Best of 2010

WBGO's Favorite Music From 2010

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.

Michael adds,

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:

Fred Hersch Trio, “Whirl

Gabriel Alegria, “Pucusana

Conrad Herwig, “The Latin Side Of Herbie Hancock

Catherine Russell, “Inside This Heart Of Mine

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, “Portrait In Seven Shades

Microscopic Septet, “The Micros Play Monk

Orrin Evans, “Faith In Action

Steve Davis, “Eloquence

Houston Person, “Moment To Moment

Roberto Fonseca, “Akokan

Joe Magnarelli, “My Old Flame

Tom Harrell, “Roman Nights

Dee Dee Bridgewater, “Eleanora Fagan: To Billie With Love

Jason Moran, “Ten

Dave Liebman Group, “Turnaraound

Anat Cohen, “Clarinetwork

Hector Martignon, “Second Chance

Regina Carter, “Reverse Thread

Rufus Reid, “Out Front

Ted Rosenthal, “Impromptu

I also posted some of my favorites at my blog last month -- to compare them with Gary, Michael and the rest of the WBGO gang, click here.

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!