Ancient Future: Top 20+ for 2009

2009 Ancient Future Top 20 (in alphabetical order)

Dee Alexander, Wild is the Wind, Blu Jazz

Jane Bunnett, Embracing Voices, Sunnyside

Kurt Elling, Dedicated to You, Concord

Oran Etkin, Kelenia, Motema

Robert Glasper, Double Booked, Blue Note

Stefon Harris & Blackout, Urbanus, Concord

Bobby Hutcherson, Wise One, Kind of Blue

Vijay Iyer, Historicity, ACT

Sean Jones, The Search Within, Mack Avenue

James King, Allen’s Odyssey, Vibrant Tree

Joe Locke/David Hazeltine Quartet, Mutual Admiration Society 2, Sharp Nine

Joe Lovano UsFive, Folk Art, Blue Note

Branford Marsalis, Metamorphosen, Marsalis Music

Nicole Mitchell Black Earth Strings, Renegade, Delmark

David Murray, The Devil Tried to Kill Me, Justin Time

Joshua Redman, Compass, Nonesuch

Marcus Roberts, New Orleans to Harlem, J Master

Jackie Ryan, Doozy, Open Art

Michael Thomas Quintet, Live at Twins Jazz, Jazhead

Miguel Zenon, Esta Plena, Marsalis Music


REISSUE of the year:

Fela Kuti, The Best of The Black President, Knitting Factory


…And another deserving Baker’s Dozen

JD Allen Trio, Shine, Sunnyside

Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber, Making Love to the Dark Ages,

    Livewired Music

Donald Bailey, Blueprints of Jazz, Talking House

Babatunde Lea Umbo Weti, A Tribute to Leon Thomas, Motema

Marcus Strickland, Idiosyncracies, Strick Muzik

Stanley Clarke Trio, Jazz in the Garden, Heads Up

Tar Baby, Tar Baby, Imani

Pepe Gonzalez, Looking Back, IFP

Aruan Ortiz, Alameda, Fresh Sound

Jack DeJohnette-Danilo Perez-John Patitucci, Music We Are,

    Golden Beams

John Surman, Brewster’s Rooster, ECM

Gerald Clayton, Two-Shade, Artists Share’

Wayne Wallace, Bien Bien!, Patois


The Ancient Future radio program, produced & hosted by Willard Jenkins, airs on WPFW 89.3 FM ( Pacifica Radio for the Washington, DC metro area.



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5 Responses to Ancient Future: Top 20+ for 2009

  1. Tom Marcello says:

    Thank you Willard, from Joe Locke and I for all of the support for not only Joe Locke and his music, but for all of the great artists that you feature and your efforts to keep the music vital.

    Tom Marcello
    Manager / Joe Locke

  2. Nasar Abadey says:


    As always a great list. This really represents a colorful palette of artists. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting SUPERNOVA and my work over the years. This is wishing for you a prosperous and eventful 2010.


  3. Joe Locke says:

    Being on THIS list, one compiled by someone who DEEPLY KNOWS,
    means more to me than other acknowledgements. The other selections
    here ( i’ve heard almost all of them) I think really ARE the year’s best, making
    it even more of an honor to be included. Great to see a post from Nasar Abadey here, someone from whom I got much early inspiration, listening to his group, Birthright, in Upstate NY. Now hearing great things about son Kush, tearin’ it up w/ Wallace Roney. The river keeps flowing ….

    Thank you, Willard. Wishing you a very Happy New Year, and hoping that 2010 brings a little more Peace, Love & Understanding to the world.

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  5. Alexandra says:

    You have more useful info than the British had colonies prIWW-Ie.

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