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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
Rich Perry Gone (SteepleChase) Jeff Hirshfield
Neal Miner Happy Hour (Gut String Records) Joe Strasser
Mike DiRubbo Repercussion (Posi-Tone Records) Tony Reedus
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
Dick Oatts/Jerry Bergonzi Saxology (SteepleChase) Tom Melito
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.