Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases of 2010

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These are the CDs that never roamed away from the current listening shelf.

Jessica Williams

Touch

Origin Records

Masterpiece isn't a word to be tossed around lightly. Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams
b.1948
piano
, with the eighty-eight piano keys and a lifetime of musical immersion, has created one with this recording.






Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden

Jasmine

ECM Records

A sublime duo outing with jazz veterans, pianist Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett
b.1945
piano
and bassist Charlie Haden
Charlie Haden
Charlie Haden
1937 - 2014
bass, acoustic
—a sort of accidental recording, an understated set of familiar standards exploring the themes of love and love lost.





Matt Jorgensen

Tattooed by Passion

Origin Records

Drummer/band leader Matt Jorgensen
Matt Jorgensen
Matt Jorgensen
b.1972
drums
continues to push the music forward on this tribute to his late father-in-law, abstract expressionist painter Dale Chisman.







Denny Zeitlin

Precipice

Sunnyside Records

Denny Zeitlin
Denny Zeitlin
Denny Zeitlin
b.1938
piano
, a jazz Renaissance man who day jobs as a psychiatrist, has offered up one of the finest recordings of his career, a stunningly beautiful solo piano set, recorded live.






Paul Motian / Chris Potter / Jason Moran

Lost In A Dream

ECM Records

Drummer Paul Motian
Paul Motian
Paul Motian
1931 - 2011
drums
, who came to prominence in the late fifties as a member of pianist Bill Evans
Bill Evans
Bill Evans
1929 - 1980
piano
' Trio, is still going strong ten years into the new century, with saxophonist Chris Potter
Chris Potter
Chris Potter
b.1971
reeds
and pianist Jason Moran
Jason Moran
Jason Moran
b.1975
piano
.






Dave Liebman Group

Turnaround: The Music of Ornette Coleman

Jazzwerkstatt Records

Veteran saxophonist Dave Liebman
Dave Liebman
Dave Liebman
b.1946
saxophone
goes deep into Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman
b.1930
sax, alto
's music with his long-standing quartet, adding a new harmonic depth to Coleman's Harmolodics.








Pete Malinverni Trio

A Beautiful Thing

Saranac Records

Pete Malinverni has been a top level jazz pianist for a good while, but this highly spontaneous set is a breakout recording effort that lives up to its title and then some.






Bill Carrothers

Joy Spring

Pirouet Records

Pianist Bill Carrothers
Bill Carrothers
Bill Carrothers
b.1964
piano
' tribute to early bop legend, trumpeter Clifford Brown
Clifford Brown
Clifford Brown
1930 - 1956
trumpet
, rollicks and rolls in freewheeling territory, and, in the case of the title tune, slows the pace for an near religious rumination on the music of the died-too-young legend.





Christian Weidner

The Inward Song

Pirouet Records

German alto saxophonist/bandleader Christian Weidner has crafted a fresh, unique and very modern ensemble sound with his stellar quartet.







Dave Douglas and Keystone

Spark of Being: Expand

Greenleaf Music

Trumpeter Dave Douglas
Dave Douglas
Dave Douglas
b.1963
trumpet
and his "soundtrack band," Keystone, add superb atmosphere to yet another take on the Frankenstein theme.

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