The Best Jazz CDs of 2010: Some Ideas for Holiday Gift-Giving

Tulsa, Oklahoma – On today's show, we're speaking by phone with the renowned music critic and author Bob Blumenthal, a Grammy-winning jazz writer who formerly wrote for The Boston Globe --- and who appeared on our show a few months ago in connection to his recently published book on Sonny Rollins, "Saxophone Colossus." Today, Blumenthal is telling us about six of his favorite releases of the year --- which are listed below in no particular order:

Uri Caine / Bedrock --- "Plastic Temptation" (Winter & Winter)

Fred Hersch --- "Whirl" (Palmetto)

Dave Holland --- "Pathways" (Dare2 Records)

Guillermo Klein --- "Domador de Huellas: Music of 'Cuchi' Leguizamon" (Sunnyside)

The Microscopic Septet --- "Friday the Thirteenth" (Cuneiform)

"The Complete Novus and Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill and Air" [box set] (Mosaic Records)

And that's all, folks! Happy listening --- and happy holidays.