Best of 2010
As we begin a new year in 2011, all of us here at WBGO have been reflecting on our favorite new jazz that has gone out over the airwaves this year. Our producer Simon Rentner has put together a series of hour-long pieces in which our announcers discuss and play their favorite records from 2010. <!--more-->
First up, morning host Gary Walker shares his take on this year's top discs with producer and host of The Checkout, Josh Jackson:
Michael Bourne, Monifa Brown and Sheila Anderson discussed their favorites, too.
I picked two of the albums because the concerts were so flabbergasting. Ted Nash and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performed Ted’s Portrait in 7 Shades, inspired by Monet, Chagall, van Gogh, and other modern painters, at the Rose Theatre with the paintings projected as actual motion pictures. Bobby McFerrin and Roger Treece performed Bobby’s Vocabularies, multi-lingual kaleidoscopes created from Bobby’s improvisations, with a Montreal choir at the jazzfest. 4B was the last album of James Moody, the most lovable cat in all of jazz.
Rhonda Hamilton, Dan Karcher and Brian Delp with their take on the year in jazz:
And finally, Eulis Cathey, Awilda Rivera and Rob Crocker give their two cents apiece:
Gary, who manages the audio library here at the station, also followed up with an even more comprehensive list of his favorite releases this year:
Between all that's, we have covered a lot of music, but please chime in with a comment below with your take on the top new releases of the year in case we missed your favorite new record!