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Tops in Jazz - 2010

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As the year winds down, I'll be preparing my Year-in-Jazz retrospective. In advance of that, here's a rundown of my favorites among 2010's new releases and historic recordings.

Always keep in mind that top 10 listings of this sort reflect what the reviewer gets a chance to hear during the year.. as well as musical taste at the moment he/she does the evaluations. They only carry significant weight when the same recordings show up on many such lists.

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The 10 best new jazz releases of 2010, listed alphabetically:

  • Dave Bass Quartet, Gone (Dave Bass Music)
  • Lisa Engelken, Caravan (Little Angel)
  • Tamir Hendelman, Destinations (Resonance)
  • Dave Holland Octet, Pathways (Dare2)
  • Christine Jensen, treelines (Justin Time)
  • Pat Metheny, Orchestrion (Nonesuch)
  • Jean-Michel Pilc, True Story (Dreyfus)
  • Ellen Rowe Quartet, Wishing Well (PKO Records)
  • Omar Sosa & NDR Bigband, Ceremony (Otá)
  • Jacky Terrasson, Push (Concord Jazz)

The 10 best new songs of the year, listed alphabetically:

  • John Britton, “Anticipation" from The Britton Brothers Band, Uncertain Living (Record Craft)
  • Gerald Cleaver, “From a Life of the Same Name" from Jeremy Pelt, Men of Honor (HighNote)
  • Loren Daniels, “Point A to Point A," title track, Reggie Pittman-Loren Daniels Quartet (self-produced)
  • Tamir Hendelman, “Babushka" from Destinations (Resonance)
  • Pat Metheny, “Spirit of the Air," from Orchestrion (Nonesuch)
  • Chris Potter, “Sea of Mamara" from Dave Holland Octet, Pathways (Dare2)
  • Jean-Michel Pilc, “PBH Factor," from True Story, (Dreyfus)
  • Aldo Romano, “Gamelan" from Origine, Dreyfus Jazz)
  • Ellen Rowe, “For That Which Was Living, Lost" from Wishing Well (PKO Records)
  • Luciano Troja, “Earl and Bill" from At Home With Zindars (self-produced)

The five best historical/reissues of 2010, listed alphabetically:

  • Miles Davis, Bitches Brew (Sony/Legacy)
  • Stan Getz/Kenny Barron, People Time: The Complete Recordings (Sunnyside)
  • Vince Guaraldi, Peanuts Portraits (Concord Music)
  • Freddie Hubbard, Red Clay (CTI)
  • Art Pepper, Unreleased Art, Vol. V: Stuttgart (Widow's Taste)
The best jazz-related DVD of 2010: - Sarah Vaughan -The Divine One, Masters of American Music Series (EuroArts)

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This story appears courtesy of Ken Franckling's Jazz Notes.
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