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Marcela Breton: Top 10 List

February 9th 2010

1. Orbert Davis: Collective Creativity (3Sixteen)
2. Buika & Chucho Valdes: El Ultimo Trago (WEA International)
3. Paquito Hechavarria: Frankly (Callé 54)
4. Hilton Ruiz: Hilton’s Last Note (Hilton Ruiz Music)
5. Lynne Arriale: Nuance (Motema)
6. Bobby Sanabria: Kenya Revisited Live!!! (Jazzheads)
7. Teddy Charles: Dances With Bulls (Smalls)
8. Sophie Milman: Take Love Easy (Koch)
9. Pedro Giraudo: El Viaje (PGM)
10. Azar Lawrence: Prayer for My Ancestors (Furthermore)


1. Tito Puente: Dance Mania (RCA/Legacy)
2. Gato Barbieri: Viva Emiliano Zapata (Verve)
3. John Coltrane: Side Steps (Prestige)

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Antonio Terzo’s 2009 Top CD’s

January 20th 2010

Not in any specific order:

  • Okkyung Lee/Peter Evans/Steve Beresford “Check For Monster” (Emanem)
  • The Bad Plus joined by Wendy Lewis “For All I Care” (Heads Up)
  • Satoko Fuji-Myra Melford “Under the Water” (Libra)
  • Carla Kihlstedt Satoko Fujii (Minamo) “Kuroi Kawa” (Tzadik )
  • Louis Moholo-Moholo/Duets with Marilyn Crispell “Sibanye — We Are One” (Intakt)
  • Matthew Shipp “Harmonic Disorder” (Thirstyear)
  • Samuel Blaser “Solo Bone” (Slam)
  • Gerald Cleaver” Farmers by Nature” (AUM Fidelity)
  • Indigo Trio “Anaya” (Rogue Art)
  • Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Strings “Renegades” (Delmark)
  • Yaron Herman Trio “Muse” (Laborie Rec.)
  • Chris Potter Underground “Ultrahang” (Artistshare)
  • Bugge Wesseltoft “Playing” (Jazzland)
  • Alexander von Schlippenbach “Friulian Sketches” (PSI Rec.)
  • Gebhard Ullmann “Don’t Touch My Music – Vol. 1 & 2” (Not Two Records)
  • Jacob Karlson “Heat” (Caprice Rec.)
  • Rashied Ali “Live in Europe” (Survival)
  • John Surman “Brewster’s Rooster” (ECM)
  • Jack DeJohnette – John Patitucci – Danilo Perez “Music We Are” (Golden Beams/Kindred Rhythm)
  • Zlatko Kaucic “30th Anniversary Concerts” (Splasch)
  • Fred Anderson “Staying in the Game” (ESP-Disk)
  • The Thirteenth Assembly “(Un) Sentimental” (Important Rec.)
  • Wadada Leo Smith “Spiritual Dimensions” (Cuneiform/Rune)
  • Josh Berman “Old Idea” (Delmark)
  • Ben Allison “Think Free” (Palmetto)

(to be continued…)

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Mitch Myers’ Most Played from his laptop iTunes

January 18th 2010

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Alain Drouot: Top 10 and more

January 6th 2010

Top 10 of 2009
1. Michel Edelin – Kuntu – Rogue Art
2. Vijay Iyer – Historicity – ACT
3. Miroslav Vitous – Remembering Weather Report – ECM
4. Louis Moholo-Moholo/Duets with Marilyn Crispell – Sibanye (We Are One) – Intakt
5. Sophie Agnel – Capsizing Moments – Emanem
6. Darren Johnston – The Edge of the Forest – Clean Feed
7. David Binney – Third Occasion – Mythology
8. Brian Groder – Groder & Greene – Latham Records
9. Matt Wilson Quartet – That’s Gonna Leave a Mark – Palmetto
10. Rob Mazurek – Sound Is – Delmark
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20+20: Forrest Bryant’s CD Picks for 2009

January 5th 2010

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)

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Willard Jenkins: Top 20

January 5th 2010

(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

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Geoffrey Himes: 20 Best Jazz Albums, 2009

January 2nd 2010

1. Bill Frisell: Disfarmer (Nonesuch)
2. Fly: Sky & Country (ECM)
3. Joe Lovano: Us Five Folk Art (Blue Note)
4. The Branford Marsalis Quartet: Metamorphosen (Marsalis)
5. Dave Douglas with Jim McNeely + Frankfurt Radio Bigband: A Single Sky (Greenleaf)
6. Vijay Iyer Trio: Historicity (ACT)
7. The Matt Wilson Quartet: That’s Gonna Leave a Mark (Palmetto)
8. John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: Eternal Interlude (Sunnyside)
9. David Binney: Third Occasion (Mythology)
10. Hal Galper: Art-Work (Origin)
11. Bela Fleck: Throw Down Your Heart/Tales From the Acoustic Planet Vol. 3/The Africa Sessions (Rounder)
12. Cyrus Chestnut: Spirit (JLP)
13. Roswell Rudd: Trombone Tribe (Sunnyside)
14. Carla Bley: Carla’s Christmas Carols (WATT)
15. George Colligan: Come Together (Sunnyside)
16. John Patitucci: Remembrance (Concord)
17. Pat Metheny/Gary Burton: Quartet Live (Nonesuch)
18. Joshua Redman: Compass (Nonesuch)
19. Marty Ehrlich Rites Quartet: Things Have Got To Change (Clean Feed)
20. Paul Motian Trio 2000 + Two: On Broadway Vol. 5 (Winter & Winter)

NOTE: For comments on these titles and my favorite non-jazz albums, check out “The Himes Hundred: Best Albums of 2009.”

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Philip Booth: Best Jazz Discs of 2009

January 1st 2010

(This list is expanded from a similar list published in the Village Voice and Las Vegas City Life).

1. Allen Toussaint, The Bright Mississippi (Nonesuch) – The old-school R&B hitmaker digs deep into jazz roots, applying elegant piano to New Orleans chestnuts and pieces by Monk and Ellington.

2. Chuck Owen & the Jazz Surge, The Comet’s Tail: Performing the Compositions of Michael Brecker (MAMA) – The Florida-based big band revisits and reinvents the music of late saxophone great Brecker.

3. David Binney, Third Occasion (Mythology) – The underappreciated alto saxophonist offers ambitious, expansive originals, with his quartet joined by brass.

4. Tom Harrell, Prana Dance (Highnote) – The trumpeter leads his tight-knit quintet on compositions that are brainy yet emotionally engaging.

5. Kurt Rosenwinkel Standards Trio, Reflections (Wommusic) – The most gifted jazz guitarist under 40 takes a break from his edgy originals for brilliant, shimmering readings of standards by the likes of Monk and Wayne Shorter.

6. John Patitucci Trio, Remembrance (Concord) – The bassist’s heavyweight pianoless trio, with saxophonist Joe Lovano and drummer Brian Blade, bring piercing original compositions replete with surprising detours.

7. Fly, Sky and Country (ECM) – Saxophonist Mark Turner, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard turn in fertile modern-jazz explorations.

8. Joel Harrison, Urban Myths (Highnote) – The guitarist again draws from fusion, funk and blues for smart, multi-textured jazz originals.

9. John Scofield, Piety Street (EmArcy) – Sco wields his tangy overdriven guitar for hard-grooving gospel pieces, driven by Meters bassist George Porter, Jr.

10. New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Slither Slice (Threadhead) – The veteran brass band returns with horns chewy enough and funk deep enough to blast the competition.

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Elzy Kolb: A few of my favorite things, 2009

December 31st 2009

Here’s the music that caught my ear in 2009, in alphabetical order:

  • Nuance, Lynne Arriale (Motema)
  • Carla’s Christmas Carols, Carla Bley (ECM)
  • Blending Times, Ravi Coltrane (Savoy Jazz)
  • Disfarmer, Bill Frisell (Nonesuch)
  • Live at the Jazz Standard, Fred Hersch Pocket Orchestra (Sunnyside)
  • Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival, The Monterey Quartet (Monterey Jazz Festival Records)
  • Doozy, Jackie Ryan (Open Art)
  • Rise Up, Dr. Lonnie Smith (Palmetto)
  • A Quiet Thing, Lisa Sokolov (Laughing Horse)
  • Emperor March, Charles Tolliver Big Band (Half Note)
  • FreeSong Suite, Fay Victor
  • Joe’s Strut, Michael Wolff (Wrong)

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Bill King: The Best Jazz CDs of 2009

December 30th 2009

1.Darcy James Argue: Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records)

2.Vijay Iyer: Historicity (ACT)

3.Terence Blanchard: Choices (Concord Jazz)

4.Gerald Clayton: Two-Shade (EmArcy)

5.The Blues Note 7: Mosaic (Blue Note)

6.Jackie Ryan: Doozy (Open Art)

7.East West Quintet: Vast (Native Language Music)

8.Stefano Bollani: Stone in the Water (ECM)

9.Darryl Harper: Bliss  (Stories in Real Time) (HIPNOTIC)

10.Grant Geissman: Cool Man Cool (Futurism Records)


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