My favorite jazz albums of 2012

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Early next month the annual jazz-critics poll put together by Francis Davis will turn up on the music website Rhapsody for the second year in a row—in the five previous years the results of the poll were published by the Village Voice, which has successfully decimated just about every tie to its older, better self. Aside from listing my five favorite international albums in this week's paper, the jazz poll has been the only formal survey I've participated in, and since it's what critics usually do this time of year, I thought I'd use this week's jazz column to run my ballot for the 2012 Rhapsody poll. In the next week or two I'll also use this space to count down my favorite 40 albums of the year, without regard to genre.

New albums:
1. David Virelles, Continuum (Pi)
2. Vijay Iyer Trio, Accelerando (ACT)
3. Eric Boeren Quartet, Coconut (Platenbakkerij)
4. Billy Hart, All Our Reasons (ECM)
5. Mary Halvorson Quintet, Bending Bridges (Firehouse 12)
6. Wadada Leo Smith, Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform)
7. Avishai Cohen, Triveni II (Anzic)
8. Josh Berman & His Gang, There Now (Delmark)
9. Henry Threadgill Zooid, Tomorrow Sunny/The Revelry, Spp (Pi)
10. J.D. Allen Trio, The Matador and the Bull (Savant)

Reissues:
1. Coleman Hawkins, Classic Coleman Hawkins Sessions 1922-1947 (Mosaic)
2. Don Cherry, Organic Music Society (Caprice)
3. Claire Fischer Orchestra, Extension (International Phonograph/Pacific Jazz)

Vocal:
Neneh Cherry & the Thing, The Cherry Thing (Smalltown Supersound)

Debut:
Marco von Orelli 6, Close Ties on Hidden Lanes (Hatology)

Latin:
David Virelles, Continuum (Pi)

Today’s playlist:

Keith Jarrett, Fort Yawuh (Impulse)
Various artists, People Funny Boy (Trojan)
Gudmundur Steinn Gunnarsson, Horpma (Carrier)
Jason Palmer, Here Today (Steeplechase)
Yoro Sidibe, Yoro Sidibe (Yaala Yaala)

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