (Sony Legacy)

Bill Milkowski
New Releases

1. George Schuller’s Circle Wide Listen Both Ways (Playscape)

2. Henry Threadgill Zooid Tomorrow and Sunny/The Revelry, Spp (Pi)
3. John Abercrombie Quartet Within a Song (ECM)
4. Johnathan Blake The Eleventh Hour (Sunnyside)

5. Ron Miles Quiver (Enja/Yellowbird) 

6. John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension Now Here This (Abstract Logix)
7. Vijay Iyer Trio Accelerando (ACT)

8. Manuel Valera New Cuban Express (Mavo)

9. Branford Marsalis Quartet Four MFs Playin' Tunes (Marsalis Music)

10. Michael Formanek Small Places (ECM)

Historical/Reissues
1. Bill Evans Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate (Resonance)
2. Dave Brubeck Quartet Their Last Time Out (Columbia/Legacy)

3. Charlie Parker/Dizzy Gillespie The Quintet: Jazz at Massey Hall (Original Jazz Classics) 

4. Wayne Shorter The Complete Columbia Albums Collection (Sony Legacy)
5. The Brecker Bros. The Complete Arista Albums Collection (Sony Legacy)

John Murph
New Releleases

1. Gregory Porter Be Good (Motéma)
2. Robert Glasper Experiment Black Radio (Blue Note)
3. Theo Bleckmann Hello Earth! (The Music of Kate Bush) (Winter & Winter)
4. Vijay Iyer Trio Accelerando (ACT Records)
5. Scott Tixier Brooklyn Bazaar (Sunnyside)
6. Branford Marsalis Quartet Four MFs Playin’ Tunes (Marsalis)
7. Brad Mehldau Ode (Nonesuch)
8. Linda Oh Initial Here (Greenleaf)
9. Christian Scott Christian Atunde Adjuah (Concord)
10. Wallace Roney Home (HighNote)

Historical/Reissues
1. Rudolph Johnson Spring Rain (Black Jazz/Snow Dog)
2. George Duke The Complete 1970s Epic Recordings (Sony Legacy)
3. Charles Mingus The Complete Columbia & RCA Albums (Sony Legacy)
4. Preservation Hall Jazz Band 50th Anniversary Collection (Sony Legacy)
5. Clifford Brown with Helen Merrill, Sarah Vaughan EmArcy Masters Takes Vol. 2 – The Singers (EmArcy/Hip-O Select)

Britt Robson
1. Vijay Iyer Trio Accelerando (ACT)
2. Henry Threadgill Zooid Tomorrow Sunny/The Revelry Spp (Pi)
3. Bobby Bradford/Glenn Ferris/Mark Dresser Live in LA (Clean Feed)
4. Eri Yamamoto Trio The Next Page (AUM Fidelity)
5. Amy Cervini Digging Me Digging You (Anzic)
6. Christian Scott Christian aTunde Adjuah (Concord Jazz)
7. The Cookers Believe (Motema)
8. Luis Perdomo Universal Mind (Now Forward)
9. Donny McCaslin Casting for Gravity (Koch)
10. The Bad Plus Made Possible (eOne)

Giovanni Russonello
New Releases

1. Vijay Iyer Trio Accelerando (ACT)

2. Wadada Leo Smith Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform)

3. Sam Rivers/Dave Holland/Barry Altschul Reunion: Live in New York (Pi)

4. Rafiq Bhatia Yes It Will (Rest Assured)

5. Ravi Coltrane Spirit Fiction (Blue Note) 

6. Miguel Zenón/Laurent Coq Rayuela (Sunnyside)
7. Robert Glasper Experiment Black Radio (Blue Note)

8. Chick Corea/Eddie Gomez/Paul Motian Further Explorations (Concord Jazz)

9. Branford Marsalis Quartet Four MF's Playin’ Tunes (Marsalis Music)

10. Jason Robinson Tiresian Symmetry (Cuneiform)

Historical/Reissues
1. Bill Evans Trio Live at Art D'Lugoff's Top of the Gate (Resonance)

2. William Parker Centering: Unreleased Early Recordings 1976-1987 (NoBusiness)

3. Don Cherry Organic Music Society (Caprice)

Lloyd Sachs
New Releases

1. Ryan Truesdell Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans (ArtistShare)
2. Mary Halvorson Quintet Bending Bridges (Firehouse 12)
3. Masabumi Kikuchi Trio Sunrise (ECM)
4. Steve Lehman Trio Dialect Fluorescent (Pi)
5. Ravi Coltrane Spirit Fiction (Blue Note)
6. Brad Mehldau Trio Where Do You Start (Nonesuch)
7. Sam Rivers/Dave Holland/Barry Altschul Reunion: Live in New York (Pi)
8. Omer Avital Suite of the East (Anzic)
9. Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos Carrera (Sunnyside)
10. Resonance Ensemble What Country Is This? (NotTwo)

Historical/Reissues
1. Ray Charles Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles (Concord)
2. Coleman Hawkins Classic Coleman Hawkins Sessions 1922-1947 (Mosaic)
3. Clare Fischer Orchestra Extension (International Phonograph)
4. Hal Russell NRG Ensemble (Nessa)
5. Frank Wright Quartet Blues for Albert Ayler (ESP-Disk’)

Mike Shanley
New Releases

1. Mike Reed’s People Places & Things Clean on the Corner (482)
2. Vijay Iyer Trio Accelerando (ACT)
3. Sam Rivers/Dave Holland/Barry Altschul Reunion: Live in New York (Pi)
4. Rob Mazurek Pulsar Quartet Stellar Pulses (Delmark)
5. Michael Formanek Quartet Small Places (ECM)
6. Henry Threadgill Zooid Tomorrow Sunny/The Revelry, Spp (Pi)
7. Aram Shelton Quartet Everything for Somebody (Singlespeed)
8. Ravi Coltrane Spirit Fiction (Blue Note)
9. Ron Miles Quiver (Enja/Yellowbird)
10. Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet Apparent Distance (Firehouse 12)

Reissues
1. Don Cherry Organic Music (Caprice)
2. Hank Mobley Newark 1953 (Uptown)

Jeff Tamarkin
New Releases

1. Christian Scott Christian aTunde Adjuah (Concord)
2. Ryan Truesdell Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans (ArtistShare)
3. Orrin Evans Flip the Script (Posi-Tone)
4. Branford Marsalis Quartet Four MFs Playin’ Tunes (Marsalis)
5. Vijay Iyer Trio Accelerando (ACT)
6. Tim Berne Snakeoil (ECM)
7. Ravi Coltrane Spirit Fiction (Blue Note)
8. Kurt Elling 1619 Broadway (Concord)
9. Anat Cohen Claroscuro (Anzic)
10. Rob Mazurek Pulsar Quartet Stellar Pulsations (Delmark)

Historical/Reissues
1. Bill Evans Live at Art D'Lugoff’s Top of the Gate (Resonance)
2. Wes Montgomery Echoes of Indiana Avenue (Resonance)
3. Tito Puente Quatro: The Definitive Collection (Sony)
4. Charles Mingus The Complete Columbia & RCA Albums Collection (Sony Legacy)
5. Hank Mobley Newark 1953 (Uptown)

George Varga
New Releases

1. Brad Mehldau Trio Ode (Nonesuch)
2. Vijay Iyer Trio Accelerando (ACT)
3. Linda Oh Initial Here (Greenleaf)
4. Henry Threadgill Zooid Tomorrow Sunny & the Revelry Spp (Pi)
5. Ravi Coltrane Spirit Fiction (Blue Note)
6. Wadada Leo Smith Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform)
7. Kenny Garrett Seeds From the Underground (Mack Avenue)
8. Kurt Elling 1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project (Concord)
9. Mike Wofford/Holly Hofmann Quintet Turn Signal (Capri)
10. Toots Thielemans European Quartet 90 Yrs. (Challenge)

Historical/Reissues
1. Keith Jarrett, Palle Danielsson, Jan Garbarek, Jon Christensen Sleeper: Tokyo, April 16, 1979 (ECM)
2. Charles Mingus The Complete Columbia & RCA Albums Collection (Sony Legacy)
3. Louis Armstrong Satchmo at the National Press Club: Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours (Smithsonian Folkways)
4. Thelonious Monk Quartet The Complete Columbia Studios Collection (Sony Legacy)
5. Pharoah Sanders In the Beginning, 1963-64 (ESP-Disk’)

Michael J. West
New Releases

1. Tia Fuller Angelic Warrior (Mack Avenue)
2. Theo Bleckmann Hello Earth! (The Music of Kate Bush) (Winter & Winter)
3. Robert Glasper Experiment Black Radio (Blue Note)
4. Stefon Harris/David Sánchez/Christian Scott Ninety Miles Live at Cubadisco (Concord Picante)
5. Sonic Liberation Front Jetway Confidential (HighTwo)
6. Jimmy Owens The Monk Project (IPO)
7. Kenny Garrett Seeds From the Underground (Mack Avenue)
8. Joe Locke/Geoffrey Keezer Group Signing (Motéma)
9. Vijay Iyer Trio Accelerando (ACT)
10. Wadada Leo Smith Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform)

Historical/Reissues
1. Weather Report The Columbia Albums 1971-1975 (Sony Legacy)
2. Bill Evans Live at Art D'Lugoff's Top of the Gate (Resonance)
3. Dave Douglas Magic Triangle & Leap of Faith (Greenleaf)

Carlo Wolff
New Releases

1. Virginia Mayhew Quartet Mary Lou Williams: The Next 100 Years (Renma)
2. Sam Rivers/Dave Holland/Barry Altschul Reunion: Live in New York (Pi)
3. Burnt Sugar All Ya Needs That Negrocity (Avant/Groidd)
4. Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin Live (ECM)
5. John Abercrombie Quartet Within a Song (ECM)
6. Floratone Floratone II (Savoy Jazz)
7. Donny McCaslin Casting for Gravity (Greenleaf)
8. Adam Glasser Mzansi (Sunnyside)
9. Bernstein/Goldings/Stewart Live at Smalls (smallsLIVE)
10. Jeremy Pelt Soul (HighNote)

Historical/Reissues
1. Hank Mobley Newark 1953 (Uptown)
2. Dexter Gordon Night Ballads Montreal 1977 (Uptown)

Joe Woodard
New Releases

1. Wadada Leo Smith Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform)
2. Ravi Coltrane Spirit Fiction (Blue Note)
3. Branford Marsalis Quartet Four MFs Playin’ Tunes (Marsalis)
4. Pat Metheny Unity Band (Nonesuch)
5. Henry Threadgill Zooid Tomorrow Sunny/The Revelry Spp (Pi)
6. Diana Krall Glad Rag Doll (Verve)
7. Vijay Iyer Trio Accelerando (ACT)
8. Dave Douglas Quintet Be Still (Greenleaf)
9. Brad Mehldau Trio Where Do You Start (Nonesuch)
10. John Abercrombie Quartet Within a Song (ECM)

Historical Releases
1. Wes Montgomery Echoes of Indiana Avenue (Resonance)
2. Keith Jarrett/Jan Garbarek/Palle Danielsson/Jon Christensen Sleeper (ECM)
3. Bill Evans Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate (Resonance)
4. Weather Report The Columbia Albums 1971-1975 (Sony Legacy)
5. Hank Mobley Newark 1953 (Uptown)

Ron Wynn
New Releases

1. Sam Rivers/Dave Holland/Barry Altschul Reunion: Live in New York (Pi)
2. Dave Douglas Quintet Be Still (Greenleaf)
3. Catherine Russell Strictly Romancin' (World Village)
4. Jeff Coffin & the Mu'Tet Into the Air (Ear Up)
5. Henry Threadgill Tomorrow Sunny/The Revelry Spp (Pi)
6. David S. Ware/Planetary Unknown Live at Jazz Festival Saalfelden 2011 (AUM Fidelity)
7. George Cables My Muse (HighNote)
8. Béla Fleck/Marcus Roberts Across the Imaginary Divide (Rounder)
9. Anat Cohen Claroscuro (Anzic)
10. Branford Marsalis Quartet Four MFs Playin' Tunes (Marsalis Music)

Reissues
1. Hank Mobley Newark 1953 (Uptown)
2. Wes Montgomery Echoes of Indiana Avenue (Resonance)
3. Frank Wright Blues for Albert Ayler (ESP-Disk’)
4. Frank Lowe The Loweski (ESP-Disk’)
5. Booker T and the MGs Green Onions 50th Anniversary Edition (Stax)

Originally published in January/February 2013

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