The Top 10 Jazz Stories of 2010

By JON GARELICK  |  December 23, 2010

The drummer, composer, and bandleader gave us an early holiday present, Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O (Palmetto), that could stand among some of the better horn-and-rhythm albums (with saxophonist Jeff Lederer and bassist Paul Sikivie). That and his Sunday-morning set at the Newport Jazz Festival — with a cover of Beyoncé's "If I Were a Boy," Wilson's Carl Sandburg–inspired "Bubbles," Mary LaRose singing her lyrics to Ornette Coleman's "Broken Shadows," and an auxiliary string quartet — sealed Wilson, and his generosity of spirit, in my mind as one of the great lingering memories from 2010.

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