Dan Ouellette: Top 10 jazz (+12) Top 10 pop

December 22nd 2009 12:31 pm

Copyright © 2009 Dan Ouellette

Jazz Journalists Association Poll 2009
Jazz & pop

Submitted by Dan Ouellette (DownBeat, Stereophile, Billboard, Napster.com)

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As I have in past years, I’m including two lists…one for jazz and one for pop, which I also cover…

Top 10 jazz albums for 2009…

1. Anouar Brahem: The Astounding Eyes of Rita (ECM)
2. Ben Allison: Think Free (Palmetto)
3. Joe Lovano Us Five: Folk Art (Blue Note)
4. Henry Threadgill Zooid: This Brings Us To, Volume 1 (Pi Recordings)
5. Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy: Spirit Moves (Greenleaf Music)
6. KD Allen: Shine! (Sunnyside)
7. Nels Cline: Coward (Cryptogramophone)
8. Medeski Martin & Wood: Radiolarians II (Indirecto)
9. The Bad Plus: For All I Care (Heads Up)
10. Jon Balke: SIWAN (ECM)

Runners up…

11. Bill Frisell: Disfarmer (Nonesuch)
12. Gretchen Parlato: In a Dream (ObliqSound)
13. Bobby Sanabria: Kenya Revisited Live!!! (Jazzheads)
14. John Beasley: Positootly (Resonance)
15. Jim Campilongo: Orange (Blue Hen)
16. Melody Gardot: My One and Only Thrill (Verve)
17. John Patitucci: Remembrance (Concord)
18. Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: One Day in Brooklyn (Kinnara)
19. Stanley Clarke Trio: Jazz in the Garden (Heads Up)
20. Concha Buika/Chucho Valdés: El Ultimo Trago – Con la Colaboracíon de Chucho Valdés (Warner Music Spain)
21. Julian Lage: Sounding Point (EmArcy)
22. Luciana Souza: Tide (Verve)

Top three jazz reissues:

1. Miles Davis: Sketches of Spain (Legacy Edition)…(Columbia/Legacy)
2. Charles Mingus: Mingus Ah Um (Legacy Edition)…(Columbia Legact)
3. Gary Burton, Chick Corea: Crystal Silence – The ECM Recordings 1972-79

Top 10 pop albums for 2009…

1. Rosanne Cash: The List (Manhattan)
2. Yusef (Cat Stevens): Roadsinger (UMe)
3. Bell X-1: Blue Lights on the Runway (YepRoc)
4. Gomez: A New Tide (ATO)
5. Maxwell: BLACKsummers’night (Columbia)
6. Norah Jones: The Fall (Blue Note)
7. Regina Spektor: Far (Sire)
8. The Decemberists: The Hazards of Love (Capital)
9. Sondre Lerche: Heartbeat Radio (Rounder)
10. U2: No Line on the Horizon (Interscope)

Top pop reissues:

The entire Beatles catalog remastered (Apple/EMI)

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