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Vijay Iyer, Allen Toussaint, Joe Lovano and the rest of 2009's most notable jazz releases

December 17, 2009 |  7:33 pm


Like the rest of the recording industry, jazz clearly has its issues going into 2010. But rumors of its death remain greatly exaggerated. In the last 12 months, a variety of performers released remarkable, forward-looking music that in some cases showed little regard for barriers between genre or culture.

A sampling of the year's best, ranked from 1 to 10.

--Chris Barton

Photo, top left: Joe Lovano. Credit: Jimmy Katz / EMI
Photo, top center: Vijay Iyer. Credit: Lynne Harty / ACT Music
Photo, top right:Allen Toussaint. Credit: Michael Wilson