Best of 2010

13. 12. 2010 | Rubriky: Articles,Feature

[by Ken Hunt, London] The year started brilliantly, thanks to the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Emily Portman. Then nothing much seemed to happen for the longest while – well, a month or so – and then the sluice gates opened and a wonderful year’s musical experiences began pouring out. It did, however, prove a disappointing year for quality new recordings of Indian music.

New releases

Laurie Anderson / Homeland / Nonesuch
Jackson Browne David Lindley / Love Is Strange / Inside Recordings
Carolina Chocolate Drops / Genuine Negro Jig / Nonesuch
Hariprasad Chaurasia / Hariprasad Chaurasia and the Art of Improvisation /Accord Croisés
Andy Cutting / Andy Cutting / Lane Records
Diva Reka / Diva Reka / Giga New
Barb Jungr / The Men I Love / Naim Label
Ida Kelarova, Desiderius Dužda, Tomáš Kačo and the Škampa Quartet / Romská balada / Indies Scope
Kronos Quartet with Alim & Fargana Qasimov and Homayun Sakhi / Music of Central Asia Vol. 8Rainbow / Smithsonian Folkways
Emily Portman / The Glamoury / Furrow Records
Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova / Intimate Dialogue / Drever Gaido
Leon Rosselson & Robb Johnson / The Liberty Tree / Trade Root Music
Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band / Legacy / Compass Records
Steve Smith, George Brooks, Prasanna / Raga Bop Trio / Abstract Logic
Rajan Spolia / More Than Words: Snake Music (Chapter IV)/ Hard World
Jody Stecher / Return / own label
Swarbrick / raison d’être / Shirty
Various Artists / Music of Central Asia Vol. 7In The Shrine of the HeartPopular Classics from Bukhara and Beyond / Smithsonian Folkways
Various Artists / Music of Central Asia Vol. 9In The Footsteps of BaburMusical Encounters from The Lands of the Mughals / Smithsonian Folkways
Wenzel / Kamille Und Mohn / Matrosenblau

Historic releases, reissues and anthologies

Miles Davis / The Complete Columbia Album Collection / Columbia/Legacy
Miles Davis / Bitches Brew / Columbia/Legacy
Bonnie Dobson / Vive Le Canadienne / Bear Family
Swamy Haridhos & Party / Classical Bhajans / Country & Eastern
Incredible String Band / The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter / Fledg’ling
Ravi Shankar / Nine Decades Vol 11967-1968 / East Meets West Music Inc
Ravi Shankar George Harrison / Collaborations / Dark Horse
Various Artists / Magic Clarinet / NoEthno
Various Artists / Rough Guide to Afghanistan / World Music Network
Various Artists / Theme Time Radio HourSeason 3 / Ace Records

Events of 2010

Carolina Chocolate Drops / Bush Hall, Shepherds Bush, London / 4 February 2010
Shraddhanjali – Zakir Hussain, Ranjit Barot and Sabir Khan / Queen Elizabeth Hall, London / 30 April 2010
Amira Medunjanin and Merima Ključo / St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace, Bishopsgate, London / 27 May 2010
Jackson Browne / Hampton Court Palace, Surrey / 8 June 2010
Tina Kindermann / Am Markt, Tanz&FolkFest Rudolstadt / 3 July 2010
Diva Reka / Am Markt, Tanz&FolkFest Rudolstadt / 3 July 2010
Kala Ramnath and Abhijit Banerjee / Stadttheater, Tanz&FolkFest Rudolstadt / 3 July 2010
Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer / Barbican, London / 9 July 2010
Little Feat / Cropredy Festival / 13 August 2010
Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick / King’s Place, London / 9 September 2010
The Alim Qasimov Ensemble / Barbican Centre, London / 19 September 2010
Christy Moore and Declan Sinnott / Royal Festival Hall, London / 6 November 2010
Iva Bittová and the Škampa Quartet / Howard Assembly Room, Opera North, Leeds, Yorkshire / 24 November 2010

Images: Smile, taken 20 July 2010 (still possibly a Banksy), and Tina Kindermann at TFF Rudolstadt © Ken Hunt/Swing 51 Archives
The copyright of the other images remains with the original copyright holders.

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