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Music Monday for 20 December 2010

Anthony Dean-Harris
anthony.deanharris[at]nextbop[dot]com / @retronius

As the year wraps up and we try to cobble together our Best of 2010 list (or really as I shift the burden over to Seb to make up a list and for me to come up with a few minor additions and to write up a paragraph per album), it’s hard not to think of the non-jazz albums of 2010 that also impressed us (that’s what Honorable Mention sections are for). One of the best non-jazz albums of 2010 was clearly Flying Lotus’ Cosmogramma. Well, in my travels through the internet, I ran across the live set he put together for Gilles Petterson’s show on BBC Radio 1.

Normally, I would just listen to the great music, rant and rave to my friends about it, and call it a day, but then something raised and eyebrow. This performance included a live band featuring Ravi Coltrane on tenor sax and Gerry Gibbs (a former KRTU dj at that) on drums. The set also includes Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (who happens to be everywhere nowadays) playing violin, Thundercat on bass, Rebecca Raff on harp, Andres Renteria on percussion, and Andreyna Triana doing vocals. The group, which has been kicking around for a few months now, is called Infinity.

In his interview with Peterson, FlyLo said that Cosmogramma was in a way his jazz album, so all this sort of makes sense if you think about it. Ultimately, the set is certainly worth checking out.

Flying Lotus BBC Radio 1 Maida Vale Session by Some Kind of Awesome

Another one of the great bits of music I ran across recently actually ran up on me and surprised me while I was in a rather receptive mood. After the ”Own Your Cover” column a couple of weeks ago, I got an email from pianist Josh Moshier who’s releasing an album track by track over the course of five months with saxophonist Mike Lebrun. The Local Colorists sounds like a great project and I can’t wait to hear how the rest of it plays out. If the rest of it plays out like what they’ve released already, I think they’ll fare well.