Chris May's Best Releases of 2010
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 Valdés, the New Orleans funk of Dr John, and the retro R&B of saxophonist Cochemea Gastelum.
Every one a winner...
Dave Holland & Pepe Habichuela
Chucho Valdés & The Afro-Cuban Messangers
The Waitiki 7
New Sounds Of Exotica
Kris Davis; Ingrid Laubrock; Tyshawn Sorey
Fela Anikulapo Kuti
The Complete Works
Dr John & The Lower Third
Mary Halvorson Quintet
The Return Of Johnny Arrow