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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.

5. Maria Schneider Orchestra: The Thompson Fields

5. Maria Schneider Orchestra: <i>The Thompson Fields</i>
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Released June 22, 2015 on ArtistShare. Dave Pietro: alto saxophone, clarinet, and flutes; Steve Wilson: alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, clarinet, and flutes; Rich Perry: tenor saxophone and flute; Donny McCaslin: tenor saxophone and clarinet; Scott Robinson: baritone saxophone, clarinet, and bass clarinet; Greg Gisbert, Augie Haas, Tony Kadleck, Mike Rodriguez: trumpets and flügelhorns; Marshall Gilkes, Ryan Keberle, Keith O'Quinn: trombones; George Flynn: bass and contrabass trombones; Frank Kimbrough: piano; Gary Versace: accordion; Lage Lund: guitar; Jay Anderson: bass; Clarence Penn: drums; Rogerio Boccato: percussion. Produced by Maria Schneider and Ryan Truesdell.


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