Troy Collins’ Best of 2010 (AAJ, Bagatellen, One Final Note, PoD)

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.

New Releases
– Steve Coleman & Five Elements – Harvesting Semblances and Affinities (Pi)
– Mary Halvorson Quintet – Saturn Sings (Firehouse 12)
– The Jazz Passengers – Reunited (Justin Time)
– The Dave Liebman Group – Turnaround: The Music of Ornette Coleman(Jazzwerkstatt)
– Azar Lawrence – Mystic Journey (Furthermore)
Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth – Deluxe (Clean Feed)
– Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green – Apex (Pi)
– Jason Moran – Ten (Blue Note)
– Mostly Other People Do the Killing – Forty Fort (Hot Cup)
– Mario Pavone Orange Double Tenor – Arc Suite T/Pi T/Po (Playscape)
– Odean Pope – Odean’s List (In + Out)
– Jason Robinson – The Two Faces of Janus (Cuneiform)

New Discoveries
– Jeff Davis – We Sleep outside (Loyal Label)
– Brian Drye – Bizingas (NCM East) 
– Ches Smith & These Arches – Finally Out of My Hands (Skirl) 

Historical Reissues
– Paul Bley / Franz Koglmann / Gary Peacock – Annette (Hatology)
– Marion Brown – Why Not? (ESP-Disk) 
– Dave Douglas’ Tiny Bell Trio – Constellations (Hatology)

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