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The Best Jazz Albums of 2010

Jazz was working all the angles in 2010. Is there any other genre that has as much range -- from solo instruments to big bands, from instrumental to vocal, from European musicians to both North and South Americans, from truly pretty music to raucously avant-garde "noise"?

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Steven Lugerner: For We Have Heard

For those who never considered the Old Testament to be subtle enough, For We Have Heard may help.

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Steven Lugerner: Narratives/These Are the Words

The ghosts of Torah past and third-stream present flow together on Steven Lugerner's double album.

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Muppets, Myra, and More: The Best Jazz of 2010 -- So Far.

It's only February, but 2010 has already yielded a fistful of significant jazz releases.

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Nels Cline: Coward / Alex Cline: Continuation

The drum-and-guitar playing brothers release simultaneous solo projects on the great West Coast jazz label.

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Myra Melford: The Image of Your Body

If you like a little hard-hitting adventure in your jazz, this album is artful and intelligent. And, oh yes, it definitely swings.

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