20+20: Forrest Bryant’s CD Picks for 2009

January 5th 2010 08:02 pm

Copyright © 2010 Forrest Bryant

THE TOP TWENTY (in alphabetical order)…

  • Dee Alexander – “Wild Is the Wind” (Blujazz)
  • Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society – “Infernal Machines” (New Amsterdam)
  • David Binney – “Third Occasion” (Mythology)
  • Luis Bonilla – “I Talking Now!” (Planet Arts)
  • Alex Cline – “Continuation” (Cryptogramophone)
  • Marc Copland – “Night Whispers: New York Trio Recordings, Vol. 3″ (Pirouet)
  • DeJohnette/Patitucci/Perez – “Music We Are” (Golden Beams)
  • Oran Etkin – “Kelenia” (Motema)
  • Fly – “Sky and Country” (ECM)
  • The Fully Celebrated – “Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones” (AUM Fidelity)
  • John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble – “Eternal Interlude” (Sunnyside)
  • Vijay Iyer – “Historicity” (ACT)
  • Arthur Kell Quartet – “Victoria: Live in Germany” (BJU)
  • Steve Lehman Octet – “Travail, Transformation & Flow” (Pi)
  • Joe Lovano Us Five – “Folk Art” (Blue Note)
  • Medeski Martin & Wood – “Radiolarians 3″ (Indirecto)
  • John Scofield – “Piety Street” (Emarcy)
  • SFJAZZ Collective – “Live 2009: Sixth Annual Concert Tour” (SFJAZZ)
  • Allen Toussaint – “The Bright Mississippi” (Nonesuch)
  • Mark Weinstein & Omar Sosa – “Tales from the Earth” (Otá)

…and 20 more discs I greatly enjoyed over the past year…

  • Rashied Ali Quintet – “Live in Europe” (Survival)
  • Vinnie Cutro & NYC Soundscape – “Sakura” (Royal Music)
  • Mélanie Dahan – “La Princesse et les Croque-Notes” (Sunnyside)
  • Harris Eisenstadt – “Canada Day” (Clean Feed)
  • Fat Cat Big Band – “Meditations on the War…” (Smalls)
  • Firecracker Jazz Band – “Red Hot Band” (Euphonian)
  • Gaucho – “Deep Night” (self-released)
  • Dave Holland / Monterey Quartet – “Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival” (MJF)
  • Rocco John Group – “Devotion” (COCA)
  • Irvin Mayfield & New Orleans Jazz Orchestra – “Book One” (World Village)
  • Nice Guy Trio – “Here Comes the Nice Guy Trio” (Porto Franco)
  • Gretchen Parlato – “In a Dream” (Obliqsound)
  • Alvin Queen – “Mighty Long Way” (Justin Time)
  • Joshua Redman – “Compass” (Nonesuch)
  • Arturo Stable Quintet – “Call” (Origen)
  • John Surman – “Brewster’s Rooster” (ECM)
  • Jeremy Udden – “Plainville” (Fresh Sound New Talent)
  • Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet – “Bien Bien!” (Patois)
  • Jeff “Tain” Watts – “Watts” (Dark Key)
  • Miguel Zenón – “Esta Plena” (Marsalis Music)

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