I don't tend to do end-of-year lists on my blogs for a couple of reasons. For one thing, I cover too many genres and I would rather not be forced to categorize those I pick. Second, I consider everyone whose music I cover a winner. They've furthered music in good ways, so it's all of them that should be applauded and encouraged.
But this year I've chosen a "Record of the Year" because I find it especially inspiring. It's Wadada Leo Smith's Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform Rune 350-353).
Now for the new year of music! Stay tuned.