Ken Franckling: Year End Rundown

December 21st 2009 09:58 pm

Copyright © 2009 Ken Franckling

The 10 best new jazz releases of 2009, listed alphabetically:

– Lili Añel, “Every Second in Between” (Wall-I Records)

– Big Band Ritmo Sinfonica Città Di Verona, “Restless Spirits” (Velut Luna)

– Seamus Blake, “Live in Italy” (Jazz Eyes)

– Mike Clark, “Blueprints of Jazz, Vol. 1” (Talking House)

– Bill Cunliffe, “Blues and the Abstract Truth, Take 2” (Resonance)

– Kat Edmonson, “Take to the Sky” (Convivium Records)

– Steve Kuhn, “Mostly Coltrane” (ECM)

– LeBoeuf Brothers, “House Without a Door” (LeBoeuf Brothers Music)

– John Scofield, “Piety Street” (EmArcy)

– Joe Zawinul, “75” (Heads Up International)

The 10 best new songs of the year, listed alphabetically:

– Lynne Arriale, “A Gentle Soul” from “Nuance” (Motéma Music)

– Jeff Ballard, “Lady B” from Fly’s “Sky & Country” (ECM)

– Scotty Barnhart, “Haley’s Passage” from “Say It Plain” (Unity Music)

– Gerald Clayton, “Peace for the Moment” from “Two-Shade” (ArtistShare)

– N. Glenn Davis, “Come Right In” from “Come Right In” (Jazzed Media)

– Richie Goods, “Desert Song” from “Live at the Zinc Bar” (RichMan Productions)

– Fareed Haque. “Big Bhangra” from “Flat Planet” (Owl Studios)

– Sean Jones, “The Ambitious Violet” from “The Search Within” (Mack Avenue)

– Mark Rapp, “Thank You” from “Token Tales” (Paved Earth)

– Greg Skaff, “Willie D” from “East Harlem Skyline” (Zoho)

The best jazz boxed set or historic recordings of 2009, listed alphabetically:

– Dupree Bolton, “Fireball,” (Uptown)

– Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins, “The Classic Prestige Sessions, 1951-1956 (Prestige)

– Lucky Thompson, “New York City, 1965-65” (Uptown)

– Freddie Hubbard, “Without a Song* (Live in Europe, 1969)” (Blue Note)

– Scott LaFaro, “Pieces of Jade” (Resonance)

The best jazz-related DVDs of 2009

– “‘Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris” (Outsider Pictures/Naxos of America)

Ken Franckling

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