Bill Milkowski’s Top 100 (+30) for 2009

December 12th 2009 04:37 pm

Copyright © 2009 Bill Milkowski

1. Henry Threadgill Zooid, This Brings Us To, Vol. 1 (Pi Recording)

2. Miguel Zenon, Esta Plena (Marsalis Music)

3. Jim Hall/Bill Frisell, Hemisphere (ArtistShare)

4. The Monterey Quartet, Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival (MJF)

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

6. Jeff “Tain” Watts, Watts (Dark Key)

7. John Patitucci, Remembrance (Concord)

8. Scott LaFaro, Pieces of Jade (Resonance)

9. Joe Lovano Us Five, Folk Art (Blue Note)

10. Masada Quintet Featuring Joe Lovano, Stolas: The Book of Angels, Vol. 22 (Tzadik)

11. John Abercrombie, Wait Until You See Her (ECM)

12. Kurt Rosenwinkel, Standards Trio, Vol.1: Reflections (Wommusic)

13. Mike Stern, Big Neighborhood (Heads Up)

14. Allan Holdsworth, Blues for Tony (Moonjune)

15. John Scofield, Piety Street (EmArcy)

16. Chick Corea/John McClaughlin, Five Peace Band (Concord)

17. Return To Forever, Returns (Eagle Records)

18. John Surman, Brewster’s Rooster (ECM)

19. Trio 3, At This Time (Intakt)

20. Donny McCaslin, Declaration (Sunnyside)

21. David Binney, Third Occasion (Mythology)

22. Chris Potter Underground, Ultrahang (ArtistShare)

23. James Carter, Heaven on Earth (Half Note)

24. Ravi Coltrane, Blending Times (Savoy Jazz)

25. Branford Marsalis, Metamorphosen (Marsalis Music)

26. Matt Wilson, That’s Gonna Leave a Mark (Palmetto)

27. Ben Allison, Think Free (Palmetto)

28. Allen Toussaint, The Bright Mississippi (Nonesuch)

29. Bobby Broom, Plays For Monk (Origin)

30. SFJazz Collective, Live 2009: The Works of McCoy Tyner (SFJazz)

31. The Heath Brothers, Endurance (JLP)

32. Vijay Iyer Trio, Historicity (ACT)

33. Kurt Elling, Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman (Concord)

34. Terry Clarke, It’s About Time (Blue Music Group)

35. Pete McCann, Extra Mile (19/8)

36. Peter Bernstein Trio, Monk (Xanadu)

37. Bela Fleck, Throw Down Your Heart (Rounder)

38. Arild Andersen, Live at Belleville (ECM)

39. Brian Blade, Mama Rosa (Nonesuch)

40. Jason Adasiewicz’s Rolldown, Varmint (Cuneiform)

41. Joe Diorio/Joe Giglio, Rainbow Shards (

42. Rez Abbasi, Things to Come (Sunnyside)

43. Julian Lage, Sounding Point (Decca/Emarcy)

44. National Jazz Orchestra of France, Around Robert Wyatt (BeeJazz)

45. Medeski Martin & Wood, Radiolarians Vol. 1-3 (Indirecto) Note)

46. Gary Peacock/Marc Copland, Insight (Pirouet)

47. John Hicks, I Remember You (HighNote)

48. Josh Berman, Old Idea (Delmark)

49. Jermaine Landsberger, Getting’ Blazed (Resonance)

50. Grant Geissman, Cool Man Cool (Futurista)

51. Terence Blanchard, Choices (Concord)

52. Jimmy Cobb Quartet, Jazz in the Key of Blue (Chesky)

53. Charnett Moffett, The Art of Improvisation (Motema)

54. Gerald Clayton, Two-Shade (ArtistShare)

55. Stefon Harris’ Blackout, Urbanus (Concord)

56. JD Allen Trio, Shine (Sunnyside)

57. Marcus Strickland, Idiosyncrasies (Strick Muzik)

58. Robert Glasper, Double Booked (Blue Note)

59. Eric Revis, Laughter’s Necklace of Tears (Rebay)

60. Frank London/Lorin Sklamberg, Tsuker-Zis (Tzadik)

61. David Berkman Quartet, Live at Smoke (Challenge)

62. David Gibson, A Little Somethin’ (Positone)

63. Marek Dykta/John Abercrombie, Cradle of Light (EFCM)

64. Ada Rovatti, Green Factor (Piloo)

65. One For All, Return of the Lineup (Sharp Nine)

66. Eric Alexander, Revival of the Fittest (HalfNote)

67. Roy Nathanson, Subway Moon (Enja)

68. Roger Rosenberg, Baritonality (Sunnyside)

69. Bobby Previte, Pan Atlantic (Avand)

70. Edward Simon Trio, Poesía (Cam Jazz)

71. Abdullah Ibrahim, Senzo (WDR/Sunnyside)

72. Fred Hersch, Plays Jobim (Sunnyside)

73. Daniel Sadownick, There Will Be a Day (In Time)

74. Nels Cline, Coward (Cryptogramophone

75. Joel Harrison, Urban Myths (HighNote)

76. Justin Vasquez, Triptych (Triptych Works)

77. Robby Ameen, Days in the Life (TwoandFour)

78. Fred Anderson, 21st Century Chase (Delmark)

79. Jacam Manricks, Labyrinth (Manricks Music)

80. Duck Baker, Everything That Rises Must Converge (Mighty Quinn)

81. John Zorn’s The Dreamers, Oo (Tzadik)

82. Eyal Maoz, Edom (Tzadik)

83. Marc Copland, Alone (Pirouet)

84. Yaron Herman Trio, Muse (Laborie)

85. Michel Sajrawy, Writings on the Wall (Ozella)

86. Joe Beck/Laura Theodore, Golden Earrings (Whaling City Sound)

87. Paul Meyers, World on a String (Miles High)

88. Linda Oh, Entry (

89. Edmar Castaneda, Entre Cuerdas (ArtistShare)

90. Gilad Hekselman, Words Unspoken (Late Set)

91. John Hebert, Byzantine Monkey (Firehouse 12)

92. Sharel Cassity, Relentless (JLP)

93. Amanda Monaco, I Think I’ll Keep You (Late Set)

94. Fima Ephron, City Quiet (S.U.M.)

95. Don Falzone, Stand Clear of the Closing Does (Zones Tones)

96. Rob Garcia 4, Perennial (BJU)

97. Jared Gold, Supersonic (Positone)

98. Yoshie Fruchter, Pitom (Tzadik)

99. Dan Aran, Breathing (Smalls)

100. Joe Martin, Not by Chance (Anzic)

101. Luis Bonilla, I Talking Now (Planet Arts)

102. Rudder, Matorning (19/8)

103. Nancy Wright, Moanin’ (Chicken Soup)

104. Tom McDermott, New Orleans Duets (Rabadash)

105. Gabriel Espinosa, From Yucatan to Rio (Zoho)

106. Ahleuchatistas, Of the Body Prone (Tzadik)

107. David Fathead Newman, The Blessing (HighNote)

108. Mads Tolling, The Playmaker (Madsman)

109. Ben Perowsky, Esopus Opus (Skirl)

110. Miles Ozaki, Generations (Sunnyside)

111. Will Sellenraad, Balance (Beezwax)

112. Wolfgang Schalk, Wanted (Frame Up)

113. Ryan Meagher, Atroefy (Fresh Sound New Talent)

114. Fahir Atakoglu, Faces a nd Places (Far & Here)

115. Towner Galaher, Courageous Hearts (Towner Galaher Music)

116. Ofer Assaf, Tangible Reality (Summit)

117. Davy Mooney, Astoriano (Late Set)

118. David Ashkenazy, Out With It (Positone)

119. Dom Minasi String Quartet, Dissonance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder (Konnex)

120. Bobby Selvaggio, Modern Times (Arabesque)

121. Hailey Nieswanger, Confeddie (

122. Dr. Bruce Eskovitz, One for Newk II (Pacific Coast Jazz)

123. Jesse Stacken, That That (Fresh Sound New Talent)

124. Fred Hess Band, Single Moment (Alison)

125. John Escreet, Consequences (Positone)

126. Rick Germanson, Off the Cuff (Owl Studios)

127. Sean Lyons, Roar of Lyons (Positone)

128. John Beasley, Positootly! (Resonance)

129. Mika Pohjola, Northern Sunrise (Blue Music Group)

130. Dana Hall, Into the Light (Origin)

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