My Favourite 11 Albums of 2012

Three recording artists got my attention in 2012. Andre Williams was a brand new name to me, introduced by the Sadies. A 70 year old dirty rhythm and blues singer with a rough reputation and an even rougher voice, released Night and Day, and like a lot of music here, I first heard on CBC Radio Two. I will follow up buying more their music both together (Red Dirt 1999) and their own projects> They each have significant recording histories and it’s nice to look forward to something new. The other I had just heard about but hadn’t heard, and that was the bass bass playing vocalist Esperensa Spalding, an bit like an updated mashup of Cassandra Wilson and Regina Carter.

  1. Andre Williams and the Sadies  – Night & Day
  2. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings – Kings and Queens
  3. Bonnie Raitt – Slipstream
  4. Dave Young – Aspects of Oscar
  5. Tom Waits  –   Bad as Me
  6. Dave Maclean – Blues Outside the Box
  7. The Black Keys  – El Camino
  8. Esperenza Spalding   – Radio Music Society
  9. Dianna Krall – Glad Rag Doll
  10. Norah Jones – Little Broken Hearts
  11. Dr. John – Locked Down

And from 2011, but purchased in early 2012

  1. Ry Cooder – Pull up some dust and sit down (notable for it’s catchy “No Banker Left Behind – Woody Guthrie would have been proud, and it would be great for any folk festival sing along)
  2. Joe Lovano  – Bird Songs
  3. Ron Carter  – All Blues
  4. Robbie Robertson – How to Become Clairvoyant
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