I know: I'm probably a bit late. But I love lists! And admit it: so do you! So here are some of the cd's I enjoyed most in 2010. I haven't listened yet to all I wanted (I'm looking forward to the cd by Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green, for instance, I haven't heard the live one by [em] yet... But I did listen extensively to at least 250 new cd's, mainly jazz, but also some assorted candy, as always.
Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth
Please read the previous post.
Ken Vandermark 5
The horse jumps/The ship is gone
What a band, what an energy!
For this extremely gifted and superintelligent pianoplayer 2010 was kind of a breakthrough. His previous trio-cd, Historicity was the cd of 2009. This solo cd is at least one of the cd's of 2010. Iyer has found a highly original voice on piano. When Miles Davis played Michael Jackson's Human Nature, he just played the melody and that was that. The way Vijay Iyer tackles the same tune is much more original. Iyer combines the talents of his mentors Andrew Hil, Sun Ra, Randy Weston, Cecil Taylor and adds a personal flavor to it (though I seldom here influences of his Indian roots, contrary to the also very great Rudresh Mahanthappa).
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