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Monday January 03, 2011

From Oakland Examiner

Bay Area Talent Cracks National Year’s Best Lists
By: Brian McCoy

The week between Christmas and New Year’s may be a quiet one generally speaking in this country but for music journalists it marks the best time to release their end-of-year lists.
The nation’s leading jazz critics all seem to agree one on thing: that is, that Jason Moran’s latest, “Ten,” is the top release of 2010. Other favorites include Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden’s “Jasmine,” Steve Coleman and Five Elements’ “Harvesting Semblances and Affinities” and Geri Allen’s “Flying Toward the Sound.”
The Bay Area scene came in for some recognition. Critic Geoffrey Hines tapped the latest SFJAZZ Collective album as among the year’s best while the Village Voice dubbed bassist-composer Lisa Mezzacappa’s disc, “What Is Known,” as the nation’s top debut effort. There also was due acclaim for Vijay Iyer’s “Solo,” which was recorded at the Bay Area’s own OTR studio.

VILLAGE VOICE
1. Jason Moran: “Ten”
2. Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green: “Apex”
3. Mary Halvorson Quintet: “Saturn Sings”
4. Charles Lloyd Quartet: “Mirror”
5. Henry Threadgill’s Zooid: “This Brings Us to Vol. 2”
6. Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden: “Jasmine”
7. Steve Coleman and Five Elements: “Harvesting Semblances and Affinities”
8. Vijay Iyer: “Solo”
9. Geri Allen: “Flying Toward the Sound”
10. Paul Motian: “Lost in a Dream”

STEREOPHILE MAGAZINE
1. Jason Moran: “Ten”
2. Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden: “Jasmine”
3. Geri Allen: “Flying Toward the Sound”
4. Dave Douglas: “Spark of Being”
5. Fred Hersch: “Whirl “
6. Henry Threadgill’s Zooid: “This Brings Us to Vol. 2”
7. Ted Nash: “Portraits in Seven Shades”
8. The Bad Plus: “Never Stop”
9. Anat Fort: “And If”
10. John Zorn’s Masada String Trio, Haborym: “The Book of Angels, Vol. 16”

SPINNER
1. Jason Moran: “Ten”
2. Marc Ribot: “Silent Movies”
3. Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green: “Apex”
4. Claudia Quintet: “Royal Toast”
5. Trombone Shorty: “Backatown”
6. Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden: “Jasmine”
7. Fred Hersch: “‘Whirl”
8. Matthew Shipp: “4D”
9. Michael Formanek: “The Rub and Spare Change”
10. Kneebody: “You Can Have Your Moment”

NPR’S A BLOG SUPREME
1. Jason Moran: “Ten”
2. Guillermo Klein: “Domador De Huellas”
3. Steve Coleman and Five Elements: “Harvesting Semblances and Affinities”
4. Bill Carrothers: “Joy Spring”
5. Maurice Brown: “The Cycle Of Love”
6. Mary Halvorson Quintet: “Saturn Sings”
7. Geri Allen: “Flying Toward The Sound”
8. Fight The Big Bull feat. Steven Bernstein: “All Is Gladness In The Kingdom”
9. Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth: “Deluxe”
10. Mike Reed’s People, Places And Things: “Stories And Negotiations”

GEOFFREY HINES
1. Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green: “Apex”
2. Jason Moran: “Ten”
3. Bill Frisell: “Beautiful Dreamers”
4. Ralph Towner and Paolo Fresu: “Chiaroscuro”
5. Cyrus Chestnut: “Journeys”
6. Guillermo Klein: “Domador de Huellas”
7. Dave Douglas and Keystone: “Spark of Being”
8. Jason Robinson and Anthony Davis: “Cerulean Landscape”
9. Vijay Iyer:” Solo”
10. SFJAZZ Collective: “Live 2010”

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