With another year drawing to a close, the time has come once again to reflect back on all the great music that was released over the past 12 months. Here are my favorite albums of 2009, in no particular order.
An amazing guitar album. Incredible compositions and group improv.
Addicting funky jazz from 8-string guitarist Jon Morrow and drummer/vibraphonist Shane Parreco.
Holdsworth Pasqua Haslip Wackerman - Blues for Tony
Live 2-disc set culled from the quartet's 2007 European tour. Holdsworth is searing throughout.
OHMphrey - OHMphrey
Cool jam project featuring members of OHM and Umphrey's McGee. Great guitar work from Chris Poland and Jake Cinninger.
Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats - Meet The Meatbats
Excellent throwback fusion. Features Jeff Kollman on guitar.
Steve Morse Band - Out Standing In Their Field
Finally a new SMB album! Great stuff.
Raw guitar-driven fusion at it's finest.
Other favorites from 2009:
Ed DeGenaro - Less Is Seldom More (Review)
Robby Ameen - Days In The Life
Jon Reshard - Jon Reshard
Oz Noy - Schizophrenic (Review)
Mike Stern - Big Neighborhood
Akira Jimbo - Jimbomba
Adam Nitti - Liminal
Liquid Tension Experiment - Live 2008 Box Set