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Published: 2011/02/06
by Dean Budnick

An Annotated Best of 2010

Our staff lists can be found here. Here are mine, with notes…

Favorite Live Performances of 2010
1. moe. Roseland Ballroom 1/22/10
moe. and guests for charity, a fun, fun night
2. Sonny Rollins, Symphony Hall, Boston, MA 4/18/10
A celebration of Rollins’ 80th birthday
3. Dave Rawlings Band, Bonnaroo, 6/12/10 (The day as whole too)
My first chance to see him after the album hit- awesome Bonnaroo Saturday as well
4. Gathering of the Vibes 7/31/10 (The sweep of it all from Kung fu > Furthur
Kimock with Worrell and Vega, Jackie Greene Robert Randolph, Dap-Kings too
5. Allman Brothers Band MGM Grand Theater 11/16/10
Psyched to see them back

Favorite 2010 Release
1. Danny Barnes Pizza Box
Give Danny his due
2. Keller & The Keels Thief
A great mix of tunes
3. The Nels Cline Singers Initiate
No vocals, just instrumental complexities
4. The Gaslight Anthem American Slang
Fun summer music
5a. moe. Smash Hits Volume One
5b. STS9 Axe the Cables
Two releases that offer a cool look at the bands’ catalogs

Favorite Reissue
1. Miles Davis Bitches Brew: The 40th Anniversary Collectors’ Edition
Ever impressive
2.Delaney and Bonnie On Tour With Eric Clapton: Deluxe Edition Box Set
A few repeats but eminently satisfying
3. Widespread Panic – Johnson City 2001 – 11/20/01
As good as promised

Go To Disc Or Show (not from 2010)
1. Miles Davis In A Silent Way
Randy Ray always picks Coltrane while I’ll rotate through Miles. This year it was In A Silent Way
2. Jerry Garcia Band After Midnight: Kean College 2/28/80
This one is all about disc two. Give a listen, especially if you never have
3. Phish At The Roxy
I keep this in my car and cycle through. Colorado ’88 as well
4. Dave Rawlings Machine A Friend Of A Friend
I may enjoy this disc more than anyone else out there, Dave Rawlings included
5. Lou Donaldson Midnight Creeper
Van Gelder Studios in 1968- Donaldson, George Benson, Lonnie Smith, Idris Muhammad, Blue Mitchell

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