Avant Music News Best of 2010

Perhaps we’re a bit later than most, but below is our best-of list for the year. We have a tie for number one, as well as a long list of runners up. Enjoy.

Best of 2010:

Dillinger Escape PlanOption Paralysis
Henry Threadgill – This Brings Us to Volume 2

Runners up:

Algernon – Ghost Surveillance
Anderson, Vijay – Hard-Boiled Wonderland
Aidan Baker – Liminoid / Lifeforms
Albert Beger / Electroacoustic Band – Peacemaker
James Blackshaw – All is Falling
Brown vs. Brown – Odds and Unevens
Hugo Carvalhais Trio featuring Tim Berne – Nebulosa
Chicago Underground Duo – Boca Negro
Barry Cleveland – Hologramatron
Noah Creshevsky – The Twilight of the Gods
Dave Douglas / Keystone – Spark of Being: Soundtrack
Elephant9 – Walk the Nile
Enterout Trio – Pink Ivory
Peter Evans Quartet – Live in Lisbon
Exploding Star Orchestra – Stars Have Shapes
First Meeting (with Natsuki Tamura & Satoko Fujii) – Cut the Rope
Fond of Tigers – Continent & Western
Satoko Fujii ma-do – Desert Ship
Satoko Fujii / Orchestra Tokyo – Zakopane
Hardedge / Graham Haynes – Led Into Uncertainty
Heinali and Matt Finney – Conjoined
Jaga Jazzist – One-Armed Bandit
Kayo Dot – Coyote (EP)
Rudresh Mahanthappa / Steve Lehman – Dual Identity
Szilárd Mezei Octet – Tonk
Lisa Mezzacappa / Bait and Switch – What is Known
Robby Moncrieff – Who Do You Think You Aren’t
Nichelodeon – Il Gioco del Silenzio
Perhaps Contraption – Sludge & Tripe
Guillaume Perret / The Electric Epic – Guillaume Perret & The Electric Epic
Respect Sextet – Farcical Built for Six
Talibam! and Alan Wilkinson – Dem Ol’ Apple Pie Melodies
Third Object Orchestra – Five Movements for Six String Players
Gebhard Ullmann / Steve Swell 4 – News? No News!
Univers Zero – Clivages
Vox Arcana – Aerial Age
Iannis Xenakis – Works with Piano (Takahashi)
Zs – New Slaves

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Jazz Listings From the New York Times

Dave Douglas
Cover of Dave Douglas

From NYTimes.com:

The Bad Plus (Tuesday through Thursday) Through Jan. 2. At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village , (212) 255-4037, villagevanguard.com; $25 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Nate Chinen)

End-of-the-Year Improv Benefit for the Stone (Tuesday through Thursday) Featuring John Zorn, the trumpeter Dave Douglas, the cellist Erik Friedlander and the drummers Matt Wilson and Tyshawn Sorey. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village , thestonenyc.com; $20 per set. (Chinen)

Tom Rainey Trio (Thursday) Tom Rainey, with the saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and the guitarist Mary Halvorson. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

Eri Yamamoto Trio (Sunday) At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

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AMN Picks of the Week

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Mystic Morrison Visions – Fuzzy Set (2010)
Intronaut – Valley of Smoke (2010)
Elin – One Winter’s Night (2004)
Vandermark 5 – The Horse Jumps and The Ship is Gone (2010)
Mike Reed / Loose Assembly – Empathetic Parts (2010)