PRINT December 2010

Music: Best of 2010

Eszter Balint

1 Scout Niblett, The Calcination of Scout Niblett (Drag City) This album doesn’t add any frills, change the pace just because it’s time, or release (never mind please) the listener in any way. Most striking is Niblett’s way with the guitar. It is pure intent, zero fat: raw, primitive, and soulful.

2 Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog at Le Poisson Rouge, New York Full disclosure: I was a guest member of this band for over a year. Ribot, Shahzad Ismaily, and Ches Smith made something happen here, made something matter, and I’m not sure if I just mean music. As in all their shows, they jumped off a musical cliff, and the danger was palpable. An exhilarating performance.

3 Yossi Gutmann at the Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York In over an hour of classical solo performance, on a single-voiced instrument, no less, it would be tempting to try to seduce the audience with impassioned gestures and

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