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Compiling end of the year lists is never an easy task. Considering the quantity of recordings released in a year's time, attempting to mention every notable album would result in an unfocused list of epic proportions. The titles listed below are among the most exceptional albums of the past year. These few records embody a fertile cross-section of some of the best modern jazz of 2010, spotlighting the sophisticated developments of the post M-Base crowd, erudite advancements to the tradition from the Brooklyn and Chicago scenes, and remarkable endeavors by post-war legends.