This recent release from vocalist/saxophonist Matana Roberts has been doing the rounds nicely on the internet, thanks in part to a review from The Needle Drop. People are getting excited about a new jazz release in 2011, whowouldathunkit?
Supposedly the first chapter of 12, Coin Coin... channels the spiritual aspects of Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, and the abstract elements of Art Ensemble of Chicago. It all comes together relatively neatly, to form a narrative driven avant-garde exploration through different moods. Being a member of the AACM, it's no surprise that Roberts' sound is equal parts experimentation and afrocentrism.
If you feel like your end-of-year list is lacking in something a little more adventurous, then by all means, give this a listen.