Here are my favorite dozen new releases of 2010. It was an outstanding year on many fronts.
There was ravishing lyricism from saxophonists Nat Birchall
and Stan Sulzmann
and beyond-touristic flamenco and Indian infusions from bassist Dave Holland
and singer Amit Chaudhuri
, the politically charged complete works of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
and the delicious superficiality of The Waitiki 7
, the deep space voyages of saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock
and guitarist Mary Halvorson
, the Senegambian adventures of Outhouse
, the Latin tinge of pianist Chucho Valdes
, the New Orleans funk of Dr John
, and the retro R&B of saxophonist Cochemea Gastelum. Every one a winner...