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It's impossible to do justice to all of the excellent 2006 releases, so here are ten that had the greatest impact on me. Each one includes the name of the drummer who was essential in making the music special.
Planet Jazz In Orbit (Sharp Nine) Drummer: Joe Strasser
Joe Magnarelli Hoop Dreams (Criss Cross) Drummer: Tony Reedus
David Binney Cities and Desire (Criss Cross) Drummer: Dan Weiss
Jesse Elder From Out of the Grey Forest (Self Produced) Drummer: Tommy Crane
David Bixler Call It A Good Deal (Zoho Records) Drummer: Andy Watson
David Hazeltine Trio Perambulation (Criss Cross) Drummer: Joe Farnsworth
Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Legacy Band Maximum Firepower (Savant) Drummer: Louis Hayes
Cecil Brooks III Double Exposure (Savant) Drummer: Cecil Brooks III
Pete Zimmer Quintet Burnin' Live at the Jazz Standard (Tippin' Records) Drummer: Pete Zimmer
Victor Goines New Adventures (Criss Cross) Drummer: Greg Hutchinson