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The year 2012 was once again another great year in music and in some ways it reflected the prior year. While a few key major players were active creatively speaking, once again either the artist or the promoter decided not to respond to my requests for a review. Frankly, had they exercised this right they would have been hard pressed to break the Top Five as the material is so impressive that on any other given day the ranking could be very different with the exception of one.

The exception this year is the independent artist Jennifer Thomas who not only poured her blood sweat and tears into Illuminations creatively speaking, but was also willing to deliver her big production without any big label assistance. I reviewed Jennifer’s tour de force in the middle of the year and I loved it then and I love it now. As impressive as her competitors were, no one even came close to knocking her of her perch.

I would like to make honorable mention to Thomas Bergersen’s Illusions that was released in 2011 but not heard until 2012 which would make it ineligible for 2012. Nevertheless, I want to thank the artists that were willing to risk a critique and also spend part of their promotional budget by investing in a review. Thank you for that honor.
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Cover image of the album Illumination by Jennifer Thomas
Jennifer Thomas
June 16, 2012
Review by Michael Debbage
Michael's Albums of the Year
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Cover image of the album Echoes of Love by Omar Akram
Omar Akram
November 11, 2012
Review by Michael Debbage
Grammy NomineesGrammy Winners
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Cover image of the album Believe by 2002
2002
January 1, 2013
Review by Michael Debbage
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Cover image of the album Live at El Morro by Yanni
Yanni
July 29, 2012
Review by Michael Debbage
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Cover image of the album Piano Improvisations by Ola Gjeilo
Ola Gjeilo
January 1, 2013
Review by Michael Debbage
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Cover image of the album Symphonic Arts by Gleisberg
Gleisberg
February 26, 2013
Review by Michael Debbage
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Cover image of the album Dreams of the Forest by Marc Enfroy
Marc Enfroy
September 29, 2012
Review by Michael Debbage
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Cover image of the album Then Again: The David Sanborn Anthology by David Sanborn
David Sanborn
July 31, 2012
Review by Michael Debbage
Other Solo Instruments
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Cover image of the album Beyond the Turning by Heidi Breyer
Heidi Breyer
November 26, 2012
Review by Michael Debbage
ZMR Winner
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Cover image of the album Heart to Hands by Philip Wesley
Philip Wesley
December 28, 2012
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Cover image of the album The Fire in the Flint by John Adorney
John Adorney
December 22, 2012
Review by Michael Debbage
Guitar music
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Cover image of the album Be Still by William Joseph
William Joseph
February 9, 2013
Review by Michael Debbage
Hymn Arrangements
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Cover image of the album Sacred Guitar by Ryan Tilby
Ryan Tilby
February 24, 2013
Review by Michael Debbage
Guitar musicHymn Arrangements
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Cover image of the album Hope Endures by Philip Wesley
Philip Wesley
August 31, 2012
Review by Michael Debbage
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Cover image of the album Hope Returns by Frank Smith
Frank Smith
June 2, 2012
Review by Michael Debbage
Guitar music
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Cover image of the album Northern Lights by Ola Gjeilo
Ola Gjeilo
October 14, 2012
Review by Michael Debbage
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Cover image of the album Red Hook Summer by Bruce Hornsby
Bruce Hornsby
August 28, 2012
Review by Michael Debbage
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Cover image of the album Spirit of Nature by Kenio Fuke
Kenio Fuke
August 12, 2012
Review by Michael Debbage
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Cover image of the album Enchanted Piano by Kevin Kern
Kevin Kern
March 15, 2012
Review by Michael Debbage
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Cover image of the album Liquid Mind X: Meditation by Liquid Mind
Liquid Mind
August 12, 2012
Review by Michael Debbage