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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) with Billy Drummond

Rich Perry Gone (SteepleChase) with Jeff Hirshfield

Neal Miner Happy Hour (Gut String Records) with Joe Strasser

Mike DiRubbo Repercussion (Posi-Tone Records) with Tony Reedus

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

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

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

Dick Oatts/Jerry Bergonzi Saxology (SteepleChase) with Tom Melito

Ronnie Cuber Ronnie (SteepleChase) with Johnathan Blake

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

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