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Best of the year, 2009

By András Goldinger
 

Folk/Roots:
Roseanne Cash, THE LIST (Manhattan, $17.98)
Loudon Wainwright, HIGH, WIDE & HANDSOME: THE CHARLIE POOLE PROJECT (Second Story, 2 CDs & book, $17.98)
Levon Helm, ELECTRIC DIRT (Vanguard, $17.98)
Steve Earle, TOWNES (New West Records, $17.98)
David Rawlings, FRIEND OF A FRIEND (Acony, $13.98)

Jazz:
Paul Motian, ON BROADWAY, VOL. 5 (Winter & Winter, $18.98)
Branford Marsalis, METAMORPHOSEN (Marsalis Music, $16.98)
Steve Lehman, TRAVAIL TRANSFORMATION & FLOW (Pi, $15.98)
Vijay Iyer Trio, HISTORICITY (ACT, $15.99)
Miguel Zenón, ESTA PLENA (Marsalis Music, $16.98)
Allen Toussaint, BRIGHT MISSISSIPPI (Nonesuch, $17.98)
Kurt Elling, DEDICATED TO YOU: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman (Concord Jazz, $17.98)
Keith Jarrett, TESTAMENT: PARIS/LONDON (ECM, 3 CDs, $33.98) and YESTERDAYS: Trio Live in Tokyo 2001 (ECM, $17.98)
Anouar Brahem, THE ASTOUNDING EYES OF RITA (ECM, $17.98)
Henry Threadgill & Zooid, THIS BRINGS US TO, VOL. 1 (Pi, $15.98)
Joe Lovano & Us Five, FOLK ART (Blue Note, $16.98)
Bill Frisell, DISFARMER (Nonesuch, $17.98)


Reissues:
THE CODONA TRILOGY (ECM, 3CDs, $32.98)—Colin Walcott, Don Cherry, Nana Vasconcelos

Classical
Pianists:
Jenny Lin, SHOSTAKOVICH: 24 PRELUDES & FUGUES (Hänssler Classics, 2CDs, $33.98,
Marino Formenti, KURTÁG’S GOSTS (Kairos, 2CDs, $25.99)
Alexander Tharaud, ERIC SATIE: Avant-Dernières Pensées (Harmonia Mundi, 2CDs, $33.98)
Marc-André Hamelin, HAYDN: PIANO SONATAS II(Hyperion, 2 CDs, $18.98; and don’t forget HAYDN: PIANO SONATAS (Hyperion, $18.98)

Strings:
Rolf Lislevand, DIMINUITO (ECM, $17.98)
Tabea Zimmermann, SOLO: BACH & REGER (Myrios Classics, $17.98)
Kim Kashkashian, NEHARÓT (ECM, $17.98)
Fretwork, PURCELL: COMPLETE FANTAZIAS (Harmonia Mundi, $18.98)

Voices:
Joyce DiDonato, FURORE: Handel Opera Arias (Virgin Classics, $16.98)
Sandrine Piau and  Sara Mingardo, HANDEL: DUETS (Naïve, $16.99)
Theo Bleckmann & Kneebody, 12 SONGS BY CHARLES IVES (Winter & Winter, $17.98)
Christina Pluhar & L’Arpeggiata, MONTEVERDI: TEATRO D’AMORE (Virgin, $16.98)
Stile Antico, SONG OF SONGS (Harmonia Mundi, Super Audio CD, $19.98)
Renée Fleming, VERISMO (DG, $17.98)
PURCELL: DIDO & AENEAS (Chandos, $18.99), Sarah Connolly, Gerald Finley, Patricia Bardon, Choir and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
DAVID LANG: THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL PASSION (Hamonia Mundi, $18.98)

World:
ZANZIBARA 5: HOT IN DAR (Buda Records, $15.98)
Franco & Le TPOK Jazz, FRANCOPHONIC: 1958-1980 (Stern’s, 2CDs, $23.98); don’t forget FRANCOPHONIC 2: 1980-1989 (Stern’s, 2CDs, $23.98)
Jon Balke and Amina Alaoui, SIWAN (ECM, $17.98)

Reissues/compilations/box sets:
Richard Thompson, WALKING ON A WIRE: 1968-2009 (Shout Factory, 4 CDs, $55.98)
Pete Seeger, AMERICAN FAVORITE BALLADS, Volumes 1-5 (Smithsonian Folkways, 5CDs, $39.98)
New Lost City Ramblers, 50 YEARS: WHERE DO WE COME FROM? WHERE DO YOU GO? (Smithsonian Folkways, 3CDs, $39.98)
LET FREEDOM RING: THE MUSIC OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT (Time Life, 3 CDs, 40-page booklet, $44.98)
Woody Guthrie, MY DUSTY ROADS (Rounder, 4 CDs, $79.98)
Alan Lomax, ALAN LOMAX IN HAITI: Recordings for the Library of Congress, 1936-1937 (Harte Recordings, 10 CDs, $129.98)
Beatles, STEREO BOX SET (16 CDs & 1 DVD, List Price: $258.98; P&P price, $246.98; P&P Members’ Price: $206.98)

50th Anniversary Editions of:
Charles Mingus, MINGUS AH UM & MINGUS DYNASTY: Legacy Edition (Columbia, 2CDs, $19.98)
Dave Brubeck Quartet, TIME OUT: Legacy Edition (Columbia, 2CDs, $19.98)
Miles Davis, KIND OF BLUE and SKETCHES OF SPAIN (each, Columbia, 2CDs, $19.98) 

DVDs:
FILMS OF BUSTER KEATON/MUSIC BY BILL FRISELL (Songline/Tone Field Productions, $29.98)
Paul Simon and Friends, THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS GERSHWIN PRIZE CONCERT (Shout Factory DVD, $18.98)—
The Post-Classical Ensemble, THE CITY (Naxos, $19.99)—1939, music by Aaron Copland

Pop (staff play):
Wilco, WILCO (THE ALBUM) (Nonesuch, $17.98), and don’t forget: ASHES OF AMERICAN FLAGS: WILCO LIVE (Nonesuch, DVD, $17.98)—Conor
Iron and Wine, AROUND THE WELL (Sub Pop Records, 2CDs, $14.98—Lila
Bebel Gilberto, ALL IN ONE (Verve, $14.98)—Marshall
Elsiane, HYBRID (Nettwerk, $15.99)—Marshall
Animal Collective, MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION (Matador, $15.98)
DARK WAS THE NIGHT (4AD, 2CDs, $16.98)—Arcade Fire, Andrew Bird, Feist, Beirut, David Byrne, Bon Iver, Iron & Wine, Grizzly Bear, Antony, and many more.

Pop:
Mi Ami, WATERSPORTS (Tindersticks, $13.98)
Thao, (Kill Rock Stars, $14.99)
Nellie McKay, NORMAL AS BLUEBERRY PIE: A TRIBUTE TO DORIS DAY (Verve, $14.98)

Broadway:
NEXT TO NORMAL: Original Cast Recording (Ghostlight Records, 2CDs, $19.98)

 

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