CKUT’s Top Jazz Picks of 2012

Now that 2012 is in the books, we’re recounting some of our favourite and most-played releases from the past year. Here are our top jazz albums of the year, courtesy of Jazz Amuck‘s John B:

jazz amuck top 20 – 2012
wadada leo smith – ten freedom summers – cuneiform
tim berne – snakeoil – ecm
ratchet orchestra – hemlock – drip audio CC
henry threadgill zooid – tomorrow sunny / the revelry, spp – pi
françois houle 5 + 1 – genera – songlines CC
josh berman & his gang – there now – delmark
harris eisenstadt – canada day octet – 482 music CC
darius jones 4tet – book of mæ’ bul (another kind of sunrise) – aum fidelity
matthew shipp trio – elastic aspects – thirsty ear
sam rivers / dave holland / barry altschul – reunion – pi
fab trio – history of jazz in reverse – tum
the grass roots – grass roots – aum fidelity
tiresian symmetry – jason robinson – tiresian symmetry – cuneiform
josh abrams – represencing – eremite
mary halvorson 5tet – bending bridges – firehouse 12
vijay iyer trio – accelerando – act music
hafez modirzadeh – post-chromodal out! – pi
steve lacy – the sun – emanem
klang – brooklyn lines … chicago spaces – allos documents
the thirteenth assembly – station direct – important

top 10 canadian
ratchet orchestra – hemlock – drip audio CC
françois houle 5 + 1 – genera – songlines CC
harris eisenstadt – canada day octet – 482 music CC
david virelles – continuum – pi CC
harris eisenstadt canada day – canada day iii – songlines CC
benoit delbecq / françois houle – because she hoped – songlines CC
sam shalabi / alexandre st-onge / michel f. coté – jane and the magic bananas – & records CC
le quatuor de jazz libre du quebec -1973 – tenzier/cbc CC
peggy lee band – invitation – drip audio CC
lina allemano four – live at the tranzac- lumo CC

Check back for recaps of our favourite RPM, international, and loud records over the next few days!