Best Jazz Albums of 2009 – The Complete List

 Thanks again to all who have read my two posts on the best jazz albums of 2009. I admit I made it a bit difficult for everyone by splitting the list in two. Therefore, as a “public service”, here is the complete list, excluding my comments, in one post. As before, they are listed in alphabetical order, by album title. 

There is also one addition to this final list: Jeff “Tain” Watts’ explosive, Watts. My leaving it off either of the two lists, which was due simply to Holiday season brain overload, was a near criminal act.

So here they all are:

¡Bien Bien! Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet Patois
Crossfire Jim Snidero Savant
Dedicated to You Kurt Elling Concord
Doozy Jackie Ryan OpenArt
Emergence Roy Hargrove Big Band Emarcy
Endurance The Heath Brothers Jazz Legacy (JLP)
Esta Plena Miguel Zenón Marsalis Music
Fortuna Roni Ben-Hur Motema
Kind of Brown Christian McBride Mack Avenue
Merge Chris Greene Quartet Single Malt
Monk Peter Bernstein Xanadu
Moody 4A James Moody IPO Recordings
Mutual Admiration Society 2 Joe Locke / David Hazeltine Quartet Sharp Nine
New Strides Jeb Patton MaxJazz
Oriental Express Akiko Tsuruga 18th &Vine
Plays for Monk Bobby Broom Origin
Plays the Music of Ellington and Strayhorn Grant Stewart Sharp Nine
Pleased to Meet You Hank Jones and Oliver Jones Justin Time
Prana Dance Tom Harrell HighNote
Relentless Sharel Cassity Jazz Legacy (JLP)
Simply Put Jerry Bergonzi Savant
So In Love Roberta Gambarini Emarcy
Songs Spun of Gold Elli Fordyce Fordyce
Until I Met You Melissa Morgan Telarc
Uptown Wayne Escoffery Posi-tone
Watts Jeff “Tain” Watts Dark Key


 Honorable Mentions:

Double Booked Robert Glasper Blue Note
Lovefool Amy Cervini Anzic
No More, No Less Jason Parker Quartet Broken Time
Revival of the Fittest Eric Alexander HighNote
Rise Up! Dr. Lonnie Smith Palmetto

 Tracks from all of these CDs will be featured on Curt’s Café WebJazz Radio, daily from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (EST), through January 16, 2010, on our Best Jazz of 2009 special.  Click here to listen now.  We’re also adding fresh tracks from familiar and not so familiar artists, to start the new decade off right. 

Our next scheduled post will kick off our CD reviews column, which will feature reviews of new and recently reissued jazz discs, expect to see that post on or around January 3, 2010.

Best wishes for a Happy New Year, to all. I hope you can start the year off right by going out to hear some good, live jazz.  If not, buy or legally download a jazz album, performed by an artist you aren’t familiar with. Start the New Year off in a spirit of discovery.

 Until the next time, the jazz continues…


2 Responses to “Best Jazz Albums of 2009 – The Complete List”

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Curtis Davenport, marymac webpublicity. marymac webpublicity said: Best Jazz of 2009, on Curt's Cafe 'til 6pET. Trax of best CDs of '09 — see list: — RT @curtjazz […]

  2. Thanks Curt, from Joe Locke and I. We very much appreciate your recognition of his music.
    Tom Marcello
    Manager / Joe Locke

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