Ken Dryden’s 2009 Favorites

December 16th 2009 08:06 pm

Copyright © 2009 Ken Dryden

Ken Dryden’s 2009 Favorites

With between 800 and 1000 CDs arriving annually, it is impossible to hear everything, let alone the titles I didn’t obtain. My choices, in no particular order, represent some of my favorites from 2009.

Top 10 New Releases:

Charles Tolliver Big Band: Emperor March: Live at the Blue Note (Half Note)

Roberta Gambarini: So in Love (Emarcy)

Fred Hersch Pocket Orchestra: Live at Jazz Standard (Sunnyside)

Mel Martin: Where the Warm Winds Blow (Jazzed Media)

Oliver Jones & Hank Jones: Pleased to Meet You (Justin Time)

Terell Stafford-Dick Oatts Quintet: Bridging the Gap (Planet Arts)

The Heath Brothers: Endurance (Jazz Legacy)

Bud Shank Quartet: Fascinating Rhythms (Jazzed Media)

Geoff Keezer: Aurea (ArtistShare)

Ted Kooshian’s Standard Orbit Quartet: Underdog, and Other Stories… (Summit)

Top 10 Reissues/Historical Discoveries/Boxed Sets:

Ella Fitzgerald: Twelve Nights in Hollywood (Verve/Hip-O-Select)

Oscar Peterson: Debut: The Clef/Mercury Duo Recordings 1949-1951 (Verve/Hip-O-Select)

Denny Zeitlin: The Columbia Studio Trio Sessions (Mosaic Select)

Fats Waller: Fats Waller on the Air 1938 Broadcasts (TPR)

Joe Bushkin Quartet with Stuff Smith: Live Embers 1964 (AB Fable)

Scott LaFaro: Pieces of Jade (Resonance)

Freddie Hubbard: Without a Song: Live in Europe 1969 (Blue Note)

Jimmy Rushing: The Scene (HighNote)

Lucky Thompson: New York City, 1964-65 (Uptown)

Philly Joe Jones/Dameronia: Look, Stop and Listen (Uptown)

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