Thursday, December 5, 2019

JOHN'S "BEST OF" 2019



 JOHN PIETARO 2019 “BEST OF”:
(Yes, it crosses boundaries judiciously)
  • 1.    MUSICIANS OF THE YEAR:
Violin:
-Sarah Bernstein
-Jason Kao Hwang
-Sana Nagano

Viola:
-Melanie Dyer

Cello:
-Tomas Ulrich
-Lester St Louis

Trumpet:
-Wallace Roney
-Wadada Leo Smith
-Thomas Heberer

Trombone:
-Steve Swell       
                        
Tuba:
-Howard Johnson
-Joseph Daley

Flute:
-Nicole Mitchell
-Robert Dick
-Cheryl Pyle

Clarinet:
-Patrick Holmes
-Ben Goldberg
-Guillermo Gregorio

Bass clarinet:
-Josh Sinton
-Michael Lytle

Soprano saxophone:
-Lee Odom
-Dave Liebman

Alto saxophone:
-Marty Ehrlich
-Kendrick Smith
-Chris Pitsiokis

Tenor saxophone:
-James Brandon Lewis
-Ras Moshe Burnett
-Evan Parker
 
Baritone saxophone:
-Clare Daley
-Dave Sewelson

Guitar:
-Ava Mendoza
-Marc Ribot
-Mike Baggetta
-Julian Lage
-Anthony Pirog

Vibraphone:
-Bill Ware
-Patricia Brennan
-Steve Nelson

Piano:
-Ran Blake
-Aruan Ortiz
-Mara Rosenbloom

Upright bass:
-Ken Filiano
-William Parker
-Adam Lane

Bass guitar:
-Jamaaladeen Tacuma
-Steve Swallow

Drumset:
-Ronnie Burrage
-Ches Smith
-Kenny Wollesson
-Michael TA Thompson

Percussion:
-Warren Smith
-Cyro Baptista
-Newman Taylor Baker

Harp:
-Zeena Parkins

Multi-instrumentalist (winds):
-Daniel Carter
-Scott Robinson

Vocals:
-Jay Clayton
-Christine Correa
-Shelley Hirsch
-Kyoko Kitamura

Poet/Spoken Word Artist:
-David Henderson
-Tracie Morris
-Yusef Komunyakaa
-Puma Perl

  • 2.    ENSEMBLES:
Large ensemble:
-Marshall Allen and the Sun Ra Arkestra
-Slavic Soul Party
-Go Organic Orchestra
-Hungry March Band

Duo:
-Ran Blake and Christine Correa
Sarah Bernstein and Kid Millions

Trio:
-Harriet Tubman
-William Hooker Trio with Mara Rosenbloom and Adam Lane
-Rocco John Trio with Chris Forbes and Charlie Sabatino
-Free Form Funky Freqs
-the Messthetics

Quartet:
-Zodiac Saxophone Quartet
-Todd Capp’s Mystery Train



3. LABELS OF THE YEAR:
-Truth Revolution
-ESP-Disk
-577
-Alternative Tentacles


4. CONCERTS OF THE YEAR:
-Wall to Wall Coltrane, June 9, Symphony Space, NYC
-Arts for Art Tribute to Steve Cannon, September 6, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, NYC
-Ronnie Burrage:Tribute to Hamiet Bluiett, May 25, Sista’s Place, Brooklyn NY


5. VENUES OF THE YEAR:
-Lady Stardust (East Village)
-The Bar Next Door (West Village)
-Jazz at Kitano (mid-town)
-Union Pool (Williamsburg)
-Downtown Music Gallery (LES)


6. ALBUMS OF THE YEAR:
-David S Ware, Theatre Garone (AUM Fidelity)
-Mike Baggetta/Mike Watt/Jim Keltner, Wall of Flowers (Big Ego Records)
-Ben Goldberg, Good Day for Cloud Fishing (Pyroclastic)
-Green Dome, Thinking in Stitches (Case Study)

7. UNEARTHED GEMS:
-David S Ware, the Balance (AUM Fidelity)


8. REISSUE:
-Charles Mingus, Mingus at Antibes (Speakers Corner; originally released 1976, Atlantic)
-Thing, Thing (Cultures of Soul; originally released 1972, Innerview)


9. ALBUM ARTWORK/PACKAGING:
-Ben Goldberg, Good Day for Cloud Fishing (Pyroclastic)
-Charles Mingus, Mingus at Antibes (Speakers Corner; originally released 1976, Atlantic)


10. BIGGEST HEARTBREAK:
-Death of Steve Dalachinsky


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