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.
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.