C. Michael Bailey's Best Releases of 2010
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.
Rockin' In Rhythm: A Tribute to Duke Ellington
The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones: Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! The Roling Stones in Concert (40th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set)
What is the measure of a great live music recording? That answer would be intellectual brevity, spontaneity and invention...continue.
Gene Harris Quartet
Another Night in London
Ray Charles: Genius + Soul = Jazz
The horizon of hip jazz keyboard trios is littered with the likes of The Bad Plus, Medeski, Martin, Woods, the Big Apple Trio and Soulive....continue.
Art Pepper: Unreleased Art, Vol. V: Stuttgart, May 25, 1981
Antonio Aldolfo/Carol Saboya
La e Ca: Here and There
La e Ca: Here and There is ostensibly a piano-oriented album by Brazilian pianist/composer Antonio Adolfo, featuring frequent collaborator and vocalist Carol Saboya...continue.
Fresh Made Cuppa Tea
A seizure of nostalgia has gripped the jazz vocals community and shows no evidence of abating...continue.
Scott and Lara St. John/The Knights/Eric Jacobsen
Ever since the consumptive and mysterious Nicolo Paganini took the stage, breaking three of his four famous fiddle strings, playing on the remaining G, and declaring "the artist as hero..."continue.
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta
Marcel Tyberg: Symphony No. 3, Piano Trio
Often, the story behind the music makes it that much more compelling. Marcel Tyberg was an Austrian composer of certain repute...continue.
Los angeles Philharmonic/Esa-Pekka Salonen; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir/Tonu Kalijuste
Arvo Part: Symphony No. 4
It is entirely too easy to look at the past and wonder where the greatness is today. In 1734 George Frideric Handel was composing operas at London's Covent Garden. ...continue.
Carol Morgan Trio
Lost and Found
This wonderfully strange disc, Lost and Found is the result of a confluence of spirits... continue.
Jan Garbarek/the Hilliard Ensemble
At first blush, there is really no reason the eutection of early a capellamusic and modern saxophone should work....continue.
Elton John and Leon Russell
Elton John and Leon Russell are not so unlikely musical colleagues. Russell is slightly the elder, at 68 to John's 63, and within the age difference of two brothers...continue.
Jazz Showcase: Chicago
This 1977 Chicago Art Pepper performance was bootlegged in Spain. As it was stolen to begin with, the saxophonist's widow, Laurie Pepper re-purloined it...continue.
Road and Moon
Danielle Eva emerges a fully formed jazz vocalist on her debut, Road and Moon...continue.
Every once in a while an homage project comes along actually doing what it sets out to do: pay homage....continue.
Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook
Brilliant in spite of its ragged texture, Cassandra Wilson'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.