Warren Allen's Best Releases of 2010

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2010 was special for its sheer quality in quantity. While no one album truly ran away from the pack (as evidenced by the vast disagreements between other writers' top recording lists this year), each month seemed to produce something new and fantastic. Represented here are 15 releases, some by well-established names and some by new(ish) faces, all highly deserving of greater recognition. While I always look for a diverse array of artists, labels, instrumentation, styles, etc., the only consideration in assembling this list was great music with emotional impact. The resulting variety was only a happy coincidence.

New Releases

Charles Lloyd


John Zorn
Dictee/Liber Novus


Theo Bleckmann
I Dwell in Possibility

(Winter & Winter)

Eli Degibri
Israeli Song


Ketil Bjornstad


Paul Motian
Lost in a Dream


Brad Mehldau
Highway Rider


John Zorn
In Search of the Miraculous


Keith Jarrett / Charlie Haden


Rudresh Mahanthappa / Bunky Green


Marc Ribot
Silent Movies



(Naim Label)

Richard Sussman Quintet
Live at Sweet Rhythm


Yelena Eckemoff
Cold Sun

(Self Produced)

Mike Mainieri with Charlie Mariano

(NYC Records)

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