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Best of jazz – year 2012

2012 in 20 jazz albums. A Spotify playlist, all the art covers, and tracks details, plus links to the artists’ websites and social media channels.

Best Jazz 2012

Vijay Iyer Trio

Vijay Iyer Trio _Accelerando
Vijay Iyer Trio ‎
“Little Pocket Size Demons” ‎
from Accelerando
(ACT) ‎

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Christian Scott

Christian Scott Christian Atunde Adjuah
Christian Scott
“New New Orleans (King Adjuah Stomp)” ‎
from Christian Atunde Adjuah
(Concord Jazz) ‎

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GoGo Penguin

GoGo Penguin _Fanfares
GoGo Penguin
‎”Fanfares” ‎
from Fanfares
(Gondwana Records) ‎

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Lionel Loueke ‎

Lionel Loueke _Heritage
Lionel Loueke ‎
‎”African Ship” ‎
from Heritage
(Blue Note) ‎

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The Bad Plus

The Bad Plus Made Possible
The Bad Plus ‎‎
“Pound For Pound” ‎
from Made Possible
(eOne) ‎
Website

Selvhenter

Selvhenter Frk. B. Fricka

Selvhenter
“Æbler Og Pærer” ‎
from Frk. B. Fricka
(Eget Værelse) ‎

Website

Tim Berne

Tim Berne _Snakeoil
Tim Berne
‎”Scanners” ‎
from Snakeoil
(ECM) ‎
Website

Omer Avital

Omer Avital Suite Of The East
Omer Avital
‎”Suite Of The East” ‎
from Suite Of The East
(Anzic Records) ‎

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E.S.T. Esbjörn Svensson Trio

E.S.T. Esbjörn Svensson Trio 301
E.S.T. Esbjörn Svensson Trio
‎”The Left Lane” ‎
from 301
(ACT) ‎
Website

John Surman ‎‎

John Surman Saltash Bells
John Surman ‎‎
“Saltash Bells” ‎
from Saltash Bells
(ECM) ‎
Website

Orchestre National De Jazz, Daniel Yvinec, Gil Goldstein ‎‎

Orchestre National De Jazz Piazzolla!
Orchestre National De Jazz, Daniel Yvinec, Gil Goldstein ‎‎
“Tres Minutos Con La Realidad” ‎
from Piazzolla!
(Jazz Village) ‎
Website

Billy Hart

Billy Hart All Our Reasons
Billy Hart ‎‎
“Imke’s March” ‎
from All Our Reasons
(ECM) ‎
Website

Colin Stetson & Mats Gustafsson ‎‎

Colin Stetson & Mats Gustafsson Stones
Colin Stetson & Mats Gustafsson ‎‎
“Stones That Rest Heavily” ‎
from Stones
(Rune Grammofon) ‎
Bandcamp

Anat Cohen

Anat Cohen Claroscuro
Anat Cohen
‎”And The World Weeps” ‎
from Claroscuro
(Anzic Records) ‎

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Branford Marsalis Quartet ‎

Branford Marsalis Quartet _Four MFs Playin' Tunes
Branford Marsalis Quartet ‎
‎”Teo” ‎
from Four MFs Playin’ Tunes
(Marsalis Music) ‎

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Ravi Coltrane

Ravi Coltrane Spirit Fiction
Ravi Coltrane
‎”Spirit Fiction” ‎
from Spirit Fiction
(Blue Note) ‎
Website

Marcus Miller

Marcus Miller _Renaissance
Marcus Miller
‎”Mr. Clean” ‎
from Renaissance
(Concord Jazz) ‎

Website Twitter

Steve Kuhn Trio

Steve Kuhn Trio _Wisteria
Steve Kuhn Trio
‎”Wisteria” ‎
from Wisteria
(ECM) ‎
Website

Eivind Opsvik ‎‎

Eivind Opsvik Overseas IV
Eivind Opsvik ‎‎
“Michelle Marie” ‎
from Overseas IV
(Loyal Label)
Website

Mary Halvorson Quintet

Mary Halvorson Quintet _Bending Bridges
Mary Halvorson Quintet
‎”Sea Cut Like Snow ‎(No. 26)” ‎
from Bending Bridges
(Firehouse 12 Records)
Bandcamp

Best Jazz 2012 Playlist

2012 Albums’ List

Here is our selection of the 20 best jazz 2012 albums:

  • Vijay Iyer Trio – Accelerando
  • Christian Scott – Christian Atunde Adjuah
  • GoGo Penguin – Fanfares
  • Lionel Loueke – Heritage
  • The Bad Plus – Made Possible
  • Selvhenter – Frk. B. Fricka
  • Tim Berne – Snakeoil
  • Omer Avital – Suite Of The East
  • E.S.T. Esbjörn Svensson Trio – 301
  • John Surman – Saltash Bells
  • Orchestre National De Jazz, Daniel Yvinec, Gil Goldstein – Piazzolla!
  • Billy Hart – All Our Reasons
  • Colin Stetson & Mats Gustafsson – Stones
  • Anat Cohen ‎- Claroscuro
  • Branford Marsalis Quartet – ‎Four MFs Playin’ Tunes
  • Ravi Coltrane ‎- Spirit Fiction ‎‎
  • Marcus Miller ‎- Renaissance
  • Steve Kuhn Trio ‎- Wisteria ‎‎
  • Eivind Opsvik ‎‎- Overseas IV ‎
  • Mary Halvorson Quintet – Bending Bridges

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