Top Tens: Part I

It is that time of year again. In December, music reviewers list the albums they appreciated the most during the year (that weren’t’ released in December…). Here is a first pass at a few lists.

Music and More

Matthew Wuethrich from Dusted.

PopMatters Jazz

All About Jazz

Howard Reich from the Chicago Tribune.

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Axiom’s Steve Reich Program at Lincoln Center

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If he thinks about such things, Steve Reich is probably just getting used to being 74, having attained that age on Oct. 3. But composers’ 74th birthdays are really just the starting bell for celebrations of their 75th, and Axiom, one of the Juilliard School’s resident new-music ensembles, offered an all-Reich program as an early tribute on Thursday evening at Alice Tully Hall.

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Cage Against the Machine Charity Campaign

John Cage
Cover of John Cage

From the Guardian:

Later today, Pete Doherty, the Kooks, Billy Bragg, Imogen Heap, Orbital and many more will gather in a London studio, collaborating in a bid for this year’s Christmas No 1. But the strangest bit is not the team-up: it’s that they are not recording a single note. The ad hoc supergroup is assembling in support of Cage Against the Machine, a charity campaign to take John Cage‘s infamous 4’33” – a composition of pure silence – to the top of the Yuletide charts.

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Umbrella Music Through December 29

Ken Vandermark
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From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Wednesday, 15 December 2010
The Hideout
10:00PM | Nick Mazzarella Trio
Nick Mazzarella – alto saxophone
Anton Hatwich – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums
Record Release Concert for Aviary on Thought To Sound Records
two sets
$7 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Marc Riordan spins True Obsessions

Thursday, 16 December 2010
10:00PM | Hearts And Minds
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Paul Giallorenzo – piano
Frank Rosaly – drums

Sunday, 19 December 2010
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Memorize the Sky
Matt Bauder – reeds
Aaron Seigel – drums
Zach Wallace – bass
11:00PM | Jeff Albert’s Instigation Quartet
Jeff Albert – trombone
Jeff Parker – guitar
Joshua Abrams – bass
Quin Kirchner – drums

Wednesday, 22 December 2010
The Hideout
10:00PM | Witches & Devils
Performing the music of Albert Ayler & Songs of Christmas
Mars Williams – woodwinds
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Jim Baker – keyboards
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Harrison Bankhead – bass
Kent Kessler – bass
Steve Hunt – percussion
two sets
$8 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Jeff Parker spins Holiday Cheer

Sunday, 26 December 2010
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Devin Hoff Organization
Devin Hoff – bass
Others TBA

Wednesday, 29 December 2010
The Hideout
10:00PM | DKV Trio
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Kent Kessler – bass
Hamid Drake – drums
two sets
$10 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : John Corbett presents Radio Dada Rides Again, Part I

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All About Jazz Reviews

Wadada Leo Smith
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From All About Jazz:

The Vandermark 5 Special Edition
The Horse Jumps And The Ship Is Gone (Not Two Records)

Wadada Leo Smith / Ed Blackwell
The Blue Mountain’s Sun Drummer (Meta Records)

Jason Adasiewicz
Sun Rooms (Delmark Records)

Soren Kjaergaard / Ben Street / Andrew Cyrille
Open Opus (Ilk Music)

Lucian Ban / John Herbert
Enesco Re-Imagined (Sunnyside Records)

Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra
Who is This America? (Ropeadope)

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