Best 20 jazz albums (so far) of 2012
Bobby Broom: Upper West Side Story
(Origin). This is a super-good CD from Broom, one of the most unpretentious (and best) jazz guitarists. He plays as if he's playing for his life: Nothing "clever" about it, though if you were to analyze his solos, they probably would turn out to be way more advanced than those of the clever guys. Broom -- who played for years with Sonny Rollins -- leads his Chicago-based trio through a set of originals.