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It was rather difficult putting together a list of the best jazz albums of 2010. Unlike our list of non-jazz albums, there didn’t seem to be a massive sense of agreement in all the different jazz writers. Sure, some albums matched up here and there, but by and large, 2010 didn’t have everyone walking lockstep behind a Vijay Iyer’s Historicity or Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society’s Infernal Machines like in 2009. While some may celebrate this as a breaking of the typical year-end journalist hive mind, it also highlights a multifacted year of music in which there really is something for everyone. As it relates to the best jazz music 2010 had to offer, here’s our take on things.
In order for this site to be what it is, we listen to a wide variety of music. That’s just how music is lately, we find strength in our diversity. So needless to say, jazz wasn’t the only thing that found our ears in 2010. Tomorrow, we’ll list what we consider the best jazz albums of 2010 but today, here’s the best of every other genre.
matthew.kassel [at] mail.mcgill.ca
I felt a bit intimidated when asked to write a list of my top five jazz albums for 2010. There were so many albums released this year that I didn’t listen to, and so many that I could have listened to if I had more money and time and knowledge. That limitation, I thought, might make my list incomplete, unworthy, ill-conceived.
I still wanted to make a list, and did. But I scrapped it—it didn’t feel right. And I thought, perhaps, I could make another sort of top five list.
"Just officially wrapped the recording for the ERIMAJ album. I been waiting all my life for this. *tear* "