From today’s Sunday Times [£], my favourite discs of 2012. Cabaret and folk make the cut too:
1 Ryan Truesdell — Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans (Artistshare) What better way to celebrate the centenary of one of the great arrangers?
2 The Hot Club of Detroit — Junction (Mack Avenue) After starting out as conventional gypsy jazzers, they now embrace everything from chanson to Ornette Coleman.
3 Diana Krall — Glad Rag Doll (Decca) The Canadian diva-pianist takes a risky but compelling plunge into the bluesier end of the repertoire.
4 Meshell Ndegeocello — Pour une âme souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone (Naive) Miss Nina casts a long shadow, but the bassist-singer isn’t overawed.
5 Bob Wilber & The Tuxedo Big Band — Rampage! (Arbors) A restless octogenarian who learnt his craft from Sidney Bechet, the reedsman here links up with French swingers.
6 Matthias Schriefl — Six, Alps & Jazz (ACT) The trumpeter and composer’s wilfully eccentric yet evocative celebration of his south German homeland.
7 Charles Mingus — The Complete Columbia & RCA Albums Collection (Sony) A chance to hear the great bassist at his peak.
8 Preservation Hall Jazz Band — St Peter & 57th Street (Rounder) A raucous 50th anniversary party, with Allen Toussaint, Trombone Shorty et al.
9 Kate Dimbleby and Naadia Sheriff — Beware of Young Girls: The Songs of Dory Previn (katedimbleby.com) Pensive reworkings of songs by one of pop’s true mavericks.
10 Ian Shaw — A Ghost in Every Bar: The Lyrics of Fran Landesman (Splash Point) The singer Ian Shaw does Landesman’s hipster gems justice.
1 Antibalas — Antibalas (Daptone) The band who provided the seductive backdrop for the hit show Fela! — Lagos meets Brooklyn.
2 The Campbells — Fonn (Watercolour Music) Who’d have thought that the Isle of Skye would be up there with the world-music exotica? The Campbell family take us on a celebration of community and the human voice.
3 Roberto Fonseca — Yo (Jazz Village) The young pianist who made his name with the Buena Vista Social Club orchestra is a multifaceted virtuoso, soulful as well as quick-fingered.
4 Katy Carr — Paszport (Deluce) Intrigued by her Polish ancestry, the singer embarks on a crash course in the country’s music and history.
5 Various Artists — Bossa Nova: La Sainte Trinité (Frémeaux) Nowadays, sadly, bossa nova tends to be mistaken for tacky MOR. This superb double album sets the record straight.
6 Criolo — No Na Orelha (Sterns) Rap doesn’t have to be one-dimensional. This collection fires off socially committed anthems, dipping into samba and funk along the way.
7 Melody Gardot — The Absence (Decca) The extraordinarily gifted singer, pianist, guitarist and songwriter sets sail for the Mediterranean and South America. Hypnotic.
8 The Time Jumpers — The Time Jumpers (Rounder/Decca) Fiddles, guitars and accordion meet as the Nashville-based western-swing band go a-jamming and a-singing.
9 Hannah James & Sam Sweeney — State and Ancientry (Rootbeat) Two of the rising stars of British folk music continue their meditations on past and present.
10 Waldemar Bastos — Classics of My Soul (Enja)
An Angolan singer-guitarist who deserves a much wider audience over here, Bastos possesses a haunting voice.