Willard Jenkins: Top 20

January 5th 2010 06:27 pm

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(listed in alpha order)

  • Dee Alexander, Wild is the Wind, Blu Jazz
  • Jane Bunnett, Embracing Voices, Sunnyside
  • Kurt Elling, Dedicated to You, Concord
  • Oran Etkin, Kelenia, Motema
  • Robert Glasper, Double Booked, Blue Note
  • Stefon Harris & Blackout, Urbanus, Concord
  • Bobby Hutcherson, Wise One, Kind of Blue
  • Vijay Iyer, Historicity, ACT
  • Sean Jones, The Search Within, Mack Avenue
  • James King, Allen’s Odyssey, Vibrant Tree
  • Joe Locke/David Hazeltine Quartet, Mutual Admiration Society 2, Sharp Nine
  • Joe Lovano Us Five, Folk Art, Blue Note
  • Branford Marsalis, Metamorphosen, Marsalis Music
  • Nicole Mitchell Black Earth Strings, Renegade, Delmark
  • David Murray & the Gwo-Ka Masters, The Devil Tried to Kill Me, Justin Time
  • Joshua Redman, Compass, Nonesuch
  • Marcus Roberts, New Orleans to Harlem, J Master
  • Jackie Ryan, Doozy, Open Art
  • Michael Thomas, Live at Twins Jazz, Jazhead
  • Miguel Zenon, Esta Plena, Marsalis Music

REISSUE: Fela Kuti, Best of the Black President, Kalakuta/Knitting Factory

Now posted at www.openskyjazz.com/blog in The Independent Ear are our selections for the top 20 new releases for 2009, the top reissue, and an additional deserving baker’s dozen; all based primarily on the annual outlook of the Ancient Future radio program (WPFW, Pacifica Radio for the Washington, DC metro area).


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