John Schaefer's Top 10 of 2009

For this New Sounds, listen to John Schaefer's completely personal and opinionated look at the ten best new music releases of 2009. There just might be something by a death jazz piano trio, a banjo player, and perhaps an indie rocker's tribute to a major thoroughfare, along with some big band music.

PROGRAM # 3022 John Schaefer’s Top 10 of 2009 (First aired on Wed. 1/6/10)





10.James Blackshaw

The Glass Bead Game

Cross [5:00]

Young God Records YG40

9. Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

Infernal Machines

Phobos, excerpt [5:00]

New Amsterdam NWAM017

8. Neil Cowley Trio

Loud, Louder, Stop

His Nibs [4:08]

CAKE #78551

7. BMOP (Boston Modern Orchestra Project)


Derek Bermel: Elixir [7:20]

BMOP 1008

Phil Kline (Ineligible - WNYC Commissioned work)

John the Revelator

I Am the Man Who Knows Misery, Excerpt [1:00]

Cantaloupe CA21047

6. Kouyate, Bassekou & Ngoni Ba

I Speak Fula

Bambugu blues (Andra Kouyaté, Vieux Farka Touré) [5:05]

Sub Pop/Next Ambience Out Here OH 013 LC 09273

5. John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble

Eternal Interlude

Eternal Interlude, excerpt [4:30]

Sunnyside 1220

4. Arve Henriksen


Assembly [3:56]

ECM 2086

3. Bela Fleck & Omou Sangare

Throw Down Your Heart – the Africa Sessions

Ah Ndiya (Mali) [3:50]

Rounder 11661-0634-2

2. Sufjan Stevens


Movement III: Linear Tableau with Intersecting Surprise [4:27]

Asthmatic Kitty 278

1. David Lang / Paul Hillier & the Theatre of Voices

The Little Match Girl Passion

Part 13: When it is time for me to go [3:36] Part 14: In the Dawn of Morning [2:44]

Harmonia Mundi 807496