Traditionally, magazines and websites offer a Top Ten of the “best” recordings from the past year. But we quickly realized that this was not going to work. There were just way too many great recordings released this year. So we decided to go with a top twenty. However, as we were down to the final cut there were two recordings that we felt had to be included with the others we chose. So we decided to go with 21 selections. So here, presented in no particular order of preference, are our Top Twenty-One Favorites (or “faves”) of 2010. We loved them all and many others not included among this group.
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Joining tap and jazz in a live recording sounds like a tough feat, but Gerri Allen, with the help of her band, managed to make it work and produced an excellent recording. Check out our review here.
Inspired by a tour of African countries, Geof Bradfield composed this excellent suite of music. He’s joined by Ryan Cohan among others. Really enjoyable work. Check out our review here.
LeDonne produced a real big city jazz record with this one. True to it’s name, this one is a groovefest, with saxophonist Eric Alexander, guitarist Peter Bernstein and Joe Farnsworth on drums.
Following her excellent debut release a few years ago, Decisive Steps continues saxophonist Tia Fuller’s musical ascendency. Solid compositions and musicianship made this one to love.
Another solid band out of the Chicago area. Ian and the Quintet have a nice sound that can appeal to musiclovers across the jazz spectrum and beyond. Check out our review here.
Ever the musical explorer, violinist Regina Carter drew from the inspiration of field recordings of Ugandan worshippers to create this project. She even makes it swing. Check out our review here.
Greta was one of the many nice discoveries of 2010. Greta Matassa has a tremendously powerful voice, combine that with great tunes and you’ve got a recording worth hearing. Check out our review here.
Great compositions and performance from the talented Chicago-based Dana Hall made this one we really liked a lot. Check out our review here.
Vocalist Mary Stallings just gets better with each outing. We love hearing every note she sings. Pianist Eric Reed does a great job, as always, arranging the notes. Check out our review here.
Pianist Helio Alves was kind of a late discovery, but well worth it. It’s just a pleasure to listen to this recording. Check out our review here.
The Mason Brothers have a wonderful blend of sound. Terrific musicianship on this effort. Check out our review here.