Daily Archives: December 16, 2010

David R. Adler’s Best of 2010 List (Jazztimes, AAJ, JJA)

Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet, Natural Selection (Sunnyside)
Paul Motian/Chris Potter/Jason Moran, Lost In a Dream (ECM)
John Hébert Trio, Spiritual Lover (Clean Feed)
Jason Moran, Ten (Blue Note)
Pat Metheny, Orchestrion (Nonesuch)
Avishai Cohen, Introducing Triveni (Anzic)
Eric Hofbauer, American Fear! (Creative Nation)
David S. Ware, Onecept (Aum Fidelity)
Orrin Evans, Faith In Action (Posi-Tone)
SFJazz Collective, Live 2010: The Works of Horace Silver (SFJazz)

George Grella’s Best of 2010 List (JJA)

Radif Suite – Amir ElSaffar and Hafez Modirzadeh
Dual Identity – Rudresh Mahanthappa and Steve Lehman
Apex – Rudresh Mananthappa and Bunky Green
Ten – Jason Moran
Tweet-Tweet – Abraham Inc.
Observatories – The Blue Cranes
Timshel – Dan Weiss
Transmit – Ideal Bread
siLENT Z Live – Pete Robbins
Reunited – The Jazz Passengers
It Would Be Easier If – Ken Thompson and Slow/Fast

Doug Ramsey’s Best of 2010 List (Wall Street Journal + JJA)


James Moody: 4B (IPO)
Evans, Reavis, Waits (Tarbaby): The End of Fear (Posi-tone)
Chet Baker: The Sesjun Radio Shows (T2)
Randy Weston: The Storyteller (Motéma)
Jason Moran: Ten (Blue Note)
Jessica Williams: Touch (Origin)
Irene Kral: Second Chance (Jazzed Media)
Alan Broadbent: Live At Giannelli Square, Volume 1 (Chilly Bin)
Keith Jarrett, Charlie Haden: Jasmine (ECM)
Kirk Knuffke: Amnesia Brown (Clean Feed)

John Chacona’s Best of 2010 List (JJA)

Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green:  Apex
Rudresh Mahanthappa and Steve Lehman:  Dual Identity
Steve Coleman:  Harvesting Semblances and Affinities
Henry Threadgill:  This Brings Us To, Volume II
Charles Lloyd Quartet:  Mirror
Abraham Inc.:  Tweet Tweet
Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden:  Jasmine
Guillermo Klein:  Domador de huellas – Musica del Cuchi Leguizamon
Myra Melford’s Be Bread:  The Whole Tree Gone
The Nels Cline Singers:  Initiate
Paul Motian:  Lost In A Dream
Marc Ribot:  Silent Movies
Bill Frisell:  Beautiful Dreamer

Howard Mandel’s Best of 2010 List (JJA)

Greg Lewis, Organ Monk
Bobby McFerrin (with Roger Treece), VOCAbuLarieS
Henry Threadgill’s Zooid, This Brings Us To, Vols. 1 and 2
Dominic Duval & Cecil Taylor, The Last Dance volume 1
Myra Melford’s Be Bread, The Whole Tree Gone
The Thirteenth Assembly
Sam Newsome, Blue Soliloquy
Jason Adasiewicz, Sun Rooms
Rudresh Mahanthappa and Steve Lehman, Dual Identity
Nicole Mitchell’s Sonic Projections, Emerald Hills
Cassandra Wilson, Silver Pony
Keith Jarrett-Charlie Haden, Jasmine
Lee Konitz New Quartet, Live at the Village Vanguard

Neils Tesser’s Best of 2010 List (JJA)

Mostly Other People Do The Killing, Forty Fort (Hot Cup)
Jason Moran, Ten (Blue Note)
Ray Anderson-Marty Ehrlich Quartet, Hear You Say (Intuition)
Brad Goode, Tight Like This (Delmark)
Myra Melford’s Be Bread, The Whole Tree Gone (Improvised Communications)
Fight The Big Bull, All Is Gladness (Clean Feed)
Geof Bradfield, African Flowers (Origin)
Danilo Pérez, Providencia (Mack Avenue)
Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things, Stories And Negotiations (482 Music)
Organissimo, Alive & Kickin’ (Big O)

Jazz Prospecting review by Tom Hull

Parker/Guy/Lytton + Peter Evans: Scenes in the House of Music (CF 196)
Pretty self-explanatory just given the lineup; recorded live at Casa da Música — presumably the concert hall in Porto, Portugal. Cover lists artists as “Parker/Guy/Lytton + Peter Evans” but I thought I should spell that out even though it seemed obvious. Not sure how far the trio goes back — latest Penguin Guide starts with a 1993 trio, but also lists a Parker-Lytton duo from 1972, and Parker played on Guy’s London Jazz Composers Orchestra in 1972. Too much applause on the record, not unwarranted. Parker mostly plays tenor here, but gives the soprano some credit, and works in a little circular breathing. Evans’ trumpet is secondary but added splash. He seems to be the serious one in Mostly Other People Do the Killing, with his solo albums and courting of giants of the European avant-garde. B+(***)