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
b.1959
drums





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
drums





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
b.1977
drums





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
b.1979
sax, alto

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