My approach to selecting what I consider the best recordings of the year has changed every year. In 2010, I am citing those discs to which I gave 5 out of 5 stars. About midway through the year, I restricted myself to largely vocal jazz releases, explaining the abundance of such recordings on the list.
Fire In My Bones: Raw, Rare & Otherworldly African-American Gospel 1944-2007
"Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay." Jeremiah 20:9 (KJV)...continue.
's Silver Pony justly illuminates the important influence Wilson has had on all jazz vocals, since her artistic breakthrough with 1993's Blue Light 'Til Dawn (Blue Note)...continue.
American Dreams brings us to the contemporary Laurie Antonioli. The disc is a collection of originals, standards and ringers that together act as the most logical evolution out of Foreign Affair...continue.
Songs of Love and Destruction
Austrian-American Elisabeth Lohninger is emerging as a major creative force in jazz vocals....continue.