Ben Ratliff of the New York Times has listed Steve Coleman and Five Elements Harvesting Semblances and Affinities his #1 release of the year for 2010.

You can also listen to Ben and the rest of the NYTimes music writers discuss their picks on the Times Music PodCast where Ben says “…(Steve) is a high concept Ninja, but a great record comes down to a great band, and this band is playing incredibly well on this record. Rhythmically this record is as bewitching as anything I’ve ever heard. There’s an aura around him and his music of difficulty… but this record is not difficult to listen to; it’s just gorgeous. And he hasn’t made a record this good in I think about ten years so it feels like “the return of.”