30 for 2012

The Open Sky 30 Recommended 2012 Record Releases
(listed in alphabetical order and based on the Ancient/Future radio program, now airing on Wednesdays 10pm-midnight on WPFW 89.3 FM in the Washington, DC metro region and streaming live at www.wpfw.org)

Artist/Band Album Title Label
Afro Blue, The Best is Yet to Come, HU

Antonio Parker, Steppin’ Out, Airegin
Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, 40 Acres & a Burro, Zoho
Bela Fleck & Marcus Roberts, Across the Imaginary Divide, Rounder
Branford Marsalis, Four MFs Playin’ Tunes, Marsalis Music

Chick Corea, The Continents, Deutsche Grammophone
The Clayton Brothers, The Gathering, ArtistShare
David Gilmore, Numerology, Evolutionary Music
Dennis Rollins, Velocity Trio, Motema

Esperanza Spalding, Radio Music Society, HeadsUp
Francisco Mora Catlett, Afro Horn MX, AACE
Gregory Porter, Be Good, Motema
Jack DeJohnette, Sound Travels, eOne
Kenny Garrett, Seeds from the Underground, Mack Avenue
Keith Jarrett, Sleeper, ECM
Kurt Elling, 1619 Broadway, Concord
Kurt Rosenwinkel, Star of Jupiter, Womusic

Lenora Zenzalai Helm, I Love Myself When I Am Laughing, Zenzalai
Lewis Nash, Cellar Live, Cellar
Matt Wilson, Attitude for Gratitude, Palmetto
Orrin Evans, Flip the Script, PosiTone
Pat Martino Quartet, Goin’ to a Meeting, HighNote

Paul Carr, Standard Domain, PCJ
Ravi Coltrane, Spirit Fiction, Blue Note
Robert Glasper, Black Radio, Blue Note
Sam Rivers, Reunion, Pi
Vijay Iyer, Accelerando, Act
Wadada Leo Smith, Ten Freedom Summers, Cunieform

Wes Montgomery, Echoes of Indiana Avenue, Avenue
Yosvany Terry, Today’s Opinion, Criss Cross



+5 Stellar Reissues
Charles Mingus, Complete Albums Collection, Sony Legacy
Steve Kuhn Trio, Life’s Magic, Sunnyside
Thelonious Monk, It’s Monk’s Time, Sony Legacy
Weather Report, The Columbia Albums 1971-75, Sony Legacy
Woody Shaw, Woody Plays Woody, HighNote

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One Response to 30 for 2012

  1. I know I sent you a direct email to say thanks, but may not have also taken a moment to thank you here, Willard. I appreciate being on such an esteemed list of fellow Jazz musicians. What an honor!

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