Daily Archives: December 3, 2010

Michael J. West’s Best of 2010 list (JJA)

1. Christian Scott, Yesterday You Said Tomorrow (Concord Jazz)
2. Vijay Iyer, Solo (ACT)
3. Regina Carter, Reverse Thread (E1)
4. Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes, Double Portrait (Blue Note)
5. Jason Moran and Bandwagon, Ten (Blue Note)
6. Mary Halvorson Quintet, Saturn Sings (Firehouse 12)
7. Rudresh Mahanthappa & Steve Lehman, Dual Identity (Clean Feed)
8. Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Harvesting Semblances and Affinities (Pi)
9. Geri Allen, Flying Toward the Sound (Motema)
10. Lucian Ban & John Hebert, Enesco Re-Imagined (Sunnyside)

Tim DuRoche’s Best of 2010 list (JJA)

Highlights of recorded music in 2010 — in no particular hierarchy:

Mary Halvorson Quintet, Saturn Sings (Firehouse 12)
Wadada Leo Smith-Ed Blackwell, Blue Mountain’s Sun Drummer (Kabell)
Steve Swell’s Slammin’ the Infinite, 5000 Poems (Not Two)
Connie Crothers and Michael Bisio, Session at 475 Kent  (Mutable Music)
Ivo Perelman – Brian Willson, The Stream of Life (Leo)
AMM, Sounding Music (Matchless Recordings)
Blue Cranes, Observatories (Blue Cranes)
Michael Formanek, The Rub and Spare Change (ECM)
Tony Malaby’s Tamarindo + Wadada Leo Smith Live (Clean Feed)
Roscoe Mitchell, The Note Factory, Far Side (ECM)

Steve Feeney’s Best of 2010 list (JJA)

1) Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth: DELUXE (Clean Feed)
2) Rudresh Mahanthappa/Bunky Green: APEX (Pi)
3) Davis/Laubrock/Sorey: PARADOXICAL FROG (Clean Feed)
4) Geri Allen: FLYING TOWARD THE SOUND (Motema)
5) The Nels Cline Singers: INITIATE (Cryptogramophone)
6) Rebecca Martin: WHEN I WAS LONG AGO (Sunnyside)
7) Charles Lloyd Quartet: MIRROR (ECM)
8 ) Fred Hersch Trio: WHIRL (Palmetto)
9) Sarah Wilson: TRAPEZE PROJECT (Brass Tonic)
10) Steve Coleman and Five Elements: HARVESTING SEMBLANCES AND AFFINITIES (Pi)

John Szwed’s best of 2010 list (JJA)

1  Myra Melford  The Whole Tree Gone      Firehouse 12
2  Chris Lightcap     Deluxe     Clean Feed
3  Lucian Ban and John Hebert   Enesco Reimagined       Sunnyside
4  Ches Smith and These Arches    Finally Out of My Hands       Skirl
5  Henry Threadgill      This Brings Us to 2       Pi
6  Steve Coleman     Harvesting Semblances and Affinities       Pi
7  Norma Winstone.  Stories Yet to Tell    ECM
8  Claudia Quartet   Royal Toast   Cuneiform
9  David Weiss   Snuck In     Sunny Side
10 Scott Coley    Empire     Cam Jazz

Music and More best of 2010 list by Tim Niland

Vandermark 5 Special Edition – The Horse Jumps and the Ship is Gone (Not Two)
Ches Smith and These Arches – Finally Out of My Hands (Skirl)
Mary Halvorson Quintet – Saturn Sings (Firehouse 12)
David S. Ware – Onecept (AUM Fidelity)
Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green – Apex (Pi Recordings)
Mostly Other People Do the Killing – Forty Fort (Hot Cup)
Little Women – Throat (AUM Fidelity)
Steve Coleman and Five Elements – Harvesting Semblances and Affinities (Pi Recordings)
Rudresh Mahanthappa and Steve Lehman – Dual Identity (Clean Feed)
Terje Rypdal – Crime Scene (ECM)