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The Best Recordings Of 2009

Our annual, highly-subjective survey of the past year's CDs.

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This show features Frank Sinatra's knockout 1986 concert performance of the Harold Arlen-Johnny Mercer classic "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)".

This week it’s our annual, highly-subjective survey of the past year’s CDs, featuring selections from Madeleine Peyroux, Kurt Elling, Melody Gardot, Jackie Ryan, and more, including Frank Sinatra’s knockout 1986 concert performance of the Harold Arlen-Johnny Mercer classic “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)”.

Watch Melody Gardot perform “Baby I’m a Fool”:

Music Heard On This Episode

I Must Be Saved
Madeleine Peyroux — Bare Bones (Rounder, 2009)
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I Must Be Saved
Madeleine Peyroux — Bare Bones (Rounder, 2009)
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Lush Life
Kurt Elling — Dedicated to You (Concord, 2009)
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Dedicated to You
Kurt Elling — Dedicated to You (Concord, 2009)
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Baby I'm a Fool
Melody Gardot — My One and Only Thrill (Verve, 2009)
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Deep Within the Corners of My Mind
Melody Gardot — My One and Only Thrill (Verve, 2009)
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One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)
Frank Sinatra — Live at the Meadowlands (Concord, 2009)
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In the Wee Small Hours
Barbara Streisand — Love Is the Answer (deluxe edition) (Sony, 2009)

Notes: Midpoint music bed. Quartet-only version.

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Our Lady of Pigalle
Madeleine Peyroux — Bare Bones (Rounder, 2009)
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I Must Have That Man
Jackie Ryan — Doozy (OpenArt, 2009)
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Every Time We Say Goodbye
Roberta Gambarini/Roy Hargrove — Emergence (Emarcy, 2009)
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Sentimental Journey
Nellie McKay — Normal as Blueberry Pie (Verve, 2009)
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If I Ever Had a Dream
Nellie McKay — Normal as Blueberry Pie (Verve, 2009)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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