Cycling through the Best Jazz Albums of 2012
Undoubtedly, jazz is one of the greatest inventions for the whole history of humanity, and it’s time to determine the best jazz albums of this year.
“Sleeper” by Keith Jarrett is an old live recording of the 1970s which has finally come to faithful jazz fans in 2012. Keith Jarrett’s band, European quartet with Jan Garbarek on saxophone, was a real legend of the 20th century. So, it’s never late to taste this edgy, tender and loose jazz stuff.
Then comes Django Bates’ “Confirmation” with its exciting piano riffs, performed by Bates. In general, the album can be defined as an eccentric mixture of poignant originals and Parker classics. Perhaps, it only deserves listening for those bright Peter Bruun on bass and Petter Eldh on drums.
Michael Wollny’s “Wasted & Wanted” is another amazing stuff worth to try. A skilled pianist Wollny with his bass-and-drums trio created a perfect genre hybrid which involves unusual treatments of Schubert and Mahler. It’s hard to ignore his impressive funk playing, and, in general, the band’s energy holds tight.
A British composer and trumpeter, Laura Jurd, along with her jazz band and a string quartet has released “Landing Ground.” This technically perfect album involves quite memorable originals featuring folk as well as contemporary-classical connections.
And finally, it makes sense to listen to “All There, Ever Out” released by Alexander Hawkins Ensemble. The band used different ingredients including South African music, free-jazz, classical and Hammond-organ blues combined with Hawkins’ thrilling piano riffs.