Kathy Kosins / To The Ladies of Cool / Resonance Records Pharez Whitted / For The People / Origin Records Dr Lonnie Smith / The Healer / Pilgrimage Records Bob Mintzer Big Band / For The Moment / MCG Frank Basile / Modern Inventions / Independent Arturo Sandoval /Dear Diz / Concord Jazz Steve Turre / Woody's Delight / High Note Takuya Kuroda / Six Aces / Independent Mike Longo Trio / Celebration of Diz and Miles / Consolidated Artists Productions Lewis Nash Quintet / The Higher Mountain / Cellar Live
Spending another year with you via the Last Call on Saturday nights has been a pleasure. Once again we have listened to a potpourri of compelling, adventuresome jazz artistry. Here are the highlights of 2012 as I see them based on their artistic merit:
Bob Mintzer Big Band / For The Moment / MCG Bobby Broom / Upper West Side Story / Origin Stacey Kent / Dreamer In Concert / Blue Note Jimmy Owens / The Monk Project / IPO Frank Basile / Modern Inventions / Independent Bruce Barth / Three Things Of Beauty / Savant Cassandra Wilson / Another Country / EOne Corey Weeds / Up A Step / Cellar Live Lewis Nash Quintet / The Higher Mountain / Cellar Live Laverne Butler / Love Lost And Found Again / Highnote
As usual I have trouble confining my annual “Best of the year” list to the traditional ten and have thus weaseled my way around the issue by adding a few vocal releases and reissues. Your sympathetic tolerance is appreciated. Our hungry ears were substantially rewarded through the year with these fine recordings:
Frank Basile – Modern Inventions – independent through CD Baby - Omaha native and baritone burner Frank Basile leads a vibrant sextet on this refreshingly straight-ahead release.
Artist / CD Title / Record Label Giacomo Gates / The Revolution Will Be Jazz / Savant Jessica Williams / Freedom Trane / Origin Records Kurt Elling / The Gate / Concord Jazz Bobby Sanabria / Tito Puente Masterworks Live!!! / Jazzheads Orrin Evans / Captain Black Big Band / Posi-Tone Westchester Jazz Orch. / Maiden Voyage Suite / WJO Tom Harrell / The Time Of The Sun / HighNote Arturo O'Farrill / 40 Acres And A Burro / Zoho Judy Wexler / Under A Painted Sky / Jazzed Media One For All / Invades Vancouver / Cellar Live
Artist / CD Title / Record Label Kurt Elling / The Gate / Concord Jazz Bobby Sanabria & Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra / Tito Puente Masterworks Live !!! / Jazzheads Ambrose Akinmusire / When The Heart Emerges Glistening / Blue Note Giacomo Gates / The Revolution Will Be Jazz / Savant Jessica Williams / Freedom Trane / Origin Records One For All / Invades Vancouver / Cellar Live Johnny Mandel / The Man and His Music / Arbors Music Pat Martino / Undeniable / High Note
Miles Davis – Live in Europe 1967 – Columbia/Legacy
The great Miles Davis Quintet with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams is documented in several fine studio albums, however, live recordings of this band are rare and isolated to the Live at the Plugged Nickle recordings and a number of privately recorded albums of mediocre quality. Now a series of live recordings from a European tour in the fall of 1967, previously only appearing piecemeal on bootlegs, has been issued by Columbia/Legacy in a three disc CD and one disc DVD collection.