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Critics Picks 2009: Individual Ballots

David R. Adler

New Releases:

1. David S. Ware Shakti (Aum Fidelity)

2. Miguel Zenón Esta Plena (Marsalis Music)

3. Gerald Clayton Two-Shade (ArtistShare)

4. Vijay Iyer Trio Historicity (ACT)

5. Steve Lehman Octet Travail, Transformation, and Flow (Pi)

6. Herculaneum Herculaneum III (Clean Feed)

7. David Binney Third Occasion (Mythology)

8. Edward Simon Trio Poesía (Cam Jazz)

9. Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam)

10. SFJazz Collective Live 2009: The Works of McCoy Tyner (SFJazz)

Historical/Reissues:

1. Freddie Hubbard Without a Song: Live in Europe, 1969 (Blue Note)

2. The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings (Fantasy/Concord)

3. Scott LaFaro Pieces of Jade (Resonance)

4. Ronnie Boykins The Will Come, Is Now (ESP-Disk)

5. Revolutionary Ensemble Vietnam (ESP-Disk)

Scott Albin

New Releases:

1. Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Collective Creativity (3 Sixteen)

2. Joe Locke/David Hazeltine Quartet Mutual Admiration Society 2 (Sharp Nine)

3. Martial Solal Live at the Village Vanguard (Cam Jazz)

4. Joe Morris Quartet Today on Earth (Aum Fidelity)

5. Alvin Queen Mighty Long Way (Resonance)

6. Jackie Ryan Doozy (Open Art)

7. Joe Cohn Shared Contemplations (Criss Cross)

8. Dee Alexander Wild Is the Wind (Blujazz)

9. Bill Easley Hearing Voices (18th & Vine)

10. Gary Burton/Pat Metheny/Steve Swallow/Antonio Sanchez Quartet Live! (Concord)

Historical/Reissues:

1. Duke Ellington The Great Concerts (London & New York 1963-1964) (Musicmasters/Nimbus)

2. Lee Konitz/Martial Solal Star Eyes 1983 (Hatology)

3. Lucky Thompson New York City, 1964-65 (Uptown)

4. John Handy Mosaic Select (Mosaic)

5. Stan Getz Dynasty (Verve)

A.D. Amorosi

New Releases:

1. Joe Lovano Us Five Folk Art (Blue Note)

2. Jan Garbarek Group Dresden: In Concert (ECM)

3. Nellie McKay Normal as Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day (Verve)

4. Digital Primitives Hum Crackle & Pop (Hopscotch)

5. Melody Gardot My One and Only Thrill (Verve)

6. Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette Yesterdays (ECM)

7. Branford Marsalis Metamorphosen (Marsalis)

8. Theo Bleckmann/John Hollenbeck/Gary Versace Refuge Trio (Winter & Winter)

9. Jackie Ryan Doozy (Open Art)

10. Henry Threadgill Zooid This Brings Us To Vol. 1 (Pi)

Historical/Reissues:

1. John Coltrane: Side Steps (Prestige)

2. Ella Fitzgerald Twelve Nights in Hollywood (Verve Select)

3. Art Pepper The Art History Project: Unreleased Art IV (Widow’s Taste)

4. Denny Zeitlin The Columbia Studio Trio Sessions (Mosaic)

5. Medeski Martin & Wood Radiolarians: The Evolutionary Set (Indirecto)

Larry Appelbaum

New Releases:

1. Miguel Zenón Esta Plena (Marsalis Music)

2. Fred Hersch Plays Jobim (Sunnyside)

3. Martial Solal Live at the Village Vanguard: I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (Cam Jazz)

4. Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam)

5. Luciana Souza Tide (Verve)

6. Keith Jarrett Testament (ECM)

7. Jeff “Tain” Watts Watts (Dark Key)

8. Vijay Iyer Historicity (ACT)

9. John Patitucci Trio Remembrance (Concord)

10. Gretchen Parlato In a Dream (ObliqSound)

Historical/Reissues:

1. Codona The Codona Trilogy (ECM)

2. Freddie Hubbard Without a Song: Live in Europe, 1969 (Blue Note)

3. Eddie Harris & Ellis Marsalis Homecoming (ELM)

4. Artie Shaw Classic Artie Shaw Bluebird and Victor Sessions (Mosaic)

5. Art Pepper The Art History Project: Unreleased Art IV (Widow’s Taste)

Shaun Brady

New Releases:

1. Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam)

2. Vijay Iyer Historicity (ACT)

3. Steve Lehman Octet Travail, Transformation, and Flow (Pi)

4. Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition Apti (Innova)

5. FLY Sky & Country (ECM)

6. Henry Threadgill Zooid This Brings Us To, Vol. 1 (Pi)

7. Tarbaby Tarbaby (Imani)

8. Dave Douglas Spirit Moves (Green Leaf)

9. The Monterey Quartet Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival (MJF)

10. Darius Jones Trio Man’ish Boy (AUM Fidelity)

Historical/Reissues:

1. The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings (Fantasy/Concord)

2. Duke Ellington The Great Concerts (London & New York 1963-1964) (Musicmasters/Nimbus)

3. Sun Ra The Complete Detroit Jazz Center Residency (Transparency)

4. John Coltrane Side Steps (Prestige)

5. Scott LaFaro Pieces of Jade (Resonance)

Brent Burton

New Releases:

1. Arve Henriksen Cartography (ECM)

2. Bill Frisell Disfarmer (Nonesuch)

3. Enrico Rava New York Days (ECM)

4. Vijay Iyer Trio Historicity (Act Music + Vision)

5. Dave Douglas Spirit Moves (Green Leaf)

6. Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition Apti (Innova)

7. Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam)

8. Steve Lehman Octet Travail, Transformation, and Flow (Pi)

9. John Abercrombie Wait Till You See Her (ECM)

10. Joshua Redman Compass (Nonesuch)

Historical/Reissues:

1. Don Cherry/Latif Khan Music/Sangam (Heavenly Sweetness)

2. Codona The Codona Trilogy (ECM)

3. Et Cetera Et Cetera (Long Hair)

4. The Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble Congliptious (Nessa)

5. Freddie Hubbard Without a Song: Live in Europe, 1969 (Blue Note)

Nate Chinen

New Releases:

1. Henry Threadgill’s Zooid This Brings Us To, Volume 1 (Pi)

2.Vijay Iyer Trio Historicity (ACT)

3. Steve Lehman Octet Travail, Transformation, and Flow (Pi)

4. FLY Sky & Country (ECM)

5. Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam)

6. Tony Malaby Paloma Recio (New World)

7. Buika y Chucho El Último Trago (Casa Limon/Warner Music Latina)

8. Kurt Rosenwinkel Standards Trio Reflections (Wommusic)

9. J.D. Allen Trio Shine (Sunnyside)

10. Gretchen Parlato In a Dream (ObliqSound)

Historical/Reissues:

1. Ella Fitzgerald Twelve Nights in Hollywood (Verve)

2. Freddie Hubbard Without a Song: Live in Europe, 1969 (Blue Note)

3. John Handy Mosaic Select: John Handy (Mosaic)

4. Lucky Thompson New York City, 1964-65 (Uptown)

5. John Coltrane Side Steps (Prestige/Concord)

Thomas Conrad

New Releases:

1. Keith Jarrett Testament (ECM)

2. Charles Tolliver Big Band Emperor March (Half Note)

3. Gary Burton/Pat Metheny/Steve Swallow/Antonio Sanchez Quartet Live! (Concord)

4. Arild Andersen/Paolo Vinaccia/Tommy Smith Live at Belleville (ECM)

5. Stefano Bollani Trio Stone in the Water (ECM)

6. Bill Frisell Disfarmer (Nonesuch)

7. Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette Yesterdays (ECM)

8. Mark Masters Ensemble Farewell Walter Dewey Redman (Capri)

9. Grant Stewart Plays the Music of Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn (Sharp Nine)

10. Kurt Rosenwinkel Standards Trio: Reflections (Wommusic)

Historical/Reissues:

1. Art Pepper The Art History Project: Unreleased Art, Vol. IV (Widow’s Taste)

2. Dupree Bolton Fireball (Uptown)

3. Gary Burton/Chick Corea Crystal Silence: The ECM Recordings 1972-79 (ECM)

4. Lucky Thompson New York City, 1964-65 (Uptown)

5. Scott LaFaro Pieces Of Jade (Resonance)

Owen Cordle

New Releases:

1.Terry Vosbein and the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra Progressive Jazz 2009 (Max Frank Music)

2. Ed Palermo Big Band, Eddy Loves Frank (Cuneiform)

3. Seamus Blake Live in Italy (Jazzeyes)

4. Bud Shank Fascinating Rhythms (Jazzed Media)

5. Bobby Sanabria and the Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra Kenya Revisited Live (Jazzheads)

6. Jon Mayer Nightscape (Reservoir)

7. Ted Kooshian’s Standard Orbit Quartet Underdog and Other Stories (Summit)

8. Nina Sheldon Harvest (Jazzed Media)

9. Freddy Cole The Dreamer in Me (HighNote)

10. Mike DiRubbo Repercussion (Posi-Tone)

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