With the sheer amount of artists heard and undiscovered, it's impossible to narrow down the list to a just a few releases. But one thing that holds true, whether it's technical ability, progressiveness, or music that touches the spirit; it's all about the re-spinability that these recordings garnered on my music players throughout 2010.
I was first exposed to jazz while working overseas in Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I would listen to the Voice of America on the radio and they had a nightly jazz program on at 10:00pm. I learned a lot about jazz listening to this program. I also had a friend who listened to real jazz by artists like Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy and Archie Shepp. On my way home from Africa I landed in New York and had the opportunity to see the George Adams/Don Pullen quartet at the Village Vanguard as well as Kenny Barron and Ron Carter at another club, and was in heaven.