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The Best New Jazz Of 2010 (So Far)

Let's just go ahead, call 2010 the year robots took over jazz and welcome our new jazz robot overlords. Skynet — er, the jazz-bots — became self-aware in late 2009 with an improvising vibes-bot named Shimon, and now Pat Metheny has an entire robotic army at his command. Are we doomed?

We are not doomed. While Metheny's Orchestrion is one of the most curious jazz records of 2010 so far, a number of non-robot sides have caught the ears of our regular Take Five contributors from WBGO, Jazz24 and WDUQ; you can hear a few of them below.

What's your favorite new jazz album in 2010 so far? Tell us in the comments below.

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