David A. Orthmann's Top Releases of 2009

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It's impossible to do justice to all of the fine new music issued in 2009. So I've listed ten of the discs that had the greatest impact on me. Each one includes the name of the drummer who was essential in making the music special.

Joe Locke and David Hazeltine Mutual Admiration Society 2 (Sharp Nine Records) Billy Drummond

Billy Drummond
Billy Drummond

Rich Perry Gone (SteepleChase) Jeff Hirshfield

Neal Miner Happy Hour (Gut String Records) Joe Strasser

Mike DiRubbo Repercussion (Posi-Tone Records) Tony Reedus

Tony Reedus
1959 - 2008

Scott Reeves Quintet Shape Shifter (Miles High Records) Andy Watson

Mike Lee/Ted Shubb New Tricks (New Tricks Records) Shawn Baltazor

Nick Hempton Band Nick Hempton Band (Self Produced) Dan Aran

Dan Aran
Dan Aran

Dick Oatts/Jerry Bergonzi Saxology (SteepleChase) Tom Melito

Ronnie Cuber Ronnie (SteepleChase) Johnathan Blake

Vitaly Golovnev To Whom It May Concern (Tippin' Records) Jason Brown

Jason Brown
Jason Brown
sax, alto

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