Thursday, December 30, 2010

Rounding up the "Best Jazz of 2010" lists

As 2010 winds down, jazz journalists, DJs, critics and bloggers have been publishing their annual "Best Of" lists, and once again this year, St. Louis Jazz Notes is offering a meta-list with links to all of the "Best Jazz of 2010" lists we can locate.

As in years past, it's alphabetized by writers' names. In those cases when a list was collaborative or presented as a staff-written project, the name of the publication or media outlet is used instead. Here's what we've got so far:

* Carl Abernathy, Cahl's Juke Joint - Best Albums of 2010
* AccuJazz.com - Top Ten, finally
* AlbanyJazz.Com Staff's Top 5 Jazz Albums of 2010
* Clifford Allen, Ni Kantu - Things We Like - The Best of 2010
* AllMusic.com - Favorite Jazz Albums of 2010
* Amazon.com - Best Jazz of 2010
* Ars Nova Workshop - 2010 Year End Lists
* Hrayr Attarian, AllAboutJazz.com - Best Releases of 2010: Female Instrumentalists
* Avant Music News - Best of 2010
* Peter Bacon, Birmingham Post - The jazz high notes of 2010 in the West Midlands; The Jazz Breakfast - Festive Fifty
* C. Michael Bailey, AllAboutJazz.com - Best Releases of 2010
* Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times - 2010 Year In Review
* Chip Boaz, Latin Jazz Corner- Best of 2010 Awards Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
* Phillip Booth, Between The Grooves/Las Vegas City Life - The Best Jazz of 2010 - Top 10 CDs
* Jack Bowers, AllAboutJazz.com - Tops in '10: The Best Big Band Albums of the Year
* Bill Brownlee, Plastic Sax - Top Ten Concerts and Albums of 2010; Kansas City Star - Kansas City's jazz scene keeps renewing itself
* Cafe Jazz Radio - Faves for 2010
* CapitalBop.com - Looking back, part 1 - Out was in, in 2010 (Bobby Hill); Looking back, part 2 - D.C.'s top CDs of 2010 (Giovanni Russonello and Luke Stewart)
* Ian Carey - The “New to Me” Top 10 for 2010
* Nate Chinen, New York Times - Renewal, the Sensual and Fraught Candor
* Zach Cole, Potholes In My Blog - Top 5 Jazz Albums of 2010
* Troy Collins, AllAboutJazz.com - Best of 2010
* Jamie Cullum, BBC - Albums Of The Year
* Curt Davenport, Curt's Jazz Cafe - Outstanding Jazz Albums of 2010
* Nick Dedina, Rhapsody.com - Best Albums of 2010: Jazz
* RJ DeLuke, Albany Times Union - Best in jazz in 2010
* Denver Post - Amid all that jazz, the top 10 of 2010
* Arnaldo DeSouterio, Jazz Station - The Best Jazz of 2010
* Destination: Out - SO KILLING: Our Fave Jazz Discs of 2010
* Elements of Jazz - Donna M’s Unconventional Top 5 Albums for 2010
* Nick Francis, NPR's A Blog Supreme - 5 Jazz Reissues That Put 2010 To Shame
* Ken Franckling, AllAboutJazz.com, Jazz Notes - Tops in Jazz 2010
* Free Jazz blog - Albums of the Year 2010
* Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix - The Top 10 Jazz Stories of 2010
* Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - Top 10 jazz CDs
* Lucas Gillan, AccuJazz.com - 2010 Round-Up
* Steve Greenlee, Boston Globe - Top 10 jazz CDs of 2010
* George Grella, The Big City - 2010 Year's Best jazz
* James Hale, Jazz Chronicles - 2010 Long List
* Eyal Hareuveni, AllAboutJazz.com - Best Releases of 2010 and More
* Tad Hendrickson, Spinner, AllAboutJazz.com - Best Jazz Albums of 2010
* Lyn Horton, The Paradigm for Beauty - My Top Ten
* Tom Hull, Village Voice
* Peter Hum, Jazzblog.ca - Good! Better! Best! (My end-of-year jazz CD lists); Better late than never, my 12 favourite jazz shows in 2010
* InstantJazz.com - The Best of 2010
* Patrick Jarenwatton, NPR's A Blog Supreme - Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2010
* Ken Hohman, AllAboutJazz.com - Best Releases of 2010
* J Hunter, AllAboutJazz.com - Best Releases of 2010
* Jazz Hothouse - 2010 In Review
* Jazz in Athens - The Top 20 best jazz albums of the past year
* Jazz Journalists Association members' lists
* Jazz Sermon - Top Ten Jazz Albums Of 2010
* Jazz Times - 2010 Critic Ballots Revealed!
* JazzWeek - Top 100 Jazz 2010 (.pdf file of radio airplay chart)
* JazzWrap - Best of 2010 Recap
* JAZZzology - Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2010; Top 50 Smooth Jazz Songs Of 2010
* David Brent Johnson, WFIU - Best Historical Releases and Reissues of 2010
* Rob Johnson, Examiner.com - The top 17 jazz albums of 2010
* Mike Joyce, Washington Post - D.C.'s Best Jazz Albums of 2010
* Fred Kaplan, Slate - The Best Jazz Albums of 2010: Jason Moran, Keith Jarrett, and more.
* Richard Kamins, Step Tempest - Best of 2010 Part 1, Part 2
* John Kelman, AllAboutJazz.com - Best Releases of 2010
* Jim King, Smooth Jazz Mutterings - The Best of 2010
* Joe Klopus, Kansas City Star - Here's proof of a great year for KC jazz
* Kevin Kniestedt, Groove Notes - Top 10 Jazz CDs of 2010
* Charles L. Latimer, I Dig Jazz - Top 10
* Bruce Lindsay, AllAboutJazz.com - Best Releases of 2010
* Shaunna Morrison Machosky, NPR's A Blog Supreme - 5 Artists Who Transcended Jazz Standards In 2010
* Jim Macnie, Lament For A Straight Line - 10 Best Jazz Albums of 2010
* Howard Mandel, Jazz Beyond Jazz - Last glance 2010: great performances and best beyond jazz
* Peter Margasek, Chicago Reader - Best Jazz of 2010
* Francis Marmande, Le Monde - Les meilleurs disques de l'année 2010
* Dan McClenaghan, AllAboutJazz.com - Best Releases of 2010
* Scott McDowell, WFMU - 2010 Top 12 +
* Gabe Meline, City Sound Inertia - Top 25 Jazz Discoveries of 2010
* Ralph A. Mirellio, Notes on Jazz, AllAboutJazz.com - My "Best of 2010" Jazz
* Roger Mitchell, Ausjazz Blog - Top 10 Albums for 2010
* Jez Nelson, BBC's Jazz on 3 - The Best Albums of 2010
* Nextbop.com - Best Jazz Albums of 2010
* Tim Niland, Music and More - But all the cool kids are doin' it...
* Jason Parker, One Working Musician - Top 10 Seattle Jazz CDs of 2010
* Pico, Something Else - The Best of 2010, Part 1: The Mainstream; Part 2: Blues 'n' Roots; Part 3: Fusion Jazz; Part 4: Mainstream And Modern Jazz; Part 5: Whack Jazz
* Denis Poole, Smooth Jazz Therapy - Top Twenty Tracks of 2010
* Popmatters (John Garratt and Will Layman) - The Best Jazz of 2010
* Ben Ratliff, New York Times - Redrawing Rhythmic Strategies
* Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune - From avant-garde to African folk
* Chris Robinson, Scratched Into Our Souls - Best of 2010: Jazz
* Alex W. Rodriguez, Lubricity - An Arbitrary Number of Jazz CDs I Enjoyed This Year
* Mark Saleski, Something Else - Jazz Favorites for 2010
* Richard Scheinin, San Jose Mercury News - Best Jazz CDs of 2010
* Gene Seymour,
* Hank Shteamer, Time Out New York - The Best and Worst of 2010; Dark Forces Swing - Top ten of 2010, etc.
* Sylvain Siclier, Le Monde - Les meilleurs disques de l'année 2010
* Keith Spera, New Orleans Times-Picayune - Favorite New Orleans CDs of 2010
* Spiritual Archives - 2010 Favorites
* Karl Stark, Philadelphia Inquirer - Best in Jazz
* Mike Stratton, MikeStratton.com - My Top 10 Discs of 2010
* Derek Taylor, Dusted - Favorite labels and albums of 2010
* Jacob Teichroew, About.com - Jazz Piano in 2010: Best Piano Albums of the Year
* Neil Tesser, Examiner.com - Three, two, one: the top of the Top Ten list in 2010 jazz; The best Chicago jazz CDs of 2010 (pt. 1); Part 2
* Tokyo Jazz Notes - Pick of the Year 2010
* George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune - Jazz in 2010: Triumphs and loss
* Village Voice Jazz Critics' Poll - introduction by Francis Davis, poll results, individual ballots, and Tom Hull on the state of jazz in 2010.
* WBGO (Newark, NJ) - Favorite Music of 2010
* Josh Weinstein, KDHX - All Soul, No Borders Top 10 Albums of 2010
* Ron Weinstock, In A Blue Mood - Some Outstanding Vintage Jazz Recordings of 2010; Outstanding New Jazz Releases
* Jon Wertheim, Rehearsing The Blues - ten from ten: the RTB best-of-2010 list
* Michael J. West, Washington City Paper - 2010: The Year D.C. Jazz Broke; The 2010 Top 10, Jazz Division
* Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Marsalis, Sanborn are among high notes in jazz in 2010
* Jeff Winbush, The Domino Theory - One Year in Jazz: Nine of the Best and One of the Worst
* Matthew Wuethrich, Dusted - 15 favorite albums of 2010

A few additional notes: Once again this year, the NYT's Nate Chinen enlisted some fellow critics in an interesting year-end email dialog about developments and trends in jazz. This year's participants included Chinen, David Adler, Chris Barton, Shaun Brady and Jennifer Odell, and their musings about 2010 were published in 11 parts:

Part 1: Year-Ender: All of the Above
Part 2: Backlash to the Backlash
Part 3: Nonlinear Realities
Part 4: A Locavore Aesthetic
Part 5: Notes From the Woodshed
Part 6: Outside the Usual Places
Part 7: Seeds Being Planted
Part 8: Friending, Tending, Trending
Part 9: What the Hell is Going On with Europe
Part 10: Seriously, Unseriously
Part 11: Year-End: The Set Closer

Also, a tip of the StLJN cap goes to Patrick Jarenwattenon of NPR's A Blog Supreme, who in his post about year-end lists was kind enough to acknowledge and link to StLJN's past meta-listic efforts. His post also revealed some best-of lists I hadn't seen before, which have been incorporated into this compilation, and ABS' "The Year-End List Of Lists 2010," an idiosyncratic recap of jazz events of the last year, also is an enjoyable read.

Regarding StLJN's 2010 meta-list, any other lists that show up in the not-too-distant future will be added as they appear. If you've seen any other 2010 year-end jazz lists that aren't mentioned here, please use the comments (or send me an email) to share the information. And if you like, you also can use the comments to discuss your own favorite jazz releases, shows and moments of 2010.

Last but not least, if you'd like to re-visit StLJN's past "best of" list round-ups, here are the meta-lists for 2007 (parts 1 and 2), 2008 (parts 1 and 2), and 2009.

(Edited 12/30/10 to add six more lists. Edited 1/1/11 to add three more lists. Edited 1/2/11 to add four more lists. Edited 1/3/11 to add five more lists. Edited 1/5/11 to add another list. Edited 1/6/11 to add three more lists. Edited 1/7/11 to add three more lists. Edited to add 1/11/11 to add four more lists and fix a typo. Edited 1/12/11 to add two more lists. Edited one more time 1/25/11 to add two more lists.)

4 comments:

Philip Booth said...

Dean - Thanks for linking to my list. Your list of lists is a great one-stop shop to access all of the round-ups floating around.

Dean Minderman said...

You're welcome, Philip, glad to do it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Ron W said...

I had lists of new and reissues for jazz and blues on my blog, inabluemood.blogspot.com

Dean Minderman said...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Ron. I've added your jazz lists to the roundup.

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