• Allen Toussaint: Bright Mississippi

Starting now I’ll be counting down my 40 favorite albums of 2009 across four posts. As I’ve noted before, ranking these recordings seems more arbitrary every year—the order of my picks feels like it could change every day—so don’t take the exact sequence too seriously. Everything on this list pleased and/or provoked my mind and/or body.

Please leave a comment if you’re having trouble tracking anything down; I’ll do my best to steer you in the right direction.

The festivities begin after the jump: