BEST JAZZ

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC 2012 -

If there was one defin­ing char­ac­ter­is­tic of jazz in 2012, it was the in­creas­ing di­ver­sity of the mu­sic and the mu­si­cians mak­ing it. Veteran Cana­dian trum­peter Kenny Wheeler gave the world an­other big band al­bum to trea­sure, while still-wet-be­hindthe-ears Nor­we­gian duo Daniel Herskedal and Mar­ius Ne­set com­pletely con­founded ex­pec­ta­tions of what can be achieved by two guys blow­ing into metal tubes.

Amer­i­can indy la­bel Cu­nei­form ce­mented its grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion with a tow­er­ing four-disc epic from free-jazz evan­ge­list Wadada Leo Smith, while the New York “down­town” scene’s con­spir­a­tor-inchief Tim Berne launched a ter­ri­fy­ing new band with his de­but for the famed Ger­man la­bel ECM, who also un­earthed a gem from their vaults in the shape of pi­anist Keith Jar­rett’s sparkling Sleeper.

Mean­while, the Ir­ish jazz scene proved its own grow­ing di­ver­sity with ex­cel­lent new record­ings from Ro­nan Guil­foyle, Sean MacEr­laine, Mick Coady and Lau­ren Kinsella’s Thought-Fox.

Cor­mac Larkin

NECK OF THE WOODS

Daniel Herskedal/Mar­ius Ne­set

TEN FREE­DOM SUM­MERS

Wadada Leo Smith

THE LONG WAIT­ING

Kenny Wheeler Big Band

SNAKEOIL

Tim Berne

SLEEPER

Keith Jar­rett (right)

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