Hank Shteamer: 2009 Jazz Top 10, and more

December 8th 2009 08:14 am

Copyright © 2009 Hank Shteamer

Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2009

1. Ran Blake Driftwoods (Tompkins Square)

2. Chad Taylor Circle Down (482 Music)

3. Jon Irabagon with Mike Pride I Don’t Hear Nothin’ but the Blues (Loyal Label)

4. John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble Eternal Interlude (Sunnyside)

5. Darius Jones Trio Man’ish Boy (A Raw and Beautiful Thing) (Aum Fidelity)

6. Henry Threadgill Zooid This Brings Us To, Volume 1 (Pi)

7. Borah Bergman Trio Luminescence (Tzadik)

8. Jim Black AlasNoAxis Houseplant (Winter & Winter)

9. Charles Evans and Neil Shah Live at Saint Stephens (Hot Cup)

10. Loren Stillman Winter Fruits (Pirouet)



Miles Davis Quintet Live in Europe ’67 [DVD, available with The Complete Miles Davis Columbia Album Collection]

Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original by Robin D.G. Kelley (Free Press)

Click past the jump for ten honorable-mention discs and seven live shows.

Honorable mention:

Steve Lehman Octet Travail, Transformation, and Flow (Pi)

John Hébert Byzantine Monkey (Firehouse 12)

Linda Oh Trio Entry (self-released)

Tony Malaby Paloma Recio (New World)

Warren Smith Composer’s Workshop Ensemble Old News, Borrowed Blues (Engine Studios)

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam)

Bill Dixon Tapestries for Small Orchestra (Firehouse 12)

Digital Primitives Hum, Crackle & Pop (Hopscotch)

Seabrook Power Plant [Self-titled] (Loyal Label)

Fly Sky & Country (ECM)

A few great live shows I saw (NYC):

Winter Jazzfest at (Le) Poisson Rouge, etc. (January 10)

Håkon Kornstad and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten at Monkey Town (April 10)

Joe McPhee at the Local 269 (May 4)

Fieldwork at the Stone (August 19)

Bill McHenry and Ben Monder at Cornelia St. Café (September 21)

Billy Hart Quartet at Village Vanguard (September 25)

Connie Crothers Quartet at the Stone (September 26)

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