Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Best of 2009!!!

Well, it's that time again. It's the end of 2009 and I still haven't even listened to everything that's come out and been sent my way in the past year. Aargh. These are among my favorites or what I feel is most significant in the music released between Turkey Day 2008 and today, with apologies to Nessa's release of Von Freeman's Vonski Speaks. (I haven't got my copy yet and can already tell it would make the list. But without a listen... ) I added the categories of "Labels of the Year" and "Unavoidable Artist(s) of the Year" to mark stellar achievements in releasing interesting music, and in the latter case, heretofore unheard-of levels of visibility/self-promotion/general awesomeness.

Anyway, all of these discs can be found at your local brick-and-mortar retailer or among the many independent online retailers.You can find actual reviews of these titles (penned by yours truly) in All About Jazz, Signal To Noise, Paris Transatlantic, Austinist and Bagatellen.

New releases:

Jason Adasiewicz' Rolldown - Varmint (Cuneiform)
Josh Berman - Old Idea (Delmark)
Circulasione Totale Orchestra - Bandwidth (Rune Grammofon)
Bill Dixon - Tapestries for Small Orchestra (Firehouse 12)
Max Eastley / Rhodri Davies - Dark Architecture (Another Timbre)
Harris Eisenstadt - Canada Day (Clean Feed)
Alexander Hawkins Ensemble - No Now Is So (FMR)
Joe Morris/Jon Voigt/Tom Plsek - The Graphic Scores of Lowell Skinner Davidson (Riti)
Rob Mazurek - Sound Is (Delmark)
Talibam! - Boogie in the Breeze Blocks (ESP-Disk')

Reissues/Unearthed Gems:

39 Clocks - Zoned (De Stijl)
Laurie Scott Baker - Gracility (Musicnow)
Bobby Bradford with the Spontaneous Music Ensemble (Nessa)
Nathan Davis - The Best of... '65-'76 (Jazzman)
Sunny Murray - Big Chief (Eremite)
Wadada Leo Smith - Procession of the Great Ancestry (Nessa)
Solidarity Unit, Inc. - Red, Black & Green (Eremite)
The Sperm - Shh! (De Stijl)
Splinters - Split the Difference (Reel Recordings)
Toy Killers - The Unlistenable Years (ugExplode) 

Labels of the year:
Nessa Records, ugExplode

Unavoidable artists of the year*:
Jason Adasiewicz, Mary Halvorson, Nate Wooley, Weasel Walter

*meant as a compliment

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