Brian Patneaude’s Top 10 Albums of 2009

simpleSongBRIAN PATNEAUDE (of the Brian Patneaude Quartet)

10 Joshua Redman – “Compass”
09 Le Boeuf Brothers – “House Without A Door”
08 Kendrick Scott – “Reverence”
07 Sam Yahel – “Hometown”
06/05 (tie) Dave Douglas – “A Single Sky” and “Spirit Moves”: Two collections of original music and unique covers by the prolific trumpter featuring a big band and a brass quintet.
04 Gary Burton – “Quartet Live”: Gary Burton + Pat Metheny + Steve Swallow + Antonio Sanchez = good music.
03 Chris Potter – “Ultrahang”: The latest chapter in Potter’s electric and eclectic quartet features a combination of original material and covers of songs by Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell.
02 Ben Allison – “Think Free”: A perfect synthesis of jazz, rock and country music that’s easy on the ears yet contains enough harmonic twists and turns to keep things interesting.
01 Ben Wendel – “Simple Song”: A collection of nine intricately composed and arranged, yet highly accessible original compositions – as well as an arrangement of John Coltrane’s “Lonnie’s Lament” and a beautifully orchestrated version of Billy Strayhorn’s “A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing” – featuring Wendel on soprano and tenor sax, as well as melodica and bassoon.

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