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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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Rez Abbasi: Unfiltered Universe (review)

Guitarist Rez Abbasi's third look at various South Asian musics, with his band Invocation (including Rudresh Mahanthappa and Vijay Iyer), is one of the best of the year in jazz.

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Vijay Iyer Sextet: Far From Over

The everywhere-at-once pianist has recorded with his sextet, using a bank of horns for the first time and touching several different modes. An album of surprise, tradition, and exploration. But it grooves too.

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Rez Abbasi's Invocation Premieres 'Unfiltered Universe' Tracks (Photos & Video)

Abbasi's third project with his band Invocation, Unfiltered Universe, draws from Carnatic music and their recent NYC premiere was captured for a live stream available here.

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Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd: Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project

"I risked my neck to serve my country and all I have are these bizarre nightmares."

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Vijay Iyer Trio: Accelerando

Pianist Vijay Iyer gave us jazz masterpieces in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Looks like this will be his year yet again.

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Roscoe Mitchell & the Note Factory: Far Side

Having been in the music business for over 40 years, Roscoe Mitchell isn't about to paint himself into a corner just yet.

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Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet: Tabligh

Abstract jazz trumpet in an introspective, explosive world.

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Fieldwork: Door

A jazz collective mates avant-chamber jazz to power and rhythmic complexity -- but listen with care.

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Vijay Iyer: Tragicomic

The rising jazz pianist takes a stab at transforming the tone of the 21st century with a visionary album that blends the artistic and the intellectual.

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Rudresh Mahanthappa: Codebook

The rising alto saxophone star makes music from cryptography play as sharp and clear as noon.


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