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 Valdes
, the New Orleans funk of Dr John
, and the retro R&B of saxophonist Cochemea Gastelum. Every one a winner...