Wow, that was a great year. Yes, that was a killing year.
While we don’t pretend toward comprehensiveness in our listening, we thought it might be of moderate interest to D:O’s absurdly intelligent and good-looking readership to know of some releases that, if you haven’t already heard them, would be worth your valuable time and cents, in our estimation.
So here, helpfully arranged into highly scientific categories, are our favorite 2010 recordings:
DREAMING OF THE MASTERS:
Cecil Taylor and Tony Oxley. Ailanthus/Altissima
(Triple Point Records)
This deluxe package is a must have for vinyl hounds, but what’s really worth fetishizing are the great performances enshrined in the grooves.
previously on D:O
GREAT RECORDS WITH MARY HALVORSON ON THEM:
Mary Halvorson Quintet. Saturn Sings
Stepping out with horns, building harmonies on top of bent strings and bizarro boogie.
Amazon | previously on D:O
BEST COVER ALBUMS THAT WERE SO MUCH MORE:
William Parker. I Plan to Stay A Believer: The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield
The continuum from great R&B to free jazz, made plain.
Amazon | previously on D:O
There were MANY more jazz albums that gave us tremendous enjoyment over the past year, among them: New York Art Quartet Old Stuff, Steve Coleman & Five Elements Harvesting Semblances and Affinities, Matthew Shipp 4D, Rudresh Mahanthappa and Steve Lehman Dual Identity, Mike Reed’s People Places and Things Stories and Negotiations, Mario Pavone Arc Suite T/pi T/po, David S. Ware Trio Onecept, The Bad Plus Never Stop, Chris Schlarb Psychic Temple, Colorlist A Square White Lie, Oluyemi Thomas/Sirone/Michael Wimberly Beneath Tones Floor, Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up Actionspeak, Dawn of Midi First, Kirk Knuffke Amnesia Brown, Vox Arcana Aerial Age…
Of course there are also PLENTY of things that we’re still digesting and/or catching up on, chief among them: William Parker Organ Quartet Uncle Joe’s Spirit House (also the WP solo jam At Somewhere There), Michael Formanek The Rub and Spare Change, Mostly Other People Do the Killing Forty Fort, Myra Melford’s Be Bread The Whole Tree Gone, Dominic Duvall and Cecil Taylor The Last Dance, Supersilent 10, Sclavis/Taborn/Rainey Eldorado Trio, The Jazz Passengers Reunited, Asphalt Orchestra s/t, Chicago Underground Duo Boca Negra, &c. &c.
WHAT HAVE WE MISSED? What are your favorites for the year?
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And if all this wasn’t enough fodder for you, the truly list-hungry would do well to visit Dean Minderman’s meta-compilation of “best jazz of 2010 lists,” at his St. Louis Jazz Notes. And for maximal head-spinning, psychosis-inducing list trauma, the meta-list-to-end-all-lists is at Largehearted Boy. Happy 2011!