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Top 10 Jazz Albums of the 2010s: Readers’ Picks

The fifth of five decades' worth of top-10 lists voted on by our readers in celebration of JazzTimes' 50th anniversary

Top 10 Jazz Albums of the 2010s: Readers' Choice

Earlier in 2020, to celebrate our golden anniversary, we conducted five separate readers’ polls asking you to tell us your top 10 jazz albums for each of the five decades of JazzTimes‘ existence. Nearly 50,000 votes later, we have the results of all those polls, ranked by the number of votes cast per album, and we’re revealing them this week—one day for each decade (starting Monday, November 9). After that, it’s time for our critics’ Top 50 albums list for the past 50 years, which we’ll be rolling out, also by decade, next week (starting Monday, November 16). Add those lists together and you’ve got a lot of great music for a 50th birthday party.

Here are your choices for the top 10 jazz albums of the 2010s. For the 1970s, go here; for the 1980s, go here; for the 1990s, go here; and for the 2000s, go here.

3. Esperanza Spalding: Radio Music Society

3. Esperanza Spalding: <i>Radio Music Society</i>

Released March 20, 2012 on Heads Up International. Esperanza Spalding: vocals, electric and acoustic bass; Darren Barrett, Igmar Thomas, Corey King: trumpet; Jeff Galindo: trombone; Anthony Diamond, Daniel Blake: saxophones and flute; Joe Lovano, Tivon Penicott: tenor saxophone; Leo Genovese: acoustic and electric piano, keyboards, guembri; Janice Scroggins: piano; James Weidman, Raymond Angry: organ; Olivia Deprado: violin; Jody Redhage: cello; Jef Lee Johnson, Ricardo Vogt, Gilad Hekselman: guitar; Lionel Loueke: guitar and voice; Terri Lyne Carrington, Billy Hart, Jack DeJohnette, Lyndon Rochelle: drums; Jamie Haddad: percussion; Gretchen Parlato, Becca Stevens, Justin Brown, Alan Hampton, Chris Turner, Algebra Blessett, Lalah Hathaway, Leni Stern, Raydar Ellis: vocals; Q-Tip: vocals and glockenspiel; Savannah Children's Choir: choral voices; American Music Program big band arranged and conducted by Thara Memory. Produced by Esperanza Spalding and Q-Tip.

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