I was invited to take part in Francis Davis's Rhapsody/Village Voice year end Jazz poll and the results are available here. There are several categories and year-end essays from both Davis and Tom Hull. Individual ballots and more metadata from the voting can be found at Hull's web site.
Below is a Spotify playlist I have been adding to bit by bit during the course of the year. It has some (but not all) of my favorite tracks that came out in 2012. It really was an excellent year for music.
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