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TOP 10 ALBUMS FOR 2010

ROGER MITCHELL picks his favourite albums for the year

A top 10 is a little like a star rating — how can diverse albums be assessed against each other according to some sort of merit test? But I’ve been happy over the past few years to prepare such a list for the Sunday Herald Sun‘s Play liftout because it is another way for people to hear about albums they may like to buy and enjoy. Reviewers were given 15 words in which to describe each album. I chose from albums I’d reviewed during the year, so there are many good albums not considered because I did not manage to review them. The main test I applied for this top 10 was to ask myself which albums I had played most since writing the review.

Joe Chindamo

1 Joe Chindamo
Another Place, Some Other Time
Interpretations of Coen brothers film music vie with the originals in their power to move.

Mike Nock Trio

2 Mike Nock Trio
An Accumulation Of Subtleties
Double CD of studio and live sessions is an accumulation of creativity, spontaneity and vibrancy.

Dark Eyes

3 Tomasz Stanko Quintet
Dark Eyes
Polish trumpeter Stanko’s sublimely mournful playing is a brooding presence on his simple, moving compositions.

The Gathering

4 Stu Hunter
The Gathering
Pianist/composer Stu Hunter’s imaginative, compelling second suite is more enthralling and engrossing than his first.

The Effects of Weather

5 Way Out West
The Effects Of Weather
Asian themes seamlessly mesh with jazz grooves, building stories through complex rhythms and horn overlays.

Newell Waltz

6 Howard Cairns Quintet
Newell Waltz
Luxuriant harmonies mingle with melodies and timbres to create moods variously dark, spirited and humorous.

Boggy Creek Bop

7 Snap
Boggy Creek Bop
Reed-only quartet offers many moods and styles, proving you can never have too much sax.

Une Saison en Enfer

8 Allan Browne Quintet
Une Saison En Enfer
Rimbaud’s poem inspires harmonically rich, darkly beautiful pieces with dreamy musing, wistful longing and majesty.

Fiveways

9 Jex Saarelaht Quartet
Fiveways
Standout Stonnington Jazz concert brilliantly captured is testament to the quality of pianist Saarelaht’s quartet.

Meadowlands

10 Luke Howard Trio
The Meadowlands
Sensitive bass and drums accompaniment allows the piano’s lyrical, crystalline beauty to shine. forth.

FIVEWAYS — JEX SAARELAHT QUARTET

CD REVIEW

Jex Saarelaht Quartet

4 stars

MOVING forward could be the phrase to describe the propulsion provided by Niko Schauble (drums), Saarelaht and Jonathan Zwartz (bass) in Five-nineteen, which the band leader wrote for the late bassist Stuart Speed.

Recorded live at Chapel Off Chapel for Stonnington Jazz 2009, this outing lacks only the lyrical Resignation from the original set.

It’s a standout concert brilliantly captured, with Julien Wilson superb on sax — breathily gentle, hauntingly surreal and deeply comforting on Thirteen/Two Minds, but whistling sparely on the staccato Pepperman. Unhurried Poorly is rich in repose.

Fiveways is a testament to the quality of the original gig and under-promoted pianist Saarelaht’s accomplished quartet.

Download: Thirteen/Two Minds
CD launch: Bennetts Lane, July 27, 9pm

ROGER MITCHELL

This review published in the Sunday Herald Sun on July 25, 2010