I haven’t bought much this year, as a minor refit on my boat has laid claim to any extra coin I seem to have at any given moment. Regardless, here’s a few that I’ve really enjoyed from the year.
Yalena Eckenoff: Forget-me not
More wonderfully minimalist music from this pianist/composer. With both jazz and classical influences, it’s recorded with the same care as any ECM release. This is my favorite from 2012.
Simcock, Garland and Sirkis: Lighthouse
Tight,intricate playing that sounds joyful and effortless. Sunny summer jazz.
John moulder: The Eleventh Hour: Live At The Green Mill
I’m always much more surprised when this guitarist doesn’t make someones top ten list that when he does.
Pat Metheny: Unity Band
A master you can always count on.
Kurt Elling: 1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project
See Metheny comment above.
Tim Berne: Snakeoil
If this is the kind of stuff that is produced with Berne’s association with ECM, then I hope he’s recording there for a very long time. A great album.
Nils Weinhold: Shapes
A remarkable debut from a guitarist who, for all the world, looks to be fresh out of high school. I hope he continues to find a way to put out albums, as there seems to be a shortage of promising, young guitar talent putting out music today.
Ravi Coltrane: Spirit Fiction
I think I like Blending Times a bit better, but this one is still a winner.
Here’s a few others I’ve been enjoying frm the year:
Guillermo Klein: Carrera
Amit Friedman Sextet: Sunrise
Nikki Iles: Hush
Michael Formanek: Small Places
Ron Miles: Quiver