Dean and Ewbank – Blues Say Goodbye (2012)

The source material here speaks to the essential versatility of these two Georgia-based music industry vets. Blues Say Goodbye includes two blues tracks, a quartet of jazz standards, three smartly reworked rock songs and two originals.

Andy Hunter – Think Like A Mountain (2012)

The in-demand trombonist Andy Hunter is a winner of many trombone competitions and member of acclaimed big bands such as the Mingus Big Band/Dynasty, Bjorkestra, Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band

Nick DeRiso’s Top Albums for 2012: Indie Bands

This list is necessarily all over the map. Heck, in a lot of respects, there’s no map at all. You’ll find it in tatters down on the passenger-side floorboard. Delving into unsigned bands is like that.

Tom Gates, with Steve Gadd – Comfort Zone (2012)

Tom Gates, perhaps best known for his pan work with the Beach Boys, is trying to do for the steel drum on Comfort Zone what Steve Turre did for the conch some two decades ago: Move it into the jazz mainstream.

Adam Kromelow Trio – Youngblood (2012)

Pianist Adam Kromelow has long studied karate, and upon reading that little fact I could immediately draw a parallel between the disciplined power and fluidity of the martial arts and Kromelow’s music

One Track Mind: Dan Phillips BKK Trio with Jakob Dinesen, “Beatrice” (2012)

As an American living in Bangkok, Dan Phillips is doing his level best to plant the seeds of jazz in Southeast Asia. On the faculty of the music department at Silpakorn University, Phillips is a mentor to many aspiring Thai jazz musicians

Mark Saleski’s Top Albums for 2012: Jazz and Improvised Music

Well, of course I don’t think jazz is stupid. I love jazz. But that didn’t stop me from laughing out loud when this scene showed up out of nowhere in a recent episode of The Office.

Ran Blake and Sara Serpa – Aurora (2012)

In a time when it seems to pay off more to play it safe than it does to take creative chances, Ran Blake and Sara Serpa provide refreshing respite on Aurora. Their second album deals a new hand to some jazz favorites

One Track Mind: Jimmy Greene, “Ana Grace” (2009)

On a day that had everyone from the president on down wiping away tears and parents hugging their kids extra long and hard, we’re reminded that great tragedies often collide with great beauty.

My Top unreviewed Jazz Records of 2012

My Top unreviewed Jazz Records of 2012

When compiling my lists of best jazz records, broken up into 3 distinct areas of jazz, I used three criteria for inclusion on one of these lists: 1. Is it good enough? (duh) 2. Is it jazz? (duh) -and- 3. Have I already reviewed it in some form or another?