50 of the Top Jazz CDs for 2012

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Scott Albin

Here's this writer's list of 50 of his favorite CDs for 2012, in alphabetical order. There is not enough room for every worthy new jazz release heard during the year, not to mention those yet to be heard or those that, unfortunately, will never be heard by these ears. The list is totally subjective, unscientific, and just one man's opinion. The image seen alongside this article is for the cover of Chick Corea and Gary Burton's Hot House CD, which is on the list that follows, but more importantly, has just received Grammy Award nominations in three different categories.

Greg Abate-- Featuring Phil Woods
Peter Appleyard-- And the Jazz Giants
Ehud Asherie w/ Harry Allen-- Upper West Side
Omer Avital-- Suite of the East
Roni Ben-Hur and Santi Debriano-- Our Thing
Jerry Bergonzi-- Shifting Gears
Andrea Brachfeld-- Lady of the Island
Chris Byars Octet-- Music Forever
George Cables-- My Muse
Ed Cherry-- It's All Good
Anat Cohen-- Claroscuro
Chick Corea and Gary Burton-- Hot House
Natalie Cressman and Secret Garden-- Unfolding
Graham Dechter-- Takin' It There
Joey DeFrancesco-- Wonderful! Wonderful!
Wayne Escoffery-- The Only Son of One
Bill Evans-- Live at the Top of the Gate
Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio-- Across the Imaginary Divide
Kenny Garrett-- Seeds from the Underground
Marshall Gilkes-- Sound Stories
April Hall-- Room for Two
Fred Hersch Trio-- Alive at the Village Vanguard
Jessica Jones and Mark Taylor-- Live at the Freight
Sheila Jordan and Harvie S-- Yesterdays
Jim Ketch-- A Distant View
Steve Kuhn-- Wisteria
Jay Lawrence Quintet-- Sweet Lime
Greg Lewis-- Organ Monk: Uwo in the Black
Jácam Manricks-- Cloud Nine
Branford Marsalis Quartet-- Four MFs Playin' Tunes
Virginia Mayhew Quartet-- Mary Lou Williams: The Next 100 Years
Kate McGarry-- Girl Talk
Pat Metheny-- Unity Band
Negroni's Trio-- On the Way
Piero Odorici-- Cedar Walton Presents
Brian Patneaude-- All Around Us
Luis Perdomo-- The Infancia Project
Ralph Peterson-- Duality Perspective
Enrico Pieranunzi-- Permutations
Ben Powell-- New Street
Lenore Raphael and Howard Alden-- Loverly
Sam Rivers/Dave Holland/Barry Altschul-- Reunion: Live in New York
RJ and the Assignment-- Deceiving Eyes
Alfredo Rodriguez-- Sounds of Space
Andrew Swift-- Swift Kick
Erena Terakubo-- New York Attitude
Hristo Vitchev and Weber Iago-- Heartmony
Jens Wendelboe Big Band-- Fresh Heat
Cory Weeds-- Up a Step
Matt Wilson's Arts and Crafts-- An Attitude for Gratitude

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