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The New York City Jazz Record review by Stuart Broomer

Dual Identity – Dual Identity (CF 172)Rudresh Mahanthappa and Steve Lehman formed Dual Identity as an alto saxophone duo in 2004, relatively early in their careers and before they had emerged as two of the most important musicians of their generation.There’s a special playfulness in any band fronted by two improvisers playing the same instrument, prodding one another further. This concert recording presents Dual Identity in its quintet form, with guitarist Liberty Ellman, bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Damion Reid. It’s a highly cohesive group with astrongly defined collection of compositions crafted by the two leaders. The complex rhythms of “Foster Brothers” or the sudden lyrical bursts of “Resonance Ballad” hinge on both an experimental approach to form and a conversational give and take, a specific focus on the alto saxophone line as it has come down through Charlie Parker and Eric Dolphy, Cannonball Adderley and Jackie McLean. The value of the individual voice is apparent in the very contrast between Lehman’s drier sound and the rounder warmer voice of Mahanthappa. The group language is a key factor here, most highly developed in the cleverly titled “Extensions of Extension of”, with Ellman, Brewer and Reid creating a minefield of conflicting directions beneath the horns. The performance concludes with the title piece and the way the group began, a sustained unaccompanied dialogue between the two altoists, answering one another’s phrases or running spiral lingscales, matching fluting harmonics with circular breathing to multiphonics, a dialogue rooted at once in the potential of the saxophone and the mutability of pitch and time.

Mas Jazz Magazine reviews by Pachi Tapiz

Red Trio: Red Trio * * * *
Bernardo Sassetti Trio: Motion * * * *
Jason Stein’s Locksmith Isidore:Three Less Than Between * * *
Kirk Knuffle: Amnesia Brown * * * *
Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth: Deluxe * * * *
Rudresh Mahanthappa & Steve Lehman:Dual Identity * * * *
Fight The Big Bull (feat. Steven Bernstein):All is Gladness in the Kingdom * * *
The Godforgottens: Never Forgotten, Always Remembered * * * *
Para quien no lo conozca, el sello portugués Clean Feed es uno de los más interesantes en la actualidad. En apenas diez años su catálogo ha editado más de 150 referencias. Allí caben desde propuestas libre improvisadas, hasta otras que transitan por una cierta ortodoxia contemporánea post-bop.También tienen espacio tanto grupos y artistas que vienen delos USA, consagrados o no, como otros que provienen deEuropa y por supuesto de Portugal. En cualquier caso y concarácter general, el aparecer publicada en el sello dirigido porPedro Costa equivale a tener un interés a priori que en la mayoría de ocasiones es colmado, y con creces, con la corres-pondiente escucha.De entre las últimas referencias de músicos portugueses destacan dos tríos de piano, que con sus diferencias, son más que recomendables. El primero es el liderado por BernardoSassetti, uno de los tesoros mejor guardados del jazz portugués, al menos para esta parte de la Península Ibérica. Moviéndose entre “Homecoming Queen” (del grupo de rock alternativo Sparklehorse) y la “Canço NºVI” de Federico Mompou, Sassetti, el contrabajista Carlos Barretto y el batería Alexandre Frazao desgranan con suavidad en Motion las composiciones llenas de lirismo del pianista, que recupera algunas piezas escritas para obras de teatro y cine. Tomando la forma del discurrir de un día, este trío estable desde hacemás de doce años logra una obra de primer nivel. Red Trio se estrena discográficamente con el CD homónimo. En la tradición post-evansiana de los tríos de piano en los que lostres instrumentistas están al mismo nivel, la música se trabaja y desarrolla a nivel colectivo. El batería Gabriel Ferrandini y el contrabajista Hernani Faustino ya dejaron haceunos meses una magnífica muestra de su capacidad para improvisar en grupo en el Nobuyasu Furuya Trio (Bendowa,Clean Feed. CF159CD). Rodrigo Pinheiro se destapa como un magnífico pianista, aunque en este caso el potencial del trío es superior a la suma de sus partes. Three Less Than Between es la segunda grabación del trío del clarinetista bajo Jason Stein, tras A Calculuss Of Loss, también en Clean Feed. Al músico de Chicago le acompañan el batería Mike Pride y el contrabajista Jason Roebke, que susti-tuye al chelista Kevin Davis. Su sonido ha tenido una evolución más que apreciable desde el estreno de Bridge 61, el grupo liderado por Ken Vandermark, aunque el músico sigue buscando su voz propia. En su nueva grabación recoge referencias del clarinete bajo a lo largo de toda la historia del jazz, que van desde piezas inspiradas en la obra de Eric Dolphy, hasta otras cercanas a la libre improvisación. El trompetistaKirk Knuffle ofrece en Amnesia Brown dos discos en uno.Doug Wieselman se emplea en clarinete y guitarra, de modo que con tres músicos (el tercero en discordia es el veterano batería Kenny Wollesen) ofrece dos propuestas con sonidos muy diferentes, con unas magníficas composiciones entroncadas con la tradición del free-bop. Deluxe es la segunda grabación del grupo Bigmouth, liderado por el contrabajista Chris Lightcap. Un grupo particular que cuenta en sus filas con dos saxos tenores (Chris Cheek y Tony Malaby), teclados (Craig Taborn que se aplica en piano y en piano eléctrico), batería (Gerald Cleaver), el contrabajista, y el saxo alto de Andrew D’Angelo en tres temas. El contrabajista deja una magnífica muestra de su capacidad para componer melodías que enganchan desde el primer momento, desarrolladas por un quinteto que aunque inusual (presencia de dos saxofonistas), tiene su punto fuerte en las voces individuales de sus músicos. Especialmente la de TonyMalaby, un saxofonista que en los últimos tiempos está enun particular estado de gracia: sólo hay que escuchar sus discos del pasado año Voladores y Paloma Recio. Otra formación inusual es la del disco Dual Identity de los saxofonistas altos Steve Lehman y Rudresh Mahanthappa. Grabado endirecto en 2009 en el festival de jazz de Braga los acompañanel guitarrista Liberty Ellman, el contrabajista Matt Brewer y el batería Damion Reid. Los titulares se reparten los temas, que oscilan entre composiciones cercanas al MBase y algunas otras próximas a la espiritualidad del free post-coltraneano. Una música intensa y densa, en la que la interacción entre los músicos (en especial los saxofonistas), más que los solos, toma un papel fundamental. All is Gladness in the Kingdom es la segunda grabaciónde Fight The Big Bull, la formación de once músicos dirigida por el guitarrista Matt White, que cuenta en esta ocasión con la participación del trompetista Steven Bernstein como músico más destacado. Grabado a lo largo de ocho días (tres de ensayos, cinco para registrarlo), el trabajo previo del conjunto antes de pasar al estudio se hace evidente. Sin embargo la excesiva duración de la grabación (más de 76 minutos), diluye los aciertos de algunas de las composiciones de White y de Steven Bernstein, como la magnífica “Eddie and Cameron Strike Back/Satchel Paige” o el tema que da título al CD. Y para finalizar este breve recorrido un disco de free. The Godforgottens es el cuarteto formado por el trío del pianista Sten Sandell más el trompetista Magnus Broo. Los otros dos acompañantes son el contrabjaista Johan Berthling y el batería y percusionista Paal Nilssen-Love. La principal novedad es el estreno de Sandell al órgano Hammond, lo que aporta una coloración adicional al sonido. El resultado es un disco de free a la clásica que es energético, melódico y peleón, con unos duetos magníficos (en especial el de Broo con Nilssen-Love). Su duración, tres temas en cuarenta minutos, resulta ideal para evitar el despiste de los oyentes. Este CD hará, sin duda, las delicias de los aficionados al género.

All Music Guide review by Michael G. Nastos

Steve Lehman / Rudresh Mahanthappa – Dual Identity (CF 172)
Birds of a feather who never think twice about what they do, alto saxophonists Rudresh Mahanthappa and Steve Lehman play together with a religious fervor and shared values that few musicians on similar instruments have ever possessed. Recorded at the Braga Jazz Festival, these two blow as if their lives depended on it with every phrase, accent, and extended counterpoint line, the essence of conjoined compatible styles, using so many notes in so little time. These whirling dervishes base their rhythmic contours via power-pointed accents and ethno-funk at times during “The General,” and spiky fatback counter-melodies on a bed of lean beats from drummer Damion Reid during “Foster Brothers.” There are spatial moments as constructed by guitarist Liberty Ellman, ballads, blues from bassist Matt Brewer, and fluttery separates from the principals. But mostly it’s Mahanthappa and Lehman pushing the limits of their instruments as they duel away nonstop, feeding off each other and building huge pyramids of sound. The insistent “Circus” and more joined, less kinetic “Post-Modern Pharaohs” might be tracks that are something of a departure, but reveling in the mastery of how they both uniquely approach what has been a bebop vehicle for most post-Charlie Parker saxophonists is nothing short of a modern miracle. As ultra-concentrated a creative jazz outing as you will ever hear, the Mahanthappa-Lehman combine is heretofore unrivaled, challenged by no similar current tandem, and deserves high merit for its energy level alone. Yes, wailers still roam the Earth!
http://www.allmusic.com/album/dual-identity-r1800310/review

Publico Best of 2010 List by Rodrigo Amado and Nuno Catarino

Melhores Ano Público – 2010 – Escolhas de Rodrigo Amado e Nuno Catarino

1 Sara Serpa / Ran Blake “Camera Obscura” (Inner Circle)
Longe da previsibilidade e artifício da maioria das cantoras jazz actuais, Sara Serpa dá um enorme salto artístico e afirma-se como uma das mais interessantes cantoras da actualidade. Em duo com Ran Blake, um enorme pianista que é um dos segredos mais bem guardados do jazz, assina um registo poderoso, mágico e vibrante, que evoca os grandes criadores do jazz vocal. Disco revelação do jazz nacional 2010. RA

2 Vandermark 5 “The Horse Jumps and The Shipp is Gone” (Not Two) Gravado ao vivo no clube Green Mill de Chicago, este novo registo do saxofonista Ken Vandermark é uma bomba! O saxofonista pega na sua mais celebrada formação, os Vandermark 5, e junta-lhes dois convidados de excepção; o trompetista Magnus Broo e o pianista Havard Wiik. Um equilíbrio notável entre forma e improvisação e uma atitude “take-no-prisoners” dá origem a uma música orgânica, visceral e urgente. Registo internacional do ano. RA

3 Fight the Big Bull – All is Gladness in the Kingdom (Clean Feed)
O decateto americano conta aqui com a participação do trompetista Steven Bernstein e elabora um dos mais originais discos dos últimos anos. Assente numa forte vertente composicional, a música do grupo abre alas à inspiração dos instrumentistas, sempre direccionados por um permanente sentido colectivo. Com o auxílio de Bernstein o colectivo dá mais um grande passo em frente. NC

4 Mike Pride’s From Bacteria to Boys “Betweenwhile” (Aum Fidelity) Mike Pride é, há muito, um subversivo agitador do jazz nova-iorquino. Em “Betweenwhile” reúne um quarteto explosivo que opera entre o passado e o futuro do jazz, como se de um jogo se tratasse. A seu lado, Peter Bitenc, Alexis Marcelo e o saxofonista Darius Jones, uma das grandes revelações dos últimos anos. Fogo, elegância e contenção, num registo descrito com jazz de vanguarda soul. RA

5 Red Trio – Red Trio (Clean Feed)
Revelaram-se em disco, mas não só. Para o Red Trio – Rodrigo Pinheiro (piano), Hernâni Faustino (contrabaixo) e Gabriel Ferrandini (bateria) – este 2010 foi um ano imparável: aclamação internacional, concertos em grandes salas (nacionais e internacionais) e colaborações com convidados de peso (como John Butcher ou Nate Wooley). Improvisando na constante busca de formas sonoras imprevisíveis, o trio encarnado desenvolve uma música única. Que o futuro seja deles. NC

6 Little Women “Throat” (Aum Fidelity)
Jazz com espírito punk, free com disciplina prog. Os Little Women – quarteto de Darius Jones, Travis Laplante, Andrew Smiley e Jason Nazary – apresentam um dos mais inclassificáveis discos que o ano viu nascer, um disco que vira o jazz de pernas para o ar, que mostra uma música barulhenta e irresistível, que explora os limites, que se materializa em múltiplas explosões de energia. NC

7 The Bad Plus – Never Stop (E1)
O irreverente trio de Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson e David King confirma finalmente aquilo que já muitos desconfiavam: estes moços não são apenas capazes de boas (e divertidas) versões de temas rock/pop, são também capazes de fazer uma música intensíssima, enérgica e original, que não deve nada a ninguém. Este é o primeiro disco que não inclui temas alheios e ao que parece estes já não fazem falta nenhuma. NC

8 Rudresh Mahanthappa and Steve Lehman “Dual Identity” (Clean Feed) Dois saxofonistas, virtuosos e inovadores, tentam desvendar os códigos do futuro do jazz. Com uma abordagem altamente pessoal e acompanhados por três grandes músicos – Liberty Ellman, Matt Brewer e Damion Reid – destilam um jazz intenso, angular e complexo, e constroem uma entidade musical abstracta que se apresenta como o paradigma do jazz moderno. RA

9 Parker/Guy/Lytton + Peter Evans – Scenes in the House of Music (Clean Feed) Constituindo um dos mais celebrados trios do jazz improvisado europeu, Evan Parker, Barry Guy e Paul Lytton são três gigantes que garantiram há muito um lugar de destaque na história do jazz moderno. Neste disco, registo de um concerto memorável na Casa da Música, convidam o extraordinário trompetista Peter Evans e formam um quadrado perfeito, impressionista e caleidoscópico. Aquilo que mais se aproxima de uma pura magia sonora. RA

10 Henry Threadgill Zooid “This Brings Us To Vol.2” (Pi)
A aventura criativa de Threadgill continua. Com Zooid, o seu notável projecto para o novo século, realiza explorações de timbre, estrutura e instrumentação. No seu universo, o de um verdadeiro músico dos músicos, nada é o que parece. Em múltiplos planos de percepção, cruzam-se jazz de vanguarda, blues, música contemporânea, jazz latino e muita improvisação, estruturada e consistente como poucas. RA

11 Paul Motian Trio “Lost in a Dream” (ECM)
Mais do que a enorme vitalidade de Motian, mestre absoluto do drumming mundial, a grande surpresa de “Lost in a Dream” vem de Jason Moran – mais contido, com um toque europeu que lhe assenta como uma luva – e acima de tudo, de Chris Potter, que aqui utiliza uma subtileza e suavidade tímbrica que raramente lhe é ouvida. Um trio clássico num registo poético e lírico. RA

12 LUME – Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble (JACC)
A “big band” dirigida por Marco Barroso chega finalmente ao disco e confirma aquilo que muitos já conheciam das actuações ao vivo da banda: jazz multi-referencial, temas que atravessam décadas da história em poucos minutos, de Ellington a Sun Ra à velocidade da luz. Um brilhante projecto nacional que não pára de surpreender e merecerá todo o reconhecimento (aqui e lá fora). NC

13 Vijay Iyer – Solo (Act)
O pianista aventura-se a solo e o resultado já não surpreende ninguém. Trabalhando uma selecção de standards como “Darn That Dream” e clássicos de Monk (“Epistrophy”) e Ellington (“Fleurette Africaine”), Vijay passa também por “Human Nature” (belíssimo tema de Michael Jackson). Em qualquer desses ambientes, o pianista nunca abandona o seu típico registo, sóbrio e metódico, inteligente no desenvolvimento dos temas, criativo e elegante. NC

14 Steve Swell Slammin’ The Infinite “5000 Poems” (Not Two)
Nome incontornável do jazz de vanguarda norte-americano e um dos maiores trombonistas da actualidade, Steve Swell já não gravava um disco assim há muito tempo. Em “5000 Poems”, com um quinteto bem calibrado, surpreende tudo e todos com um registo vibrante, pleno de inspiração e poder, na linha dos grandes clássicos free dos anos 60 e 70. Composições brilhantes e discursos solistas de cortar a respiração. RA

15 Mário Laginha Trio “Mongrel” (ONC)
Cada vez mais focado no seu próprio universo, Mário Laginha continua a seguir a sua estrela aventurando-se em projectos de alto risco. Em “Mongrel” aborda a obra de um dos seus compositores favoritos, Frédéric Chopin, e recusando soluções fáceis, opera uma transformação profunda das suas composições, alterando compassos, tempos, melodias e harmonias. Raramente uma fusão ou “mestiçagem” de estilos musicais deu origem a uma música tão pura e orgânica. RA

Seth Colter Walls’ (Newsweek, The Awl) Best of 2010 List

1. Mary Halvorson: Saturn Sings (Firehouse 12)
2. Jason Moran: Ten (Blue Note)
3. Benoît Delbecq: The Sixth Jump (Songlines)
4. Maurice Brown: The Cycle of Love (Brown)
5. Paul Motian: Lost in a Dream (ECM)
6. Ingrid Laubrock: Anti-House (Intakt)
7. Steve Coleman: Harvesting Semblances and Affinities (Pi)
8. Geri Allen: Flying Toward the Sound (Motema)
9. Taylor Ho Bynum & Tomas Fujiwara: Stepwise (Not Two)
10. Rudresh Mahanthappa & Steve Lehman: Dual Identity (Clean Feed)

Mark Stryker’s (Detroit Free Press)

1. Tom Harrell: Roman Nights (High Note)
2. Geri Allen: Flying Toward the Sound (Motema)
3. Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden: Jasmine (ECM)
4. Rudresh Mahanthappa & Steve Lehman: Dual Identity (Clean Feed)
5. Kenny Dorham: The Flamboyan, Queens, NY, 1963 (Uptown)
6. Hal Galper: E Pluribus Unum (Origin)
7. Bruce Barth & Steve Wilson: Home (WASJS)
8. Jon Irabagon: Foxy (Hot Cup)
9. Cookers: Warriors (Jazz Legacy)
10. Chris Lightcap: Bigmouth Deluxe (Clean Feed)

Chris Robinson’s (Downbeat) Best of 2010 List

1. Liam Sillery: Phenomenology (OA2)
2. Rudresh Mahanthappa & Steve Lehman: Dual Identity (Clean Feed)
3. Roscoe Mitchell: Far Side (ECM)
4. Dave Douglas: Spark of Being: Burst (Greenleaf)
5. Alaturka: Tamam Abi (Tzigane)
6. Ray Anderson & Marty Ehrlich: Hear You Say: Live in Willisau (Intuition)
7. Sarah Wilson: Trapeze Project (Brass Tonic)
8. Ken Thomson & Slow/Fast: It Would Be Easier If (Intuition)
9. Dan Gailey: What Did You Dream? (OA2)
10. John Scofeld-Vince Mendoza-Metropole Orkest: 54 (Emarcy)

Howard Mandel’s (JazzBeyondJazz [artsjournal.com], City Arts-New York) Best of 2010 List

1. Greg Lewis: Organ Monk (self-released)
2. Bobby McFerrin: VOCAbuLaries (Emarcy)
3. Henry Threadgill: This Brings Us To Volume II (Pi)
4. Dominic Duval & Cecil Taylor: The Last Dance (Cadence)
5. Myra Melford: The Whole Tree Gone (Firehouse 12)
6. Mary Halvorson: Saturn Sings (Firehouse 12)
7. Sam Newsome: Blue Soliloquy (Solo Works for Soprano Saxophone) (self-released)
8. Jason Adasiewicz: Sun Rooms (Delmark)
9. Rudresh Mahanthappa & Steve Lehman: Dual Identity (Clean Feed)10. Nicole Mitchell: Emerald Hills (RogueArt)

Francis Davis’s (Village Voice) Best of 2010 List

1. ICP Orchestra: ICP Orchestra (ICP)
2. Dominic Duval & Cecil Taylor: The Last Dance (Cadence)
3. Marc Ribot: Silent Movies (Pi)
4. Mary Halvorson: Saturn Sings (Firehouse 12)
5. Myra Melford: The Whole Tree Gone (Firehouse 12)
6. Paul Motian: Lost in a Dream (ECM)
7. Rudresh Mahanthappa & Steve Lehman: Dual Identity (Clean Feed)
8. Michael Formanek: The Rub and Spare Change (ECM)
9. Billy Bang: Prayer for Peace (TUM)
10. Benjamin Herman: Hypochristmastreefuzz: More Mengelberg (Dox)
http://hullworks.net/vv/10//ballots-02.php

The Village Voice Jazz Best of 2010 List (texts by Francis Davis)

Jason Moran Tops Himself
The adventurous Ten headlines the Voice’s Fifth Annual Jazz Critics’ Poll

It wouldn’t be exaggerating much to say that Jason Moran’s only competition in the Fifth Annual Village Voice Jazz Critics’ Poll was Jason Moran. Ten, his first trio album in seven years, won Album of the Year in a landslide, but that’s not all. The pianist figured prominently on the runner-up, Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green’s Apex, and Charles Lloyd’s Mirror, which finished fourth—only a surprise No. 3 showing from rising guitarist Mary Halvorson kept him from a hat trick. Add Paul Motian’s Lost in a Dream, on which Moran and saxophonist Chris Potter are virtually the veteran drummer’s co-leaders, and that gives the 2010 MacArthur Fellow four appearances in the Top 10—a fete unprecedented in this poll’s short history and unlikely to be equaled anytime soon.
 
Mary HalvorsonVijay IyerPaul MotianArts, Entertainment, and MediaI wanted this year’s poll to do the impossible, to go some way toward restoring my faith in the democratic process following November’s dismal midterm elections. And in its modest way, it did. With Moran and drummer Nasheet Waits varying the dynamics and dancing around the beat while bassist Tarus Mateen holds fast to it, Ten easily passes the most crucial test facing any piano-trio album: You never find yourself wishing for horns. It’s an extremely worthy winner, and listening to it again as I write, not only do I feel guilty about its absence on my own ballot, I find myself applauding my colleagues for showing smarts I evidently lack.

Since the poll’s 2006 inception, I’ve come to think of my wrap-up as akin to a State of the Union. Starting with that first year’s overwhelming evidence of the mainstream widening to accommodate Ornette Coleman without him so much as meeting it halfway, the results of each subsequent poll have revealed an encouraging new trend: in ’07, something approaching equality for jazz women behind winner Maria Schneider; in ’08, how this country’s changing ethnic demographics are letting jazz go global without leaving home; last year, signs of a long-needed infusion of young blood. This year? Well, Ten is the second consecutive piano-trio winner, following Vijay Iyer’s Historicity, and joining it in the Top 10 are Keith Jarrett’s duets with bassist Charlie Haden, and solo efforts by Iyer and Geri Allen. But a list dominated by pianists strikes me as coincidence rather than as a harbinger of anything in particular.

What might be more significant is that with the majors having all but abandoned jazz until further notice, independents are enjoying a boom, albeit one probably more aesthetic than financial. Pi Recordings claimed four spots in the Top 20, as many as Blue Note and Nonesuch combined placed in the Top 50, the only majors to appear there. ECM enjoyed its usual good showing, although this year’s overall winner might be Clean Feed, a relatively new Portuguese label fast becoming this era’s Soul Note/Black Saint in terms of both quality and prolificacy—a staggering two dozen of its 2010 releases received votes, led by Chris Lightcap’s Big Mouth at No. 12 and Bay Area bassist Lisa Mezzacappa, who tied singer/songwriter Gregory Porter for Best Debut. But along with the perseverance of these indie labors of love, the logical takeway from a Top 10 featuring two women, as well as four musicians under 40 (including Mahanthappa and Iyer, both native-born Americans of Indian descent), is that the trends suggested by previous years’ results genuinely were trends, not just blips. Which I’d say confirms this annual survey’s worth beyond providing readers and participants alike with a catch-up shopping list.

The 2010 Voice Jazz Critics’ Poll: The Results

Jazz Album of the Year
1. Jason Moran Ten (Blue Note)
2. Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green Apex(Pi)
3. Mary Halvorson Quintet Saturn Sings (Firehouse 12)
4. Charles Lloyd Quartet Mirror (ECM)
5. Henry Threadgill’s Zooid This Brings Us to, Vol. 2 (Pi)
6. Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden Jasmine(ECM)
7. Steve Coleman & Five Elements Harvesting Semblances and Affinities(Pi)
8. Vijay Iyer Solo (ACT)
9. Geri Allen Flying Toward the Sound (Motéma)
10. Paul Motian Lost in a Dream (ECM)
11. Dave Holland Octet Pathways (Dare2)
12. Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth Deluxe(Clean Feed)
13. Brad Mehldau Highway Rider(Nonesuch)
14. Myra Melford’s Be Bread The Whole Tree Gone(Firehouse 12)
15. James Moody4B(IPO)
16. Randy Weston & His African Rhythms Sextet The Storyteller (Motéma)
17. Mostly Other People Do the Killing Forty Fort (Hot Cup)
18. Marc Ribot Silent Movies (Pi)
19. Fred Hersch Trio Whirl(Palmetto)
20. Regina Carter Reverse Thread (E1)
21. Claudia Quintet Royal Toast(Cuneiform)
22. Danilo PerezProvidencia(Mack Avenue)
23. Christian Scott Yesterday You Said Tomorrow (Concord)
24. Nels Cline Singers Initiate(Cryptogramophone)
25. Microscopic Septet Friday The Thirteenth: The Micros Play Monk(Cuneiform Records)
26. Tomasz Stanko Quintet Dark Eyes(ECM)
27. Michael Formanek The Rub and Spare Change (ECM)
28. Rudresh Mahanthappa & Steve Lehman Dual Identity(Clean Feed) “My preference for this stand-off with a fellow altoist near Mahanthappa’s own age comes down to their shared belief in the value of stridency (the legacy of Jackie McLean) and the sharper edge that Liberty Ellman’s guitar lends the rhythm section.”- Francis Davis
29. Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things Stories and Negotiations(482 Music)
30. Tom Harrell Roman Nights(High Note)
31. Irene Kral Second Chance (Jazzed Media)
32. Bill Charlap & Renee Rosnes Double Portrait (Blue Note)
33. Steve Lacy November (Intakt)
34. William Parker Organ Quartet Uncle Joe’s Spirit House (Centering)
35. Ideal BreadTransmit: Volume 2 of the Music of Steve Lacy(Cuneiform)
36. Billy BangPrayer for Peace(TUM)
37. John Escreet Don’t Fight the Inevitable(Mythology)
38. Parker/Guy/Lytton + Peter Evans Scenes in the House of Music (Clean Feed)
39. Jason Adasiewicz Sun Rooms (Delmark)
39. Kris Davis-Ingrid Laubrock-Tyshawn Sorey Paradoxical Frog (Clean Feed)
41. William ParkerI Plan to Stay a Believer: The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield(AUM Fidelity)
42. Guillermo KleinDomador de Huellas: Music of “Cuchi” Leguizamon (Sunnyside)
43. Lee Konitz New Quartet Live at the Village Vanguard (Enja)
44. Nels Cline Dirty Baby (Cryptogramophone)
45. Wadada Leo Smith & Ed BlackwellThe Blue Mountain’s Sun Drummer(Kabell)
46. Esperanza Spalding Chamber Music Society (Heads Up)
47. Either/Orchestra Mood Music for Time Travellers (Accurate)
48. Bad Plus Never Stop (E1)
49. Chucho Valdes & the Afro.Cuban Messengers Chucho’s Steps (Four Quarters)
50. Pat Metheny Orchestrion27
Critics were asked to list 10 albums in descending order, with 10 points awarded for their #1, 9 for #2, etc. (On ballots where choices were listed alphabetically, each received 5.5 points.) The first bold number indicates total points; the number in parentheses is the tally of ballots on which a CD appeared, which was used as a tiebreaker.

Jazz Reissue of the Year
1. Henry Threadgill/Air The Complete Novus and Columbia Recordings(Mosaic)
2. Miles Davis Bitches Brew: 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition (Columbia/Legacy)
3. Stan Getz & Kenny Barron People Time: The Complete Recordings (Sunnyside)
4. Ahmad Jamal Trio The Complete Argo Sessions 1956–62 (Mosaic)
5. John Carter & Bobby Bradford The Complete Revelation Sessions (Mosaic Select)
6. Philly Joe Jones & Dameronia Look, Stop and Listen (Uptown)
7. Duke Ellington The Complete 1932–1940 Brunswick, Columbia, and Master Recordings (Mosaic)
8. Sun Ra Heliocentric Worlds (ESP-Disk)
9. Nat King Cole Riffin’ (Hip-O-Select)
9. Jemeel Moondoc The Muntu Recordings (No Business)
Critics were asked to list three reissues in descending order, with three points awarded for #1, 2 for #2, and 1 for #3. The first bold number indicates total points; the number in parentheses tallies ballots on which a CD appeared, which was used as a tiebreaker.

Best Vocal Album
1. Cassandra Wilson Silver Pony (Blue Note)
2. Irene Kral Second Chance (Jazzed Media)
2. Esperanza Spalding Chamber Music Society (Heads Up)
4. Theo Bleckman I Dwell in Possibility (Winter & Winter)
5. Dee Dee Bridgewater Eleanora Fagan (1915–1959): To Billie with Love from Dee Dee (Emarcy)
6. Rebecca MartinWhen I Was Long Ago (Sunnyside)
7. Catherine Russell Inside This Heart of Mine (World Village)
8. Norma Winstone Stories Yet to Tell (ECM)

Best Debut
1. Lisa Mezzacappa’s Bait & Switch What Is Known (Clean Feed)
1. Gregory Porter Water(Motema)
3. Eric HarlandVoyager, Live by Night (Space Time)


Best Latin

1. Chucho Valdes & the Afro-Cuban Messengers Chucho’s Steps (Four Quarters)
2. Guillermo Klein Domador de Huellas: Musica del Cuchi Leguizamon(Sunnyside)
3. Conrad Herwig The Latin Side of Herbie Hancock(Half Note)
4. Danilo Perez Providencia (Mack Avenue)
5. Paquito D’Rivera Panamericana Suite (MCG)
For Best Vocal, Debut, and Latin albums, critics were asked to name one album apiece, with no point system.

This poll has become my labor of love—my equivalent of social networking, and, for a couple weeks once the ballots start filling my inbox, just about my only social life. Along the way this year, in addition to a hundred or so albums I might otherwise not ever have known existed, I also got word of layoffs and cutbacks, a corneal abrasion, a nagging heel injury, the death of a mother, the birth of a daughter, and the loss of James Moody to pancreatic cancer. Thanks to this year’s 120 participants for keeping me up to date: David R. Adler, Scott Albin, Clifford Allen, A.D. Amorosi, Larry Applebaum, Chris Barton, Nick Bewsey, Larry Birmbaum, Paul Blair, Larry Blumenfeld, Philip Booth, Michael Bourne, Shaun Brady, Marcia Breton, Christian Broecking, Stuart Broomer, Brent Burton, John Chacona, Nate Chinen, Fred Cisterna, Troy Collins, Thomas Conrad, J.D. Considine, Owen Cordle, Lawrence Cosentino, Michael Coyle, Francis Davis, Steve Dollar, Laurence Donohue-Greene, Alain Drout, Ken Dryden, Donald Elfman, Steve Feeney, Colin Fleming, Ken Franckling, Phil Freeman, David Fricke, Richard Gehr, Andrew Gilbert, Ted Gioia, Lars Gotrich, Kurt Gottschalk, Steve Greenlee, George Grella, James Hale, Ed Hazell, Don Heckman, Tad Hendrickson, Andrey Henkin, W. Kim Heron, Geoffrey Himes, Eugene Holley, Lyn Horton, Tom Hull, Peter Hum, Robert Iannapollo, Josh Jackson, Patrick Jarenwattananon, Willard Jenkins, Martin Johnson, George Kanzler, Fred Kaplan, Larry Kart, Mark Keresman, Bill King, Elzy Kolb, Art Lange, Will Layman, Devin Leonard, Aidan Levy, John Litweiler, Martin Longley, Suzanne Lorge, Kevin Lynch, John McDonough, Shaunna Morrison Machosky, Jim Macnie, Howard Mandel, Peter Margasak, Bill Milkowski, Dan Morgenstern, John Murph, Russ Musto, Marc Myers, Michael G. Nastos, Dan Ouellette, Ted Panken, Thierry Peremarti, Bob Porter, Doug Ramsey, Derk Richardson, Joel Roberts, Chris Robinson, Britt Robson, Jim Roberts, Michael Rosenstein, Lloyd Sachs, Gene Seymour, Mike Shanley, Bill Shoemaker, Hank Shteamer, Slim, Chip Stern, Zan Stewart, Jeff Stockton, W, Royal Stokes, Mark Stryker, John F. Szwed, Jeff Tamarkin, Neil Tesser, Ludwig Van Trikt, George Varga, Andrew Velez, Seth Colter Walls, Jason Weiss, Michael J. West, Kevin Whitehead, K. Leander Williams, Josef Woodard, Ron Wynn, and Scott Yanow.
http://www.villagevoice.com/2010-12-29/music/the-2010-voice-jazz-poll/