Jazz Prospecting: Year 2012 Index

December

  1. Eivind Aarset: Dream Logic (2011-12 [2012], ECM) B+(**)
  2. Jeff Babko: Crux (2012, Tonequake) B+(*)
  3. Jeb Bishop/Jorrit Dijkstra: 1000 Words (2011 [2012], Driff) B+(**)
  4. The Julian Bliss Septet: A Tribute to Benny Goodman (2012, Signum) B+(*)
  5. Anthony Branker & Ascent: Together (2012, Origin) B+(**)
  6. Kyle Brenders Quartet: Offset (2012, 18th Note) A-
  7. Zach Brock: Almost Never Was (2012, Criss Cross) B+(*)
  8. Jeff Coffin & the Mu'tet: Into the Air (2012, Ear Up) B
  9. Avishai Cohen: Triveni II (2009 [2012], Anzic) B+(**)
  10. Coat Cooke/Rainer Wiens: High Wire (2011 [2012], Now Orchestra) B+(***)
  11. Coat Cooke/Joe Poole: Conversations (2011 [2012], Now Orchestra) B+(***)
  12. John Daversa: Artful Joy (2012, BFM Jazz) B+(*)
  13. Roger Davidson Trio: We Remember Helen (2011 [2012], Soundbrush) B+(***)
  14. Caroline Davis Quartet: Live Work & Play (2012, Ears & Eyes) B+(**)
  15. Kui Dong/Larry Polansky/Christian Wolff: Trio (2012, Henceforth) B+(***)
  16. Ingebrigt Haker Flaten New York Quartet: Now Is (2011 [2012], Clean Feed) B+(***)
  17. Hal Galper Trio: Airegin Revisited (2012, Origin) B+(*)
  18. Letizia Gambi: Introducing Letizia Gambi (2012, Jando Music) C+
  19. Joe Gilman: Relativity (2010 [2012], Capri) B+(*)
  20. Mac Gollehon: La Fama (1980-96 [2012], self-released) B+(**)
  21. Hardcoretet: Do It Live (2010 [2012], Tables and Chairs) B-
  22. Ted Hefko and the Thousandaires: If I Walked on Water (2011 [2012], Onager) B+(**)
  23. Ig Henneman Sextet: Live @ the Ironworks Vancouver (2012, Wig) B+(**)
  24. Sylvia Herold and the Rhythm Bugs: The Spider and the Fly (2012, Tuxedo) B
  25. Fred Hess Big Band: Speak (2012, Alison) B+(***)
  26. Hobson's Choice: Of the Waves (2011 [2012], Barnyard) B
  27. Holus-Bolus: Pine Barren (2012, Prom Night) A-
  28. Hood Smoke: Laid Up in Ordinary (2012, Origin) C+
  29. I Compani: Garbo (2011 [2012], Icdisc, 2CD) B+(***)
  30. Benedikt Jahnel Trio: Equilibrium (2011 [2012], ECM) B+(**)
  31. Al Jarreau and the Metropole Orkest: Live (2011-12 [2012], Concord Jazz) B
  32. Erik Jekabson: Anti-Mass (2011 [2012], Jekab's Music) B+(*)
  33. Karl 2000: Karl 2000 (2012, self-released) B+(***)
  34. Dave King: I've Been Ringing You (2012, Sunnyside) B+(*)
  35. Chris Lawhorn: Fugazi Edits (2012, Case/Martingale) B+(***)
  36. Christian Lillinger's Grund: Second Reason (2011 [2012], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  37. Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: No New Tunes (2012, Hot Cup) A-
  38. Vincent Lyn: Wing Sing (2012, Budo) B
  39. Paul Lytton/Nate Wooley: The Nows (2011 [2012], Clean Feed, 2CD) B+(*)
  40. David Maxwell: Blues in Other Colors (2012, Shining Stone) B+(*)
  41. Chad McCullough & Bram Weijters Quartet: Urban Nightingale (2011 [2012], Origin) B
  42. Medeski Martin & Wood: Free Magic (2007 [2012], Indirecto) A-
  43. Cristina Morrison: I Love (2012, Baronesa) B+(***)
  44. Musaner: Once Upon a Time (2012, Lucent Music) B+(**)
  45. Myriad 3: Tell (2012, ALMA) B+(**)
  46. Thea Neumann: Lady & the Tramps (2012, self-released) B+(**)
  47. Kat Parra: (2012, JazzMa) B-
  48. Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp/Whit Dickey: The Clairvoyant (2012, Leo) A-
  49. Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp/Michael Bisio: The Gift (2012, Leo) B+(***)
  50. Ivo Perelman/Joe Morris/Gerald Cleaver: Living Jelly (2011 [2012], Leo) A-
  51. Dave Phillips & Freedance: Confluence (2011 [2012], Innova) B+(**)
  52. The Reveries: Matchmakers Volume 2: The Music of Sade (2012, Barnyard) B
  53. Eric Revis 11:11: Parallax (2012, Clean Feed) A-
  54. Scott Robinson Doctette: Bronze Nemesis (2001-09 [2012], Doc-Tone) B+(*)
  55. Carol Saboya: Belezas (2012, AAM) B+(*)
  56. Sara Serpa/Ran Blake: Aurora (2012, Clean Feed) B+(*)
  57. Sophisticated Ladies: A True Story (2012, self-released) B+(*)
  58. Tessa Souter: Beyond the Blue () B+(***)
  59. Tim Sparks: The Nutcracker Suite (1993 [2012], Tonewood) B+(*)
  60. Mikolaj Trzaska/Olie Brice/Mark Sanders: Riverloam Trio (2011 [2012], NoBusiness) B+(**)
  61. Allison Wedding: This Dance (2012, GroundUp Music) B+(***)
  62. Mort Weiss: I'll Be Seeing You (2012, SMS Jazz) A-
  63. The Whammies: Play the Music of Steve Lacy (2012, Driff) A-
  64. Pharez Whitted: For the People (2012, Origin) B+(*)
  65. Andrea Wolper/Connie Crothers/Ken Filiano: Trance Formation: In Concert (2009-10 [2012], New Artists) B+(*)
  66. Katherine Young: Releasing Bound Water From Green Material (2012, Prom Night, EP) B+(*)

November

  1. Greg Abate: The Greg Abate Quintet Featuring Phil Woods (2012, Rhombus) B+(*)
  2. Accidental Tourists: The L.A. Sessions (2010 [2012], Challenge) B+(**)
  3. Harry Allen & Scott Hamilton: 'Round Midnight (2012, Challenge) B+(***)
  4. : Spun Tree (2012, Clean Feed) B+(***)
  5. : Kampen (2010 [2012], NoBusiness) B+(***)
  6. Kelly Bucheger: House of Relics (2011 [2012], Harder Bop) B+(**)
  7. : Shores and Ditches (2011 [2012], FMR) B+(***)
  8. Ernest Dawkins: Afro Straight (2010-12 [2012], Delmark) A-
  9. Graham Dechter: Takin' It There (2012, Capri) B+(*)
  10. Dave Douglas Quintet: Be Still (2012, Greenleaf Music) A-
  11. Maya Dunietz/John Edwards/Steve Noble: Cousin It (2008 [2012], Hopscotch) B+(***)
  12. Kait Dunton: Mountain Suite (2012, Real and Imagined Music) B+(**)
  13. The Fat Babies: Chicago Hot (2012, Delmark) B+(***)
  14. Scott Fields: 5 Frozen Eggs (1996 [2012], Clean Feed) B+(***)
  15. Carlos Franzetti: Pierrot et Colombine (2012, Sunnyside) B+(*)
  16. Jan Garbarek/Egberto Gismonti/Charlie Haden: Carta de Amor (1981 [2012], ECM, 2CD) B+(*)
  17. Jacob Garchik/Jacob Sacks/David Ambrosio/Vinnie Sperrazza: 40Twenty (2011 [2012], Yeah-Yeah) B+(**)
  18. Vinny Golia/Marco Eneidi/Lisa Mezzacappa/Vijay Anderson: Hell-Bent in the Pacific (2012, NoBusiness) B+(**)
  19. Jeff Holmes Quartet: Of One's Own (2012, Miles High) B+(**)
  20. Jason Kao Hwang: Burning Bridge (2011 [2012], Innova) B+(***)
  21. Weber Iago: Adventure Music Piano Masters Series Vol. 3 (2010 [2012], Adventure Music) B+(**)
  22. : (2012, ECM) B+(**)
  23. Frank Kimbrough Trio: Live at Kitano (2011 [2012], Palmetto) B+(***)
  24. Diana Krall: Glad Rag Doll (2012, Verve) A-
  25. Bill Laswell: Means of Deliverance (2012, Innerhythmic) B+(**)
  26. The Peggy Lee Band: Invitation (2012, Drip Audio) A-
  27. Mahlis-Panos Project: Protoleia (2011 [2012], self-released) B+(**)
  28. Bill McHenry: La Peur du Vide (2012, Sunnyside) B+(***)
  29. Liudas Mockunas & Barry Guy: Lava (2011 [2012], NoBusiness) B+(***)
  30. Jimmy Mulidore: Jazz for the Ages (2012, Muldoon Jams) B
  31. Negroni's Trio: On the Way (2012, AA) B+(**)
  32. Sam Newsome: The Art of the Soprano, Vol. 1 (2011 [2012], self-released) B+(***)
  33. Lou Pallo of Les Paul's Trio: Thank You Les (2012, Showplace Music Production) B+(***)
  34. Paradoxical Frog: Union (2011 [2012], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  35. Eric Person: Thoughts on God (2012, Distinction) B
  36. Preservation Hall Jazz Band: 50th Anniversary Collection (1962-2010 [2012], Columbia/Legacy, 4CD) B+(***)
  37. Reggie Quinerly: Music Inspired by Freedman Town (2012, Redefinition Music) B+(**)
  38. Ratchet Orchestra: Hemlock (2012, Drip Audio) B+(**)
  39. Jason Robinson: Tiresian Symmetry (2012, Cuneiform) B+(**)
  40. Michael Sahl & Eric Salzman: Civilization and Its Discontents (1978 [2012], Labor) B
  41. Felipe Salles: Departure (2011 [2012], Tapestry) B+(**)
  42. Eric Salzman: The Nude Paper Sermon/Wiretap (1966-72 [2012], Labor, 2CD) B+(*)
  43. Angelica Sanchez Quintet: Wires & Moss (2011 [2012], Clean Feed) B+(***)
  44. Avery Sharpe: Sojourner Truth: ". . . Ain't I a Woman?" (2011 [2012], JKNM) B+(***)
  45. Ricardo Silveira: Storyteller (1995 [2012], Adventure Music) B+(**)
  46. Bobo Stenson Trio: Indicum (2011 [2012], ECM) B+(**)
  47. Juma Sultan's Aboriginal Music Society: Whispers From the Archive (1970-78 [2012], Porter) A-
  48. Melvin Taylor: Beyond the Burning Guitar (2010 [2012], Eleven East, 2CD) B+(*)
  49. Gian Tornatore: The Heights (2012, Sound Spiral) B+(*)
  50. The Urban Renewal Project: Go Big or Go Home (2012, Lombardy) C+
  51. Wave Mechanics Union: Further to Fly (2012, HX Music) B-
  52. Ezra Weiss: Our Path to This Moment (2012, Roark) B+(*)
  53. Peter Zak: Nordic Noon (2011 [2012], Steeplechase) A-

October

  1. Rez Abbasi Trio: Continuous Beat (2012, Enja) B+(***)
  2. Bill Anschell/Brent Jensen/Chris Smyer: Blueprints (2012, Origin) B+(***)
  3. Clarice Assad: Home (2010 [2012], Adventure Music) B+(**)
  4. : Live (2009-11 [2012], ECM, 2CD) A-
  5. Dan Block: Duality (2011 [2012], Miles High) B+(**)
  6. LaVerne Butler: Love Lost and Found Again (2012, High Note) B+(***)
  7. Ed Byrne's Latin Jazz Evolution: Conquistador (2012, Blue Truffle Music) B+(**)
  8. Chives: Dads (2012, Primary) B+(***)
  9. Kevin Coelho: Funkengruven: The Joy of Driving a B3 (2012, Chicken Soup/Summit) B+(**)
  10. Natalie Cressman & Secret Garden: Unfolding (2012, self-released) B
  11. The Billie Davies Trio: All About Love (2012, Cobra Basement) B+(**)
  12. Jeff Davis: Leaf House (2011 [2012], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(**)
  13. Philip Dizack: End of an Era (2012, Truth Revolution) B+(**)
  14. Roman Filiu: Musae (2010 [2012], Dafnison) B+(*)
  15. Michael Formanek Quartet: Small Places (2011 [2012], ECM) B+(**)
  16. : Monosuite: For String Orchestra and Improvisers (2011 [2012], Pirouet) B
  17. Adam Glasser: Mzansi (2011 [2012], Sunnyside) B+(*)
  18. Beka Gochiashvili: Beka Gochiashvili (2012, Exitus Entertainment) B
  19. Grupo Los Santos: Clave Heart (2010 [2012], OA2) B+(**)
  20. Gerard Hagen Trio: Song for Leslie (2012, Surf Cove Jazz) B+(*)
  21. Ben Holmes Quartet: Anvil of the Lord (2012, Skirl) B+(***)
  22. Marc Johnson/Eliane Elias: Swept Away (2010 [2012], ECM) B+(*)
  23. Kalle Kalima & K-18: Out to Lynch (2011 [2012], TUM) B+(**)
  24. Lisa Kirchner: Charleston for You (2012, Verdant World) B+(**)
  25. Steve Kuhn Trio: Life's Magic (1986 [2012], Sunnyside) B+(***)
  26. Greg Lewis: Organ Monk: Uwo in the Black (2012, self-released) B+(*)
  27. Leslie Lewis with the Gerard Hagen Trio: Midnight Sun (2011 [2012], Surf Cove Jazz) B+(**)
  28. Harold Mabern: Mr. Lucky: A Tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. (2012, High Note) B+(**)
  29. Max Marshall: Instant Camaraderie (2011 [2012], Jazz Hang) B+(**)
  30. Rob Mazurek Pulsar Quartet: Stellar Pulsations (2012, Delmark) B+(***)
  31. Kelly McCarty 3: Roux Steady (2012, 72 Offsuit) B+(*)
  32. Ron Miles: Quiver (2011 [2012], Enja/Yellowbird) B+(***)
  33. Maria Neckam: Unison (2012, Sunnyside) C+
  34. Ferenc Nemeth: Triumph (2012, Dreamers Collective) B+(**)
  35. Russ Nolan: Tell Me (2012, Rhinoceruss Music) B+(*)
  36. Nadja Noordhuis: Nadje Noordhuis (2010 [2012], Little Mystery) B+(***)
  37. Drew Paralic: Wintertime Tunes of Drew Paralic (2011 [2012], self-released) B+(*)
  38. William Parker: Centering: Unreleased Early Recordings 1976-1987 (1976-87 [2012], No Business, 6CD) A-
  39. Houston Person: Naturally (2012, High Note) A-
  40. Irene Reid: The Queen of the Party (1997-2003 [2012], Savant) B+(***)
  41. Sonic Liberation Front: Jetway Confidential (2009-11 [2012], High Two) A-
  42. David Virelles: Continuum (2012, Pi) B+(**)
  43. Torben Waldorff: Wah-Wah (2012, ArtistShare) B
  44. Weasel Walter/Mary Halvorson/Peter Evans: Mechanical Malfunction (2012, Thirsty Ear) A-
  45. Sean Wayland: Click Track Jazz: Slave to the Machine (2012, Seed Music, 2CD) B+(*)
  46. Steve Williams: Steve Williams & Jazz Nation with Eddie Daniels (2010 [2012], OA2) B+(*)
  47. Jordan Young: Cymbal Melodies (2012, Posi-Tone) B
  48. Katherine Young: Pretty Monsters (2010 [2012], Public Eyesore) B+(**)
  49. Shingo Yuji: Introducing Shingo Yuji (2010 [2012], Yujipan Music) B+(*)
  50. Zohar's Nigun: The Four Questions (2012, Rectify) B+(**)

September

  1. Joe Alterman: Give Me the Simple Life (2011 [2012], Miles High) B+(**)
  2. Angles 8: By Way of Deception: Live in Ljubljana (2011 [2012], Clean Feed) A-
  3. Josh Berman & His Gang: There Now (2011 [2012], Delmark) B+(***)
  4. George Cables: My Muse (2012, High Note) B+(***)
  5. Bill Cantrall & Axiom: Live at the Kitano (2010 [2012], Up Swing) B+(***)
  6. Tim Carey: Room 114 (2011 [2012], self-released) B+(*)
  7. Hugo Carvalhais: Particula (2011 [2012], Clean Feed) B+(***)
  8. Ed Cherry: It's All Good (2012, Posi-Tone) B+(*)
  9. Anat Cohen: Claroscuro (2011 [2012], Anzic) B+(***)
  10. Denise Donatelli: Soul Shadows (2012, Savant) B
  11. Ricardo Fassi: Sitting in a Song (2009 [2012], Alice) B+(*)
  12. Michael Feinberg: The Elvin Jones Project (2012, Sunnyside) B+(**)
  13. Joe Fiedler: Joe Fiedler's Big Sackbut (2011 [2012], YSL) B+(***)
  14. The Fish: Moon Fish (2010 [2012], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  15. Gato Libre: Forever (2011 [2012], Libra) B+(*)
  16. Uli Geissendoerfer: Colors (2011 [2012], Black Coffee Music) B
  17. Hairy Bones: Snakelust (to Kenji Nakagami) (2011 [2012], Clean Feed) A-
  18. The Harris Group: Choices (2011 [2012], self-released) B+(*)
  19. Fred Hersch Trio: Alive at the Vanguard (2012, Palmetto, 2CD) B+(**)
  20. Johnny Hodges: Yeah . . . About That (2012, Veritas) B
  21. Keith Jarrett: Sleeper: Tokyo, April 16, 1979 (1979 [2012], ECM, 2CD) B+(***)
  22. Lee Konitz/Bill Frisell/Gary Peacock/Joey Baron: Enfants Terribles (2011 [2012], Half Note) B+(***)
  23. Sam Kulik: Escape From Society (2012, Hot Cup) B+(*)
  24. Fred Lonberg-Holm's Fast Citizens: Gather (2011 [2012], Delmark) A-
  25. Igor Lumpert Trio: Innertextures Live (2011 [2012], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  26. Pat Martino: Alone Together With Bobby Rose (1977-78 [2012], High Note) B+(*)
  27. Mark Masters Ensemble: Ellington Saxophone Encounters (2012, Capri) B+(**)
  28. Donny McCaslin: Casting for Gravity (2012, Greenleaf Music) B+(***)
  29. Michael McNeill Trio: Passageways (2010 [2012], self-released) A-
  30. Hendrik Meurkens/Gabriel Espinosa: Celebrando (2012, Zoho) C+
  31. The Odd Trio: Birth of the Minotaur (2012, self-released) B+(**)
  32. Art Pepper: Unreleased Art Pepper Vol. VII: Sankei Hall, Osaka, Japan (1980 [2012], Widow's Taste, 2CD) A-
  33. Platform 1: Takes Off (2011 [2012], Clean Feed) B+(***)
  34. Sam Rivers/Dave Holland/Barry Altschul: Reunion: Live in New York (2007 [2012], Pi, 2CD) A-
  35. Josh Rosen/Stan Strickland: Instinct (2012, Ziggle Zaggle Music) B-
  36. Bobby Sanabria Big Band: Multiverse (2011 [2012], Jazzheads) B+(***)
  37. Elliott Sharp's Terraplane: Sky Road Songs (2012, Enja) B+(*)
  38. Wadada Leo Smith & Louis Moholo-Moholo: Ancestors (2011 [2012], TUM) A-
  39. Natsuki Tamura/Satoko Fujii: Muku (2011 [2012], Libra) B+(**)
  40. Leon Foster Thomas: Brand New Mischief (2012, self-released) B+(*)
  41. : Bruder Beda (2011 [2012], Clean Feed) B+(***)
  42. Ryan Truesdell: Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans (2012, ArtistShare) B+(***)
  43. Florian Weber: Biosphere (2011 [2012], Enja) B+(**)

August

  1. John Abercrombie Quartet: Within a Song (2011 [2012], ECM) B+(***)
  2. Roni Ben-Hur/Santi Debriano: Our Thing () B+(***)
  3. Jerry Bergonzi: Shifting Gears (2012, Savant) A-
  4. Otmar Binder Trio: Boogie Woogie Turnaround (2012, Jump River) B+(***)
  5. Brazilian Trio [Helio Alves/Nilson Matta/Duduka Da Fonseca]: () B+(*)
  6. Brubeck Brothers Quartet: Life Times (2012, Blue Forest) B+(***)
  7. Marco Cappelli's Italian Surf Academy: The American Dream (2012, Mode) B+(**)
  8. Marco Cappelli: In the Shadow of No Towers (2011, Mode, DVD) B+(*)
  9. Neneh Cherry & the Thing: The Cherry Thing (2012, Smalltown Supersound) A-
  10. Neil Cowley Trio: The Face of Mount Molehill (2012, Naim Jazz) B+(***)
  11. Duduka Da Fonseca Quintet: Samba Jazz -- Jazz Samba (2009 [2012], Anzic) B+(*)
  12. Hamilton de Holanda Quinteto: Brasilianos 3 (2011 [2012], Adventure Music) B+(*)
  13. Ecco La Musica: Morning Moon (2011 [2012], Big Round) B
  14. Eric Erhardt: A Better Fate (2010 [2012], Tapestry) B+(*)
  15. The Jay Lawrence Quartet: Sweet Lime (2011 [2012], Jazz Hang) B+(**)
  16. : Effugit (2011 [2012], Jazz From Rant) B+(***)
  17. : Cloud Nine (2011 [2012], Posi-Tone) B+(**)
  18. Daniel McBrearty: Clarinet Swing (2011 [2012], Dan McB Music) B+(*)
  19. Ray Parker: Swingin' Never Hurt Nobody (2012, Pythagoras) B+(*)
  20. Jeremy Siskind: Finger-Songwriter (2012, Bju'ecords) B+(*)
  21. John Stowell/Ulf Bandgren: Throop (2011 [2012], Origin) B+(*)
  22. Kenny Wheeler Big Band: The Long Waiting (2011 [2012], CAM Jazz) B+(*)
  23. Jessica Williams: Songs of Earth (2009-11 [2012], Origin) B+(***)
  24. Denny Zeitlin: Wherever You Are: Midnight Moods for Solo Piano (2011 [2012], Sunnyside) B+(**)

July

  1. J.D. Allen Trio: The Matador and the Bull (2012, Savant) B+(*)
  2. Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio & Jeb Bishop: Burning Live at Jazz Ao Centro (2011 [2012], JACC) B+(**)
  3. Arild Andersen: Celebration (2010 [2012], ECM) B
  4. Susie Arioli: All the Way (2012, Jazzheads) B+(*)
  5. Arts & Sciences: New You (2012, Singlespeed Music) B+(***)
  6. Bill Barner: Ten Tunes (2011 [2012], self-released) B+(*)
  7. Bruce Barth: Three Things of Beauty (2012, Savant) B+(**)
  8. Sylvia Bennett: Sonrie (2011, Out of Sight Music) B+(*)
  9. Chloe Brisson: Blame It on My Youth (2011 [2012], self-released) B+(*)
  10. Brooklyn Jazz Underground: A Portrait of Brooklyn (2011 [2012], Bju'ecords) B+(**)
  11. : Live in Wiesbaden (2009 [2012], Not Two) B+(**)
  12. Cactus Truck: Brand New for China! (2011 [2012], Public Eyesore) B
  13. Bill Carrothers: Family Life (2009 [2012], Pirouet) B+(**)
  14. Charles Compo: Foolish Pleasure (2012, Chaos Music) B
  15. Marc Copland: Some More Love Songs (2010 [2012], Pirouet) B+(**)
  16. Isaac Darche: Boom-Bap!tism (2011 [2012], Bju'ecords) B+(*)
  17. Rick Davies: (2012, Emlyn) B+(***)
  18. Steve Davis: Gettin' It Done (2011 [2012], Posi-Tone) B+(***)
  19. The Dan DeChellis Trio: . . . My Age of Anxiety (2012, self-relased) B+(**)
  20. Joey DeFrancesco/Larry Coryell/Jimmy Cobb: Wonderful! Wonderful! (2012, High Note) B+(**)
  21. Louis Durra: The Best of All Possible Worlds (2011 [2012], Lot 50) B
  22. Yelena Eckemoff: Forget-Me-Not (2011 [2012], Yelena Music) B+(***)
  23. Duke Ellington Legacy: Single Petal of a Rose (2011 [2012], Renma) B+(**)
  24. Ari Erev: A Handful of Changes (2011 [2012], self-released) B+(***)
  25. : (2010 [2012], Sunnyside) B+(***)
  26. Essex Improviser's Collective: Lifting the Light (2012, Fred Taylor Music, 2CD) B+(**)
  27. Cynthia Felton: Freedom Jazz Dance (2012, Felton Entertainment) B
  28. : Phugurit (2011 [2012], Gligg) B+(***)
  29. Danny Fox Trio: The One Constant (2009 [2011], Songlines) B+(**)
  30. FFEAR (Forum for Electro-Acoustic Research): Mirage (2011 [2012], Jazzheads) B+(**)
  31. Curtis Fuller: Down Home (2011 [2012], Capri) B+(*)
  32. Dan Gailey Jazz Orchestra: What Did You Dream? (2009 [2010], OA2) B+(*)
  33. Jacob Garchik: The Heavens: The Atheist Trombone Album (2012, Yestereve) A-
  34. Matt Garrison: Blood Songs (2010 [2012], D Clef) B+(*)
  35. Eddie Gomez: Per Sempre (2009 [2012], BFM Jazz) B
  36. The Alex Goodman Quintet: Bridges (2011 [2012], Connection Point) B+(*)
  37. Avi Granite's Verse: Snow Umbrellas (2010 [2012], Pet Mantis) B+(**)
  38. Chris Greene Quartet: A Group Effort (2011 [2012], Single Malt) B+(*)
  39. Grupo Falso Baiano: Simplicidade: Live at Yoshi's (2010 [2011], Massaroca) B+(*)
  40. Katie Guthorn: Why Not Smile? (2012, self-released) B-
  41. Human Spirit: Dialogue: Live at the Earshot Jazz Festival (2011 [2012], Origin) B+(*)
  42. The Impossible Gentlemen: The Impossible Gentlemen (2012, Basho) B+(***)
  43. Jackson Garrett: Let Sleeping Dogs Lie (2011, self-released) C-
  44. : Je Sais Nager (2012, Sunnyside) B+(*)
  45. Andy Jaffe: Manhattan Projections (1984-98 [2012], Big Round) B
  46. Karen Johns & Company: Peach (2012, Ptarmigan Music/Jazz) B+(*)
  47. Jessica Jones/Mark Taylor: Live at the Freight (2011 [2012], New Artists) B+(**)
  48. Bruce Kaphan: Quartet (2012, Wiggling Air) B-
  49. Stacey Kent: Dreamer in Concert (2011 [2012], Blue Note) B+(***)
  50. Sabrina Lastman: The Candombe Jazz Sessions (2011 [2012], Zoho) B+(*)
  51. Linda Lavin: Possibilities (2012, Ghostlight) B+(*)
  52. Sara Leib: Secret Love (2011 [2012], OA2) B
  53. Jeremy Long: In Suspension (2011 [2012], Innova) B+(*)
  54. Manner Effect: Abundance (2011 [2012], self-released, CD+DVD) B-
  55. Branford Marsalis Quartet: Four MFs Playin' Tunes (2011 [2012], Marsalis Music) A-
  56. Martin, Haynes and Driver: Freedman at Western Front (2012, Barnyard) B+(*)
  57. Virginia Mayhew Quartet: Mary Lou Williams: The Next 100 Years (2010 [2012], Renma) B+(***)
  58. Bob Mintzer Big Band: For the Moment (2011 [2012], MCG Jazz) B
  59. Tony Monaco: Celebration: Life-Love-Music (2012, Chicken Coup/Summit) B+(*)
  60. Michael Pedicin: Live @ the Loft (2012, Jazz Hut) B+(**)
  61. Ivo Perelman/The Sirius Quartet: The Passion According to G.H. (2011 [2012], Leo) B+(**)
  62. Ivo Perelman/Matt Shipp/Gerald Cleaver: The Foreign Legion (2011 [2012], Leo) A-
  63. Mike Reed's People, Places & Things: Clean on the Corner (2010 [2012], 482 Music) A-
  64. Carol Robbins: Moraga (2012, Jazzcats) B+(*)
  65. Gonzalo Rubalcaba: XXI Century (2011 [2012], 5Pasion, 2CD) B+(***)
  66. Rusk: Rusk (2012, Fenetre/The Loyal Label) B+(*)
  67. Saint Dirt Elementary School: Abandoned Ballroom (2009 [2012], Barnyard) B+(**)
  68. Jane Scheckter: Easy to Remember (2011 [2012], self-released) B+(***)
  69. Christian Scott: Christian aTunde Adjuah (2012, Concord, 2CD) B+(*)
  70. Woody Shaw: Woody Plays Woody (1977-81 [2012], Savant) B+(*)
  71. Wadada Leo Smith: Ten Freedom Summers (2011 [2012], Cuneiform, 4CD) B+(***)
  72. Jesse Stacken: Bagatelles for Trio (2011 [2012], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(*)
  73. Heiner Stadler: Brains on Fire (1966-74 [2012], P&C Labor, 2CD) B+(**)
  74. Bobby Streng's House Big Band: Getting Housed (2011 [2012], self-released) B+(***)
  75. John Surman: Saltash Bells (2009 [2012], ECM) A-
  76. Richard Sussman Quintet: Continuum (2012, Origin) B+(*)
  77. Take 6: One (2012, Shanachie) C+
  78. Erena Terakubo with Legends: New York Attitude (2011 [2012], 4Q) B+(**)
  79. THOMAS: Janela (2010 [2012], Barnyard) C
  80. Rich Thompson Trio: Generations (2011 [2012], Origin) B+(*)
  81. Sumi Tonooka: Now (2010 [2012], ARC, 2CD) B+(**)
  82. Tumbledown House: Fables and Falsehoods (2012, Silent Coyote Music) B+(**)
  83. Turn Around Norman: We Turn Around (2010 [2011], TAND) B+(**)
  84. Matt Ulery: By a Little Light (2012, Greenleaf Music, 2CD) B+(*)
  85. David Ullmann Quintet: Falling (2011 [2012], Wet Cash) B+(*)
  86. Yvonne Washington with Gary Norman: Trust in Me (2011, Mercator Media) B+(**)
  87. Joanna Weinberg: The Piano Diaries (2011 [2012], Kissingpoint) B+(**)
  88. Florian Wittenberg: Artefacts: Solo Electronics (2005-11 [2012], GEMA) B
  89. Cory Wong: Quartet/Quintet (2012, self-released, 2CD) B
  90. : Rayuela (2011 [2012], Sunnyside) B+(***)

June

  1. Peter Appleyard and the Jazz Giants: The Lost Sessions 1974 (1974 [2012], Linus) B+(**)
  2. Lisa Marie Baratta: Summertime Jazz (2012, self-released) B
  3. Todd Bishop Group: Little Played Little Bird: The Music of Ornette Coleman (2011 [2012], Origin) B+(**)
  4. : Kalabalik (2012, DMG/ARC) A-
  5. Black Music Disaster: Black Music Disaster (2012, Thirsty Ear) B+(*)
  6. Ran Blake/Christine Correa: Down Here Below: Tribute to Abbey Lincoln Volume One (2011 [2012], Red Piano) B+(**)
  7. Ran Blake/David "Knife" Fabris: Vilnius Noir (2010 [2012], NoBusiness) B+(**)
  8. Ralph Bowen: Total Eclipse (2011 [2012], Posi-Tone) B+(*)
  9. Georg Breinschmid: Fire (2011 [2012], Preiser, 2CD) B+(*)
  10. Budman/Levy Orchestra: From There to Here (2010 [2012], OA2) B
  11. Mel Carter: The Other Standards (2011 [2012], CSP) B+(*)
  12. Edmar Castaneda: Double Portion (2012, Arpa y Voz) B+(**)
  13. Dan Cavanagh Trio: The Heart of the Geyser (2011 [2012], OA2) B+(*)
  14. Roger Chong: Send a Little Love (2012, self-released) B+(*)
  15. Chris Cortez: Aunt Nasty (2008-12 [2012], Blue Bamboo Music) B-
  16. Adrian Cunningham: Walkabout (2011 [2012], self-released) B
  17. Candy Dulfer: Crazy (2012, Razor & Tie) B+(*)
  18. The Element Choir & William Parker: At Christ Church Deer Park (2010 [2012], Barnyard) B+(*)
  19. Orrin Evans: Flip the Script (2012, Posi-Tone) B+(*)
  20. Amina Figarova: Twelve (2012, In + Out) B+(**)
  21. Fly: Year of the Snake (2011 [2012], ECM) B+(***)
  22. Narada Burton Greene: Live at Kerrytown House (2010 [2012], NoBusiness) B+(**)
  23. Tianna Hall: Never Let Me Go (2011, Blue Bamboo Music) B-
  24. Rich Halley 4: Back From Beyond (2011 [2012], Pine Eagle) B+(***)
  25. Tom Harrell: Number Five (2011 [2012], High Note) B+(*)
  26. Jazz Soul Seven: Impressions of Curtis Mayfield (2012, BFM Jazz) B+(*)
  27. Arthur Kell Quartet: Jester (2012, Bju'ecords) A-
  28. Guillermo Klein/Los Gauchos: Carrera (2011 [2012], Sunnyside) B+(*)
  29. Frank Lowe: The Loweski (1973 [2012], ESP-Disk) B+(*)
  30. Lisa Maxwell: Happy (2011, self-released) B+(*)
  31. Hailey Niswanger: The Keeper (2012, Calmit Productions) B+(**)
  32. Aaron Novik: Secret of Secrets (2012, Tzadik) B+(**)
  33. Alexis Parsons: Alexis Parsons (2006-08 [2011], Ellick) B+(*)
  34. : If Grief Could Wait (2010 [2012], ECM) B+(**)
  35. Ben Powell: New Street (2011 [2012], self-released) B+(**)
  36. Dafnis Prieto: Proverb Trio (2012, Dafnison Music) B+(**)
  37. Marlene Rosenberg Quartet: Bassprint (2011 [2012], Origin) B+(***)
  38. Anne Sajdera: Azul (2012, Bijart) B
  39. John Samorian: Out on a Limb (2010 [2011], self-released) B
  40. Diego Schissi Quinteto: Tongos (2010 [2012], Sunnyside) B
  41. Louis Sclavis Atlas Trio: Sources (2011 [2012], ECM) A-
  42. Aram Shelton Quartet: Everything for Somebody (2011 [2012], Singlespeed Music) B+(***)
  43. Mark Sherman: The L.A. Sessions (2011 [2012], Miles High) B+(**)
  44. Kayla Taylor Jazz: You'd Be Surprised (2011, Smartykat) B+(***)
  45. Henry Threadgill Zooid: Tomorrow Sunny/The Revelry, Spp (2011 [2012], Pi) B+(***)
  46. Ben Tyree: Thoughtform Variations (2012, Sonic Architectures) B
  47. Manuel Valera: New Cuban Express (2011 [2012], Mavo) B+(**)
  48. Elio Villafranca/Arturo Stable: Dos Y Mas () B+(**)
  49. Henry P. Warner/Earl Freeman/Philip Spigner: Freestyle Band (1984 [2012], NoBusiness) B+(***)
  50. Marzette Watts: Marzette Watts & Company (1966 [2012], ESP-Disk) B+(*)
  51. Frank Wright Quartet: Blues for Albert Ayler (1974 [2012], ESP-Disk) A-
  52. John Yao Quintet: In the Now (2011 [2012], Innova) B+(*)

May

  1. Ballister: Mechanisms (2010 [2012], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  2. Pat Battstone and Richard Poole: Mystic Nights (2011, Bat's Tones Music) B+(*)
  3. David Boswell: Windows (2012, My Quiet Moon) B-
  4. Don Byron New Gospel Quintet: Love, Peace, and Soul (2011 [2012], Savoy Jazz) A-
  5. Maureen Choi: Quartet (2011, self-released) B+(*)
  6. Todd Clouser's A Love Electric: 20th Century Folk Selections (2012, Royal Potato Family) B+(**)
  7. Dan Cray: Meridies (2011 [2012], Origin) B+(*)
  8. Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Twenty Dozen (2011 [2012], Savoy Jazz) B+(*)
  9. Jimmy Earl: Jimmy Earl (1995 [2012], Severn) B+(*)
  10. Jimmy Earl: Stratosphere (1998 [2012], Severn) B
  11. Wayne Escoffery: The Only Son of One (2011 [2012], Sunnyside) B+(***)
  12. Gene Ess: A Thousand Summers (2011 [2012], SIMP) B+(**)
  13. Amit Friedman Sextet: Sunrise (2010 [2012], Origin) B+(*)
  14. The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra: All Out of Peaches (2011, New Folk) B+(*)
  15. Marshall Gilkes: Sound Stories (2011 [2012], Alternate Side) B+(**)
  16. Tord Gustavsen Quartet: The Well (2011 [2012], ECM) B+(***)
  17. Joel Harrison 7: Search (2010 [2012], Sunnyside) B+(**)
  18. Boris Hauf Sextet: Next Delusion (2010 [2012], Clean Feed) B+(*)
  19. Lisa Hilton: American Impressions (2012, Ruby Slippers) B+(*)
  20. Pamela Hines Trio with April Hall: Lucky's Boy (2011, Spice Rack) B
  21. Florian Hoefner Group: Songs Without Words (2011 [2012], OA2) B+(***)
  22. Anne Mette Iversen: Poetry of Earth (2011 [2012], Bju'ecords) B+(***)
  23. Jazz Punks: Smashups (2012, self-released) B+(*)
  24. Masabumi Kikuchi Trio: Sunrise (2009 [2012], ECM) B+(***)
  25. Steve Kuhn Trio: Wisteria (2011 [2012], ECM) B+(***)
  26. : Basement Sessions Vol. 1 (2012, Clean Feed) B+(***)
  27. Steve Lacy: (1972 [2012], Clean Feed) B+(*)
  28. Andrew Lamb: Rhapsody in Black (2006 [2012], NoBusiness) A-
  29. Sinikka Langeland Group: The Land That Is Not (2010 [2011], ECM) B+(**)
  30. : Curare (2010 [2012], NoBusiness) B+(**)
  31. Joe Locke/Geoffrey Keezer Group: Signing () B+(***)
  32. : Brooklyn DNA (2011 [2012], Clean Feed) B+(***)
  33. Joel Miller: Swim (2011 [2012], Origin) B+(**)
  34. Mockuno NuClear: Drop It (2011 [2012], NoBusiness) B+(***)
  35. Anders Nilsson: Night Guitar (2012, Soundatone) B+(**)
  36. Sebastian Noelle: Koan (2010 [2012], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(**)
  37. Miles Okazaki: Figurations (2011 [2012], Sunnyside) A-
  38. : Orbiting (2011 [2012], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(**)
  39. : Santiarican Blues Suite (2011 [2012], Sunnyside) B+(*)
  40. Dudley Owens/Aaron Wright Band: People Calling (2011 [2012], Origin) B+(*)
  41. Philippe Baden Powell: Adventure Music Piano Masters Series: Vol 2 (2008 [2012], Adventure Music) B
  42. Nate Radley: The Big Eyes (2011 [2012], Fresh Sound New Talent) B+(**)
  43. RED Trio + Nate Wooley: Stem (2011 [2012], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  44. Kate Reid: The Love I'm In (2011, self-released) B+(**)
  45. The Ben Riley Quartet: Grown Folks Music (2010 [2012], Sunnyside) A-
  46. The Duke Robillard Jazz Trio: Wobble Walkin' (2011 [2012], Blue Duchess) B+(*)
  47. Alan Rosenthal: Just Sayin' (2011 [2012], self-released) B+(*)
  48. Amanda Ruzza: This Is What Happened (2009 [2012], Pimenta) B
  49. Jerome Sabbagh: Plugged In (2011 [2012], Bee Jazz) B+(**)
  50. Elliott Sharp Trio: Aggregat (2011 [2012], Clean Feed) A-
  51. Mary Stallings: Don't Look Back (2011 [2012], High Note) B+(***)
  52. Andrew Swift: Swift Kick (2011 [2012], D Clef) B+(*)
  53. Tom Tallitsch: Heads or Tails (2011 [2012], Posi-Tone) B+(**)
  54. The Thing with Barry Guy: Metal! (2011 [2012], NoBusiness) B+(**)
  55. Rafael Toral/Davu Seru: Live in Minneapolis (2011 [2012], Clean Feed) B+(**)
  56. Twopool: Traffic Bins (2010 [2012], Origin) B+(***)
  57. Andrea Veneziani: Oltreoceano (2011 [2012], self-released) B+(**)
  58. Eyal Vilner: Introducing the Eyal Vilner Big Band (2010 [2012], Gut String) B+(*)
  59. The Jens Wendelboe Big Band: Fresh Heat (2008 [2012], Rosa) B
  60. Tom Wetmore: The Desired Effect (2011 [2012], Crosstown) B
  61. Spike Wilner: La Tendresse (2011 [2012], Posi-Tone) B+(**)
  62. Larry Willis: This Time the Dream's on Me (2011 [2012], High Note) B+(**)
  63. Nate Wooley/Christian Weber/Paul Lytton: Six Feet Under (2009 [2012], NoBusiness) B+(**)
  64. Brandon Wright: Journeyman (2011 [2012], Posi-Tone) B+(**)

April

  1. Eric Alexander & Vincent Herring: Friendly Fire: Live at Smoke (2011 [2012], High Note) B+(**)
  2. Clipper Anderson: The Road Home (2010-11 [2012], Origin) B-
  3. Lynne Arriale: Solo () B+(*)
  4. Gerry Beaudoin: The Return (2011 [2012], Francesca) B+(**)
  5. Terence Blanchard: Red Tails (2011 [2012], Sony Classical) C+
  6. Chris Brubeck's Triple Play: Live at Arthur Zankel Music Center (2011 [2012], Blue Forest) B+(***)
  7. Michel Camilo: Mano A Mano (2011, Decca) B+(**)
  8. Mindy Canter: Fluteus Maximus: One Session, One Take (2011, Mindela Music) B-
  9. : In Motion (2010 [2012], Leo) A-
  10. Oscar Castro-Neves: Live at Blue Note Tokyo (2009 [2012], Zoho) B+(*)
  11. Joe Chambers Moving Pictures Orchestra: Live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola (2011 [2012], Savant) B
  12. Andy Clausen: The Wishbone Suite (2011 [2012], Table and Chairs) B+(**)
  13. Romain Collin: The Calling (2012, Palmetto) B+(*)
  14. Mike Cottone: Just Remember (2011, self-released) B
  15. Meredith D'Ambrosio: By Myself (2011 [2012], Sunnyside) B+(**)
  16. Ryan Davidson: Ryan Davidson Trio (2010 [2011], Debris Field) B+(*)
  17. Rick Drumm and Fatty Necroses: Return From the Unknown (2010 [2012], self-released) B+(*)
  18. Ellery Eskelin/Dave Ballou/Michael Formanek/Devin Gray: Dirigo Rataplan (2011 [2012], Skirl) B+(***)
  19. Jared Gold: Goldenchild (2010 [2012], Posi-Tone) B+(*)
  20. : Leap in the Dark (2011, Intuition) B+(**)
  21. Jeff Hamilton Trio: Red Sparkle (2012, Capri) B+(*)
  22. Ross Hammond Quartet: Adored (2012, Prescott) B+(***)
  23. Billy Hart: All Our Reasons (2011 [2012], ECM) B+(*)
  24. Conrad Herwig/Richie Beirach/Jack DeJohnette: The Tip of the Sword (1994 [2012], RadJazz) B+(**)
  25. Jim Holman: Explosion! (2009-11 [2012], Delmark) B+(**)
  26. Steve Horowitz: New Monsters (2011 [2012], Posi-Tone) B+(***)
  27. Tommy Igoe and the Birdland Big Band: Eleven (2011 [2012], Deep Rhythm Music) B+(*)
  28. In One Wind: How Bright a Shadow! (2011, Primary) C+
  29. Sheila Jordan/Harvie S: Yesterdays (1990 [2012], High Note) A-
  30. Anders Jormin: Ad Lucem (2011 [2012], ECM) B+(*)
  31. Kenny & Leah: All About Love (2011, K&L) B+(*)
  32. Jonny King: Above All (2010 [2012], Sunnyside) B+(**)
  33. Guy Klucevsek: The Multiple Personality Reunion Tour (2011 [2012], Innova) B+(**)
  34. Neil Leonard: Marcel's Window (2009 [2011], Gasp) B+(*)
  35. Josh Levinson Sextet: Chauncey Street (2011 [2012], self-released) B+(*)
  36. Alex Lopez: We Can Take This Boat (2011, Lopez Music) B+(**)
  37. Jocelyn Medina: We Are Water (2011, self-released) B-
  38. Davy Mooney: Perrier Street (2011 [2012], Sunnyside) C+
  39. John Moulder Quintet: The Eleventh Hour: Live at the Green Mill (2011 [2012], Origin) B+(*)
  40. Eivind Opsvik: Overseas IV (2011 [2012], Loyal Label) A-
  41. Piero Orodici: Cedar Walton Presents (2011 [2012], Savant) B+(***)
  42. Mark O'Toole: The Crooner (2011, self-released) C+
  43. Johnny Padilla: Bright Morning (2012, self-released) B
  44. Evan Parker/Wes Neal/Joe Sorbara: At Somewhere There (2009 [2011], Barnyard) A-
  45. Jeff Parker Trio: Bright Light in Winter (2011 [2012], Delmark) B+(**)
  46. Enrico Pieranunzi: Permutation (2009 [2012], CAM Jazz) B+(***)
  47. John Raymond: Strength & Song (2011 [2012], Strength & Song) B+(*)
  48. Eric Reed: The Baddest Monk (2011 [2012], Savant) B+(**)
  49. Ro Sham Beaux: Ro Sham Beaux (2011 [2012], Red Piano) B
  50. Marc Rossi Group: Mantra Revealed (2009-11 [2012], Innova) B+(*)
  51. Andy Sheppard/Michael Benita/Sebastian Rochford: Trio Libero (2011 [2012], ECM) A-
  52. Cinzia Spata: Into the Moment (2010 [2011], Koine) B+(**)
  53. Melissa Stylianou: Silent Movie (2010 [2012], Anzic) B
  54. Thollem/Parker/Cline: The Gowanus Session (2012, Porter) B+(***)
  55. Scott Tixier: Brooklyn Bazaar (2011 [2012], Sunnyside) B
  56. The Michael Treni Big Band: Boy's Night Out (2011 [2012], self-released) B+(**)
  57. TriBeCaStan: New Deli (2011, Evergreene Music) B+(**)
  58. Upper Left Trio: Ulternative (2011 [2012], Origin) B+(***)
  59. Jim Van Slyke: The Sedaka Sessions (2011, LML Music) B
  60. Piet Verbist: Zygomatik (2010 [2012], Origin) B+(***)
  61. Anne Walsh: Go (2011 [2012], self-released) B+(*)
  62. Nils Weinhold: Shapes (2011 [2012], self-released) B+(*)
  63. Mark Weinstein: El Cumbanchero (2011, Jazzheads) B+(*)
  64. Dan Wilensky: Back in the Mix (2011 [2012], Speechless Productions) B+(**)
  65. Mike Wofford/Holly Hofmann Quintet: Turn Signal (2010 [2012], Capri) B+(*)

March

  1. Juhani Aaltonen and Heikki Sarmanto: Conversations (2010 [2012], TUM, 2CD) A-
  2. Available Jelly: Plushlok, Baarle-Nassau, Set 1 (2007 [2011], Ramboy) A-
  3. Available Jelly: Plushlok, Baarle-Nassau, Set 2 (2007 [2011], Ramboy) B+(***)
  4. Jon Balke/Batagraf: Say and Play (2009 [2012], ECM) B+(*)
  5. Tim Berne: Snakeoil (2011 [2012], ECM) B+(***)
  6. Kyle Bruckmann's Wrack: Cracked Refraction (2010 [2012], Porter) B+(***)
  7. Michael Campagna: Moments (2010 [2012], Challenge) B
  8. Tony R Clef: Tuesday Afternoon (2011, Big Round) B+(*)
  9. Louis Cole and Genevieve Artadi: Think Thoughts (2011, self-released) B+(**)
  10. Scott DuBois: Landscape Scripture (2011 [2012], Sunnyside) B+(***)
  11. Sarah Elgeti Quintet: Into the Open (2010 [2012], Your Favourite Jazz) B
  12. Floratone: Floratone II (2012, Savoy Jazz) B+(***)
  13. Nobuyasu Furuya Quintet: The Major (2010 [2012], NoBusiness) B+(***)
  14. Josh Ginsburg: Zembla Variations (2011 [2012], Bju'ecords) B+(***)
  15. : Resurrection and Life (2010-11 [2012], Ayler) B+(**)
  16. David Greenberger with Jupiter Circle: Never Give Up Study (2011, Pel Pel) B+(**)
  17. David Greenberger/Mark Greenberg: Tell Me That Before (2011, Pel Pel) B+(***)
  18. David Greenberger/Bangalore: How I Became Uncertain (2011, Pel Pel) B+(***)
  19. David Greenberger/Ralph Carney: OH, PA (2011, Pel Pel) B+(**)
  20. Holshouser, Bennink & Moore: Live in NYC (2009 [2011], Ramboy) A-
  21. Vijay Iyer Trio: Accelerando (2011 [2012], ACT) A-
  22. Steve Lehman Trio: Dialect Fluorescent (2011 [2012], Pi) A
  23. Don Mark's Fire Escape: In a New Light (2011 [2012], Niromi) B+(**)
  24. Michael Moore Quartet: Easter Sunday (2011, Ramboy) B+(**)
  25. Michael Moore Quintet: Rotterdam (2008 [2011], Ramboy) B+(***)
  26. Michael Moore Quartet: Amsterdam (2010 [2011], Ramboy) B+(***)
  27. Jeremy Pelt: Soul (2011 [2012], High Note) B+(**)
  28. Luis Perdomo: Universal Mind (2010 [2012], RKM) B+(**)
  29. Ivo Perelman/Joe Morris/Gerald Cleaver: Family Ties (2011 [2012], Leo) A-
  30. Tan Ping: Paradise (2011, Goody Heart Productions) B
  31. Rampersaud Shaw Martin Neal Krakowiak: Halcyon Science 130410 (2011, Barnyard) B+(**)
  32. Pete Robbins Transatlantic Quartet: Live in Basel (2010 [2012], Hate Laugh Music) B+(*)
  33. Wallace Roney: Home (2010 [2012], High Note) B+(*)
  34. Matthew Shipp: Elastic Aspects (2011 [2012], Thirsty Ear) B+(***)
  35. Stone Quartet: Live at Vision Festival (2010 [2012], Ayler) B+(**)
  36. Justin Walter: Stars (2011 [2012], Walter) B
  37. Ben Wendel: Frame (2011 [2012], Sunnyside) B+(**)
  38. Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts: An Attitude for Gratitude (2011 [2012], Palmetto) B+(**)

February

  1. AIMToronto Orchestra: Year of the Boar (2010 [2011], Barnyard) B+(*)
  2. Ehud Asherie: Upper West Side (2009 [2012], Posi-Tone) A-
  3. Axel's Axiom: Uncommon Sense (2009 [2011], Armored) B+(*)
  4. Matt Baker: Underground (2011, self-released) B+(*)
  5. David Budway: A New Kiss (2011, MaxJazz) B+(**)
  6. Tito Carrillo: Opening Statement (2011, Origin) B+(*)
  7. Erik Charlston JazzBrasil: Essentially Hermeto (2010 [2011], Sunnyside) B+(***)
  8. Kevin Crabb: Waltz for Dylan (2010 [2011], Crabbclaw) B+(*)
  9. Hans Glawischnig: Jahira (2011 [2012], Sunyside) B+(***)
  10. Aaron Goldberg/Ali Jackson/Omer Avital: Yes! (2009 [2012], Sunnyside) B+(**)
  11. Taylor Haskins: Recombination (2009 [2011], 19/8) B+(**)
  12. Edgar Knecht: Good Morning Lilofee (2009 [2011], Ozella) B+(***)
  13. The George Lernis Jazz Quartet: Shapes of Nature (2011, self-released) B+(**)
  14. Nick Moran Trio: No Time Like Now (2011 [2012], Manor Sound) B+(*)
  15. Youn Sun Nah: Same Girl (2010 [2011], ACT) B+(**)
  16. Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto: Current (2010 [2011], Adventure Music) B+(*)
  17. The New World Jazz Composers Octet: Breaking News (2011, Big and Phat) B+(**)
  18. The Sam Pannunzio Trio: Goin' Home (2010 [2011], Eastside Jazz) B+(*)
  19. Alan Pasqua: Twin Bill: Two Piano Music of Bill Evans (2011, BFM) B+(*)
  20. Oscar Peterson: Unmistakable [Zenph Re-Performance] (2010 [2011], Sony Masterworks) B+(*)
  21. Lola Regenthal: With You (2011, Origin) B+(*)
  22. Matt Slocum: After the Storm (2011, Chandra) B+(**)
  23. Gary Smulyan: Smul's Paradise (2011 [2012], Capri) B+(**)
  24. Sultans of String: Move (2011, self-released) B+(*)
  25. Talking Cows: Almost Human (2011 [2012], Morvin/Jazz Sick) B+(***)
  26. Dan Tepfer: Goldberg Variations/Variations (2011, Sunnyside) B+(*)
  27. Steve Turre: Woody's Delight (2011 [2012], High Note) B+(*)
  28. Doug Webb: Swing Shift (2009 [2012], Posi-Tone) B+(***)
  29. The Wee Trio: Ashes to Ashes: A David Bowie Intraspective (2011 [2012], Bionic) B