Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Things We Like #3 - (Some of) The Best of 2012

It’s getting a little tougher each year to pick favorites, because of the sheer amount of excellent music that’s available, both new and reissued. Below you’ll find my non-hierarchical, alphabetized list of twenty four of the most compelling new releases and a dozen reissues/unearthed gems, including boxed sets. These lists should serve as a partial holiday buying guide for those of you looking for something to buy your tuned-in loved ones. Happy Holidays and educated listening from Ni Kantu!

Joshua Abrams – Represencing – (Eremite)
Jason Adasiewicz’ Sun Rooms – Spacer – (Delmark)
Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio + Jeb Bishop – Burning Live at Jazz ao Centro – (JACC)
Mick Barr/Kevin Shea/Tim Dahl – BarrSheaDahl – (ugExplode)
Neneh Cherry & The Thing – The Cherry Thing – (Smalltown Supersound)
Lol Coxhill/Barre Phillips/J.T. Bates – The Rock on the Hill – (Nato)
Joel Futterman – Blues for My Brother – (Creation Music)
Charles Gayle – Streets – (Northern Spy)
Grex – Second Marriage – (SUA)
Steve Gunn/John Truscinski – Ocean Parkway – (Three Lobed)
Barry Guy/LJCO – Harmos: Live at Schaffhausen – (Intakt)
James Ilgenfritz – Compositions (Braxton) 2011 – (Infrequent Seams)
Kidd Jordan – On Fire – (Engine)
Man Forever – Pansophical Cataract – (Thrill Jockey)
William Parker Orchestra – Essence of Ellington: Live in Milano – (Centering)
Sam Rivers/Dave Holland/Barry Altschul – Reunion: Live in New York (Pi)
Jason Stein – The Story This Time – (Delmark)
Talibam! – Puff Up the Volume – (Critical Heights)
The Thing with Barry Guy – Metal! – (No Business)
 “Blue” Gene Tyranny – Detours – (Unseen Worlds)
David S. Ware – Live at Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2011 – (Aum Fidelity)
Weird Weeds – Weird Weeds – (Sedimental)
Nate Wooley – The Almond – (Pogus)
C S Yeh – Transitions – (De Stijl)

Don Cherry – Organic Music Society – (Caprice)
Codeine – When I See the Sun (collected works) – (Numero)
Jack Ruby – Jack Ruby – (ugExplode)
Sven-Åke Johansson – Early Works 1969-1973 – (SÅJ)
Steve Lacy – The Sun – (Emanem)
Noh Mercy – Noh Mercy – (Superior Viaduct)
William Parker – Centering: Unreleased Early Works 1976-1987 – (No Business)
Hal Russell – NRG Ensemble – (Nessa)
Laurie Spiegel – The Expanding Universe – (Unseen Worlds)
Juma Sultan's Aboriginal Music Society – Whispers from the Archive – (Porter)
Henry P. Warner/Earl Freeman/Philip Spigner – The Freestyle Band – (No Business)
Zs – Score: The Complete Sextet Works 2002-2007 – (Northern Spy)

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